Bret Hart looked at Hulk Hogan in 1993 like Seth Rollins looks at CM Punk approx 30 years later. In other words, the 'Hitman' was not best-pleased to see ol' Terry back in the WWF. That was especially true once it started to sink in that Hulk apparently didn't want to do business with Bret on pay-per-view.
Hogan has always dismissed those claims, but believing what 'Mr. Red & Yellow' says has become...difficult for wrestling fans. Speaking of red and yellow, here's a quick bombshell. Hulk actually ditched those colours for others in '93, and his eventual choice was akin to gazing into a crystal ball towards the future.
Nobody knew that at the time.
1993 birthed Raw (although it was almost called something else you'll probably never guess), made history at every turn, and even saw The Undertaker drum up one of the most ridiculous excuses ever ahead of Survivor Series. Vince McMahon wasn't buying that one, but 'Taker didn't really care.
Enjoy this collection of facts and stories from a whirlwind year for WWE. It was still WWF back then, and the 'F' presumably stood for "FIRED"...
10. 60% Of Rumble Entrants Left By 1994
That intro's closing line is very apt when examining the 1993 Royal Rumble.
30 workers jogged down the aisle in Sacramento, but many wouldn't be long for WWF rings. In fact, by the time calendars turned to 1994, no less than 60% of the Rumble entrants had left the company completely. Think about that for a second! 18 wrestlers under contract in January '93 were scrapped 12 months later.
Check this out for a list: Ted DiBiase, Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, Papa Shango, The Nasty Boys, The Natural Disasters, Max Moon, Tenryu, Skinner, Koko B. Ware, The Berzerker, Terry Taylor, Damien Demento, Carlos Colon, El Matador and Repo Man were all gone.
Some would return later on, but they technically weren't on the books by January '94. That's an insane stat, and shows the turnover Vince McMahon's roster was going through as it struggled to reclaim old peak-Hulkamania era magic at the box office.