I honestly think that the battle royal is being over analysed far too much, when was the last time anyone has paid this much attention to the harmless dross that WWE can put out on each and every one of their ppv pre-shows? I had this on when my parents were still up on Saturday night, neither have a paticular interest in wrestling but the match produced a few laughs from them and they were actually engaging with the product. Mum rooting for the bloke with no legs (Dustin Thomas) and praying nobody hurt him and then cheering on the bloke who looks far too old to be doing this wrestling stuff (Billy Gunn). Dad laughing his head off over the bloke putting a fag out on somebodies head, being in awe of luchasaurus, the antics of Sonny Kiss and getting a kick out of seeing Tommy Dreamer getting involved.
Point being that yes the match was a mess and production being all over the place, but I honestly feel that there were enough colourful characters involved, with plenty of wild spots to at least keep the casual fan amused for twenty minutes. It was a pre show battle royal which delivered a feel good finish leading into the main show - what more were people expecting?