"Royal Rumble 1989"
January 15th, 1989
The Summit - Houston, Texas
Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse "The Body" Ventura
Wrestling Challenge (Free T.V.)
*The first 40 minutes of Wrestling Challenge was a pre-view to the Royal Rumble. The last 10 minutes was the free for all just prior to the Pay Per-View.
Making his way to the ring weighing in at 239 pounds... The.. Red.. Rooster!!! and Making his way to the ring weighing in at 240 pounds... The.. Brooklyn.. Brawler!!!
Red Rooster Vs. Brooklyn Brawler (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)
The Red Rooster is a bit hesitant to lock up with the Brooklyn Brawler, but does so after a few minutes. The Red Rooster attempts a knee to the midsection, but the Brooklyn Brawler blocks it, then he sets the Red Rooster up into a nice suplex. The Brooklyn Brawler reaches around and applies a chin lock wrenching back with everything he's got! The Red Rooster gets out of the hold with a face rake, then quickly gets to his feet and picks the Brooklyn Brawler up into a body slam. The Red Rooster bounces off the ropes as the Brooklyn Brawler makes it to his feet and meets a stiff clothesline dropping the Brooklyn Brawler back to the mat. The Red Rooster kicks the Brooklyn Brawler in the midsection, then picks him up and irish whips him hard into the turnbuckle and the Brooklyn Brawler drops to the mat.
The Red Rooster picks the Brooklyn Brawler up only to be surprised by a series of closed right fists to the midsection. The Red Rooster irish whips the Brooklyn Brawler, but it's reversed and the Red Rooster is the one to meet the corner with the Brooklyn Brawler right behind him with a splash! The Brooklyn Brawler picks the Red Rooster up off the rebound and connects with a gut buster. The Brooklyn Brawler goes for the cover 1..2..the Red Rooster kicks out. The Brooklyn Brawler goes back to the chin lock trying to break the damn thing, but once again the Red Rooster is able to slime his way out of the hold. The Brooklyn Brawler gets up and keeps the Red Rooster grounded with a series of double ax-handles to the back and head, then applies a side head lock.
The Red Rooster is on his feet and pushes the Brooklyn Brawler into the ropes and the Red Rooster runs and meets the Brooklyn Brawler with a high knee lift dropping the Brooklyn Brawler hard to the mat. The Red Rooster hooks the leg 1...2..Brooklyn Brawler kicks out. The Red Rooster picks the Brooklyn Brawler up and connects on a suplex and goes for another cover 1..2..the Brooklyn Brawler kicks out. The Red Rooster picks up the Brooklyn Brawler and irish whips him into the ropes and connects on a flying forearm.
*Bobby Heenan jumps up on the apron and distracts the Red Rooster and referee Dick Kroll comes over to take care of Heenan.
This allows enough time for the Brooklyn Brawler to roll out of the ring, then grab the roll of quarters that Heenan left by the turnbuckle and slides back into the ring. The Red Rooster turns around, but the Brooklyn Brawler drops the Red Rooster with one right hand. The Brooklyn Brawler picks the Red Rooster up and sets him up for a swinging neck breaker and hooks the leg 1..2..3!
*Bobby Heenan enters the ring and holds the Red Rooster up as the Brooklyn Brawler pounds away until more referee's come down and break it up.
Brooklyn Brawler is the winner by pin fall.
Various WWF Superstars drawing their Royal Rumble entry numbers (Part #1)
*There is a big metal tumbler with a bunch of ping pong balls inside with Sean Mooney standing next to it while different WWF Superstars come to draw their order of entry.
Oh yeah... A perfect number for the perfect specimen only I!.. in the World Wrestling Federation has to offer.
Ax & Smash of Demolition:
*They draw their numbers then look at each other.
I guess we have a lot of work to do tonight.
Agreed, let's get ready!
*Grabs and crushes the ping pong ball trying to get at the number.
* heheh, I will have plenty of Bad News for everyone in the World Wrestling Federation tonight!
Akeem & Big Bossman of the Twin Towers w/"The Doctor of Style" Slick:
*Akeem and the Big Bossman each grab a ping pong ball.
Tonight my men will be the last two men standing! The Mega Powers thought they were in trouble last night. Tonight the Twin Towers here will topple the Mega Powers and we will ride victorious!
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/Virgil:
*Virgil grabs a ping pong ball opening it and handing the piece of paper inside to Ted DiBiase.
* What? What is this crap!
*Ted DiBiase looks over and sees the Twin Towers standing off screen.
Hey Slick! You got a minute?
*Ted DiBiase motions Slick to come over and does so entering the camera view.
I got a question for you. You happy with what you're men got for a number?
Very happy my man!
We need to talk in private. Let's go over here and discuss some different possibilities.
"Royal Rumble 1989"
Welcome everyone to the Royal Rumble! Here in Houston Texas at The Summit. It's a packed crowd tonight with over twelve-thousand in attendance to see the most action packed match in professional wrestling!
