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    The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History




    The Grimpact Zone:

    Rebooking
    The WWE Championship's
    Entire History





    It's another project from your boy, Grim. Here I take the liberty of rewriting much of the history of the WWE Championship, from it's beginnings in 1963 all the way until today. Through it, you'll find decisions you may either agree or disagree with, but in the end, I hope it becomes a more interesting experience for everybody. Without further ado, let us venture forth into what is known as... The Grimpact Zone.

    WWE Championship Reigns:

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - Current
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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part One:
    The More Things Change
    The More They Stay The Same
    (1963-1988)





    As the title suggests, Part 1 may be the most boring episode in the series, especially considering nothing will change in this alternate universe. Every championship title change (save the unrecognized ones) from 1963-1988 will occur in this timeline. As such, I suppose I should run the title changes through everyone's minds quickly:


    Buddy Rogers gains the "WWWF World Heavyweight Championship" on April 11, 1963 in a supposed Rio Tourney (somehow this won't be the first time Rio De Janeiro will come up in WWE).


    Bruno Sammartino immediately defeats Buddy Rogers in 48 god-forsaken seconds in Madison Square Garden on May 17, 1963. He would hold on to the championship for over seven years.


    Ivan Koloff Defeats Bruno Sammartino on January 18th, 1971, and then immediately goes to lose to Pedro Morales on February 8th of the same year.


    Pedro Morales would hold onto the "WWWF Heavyweight Championship" from February 8th, 1971 until December 1st, 1973; in which he'd lose to, of all people, Stan "The Man" Stasiak.


    Stan Stasiak, the ultimate transitional champion, would only hold onto the belt for nine days. Big Bruno would get a second title reign of terror on December 10th, 1973.


    Bruno's second reign of terror would thankfully end on April 30th, 1977, to the one, the only, Superstar Billy Graham. The man of the hour, the tower of power, the taste that's too sweet to be sour, the reflection of perfection himself would hold onto the "WWF Heavyweight Championship" until finally losing to the greatest, most boring wrestling personality of the 1980's-Bob Backlund-on February 20th, 1980.


    Backlund will hold onto the title until he loses the infamous match against The Iron Sheik on December 26th, 1983. Shieky-baby would get stuck in traffic, or something, and Hulk Hogan would find the title out on the road, I think, on January 23rd, 1984.


    Hogan's 1st reign, and by far his longest, would end on February 5th, 1988, to Andre The Giant; Andre would immediately pull a derp move and vacate the title on literally the same night.


    It is here that the timelines will finally split and things begin to veer wildly off-course. But... that's for Part 2. Tune in next time to see the new timeline of 1988-1990.


    WWE Championship Reigns:
    Spoiler:

    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 2:
    The Hulkamania Era
    (1988-1990)




    It begins. The timelines have officially split. We are in the "Grimpact Zone" of WWE History, where reality and fiction converge into a monstrous abomination. It all begins at WrestleMania IV, where in an astounding set of events (much akin to real life), Macho Man Randy Savage wins the "WWF Championship" on March 27th, 1988. Much in line with real life, Macho and Hogan would team up and become the Mega Powers.


    However, a major difference is that, while their team would fall apart at the Royal Rumble 1989 (which would see Mr. Perfect win the Royal Rumble-be sure to wait for him down the line), Macho Man would actually shock the entire world and surprise everyone by BEATING HOGAN at WrestleMania V. Yes, you read that right, in the "Grimpact Zone", Randy Savage defeats Hulk Hogan definitively. Hogan, so distraught by this loss, goes on hiatus for a time (mostly to film No Holds Barred). This leads into the very next feud for Randy Savage...


    Remember the 1989 Royal Rumble winner, Mr. Perfect? Oh yeah. Despite Hogan/Savage being the Main Event of WM V, Mr. Perfect had been complaining to President Jack Tunney for months that since Perfect had beaten *both* Hogan and Savage by outlasting the both of them in the Rumble, he's entitled to a title shot at Randy Savage.


    Now, Savage, who has since ditched Miss Elizabeth and now has Sensational Sherri in his corner, is not having any of it, because, no disrespect intended, but Perfect hasn't done anything else to prove himself. Jack Tunney, however, acquiesces and the setting for SummerSlam 1989 is a fever pitched and very rare "Heel vs. Heel" match: Randy Savage w/ Sensational Sherri vs. Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby Heenan.





