Kevin’s RetrospectiveMania Series: WrestleMania IX

Kevin's RetrospectiveMania Series: WrestleMania IX

WWF WrestleMania IX

April 4th, 1993 | Caesar’s Palace in Paradise, Nevada | Attendance: 16,891

I’d say that is the earliest WrestleMania that I keep in mind from my childhood. The corporate was in a transition interval of types and the “New Era” period was starting, however you’ll discover that some stuff on this night time held it again. A notable observe for this occasion was that it was the primary outside WrestleMania. I’ll go in by warning readers. I watched this for an previous podcast I did a number of years again and it was fairly horrible. We’ll see if that is still my opinion.

The place will it rank among the many remainder of the WrestleManias to date? We’ll discover out right here. As a reminder, I’m reliving these WrestleManias and score them on a 1-10 scale in these seven classes. They’ll be ranked by their complete rating.

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• Match high quality – Self-explanatory. Will all the time be the longest part.

• Memorability – How memorable is the present?

• Historic significance – The impression the present had on wrestling

• Reserving selections – Did the occasion have logical reserving selections for the tales they advised

• Presentation – Issues like stage setup, video packages, commentary, and so on.

• Pacing/Movement – How nicely is the present laid out? Does it drag or transfer alongside easily?

• Leisure – The non-wrestling parts like promos, superstar interplay, live shows, and so on.

Match High quality

El Matador vs. Papa Shango ~ An added bonus! The WWE Community uploaded this darkish match to the Hidden Gems part, so I figured I’d test it out and embrace it as a part of this collection. An fascinating notice is that Jim Ross did commentary for this alone. We even obtained to listen to him acknowledge Bruce Pritchard in his headset. One other word is that this makes Tito the one man in addition to Hulk Hogan to compete at each Mania thus far. Anyway, this was a easy case of an enormous heel towards an underdog babyface. It’s a primary formulation nevertheless it typically works. After getting dumped outdoors, Santana fought again however missed the flying forearm. JR stated, “Bruce will inform me what that’s referred to as later as a result of I don’t know.” Shango missed an elbow and Tito obtained the three in 7:40. Higher than anticipated. [**¼]

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Tatanka ~ Pairing Shawn Michaels with Luna Vachon made no sense. Shawn seemed like he needed no a part of her. She was principally there to be a foil to Sherri, who was out with Tatanka for this match. A lot of stalling from Shawn at first. As soon as it acquired going, the motion labored. Tatanka catching a leaping Shawn into an arm drag was nice. He put his concentrate on the arm and went to the armbar a ton. You possibly can inform he knew he needed to work some time and didn’t have sufficient to make a compelling match final that lengthy. There have been some actually good concepts in right here, however they weren’t prepared to just about go 20 minutes. The end was horrible. As Shawn Michaels was about to get counted out, he pulled the referee to the surface. As soon as bac in, the referee waited till Tatanka hit his finisher to faucet him on the shoulder and sign for a DQ at 18:13. A wildly common match with one of many worst finishes ever. Minimize this right down to round 10 minutes and provides it a greater ending (even when it’s only a extra smart DQ) and also you’ve received one thing good. [**¼]

The Headshrinkers vs. The Steiner Brothers ~ We’re a couple of minutes into JR’s run and he’s already busted out “slobberknocker.” The Steiners have been superior and the Headshrinkers all the time felt underrated to me. This was arduous hitting from bell to bell. The Steiners had management till a shot with a kendo stick on Scott outdoors. That’s not a weapon I keep in mind getting used a lot on this period. They did a very good job isolating Scott and constructing to the recent tag for Rick. The warmth phase did final a bit too lengthy for the offense the Headshrinkers have been throwing on the market. It had some good moments however dragged at factors. Rick’s scorching tag stalled when he tried headbutting the Samoans. That’s like, Wrestling 101 dude. The highlights got here late with Rick countering a Doomsday Gadget into an enormous powerslam and a Frankensteiner that almost killed Samu. That ended it in 14:22. Extra time than I anticipated. I’ve all the time favored this match for the great motion all through. [***¼]

