WWF WrestleMania XIII 3/23/1997

March 23, 1997
Rosemont Horizon
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 18,197
Buy Rate: .77
Announcers: Jim Ross, Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler

Free-For-All:

Billy Gunn (Monte Sop) defeats Flash Funk (Charles Skaggs) with a Tornado DDT at 7:05

Actual Show

1) The Headbangers defeat the Godwinns, Blackjacks & Furnas & Lafon in a Four Corners match

Eliminations:
The Blackjacks were disqualified at 4:37
Furnas & Lafon were counted out at 5:00
Mosh (Chaz Warrington) pinned Phineas (Dennis Knight) after a Stage Dive at 10:37

Fun Fact: The Headbangers received their Tag Title shot against Bulldog and Owen the next night on Raw. The match went to a no-contest because Bulldog and Owen started fighting with each other in the middle of the match, which led to a famous one on one match the following week, but more on that later. The Headbangers originally debuted as “The Sisters of Love” on Shotgun Saturday Night in January. They were dressed as nuns and managed by Brother Love. As you could guess, that did not last very long, and a couple of weeks later, they debuted as the Headbangers.

Scott: The opening match to the thirteenth chapter of the legacy that is Wrestlemania showcases two stale tag teams, and two new tag teams. Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon, although exciting to watch, had shot their load at Final Four and they slowly started to fade with the emergence of so many new face teams. The Headbangers, Mosh and Thrasher, make their PPV debut, and immediately become a favorite with the fans. This is their debut on PPV, after a couple of matches on Raw. The Blackjacks are the put-together team of Justin Bradshaw, who was kind of floating around aimlessly, and Barry Windham, looking like his father Blackjack Mulligan. The Godwinns are in drastic need of a heel turn, which does happen during the year. This match is for a tag title shot the following night on Raw. The newest team gets the win, which starts them on a fairly successful year that culminates with tag team gold. The action is chaotic, but a good way to get some teams on the card. The crowd will have some exciting moments, and they try to get into this one, but there will be some dead spots. You can also see Vince McMahon starting to comment on past history during this match. He first mentions the original Blackjacks from 1975, but more surprising is that he mentions the Dynamite Kid after a move by Phil Lafon. This was a decent opener to get the show going. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A decent enough opener that showcases the new crowd favorites: Mosh and Thrasher. Heading into the match, it seemed like a formality that Furnas and Lafon would lock up the title shot, so the outcome was definitely as upset. The Bangers originally debuted as heels, but they received very strong face pops, so they quickly abandoned the heel run and changed colors. The Blackjacks were also fairly new, as Vince stuck Bradshaw, who was floating in the lower-mid-card, and Windham, who was finally relieved of his Stalker gimmick and regalia, together to help bolster his tag team division, which was getting better by the week, by was not up to top level standards just yet. The rapid-fire elimination of Furnas and Lafon and the Blackjacks was kind of lame, but the Godwinns and Bangers usually worked well together, and brought a pretty hot ending to this opener. The Bangers get a pretty good reaction for picking up the win and would try to carry their momentum over to the next night. The Godwinns lose out on a chance to go for the titles, and their frustration would boil over soon enough. Grade: 2

*** Brian Pillman and Sunny hawk the Superstar hotline, looking like they were ready to get busy. The reason I note this is because Pillman needs to hawk the hotline to get on TV while he’s healing his ankle injury. After the “Pillmanizing” of his ankle by Steve Austin in October, which was a storyline excuse for more surgery, Pillman came on Raw a couple of weeks before this show to get everyone ready for his return. Poor Sunny is now floating in aimless limbo, doing aimless chores in a short skirt. We have no problem with that, do you? ***

2) Rocky Maivia (Dwayne Johnson) defeats the Sultan (Solofa Fatu) to retain WWF Intercontinental Title with a roll-up at 9:46

Fun Fact: Honky Tonk Man is at ringside to scout talent to manage and lead to follow in his footsteps as the next “greatest I-C champion of all time.” Also, this match was thrown together at the last minute, which did not help matters, because Marc Mero, who was rumored to be starting his heel turn with an I-C Title win, went down with a serious knee injury. The seeds for the Maivia/Mero feud had been planted on Shotgun Saturday Night in January, when Mero was knocked out at ringside, Sable was left alone and Diesel (Mero’s opponent) began stalking her. Rocky (who had fought Ramon earlier) ran out from the back to help save the damsel in distress. Of course, when Mero came to, he was pissed and started a shoving match with the future Rock. Unfortunately, that was as far as the feud got and instead we get this mess. In the weeks leading up to the show, Rocky’s father’s tag team partner, Tony Atlas was showed in the crowd during Rocky’s matches. On a couple of occasions, he jumped out of the crowd to save Rocky from beatings, much to Rocky’s chagrin as he kept telling Mr. USA that he wanted to do things on his own.

