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   December 19, 2014



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WrestleMania History

By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

WrestleMania. It is the most distinguished event in pro wrestling. Simply put, it is the show of shows. The brainchild of Vince McMahon Jr., the first WrestleMania, broadcast in 1985, expanded the pay-per-view market (along with closed circuit TV) and added a whole new dimension to the industry as a whole. So influential was McMahon's venture that the business of pro-wrestling now is almost entirely built around pay-per-view broadcasts.

If you're like us at SLAM! Wrestling, every year you like to refresh your memory and once again experience those WrestleMania moments that are an essential part of why you remain a devout wrestling fan. You dust off those tapes, DVDs or that Best Of WrestleMania tape you dubbed on your own and distributed to the other members of the office staff, slam them into the player and transport yourself back in time. To help guide you along your journey and celebrate the history of WrestleMania, SLAM! Wrestling will be publishing a WrestleMania review each and every day (Monday to Friday) leading up to the big show. We invite you to come along for the ride and share in your favourite moments too. The events are rated as Poor, Average, Good and Excellent.


WrestleMania 9: Togas for everyone!

History Of WrestleMania

Date: April 4, 1993.
Place: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

WRESTLEMANIA
Bret Hart gives Hogan his okay to take on Yokozuna.
This edition is remembered for two things and two things only. Jim Ross joining the WWF and Hogan's unexpected title win. Otherwise, you can flush WrestleMania 9 right down the crapper. The WWF goes for an ancient Greece motif making everyone (including poor old J.R.) dress-up in cheesy togas and sandals. What's worse is that Giant Gonzalez is decked out in a body suit complete with spray-painted muscles. What an embarrassing sight.

With just two out of the eight scheduled matches (Steiner Brothers versus Head Shrinkers and Shawn Michaels battling Tatanka) being watchable, the WWF lack of talent at the time is plainly apparent. The shocker of the evening comes as Hart loses the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Yokozuna. Getting Hart's blessing, Hogan challenges Yokozuna on the spot and makes short work of him.

Favourite Moments: The thong-wearing ladies who accompanied Lex Luger to the ring. The tag team and Intercontinental title matches.

Least Favourite Moments: The rest of the broadcast.

Rating: Poor.

WrestleMania 9 Results

Match
Winner(s)
1. Shawn Michaels vs Tatanka (Intercont. Title) Tatanka (CO).
2. The Headshrinkers vs The Steiner Brothers The Steiner Brothers.
3. Doink The Clown vs Crush Doink The Clown.
4. Razor Ramon vs Bob Backland Razor Ramon.
5. Money Inc. vs The Mega Maniacs (Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake / Hulk Hogan) (Tag Team Titles) The Mega Maniacs (Money Inc. DQ'd.).
6. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger vs Mr. Perfect "The Narcissist" Lex Luger.
7. Giant Gonzalez vs Undertaker The Undertaker (DQ).
8. Bret "Hitman" Hart vs Yokozuna (World Title) Yokozuna.
9. Yokozuna vs Hulk Hogan (World Title) Hulk Hogan.

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