On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 19, 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
This was the first Royal Rumble match out of three (97,98 & 01) that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin won, but he won this one in a very controversial way as he was originally eliminated but the referees did not see it.
Below are the results:
• WWF Intercontinental Championship
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (c) def. Goldust
• Ahmed Johnson def. Faarooq via DQ
• Vader def. The Undertaker
• Canek, Héctor Garza & Perro Aguayo def. Fuerza Guerrera, Heavy Metal & Jerry Estrada
• Stone Cold Steve Austin won the Royal Rumble match
• WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels def. Sycho Sid (c)