Thats right Monsoon! 30 men will enter only one will remain!
Who do you think has the best chance at winning the Royal Rumble tonight Jesse?
My money is on Andre the Giant! He is by far the biggest man in the WWF and quite frankly there is no one that stands a chance against the 8th wonder of the world.
Thats a very good answer Jesse. Thats a surprise coming from you.
Don't start Monsoon! Let's get on with the program.
Well then... Let's go down with Sean Mooney standing by.
Various WWF Superstars drawing their Royal Rumble entry numbers (Part #2)
*The camera cuts back to Sean Mooney standing by the metal tumbler with the ping pong balls.
Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels of the Rockers:
*Both men grab a ping pong ball from the tumbler and Shawn Michaels pumps his fist in approval.
Let me see what you got.
*Shawn Michaels holds up his piece of paper.
Well as long as we stay together one of us will win the Royal Rumble! The Rockers will be a rockin' and a Rollin' later tonight!
Honkytonk Man w/"Colonel" Jimmy Hart:
*The Honkytonk Man grabs a ping pong ball and stands there staring at the piece of paper.
What number did you get? What did you get?
It don't matter what number I have. All my fans have been so good to me it's time I give them something back and that is a Royal Rumble victory!
"The Mighty" Hercules:
*Pulls his ping pong ball out of the tumbler.
* Hmmm, I won't be bought or sold tonight! I have a long night ahead of me and a lot of other WWF superstars to go through to be the last man standing. Only the strongest will survive!
Jacques & Raymond Rougeau of the Faboulus Rougeau Brothers:
*The Rougeau Brothers each pull a ping pong ball out of the tumbler.
Tonight looks pretty easy for me. what you got Raymond?
I don't like this number! Hey, I'm getting a different ball!
I can't allow you to do that. You have to stick with what you got, I'm sorry.
*The Rougeau Brothers get angry, but leave without incident.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts:
*Pulls a ping pong ball out of the tumbler.
* You know... everyone is all worried about what number they are going to be. Me... It don't matter what number I am because I only have one goal and thats to eliminate the big man Andre the Giant! Everything else will just fall into place after I accomplish that.
Welcome back to ringside where in moments we will be starting our first match of the evening between Harley Race and King Haku. What are you're thoughts Jesse?
King Haku is going to destroy Harley Race tonight Monsoon! Harley Race should stay retired. He has no business getting back into the ring with today's competitors!
Harley Race may be a little over the hill Jesse, but I'm sure he still takes care of himself and will put up a good fight. He might even win this match Jesse!
I think you're in denial Monsoon. That washed up has been don't stand a chance here tonight!
Well I guess were are going to find out now won't we Jesse. Let's go backstage where Tony Schaivone is standing by with Harley Race.
Interview w/Tony Schaivone & Harley Race
*The camera cuts backstage where Tony Schaivone is standing with Harley Race.
Welcome Harley Race. Let me get strait to the question everyone is wondering about. Why did you come out of retirement for this match tonight here at the Royal Rumble?
I have been sitting around for quite some time now watching King Haku and let me tell you that I am not happy with what I have been seeing. The King should be one whom represents the World Wrestling Federation in such a manner that reflects what the World Wrestling Federation is all about!
What is it thats King Haku doing that you don't approve of and what do you intend to do about the situation?
The World Wrestling Federation is about respect, honor & giving 110% each and every night. I intend to defeat King Haku tonight and take back what is rightfully mine. The crown and title of King! King Harley Race will be back tonight! There is nothing Haku can do about it. You'll see!
*The camera comes back to ringside as Harley Race makes his way down to ringside.
Making his way to the ring weighing in at 245 pounds... Harley Race!! and Making his way to the ring weighing in at 313 pounds... King Haku!!!
Harley Race Vs. King Haku (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)
Harley Race and King Haku lock up in the middle of the ring. Haku pushes Harley Race into the turnbuckle and starts punching away at the midsection. Haku grabs Harley Race by the head and tosses him into the middle of the ring, then comes over and drops an elbow down, but it misses the mark and Harley Race is back to his feet first, then as Haku is getting up Harley Race head butts him back down to the mat. Harley Race sends a couple double ax-handles trying to wear Haku down. Harley Race goes for the cover 1..2..Haku kicks out. Harley Race slowly picks up Haku and Haku takes advantage of it with a couple chops to the sternum backing Harley Race into the ropes, then irish whips him off the other ropes and connects on a power slam.
*Haku gets up and raises his hands up in the air screaming towards the rafters.