    Macho Man Randy Savage's year and 5 month reign would officially end at the hands of Mr. Perfect (whom was the de facto "heel" of the match, thanks to Bobby Heenan cutting some absolutely blustering promos on Savage in the build-up). It was official, Bobby Heenan would finally manage a World Champion. Mr. Perfect would continue to fight against Savage (who's essentially a tweener at this point) throughout the fall, each time with increasing success. That is, until Savage does the unthinkable...





    The Mega Powers re-unite for one night only at Survivor Series 1989, in a match pitting the Mega Powers (Savage, Hogan, Jake Roberts, Roddy Piper, and Dusty Rhodes against the Perfect Team (Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Andre The Giant, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard). In the match, Hogan would turn out to be the last member of the Mega Powers as Savage would be the last member of his team eliminated after Perfect and Arn Anderson double teamed him to oblivion. Despite the odds, Hogan would pull out the victory at the Survivor Series, giving him a date against Mr. Perfect at the Royal Rumble 1990 for the WWF Championship.


    In a grueling match, Hulk Hogan, began his second championship reign by defeating Mr. Perfect for the title. Hogan retained the title at the next month's Saturday Night's Main Event against Perfect. With that out of the way, Hogan would face arguably the biggest challenge of his career to-date.





    The Ultimate Warrior, WWF's next biggest star behind Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, had won the 1990 Royal Rumble, and thanks to a new stipulation by President Jack Tunney after Mr. Perfects protestations last year, the Royal Rumble winner now gets to face the WWF Champion at WrestleMania in the main event. Hogan and Warrior was a collision that was bound to happen; it was merely unavoidable. And it's here, that I actually intend to keep the decision the same as real-life. The Ultimate Warrior would prevail over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI, marking the beginning of the second phase of the "Hulkamania Era"; where titles will begin to change hand far more often than ever before...

    WWE Championship Reigns:
    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 3:
    The Hulkamania Era
    (1990-1992)





    We continue our adventure into the "Grim Zone" in the year of 1990. The Ultimate Warrior had just won the title off of Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI. In the real world, The Ultimate Warrior would hold onto the title all the way until the Royal Rumble the next year before losing to Sgt. Slaughter. Here, Slaughter will never even be in the picture. Instead, the timeline of 1990 will come under a completely different setting. While defending the belt here and there at random house shows, Warrior's first real challenge would come at the new WWF Pay-Per-View: King of the Ring 1990.





    "Ravishing" Rick Rude had fast begun to approach the #1 contender spot ever since the Survivor Series. Rude and Warrior indeed had history together, as the famously battled for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania V. At King of the Ring, it would be no different in the everlasting battle between the Ravishing One and the Ultimate One.


    In a shocking series of events however, only 84 days into his reign, The Ultimate Warrior LOSES the WWF Championship to Rick Rude, the second time in less than a year that manager Bobby Heenan would manage a world champion. Despite the loss, Warrior would bounce back and would win back the title at SummerSlam in a steel cage match, the ultimate end to Rude and Warrior's feud (as Rude would leave for WCW shortly afterwards). However, trouble is brewing in the WWF...





    Also at SummerSlam, a *huge* shocking event occurred when Earthquake, the 1990 King of the Ring, not only defeated former WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, but may have retired him! The beating on the Hulkster was so vicious that Hogan is now considering retirement due to his injuries. The Ultimate Warrior's new challenge for the 1990 Survivor Series has been set... Earthquake.


    For the second time in 1990, The Ultimate Warrior would relinquish the WWF Championship after a short title reign, this time to Earthquake! Earthquake would, now with the WWF Championship, begin a series of open challenges where he'd go and face anyone who'd be willing to take him one-on-one for the Championship; among the names would be: Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Big Bossman, Dusty Rhodes, and Brutus Beefcake. Earthquake would also retain the WWF Championship against The Ultimate Warrior at Royal Rumble 1991, thanks in part to some interference from Randy Savage (still a tweener the last year 1/2).





    The biggest news coming out of the Royal Rumble, however, was the return of HULK HOGAN after being gone from the WWE for over 8 months. Not only did Hogan return at the Royal Rumble... Hogan *won* the Royal Rumble match, making him eligible to face, yes, Earthquake at WrestleMania VII.





