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World Wrestling Federation Video Games on the Super Nintendo (SNES)


Originally released in North America on August 23, 1991, the Super Nintendo (SNES), started its initial game selection with just four games: Super Mario World, SimCity, F-Zero, Gradius III, and Pilotwings. By March 1992, LJN released the first World Wrestling Federation (WWF) video game on the SNES, entitled WWF Super WrestleMania. Other WWF video games released on the SNES include WWF Royal Rumble [1993], WWF Raw [1994], and WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game [1995].

WWF Super WrestleMania [1992]
List of Playable Wrestlers: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase. WWF Superstars exclusive to the SNES version are Jake Roberts, The Undertaker, Sid Justice, The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) and The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon).

The Sega Genesis version exclusively featured The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango, Irwin R. Schyster, The British Bulldog and Shawn Michaels.




WWF Royal Rumble [1993]
List of Playable Wrestlers: Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Randy Savage, Crush, and "The Narcissist" Lex Luger. Exclusively on the SNES roster were Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase, Yokozuna and Tatanka.

The Sega Genesis version exclusively featured Hulk Hogan, Irwin R. Schyster aka I.R.S., "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, "The Model" Rick Martel and Papa Shango.



WWF Raw [1994]
Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon, Lex Luger, Doink the Clown, Shawn Michaels, 1-2-3 Kid, Diesel, Owen Hart, and Luna Vachon.


WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game [1995]
Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, and Lex Luger.




THE ANDRE THE GIANT STORY ON HBO



"From HBO Sports, WWE, JMH Films and Ringer Films comes Andre The Giant, a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. The ambitious, wide-ranging film explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career and his forays into the entertainment world. It includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members and more.

André René Roussimoff was born in 1946 in Molien, France. In his early teens, he exhibited signs of gigantism though he was not diagnosed with acromegaly until his twenties. He began his training in Paris at 17 and eventually became known in wrestling circuits around the world. In 1973, Andre joined the organization now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, where he became a superstar and rival of WWE legend Hulk Hogan.

The documentary features an amazing behind-the-scenes look at the WrestleMania III match between Hulk Hogan and Andre as told by professional wrestling historians, Vince McMahon, and Hulk Hogan. It is an interesting look at Andre and his mindset, as well as the feelings it brings to the surface for the man known as Hulk Hogan.

Emmy-winning Executive Producer Bill Simmons, who joined HBO in 2015 and founded sports and culture publication The Ringer, describes Andre as “the ultimate unicorn” and a true legend."

Source: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/andre-the-giant

Below are a couple of short video clips featuring Andre the Giant, from 1975 and 1985.

Andre states that he weighs 444 pounds, in 1975!



Andre in 1985

Classic Vince McMahon will still not be disrespected in 2018 [Videos]


In a couple segments on Raw from March 12, 2018, Mr. McMahon makes his presence known to pro wrestling fans nearly 50 years after joining the wrestling business in 1969. At age 72, McMahon maintains an active role in the world of wrestling as the WWE's Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Roman Reigns disrespects Mr. McMahon

Mr. McMahon's response to Roman Reigns

WRESTLEMANIA VIII: WWF Champion Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan [Rare Videos]




As with many happenings in professional wrestling, matches at events can change based on a number of different factors and circumstances. The "booker" (the person in charge of setting up matches) of the event may have an idea for a match, however the willingness of the wrestlers, the health of the wrestlers, or simply a change of ideas, can completely change or eliminate a match all together.

After Ric Flair won the WWF Championship on January 19, 1992 in Albany, New York, a World Wrestling Federation Press Conference was held to announce Flair's challenger for the title to later be held on April 5, 1992 at WrestleMania VIII. During the Press Conference it was announced by President Jack Tunney, that Flair's challenger would be Hulk Hogan (see videos below).

WWF Champion Ric Flair's Speech


Jack Tunney's Methodical Announcement 


Newly announced WrestleMania VIII Challenger Hulk Hogan's Speech

This Press Conference and the announcement of Hulk Hogan as Flair's challenger at WrestleMania VIII could have been just a set up for the double Main Event that actually took place involving the matches of Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice and Ric Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage. Vince McMahon and the powers at the WWF at the time are the only ones that know for sure if Flair vs Hogan was actually planned as a match at WrestleMania, or a clever device used to set up the Hogan vs Justice match.


