|Date||September 2, 1994|
|Arena||Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida|
Sherdrick Bonner, QB, Arizona
|Winning coach||Danny White|
|Losing coach||Perry Moss|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Tom Mees, Rick 'Doc' Walker|
ArenaBowl VIII was the Arena Football League's eighth ArenaBowl. The game featured the #3 Arizona Rattlers (8-4) of the American Conference against the #1 Orlando Predators (11-1) of the National Conference. The Rattlers were making their first ArenaBowl appearance in their three-year history, while the Predators were in their second ArenaBowl in their four years in the league (having lost to the Detroit Drive in ArenaBowl VI).
In the first quarter, Orlando struck first with Ben Bennett completing a 5-yard TD pass to Alex Shell, while Arizona responded with Sherdrick Bonner completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman. The Predators would wrap up the first quarter with Jorge Cimadevilla making a 24-yard Field Goal.
In the second quarter, the Rattlers took the lead with Bonner completing a 6-yard TD pass to Calvin "Shakes" Schexnayder, but the Predators retook the lead with Bennett and Shell hooking up again on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Arizona would regain the lead before halftime with Luis Zendejas kicking two field goals, a 23-yarder and a 40-yarder.
In the third quarter, the Rattlers increased its lead with Bonner completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Milton Vaughn; Orlando responded with Bennett completing a 38-yard touchdown pass to Herkie Walls.
In the fourth quarter, Arizona added on to its lead with Zendejas kicking a 21-yard field goal, yet the Predators retook the lead with WR/DB Barry Wagner getting a 4-yard touchdown run. The Rattlers would regain the lead with Bonner and Schexnayder hooking up again on a 24-yard touchdown pass, but the following two-point conversion failed. In the final seconds, Bennett threw a deep ball to try to get a touchdown in order to take the lead for good, but it ended up incomplete.
With the win, the Arizona Rattlers won their very first ArenaBowl in franchise history.
- ORL - Shell 5-yard pass from Bennett (Cimadevilla kick)
- ARI - Tillman 33-pass from Bonner (Zendejas kick)
- ORL - 24-yard FG Cimadevilla
- ARI - Schexnayder 6-yard pass from Bonner (Zendejas kick)
- ORL - Shell 42-yard pass from Bennett (Cimadevilla kick)
- ARI - 23-yard FG Zendejas
- ARI - 40-yard FG Zendejas
- ARI - Vaughn 2-yard pass from Bonner (Czyzewski kick)
- ORL - Walls 38-yard pass from Bennett (Langeloh kick)
- ARI - 21-yard FG Zendejas
- ORL - Wagner 4-yard run (Cimadevilla kick)
- ARI - Schexnayder 24-yard pass from Bonner (Bonner pass failed)
- On the Arena Football League's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this game was ranked #14.
- The Orlando Predators were favored by 16 points.