September 24, 2009
Steve Riddle

Royal Rumble 1990
January 21st, 1990
Orlando Arena
Orlando, Florida

Dark Match:

1. Paul Roma defeats the Brooklyn Brawler.

Actual Show:

We hear Vince McMahon run down the card for tonight. Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

Farewell: This is Tony Schiavone’s last WWF PPV. He would return to WCW and would end up being their lead play-by-play announcer until its closure in 2001. After a brief stint in the XWF, Schiavone now works as a morning sports anchor in Georgia.

1. The Bushwhackers defeat the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) when Butch pins Jacques at 13:35.

Farewell: This is the Rougeau’s last PPV as a team. Raymond would retire later in the year and serve as an announcer. Jacques would be taken off TV for about a year.

Analysis: In the rematch from Wrestlemania a year ago, these two meet again, and the Whackers get the win again. The Rougeaus are at the end of their rope as a team as Raymond is near the end of his career, and Jacques would be pushed as a singles star. Here they look out of sync with their rivals and don’t seem motivated. Damn shame that their run ended like it did. Either way, they lose again and are done as a team and the Whackers keep on marching along. Grade: 2

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ted Dibiase.

2. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and The Genius wrestle to a double disqualification at 11:03.

Analysis: A pretty dull match which is a shame. Beefcake was at his peak as a wrestler with great workrate, and the Genius was actually a pretty good wrestler, but couldn’t show it because of his character. There was no consistent flow to the match, although the fans were into it throughout the match. The most exciting came at the end, while the ref was down, Beefcake cuts some hair until Mr. Perfect comes down to assult Brutus with a chair. That would set up their Wrestlemania match, but this match is not that great. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews the Heenan Family.

We see the date for Wrestlemania VI.

3. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin defeats Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) in a Submission match with the Scorpion Deathlock at 16:52.

The Buildup: After Garvin was reinstated as a wrestler, these two kept feuding with each other until this match was set.

Farewell: This is Ronnie Garvin’s last PPV. He would be released later in the year. Garvin is curently semi-retired and works mostly in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Analysis: Clearly the best match on the undercard. I think that both men having on the shin guards is great psychology, but both men constantly going for pins takes away from the match. Another factor is the fact that this feud started back in April of 1989 and this is the big blowoff, although with only four PPVs a year you can’t blame the bookers too much. In the end, Garvin uses the shin guard as a weapon and Valentine submits to the Scorpion Deathlock. Garvin is never seen on PPV again and Valentine resumes an old tag team. Grade: 3

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Mr. Perfect.

We get a special Brother Love show with guests “Sensational Queen” Sherri and Sapphire.

Sean Mooney interviews Jim Duggan.

4. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan defeats The Big Bossman (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) by disqualification at 10:23.

Analysis: A surprisingly good power match. Bossman was losing weight and slowly growing into a solid power wrestler and Duggan is still the same as he always is. Both men pound each other until Bossman gets DQ’ed for using the nightstick. Duggan moves onto another feud while Bossman would have a change of attitude by our next show. Grade: 2.5

We see the date for Wrestlemania VI.

We see comments from Royal Rumble participants.

Tony and Jesse hype the Rumble.

We see comments from more Royal Rumble participants.

5. Hulk Hogan wins the Royal Rumble match.

Order of entry and time lasted:
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase (44:47) (Ironman) (New Record)
“The Birdman” Koko B. Ware (1:36)
Marty Jannetty (1:35)
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (10:03)
“Macho King” Randy Savage (10:10)
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (12:20)
The Warlord (8:16)
Bret “The Hitman” Hart (16:16)
Bad News Brown (6:04)
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (18:18)
Andre the Giant (10:16)
The Red Rooster (1:58)
Ax (12:50)
Haku (22:31)
Smash (15:01)
“The African Dream” Akeem (2:31)
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka (17:03)
Dino Bravo (6:13)
The Canadian Earthquake (2:31)
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart (8:42)
The Ultimate Warrior (14:29)
“The Model” Rick Martel (8:14)
Tito Santana (5:09)
The Honkytonk Man (4:01)
Hulk Hogan (12:49) (WINNER)
Shawn Michaels (:12)
The Barbarian (5:47)
“Ravishing” Rick Rude (6:29)
Hercules (3:02)
Mr. Perfect (3:32)

Order of elimination:
Koko by Dibiase (1)
Jannetty by Dibiase (2)
Roberts by Savage (1)
Savage by Rhodes (1)
Warlord by Andre (1)
Brown by Piper (1)
Piper by Brown (1)
Rooster by Andre (2)
Hart by Rhodes (2)
Andre by Demolition (1,1)
Akeem by Snuka (1)
Rhodes by Earthquake (1)
Ax by Earthquake (2)
Earthquake by Dibiase, Haku, Neidhart, Snuka, and Smash (3,1,1,2,2)
Bravo by Warrior (1)
Smash by Haku (2)
Neidhart by Warrior and Martel (2,1)
Dibiase by Warrior (3)
Snuka by Hogan (1)
Haku by Hogan (2)
Santana by Martel and Warrior (2,3)
HTM by Hogan (3)
Michaels by Warrior (4)
Martel by Warrior (5)
Warrior by Rude, Barbarian, and Hogan (1,1,4)
Barbarian by Hercules (1)
Hercules by Rude (2)
Rude by Perfect (1)
Perfect by Hogan (5)

Title Change: The team of Andre the Giant and Haku defeated Demolition to win the WWF Tag Team Titles on December 30th.

Farewell: This is Terry Taylor’s last WWF PPV until 1993.

Analysis: A pretty solid Rumble match. This match was stacked with many of the top names and mid carders. I have to give props to Ted Dibiase. After being #30 last year, he starts the Rumble this year and lasts 45 minutes, so a gusty performance by him. This Rumble see many feuds intertwined in this match, so that’s another plus. The only minus here is that there is no prize for the winner, although it is still new so I guess bragging rights were pretty good to have. The big story here is the meeting between Hogan and the Warrior. They clear the ring then go at it for about sixty seconds. Then Hogan “accidentally” helps eliminate Warrior, although it is every man for himself and they were not partners. Jesse tries to play it up, but here it doesn’t work. Hogan winning was probably a bad thing in the long run, but I won’t go into details about that. Overall, a good Rumble with solid performances by several stars, specifically Dibiase, and the building up to Warrior/Hogan at Wrestlemania. Grade: N/A

Final Analysis: Overall, this is an average show. The Rumble itself is very solid, while the undercard, save for the submission match, is pretty bad. Although that was to be expected considering most of the top talent was in the Rumble. That problem would get fixed at future events. There is not much as far as historical significance, but it is a fun way to kill three hours. Final Grade: C+

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