The 1994 Royal Rumble was really one of the most noticeable for substitutions and no-shows. It was at this particular Rumble that we saw a double substitution plus a bait and switch of another no-show.
Beginning with the biggest headline, Bastion Booger was slated to be in the Rumble match from the get-go. He even received his own pre-match vignette where, in drawing his number, he revealed he would be number 28.
This was seen as a direct violation of the rules (though this rule had never really been documented or enforced), and so he was forced to re-draw.
Come event time, the biggest story of the evening was the condition of Bret Hart, who had suffered a treacherous attack at the hands of his brother Owen earlier in the evening. When the 25th entrant had his time to shine, nobody came to the ring, and the announcers automatically assumed it was Bret missing out.
But Hart emerged just a few picks later, leaving one to wonder just where the Boogerman's motives were. Truth be told, he was benched from the battle just to create the allusion that Hart wouldn't make it out, a storyline that would be repeated a few years later with Stone Cold Steve Austin. On screen, Booger was said to have "food poisoning," which went along with his fat slob gimmick.
Meanwhile, Vince McMahon wasted no time alerting folks that there were "alternates" in this year's Rumble to replace competitors who couldn't make it. To the 12 fans who showed up to see Kamala that evening, they would be disappointed to know that another bald, black man took his place.
Virgil came in, met Diesel, and was quickly out. Kamala was on his way out of the company and wouldn't appear again on WWF pay-per-view for years.
The third piece of the puzzle, Ludvig Borga, was a terribly missed opportunity. Borga was, at some point, scheduled to achieve great success as a main eventer in the WWF and he would face Lex Luger for the WWF Championship. But Borga suffered a serious ankle injury just before the Rumble, leaving the company to search for a viable replacement.
Bam Bam Bigelow, who had been tinkering with Doink for months before, was thrown into Borga's feud with Tatanka as well as the Royal Rumble match. Ironically, Bigelow would produce one of the best performances for a big man in Rumble history.
Borga never wrestled in the WWF spotlight again.