Rebooking The WWF: WrestleMania IX
The rebooking of WrestleMania IX has arrived. Who walks out a winner at the big event? Check it out!
World Wrestling Federation presents WrestleMania IX
From: Las Vegas, NV
Arena: Caesars Palace
Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan
March to WrestleMania IX Pre-Show Match: the Beverly Brothers defeated the Nasty Boys:
WWF WrestleMania IX opening video voiced by Vince McMahon opens the show.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are on commentary and are wearing togas! Monsoon jokes about never thinking he would see a Weasel wearing a toga. Heenan ignores the joke and says that tonight he will be last man laughing when Lex Luger and Ric Flair win their respective matches! Monsoon runs down the show before sending it over to The Fink to kick off the action!
Opening Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka for the title: Michaels backs off from Tatanka for the first few moments before trying to cheap shot Tatanka from behind, but fails. Tatanka backs Michaels into a corner delivering several overhand strikes and right hands. Tatanka hip tosses Michaels out of the corner and connects with a few clotheslines before Michaels bails to the floor. Tatanka follows Michaels to the floor and chases the champion around the ring. Michaels slides into the ring and stomps away on Tatanka to gain the upper hand. Michaels sends Tatanka into the ropes and dropkicks the challenger for a two count. Michaels sets Tatanka up and connects with a snap suplex followed by a series of right hands from the mount position. Michaels taunts the fans until Tatanka gets to his feet and plants Michaels with an atomic drop after avoiding a wild clothesline attempt. Tatanka sends Michaels into the ropes and drives Michaels down to the mat with a snap power slam for a near fall. Tatanka goes to pick Michaels up but is sent to the floor by Michaels. Michaels sends Tatanka shoulder first into the ring post and delivers a shoulder breaker on the floor. Michaels rolls Tatanka back into the ring and heads to the top rope. Michaels leaps off but misses a big splash! Tatanka sends Michaels into the ropes and flapjacks the champ! Tatanka takes Michaels down with a back suplex and heads to the top rope. However, Michaels gets to his feet and crotches Tatanka on the top rope. Michaels attempts a superplex but Tatanka shoves Michaels off! Tatanka regains his footing and leaps off nailing Michaels with an overhand chop! Tatanka goes for the cover but Michaels pops his shoulder up at two! Tatanka looks for a backdrop but Michaels blocks it with a swinging neck breaker. Michaels heads to the top rope and leaps off connecting with a moonsault for a near fall. Michaels signals for the super kick and waits for Tatanka to get up. Tatanka eventually gets up and turns around only to block the super kick and spin Michaels around before hitting Michaels with the End of the Trail (Samoan Drop)! Tatanka goes for the cover and gets the three count to win the title! (Tatanka over Shawn Michaels, 12:34, **½)
After the match, Tatanka celebrates his huge title win.
Second Contest: Marty Jannetty vs. Doink the Clown in a special bonus match: Jannetty arm drags Doink several times kick off the match until Doink stops Jannetty with an eye rake. Doink follows up with a double under hook overhead suplex for a two count in the early stages of the contest. Doink grabs Jannetty and quickly hit’s a side belly to belly suplex for a two count. Jannetty comes off the ropes and head scissors Doink to the floor. Jannetty takes Doink out with a slingshot cross body! Jannetty rolls Doink back into the ring and leaps off the top rope only to miss a leg drop. Doink grabs Jannetty and connects with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Jannetty reverses a go behind and sends Doink chest first into a turnbuckle. Doink staggers out and is met with a running bulldog from Jannetty! Doink manages to get out of the Rocker Dropper and plants Jannetty with a DDT. Doink connects with a German suplex before heading to the top rope and hitting Jannetty with the Whoopee Cushion to win the bout. (Doink the Clown over Marty Jannetty, 7:08, **3/4)
Backstage, Mean Gene is standing with Jim Duggan. Duggan is waving the American flag and proclaims that tonight USA will come out on top and will send Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji back to Japan where they belong, tough guy!
