Classic Wrestling Review: Royal Rumble ’94

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Royal Rumble

January 22, 1994

Providence Civic Center

Providence, Rhode Island

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The WWF roster thinned and changed even more since the 1993 edition of the Royal Rumble, so Vince decided to have the undercard pull double-duty on this show. Previously, only Roddy Piper had done so in 1992. He also filled the roster with a few new debuts that I would like to discuss before I begin. The most notable debut is Double J, Jeff Jarrett, who is the son of USWA owner, Jerry Jarrett. Jeff has the gimmick of a country singer who wants to use the WWF as a stepping stone to stardom in Nashville. Then, we have the future Bob “Hardcore” Holly in the gimmick of Thurman Sparky Plug. He’s supposed to be a race car driver who moonlights as a wrestler. (He will later be renamed as Bob “Spark Plug” Holly. This is the beginning of a trend in the WWF where wrestlers all have second jobs. I guess art is imitating life since business is down for the company.) Next, we have a masked ninja named Kwang, which is the future Savio Vega. (Is Puerto Rico known for ninjas?) Then, as far as debuts, we have a small one (pun intended). Around Christmas, Santa Claus appeared on RAW and gave Doink the Clown a Christmas present. It was his very own mini-me, Dink the Clown! (That’s amazing. How did Oliver Humperdink manage to shrink himself for yet another gimmick!? I’m kidding, of course. It was simply a dwarf wrestler in clown makeup.) Finally, Mr. Fuji brought in Genichiro Tenryu and The Great Kabuki as henchmen to deal with both the Undertaker and Lex Luger.

Speaking of Lex Luger, he began a campaign to enter the Rumble Match. He had to petition the fans because the stipulation at SummerSlam said he couldn’t get another title shot. He eventually won the right through a hotline poll, much to the chagrin of Fuji, Cornette, and Yokozuna. Meanwhile, Bret Hart apparently patched his differences with Owen and they will take on the Quebecers for the Tag Team Titles. Razor Ramon also continued his feuds with IRS and Shawn Michaels, who is still claiming to be the real Intercontinental Champion. Then, the feud between the Undertaker and Yokozuna has escalated to a Casket Match for the WWF Title. This certainly seems like a decent card on paper, but we shall see how it plays out on screen.

The show begins with images of wrestlers projected onto the sides of buildings. (It looks a lot like an early version of the WCW Monday Nitro opening.) The WWF logo flies through the air and joins the Royal Rumble logo before Vince McMahon welcomes everyone to the show. He is by himself because Bobby Heenan is now in WCW. However, he says he will be joined by—he doesn’t get to say because Ted DiBiase’s theme music plays and Vince exclaims, “This guy!? I wasn’t expecting him!”

DiBiase joins Vince at the announce table and Vince compares him to John Madden. Ted takes offense and says that Madden should have held out for more money or joined him in the WWF instead. Ted also jokes that Vince could be working for him. Then, DiBiase says anything goes in the Royal Rumble.

Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon)

This was originally supposed to be Tatanka getting revenge on Ludvig Borga for ending his undefeated streak, but Borga suffered an ankle injury. (Borga wouldn’t be seen again on WWF TV as they would release him before he returned.) Bam Bam is a last-minute replacement. Vince mentions that the change was announced that morning on WWF Mania. During the entrances, Vince & Ted talk about how Tatanka has only lost once, but DiBiase says that’s because he never faced him. (In other news, Tatanka ditched the red streak in his hair during his time off for injury. I wish he had kept it. Now, he has a boring mullet.)

Bam Bam tries to jump Tatanka, but he moves and takes down Bigelow with shoulder blocks, a dropkick, and a cross body. Then, he catches Bam Bam with a DDT when he ducks, but he misses a flying cross body. Bigelow attacks him and hits a corner avalanche, but Tatanka surprises him with a boot and attempts a flying sunset flip. However, Bam Bam blocks it and sits on Tatanka. Tatanka eventually fights back with chops until Bigelow hits a front dropkick and locks him in a bear hug. He breaks free, but Bam Bam cuts off his comeback with shoulder blocks. Then, both men collide on a double cross body, but Bigelow is up first and rams Tatanka into the corner. He no-sells it and begins a war dance until Bam Bam hits an enziguri and mocks him. Bam Bam tries to capitalize with a moonsault, but he misses and Tatanka hits a flying cross body for the win.

