In May of 1999, Kevin Nash was able to win his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Diamond Dallas Page at Slamboree. At the same event, Randy Savage was reinstated to compete in WCW when Gorgeous George, his girlfriend, defeated WCW referee Charles Robinson. Yes, that’s true.
The biggest event of the summer has arrived for the WWF in ’93. On this night, WWF World Champion Bret Hart defends against the 1993 King of the Ring winner, Lex Luger. The Undertaker squares off against Bam-Bam Bigelow in a Last Man Standing match. Plus, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect collide inside a steel cage. All this and more!
World Wrestling Federation presents SummerSlam
From: Auburn Hills, MI
Arena: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Announcers: Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan
The Quebecers defeated the Nasty Boys in 6:15 when Pierre pinned Saggs after a top rope senton splash.
It’s the last week before the biggest event of the summer for the WWF. On RAW, WWF World Champion Bret Hart competes in singles action against Jeff Jarrett! On Superstars, the Smoking Gunns meet former WWF World Tag Team Champions Money Inc! Lastly, on Wrestling Challenge Lex Luger squares off against WWF World Tag Team Champion Scott Steiner. What happens in the last week before the big SummerSlam event?!
A new era in the WWF begins as Ric Flair drops the WWF World Championship to someone nobody saw coming. Plus, several wrestlers make their debut or return to the company.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ric Flair)
Flair’s reign as WWF World Champion for the second time would be short lived. Flair lost the WWF World Championship to Bret Hart at a non-televised house show on October 12th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The match would be released on the Coliseum Video Smack ‘em Whack ‘em.
At the 1992 Royal Rumble Ric Flair won the WWF World Championship and was announced to defend the championship against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VII in April. That all changed when Sid Justice screwed Hogan over and the Hulkster wanted some revenge. So, Flair needed a new challenger and that new challenger was found in the form of Randy Savage.
Ten memorable moments that highlight Raven’s career. Are these moments you found memorable, too?
Debut As Raven In ECW:
In January 1995, the man formerly known as Johnny Polo in the WWF made his debut in Extreme Championship Wrestling sporting a new look. It’s a look that he would have for the rest of his career. Raven arrived in ECW forming an alliance with Stevie Richards. Raven played a character where he was a loner and was out for revenge towards Tommy Dreamer for stealing the hot girl from a camp they went to when they were older. Paul Heyman really made Raven a huge part of ECW from 1995 to the summer of 1997.
By the fall of 1999 World Championship Wrestling was struggling along looking for anything to spark interest in their product. In the summer, Sid Vicious made his return to the company after being gone for six years after a incident with Arn Anderson. Sid would align himself with Randy Savage, but that wouldn’t last too long as Savage would be gone from WCW, again, by July.
As most of you know Goldberg had a lengthy undefeated streak from 1997 to 1998 in WCW. After a couple of months in WCW, Sid became obsessed with breaking Goldberg’s streak. Most of Sid’s “victories” were when he would get involved in a match and attack the contestants before pinning them. He would have Charles Robinson hold up a sign with the amount of victories he had. During this streak, Sid won the WCW United States Championship from Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl on September 12th.
Shortly afterward, Sid’s feud with Goldberg began. Sid was obsessed with breaking Goldberg’s streak while Goldberg was focused on regaining the WCW United States Championship, which he held in 1998. During the September 23rd edition of Thunder it was revealed that Sid got a restraining order against Goldberg saying that he can’t touch him prior to Halloween Havoc.
I originally made a list of ten wrestlers that I considered to be really underrated, but that grew to fifteen with five getting the honorable mention status. However, I’m sure there are countless others that I simply can’t put on the list. These guys quickly came to mind and thus, here we go. By the way, this isn’t in any specific order.
Lynn recently retired from the wrestling industry but he is one guy who without never got the recognition on a national stage that he should have gotten. Yes, he had a run in ECW and in TNA. His matches with Rob Van Dam starting in mid-1998 to the end of the companies run have to go down as some of the best matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling history.
Some people may not remember his feud with AJ Styles early on in TNA, though. It’s probably one of the better angles that Vince Russo booked at the time for the company. A cocky young guy like Styles taking on a veteran who demanded respect in Jerry Lynn. The matches were great. Lynn worked great with Amazing Red and Chris Sabin in the company as well.
He had a brief run in WWE, but didn’t last long. Lynn had one last run with ROH where he even won the ROH World Championship from Nigel McGuiness. Lynn is without a doubt one guy who got better with age and didn’t lose a step.
The first annual King of the Ring is upon is in the Rebooking. WWF World Champion Bret Hart defends the championship against Bam Bam Bigelow. The Steiner Brothers challenge Money Inc. for the WWF World Tag Team Championships in a no disqualification contest. Plus, who wins the King of the Ring tournament to get a title shot at SummerSlam? Find out here!