Post by darbicus on Oct 17, 2022 1:04:07 GMT 1
WWF Royal RumbleJanuary 24, 1993ARCO ArenaSacramento, CA
*Money, Inc. [Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster] d. The Nasty Boys [Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags] by Pinfall to Retain the WWF World Tag Team Titles
The Nasty Boys finally earned their tag team title match against the long running champions, who were without manager Jimmy Hart due to disagreements between he and DiBiase over the ferocity that Money, Inc. was using in their matches. The Colonel's absence though did little to stop the champions from utilizing their strong teamwork against the brawling challengers, isolating Sags and keeping him in their corner for much of the match. Knobbs finally got the hot tag and came in, clearing out the champions. He then hit several power moves on IRS that seemed to set up the champions to finally lose the titles, only for DiBiase to come in and make the save right before the three count. All four men then brawled in the ring, distracting the referee. This brought out Luna Vachon and her new "main squeeze" Bam Bam Bigelow, who hit a huge powerslam on Knobbs, knocking the wind out of him. IRS took the opportunity to make the cover and steal the victory for the champions.
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji d. Sgt. Slaughter w/Hacksaw Jim Duggan by Pinfall in a Flag Match
Since the Survivor Series, Sgt. Slaughter had taken up the mantle of defending America from the monstrous Yokozuna, challenging him to a Flag Match (despite Duggan warning Slaughter about the major size differential between them.) Like the Boss Man before him, Slaughter was no match for the Japanese sumo, and Yokozuna easily finished him off with a belly to belly suplex followed by a huge legdrop. While raising the Japanese flag high into the air per the stipulations, Fuji threw salt in the eyes of Duggan and then hand cuffed him to the ring ropes, forcing him to watch as Yokozuna draped the American flag over the prone body of Sgt. Slaughter and then proceeded to nail a Banzai Drop on him, crushing his ribs and leaving him requiring medical attention as Yokozuna and Fuji left the ring.
*Shawn Michaels d. Tatanka by Disqualification to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
The heretofor undefeated Native American Tatanka took on Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship after the Native had been instrumental in Michaels' team losing at the Survivor Series. Conspicuous by her absence was Sensational Sherri, whom Michaels had "dumped" after becoming the IC Champion. Michaels tried to play loose and fast with the rules, knowing that a count out or disqualification would allow him to keep the title. Tatanka didn't take the bait though, and proceeded to control much of the match. Michaels did take control after Tatanka missed a dive to the outside, but was unable to put the Native American away. With the referee temporarily knocked down though, Michaels tried to cheat by using a pair of brass knuckles hidden in his boot. He missed with the punch though, sending the knucs flying to the mat. Tatanka then hit a series of moves before nailing the End of the Trail and seemingly winning the IC Title. However Michaels pointed out the knucks to the referee, who inaccurately assumed that Tatanka had used them on Michaels. He reversed the decision and awarded the disqualification win to Michaels instead, much to the anger of Tatanka.
*Mr. Perfect d. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair by Pinfall in a Loser Leaves the WWF Match
This match was initiailly scheduled to be for the WWF Championship following Mr. Perfect's leaving of the Survivor Series main event. However that changed after the Macho Man Randy Savage won the WWF Title on the first episode of Monday Night Raw, with this match being made a Loser Leaves the WWF match instead. Flair targeted the knee of Mr. Perfect throughout the match, trying to set him up for the Figure-4 Leglock. However Perfect was able to avoid the submission hold with several pinning combinations. With both men down, Bobby Heenan suddenly made his way from the broadcast position to ringside (despite the ban on him being at ringside for clients from years ago still technically in effect), trying to turn the match in Flair's favor. With Heenan at ringside distracting the referee, Flair hit a low blow on Perfect and rolled him up, holding the tights but still only getting a two count. Flair tried to backdrop Perfect, only for Mr. Perfect to suddenly cinch in the Perfect-Plex which allowed him to get the pinfall victory, thus ending Ric Flair's WWF career.
*"Macho Man" Randy Savage d. Razor Ramon by Pinfall to Retain the WWF Championship
For once it seemed that the WWF Champion Macho Man Randy Savage was actually the underdog against the larger, younger challenger in Razor Ramon. And indeed throughout the match Ramon looked as if he was toying with the champion, especially focusing on a knee that had been damaged when Savage had won the title from Flair a few weeks prior. However the veteran guile of the champion caught the youngster off guard, and Savage was able to counter an attempted Razor's Edge into a backslide that nearly got the three count. After a long counter and reversal exchange, Savage was able to slingshot Razor into the corner, where the Bad Guy smacked his head on the ring post, knocking him silly long enough for Savage to slam him to the mat, climb to the top rope and deliver his patented Elbow Drop to pick up the victory and retain his title.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart Won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Going into the Royal Rumble match it appeared that Hulk Hogan was the odds on favorite to win and go on to main event Wrestlemania once again. This was especially true after another top contender, The Undertaker, was attacked at ringside by a mysterious voodoo man (later revealed to be Papa Shango) who attacked him and caused him to be eliminated from the match. Owen Hart and a returning former WWF Champion in Bob Backlund had long runs in the match, though neither could pull it out. In the end it came down to Hogan and Bret "The Hitman" Hart. After a very even exchange between the two men, Hogan looked to toss the Hitman out of the ring, but Bret hooked the top rope and let Hogan's own momentum carry him out of the ring, giving the upset victory to the Hitman instead. Afterwards, a disappointed Hulk congratulated the Hitman and raised his hand high in the air as a pseudo-sign of passing the torch.
Royal Rumble Entry/Exit Order (2:00 Between Entries)
1. "The Rocket" Owen Hart
4. Bob Backlund
- Kamala Eliminated #1 by Typhoon
- Typhoon Eliminated #2 by Bob Backlund
7. The Undertaker
- The Undertaker Eliminated #3 by Papa Shango
8. Carlos Colon
9. Bam Bam Bigelow
- Earthquake Eliminated #4 by Bam Bam Bigelow
10. "El Matador" Tito Santana
- Carlos Colon Eliminated #5 by Bam Bam Bigelow
11. Blake Beverly
12. Beau Beverly
- Blake Beverly Eliminated #6 by Crush
- Beau Beverly Eliminated #7 by Crush
- Samu Eliminated #8 by Bam Bam Bigelow
14. Jim Powers
15. Damien Demento
- "El Matador" Tito Santana Eliminated #9 by Damien Demento
16. Max Moon
17. Bret "The Hitman" Hart
18. Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
- Damien Demento Eliminated #10 by Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
19. The Big Boss Man
- Jim Powers Eliminated #11 by Crush
- Crush Eliminated #12 by Bam Bam Bigelow
- Bam Bam Bigelow Eliminated #13 by The Big Boss Man
- "The Rocket" Owen Hart Eliminated #14 by Fatu
22. Jerry "The King" Lawler
- Max Moon Eliminated #15 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
24. Koko B. Ware
- Skinner Eliminated #16 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
25. Hulk Hogan
- Jerry "The King" Lawler Eliminated #17 by Bob Backlund
- Fatu Eliminated #18 by Hulk Hogan
26. Marty Jannetty
27. "Terrific" Terry Taylor
- The Big Boss Man Eliminated #19 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
28. Repo Man
- Koko B. Ware Eliminated #20 by Hulk Hogan
29. "The Model" Rick Martel
30. The Genius
- The Genius Eliminated #21 by Hulk Hogan
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake Eliminated #22 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- "Terrific" Terry Taylor Eliminated #23 by Hulk Hogan
- Bob Backlund Eliminated #24 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- Repo Man Eliminated #25 by Hulk Hogan
- Virgil Eliminated #26 by Hulk Hogan
- Marty Jannetty Eliminated #27 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- "The Model" Rick Martel Eliminated #28 by Hulk Hogan
- Hulk Hogan Eliminated #29 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Post by darbicus on Oct 18, 2022 3:01:11 GMT 1
Note: As much as I enjoy the aesthetic of Wrestlemania IX (really the only thing that show has going for it), I'm sticking with a stadium show for now with the event being moved west to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. In other words, trade out the World's Biggest Toga Party to the World's Biggest Beach Party.
Wrestlemania IXApril 4, 1993Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI
*The Steiner Brothers [Rick & Scott Steiner] d. The Beverly Brothers [Beau & Blake Beverly] w/The Genius by Pinfall
Two sets of brothers battled it out in the Wrestlemania opener, but it was pretty clear that the Steiners outclassed the Beverlys in almost every way. Scott eventually pinned Beau with a Frankensteiner.