This was a very basic match. I realize Bam Bam was a last-minute replacement, so it’s understandable. It wasn’t fundamentally bad, but it wasn’t as exciting as you want an opener to be. The crowd reacted decently to the finish and the last couple of minutes were slightly better, but I wasn’t thrilled with this bout. Also, I feel bad for Bam Bam. He’s already losing to Doink. Did he also need to lose to Tatanka? He could have used a win.

Winner: Tatanka (8:12)

Then, they show a recap of the Hart Brothers storyline. They show clips from Survivor Series of Owen being eliminated and arguing with Bret. Then, they show Vince interviewing Owen, who says he’s been living in Bret’s shadow. Owen challenges Bret to a match. Bret responds by saying he usually doesn’t duck any challenge, but he refuses to fight his own brother under any circumstances. Later, on Superstars, Bret and Owen say they patched their differences. Bret says they can channel their energy in a better direction by beating the Quebecers for the Tag Team Titles. Owen says he said some things he shouldn’t have said—even if they’re true. He also says that 1994 will be the year of the Rocket, Owen Hart—and Bret too. However, they then show clips of The 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty winning the Tag Titles on RAW. It looked like the Hart Brothers’ match wasn’t going to be for the titles, but the Quebecers won them back on a house show. (This was a great video package. I love the subtle hints that Owen is still salty about the situation. You could already see that Owen was going to take to the heel role perfectly.)

Next, Pettengill is with the Hart Brothers. Todd says the Quebecers are cockier than ever after winning back their titles, but it has to be a special night for the Harts. Bret says that when they win the Tag Titles, they’ll give opportunities to the Steiners, The 1-2-3 Kid & Jannetty (He flubs the Kid’s name.), and anyone else. Bret also calls Owen the best high flier and himself the best technical wrestler. Owen agrees and says it’s the happiest day of his life and promises to make Bret and his parents proud by bringing home the Tag Titles. He says he knew it was their calling when the Quebecers won back their titles and made this a Tag Title Match again.

Tag Team Title Match: The Quebecers (c) (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. Bret & Owen Hart

The Quebecers make their entrance and proudly show off their belts, while DiBiase accidentally calls Bret & Owen the Bret Brothers. (Everyone is having trouble with names tonight.) Bret & Owen then enter the arena and DiBiase calls Owen a shadow and accuses Bret of suckering in Owen. Ted also calls Bret stupid for giving up a singles run to win the Tag Titles with Owen.

Bret and Pierre begin the match and Pierre catches him in a powerslam, but Bret answers with a knee and tags Owen. He gets the better of both Quebecers with athletic reversals and suplexes, but there is a miscommunication on a flip-over by Owen. Jacques seeks solace in his corner and almost gains control of the match, but Owen hits an enziguri and tags Bret. He catches Jacques in multiple pin attempts off sunset flips and roll-ups until the match becomes a four-way brawl. Bret & Owen do some double teaming, but Pierre catches Bret in a powerslam and the Quebecers take control. They use ref distractions to choke Bret with the tag rope and hit him with double team maneuvers. (What? That’s what Vince would call them!) Bret eventually tags Owen, who cleans house with back drops, suplexes, and a spinning wheel kick. He then locks Jacques in a Sharpshooter, but Pierre breaks it while the ref is distracted. Owen then fights off a double team and tags Bret. Owen calls for a double team move, but Johnny Polo holds open the ropes and Bret crashes to the floor and hurts his knee. The Quebecers then use more ref distractions to attack Bret’s knee with chairs and Johnny’s golf club. The attack on the knee continues in the ring with both a Half Boston Crab and an attempt at the Cannon Ball. However, Bret moves. He has a chance to tag, but he opts instead to attempt a Sharpshooter from the mat. Unfortunately, his knee buckles and he collapses, so the ref ends the match out of concern for Bret’s health.

There was some good storytelling in this match and some great action. It did have a couple of shaky moments. (Johnny Polo held open the ropes way too early, so Bret’s spill to the outside looked awkward.) However, it was still a good bout. This was more about the story than the match itself, but the match was good. The fans weren’t sure what to make of the finish, but they will understand in a second.

