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January 21, 1996 - Fresno, California
Selland Arena

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Free-For-All Match
Duke "The Dumpster" Droese def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley via DQ (6:25)
Notes: Hunter was DQed for using some sort of plastic knuckles to hit Droese.

Match #1
Ahmed Johnson def. Jeff Jarrett via DQ (6:38)
Notes: Jeff jumped off the top rope with his guitar and laid out Ahmed with it. It was pretty cool.

Match #2 - WWF World Tag Team Championship
"The Smoking Gunns"
(Billy & Bart Gunn)
def. "The Body Donnas"
(Skip & Zip)
via Pinfall (11:10)
Notes: Bart pinned Zip. The Donnas were trying a double suplex on Bart when Billy took out Skip. Bart fell on Zip and got him in a small package.

Match #3 - WWF Intercontinental Championship
w/Marlena, Usher
def. Razor Ramon
via Pinfall (14:15)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- 1-2-3 Kid came out of nowhere and took out Razor. The ref was distracted by Marlena, who was at this time unknown.

Match #4 - Royal Rumble Match
Shawn Michaels def. (See Below) (58:45)
Notes: Lawler nearly slopped Godwinn, but Godwinn gained control of the bucket and cleared the ring. Lawler wasn't looking and Godwinn hit him with the slop. Jake Roberts cleared out everyone when he came out and took his python out of the bag. About 12 minutes in, Lawler hid under the ring until the 40 minute mark, when Michaels dragged him out and eliminated him. Squat Team Guy 1 was eliminated and was walking out when his brother (Guy 2) came out. Both entered the ring and one was eliminated by Vader and the other by Yokozuna. After Michaels eliminated him, Vader got back into the ring and threw everyone out. Gorilla Monsoon let everyone get back in, since Vader was eliminated. This completely contradicts the '93 Rumble in which Giant Gonzales, not ever entered in the Rumble, eliminated the Undertaker. Sigh.

Match #5 - WWF World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker
w/Paul Bearer
def. Bret "Hitman" Hart
via DQ (28:28)
Notes: On his way to the ring, Undertaker faced off with Diesel, who left without incident. Later, Undertaker had just given Bret the Tombstone when Diesel came back out and pulled the referee out of the ring, causing the DQ. Diesel then flipped off 'Taker and left.

*Entrants were supposed to come down in 2:00 minute intervals. But for storytelling purposes, they sometimes have to run over/short, depending on what's happening in the ring. Individual times are from when the timer hit zero until the Superstar's feet hit the floor. Times are approximate, taken from video footage.
#Time InNameExitTime OutEliminated ByTotal
10:00Hunter Hearst Helmsley1948:00Diesel48:00
20:00Henry O. Godwinn216:24Jake Roberts16:24
32:02Bob Backlund114:46Yokozuna12:44
44:03Jerry "The King" Lawler1640:31Shawn Michaels36:28
56:03Bob "Sparkplug" Holly1845:44Steve Austin39:41
68:03King Mabel
710:03Jake "The Snake" Roberts625:05Vader15:02
812:04Dory Funk523:19Savio Vega11:15
914:04Yokozuna11/1233:45Shawn Michaels19:41
1016:101-2-3 Kid1334:02Shawn Michaels17:52
1118:11Omori421:11Jake Roberts3:00
1220:12Savio Vega1032:51Vader12:39
w/James E. Cornette
11/1233:45Shawn Michaels11:30
1424:17Doug Gilbert727:26Vader3:09
1526:18Squat Team Guy 1827:42Vader1:24
1628:20Squat Team Guy 2929:20Vader, Yokozuna1:00
1730:22"King of Harts" Owen Hart2151:32Diesel21:10
1832:23Shawn MichaelsWINNER
1934:25Hakushi1438:28Owen Hart4:03
2138:29Aldo Montoya1540:28Tatanka1:59
2240:29Diesel2958:45Shawn Michaels18:16
2444:32"Ringmaster" Steve Austin
w/Ted DiBiase
2546:34Barry Horowitz2051:00Owen Hart4:26
2648:35Fatu2456:04Isaac Yankem7:29
2750:36Isaac Yankem, DDS2557:59Shawn Michaels7:23
2852:36Marty Jannetty2255:22British Bulldog2:46
2954:36The British Bulldog2758:28Shawn Michaels3:52
3056:40Duke "The Dumpster" Droese2658:05Kama, Diesel1:25

Commentary:Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect
w/Todd Pettengil, Dok Hendrix
Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
Referees/Officials:Jimmy Korderas, Jack Doan, Tim White, Earl Hebner, Gerald Brisco, Tony Garea, Brian Hebner, Rene Goulet, Jack Lanza, etc.

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