Royal Rumble 1993 came from the ARCO arena, in Sacremento and saw a relative newcomer win the match. Yokozuna, entering from number 27, ended up being fast tracked to the main event of Wrestlemania XI against Bret Hart – who defended his belt successfully against another newcomer: Razor Ramon.

This year saw a lot of change in the WWF with a large number of debutants in the match: nearly half the field had never been in the match before, and over a half would never appear in the match again. It saw 43 year old Bob Backlund last over 1 hour in the match, the first person break that window.

We also saw the debut of “guest” appearances in the match, with two uncontracted wrestlers (Tenryu & Carlos Colon) enter the match. Finally, we saw the introduction of the stipulation that the Royal Rumble winner would be in the main event of Wrestlemania: with the victorious Yokozuna defeating Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania IX. However, his celebration was short lived, with him losing the belt to a returning Hulk Hogan about 90 seconds later.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 1993

24th January, 1993

Sacremento, California

ARCO Arena



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Yokozuna
Iron Men Bob Backlund (1:01:15)
Least time in Match Terry Taylor (00:25)
Most Eliminations Yokozuna (7)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (Yokozuna, Randy Savage, Bob Backlund, Rick Martel, Repo Man, Owen Hart, Jerry Sags, Tito Santana)
Number of debutants 14 (Bob Backlund, Papa Shango, Jerry Lawler, Max Moon, Genichiro Tenryu, Samu, Terry Taylor, Damien Demento, Tatanka, Typhoon, Fatu, Carlos Colon, Yokozuna, Owen Hart)
Last Rumble Appearances 16 (Papa Shango, Ted DiBiase, Brian Knobbs, Max Moon, Skinner, Koko B. Ware, Berzerker, Terry Taylor, Damien Demento, I.R.S., Jerry Sags, Typhoon, Earthquake, Carlos Colon, Tito Santana, Repo Man)
Average Time in match11:30
Number of individuals with at least one elimination43.33%

Did You Know?

  • This match was the first year to formally introduce the “winner gets a title match in the main event of Wrestlemania stipulation”.
  • Yokozuna is the heaviest winner of all time, billed at 505 lbs.
  • Bob Backlund was the first competitor who actually wrestled over an hour in the match, and was the second oldest competitor in the match.
  • Giant Gonzalez is one of only 3 people to eliminate somebody from a Royal Rumble despite never being in a match.
  • This match featured competitors from other organisations: Carlos Colón of World Wrestling Council and Genichiro Tenryu of AJPW.
  • This Royal Rumble marked the last appearance of Tito Santana (albeit in the El Matador character). He was the only main to compete in the first six consecutive Royal Rumbles.


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Ric Flair 18:41 27 1 Mr. Perfect
2 Bob Backlund 1:01:15 3 2 Yokozuna
3 Papa Shango 00:27 30 0 Ric Flair
4 Ted DiBiase 24:57 18 4 The Undertaker
5 Brian Knobbs 02:58 29 0 Ted DiBiase
6 Virgil 17:11 24 0 Berzerker
7 Jerry Lawler 14:35 25 2 Mr. Perfect
8 Max Moon 01:59 28 0 Jerry Lawler
9 Genichiro Tenryu 13:17 21 0 The Undertaker
10 Mr. Perfect 09:15 23 3 Jerry Lawler, Koko B. Ware, Ted DiBiase

Jerry Lawler was already eliminated and helped Koko B. Ware & Ted Dibiase eliminate Mr. Perfect.

11 Skinner 03:05 26 0 Mr. Perfect
12 Koko B. Ware 08:32 20 1 Ted DiBiase
13 Samu 04:50 22 0 The Undertaker
14 Berzerker 05:21 17 1 The Undertaker
15 The Undertaker 04:14 16 4 Giant Gonzalez

Undertaker was eliminated by Giant Gonzalez, who was not part of the Royal Rumble match.

16 Terry Taylor 00:25 19 0 Ted DiBiase
17 Damien Demento 12:20 14 0 Carlos Colon

Damien Demento’s time of entry is unknown so it’s gone on first time you hear them in the ring.

18 I.R.S. 16:25 12 0 Earthquake

I.R.S.’s time of entry is unknown so it’s gone on first time you hear them in the ring.

19 Tatanka 17:37 11 0 Yokozuna
20 Jerry Sags 21:51 7 0 Owen Hart
21 Typhoon 05:13 15 0 Earthquake
22 Fatu 06:31 13 0 Bob Backlund
23 Earthquake 11:02 9 2 Yokozuna
24 Carlos Colon 07:25 10 1 Yokozuna
25 Tito Santana 11:03 8 0 Yokozuna
26 Rick Martel 11:23 4 0 Bob Backlund
27 Yokozuna 14:55 1 7 Winner
28 Owen Hart 05:38 6 1 Yokozuna
29 Repo Man 03:33 5 0 Randy Savage
30 Randy Savage 09:02 2 1 Yokozuna


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