With thirty men entering the ring at random intervals and the excitement of "who's behind the curtain?" building with each entry, it's no wonder that the concept has captivated so many fans. Reports suggest that the idea flopped in the tryout stages on a house show basis. Once the 1988 Rumble burst upon the USA Network, those opinions quickly changed.
It's a relatively simple concept, which most good ideas in the wrestling world are. From the most rabid member of the "WWE Universe" to the sometimes cynical and jaded fans of times past (I resemble that remark), the Royal Rumble is the one match that everyone can agree is an hour or so full of fun. Even more fun can be had by looking at some of the great memorabilia that has come from the event. Everyone wants to "book" their own Royal Rumble and know just who's entering the fray next. Over the years several games and toys have enabled us to do just that.
In the past, the Royal Rumble name has been emblazoned on a number of video games, both home console and arcade. In modern times the match itself has become a stalwart feature on the many video games produced under the WWE banner. These latter examples have enabled Rumble fun-seekers to produce a more genuine version with as many, or sometimes more, stars as the real events have. A pinball machine was even produced in the 1990's entitled Royal Rumble and featuring Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and other stars of the era.
released while it was a very hot item, was in one of these series. It was actually a decade ago when Jakks produced my favorite Rumble figures. The six figure series was based upon the 2002 Royal Rumble and sold very well at the time. The best of the set was one of the few figures ever made of Earl Hebner. A great item to take along for signings at TNA events, the photo on the packaging is actually that of Earl's twin brother Dave, despite the figure being marketed as Earl.
Facebook Fanpage last year, the 1990 Royal Rumble hot chocolate packet is indeed strange even for the WWF marketing machine. Offbeat items were often made to promote the event and distributed to cable companies and other similar establishments. Seeing as that a 1990 Royal Rumble mug also exists, it's my own theory that since the Rumble is held in the winter, the WWF saw a perfect tie-in. Have a mug of Rumble cocoa while enjoying the pay-per-view extravaganza. Thankfully, the original owner of this strange collectible must have not been a hot chocolate fan (like myself), thus it still exists unused some twenty-three years later.
Giants, pinball, mini figures, and hot cocoa. What's not to like? The Royal Rumble has brought all of that and more to wrestling fans for a quarter of a century. Will your favorite win this year? If your favorite isn't John Cena, I'm thinking you're out of luck. One never knows, though, it is the Royal Rumble...where it's every man for himself!