Introduction

The 1995 Royal Rumble was the kick off event in what is considered the weakest year. Of the 30 entrants, 10 entrants would make one appearance in this match and this match only (only the original Royal Rumble has more with 11), and a number of competitors were cycled through the match and never appear again.

The winner got an extra prize – Pamela Anderson (star of TV’s “Baywatch” and one of the biggest stars at the time) – would accompany the winner to the ring.

Although the actual match was easy to forget, the ending was one of the most memorable. Shawn Michaels only had one foot touch the floor with his elimination, since then and the general improvement of the athletic nature of wrestlers has seen people take advantage of this, most notably Kofi Kingston and John Morisson in later years.

Michaels was not so lucky at Wrestlemania, with him losing to Diesel in his title match.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 1995

22nd January, 1995

Tampa, Florida

USF Sun Dome

10,000

  • 30 Men, 1 Winner, Something's Gotta Give!

38:43

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Shawn Michaels
Iron Men Shawn Michaels (38:43)
Least time in Match Owen Hart (00:03)
Most Eliminations Shawn Michaels (8)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 12 (Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, Crush, Lex Luger, Henry O. Godwinn, Dick Murdoch, Fatu, Aldo Montoya, Adam Bomb, Steven Dunn, Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn)
Number of debutants 13 (Eli Blu, Duke Droese, Jimmy Del Ray, Sione, Tom Prichard, Timothy Well, Jacob Blu, King Kong Bundy, Mantaur, Aldo Montoya, Henry O. Godwinn, Steven Dunn, Dick Murdoch)
Last Rumble Appearances 18 (Eli Blu, Jimmy Del Ray, Sione, Tom Prichard, Doink, Kwang, Rick Martel, Timothy Well, Bushwhacker Luke, Jacob Blu, King Kong Bundy, Mo, Bushwhacker Butch, Lex Luger, Mantaur, Steven Dunn, Dick Murdoch, Adam Bomb)
Average Time in match07:40
Number of individuals with at least one elimination40%

Did You Know?

  • This is the first Royal Rumble to not have at least one competitor who competed in the first Royal Rumble
  • This is the shortest Royal Rumble in history, with only one minute between entrants.
  • This match had the most people to have less than one minute time in the match, with 7 people less than a minute.
  • This is the first time since the introduction of the “title match for the winner at Wrestlemania” that a winner – Shawn Michaels – didn’t close Wrestlemania. That honour went to  Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor.

Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Shawn Michaels 38:43 1 8 Winner
  • Shawn Michaels was thrown over the top rope by The British Bulldog at the end of the match, however only one foot touched the floor. He re-entered and eliminated Bulldog.
  • First person to win the Royal Rumble from Number 1.
2 British Bulldog 38:42 2 4 Shawn Michaels
3 Eli Blu 09:56 22 1 Sione

Both Eli Blu & Sione eliminated themselves at the same time.

4 Duke Droese 08:13 28 0 Shawn Michaels
5 Jimmy Del Ray 01:24 30 0 British Bulldog
6 Sione 06:57 21 3 Eli Blu

Both Eli Blu & Sione eliminated themselves at the same time.

7 Tom Prichard 05:30 25 0 Shawn Michaels
8 Doink 04:50 24 0 Kwang
9 Kwang 04:00 23 1 Sione
10 Rick Martel 02:29 26 0 Sione
11 Owen Hart 00:03 29 0 British Bulldog

Owen was attacked by Bret Hart before he entered the match, and was immediately eliminated when he managed to enter the match.

12 Timothy Well 00:22 27 0 British Bulldog
13 Bushwhacker Luke 00:12 20 0 Shawn Michaels
14 Jacob Blu 00:17 19 0 Shawn Michaels
15 King Kong Bundy 03:00 17 1 Mabel
16 Mo 00:04 18 0 King Kong Bundy
17 Mabel 01:57 15 1 Lex Luger
18 Bushwhacker Butch 00:18 16 0 Shawn Michaels
19 Lex Luger 18:52 4 4 Crush, Shawn Michaels
20 Mantaur 09:32 13 0 Lex Luger
21 Aldo Montoya 13:22 8 1 Shawn Michaels
22 Henry O. Godwinn 14:41 5 1 Lex Luger
23 Billy Gunn 07:25 11 0 Crush, Dick Murdoch
24 Bart Gunn 06:20 12 0 Crush, Dick Murdoch
25 Bob Backlund 00:15 14 0 Lex Luger

Bob Backlund was attacked by Bret Hart before he entered the match.

26 Steven Dunn 04:30 10 0 Aldo Montoya
27 Dick Murdoch 08:08 6 2 Henry O. Godwinn
27 Adam Bomb 05:21 9 0 Crush
29 Fatu 05:33 7 0 Crush
30 Crush 08:52 3 5 British Bulldog

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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