Third Contest: Jim Duggan vs. Yokozuna Duggan starts off the contest with a series of right hands and clotheslines trying to knock Yoko off his feet but fails. Duggan runs into a savant kick and is clotheslined by Yoko. Yoko sends Duggan into a corner but misses a running back splash. Duggan attempts a scoop slam but Yoko falls on top of Duggan and nearly wins the match. Yoko works on Duggan for a few moments with several strikes and a nerve hold. Duggan battles to his feet and comes off the ropes nailing Yoko with a leaping shoulder block, which staggers Yoko. Duggan quickly follows up with several running clotheslines but Yoko still doesn’t go down. Duggan heads to the middle rope and leaps off nailing Yoko with another clothesline to finally knock Yoko off his feet! Duggan goes for the cover but Yoko easily kicks out. Duggan heads to the corner looking to go for running football tackle but Mr. Fuji grabs Duggan’s foot. Duggan tries to get his hands on Fuji in the corner but is eventually splashed by Yoko! Duggan crashes to the mat where Yoko soon connects with the Bonsai Drop, twice, to earn the win! (Yokozuna over Jim Duggan, 6:46, **)
Jerry Lawler makes his way out with a microphone and says that no one was man enough to answer his challenge tonight. Lawler gloats that he is officially 1-0 at WrestleMania! Lawler wants the referee to count to ten so he can claim his victory. However, by the time the referee gets to the count of nine, familiar music begins to play. Lawler doesn’t know what is going on until.. Owen Hart comes running down to the ring answering the open challenge! Lawler isn’t taking Owen Hart seriously as the bell sounds!
Fourth Contest: Jerry Lawler vs. Owen Hart in an open challenge match: Lawler works on Owen with several knee lifts and jabs. Lawler nails Owen with a running clothesline in the corner and appears to be taking this challenge rather lightly. Lawler side slams Owen for a two count. Lawler casually sends Owen into the ropes but is met with a spinning heel kick which sends Lawler staggering backwards and Lawler falls to the floor! Owen quickly bounces off the ropes and takes Lawler out with a suicide dive and the fans shocked to see this offensive explosion from Owen! Back in the ring, Owen grabs Lawler and dropkicks Lawler into a corner. Owen charges towards the corner but is met with a big boot from Lawler. Lawler leaps off the middle rope looking for a double axe handle but is dropkicked in midair! Owen follows up with a gut wrench suplex and a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Owen gets distracted asking the referee about the count and is low blowed by Lawler. Lawler connects with a delayed vertical suplex and few standing fist drops. Lawler leaps off the middle rope and knee drops Owen for a two count. Lawler grabs Owen and spikes Owen with a pile driver. However, Lawler isn’t done and goes for another one after taunting the fans. Lawler has Owen set up but Owen manages to drop down and rolls Lawler up for a shocking three count! (Owen Hart over Jerry Lawler, 7:23, **¼)
After the match, Owen rolls to the floor and celebrates his big win while Lawler flips out in the ring.
Backstage, Mean Gene is standing with the Steiner Brothers. Scott talks about tonight being a night they have been waiting for there entire career and that they will not mess up this chance. Rick chimes in saying that they are going to tear apart Money Inc. and take their precious championships tonight!
Fifth Contest: WWF World Tag Team Champions Money Inc. vs. the Steiner Brothers for the titles: IRS and Rick started off the contest trading right hands until IRS rammed Rick back first into a corner. IRS delivers several right hands and sends Rick across the ring. Rick comes storming out of the corner and clotheslines IRS. Rick follows up with a few scoop slams until IRS rolls to a corner and asks for a timeout. Rick stalks towards IRS but is poked in the eye. IRS stops Rick with a jaw breaker and connects with a back suplex. IRS continues to club away on Rick before connecting with a snap suplex for a two count. DiBiase tags in and scoop slams Rick before working on IRS with a chin lock. Rick battles out of the hold but runs into a back elbow from DiBiase. DiBiase follows up with several standing fist drops and comes off the ropes connecting with a knee drop. DiBiase attempts a pile driver but Rick is able to backdrop DiBiase. Rick misses a clothesline and DiBiase drops Rick with a reverse neck breaker. DiBiase attempts a gut wrench suplex but Rick is able to block it. Rick sends DiBiase into the ropes and power slams DiBiase! Rick quickly gets up and connects with a German suplex! Rick goes for the cover but DiBiase kicks out. Rick rolls over to his corner and tags in Scott Steiner. Scott cleans house with clotheslines and an exploder suplex on IRS! DiBiase tries to attack Scott from behind but that doesn’t last long. Scott blocks a backdrop by hitting DiBiase with a double under hook power bomb! Scott goes for the cover but IRS breaks up the count! Scott clotheslines IRS to the floor where Rick brawls with IRS. DiBiase low blows Scott from behind and nearly gets the cheap win. DiBiase pulls Scott up and nails Scott with a short arm clothesline. DiBiase heads to the middle rope and leaps off looking for a double axe handle but is caught by Scott who takes DiBiase over with a spinning side belly to belly suplex. Scott sends DiBiase into the ropes and plants DiBiase with a tilt a whirl side slam. Scott comes off the ropes but IRS knees Scott in the back allowing DiBiase to connect with a hammerlock scoop slam. IRS tags back in and works on Scott with an abdominal stretch while using the ropes and DiBiase for leverage. Scott is able to hip toss out of the hold and avoids a lariat to tag in Rick. Rick cleans house on the champions with several lariats and snap power slams IRS for a near fall. All four men brawl in the ring for several moments until Scott cross bodies DiBiase over the top rope to the floor. The referee is distracted by Scott and DiBiase brawling while IRS crotches Rick on the top rope, preventing a bulldog attempt. IRS ends up grabbing the steel briefcase and nails Rick right in the face! Rick crashes down to the mat. The referee turns around as IRS is covering Rick. IRS manages to get the three count on an unconscious Rick Steiner! (Money Inc. over Steiner Brothers, 14:26, ***¼)
Before the next match, Bigelow reveals to have a manager named Luna Vachon, who is keeping possession of the urn of Bigelow.
