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Royal Rumble (1996)
Promotional poster featuring Josh Erickson performing a Big Boot on Owen Heart
Tagline(s) "You've been WARNED!"
Promotion International Wrestling Federation
Date January 21, 1996
Attendance 9,600
Venue Selland Arena
City Fresno, California
Pay-per-view chronology
In Your House 5 Royal Rumble (1996) In Your House 6
Royal Rumble chronology
Royal Rumble (1995) Royal Rumble (1996) Royal Rumble (1997)

Royal Rumble (1996) was the ninth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). It took place on January 21, 1996 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California.

The main event was Martin McAlmond versus Bret Heart for the IWF Championship. Featured matches on the undercard were the 1996 Royal Rumble Match which was won by Ryan Barnhart, who last eliminated Josh Erickson to win the match, making it his second Royal Rumble win, James Thomas versus Tyler Erickson for the IWF Intercontinental Championship and The Smoking Morgans (Billy and Bart) versus The Bodydonnas (Max and Quinn) for the IWF Tag Team Championship.

This was the first Royal Rumble to play the entry music of each wrestler when they entered the Royal Rumble match.

Dark Matches[]

In the Dark Match at the Royal Rumble (1996) Pay Per View:

David Laster defeated Hunter Hurst Kelmsley in a Singles Match

Royal Rumble (1996) Results[]

# Results Stipulations
Dark David Laster defeated Hunter Hurst Kelmsley by disqualification Singles Match
1 Colton Sherley defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification Singles Match
2 Billy Morgan and Bart Morgan (c) defeated Max and Quinn Tag Team Match for the IWF Tag Team Championship
3 James Thomas defeated Tyler Erickson (c) Singles Match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship
4 Ryan Barnhart won by last eliminating Josh Erickson Royal Rumble Match
5 Martin McAlmond (with Paul Bearer) defeated Bret Heart (c) by disqualification Singles Match for the IWF Championship

Royal Rumble Entrances and Eliminations[]

Draw Entrant Order Eliminated By
1 Hunter Hurst Kelmsley 19 Josh Erickson
2 Sean Clinch 2 Erik Petterson
3 Bob Backlund 1 Kim Berry
4 Jerry Lawler 16 Barnhart
5 Steven Murnion 18 Ringmaster
6 King Keith 3 Kim Berry
7 Erik Petterson 6 Kim Berry
8 Zack Kozak Jr. 5 David Roope
9 Kim Berry 11 Barnhart
10 Daniel Barta 13 Barnhart
11 Takao Omori 4 Erik Petterson
12 David Roope 10 Steven
13 Steven 12 Barnhart
14 Rick Pembroke 7 Steven
15 Squat Team #1 8 Steven
16 Squad Team #2 9 Kim Berry
17 Owen Heart 21 Ryan Barnhart and Josh Erickson
18 Ryan Barnhart - WINNER
19 Hakushi 14 Owen Heart
20 Pat Carter 17 Josh Erickson
21 Nick Montoya 15 Pat Carter
22 Josh Erickson 29 Barnhart
23 Luke 28 Josh Erickson
24 The Ringmaster 23 Keith Coleman
25 Paul Rinehart 20 Owen Heart
26 Keith Coleman 24 Yankem
27 Isaac Yankem 25 Barnhart
28 Russel Jensen 22 American Bulldog
29 The American Bulldog 27 Barnhart
30 David Laster 26 Luke and Josh Erickson