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The Lost WWE Events: Madison Square Garden 1994 Royal Rumble

Royal Rumble

Hundreds of professional wrestling events exist under the WWE, WWF, WWWF and even CWC banner since the company’s first recorded happening in 1953. While many are well documented – every WrestleMania for example – a large number exist in the shadows of history, lost in time, neglected by an ever-changing industry never to see the light of day again.

In this series, we will look at the lost and forgotten professional wrestling events held by World Wrestling Entertainment, while delving sporadically into the uncharted waters elsewhere to remember those lost matches and moments in history we shall never be able to relive again.

WWF 1994 Madison Square Garden Royal Rumble

Date: January 17, 1994
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Attendance: 9,000

Five days prior to the historic 1994 Royal Rumble – where Bret Hart and Lex Luger became the first co-winners of the 30-Man Royal Rumble bout, The Undertaker rose from certain demise at the hands of Yokozuna and Owen Hart began his rise to super-heel with a turn on brother Bret – the World Wrestling Federation visited the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden for what many initially believed was a routine live event prior to the elimination spectacular.

However, what fans inside ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ received that evening was a Royal Rumble event of their own, never to be seen on television or released on VHS. The only footage that remains of this event is what those in attendance managed to capture on their pre-cell phone cameras and an exceedingly rare video from a member of the public who snuck a video camera into the venue to record much of the event in an era before we had heard the initials, HD. Once the final bell rang to crown the winner of the over-the-top-rope scuffle, Madison Square Garden’s Royal Rumble was lost forever.

Along with the initial try-out Royal Rumble Match which occurred on a live event in 1987 in order to see if the idea would work, 1994 remains one of the only years in which the company staged a match and event of such a magnitude that never found its way onto any type of home release or streaming service.

Scott Putski vs. ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe

Kicking off the action, somewhat unspectacularly, was WWF newcomer for the evening Scott Putski who went to war with ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe in the opening contest. The son of former WWF Tag Team Champion Ivan Putski, Scott had been plying his trade for Global Wrestling Federation in Texas since 1991 and entered the event as the reigning GWF Tag Team Champion.

His opponent ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe had served as enhancement talent for the World Wrestling Federation since the early eighties and was entering the event after suffering a string of live event losses to Bob Backlund and Marty Jannetty.

Though short and mostly unspectacular, the bout ended with a Polish Hammer from Putski to secure him the victory in what he had hoped would be a stepping stone to bigger things with the company. Despite his return to GWF following the appearance, Putski returned to WWF in 1997 as part of the fledgling light heavyweight division and feuded with ‘Too Sexy’ Brian Christopher at In Your House 17: Ground Zero.

Rick Steiner vs. Ludvig Borga

Next on the card was Ludvig Borga vs. Rick Steiner in a grudge match which stemmed from the 1993 Survivor Series where the former’s Foreign Fanatics team fell in a blaze of fury to The All-Americans. It had been the Finnish powerhouse who had eliminated ‘The Dog Faced Gremlin’ from the bout in just 5:05 and Rick had not forgotten the defeat even though it had taken him two months to retaliate.

Prior to their showcase at Madison Square Garden, the pair had not met on television since the aforementioned pay-per-view clash with Borga instead targeting ‘The Man-Made in the USA’ Lex Luger following his constant berating of America. The duo had worked the house show circuit and met on a 1993 edition of WWF Superstars with Luger always coming out on top to assert the authority of his country over all others.

Physically outmatched at every turn, former WWF Tag Team Champion Rick Steiner popped the crowd early with a huge back suplex and brought the crowd to its feet two minutes into the scrap when he executed his top rope bulldog finisher. However, Borga powered out of the pinfall attempt at the count of one and after a trade of clotheslines, powerslams and nifty arm work by the graduate of Michigan State University, the bout spilt to the floor at the seven-minute mark where referee Tim White counted both men out as Rick drove a steel chair into the skull of his foe. Ignoring the pleas of the official, the pair continued to slog it out at ringside until disaster struck for Ludvig when his leg gave out several times.

