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Royal Rumble 1991

Match #4: Koko B. Ware w/Frankie vs. The Mountie w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart
The Birdman gets the crowd clapping as we begin, collar & elbow lock-up, Mountie backing Koko to the ropes, tries to sneak in a right hand and Koko ducks away. The Mountie tries to lock-up again, The Birdman slips away and antagonizes him, then tells Jimmy on the outside to kiss it. Mountie with boots to the breadbasket, whips Koko into the ropes for a clothesline, The Birdman avoids it and sends The Mountie to the outside with a dropkick. The Mountie has a quick conference with The Mouth Of The South, rolls back in and Koko with an armwringer out of the lock-up. He gets pushed off into the ropes, Mountie with multiple leapfrogs, The Birdman stops short of one and drops him with a stiff jab, uses an armdrag and locks in an armbar.

Mountie gains a vertical base, breaks the hold with heavy rights, Koko fires back, charges at The Mountie near the ropes and gets back body dropped out to the floor. Jimmy jumps on the apron to distract the referee, The Mountie heads outside and delivers a cheap shot with his shock stick. He rolls Koko back in the squared circle, rips at his face, then drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle. The Mountie shoots The Birdman to the ropes for a jumping back elbow, utilizes a blatant choke, then whips Koko back in for a back body drop. The Birdman sees it coming and uses a sunset flip for a 2 count, Mountie quickly taking back control by tossing Koko to the outside. He drags himself up to the apron, The Mountie chokes him using the top rope, pulls him into the ring and sets for a piledriver, The Birdman blocking and flipping him over.

He can’t take advantage of it and The Mountie with shots to the back, buries kicks into Koko’s ribs, sends him in for a back body drop and again Koko counters, this time with a swinging neckbreaker. He catches The Mountie trying a kick, hits the ropes for a flying headbutt, uses a slam and scales to the top rope for a missile dropkick. The Birdman covers, Jimmy Hart jumps on the apron to break the count, Mountie looks to attack from behind and Koko has it scouted, side-stepping out of the way. The Mountie reverses a whip into the corner, Koko hops to the 2nd rope and scores with a crossbody for a count of 2.

The Mountie quickly shoots Koko into the ropes for a clothesline, The Birdman ducks it, leapfrogs over a back body drop attempt and then gets caught by the throat and slammed to the canvas for the pinfall.
Winner: The Mountie (Two-Handed Chokeslam)

  • EA’s Take: After weeks of vignettes, The Mountie makes his in-ring debut in what I like to call a glorified squash match. Meaning, the opponent isn’t necessarily a jobber, but has zero chance of walking away with a victory. After Raymond Rougeau retired in early 1990, Jacques would leave the WWF, returning a year later on his own and adopting The Mountie character.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is back in the locker room again with ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage & Queen Sherri. Savage talks about noone saying him to be no and Warrior should have given him a title shot. There’s a banging on the door as Warrior tries to get inside, but Macho & Sherri take-off. ‘Mean’ Gene is in the the interview area with WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter & General Adnan. Slaughter spouts off that he told the world that he would take the title and he did it, even when everybody was against him. Unlike anybody in the military world today, he has no boundaries.

Video: Fans attending the show tonight send their well wishes to all the troops in the Middle East, wishing them luck and a safe travel back home.

Video: Participants in the Royal Rumble claim to be victorious in tonight’s main event including Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Earthquake, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, The Texas Tornado, The Legion Of Doom and more.

Backstage: This time Sean Mooney is joined in the locker room by ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Virgil. DiBiase talks about how Virgil will fare in the ring tonight, talking about why Virgil does all the odd tasks he does. Money in the reason and it’s a bond that’s thicker than blood.

Match #5: Dustin & ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes vs. ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Virgil
Virgil & DiBiase ambush The Rhodes’ in opposite corners, they look to whip the father and son into one another, it’s reversed and Virgil collides into The MDM. Dusty & Dustin with with bionic elbows, clearing the ring and order is finally restored. DiBiase orders Virgil to get into the ring and take Dustin out, they tie-up and jockey for position, Virgil going to the eyes to get control. He sends Dustin into the ropes, Dustin surprises him with a flying clothesline, scores with a dropkick and Virgil rolls to the outside, getting some more words from MDM.