Winners: The Quebecers (by Ref Stoppage) (16:48)

Owen complains to the ref and then throws a fit. Then, he turns his anger towards Bret. He yells at him for not tagging. Bret can’t even stand on his knee. He struggles to the ropes while Owen continues yelling. Bret finally reaches his feet and tries to explain himself, but Owen kicks Bret’s bad knee and sends him crashing back to the mat. Owen then leaves the ring and yells at the camera that Bret is too selfish and tried to play the hero. The officials try to help Bret and Ray Rougeau tries to get a word, but Pat Patterson tells him Bret is hurt and it’s not the time. Then, they load Bret onto a stretcher.

Meanwhile, Todd Pettengill is with Owen Hart and he demands an answer. Owen says Bret is nothing but a selfish person and his ego is too big. They show Bret reacting to the promo while Owen claims that Bret took his opportunity away from him by not tagging. He calls him selfish a few more times and says, “That’s why you’re sitting there with a bad leg and that’s why I kicked your leg—out of your leg.” (Oh, Owen. You were doing so well until that point. You can tell he immediately knew he screwed up the promo.) Todd then accuses Owen of robbing Bret of his opportunity in the Rumble Match. Todd says that’s selfish too, but Owen says he doesn’t have a selfish bone in his body. He says Bret cost himself that opportunity. Owen then claims he will win the Rumble instead because he only cares about himself getting a title now. (The famous botch is amusing, but I think Owen’s intensity was otherwise good. I do feel bad for him though. You could tell that mistake shook him.)

DiBiase applauds Owen’s actions. Vince points out that was Owen’s own brother, but Ted says it’s a business. He also says you do whatever you have to do to get the job done.

Intercontinental Title Match: Razor Ramon (c) vs. Irwin R. Schyster

This is mainly a filler feud for Razor until they’re ready to do Razor/Shawn, but it has some build. IRS stole Razor’s gold chains because he apparently didn’t pay taxes on them. He then hid them in his briefcase. Razor retaliated by causing IRS to lose to a young jobber named P.J. Walker (the future Aldo Montoya/Justin Credible). Also, Razor has put up with Shawn Michaels pestering him about being the real Intercontinental Champion. The Fink tries to introduce the match, but IRS interrupts him. He says all the tax cheats in Rhode Island are in attendance tonight. He tells them to pay their taxes or the IRS will kick in their door in the middle of the night. (I’m pretty sure they don’t do that.) Then, we hear that Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross will do commentary for this bout. (Could they do the rest of the show? DiBiase’s commentary is dull and Vince—is Vince.) Gorilla and Ross bemoan the actions of Owen Hart while Razor makes his entrance. Before the match, Razor yells at IRS for stealing his gold chains and throws his toothpick in IRS’s face.

The two men then brawl to the floor and back into the ring. IRS rams Razor into the corner, but Ramon fires back with punches. IRS keeps regrouping and lures Razor into a fight on the floor. He rams Ramon into the steps and the post before moving the attack back to the ring. IRS then surprisingly goes to the top and leaps. Razor raises a boot, but IRS sidesteps it and drops an elbow. (You don’t see that often.) He then blocks some Razor comeback attempts and goes to his favorite move—the chinlock. Razor fights back and hits a fallaway slam, but IRS reverses a whip and takes out the ref. He then tries to use his briefcase, but Razor snatches it and hits IRS. He also hits a super back suplex, but there’s no ref. Then, he attempts the Razors Edge, but Shawn Michaels arrives and hits Razor with his duplicate IC Title. The ref recovers in time to see IRS cover for the win—or is it? Earl Hebner arrives and explains what happened, so Razor recovers and hits a Razors Edge for the real victory.

I like the storyline work between Razor and Michaels, but the match itself wasn’t good. There was too much stalling and rest holds for my taste. IRS matches tend to be dull and this was no exception. The false finish was an okay idea and it brought some needed drama to an otherwise boring match. However, it’s one of those plot points that is inconsistent. Why don’t refs always restart matches when shenanigans happen?

