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January 19, 1997 - San Antonio, Texas
Alamo Dome

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Free-For-All Match
Perro Aguayo
Hector Garza
El Canek
def. Fuerza Guerrera
Heavy Metal
Jerry Estrada
via Pinfall
Notes: Aguayo pinned Estrada.

Free-For-All Match
Mascarita Sagrada Jr. &
La Parkita
def. Mini Mankind &
Mini Vader
via Pinfall (4:29)
Notes: Sagrada pinned Vader.

Match #1 - WWF Intercontinental Championship
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Champion
w/Curtis Hughes
def. Goldust
Challenger
w/Marlena
via Pinfall (16:47)
Notes: Goldust put out Marlena's cigar on Hughes' neck, but the distraction let Hunter get in the Pedigree.

Match #2
Ahmed Johnson def. Faarooq
w/Nation of Domination
via DQ (8:44)
Notes: Ahmed started getting the upper hand, so Faarooq called in the Nation to fight him off.

Match #3
Vader def. The Undertaker via Pinfall (13:17)
Notes: Vader earned the relatively clean victory over the Undertaker.

Match #4 - Six-Man Tag Team Match
Perro Aguayo
El Canek
Hector Garza
def. Fuerza Guerrero
Heavy Metal
Jerry Estrada
via Pinfall (10:54)
Notes: Aguayo pinned Heavy Metal. I'm not going to say anything else about it.

Match #5 - Royal Rumble Match
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin def. (See Below) (50:24)
Notes: The clock was so screwed up this year, they even acknowledged it on the air. Ramon 2 didn't even come out to music, and the countdown clock wasn't shown until #6. Dumbass Ahmed eliminated himself when Faarooq showed up in the aisle. Mascaras eliminated himself by jumping off the top rope at Pierroth. Ahmed came back and eliminated Faarooq with a 2 x 4. Austin should have been the 26th man eliminated, because Bret Hart threw him over the top rope and out. But the two (only two?) referees assigned to ringside were trying to break up a fight between Mankind and Terry Funk. Austin snuck back into the ring to quickly eliminate Undertaker and Vader, and then Bret Hart, who had just tossed out Diesel 2. Bret went apesh!t and started shoving refs and even Vince around. On a side note, I think this was the first PPV J.R. wore his black hat.

Match #6 - WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels
Challenger
w/Jose Lothario
def. Sycho Sid
Champion
via Pinfall (13:47)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Michaels pulled out all the stops, including hitting Sid with a TV camera. The TV camera didn't finish Sid, but Michaels followed up the camera with Sweet Chin Music. Too bad that chump would later forfeit the title rather than return the favor and drop it to Bret Hart at WrestleMania XIII.

*Entrants were supposed to come down in 1:30 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
10:00Crush
w/Nation of Domination
36:12Phineas6:12
20:00Ahmed Johnson22:56Himself2:56
31:45Razor Ramon 212:15Ahmed Johnson0:30
43:11Phineas I. Godwinn
w/Hillbilly Jim
46:27Ahmed Johnson3:16
54:52"Stone Cold" Steve AustinWINNER
66:23Bart Gunn57:10Steve Austin0:47
77:53Jake "The Snake" Roberts69:32Steve Austin1:39
89:24The British Bulldog817:48Owen Hart8:24
910:54Pierroth1021:40Mascaras10:46
1012:25The Sultan
w/Iron Sheik
716:18British Bulldog3:53
1113:55Mil Mascaras1121:49Himself7:54
1215:25Hunter Hearst Helmsley1222:21Goldust6:56
1316:56Owen Hart16/1725:45Steve Austin8:49
1418:26Goldust1324:13Owen Hart5:47
1519:56Cibernetico921:32Mascaras, Pierroth1:36
1621:26"Wildman" Marc Mero
w/Sable
16/1725:45Steve Austin4:19
1722:59Latin Lover1424:59Faarooq2:00
1824:29Faarooq
w/Nation of Domination
1525:20Ahmed Johnson0:51
1925:57Savio Vega1826:54Steve Austin0:57
2027:29Jesse James1928:10Steve Austin0:41
2129:00Bret "Hitman" Hart2950:24Steve Austin21:24
2230:36Jerry "The King" Lawler2031:03Bret Hart0:27
2332:09Diesel 22850:20Bret Hart18:11
2433:39Terry Funk2449:12Manind15:33
2535:14Rocky Maivia2348:23Mankind13:09
2636:43Mankind2549:28Undertaker12:45
2738:14Flash Funk2144:41Vader6:27
2839:44Vader26/2750:15Steve Austin10:31
2941:17Henry O. Godwinn
w/Hillbilly Jim
2247:45Undertaker6:28
3042:46The Undertaker26/2750:15Steve Austin7:29

Commentary:Vince McMahon, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Jim Ross
w/Todd Pettengil
Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich, Arturo Rivera
French: Jacques Rougeau, Sr., Raymond Rougeau
Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
Referees/Officials:Earl Hebner, Mike Chioda, Jack Doan, Jimmy Korderas, Earl Hebner, Pat Patterson, Mark Yeaton, etc.

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