Haku drops a knee onto the forehead of Harley Race, then picks him up and sets him up for a belly to belly suplex. Haku goes for the cover 1..2..Harley Race kicks out. Haku picks Harley Race up and irish whips him into the turnbuckle, but Harley Race flips up on the turnbuckle and rolls over the top rope onto the concrete outside the ring. Haku follows and Harley Race sends a flurry of closed left fists staggering Haku. Harley Race grabs Haku's head and smashes it off the steel post. Harley Race rolls back into the ring breaking the 10 count and rolls right back out grabbing and tossing Haku back into the ring. Harley Race continues the assault with some stiff left hands before irish whipping Haku off the ropes and knees Haku as he comes off the ropes falling to the mat. Harley Race falls down connecting on a head butt.
*Harley Race poses to the crowd and climbs up the turnbuckle continuing to play to the crowd.
Haku gets on his feet runs over to the turnbuckle and slams Harley race back down to the mat. Haku picks Harley Race up and connects on a back breaker, then goes for the cover 1..2..Harley Race kicks out. Haku jumps on Harley Race and starts punching away at the head of Race, then referee Dave Hebner has to pull Haku off of Harley Race to stop the illegal attack. Haku picks Harley Race up and connects on a pile driver. King Haku locks in the tongan death grip and Harley Race is fading fast. Dave Hebner picks up Harley's arm and lets go ..1 Dave Hebner picks it up again and lets go ..2 Dave Hebner picks up the arm of Harley Race for the third time and lets go..3!
Howard Finkel: The winner of this bout and still the King of the World Wrestling Federation... King Haku!
King Haku is the winner by submission.
Harley Race didn't look like he had any rust there Jesse. I'd say he wrestled a pretty good match.
He lost Monsoon! How can you say that about a man that lost?
Because he put up one hell of a fight Jesse! Just because you're hand is not raised in victory don't mean you're washed up!
In my book it does Monsoon!
You keep thinking that way Jesse. Sooner or later you will figure everything out and then you will realize. We have word that Sean Mooney is standing by backstage with "The Doctor of Style" Slick and the Twin Towers. Let's go to you Sean.
Interview w/Sean Mooney, "The Doctor of Style" Slick & the Twin Towers
*The Camera cuts backstage where Sean Mooney is standing with "The Doctor of Style" Slick and the Twin Towers.
I have with me at this time "The Doctor of Style" Slick and the Twin Towers. Slick my first question is this... What were you and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase talking about earlier?
Well you know lame brain the Million Dollar Man and I go way back. We were just discussing each others plan of attack for the Royal Rumble.
To me and I'm sure everyone else at home it looked as if Ted DiBiase was trying to buy a better number off one of you're men here.
You got it all wrong my near-minded idiot. Ted DiBiase didn't buy anything from me, but maybe a piece of jewelry or two that I have been pushing, but no we did not exchange entry numbers for the Royal Rumble!
Are you calling the Slickster a liar Mooney?
Why no I'm not Bossman.
Thats good or you would be doing some hard time as the hands of Akeem and myself! That also goes for everyone else in the Royal Rumble!
Thats right! We are hungry and ready to win the Royal Rumble. Those guys that call themselves the Mega Powers don't stand a chance tonight!
This match was made for the big man and I have two of them! The odds are in our favor and later tonight you will see just what the Doctor of Style is talking about!
*The Twin Towers and Slick laugh as they walk out of camera view.
Do you believe that Slick is telling the truth?
Why sure I do Monsoon. What reason would I have to not believe him?
Slick has been shady in the past Jesse. Look at what they have done to the Mega Powers! If the Twin Towers can eliminate the Mega Powers tonight it would be a huge victory for Slick.
If it does happen whats the big deal? Wouldn't you rather see Ted DiBiase enter last or one of the Twin Towers?
That's not the point Jesse. That would be plain cheating and that stuff needs no home here in the WWF. Next we have the Super Pose Down between the Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior taking on "Ravishing" Rick Rude. This could be a breath of fresh air as something like this is rare in the WWF.
Thats right Monsoon! Rick Rude physique is second to none! The Ultimate Maniac don't come close. That man is sagging at every key spot where Rick Rude blows people out of the way with his chiseled muscles.
Interesting... Let's go down to ringside where "Mean" Gene Okerlund is standing in the middle of the ring to kick off the Super Pose Down!
Making his way to the ring weighing in at 252 pounds... "Ravishing" Rick Rude!!! and Making his way to the ring weighing in at 275 pounds... the WWF Intercontinental Champion... The.. Ultimate.. Warrior!!!
Super Pose Down involving "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Ultimate Warrior, "Ravishing" Rick Rude & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Hello everyone.. this is a Super Pose Down! Let me explain the rules. There is three rounds of poses which these two men will perform for you. You get to decide the winner of each round and ultimately the winner of the Super Pose Down! When I ask you all you have to do is scream either your approval or disapproval and thats how we will determine a winner. Wha.. what do you want?
Can we get on with this? My man is not getting any younger!
We are starting now! Can you wait five seconds?
No I can't! Let's get on with this thing already!
Alright. Rick Rude why don't you come over and tell us what the first pose is going to be.
Alright little man. My first pose is going to be a double bicep pose. With this pose you want to be looking for the height of the bicep and the definition of the muscles.
