• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (January 24, 1988) – WWF Royal Rumble 1988
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on January 24, 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired the first ever ‘Royal Rumble’ LIVE on the USA Network from the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The very first (televised) Royal Rumble event was also the only Rumble that wasn’t a PPV, but aired on free television instead.
The Royal Rumble match itself had only 20 Wrestlers in it, as opposed to 30 Wrestlers like it had from the next year onwards (except in 2011 when it was 40 men).
The event also included Dino Bravo breaking a World Bench Press record (kayfabe wise, as Jesse Venture did help him a bit at the end) and the Hogan/André II contract signing.
This event was held on the same night as NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988, which was on PPV though.
Below are the results:
– Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude by DQ
– Two-out-of-three falls – WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship: The Jumping Bomb Angels defeated The Glamour Girls (c)
– Jim Duggan won the 20-man Royal Rumble match
– Two-out-of-three falls: The Islanders defeated The Young Stallions
• Major Update On Edge & Harlem Heat’s Return
According to The Dirty Sheets, WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) are set to return for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble 2020 pay-per-view.
Edge has been added to the listed talent roster for February and will be competing in the Men’s Royal Rumble 2020 match.
WWE officials are still deciding on the creative plans for Edge. If WWE can’t book him in a spot where he remains strong, then his return will be pushed back to the following week.
On the other hand, current plan for Harlem Heat is to return on tonight’s SmackDown and confront The Revival.
However, this plan could change and Harlem Heat could end up answering an open challenge from The Revival this Sunday.
Either way, Harlem Heat will have a match at Royal Rumble 2020.
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