Kayfabe! Earthquake Ends Hulkamania?!

Over six years since Hulk Hogan won his first WWF World Championship in January 1984, dozens of wrestlers had attempted to end the Hulkamania craze and win the WWF World Championship. Over those years, guys like Roddy Piper, King Kong Bundy, and Andre the Giant weren’t able to walk away with the championship.

However, that all changed when the Ultimate Warrior squared off against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in Toronto. Warrior was able to avoid the devastating leg drop and pinned Hogan in the middle of the ring to win his first WWF World Championship. Warrior had dethroned Hogan and ushered in a new era. Hulkamania may be dead. Read more of this post

The Match #9: Money Inc. Vs. The Natural Disasters In WWF ’92

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In early 1992, Money Incorporated formed consisting of Ted DiBiase, IRS and Jimmy Hart. In short time, they won the tag titles in February when Hart inserted the new team into a match against the Legion of Doom instead of his clients, the Natural Disasters. Naturally, Earthquake and Typhoon didn’t like that and they began to feud. They’d have match at WrestleMania, but there wasn’t a decisive winner thanks to Money Inc. taking a count-out loss.

Eventually, the Natural Disasters would win the WWF Tag Team Championships on July 20th, 1992 at a house show in Worcester, MA. They’d have a brief feud with the Beverly Brothers over the summer before Money Inc. reemerged as challengers in the fall. Which, sets up the match I’m focusing on in this article.

The match took place on October 13th, 1992 and aired on November 1st on WWF Wrestling Challenge, which was a syndicated show for the WWF. The title match took place in Regina, SK. Read more of this post

Inside The Magazine Volume #16: WWF Magazine July ’92

Fallout from WrestleMania VIII continues in this edition of WWE Magazine. Shawn Michaels and Sensational sit down for an interview. Papa Shango’s curse on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted. Plus, the Legion of Doom and Beverly Brothers have developed a hatred for each other due to their different upbringings. Read more of this post

Inside The Magazine Volume #1: The Wrestler June ’95

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The first edition of a new series I’m doing is called Inside The Magazine, which is rather self-explanatory. I have way too many magazines, and that number continues to grow. I thought it might be interesting to take a look inside some of the old magazines and look at what was written about, maybe something crazy happened at the time. Perhaps in the results section of a PWI there was a shocking match or something along those lines. I think this will be fun…

I have plenty of magazines to choose from, so it’s really just the first one out of a pile. For this first installment, I’ll be looking at The Wrestler Magazine from June 1995. The cover of the magazine is the British Bulldog who is hyped as barking and is ready to bite. Mind you, this is before his heel turn on WWF television. There appears to be quite a lot about Big Bubba Rogers, as well. Read more of this post

A Look Back At: The 1990 PWI Awards

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Recently, I started to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 magazine series that started in 1991. That seems to have gotten some traction as a popular idea. Thus, I decided to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Year-End Awards that the magazine issues out each year.

The Year-End Awards date back to 1972. I’m not going to start at the very beginning. Instead, since the PWI 500 was introduced in 1991, I’ll stay with that theme of the 1990s and begin the series in 1990. I may go back at do the late 80s, but for now I’ll start with 1990.

Lets take a look back at the PWI Awards and see how the fans voted for various awards. Read more of this post