Royal Rumble: Through The Years (Part 2, 1994-1999)

by Scrooge McSuck

Royal Rumble Through the Years

Last time we started where it all began, a USA Network special that went opposite a poorly planned Crockett PPV, and carried our way through the end of the Hulkamania era, ending with the 1993 Rumble, the first to feature the prize of a guaranteed Championship Match at WrestleMania for the winner, and also the first in a long string of mediocre and/or poor Rumbles. We pick things up in 1994, the dawn of the "New Generation", and work our way through the rest of the 90ís...

1994 (January 22nd, The Civic Center @ Providence, RI)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination...

1. Scott Steiner, 2. Samu, 3. Rick Steiner, 4. Kwang, 5. Owen Hart, 6. Bart Gunn, 7. Diesel, 8. Bob Backlund, 9. Billy Gunn, 10. Virgil, 11. "Macho Man" Randy Savage, 12. "Double J" Jeff Jarrett, 13. Crush, 14. Doink The Clown, 15. Bam Bam Bigelow, 16. Mabel, 17. Sparky Plugg, 18. Shawn Michaels, 19. Mo, 20. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, 21. Tatanka, 22. The Great Kabuki, 23. Lex Luger, 24. Genichiro Tenryu, 25. NO ARRIVAL (Bastion Booger), 26. "The Model" Rick Martel, 27. Bret "Hitman" Hart, 28. Fatu, 29. Marty Jannetty, 30. Adam Bomb

1. Samu (by S. Steiner), 2. Rick Steiner (by Owen Hart), 3. Bart Gunn (by Diesel), 4. Scott Steiner (by Diesel), 5. Owen Hart (by Diesel), 6. Kwang (by Diesel), 7. Bob Backlund (by Diesel), 8. Billy Gunn (by Diesel), 9. Virgil (by Diesel), 10. Jeff Jarrett (by Savage), 11. Randy Savage (by Crush), 12. Doink (by Bigelow), 13. Diesel (by Mabel, Crush, Bam Bam, and Plugg), 14. Mabel (by Crush, Bam Bam, Sparky, Shawn, Valentine, Tatanka, and Kabuki), 15. The Great Kabuki (by Luger), 16. NON-ARRIVAL OF #25, 17. Crush (by Luger, Bigelow, and Plugg), 18. Sparky Plugg (by Hart), 19. Greg Valentine (by Martel), 20. Rick Martel (by Tatanka), 21. Adam Bomb (by Luger), 22. Mo (by Fatu), 23. Tatanka (by Bigelow), 24. Bam Bam Bigelow (by Luger), 25. Marty Jannetty (by Michaels), 26. Genichiro Tenryu (by Luger & Hart), 27. Fatu (by Luger), 28. Shawn Michaels (by Hart), CO-WINNERS: BRET HART and LEX LUGER

Rumble Match Rating: The trend of lackluster Rumble matches continues. You had the memorable sequence with Diesel dominating the ring (and becoming a traditional spot in Rumbles going forward), Bret Hartís "improbable" return from injury, and the double finish, but other than that, it was nothing to really get too hyped about. The biggest problem is the lazy way the ring just fills up in the second half, with 13 people still in the ring for the finale. Did Sparky Plugg need to be in the ring for 20 minutes, only to be eliminated nonchalantly? Or how about Mo? Greg Valentine and Rick Martel get extended ring time for being washed up acts, and in Valentineís case, a one-time appearance (not counting his masked role at Survivor Series í93) Iím not saying the last half is entirely void of interesting match-ups and eliminations (Jannetty vs. Michaels), but thereís so little mixed in that it gets lost in a sea of nothingness. **3/4

