Royal Rumble (1996)
|Royal Rumble (1996)|
|Tagline(s)||"You've been WARNED!"|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||January 21, 1996|
|Royal Rumble chronology|
Royal Rumble (1996) was the ninth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 21, 1996 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
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 and Bart) defeating The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship.
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.
|Free for All||Duke Droese defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley by disqualification||Singles match||06:25|
|1||Ahmed Johnson defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification||Singles match||06:40|
|2||The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart) (c) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny)||Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship||11:14|
|3||Goldust (with Marlena) defeated Razor Ramon (c)||Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship||14:17|
|4||Shawn Michaels won by last eliminating Diesel||30-man Royal Rumble match for a WWF Championship match at WrestleMania XII||58:49|
|5||The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Bret Hart (c) by disqualification||Singles match for the WWF Championship||28:31|
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations
A new entrant came out approximately every 2 minutes.
|1||Hunter Hearst Helmsley||19||Diesel||48:01|
|8||Dory Funk, Jr.||5||Vega||10:53|
|11||Takao Ōmori||4||Helmsley and Roberts||02:48|
|15||Squat Team #1||8||Vader||01:11|
|16||Squat Team #2||9||Yokozuna||00:24|
|17||Owen Hart||21||Michaels and Diesel||20:43|
|28||Marty Jannetty||22||British Bulldog||02:35|
|29||The British Bulldog||27||Michaels||03:39|
|30||Duke Droese||26||Kama and Diesel||01:10|
- "Royal Rumble 1996 results". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "Shawn Michaels (spot No. 18) wins the Royal Rumble Match". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved March 18, 2011.