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1993 - Wrestlemania IX took place.  Mike Johnson penned the following:

WRESTLEMANIA IX
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Cesar's Palace
Announced Attendance: 16,891

RESULTS

*Tatanka with Sherri Martel defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Shawn Michaels with Luna Vachon via DQ when Shawn struck referee Joey Marella. Vachon made her WWF debut here. Tatanka had been chasing Michaels for several weeks on Monday Night Raw.

*The Steiner Brothers, in their Wrestlemania debut, defeat The Headshrinkers when Scott Steiner hit Samu with a Frankensteiner.

*Doink the Clown (Matt Borne) pinned Crush (Bryan Adams in his second WWF guise as Crush, the first being a member of Demolition) after a second Doink (Steve Keirn) came out from under the ring and his Crush with a prosthetic arm. The original Doink had clobbered Crush with one on TV several weeks earlier to set up this match. The two Doinks mimmick each other's moves in a bit stolen from the Marx Brothers.

*Razor Ramon (later known as Scott Hall) pinned Bob Backlund with a cradle. This was a Wrestlemania debut for both men. Backlund looked like he stepped back in and returned from the chasm his disappeared into in the mid-1980s .

*WWF Tag Team champions Money, Inc. defeated "The Mega-Maniacs" Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake by DQ. Beefcake returned to the ring against DiBiase on Monday Night Raw for the first time since his parasailing accident several years earlier and was laid out and hit with Money Inc.'s metal briefcase. The attack was so evil that Money Inc.'s own manager Jimmy Hart saw the light and abandoned them, starting his long running associated with Hogan which continues to this day. Beefcake wore a special mask to protect his face in the ring. Hogan worked the show with a bad black eye, which was attributed to a jet skiing accident. Hogan looks way smaller than he did a year prior.

*The Narcissist Lex Luger pinned Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig after hitting him with a forearm with a metal plate planted inside it from a motorcycle accident that prevented Luger from posing during the WBF championships the prior year. Luger enters the ring with several women who all hold mirrors with sparklers blowing out of them for him to pose. Once Hennig is revived after the match, he goes looking for Luger, and ends up in a brawl with Shawn Michaels to start their program.

*The Undertaker defeated Giant Gonzales via DQ in one of the worst Wrestlemania matches ever. Undertaker came out in grand style with a vulture perched next to him on a cart he rode in. Just a bad match.

*Yokozuna, with Mr. Fuji pinned Bret Hart to win the WWF championship after throwing salt in Bret's eyes. Hart had been on a tear as the new WWF champion for the last several months while Yokozuna was undefeated. Hulk Hogan came out to check on his friend Bret Hart (so close they were never seen teaming or on camera together before this) and ended up challenged by Fuji to challenge for the belt right there. Hart tells him to go for it. 90 seconds and a legdrop later, Hogan ended a Wrestlemania as champion when he wasn't even advertised for the main event.

Celebrities: Um, None. Todd Pettingill interviewed singer Natalie Cole in the crowd, but that was about it.

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there was $19.95 I'll never get back, but if Wrestlemania was $19.95 this year I'd get it

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Wrestlemania IV was a close contender for worst ever in part because it technically lasted an extra hour and felt like it lasted another ten hours, but Wrestlemania IX is definitely on the short list. It had no good matches, an odd venue, a too often disinterested crowd of casino comps (as did IV and V for that matter), a dissatisfying ending, and a general feeling that the WWF had lost its way.

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I don't remember the match well now, and I'm not sure if it would hold up, but I remember at the time thinking that the Steiners and Headshrinkers totally stole the show in what was supposed to be a throw-away match.  Nothing else was decent at all.

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This show took the "Hogan hate" to a new level. Everybody already tired of him then he has to come out and win the belt at the end.

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srossi wrote: I don't remember the match well now, and I'm not sure if it would hold up, but I remember at the time thinking that the Steiners and Headshrinkers totally stole the show in what was supposed to be a throw-away match.  Nothing else was decent at all.
The Steiners-Headshrinkers match was okay, but seemed like nothing special at the time. It was definitely odd to see Rick and Scott in the WWF after so many years in JCP/WCW.

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beejmi wrote: This show took the "Hogan hate" to a new level. Everybody already tired of him then he has to come out and win the belt at the end.

Yep I remember everyone was saying they were glad hogan wasnt going to be at mania. Then they did the Brutus angle and you know it was a set up for a hogan return. It was kind of ok cause he wasnt in the title match. Little did we know.

This card just sucked. One good match the Steiners/The Headshrinkers match.