*Rick Rude goes to work posing for the crowd as they boo! Next the Ultimate Warrior steps in the middle of the ring and the crowd goes nuts as he makes the pose to the crowd.
Listen up! I think the people here in Houston are intelligent people, but you have to give credit where credit is due and Rick Rude deserves some credit!
The crowd is choosing whom they think is the best. Now... Rick come over here and tell us what you're second pose is going to be.
Ok little man. My second pose is simply called... best abs. What you want to look for here is definition in the abdominal region. Looking at how all the abdominal muscles line up together. This pose will show everyone exactly why i'm the sexiest man alive!
*Rick Rude is moving his hips around before each pose as he goes around the ring again with loud disapproval from the fans in attendance. The Ultimate Warrior which is not as defined as Rick Rude, but still gets a great crowd reaction as he makes his way around the ring posing to the twelve-thousand plus in attendance.
What is wrong with this picture!? My man clearly has the better physique! Don't you humanoids ever see anyone with a great body or are you all just used to the lazy slob three-hundred plus pound buffoon you work with every day!
Thats enough Bobby Heenan. You're not going to win this Super Pose Down with words like that!
All I am saying is even if you don't like the man you got to be honest and give the man some credit!
You are the one's that challenged the Ultimate Warrior to the Super Pose Down now you got to deal with what the people here think! It's that simple. Now.... Rick what will be you third and final pose be?
Well pin head my final pose will be a medley of poses! Every thing packed into one last pose. You have to look at the overall body tone, definition and muscles. The peaks and the valleys. Everything! I hope the losers here in Houston are able to give a unbiased opinion and award the man who truly deserves the win in the Super Pose Down!
*Rick Rude goes through a series of poses not once around the ring, but twice really trying to get a good crowd reaction, but this time the crowd is louder with their boos and disapproval than before. The Ultimate Warrior begins his series of poses and as he starts his second time around the ring Rick Rude attacks him from behind! Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan kick and punch the downed Ultimate Warrior unleashing some heavy punishment! Help comes from backstage to chase Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan off, but the damage has been done and the Ultimate Warrior is left face down on the mat... no wait the Ultimate Warrior is showing signs of life! He gets up and runs away from ringside giving chase to Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan!
Ultimate Warrior wins the Super Pose Down.
It's obvious who the winner of the Super Pose Down is Jesse!
Yeah It's Rick Rude! He took it upon himself laying waste to the Ultimate Maniac. Rick Rude took the decision right out of the fans hands. They didn't deserve to determine the winner anyway Monsoon!
The Ultimate Warrior clearly had the crowd behind him Jesse, and thats what this was all about!
The crowd was biased Monsoon! How can you accept that? They are morons, and should have never been a part of the Super Pose Down.
They were and thats who determined the winner Jesse. There is nothing you can do about it now!... We have word that "Mean" Gene Okerlund has caught up to Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan and has a few words to say to them.
Interview w/"Mean" Gene Okerlund, "Ravishing" Rick Rude & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
*The camera cuts backstage as Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan are running down the corridor as Gene Okerlund stands in front of their locker room.
What in the world were you thinking Rick taking out the Ultimate Warrior like that?
You see little man it's not about winning or losing! It's about taking control of the situation and thats just what I did. Now get out of our way we have things to do!
*Bobby Heenan is in the background pacing back and forth looking to see if the Ultimate Warrior is coming.
You're not getting away this easy Rick! Tell me... What does blind siding your opponent have to do with control? Seems to me all you're doing is making the Ultimate Warrior mad!
We don't have time to answer these questions little man...
*Rick Rude shoves Gene Okerlund out of the way and both Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan rush inside the locker room and close the door.
Those men sure got themselves into a lot of trouble! Back to you Gorilla!
They sure did Jesse! We seen how mad the Ultimate Warrior was and I for one would not want to be on the receiving end of that mans revenge!
The Ultimate Maniac is not very smart Monsoon. Bobby Heean is the smartest man in the WWF and they are going to play mind games to gain the advantage over the Intercontinental Champion.
Do you really think thats going to work Jesse?
Sure it will Monsoon! Once the Ultimate Warrior makes a mistake someone in the Heenan family will be there to make him pay. The Heenan family needs some gold and Rick Rude is just the man to do it!
...and as much as I hate to say it... The Heenan Family will take a step in the right direction tonight as Andre the Giant is the odds on favorite to win tonights Royal Rumble!
So we agree then?
I'm merely speaking from a fans point of view.... It's almost time for the Royal Rumble match where we will indeed see if Andre the Giant can win the Royal Rumble without Bobby Heenan as it seems he and Rick Rude have left the arena, but first we have a bitter match between Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and "Outlaw" Ron Bass in a Hair Versus Hair match to end this strange rivalry!
*Clips of matches and confrontations between the two competitors from the past six months show to the fans watching on Pay Per-View.
