Royal Rumble: The Complete History

Royal Rumble 1991

The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble was between WWF World Champion The Ultimate Warrior, who had been champion since defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990

Date: 19th January, 1991
Venue: Miami Arena
City: Miami, FL
Attendance: 16,000
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon &
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper



Royal Rumble 1991 promotional poster

Royal Rumble 1991 promotional poster

The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble was between WWF World Champion The Ultimate Warrior, who had been champion since defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990, and Sgt. Slaughter, who had returned to the WWF in 1990 and became a heel sympathizer of the Iraqi government. Their feud began building during a time when the United States was engaged in Operation Desert Shield (which became Operation Desert Storm on January 17, two days before the Royal Rumble). During the build-up to their match, Slaughter and his manager, General Adnan, cut several anti-American promos to build heat for the event; at one point, Slaughter unwrapped a present and revealed a pair of boots purportedly sent to him by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In the meantime, “Macho King” Randy Savage challenged Warrior to his own series of matches, which Warrior successfully answered.


Match Results

Dark Match: 
Jerry Sags defeated Sam Houston (5:25)

Tag Team Match:
The Rockers defeated The Orient Express (with Mr. Fuji) (19:15)

Singles Match:
Big Boss Man defeated The Barbarian (with Jimmy Hart) (14:15)

WWF Championship:
Sgt. Slaughter (with General Adnan) defeated Ultimate Warrior (c) (12:47)

Singles Match:
The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Koko B. Ware (9:12)

Tag Team Match:
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Virgil defeated “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes (9:57)

Royal Rumble Match:
Hulk Hogan won by last eliminating Earthquake (1:05:17)



Following his WWF World Championship loss, Warrior focused on revenge against Savage, with their first encounter being a steel cage match January 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which Savage won (with help from Sensational Sherri); Warrior was enraged and – despite being restrained by several referees and other wrestlers – attacked Sherri after the match by slamming her in the ring. Meanwhile, Warrior was unsuccessful in regaining the title, losing a series of steel cage matches to Slaughter, usually thanks to interference from Sensational Sherri. Warrior and Savage eventually agreed to a “career vs. career match” at WrestleMania VII, which Warrior won.

Hogan, meanwhile, was named the No. 1 contender for Slaughter’s WWF World Championship. During a promo that took place right after the Slaughter-Warrior match, “Mean” Gene Okerlund”received word” that Slaughter was defacing the American flag, to which Hogan vowed that Slaughter’s reign as World Champion would be short-lived. At WrestleMania VII, Hogan defeated Slaughter to become World Champion for the third time. (Prior to WrestleMania VII, Hogan defeated Earthquake in a series of “stretcher matches” to finish their feud.)


Royal Rumble Stats

Draw Entrant Order Eliminated by Time
1 Bret Hart 4 Undertaker 20:33
2 Dino Bravo 1 Valentine 03:06
3 Greg Valentine 14 Hogan 44:03
4 Paul Roma 3 Roberts 14:05
5 The Texas Tornado 7 Undertaker 24:17
6 Rick Martel 25 Smith 52:17
7 Saba Simba 2 Martel 02:27
8 Bushwhacker Butch 5 Undertaker 10:07
9 Jake Roberts 6 Martel 12:58
10 Hercules 17 Knobs 37:36
11 Tito Santana 15 Earthquake 30:23
12 The Undertaker 9 Hawk & Animal 14:16
13 Jimmy Snuka 8 Hawk 08:06
14 Davey Boy Smith 26 Earthquake & Knobs 36:43
15 Smash 13 Hogan 18:22
16 Hawk 10 Hercules & Martel 06:37
17 Shane Douglas 20 Knobs 26:23
18 Randy Savage No-showed the match 00:00
19 Animal 11 Earthquake 06:39
20 Crush 18 Hogan 18:34
21 Jim Duggan 12 Perfect 04:44
22 Earthquake 28 Hogan 24:42
23 Mr. Perfect 22 Smith 16:14
24 Hulk Hogan WINNER 19:55
25 Haku 24 Smith 13:24
26 Jim Neidhart 23 Martel 11:11
27 Bushwhacker Luke 16 Earthquake 00:04
28 Brian Knobs 27 Hogan 10:07
29 The Warlord 19 Hogan 01:35
30 Tugboat 21 Hogan 02:32


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