Scott: Maivia’s first Wrestlemania is as Intercontinental Champion. Of course, he has no heat, as the Horizon is pretty dead as he comes to the ring. The Sultan would eventually find a better gimmick and push, but right now he’s a fat fuck in a mask. Honky Tonk Man comes out to help commentate, but that doesn’t help matters much. This match is dreadful, and is noted only for the post-match fracas. After Rocky gets the pin, there’s some double-teaming by the heels, only to have Maivia’s dad, former WWF Tag Team champ Rocky Johnson clean house to save his baby boy. There’s not much more to say here, as the match really wasn’t good. Vince, and Maivia for that matter, realize in a few months that change is necessary. Boy, would change be for the better. Grade: 1

Justin: A very, very bad match that is up there with Savage and Steele at WMII as the worst WM I-C Title match of all time. Rocky was failing fast as an upper-mid-card face and the Sultan was not the guy to put into this match. I have a hard time believing Vince had no other heels to plug in here. Hell, even Salvatore Sincere would have been better, as he could have probably carried the green Rock to a decent match. The only heat in this match is drawn by the Iron Sheik and Bob Backlund, Sultan’s managers, at ringside, but even that could not carry this to watchable levels. A member of this Chicago crowd actually changes the course of Rocky’s history, when he holds up a “Die, Rocky, Die” sign. Rocky would use that sign as impetus for his heel turn come August, but his time as I-C Champ is running out, and his days as a face are nearing an end. I always wondered why they didn’t pay off the Tony Atlas build up, as he was in the crowd here, but only Rocky Johnson comes out for the save. It seemed like they were building to feud of some sort and possibly a return for Mr. USA, but nothing ever materialized. Grade: 1

3) Hunter Hearst-Helmsley (Paul Levesque) defeats Goldust (Dustin Runnels) with a Pedigree at 13:14

Fun Fact: Chyna makes her PPV debut on the side of the Greenwich Blueblood. After the choke attack on Marlena at Final Four, Chyna attacked Marlena again the following night on Raw. Chyna started out as a young female bodybuilder, who Levesque met at a gym in the Northeast. One night in Hartford, Levesque introduced Chyna to Shawn Michaels and asked him to put a good word in to Vince for Chyna to be his manager and the rest was history.

Scott: The re-match from Royal Rumble was a notch below their first encounter, even though Helmsley now has Chyna on his side. The heat he gets from her needs to build over a few months, so the match is average and the crowd is pretty much dead. In fact, they’ve been pretty much dead for the whole show thus far. Justin and I have discussed this before, but the reason Helmsley is struggling right now is that his wrestling ability is still growing. As a heel, you need to dictate tempo with your offense. Helmsley at that moment just didn’t have a good enough offense to carry a match. He struggles to go toe to toe with Goldust, whose identity is tough to explain. He needed the face turn, but even now that looks kind of dull. The problem here is that the WWF creative landscape is becoming so serious, that goofy gimmicks are becoming stale and cheesy. Chyna shakes up Marlena to set up the finish, but her role would only get bigger as time moves on. Grade: 2

Justin: This is the final chapter of the PPV version of their feud, but these guys would battle endlessly on Raw throughout most of 1997 but Helmsley gets the big win, as he was being groomed for bigger things come June. The crowd is absolutely gone by this point, neither cheering Goldust nor booing Hunter, and they would not be woken up for a while, which is not a good sign for a Wrestlemania. There is one great visual; as Chyna shakes Marlena like a rag doll as the match closes. I still have no idea how Marlena did not break her neck the way she was violently shaken around like that. Both men were trying, but it just was not happening on this night, which is what you can say for mostly all of the matches on this card. Grade: 2