Back in the ring Virgil goes to the midsection with a knee, clubs away at the back, shoots Dustin into the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder. Dustin back into the ropes, Virgil drops down for a monkey flip, Dustin sees it coming and puts on the breaks, stomping away and sending Virgil over the top with a clothesline. DiBiase comes around ringside to get him, picks Virgil up and gives him an ear-full. Virgil steps back in and tags out, The MDM goes to the ribs with a knee of his own, whips Dustin into the ropes and levels him with a clothesline. He punishes Dustin with right hands, drives him into the top turnbuckle and chops away in the corner, shooting him back into the ropes for a backk body drop.

Trademark fist drops from MDM, taunting The American Dream out on the apron, sends Dustin in for another back body drop, Dustin has it scouted and plants DiBiase’s head into the canvas. The Rhodes’ trade elbows on The MDM in their corner, DiBiase spills to the outside, only to get tossed back in by Dusty after a tag. The Dream fires away with rights and elbows in the corner, shoots DiBiase into the ropes and grabs a sleeper, Virgil coming in to create a distraction and force Dusty to break the hold. Dustin re-enters the match, whips The MDM in for a dropkick, covers and once again Virgil comes in to make the save after a 2 count. DiBiase is able to sneak in a shot to the breadbasket, Virgil tags, works Dustin over in the corner and attempts to whip him across.

Dustin reverses, follows in with a running knee, Virgil side-steps it and Dustin drives his kneecap into the top turnbuckle. Virgil goes after the injury with kicks, lays Dustin out with a clothesline, drags him to the ring post and wraps his knee into the steel. MDM back in to do more of the same as the official argues with Dusty on the apron, Virgil sneaking in shots of his own. DiBiase with a leg trip, keeps the pressure on the injured limb and taunts The American Dream into the ring. The MDM holds Dustin up for a Virgil clothesline, Dustin avoids it and DiBiase gets clocked. Virgil tries to apologize to his boss, but DiBiase isn’t hearing it and he unloads on Virgil with right hands, tossing him to the outside.

Dusty finally gets a hot tag, unloads with the heavy artillery in the corner, sends The MDM across and charges in with a running elbow. He sends MDM back across for another, DiBiase ducks out of the way and gets a schoolboy, picking up the victory.
Winners: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Virgil (DiBiase/Schoolboy)

  • After The Bell: The MDM takes the mic, proclaiming that everyone has a price for The Million Dollar Man and crossing him means you have to pay the price. He belittles Virgil and orders him to get the Million Dollar Championship, come into the ring and put it around his waist. Virgil reluctantly gets the title and steps into the squared circle, then drops it at DiBiase’s feet. The MDM orders him again to follow through, reminding Virgil of the money and his family. Virgil drops to a knee, picks up the championship and clobbers DiBiase in the head with it, laying him out. He spits on the title, then drops it on DiBiase’s body as he exits to a standing ovation.
  • EA’s Take: The match here is essentially meaningless, although Dusty had been chasing DiBiase for quite sometime. Dustin had previously worked for WCW, only making sporadic appearances in the WWF after his father jumped ship, this match marking his WWF PPV debut. The father & son duo would leave the company shortly after, both returning to WCW with Dusty walking away from full-time competition and taking on an office role. On the other side, after years of serving Ted DiBiase, Virgil finally stands up for himself and the pair is split. Roddy Piper had started to get into the ear of Virgil and this was the big pay-off, leading to Virgil’s solo career.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with Hulk Hogan just before the Royal Rumble. Hogan talks about this being the time for all the Hulkamaniacs to unite, dedicating the contest to all the troops in the Middle East. He’s going into battle with more momentum than ever with all the armed forces having his back. Okerlund interrupts with breaking news, reporting that Sgt. Slaughter has just defaced the American flag. The Hulkster doesn’t want to believe it’s true, but if it is then Sarge’s reign as champion will be like Saddam Hussein’s reign…temporary.

