Introduction

The third Royal Rumble took place in Orlando on the 21st January 1990. Now firmly in the calendar, it saw a Royal Rumble match which set up that year’s Wrestlemania main event – Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior. Teased towards the end of the match, Hogan later eliminated The Ultimate Warrior to set up the match at Wrestlemania VI.

This match was the only Royal Rumble Match called by Tony Schiavone, who left WWF to go to WCW a few months after the event.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 1990

21st January, 1990

Orlando, Florida

Orlando Arana

16,000

  • Every Man for Himself

58:45

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Hulk Hogan
Iron Men Ted DiBiase (44:53)
Least time in Match Shawn Michaels (00:12)
Most Eliminations Hulk Hogan (6)The Ultimate Warrior (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 5 (Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Hercules, Barbarian)
Number of debutants 6 (Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Haku, Jimmy Snuka, Earthquake, Rick Rude)
Last Rumble Appearances 8 (Bad News Brown, Dusty Rhodes, Andre the Giant, Red Rooster, Ax, Akeem, The Ultimate Warrior, Rick Rude)
Average Time in match09:45
Number of individuals with at least one elimination63.33%

Did You Know?

Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Ted DiBiase 44:53 13 4 The Ultimate Warrior
  • Oddly, Ted DiBiase didn’t come out to his theme music.
  • DiBiase set the record for the longest time in a single Royal Rumble with this entrant.
2 Koko B. Ware 01:38 30 0 Ted DiBiase
3 Marty Jannetty 01:36 29 0 Ted DiBiase

First wrestler not in the first two to come out to their theme music.

4 Jake Roberts 10:06 28 0 Randy Savage

Oddly, Jake Roberts didn’t have a buzzer, but it went straight to his theme music.

5 Randy Savage 10:11 27 1 Dusty Rhodes
6 Roddy Piper 12:21 24 1 Bad News Brown

Bad News Brown was eliminated but then eliminated Roddy Piper.

7 The Warlord 08:16 26 0 Andre the Giant
8 Bret Hart 16:19 22 0 Dusty Rhodes
9 Bad News Brown 06:03 25 1 Roddy Piper
10 Dusty Rhodes 18:19 19 2 The Canadian Earthquake
11 Andre the Giant 10:17 21 2 Ax, Smash
12 Red Rooster 01:59 23 0 Andre the Giant
13 Ax 12:50 18 1 The Canadian Earthquake
14 Haku 22:34 11 2 Hulk Hogan
15 Smash 15:00 15 2 Haku
16 Akeem 02:32 20 0 Jimmy Snuka
17 Jimmy Snuka 16:04 12 2 Hulk Hogan
18 Dino Bravo 06:13 16 0 The Ultimate Warrior
19 The Canadian Earthquake 02:31 17 2 Haku, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Snuka, Smash, Ted DiBiase
20 Jim Neidhart 08:43 14 1 Rick Martel, Ted DiBiase, The Ultimate Warrior
21 The Ultimate Warrior 14:31 6 6 Barbarian, Hulk Hogan, Rick Rude
22 Rick Martel 08:16 7 2 The Ultimate Warrior
23 Tito Santana 05:10 10 0 Rick Martel, The Ultimate Warrior
24 Honky Tonk Man 04:01 9 0 Hulk Hogan
25 Hulk Hogan 12:50 2 6 Winner
26 Shawn Michaels 00:12 8 0 The Ultimate Warrior
27 Barbarian 05:48 5 1 Hercules

Barbarian jumped the buzzer a bit, so took 6 seconds to run down the aisle.

28 Rick Rude 06:27 3 2 Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect
  • Buzzer had problems with Rick Rude’s entrance, so he entered the same time as the buzzer.
  • Accidentally eliminated by Mr. Perfect with a low bridge.
29 Hercules 03:02 4 1 Rick Rude
30 Mr. Perfect 03:33 1 1 Hulk Hogan

Graphs

Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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