Date: 21st January, 1990
Venue: Orlando Arena
City: Orlando, FL
Commentators: Tony Schiavone &
Jesse “The Body” Ventura
The Bushwhackers (Butch and Luke) made their WWF debut in Madison Square Garden on December 30, 1988, defeating The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov). They got involved in a feud with The Bolsheviks, which was to be settled at WrestleMania V. Bolsheviks missed the event, however, so they were replaced by The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond), whom Bushwhackers beat. Bushwhackers and Rougeaus continued to feud with each other for the rest of the year, culminating in a tag team match at Royal Rumble 1990.
Greg Valentine and Ronnie Garvin had been feuding since a match on December 30, 1988 in Madison Square Garden (MSG) which Valentine won by grabbing the tights for leverage. On the April 22, 1989 episode of Superstars, Garvin defeated Valentine in a match. On the following edition of Superstars, they both faced each other in a retirement match where the loser could not wrestle anymore in WWF. Valentine won the match, sending Garvin into retirement. Garvin became a referee for WWF. During this time, he disqualified his rival Valentine in a match against Jimmy Snuka and was suspended after the match. Valentine was so irate that he demanded for Garvin to be re-instated as a professional wrestler and his request was accepted. At Survivor Series, they both battled in a match on opposing teams.
All the other wrestlers in World Wrestling Federation were prepared to participate in the 1990 Royal Rumble match. Many tag team wrestlers, mid-card wrestlers and main event wrestlers chose their entry numbers to participate in this matchup. WWF Champion Hulk Hogan also signed to participate in the match as well as other champions also signed.
Paul Roma defeated Brooklyn Brawler (6:13)
Tag Team Match:
The Bushwhackers defeated The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (with Jimmy Hart) by pinfall (13:35)
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and The Genius fought to a double disqualification (11:07)
Ronnie Garvin defeated Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) by submission (16:55)
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan defeated Big Boss Man (with Slick) by disqualification (10:26)
Royal Rumble Match:
Hulk Hogan won by last eliminating Mr. Perfect (58:46)
Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown’s encounter in the Royal Rumble match led to a one-on-one match between the two at WrestleMania VI, which resulted in a double countout. Demolition (Ax and Smash) and Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) also began a feud with each other for the Colossal Connection’s WWF Tag Team Championship due to their encounter in their Royal Rumble match. It led to a tag team title match at WrestleMania, where Demolition defeated André and Haku to win the titles. The main event featured a title vs. title match as WWF Champion Hulk Hogan took on WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior for both men’s titles. Warrior won the match, winning the WWF Championship and then he vacated the Intercontinental Championship, leading it to be decided in a tournament, won by Mr. Perfect.
Royal Rumble Stats
|1||Ted DiBiase||18||Ultimate Warrior||44:47|
|2||Koko B. Ware||1||DiBiase||01:36|
|9||Bad News Brown||6||Piper||06:04|
|11||André the Giant||10||Ax and Smash||10:16|
|12||The Red Rooster||8||Andre||01:58|
|18||Dino Bravo||15||Ultimate Warrior||06:13|
|19||Earthquake||14||Snuka, Smash, Haku, DiBiase and Neidhart||02:31|
|20||Jim Neidhart||17||DiBiase, Martel, and Ultimate Warrior||08:42|
|21||The Ultimate Warrior||25||Hogan, The Barbarian, Rude||14:29|
|22||Rick Martel||24||Ultimate Warrior||08:14|
|23||Tito Santana||21||Ultimate Warrior and Martel||05:09|
|24||The Honky Tonk Man||22||Hogan||04:01|
|26||Shawn Michaels||23||Ultimate Warrior||00:12|