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WWE Royal Rumble 2003
WWE Royal Rumble 2003
Actors: Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Mark Calaway, Paul Levesque, Scott Steiner
Director: Kevin Dunn
Genres: Sports
NR     2003     3hr 0min


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Actors: Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Mark Calaway, Paul Levesque, Scott Steiner
Director: Kevin Dunn
Creator: Vince McMahon
Genres: Sports
Sub-Genres: Wrestling
Studio: World Wrestling
Format: DVD - Color - Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2003
Original Release Date: 01/19/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/19/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Steiner HHH blow the show Benoit Angle Save the show
mattitude | 03/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Royal Rumble
featuring 15 SmackDown! and 15 RAW Superstars WWE Championship
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt AngleWorld Heavyweight Championship
Scott Steiner vs. Triple HStepdaughter vs. Stepmother
Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn MarieWinner Enters The Rumble
Brock Lesnar vs. Big ShowWorld Tag Team Championship
Dudley Boyz vs. William Regal and Lance StormThis DVD features the full Royal Rumble 2003 event and also these extras: - Revolutionary Royal Rumble TV Promo (& the making)
- Royal Rumble Moments (Confidential, 18th January 2003)
- Undertaker Returns at The Rumble (all 3 teaser promos)
- Over-The-Top-Rope Challenge: Batista vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho (RAW, 13th January 2003)
- Pre-Match Interviews (Dawn Marie, Eric Bishoff)
- Post-Match Interviews (Paul Heyman, Eric Bischoff, Dudley Boyz, Triple H, Team Angle, John Cena & Brock Lesnar)"
Solid Upper-Card, somewhat dull Under-Card
mattitude | 03/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show - OK Match. The best F5 Brock ever gave The Big Show was at Survivor Series 2002. Out of ***** I'd give it a **1/2.RAW World Tag Team Titles Match:
(Champions)Lance Storm & William Regal vs. The Dudley Boys - No point to the match as the Titles change hands the next night on RAW anyways. **.Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie - The whole angle was stupid. Actually, it was a good Angle until they did what they did to Al Wilson at the end. Terrible match. But, they kept it short. *1/2.RAW World Heavyweight Title Match:
(Champion) Triple H vs. Scott Steiner - Bad Match. Triple H really wanted to put on a good 30-minute match with Steiner, he just couldn't though. Botched spot by Steiner. Not a great ending. **.Smackdown! Undisputed Title Match:
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit - Best match of the night. Some backstage in the WWE said it was one of the best matches in the franchise's history. *****.Royal Rumble Match:
Great Match. Most entertaining of the nighht probably. Except for maybe Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit. Obvious winner, though. ****.Overall Show Rating: ***1/2."
mattitude | 01/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The final four Superstars in this Royal Rumble Match were Batista, Undertaker, Kane and Brock Lesnar. At first, it appeared that Kane and Undertaker would work together, but rarely do allegiances last in the Royal Rumble Match. Ultimately, Lesnar eliminated Undertaker to win.


Shawn Michaels
Chris Jericho
Christopher Nowinski
Rey Mysterio
Chavo Guerrero
Bill DeMott
Tommy Dreamer
Rob Van Dam
Matt Hardy
Eddie Guerrero
Jeff Hardy
John Cena
Charlie Haas
Shelton Benjamin
Booker T
Brock Lesnar

Shawn Michaels by Chris Jericho
Christopher Nowinski by Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio by Chris Jericho
Bill DeMott by Edge
Tommy Dreamer by Jericho and Christian
Tajiri by Jericho
B-2 by Edge
Chavo Guerrero by Edge
Edge by Jericho
Christian by Jericho
Jeff Hardy by Rob Van Dam
Rosey by Kane
Eddie Guerrero by Booker T
Chris Jericho by Test
Goldust by Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin
Booker T by Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin
Test by Batista
Rikishi by Batista
Charlie Haas by Brock Lesnar
Shelton Benjamin by Brock Lesnar
Matt Hardy by Brock Lesnar
John Cena by Undertaker
Jamal by Undertaker
Maven by Undertaker
A-Train by RVD and Kane
Rob Van Dam by Kane
Batista by Undertaker
Kane by Undertaker
Undertaker by Brock Lesnar
WINNER: Brock Lesnar
Thank you Kurt, Benoit and Jericho!
Cameron | SA, Australia | 08/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Royal Rumble 2003 was anything but a flop PPV, but without the help of Kurt, Jericho and Benoit, things would have got messy.

