Royal Rumble Preview | January 22 1995| Tampa, Florida
30 Man Royal Rumble Match | Winner gets a title shot at Wrestlemania XI The Undertaker, Lex Luger, Yokozuna, Bob Backlund, Shawn Michaels, The British Bulldog, Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Bam Bam Bigelow, The 123 Kid, Hakushi, Tatanka, Rick Martel, Crush, King Kong Bundy, I.R.S, Doink, Adam Bomb, Man Mountain Rock, The Roadie, Henry Godwinn, Kwang, Duke the Dumpster Droese, Aldo Montoya, The Headshrinkers, Men on a Mission and Papa Shango
30 of the WWF’s finest athletes compete in the Royal Rumble match with the winner receiving a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania XI. It is everyman for himself, friend vs friend, foe vs foe. The winner of this match will be escorted down the aisle at WrestleMania by Pamela Anderson. Last year history was made when for the first time ever in Royal Rumble history when there were 2 Winners. Can history repeat itself again? Just like last year it will be another fast paced Rumble match as participants enter every 90 seconds and the luck of the draw will be very important.
The Rumble event has been come to be known for making stars. There will be plenty of favourites in former WWF Champion The Undertaker, Former WWF Champion and the winner of the 1993 Rumble Yokozuna. Yokozuna has main evented WrestleMania 9 and 10 and will this be a 3rd time lucky charm for the huge Yokozuna? Last year’s co-winner Lex Luger is also one of the favourites as he plans on winning back-to-back Rumbles. Will the crown jewel of the Million Dollar Corporation fulfill his destiny by winning the Rumble and going on to WrestleMania to become the WWF Champion? Other favourites include King Kong Bundy, Bam Bam Bigelow and Shawn Michaels. There will be plenty of dark horses in Owen Hart, Razor Ramon, The British Bulldog, Jeff Jarrett, The 123 Kid and several more participants. Could a win here send them into super stardom? With the Royal Rumble being the Road to WrestleMania, who will emerge victorious in this spectacular match?
WWF Championship Title Match
Diesel (c) vs Bret Hart
At Survivor Series 1994, Shawn Michaels accidently hit Diesel with the superkick leading to an argument and this put an end to the team of Diesel and Shawn Michaels. Once good friends but now bitter enemies. Later on in the night Bret Hart defended the WWF Title against Mr Bob Backlund and lost the title in controversial fashion. With Bret out of action, Backlund defended the title 3 days later against Diesel. What an opportunity this was for Diesel to make a statement and he did it by defeating Bob Backlund in 8 seconds to become the WWF Champion. Diesel made history as he became the first man to win all three titles in the same calendar year. Since becoming champion, Diesel has been on an incredible run defeating many top challengers. While Bret has had a long lay off, the WWF has been running on Diesel power. At the Royal Rumble, The Hitman battles Big Daddy Cool Diesel again. The last time we saw these two square off was at King of the Ring and Bret Hart was the WWF Champion and that match ended in a disqualification. The big question is will Bret be able to kick out of the jackknife? Bret recently returned to action and teamed with Diesel on the 2nd anniversary of Raw and then this week on Raw, Bret was victorious in his first singles match since Survivor Series. Diesel has great momentum coming into this match but don’t forget that for the last 2 years The Hitman has not lost at the Royal Rumble. Last year Diesel put in a very dominating performance in the Royal Rumble match with several eliminations. With so much at stake and both men being fan favourites, who will have his hand raised in victory in this huge title match?
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Owen Hart (c) vs The British Bulldog
Ever since The British Bulldog returned in 1994, The Bulldog has been on Bret Hart’s side in the family feud. After what went down at Survivor Series, The British Bulldog promises to make Owen pay for his actions. Now that Owen is the new Intercontinental Champion, Owen has a lot to brag about because he’s the only Hart family member that’s currently holding a title. Owen wants to do everything better than his brother Bret. Owen became King of the Ring last year and now his next target is to win the Royal Rumble just like Bret did last year. The British Bulldog vows to make Owen’s reign a very short reign. The Bulldog has set his sights on not only becoming Intercontinental Champion but also a Royal Rumble winner as both men will also be competing in the Rumble match later on. With both men pulling double duty, who will emerge victorious in the clash between the brother- in laws at the Rumble?
The Undertaker vs Doink The Clown
The Undertaker has had his way with many superstars in the WWF but over the past couple of months, The Evil clown Doink has been a major thorn in Undertaker’s side. There has been a major change for both superstars over the Summer last year with The Undertaker returning as stronger than ever while Doink went from a fun loving clown to going back to being a more evil sadistic clown. Doink has been playing a lot of mindgames with The Undertaker and he’s caused a lot of problems. Doink’s played several sick pranks on The Undertaker and Paul Bearer while The Undertaker has also given Doink nightmares. The Undertaker has promised to destroy Doink but Doink has promised that he has some tricks up his sleeves. The Royal Rumble hasn’t been much of a kind event to The Undertaker because the last 2 Rumble events, The Undertaker has had some bad luck and Doink plans on making it another miserable night for The Undertaker. Will Doink succeed in his plans or will Doink rest in peace.
WWF Tag Team Title Match
The Heavenly Bodies (c) vs The Smoking Gunns
In December, The Heavenly Bodies became tag team champions for the very first time by winning a tag team tournament. They defeated The Smoking Gunns in the finals. The Heavenly Bodies nailed Bart Gunn with Jim Cornette's tennis racket across the neck putting Bart out of action for some time. Since then The Heavenly Bodies have been on a major roll defeating many of the top teams in the WWF. At the Rumble, The Smoking Gunns will be returning to action to receive a rematch against The Heavenly Bodies. Will The Smoking Gunns get their revenge and become tag team champions for the first time or will The Heavenly Bodies continue to dominate the tag team division.
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