REWIND-A-WAI #46: WWF Royal Rumble 1994

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWF Royal Rumble 1994 headlined by a 30-Man Royal Rumble Match resulting in a controversial draw between Bret Hart and Lex Luger.

In one of WWE’s most elaborate angles of the time, Yokozuna faces The Undertaker in a Casket Match for the WWF title. Meanwhile, Owen Hart finally breaks out of Bret’s shadow, kicking his older brother’s “leg out of his leg” after the two unsuccessfully challenge The Quebecers for the WWF Tag Team titles.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Matt Oates.

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WWF Royal Rumble 1994
January 22, 1994
Providence, RI
Providence Civic Center

*30-Man Royal Rumble Match
*WWF World Title Casket Match: Yokozuna (w/ Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji) (c) vs. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)
*WWF Intercontinental Title: Razor Ramon (c) vs. Irwin R. Schyster
*WWF World Tag Team Titles: The Quebecers (w/ Johnny Polo) (c) vs. Bret Hart & Owen Hart
*Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Luna Vachon) vs. Tatanka

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It’s a small thing but one of the things I loved about Review A Wai and Raw in the old universe was you guys taping it on Sunday and for the Raw show would drop nuggets of what gets discussed on Review A Wai. I don’t know if you guys do the how is your… Tuesday? Bit to make yourselves laugh but trust me I appreciate the complicated punchline.

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Regarding the Royal Rumble being held on a Saturday, this was in the era before there was a week off between the AFC/NFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl, meaning every Sunday in January featured NFL playoff football.

Can’t say for sure that that’s the sole reason, but seeing how the Rumble has been held in that off week between Championship Sunday and Super Bowl Sunday for several years now, I’d imagine that it was a factor in the decision.


I noticed that you mentioned during the review that you were unsure if the Bret-Owen feud would get over in today’s wrestling climate.

Early this year in Australian promotion “Melbourne City Wrestling” they did a simular angle. Tome Filipe attacked his younger brother Stevie Flipe during their Tag Team Championship match, Tome turned heel and kicked his leg from out of his leg. Crowd really got behind the baby face, and shortly after they left for the NJPW affiliate Fale Dojo in New Zealand.

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