    The Undercard...
  1. Tatanka def. Bam Bam Bigelow in a decent opener. This canít really be considered a blow-off to their Summer feud, since Bigelow had already moved on to feuding with babyface Doink, and was a last minute substitution for Ludvig Borga, who broke his ankle at MSG earlier in the week. [**1/2]
  2. The Quebecers def. Bret and Owen Hart to retain the Tag Team Championship when the referee stopped the match, believing Bret Hart was unable to continue when his knee buckled while attempting the Sharpshooter. Post-match, Owen completed his heel turn, kicking Bretís bad knee and cutting a bitter promo, stumbling over his words in memorable style. [***1/2]
  3. Razor Ramon def. Irwin R. Schyster to retain the Intercontinental Championship, despite outside interference from "real Intercontinental Champion" Shawn Michaels. [*1/2]
  4. Yokozuna def. The Undertaker in a Casket Match to retain the WWF Championship after interference from (deep breath) Crush, Tenryu, the Great Kabuki, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, The Head Shrinkers, and Diesel. They also stole the urn and unleashed a disgusting green smog that hovered in the air for the rest of the show. And the coup de grace, the Undertaker cut a promo from inside the casket and vowed NOT to rest in peace before the giant screen flashed an explosion and the Undertaker elevated into the rafters... yes, this all happened. And it wasnít even the worst WWF match of 1994. [-*]

1995 (January 22nd, The USF Sun Dome @ Tampa, FL)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination... 1. Shawn Michaels, 2. The British Bulldog, 3. Eli Blu, 4. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, 5. Jimmy Delray, 6. Sionne, 7. Tom Prichard, 8. Doink The Clown, 9. Kwang, 10. "The Model" Rick Martel, 11. Owen Hart, 12. Timothy Well, 13. Luke, 14. Jacob Blu, 15. King Kong Bundy, 16. Mo, 17. Mabel, 18. Butch, 19. Lex Luger, 20. Mantaur, 21. Aldo Montoya, 22. Henry Godwinn, 23. Billy Gunn, 24. Bart Gunn, 25. Bob Backlund, 26. Steven Dunn, 27. Dick Murdoch, 28. Adam Bomb, 29. Fatu, 30. Crush

1. Jimmy Delray (by Bulldog), 2. Owen Hart (by Bulldog), 3. Duke Droese (by Michaels), 4. Timothy Well (by Bulldog), 5. Rick Martel (by Sionne), 6. Tom Prichard (by Michaels), 7. Doink (by Kwang), 8. Kwang (by Sioone), 9. Sionne (by Eli Blu), 10. Eli Blu (by Sionne), 11. Luke (by Michaels), 12. Jacob Blu (by Michaels), 13. Mo (by Bundy), 14. King Kong Bundy (by Mabel), 15. Butch (by Michaels), 16. Mabel (by Luger), 17. Bob Backlund (by Luger), 18. Mantaur (by Luger), 19. Bart Gunn (by Crush), 20. Billy Gunn (by Crush), 21. Steven Dunn (by Montoya), 22. Adam Bomb (by Crush), 23 Aldo Montoya (by Michaels), 24. Fatu (by Crush), 25. Dick Murdoch (self-eliminated), 26. Henry Godwinn (by Luger), 27. Lex Luger (by Michaels & Crush), 28. Crush (by Bulldog), 29. British Bulldog (by Michaels), WINNER: SHAWN MICHAELS

Rumble Match Rating: If not for the "Shawn Michaels and British Bulldog start and finish" storyline, this Rumble has almost nothing else going for it. The minor sequences with Mabel/Bundy and Bret Hart going out for revenge on Owen and Backlund can only go so far, and you could say the latter hurt the match more than it hurt, by taking out two of the three only credible heels in the match. The reduced run time definitely helped keep the pace going, but even that didnít stop the last few minutes of ring clutter from being a complete snooze. **

    The Undercard...
  1. "Double J" Jeff Jarrett def. Razor Ramon to win the Intercontinental Championship. They did a false finish where Ramon was counted out, but Jarrett demanded continuation. The typical finish on the house show circuit was Ramon somehow squeaking by with the victory, but in this case, Jarrett pinned him with an inside cradle. The Roadie (Brian Armstrong, a.k.a Road Dogg) made his PPV debut here and was a key factor in Jarrettís victory. [**3/4]
  2. The Undertaker def. Irwin R. Schyster in the never-ending feud between the Undertaker and the Million Dollar Corporation. Next up... King Kong Bundy. [1/2*]
  3. WWF Champion Diesel and Bret "Hitman" Hart wrestled to a No Contest after the third instance of outside interference. Great match with Bret working a mostly heel style, targeting the legs relentlessly. The second time on PPV Bret and Diesel had an inconclusive finish. [****1/4]
  4. The 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly def. Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the Finals of a Tournament to crown NEW Tag Team Champions. Heel miscommunication lead to Bigelow taking the final, and post-match he had a physical confrontation with NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor. [***1/2]

