The 1994 Royal Rumble was once again a transitional match, as the WWF was transitioning into the “New Generation” era. Mainstays of the WWF such as “The Million Dollar Man” made his debut on commentary, and some of the older individuals such as “Macho Man” Randy Savage having poor showings.

One man that was given a strong showing was Diesel. An important figure of the New Generation, Diesel had a strong showing of 7 eliminations. Another important figure of The New Generation – Bam Bam Bigelow – would be the iron man. Both men would appear in feature matches in the following year’s Wrestlemania.

This year however saw a unique finish – co-winners. Both Bret Hart and Lex Luger eliminated each other at the same time. It was decided that the winners of the Royal Rumble would both compete against Yokozuna in the main event of Wrestlemania X – with Bret Hart becoming champion in the final match by beating the Japanese giant.

This event also set up Owen Hart’s heel turn, who beat Bret at Wrestlemania earlier in the night, setting up Summerslam’s main event as well.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 1994

22nd January, 1994

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Civic Center


  • 30 Participants… In Your Living Room!


Notable Records

Record Individual
Winners Bret Hart, Lex Luger
Iron Men Bam Bam Bigelow (30:14)
Least time in Match Billy Gunn (00:14)
Most Eliminations Diesel (7)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 13 (Lex Luger, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Fatu, Genichiro Tenryu, Marty Jannetty, Bam Bam Bigelow, Tatanka, Mo, Adam Bomb, Rick Martel, Greg Valentine, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg)
Number of debutants 15 (Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Kwang, Bart Gunn, Diesel, Billy Gunn, Jeff Jarrett, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel, Bob Holly, Mo, The Great Kabuki, Lex Luger, Adam Bomb)
Last Rumble Appearances 8 (Samu, Rick Steiner, Virgil, Randy Savage, Bam Bam Bigelow, Greg Valentine, The Great Kabuki, Genichiro Tenryu)
Average Time in match10:59
Number of individuals with at least one elimination53.33%

Did You Know?

  • A record was set with the most people eliminating one competitor, with 7 people eliminating Mabel.
  • Bob Backlund had a differential of 1 hour and 33 seconds in time from the previous year’s rumble.
  • Bret Hart is the first person to compete twice in the same night, lose the first match, only to win the Royal Rumble. Becky Lynch repeated that feat in 2019, and Brock Lesnar would do it in 2022


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Scott Steiner 09:02 27 1 Diesel
2 Samu 03:15 30 0 Scott Steiner
3 Rick Steiner 03:57 29 0 Owen Hart
4 Kwang 05:58 25 0 Diesel
5 Owen Hart 04:11 26 1 Diesel
6 Bart Gunn 02:30 28 0 Diesel
7 Diesel 17:42 18 7 Bam Bam Bigelow, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Crush, Mabel, Shawn Michaels
8 Bob Backlund 00:42 24 0 Diesel
9 Billy Gunn 00:14 23 0 Diesel
10 Virgil 00:33 22 0 Diesel

Virgil was an alternate for Kamala

11 Randy Savage 04:38 20 1 Crush
12 Jeff Jarrett 01:17 21 0 Randy Savage
13 Crush 25:06 14 3 Bam Bam Bigelow, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Bret Hart, Lex Luger
14 Doink 01:44 19 0 Bam Bam Bigelow

Doink enters the ring off camera so best guess for time of entry.

15 Bam Bam Bigelow 30:14 7 5 Lex Luger
16 Mabel 09:56 17 1 Bam Bam Bigelow, Thurman "Sparky" Plugg, Crush, Greg Valentine, Shawn Michaels, Tatanka, The Great Kabuki
17 Thurman "Sparky" Plugg 21:35 13 3 Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels

A replacement for 123-Kid

18 Shawn Michaels 29:20 3 4 Lex Luger
19 Mo 22:49 9 0 Fatu
20 Greg Valentine 20:42 12 1 Rick Martel
21 Tatanka 20:09 8 2 Bam Bam Bigelow
22 The Great Kabuki 01:47 16 1 Lex Luger
23 Lex Luger 21:52 1 6 Winner

Lex Luger co-won the Royal Rumble with Bret Hart as they were both eliminated at the same time.

24 Genichiro Tenryu 17:23 5 0 Bret Hart, Lex Luger
25 No Entrant 00:00 15 0 No Entrant

Bastion Booger was unable to compete due to Illness.

26 Rick Martel 11:23 11 1 Tatanka
27 Bret Hart 15:01 1 4 Winner

Lex Luger co-won the Royal Rumble with Bret Hart as they were both eliminated at the same time.

28 Fatu 13:05 4 1 Bret Hart
29 Marty Jannetty 08:20 6 0 Shawn Michaels
30 Adam Bomb 04:55 10 0 Lex Luger


Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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