‘WWF WRESTLEMANIA IX’ Recap + Review – Bret vs. Yoko, Mega Maniacs vs. Money Inc., Maybe I Don’t Hate Giant Gonzalez?

DATE: April 4, 1993
VENUE: Caesar’s Palace (Las Vegas, NV)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Long regarded as one of the worst WrestleMania events of all-time, the 9th edition of the event really leaned into their Caesar’s Palace (parking lot) location from the graphics to mostly everyone being decked out in togas. It was an interesting experiment that many considered a failure. But was it? Was it really?

Okay kinda but I think I did end up liking the show a lot more than most people. Let’s run down the show and I’ll tell you why.

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: Bret “The Hitman” Hart
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Money Inc. (“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

LINEUP (Personal Favorites in Bold)

  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Tatanka for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Headshrinkers
  • Crush vs. Doink The Clown
  • Bob Backlund vs. Razor Ramon
  • Money Inc. [c] vs. Mega Maniacs for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Mr. Perfect vs. Lex Luger
  • The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez
  • Bret Hart [c] vs. Yokozuna for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
  • A TOTALLY FINE AND NOT ALL CONTROVERSIAL SECOND MATCH I WON’T SPOIL HERE

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF King of the Ring 1995’ – Mabel Rises, Feet Are Kissed

DATE: June 25, 1995
VENUE: Corestates Spectrum (Philadelphia, PA)
COMMENTATORS: Vince McMahon & Dok Hendrix 

1995 is considered one of the worst years in WWE history, with King of the Ring being the go-to when talking about the worst PPVs of all time. With 25 years’ worth of hindsight and history behind me, let’s see if that still holds true today. 

CHAMPIONS 

  • WWF CHAMPION: “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel 
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “Double J” Jeff Jarrett 
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Owen Hart & Yokozuna 

LINEUP 

  • KOTR QUALIFIER: Savio Vega vs. Irwin R. Schyster (*1/2) 
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Savio Vega vs. Yokozuna (*1/4) 
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Bob Holly vs. The Roadie (**) 
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Shawn Michaels vs. Kama (***) 
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: The Undertaker vs. Mabel (*1/2) 
  • KOTR Semi-Finals (**) 
  • KISS MY FOOT MATCH: Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler (**) 
  • KOTR Finals (*) 
  • Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sycho Sid & Tatanka (**) 

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF King of the Ring 1993’ – Bret Hart vs. Everybody, The End of Hulkamania in the WWF

Date: June 13, 1993
Venue: Nutter Center (Dayton, OH)
Commentators: Jim Ross, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “Macho Man” Randy Savage

The inaugural (PPV version of) King of the Ring features a show-long master class from Bret Hart, the real end of Hulkamania in the WWF, and much more. I’ve revisited this before not too long ago but not on JVPW so let’s do this!

CHAMPIONS

  • WWF CHAMPION: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Money Inc. (“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster

LINEUP

  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon (***)
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Mr. Perfect vs. Mr. Hughes (*)
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Jim Duggan vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (*)
  • KOTR QUARTERFINALS: Tatanka vs. Lex Luger (**)
  • KOTR Semi-Finals (****1/4)
  • Hulk Hogan [c] vs. Yokozuna for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers & The Smoking Gunns vs. Money Inc. & The Headshrinkers (*1/2)
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Crush for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • KOTR Final (***3/4)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 2.15.93 – Beefcake vs. DiBiase, A Pointless Battle Royal

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Monday Night Raw returns from the first of its many preemptions this week, featuring the in-ring return of Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake as he takes on ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. Also on the show a 16 man battle royal for…no reason really, and The Steiner Brothers rough up another pair of enhancement guys. Let’s go!

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. Glen Ruth & Bobby Who (FUN SQUASH)
  • Yokozuna vs. Ross Greenberg (SQUASH)
  • 16-man Battle Royal (**)
  • Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase (*1/2)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 2.1.93 – The Barber Returns, Typhoon vs. Doink

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

How do you follow up last week’s important show? With an episode that features Typhoon vs. Doink as the featured match. Yikes. Luckily we’ve got other things going on besides that, including the return of Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake and, sadly, a 10-bell salute to the late great Andre The Giant. Alright well this should be a thing, let’s do this.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Tatanka vs. Damien Demento (*1/4)
  • High Energy vs. Mike Sharpe & Von Krus (SQUASH)
  • Typhoon vs. Doink the Clown (**)
  • Yokozuna vs. Bobby DeVito (SQUASH)
  • Lex Luger vs. Jason Knight (SQUASH)

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[#everyRAWever] ‘WWF Monday Night Raw’ 1.11.93 – And So It Begins

Venue: Manhattan Center (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

In 1993 the WWF chucked its long-running Prime Time Wrestling show on the USA Network in favor of Monday Night Raw, which aimed to change up the mainstream pro wrestling scene. Instead of airing old taped matches, every week Monday Night Raw was going to air live from the same venue and feature a whole different look and feel from not only its own weekly television output but the television output of its biggest competitor, World Championship Wrestling. It was an interesting idea that the WWF would eventually mold and change but considering the show still airs every week to this day I’d say they pulled it off. All dynasties have to begin somewhere, let’s see how the history of RAW truly began.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Max Moon for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Undertaker vs. Damien Demento

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF In Your House 6’ – Bret vs. Diesel in the Cage, HBK vs. Owen, Crybaby Match

Date: February 18, 1996
Venue: Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY)
Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler

The 6th installment of In Your House features the baby blue cage of doom as Bret Hart defends the WWF Championship against the man he defeated for it back at Survivor Series, and soon to be WCW-bound, Diesel. Also on the show Shawn Michaels puts his WrestleMania XII title shot on the line against Owen Hart,the feud between former best friends Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid ends with a friggin’ Crybaby Match, and Yokozuna…speaks?!?

CHAMPIONS
  • WWF CHAMPION: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: Goldust
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: VACANT
(TELEVISED) LINEUP
  • CRYBABY MATCH: Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (**1/2)
  • Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (**)
  • Yokozuna vs. Davey Boy Smith (1/4*)
  • Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (***3/4)
  • STEEL CAGE MATCH: Bret Hart [c] vs. Diesel for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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‘WWF ROYAL RUMBLE 1993’ Recap + Review – Bret vs. Razor, The Rockers Collide

Date: January 24, 1993
Venue: ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

The 1993 edition of the Royal Rumble features the first singles WWF Championship match in the event’s history as Bret Hart defends against Razor Ramon, The Rockers finally colliding as Shawn Michaels takes on Marty Jannetty, the WWF PPV debut of The Steiner Brothers, the return of Bam Bam Bigelow, the debut of Lex Luger‘s new in-ring gimmick, and…a tall dude with spray-painted muscles. This is a weird show, folks. Let’s check it out!

CHAMPIONS
  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)
LINEUP
  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Beverly Brothers (**)
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Marty Jannetty for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • The Big Boss Man vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (*1/2)
  • Bret Hart [c] vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • The 1993 Royal Rumble (**)

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