This is part one of our list ranking all of the Royal Rumble matches.
Check out part one of our series of posts on ranking WrestleMania.
In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Jason, Big D and GG discuss WrestleMania IX in heavy detail.
We talk about the show that’s not one of the more well-loved shows in WrestleMania history. Well, except if you’re known as Alan4L.
After a lot of company strife in 1992 with the steroid story giving them a lot of bad press and wrestling popularity going on a downward spiral, the following happened:
– Hulk Hogan was phased out of the company for almost the entire time between WrestleMania VIII and IX.
– The Ultimate Warrior was fired.
– Randy Savage became an announcer.
– Ric Flair went back to WCW.
– Bret Hart was the new WWF champion.
You could say this was the first attempt to move on from the past and into the future. That would fully happen a few years later right before the Attitude Era kicked off.
If they were trying to move on, why was Hulk Hogan back in the mix? What about this new wave of characters like Doink The Clown, the Steiner Brothers (fresh off their WCW run), the Headshrinkers, “The Narcissist” Lex Luger (after the failed WBF stuff), Giant Gonzalez (El Gigante), and Yokozuna?
We recorded the show before the passing of Matt Borne. Big D is a huge fan of Doink The Clown and we discussed the character heavily. After Borne died, D recorded a new intro at the top to talk about Borne’s passing.
Here’s our WrestleMania IX review:
We all know about Bret vs. Austin, we’ve all talked at length about the HBK vs. ‘Taker series and we’ve all read all there is to read about the HBK/Razor Ladder match….
but what about the forgotten gems? The matches that maybe weren’t classics, but were really really enjoyable and have gotten lost in the forest of epic WrestleMania matches and moments. These are some matches that I know I look back at fondly:
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Headshrinkers
Big jacked up All American butting heads with savage Samoans – that’s Pro Wrestling to me. These two teams are right up there with my all time favourites and this was somewhat of a dream match for me, even as an 8 year old. Both teams brought their A games with Rick & Scott throwing the big bumping ‘Shrinkers all over the ring and eating some hefty offense themselves. A picture perfect Frankensteiner finish closed the book on this one.
Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
When people think of Bret matches at Mania 10, this usually isn’t the one that comes to mind. However that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a hell of a match. Yoko was at his peak as a star here, a mountain of a man that nobody could overcome. He ran through Bret (with some help) in Vegas the year before and they told the story of Bret as the huge underdog well. Incredible psychology, and great work from both men.
Yokozuna & Owen Hart vs. The Smoking Gunns
In case you didn’t guess, I’m a big fan of Yoko. This was his big return after a long absence. I remember freaking out when Owen introduced him as his mystery partner, I thought Billy & Bart would be DONE FOR. But what makes this match so much fun is how much of a fight they put up. Ultimately it wasn’t enough though as the massive Yoko (he was really packing extra weight at this point) was just too much for them. The finish was hilarious as Owen took a limp, squished, dead to the world Billy Gunn and put him in an unnecessary Sharpshooter while posing.