Brutus Beefcake has been out done to this point Monsoon! My pick is the "Outlaw" Ron Bass to win this match and put a stop to this obsession The Barber has with cutting his opponents hair!
Without further a due... Let's give it over Howard Finkel with the introductions!
This next bout is a special Hair Versus Hair match! The winner of the match will cut the hair of the losing competitor. The match must end in a pin fall or submission..... Making his way to the ring weighing in at 286 pounds... "Outlaw" Ron Bass!!! and Making his way to the ring weighing in at 273 pounds... Brutus.. "The Barber".. Beefcake!!!
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake Vs. "Outlaw" Ron Bass
Ron Bass attacks Brutus Beefcake as he gets into the ring with a few forearm smashes to the back of Beefcake. Bass picks Beefcake up and irish whips him off the ropes. Beefcake ducks a clothesline attempt and keeps his momentum going off the ropes and this time has his head down for a back body drop, but Beefcake stops and kicks Bass in the right shoulder area. Beefcake puts Bass in a arm lock turning and twisting with a ton of pressure. Brutus Beefcake tries to pick Bass up by the arm, but was unsuccessful which allowed Ran Bass to a quick hip toss and holding the left arm in a arm bar of his own. Beefcake is in a sitting position with Bass on one knee behind him pulling on that twisted arm of Beefcake with all his might. Beefcake denies submission and eventually rolls to his left and getting Ron Bass to break the hold. Both men are on their feet and both start exchanging rights with great accuracy. Ron Bass gains the upper hand driving Brutus Beefcake into the turnbuckle.
Ron Bass continues the assault with a series of shoulder blocks to the midsection of Beefcake, then Bass picks Beefcake up and sets him on the top of the turnbuckle. Ron Bass climbs the turnbuckle to the top, but Beefcake starts punching away at the midsection of Ron Bass, then pushes Bass backwards off the turnbuckle, then Beefcake stands up on the second turnbuckle and drives a elbow smash to the forehead of Bass! Brutus Beefcake hooks the leg 1..2..Ron Bass lifts his left shoulder. Brutus Beefcake goes back to work on the right shoulder/arm area of Ron Bass with a arm lock grinding his knee into the bicep/shoulder area while wrenching on the forearm/wrist! Ron Bass breaks up the hold with a face rake. Both men are on their feet, but Bass is clearly favoring his right arm. Bass goes for a clothesline, but Beefcake ducks it and as Bass turns around he is met with a stiff mule kick to the midsection, then Beefcake drops Bass to the mat with a standing drop kick. Beefcake body presses Bass for the cover 1..2..Ron Bass kicks out.
Beefcake picks Bass up and body slams him back down hard to the mat. Beefcake sling shots off the ropes as Bass rolls over and Beefcake steps over him keeping momentum off the ropes, but this time Ron Bass is standing, but not long enough to defend a high knee lift squarely hitting it's mark in the sternum of Ron Bass. Beefcake goes for the quick cover, but only gets a one count this time. Beefcake starts stomping away on Ron Bass, but Bass is able to roll out of the ring, but is short lived as Beefcake quickly follows and they start brawling, then Bass finishes the melee slamming Beefcake's head off the steel fence separating the fans from the action. Ron Bass throws Beefcake back into the ring stopping the ten count. Back in the ring Ron Bass continues the assault by picking up Beefcake and connecting on a gut buster. Bass jumps and drives down his knee onto the sternum of Beefcake. Ron Bass hooks the leg 1..2..Brutus Beefcake kicks out.
Ron Bass picks up Beefcake and irish whips... no Beefcake reverses the irish whip and Bass comes off the ropes and gets caught in a desperation sleeper hold attempt and was quickly able to reverse the sleeper hold into a single arm chicken wing, then Bass finishes it off with a belly to back suplex. Ron Bass whips his arm around like swinging a whip, then picks up Beefcake and locks his head into a reverse side headlock. Ron Bass tries to lift Beefcake up, but the attempt is blocked! Ron Bass tries again with the same results, then Beefcake picks up Ron Bass into a firemens carry and shows off his power for a smaller competitor walking around the ring before lifting Bass up over his head and dropping Bass onto his knee completing the gut buster.
*Brutus Beefcake struts around the ring swinging his arms like he is using his shears.
Brutus Beefcake picks Ron Bass up and irish whips him off the ropes and is able make it count locking in the sleeper hold! Ron Bass slowly drops to his knees and crumbling into a lifeless position! Referee Earl Hebner motions to start the three count and holds up the arm of Ron Bass letting go for the 1 count! Hebner picks up the arm for the second time letting go dropping to the mat for the 2 count! Hebner picks up the arm of Ron Bass for the third and final time and again it falls to the mat for the 3 count! Earl Hebner motions for the bell!
Howard Finkel: The winner of the Hair Versus Hair match is... Brutus.. "The Barber".. Beefcake!!!