Sixth Contest: The Undertaker vs. Bam-Bam Bigelow Taker goes to the floor and stalks Vachon until Bigelow leaps off the apron and clotheslines Taker to the floor. Bigelow stomps away on Taker before sending Taker into the ring steps. Bigelow rolls Taker back into the ring and hits Taker with a slingshot body splash from the apron into the ring but only gets a two count. Bigelow taunts the fans as Taker sits up much to delight of the Vegas crowd. Bigelow continues to club away on Taker until Taker grabs Bigelow and tosses him into a corner delivering a flurry of right hands and chokes Bigelow. Taker sends Bigelow into a corner and connects with a running clothesline. Taker comes off the ropes and nails Bigelow with a big boot for a two count. Taker twists Bigelow’s arm and heads to the top rope to walk across but Bigelow is able to yank Taker off the ropes and Taker flips over crashing to the canvas! Bigelow quickly follows up with several falling head butts and gets a two count. Bigelow sends Taker into a corner where Bigelow big splashes Taker. Bigelow drops Taker with a back suplex and comes off the ropes connecting with a senton splash for a two count. Bigelow signals for the end and heads to the top rope but is crotched by Taker. Taker power slams Bigelow off the top rope and slowly gets to his feet as the fans are heavily behind him. Taker ducks a clothesline and side slams Bigelow. Taker goes for the choke slam and drives Bigelow down to the mat! Taker goes for the cover but Bigelow kicks out at two! Vachon gets on the apron with the urn, which gets Taker’s attention. The referee is trying to get Vachon off the apron but she refuses. Taker grabs Luna but let’s go after Bearer tells Taker to turn around. Taker turns around only to be met with a fireball from Bigelow! Taker falls to the canvas covering his face. Bigelow heads to the top rope and leaps off connecting with a diving head butt! Bigelow covers Taker and picks up the huge win! (Bam-Bam Bigelow over the Undertaker, 12:17, **¾)
After the match, several officials run down to the ring with water dumping the water on Taker’s face. Bigelow and Vachon celebrate the win taunting the fans with the urn.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan hype up the Randy Savage vs. Razor Ramon feud. Heenan heavily puts over Ramon while Monsoon believes that the veteran Randy Savage will prevail.
Seventh Contest: Randy Savage vs. Razor Ramon: Ramon taunts several fans on the floor until Savage leaps off the top rope and double axe handles Ramon face first into the guard railing! Savage mounts Ramon hammering away on Ramon for several moments. Savage tosses Ramon back into the ring and leaps off the top rope connecting with another double axe handle for a near fall. Savage clotheslines Ramon a few times and plays to the crowd as Ramon struggles to his feet. Savage comes off the ropes looking for a cross body but Ramon catches Savage connecting with a fall away slam. Ramon stomps away on Savage in the corner for a few moments. Ramon places Savage on the top turnbuckle and slaps Savage a few times. Ramon connects with a superplex and gets a two count on a pin attempt. Ramon maintains control with a sleeper hold for a few moments. Savage battles to his feet and backs Ramon into a corner delivering several back elbow strikes. Savage hip tosses Ramon out of the corner and charges towards Ramon only to be dropped throat first across the top rope! Ramon places Savage on the top rope with his back facing the ring. Ramon climbs to the middle rope and drives Savage down to the mat with a back suplex. Ramon taunts the fans before finally covering Savage but only manages to get a near fall. Ramon continues his offense with a front slam and a flapjack. Ramon maintains control of Savage with an abdominal stretch while using the ropes for leverage until the referee kicks Ramon’s hand off and Savage hip tosses Ramon. Savage quickly comes off the ropes and drops Ramon with a hook clothesline. Savage atomic drops Ramon and knee lifts Ramon to the floor. Ramon gets back on the apron and blocks a suplex attempt by dropping Savage throat first across the top rope. Ramon leaps off the middle rope looking for a bulldog but Savage side steps it. Ramon walks right into a DDT and is knocked out. Savage heads to the top rope and leaps off connecting with the flying elbow drop! Savage covers and pins Ramon! (Randy Savage over Razor Ramon, 15:49, ***)
Before the next match, Jim Ross makes his WWF announcing debut by joining Gorilla Monsoon on commentary as Heenan manages Luger in the next contest. Heenan has ditched the toga.