Match #6 – 30 Man Royal Rumble

  • Entry #1 is WWF Tag Team Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart. Entry #2 is Dino Bravo w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart. The bell rings and we’re underway, Hitman & Dino with a lock-up, Bravo using his power to push Bret away to the corner. They tie-up again, this time The Canadian Strongman pushes Bret to the ropes, Hitman with a forearm, follows with a dropkick and hits an atomic drop. He clotheslines Bravo from behind, Dino teeters on the top rope, Bret unsuccessful at trying to toss him over. The Canadian Strongman shoots Bret in for a boot to the breadbasket, splits him with an inverted atomic drop, then slams him to the mat. He looks to hit an elbow drop, Hitman rolls out of the way, Dino reversing a whip to the ropes and planting Bret with his Side Slam as the next man runs out…
  • Entry #3 is Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine. The Hammer goes right after Dino and they exchange shots, Jimmy Hart hops onto the apron, Bravo with a clothesline from the back, Valentine hanging on to stay in the match. The Hammer turns the tide driving The Canadian Strongman head-first into the top turnbuckle, grabs him by the head and sends him packing. Dino Bravo has been eliminated. Jimmy Hart is back on the apron with some words for Valentine, The Hammer shoves Jimmy down to the floor, turns around and The Hitman hits him with an inverted atomic drop, putting him down with a clothesline and the countdown begins…
  • Entry #4 is Paul Roma w/Slick. Valentine & Roma double-up on Bret, Roma turns on The Hammer and clubs him down to the canvas. The Hitman makes Roma pay with an inverted atomic drop, double noggin knocker to both of them, then looks to toss Roma, Valentine making the save. The alliance between Roma & The Hammer falls apart, Bret allows them to beat on each other for a bit until the clock ticks down…
  • Entry #5 is The Texas Tornado. The Tornago slides in and gives Bret a hand, dropping Valentine & Roma with Tornado Punches. The 4 combatants pair off with Tornado & Bret switching off before the next entrant comes out…
  • Entry #6 is ‘The Model’ Rick Martel. The Model attempts to go after the #1 entrant in The Hitman, Roma intervenes and Bret holds The Hammer for a Tornado Punch. The Hitman gets Martel in a compromising position, Roma again prevents the elimination, then holds Bret for The Model to come off the 2nd rope with a double axe. Martel celebrates and Roma drops him with a clothesline and…10…9…8…
  • Entry #7 is Saba Simba. Simba hits the ring and delivers clubbing shots to everybody, The Tornado and Martel pair-off, The Model nearly getting eliminated after an atomic drop. The heels and faces all fight in pairs again, The Tornado locking in the Iron Claw to Roma as the timer hits zero…
  • Entry #8 is Bushwhacker Butch. Butch marches around in the ring and doesn’t hit anyone, eventually walking into a chop from Valentine as The Model takes Simba over the top rope on the other side of the ring. Saba Simba has been eliminated. We get double teams in opposite corners on Roma & Martel, Butch turns on The Hammer and gives him a double noggin knocker with Roma as the clock ticks away…
  • Entry #9 is Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. Jake has his eyes set on The Model, Martel meets him coming in with fists, The Snake coming back with left hand jabs. Roberts hits Martel with a gutbuster, drives his face into the mat and lays him out with a short-arm clothesline. He calls for the DDT, Martel rolls outside under the bottom rope and tries to get away, Roberts in hot pursuit back into the ring, being met by The Hammer and some elbows. The Model enjoying it from the apron, Roberts with a blow to get away from Valentine, hammering Martel on the apron, but unable to get him to the floor…
  • Entry #10 is Hercules. The Mighty Herc slides in and immediately helps out his tag partner Roma, Power & Glory stomping away at Butch. Multiple near-eliminations across the board and the buzzer sounds for the next participant…
  • Entry #11 is Tito Santana. Tito goes right for his former partner Martel, Roma getting eliminated as Santana made his way to the ring. Paul Roma has been eliminated. The Texas Tornado uses the Iron Claw to wear out Roberts as the 10 count runs down…
  • Entry #12 is The Undertaker w/Brother Love. Undertaker takes his orders from Brother Love, slides into the ring and lifts The Hitman up into the air by the neck, then drops him over the top. Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart has been eliminated. The Tornado takes his shots at Taker, but gets caught by the throat. He fires back with a Tornado Punch, it merely staggers Undertaker and he drops Texas Tornado with a haymaker…
