Royal Rumble (1996)
Royal Rumble (1996) was the ninth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 21, 1996, at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
|Royal Rumble (1996)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||January 21, 1996|
|Tagline(s)||You've Been Warned|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
In a match occurring on the Free For All preshow, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley. WWF president Gorilla Monsoon stepped in after Droese was pinned and reversed the referee's decision, disqualifying Helmsley for using brass knuckles to knock Droese out. As a result, Droese won the right to be entry number 30 in the Royal Rumble match, while Helmsley had to enter first.
Featured matches on the undercard were the 1996 Royal Rumble match which was won by Shawn Michaels, who last eliminated Diesel to win the match, making it his second straight Royal Rumble win; Goldust defeating Razor Ramon for the WWF Intercontinental Championship; and The Smoking Gunns (Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn) defeating The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
The 1996 Royal Rumble marked the first pay-per-view appearance of Steve Austin, here using the name "The Ringmaster," a blond-haired master ring technician and the featured wrestler in the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase's stable. His elimination was accidental as he was supposed to be in the final four, but he slipped on the ropes and fell out when he was doing a spot with Fatu. In the weeks following the Royal Rumble, "The Ringmaster" gimmick was met with lukewarm reaction from fans, prompting Austin to create a new look and gimmick for himself: the "Stone Cold" gimmick, that of a foul-mouthed individual who drank beer and freely spoke his mind, uncaring of who he angered or whether he had friends (he often attacked heel and face alike), openly disregarded the rules and fought until his last breath. As "Stone Cold," Austin -- who began his first major feud, with Savio Vega, under "The Ringmaster" moniker and continued it after changing his gimmick -- went on to become one of the WWF's biggest stars and helped usher in the promotion's Attitude Era.
|1F||Duke Droese defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley by disqualification||Singles match for entry #30 in the Royal Rumble match||06:25|
|2||Ahmed Johnson defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification||Singles match||06:40|
|3||The Smoking Gunns (Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn) (c) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny)||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||11:14|
|4||Goldust (with Marlena) defeated Razor Ramon (c)||Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship||14:17|
|5||Shawn Michaels won by last eliminating Diesel||30-man Royal Rumble match for a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XII||58:49|
|6||The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Bret Hart (c) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship||28:31|
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminationsEdit
A new entrant came out approximately every 2 minutes.
|1||Hunter Hearst Helmsley||19||Diesel||48:04||1|
|2||Henry O. Godwinn||2||Jake Roberts||16:24||0|
|4||Jerry Lawler||16||Shawn Michaels||36:02||0|
|5||Bob Holly||18||The Ringmaster||39:35||0|
|8||Dory Funk Jr.||5||Savio Vega||10:53||0|
|11||Takao Omori||4||Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Jake Roberts||02:48||0|
|15||Squat Teamer #1||8||01:11||0|
|16||Squat Teamer #2||9||Yokozuna||00:24||0|
|17||Owen Hart||21||Diesel and Shawn Michaels||20:43||2|
|25||Barry Horowitz||20||Owen Hart||04:15||0|
|26||Fatu||24||Isaac Yankem, DDS||07:07||1|
|27||Isaac Yankem, DDS||25||Shawn Michaels||07:05||1|
|28||Marty Jannetty||22||The British Bulldog||02:35||0|
|29||The British Bulldog||27||Shawn Michaels||03:39||1|
|30||Duke Droese||26||Diesel and Kama||01:10||0|
Other on-screen personnelEdit
- "Royal Rumble 1996 results". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "Stone Cold's costly Royal Rumble slip". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
- "Shawn Michaels (spot No. 18) wins the Royal Rumble Match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved March 18, 2011.