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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The WWF in 1992

Well, this past weekend was WrestleMania 31. And man was it a great 'Mania. It was stacked full of excellent matches, surprise victories, guest appearances, and The Undertaker going 22-1 at WrestleMania. Overall, it reminded me how much fun wrestling can be. It also reminded me of what wrestling was like when I first became a fan in late 1991/early 1992.

Hulk Hogan was the WWF champion, Bret Hart won the Intercontinental title for the first time, the "rookie" of the year for the WWF was the Undertaker, and Ric Flair just debuted as the "real" world's heavyweight champion. With all of this in mind, I thought it would be fun to go back and watch the PPVs from that year. Let me tell you, 1992 was a tremendous year for the WWF. Here is a very brief recap of 1992 WWF.

Royal Rumble:

- Ric Flair enters #3 in the Royal Rumble and goes onto to win the match and the vacanted WWF heavyweight championship. The lowest entry to win at that point. Plus we got, what can be considered the greatest promo of all time.

-Roddy Piper defeated the Mountie to win his first and only Intercontinental championship.

- The Macho Man Randy Savage is reinstated by President Jack Tunney after a dastardly attack by Jake "The Snake" Roberts, in which Roberts unleashes his king cobra on the Macho Man. The intensity of the rival is unparalleled.

WrestleMania 8:

-Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage have an unbelievable match for the WWF championship, in which Macho Man wins the title.

-Shawn Michaels competes in his first WrestleMania as a singles wrestler. This sets the stage for him becoming known as Mr. WrestleMania

-Bret the Hitman Hart defeats Roddy Piper for the Intercontinental championship in one of Piper's best matches. 

- The Undertaker, who recently became a babyface, easily defeats Jake Roberts. This is the beginning of the Undertaker.

-Hulk Hogan retires for the first time and the Ultimate Warrior returns.

SummerSlam 92:

- Takes place in front of 80,000 people in Wembley Stadium.

-The British Bulldog defeats Bret Hart for the Intercontinental championship belt in an absolute classic.

-Macho Man and the Ultimate Warrior have a very good match for the WWF Title.

-The Undertaker makes the first, of what would become many more, memorable entrances.

Survivor Series 92

- The brand new WWF champion Bret The Hitman Hart defends the WWF championship against the brand new Intercontinental champion Shawn Michaels. This is their first headlining PPV against one another, and is a hidden gem of a match.

-The Underaker Kamala casket match. No more needs to be said.

- Mr. Perfect joins forces with Macho Man Randy Savage to take on Ric Flair and Razor Ramon.

And the icing on the cake, majority of these PPVs are called by the great Gorilla Monsoon and the one and only Bobby The Brain Heenan. 

So in short, the WWF/WWE in 1992 has some fantastic wrestling, fun story lines, and the Brain. If you are a wrestling fan, what more do you need?


Matt Maldre said...

the beveled logo says it all

Chi-Town Kid 83 said...

Yeah it does.