I'll tell you what could go wrong. Your Intercontinental Champion could turn up to the event, drunk out of his mind and in absolutely no condition to perform. This is why they have that "card is subject to change" disclaimer there kids, for s##t like this. I was furious and the only reason that Ramon didn't find himself sharing a room with Jannetty and Candido in rehab, is because I need him to drop the strap first. Razor won the title after Shawn Michaels vacated it, I don't want to vacate it again, that's the ONLY thing that kept him away from Betty Ford. So Razor was sent home (or in reality he probably ended up at the nearest bar to the arena) and we were a match down. To try and cover for this we filmed a vignette of Goldust being hauled away by the cops, claiming that Ramon and The Bizarre one were so intent on getting their hands on each other that they had been brawling in the hotel before the event, security had called the cops and both men got to spend a night in the cells. Not ideal, but we weren't prepared for this. To try and plug the gap we had Ahmed Johnson take on Jeff Jarrett as the two had been trading insults for a few weeks.
Other than that the rest of the Rumble went off without a hitch. 2 Cold Scorpio (or just Scorpio which is what he's going by here) won the newly minted WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, beating Avatar for the belt. After the match Scorpio was approached by Faarooq and the rest of the Nation, who offered him a spot in the group. Scorpio seemed apprehensive so Faarooq gave him 24 hours to make his decision.
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog took the WWF Tag Team Titles off Champions The Smoking Gunns. Adding insult to injury, the duo from the dungeon decided to stick a beating on Billy and Bart after the match was over....a beating that was only stopped by the surprise return of The Steiner Brothers to the WWF, as Rick and Scott chased the dastardly duo away to a huge reception.
In the replacement match of the night, Jeff Jarrett triumphed over the popular Ahmed Johnson, but it was anything but clean, as after the ref took a nasty spill, Double J nailed Ahmed with his guitar knocking the big man out long enough to pic up the victory.
Then there was the Rumble itself, where against the odds Shawn Michaels made it back to back victories, finally eliminating Diesel with a quick Sweet Chin Music which sent the big man tumbling over the top rope. Diesel was far from happy with this outcome though, and when HBK offered his big buddy a handshake after the bout, Big Daddy Cool pie faced the new number one contender, shoving him hard to the mat, leaving him on his ass in the middle of the ring.
Coming in at number 4 and lasting an impressive 46 minutes before being tossed by Diesel, Chris Jericho made everyone sit up and take notice in the rumble match. As did The Ringmaster and Hunter Hearst Helmsley, all 3 men look to have good futures with the company.
In the main event of the evening The Hitman, Bret Hart successfully defended his WWF Title against The Undertaker, but not without controversy. The Deadman looked to have the Championship in the bag, especially when he had Hart positioned for the Tombstone. Before he could end the match though the worlds sorest loser made his way down the aisle, as Diesel positioned himself at ringside. The distraction was enough to take The Undertakers eye off the ball and as he was Jack Jawing over the top rope with Big Daddy Cool, The Hitman sneaked up behind him, rolling him up for the three count. It looked like things were heating up on the road to Wrestlemania.