4) British Bulldog (David Smith) & Owen Hart and Mankind (Mick Foley) & Vader (Leon White) wrestle to a double count-out at 16:06; Owen Hart & British Bulldog retain WWF Tag Team Titles

Fun Fact: According to his book, Mankind was originally supposed to fight Mero at this show, and he was pissed because he hated Mero, but Mero was switched out of the match and the match was supposed to be changed to Mankind vs. Vader in a reprisal of their old WCW feud. In the final weeks, however, Mankind and Vader were told they would instead be teaming up and winning the tag belts. Bret then told Vince that Bulldog and Owen needed to keep the belts to keep his “idea” intact.

Fun Fact II: The British Bulldog won the inaugural European Title tournament by defeating his tag team partner Owen Hart in an awesome match on the March 3 Raw in Berlin, Germany. The European Title is the first newly made title in the WWF since the Intercontinental Title was created in 1979.

Scott: Ok, I have a question. Instead of putting all the teams in the 4-way tag match, and have more heels go against Owen & Bulldog; why not pick one of them out? How do you get heel heat, when there are two heel teams in the ring? The crowd reaction for this show is lousy enough, this just makes it worse. Owen and Bulldog (particularly Bulldog) continue to get face pops from the continually bored crowd, but the match itself is only mildly entertaining. The teasing of Bulldog’s face turn is thrown out the window, thanks to the Hitman. Vader and Mankind were supposed to win the titles here, but, in one of the few times Bret Hart used his “stroke”, he kept the belts on Owen and Bulldog, to push his “idea”. We won’t go into that further until later in the review, but for now a convoluted, but entertaining, match ends with a double countout. This isn’t as bad as Wrestlemanias IX or XI, but it’s getting pretty close. Two things save this show from being an absolute dud. One of them is next. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A decent tag match had absolutely no flow and further killed the crowd. Mick doesn’t bring it in his first WM match, which is a little disappointing, but he was really not put in a very good situation. I understand not wanting to kill Vader or Mankind’s heat, but to have a pathetic double-DQ ending to a bad heel vs. heel match-up just does not cut it on the “biggest show of the year,” or what is supposed to be anyway. By May, these four men would be in completely different situations, as Bulldog and Owen would get a much needed shot of heel adrenaline (thanks to Bret’s “idea”). Mankind would be on the verge of an unexpected face turn, as he would go from deranged madman to lovable weirdo (thanks to some great interviews and Foley home videos) and Vader’s heat would finally be dead in the water, which led to a change in attitude by the fall. But, for now, this match was not a highlight of any of these men’s career. Grade: 2

5) Bret Hart defeats Steve Austin (Williams) in a Submission Match when Austin passed out from the Sharpshooter at 22:03

Fun Fact: Bret’s full fledged heel turn had been hinted at on Raw the week before this show. Monsoon had signed a cage match between Bret and Sid in a rematch for the World Title. In a funny, and creative, twist, Austin kept interfering and helping Bret, because if Bret won, he would get a title shot at WM, and Taker kept helping Sid, to preserve his title bout. As the match wound down, Taker ended up costing Bret the match by slamming the cage door into his head and allowed Sid to escape with the title over the wall on the other side. Well, Bret finally snapped. Vince got in the ring to do a post match interview and Bret threw him to the mat, which was a huge shock at the time, as Vince never really got involved physically, and went on a profanity laced tirade, which led to addition of a 7-second delay by USA, directed at everyone from Vince to Shawn to Gorilla to Sid. Sid then came running back down and jumped Bret, and as they fought, the usual officials came down to break up the fight. At one point, Bret reared back and nailed Pat Patterson, also a shock at the time, which led to Vince yelling his famous line “he just hit Hall of Famer Pat Patterson, that no good son of a bitch!” Austin and Taker followed to join in the brawl, and the show closed with Shawn Michaels walking to the ring with a chair. It was a wild moment, one of the first awesome Raw endings, and an early indicator of what was to come in the Attitude era.