*Jerry "The King" Lawler d. Bob Backlund w/Arnold Skaaland by Pinfall
A newcomer to the WWF, Jerry Lawler had taken to badmouth many of the superstars, including Bob Backlund. He referred to the former WWF Champion as "Howdy Doody" and also insulted his former manager, WWF Hall of Famer "Golden Boy" Arnold Skaaland. This led Backlund to challenge Lawler to a match at Wrestlemania. Backlund easily outwrestled The Self-Professed King of Wrestling, utilizing his amateur background to full effect. However, Lawler had an ace up his sleeve in the form of Doink the Clown, who appeared at ringside to distract the referee while a second Doink appeared from under the ring to clobber Backlund with a fake arm prosthetic. Lawler then followed up with a Piledriver to pick up the pinfall victory.
*Razor Ramon d. "The Rocket" Owen Hart by Pinfall
Razor Ramon had decried the fact that the Hitman would be challenging Randy Savage for the WWF Title at Wrestlemania, leading Bret's younger brother Owen to challenge the Bad Guy on his brother's behalf to defend the family honor. Despite a valiant attempt from The Rocket, Razor's power was too much to overcome and he finished off Owen with the Razor's Edge for the victory.
*Bam Bam Bigelow & The Headshrinkers [Samu & Fatu] w/Luna Vachon & Afa d. The Big Boss Man & The Nasty Boys [Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags] by Pinfall
Since dumping Luna Vachon the previous fall, the WWF Women's Champion had been making life miserable for her former clients The Nasty Boys, using her new main squeeze Bam Bam Bigelow to cost them the World Tag Team Titles at the Royal Rumble. The Boss Man and Bigelow were also feuding after the lawman had eliminated the Beast from the East from the Rumble match itself. This led to a six man tag, with the Boss Man teaming with the Nasty Boys against Bam Bam and The Headshrinkers. Despite surprisingly getting along as a team, Bigelow's strength and agility were too much to overcome, and he eventually defeated Knobbs with Greetings from Asbury Park to pick up the victory.
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji d. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan by Pinfall
Yokozuna continued his run of total domination by facing the All-American Duggan here. Hacksaw had actually been the first man to take Yokozuna off his feet with a three-point stance clothesline on an episode of Monday Night Raw, but that strength couldn't translate to a victory here as Yoko's size was too much to overcome, with Duggan being squashed flat by a Banzai Drop for the victory.
*The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer d. Papa Shango w/Harvey Whippleman by Pinfall
In an effort at getting back at the Undertaker for a year of failing to defeat the Phenom, manager Harvey Whippleman enlisted the help of Voodoo Shaman Papa Shango. Shango had made an appearance at the Royal Rumble, "cursing" the Undertaker and forcing him to eliminate himself from the match. These mind games and curses continued to the point where Shango seemingly caused the Undertaker to actually attack his manager Paul Bearer. Without the guidance of Bearer or the urn, the Undertaker appeared like a monster unleashed, but aimlessly destroying everything in his path. Once Paul Bearer returned though, the Deadman was refocused towards fighting Shango. The match itself was a slow paced affair filled with supernatural mumbo jumbo such as Shango going into a trance and causing the Undertaker to seemingly throw up bile, and the Undertaker causing a fire to erupt at the feet of Shango. In the end, the Undertaker finished off Papa Shango with a Tombstone Piledriver to pick up the victory.
*Shawn Michaels d. Crush by Pinfall to Retain the Intercontinental Title
The hometown hero Crush looked to continue his winning ways by winning the Intercontinental Championship in his home state against Shawn Michaels, having won a Battle Royal on Raw for the opportunity to challenge the Heartbreak Kid. Michaels did everything he could to stall for time and prevent Crush from catching him, but on the opportunities when the Challenger was able to get his hands on the champion, he was able to outclass him. Crush looked to try and apply the Cranium Crunch, only for Michaels to escape and grab the IC Title belt. As he tried to leave with the title, Crush chased after him, but Michaels used the title belt as a weapon, trying to get intentionally disqualified. Though referee Earl Hebner was ready to do so, WWF President Jack Tunney appeared and made clear that Michaels would lose the title if he was DQ'ed, ordering the match restarted. Crush then snuck up behind Michaels and applied the Cranium Crunch, but Michaels was able to slingshot off the ropes before he could be taken to the mat and apply a pinning combination, sneaking out with a win via pinfall.
*Mr. Perfect d. "The Narcississt" Lex Luger w/Bobby Heenan by Pinfall
After Bobby Heenan had violated the edict against him appearing at ringside during the match between Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair at the Royal Rumble, it appeared as if WWF President Jack Tunney would fire The Brain once and for all. Surprisingly Perfect asked that not be the case, and that Heenan be allowed at ringside for one final match with Perfect taking on an opponent of Heenan's choosing (with the additional caveat that if Perfect won, he would get 5 minutes alone in the ring with The Brain.) Heenan chose the debuting "Narcissist" Lex Luger as his latest protege, leading him against the former crown jewel of the Heenan Family. Perfect and Luger had a serviceable match, further compounded by the ruling from Tunney that Luger had to wear an elbow pad over his "steel-plate loaded" forearm. Eventually Perfect caught the Narcissist with the Perfect-Plex and picked up the pinfall victory. However before he could get Heenan in the ring for 5 minutes, Luger removed the elbow pad and drilled Perfect in the back of the head with it, knocking him out and allowing Heenan to escape unscathed.
*The Mega Maniacs [Hulk Hogan & Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake] w/Jimmy Hart d. Money, Inc. [Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster] by Pinfall to Win the World Tag Team Titles
After over two years on the shelf, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake was attempting a comeback to the World Wrestling Federation. He at first entered the Rumble match and had a serviceable run, before his first singles match took place on Raw against one half of the tag team champions in IRS. Schyster used his Halliburton briefcase on the surgically repaired face of the Barber, and further damage would have been done if not for the intercession first of Money Inc.'s manager Jimmy Hart, and then by Beefcake's best friend Hulk Hogan. Hogan and The Barber then agreed to team up to take out the longest reigning World Tag Team Champions of all time. And take them out they did, as despite the efforts of Money Inc to cheat their way to another victory, Hogan countered by hulking up and eventually hit DiBiase with the big boot and the Legdrop to pick up the win and earn the World Tag Team Titles in the process.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart d. "Macho Man" Randy Savage by Submission to Win the WWF Championship
Bret Hart came into the match against the Macho Man as a consummate underdog, despite having won the Royal Rumble to earn the championship match. For his part though Savage didn't take the Hitman lightly, and the two had a classic back and forth match for the top prize in the company. In the end, Bret rolled out of the way when Savage attempted to hit his Top Rope Elbow Drop, and then slapped on the Sharpshooter in the center of the ring. Savage lasted longer than most, but eventually he succumbed and submitted, giving Bret the WWF Title. After the match the two men shook hands and Savage raised Bret's hand in victory to close the show.
Off-Camera Title Changes:
April 19: The Headshrinkers d. The Mega Maniacs by Pinfall to Win the World Tag Team Titles
May 10: Marty Jannetty d. Shawn Michaels by Pinfall to Win the Intercontinental Title
Post by darbicus on Oct 18, 2022 10:57:41 GMT 1
WWF King of the RingJune 13, 1993Nutter CenterDayton, OH
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji d. Bob Backlund by Pinfall in a 1st Round Match
The one night King of the Ring tournament, in which the winner was promised a title shot at Summerslam, began with the monstrous Yokozuna continuing his reign of dominance over the WWF. Though he faced a unique challenger in the form of former WWF Champion Bob Backlund, Yoko's size and unique speed made him too much to handle, making short work of the former champion with a Banzai Drop.
*Crush d. Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon by Disqualification in a 1st Round Match
These two had been feuding off and on since the Royal Rumble. With many seeing a dark horse winner in this first round match, it was certainly worth watching. Bam Bam controlled the match in the early going, surviving Crush's early offense and slowing the match down to the Beast from the East's usual pace. Crush rallied his reserves though and managed to slam the 400 pounder in an impressive feat. The WWF Women's Champion Luna Vachon then jumped on the ring apron in an attempt to distract Crush. When Crush came over, Luna threw a fireball at the Hawaiian, resulting in a disqualification. Bam Bam then beat down the winner of the match, attacking his ribs and head and leaving him lying, with his chances of victory in question.
*Hulk Hogan w/Jimmy Hart d. Jerry "The King" Lawler by Pinfall in a 1st Round Match
Jerry Lawler had dismissed the idea that there was another King in wrestling besides himself, but drew the short straw when he found out he would have to face the former 5-time WWF Champion in the first round of the tournament. Seemingly reinvigorated, Hogan easily withstood Lawler's antics, even fighting off another appearance from Lawler's "Court Jester" in Doink to hit the Legdrop on the Burger King and score the win to advance.
