Royal Rumble 1996 You know KB sometimes we see things differently, partially because of our age difference, but for the most part we see eye to eye and agree on a lot of these events. This is not one of those times. I admit this event doesn’t really stand the test of time. If a 15 year old fan were to watch this today he would probably share your opinion. Despite the action being not so great I love this event. I just remember loving the WWF, or at least the potential, going into 1996. Bret Hart was well established as the top guy. Shawn Michaels was on his way to challenge for that spot. The Undertaker was becoming a legendary figure. Diesel was playing a unique tweener role. Razor Ramon looked like he could finally reach a main event level. We had some proven mid card veterans like Owen, Bulldog, and Jarrett. Hunter Hearst Helmsley seemed like he would fit well into that category. Ahmed Johnson looked like he was going to make a big impact. Goldust was getting all kinds of attention with a very controversial gimmick. Mankind just starting debuting with some interesting promos and looked like he would have something different to offer. I always liked Steve Austin in WCW and was happy to see him in the WWF. And most importantly Vader had finally arrived. I had been looking forward to that for years. While this event may not have been great I associate it with a time of excitement and promise. Now things didn’t exactly turn out like I thought. Bret would take a hiatus after mania. Razor and Diesel would be gone by May. Jarrett even sooner. Ahmed turned out to suck. And while he was ok for a short period they really dropped the ball with Vader. Either way I was loving the WWF at the start of 1996 and I was pumped for the rumble. It was all about Vader. If he debuted only a few weeks earlier I wouldn’t look back at this event as fondly. I couldn’t wait to see Vader debut and whenever I think of this event I remember that feeling of excitement.