  • Entry #13 is ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka. As Superfly hits the ring, The Undertaker gets his hands on Butch and ends his night. Bushwhacker Butch has been eliminated. Valentine & Tornado team up to try and neutralize Undertaker, get smashed together with a double noggin knocker and the next man sprints to the squared circle…
  • Entry #14 is ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith…
  • Entry #15 is Demolition Smash. Just lots of brawling everywhere as the ring continues to fill-up, right hands, boots and chokes from every which way. The Model is sneaking around out on the apron, he grabs The Snake by the hair and pulls him over the rope to the outside. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts has been eliminated…
  • Entry #16 is Road Warrior Hawk. Hawk gets swallowed up by a group of people when he slides into the ring, having to fend off Undertaker, Hercules and Smash…
  • Entry #17 is Shane Douglas. Undertaker is in a tough spot against Snuka & Tornado against the ropes, he turns the tide and dumps them both to the floor. ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka & The Texas Tornado have been eliminated…
  • Entry #18 is… Number 18 doesn’t come out and the battle rages on inside the ring…
  • Entry #19 is Road Warrior Animal. The Legion Of Doom join forces and double-up on Undertaker, Taker tries to fight back, gets hit with a double clothesline and flips backwards out to the floor, landing on his feet. The Undertaker has been eliminated. Hawk with a little premature celebration, The Model sees the opening and forces him out from behind. Road Warrior Hawk has been eliminated…
  • Entry #20 is Demolition Crush. Demolition goes right to work together, hammering Bulldog into the canvas with clubbing shots, they send him into the ropes and scores with a double clothesline…
  • Entry #21 is ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan. The inaugural Royal Rumble winner fires away with left-hand jabs on Smash, walks around the ring and delivers a little punishment to anybody in his way…
  • Entry #22 is Earthquake w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart. The Quake rolls in and trades shots with Animal, Earthquake briefly gets the better of it, but Animal scores with a clothesline to stagger the big man near the ropes. The Road Warrior rushes, Quake ducks down and pulls the top rope, sending Animal spilling to the outside. Road Warrior Animal has been eliminated…
  • Entry #23 is WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect. The Perfect One takes his sweet time getting into the ring, finally is met by Hacksaw once inside, getting his bell rung by right hands and a clothesline. Duggan charges at Perfect near the ropes, the champion drops down and flips Hacksaw over the top. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan has been eliminated…
  • Entry #24 is Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster hits the ring to a loud ovation, gets caught in a corner by Smash & Perfect, battles his way out and delivers a big boot to Smash before throwing him to the outside. Demolition Smash has been eliminated. Hogan taking it to Earthquake in the corner, Perfect steps in to stop Hulk’s momentum and Quake takes the advantage as the countdown hits zero…
  • Entry #25 is Haku. Haku slides into the ring as Hulk sends Valentine on his way. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine has been eliminated…
  • Entry #26 is Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. Tito with a flurry of fists to Quake’s midsection, they have little affect and Earthquake grabs Santana by the hair to toss him over the top. Tito Santana has been eliminated…
  • Entry #27 is Bushwhacker Luke. Luke marches into the ring, Earthquake immediately grabs him and throws him out on the other side, Luke just continues to march around ringside and to the back. Bushwhacker Luke has been eliminated…
  • Entry #28 is Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs. Knobbs slides in and is in trouble from the get-go, never getting any kind of offense going until he flips a charging Hercules up and out. Hercules has been eliminated…
  • Entry #29 is The Warlord. Crush unloading on Hulk with the heavy artillery in the corner, climbs to the 2nd rope to reign down right hands and Hogan pushes him down to the floor. Demolition Crush has been eliminated. The Hulkster turns his attention to Warlord now, Warlord reverses a whip into the ropes for a clothesline, Hogan ducks it, delivers one of his own and The Warlord falls to the outside. The Warlord has been eliminated…

