WWF WrestleMania XIV 3/29/1998

March 29, 1998
Fleetcenter
Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 19,028
Buy Rate: 2.3
Announcers: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler

1) Legion of Doom 2000 wins a #1 contenders Tag Team Battle Royal at 8:22.

The other teams were Savio Vega & Miguel Perez, Recon & Sniper, Chainz & Bradshaw, D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry, the Quebecers, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Jesus Castillo & Jose Estrada, Headbangers, Too Cool, Steve Blackman & Flash Funk, Godwinns, Skull & 8-Ball, Faarooq & Kama, and Bob Holly & Bart Gunn.

Fun Fact: This is the first battle royal on PPV since Wrestlemania IV.

Fun Fact II: Jim Cornette turned on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express a couple of weeks before this show and debuts his new charges here: “Bombastic” Bob and “Bodacious” Bart: the New Midnight Express. They would last until July, and be just as successful as you would imagine.

Fun Fact III: After losing another title match to the New Age Outlaws on Raw shortly after No Way Out, Hawk and Animal started arguing and brawling with each other. They walked out, intent on never teaming together again. They re-unite on this night with Sunny as their new manager.

Scott: The first match of the night is similar to the battle royal that started Wrestlemania IV. It’s just an opportunity to give the LOD one last rub. Sunny, who was fairly useless for the past 8 months is now their manager, but that really doesn’t help much. The winner of this match faces the tag champs at the next PPV.LOD was getting one last taste of glory, but alas they would be a joke soon enough, and then gone. A few comments on some of the other teams: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is now babyfaces, as Jim Cornette has his new team: the New Midnight Express: Bob Holly and Bart Gunn. Uh, yeah Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey you are not. The rest are fairly useless teams like the Godwinns or were thrown together to fill the ring. LOD gets their rub and another title match on their plate. Grade: N/A

Justin: A pretty pedestrian battle royal to start off one of the most important nights in wrestling history. LOD had vanished in early February and made their triumphant return here with a new manager and a brand new look, kind of like they did in 1992. For the first time since the early, early days, the LOD has updated their ring attire and overall look. They now sport motorcycle helmets and different looking spikes. Also, Hawk has a full head of hair, and Animal’s is a little more normal looking as well. The LOD of the new millennium would last until early 1999 and then vanish from WWF land until a cameo in 2003. Sunny is way past usefulness here and really adds nothing to the revamped LOD. Not much here, besides an excuse to have LOD kill everyone in one shot in one last attempt at glory. Grade: N/A

2) Taka Michinoku (Takao Yoshida) defeats Aguila (Jose Seldano) to retain WWF Light Heavyweight Title with a Michinoku Driver at 5:57

Scott: Taka has done more since December with the Light Heavyweight title, than anyone else would have. Once again he puts on an acceptable title defense against Aguila, who would eventually become Papi Chulo, who would eventually become Essa Rios. Michinoku really put everything into all of his big matches, and has been a consistent presence on the shows. Sure this match is short, and that kills the grade. If this match was another 5 minutes, it may reach 3 or 3.5 stars. As it is the grade, and the match, is solid. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A fun little match to get the crowd going. Taka was a pretty good champ, and was having solid match after solid match. Aguila would stick around for a bit before changing personas, but he never made too much of an impact until 2000. The Light Heavyweight title would be phased down a bit for the next 6 months or so. Taka would still be on TV, but he would get involved in non-title storylines for a bit. This was a pretty good showcase for the crown jewel of the Light Heavyweight division. Grade: 2.5

*** Rock gives a funny interview with Gennifer Flowers and discusses the homeless, world affairs and his freshly mowed lawn. This was good, necessary character development for the Rock…and he pulled it off beautifully. ***

3) Hunter Hearst-Helmsley (Paul Levesque) defeats Owen Hart to retain WWF European Title with a Pedigree at 11:27

Fun Fact: Owen was transferred from a feud with Shawn Michaels to a feud with Triple H over the European title. On the 1/26 edition of Raw, Owen thought he was facing Triple H for the European belt, but in reality it was TAFKA Goldust dressed up like Trips. Well just to dick with D-X, Commissioner Slaughter decided to uphold the decision, and Owen was given the title. Then, on the 3/17 Raw, Triple H was given a rematch, and with the help of Chyna and a baseball bat, won back the title. So, going into the match, Triple H was still champ and Owen had a bum ankle.