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I agree. Hogan felt very much out of place in 1993 with Raw feeling new and fresh while the WWF's talent overhaul since Hogan departed after Wrestlemania VIII was striking. He seemed like an unwanted guest, but the prospect of him working a midcard tag team match and then heading out on his horse until probably Summerslam was acceptable. When he won the title, that was another matter. What made things even worse was, despite working house shows and European tours, Hogan only sent in interviews for TV. It made the title win come off even worse.

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Steiners-Headshrinkers was a good match I'll agree.

Money Inc vs. Mega Maniacs was awful as well as the angle of Hogan getting back the WWE Title. By that time, I thought the best guys on the shows were Bret and Shawn ( and still to some degree, Hennig and on the rise Doink The Clown ).

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tamalie wrote: I agree. Hogan felt very much out of place in 1993 with Raw feeling new and fresh while the WWF's talent overhaul since Hogan departed after Wrestlemania VIII was striking. He seemed like an unwanted guest, but the prospect of him working a midcard tag team match and then heading out on his horse until probably Summerslam was acceptable. When he won the title, that was another matter. What made things even worse was, despite working house shows and European tours, Hogan only sent in interviews for TV. It made the title win come off even worse.
That I don't think he defended the title on house shows did he? I just remember him and brutus vs money Inc rematches booked on house shows.

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bpickering wrote: tamalie wrote: I agree. Hogan felt very much out of place in 1993 with Raw feeling new and fresh while the WWF's talent overhaul since Hogan departed after Wrestlemania VIII was striking. He seemed like an unwanted guest, but the prospect of him working a midcard tag team match and then heading out on his horse until probably Summerslam was acceptable. When he won the title, that was another matter. What made things even worse was, despite working house shows and European tours, Hogan only sent in interviews for TV. It made the title win come off even worse.
That I don't think he defended the title on house shows did he? I just remember him and brutus vs money Inc rematches booked on house shows.

I remember him going to NJPW to wrestle Muta when he gave the famous interview to the Japnese press where he said the IWGP title was the real World title and the WWF belt wasn't, or something like that.  I think it was right after that Yoko victory.  He and the WWF were on bad terms again within days of him winning, and I don't think he ever defended the belt until he dropped it back to Yoko.

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Did Hogan ever appear live on any of the early Raws?

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Kriss wrote: Did Hogan ever appear live on any of the early Raws?
He was on Raw a bunch, although I couldn't tell you which ones were live and which were taped.  But his return to help Beefcake and set up the feud with Money Inc. happened on Raw.

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Was this the Jim Ross Toga WM PPV?

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I actually thought the in-ring action was pretty decent for most of the way. What sank this show were the match finishes. Other than the Steiners/Headshrinkers match (which had a standard one) and the rather creative Doink/Crush screwjob, I don't remember a single good finish on the show, which is a great way to sour everyone on a card even when the workrate is off the charts. And of course, the last finish was the worst of them all.

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clawmaster wrote: Was this the Jim Ross Toga WM PPV?

Yes, it was the one at Caesar's Palace.

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While this wasn't a stellar Wrestlemania, I disliked Wrestlemania XI way more.

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Did Hogan ever appear live on any of the early Raws?
He was on Raw a bunch, although I couldn't tell you which ones were live and which were taped.  But his return to help Beefcake and set up the feud with Money Inc. happened on Raw.

Hogan made a few Raw appearances to build up the Mania tag match, at least one in front of the crowd. After Mania, I don't recall him ever appearing in front of a live crowd on Raw. He just sent in interviews. Hogan never wrestled on Raw or any other TV show during this run. He did have a few singles bouts with Yoko on foreign tours, after losing the belt back, but otherwise only teamed with Brutus to take on Money Inc., with a Beverly Brothers match thrown in there.

Even though he finished up on TV at King of the Ring in early June, Hulk Hogan was still working house shows and foreign tours into August by which time he was off TV and the Luger babyface push had begun.

In a forgotten bit of history, Money Inc. were supposed to have faced The Nasty Boys at Wrestlemania, but Sags and Knobbs stepped aside to let Hogan and Brutus go for revenge after the briefcase angle.

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In a forgotten bit of history, Money Inc. were supposed to have faced The Nasty Boys at Wrestlemania, but Sags and Knobbs stepped aside to let Hogan and Brutus go for revenge after the briefcase angle.


Doesn't even ring a bell at all. Not even a little. Great memory Tamalie.

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I loved VIII and X, but agree that IX was bad. I thought the only good thing about Hogan getting the belt was that he would lose it to Bret at Summerslam. I should of known that wouldn't happen.



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