For all intents and purposes, it seemed like the road to WrestleMania XV would run through an unprecedented point of interest, that being Steve Austin becoming the first person to win not only three Royal Rumble matches, but three in a row. It was hard to imagine anyone besides Austin leaving the biggest show of the year with the gold, and a showdown between he and Rock seemed all but assured.
Of course, WWE at this time was prone to book major swerves whenever possible, and that's what the audience got at the 1999 Royal Rumble, when Vince McMahon won the damn thing. Of course, WWE still had plenty of other ways to get Austin into the title match for WrestleMania, Rumble win or not.
The 1999 Royal Rumble is similar to many shows of the period, in that it hasn't exactly aged well over the years. The only good match on the show is one where a man had his brains beaten in while his young children looked on, so unflinching drama aside, it's hard to call that a positive.
The rest of the night ranged from dull (the rest of the undercard) to ridiculous (the booking of the Rumble match). There were a number of Attitude Era shows that still hold up today as events featuring both quality matches and quality moments. This ain't one of them.
Here are ten facts about the 1999 Royal Rumble you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.