WWF March to WrestleMania IX
Taped from Fayetteville, NC
Airdate: March 28, 1993 (taped 3/7)
Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Can Savage derail the runaway locomotive known as Yokozuna? Will Bigelow destroy Undertaker prior to WrestleMania IX? Let’s find out!
This is my very first re-do! The original was written over four years ago. Since the actual show was unavailable to me, I found the RAW broadcast from the following night.
Rob Bartlett stands in an empty Manhattan Center expecting to be part of Monday Night RAW.
Prior to the opening match, we revisit Wrestling Challenge for the contract signing for the WWF title match (taped 3/9).
Unfortunately, the commentary has been removed, yet the rest of the audio remains intact.
Match 1: Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Summary: Talk about putting someone over. Savage had two comebacks while Yokozuna dominated him the rest of the match. Bret’s title reign may be in jeopardy!
After the match, Fuji insists that Yokozuna annihilate Savage. Yokozuna then attempts a Banzai drop, but Savage avoids getting SQUISHED. As Savage gets to his feet, he puts a knee into Yokozuna’s back sending him to the floor. Officials then prevent Yokozuna from re-entering the ring.
Commercials! Twix, Burger King’s NEW meatloaf sandwich, A&W cream soda, Benny & Joon, Sci-Fi channel, and Quantum Leap.
On a podium, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the MegaManiacs with Jimmy Hart. Beefcake admits that he colors his hair while the MegaManiacs cut an off-the-wall promo on Money, Inc. Bartender, I’ll have what they’re having.
Commercials! Skittles, Long John Silver’s, Sebastian hair products, and KMEL-106.1 FM radio in San Francisco, CA.
We then revisit Royal Rumble ‘93 when the “Narcissist” Lex Luger made his WWF debut. Highlights of Luger’s forearms shots are shown while Vince refers to them as “suspicious.” Wait a minute! The commentary has RETURNED!
Match 2: Mr. Perfect versus Skinner
Summary: Showcase match for Perfect.
Call the WrestleMania IX hotline at 1-900-909-9939!
Commercials! Super Nintendo’s Star Fox, NAPA Auto Parts, Greyhound bus lines, and Crest Complete toothbrushes.
Back at the Manhattan Center, Bartlett still can’t figure out why no one’s there for RAW.
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: ICOPRO, Davey Boy Smith, and Flintstones trading cards.
WRESTLEMANIA IX REPORT: "Mean” Gene Okerlund shills the WWF tag team title match followed by the WWF title match. After Bret cuts a pre-taped promo on Yokozuna, Okerlund promotes the Crush-Doink match.
Commercials! Doublemint gum, Long John Silver’s, and Montana.
Match 3: Bam Bam Bigelow versus Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)
Summary: Undertaker must not have gotten his daily workout because he performed numerous sit-ups during the match.
Next, Giant Gonzalez and Harvey Wippleman emerge to stare down Undertaker. Officials then stand between them to prevent any pre-WrestleMania shenanigans.
Commercials! A&W cream soda, Stetson Preferred Stock cologne, Greyhound, Long John Silver’s, Honeywell’s Enviracare, and a promo for Matrix immediately following RAW.
Heenan then states that Cleopatra will appear at WrestleMania IX in a “see-through toga.”
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: GI Joe, Slim Jim, and WWF video games.
To finish the show, a video airs honoring WWF champion Bret “Hitman” Hart. Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T" plays as background music.
Conclusion: Are you ready for WrestleMania IX? If not, check out the match below!
TV Rating: 3.3
BONUS MATCH: Kamala (w/ Slick) versus Kim Chee
Summary: I can see why this wasn’t on RAW the following night as nothing extraordinary happened.
After the match, Kamala grabs Kim Chee’s hat and hammers him with it. Slick then places the hat on Kamala’s head, and Kamala parades around the ring. Music video for WrestleMania IX follows.
Other matches not aired:
Stay tuned for WWF WrestleMania IX!
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