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Since the 2017 Royal Rumble is right around the corner, I've decided to countdown to this year's event with my 10 favorite non-Rumble Royal Rumble matches.
Number 10 isn't really a match. But it led up a huge feud between the two participants. It's the Super Posedown from 1989. The Ulitmate Warrior was the reigning Intercontinental Champion. "Ravishing" Rick Rude wanted a shot at the gold. So instead of putting these two in the ring to wrestle, or have them in the Rumble, it was decided they'd have a SUPER posedown instead.
I love that Jesse "The Body" Ventura continues to defend Rude despite the fact that the fans were firmly behind the Warrior. He even went so far as to say Warrior's hair was too long and you couldn't see his traps, which is why he was siding with The Ravishing One.
Despite his best efforts, Rude and his manager Bobby Heenan got frustrated and attacked Warrior. Heenan squirted baby oil (you can't have a posedown without oil) in the Warrior's eyes. The Warrior, however, no sold the dousing and Rude nailed the champ from behind with a flex bar. He continued to beat on Warrior before leaving the ring.
These actions resulted in the signing of an IC title match between the two at WrestleMania V. In what I considered a huge upset at the time, Rude pinned Warrior and became the champion. The bad blood returned the following year when Warrior won the WWF Championship and feuded with Rude again.
This was before my time, obviously, but I grew up with my parents being avid wrestling watchers, especially my mum, so I'm aware of this entire feud. I actually kind of grew up dislike Ravishing Rick Rude as a character because of how underhandedly he handled the situation.ReplyDelete
I wish I still watched TV proper, especially Pay-Per-View, because I would be all about watching the Royal Rumble, but my schedule is too packed. Hopefully, it's better than last year's, though, because last year's was a absolutely boring to me.
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