Scott: Only two words can describe this match: Fucking Classic. As if the absolute gem they put on at the Survivor Series wasn’t enough, these two thoroughbreds put on another clinic on wrestling. Unlike in November, which was mostly pure wrestling, this time it’s weapons, hatred, and psychology. These two absolutely beat the shit out of each other, and it completely woke the dead crowd up. From the stairs, to chairs, to cables, there was nothing these guys wouldn’t use on each other. The fans were slowly getting behind Austin since King of the Ring, and now against the always favorite Hart, the crowd was so confused, it made the match even better. In the end, Hart gets a bleeding Austin, which he received from going face first into the railing around the ring, into the Sharpshooter. Austin would yell, scream, almost reverse it, but one thing he won’t do, is quit. The shot of him yelling in pain, with blood dripping down his face, is legendary. It made the back of t-shirts, and was on the front of his first video for a short time. He eventually passes out and special referee Ken Shamrock, making his first PPV appearance, calls for the bell. Hart, not satisfied, starts pounding on the unconscious Austin, and the heel turn is complete. Hart leaves to a full, loud chorus of boos but actually, his character got better. Soon, he’d re-unite with Owen and Bulldog, and the Hart Foundation is re-born. Austin leaves to the crowd chanting “AUSTIN!! AUSTIN!! AUSTIN!!” The legend is almost complete. Austin is close to a full-fledged face, without really changing his character at all. That’s the kicker. Austin didn’t have to change his gimmick to win the fans over, and that’s why both these men are two of the greatest of all time. Things get more interesting from here on out, but this is one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. Justin and I usually don’t tell our loyal readers they have to watch anything, but if you’ve never seen this match, or you haven’t watched it in a while, watch the Survivor Series match and this match back-to-back. You truly won’t be disappointed. Grade: 5

Justin: Just an unbelievable match on so many different levels. As they entered, Bret was a face who showed tendencies of heelishness, but still had the crowd with him and Austin was a heel who had a following despite his nasty persona and ways. When the final bell rang, Bret was a hated whiner who would flip if he didn’t get his way and Austin was an unbelievable warrior who refused to submit no matter how much pain he was in. The commentary is great here as well, as Vince and JR harp on Bret’s whining and how he would make excuses if he lost. They also build up Austin’s character at the end, and how he refused to give in to the Hitman, so instead he ended up passing out in his own blood. Shamrock added a lot as special ref as well, as he brought a sense of legitimacy to the street fight, as at the time, he was only known for Ultimate Fighting, and seeing him trying to pull Bret off of Austin at the end was a neat visual. This is just a great exhibition on crowd manipulation and psychology by two all time masters. They told an awesome story in the midst of beating the shit out of each other. Bret dominated most of the offense and got booed for it. Steve took an absolute shit-kicking and earned the fans respect for doing so. Just awesome. This match can definitely lay claim to being one of the best WM matches of all time, and many could argue that it was the best. It is sometimes forgotten initially because it was on such a bad show and took place during a time when WWF was down in business. Bret’s WWF career would never be the same afterwards, as he officially turned heel the next night on Raw with his first of many “Canada is better than the U.S.” promos. Austin was kept a tweener for a couple months, but would be full fledged face by June. This match features a lot of eerie foreshadowing to the Montreal Screwjob, as Vince keeps claiming Bret is whiner and is screwing himself over and is extremely paranoid about the World Title. Watch the match with that in mind, and you will pick up on a lot of subtleties. Go Watch This Match! Grade: 5

6) The Legion of Doom & Ahmed Johnson (Tony Norris) defeat Faarooq (Ron Simmons), Crush (Bryan Adams) & Savio Vega (Juan Rivera) in a Chicago Street Fight when Animal (Joe Laurinatis) pins Crush with a 2X4 shot at 10:44

Fun Fact: The Legion of Doom made their return to the WWF on the Manhattan Center Raw in February. Most of Vince’s roster was on an overseas tour, so he needed some talent to fill out the show. He imported LOD as a one night surprise, in addition to allowing Paul Heyman show off his ECW stars. LOD got such a response that Vince decided to give them another shot and sign them up. This six man was originally supposed to be a one-on-one match between Faarooq and Ahmed, but Johnson did not want to be outnumbered any longer, so he claimed the LOD would be there backing him up. Somewhere in the confusion, the match was changed to a six man Chicago Street Fight, which was a good idea.