Winner: Razor Ramon (11:30)

Next, they show a recap of the Undertaker/Yokozuna feud. Paul Bearer talks about Taker closing Yoko in a double-wide and double-deep casket. Paul claims that the words, “Rest in peace,” will be inscribed on the inside. They show Taker building the casket and he even puts a Christmas wreath on top of it. He then tells Yoko Merry Christmas before saying, “HO—HO—HO!” Yoko looks terrified while Taker says his new year’s resolution is to make Yoko rest in peace. Then, they show another Taker promo where he tells Yoko that he and his entourage have made a mistake. Taker claims he doesn’t make mistakes. He buries them. Finally, they show the finished casket, which Bearer refers to as a new 1994 vehicle, and they close a camera inside of it. Taker then tells Yoko he will hear the hounds of Hell baying for his soul and Bearer asks Yoko if he’s afraid. Taker then tells him to be terrified. Meanwhile, Cornette says he signed a contract for Yoko to face Taker only to discover Paul Bearer made it a Casket Match in the fine print. He claims Bearer added it afterward. They also show footage of Yoko opening a casket to find Taker inside, which causes him to run in fear. (The build is quite silly, but I do love segments in Taker’s casket shop. It’s nice to see him do his day job. Also, there were some cool visuals in these vignettes.)

Casket Match for the WWF Title: Yokozuna (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) vs. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)

The Casket Match underwent some changes since Survivor Series ‘92. They simplified the rules. Now, you have to put your opponent in the casket and close the lid to win. (It’s a much better stipulation.) Yoko makes his entrance and Vince asks DiBiase for his thoughts, but he cuts him off to talk about Providence, Rhode Island. (That was awkward.) DiBiase recovers from the interruption and says that Taker and Bearer unfairly made it a Casket Match, but Vince counters that Cornette made sure it was Taker’s only title shot. Taker and Bearer then enter, with Paul pushing the casket to the ring. Taker is sporting a slightly different look. He grew out a full beard for this match, which I think he should have kept. It’s a good look. During Taker’s entrance, Yoko stares at the casket in fear, so Vince says Yoko could turn into a 600-pound mountain of jellyfish. (What!? I think Vince is mixing his metaphors.) Yoko then makes some threatening gestures, so Taker gets in his face.

Undertaker sidesteps a Yoko charge and takes him down with some clotheslines. Yoko falls out of the ring and stumbles into the post before both men take turns ramming each other into the steps. Then, they return to the ring and Taker hits Old School, but he tumbles out of the ring on a missed jumping clothesline. They brawl outside again and Taker uses a chair, so Yoko answers with salt in the eyes. Yoko then returns the favor with a chair. (One shot hit Taker in the back of the head, which looked nasty.) He then attempts to put Taker in the casket, but Taker grabs his foot and they brawl. Yoko manages to hit a belly-to-belly, but Taker sits up and—sort of hits a chokeslam. He also hits a jumping DDT and rolls Yoko into the casket, but then Crush attacks Taker. Soon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Kabuki, and Tenryu join the attack. Fuji momentarily steals the urn, but Paul Bearer retrieves it and hits both Fuji and Cornette. Unfortunately, Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, and The Headshrinkers also join the fight. Then, Diesel joins as well as Taker uses the salt bucket to fight off his attackers.

However, Yoko attacks Bearer and grabs the urn. He clocks Taker with it and opens it, which causes green smoke to pour from it. Yoko throws it on the mat and continues the attack. Everyone takes turns hitting moves on Taker, including an awful looking flying fist drop by Jeff Jarrett. Then, everyone rolls Taker into the casket and they close the lid to give Yokozuna the win.

This was absurd. The beat down was over the top and made it look like Taker has zero friends in the WWF. Up until the shenanigans, it wasn’t too bad of a match. It was going well enough for a spectacle, but the finish ruined it. It doesn’t make Yokozuna look strong and he needed to after the last few months. Ever since SummerSlam, Yoko has looked like a weak champion. However, the WWF did have a reason for ending the match this way. Taker needed to take time off for injuries. He would miss WrestleMania for the first time since he debuted. Unfortunately, this bizarre finish isn’t over yet. Now, the real fun begins.

