Today In Pro Wrestling History (Jan 15): Big John Wins the Royal Rumble

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On January 15, 1989, at The Summit, the World Wrestling Federation presented the Royal Rumble on pay-per-view for the first time, transitioning from its previous broadcast as a television special on the USA Network.

Today In Pro Wrestling History (Jan 15): Big John Wins the Royal Rumble

Today In Pro Wrestling History January 15
Big John Wins the Royal Rumble

The highlight of the event was Big John Studd’s victory in the Royal Rumble match, where he eliminated the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase to win. This triumph marked a significant moment in Studd’s career, serving as a farewell of sorts; his final WWF match occurred a few months later, on June 4, 1989.

Tragically, Big John Studd passed away on March 20, 1995, due to complications from Hodgkin’s Disease.

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