Scott: There two opinions I have with this match. From a match quality perspective, this was very entertaining. Hunter actually kept pace with the much more talented Owen Hart, even if Owen was on a bum ankle. The pace was crisp and the crowd was hot to see the D-Generate get his. The end was schmozzy, with Chyna, who was cuffed to the Commish, throwing powder into Slaughter’s eyes. From a storyline perspective this was very frustrating. After the crazy run-in and beat-down after the HBK/Shamrock match at the DX PPV when Owen broke Michaels’ nose, you’d think it’s a ready-made feud. Well, of course, post-Montreal Shawn wants nothing to do with anyone whose last name is Hart. So, after one title match on Raw in December, Owen’s handed Shawn’s boy and takes it on the chin here. Poor Owen. His year would be an absolute mess. HHH retains his title, and the next night after this show takes his character to the next level. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A solid match here, as both guys busted their asses on the big stage. The DX/Slaughter feud finally peters out after this show, as it had been going on since DX was formed in October. Slaughter never really got the better of the group, but I guess that made sense. Every time he seemed to gain an advantage, DX would get him back in the end. He does take a nasty bump over the guard rail, however, at the end of the match after Chyna breaks the cuffs. Owen would float around for another month or so, before turning heel again and prepping for the final run of his career. DX as we know it was reaching the end of the road, and the whole group would be radically reformed the next night on Raw. For now, though, Triple H and Chyna continue to outsmart Owen and Slaughter and escape with the gold. Grade: 2.5

4) Sable (Rena Mero) & Marc Mero defeat TAFKA Goldust (Dustin Runnels) & Luna Vachon(Gertrude Angell Vachon) when Sable pins Luna with a TKO at 9:09

Fun Fact: This all stemmed from the “wacky family” angle that began at No Way Out. The Meros were de facto faces here, even though many people hated Mero and they really loved Sable. Mero plays the face role here and doesn’t bring any hints of his Sable-jealousy into play.

Fun Fact II: This is the third mixed tag match in Wrestlemania history, and the first two have ties to the heel team in this match. At Wrestlemania VI, Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire defeat Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri. At Wrestlemania X, Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna defeated Doink and Dink.

Scott: This was a fun, but very strange match for a lot of reasons. First, Sable and Mero were feuding for the past couple of months involving abuse, jealousy and the entire typical marriage feud crap. Then, Mero faces out slightly to get into this feud with two absolute whackjobs. Luna always was this way, but what the fuck is up with Goldust? He really is a complete mess. His hair’s all mussed up, he’s put on like 60 pounds of dad’s girth, and he’s dressing in lingerie. I don’t know if Vince thought this was entertaining, but I thought it truly weird. Sable was getting immensely popular, and the crowd was very much behind her. She was definitely the female Steve Austin in terms of fan love. Unfortunately, her ego would kill her career in a year. Goldust would change identities again within a few months, but for now, he’s just…well, I don’t know what the hell he is. An unusual match with a great ending that kept the crowd going. Grade: 2

Justin: A surprisingly entertaining and fun match. All four brought their working boots and it really shows. TAFKA Goldust was in a weird spot, as he was fairly entertaining character-wise, but in the ring he was deteriorating quite a bit as he was out of shape. Each week he did some fun parodies, with the most famous being Dusty-Dust, in which he wore polka dots and everything. Anyway, the Mero family feud takes a backseat here, but would be back on in the coming weeks, and would last through 1998. Sable really shows some fire here, and the result is an energetic mixed tag, reminiscent of Dusty-Dust and crew just 8 years prior. And a fun, entertaining and quick paced match is the most you can ask for out of a mid card act like Goldust was providing at this point. Grade: 2

5) The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) defeats Ken Shamrock to retain WWF Intercontinental Title by disqualification at 8:07; Maivia had tapped out at 4:57

Fun Fact: This feud started in October, and Shamrock has bested Rock twice: at Survivor Series and No Way Out, both tag matches. Other than that he has beaten him left and right, but his temper keeps costing him the title. There was also a memorable Raw moment heading into this show, as Rock flattened Shamrock with 2 unprotected chairshots to the face that were just sick.

