OSR: WWE WrestleMania 9 Review (1993)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 9 Review

Back in 1993, the WWE was in a clear period of transition. Gone were the big muscle bound superstars of the 1980s. In where the younger athletic superstars of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. The venue was a make-shift arena at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. What happened when Yokozuna collided with Bret Hart over the WWE Championship? Take a look back with the WWE WrestleMania 9 Review…

The opening montage looked at WrestleMania as a Roman Coliseum within the grandeur of Las Vegas. The commentary team for the event was Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan and Jim Ross. After being introduced to Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, the shows then began.

1. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) (w/ Luna Vachon) vs. Tatanka (w/ Sensational Sherri)

Both men made their way to the ring, with their respective managers. The match got underway in a very back and forth way, where HBK was able to gain the momentum. Throughout, this allowed him to maintain the control in the match.

Tatanka was eventually able to regain the control of the match. He was ultimately successful, but only when HBK got himself counted out of the match. This was a very credible opening match which had a very lackluster finish.

Winner: Tatanka, via Countout

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu) (w/ Afa) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner)

Both teams made their way to the ring, and it was really difficult to make out what the WWE were attempting to do with The Steiner’s here. It can quite easily be seen as a flop or desperation booking. Both teams had very similar styles, which sadly doesn’t help it come across as anything good.

For what it was, the match lasted far too long, it should have being short and condensed rather than long and drawn out. Eventually, The Steiner’s were ultimately successful in gaining the victory in what was a filler match.

Winners: The Steiner Brothers

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Doink the Clown vs. Crush

In this next match we were treated to the evil version of Doink which was nice and different to the usual baboon-esk character usually accustomed to. The match itself though, was a complete and utter washout. Whilst there was a slight backstory to it, ultimately it still didn’t make any sense.

The finish cames when a second Doink interfered, and after a comical spot with two Doink’s, Crush took the loss in probably what was the most forgettable match of the card…and given what was on the card, that is an achievement.

Winner: Doink the Clown

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Bob Backlund vs. Razor Ramon

You would have been in the hope of something classical and memorable, especially giving the strong performances from both men at the Royal Rumble. Both men soon made their way to the ring, where Backlund came out to no reaction with an appearance which didn’t the time.

The match was solid, but Backlund was essentially used as jobber material in order to elevate Razor. A decent match, which both were perfectly capable of, would have being a more effective, Unfortunately, this was a waste of time where Razor was successful.

Winner: Razor Ramon

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. WWE Tag Team Championship: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (c) vs. The Mega-Maniacs (Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake) (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Both teams made their way to the ring. Whilst the quality of the in-ring action was pretty pitiful, the chemistry shared between DiBiase and Hogan was really good. DiBiase and IRS both played their heel roles very well, they work much better with opponents with charisma and credibility.

Unfortunately, Hogan and Beefcake didn’t share that credibility as a tag team. This match could have easily being conceived as the WWE’s attempt to give Hogan something to do before the main event. Ultimately, Hogan and Beefcake were disqualified, in a match which was not memorable.

Winners: Money Inc, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. Mr. Perfect vs. Lex Luger

Luger mades his way to the ring first, with a gimmick which really required a individual personality…unfortunately, not in this match. In a gimmick very similar to Perfect, both men clashed in a very odd match. Now, Luger is one of those guys who can have a credible match with the right opponent.

You’d think Perfect is one of those opponents. Sadly not, as he and Luger had what was a very dreary match with a very weak finish which didn’t benefit Perfect at all. If anything, it diminished him quite considerably.

Winner: Lex Luger

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) vs. Giant Gonzalez (w/ Harvey Wippleman)

Both men made their way to the ring, and Taker really tried his best in taking all his power to Gonzalez to bring him down. Ultimately, the sheer size of Gonzalez is what played to his favour. But then again, it was also his size which slowed him down considerably and made him look quite awkward.

The end of the match came when Gonzalez literally smothered Taker unconscious, as the referee disqualified him. Taker was attended to by officials, but soon made his way back out and took down Gonzalez. Unfortunately, this signified the next chapter of their crappy feud.

Winner: The Undertaker, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. WWE Championship: Bret Hart (c) vs. Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji)

Both men made their way to the ring, and surprisingly Bret had a lot more offence throughout the match than anticipated. Yokozuna moved around the ring really well and took it really well. To be fair, Yokozuna was a lot more agile at this point, and was fresh to the WWE product.

Bret to his credit, made it look like he had a decent opportunity at winning when he locked Yokozuna in the Sharpshooter. This caused interference from Fuji, who threw salt into the eyes of Bret which allowed Yokozuna to capture his first WWE Championship. This match was much than expected.

Winner: Yokozuna, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. WWE Championship: Yokozuna (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Hulk Hogan

After the conclusion of the previous match, Hogan quickly made his way to the ring, stealing the glory and argued the decision of the match. This ultimately lead to Yokozuna issuing a challenge to Hogan for a match there and then. Hogan quickly accepted.

After Fuji accidentally nailed Yokozuna with salt to the eyes, Hogan nailed him to pick up the win and become the new WWE champion. Why on earth did this happen? It diminished the impact of Yokozuna’s character whilst showing reliance on older stars…this was a complete waste of time.

Winner: Hulk Hogan, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars – I’m being generous here!

WWE WrestleMania 9 Conclusion

It is very easy to see why this WrestleMania could be conceived as one of the worst in history, because there was literally nothing on the card which shouts out or grabbed your attention. Yes, the match between Shawn Michaels and Tatanka was very good but it hasn’t aged well and isn’t memorable. You’d remember it in that instance but nothing more…you would have forgotten about it by the end of the show. The conclusion to the event was not only a slap in the face to Yokozuna, but also Bret Hart because it pushed him out of that position he’d worked endlessly for.

And who did it go to…someone who was there for his paycheck and hadn’t being onscreen in nearly a year. Yes, subscribe to the WWE Network for 9.99, that is tremendous value but don’t go anywhere near the entry for April 4 1993…you’ll want a refund, not only for the Network but whatever you’d eaten for dinner! Bret and Yokozuna deserved so much better than what they were given here…end of story!

Image Credit: TJR Wrestling.net & WrestleZone.com

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