Hulk Hogan says he has a "special place" in his heart for Ric Flair


Promo featuring Mr. Perfect, Sid Justice, and WWF Champion Ric Flair


Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in February 2018
TMZ Video Clip Source: 2018 EHM PRODUCTIONS, INC

History: Celebrating the impact of the Junkyard Dog [Videos]

Born Sylvester Ritter in North Carolina, the man who would be known as many different ring names saw his biggest success as the Junkyard Dog (or JYD for short) in the NWA and WWF. Throughout much of the 1980s, JYD was one of the most popular wrestlers in the industry. The uniqueness and raspy voice of JYD received huge fan support and his interviews with the likes of "Mean" Gene Okerlund are pure 1980s pro wrestling entertainment.

The man known as the Junkyard Dog

Enjoy the following videos showing some of JYD's magic during his time as a professional wrestler.

WWE Tribute Video to the Junkyard Dog, made in 2004.

WWE Tribute video to the Junkyard Dog, made in 2015.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Junkyard Dog in October 1984.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Junkyard Dog in 1985.

The Junkyard Dog & Davy Boy Smith face off with the Hart Foundation, January 11, 1987

Bret Hart: The Best Wrestler From 1992-1997, Five Years of Excellence [Videos]

Bret Hart
Beginning with his August 29, 1992 match against the British Bulldog in London, England, Bret Hart started his five year reign as the best wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation. From 1992 to 1997, Hart held the WWF Heavyweight Championship title five times and wrestled in 144 high profile matches. In fact, Hart was recognized by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine multiple times during this time span. Hart was nominated as Best Pro Wrestler four times; winning the Match of the Year in 1992, 1996, and 1997; winning the Feud of the Year in 1993 and 1994; nominated as the Most Popular Wrestler in 1993 and 1994; winning the Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in 1994; winning the Comeback of the Year Award and the Most Hated Wrestler in 1997; and ultimately presented with the Lifetime Achievement Editor's Award in 2003. In addition, Hart was recognized by the World Wrestling Federation as the Superstar of the Year in 1993 and won a combined five "Slammy" awards in 1994, 1996, and 1997.

Below are 30 Bret Hart Highlight Matches during this time frame:

  • SummerSlam '92, 8/29/92: vs The British Bulldog (David Smith)
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #318, 10/12/92: vs Ric Flair
  • WWF Saturday Night's Main Event Taping, 10/27/92: vs Papa Shango (Charles Wright)
  • Survivor Series '92, 11/25/92: vs Shawn Michaels
  • Royal Rumble '93, 1/24/93: vs Razor Ramon (Scott Hall)
  • MSG Show, 3/21/93: with Mr. Perfect (Curt Henning) vs Lex Luger and Razor Ramon
  • King of the Ring, 6/13/93: vs Razor Ramon; vs Mr. Perfect
  • Royal Rumble: 1/24/94: co-winner of the 30-man Royal Rumble Match
  • WrestleMania X: 3/20/94: vs Owen Hart; vs Yokozuna
  • WWF Monday Night Raw Taping, 7/1/94: vs 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman)
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #409, 7/3/94: vs Bob Backlund
  • SummerSlam '94, 8/29/94: vs Owen Hart in a Steel Cage
  • WWF In Your House, 5/14/95: vs Hakushi
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #475, 10/24/95: vs Sycho Sid (Sid Eudy)
  • Survivor Series '95, 11/19/95: vs Diesel (Kevin Nash)
  • MSG Show, 11/25/95: vs The Undertaker
  • WWF In Your House 5, 12/17/95: vs The British Bulldog
  • WWF In Your House 6, 2/18/96: vs Diesel in a Steel Cage
  • WWF Monday Night Raw Taping, 2/19/96: vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Paul Michael Levesque)
  • WrestleMania XII, 3/31/96: vs Shawn Michaels
  • Survivor Series '96, 11/17/96: vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Steve Williams)
  • Royal Rumble '97, 1/19/97: Royal Rumble Match
  • WWF In Your House 13, 2/24/97: vs Steve Austin, Vader, and The Undertaker
  • WrestleMania 13, 3/23/97: vs Steve Austin
  • WWF In Your House 16, 7/6/97: "The Hart Foundation" vs Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and The Legion of Doom
  • SummerSlam, 8/3/97: vs The Undertaker, with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels
  • WWF One Night Only, 9/20/97: vs The Undertaker
  • Survivor Series '97, 11/9/97: vs Shawn Michaels
From one of the best matches of Bret Hart's career (3/23/1997)

The full match can be found on the WWE Network

The Ultimate Challenge: World Heavyweight Champion vs. Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion [Rare Videos]


The build up to the match started at the 1990 WWF Royal Rumble where the Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior went face to face for a brief encounter that excited the fans and the matchmakers of the World Wrestling Federation. In February 1990, Hulk Hogan offered a World Heavyweight Championship title shot to The Ultimate Warrior.

Now imagine this: April Fool's Day, April 1, 1990, nearly 68,000 people attending a professional wrestling event to witness Hulk Hogan, the World Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Champion against The Ultimate Warrior, the World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in a Title vs Title Match. 

Named 1990's "Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine readers, the match lasted almost 23 minutes and ended with a clean pinfall. The Ultimate Warrior went on to hold the WWF World Heavyweight Championship for 293 days. Hulk Hogan wouldn't become WWF Champion again until he defeated Sgt. Slaughter on March 24, 1991.




Hogan Challenges Warrior, and he accepts the Challenge


The Contract Signing between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior


End of an Era: Hulk Hogan in 1993's World Wrestling Federation [Videos]

During the late-1980s and into the 1990s, Hulk Hogan held a large amount of creative control over his matches, as did many long-term pro wrestling champions before him. Hogan was part of an era where top wrestlers losing a match to someone meant something. Hogan could have easily agreed to lose the belt to Bret Hart, as the WWF Magazine was promoting a potential match up at the time, however for whatever reason, the match up never took place. The "creative differences" between Hogan and WWF owner Vince McMahon were too great to move forward with this potential match up. Hogan kept his commitment to wrestle on WWF's European Tour, and wrested several matches against Yokozuna before departing the company in the summer of '93.

Through his own admission, Hulk Hogan's heart and soul were no longer in the pro wrestling business in 1993. In fact, Hogan has stated that he had decided that he was going to leave the WWF prior to his WWF title win at WrestleMania IX in April 1993. And even after his title win at WrestleMania IX, Hogan said he had planned to only wrestle one more pay-per-view event.

In regards to his WWF departure in 1993, Hogan stated in a UK magazine interview, “Basically it was a case of where the [WWF] promotion and I did not get along and couldn’t reach an agreement on the direction we wanted to go. We had contrasting ideas, creative differences. You know, Vince McMahon had other wrestlers he wanted to place in the spotlight [i.e. Bret Hart, Lex Luger]. At the time, I thought that Hulkamania could generate more interest, he thought otherwise.

Hogan would not return to the World Wrestling Federation until February 2002.

Hulk Hogan Promotional Video for the Summer '93 European Tour

Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart talk about Hogan's "buzzing" future with Gene Okerlund in 1993

Hulk Hogan and Yokozuna on FACE TO FACE in 1993

Hulk Hogan and Yokozuna on FACE TO FACE on June 26, 1993

Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon in 2002

Royal Rumble 1990: The Beginning of Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior [Videos]


The 1990 Royal Rumble saw a major confrontation between WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior. This confrontation led to a "Champion verses Champion" match at WrestleMania VI, held on April 1, 1990 at the Toronto Skydome.

The man later known as Ultimate Warrior began his professional wrestling career in late 1985, but became most accomplished during his time in the World Wrestling Federation from 1987 to 1992 and again in 1996. First capturing the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship in 1988, he shared considerable fame throughout his title reign that was comparable to professional wrestling's biggest superstar, Hulk Hogan.

In January of 1990, Hulk Hogan was in his second reign as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion after he defeated Randy Savage on April 2, 1989 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hogan had starred in the the film, No Holds Barred which was released by New Line Cinema on June 2, 1989 and many of Hogan's 1989 matches after June involved Randy Savage and/or promotion for the film. As WWF Champion, Hogan was a favorite to win the 1990 Royal Rumble.

With Hulk Hogan looking to make more films, and the World Wrestling Federation moving into the new decade of the 1990s, the company needed and wanted a new top superstar. Originally the honor was offered to New Holds Barred star Zeus (real name Tom Lister, Jr.), however he declined. Despite having future '90s WWF Champions (i.e. Bret Hart, Shawn Micheals) on the 1990 roster, very few of the approximately 50 professional wrestlers outside of Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior had 1990 WWF Championship potential at the time. The 1990 Royal Rumble and the encounter with Hulk Hogan would place the Ultimate Warrior in the perfect position to become the next top star and WWF Champion.


Hulk Hogan faces off against the Ultimate Warrior


Sean Mooney discussing the 1990 WWF Royal Rumble


Classic Promos from the WWF Royal Rumble Participates

The 1990 Royal Rumble can be seen on the WWE Network by clicking http://network.wwe.com/video/v31345259/milestone/31357153 or at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5d80ep