Scott: This was the next chapter of what was actually a pretty good rivalry for the year. Rock was slowly but surely gaining the hatred of the fans, but also getting a face pop here and there. Shamrock was still very much over, and many expected the title to change hands here. However, oh yes, just like the Royal Rumble we smell the dusty finish. Shamrock makes Rocky tap with the Anklelock, but of course he kept the move on longer than….I don’t know…whatever the Dusty Finish rule is. He also tosses some officials around, and the decision is reversed, however, the lasting vision of Rock holding the title up with his free hand while being wheeled out on the stretcher is a classic Rock moment. This match was too short, as the action wasn’t bad. This feud continues, but sadly, Shammy wouldn’t win the IC title until he’s a heel himself. The other moment to remember from this match is that after Rocky taps, the Nation comes in to save him, except Faarooq. The leader of the NOD comes to the ramp, stares at Rocky bleeding and crying, and walks away. Grade: 2.5

Justin: A quick match that is used to establish two points: Shamrock is insane and Rock is a lucky SOB to keep his title every show. These two put on a really good feud, and the feud itself is a really underrated catalyst in Rock’s superstardom. Shamrock deserves a lot of credit for busting ass to get Rocky over in this period. A decent little match, but both men had much better ones up their sleeves over the coming months. The chairshots on Raw in the lead up to this show were just sickening. Shamrock took them totally unprotected to his face. They were just crazy and he was nuts to take it. Although, that just added to the Rock’s attitude, as he was becoming a bigger dick as the weeks wore on. Faarooq leaves his main man hanging, but that would come back to haunt him soon enough. Grade: 2

6) Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) & Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) defeat the New Age Outlaws in a dumpster match to win WWF Tag Team Titles when the NAO are put in the dumpsters at 9:58

Fun Fact: The stipulation for this match stemmed back to the 2/2 RAW, when Cactus and Funk were fighting each other and they got jumped by the Outlaws. Dogg and Gunn put them in a dumpster and pushed it off the stage, sending both men to the hospital…well, for like 25 minutes, before they came charging back out in hospital gowns and carrying IV poles. Anyway, that led to this, a first ever dumpster match for the tag titles.

Fun Fact II: This is Terry Funk’s only WWF title, and his official Wrestlemania record is 2-0. He and his brother Dory defeated the Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana at Wrestlemania II.

Scott: The first of the 3 big matches is a chaotic tag title match between the hot heels, and two legendary hardcore icons. This would be the last time we see the NAO in the ring without the DX backbone. Road Dogg was still trying to get that catchphrase to come out smoothly. The match itself would be very entertaining, but once again we have a cheesy Dusty finish, although this one would be the next night. It turns out Cactus and Funk put the NAO in the wrong dumpster. Huh? Since when does that matter? It’s like saying you can have a hardcore match without using steel chairs and stop signs. That announcement would be the next night on RAW, and there would be a re-match in a cage. NAO would win the belts back with some unexpected help. Grade: 3

Justin: A pretty good match here with a fun, new gimmick. Cactus takes his requisite sick bumps to help get the match over, and it works pretty well. The Outlaws were finally passing over the line between “lucky jobbers with belts” to “actual, real, legit champions.” The next night would solidify that, when they officially stepped up a level. This match had been brewing since December, when Dude Love beat both Outlaws in singles matches on episodes of Raw. The Outlaws ended up assaulting the Dude and tossing him off the Raw stage. Dude came back as his alter ego, Cactus Jack, and had brought a friend to even the score. These four faced off on opposite sides at No Way Out, and the ante was upped even more on Raw when the Outlaws sent Cactus and Funk flying off the stage in a dumpster. Other reasons to enjoy this match: 1) The buildup was very well done and the crowd was amped to see Cactus and Funk win the titles; 2) the ending here led to the cage rematch the next night, which played a major part in the resurgence of the WWF and 3) as a result of that cage match, Mick Foley flipped out and changed his attitude, leading to the biggest run of his career. So all in all, a pretty important match in the long run. Grade: 3

7) Undertaker (Mark Callaway) defeats Kane (Glen Jacobs) with 3 Tombstones at 16:56

