Of all of the Royal Rumble events, the 1994 show was definitely one of them. When you get past Owen Hart's heel turn, Diesel turning back a conveyor belt of midcard chum one bucket at a time, and Bret Hart getting put back on track to the World title scene, you're left with a whole lot of nothing.
Actually, calling the rest of the show "nothing" does a colossal disservice to the vivid trainwreck that was the Yokozuna/Undertaker casket match for the WWE Championship. You know, the match where Undertaker's urn spilled forth billowing smoke, and 'Taker apparently died, and then he cut a monologue from inside the casket, and then floated to the heavens. That was certainly not nothing. It can't be classified as a landmark in cinematic achievement, but "nothing" it's definitely not.
The 1994 Royal Rumble came at a time when WWE was journeying into uncertain waters. Vince McMahon was gearing up for the legal fight of his life with the steroid distribution trial, and TV taping audiences were dwindling to borderline indy-show levels. The company had seen such dizzying highs less than a decade earlier, whereas the Royal Rumble in '94 aptly summed up what WWE was at the time: a murky mess, with some visible slivers of gold.
Here are ten facts about the 1994 Royal Rumble you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.