Winner: Yokozuna (14:20)

Everyone locks Taker inside the casket while Yoko celebrates in the ring. Yoko then orders them to lead the casket to the back, but then Taker’s gong sounds. Green smoke begins to pour out of the casket and the lights turn off in the arena. Then, Taker appears on the video-wall. It’s a shot from inside the casket, which I guess had a camera installed. Taker tells everyone not to be proud of what they did. He says his spirit lives within the soul of all mankind. (Mick Foley??) He says his eternal flame can’t be extinguished and its origin can’t be explained. Then, he claims everyone will soon witness the rebirth of the Undertaker, but he will not rest in peace. He then—dies?? The image on the screen explodes and then—a body in Taker’s outfit levitates towards the ceiling. Taker ascends to the heavens while his music plays and all of the attackers retreat to the back. DiBiase and Vince are in shock while Paul Bearer lifts the urn in tribute to the Undertaker. (This is possibly the most ridiculous thing the WWF has done yet. I get they’re trying to write off Taker for a while, but this is as over the top as it gets. Sadly, it will become even more ridiculous as the year progresses. On a side note, if you are wondering who ascended to the rafters, it was reportedly Marty Jannetty in the costume.)

Next, they show some pre-taped comments from participants in the Rumble Match. Randy Savage says he’s going to become a three-time WWF Champ and crush Crush. Jeff Jarrett says he will go for all the marbles, Tatanka says there are no friends, only enemies, and he does his war cry. Diesel says he will win and threatens the WWF champ. Then, Doink and Dink both say they’re excited about the Rumble. Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels says it’s out with the old and in with the new, as he tosses his IC Title aside. Also, Luger says the opportunity he’s waited for is here and he’s going to be the winner.

Vince and DiBiase talk about anything happening in the WWF and Ted complains about Luger being in the Rumble since he was only promised the one title shot. Vince cuts him off and says they’re not going to talk about that. He wants to talk about whether or not Bret Hart will be able to compete in the Rumble.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

The Fink explains the rules. This year, everyone will enter every one and a half minutes as opposed to two minutes. (They’ll make it even shorter next year.) He then introduces #1, which is Scott Steiner. #2 is Headshrinker Samu. Afa leads him to the ring by his hair. Vince explains that the entrants are every 90-seconds due to time constraints.

Scott manages to hit a Tiger Bomb and tries to dump Samu, but he can’t. #3 is Rick Steiner, who takes his time entering the ring despite Samu trying to eliminate Scott. The Steiners then suplex Samu around the ring until Samu gets caught in a hangman spot and is eliminated. Then, Kwang enters at #4 and sprays mist in Rick’s face. #5 is Owen Hart, who gets booed by the fans. He goes after a still blinded Rick Steiner and eliminates him. Next, #6 is Bart Gunn and #7 is Diesel. (DiBiase jokes that Diesel is almost as big as him if he’s standing on his wallet. Ted also refers to Diesel as Nash, but Vince ignores it.) Diesel quickly eliminates everyone in the ring before Bob Backlund enters at #8. Bob tries to go after Diesel’s legs, but he rakes the eyes and dumps Backlund. He then waits until Billy Gunn enters at #9. However, Diesel throws him out in seconds. (Meanwhile, they show Tenryu and Kabuki attacking Lex Luger backstage.) Diesel waits again and Virgil enters at #10, which annoys DiBiase. (Vince says that Virgil was a replacement for Kamala.)

Diesel easily eliminates Virgil and DiBiase laughs about it. #11 is Randy Savage, who gets a great reaction. He brawls with Diesel until Jeff Jarrett enters at #12. Double J attacks Savage and struts, but Savage catches him and throws him to the floor before Crush enters at #13. He and Savage immediately start fighting and Savage hits multiple flying axehandles, but Diesel stops him. Crush ends up dumping Savage out of the ring as Doink, with Dink, enters at #14. Doink laughs at Diesel and Crush fighting, so they start double teaming him. Then, Bam Bam Bigelow enters at #15 and Vince says the ring is filling up with beef. (He loves that word, doesn’t he?) Bam Bam goes straight for Doink and press slams him to the floor. Next, is Mabel at #16, so DiBiase echoes Vince’s beef comment. Mabel squashes everyone in the corners until Thurman Sparky Plug enters at #17 and Shawn Michaels follows at #18. Shawn comes face-to-face with Diesel, so he begs off and offers a handshake. Diesel takes it, but everyone then jumps him. They dump Diesel out of the ring and Shawn even gives him an extra push. (The fans cheer Diesel for his performance.) Then, Mo enters at #19. Shawn narrowly avoids elimination a couple of times. (He makes sure to make a show of it because he can’t let Diesel outshine him in this match.) Next, Greg Valentine enters at #20 and surprisingly gets a reaction.

