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Last time around, we looked at Jim Crockett Promotions’ (JCP) Bunkhouse Stampede pay-per-view, an event that led to the WWF creating The Royal Rumble, in order to sabotage Crockett’s show. Both shows featured battle royals, with each promotion having its unique spin on the classic battle royal. Join me this time as we look at the battle royal, how the Royal Rumble became one of the WWF’s “Big Four” PPV’s, and some of my favorite Royal Rumble moments.
The concept of the battle royal dates back hundreds of years. It’s simply one of those cases of low-hanging fruit. Throw a bunch of people together, and let them beat the tar out of each other until one victor remains. The concept has undergone many variations and change throughout the centuries, until professional wrestling promoters borrowed the concept. Several excellent articles have been written about the battle royal’s origins. I encourage you to check
out the following: