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The WWE Royal Rumble: Detroit Tigers Edition at Tiger Stadium

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: General view of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals on June 7, 1999 at Tigers Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: General view of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals on June 7, 1999 at Tigers Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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The last four Detroit Tigers still standing

We are down to the final four participants – Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Al Kaline and Hank Greenberg.

Hank Greenberg goes to lift Kaline out, but “Mr. Tiger” grabs onto him with a headlock. Greenberg gets Kaline over the top rope, but Kaline hangs on for dear life, graduating pulling Greenberg over the top rope himself. Eventually Kaline gets him all the way over by not letting go, and Greenberg’s momentum sends him to the floor, and back to the locker room.

Cabrera eyes Ty Cobb. Cobb is freaking out. Cobb is offering hundreds, throwing them at Miggy who doesn’t care. Miggy finally chases Cobb down and is about to throw him out, when Cobb hits Miggy with the dastardly low blow. Cobb’s cane yet stops another superstar in his tracks. Cobb tosses Miggy out by lifting from his knees, and Cobb has yet another elimination via foul play. Miggy is furious on the outside.

Down to Kaline and Cobb. Cobb approaches Kaline with all the confidence in the world. Kaline is ready to go though and hits Cobb with a wild combination of arm drags and hip tosses. Cobb is rattled but reverses a charging Kaline by flipping him over the top rope onto the apron. Cobb goes to use his walking stick to hit Kaline, but Kaline jumps and kicks it out of his hand onto the floor. Miggy, who is walking away following his exit from the match, sees it land in front of him, and chucks it into the stands away from a visibly upset Cobb into the stands. Crowd goes nuts and Miggy exits getting the last laugh on Cobb.

Cobb is on his last ditch effort. He checks his pockets, and he’s out of hundred-dollar bills. He goes for the handshake to Kaline. Kaline looks around to the crowd who repeatedly chant “No!” Kaline steps back and puts up his hands to say this is a fair fight from here on out.

Cobb gives in and the two lock up in the middle of the ring. Cobb grabs a headlock, but Kaline sends him to the ropes. Cobb rebounds and Kaline hits the mat, forcing Cobb to run over him. As Cobb heads back towards Kaline, Al drops him with a picture perfect dropkick – Dolph Ziggler style. Yes, I’m a Ziggler die hard, so he gets the reference here.

Cobb shoots up into the corner and Kaline is there to hit him with a Stinger splash. Kaline lifts Cobb up to the top rope. Kaline goes to push Cobb over, but Cobb rakes the eyes sending Kaline back. Cobb hits a Jimmy King Crown on Kaline, and the babyface Mr. Tiger looks all but defeated. Cobb laughs as he picks Kaline up, but Kaline gives every bit of strength he has to life Cobb up into a fireman’s carry, and send him over the top rope.

The crowd goes wild as Ernie Harwell announces the winner of the Detroit Tigers Royal Rumble. “Mr. Tiger” Al Kaline.

Well if you stuck around for this entire post you are a mensch. Thank you! I am a baseball and wrestling fan through and through, and I’d love to know how you’d book the Detroit Tigers Royal Rumble in the comments.

Enjoy the Rumble, and enjoy Detroit Tigers baseball!

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