1996 (January 21st, The Selland Arena @ Fresno, CA)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination... 1. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, 2. Henry Godwinn, 3. Bob Backlund, 4. Jerry "The King" Lawler, 5. Bob Holly, 6. King Mabel, 7. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, 8. Dory Funk Jr., 9. Yokozuna, 10. The 1-2-3 Kid, 11. Takao Omori, 12. Savio Vega, 13. Vader, 14. Doug Gilbert, 15. Squat Team Member #1, 16. Squat Team Member #2, 17. Owen Hart, 18. Shawn Michaels, 19. Hakushi, 20. Tatanka, 21. Aldo Montoya, 22. Diesel, 23. Kama, 24. The Ringmaster, 25. Barry Horowitz, 26. Fatu, 27. Isaac Yankem D.D.S., 28. Marty Jannetty, 29. The British Bulldog, 30. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese

1. Bob Backlund (by Yokozuna), 2. Henry Godwinn (by Roberts), 3. King Mabel (by Yokozuna), 4. Takao Omori (by Roberts), 5. Dory Funk Jr. (by Savio), 6. Jake Roberts (by Vader), 7. Doug Gilbert (by Vader), 8. Squat Team Member #1 (by Vader), 9. Squat Team Member #2 (by Yokozuna), 10. Savio Vega (by Vader), 11. Yokozuna (by Michaels), 12. Vader (by Michaels), 13. The 1-2-3 Kid (by Michaels), 14. Hakushi (by Owen), 15. Aldo Montoya (by Tatanka), 16. Jerry Lawler (by Michaels), 17. Tatanka (by Diesel), 18. Bob Holly (by Ringmaster), 19. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (by Diesel), 20. Barry Horowitz (by Owen), 21. Owen Hart (by Diesel), 22. Marty Jannetty (by Bulldog), 23. The Ringmaster (by Fatu), 24. Fatu (by Yankem), 25. Isaac Yankem (by Michaels), 26. Duke Droese (by Kama & Diesel), 27. The British Bulldog (by Michaels), 28. Kama (by Diesel), 29. Diesel (by Michaels), WINNER: SHAWN MICHAELS

Rumble Match Rating: Things keep getting worse for what used to be the most exciting "60 minutes" in the WWF. We can ignore the lack of roster depth, but even WWF guys who were in this thing were mostly met with indifference and shrugs from the crowd. I can honestly count all the "over" talent and fall well short of double digits: Michaels, Diesel, Jake Roberts (nostalgia pop), Owen Hart, Yokozuna, and Vader. We got a few cute spots early, like the slop thrown at Lawler and Roberts scaring everyone off with Damien, but the action was dull. Vader worked over a handful of outsiders and wasnít overly impressive. Michaels and Owen had a few decent exchanges, and we got the expected meeting of ex-partners with Michaels and Jannetty, but the total amount of positive is far outweighed by a sluggish mess, with bad commentary, and a mostly bored crowd. **

  1. The Undercard...
  2. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley via reverse decision Disqualification. The Winner of the match would get the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble, while the loser got the unfortunate spot of the #1 entrant. Why these two got to fight for the right is a question of its own. [*1/2]
  3. Ahmed Johnson def. "Double J" Jeff Jarrett by Disqualification when Jarrett smashed Johnson over the head with a guitar. The angle was quickly dropped as Jarrett once again left the WWF shortly after. [**]
  4. The Smoking Gunns def. The Body Donnas to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship. The Body Donnas are Skip (Chris Candido) and ZIP (originally named Flip, and Tom Prichard with a bleach blond crew cut). The Gunns always seemed to work hard, but could never get beyond a certain point of excitement in longer matches. Just an OK match. [**]
  5. Goldust def. Razor Ramon for the WWF Intercontinental Championship thanks to a helpful distraction from his new, unnamed "Director" (Marlena, his real-life wife at the time) and interference from the 1-2-3 Kid. As an actual WRESTLING match, this was one of the worst you could hope for, but the heat was ridiculous and it was more about the uneasy story telling of Goldustís... bizarre behavior than the wrestling, anyway. [*1/2]
  6. The Undertaker def. WWF Champion Bret "Hitman" Hart by Disqualification when Diesel interrupted a pin attempt after Undertaker connected with the Tombstone Piledriver. Bret Hart tried, and Undertaker worked the most "wrestling" style match of his WWF career, but putting them out there for nearly 30 minutes? Bret did the subtle heel work of the knee, but this was just too long for what they were going for, and with the lame DQ finish? Just a waste of time. [**]

1997 (January 19th, The Alamodome @ San Antonio, TX)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination...

