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Royal Rumble 1990: The Undertaker's Omen and the Hulkster's Triumph

Date: January 21, 1990

Location: Orlando Arena - Orlando, Florida

The Rumble Match:

Entrants and Eliminations:

1. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (Entry #1, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior)

2. Koko B. Ware (Entry #2, eliminated by Ted DiBiase)

3. Marty Jannetty (Entry #3, eliminated by Ted DiBiase)

4. Jake Roberts (Entry #4, eliminated by "Macho King" Randy Savage)

5. "Macho King" Randy Savage (Entry #5, eliminated by Dusty Rhodes)

6. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Entry #6, eliminated by Bad News Brown)

7. The Warlord (Entry #7, eliminated by Andre the Giant)

8. Bret Hart (Entry #8, eliminated by Dusty Rhodes)

9. Bad News Brown (Entry #9, eliminated by Roddy Piper)

10. Dusty Rhodes (Entry #10, eliminated by The Canadian Earthquake)

11. Andre the Giant (Entry #11, eliminated by Ax and Smash)

12. The Red Rooster (Entry #12, eliminated by Andre the Giant)

13. Ax (Entry #13, eliminated by The Canadian Earthquake)

14. Haku (Entry #14, eliminated by Hulk Hogan)

15. Smash (Entry #15, Haku)

16. Akeem (Entry #16, eliminated by Jimmy Snuka)

17. Jimmy Snuka (Entry #17, eliminated by Hulk Hogan)

18. Dino Bravo (Entry #18, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior)

19. The Canadian Earthquake (Entry #19, eliminated by Jun Neidhart, Haku, Smash, Jimmy Snuka, Dino Bravo and Ted DiBiase)

20. Jim Neidhart (Entry #20, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior, Ted DiBiase and Rick Martel)

21. The Ulrimate Warrier (Entry #21, eliminated by Hulk Hogan, The Barbarian and Rick Rude)

22. Rick Martel (Entry #22, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior)

23. Tito Santana (Entry #23, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior and Rick Martel)

24. The Honky Tonk Man (Entry #24, eliminated by Hulk Hogan)

25. Hulk Hogan (Entry #25, Winner)

26. Shawn Michaels (Entry #26, eliminated by The Ultimate Warrior)

27. The Barbarian (Entry #27, eliminated by Hercules)

28. Rick Rude (Entry #28, eliminated by Hulk Hogan and Mr Perfect)

29. Hercules (Entry #29, eliminated by Rick Rude)

30. Mr Perfect (Entry #30, eliminated by Hulk Hogan)

Thoughts on the Match:

The 1990 Royal Rumble is remembered for several key moments. The Undertaker's chilling debut marked the beginning of a legendary career, and Hulk Hogan's triumph showcased his resilience against formidable opponents.

Full Event Card:

1. Paul Roma vs. The Brooklyn Brawler (Paul Roma wins)

2. The Bushwhackers vs. The Fabulous Rougeaus (The Bushwhackers win)

3. Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs. The Genius (Brutus Beefcake wins)

4. Ronnie Garvin vs. Greg Valentine (Ronnie Garvin wins)

5. Jim Duggan vs. The Big Boss Man (Jim Duggan wins by disqualification)

6. The Royal Rumble Match (Winner: Hulk Hogan)

Highlights and Aftermath:

- The Undertaker's ominous entrance set the stage for his iconic career.

- Hulk Hogan's elimination by The Ultimate Warrior hinted at their future WrestleMania showdown.

- The ongoing tension between "Macho King" Randy Savage and Dusty Rhodes fueled their subsequent feud.

Impact on Storylines:

- The Undertaker's debut marked a supernatural turn in WWE, laying the foundation for his storied legacy.

- The tension between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior foreshadowed their epic encounter at WrestleMania VI.

- "Macho King" Randy Savage's vendetta against Dusty Rhodes intensified, leading to future clashes.


The 1990 Royal Rumble was a pivotal event, witnessing the birth of The Undertaker and setting the stage for major storylines heading into WrestleMania VI. From surprise debuts to intense rivalries, this edition solidified the Royal Rumble's status as a cornerstone in WWE's annual calendar.


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