I remember predicting the first two in the rumble being Rikishi and Goldust and everyone thinking I knew someone who was on creative when I got about half of the entrants from that point onward correct.
HHH was the original plan from the beginning to win. Predicted rumble match winners are usually the best Rumble matches (1993, 2001, 2013)
Originally Posted by FlairFan2003
Does anyone think Curt Henning could have won the Rumble ? Most of his career outside the AWA he was a mid carder. He had a brief run vs Hogan during the heyday of his cheesy Mr Perfect Gimmick and that was it, at least as a legit main eventer. Sporadically he would wrestle near the top of the card in entertaining feuds vs top guys like Brett Hart and Ric Flair and his run vs an up and coming still not a top main event star Shawn Michaels produced some good moments, but even this limited resume was pretty much all Pre 1998. Injuries limited his run in WWE the first time no doubt but even then he was a solid secondary heel in the IC Title scene, he did not have the main event presence that guys like Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, or Roddy Piper had in similar roles. His best run post 1990 was in 1997 in WCW, which was short circuted after he appeared slow and incoherrent, slurring his speech, appearing almost immobile, on the final Nitro before Starrcade.
After that he was essentially a glorified jobber except for his brief Texas Redneck "Rap Is Crap" gimmick in 99, which I wouldnt call a high light.
When he was clean and healthy was he good ? Yes, very good, good enough he might have broken through to the top tier had the injuries and other issues not been so prevalent. By 2002 he was still talented but he was 5 years removed from his last legit push that put him near the top of the card with a career spent mostly as a secondary villain. Any idea of having him win the 02 Rumble is ludicrous. Certainly if WWE had wanted to catch lightening in a bottle with some aging star or retro act they could have used Hogan, Flair, or Nash, all bigger stars with much bigger careers than Henning.
I did enjoy his appearance at the show and believe WWE could have done more with him. His release was due to drinking and/or drugs I believe, not due to poor performance in the ring or lack of crowd reaction. Triple H, in his dramatic return, setting up a match vs Jericho (who already beat Rock & Austin) definately made best business sense as the winner.
All I see here is spewed arrogance in your typing along with sheer ignorance.
Hennig was released in regards to the Plane ride from hell...you should do some digging via Google to know the story before you present yourself as an ignorant troll.