It feels really good to come back to do an unbiased review of the next DVD (provided you own the Anthology) and we're going to do so with the Royal Rumble of 1989.
I do want to apologize for not doing this more often; I've been very busy and by the time I get to this, I'm just out of energy and I only want to do this with full energy and concentration.
Where do I start with this review? Highlights? Actually, I'm going to start talking about the individual matches rather than my overall opinion (I think this will make the review much more interesting, right?) The six man tag with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and the Hart Foundation vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Dino Bravo in a 2 out of 3 falls match was very fun to watch, and all 6 men put out their very best. I really enjoyed this match, and I think WWE should do more of this often.
Was this the only highlight? Sadly, yes (while I will give the women's title match between Rockin' Robin and Judy Martin props). The pose down and King Haku vs Harley Race were something of a let down (although the latter is the lesser of two evils). While I will also give King Haku vs Harley Race props, it really didn't win me over because the match didn't capture my attention enough and the match was kind of dull to begin with.
And now: the Pose down. Ugh! I really felt like this was a waste of my time! If Rick Rude and the Ultimate Warrior (RIP, Warrior (I know, kind of late, but hey, I wanted to give my respect to him, so don't judge me)) wanted to be a part of the Royal Rumble, why not make it a match with the InterContinental title on the line? That would've made their segment much better, but no, they had to do a pose down. I also felt uncertain if Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior has ever competed in a REAL body building contest (if someone would check on that for me, that would be great).
And now the Royal Rumble match. Two words: MUCH BETTER! The start was actually the highlight of the whole thing. Ax and Smash going against each other?! Now THAT'S something of a bizarre sight! Ted DiBiase buying his way into number 30 was a good choice because I felt that this made Ted's character much more enjoyable (the old "guy we love to hate" gimmick worked well). The rest of the match went downhill from there, although the Barbarian's quick entry and exit was a memorable part.
Overall, on a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this a solid 3 out of 5. Man, 9 DVDs so far, and not one 5 out of 5. Do I have faith in WrestleMania V? We'll have to see.
Ken Kriho is an upcoming videographer. He has a YouTube channel (link at home page). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.