10 Fascinating WWE Royal Rumble 1996 Facts

Shawn Michaels keeps the boyhood dream alive en route to WrestleMania 12.


In recent years, a number of Royal Rumbles have spurred anger from many fans. The 2014 and 2015 events proved maddening for many, due to the fact that super-popular Daniel Bryan was passed over for a Rumble victory. In 2012, Sheamus' upset win drew the ire of those who felt Chris Jericho's enigmatic return should've left him as the last man standing.

For recent Rumbles, the choice of winner was where most criticism went. In the mid-nineties, the winners weren't the problem - the low quality of the shows was. With a depleted roster and the reliance on lesser-skilled performers, some Royal Rumbles were heatless slogs with only a handful of bonafide stars on hand. The 1996 Royal Rumble is one of those shows.

Clearly, everything was going to be coming up HBK, as a now-babyface Shawn Michaels continued his unstoppable run toward an assured World Championship reign. The '96 Rumble match was his for the taking, few doubted that. But if you want proof that even Michaels at his career peak couldn't carry some three-hour shows to watchability, give this show a look sometime. Other than Michaels' win, it may be the least interesting Rumble in the event's history.

Here are ten facts about the 1996 Royal Rumble you may not have known.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.