1. Crush, 2. Ahmed Johnson, 3. "Razor Ramon", 4. Phineas Godwinn, 5. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 6. Bart Gunn, 7. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, 8. The British Bulldog, 9. Pierroth, 10. The Sultan, 11. Mil Mascaras, 12. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, 13. Owen Hart, 14. Goldust, 15. Cibernetico, 16. "Wildman" Marc Mero, 17. The Latin Lover, 18. Faarooq, 19. Savio Vega, 20. "Double J" Jesse Jammes, 21. Bret "Hitman" Hart, 22. Jerry "The King" Lawler, 23. "Diesel", 24. Terry Funk, 25. Rocky Maivia, 26. Mankind, 27. Flash Funk, 28. Vader, 29. Henry Godwinn, 30. The Undertaker

1. "Razor Ramon" (by Johnson), 2. Ahmed Johnson (self-eliminated), 3. Crush (by Phineas), 4. Phineas Godwinn (by Austin), 5. Bart Gunn (by Austin), 6. Jake Roberts (by Austin), 7. The Sultan (by Bulldog), 8. British Bulldog (by Owen), 9. Cibernetico (by Pierroth), 10. Pierroth (by Mascaras), 11. Mil Mascaras (self-eliminated), 12. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (by Goldust), 13. Goldust (by Owen), 14. The Latin Lover (by Faarooq), 15. Faarooq (self-eliminated), 16. Marc Mero (by Austin), 17. Owen Hart (by Austin), 18. Savio Vega (by Austin), 19. Jesse Jammes (by Austin), 20. Jerry Lawler (by Hart), 21. Flash Funk (by Vader), 22. Henry Godwinn (by Undertaker), 23. Rocky Maivia (by Mankind), 24. Terry Funk (by Mankind), 25. Mankind (by Undertaker), 26. Vader (by Austin), 27. The Undertaker (by Austin), 28. "Diesel" (by Hart), 29. Bret Hart (by Austin), WINNER: STEVE AUSTIN

Rumble Match Rating: Another weak Royal Rumble, but a bit better than expected. The roster is decimated, obviously, but they do as much as they can to work around that by having Austin dominate the majority of the match up until the #21 entrant, including sequences with former rivals Savio Vega and Jake Roberts. The last 15 minutes or so is well done with a great collection of top of the card talent, but the poor finish hurts, as well as three separate incidents of someone eliminating himself, the most ridiculous being Mil Mascaras, who was pushing 60 and definitely didnít need protection. **1/2

    The Undercard...
  1. Mascarita Sagrada and La Parkita def. Mini Mankind and Mini Vader in a Miniís Lucha Libre Tag Team Match on the Free For All. [NR]
  2. Hunter Hearst Helmsley def. Goldust to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Mr. Hughes made his debut as Helmsleyís new hired henchman, but would be replaced a week or so later by the "Amazonian" like Chyna, Helmsleyís real life girlfriend. One of the dullest openers you will ever find. Goldustís baby-face run just didnít work well. [*]
  3. Ahmed Johnson def. Faarooq by Disqualification. Four months of a simmering feud and we get a waste of time 8-minute match? Post-match, Ahmed put a nameless Nation member through a table with the Pearl River Plunge. [1/2*]
  4. Vader def. The Undertaker, surprisingly by pinfall. Not treated as an important match, neither was it worked like one. [*1/2]
  5. Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo, and Canek def. Jerry Estrada, Heavy Metal, and Fuerza Guerrera in a Six-Man Lucha Libre Tag Match. Total waste of time. Only used to draw local interest from the Spanish speaking fanbase. [DUD]
  6. Shawn Michaels def. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship. Jose Lotharioís final appearance at ringside with Michaels, who was suffering from the flu (allegedly). Not nearly as good as their match at Survivor Series í96. [*1/2]

1998 (January 18th, San Jose Arena @ San Jose, CA)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination...