The outcome of the uneasy finale was a serious ankle injury which prematurely ended the WWF career of Ludvig Borga. It was a shame because he was pencilled in for an appearance at the 1994 Royal Rumble as well as a WrestleMania X battle with Earthquake. The Fin would not return to the ring until August 1994 for Fighting Network Rings in Japan and Catch Wrestling Association.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Match
(c) Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett

Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett for the WWF Intercontinental Championship was an early preview of the rivalry that would occupy the company’s mid-card towards the end of 1994 and the beginning of 1995. Having won the prestigious gold on the October 11, 1993, edition of Monday Night Raw, Ramon immediately entered a rivalry with Shawn Michaels over who was the legitimate champion – Michaels had been stripped of the title for inactivity – which, in reality, was a suspension. Ramon would then go on to feud with resident taxman Irwin R. Schyster. The Heartbreak Kid would return later with a second strap, proclaiming that he never lost the belt.

Though ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett was primarily a USWA talent prior to his official full-time debut for the promotion in late 1993, the star had endeared himself to the fanbase the previous year as the catalyst of a WWF/USWA cross-promotional angle challenging any of Vince McMahon’s stars to face him on his home turf of Memphis. Following this open invitation, Jarrett would make sporadic appearances for WWF through 1992 on live events with victories over ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe, Mondo Kleen and Barry Horowitz.

As the bell rang on the first meeting between the pair under the WWF’s roof, it was the reigning champion who asserted his dominance before his challenger took to the arena floor. Luring Ramon into a ringside chase, Jarrett gained the early advantage with a cheap shot into the ring post.

Once the pair were back inside the squared circle, ‘Double J’ grounded his foe with a second rope fist drop and beautiful standing dropkick which garnered the challenger a near fall. As the bout wore on, Ramon stole back the lead with a roll-up while Jarrett was arguing with referee Earl Hebner, a counter of a flying punch from the summit and a large backdrop.

Following a closing sequence in which Ramon teased yielding the gold through a well applied sleeper hold, the match came to a halt after the official was struck by the heel and Shawn Michaels made his presence known aiding Jarret in escaping an initial Razor’s Edge. However, he couldn’t stop ‘Double J’ meeting his end as the recipient of a second attempt and as the recovered Hebner counted what should have been the match ending pinfall, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ pulled his nemesis from the ring and connected with Sweet Chin Music for the disqualification at 12:30.

The culmination of the bout would lead both Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels to the infamous Ladder Match at WrestleMania X to contest not only one of the fondest matches in the event’s history, but also upset a portion of the locker room. Ignoring calls to end the bout at its allocated time, a 10-Man Tag Team Match scheduled to follow the Ladder Match had to be postponed until Monday Night Raw the following evening.

WWF Championship Match
Yokozuna (c) vs. Tatanka

With The Undertaker on the horizon five days later, WWF Champion Yokozuna defended his coveted gold against ‘The Native American’ Tatanka in a war that would’ve been the main event on any other card, had their not been a Royal Rumble match going on last.

Having been occupied with ‘The Deadman’ since their first meeting at the 1993 Survivor Series when the goliaths were counted out after brawling to the locker room, the mighty Yokozuna also targeted Tatanka who himself had suffered his first ever televised defeat to Ludvig Borga on the October 30, 1993, WWF Superstars. Following the aforementioned bout, the colossal champion struck and, with the help of Borga, crushed Tatanka with a Banzai Drop to the ribs which kept him out of Survivor Series, and action until January 1994.

Upon his return, ‘The Native American’ teamed with Lex Luger to topple his oppressors on several live events before racking up a trio of victories over the champion on January 6, 7 and 8 during the Florida leg of house shows.

With plenty of bad blood going into the bout, Tatanka wasted no time and hit the ring before the bell to attack the champion who was without American Spokesperson Jim Cornette thanks to an unexpected snowstorm which stranded him in Knoxville. Laying in chops to the head and chest, the challenger took the fight to the arena floor and drove his attacker into the steel ring steps to gain a huge advantage.

Though Yoko gained the upper hand once both men were back between the ropes, a missed leg drop and subsequent elbow drop opened the door for a Tatanka flying cross body for the closest near fall of the Samoan’s entire reign. Reeling, Yokozuna slowed the bout to a crawl with a three-and-a-half-minute crippling nerve hold before the number one contender mounted a spirited comeback with chops and clotheslines.