*"The Narcissist" Lex Luger & Tatanka Wrestled to a No Contest in a 1st Round Match
The final match of the first round saw Lex Luger and Tatanka battle it out. Pursuant to his schtick, The Narcissist was seemingly more concerned with his own appearance than his opponent, though this changed when Tatanka hit him straight in the face, causing Luger to see red and pummel the Native American. The brawl between the two sprawled out to the floor, resulting in a double countout and giving Hulk Hogan a bye straight into the finals of the tournament.
*Shawn Michaels w/Diesel d. Marty Jannetty by Pinfall to Win the Intercontinental Title
After Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels had made it his stated goal to beat the 450 day record title reign of Mr. Perfect in order to prove that he was the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. However that run was cut short at the hands of his former tag team partner Marty Jannetty on an episode of Raw, with a little distracting assist from the afore mentioned Mr. Perfect. In order to "keep himself protected", Michaels introduced his new bodyguard in the massive 7 foot tall Diesel. Diesel's presence on the outside made a huge difference in Jannetty's title rematch against Michaels, as Diesel was sure to punch out the former Rocker whenever the opportunity presented itself, almost to the point where the referee was threatening to disqualify Michaels. Jannetty got a flurry of offense towards the end of the match and attempted a high cross body block on the challenger, but Michaels reversed the move into a pinning combination of his own, holding the tights to pick up the win and regain the IC Title.
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji d. Crush by Referee Stoppage in a Semifinal Match
Despite being injured in his first match with Bam Bam Bigelow, Crush insisted on coming out for the semifinal match with Yokozuna. However this would prove to be futile, as Yokozuna maliciously attacked the injured ribs of Kona Crush, eventually locking him in a bearhug. Crush refused to submit to the move, but simply passed out from the pain, resulting in the referee stopping the match to prevent any further damage to the fan favorite.
*The Steiner Brothers [Rick & Scott Steiner] d. The Headshrinkers w/Afa by Pinfall to Win the World Tag Team Titles
The Steiners had been on a massive winning streak since debuting in the WWF in the winter, and faced their toughest challenge in The Headshrinkers, who had won the titles in April. The quick teamwork of the Samoans isolated Rick throughout the early part of the match, to the point where Scott could barely get into the match. At one point it appeared as if Scott tagged in, only for the referee to have missed the tag due to a distraction from Afa on the outside, letting the Headshrinkers double team the Dog Faced Gremlin while Scott was being taken back to his corner. Eventually Scott did tag in and delivered several suplexes to the champions. Another distraction from Afa let the Headshrinkers turn the tide, but Rick came back with a Steiner Line to take Samu out of the picture. Scott then caught Fatu with a Frankensteiner out of nowhere to pick up the pin and win the match and the tag team titles.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart d. Mr. Perfect by Pinfall to Retain the WWF Championship
Since winning the WWF Title, Bret Hart had taken on all comers, and was battling his former rival Mr. Perfect in a match not just for the WWF Title but as a match for respect. The match was a mirror of their classic encounter from Wrestlemania VII two years earlier, but this time with a modicum of comradery between the combatants. Unfortunately the match ended in controversy, as Diesel appeared at ringside to distract both the referee, allowing Shawn Michaels to sneak in and drill Mr. Perfect with a Superkick. Unaware of what had happened, due to being down on the canvas at the time, the Hitman covered Perfect and retained the title.
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji d. Hulk Hogan by Pinfall to Win the King of the Ring Tournament
Without a doubt the toughest challenge faced by the massive Yokozuna was Hulk Hogan, who had received a bye into the finals of the tournament, and many considered to be the odds on favorite to win. And in the early going it appeared that Hogan would slay yet another monster. However Mr. Fuji threw salt into the eyes of Hulk Hogan, stopping his momentum and allowing Yokozuna to begin to deconstruct the former champion with several moves targeting Hogan's back. Hogan rallied out of the same bear hug submission that had seen Crush pass out and began to Hulk Out. However Hogan's Big Boot failed to take the big man down. Eventually three stiff lariats did the job, knocking the sumo off his feet. Hogan then tried to bodyslam the 500 pounder, but Yokozuna's weight combined with the damage done to the Hulkster's back prevented it from happening. Yoko then hit a massive belly to belly suplex followed by a Leg Drop of his own to pin Hogan and win the King of the Ring tournament. After the match, Yokozuna delivered two Banzai Drops to the Hulkster before babyfaces from the back like Randy Savage, the Steiner Brothers, and most notably Bret Hart, came running out to stop the carnage. The final shot of the show was Hogan being stretchered out of the arena, bleeding from the mouth due to internal injuries.
Post by darbicus on Oct 19, 2022 14:20:28 GMT 1
August 30, 1993
Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
*Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid d. Money, Inc. [Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster] by Pinfall
One of the more memorable moments in Monday Night Raw history occurred when a wrestler simply named The Kid upset Razor Ramon. The Kid was renamed the 1-2-3 Kid as a result of this. However Razor Ramon became an ally after he was insulted by Jerry Lawler and Money Inc on the King's Court, and helped the Kid defeat IRS in another upset victory, leading to this tag match. Surprisingly the Kid and Razor worked very well as a team, managing to keep the Million Dollar Man on edge throughout the match. While DiBiase and IRS did eventually take control, the end came when, after a ref bump, they tried to hit The Kid with the Halliburton briefcase, only for the Kid to duck and DiBiase to hit IRS instead. Razor then finished off the Million Dollar Man with the Razor's Edge to pick up the victory.
*The Quebecers [Jacques & Pierre] w/Johnny Polo d. The Headshrinkers [Samu & Fatu] w/Afa, The Smoking Gunns [Billy & Bart Gunn] & Men on a Mission [Mabel & Mo] w/Oscar in a Four Team Elimination Match
Four teams were vying for the #1 contendership to the World Tag Team Champions in this match. Men on a Mission were the first to be eliminated after Mabel was counted out, followed by The Headshrinkers when Fatu and Samu were disqualified for failing to break a 5 count while brawling with Bart Gunn. This left The Quebecers and The Smoking Gunns, with the former team eventually winning thanks to Johnny Polo using his cane to knock out Billy Gunn, allowing his team to pick up the win.
*The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer d. Doink the Clown by Pinfall in a No Disqualification Match
The evil clown Doink had become a nuisance to the Undertaker in recent weeks leading into Summerslam, pulling pranks on the Deadman in an effort to "liven him up a bit." This culminated when The Undertaker finally had enough and prepared to Chokeslam Doink, only for two other Doinks to emerge from under the ring and attack the Phenom as well. In the match, The Undertaker simply stalked Doink, unaffected by the clown's antics, even as the same two Doink's came to attack The Phenom (as a result of the No Disqualification stipulation). Undertaker eventually chokeslammed all three Doinks and pinned the real one following a Tombstone Piledriver.
*Crush d. Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon by Pinfall
Crush was attempting to get revenge on the Beast from the East for essentially costing him a shot at the King of the Ring title back in June, but was still nursing injured ribs from the King of the Ring event. Bam Bam attempted to exploit those injured ribs and attacked Crush mercilessly. However the Hawaiian was able to bounce back and roll out of the way when Bam Bam attempted a moonsault from the top rope. Crush then utilized his power greatly, slamming the 400 pounder despite his injured ribs and then hitting a Tilt-A-Whirl Slam off the ropes to pick up the three count victory.
*The Steiner Brothers [Rick & Scott Steiner] d. The Heavenly Bodies [Jimmy Del Ray & Tom Prichard] w/Jim Cornette by Pinfall to Retain the World Tag Team Titles
Jim Cornette, owner and propreitor of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, had brought his tag team The Heavenly Bodies to the WWF to challenge the Steiner Brothers for the WWF World Tag Team Titles. Despite Cornette's consistent interference and the great teamwork from Jimmy del Ray and Tom Prichard, the Steiner's athletic ability was too much to overcome, as they eventually pinned del Ray with a Top Rope Bulldog to retain the titles.
*Ludvig Borga d. Virgil by Pinfall
After months of vignettes, the Finnish Superman Ludvig Borga debuted to great fanfare, easily dispatching Virgil with a huge shoulder backbreaker followed by a Heart Punch to put him away.
