In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Jason, Big D and GG discuss WrestleMania IX in heavy detail.
We talk about the show that’s not one of the more well-loved shows in WrestleMania history. Well, except if you’re known as Alan4L.
After a lot of company strife in 1992 with the steroid story giving them a lot of bad press and wrestling popularity going on a downward spiral, the following happened:
– Hulk Hogan was phased out of the company for almost the entire time between WrestleMania VIII and IX.
– The Ultimate Warrior was fired.
– Randy Savage became an announcer.
– Ric Flair went back to WCW.
– Bret Hart was the new WWF champion.
You could say this was the first attempt to move on from the past and into the future. That would fully happen a few years later right before the Attitude Era kicked off.
If they were trying to move on, why was Hulk Hogan back in the mix? What about this new wave of characters like Doink The Clown, the Steiner Brothers (fresh off their WCW run), the Headshrinkers, “The Narcissist” Lex Luger (after the failed WBF stuff), Giant Gonzalez (El Gigante), and Yokozuna?
We recorded the show before the passing of Matt Borne. Big D is a huge fan of Doink The Clown and we discussed the character heavily. After Borne died, D recorded a new intro at the top to talk about Borne’s passing.
Here’s our WrestleMania IX review: