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Royal Rumble 1996 was the ninth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 21, 1996 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.

The main event was The Undertaker versus Bret Hart for the WWF Championship. Featured matches on the undercard were the 1996 Royal Rumble match which was won by Shawn Michaels, who last eliminated Diesel to win the match, making it his second Royal Rumble win, Goldust versus Razor Ramon for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart) versus The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) for the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Duke "The Dumpster" Droese's victory over Hunter Hearst Helmsley on the Free for All prior to the event earned him the coveted number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble match while Helmsley had to enter first.

This was the first Royal Rumble to play the entry music of each wrestler when they entered the Royal Rumble match.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations

A new entrant came out approximately every 2 minutes.

Entrant Eliminated by Time
1 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 19 Diesel 48:01
2 Henry Godwinn 2 Jake Roberts 16:24
3 Bob Backlund 1 Yokozuna 12:22
4 Jerry Lawler 16 Shawn Michaels 36:02
5 Bob Holly 18 The Ringmaster 39:35
6 King Mabel 3 Yokozuna 12:14
7 Jake Roberts 6 Vader 14:39
8 Dory Funk Jr. 5 Savio Vega 10:53
9 Yokozuna 11 Shawn Michaels 19:14
10 The 1-2-3 Kid 13 Shawn Michaels 15:40
11 Takao Omori 4 Jake Roberts 2:48
12 Savio Vega 10 Vader 12:28
13 Vader 12 Shawn Michaels 11:04
14 Doug Gilbert 7 Vader 2:59
15 Squat Team #1 8 Vader 1:11
16 Squat Team #2 9 Yokozuna 0:24
17 Owen Hart 21 Shawn Micheals & Diesel 20:43
18 Shawn Michaels - WINNER 26:09
19 Hakushi 14 Owen Hart 1:53
20 Tatanka 17 Diesel 4:09
21 Aldo Montoya 15 Tatanka 1:52
22 Diesel 29 Shawn Michaels 17:51
23 Kama 28 Diesel 15:57
24 The Ringmaster 23 Fatu 10:57
25 Barry Horowitz 20 Owen Hart 4:15
26 Fatu 24 Isaac Yankem 7:07
27 Isaac Yankem 25 Shawn Michaels 7:05
28 Marty Jannetty 22 The British Bulldog 2:35
29 The British Bulldog 27 Shawn Michaels 3:39
30 Duke Droese 26 Kama & Diesel 1:10

Longest Lasting

This lists the competitors in order of the time they lasted in the Rumble.

Entrant Time
1 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 48:01
2 Bob Holly 39:35
3 Jerry Lawler 36:02
4 Shawn Michaels 26:09
5 Owen Hart 20:43
6 Yokozuna 19:14
7 Diesel 17:51
8 Henry Godwinn 16:24
9 Kama 15:57
10 1-2-3 Kid 15:40
11 Jake Roberts 14:39
12 Savio Vega 12:28
13 Bob Backlund 12:22
14 King Mabel 12:14
15 Vader 11:04
16 The Ringmaster 10:57
17 Dory Funk Jr. 10:53
18 Fatu 7:07
19 Isaac Yankem 7:05
20 Barry Horowitz 4:15
21 Tatanka 4:09
22 The British Bulldog 3:39
23 Doug Gilbert 2:59
24 Takao Omori 2:48
25 Marty Jannetty 2:35
26 Hakushi 1:53
27 Aldo Montoya 1:52
28 Squat Team #1 1:11
29 Duke Droese 1:10
30 Squat Team #2 0:24

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

External links

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