Scott: The buildup for this match was tremendous. Kane debuts at Badd Blood, and costs Taker the match with Shawn Michaels. He makes amends with the Deadman, then costs him the title at the Royal Rumble, and sets the casket on fire. Now, we get the big blowoff match. Well, sort of. First of all, the real memorable moment comes when guest ring announcer Pete Rose comes out to dog the Boston crowd. Kane is announced first, and gets huge face pops by tombstoning Rose. That one looked better than the one he gave Taker at Badd Blood. As usual, Taker’s entrance is something to behold. Almost all of his Wrestlemania entrances are something to behold. The match is no-sell city. Neither of these guys gave much to the other. It was poor, piss poor. This would be the first of many matches between the two, and none of them were very good. This one gets a pass because it’s the first one, and it’s Wrestlemania. After that, it’s open season. Taker has to hit 3 tombstones to win it, and then Kane beats the hell out of him anyway. So the feud ends, but it doesn’t really end. There is a re-match next month, and by the summer this feud makes no sense since both sides swing face/heel almost every week. Grade: 1.5

Justin: As Scott said, everyone and their mother were jacked up for this match, as it had been building since October, and had finally now exploded. Taker took two mini-sabbaticals during the feud, to ensure it lasted until March, but both were quick enough and Kane was so fresh, that he could carry the feud on his own for weeks at a time. The Big Red Machine spent weeks destroying jobbers, and eventually wiped out Mankind and Vader en route to the biggest match of his young career. The action is pretty sluggish here, but that was to be expected, as Taker usually works best with guys who can carry him. Kane would get to that point eventually, but here he is still a young pup who is not ready to carry that sort of match. The crowd is amped up, however, and goes batshit when Taker polishes off his brother with 3 Tombstones. Kane kicks up right after the 3 count and proceeds to beat the crap out of Taker, thus ensuring another battle between the two brothers. According to some sources, Kane wasn’t supposed to last much past this blow off match here. However, he got so over that Vince decided to keep him around, which is why he is kept fairly strong here. Owen/Bret this was not, but the electricity surrounding the match makes up for the lack of in-ring action. Grade: 1.5

8) Steve Austin (Steve Williams) defeats Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) to win WWF World Title with a Stone Cold Stunner at 20:01

Fun Fact: Heading into March 1998, Shawn Michaels had held many titles, but had lost very few of them in the ring. Here is that total: World Titles (3): pinned by Psycho Sid (11/96), forfeited title due to “injury” (2/97), pinned by Steve Austin (3/98); I-C Titles (3): pinned by Marty Jannetty (6/93); forfeited title due to contract dispute (9/93); forfeited title due to “injury” (10/95); Tag Titles (2): forfeited titles when he split with Diesel (11/94); forfeited titles when he walked out of company (6/97); European Title (1): purposely lied down so Triple H could win the title from him (12/97). So out of his 9 total title reigns, he only jobbed 3 of them cleanly to other wrestlers (Austin, Sid and Jannetty, and even then, he beat Jannetty back 2 weeks later); he forfeited 5 of them and 1 was a screw job that I don’t count as a real job.

Fun Fact II: Here is Shawn Michaels PPV record from 11/88 through 3/98: Since he takes a 4+ year sabbatical, we will compile totals here, and then combine them with his current run when we get there. His total record is 22-17-5. If you count actual Rumble matches, his record becomes 24-21-5. (As a note, for Survivor Matches, even if a guy doesn’t survive, as long as his team wins, it counts as a win). Here is the show breakdown: Rumble: 4-0 (plus 2-4 in Rumbles, so you could say 6-4); 3-6 at Wrestlemania; 2-0-2 at KOTR; 3-2-1 at Summerslam; 4-6 at Survivor Series and 6-3-2 at “other” shows. He has an astonishing 5 no-contests (KOTR 95 and 97, Summerslam 92, Beware of Dog and Ground Zero). Of the four major shows, he was at the Rumble and Survivor Series each of his 10 years, he was at Wrestlemania 9 of the 10 (missing 13 due to “losing his smile”) and he was in just 6 of 9 possible Summerslams (he missed 1991, 1994, 1997; he appeared at 94 and 97 in other roles). In 10 years, he only missed appearances (not necessarily wrestling) at the following shows: Summerslam 1991, Tuesday in Texas, In Your House #1, In Your House #5, Final Four, Revenge of the Taker, Cold Day in Hell, Canadian Stampede and No Way Out of Texas. So he missed just 9 out of 65 possible PPVs between 11/88 and 3/98. That means he appeared in 86% of all shows. Now, if you count the PPVs from 11/88-1/97, he missed 4 out of 51 for an appearance percentage of 92%. So, of the 9 he missed, 5 alone came between 2/97 and 2/98. All in all, it is a very impressive run by HBK, which is marred only by his resistance to drop titles in meaningful matches. He definitely was a true iron man between 1988 and 1997 however, especially in 1996 where he wrestled in 10 out of 12 shows (he did commentary at Buried Alive and It’s Time; however, he did wrestle a dark match at Buried Alive).