*Mr. Perfect d. Shawn Michaels w/Diesel by Disqualification [Michaels Retains the IC Title]
After Mr. Perfect had cost Shawn Michaels the Intercontinental Title in May (which Michaels regained at the King of the Ring event), Michaels returned the favor by costing Perfect a match against Bret "The Hitman" Hart for the WWF title. This led to Perfect attempting to regain the Intercontinental Championship from the Heartbreak Kid. As was his usual mode of title defenses, Michaels did everything he could to avoid direct confrontation with Perfect, and allowed his bodyguard Diesel to try and intimidate the former champion whenever possible. Eventually Michaels was able to catch Perfect coming into the ring, targeting his knee and trying to put him out of commission with several leglocks. Perfect was able to fight out from underneath Michaels and even nearly got him hooked in the Perfect-Plex, before Michaels was able to weasel his way out. Michaels tried to hoof it and run but Perfect countered and threw him back in the ring. However Diesel got involved and clotheslined Perfect behind the referee's back before tossing him back in the ring and allowing Michaels to pin him. A second referee came out though and conversed with the first, resulting in the decision being reversed and Michaels being disqualified, giving Perfect the win, but allowing HBK to keep the IC Title.
*Tatanka d. Jerry "The King" Lawler by Pinfall
Heading into Summerslam Jerry Lawler had continued to be a malcontent and had been feuding with the Native American Tatanka, insulting his heritage and even insulting Wahoo McDaniel and Chief Jay Strongbow on an episode of the King's Court. This led to Tatanka challenging the King to a match to defend the honor of his people. Lawler attempted to play mind games with Tatanka, dressing up in war paint himself and even flashing a bottle of whiskey as a "peace offering". This only further incensed Tatanka, but nearly cost him the match as Lawler took advantage of mistakes the youngster made. However The King was unable to put away Tatanka, and eventually the Native America rallied back and pinned the King following the End of the Trail.
*Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart by Pinfall to Win the WWF Championship
Every person put in front of Yokozuna going into Summerslam had been beaten down, giving the Hitman the toughest challenge he had to face to date. Adding to the issues was Yokozuna's new "American Spokesman" Jim Cornette at ringside. The Hitman ignored the distractions though and tried to outwrestle the Sumo, though at times this was nearly impossible given Yokozuna's impressive bulk. Yoko kept the pace of the match slow and kept trying to hit that one power move that would finish off The Hitman once and for all. Hart fought back though and eventually got Yokozuna on the ground where he could focus on the legs of the challenger. The Hitman, to the surprise of everyone, even got the Sharpshooter on the legs of Yokozuna and looked like he might do the impossible and retain. However Cornette distracted the referee and Mr. Fuji took the opportunity to throw salt in the eyes of The Hitman. This allowed Yokozuna to recover and to hit the Banzai Drop to pick up the victory and become the undefeated WWF Champion. The show ended with the self-professed Shogun celebrating his title as the Hitman looked on in despair, clutching his injured ribs.
Off-Camera Title Changes
September 13: The Quebecers d. The Steiner Brothers by Disqualification in a Province of Quebec Rules Match to Win the WWF Tag Team Titles
September 18: Due to the Constant Interference in his matches, Shawn Michaels is stripped of the Intercontinental Title and suspended by Jack Tunney (in reality this is due to a failed drug test)
October 4: "The Narcissist" Lex Luger Won a 20-Man Battle Royal to Crown a New Intercontinental Champion
Post by darbicus on Oct 19, 2022 22:06:26 GMT 1
Note: A lot of the substitutions that took place in real life are ignored here. Specifically Jerry Lawler is kept in place for the match against the Hart Family. It might not be realistic, but then again I have Hogan losing clean a few times in my rebook, so realism went out the window a while ago. Crush has also not turned heel in this universe. WWF Survivor SeriesNovember 24, 1993Boston GardenBoston, MA
*The Bad Guys [Razor Ramon, The 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty & Mr. Perfect] d. The Bodies ["The Narcissist" Lex Luger, Irwin R. Schyster, Adam Bomb & Diesel] w/Harvey Whippleman in a Survivor Series Match
- Adam Bomb d. Marty Jannetty by Pinfall
- Razor Ramon d. Irwin R. Schyster by Pinfall
- Diesel d. Mr. Perfect by Pinfall
- Diesel Was Counted Out
- The 1-2-3 Kid d. Adam Bomb by Pinfall
- "The Narcissist" Lex Luger d. The 1-2-3 Kid by Pinfall
- Razor Ramon d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall
Sole Survivor: Razor Ramon
*The Heavenly Bodies [Jimmy del Ray & Tom Prichard] w/Jim Cornette d. The Smoking Gunns [Billy & Bart Gunn] by Pinfall to Win the SMW Tag Team Titles
In a shocking turn of events, The Smoking Gunns had defeated The Heavenly Bodies on an episode of Monday Night Raw in October to claim the Smokey Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Titles from Cornette's team, leading to this match. As with many of their matches, it was Cornette's interference on the outside that won the day for the Bodies, as he hit Billy with a tennis racket shot from behind that allowed Prichard to pin him and regain the titles.
*Clown College [Doink the Clown, Fatu, Samu & "The Model" Rick Martel] w/Afa d. Men on a Mission [Crush, Mabel, Mo & Bob Backlund]
- Fatu d. Mo by Pinfall
- Mabel d. Samu by Pinfall
- Mabel d. Fatu by Pinfall
- Mabel Was Counted Out
- Crush d. "The Model" Rick Martel by Submission
- Doink the Clown d. Bob Backlund by Pinfall
- Crush Was Counted Out
Sole Survivor: Doink the Clown
*Alundra Blayze d. Luna Vachon w/Bam Bam Bigelow by Pinfall to Win the WWF Women's Title
For over 2 years Luna Vachon had been the WWF Women's Champion, though she had seemingly rarely defended the title. In this instance she defended it against newcomer Alundra Blayze, and clearly Luna had underestimated her challenger, as Blayze wrestled circles around the champion. Luna's main squeeze Bam Bam Bigelow tried to get involved, but the referee kept him at bay, allowing Alundra to pick up the win and the title.
*The Hart Family [Bret "The Hitman" Hart, "The Rocket" Owen Hart, Bruce Hart & Keith Hart] w/Stu Hart d. The King & His Knights [Jerry "The King" Lawler, The Black Knight (The Brooklyn Brawler), The Blue Knight (Greg Valentine) & The Red Knight (Barry Horowitz)] in a Survivor Series Match
Shortly after Summerslam, Bret Hart had begun a feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler over comments The King made towards Bret losing the WWF title and the Hart family in general. The two were scheduled to meet in a match on Raw in October, but Bret abandoned the match shortly after it began when he received a call from the back that his father, Stu Hart, had suffered a heart attack. This gave Lawler the win via forefit. However it later came out that Lawler had faked the call, leading to this Survivor Series match with Lawler's hand picked masked knights against the entire Hart Family with Stu in their corner. The Knights were picked off one by one until only Lawler was left to face the entire Hart clan. The only Hart family member eliminated was Owen, after some mistimed communication between he and Bret. The Hitman eventually defeated Lawler with the Sharpshooter, but while celebrating was left to argue with Owen after the match.
*The All-Americans ["Macho Man" Randy Savage, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, Tatanka & The Undertaker] w/Paul Bearer d. The Foreign Fanatics [Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Jacques, Pierre & Shawn Michaels] w/Mr. Fuji, Jim Cornette & Johnny Polo in a Survivor Series Match
Note: Both the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels were unknown "mystery partners" going into the match.
- Ludvig Borga d. Rick Steiner by Pinfall
- Scott Steiner d. Quebecer Jacques by Pinfall
- Shawn Michaels d. Scott Steiner by Pinfall
- Ludvig Borga d. Tatanka by Pinfall
- Shawn Michaels Was Disqualified
- The Undertaker d. Quebecer Pierre by Pinfall
- "Macho Man" Randy Savage d. Ludvig Borga by Pinfall
- Yokozuna Was Counted Out
Survivors: "Macho Man" Randy Savage & The Undertaker
Off-Camera Title Changes:
November 29: Razor Ramon d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall to win the Intercontinental Title
November 29: The Steiner Brothers d. The Quebecers by Pinfall to win the World Tag Team Titles
December 25: The Quebecers d. The Steiners Brothers by Pinfall to win the World Tag Team Titles
Post by darbicus on Oct 20, 2022 10:33:15 GMT 1
Note: The match between The Hart Brothers and The Quebecers takes place on Raw the week before the Royal Rumble, rather than at the Pay Per View. The match also ends with Owen arguing with Bret, but ultimately reconciling with him. It should also be noted that this is the last appearance of Matt Borne as Doink the Clown, as he turns face after this event.
