6. Nasty Wound
The 1991-92 Rumbles are notable for each featuring one Nasty Boy, but not the other. In the case of 1992, Jerry Sags would take part in the match, while partner Brian Knobbs would be absent due to what was termed an injury. And it wasn’t just any initial – it was a nearly fatal one at that.
Two weeks before the Rumbles, both Nasty Boys and Irwin R. Schyster were chased down by a group of fans while driving away from a house show in Peoria, IL. After almost being run off the road by the wildly-driving motorists, Knobbs exited the vehicle to check for damage, and was stabbed in the chest by one of the belligerents. Sags was attacked with a set of jumper cables by another of the assailants, but managed to avoid the peril of his partner, who would miss the Rumble with his injuries. Nikolai Volkoff, who hadn’t been seen in a WWE ring since late-1990, was tabbed as a fill-in.
5. The Other Substitution
One week before the Royal Rumble, the angle finally aired in which Shawn Michaels Superkicked Marty Jannetty on the set of The Barber Shop, before chucking him through the on-set window. Jannetty was written out due to his injuries, and was actually suspended indefinitely the week after the PPV, after an altercation with Tampa police outside a nightclub, where he was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
To fill Jannetty’s spot in the Rumble (due to the kayfabe injuries, not the later legal issues) was Haku, who had been absent from WWE programming since July 1991. Haku had been working for WWE’s then-international affiliate Super World of Sports (SWS), and was called for a one-of appearance, in which he lasted less than two minutes in the match.
4. One And Dones
The starpower in the 1992 Rumble match is something else, featuring nine separate former or future World Champions, as well as 16 different individuals who are currently enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame. In that former category of World Champions, it’s interesting to note that three of them were competing in their only Rumble match ever.
Two are a bit less surprising, as Colonel Mustafa (Iron Sheik) and Sgt. Slaughter were only a small part of this era as full-time wrestlers, both well into their forties at the time of the match. The other was Sid Justice, who would quit WWE in April 1992, and missed out on the 1996 and 1997 Rumble matches during his on-again/off-again tenure in the New Generation/pre-Attitude Era.