Archive for the ‘WWF/E’ Category

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1. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon (c) vs. Jeff Jarrett w/The Roadie

This match took place twice as it originally ended in a count out. Nothing really special happened at all despite the talent involved which was a shame.
Grade: C-

 

2. IRS w/Ted Dibiase vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer

This would commence a year long feud between the Deadman and the Million Dollar Corporation. I’ll be honest, Taker’s matches at from his debut up to this year were just horrible wrestling matches and for the most part was storyline driven. The kickstarter for the above mentioned feud was when corp. member King Kong Bundy distracts Taker and IRS seized the opportunity and snatches the Undertaker’s  urn.
Grade: D-

 

3. WWF Championship
Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart

This is one of Kevin Nash’s (Diesel) best wrestling matches of his career and that says a lot. Bret did an outstanding job working with the big man and delivered a high quality match that was ruined by a non finish.
Grade: B+

 

4. WWF Tag Team Championship
Tournament Final
Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly

The tag titles were vacated after the champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels went to splitsville and refused to defend them so for the following weeks a tournament took place on Raw’s in which the finalists would collide at the Rumble. Pretty good match despite non of them being known tag team wrestlers which demonstrated the talent and potential the wrestler’s had.Grade: B-

 

Segment: After the match, Bam Bam Bigelow would plant the seed of one of the most high profiled matches in WWF history as he shoves Hall of Fame Football Linebacker, Lawrence Taylor, who was at ringside.

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, Eli Blu, Duke Droese, Jimmy Del Ray, The Barbarian, Tom Pritchard, Doink, Kwang, Rick Martel, Owen Hart, Timothy Well, Bushwacker Luke, Jacob Blu, King Kong Bundy, Mo, Mabel, Bushwacker Butch, Lex Luger, Mantaur, Aldo Montoya, Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn, Bob Backlund, Steven Dunn, Dick Murdoch, Adam Bomb, Fatu & Crush

Stipulation has it that the winner of the rumble would be accompanied by the star of the hit tv show, Baywatch, Pamela Anderson (In her prime). This rumble will always be remembered as Shawn Michaels (well know this so why hide it) winning it as the number 1 entrant. My grievance of this rumble is that the time intervals between entry’s was reduced to 1 minute instead of the usual 2. Thus made this match heavily rushed and didn’t tell much of a story despite the huge statistic in the books.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

Horrible show that it’s main attraction was shortlived with the time reduced time and it’s undercard with the exception of two matches weren’t memorable at all. Despite the historic highlight, this show as a whole lies in the bottom of the barrel within the rumble shows. I don’t recommend this show at all because it’s biggest highlights are profiled just about everywhere and leaves the rest forgotten.

Verdict: 6/10

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1. Tatanka vs. Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon

Bigelow is substituting an absent Ludvig Borga who was scheduled as Tatanka’s original opponent after he snapped the Native American’s 20 month undefeated streak. This turned out better than expected as they’ve been rivals for quite some time and delivered a fun opener full of athleticism from not very athletic looking individuals.
Grade: B-

 

2. WWF World Tag Team Championship
The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre) (c) w/Johnny Polo vs. The Hart Brothers (Bret & Owen Hart)

Outstanding performance by all four competitors that sure made Canada proud. Scientific Wrestling 101 was in session with full of lessons. On a side note, the seeds of the famous Hart family feud was planted at the Survivor Series a few months earlier. The outcome of this match solidified that dissension within the Hart family with Owen breaking away from “the shadow” of Bret. Couldn’t have happened in a better time.
Grade: B

 

3. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon (c) vs. IRS

Story here is the IRS stole Ramon’s jewelery take up for tax payments. LOL. Anyways, this match didn’t deliver a house and certainly served as a filler for this PPV. However, interference by Shawn Michaels escalated the feud between HBK & Razor leading up to their legendary Ladder Match.
Grade: C-

 

4. WWF Championship
Casket Match
Yokozuna (c) w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer

Taker was in the midst of a series of feuds with monsters let it be giants, super heavyweights or ominous characters. One thing they all have in common is that their soap opera were very good and the actual matches were stinkers. This one was no exception and this would definitely be up there as one of the worst title matches in history. However, the true highlight of this whole thing was the infamous incident where a group of 9 superstars consisting of Crush, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Diesel, Jeff Jarrett and others ganged up on the Deadman and sealed him in the casket in a very shocking and strange moment where Taker apparently dies and has his ghost rise up.
Grade: DUD

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Scott Steiner, Samu, Rick Steiner, Kwang, Owen Hart, Bart Gunn, Diesel, Bob Backlund, Billy Gun, Virgil, Randy Savage, Jeff Jarrett, Crush, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel, Sparky Plugg, Shawn Michaels, Mo, Greg Valentine, Tatanka, The Great Kabuki, Lex Luger, Genichiro Tenryu, Rick Martel, Bret Hart, Fatu, Marty Jannetty & Adam Bomb

This rumble was very known for a few reasons. First of all, a chunk of the participants were replacements for injured, absent and fired wrestlers. Second, this would mark the first and only rumble where there are two winners after a very controversial finish. The rumble served it’s purpose but the noticeable replacements weakened the rumble as most of these were either on their way out of the company or doing a one time appearance.
Grade: C+

 

Final Thoughts:

The show started really good despite the huge decrease of star power but from midway through and beyond it crash landed. At the time the WWF was in a very vulnerable situation as stars like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Ted Dibiase were no longer competing as some left the company and others retired did broadcasting. On the flipside, it opened the door for many up and coming wrestlers to make a name for themselves and long time performers getting bigger roles. I mildly recommend this show for the highlight reel of the event.