Entry #30 is Tugboat. The announcers determine that Randy Savage was the man that never came out at number 18, Tugboat rolling into the ring and going right after Earthquake in the corner. Douglas firing off on Knobbs in a corner, The Nasty Boy returns the favor, then throws Shane over the top rope. Shane Douglas has been eliminated. Tugboat collides with his friend Hogan in the corner, squashing The Hulkster and dropping him over the top. Hogan lands on the apron, Tugboat doesn’t know Hulk is still legal, turns his back and gets dumped over the top. Tugboat has been eliminated.

Mr. Perfect climbs upstairs after Davey Boy, The Bulldog crotches Perfect on the top turnbuckle, connects with a dropkick and The Perfect One spills to the outside. Mr. Perfect has been eliminated.The Anvil looks to send Martel into the ropes, The Model counters out, drapes Neidhart over the top, The Anvil teeters until Martel finally finishes him off. Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has been eliminated. The British Bulldog collects himself against the ropes, Haku makes the mistake of charging at him, getting flipped over to the floor. Haku has been eliminated.

Knobbs & with the double team on The Hulkster, Martel heads upstairs to attack The Bulldog, Davey Boy shakes the ropes and The Model gets crotched on the top turnbuckle. British Bulldog runs in with a clothesline, Martel getting knocked off the turnbuckle and down to the floor. ‘The Model’ Rick Martel has been eliminated. We’re down to four now, Bulldog rushes Knobbs & Quake, paying for it as the numbers game is too much and he’s tossed over the top. ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith has been eliminated. Hogan’s looking at a 2 on 1, Knobbs & Earthquake leveling him with a double clothesline, Quake following with a splash.

He hits the ropes for the Earthquake Splash, Hogan hulks up and drops them both with a double clothesline, then delivers a big boot to Knobbs, sending him backwards to the outside. Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs has been eliminated. The Hulkster lands heavy right hands to the big man, shoots him in for a big boot, Earthquake dropping to a knee. Jimmy Hart jumps on the apron and gets a right hand for his troubles, Hogan looking for a slam, but can’t hold Quake’s weight and he falls on top. Earthquake with multiple elbow drops, plants Hulk with a powerslam and mistakingly goes for a pinfall. Hogan hulks up yet again, hits another big boot, slams Quake and clotheslines him out of the ring.
Winner: Hulk Hogan

  • After The Bell: The Hulkster celebrates in the ring, grabbing fan signs and parading around with saying like “Peace In The Middle East” and “Saddam and Slaughter Will Surrender”. Hogan grabs an American flag from the crowd and waves it around as the show comes to a close.
  • EA’s Take: A very uneventful Royal Rumble match with little-to-no exciting spots. Besides Bushwhacker Luke, every participant seemed to last a substantial amount of time and nobody really dominated the contest, although there were those that had brief moments (Undertaker, Earthquake, Hogan). There’s still no real meaning or importance to the Royal Rumble match as it’s only for bragging rights, however that would change the following year. This would mark the first time that the Rumble winner would meet the WWF Champion at WrestleMania, but it was merely coincidence as opposed to it being the stipulation.

EA’s Finisher: While the undercard for this year’s Rumble was much more exciting than the previous year, I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb by saying last year’s Rumble Match was better. Nothing of significance took place in this year’s Rumble match, unless you count Hogan getting one-up on Earthquake yet again, which I do not. The opening tag team contest was hands down the most entertaining contest of the evening even with the little misses here and there. Boss Man/Barbarian was better than advertised and although Slaughter/Warrior was the brawl you’d expect, it did give us the turning point in a major storyline and a title change. Plus, Virgil finally turning on DiBiase was a huge moment that had been years in the making, giving this show it’s fair share of exciting moments outside of the Rumble match itself.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Rockers/Orient Express
2 – Big Boss Man/Barbarian
3 – Sgt. Slaughter/Ultimate Warrior


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