Royal Rumble 1988

Royal Rumble

Royal Rumble 1988

Date: January 24 1988 Attendance: 18,000 Venue: Copps Coliseum | City: Hamilton, Ontario


The inaugural edition of the Royal Rumble event aired on 24/01/1988 from the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. There were four matches contested 0n the card and one championship on the line. The main event featured a Tag Team match, with The Islanders battling The Young Stallions in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match. The inaugural Royal Rumble match was contested on the under card, featuring 20 competitors rather than the traditional 30. The event was originally not marketed as a pay-per-view for the WWE, and was shown as a special on the USA Network. The event is now available to watch on the WWE Network under the pay-per-views section.

Check out our Old School Review of Royal Rumble 1988, right here!


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Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude via Disqualification

Time: 16:40

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WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship – 2 out of 3 Falls Match

The Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno) defeated The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) (c) to capture the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

Time: 15:21

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20-Man Royal Rumble Match

Jim Duggan won the Royal Rumble 1988 match, last eliminating One Man Gang

Time: 33:00

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2 out of 3 Falls Match

The Islanders (Haku and Tama) defeated The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers)

Time: 14:00

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Royal Rumble 1988 Statistics

Entry Order Competitor Elimination Order Eliminator Time
1.  Bret Hart 8 Don Muraco 25:42
2.  Tito Santana 2 Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart 10:41
3.  Butch Reed 1 Jake Roberts 03:18
4.  Jim Neidhart 6 Hillbilly Jim 19:06
5.  Jake Roberts 10 One Man Gang 21:52
6.  Harley Race 4 Don Muraco 10:03
7.  Jim Brunzell 5 Nikolai Volkoff 12:06
8.  Sam Houston 7 Ron Bass 14:39
9.  Danny Davis 13 Jim Duggan 17:51
10.  Boris Zhukov 3 Jake Roberts and Jim Brunzell 02:33
11.  Don Muraco 17 Dino Bravo and One Man Gang 16:16
12.  Nikolai Volkoff 11 Jim Duggan 11:40
13.  Jim Duggan  – WINNER 14:43
14.  Ron Bass 16 Don Muraco 10:14
15.  B. Brian Blair 9 One Man Gang 05:50
16.  Hillbilly Jim 12 One Man Gang 05:55
17.  Dino Bravo 18 One Man Gang 08:12
18.  The Ultimate Warrior 14 Dino Bravo and One Man Gang 03:51
19.  One Man Gang 19 Jim Duggan 06:50
20.  Junkyard Dog 15 Ron Bass 02:08
  • Winner: Jim Duggan
    • ENTRY NUMBER: 13
    • TIME LASTED: 14 minutes 44 seconds
    • NUMBER OF ELIMINATIONS: 3 (Dangerous Danny Davis, Nikolai Volkoff and One Man Gang)
  • Shortest Time: The Junkyard Dog, 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Longest Time: Bret Hart, 25 minutes 42 seconds
  • Average Time: 10 minutes 25 seconds
  • Number 1 Entrant: Bret Hart
  • Number 20 Entrant: The Junkyard Dog
  • First Elimination: Butch Reed
  • Last Elimination: One Man Gang
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Event Commentators

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura

Interviewers

Gene Okerlund and Craig DeGeorge

WWE President

Jack Tunney

Ring Announcer

Howard Finkel

Referees

Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, Joey Marella and Jimmy Korderas


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