Verdict: 7/10

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1. The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)

The Steiners make their WWF PPV debuts in a very unimpressive fashion. A lot of sloppiness from the brotherly duo ruined a potential great tag match.
Grade: F+

 

2. WWF Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Marty Jannetty

The Rockers had split a year prior and commenced the legendary career of HBK. Jannetty still had unfinished business with the IC champion and made sure he got his revenge. However, the match’s balance was determined with a third person, Sherri Martel. She was in dissension with her client Shawn Michaels and was the wildcard in this match in which she choose who’s corner will she partake. The match was alright but Jannetty at times was out of it so I wonder if this could’ve been a whole lot better than it was.Grade: B-

 

3. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Big Boss Man

Bigelow made his way back to the WWF with a huge mean streak while Boss Man was on his way out of the WWF in jobber fashion. Go figure.
Grade: DUD

 

4. WWF Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. Razor Ramon

Hart did the unthinkable and defeated Ric Flair for the title a few months back. Ramon was beginning his WWF career in great fashion as a second only to Ric Flair heel. Good match by both competitors but it looked too routinely for Bret Hart in this match doing pretty much the same in his any other day match instead of going an extra mile.
Grade: B-

 

Segment: Bobby Heenan takes the mic and goes bananas over the unveiling of the Narcissist Lex Luger who makes his WWF debut. Luger cuts a heel promo and flexes his body like he always has throughout his career and added little to know significance. Brain having perhaps his biggest orgasm in his life was definitely a moment to see in this segment.

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Ric Flair, Bob Backlund, Papa Shango, Ted Dibiase, Brian Knobbs, Virgil, Jerry Lawler, Max Moon, Genichiro Tenryu, Mr. Perfect, Skinner, Koko B Ware, Samu, The Berzerker, The Undertaker, Terry Taylor, Damien Demento, IRS, Tatanka, Jerry Sags, Typhoon, Fatu, Earthquake, Carlos Colon, Tito Santana, Rick Martel, Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Repo Man & Randy Savage

This marks in history as the first rumble to have it’s winner get a shot at the WWF title at WrestleMania. This was also one of the weakest rumbles in history. In comparison to 1992, this was horrible and I don’t blame it on the participants. The huge star power it had the year prior was gone. The absence of Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, British Bulldog, The Ultimate Warrior and others drained huge of the WWF’s power. On a side note, this marked the debut of Giant Gonzalez for those who’d care.Grade: C+

 

Final Thoughts:

Like I stated above in the rumble match, this was a very weak show as a whole with a lot of the star power not being present as they were all gone from the WWF and would start a recession within the WWF’s popularity. I sincerely don’t recommend this show unless you want to for the yearly rumble nostalgia.

Verdict: 5.5/10

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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

 

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1. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Janetty) vs. The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) w/Mr. Fuji

Despite the obviously opposite images, these two teams know each other very well from their days at the AWA. With that being said the chemistry and performance here was top notch. I would go as far to say that this is one of the top tag matches in the WWF’s history. If you have been paying attention to HBK’s video releases he has mentioned this match as one of his favorites so there’s a confirmation of it’s legitimacy. Tag team heaven.Grade: B+

 

Segment – Queen Sherri pleads for the Ultimate Warrior to give the Macho King Randy Savage a shot at the WWF Championship. And in typical Warrior fashion his reply was pure savagery.

 

2. The Barbarian w/Bobby Heenan vs. The Big Bossman

Average match that didn’t stood out wrestling wise but entertainment wise was a whole different ballpark.
Grade: C

 

3. WWF Championship
The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/General Adnan

Slaughter was in his prime in the WWF ranks as the once American Hero who turned his back on his country and sympathized Iraq. This huge at the time since the US was in the midst of the Gulf War with Iraq. Despite the cosmetic attractions in this match, this was appalling and one of the worst PPV matches of all time.
Grade: F

 

4. Ted Dibiase & Virgil vs. Dusty Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes
For the major part of 1990, Dusty has been tormented by the Million Dollar Man in every way possible. Dibiase bought Sapphire from Dusty and broke his heart. Also his son Dustin (the future Goldust) was making a name for himself in the WWF and Dibiase was more than happy to add more salt to the American Dream’s wounds. This match or should I say it’s aftermatch will always be remembered in history as Virgil finally let his frustrations out on the Million Dollar Man after years of torture and humiliation. As for the match, you could live without.
Grade: D

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Bret Hart, Dino Bravo, Greg Valentine, Paul Roma, Kerry Von Erich, Rick Martel, Saba Simba, Bushwhacker Butch, Jake Roberts, Hercules, Tito Santana, The Undertaker, Jimmy Snuka, The British Bulldog, Smash, Road Warrior Hawk, Shane Douglas, Road Warrior Animal, Crush, Randy Savage,  Jim Duggan, Earthquake, Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan, Haku, Jim Neidhart, Bushwhacker Luke, Warlord, Brian Knobbs & Tugboat

This felt just like an exact replica of the previous year’s Rumble match with different character sprites. Still a fun rumble nonetheless.
Grade: B-

 

Final Thoughts:

This show perhaps had it’s best opener it’s entire history of Royal Rumble’s. 20 years ago this was a great show but looking at it now it’s really not that special but at the time it served it’s purpose. I sincerely recommend it for the opening match and it’s legendary moments.

Verdict: 6.25/10