Counter after counter saw a further nerve hold broken with chops as Tatanka brought the capacity crowd to their feet with a hard tomahawk chop from the summit but was unable to execute his End of the Trail Samoan drop which saw the challenger careering into the official. Spotting his moment, Mr. Fuji handed the champion his salt bucket but an attempt to strike Tatanka backfired when the flame-haired talent took control of the weapon and knocked out the sumo star as the entirety of Madison Square Garden rose for a second breath-taking near fall. It was as close as ‘The Native American’ ever came to touching the face of immortality.

Ascending the buckles, the pretender to the crown was blindsided by Fuji and met on his descent with an earth-shattering leg drop for the victory at 15:00. To put a full stop to the contest, Yokozuna assaulted Tatanka post-match with a Banzai Drop for good measure.

Interestingly, Tatanka was due to do battle with Ludvig Borga in a grudge match at the official Royal Rumble but the Fin had to be replaced by Bam Bam Bigelow thanks to the injury suffered to his ankle on this show.

Of course, the WWF Champion would go on to successfully defend his coveted strap against The Undertaker in a Casket Match at the Rumble which resulted in one of the most famous finales to a clash in history. After a gang mugging and being nailed into his coffin, The Undertaker appeared on the big screen to promise that his legend would never rest in peace. As the lights flickered and the thunder crashed, the video of ‘The Deadman’ inside the coffin turned to an x-ray and the image rose from the screen as Marty Jannetty dressed as the star was hoisted from behind the video wall and into the gods to make it seem as if the gothic wonder had risen from his tomb.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match
1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty (c) vs. The Quebecers

Before the unofficial 1994 Royal Rumble Match, there was one last piece of business to be settled in the form of the WWF Tag Team Championships. After warring with The Steiner Brothers for the better part of November and December 1993, The Quebecers were shocked on the January 10, 1994, Monday Night Raw when they were overturned for the straps by the team of 1-2-3 Kid and Marty Jannetty.

While Marty Jannetty was a tried and tested tag team performer with Shawn Michaels as The Rockers, 1-2-3 Kid had rose to fame as The Kid with one huge upset over Razor Ramon on the May 17, 1993, edition of Raw. Having tried out several variations of his name prior to the upset, such as The Cannonball Kid, The Kamikaze Kid and The Lightning Kid, the popular talent changed his name to the legendary 1-2-3 Kid.

Following both teams trying to get the audience on their side, Jacques and Pierre attacked the champions from behind and attempted to Irish whip the pairing into each other. However, Jannetty and the Kid were smarter and to avoid a collision the latter leapfrogged his partner as the champs mounted their challengers in the corner for the stereo ten-punch.

With their red-shirted foes reeling, the babyface duo sent the pairing careering into each other and watched in amusement as the former holders linked arms and spun themselves around only to be met by double dropkicks and clotheslines which put the challengers on the arena floor seconds into the contest.

When the action resumed, it did so with a test of strength from the French Canadians who put an end to some neat double team action when Pierre dropped 1-2-3 Kid with a hard clothesline. Too much time celebrating their feat resulted in a lack of awareness allowing the defenders to slide through their legs and nail dropkicks which again sent them tumbling to the arena floor. Unlike the first time, Jannetty was caught as he torpedoed over the top rope but instead of being able to wrap him around the ring post the number one contenders were taken out by an incoming 123 Kid who wiped everyone out from a great height.

Built around the champions evading their challengers, including the Mounties using the distraction of their manager Johnny Polo, the heels finally managed to grab some semblance of an upper hand when Marty Jannetty rolled Jacques up from behind only to have his head nearly taken off with a vicious clothesline by the powerhouse Pierre.

Numerous attempts to lure the Kid into the affray so the challengers could switch with regular occurrence succeeded, as did ending a Jannetty comeback with a massive back body drop. Just when all looked lost for the champions, the former Rocker managed to dodge an assisted backdrop and roll Jacques up for a near fall which finally opened the door for the hot tag to 1-2-3 Kid.

With a red-hot crowd biting for the action in the Garden, the underdog unloaded on his rivals with a flurry of kicks but came unstuck when he took to the top rope and was crotched by Johnny Polo behind the referee’s back. Taking advantage of the distraction, Pierre almost broke the lightweight in half with a tremendous superplex before The Quebecers nailed their Flip, Flop and a Fly finisher to reclaim the gold at 20:00 giving the New York crowd the best match of the entire night.

