The Iron Sheik's last PPV match as Col. Mustafa, his last PPV appearance until WrestleMania XIII in 1997, and his last WWF PPV match until WrestleMania X-7 in 2001, which would be the final PPV match of his career.
Dave Meltzer's "The Wrestling Observer Newsletter" gave the match between the New Foundation (Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart) and the Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka) 3 1/4 stars and the Royal Rumble match 3 3/4 stars out of a maximum possible five.
Haku and Nikolai Volkoff replaced MartyJannetty and Nasty Boy BrianKnobbs in the RoyalRumble Match. Marty Jannetty was super kicked by Shawn Michaels into the Barber shop window a week early before the Rumble and Brian Knobbs had a separated shoulder after getting into a fight with 3 fans a few weeks before the Rumble. RowdyRoddyPiper replaced Bret Hitman Hart in the match for the Intercontinental title against The Mountie. Bret Harts temperature was 102 degrees and was too sick to wrestle on the day of the Rumble.