WWF Royal RumbleJanuary 22, 1994Providence Civic CenterProvidence, RI
*"Double J" Jeff Jarrett d. Tatanka by Pinfall
Jeff Jarrett had recently debuted in the WWF as a would be country music superstar trying to take over Nashville by first taking over the World Wrestling Federation. The first step to this supposed road of dominance was against the Native American Tatanka. The Lumbee tribe member easily dispatched Jarrett in the early going of the match, as Double J was forced to powder out of the ring several times to keep from being overwhelmed. On one such occasion Tatanka chased after him, only for Jarrett to rush the ring and then catch him off guard as he reentered. Jarrett then worked over the knee of Tatanka in an attempt to set him up for the Figure-4 Leglock. Tatanka was able to rally back and reverse the hold, eventually getting a run going and attempting to hit the End of the Trail. Jarrett however countered the move with a crucifix pin which surprised Tatanka and let him pick up the victory.
*Razor Ramon d. Doink the Clown by Pinfall to Retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
Since winning the Intercontinental Title from Lex Luger, Razor Ramon had been mired in several feuds. The larger overarching feud was with former IC Champion Shawn Michaels, who had been stripped of the title in September, but upon returning claimed to be the real IC Champion. To that end, Michaels recruited Doink the Clown to take the "fake" title from Razor Ramon. Razor easily bested the clown throughout the early part of the match, surprisingly dominating him and setting him up for the Razor's Edge. Things changed when Shawn Michaels made his way to ringside. This distracted both Razor and the referee, and allowed a second Doink (the real one) to roll in the ring and take the imposter's place. When Razor turned around, he was caught by surprise by the fresh Doink and nearly pinned with an inside cradle. The real Doink then went to town on the shocked Razor and utilized his strong submission holds to try and wear down the champion. However The Bad Guy perservered and, after the imposter Doink failed to help the real one a second time, finished off the clown with the Razor's Edge for the victory to retain the title.
*The Quebecers [Jacques & Pierre] w/Johnny Polo d. Men on a Mission [Mabel & Mo] w/Oscar by Disqualification to Retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
Since their arrival in the WWF it was the stated goal of Men on a Mission to win the tag team titles. The massive Mabel was the key to their victory, and so The Quebecers did everything in their power to make sure Mabel never got involved in the match. Mo was isolated for the majority of the time, with Johnny Polo interjecting as necessary. At one point Mo made the tag to Mabel, however that was while Johnny Polo was distracting the referee, causing him to miss the tag. The referee attempted to get Mabel back into his corner, but the big man finally snapped and tossed him aside, causing the referee to call for the DQ. Despite this, Mable laid waste to the Quebecers, leaving them lying on the mat afterwards.
*Yokozuna w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji d. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer in a Casket Match to Retain the WWF Championship
At the Survivor Series, Yokozuna's Foreign Fanatics team had been blindsided by the announcement of The Undertaker as The All-Americans mystery partner. This was especially true of the WWF Champion himself, as he ran in terror at the prospect of facing the Phenom. This led WWF President Jack Tunney to announce that Yokozuna would defend the WWF title against The Undertaker in a Casket Match. The match was unlike any the champion had to deal with in his short career in the WWF, as he was unable to intimidate the Phenom to any appreciable means. The two behemoths fought to a standstill, but it seemed like The Undertaker was eventually gaining the upper hand over the course of the night. Eventually though, Jim Cornette came through for his charge as The Heavenly Bodies came to the ring to aid Yokozuna. They were eventually joined by Jeff Jarrett, IRS, The Headshrinkers and Bam Bam Bigelow in beating down the Undertaker, smashing his urn and leaving him lying in the middle of the ring. Eventually the Undertaker was sealed in the Casket to give Yokozuna the win. After the match though, a spiritual representation of the Undertaker appeared on the video wall, promising his return before "ascending" to the heavens.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart Won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Bret Hart had been the odds on favorite going into the match, however that changed when The Hitman seemingly injured his knee during a tag team title match with his brother Owen against The Quebecers on the Monday Night Raw before the Rumble, leaving his participation in question. The match started with brother vs brother as Rick and Scott Steiner battled one another briefly. The early part of the match though was dominated by "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel, who eliminated several individuals before a group of wrestlers had to eliminate him. Eventually Bret Hart made his way to the ring, limping as he did so. At around the same time, Bret's brother Owen was eliminated from the match, much to The Rocket's chagrin. The match eventually came down to Bret and "The Narcissist" Lex Luger, with the Hitman coming out on top despite his injury. As The Hitman celebrated, Owen came out seemingly to congratulate him and shake his hand, only to clothesline his brother and then lock him in his own hold the Sharpshooter, leaving him lying in the center of the ring before stalking off to close the show.
Royal Rumble Entry/Exit Order (2:00 Intervals)
1. Scott Steiner
2. Rick Steiner
3. "Gigolo" Jimmy del Ray
4. Irwin R. Schyster
- "Gigolo" Jimmy del Ray Eliminated #1 by Scott Steiner
6. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
- Rick Steiner Eliminated #2 by Diesel
- Virgil Eliminated #3 by Diesel
- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine Eliminated #4 by Diesel
- Irwin R. Schyster Eliminated #5 by Diesel
10. "The Rocket" Owen Hart
11. Bart Gunn
- Kwang Eliminated #6 by Diesel
12. Friar Ferguson
- Scott Steiner Eliminated #7 by Diesel
13. Shawn Michaels
- Diesel Eliminated #8 by "The Rocket" Owen Hart
14. Bam Bam Bigelow
15. "The Model" Rick Martel
- Friar Ferguson Eliminated #9 by Shawn Michaels
16. Billy Gunn
- Samu Eliminated #10 by "The Rocket" Owen Hart
17. Dr. Tom Prichard
18. Ludwig Borga
- Bart Gunn Eliminated #11 by Ludwig Borga
- "The Model" Rick Martel Eliminated #12 by Ludwig Borga
19. "Macho Man" Randy Savage
- Ludwig Borga Eliminated #13 by "Macho Man" Randy Savage
20. Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- "The Rocket" Owen Hart Eliminated #14 by Shawn Michaels
21. The 1-2-3 Kid
- Bam Bam Bigelow Eliminated #15 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
22. Adam Bomb
- Billy Gunn Eliminated #16 by Adam Bomb
24. Marty Jannetty
- Adam Bomb Eliminated #17 by Crush
25. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger
- Crush Eliminated #18 by "The Narcissist" Lex Luger
- Dr. Tom Prichard Eliminated #19 by The 1-2-3 Kid
26. Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly
- Fatu Eliminated #20 by Earthquake
- Earthquake Eliminated #21 by "The Narcissist" Lex Luger
29. Bob Backlund
- Marty Jannetty Eliminated #22 by Shawn Michaels
30. Johnny Polo
- Johnny Polo Eliminated #23 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
- Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly Eliminated #24 by Bob Backlund
- Bob Backlund Eliminated #25 by "The Narcissist" Lex Luger
- The 1-2-3 Kid Eliminated #26 by Shawn Michaels
- Shawn Michaels Eliminated #27 by "Macho Man" Randy Savage
- "Macho Man" Randy Savage Eliminated #28 by "The Narcissist" Lex Luger
- "The Narcissist" Lex Luger Eliminated #29 by Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Off-Camera Title Change:
February 21: The Steiner Brothers d. The Quebecers by Pinfall in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the World Tag Team Titles
Post by darbicus on Oct 21, 2022 3:27:33 GMT 1
Note: The Steiner Brothers were still in the WWF through June, giving me a last couple chances to use them. Remember that Crush still hasn't turned heel while Lex Luger hasn't (and never will) turn face.
March 20, 1994
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY
*"The Rocket" Owen Hart d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart by Pinfall
Following Owen Hart turning his back on his brother in the final moments of the Royal Rumble, The Rocket challenged the Hitman to a match at Wrestlemania. Despite knowing that he would be facing Yokozuna in the main event for the WWF title, Bret agreed to wrestle twice in order to try and put his issues with Owen to bed. The match between the brothers was a very even one, with each one matching the other counter for counter. Owen at one point locked Bret in the Sharpshooter, only for Bret to reverse the hold, forcing Owen into the ropes. In the end Bret tried a victory roll on Owen that The Rocket reversed, picking up the surprise victory over his own older brother.
*"Double J" Jeff Jarrett, Irwin R. Schyster & "The Model" Rick Martel d. The 1-2-3 Kid, Bob "Spark Plug" Holly & Tatanka by Pinfall
Several feuds came to fruition in this six man tag that was a fairly standard and surprisingly quick affair. In the end, Double J pulled off the victory over Bob Holly after rolling him up from behind and holding the trunks.
*Bam Bam Bigelow d. Doink the Clown by Pinfall
After the Royal Rumble, Doink had turned face by saving a "fan" dressed as him from the wrath of Bam Bam Bigelow after the Beast from the East had lost a match to Bret Hart. Doink then began playing pranks on the monster, leading to this match between them. Doink's technical ability, such as it was, was no match for the raw power of the Beast from the East though, and Bam Bam eventually finished off the clown with the devastating Greetings from Asbury Park.