Crush vs. Doink ~ Someway, Crush wore a brighter outfit than the clown. I really like 1993 Doink. Matt Borne was doing nice work because the evil clown. This feud wasn’t all that however he made it work nicely sufficient. The thought right here was that Crush was far more highly effective, however Doink was crafty and used that to his benefit. Following a ref bump, a second Doink appeared and nailed Crush with a prosthetic arm (becoming of the storyline coming into the match). After a cool mirror standoff, the actual Doink pinned Crush on the eight:28 mark. One way or the other, this nonetheless went too lengthy. Crush was hella boring. This will get factors for Doink being Doink. [*¼]

Bob Backlund vs. Razor Ramon ~ Razor Ramon has been booked like an enormous deal since arriving within the WWF. Bob Backlund had no theme music and was making an attempt for a comeback. Not precisely a “new era” man. Razor was cocky all through and I absolutely anticipated it to value him. Backlund obtained going a bit with some 1970s offense, however was caught with an inside cradle to lose in three:43. Bizarre match. The end didn’t make sense. Razor dominated after which wins on a fluke? [¼*]

WWF Tag Staff Championship: Cash Inc. [c] vs. The Mega Maniacs ~ For many who don’t recall, the Mega Maniacs have been Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake. Hogan got here in with a black eye, subsequent to no muscle definition, and he received a lukewarm response. Yikes. Hogan did get a greater response for his delicate tag in the course of the match. Beefcake sported a purple and yellow masks that would’ve influenced the one worn by the Undertaker in 1995. The rationale Hogan’s tag wasn’t scorching is as a result of the faces by no means felt like they have been in peril right here. They have been booked just like the superior workforce all through and we weren’t given a cause to sympathize with them. The referee stopped the champs from strolling out like final yr and threatened handy the tiles over. I want he didn’t as a result of it meant the match needed to proceed. I swear I counted about seven totally different sleeper holds on this one. After a ref bump, terrible babyface Hogan knocked out the champs with Beefcake’s protecting masks and Jimmy Hart counted three for them. In fact, a second ref got here out as they celebrated like they one way or the other counted and rightfully DQed Hogan in 18:27. Overly lengthy, boring as hell, and with a horrible end. A dire match. [DUD]

The Narcissist vs. Mr. Good ~ Mr. Good was on fairly the roll as a purple scorching babyface coming into this present, whereas Luger was doing fairly properly as a heel. I feel Narcissist match him method higher than the AMERICAN HERO he performed later within the yr. This match adopted the development of the night time by being type of boring. It had extra going for it than most, with Good bumping like a madman for Luger. When Good acquired on offense, the tempo quickened nevertheless it nonetheless by no means felt prefer it obtained out of first gear. Good almost had the match gained, however Luger received his ft on the ropes. They battled over a backslide and Luger used the ropes to dam. He used his personal backslide to win in 10:56. A disappointing contest that by no means actually acquired going. [*¾]

Big Gonzalez vs. The Undertaker ~ I don’t even need to spend an excessive amount of time right here. No matter you’ve heard about this match, I promise you that it’s one way or the other worse. I don’t thoughts the novelty of two huge guys going at it. It may be enjoyable at occasions. This was two dudes plodding across the ring doing an entire bunch of nothing. Gonzalez’s makes an attempt to promote have been hilariously dangerous and his offense was terrible. After which got here one other shitty end, as Gonzalez used a material with chloroform to subdue Taker and get disqualified in 7:33. Sure, Undertaker’s nice Mania document has an affordable DQ win. One of many worst matches in WrestleMania historical past. Our first foray into damaging territory. [-****½]

WWF Championship: Bret Hart [c] vs. Yokozuna ~ I’ve fantasy booked this card typically. I often go together with Hart beating Savage in the primary occasion and Hogan going over Yokozuna in a novelty match because the semi-main occasion. Shoutout to Bret Hart. Dude was doing every part in his energy to get one thing watchable out of Yokozuna. He got here out with a sensible recreation plan, solely to get pummeled by his bigger opponent. The dumbass followers chanted “USA” as a kayfabe Japanese wrestler confronted a legit Canadian. Yokozuna’s offense simply didn’t look convincing and it held this again from being something value testing. Bret nonetheless discovered a approach to apply the Sharpshooter, however Mr. Fuji threw salt in his eyes and Yokozuna coated to win the title in eight:35. Bret jobbed to salt. He made the match at the least considerably respectable. [**]

