By 1991, it was clear that the United Kingdom had become a
key market for Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation, and the UK was seen
as the promotion’s second-most pivotal audience behind North America.
As a way to reward its UK fans – and to cash-in on that
fandom – it was decided that a special event would be held at London’s Royal
Albert Hall. Dubbed Battle Royal at the Albert Hall, the show made sure that British fans were left with a smile on their face by
the time all was said and done.
Getting to see big wins for Ric Flair, The Undertaker, and
The Legion of Doom was one way to impress the watching audience, but the icing
on the cake was seeing Davey Boy Smith first defeat The Barbarian in singles
action before he would then close out the show by winning a 20-man Battle Royal contest which featured heavy hitters such as the aforementioned
Flair, ‘Taker, and LOD, and other major stars like Roddy Piper, Earthquake, and Kerry Von Erich.
While the then-WWF clearly couldn’t have predicted it, the
London audience were also treated to the last TV appearance of the iconic
Andre the Giant, who would pass away in January 1993.