The Quebecers would swiftly move onto the team of Bret and Owen Hart and later Men on a Mission as the company entered WrestleMania season. The teams would trade the gold on the company’s tour of the United Kingdom in late March 1994 before falling to The Headshrinkers in a thriller on the May 2 Raw as dissension became visible in their ranks.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match

Giving the Madison Square Garden Royal Rumble Match all the bells and whistles of its pay-per-view counterpart, legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel was employed for the evening to bring the usual nostalgia-filled majesty to the 30-Man elimination spectacular. However, the pleasantries did not extend to all Rumble traditions as the company failed to have the famous countdown clock on hand to show the live audience.

Five days prior to what is fondly remembered as his breakout performance on WWF television, Diesel entered the Royal Rumble Match at number one. Though he had exposure from an appearance in the WWF Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal on the October 4, 1993, Monday Night Raw, the future ‘Big Daddy Cool’ was more a ringside fixture than a regular in-ring performer at this point in time.

Entering at number two was Men on a Mission member Mo who, along with partner Mabel, was gearing up for a WWF Tag Team Championship rivalry with The Quebecers. Unfortunately for Mo the evening would be short, as after just 1:54 of a complete and utter beatdown he was tossed over the top rope and to the arena floor leaving Diesel alone in the ring to welcome entrant number three.

As Bushwhacker Butch (3) made his way to the squared circle, Diesel eyed another easy elimination but found that he had underestimated the legend when the New Zealand native caught the giant off guard with an eye gouge and rear bite. However, less than a minute after his entry the tag team specialist was sent to the showers when he was blindsided by Diesel while celebrating and tossed out giving the colossus a second elimination in less than four minutes.

Next in was now-former WWF Tag Team Champion 1-2-3 Kid (4). Still worn out from his tremendous outing with Jacques and Pierre, the star was bumped around the ring like he weighed nothing by the giant but managed to gain a little momentum when he countered a sidewalk slam into a cracking flying headscissors and wore Diesel out with a flurry of kicks in the corner. Yet it was not to be. Thrown onto the ropes, Kid found himself tumbling to the outside courtesy of a vicious punch from the inaugural entrant and injured his leg upon landing which put him out of action for several weeks and forced him to miss the pay-per-view.

With three down and the match only at 5:53, Diesel licked his chops and awaited entrant number five. Unfortunately for the bodyguard, Scott Steiner (5) was next, and events took a turn for the worse for the real-life Kevin Nash when he met one half of The Steiner Brothers with a big knee on the apron which sent the fresh face sprawling to the arena floor.

Not eliminated thanks to never getting in the ring, Steiner anticipated an incoming Diesel – who left the ring to collect his prey – and after a small tussle managed to acquire a steel chair which he drove into the back of the goliath. On the offensive, the former WWF Tag Team Champion caused momentary concern when he executed an awkward double underhook powerbomb with the recipient landing square on his neck. A couple of inches more and the night could have ended very differently.

For the first time in the bout, more than two men were present in the affray when ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe (6) made his entrance. With the action returning to the ring and officials attending to Kevin Nash on the arena floor, Sharpe and Steiner entered a mini-Hoss fight which ended with the enhancement talent taking the tumble when Scott reversed an elimination attempt to send the sixth entrant packing.

As Steiner and Diesel went back and forth – which included yet another worrying moment when the latter came close to landing on his head following a suplex – Headshrinker Samu (7) made his presence known and rekindled his rivalry with Steiner from WrestleMania IX. Thankfully for the Michigan native, Bob Backlund (8) was not far behind and helped the tag team specialist fend off the machinations of the heel duo with a running atomic drop on the Headshrinker.

With the match slowing to the traditional Royal Rumble pace upon the introduction of Jeff Jarrett (9) and Virgil (10) – who would substitute for injured wrestlers on live events and at the actual Royal Rumble pay-per-view itself – it was left to Diesel to once again make a name for himself with an eye-watering two-minute ambush of the former Million Dollar Champion while the rest of the field regained their composure.

Lead by Luna Vachon, Bam Bam Bigelow (11), who was in the middle of a television rivalry with the memorable Doink the Clown which would culminate in an intergender brawl at WrestleMania X, breezed through the field by putting a further beating on Virgil who was eventually saved by Randy Savage (12).