Fun Fact II: This is the LOD’s first WWF PPV match since the 1992 Summerslam. Since then Hawk and Animal had a slight falling out, and Hawk went on his own to Japan and even a quick stop in ECW. They reunited and went to WCW, before returning at the aforementioned February 23 Raw.

Scott: After the epic that was Hart/Austin, this is another brutal fight between 6 brawlers. The Nation of Domination was still fairly fresh, and at least the very long feud with Ahmed Johnson is reaching a head here. The LOD is returning for the first time since 1992, and get a tremendous pop in their home town. There were twice as many weapons, and twice as many stiff shots. Ahmed actually gets a pretty good shot when he bodyslams Faarooq on the Spanish Table. Crush gets put in the Doomsday Device, a 2X4 shot, and it is goodnight NOD. PG-13 would take a being and get a double Doomsday Device for their troubles. LOD would feud with the big teams throughout 1997, and conclude their great career with a whimper. Not the team we saw slaughter jobbers in AWA in the early 80s. Age is definitely catching up to them, but they’re still crowd favorites. With the influx of new talent, and the re-hashing of the roster continuing, Ahmed Johnson seems to be falling behind with the times. 1996 seems like a distant memory compared to now. His ring work becomes sloppy, and his importance becomes less and less. The Nation continues throughout 1997, but by the end of the year, their identity changes as well. A solid brawl and the crowd has been woken up. Grade: 3

Justin: A fairly violent and entertaining brawl that was probably put in the wrong spot on the card. I am guessing Vince did not want it before Austin and Bret, because then the crowd has already seen a brawl/street fight, and Austin/Bret was the important one, with the storyline that needed to be hammered home, so I guess they did not want to jeopardize a reaction to that match. With that said, however, the way the card was structured, there were 4 heatless, boring matches to start the show and then two straight street fights, which makes this card so unbalanced that the crowd is just taken out of the show. They needed a filler-type match here to spell the crowd (Rocky-Sultan?) between the Street Fights. As for the match itself, it was a very energetic brawl that featured some cool spots and some good, solid violence. Faarooq, in particular, takes some nasty shots and bumps, including a sick fall from the top rope to the floor. He actually sustained a few injuries in this match, and would be out of action for a month or so. This was the best type of match for these six men, as none of them were great wrestlers, but they were all great brawlers. This was a solid match that suffered more from its card position than the actual action of the match itself. Grade: 3

7) Undertaker (Mark Callaway) defeats Sycho Sid (Eudy) to win WWF World Title with a Tombstone at 21:18

Fun Fact: This is Takers’ first title since he won the World Title at Survivor Series 1991. This is also Sid’s second and final Wrestlemania. His record was 0-2 and both were in Main Events.

Scott: After 6 years of bad opponents, bad storylines, and general creative bullshit, the Undertaker is finally WWF Champion again. True, his character has been so over for so long that holding the title is nothing more than an ornament on a Christmas tree. The match itself was average, particularly for a title match, at a sub-standard PPV. Not much more than power moves and rest holds. However the sub-plots of this match are important. Shawn Michaels, who passed on this show to “find his smile”, was commentating at ringside. The tension between Michaels and Hart is reaching a fever pitch. Hart interferes in this match three times, the last time causing Sid to walk into a Tombstone, and the Deadman finally is rewarded for bad opponents, and general bullshit. Michaels and Hart continue their on and off-camera feud throughout 1997, and by this time next year, both men would be out of the WWF spotlight. As for Sid, this is almost it. He’s part of a six-man tag match at King of The Ring, and then one Raw appearance in the summer, but then, its time to say goodbye. Michaels going “Jesus!!” when Hart came out the last time to cement his heel status was classic. There’s a chill emanating from the Rosemont Horizon, as the Phenom stands tall. Grade: 2

Justin: A pretty sluggish and boring World Title match, which helps this Wrestlemania sputter to an end. It sucks that Taker’s big moment in the sun came at such a pedestrian Wrestlemania, but you take what you can get, I guess. As Scott said, HBK is doing commentary at ringside and makes sure to get his fair share of shots in on Bret as usual. Bret also begins to solidify his heel turn by interfering in the match numerous times to whine about being screwed out of the title on Raw. He eventually costs Sid the title, and the two were supposed to fight the next month on PPV, but more on that in the next review. A nice moment for a true legend, but this was not one of the best Wrestlemania Main Events of all time. Grade: 2

