Hulkamania Runs Wild At The 1990 Royal Rumble
The brand new NBA team, Orlando Magic was not the only hot buzz in the city of Orlando in the winter of 1990. In addition to the NBA expansion, the newly formed Orlando Arena would hold as the home of the World Wrestling Federation as it would host the 1990 WWF Royal Rumble. This would be the third annual event of what is steamrolling as one of the years top attraction right under Wrestlemania.
The under card was quiet interesting as it focused mainly on the mid card feuds that were occurring at the time. The Buschwackers faced off against the Fabulous Rougeaus brothers. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake ended up in a double disqualification situation with The Genuis. The first years Royal Rumble winner Hacksaw Jim Duggan defeated the Big Boss Man via Disqualification. One match, that was a wrestling purist highlight match was Rugged Ronnie Garvin vs Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in a submission match. Despite Garvin forgetting that it was a submission match many times during the contest, the match was very rewarding in terms of quality.
The main event would be the 30 man Royal Rumble match. The first two men to enter would be “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase and Koko B. Ware. Dibiase would set a record by lasting nearly 45 min in the match. One of the unforgettable highlights of the match was the moment when WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and IC champion The Ultimate Warrior were the only ones in the ring and had no other choice but to lock up with each other. It was memorable because there has never been two highly popular wrestlers like these two going at it. In the end the last two in the ring would be Hogan and Mr. Perfect, with Hulk Hogan eliminating Mr. Perfect and to be declared the winner of the 1990 Royal Rumble.
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports