A Numbers Game: The WWE Royal Rumble in Numbers

If you are a wrestling fan like me, especially if you are a WWE fan, this time of the year is pretty special. Yessir, it’s the road to WRESTLEMANIA! But before we get to the granddaddy of them all, we have a little stop at this thing called the ROYAL RUMBLE and boy is this pay per view special. At this event, not only do you get some major championship matches. You ALSO get the Royal Rumble match. It involves 30 men. 2 men start the match and then, every 90 seconds (I think that’s right) another enters the match. The only way to eliminate someone from the match is by sending them over the top rope. It’s crazy, exciting and it’s a hell of a load of fun. What is more is that the winner gets a shot at a WWE world title at Wrestlemania. So it’s a pretty big deal.

Here are some really cool facts from previous Royal Rumble matches.

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Today we kick-off our countdown to this year’s WWE Royal Rumble event by looking through the event’s long history and picking out some of the most famous moments in ‘The Royal Rumble in Numbers’. So strap yourself in and check out some of the most interesting records set at the January spectacle.

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President Elect Donald J Trump didn’t realise WWE stunt was a work – oh dear…

Deadspin has published a new article reflecting on an interview with WWE Superstar and Executive Vice President of Talent Triple H on the“Opie and Anthony Show”. This interview was of particular note as Triple H discussed the infamous WWE angle which saw Vince McMahon’s limousine explode at the end of a Raw broadcast that took place back in 2007. 

The angle was meant to be the next big storyline in the WWE at the time with the company supposedly wanting it to culminate with an elaborate and dramatic “funeral” for Mr. McMahon on Raw. The storyline was then scrapped because of the real and tragic Chris Benoit double murder suicide.

So what is the merit of the story for none wrestling fans and what does it have to do with The President Elect Donald Trump?

Well, it gets interesting when Triple H discussed how many people bought into the limousine angle. He said that a number of people believed it to be legitimate (despite it being broadcast on a storyline driven television show). He also said this of President elect Donald Trump:

“What kills me is so many people [believed it]. I’m not kidding you, Trump called and was like, ‘Did something happen to Vince?’”

That’s right! Your future President was unsure whether a WWE storyline was in fact fake or real. But that’s not scary right? Because I’m sure there were other intelligent people out there that might have been concerned that the owner of a multinational multi million dollar corporation was blown up live to audiences worldwide at the very end of the show. For those that are intrigued to see the confusing piece of footage, the video is posted below. 

As you can see, Mr McMahon is filmed walking  backstage past multiple WWE superstars before being directed by an employee that his limo was in fact the other way. Later, after the limo explodes, the camera lingers on the burning wreck rather than, you know, cutting away from the “tragedy”. It’s completely believable – said no one ever. 

Let’s just hope that before a military briefing, no one lets the future President watch any James Bond movies or Red Dawn for the sake of peace. Lord knows what would happen if he saw Starship Troopers. He might think it was a documentary?


Top 10 WWE Entrance Themes of All Time

What are your favourite WWE entrance themes?

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Today’s top 10 is the top 10 entrance themes of all time in the WWE. Disagree? Please share your favourites.

10. Vince McMahon – Jim Johnston’s “No Chance in Hell”.

Reason? This iconic entrance theme was synonymous with the Attitude era and indeed many a great feud, in particular with Mr McMahon’s feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Was one of the first theme songs that got me on my return to WWE viewing.

9. D’Lo Brown – Jim Johnston’s “The Real Deal”

To this day, I still like this tune. It’s everything the Attitude era was. Badass! It’s just a pity D’Lo’s career never really took off although the Droz incident likely played a role in that.

8. Degeneration X – Run DMC’s “The Kings”

Although it was only DX’s entrance theme for a short period of time, I still prefer it to the original and more popular…

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The Greatest Football/Soccer Ref of all time?

One of the bains of football fans worldwide is the referee. When they give decisions your way, you love them but when they inexplicably deny you a goal because of an offside call that was incorrect or they give the opposition a penalty for a dive, you can’t stand them. At least for the most part. 

But then there was Jorge José Emiliano dos Santos. Jorge José Emiliano dos Santos de Puto was a Brazilian football referee, known for his flamboyant style. His nickname was Margarida, which means “Daisy” in English.

Margarida brought smiles to millions of people’s faces. Sadly he died from AIDS-related complications in 1995. 

Here is a tribute to one of the most colourful referees in footballing history.