Taking aim at Diesel, Savage went to town on the talent before dodging a big boot in the corner and tipping the giant over the apex at 21:18. The ‘Macho Man’ wasn’t done there and twenty seconds later racked up his second elimination of the match in Jeff Jarrett. As competition began to thin, the mighty Adam Bomb (13) hit the ring with impact just in time to witness Virgil reverse a military press and land square on top of Bigelow.

Spotting the danger in Bomb, a tiring Scott Steiner used the last of his strength to get the powerhouse into an awkward predicament and finally managed to eliminate the colourful character with the help of Sgt. Slaughter (14) who garnered the surprise entrant pop from the Madison Square Garden faithful. This was Slaughter’s first match for the company in two years after a 1992 live event loss to The Mountie.

Across the ring, Randy Savage and Samu went at it hard until Crush (15) interrupted the brawl to continue his bubbling bad blood with the flamboyant former WWF Champion who he had turned heel on during the October 18, 1993, Monday Night Raw joining Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji. Seizing his opportunity, Crush almost snapped Savage in two with a perfect tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before shocking the Garden and eliminating a very weary Scott Steiner and Randy Savage which would begin a mini-streak for the Kona native.

While Mabel (16) made his way to the ring, a fuming ‘Macho Man’ snatched a steel chair from ringside and attempted to re-enter the affray to get at Crush. Though he was held back by officials on this occasion, Savage would gain his revenge in a memorable Falls Count Anywhere Match at WrestleMania X when he strung Crush up by the feet.

With Mabel now officially part of the MSG Royal Rumble, the Men on a Mission member and Crush confusingly joined forces to set about ‘The Beast from the East’. However, as Bam Bam attempted to fight back against the odd couple and eliminate Crush, the mighty Hawaiian held onto the top rope to send the big man to the shower thirty minutes into the clash.

Subsequent to the purging of Sgt. Slaughter by Crush was Jim Powers (17) who hadn’t had a starring role on WWF television since the April 4, 1993, Monday Night Raw when he lost to Jerry Lawler in singles action. Making the most of another live event performance – he had been doing the rounds against Papa Shango, Brooklyn Brawler and Bastion Booger – the former Young Stallion made a b-line for Mabel but found himself on the arena floor via the top rope following an avalanche corner splash.

As Bastion Booger (18) followed the same formula as Powers in targeting Mabel, the glutenous grappler found greater success with the help of the remaining field when the group flocked to the mammoth Man on a Mission and heaved his mass over the top rope. However, as Mabel toppled to the arena floor so did Bob Backlund and Virgil who were carried over by the momentum of the Men On A Mission star. There was no time for Booger to celebrate, however, as the artist formerly known as Norman The Lunatic was sent to catering by Crush who caught him with a stiff clothesline from behind.

With just Crush and Headshrinker Samu remaining in the ring after several seconds of breathless eradication, Bushwhacker Luke (19) may have thought he had chosen the wrong number but shocked the crowd when he racked up the expulsion of the latter after his head became entangled in the ropes. Seconds later, Luke met his end by way of a superkick from the monstrous Crush who was sat on six eliminations.

Just days away from his famous heel turn on brother Bret at the Royal Rumble, Owen Hart (20) entered the free-for-all to find a dominant Crush awaiting his presence. Fresh, ‘The Rocket’ managed to evade harm with a standing dropkick and spinning heel kick but was derailed when Rick Martel (21) dashed down the aisle and joined the dominant force in the beatdown of the youngest Hart brother.

The double team came to a halt with the entry of former WWF Champion Bret Hart (22) and the man who would triumph five days later alongside Lex Luger. Coming to his brother’s aid, ‘The Hitman’ crashed the party and finally managed to eliminate Crush – which garnered a huge reaction – with a massive dropkick.

Following the appearance of Irwin R. Schyster (23) and Johnny Polo (24), the bout turned into a 3-on-2 Handicap Match when Martel, Schyster and Polo besieged the Hart brothers with the former duo almost succeeding in jettisoning Bret only for Owen to make a split second save before Scott Putski (25) evened up the numbers as a replacement for his father who was meant to be a surprise entrant to pop the New York crowd.

