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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania VIII’ – Hogan vs. Sid, Savage vs. Flair, Piper vs. Hart

Date: April 5, 1992
Venue: The Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

WrestleMania VIII features a “double main event” as Ric Flair defends the WWF Championship against Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan takes on Sid Justice in Hogan’s “final match”. Lots of quotations going on here folks. Also on the show Roddy Piper defends the Intercontinental Championship against Bret Hart, a newly babyface Undertaker faces off against former friend Jake Roberts, and much more! I don’t think I’ve watched this since the live PPV and I was five back then, so let’s see how it holds up now.

CHAMPION ROLL-CALL

  • WWF CHAMPION: ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
  • WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
  • WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & IRS)

THE LINEUP

  • Tito Santana vs. Shawn Michaels (***)
  • The Undertaker vs. Jake Roberts (*¼)
  • Roddy Piper [c] vs. Bret Hart for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***¾)
  • Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Big Boss Man, & Virgil vs. The Mountie, Repo Man, & The Nasty Boys (*½)
  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Randy Savage for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Tatanka vs. Rick Martel (**)
  • Money Inc. [c] vs. The Natural Disasters for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (¾*)
  • Owen Hart vs. Skinner (NR)
  • Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice (DUD)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania VII’ – Hogan vs. Slaughter, Warrior vs. Savage

Date: March 24, 1991
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Various

The 7th annual WrestleMania features the FIGHT FOR AMERICA as Hulk Hogan challenges turncoat Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Championship. Also on the show The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage meet in a Retirement Match, Jake Roberts takes on Rick Martel in an infamous (for the wrong reasons) Blindfold Match, and also seven hundred other matches. It’s another beefy boi of a card, so strap in.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Sgt. Slaughter
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)

The Lineup

  • The Rockers vs. Haku & The Barbarian (***½)
  • Kerry Von Erich vs. Dino Bravo (*)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. The Warlord (**)
  • The Hart Foundation [c] vs. The Nasty Boys for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**½)
  • BLINDFOLD MATCH: Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel (*¾)
  • Jimmy Snuka vs. The Undertaker (*½)
  • RETIREMENT MATCH: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (****¼)
  • Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao vs. Demolition (*)
  • Mr. Perfect [c] vs. The Big Boss Man for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Greg Valentine vs. Earthquake (*)
  • The Legion of Doom vs. Power & Glory (NR)
  • Virgil vs. Ted DiBiase (**)
  • Tito Santana vs. The Mountie (NR)
  • Sgt. Slaughter [c] vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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D-Generation X (Yes, Including Chyna) Announced for 2019 WWE Hall of Fame

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D-Generation X, the rebellious stable that went from ‘kind-of funny sometimes’ to ‘THE GREATEST FACTION EVER WHO KILLED WCW SINGLE-HANDEDLY’ after WWE won the Monday Night Wars, have been announced as the first members of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class. ESPN were the first ones to break the story, but my work internet has them blocked so0o0o0o I’m giving WWE.com a nod as well. Here are the members of DX that are included in this induction:

  • Shawn Michaels (making him a 2-time HOF inductee alongside Ric Flair)
  • Triple H
  • Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman (and hopefully his cool as hell dog)
  • Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer
  • The New Age Outlaws (‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James & ‘Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn)

While Rick Rude, one of the OG members of DX, is noticeably absent, the fact that the late Chyna is getting inducted alongside the rest of DX is both surprising and very welcome. WWE had trepidation in inducting Chyna due to her adult film past, which to me always felt like code for ‘WWE is scared Chyna would speak too much truth or knock Stephanie’s teeth out’, but that appears to be have subsided enough for this to happen. Too bad WWE didn’t have the guts to do it while she was alive, or have her as a solo inductee (though Triple H does mention that is inevitable in the ESPN article), but hey take what you can get. Rude getting subbed is strange though; I figure they would have at least welcomed back his son to do his SPOT-ON impression of his father again.

Inducting DX makes sense so I have no problem with it, but I won’t pretend I like DX or that their whole shtick has aged well (all versions). I thought the ‘Suck It’ crotch chop was pretty funny and got in trouble in school for doing it to people, and I love that SummerSlam 1998 ladder match between Trips and The Rock, but that’s mostly it barring some skits here and there for me. But hey our lord and savior Billy BY GOD Gunn is getting a HOF ring so all is well.

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on April 6th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of WrestleMania weekend. I’ll update y’all when they announce more inductees.

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

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?!?

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Goldust
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: VACANT

The (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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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1993’ – Hart vs. Razor, The Narcissist Debuts, Oh Yeah Also a Rumble

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!

Champion Roll-Call

  • 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)

The Lineup

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Beverly Brothers
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Marty Jannetty for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Big Boss Man vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
  • Bret Hart [c] vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The 1993 Royal Rumble

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1992’ – Greatest Rumble of All-Time

Date: January 19, 1992
Venue: The Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

Happy Royal Rumble season everybody, let’s celebrate by reviewing what I think is one of, if not the, greatest Rumble match of all-time. Also we’ll tackle the undercard too, I guess.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: VACANT
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Mountie (no, seriously)
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal)

The Lineup

  • The New Foundation vs. The Orient Express
  • The Mountie [c] vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Bushwhackers vs. The Beverly Brothers
  • The Legion of Doom [c] vs. The Natural Disasters for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 1992 Royal Rumble for the vacant WWF CHAMPIONSHIP

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[Event Recap] ‘WWF Battle at Royal Albert Hall 1991’ – Battle Royal, Santana vs. Flair

Date: October 3, 1991
Venue: Royal Albert Hall (London, England)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

WWE has put up a whole lot of Coliseum Video releases on the Network, so you know I gots to start recapping those. This time around I’m going with the Battle Royal at the Albert Hall which features a, SHOCK SHOCK SHOCK, battle royal as the main event. Let’s check it out together. As friends. Or maybe more if the connection is there, I don’t know.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: The Legion of Doom (Animal & Hawk)

The Lineup

  • The Rockers vs. The Nasty Boys (DUD)
  • Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair (**1/2)
  • Big Boss Man vs. Earthquake (*3/4)
  • Kerry Von Erich vs. The Mountie (*1/4)
  • Jim Duggan vs. The Undertaker (1/2*)
  • The Legion of Doom [c] vs. Power & Glory for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. The Barbarian (**)
  • 20 Man Battle Royal (**1/4)

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