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10 Things We Learned From WWE Royal Rumble 1991

Sgt. Slaughter beats Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Championship…

6. Dusts Settled

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One of the absolute highlights of the event was the babyface turn of everyone’s favourite convention attraction, Virgil. For some time, Ted DiBiase had been extra abusive toward his muted manservant, and it came to a head after the two defeated Dusty and Dustin Rhodes at the 1991 Rumble. Virgil walloped DiBiase with the Million Dollar belt in the post-match scene, drawing one of the biggest pops of his career.

As for the Rhodes’ family, both father and son would depart immediately after the show. Dusty already had a job waiting for him back in WCW, where he would re-emerge 11 days later as part of the booking committee, his days as a full-time wrestler over. Dustin would follow, spending four years in WCW as a consistently-pushed singles competitor before winding up back in WWE in 1995, with a name you’d never forget.

5. King Of Battle Royals

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One of the scheduled entrants for the Rumble match was none other than the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, Andre the Giant. Andre’s WWE swansong had taken place at WrestleMania 6, but the company announced his name among the Rumble field in late-1990. Andre even shot promos regarding his participation in the match. WWE Magazine even listed Andre as an entrant in the match’s preview.

Ultimately, Andre would have to bow out of the match due to health reasons. At age 44, with several years of clear deterioration in his wake, it was hard to imagine Andre taking a bump over the top rope for his elimination. Three weeks before the event, it was announced on WWE TV that Andre pulled out due to injuries.

4. Nasty Surprise

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The Nasty Boys arrived in WWE in December 1990, after several acclaimed performances in WCW working against The Steiner Brothers. The two were not initially scheduled to be a part of the Royal Rumble, but Brian Knobbs wound up in the match anyway, coming in third place overall. Jerry Sags, meanwhile, worked the dark match against journeyman Sam Houston.

Knobbs’ participation in the Rumble was actually as a fill-in, taking the place of The Honky Tonk Man. Honky quit the company shortly after Christmas 1990, by which time he was mostly working as a colour commentator on WWE Superstars. Honky’s pre-taped performances continued to air up until Royal Rumble Saturday, with Knobbs taking his spot that night on the pay-per-view telecast.

Justin Henry

Written by Justin Henry

In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.

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