We’re a fair way through the attitude era when the Royal Rumble took place in California for the second time in 2 years. In the main event – Mr. McMahon last eliminated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to win the Royal Rumble. McMahon was put into the match as the number 2 entrant by commissioner Shawn Michaels. Although winning the rumble, McMahon sacrificed his place at Wrestlemania’s main event at the next month’s pay per view, losing to Steve Austin in a cage match. Austin then went on to win the title from The Rock at Wrestlemania 15.

Although in the midst of the hottest period in wrestling, the 1999 Royal Rumble is not remembered fondly, as it was a bit pedestrian with a lot of filler. Elsewhere in the card The Rock brutally beat Mankind to win the WWF Championship, a title they would hot potato over the next month.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 1999

24th January, 1999

Anaheim, California

Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim


  • No Chance in Hell


Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Mr. McMahon
Iron Men Mr. McMahon (56:39)
Least time in Match Gillberg (00:07)
Most Eliminations Steve Austin (8)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 9 (Mr. McMahon, Steve Austin, Big Boss Man, D'Lo Brown, Owen Hart, Triple H, Val Venis, Chyna, Mark Henry)
Number of debutants 16 (Vince McMahon, Golga, Droz, Edge, Gillberg, Dan Severn, Tiger Ali Singh, Blue Meanie, Gangrel, Al Snow, The Godfather, Kane, Test, Val Venis, X-Pac, Chyna)
Last Rumble Appearances 11 (Vince McMahon, Golga, Droz, Gillberg, Dan Severn, Tiger Ali Singh, Blue Meanie, Mabel, Kurrgan, Ken Shamrock, Owen Hart)
Average Time in match09:38
Number of individuals with at least one elimination33.33%

Did You Know?

  • This Royal Rumble saw the first entrant of a woman in the match – Chyna got the lucky number 30 by winning the “Corporate” Rumble on Raw earlier that year.
  • This Royal Rumble was the second time there has been the PPV event in the same state back to back (California). Florida hosted the 1990 and 1991 event.
  • This match saw the second time that the last two competitors were the same as the first two. The first time this occurred was in 1995.
  • This match used the same entry way as the previous year’s event.
  • The event’s music was later used by Vince McMahon as his entrance theme.


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Steve Austin 56:38 2 8 Mr. McMahon
2 Mr. McMahon 56:39 1 1 Winner
3 Golga 00:13 30 0 Steve Austin
4 Droz 12:43 24 0 Mabel

Droz’ entrance happened off screen, so time taken from when his music ends.

5 Edge 11:51 23 1 "Road Dogg" Jesse James
6 Gillberg 00:07 29 0 Edge
7 Steve Blackman 07:22 27 0 Mabel, Tiger Ali Singh
8 Dan Severn 05:42 28 0 Mabel, Tiger Ali Singh
9 Tiger Ali Singh 04:20 26 2 Mabel

Tiger Ali Singh’s entrance occurred off camera, so the time is taken from when his music ends.

10 Blue Meanie 03:01 25 0 Mabel
11 Mabel 01:27 22 5 Bradshaw, Faarooq
  • 11 was supposed to be Mosh but was attacked by Mabel.
  • Mabel’s exit occurred with the lights off, so time taken from when the lights came on.
  • Faarooq, Bradshaw and Mideon weren’t entrants into the rumble.
12 "Road Dogg" Jesse James 10:41 19 3 Kane
13 Gangrel 00:26 21 0 "Road Dogg" Jesse James
14 Kurrgan 06:54 18 0 Kane
15 Al Snow 00:47 20 0 "Road Dogg" Jesse James
16 Goldust 04:02 16 0 Kane
17 The Godfather 01:40 17 0 Kane
18 Kane 00:53 15 4 Self
19 Ken Shamrock 05:01 14 0 Steve Austin

As Shamrock’s entrance took place off camera, his time starts from when his music stopped.

20 Billy Gunn 07:09 13 0 Steve Austin
21 Test 11:50 12 0 Steve Austin
22 Big Boss Man 18:55 3 2 Steve Austin
23 Triple H 14:20 6 2 Steve Austin
24 Val Venis 12:41 7 0 Triple H
25 X-Pac 05:43 11 0 Big Boss Man
26 Mark Henry 07:58 9 0 Chyna
27 Jeff Jarrett 03:39 10 0 Triple H
28 D'Lo Brown 09:11 4 0 Big Boss Man

D’Lo’s entrance to the ring occurred off camera, so taken from when his music stop.

29 Owen Hart 06:33 5 0 Steve Austin
30 Chyna 00:35 8 1 Steve Austin
  • Chyna was the first woman to enter the men’s Royal Rumble.
  • Chyna won a Corporate Rumble to be entered into the Royal Rumble at number 30.


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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