*The Smoking Gunns [Billy & Bart Gunn] d. The Headshrinkers [Samu & Fatu] w/Afa by Pinfall
Both these teams were jockeying for position in the race to become Tag Team Champions, with the field seemingly cleared after the Four Corners Match later in the night. The brother tandem of Billy and Bart Gunn scored the surprise victory over the former tag team champions with the Sidewinder for the Pinfall.
*Crush & Howard Finkel d. Adam Bomb & Harvey Whippleman by Pinfall
At the Royal Rumble, Crush and Adam Bomb had crossed paths with one another, resulting in Bomb's elimination from the Rumble match. Aside from this, there had been a long standing issue between Adam Bomb's manager Harvey Whippleman and ring announcer Howard Finkel, that eventually erupted into a moment when Finkel punched out Harvey. Adam Bomb then came to his manager's defense, threatening to chokeslam Finkel, who was saved by Crush. This led to a unique mixed tag match at Wrestlemania. The bulk of the match was handled by the two powerhouses, with Adam Bomb and Crush matching each other with power moves. Eventually however Adam Bomb got in the ring with Howard Finkel, which would have ended in disaster had Finkel not scurried away, leading to Adam Bomb being hit with a clothesline from the second rope by Crush that knocked him out of the ring. This left Whippleman at the mercy of Crush and Finkel, as Howard pushed the manager over Crush's body, tripping him and allowing the Fink to pin Harvey and score the victory for his team.
*"Macho Man" Randy Savage d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall
A surprise had occurred at the Royal Rumble which saw former Intercontinental Champion "The Narcissist" Lex Luger eliminate "Macho Man" Randy Savage en route to becoming one of the final two in the match. Luger insinuated on an episode of the King's Court that Savage was past his prime and should retire, which caused the Macho Man to challenge him to a match on Raw, which he lost clean. Looking to redeem himself, Savage agreed to put his career on the line against Luger. The Narcissist dominated much of the early match, but eventually Savage turned the tide when Luger struck a turnbuckle pad that he himself had exposed earlier in the match. This let Savage hit a huge bodyslam on the bodybuilder, which he then followed up with a Top Rope Elbow Drop for the win.
*Alundra Blayze d. Luna Vachon by Pinfall to Retain the WWF Women's Title
Since losing the Women's title to Alundra Blayze the previous fall, Luna Vachon had tried numerous times to try and regain the title, only to fail. This was billed as her last chance to win the title, and Luna pulled out all the stops, including spitting a green mist into the eyes of the champion to blind her. Despite the handicap, Luna was unable to pick up the victory, missing with her Luna Eclipse finisher and being caught in a rollup by the champion, as Blayze continued her run of dominance.
*The Heavenly Bodies [Jimmy del Ray & Tom Prichard] w/Jim Cornette d. The Steiner Brothers [Rick & Scott Steiner], The Quebecers [Jacques & Pierre] w/Johnny Polo & Men on a Mission [Mabel & Mo] w/Oscar in a 4 Corners Match to win the WWF World Tag Team Titles
With several teams vying for a shot at the World Tag Team Titles, a match that was one fall to a finish was signed involving 4 different teams. The match was pandemonium from start to finish, and the referee had difficulty trying to keep the action between two men. In the end, the shock came when Tom Prichard rolled up Mo from behind (despite the fact that technically one of the Steiners was the legal man) and pinned him, winning the titles for the Heavenly Bodies in a huge upset.
*Razor Ramon d. Shawn Michaels w/Diesel in a Ladder Match to Retain the WWF Intercontinental Title
Since his return from suspension in November, Shawn Michaels had claimed that he was the real Intercontinental Champion in the WWF, and not the current champion Razor Ramon. He even carried the belt that he had originally, as opposed to the new one Razor carried. This had come to blows on a few occasions, with Michaels attempting to cost Razor the IC Title in several matches. Eventually WWF President Jack Tunney ordered that the issue be settled once and for all with both belts suspended high in the air, requiring a Ladder to climb and reach them. In what was an innovative and unique match, both men put their bodies on the line to claim the undisputed title. Things were made more even when the referee sent Diesel to the back to prevent his interference. On several occasions both men would come close to grabbing the belts from the top of Madison Square Garden, only to have the ladder pulled out from under them literally. In the end Michaels got tied up in the ropes, giving Razor the chance to climb the ladder and claim both belts, becoming the undisputed IC Champion.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart d. Yokozuna w/Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji by Pinfall to Win the WWF Championship
Before the match, the playing field was made even when former WWF and Intercontinental Champion Rowdy Roddy Piper was announced as the Special Guest Referee for the match, and he promptly dismissed both Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji from ringside. This gave The Hitman the chance for an even playing field against the champion. However with Bret's loss earlier in the night and fatigue from that, it appeared that the loss of his managers wouldn't effect Yokozuna, as he controlled the pace of the match. Bret used a rope a dope strategy to try and wear the big man out, focusing on his head to try and knock him out. In the end Yokozuna attempted a Banzai Drop, but had to clear out the cobwebs several times. This delay allowed Bret to move out of the way from the finisher. Bret then managed to hook on the Sharpshooter to the fallen champion and, after a moment, Yokozuna eventually gave up, awarding the title back to The Hitman. Several babyfaces including Randy Savage and Crush then came to ringside to celebrate with the Hitman, however Owen Hart appeared in the entryway glaring at his brother before departing to close the show.
Off-Camera Title Change
May 9: Bam Bam Bigelow d. Razor Ramon by Pinfall to Win the IC Title
Post by darbicus on Oct 22, 2022 2:23:11 GMT 1
WWF King of the Ring
June 19, 1994
*"The Rocket" Owen Hart d. Mabel w/Oscar by Countout in a 1st Round KOTR Match
The King of the Ring tournament kicked off with Owen Hart taking on Mabel on Men on a Mission. From the looks of it, Owen appeared at a significant disadvantage given the size difference between him and his opponent. However Owen's craftiness came into play as he dropkicked Mabel right in the ankle and caused him to land awkwardly on the outside. Owen then attacked the ankle on the outside, slamming it into the steel ring steps and leaving Mabel on the outside to get counted out so Owen could advance.
*Razor Ramon d. Irwin R. Schyster w/Ted DiBiase by Pinfall in a 1st Round KOTR Match
Shortly after Wrestlemania X, The Million Dollar Man introduced his Million Dollar Corporation stable. The Corporation had started a feud with Razor Ramon that began when DiBiase helped the Beast from the East Bam Bam Bigelow defeat the Bad Guy for the Intercontinental Title. Razor gained some measure of revenge over the Corporation in the KOTR tournament, defeating DiBiase's former tag partner IRS with relative ease with the Razor's Edge.
*Crush d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall in a 1st Round KOTR Match
Crush and Lex Luger had been feuding since after Wrestlemania, mostly centered around the latter's feud with the "Macho Man" Randy Savage, whom Crush saw as a mentor. In the first round the two were finally set to meet one on one, with Luger controlling the early portions of the match. Luger set up Crush for the Torture Rack, but Crush was able to power his way out of it and get a head of steam against The Narcissist. Eventually Crush managed to pin Luger after a second rope elbow drop just before the time limit expired to advance to the semifinals.
*"Double J" Jeff Jarrett d. Doink the Clown by Pinfall in a 1st Round KOTR Match
The fun loving Doink ran into a difficult opponent in Double J, who managed to overcome Doink's chicanery in order to defeat him after a Forward Russian Legsweep Slam.
*"Big Daddy Cool" Diesel d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart by Disqualification [Hart Retains the WWF Championship]
Shawn Michaels' bodyguard Diesel had begun feuding with Bret Hart after the latter engaged in a war of words with Michaels on an episode of HBK's talk show segment The Heartbreak Hotel. Diesel was undefeated in singles action heading into this match, but Bret was eager to take on all comers. To counter Michaels' presence at ringside, Bret brought back his former tag team partner and brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart to be in his corner. Throughout the match Bret outwrestled Diesel in the early going, but Diesel was able to gain an advantage when The Anvil accidentally caused a distraction through his antics with Michaels on the outside. Diesel nearly finished off Bret with a sidewalk slam, and prepared to hit Bret with the Jackknife Powerbomb. However Michaels went after The Anvil again (seemingly to keep Diesel from winning the WWF title), which drew The Anvil into the ring. Diesel went after Neidhart, who fought back with the challenger which drew a disqualification victory, but allowed The Hitman to keep the title. After the match the Hitman argued with Neidhart over his action, which Neidhart simply disregarded and stormed off from.