*Ron Bass is out cold as Brutus Beefcake reaches into his bag and pulls out a pair of scissors. Beefcake picks up the lifeless head of Ron Bass and starts chopping away throwing hair all over the ring! Beefcake then pulls out a electric razor and shaves him bald in front of the roaring crowd!
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake is the winner by submission.
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake just humiliated Ron Bass in front of twelve-thousand plus fans tonight Jesse!
I don't believe it Monsoon! How can that joke able to win the match! I want to see a rematch!
The damage has been done Jesse as the "Outlaw" Ron Bass is now balder than a babies behind!... The time has come ladies and gentlemen! It's time for the biggest match in professional wrestling today! The Royal Rumble match where thirty men will enter and only one man will stand victorious!
Thats right Monsoon! Only the biggest men survive a match like this and their is plenty of big men entering the Rumble!
Let's get the action started with Howard Finkel standing in the ring to explain the rules.
The next match is a thirty man Royal Rumble match. The only way you can get eliminated is by going over the top rope and any part of your body hitting the concrete. Two men will start out the Royal Rumble and one man will enter every two minutes until all thirty men have entered the Rumble.... Introducing the man that drew number one... One half of the WWF Tag Team Champions... Demolition...Ax!!! and making his way down to the ring the man that drew number two... the other half of the WWF Tag Team Champions... Demolition... Smash!!!
Royal Rumble 1989
and Smash (#2)
start out swinging back and forth towards each other surprising the crowd that the WWF Tag Team Champions would fight each other. Ronnie Garvin (#3)
enters the rumble and Demolition stop fighting each other and double team Garvin before looking tired of the fight and tosses Ronnie Garvin (#1)
out right before Greg Valentine (#4)
enters the rumble. Greg Valentine puts up a fight with Demolition's double team not backing down and actually getting some nice closed fists dropping Ax at one point, then Hercules (#5)
enters the rumble and it's a 3 on 1 against Valentine. Raymond Rougeau (#6)
enters next and tries to help Valentine, but Ax & Smash eliminate Greg Valentine (#2)
due to Hercules stopping Raymond Rougeau from breaking it up.
The Blue Blazer (#7)
enters the rumble. Raymond Rougeau standing next to the ropes looked too appealing as The Blue Blazer (#3)
eliminates himself by being too careless. Big John Stud (#8)
enters the rumble and quickly tosses out Hercules (#4)
by grabbing his head and easily throwing him over the top rope. Demolition is working on Raymond Rougeau, then Big John Stud comes over and throws Demolition out of the way and tries to toss out Raymond Rougeau by himself. It doesn't work as Demolition come back and attack Big John Stud leaving Raymond Rougeau to catch his breath. Honkytonk Man (#9)
enters next and gets in the middle of Demolition and Big John Stud attacking Smash. Raymond Rougeau & Honkytonk Man are able to eliminate Smash (#5)
The Warlord (#10)
enters the rumble and quickly goes after Ax which is fighting off both Raymond Rougeau & Honkytonk Man. Raymond Rougeau & Honkytonk Man turn their attention over to Big John Stud and this allows for the Warlord and Ax to fight 1 on 1 with some stiff moves from both competitors. Tito Santana (#11)
enters the rumble and helps Big John Stud fend off both Raymond Rougeau & the Honkytonk Man. The Barbarian (#12)
enters the rumble and the Powers of Pain start a double team on the lone remaining member of Demolition. Not long after Ax (#6)
is eliminated. The Powers of Pain turn their attention to Big John Stud, but Big John Stud was able to eliminate Honkytonk Man (#7)
when he pandered to the crowd after a nice move on Tito Santana.
Mr. Perfect (#13)
enters the ring, but don't engage on the attack instead he sits back into the turnbuckle watching the other five men battle. Jim Neidhart (#14)
enters the rumble and sees that Mr. Perfect is just standing there and attacks him. Both men go toe to toe neither gaining ground then the other men get a break through as Raymond Rougeau (#8)
gets eliminated by Tito Santana. Marty Jannetty (#15)
enters the rumble and helps Jim Neidhart against Mr. Perfect. Big John Stud has been on Powers of Pain for quite some time and has been back and forth. Tito Santana is over aggressive when running over to help Jannetty and Neidhart nearly eliminating himself, but more importantly costing them a chance at eliminating Mr. Perfect. Neidhart atomic drops Tito Santana (#9)
and Marty Jannetty helps him over the top rope.
Randy Savage (#16)
enters the rumble and quickly attacks nearly everyone before the Barbarian dishes out punishment and gains control of Randy Savage. This allows Big John Stud to gain the upper hand and eliminate The Warlord (#10)
. Big John Stud helps Randy Savage and take over the momentum on the Barbarian working him over hard. Akeem (#17)
enters the rumble and targets Randy Savage blindsiding him with a double ax handle while he almost had the Barbarian eliminated. Randy Savage and Akeem exchange blows and Mr. Perfect was able to hold onto the ropes and Marty Jannetty (#11)
went right over the top being eliminated. Arn Anderson (#18)
enters the rumble. Big John Stud finally finishes off The Barbarian (#12)
just as Arn Anderson rushes over to try a quick throw over, but Big John Stud is just too big a man for even Arn Anderson. Savage and Neidhart team up to work on the big man Akeem while Mr. Perfect sits in the corner catching his breath.