FINAL ANALYSIS

Scott: Take away the Austin/Hart masterpiece and the brutal six-man brawl, and this Wrestlemania was really not that good. The undercard was kind of weak and the main event, although satisfying in the end, was dull and slow. The problem here was that with Shawn Michaels not involved, the storylines were kind of haphazardly thrown together. The build was unique because we’re really seeing the shades of gray in these characters. Everyone has a favorite, and the crowds were insane during the TV shows precluding this PPV. The only match other than the title match that had any relevance and psychology was Austin/Hart. From here however, things get better. Austin’s on his way to a full-blown babyface, the Hart Foundation would be re-formed, and the lines would be drawn in the sand between the United States and Canada. Why? Lord only knows, that’s Vince’s thinking. The ratings were still bad, and the NWO was still where it’s at in professional wrestling. Plus the backstage tension growing between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart led to some TV moments not soon forgotten in our memories. As for this Wrestlemania, it could have been much better. Final Grade: C-

Justin: A really, really bad Wrestlemania and is slightly above II and IX, in my eyes, in the battle for the worst WM ever. Buy rates, attendance and ratings were in the shitter, and this show did virtually nothing to help that. One good thing that came out of this disaster was the classic Austin/Hart match that led to the double face/heel turn, which would set in motion the storyline that would pull Raw and the WWF from the gutter. Vince really had nowhere to go but up from here and the next few shows would tread some water, but come July the WWF would be back, and be back in a big way. Raw was picking up steam and getting really fun again, but that excitement would take some time to filter its way into the PPV events. This show probably deserves a lot worse of a grade, but really, any show with a 5 star match and a really good 6-man street fight can’t have too low of a grade and based on the historical significance of Austin/Hart, it gets a bit of a bump. Final Grade: C-

MVP: Steve Austin & Bret Hart
Runner Up: Undertaker
Non-MVP: Shawn Michaels
Runner Up: Rocky Maivia

