Superstars recall the first Royal Rumble Match

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December 20, 2011

Taking place Jan. 24, 1988, the first-ever Royal Rumble Match featured only 20 Superstars and was won by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. (WATCH) Little did anybody realize at the time that the match, which was broadcast on the USA Network rather than pay-per-view, would lay the groundwork for one of WWE's most enduring match formats.

But before ushering in the next installment of this mightily proud event, find out what the participants in the inaugural Royal Rumble Match had to say about the unique and groundbreaking innovation. In the pages that follow, Duggan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Bret "Hit Man" Hart and other WWE Hall of Famers and Legends share their memories from that historic night.

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