Andre the Giant (#19)
enters the rumble and quickly locks horns with Big John Stud for the double team with Arn Anderson. They exchange rights with a flurry poor Arn Anderson can't even get in a shot without taking an errant elbow or closed fist. Mr. Perfect continues to scout out the competition as Randy Savage and Jim Neidhart nearly have Akeem over the rope when Mr. Perfect attacked Jim Neidhart from behind saving Akeem. Shawn Michaels (#20)
enters the rumble and goes on the offensive against Mr. Perfect helping out Jim Neidhart. Neidhart grounds Mr. Perfect with a power slam and Shawn Michaels follows that up with a elbow drop off the top turnbuckle. Jim Neidhart picks Mr. Perfect up and half-assed tosses him over the ropes, but Mr. Perfect hangs on. Shawn Michaels finishes off the elimination of Mr. Perfect (#13)
with a baseball slide pushing him off the apron. Shawn Michaels turns around to join in on the attack of Akeem, but Arn Anderson turns him inside-out with a devastating clothesline.
Tully Blanchard (#21)
enters the rumble and gives Arn Anderson another set of hands nearly eliminating Shawn Michaels before Jim Neidhart attacks Tully Blanchard with a double ax-handle. The Brain Busters double team Jim Neidhart nearly have him over the ropes when a fairly rested Randy Savage runs over and lifts both members of the Brain Busters over the top rope eliminating Arn Anderson (#14)
, Tully Blanchard (#15)
and Jim Neidhart (#16)
all at once! Randy Savage joins Big John Stud trying the double team on Andre the Giant, but remains a stale mate. Jake Roberts (#22)
enters the rumble with Damien, but the Brain Busters stop Jake Roberts from entering ringside with Damien. Jake Roberts drops the bag and slides into the ring, then Jim Neidhart resumes the brawl with the Brain Busters as they leave ringside. Akeem resumes his attack on Randy Savage and nearly has him eliminated Shawn Michaels makes the save. Jake Roberts is all over Andre the Giant even going with a low blow to try and gain any type of advantage.
Bad-News Brown (#23)
enters the rumble and quickly attacks Shawn Michaels leaving Randy Savage and Akeem to go toe to toe once again. Big John Stud and Jake Roberts have been very effective as a clothesline by Big John Stud has Andre the Giant down on the mat. Shawn Michaels ducks a ghetto blaster attempt and atomic drops Bad-News Brown right over the top rope eliminating Bad-News Brown (#17)
. Randy Savage body slams Akeem and goes to the top rope! Uncontested Randy Savage comes down with a thunderous elbow landing squarely on Akeem's chest! Jacques Rougeau (#24)
enters the rumble and singles out Shawn Michaels. The team of Jake Roberts and Big John Stud still have complete control of Andre the Giant as Big John Stud just dishes out a body slam rocking the ring! Randy Savage tries to eliminate Akeem again, but just don't have enough alone to get the big man over the ropes. Jacques Rougeau distracts Big John Stud allowing Andre the Giant to get back to his feet and quickly gains the upper hand over Jake Roberts.
Hulk Hogan (#25)
enters the rumble and poses in the ring before turning around and sees Andre the Giant staring him down! They simultaneously unleash a barrage of rights going toe to toe when Jake Roberts stops the action with a forearm to the back of Andre the Giant. Andre the Giant turns his attention to Jake Roberts as Hulk Hogan seeks out Randy Savage. Savage has Akeem grounded with a side head lock in the corner of the ring. Hulk Hogan runs over to help. Big Bossman (#26)
enters the rumble just as long as it takes for the big man to slide into the ring it's the Twin Towers versus the Mega Powers! Big Bossman turns Hulk Hogan around and starts pounding away when Akeem gains the upper hand over Randy Savage and the Mega Powers are staggering! On the other side of the ring Andre the Giant eliminates Jake Roberts (#18)
with a body slam over the top rope. Andre the Giant moves on to Shawn Michaels and Big John Stud locked up with Jacques Rougeau putting Shawn Michaels to the mat with a head butt.
Rick Martel (#27)
enters the rumble. Andre the Giant picks up Shawn Michaels and irish whips him off the ropes into a back elbow sending Michaels back to the mat. Rick Martel goes over to help out the Mega Powers, but don't seem to be welcomed with those four men going toe to toe. Andre the Giant picks Shawn Michaels (#19)
up and throws him over the top rope getting eliminated. Andre the Giant goes back to work on Big John Stud. Hulk Hogan turns and faces Rick Martel which was just getting in the way punching and kicking anything that moved. Rick Martel starts to send closed fists at Hogan, but gets blocked and Hulk Hogan throws Rick Martel (#20)
out of the ring.
