Royal Rumble '88 Rebooked

  1. Strikeforce (c) def. The Islanders 2 falls to 1 (2 out of 3 falls match for the World Tag Team Chanpionship)

    • Fall 1:  Islanders def. Martel with a double head-butt while the referee was distracted by Santana.

    • Fall 2:  Martel def. Tama with a small package.

    • Fall 3:  Santana def. Haku with the flying forearm

  2. Honky Tonk Man (c) def. Jake "The Snake" Robers via countout when Rick Rude attacked Roberts outside the ring. (for the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship)

  3. Test of Strength:  Ultimate Warrior and Hercules battled in a tug of war with a chain.  As they both pulled, the chain broke then Hercules attacked the Warrior.  Many officials came into the ring to clear Hercules.

  4. Andre The Giant def. Hulk Hogan (c) with a controversial pin as Hogan had his shoulder up before the 3-count.  After the match, Andre surrendered the title to Ted DiBiase and crowned him the new World Champion. (for the World Heavyweight Championship).

  5. Ted DiBiase wins the Royal Rumble.  Bam Bam Bigelow was near the ropes where he got into an altercation with Andre.  Andre grabbed him and punched him while DiBiase snuck up behind Bam Bam to hoist him over the top rope.  Afterward, Andre and DiBiase attacked Bam Bam in the ring then Hulk Hogan ran to the ring with a chair to clear Andre and DiBiase.

 

AFTERWARD:

  1. President Jack Tunney declared that Ted Dibiase was not WWF champion because he needed to pin/submit the champion.  Andre was not the champion because he had surrendered the title.  Hogan was not the champion because he was officially pinned.  

  2. President Jack Tunney declared that the title was vacant and that a wrestling tournament at Wrestlemania 4 would determine the new champion.  Since Ted Dibiase won the Royal Rumble as well as the fact that Hogan and Andre were the last two champions, all three would get first round bye's at the tournament.  Tunney declared that the tournament will also include the top 10 contenders to the WWF title for a total of 13 participants in the tournament.

  3. Tunney also could not determine a true #1 contender for the Intercontinental title and declared that, at Wrestlemania, there will be a 10-man battle royal to determine the #1 contender to face Honky Tonk Man later in the card.

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