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Royal Rumble (1995) was the eighth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 22, 1995, in the USF Sun Dome located in Tampa, Florida.
he storyline behind the WWF Championship match began in 1994, when Bret Hart was feuding with his brother Owen. After Owen was unable to win the title, he helped Bob Backlund win the belt from Bret at Survivor Series 1994. Three days after Survivor Series, Diesel faced Backlund and won the title belt. He agreed to grant a title shot to Bret Hart, who, like Diesel, was also a fan-favorite.
Also at Survivor Series 1994, Shawn Michaels and Diesel had an argument after Michaels accidentally kicked Diesel in the face. Although the pair held the WWF Tag Team Championship together, Diesel said that he did not want to team with Michaels any longer. The title was vacated, and the WWF held a tournament to determine the new champions. During the tournament, The Smoking Gunns were forced to withdraw when Bart Gunn was injured in a rodeo accident. As a result, the 1–2–3 Kid and Bob Holly took their place. The Gunns requested that they get a title shot after the tournament when Bart had recovered. The 1–2–3 Kid and Holly advanced to the finals, as did Ted DiBiase's team of Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka. The match to determine the new champions was scheduled to take place at the Royal Rumble.
The Undertaker had been feuding with DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation since his return to the WWF from an injury in August 1994. During the match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna at Survivor Series 1994, Irwin R. Schyster, one of DiBiase's wrestlers, interfered in the match by attacking The Undertaker. The feud between The Undertaker and Schyster escalated when Schyster performed a series of vignettes in which he repossessed such items as tombstones and burial plots from people he claimed had not paid their taxes before dying. During the feud, Schyster was escorted to the ring for his matches by a group of hooded druids.
The feud between Jeff Jarrett and Razor Ramon began in late 1994 when Jarrett challenged Ramon for Ramon's WWF Intercontinental Championship. They faced each other several times, but Jarrett was unable to win the belt. Jarrett, who portrayed an aspiring country music star, was accompanied to the ring by The Roadie, who often interfered in matches on Jarrett's behalf.
Although no major feuds were featured in the Royal Rumble match, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson was in attendance at ringside. It was announced that she would accompany the winner of the match during his WWF Championship title shot at WrestleMania XI. Result List
WWF Intercontinental Title Match
Jeff Jarrett (w/The Roadie) defeats Razor Ramon (c) (18:06) - TITLE CHANGE !!!
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) defeats Irwin R. Schyster (w/Ted DiBiase) (12:21)
WWF World Heavyweight Title Match (Recommended, Meltzer: ****1/4, CAGEMATCH users: 7.32)
Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart - No Contest (27:19)
WWF World Tag Team Title Tournament Final Match (vacant)
Bob Holly & The 1-2-3 Kid defeat The Million Dollar Corporation (Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka) (w/Ted DiBiase) (15:32) - TITLE CHANGE !!!
Royal Rumble Match
Shawn Michaels defeats Adam Bomb and Aldo Montoya and Bart Gunn and Billy Gunn and Bob Backlund and Butch and Crush and Dick Murdoch and Doink and Duke Droese and Eli Blu and Fatu and Henry O. Godwinn and Jacob Blu and Jimmy del Ray and King Kong Bundy and Kwang and Lex Luger and Luke and Mabel and Mantaur and Mo and Owen Hart and Rick Martel and Sionne and Steven Dunn and The British Bulldog and Timothy Well and Tom Prichard (38:41)
- The British Bulldog eliminated Jimmy del Ray
- The British Bulldog eliminated Owen Hart
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Duke Droese
- The British Bulldog eliminated Timothy Well
- Sionne eliminated Rick Martel
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Tom Prichard
- Kwang eliminated Doink
- Sionne eliminated Kwang
- Eli Blu und Sionne eliminated one another
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Luke
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Jacob Blu
- King Kong Bundy eliminated Mo
- Mabel eliminated King Kong Bundy
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Butch
- Lex Luger eliminated Mabel
- Lex Luger eliminated Bob Backlund
- Lex Luger eliminated Mantaur
- Crush eliminated Bart Gunn und Billy Gunn
- Aldo Montoya eliminated Steven Dunn
- Crush eliminated Adam Bomb
- Shawn Michaels eliminated Aldo Montoya
- Crush eliminated Fatu
- Henry O. Godwinn eliminated Dick Murdoch
- Lex Luger eliminated Henry O. Godwinn
- Crush eliminated Lex Luger
- The British Bulldog eliminated Crush
- Shawn Michaels eliminated The British Bulldog Popular Tweets
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