Random Rumble – Part 2

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By Liam Byrne @tvtimelimit

Before we take a look at the eleventh through to twentieth spot in my randomly booked Rumble, here is a reminder of my first ten as it stands:

  1. Jeff Hardy (1)
  2. Vader (30)
  3. Bad News Brown (9)
  4. Rob Van Dam (29)
  5. Hakushi (19)
  6. Tito Santana (11)
  7. Arn Anderson (16)
  8. Mick Foley (7)
  9. The British Bulldog (2)
  10. Bam Bam Bigelow (15)

Also, a reminder of the rules. I created a random order for all numbers between 1 and 30 (coinciding with all the Rumbles so far, including the one in 2017). Each number represents a Rumble, and once I pick a wrestler from that Rumble, I can no longer pick a)from that Rumble again, and b) the number of the guy I choose from any other Rumble. Things are going to get a bit difficult from now on, as the numbers begin to dwindle. Let’s see where the Random Rumble takes me.

Royal Rumble 2005 (#18)

A Rumble match that offers me the chance to throw in Jonathan Coachman if I do so wish. Quite a lot of big names who are still kicking around across the decade are here, but Shawn Michaels is a number 19 entrant, thus the pick I wish to make is blocked. In terms of getting some name power in in what I consider a fairly safe manner, I’ll add Booker T who came in at number 10.

Royal Rumble 1988 (#1)

The very first Rumble is a bit of an oddity, insofar as it only had twenty men, and was mainly a bunch of midcarders without any of the real main event stars. It does allow me a certain amount of freedom because of this, and I feel I can’t miss the opportunity to take Harley Race, who entered this Rumble as number 6.

Royal Rumble 2009 (#22)

Some of these Rumbles feel like a bit of a blur to me at times, and this is one I personally don’t feel like I remember well really. Jim Duggan gets a spot at number 29, whilst Randy Orton picks up the victory from number 8. I’m tempted to go with the Viper, but with Harley Race just gone, I feel it’d be hard to pass up an opportunity to have another curmudgeonly bastard in the Rumble; Fit Finlay is my number 13, having come into this Rumble at number 14.

Royal Rumble 1992 (#5)

To many, the best Royal Rumble of all time, and in some ways it is practically swimming with potential picks for this Rumble. However, there can be only on real choice, in honour of his performance that night. No, it isn’t Virgil, it is Ric Flair who made the number 3 spot his own, and will sit at number 14 for me.

Royal Rumble 2000 (#13)

Heading back into the tail-end of the Attitude Era, there are a smorgasbord of Degeneration X members past and present, S&M gimmicks, pimps, porn stars and the like to choose from here. With things threatening to bottom out in the final ten in terms of star names as my hands get more and more tied, I plump for the winner of the Rumble for the second pick in a row. That means The Rock is entering at the midway point, wiping out any other number 24 wrestlers from my future options.

Royal Rumble 2010 (#23)

In a Rumble that was won by Edge from the penultimate number, many of my potential choices are blocked – I want to reward either Drew McIntyre or The Miz, but they sit at 9 and 16 respectively. Even though this is several years before he would become Broken, Matt Hardy has to be the choice if only to get some of his insanity within this Rumble. He is my 16; he entered 2010 number 17.

Royal Rumble 2014 (#27)

Nearing present day, and many of the stars of current WWE programming are up for grabs. This time, the two choices I want to make are completely available, so the difficulty becomes my personal preference more than anything. Luke Harper is one, a big guy who can really work, whilst The Miz pops up again in a position that allows me to pick him. With The Miz being the best WWE heel in years, it is an easier choice than it might otherwise have been. He moves down one slot from 18 in 2014 to 17 for my Rumble.

 Royal Rumble 2016 (29)

My hope had been to pick a big guy to make up for not picking up Luke Harper last time. However, my first choice of Rusev enters at number two, so means he is not one that I can choose. No-one really fits what I want, so I decide to give a nod to a legend who might not have as much name value as some, but can bring it in the ring. Goldust is my choice and wipes out any future entries from number eight.

Royal Rumble 2002 (#16)

Brock Lesnar this year would add to the trend of winners coming from the twenties onwards; unfortunately for me, he entered at 29, a number already taken long ago by Rob Van Dam. Having had Rusev enter last, the chance to have a big man faceoff of some sort is too hard to turn down, and I plump for Rikishi (pun intended) who entered this Rumble at number 20. A battle of the guys with singles names that both start with R is about go down.

Royal Rumble 2013 (#26)

My one and only tactic in this has been to try and hold onto any numbers within the twenties, as there are often a lot of stars bunched towards the end of a Rumble. With that being said, it at least allows me the freedom to choose Daniel Bryan – who entered at 21 – as my number 20. Cesaro would have been the next guy out in this Rumble, and a very good choice as well; I just hope it doesn’t bite me on the ass as I rundown the last ten. Things are going to get messy

Here are the first twenty wrestlers in the Random Rumble:

  1. Jeff Hardy (1)
  2. Vader (30)
  3. Bad News Brown (9)
  4. Rob Van Dam (29)
  5. Hakushi (19)
  6. Tito Santana (11)
  7. Arn Anderson (16)
  8. Mick Foley (7)
  9. The British Bulldog (2)
  10. Bam Bam Bigelow (15)
  11. Booker T (10)
  12. Harley Race (6)
  13. Fit Finlay (14)
  14. Ric Flair (3)
  15. The Rock (24)
  16. Matt Hardy (17)
  17. The Miz (18)
  18. Goldust (8)
  19. Rikishi (20)
  20. Daniel Bryan (21)

Check out next week’s article where I finally do get down to the slimmest of slim pickings. How have my choices so far constrained me next week? How far will my hand be forced? Join me next week to find out.

If you missed it, also check out Random Rumble Part 1!

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