• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 20, 2002) – WWF Royal Rumble 2002
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 20, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
This turned out to be the last ‘World Wrestling Federation’ version of the Royal Rumble, before the promotion was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment later that year.
Below are the results:
– WWF Tag Team Championship
Spike Dudley and Tazz (c) def. The Dudley Boyz
– WWF Intercontinental Championship
William Regal def. Edge (c)
– WWF Women’s Championship
Trish Stratus (c) def. Jazz
– Street Fight
Ric Flair def. Mr. McMahon
– Undisputed WWF Championship
Chris Jericho (c) def. The Rock
– Triple H won the Royal Rumble match
• Alberto Del Rio Apologizes To Triple H, Blames Paige & Her Family For His Rants
During a recent interview with Medio Tiempo, former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio revealed that he apologized to Triple H for his rants and blamed Paige & her family for that.
Below are the highlights:
On apologizing to Triple H for his rants:
“As you know, I am a man who knows when he was wrong. In fact I was in contact with them. Like WWE, when they admitted their mistake the first time I left, I also admit my mistake.
I personally apologized to Triple H for the issues we had when I was in a bad relationship with my ex-partner. She and her entire family made me believe that they affected our relationship. She made me believe that the videos and all that was happening outside to her was perpetrated by Triple H and the company. At the time I believed her, because she was my partner.
I defended her by heart and sword, then things were different. Later I realized how wrong I was to place my trust in that person. I deeply regret my words and apologized to Triple H, his wife and WWE. They understood me.”
On a possible return to WWE:
“Of course I would go back if the opportunity arises. I would not go back full-time, but I would transition to a special appearance wrestler. Before I put down my wrestling boots for good it will surely happen. Surely before I retire, I will do something special with WWE.
However I do not see it happening in 2018, but in 2019 before leaving the United States. I’m definitely going to do something special with them. I consider myself to be on good terms with WWE right now on my side, we will one day shake hands and everything will be fine. Time heals all wounds.”