Bret Hart (#28)
enters the rumble and quickly attacks Jacques Rougeau. The Mega Powers have the upper hand knocking out the Big Bossman with a leg drop from Hulk Hogan, then Randy Savage has Akeem reeling after a drop kick Hulk Hogan rushes off the ropes and clotheslines Akeem (#21)
over the top rope. Hulk Hogan nearly went over with his momentum and the Big Bossman which was gingerly getting back to his feet takes advantage of Hulk Hogan's predicament and picks Hulk Hogan (#22)
up and over the top rope. Randy Savage watching all this go down waited for the Big Bossman to turn around and catches him in a reverse atomic drop and then drop kicks the Big Bossman (#23)
out of the ring. Hulk Hogan looks at Randy Savage and then gives him some encouragement before the Twin Towers attack Hulk Hogan and the three men battle out of ringside.
Jim Duggan (#29)
enters the rumble and it now becomes a two on one against Andre the Giant as the big man Jim Duggan turns the tides in favor of Big John Stud. Randy Savage and Bret Hart team up and double drop kick Jacques Rougeau (#24)
out of the Royal Rumble. Randy Savage and Bret Hart go toe to toe exchanging blows before Randy Savage gains the upper hand and gets Bret Hart into the turnbuckle and grounds Hart with submission moves. Big John Stud & Jim Duggan is able to get Andre the Giant caught up in the ropes and both men continue to pound away at Andre the Giant. Randy Savage irish Whips Bret Hart towards the ropes that Andre the Giant is caught up in, but runs into Big John Stud. Big John Stud turns around and tosses Bret Hart back at Randy Savage which back body drops Bret Hart (#25)
right out of the ring. Jim Duggan is not happy that just happened and starts punching away at Big John Stud and Randy Savage runs over to help.
Ted DiBiase (#30)
slowly makes his way down the ramp with Virgil in tow. Jim Duggan staggers Big John Stud long enough to get Randy Savage nearly over the rope and Big John Stud sees the opportunity to eliminate the WWF Heavyweight Champion and soon Randy Savage (#26)
gets eliminated by both Big John Stud and Jim Duggan. Ted DiBiase slides into the ring and motions to Jim Duggan and Big John Stud to continue on the helpless Andre the Giant getting rid of the biggest threat, but Jim Duggan and Big John Stud rush DiBiase instead, then just as both big men reach DiBiase he drops down grabbing the top rope and both Jim Duggan (#27)
and Big John Stud (#28)
get eliminated. Referee's around ringside help Andre the Giant break free of the ropes while Virgil tries desperately to keep him tied up, but Andre the Giant gets free and stands up staring at Ted DiBiase. Ted DiBiase drops to his knees and begs to not get hurt, but Andre the Giant picks Ted DiBiase up receiving shots to the midsection that have no effect from Ted DiBiase. Andre the Giant picks Ted DiBiase (#29)
up and throws him over the top rope and is the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1989! Ted DiBiase and Virgil try to attack Andre the Giant after the match, but Andre the Giant swats them away with little effort.
Andre the Giant is the winner of the Royal Rumble.
*The camera cuts backstage where "Mean" Gene Okerlund is standing with Elizabeth and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
Interview w/"Mean" Gene Okerlund, Elizabeth & "Macho Man" Randy Savage
You almost made it all the way to the end of the Royal Rumble Randy. What a great showing by our Heavyweight Champion! You have anything you would like to say to the fans?
Yeah I do! The Macho Man is back on top and there is no one that will get in my way.. Dig it!
Whats the word with Hulk Hogan! Is there still problems between you and him? It looked as though he sacrificed himself to allow you to continue.
We have not talked since last night and I don't know where he is now. Hulk Hogan did a good thing by allowing me to eliminate the Twin Towers and I thank him for that, but the bottom line is deep down inside Hulk Hogan he did it so the wrestling world would talk about him and not the WWF Champion.
I have known Hulk Hogan for a long time and I just don't think thats what his intentions were...
Look Mean Gene!... What ever Hulk Hogan's intentions were the fact remains that Andre the Giant won the Royal Rumble and the Macho Man did not! Andre the Giant is not the WWF Heavyweight Champion and I am! Ohhh Yeahhh...
the Macho Man is ready to defend his belt anytime anywhere. Even if it's against Hulk Hogan which in my mind is what he is truly after!
Elizabeth. Do you know where Hulk Hogan is right now?
No I don't Mean Gene and I wish I did! I have to...
You don't have to do anything Elizabeth my dear. All you have to do is stick by me and everything will fall into place.
*Randy Savage and Elizabeth walk out of camera view as "Mean" Gene Okerlund looks puzzled by what is taking place with the Mega Powers.
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"Royal Rumble 1989"
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