Here's how the grades work:
***** = The perfect match, the dream match, it's like Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair!
****1/2 = An excellent match, worthy of rememberance
**** = Great match
***1/2 = A good match, only a few flaws...
*** = An okay match, worthy only for a mid-carded and below match
**1/2 = Not even worthy of a mainevent on RAW or SD!
** and below = Horrible performance. I might as well give the result of the match away to you, it's that simple.

First up is the contendership for the 29th entry into the Royal Rumble- Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
A month earlier Brock had cost the title for Big Show out of revenge, and a match was made at the RR so that these two could contend for a spot in the rumble. The match is short, and thankfully so, but there are a few decent spots in this match. Very predictable outcome, though.
**1/2 (half a star taken off as a result of shortness, though match would've gotten worse throughout.)

World Tag Team Championship- The Dudleyz vs. Lance Storm and Regal
Short & Simple- this is WAY after the Dudleyz started to lose their spark. Regal and Storm are a team on RAW that nobody cared for that year. Add that with slow wrestling, basic holds and nobody caring about the outcome, and you got yourself a chapter skip.

Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson
A women's match that started because of the death of Torrie's dad, who was also Dawn's on-screen husband. As the storyline was just as stupid and pathetic as it was, the match was just as bad. I won't go into detail, but Torrie wins with a swinging neck breaker of all moves.

World Heavyweight Championship- Triple H vs. Scott Steiner
The match happened because HHH was bragging about how he was the champ. Scott Steiner comes out of nowhere, challenges him, and gets a match at the Rumble. Weeks earlier, Trips had challenged Steiner to posing, arm wrestling and push-up contests, with Scott winning them all.
The match itself is not TOO bad, but is quite slow and repetitive. HHH is definitely good when he has good talent to carry him through the match, but Scott isn't good enough. The crowd gets restless when Steiner repeats the same belly-to-belly suplexes about 8 times, and the ring psychology is poor, but no match could've toppled Angle's and Chris' match later on. HHH's and Steiner's No Way Out match is better though, because the Canadian crowd boos Steiner, and cheers HHH. Just thought I'd let you know that...

EDIT: Man, I must've been on drugs when I first reviewed this, because it was absolutely dreadful!

WWE Championship Match- Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit.
The match was announced once Benoit beat Big Show on a SmackDown! episode, and the feud started once Kurt had his lackeys, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas to attack Chris while Kurt was injured. Kurt had later revealed that his knee-injury wasn't as bad as was reported, so Kurt could defend his title at the Royal Rumble after all to Benoit. Kurt looked like an underdog to Chris on SD! epidodes, so you knew that Chris had a great deal of chance winning at RR.
The match itself- what can I say? It is without a doubt the best match of 2003, and the only ***** match in recent history. This is the best Kurt-Benoit match I have seen, and is definitely better than their WrestleMania X7 match. The technicality is tremendous, the psychology is perfect, the effort shown by both men would bewilder anyone and the crowd goes crazy in the dying moments and during all of the submission moves. In fact, this is without any argument better than the mainevents at WrestleManias XV through to XX- it is just that good. While every other match has it flaws at any PPV, this one has none. I will say no more.

The Royal Rumble
Some of the storylines based around the Rumble were that Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho had been fighting over the #1 entry spot, because they both liked the thought of being known as the greatest because they won the Rumble while being in the ring for the whole time. Also, Undertaker returned at the Rumble after being 'injured' at the hands of the Big Show on SD!, and had a #30 entry.
All I will say is this- Jericho puts on one hell of a performance for the long time that he remains in the Rumble, and I enjoyed his effort just as much as that of Ric Flair's Rumble performance back at '92. This also sets the stage for Jericho vs. Michaels at WrestleMania XIX.
**** (maybe even ****1/2, considering that it must go on for longer than 45 minutes)

The DVD's best features are the 3 Undertaker returns video teasers, which I like because they blend the music well with the clips, and the extra 4-man battle royal match, which has Batista, Jericho, Kane and RVD fighting it out to determine who gets to choose their entry in the Rumble. The match itself is decent.

Overall, this PPV gets ***. It would get more, but the first 3 matches make this PPV just that much more worse."