Rumble Match

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January 15, 1989

 

Big John Studd (spot No. 27) wins the Royal Rumble Match

It was fitting that a big man won the first-ever Royal Rumble Match fought under the pay-per-view spotlight. Big John Studd last eliminated "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase to claim victory. The final four included "The Model" Rick Martel, Akeem, DiBiase and Studd. The Million Dollar Man all but guaranteed he'd be a Rumble factor when he bought his way into the final Rumble spot after originally drawing a far-less-favorable number. Ax and Smash of Demolition drew Nos. 1 and 2 -- then went at it -- proving that it's every man for himself in the Royal Rumble Match. Tension grew in the MegaPowers when Hulk Hogan eliminated "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

ORDER OF ENTRY:

  1. Ax
  2. Smash
  3. Andre the Giant
  4. Mr. Perfect
  5. Ronnie Garvin
  6. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
  7. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
  8. Ron Bass
  9. Shawn Michaels
  10. Bushwacker Butch
  11. Honky Tonk Man
  12. Tito Santana
  13. Bad News Brown
  14. Marty Jannetty
  15. Randy "Macho Man" Savage
  16. Arn Anderson
  17. Tully Blanchard
  18. Hulk Hogan
  19. Bushwacker Luke
  20. Koko B. Ware
  21. Warlord
  22. Big Boss Man
  23. Akeem
  24. Brutus Beefcake
  25. Red Rooster
  26. Barbarian
  27. Big John Studd
  28. Hercules
  29. Rick Martel
  30. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

ORDER OF ELIMINATION:

  1. Smash by Andre the Giant
  2. Ronnie Garvin by Andre the Giant
  3. Jake Roberts by Andre the Giant
  4. Ax by Mr. Perfect
  5. Andre the Giant by himself
  6. Honky Tonk Man by Tito Santana and Bushwacker Butch
  7. Ron Bass by Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty
  8. Greg Valentine by Randy Savage
  9. Shawn Michaels by Randy Savage and Arn Anderson
  10. Marty Jannetty by Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard
  11. Mr. Perfect by Hulk Hogan
  12. Tito Santana by Arn Anderson
  13. Bushwacker Butch by Bad News Brown
  14. Koko B. Ware by Hulk Hogan
  15. Bushwacker Luke by Hulk Hogan
  16. Arn Anderson by Hulk Hogan
  17. Tully Blanchard by Hulk Hogan
  18. Warlord by Hulk Hogan
  19. Bad News Brown by Hulk Hogan
  20. Randy Savage by Hulk Hogan
  21. Hulk Hogan by Akeem and Big Boss Man
  22. Big Boss Man by Hulk Hogan
  23. Red Rooster by Ted DiBiase
  24. Beefcake by Ted DiBiase and Barbarian
  25. Hercules by Ted DiBiase and Barbarian
  26. Barbarian by Rick Martel
  27. Rick Martel by Akeem
  28. Akeem by Big John Studd
  29. Ted DiBiase by Big John Studd

WINNER: Big John Studd

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