All Time PPV Active-Wrestler Roster

Tito Santana
Buddy Rose
“Special Delivery” Jones
King Kong Bundy
Ricky Steamboat
Matt Borne
Brutus Beefcake
David Sammartino
Greg Valentine
Junkyard Dog
Barry Windham
Mike Rotundo
Iron Sheik
Nikolai Volkoff
Andre the Giant
Big John Studd
Leilani Kai
Wendi Richter
Paul Orndorff
Roddy Piper
Mr. T
Hulk Hogan
Corporal Kirschner
Adrian Adonis
Dynamite Kid
Randy Savage
Ivan Putski
Davey Boy Smith
Moondog Spot
Terry Funk
Don Muraco
Bob Orton
George Steele
George Wells
Jake Roberts
Fabulous Moolah
Velvet McIntyre
Ted Arcidi
Tony Atlas
Brian Blair
Jim Brunzell
Bret Hart
Jim Neidhart
Hillbilly Jim
King Tonga (Haku)
Pedro Morales
Bruno Sammartino
Danny Spivey
Jim Covert
Russ Francis
Bill Fralic
Ernie Holmes
Harvey Martin
William Perry
Hercules
Uncle Elmer
Dory Funk, Jr.
Rick Martel
Tom Zenk
Billy Jack Haynes
Hillbilly Jim
Haiti Kid
Little Beaver
Lord Littlebrook
Little Tokyo
Harley Race
Jacques Rougeau
Raymond Rougeau
Danny Davis
Butch Reed
Koko B. Ware
Honky Tonk Man
Jim Duggan
Ron Bass
Judy Martin
Dawn Marie
Donna Christanello
Sherri Martel
Noriyoi Tateno
Itsuki Yamazaki
Rockin’ Robin
Ax
Smash
Tama
Boris Zhukov
Jim Powers
Paul Roma
One Man Gang
Rick Rude
Ken Patera
Bam Bam Bigelow
Ultimate Warrior
Sam Houston
Sika
Bobby Heenan
Barbarian
Warlord
Big Boss Man
Marty Jannetty
Shawn Michaels
Arn Anderson
Tully Blanchard
Conquistador Uno
Conquistador Dos
Blue Blazer
Mr. Perfect
Scott Casey
Akeem
Red Rooster
Ronnie Garvin
Bushwhacker Butch
Bushwhacker Luke
Mr. Fuji
Dusty Rhodes
Jimmy Snuka
Zeus
Earthquake
The Genius
Sapphire
Sato
Tanaka
Kerry Von Erich
Crush
Hawk
Animal
Undertaker
Tugboat/Typhoon
Sgt. Slaughter
Kato
Mountie
Virgil
Dustin Rhodes
Shane Douglas
Brian Knobbs
Jerry Sags
Genichiro Tenryu
Koji Kitao
General Adnan
Irwin R. Schyster
Ric Flair
Berzerker
Skinner
Blake Beverly
Beau Beverly
Repo-Man
Owen Hart
Tatanka
Nailz
Kamala
Samu
Fatu
Razor Ramon
Yokozuna
Rick Steiner
Scott Steiner
Bob Backlund
Papa Shango
Jerry Lawler
Max Moon
Carlos Colon
Doink
Lex Luger
Giant Gonzalez
Mr. Hughes
Billy Gunn
Bart Gunn
Jimmy Del Ray
Tom Pritchard
1-2-3 Kid
Ludvig Borga
Diesel
Adam Bomb
Keith Hart
Bruce Hart
Black Knight
Blue Knight
Red Knight
Robert Gibson
Ricky Morton
Mabel
Mo
Bastion Booger
Pierre
Kwang
Great Kabuki
Bob Holly
Luna Vachon
Dink
Alundra Blayze
Bull Nakano
Ted DiBiase’s Undertaker
Wink
Pink
Queasy
Sleazy
Cheesy
Eli Blu
Jacob Blu
Duke Droese
Timothy Well
Stephen Dunn
Mantaur
Aldo Montoya
Henry Godwin
Dick Murdoch
Lawrence Taylor
Hakushi
Roadie
Savio Vega
Kama
Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
Barry Horowitz
Skip
Bertha Faye
Isaac Yankem
Waylon Mercy
Dean Douglas
Goldust
Rad Radford
Aja Kong
Tomoko Watanabe
Lioness Azuka
Sakie Hasegawa
Kyoko Inoue
Chaparrita Asari
Ahmed Johnson
Buddy Landel
Takao Omori
Doug Gilbert
Squat Team #1
Squat Team #2
Vader
Steve Austin
Phineas Godwinn
Marc Mero
Mankind
Leif Cassidy
Bradshaw
Jose Lothario
Jim Cornette
Mark Henry
Doug Furnas
Phil Lafon
Rocky Maivia
“Diesel”
“Razor Ramon”
Flash Funk
Executioner
Perro Aguayo
Canek
Hector Garza
Jerry Estrada
Fuerza Guererra
Heavy Metal
Pierroth
Sultan
Mil Mascaras
Cybernetico
Latin Lover
Mosh
Thrasher

PPV Rest in Peace List

“Playboy” Buddy Rose (Wrestlemania I)
“Special Delivery” Jones (Wrestlemania I)
Uncle Elmer (Wrestlemania II)
Adrian Adonis (Wrestlemania III)
Haiti Kid (Wrestlemania III)
Little Beaver (Wrestlemania III)
Junkyard Dog (Summerslam 1988)
Big John Studd (Wrestlemania V)
Sapphire (Summerslam 1990)
Bad News Brown (Summerslam 1990)
Dino Bravo (Wrestlemania VII)
Andre the Giant (Summerslam 1991)
Texas Tornado (Royal Rumble 1992)
Hercules (Royal Rumble 1992)
Elizabeth (Wrestlemania VIII)
Sensational Sherri (Wrestlemania IX)
Ludvig Borga (Survivor Series 1993)
Captain Lou Albano (Royal Rumble 1995)
Dick Murdoch (Royal Rumble 1995)
Rad Radford (Survivor Series 1995)
Bertha Faye (Survivor Series 1995)
Bam Bam Bigelow (Survivor Series 1995)
Chris “Skip” Candido (Summerslam 1996)
Yokozuna (Survivor Series 1996)
Terry “Executioner” Gordy (IYH: It’s Time)


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