JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After a month of delays, it’s that time again.

As you recall, back in November, Episode 56 was the last #RetroReview, which took a look back at the infamous 1997 Survivor Series. Nothing like looking at something you were into as a teenager as a 38-year-old! Also, as you know, there will be a quarterly show like this that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series (plus, later this year, there will be a review for the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 King of the Ring).

Previously Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, and since Episode 48 looked at SummerSlam 1997, I had to go back 20 years for the next Retro Review: the 1998 Royal Rumble, the first major pay-per-view following the Montreal Screwjob.

The man with the garbage can on his head would be the biggest movie star on Earth 10 years later.

By January 1998, pro wrestling was still reeling from the fallout from Montreal. WCW was in the midst of completely botching the acquisition of Bret Hart, waiting more than a month to formally debut him on Nitro and eventually having him be apart of the completely messed-up finish to the Hulk Hogan-Sting match at Starrcade. Meanwhile, the WWF was navigating the residual PR nightmare. Vince McMahon was reluctantly embracing his dark side — which would eventually lead to him becoming “Mr. McMahon,” one of the all-time great heels — while ushering in the “Attitude Era.” At the same time, the company was trying to execute original plan that ran into a wild detour: Getting Stone Cold Steve Austin the World Title by WrestleMania 14. That’s what brings us to that night in San Jose, where the path to Austin officially being crowned “The Man” officially took off.

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JSC Radio Ep. 66 Blog BannerComing up on Episode No. 66 of JSC Radio:

  • It’s nearly two hours of Pro Wrestling goodness from one of the most problematic years ever.
  • Austin wins the Rumble while The Rock gets his letters.
  • Vader takes Luna Vachon on a rough ride.
  • Ken Shamrock’s IC Title match gets a little Dusty.
  • The Rock planted a weapon WHERE!?
  • This company was still a little too comfy with Homophobia and Confederate Flags.
  • Mick Foley pulls a Triple Header in the Rumble.
  • The Nation of Domination was certainly not in Wakanda.
  • The Road Warriors looked washed while the New Age Outlaws were getting it together.
  • Kane burns The Undertaker
  • Shawn Michaels suffers an industry-altering injury on the most simple of moves and nobody believed him for 2 months.

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Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

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