Fun Fact III: This was a weird feud that had a lot of interesting twists and turns along the way. The night after the Rumble, Austin and Mike Tyson had their famous confrontation where they got into a shoving match that sent shockwaves throughout the sports world. The media coverage was insane and the WWF was being covered in a serious manner for the first time in years, and unlike LT in 1995, all the people drawn in by the stunt liked what they saw this time and decided to stick around to see what happened next. Since Austin won the Rumble, he earned the World Title Shot at Wrestlemania, but ol’ HBK had other plans in mind. On a memorable episode of Raw, DX came down to the ring wearing red white and blue as a cavalcade of streamers and balloons poured down from the ceiling. They also carried placards that read “Let Them Fight” and “Austin vs. Tyson.” It was a very creative way to show Michaels’ fear of facing Austin for the title while playing up to the Tyson/Austin fight a week or so earlier. There were actually a lot of rumors swirling that the WM main event would be changed to Austin vs. Tyson and Michaels vs. Owen Hart, but in the end Tyson couldn’t get sanctioned to fight in the ring, which was probably a good idea in the long run. A few weeks after that protest, Michaels and Tyson also had a face to face confrontation, but this one ended on a more interesting note, as Tyson’s shirt was ripped off to reveal a DX shirt. So now the special enforcer for the main event was firmly entrenched in the DX camp. Finally, one week before WM, Kevin Kelly interviewed Vince McMahon and asked him who he wanted to win at WM. Vince played it off and tried to get around the question, but Kelly pressed and asked if he wanted Austin as champ or not and Vince finally caved and said “Oh, hell no!” This officially kicked off the McMahon/Austin war which would carry the WWF to heights not seen since the mid-80s.

Fun Fact IV: This is the final title match for the famed “Winged Eagle” World Title belt, which made its PPV debut exactly 10 years earlier, at Wrestlemania IV. At the press conference after the match, it’s clear the belt has seen better days, with one of the bars on the center plate broken off. The belt itself would take on a different role later in the year, but we’ll let you know soon enough.

Scott: This was the final chapter of the Steve Austin odyssey. He went from toiling at the piss-stenched Sportatorium early in his career, to being an accomplished mid-carder in WCW, to being the Ringmaster. Austin has seen it all. Now, on the biggest stage of his career, he wins the big one and defeats a crippled Shawn Michaels for the World Title. To his credit, HBK could barely walk in this one, as the back injury he suffered two months earlier was a major problem; so much so that we wouldn’t see him compete until August 2002. He still went balls to the wall for 20 minutes and gave Austin everything he could handle. I mean there’s a moment in this match he can’t even bend down to get through the ropes. I’ll say this about Shawn Michaels. If he could have just let things flow through his career, instead of trying to make up the rules as he went along, his career would have been a lot smoother, and business would have been a lot better. In the ring, HBK is accomplished, a risk taker, and one of the best performers in wrestling history. However, his mind games, political ploys and ability to lose titles without being pinned is pitiful, and will always be an albatross around his neck forever. There’s an urban legend that he was bantering around the locker room that night in Boston bitching that Austin isn’t ready, and won’t drop the strap to him. Then, colleagues tell him Undertaker is taping his fists, ready to reply to that statement. There’s also a story of Taker sitting behind the curtain in the famed “Gorilla Position”, watching the main event on a monitor stating, “If Shawn doesn’t drop the strap, I’m dropping him.” Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me. As for the Rattlesnake, he officially begins the next chapter of the WWF story: the Attitude Era, the scratch logo, and everything that goes with it. Oh yes, I can’t forget Mike Tyson, who was the special enforcer, and who actually counts the pin for Austin. His participation gave this Wrestlemania a major mainstream boost that the WWF needed for a very long time. This new WWF Champion, and superhero wasn’t Red and Yellow, but his popularity would be very close to it. Grade: 4