Eighth Contest: Lex Luger vs. Mr. Perfect: They start off the contest trading right hands with Perfect getting the upper hand and coming off the ropes only to be stopped by Luger with a back breaker. Luger sends Perfect into the ropes again and connects with a snap power slam for a two count. Luger hammers away on Perfect in the corner until Perfect fights back with several open hand slaps. Perfect dropkicks Luger and follows up with a rolling neck snap. Perfect snap suplex Luger a couple of times before hitting Luger with a swinging neck breaker for a two count. Perfect goes for the Perfect Plex but Luger gets out of it with a back suplex. Luger delivers two backbreakers and gets a two count. Luger tosses Perfect into a corner which sends Perfect flipping over the ropes and to the floor. Heenan gets a few cheap shots in on Perfect until Perfect gets to his feet and stalks towards Heenan. Luger heads to the floor and knees Perfect in the back which sends Perfect over the guard railing into the crowd. Luger tries to grab Perfect but instead Perfect fights back with a flurry of right hands. Perfect sets Luger up for a suplex into the crowd and connects! Perfect mounts Luger on the floor and delivers several right hands until Heenan tries to pull Perfect off by his hair. Perfect gets up and tosses Heenan over the railing back to the ringside area. Perfect gets distracted and Luger nails Perfect over the back of the head with a running forearm smash which flips Perfect over the railing back to the ringside area. Perfect appears to be knocked out. Luger rolls Perfect back into the ring and props Perfect up to his feet. Luger comes off the ropes and nails Perfect with a second running forearm smash. Luger covers a dazed Perfect and gets the three count! (Lex Luger over Mr. Perfect, 11:44, ***)
After the match, Luger celebrates on the middle rope as the fans jeer him. Heenan stands over an unconscious Perfect gloating the whole time!
Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross hype up the main event between WWF World Champion Bret Hart and Ric Flair. Neither man knows who will come out on top as they believe Hart and Flair are equals!
Main Event: WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair for the title: The match starts off with Flair taking Hart down with a drop toe hold and slaps the back of Hart’s head a few times. Hart rolls to the corner and pops up staring at Flair. They lock up with Hart getting the upper hand with a drop toe hold and slaps the back of Flair’s head. They lock up again with Flair getting a side headlock on Hart and delivers several right hands until Hart takes Flair down with a back suplex. Hart quickly backs Flair into a corner and hammers away on Flair for a few moments. Hart sends Flair into the ropes and connects with a clothesline for a two count. Hart hooks Flair up and delivers a couple of snap suplex before coming off the ropes with a forearm drop. Flair backs off in a corner but kicks Hart in the lower midsection area. Flair proceeds to chop Hart several times before sending Hart into the ropes connecting with a backdrop for a two count. Flair keeps control of Hart with a knee breaker and stomps away on Hart’s knee for a few moments before switching to a leg lock. Hart is able to reach the bottom rope but is kicked to the floor by Flair. Flair follows Hart and rams Hart shoulder first into the ring post. Flair taunts several fans in the front row before dropping Hart groin first across the railing right in front of the those fans! Flair chops Hart off the railing and Hart falls to the floor. Hart manages to counter an Irish whip attempt by back dropping Flair on the floor! Hart rolls Flair back into the ring and leaps off the middle rope nailing Flair with a clothesline for a near fall. Flair pulls the referee away as he low blows Hart and drives Hart down to the mat with a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Flair heads to the top rope but is cut off by Hart who slams Flair off the top to the mat. Hart tosses Flair into a corner where Flair flips over onto the apron and again tries to head to the top rope but is crotched by Hart. Hart heads to the top rope and connects with a big superplex! Hart picks Flair up to deliver a backbreaker, side Russian leg sweep and a forearm drop as he leaps off the middle rope! Hart quickly goes to Flair’s legs and after a brief struggle locks in the Sharpshooter! Flair tries to reach the bottom rope but is unable to as Hart really adds some pressure to the hold. Flair is forced to submit! (Bret Hart over Ric Flair, 19:02, ***¾)
After the match, WWF World Champion Bret Hart celebrates his win as Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross sign off!
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31-year old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Longtime fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Vikings. Avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on the old school wrestling.
Having Bam Bam defeat Taker here is not OK, because that would screw up Taker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak.