Royal Rumble season is upon us. It's a beautiful time of year for wrestling fans. Not only is the Rumble itself one of the more highly anticipated events on the wrestling calendar, but it also signals the arrival of the Road To WrestleMania. This is, of course, when a lot of exciting things take place on WWE programming.
It isn't all fun and games with the Rumble, though. If you've been following my work through the years, you would know that I have written about the “Curse Of The #14” during Rumble time on a few different occasions. If you're new to my work, or if you're just generally unaware of the curse, the story goes like this...
The people who enter the Royal Rumble in the #14 spot, more often than not, encounter a lot of negative things after the fact. Sometimes the curse strikes quickly, and other times, it takes years. It has brought legal issues, addiction problems, loss of employment, and even death. For the most part, you can look at this list as tongue-in-cheek, but there have been so many instances of things happening that you have to at least stop and wonder if a curse really might exist.
Let's not waste any more time and take a look at every single person to enter a Royal Rumble at #14, and then you can make your own decisions on things like curses.
1988 - “Outlaw” Ron Bass
Ron Bass was a successful guy in the days of territories, winning many titles in Florida, as well as in Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling, among other places. About a year after he had the #14 spot in the Rumble, he was gone from the WWF, where he would return to the territorial scene for the next two years or so until injuries forced him to retire. On one hand, you could say it was all downhill for him after the Rumble appearance. On the other hand, he was ready to turn 41 when he retired, so it's not like he was forced out of the business when he was in his 20's. This is one of the entries where there is no “wrong” answer on whether or not he felt the curse.
1989 – Marty Jannetty
A little less than two years after his appearance at #14, Jannetty was involved in a tag team match against enhancement talent. During the match, he would perform his Rocker Dropper finishing move on a man named Charles Austin. Miscommunication took place, leading to Austin tucking his head when he shouldn't have, causing his neck to be broken upon impact with the mat. Austin would go on to sue not only Jannetty, but Titan Sports as a whole, and would go on to win about $27 million in a settlement.
A year later, the infamous Barber Shop segment would take place, where The Rockers split up after Shawn Michaels sent Jannetty through a plate glass window. Many people thought that this would lead to Jannetty going on to become a singles star, but it never happened, and he had to sit back and watch as Michaels would go on to become one of the biggest names in the history of the business. The term “Marty Jannetty” would go on to describe the “weaker” member of a tag team, and that term will probably stick forever. Soon after the split, Jannetty would be arrested for attacking a police officer, and the WWF released him. He bounced back and forth between employment for the company, always returning but never doing much of anything, and was battling substance abuse issues the entire time. There is no doubt whatsoever that Jannetty was touched by this curse.
1990 – Haku
A month before the Rumble, Haku and Andre The Giant defeated Demolition to become the WWF Tag Team Champions. Two months after the Rumble, Haku and Andre would drop the belts back to Demolition. Within two years, Haku was gone from the company. While he did leave the company, he still had another decade left in his career, and would even make a surprise appearance in New Japan last year, wrestling two matches at the age of 56. It would be difficult to say that he was cursed, though. Besides, if you did, he'd probably find out and bite the tip of your nose clean off.