Archive for the ‘1992’ Category

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1. The New Foundation (Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart) vs. The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) w/Mr. Fuji

Bret Hart has since went on to have a successful singles career which left Jim Neidhart lost in the shuffle for a while. Fortunately up and comer and brother-in law Owen Hart had his back. Good opener with a great wrestling pedigree. Not as strong as the Rockers/Express match a year earlier but still solid.
Grade: B

 

2. WWF Intercontinental Championship
The Mountie (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Mountie pulled a huge upset and defeated Bret Hart to become the IC champion a week earlier. To be honest this match was not that good but the Piper shenanigans & charisma made it quite fun to watch.
Grade: D+

 

3. The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) w/The Genius vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) w/Jameson

Jameson is a dorky like character who managed the whackers for a very short time. This match was pure disaster, all 15 minutes of it. The only good thing about this was Bobby Heenan’s commentary and jokes regarding Jameson.
Grade: F

 

4. WWF Tag Team Championship
The Legion of Doom (Road Warrior Hawk & Road Warrior Animal (c) vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) w/Jimmy Hart

Nothing special was provided here except for the cosmetic attractions provided by both teams. I can’t recall a good Natural Disasters match at all which is a shame since I like them a lot.
Grade: D

 

5. WWF Championship
Royal Rumble Match
Participants: British Bulldog, Ted Dibiase, Ric Flair, Jerry Saggs, Haku, Shawn Michaels, Tito Santana, The Barbarian, Kerry Von Erich, Repo Man, Greg Valentine, Big Bossman, Nikolai Volkoff, Hercules, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, IRS, Jimmy Snuka, The Undertaker, Randy Savage, The Bezerker, Virgil, Col. Mustafa, Rick Martel, Hulk Hogan, Skinner, Sgt. Slaughter, Sid Justice & The Warlord

This rumble will always be special for a number of reasons. First of all, this is the first and only Rumble match where the WWF title was awarded to the winner as it was held vacant over a controversial change a month earlier. Second, the participants in this rumble at the time were the best of the best and thus it was dubbed the biggest star powered rumble of all time. Third, Ric Flair participates in his first rumble and showcases his amazing endurance at age 42. 4. Bobby Heenan doing perhaps his greatest work as color commentator in his multi decade career. Many consider this the greatest rumble of all time, I honestly don’t see why not.
Grade: A

 

Final Thoughts:

The undercard as usual is less than special as like always the rumble match as a whole is the main attraction. However this Rumble is very highly regarded by wrestlers and fans alike as the best of all time. This one definitely made the show worthwhile. I heavily recommend this show top to bottom with the high entertainment value.

Verdict: 7.5./10

 

1. The Legion of Doom w/ Paul Ellering vs. Money Inc. w/Jimmy Hart

Quite disappointing despite them possessing the ability to create a great opener. Hawk clearly wasn’t looking forward to wrestle as it was his last match in 5 years.
Grade: D

 

2. Nailz vs. Virgil

Virgil after feuding with Dibiase has been dead guppy in a pool of sharks with no signs of life. Nailz is one of the worst gimmicks I’ve ever seen and super green on the wrestling aspect.
Grade: F+

 

3. Shawn Michaels vs. The Model Rick Martel

Stipulation is that is no hitting in the face because of the common denominator, Sherri Martel. Outside of that small detail, heel vs. heel were a rare happening at the time and if done with the right people it can be a fantastic performance. This was one of those cases, very good dynamic for these two that helped Michaels escalate more and Martel to still breathe within the ranks.
Grade: C+

 

4. Tag Team Championship
The Natural Disasters (c) vs. The Beverley Brothers

Natural Disasters were one of the most feared teams in the WWF and there’s no question about it. Having them as babyfaces IMO made them vulnerable. Having two monsters face two average wrestlers with little to no chemistry is not a pretty sight.
Grade: D

 

5. Crush vs. Repo Man

Demolition Smash leaves the team to become the Repo Man. Facing a super over Crush on singles competition can only lead up to a squash.
Grade: DUD

 

6. WWF Championship
Macho Man Randy Savage (c) vs. The Ultimate Warrior

The story goes as the following, Ric Flair and Executive Consultant, Mr. Perfect, announced that they’ve bought one of the two competitors of this match and it will be revealed at the event. Savage and Warrior had a spectacular match at WrestleMania VII and it was going to be the same for this encounter. Flair and Perfect made there way to ringside and started playing on everyone and made this match even more climatic. Good Stuff!
Grade: B

 

7. The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Kamala w/ Kim Chee & Harvey Whippleman

The best thing about this match is the entrance. Every monster that faces the Deadman share the same fate.
Grade: F

 

8. Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog

This has to be one of the greatest matches in WWF history hands down. The setup, the chemistry, the dynamic, the athleticism, the everything. This was one of Bret’s greatest matches in his career, this was Davey Boy’s greatest match in his career. The atmosphere of being in Wembley Stadium in Bulldog’s home land really made this special in front of 80,000 in attendance.
Grade: A+

In conclusion, this event will forever be remembered for two things: 1) It took place in England & 2) The main event. The rest is quite forgettable. At this point in the WWF, Hogan was on hiatus so it hurt the promotion a lot. Even having Macho Man, Warrior and Flair up in the top still couldn’t match having the fan base Hogan had. Despite the critics and haters, Hogan was the biggest star in the world of professional wrestling.

Verdict: 6/10