15 Fascinating WWE Royal Rumble Facts You Need To Know
14. Only Five Entrants In The 1992 Rumble Were Full-Time WWE Talents At The End Of 1993
The 1992 Royal Rumble occurred at the onset of a time-frame where the roster would be purged and gutted of many top names, kicking off a major transitional phase in Stamford. Days after WrestleMania VIII just two and a half months later, Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice, Jake Roberts, and Roddy Piper were all gone from the company. Davey Boy Smith was out by year's end. In 1993, Ric Flair bolted for WCW early in the year. Ted Dibiase left for All-Japan in August. Longtime stars Big Bossman, Jim Duggan, and Tito Santana were all finished before SummerSlam in 1993. Taking into consideration solely the full-time active wrestlers by the end of '93, all you had were Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Macho Man Randy Savage, Rick Martel, and Irwin R. Schyster. Not including the occasional guest spot for Virgil or Greg Valentine, that was it. Talk about your drastic changes in a short period of time.
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