WWF Championship: Yokozuna [c] vs. Hulk Hogan ~ After Hulk Hogan confirmed as much as steal the highlight, Mr. Fuji provided to have Yokozuna face him and put the title on the road. For no cause. Bret informed Hogan to go and the match was on. Fuji by chance tossed the salt into Yokozuna’s eyes and Hogan gained with the Leg Drop in zero:21. Not a match however extra on the trash reserving later. [NR]

Arguably the worst Mania so removed from an in-ring standpoint. Mania I and IV each scored 2.5. IV had an excuse of cramming in a ton of matches and neither had something go into destructive territory. This present had Undertaker/Gonzalez, which was god terrible. The Steiners tag was the perfect factor on the present and that capped out at “good.” There have been a handful of ** matches and people have been all lackluster and disappointing. After which there was the actually unwatchable stuff.

SCORE: 2.5





Right here’s a present that’s memorable, even when it isn’t all the time for the perfect of causes. All of us keep in mind Hulk Hogan’s hijacking of the top of this present, Luger’s entrance, Bobby Heenan’s arrival on a camel, and the practice wreck that’s Big Gonzalez vs. The Undertaker. My most fond reminiscence of the present is the mirror Doink spot as a result of I feel it’s sort of cool. So whereas the reminiscences aren’t all constructive, I do assume plenty of this present stands proud so I’ll rating it down the center.




Historic Significance


Whereas it isn’t a great present, WrestleMania IX was notable for a handful of historic causes. For one, it marked the primary outside Mania. For an additional, it gave us the debut of one of many firm’s largest commentators ever in Jim Ross. This was the primary time that the WWF Title modified arms twice in a single night time and marked the third time Hogan gained the title at a WrestleMania. I feel that’s greater than sufficient to permit this part to get an above common complete.

SCORE: 6.5



Reserving Selections


No matter how dangerous the match high quality was, that is the present’s worst half. It’s an issue when your three title matches all have dangerous finishes. One was a DQ, one other made no sense and got here off awkwardly, after which your WWF Title match ended when the champion jobbed to salt. Undertaker gained by DQ. The Narcissist gained a match that didn’t have a clear end. That was a development of the night time. Even when the appropriate man gained, like Razor Ramon, it was executed in a means that didn’t assist him. After which Hulk Hogan got here in and closed the present because the conquering “hero” in a method that put a damper on the complete occasion. No less than the Steiner Brothers gained clear.






I feel outside wrestling occasions look fairly candy. Even and not using a large stadium attendance, this present simply appeared cool. I feel placing the announcers and such in togas was a tacky transfer, nevertheless it helped make the present distinctive. No different WrestleMania appears something like this, and I like that. The brand new commentary staff principally labored. Bobby Heenan continued to ship, Jim Ross was strong, and I’ve all the time appreciated Macho Man within the sales space. All in all, I feel this part turned out higher than anticipated.






For probably the most half, this present moved alongside briskly. It did wrestle early, because it took endlessly to get began. They launched the announcers and had some additional fluff earlier than we even received to the primary match. On the flip aspect, it helped that this was a brief WrestleMania, clocking in at slightly below two hours and 45 minutes. Nevertheless, it does drag in the course of the Tag Group Title and Undertaker matches. So it’s brief, however does really feel lengthy at factors.






This part received off to a nasty begin. They opened with a Caesar and Cleopatra phase that made sense for the setting. Nevertheless, it was bizarre, didn’t get a very good response, and went too lengthy. I did respect the doorway of Bobby Heenan on the camel. It was humorous. However then the promos for many guys got here alongside they usually didn’t’ work. Hogan stated nothing of word, Mr. Good had a uncommon flub in his, and Todd Pettengil had an offensive phase with some Japanese photographers. With no superstar involvement, this present additionally didn’t really feel all that particular.






From a wrestling standpoint, this present is arguably the worst Mania thus far. It didn’t ship when it comes to match high quality and the reserving all through was atrocious. WrestleMania IX did shock me in a couple of of the opposite classes. That gave it a complete that retains it out of final place.

TOTAL: 31.5/70


WrestleMania Rankings
1. WrestleMania III – 55/70
2. WrestleMania VIII – 50.5/70
three. WrestleMania I – 50/70
four. WrestleMania VII – 46/70
5. WrestleMania VI – 44/70
6. WrestleMania V – 39/70
7. WrestleMania IV – 32/70
eight. WrestleMania IX – 31.5/70
9. WrestleMania II – 29/70

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