WWF Royal Rumble 1990

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: January 21, 1990

Attendance: 16,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win the Rumble this year? Could it be a Perfect Rumble? Read on!

As the announcers open the show, Ventura ensures us that this show won’t be any Mickey Mouse operation.

Great outfit, Guvnor.

Match 1: The Fabulous Rougeaus (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus the Bushwhackers


Rating: *

Summary: The Orlando faithful LOVED the Bushwhackers. Otherwise, it was a standard comedy tag match. Say farewell to the Rougeaus as this was their last WWF match together due to Raymond’s retirement.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews a perturbed DiBiase who drew #1 this year as opposed to last year when he “acquired” #30.

Match 2: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake versus Genius


Rating: *

Summary: This was more angle than match as Beefcake will seek revenge against Perfect.

After the match, Perfect grabs a chair and hammers Beefcake in the midsection with it. Officials, including Shane McMahon, shoo Perfect from the ring.

Backstage, Sean Mooney interviews the Heenan Family and mentions that the Colossal Connection (Haku and Andre) are the WWF tag team champions (aired 12/30/89, taped 12/13). He then stirs up dissension among them.

A promo for WrestleMania VI aired. It will emanate from the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario on April 1.

Match 3 (submission): “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin versus Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart)


Rating: ***

Summary: Despite the continuous nonsensical pin attempts, this somewhat resembled Flair-Garvin from Starrcade ’87, and the NWA fans among the Orlando faithful enjoyed it.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Mr. Perfect who cuts a promo on Beefcake and drew #30 for the Rumble. How fortuitous!

Brother Love: Queen Sherri is the special guest, and she and Love discuss the definition of peasant. Love then introduces Sapphire who Ventura sarcastically refers to as “tons of fun.” After Love and Queen Sherri run her and Rhodes down, Sapphire slaps the taste out of her mouth. Savage then runs into the ring to confront Sapphire, but Rhodes also arrives to save her bacon.

Before Rhodes enters the ring, Savage ambushes him, mounts the top turnbuckle, and gives him a double axe handle. Sapphire then jumps on Savage’s back, but Brother Love pulls her off. After Rhodes enters the ring, he catches and slams Brother Love. He then holds Brother Love so that Sapphire can slap him. Afterward, he dumps Brother Love between the ropes to the floor. The Orlando faithful ERUPTS as Rhodes and Sapphire dance to their approval.

Backstage, Mooney interviews Duggan.

Match 4: The Big Bossman (w/ Slick) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Despite the cop-out finish, Bossman’s agility and stamina were showcased well here.

After the match, Duggan grabs his 2x4, re-enters the ring, and WALLOPS Bossman sending him over the top rope to the floor. He then hammers Slick sending him between the ropes to the floor. Bossman tries to nail Duggan by throwing in a pair of chairs but misses. To a raucous Orlando faithful, Duggan waves the American flag.

Promo #2 for WrestleMania VI aired.

In a pre-recorded set of interviews, Dino Bravo wants to face the Warrior while Earthquake wants to wreak havoc. Next, Demolition recalls their opening “match” at last year’s Rumble. Afterward, Brown’s ready to make the Orlando faithful cry. Rhodes is ready for Savage while the Rockers want to make their mark. As a warning, Hercules is ready to unleash his power on everyone. In a cocky way, Martel will protect his face and show off his stamina. To declare his lack of allegiance to anyone involved, Santana states that “friendship is over.” After Snuka woofs his promo, Slick shills Akeem’s tremendous size as an asset for the Rumble. Meanwhile, Ultimate Warrior spews his gibberish and calls out Hogan.

Savage then cuts a promo on Rhodes and claims to be the favorite to win the Rumble. As Mr. Fuji shills the Powers of Pain, Roberts uses wisdom as his key to victory. Laughing maniacally, the Hart Foundation is “ready to go the distance.” While tuning his guitar, Honkytonk Man will name his tune. Lastly, Hogan will use his “power of the pythons” to win.

Match 5 (Royal Rumble):


Akeem, Andre the Giant, Barbarian, Dino Bravo, Demolition Ax, Bad News Brown, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Earthquake, Haku, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Hercules, WWF champion Hulk Hogan, Honkytonk Man, Marty Jannetty, “The Model” Rick Martel, Shawn Michaels, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Mr. Perfect, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Red Rooster, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Tito Santana, “Macho King” Randy Savage, Demolition Smash, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Koko B. Ware, Intercontinental champion Ultimate Warrior, Warlord


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Tremendously exciting match with a fantastic effort from DiBiase. I’m torn on Hogan’s win because he didn’t need it. During Thanksgiving weekend, Perfect was built up to be the next big heel. Conversely, two months later, Perfect drew #30 and had the honor of being last man out. In my eyes, he should have won. Lastly, the Hogan-Warrior showdown is something to be seen to be believed.

After the match, Hogan grabs a fan’s sign that reads “Hulkamania will live forever” and poses for the Orlando faithful.

Conclusion: Say it with me—ONE MATCH SHOW. With all the champions in the Rumble, the undercard didn’t contain any sizzle. Also, while the victory in the Rumble may have been Hogan’s whispers in McMahon’s ear, I believe the lack of a good undercard may have been as well. Regardless, if you’ve never seen the Rumble match, gather your friends and catch it. Hulkamaniacs will love it, and others won’t sour upon it.

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXV!

Buyrate: 2.00

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