With only five more men to come, the bout slowed to a crawl and all six men took to the corners as Headshrinker Fatu (26) was dragged down the aisle by manager Afa to wail away on Putski. Once again, Bret Hart faced almost certain peril until Owen came to the rescue once more. The storytelling was first class where the brothers’ Hart were concerned, with the younger of the pair beginning to visibly resent having to save his older and far more successful sibling.

Marty Jannetty (27) and Bart Gunn (28) entered in quick succession before Shawn Michaels (29) got the heel reaction of the evening thanks to his prior shenanigans during the conclusion of the WWF Intercontinental Championship Match. As the ring filled towards to the climax of the bout, former Rocker partners Michaels and Jannetty partook in their traditional back and forth in the middle of the ring which garnered the latter an advantage. Bringing the crowd to their feet, Marty pounded on his former chum in the corner, Shawn nailed a beautiful atomic drop and Jannetty responded with a crisp superkick in a breath-taking exchange.

Saved from elimination by Samu and IRS, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ wailed away on his antagonist until Jannetty reversed a suplex attempt and took a wild swing at his target which Michaels was able to duck and backdropped the talent over the top rope and to the arena floor.

As Jannetty’s feet hit so did the claxon for the final entrant, Doink The Clown (30). Played by Ray Apollo after original star Matt Borne was fired from the company for issues pertaining to drugs, Doink entered the fray to make a final nine competitors which became eight when Owen Hart eliminated Johnny Polo with a flying forearm from the top rope where he was perched.

Eight became seven following the expulsion of Scott Putski by Fatu and in frantic fashion the field narrowed to six as IRS dumped Rick Martel with a backdrop over the summit. With a manageable number for the final few minutes, the spotlight fell on Doink The Clown and Bart Gunn who had came to blows in the centre of the ring. However, following a distraction in the form of a prank by the jester and rake of the eyes, Doink scored his only Royal Rumble elimination in history when he reversed a suplex attempt and removed Gunn from the match with one of his own over the top rope in a commendable series of exchanges.

Doink’s joy lasted mere seconds as Shawn Michaels ploughed in with a clothesline over the top rope shortly before Bret Hart abolished Schyster with an atomic drop. The Madison Square Garden Royal Rumble final four were Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Fatu and Shawn Michaels. Five days later the scene would be identical with the exception of Lex Luger in place of Owen Hart.

As the foursome paired off into opposite corners the rules of the Rumble were abandoned as unions were formed and the babyfaces had to fight for their lives. Fatu clocked ‘The Hitman’ with a superkick, Michaels hung Owen in a tree-of-woe and saved his associate by throwing Bret out as he was close to giving the brothers the numbers advantage. After several more minutes of the heels double-teaming Owen Hart, ghosts of Michaels past came back to haunt him when WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon raced to the ring to distract his nemesis.

Leaning over the top rope to converse with the champion, HBK failed to see an incoming Fatu who staggered into the ‘Sexy Boy’ after an Owen Hart spinning heel kick. Though the bout was now down to two, the Madison Square Garden faithful were more intrigued with Razor and Shawn brawling to the locker room en-route to WrestleMania.

As the seconds counted down on finale of the Royal Rumble Match, fans inside ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ stood open-mouthed as the middle rope snapped completely and Headshrinker Samu returned to the squared circle in order to aid his partner. His appearance was followed by that of a worn Bret Hart who watched as brother Owen kicked into high energy, crotched Fatu on the top rope and eliminated him after a huge clothesline to claim his one and only Royal Rumble victory at 70:06.

Though the Hart brothers would celebrate together in the middle of the ring, five days later at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view Owen Hart would complete the heel turn he began at the 1993 Survivor Series. On the night in question, ‘The Rocket’ would kick out Bret’s bad leg in anger after the siblings had lost a WWF Tag Team Championship Match to The Quebecers.

Despite the Madison Square Garden Royal Rumble occurring on a live event, albeit from arguably the most famous arena on the planet, it remains one of the holy grails of professional wrestling having never been released on home media or professionally recorded by the company. Because of this, it is highly unlikely the show will ever see the light of day beyond the one fan taping and Owen Hart’s only Royal Rumble victory – official as the bout was a certified Royal Rumble Match – will remain lost in the annuls of wrestling lore.