Royal Rumble (1988) was the first annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 24, 1988, at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Unlike the subsequent Royal Rumble events, this event was not shown on pay-per-view and was instead a television special shown on the USA Network. However, in 2014 WWE Network listed this event alongside the rest of the Royal Rumbles in the pay-per-view section.
- Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude by disqualification
- The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki) defeated The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) (c) (with Jimmy Hart) Two out of three falls match for the WWF Womens Tag Team Championship
- Jim Duggan won the Royal Rumble Match by last eliminating One Man Gang (with Jimmy Hart and Frenchy Martin)
- The Islanders (Haku and Tama) defeated The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers) Two out of three falls match