*"The Rocket" Owen Hart d. Razor Ramon by Pinfall in a Semifinal KOTR Match
The former Intercontinental Champion was seemingly on a one way course to winning the King of the Ring tournament, easily outclassing the younger Hart at moments during the match. However his momentum was stalled by the appearance of Bam Bam Bigelow at ringside, which distracted him long enough for Owen to score a rollup from behind and score the pinfall victory.
*Crush d. "Double J" Jeff Jarrett by Submission in a Semifinal KOTR Match
Crush continued his winning ways over Double J, withstanding the technical application that Jarrett put into the match and countering with his own submission technique, winning with the Cranium Crunch.
*The 1-2-3 Kid & Tatanka d. The Heavenly Bodies [Jimmy del Ray & Tom Prichard] w/Jim Cornette by Pinfall to Win the WWF World Tag Team Titles
The Heavenly Bodies were originally set to defend the tag team titles against The Steiner Brothers in a pseudo-rematch from Wrestlemania. However an injury to Scott Steiner cancel that. The makeshift team of the 1-2-3 Kid and Tatanka was assembled to challenge the duo, something that the champions completely disregarded. However the underdogs were able to team well together, outwrestling the champions much to their surprise. Cornette attempted to get involved, throwing his tennis racket to Jimmy del Ray to hit Tatanka with. However The Native American ducked out of the way, causing Prichard to get knocked out by the racket. The 1-2-3 Kid then rolled up del Ray from behind, getting the win and the upset victory to take the titles.
*"Rowdy" Roddy Piper d. Jerry "The King" Lawler by Submission
After Roddy Piper made his return as the special guest referee in the Wrestlemania X main event, Jerry "The King" Lawler had begun ridiculing the former WWF champion on commentary. Eventually this drew the ire of the Hot Rod, who challenged the King to a match at King of the Ring. Lawler attempted to play Mind Games with Piper by dressing in a kilt similar to him, however Piper didn't fall for it and eventually locked Lawler in a Sleeper Hold and defeated him by submission. After the match, Piper forced Lawler to kiss his feet, something that Lawler had insinuated he would do to Piper before the match.
*"The Rocket" Owen Hart d. Crush by Pinfall to Win the King of the Ring Tournament
In a surprisingly even match, Crush and Owen Hart battled it out for the King of the Ring crown. Owen took advantage of a mistake in the early going to work over Crush's knee in an attempt to set up the Sharpshooter, but Crush was able to counter with a surprising amount of technical proficiency himself. It looked like Crush would pull out the victory when an errant clothesline caught the referee by mistake, knocking him out. Crush locked in the Cranium Crunch, which had Owen beat, but Crush was suddenly assaulted from behind by a returning Jim Neidhart, who broke the hold and then powerslammed Crush. Owen followed up with a big splash from the top rope and scored the pinfall as the referee came to. During his coronation ceremony, Owen challenged his brother Bret to a title match, demanding to finish off his older brother once and for all.
Off-Camera Title Changes
June 20: "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel & Shawn Michaels d. The 1-2-3 Kid & Tatanka by Pinfall to Win the WWF World Tag Team Titles
July 4: "The King of Harts" Owen Hart d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart in a Lumberjack Match to Win the WWF Championship
Post by darbicus on Oct 23, 2022 21:32:33 GMT 1
Note: I thought long and hard about whether or not to do the 'Underfaker' storyline in this rebook. Ultimately I decided not to, simply because it just wasn't all that good. Undertaker will still make his return in this show, but it is his rematch against Yokozuna which is moved from Survivor Series to here. Brian Lee will have a bit part to play in a few shows from now.
August 29, 1994
*The Smoking Gunns [Billy & Bart Gunn] d. The Heavenly Bodies [Jimmy del Ray & Tom Prichard] w/Jim Cornette by Pinfall
The Gunns and The Heavenly Bodies had been feuding off and on for the better part of a year, with the feud spilling over into the Bodies home promotion of Smoky Mountain Wrestling on a few occasions, and the Bodies having defeated the brothers from Texas in a series of matches following Wrestlemania X for the Tag Titles (often times with the help of their manager Jim Cornette). This match was set up to help end the feud, and saw The Gunns win convincingly with the Sidewinder.
*Adam Bomb d. Kwang w/Harvey Whippleman by Pinfall
Following the loss in the mixed tag match at Wrestlemania X, Harvey Whippleman had become more critical of Adam Bomb's performance in the ring. It eventually boiled over after Bomb lost a match to Razor Ramon on an episode of Raw, with Whippleman slapping the man from Three Mile Island. Adam Bomb then attacked his now former manager, only to be attacked himself by the martial artist Kwang from behind. This led to this one on one match, where the karate skills of the masked man from Japan wasn't enough to stave off defeat from the larger Bomb, who finished off Kwang with his Meltdown finisher to pick up the victory.
*"The Narcissist" Lex Luger d. The 1-2-3 Kid by Submission
This match was originally scheduled to be Lex Luger versus Tatanka, but The Narcissist had taken the Native American out with his loaded forearm shot on an episode of Raw, concussing him, after Tatanka had interrupted one of Luger's posedowns in front of a mirror. This led Tatanka's former tag team partner, the 1-2-3 Kid, to come to his aid and fill his place. Unfortunately the end was the same, as the Kid was knocked out by Luger's forearm shot and then locked in the Torture Rack, where he passed out and the referee called the match.
*Crush d. "Macho Man" Randy Savage by Pinfall
Throughout the summer there had been speculation that the Macho Man Randy Savage had sold out to the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and his Million Dollar Corporation. While Savage maintained his innocence, a series of coincidences led Savage's former friend Crush to believe the innuendo and accuse Savage of selling out, leading to this confrontation. Savage started the match in control over the younger Crush, but the Kona native's power was able to ground the former WWF champion eventually. Savage rallied back and seemingly had Crush set up for the Top Rope elbow, when DiBiase appeared at ringside, distracting Savage while on the top rope. This gave Crush the chance to counter and press slam Savage back into the ring, scoring the quick pinfall afterwards. After the match though Crush began attacking Savage at the direction of Ted DiBiase, proving that it was him who had sold out all along. Crush locked in the Cranium Crunch and left Savage lying in the middle of the ring, leaving with his new manager.
*Alundra Blayze d. Bull Nakano w/Luna Vachon by Pinfall to Retain the WWF Women's Title
With Luna Vachon contractually unable to challenge for the WWF Women's Championship, she instead brought in a challenger from Japan to try and wrest the title away from Alundra Blayze in Bull Nakano. In what was unquestionably the best women's match to that point in WWF history, Blayze was able to survive Nakano's athletic offense and eventually scored the win with a bridging German suplex, much to Luna's disgust.
*Shawn Michaels & Diesel d. The Headshrinkers [Samu & Fatu] w/Afa & Capt. Lou Albano by Pinfall to Retain the World Tag Team Titles
The Headshrinkers had turned face on an episode of The Heartbreak Hotel, coming out to defend Hall of Fame manager Captain Lou Albano after he was insulted and accosted by the World Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels and Diesel (and nearly powerbombed for his troubles by Big Daddy Cool). This led to Albano taking the Headshrinkers under his wing and leading them against the champions. During the match, Diesel did most of the heavy lifting against the challengers, with Michaels only getting in the match when there was a distinct advantage for his team. Fatu eventually made the hot tag and caught Diesel coming in, with the Headshrinkers double teaming the big man to get him down to one knee. However before they could finish him off, Michaels jumped in and Superkicked Samu out of the ring, allowing Diesel to return to his feet and hit a huge big boot to Fatu, stopping the momentum. He then hit the Jackknife to pick up the win and retain.
*Razor Ramon d. Bam Bam Bigelow w/Ted DiBiase by Pinfall to Win the WWF Intercontinental Title
Back in May the Beast from the East had shocked a lot of people by joining the Million Dollar Corporation, and using those connections to help win the Intercontinental Title away from Razor Ramon. In this rematch WWF President Jack Tunney had banned the Corporation away from ringside (save for DiBiase as Bam Bam's manager) in order to give Razor a fighting chance. However the strength and power of the champion was seemingly too much for the Bad Guy to overcome, as he struggled with injured ribs that kept him from lifting the Beast high into the air. Eventually Razor rallied back and hit Bam Bam with a short chokeslam that left both men down. DiBiase then tried to distract the referee long enough for IRS to come through the crowd to hit Razor with the Halliburton briefcase. However as Razor stood up, he ducked, which caused IRS to accidentally hit Bam Bam instead. Razor then covered the knocked out champion and pinned him, regaining the Intercontinental Championship.