1. Cactus Jack, 2. Chainsaw Charlie, 3. Tom Brandi, 4. The Rock, 5. Mosh, 6. Phineas Godwinn, 7. 8-Ball, 8. Blackjack Bradshaw, 9. Owen Hart, 10. Steve Blackman, 11. DíLo Brown, 12. Kurrgan, 13. "Marvelous" Marc Mero, 14. Ken Shamrock, 15. Thrasher, 16. Mankind, 17. The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust, 18. Jeff Jarrett, 19. The Honkytonk Man, 20. Ahmed Johnson, 21. Mark Henry, 22. NO ARRIVAL (Skull), 23. Kama Mustafa, 24. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 25. Henry Godwinn, 26. Savio Vega, 27. Faarooq, 28. Dude Love, 29. Chainz, 30. Vader

1. Tom Brandi (by Cactus & Charlie), 2. Cactus Jack (by Charlie), 3. Mosh (by Kurrgan), 4. Steve Blackman (by Kurrgan), 5. Kurrgan (by 6 Superstars), 6. Chainsaw Charlie (by Mankind), 7. Mankind (by Goldust), 8. Jeff Jarrett (by Owen), 9. Ken Shamrock (by Rock), 10. Owen Hart (illegally by Chyna & HHH), 11. NON-ARRIVAL of #22, 12. Ahmed Johnson (by Brown & Henry), 13. Phineas Godwinn (by Henry), 14. Marc Mero (by Austin), 15. 8-Ball (by Austin), 16. Blackjack Bradshaw (by Dude Love), 17. DíLo Brown (by Faarooq), 18. The Honkytonk Man (by Vader), 19. Thrasher (by Austin), 20. Kama Mustafa (by Austin), 21. Savio Vega (by Austin), 22. Vader (by Goldust), 23. Henry Godwinn (by Dude Love), 24. Goldust (by Chainz), 25. Chainz (by Austin), 26. Mark Henry (by Faarooq), 27. Dude Love (by Faarooq), 28. Faarooq (by Then Rock), 29. The Rock (by Austin), WINNER: STEVE AUSTIN

Rumble Match Rating: The Steve Austin Show continues, and itís not as memorable as a performance because of the lack of doubt in who would walk away the winner. There were a few decent spots, but this was mostly a half-hearted Rumble. The lack of depth for believable winners, keeping all 5 Nation members in the ring without doing much damage, the idea of having someone clearing the ring but only letting eliminations come few and far between... Itís unfair to call this "bad", but it was definitely uninspired. **

    The Undercard...
  1. Vader def. The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust after delivering a Vader Bomb with Luna hanging on to his back. Decent considering the black hole of work-rate that TAFKA Goldust was, but still nothing to really consider good, either. Vaderís stock had completely fallen since his debut at the Rumble two years earlier and was obviously going through the motions. [*1/4]
  2. Max Mini, Mosaic, and Nova def. Battalion, El Torito, and Tarantula in a Miniís Match, with Sunny acting as the special guest referee. Entertaining for what it was, but didnít feel like it belonged on this PPV. [NR]
  3. The Rock def. Ken Shamrock by Disqualification to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Shamrock had the match won, but Rock planted a foreign object on him to trick the referee into Disqualifying him. [**]
  4. The Legion of Doom def. Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws by Disqualification. The Outlaws handcuffed Hawk to the ring post and attacked Animal with a steel chair, but Hawk eventually broke free and ran them off. Terrible. [DUD]
  5. Shawn Michaels def. The Undertaker in a Casket Match to retain the WWF Championship. Only moments into the match, Michaels took a bad bump onto the casket, triggering a carer-threatening injury that put him out of action for over four years. Kane saved Undertaker from a repeat of 1994, only to turn on Taker himself. Post-match, Kane set fire to the casket as the PPV ended. [***1/4]

1999 (January 24th, Arrowhead Pond @ Anahiem, CA)

Participants Order of Entry and Elimination...

1. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, 2. Mr. McMahon, 3. Golga, 4. Droz, 5. Edge, 6. Gillberg, 7. Steve Blackman, 8. Dan "The Beast" Severn, 9. Tiger Ali Singh, 10. The Blue Meanie, 11. Mabel, 12. Road Dogg, 13. Gangrel, 14. Kurrgan, 15. Al Snow, 16. Goldust, 17. The Godfather, 18. Kane, 19. Ken Shamrock, 20. Billy Gunn, 21. Test, 22. Big Boss Man, 23. Triple H, 24. Val Venis, 25. X-Pac, 26. Mark Henry, 27. Jeff Jarrett, 28. DíLo Brown, 29. Owen Hart, 30. Chyna

1. Golga (by Austin), 2. Gillberg (by Edge), 3. Dan Severn (by Mabel), 4. Steve Blackman (by Mabel), 5. Tiger Ali Singh (by Mabel), 6. The Blue Meanie (by Mabel), 7. Droz (by Mabel), 8. Edge (by Road Dogg), 9. Mabel (illegally by the Ministry of Darkness), 10. Gangrel (by Road Dogg), 11. Al Snow (by Road Dogg), 12. Road Dogg (by Kane), 13. Kurrgan (by Kane), 14. The Godfather (by Kane), 15. Goldust (by Kane), 16. Kane (self-eliminated), 17. Ken Shamrock (by Austin), 18. Billy Gunn (by Austin), 19. Test (by Austin), 20. X-Pac (by Boss Man), 21. Jeff Jarrett (by HHH), 22. Mark Henry (by Chyna), 23. Chyna (by Austin), 24. Val Venis (by HHH), 25. Triple H (by Austin), 26. Owen Hart (by Austin), 27. DíLo Brown (by Boss Man), 28. Big Boss Man (by Austin), 29. Steve Austin (by McMahon), WINNER: MR. MCMAHON

Rumble Match Rating: The absolute WORST Royal Rumble Match in history. Thereís almost nothing positive to say about this. You give us Austin vs. McMahon to start things off, have them leave the ring for most of the match, and then come back in whenever they feel like because suddenly itís allowed. The lack of Main Event depth means thereís no one who could logically win this besides Austin (SWERVE! McMahon won). A total lack of interesting programs, meaning most of the action was aimless time killing. Two incidents where thereís NOBODY in the ring, which means when someone enters, he just stands around for 90 seconds of dead time. Did I mention the awful swerve? The stuff with the Undertakerís Ministry kidnapping Mabel? [DUD]

    The Undercard...
  1. On the Live Sunday Night Heat, Christian def. Jeff Hardy, Job Squad members Bob Holly and Scorpio def. Too Much, and Mankind def. Mabel in a Warm-Up (a.k.a Punishment) Match.
  2. Big Boss Man def. Hardcore Champion Road Dogg in a Non-Title Match. Who books a Non-Title Match on a PPV? This wasnít very good. [1/4*]
  3. Ken Shamrock def. Billy Gunn by Submission to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Another so-so match. According to reports, Gunn was penciled in to win the Title, but gloated about it the night before while partying and showed up late for this show, badly hung over. You could say he pulled a Jannetty. [*1/2[
  4. X-Pac def. Gangrel to retain the European Title. Another rumor was that Gangrel was going to win here, but his real-life spouse, Luna, caused a nasty scene backstage. [**]
  5. Sable def. Luna in a Strap Match to retain the Womenís Championship. Mysterious Sable Fan (Tori) makes an appearance in an otherwise horrible match. [-**]
  6. The Rock def. Mankind in an I Quit Match to regain the WWF Championship. Brutal Match, with Rock handcuffing Foley and brutalizing him with countless chair shots to the head. Mankindís "quitting" was just a recording replayed from Sunday Night Heat. [***1/2]

Final Thoughts: Wow, that was a tough series of Rumbles to get through, progressively getting worse until we hit rock bottom in 1999 under the guidance of Vince Russo. Thankfully the turn of the new Millennium would also bring the return of quality Royal Rumbles, but that is for another time. Of all the Rumbles from this period, itís almost unbelievable Iíd recommend it, but Iíd have to say the 1995 Rumble is the only one that really stands out. 1994 almost got my pick, but damn did that match fall under the "lazy" files. Until next time...

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