Justin: Well, here we are: the moment that would forever change wrestling. The old guard is ushered out, as Shawn Michaels’ title reign and career (for now) come to a close, and the Austin Attitude Era is officially kicked off. The match itself is truly amazing, as Michaels could barely walk, let alone wrestle. But, he nutted it up and gave it his all. Once you know the true condition of his back, watching this match can be cringe-inducing. Every single bump, every time he is whipped into the corner or tossed outside the ring, you feel the pain yourself. This match is a must see, as it changed the direction of wrestling forever and solidified Michaels’ position as an all-time in ring great. It may not be the best match of all time, but when you factor in all the importance and the Michaels injury, it makes it that much bigger and better. So, go see it now and enjoy the match for what it is: the end of an era. Grade: 3.5

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Scott: This was the show that kick started the next chapter of Vince McMahon’s life. The Attitude Era begins today. The line in the sand of good/evil is erased. The cutesy, wimpy storylines of the 80s and early 90s are replaced by sex, swearing and violence. Characters are darker, storylines are much deeper, and programming is much meatier. As for the show itself, it’s not bad. The undercard is average, but the main event and the Tag Title match is worth the price of admission. The blow-off to Taker/Kane was good for Sports Entertainment purposes, but the match itself is brutal. We must give kudos to Shawn Michaels for going 20 minutes with a debilitating back injury, one that would shelve him for 4 years. Steve Austin, the Rock, Mick Foley, and Triple H: they are the anchors for the next 4 years. They are the superstars that will push the WWF back into first place in sports-entertainment, for good. Final Grade: B-/A+ for historical significance

Justin: As we detailed at Wrestlemania XI, there is a world’s difference between Mike Tyson and Lawrence Taylor’s appearances at the Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment. When Taylor appeared, the media swarmed, but the product was so bad at the time that no one stuck around after the initial hype. This time around, the casual crowd tuned in to see Tyson, and saw a whole new, edgy product, and this time they stayed for everything else. Even Eric Bischoff said he was impressed that Vince signed Tyson, and it ended up being the spark that ignited the WWF. Mike Tyson deserves worlds of credit for really bringing back the casual fans, as he really helped to resuscitate the Federation. Vince and crew took the momentum and ran with it, and they would never look back. Go watch this show for the significance: Now. Final Grade: B/A+ for historical significance

MVP: Steve Austin
Runner Up: Shawn Michaels
Non MVP: Legion of Doom
Runner Up: Owen Hart

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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
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Jacques Rougeau
Raymond Rougeau
Danny Davis
Butch Reed
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Jim Duggan
Ron Bass
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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
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Mr. Fuji
Dusty Rhodes
Jimmy Snuka
Zeus
Earthquake
The Genius
Sapphire
Sato
Tanaka
Kerry Von Erich
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Hawk
Animal
Undertaker
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Mountie
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Shane Douglas
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Jerry Sags
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Koji Kitao
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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
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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 Jesse Jammes
Savio Vega
Kama
Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
Barry Horowitz
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Takao Omori
Doug Gilbert
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Vader
Steve Austin
Phineas Godwinn
Marc Mero
Mankind
Leif Cassidy
Bradshaw
Jose Lothario
Jim Cornette
Mark Henry
Doug Furnas
Phil Lafon
Rocky Maivia
“Diesel”
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Flash Funk
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Cybernetico
Latin Lover
Mosh
Thrasher
Ken Shamrock
Great Sasuke
Taka Michinoku
Chainz
Miguel Perez
Jose Estrada
Jesus Castillo
Brian Christopher
Scott Putski
Max Mini
El Torito
Patriot
D-Lo Brown
Nova
Mosaic
Tarantula
Kurrgan
Sniper
Recon
Jackyl
Steve Blackman
Kane
Butterbean
Battalion
Tom Brandi
Pantera
Ricky Morton
Robert Gibson
Scott Taylor
Aguila
Sable

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)
Brian Pillman (IYH: Ground Zero)
Rick Rude (IYH: Bad Blood)

Next Review: Unforgiven 1998

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