On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 21, 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired their annual ‘Royal Rumble’ event LIVE on PPV from the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
This marks the second and last Royal Rumble win for “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, as well as the first time that the WWF World Title match main evented the PPV instead of the Royal Rumble match.
Below are the results:
• Free For All – for the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble
Duke Droese def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley via DQ
• Ahmed Johnson def. Jeff Jarrett via DQ
• WWF Tag Team Championship
The Smoking Gunns (c) def. The Bodydonnas
• WWF Intercontinental Championship
Goldust def. Razor Ramon (c)
• Shawn Michaels won the 30-man Royal Rumble match
• WWF World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker def. Bret Hart (c) via DQ