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Royal Rumble 1998 was the eleventh annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 18, 1998 at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California.

The main event was a casket match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker for the WWF Championship. The main matches on the undercard were the Royal Rumble match, which Steve Austin won after last eliminating The Rock to win the match, making it his second Royal Rumble win, The Legion Of Doom (Hawk and Animal) versus The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) for the WWF Tag Team Championship and The Rock versus Ken Shamrock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.


In the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view, Ken Shamrock had been facing various members of the Nation of Domination ahead of his booked match against Intercontinental champion Rocky Maivia (The Rock), defeating Kama Mustafa and Faarooq with his ankle lock despite interference from other Nation members. The Raw is War before the Rumble saw Shamrock team up with Mark Henry against Maivia and D'Lo Brown, but just as Shamrock looked set to lock his submission on The Rock, Henry turned on him, joining the Nation in giving him a post-match beat down.

After winning their first tag team title, the New Age Outlaws further humiliated the erstwhile champions, the Legion of Doom, by shaving one of Hawk's mohawks and, with the help of D-Generation X, powerbombed Animal through the announce table, damaging his back. Although he was advised not to compete by doctors, Animal rested through the first few weeks of the year while the Outlaws ran roughshod through the tag division before this pay-per-view.<

The buildup to the Royal Rumble match itself focused almost entirely on Stone Cold Steve Austin. He declared that before the match he would be living by the motto "Do unto others, before they do unto me" interfering in matches regularly on Raw is War, or appearing just as matches finished, delivering the stunner to anyone in sight as well leaving other wrestlers back stage buried under tables and chairs. In the final segment of the Raw preceding the event, all competitors of the Royal Rumble were in the ring, waiting to draw their number of entry when Austin ran in through the crowd and began throw punches all over the ring, sparking a brawl between the various wrestlers feuding in the ring, and kicking the number generator out of the ring.

The main event for the WWF Championship was a rematch between champion Shawn Michaels and challenger The Undertaker, who had previously fought at Badd Blood in the first Hell in a Cell match which ended with the debut of Undertaker's (kayfabe) brother, Kane, giving Michaels the unfair win by delivering a tombstone piledriver on Undertaker, allowing the almost beaten Michaels to steal the match. To mock his opponent, Triple H and Chyna brought a casket to the match only for Michaels to appear from inside and spray paint it in D-Generation X slogans. The following week, while Michaels was delivering a promo, the same casket appeared again but this time Undertaker appeared from inside, grabbing the champion by the throat and dragging him into the coffin. Undertaker made his full presence known the following week, interrupting an interview in which Michaels was claiming to introduce the newest DX member: Kane. Undertaker told his opponent to leave his family out of the feud, before attacking the stable and being outnumbered. Kane made a surprise appearance and helped Undertaker, fighting DX up to the ramp before turning and reaching his hand out in an Undertaker-like salute which his brother returned.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Royal Rumble entrances and eliminations

A new entrant came out approximately every 90 seconds.

Entrant Eliminated by Time
1 Cactus Jack 2 Chainsaw Charlie 9:41
2 Chainsaw Charlie 6 Mankind 25:19
3 Tom Brandi 1 Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie 0:12
4 The Rock 29 Austin 51:32
5 Mosh 3 Kurrgan 13:09
6 Phineas Godwinn 12 Henry 28:48
7 8-Ball 14 Austin 30:43
8 Blackjack Bradshaw 15 Dude Love 35:45
9 Owen Hart 10 Triple H and Chyna 12:00
10 Steve Blackman 4 Kurrgan 5:58
11 D'Lo Brown 16 Faarooq 32:21
12 Kurrgan 5 8-Ball, Phinneas Godwinn, Bradshaw and Shamrock 3:38
13 Marc Mero 13 Austin 19:40
14 Ken Shamrock 9 Rock 9:15
15 Thrasher 18 Austin 28:08
16 Mankind 7 The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust 2:40
17 The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust 23 Chainz 26:04
18 Jeff Jarrett 8 Owen Hart 1:05
19 The Honky Tonk Man 17 Vader 19:55
20 Ahmed Johnson 11 Henry and Brown 3:18
21 Mark Henry 26 Faarooq 19:07
22 Skull - Unable to compete due to injury 0:00
23 Kama Mustafa 19 Austin 13:58
24 Steve Austin 30 WINNER 15:58
25 Henry Godwinn 22 Himself 11:32
26 Savio Vega 20 Austin 9:29
27 Faarooq 28 Rock 12:05
28 Dude Love 27 Faarooq 7:53
29 Chainz 24 Austin 4:56
30 Vader 21 The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust 2:16

Other on-screen talent

Ring announcer
  • Albert DeFrusia

See also

DVD & Video Releases

External links

Royal Rumble
1998 World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-views
Royal RumbleNo Way Out Of TexasWrestleManiaMayhem in ManchesterUnforgivenOver the EdgeKing of the RingFully LoadedSummerSlamBreakdownJudgment DaySurvivor SeriesCapital CarnageRock Bottom
1997 World Wrestling Federation pay-per-views
Royal RumbleThe Final FourWrestleManiaRevenge of the 'TakerA Cold Day in HellCanadian StampedeKing of the RingSummerSlamGround ZeroOne Night OnlyBadd BloodSurvivor SeriesD-Generation X