*Bret "The Hitman" Hart d. "The King of Harts" Owen Hart by Cage Escape to Win the WWF Championship
On a 4th of July edition of Monday Night Raw, Owen Hart had continued his run of dominance over his older brother Bret by defeating him in a Lumberjack match to win the WWF Title, albeit with help from his brother in law (and Bret's former tag partner) Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. In what was billed as a final encounter between the brothers, Bret and Owen clashed once more in a Steel Cage to ensure no interference from the outside. Present at ringside in the crowd though was Bret's other brother-in-law, a returning British Bulldog, adding to the explosive powder keg. As for the brothers themselves, like their Wrestlemania match this was a technical masterpiece, as both men fought tooth and nail for the WWF Championship. In the end, Bret attempted to climb out over the top of the cage as Owen clawed his way towards the door, with The Hitman barely beating The King of Harts to the outside, thus regaining the title. Owen and The Anvil attempted to exact revenge on the bloodied and beaten new champion, but The Bulldog interceded to chase off the heels.
*The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer d. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette in a Casket Match
Since losing a Casket Match at the Royal Rumble, no one had seen or heard from The Undertaker. Throughout the summer during Yokozuna's matches however, lights began flickering and a cold chill and smoke would fill the arena. Finally Paul Bearer appeared and said the "spirit of the Undertaker" had returned and was challenging Yokozuna to a rematch. This time, to ensure no outside interference, film star Jean-Claude Van Damme was brought in a special guest outside enforcer. At first it appeared as if there was no Undertaker, as Paul Bearer came out by himself. However after opening the sacred urn, the Undertaker reappeared in the entryway, much to the shock of the former WWF Champion. Despite Yokozuna's size and weight advantage, he could not match the agility or the tenacity of the Phenom. Double J, Kwang and the team of Well Dunn seemingly tried to interject against the Undertaker, only to be stopped in their tracks by JCVD. In the end, Undertaker stuffed Yokozuna inside the casket and closed the lid on the former WWF Champion, gaining a measure of revenge and celebrating to close the show.
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Note: Kwang is unmasked and transforms into Savio Vega in the fall, though an association is not made between the two. Randy Savage was originally scheduled for this event, but leaves the company as in real life. He is replaced by Roddy Piper for that match. This also sees a return of the Battlebowl concept from the first Survivor Series, with random teams thrown together and a battle royal in the end.
WWF Survivor SeriesNovember 23, 1994Freeman ColiseumSan Antonio, TX
*"Big Daddy Cool" Diesel, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Sionne & Irwin R. Schyster d. Bushwhacker Luke, Bushwhacker Butch, Marty Jannetty & "The Model" Rick Martel in a Survivor Series Match
- "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel d. Bushwhacker Butch by Pinfall
- "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel d. Bushwhacker Luke by Pinfall
- Marty Jannetty d. Irwin R. Schyster by Pinfall
- "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel d. Marty Jannetty by Pinfall
- "The Model" Rick Martel Was Counted Out
Survivors: "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart & Sionne
*Razor Ramon, King Kong Bundy, Adam Bomb & Steven Dunn d. Bam Bam Bigelow, Timothy Wells, Billy Gunn & Mo in a Survivor Series Match
- Bam Bam Bigelow Was Disqualified
- Billy Gunn d. Steven Dunn by Pinfall
- King Kong Bundy d. Billy Gunn by Pinfall
- Adam Bomb & Timothy Wells Were Counted Out
- Razor Ramon d. Mo by Pinfall
Survivors: Razor Ramon & King Kong Bundy
*Mabel, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, Fatu & Bart Gunn d. Crush, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Jimmy del Ray, & Jean-Pierre Lafitte in a Survivor Series Match
- Mabel d. Jean-Pierre Lafitte by Pinfall
- Fatu d. Jimmy del Ray by Pinfall
- Crush & "Rowdy" Roddy Piper were counted out
Survivors: Mabel, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, Fatu & Bart Gunn
*Bull Nakano d. Alundra Blayze by Pinfall to Win the WWF Women's Championship
Having shed Luna Vachon as her manager following her Summerslam defeat, Bull Nakano returned to America at the Survivor Series in order to challenge Alundra Blayze for the title once more. Like their Summerslam encounter, the match was back and forth, but the ending was different on this occasion. Blayze attempted her German Suplex finisher, only for Nakano to flip out of the suplex and hit a huge lariat on the champion. Bull then hit a diving top rope leg drop to pick up the victory and win the Women's Title.
*Bob Backlund w/Owen Hart d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart w/The British Bulldog by Surrender to Win the WWF Championship
Shortly after regaining the WWF title against Owen Hart, Bret defended the title on Raw against former WWF Champion Bob Backlund. After defeating the veteran in a competitive match, Bret offered Backlund a handshake, which Backlund took, only to snap and lock the Hitman in the Crossface Chickenwing for several minutes. Backlund turned heel and adopted the character of a crazed veteran out of touch with the modern day, calling himself Mr. Bob Backlund from then on. A unique match was set up for the Survivor Series, in which the only way to win was for the corner man of the individual to literally throw in the towel, with Bret's brother Owen in Backlund's corner and The British Bulldog in the corner of the Hitman. Backlund and Hart had a competitive match with neither man gaining a true advantage over the other. On the outside, Owen and Bulldog kept sniping at each other, until Owen tried to interfere. This led to a chase around ringside where Owen caught Bulldog on a blind corner, sending him head first into the ring post knocking him out. At that moment, with the distraction on the outside, Backlund locked the Hitman in the Crossface Chickenwing and locked it in. With the match unable to be stopped, Owen seemingly looked like he had come to his senses about his brother, and began pleading with both his father and mother, Stu and Helen Hart, at ringside to take Bulldog's place and throw in the towel. After several minutes, Helen did just that and threw in the towel. Owen immediately grabbed the towel and ran off in celebration, having feigned the concern for his brother, as Backlund was announced as the new champion.
*"Double J" Jeff Jarrett, The 1-2-3 Kid, Savio Vega & "The Narcissist" Lex Luger d. The Undertaker, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, Nikolai Volkoff & Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly in a Survivor Series Match
- "The Narcissist" Lex Luger d. Duke "The Dumpster" Droese by Pinfall
- The Undertaker d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall
- The 1-2-3 Kid d. Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly by Pinfall
- The Undertaker d. The 1-2-3 Kid by Pinfall
- The Undertaker d. Savio Vega by Pinfall
- Nikolai Volkoff & The Undertaker Were Counted Out
Sole Survivor: "Double J" Jeff Jarrett
*Doink the Clown d. Jerry "The King" Lawler by Pinfall in a Big Top Brawl
Since turning face the previous year, Doink's pranks had become far more innocent in nature and had targeted more of the heels on the WWF roster. One of the usual butt of the jokes was Jerry "The King" Lawler, leading to a feud between the two that culminated in a No Disqualification Match entitled the "Big Top Brawl", which had circus-themed weapons involved. In a comedy match, Lawler was humiliated by several of Doink's props, including a loaded prosthetic arm, a squirting flower and a joy buzzer. Lawler did manage to get some shots on Doink with a few of the weapons, but in the end a miniature Doink came from out of a clown car at ringside and hit Lawler with a Cream Pie to the face that allowed Doink to roll him up for the victory.
*Razor Ramon Won a Survivor's Battle Royal
A final battle royal was held involving all of the survivors from the 4 Survivor Series matches throughout the night. The final bit of the Battle Royal came down to Shawn Michaels, Diesel and Razor Ramon, as the tag team champions had teamed to eliminate everyone (Despite recently having some communications issues leading into the PPV). The two continued their domination, double teaming the Intercontinental Champion. Michaels demanded Diesel hold Razor for the Sweet Chin Music superkick, only for Michaels' showboating to mistime the move, leading to him kicking Diesel right in the chops and over the top rope, eliminating him from the battle royal. Michaels was then thrown over the top rope by Razor himself, giving the Bad Guy the win. As Diesel chased Michaels to the back, obviously pissed at the outcome of the match, as Razor celebrated in the ring to cap off the night.
Off-Camera Title Changes
November 26: Razor Ramon d. Bob Backlund by Pinfall to Win the WWF Championship
November 26: Due to Razor Ramon Winning the WWF Title, the Intercontinental Title was declared vacant as of that night.
December 3: Due to Shawn Michaels throwing down his half of the tag team titles in the aftermath of Survivor Series, WWF President Jack Tunney declared the team dissolved and vacated the World Tag Team Championship.
December 19: "Double J" Jeff Jarrett d. The British Bulldog in a One-Night Tournament Final to Win the Vacant WWF Intercontinental Title
January 1: The Smoking Gunns d. Well Dunn in a Tournament Final to Win the World Tag Team Titles