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A Rumble from the past


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Sports
 Are you ready for retro pay-per-views?

On January 10 (noon EST, 3 pm EST) and January 11 (3 pm EST), Canada's Viewer's Choice, will be rebroadcasting the WWF's Royal Rumble -- from 1992. It will cost $9.95.

For those who can't recall it, that was the Rumble with Ric Flair proving he was really a 60-minute man in the Rumble, The Road Warriors against the Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon, and the Orient Express (Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka) vs the New Foundation (Jim Neidhart & Owen Hart).

"Right now nostalgia is so popular," said Bill Custers, Brand Director of Viewer's Choice Pay Per View. "The product itself [wrestling] has evolved so much in the last four-to-five years that we wanted to see if there's a service that we could provide for people who were fans back then and use pay-per-view as a historical-type thing."

The retro-PPV is a test between the WWF and Viewer's Choice. They want to know if there's a market for older product, and they want to sell the 1998 Royal Rumble, set for January 18 at 7 pm EST. The '92 Rumble was chosen because it was the first offered by Viewer's Choice.

"There are a lot of fans who want to see the past of the WWF," said Carl DeMarco, president of WWF Canada. He hopes to "recapture fans into the current era."

The idea came about in part from the success of the Survivor Series Flashback special in November and the impresive sales of a WrestleMania video box set.

NOTE: The Roddy Piper vs The Mountie (Jacques Rougeau Jr.) Intercontinental title match has been edited out because of concerns over the portrayal of the RCMP.

NOTE 2: The WWF is also doing a Royal Rumble Special, shown in Canada on TSN on Sunday, January 11 from 9-10 pm EST.