#21 is Tatanka, who goes after HBK until Mabel stops him. #22 is the Great Kabuki and he joins everyone (except Mo) in dumping Mabel from the ring. Then, Lex Luger enters at #23 and shows no sign of selling the backstage assault. He quickly gets revenge by throwing out Kabuki. However, Tenryu enters at #24 and chops Luger. The clock then ticks down for #25, but no one arrives, so Vince and DiBiase speculate that it was Bret Hart’s number. Next, Rick Martel enters at #26 before Bret Hart enters at #27. He limps to the ring, so DiBiase calls him stupid for entering the match injured. Crush and Tenryu attack Bret’s knee while Fatu enters at #28. A few people then gang up to throw out Crush before Marty Jannetty enters at #29 and goes after Shawn Michaels. Finally, Adam Bomb enters at #30, so Vince says that he’s going to win. (Please, #30 rarely wins. Also, Vince then announces that #25 was supposed to be Bastion Booger, but he got sick backstage because he ate too much.)

Meanwhile, HBK dumps Sparky Plug, but there isn’t another elimination for a while until Martel finally dumps Valentine. Martel then misses a clothesline and falls out of the ring. Next, Adam Bomb is eliminated by the same spot. Mo and Tatanka are the next to go, while Michaels attacks Jannetty again. Next, Bam Bam charges Luger, but Lex moves and Bam Bam does a Flair-like flip. Luger knocks Bigelow off the apron and Michaels dumps Jannetty for two more eliminations. Hart and Luger then whip Fatu and Michaels into each other before teaming up to eliminate Tenryu.

(Final Four: Bret Hart, Lex Luger, Shawn Michaels, & Fatu.) Hart and Michaels fight while Luger wrestles Fatu. Shawn narrowly avoids elimination again while Fatu takes down Luger and hits him with headbutts. HBK and Fatu double team Luger, but Lex hits Fatu with a running forearm that turns Fatu inside-out. Then, Bret and Luger simultaneously back drop Michaels and Fatu out of the ring, which leaves only Lex and Bret. The crowd comes alive as the two men slug it out until Lex picks up Bret for a slam. However, they stumble to the ropes and both men tumble over at the same time!!

Vince and DiBiase are confused while the referees confer with each other. The Fink says, “The winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble…” Luger’s music plays, which draws boos from the crowd, but Earl Hebner waves off the announcement. They play Bret’s music instead and the fans cheer. Joey Marella interrupts and says he believes Luger won. The refs take turns raising both men’s arms and both men complain. Jack Tunney then arrives and speaks with everyone while they show replays. The Fink is confused, but he eventually announces that both men are co-winners.

This was a better match than 1993, but it wasn’t great. There were some good moments. Diesel’s dominance was good and Shawn Michaels had some great near-eliminations. There was some good storyline building in the match, but there was a lack of stars. There was also a long stretch where nothing happened. The finish was a bit disappointing, but I understand why they did it. Vince still wasn’t sure if he was going to push Bret or Lex, so he did the co-winner finish. He then used the crowd reactions to gauge who he would give the title at WrestleMania. (The answer should be obvious after hearing the crowd.)

Winner: Bret Hart & Lex Luger (Co-Winners) (55:08)

The Good:

– The Tag Title Match was good.

– The build for Bret/Owen was great.

– Owen’s botched promo was amusing and still had good intensity.

– Diesel looked great in the Rumble.

– The Shawn/Razor build was good.

The Bad:

– The Undertaker nonsense.

– Ted DiBiase’s disappointing commentary.

– The IC Title match was dull.

– The Rumble Match was alright, but not great.

Performer of the Night:

I’m going to give it to Bret Hart for his great selling of the knee and storytelling. He remembered to actually sell his injury, unlike Luger who didn’t even act like he got jumped backstage.

Final Thoughts:

I wanted to like this show. It has the build for two of my favorite feuds (Bret/Owen and Razor/Shawn), but I think the bad outweighed the good. There was a lot of nonsense on this show. It wasn’t terrible, but it is hard to enjoy fully. Thankfully, the next WWF PPV is a good one.

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My next review will be a departure from the norm. We will take a look at ECW for the first time as I cover one of their supershows from 1994, The Night the Line Was Crossed. Look for my review next Saturday!


Written by Paul Matthews

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