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Royal Rumble (1988)

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The first ever Royal Rumble battle royal, a staggered battle royal with a new participant every 2 minutes. Also: WWF Women's Tag Team Championship (2 out of 3 falls) : The Jumping Bomb ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merced Solis ... Tito Santana
... Bret 'The Hitman' Hart
Bruce Reed ... Butch Reed
Jim Neidhart ... Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart
... Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
Harley Race ... Himself
Jim Brunzell ... Himself
Sam Houston ... Himself
Danny Davis ... Danny Davis - Referee
Boris Zhukov ... Boris Zhukov
Don Muraco ... Himself
Josip Peruzovic ... Nikolai Volkoff
... 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan
Ron Bass ... Outlaw Ron Bass
Brian Blair ... B. Brian Blair
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The first ever Royal Rumble battle royal, a staggered battle royal with a new participant every 2 minutes. Also: WWF Women's Tag Team Championship (2 out of 3 falls) : The Jumping Bomb Angels vs. The Glamour Girls, 2 our of 3 Falls Match: The Islanders vs. The Young Stallians, Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude, & the contract signing for the Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant rematch Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

During the event, Dino Bravo made a world record attempt to bench press 715 lbs. Bravo was successful but with the help of spotter Jesse "The Body" Ventura. See more »

Goofs

During the Ricky Steamboat/Rick Rude match, there is a spot where Rude has Steamboat in a sleeper hold. The referee raises Steamboat's arm three times and it drops three times which should result in Rude winning the match. Commentator Jesse Ventura even points this out. Confused, the referee raises his hand one more time, Steamboat gets out of the hold, and the match continues. See more »

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Followed by WWE: Extreme Rules (2009) See more »

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WWF tv show vs NWA ppv
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This is the original Royal Rumble with a new wrestler coming in every 2 minutes. The WWF aired that show from ontario at the very same time that the old NWA was putting on Bunkhouse Stampede, that was January the 24th of 1988. The Rumble match for its time was refreshing and the opening bout with Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat was decent. However few wrestling fans will now be able to enjoy that kind of entertainment, but is today's fast-food wrestling really better? Please let me know.


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