    Hulk Hogan would finally overcome his demons and defeat the dreaded Earthquake at WrestleMania once and for all, proving to all that Hulkamania isn't dead just yet. Hogan also became the very first member of what would become known as the "3+ Club", a group of individuals with at least three WWF Championship wins to their name. With the WWF Championship back around the waist of Hulk Hogan, WWF saw record business between April and July as Hogan would defend the title against Earthquake in several rematches. But another name was hiding in the grass for his chance to strike...





    Jake Roberts had slowly been driven mad as time went on in the WWF, and by Mid-1991, he had become an even darker version of himself. By August, he set his sights on Hulk Hogan and the coveted WWF Championship. At SummerSlam, Jake Roberts would decimate Hogan, not fairly, but with the use of his viper, and a knocked out ref. Roberts had done it, he became the WWF Champion. Unfortunately for Roberts, Hogan was not the only major star that he'd been intimidating and messing with.





    Macho Man Randy Savage, who had been retired since WrestleMania VII (thanks to the Ultimate Warrior), had been the victim of much of Roberts' scathing promos and vitriol. It went so far as a snake bit Savage on live television. Savage demanded his reinstatement by President Jack Tunney, and Roberts gave Savage an out: At Survivor Series 1991, should Roberts beat Savage, Savage will forever be banned from the WWF.


    Randy Savage defied all odds in the end to reclaim the WWF Championship for the second time in his illustrious career. But it came at a cost, as he was attacked after the match by Roberts, and Miss Elizabeth was viciously attacked, setting Savage off. It would be his undoing as in the rematch at This Tuesday in Texas. Roberts would in fact win back the title little over a week later at the PPV; however, Hulk Hogan made his return, pissed off and attacking Jake Roberts for screwing him at SummerSlam.


    Hulk Hogan would win the WWF Championship title for the fourth time (becoming the first man to enter the "4+ Club"). Jake Roberts would fade out of the WWF with a bang as he would lose a Loser Leaves Town match against Savage at WrestleMania VIII. For Hulk Hogan though, he would come face to face with "the *real* World's Champion."





    Ever since November 1991, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair had claimed to be the real world's champion, carrying and parading around the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (this time with the NWA's permission). In the 1992 Royal Rumble, however, Flair would cement himself as a legitimate contender by winning the Royal Rumble from the #3 spot; which at that point was the earliest spot a contender had won. So the stage was set for the main event of WrestleMania VIII: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair for the WWF Championship.





    Ric Flair would defy all expectations by defeating the Immortal One at the Showcase of the Immortals. The future looked to be bright for the entirety of the WWF with all the incredible storytelling surrounding the WWF Championship that had been following for the last two years. However, the end of a golden age was coming. Hulkamania was dying (as far as the WWF was concerned), and it appeared time to begin building some new stars up along the way.


    Next Time:


    Part 4:
    The Death of Hulkamania
    (1992-1993)

    WWE Championship Reigns:
    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]


    3+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:
    Spoiler:




    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)


    4+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:
    Spoiler:




    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)


    500+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Spoiler:


    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 4:
    The Death of Hulkamania
    (1992-1993)





    The Summer of 1992, with Hulk Hogan out of the picture for much of 1992, would see the WWF Championship trade hands between newfound hated rivals Ric Flair and Randy Savage. Their rivalry would stem from Flair's rumored affair with Miss Elizabeth, and the hatred between the two was palpable. So much so, that Savage would join the 4+ club, and Flair himself the 3+ club. King of the Ring, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and the 1993 Royal Rumble would each see Savage and Flair exchange the titles. In the end, Flair would come out on top in the rivalry.


    But Hulk Hogan was not quite done, as he'd officially make his return on the declaration that should Hogan fail to win the Royal Rumble match, he'd retire from professional wrestling. Needless to say, Hulk Hogan won the 1993 Royal Rumble; Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan would have their long anticipated WWF Championship rematch at WrestleMania IX.





    Hogan wanted his rematch, and Flair was set on preventing the Hulkster from becoming the champion once again. Flair made the promise that if he could not beat Hulk Hogan on this rematch, he'd quit the WWF. The stakes were set for WrestleMania IX: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair for the WWF Championship, and the added stipulation that Flair would be fired if he lost the match.


    Howdy doody, the man did it, and Hulk Hogan became the first entrant of the +5 club. Flair was fired from the WWF, and without Flair, there was no #1 Contender. That is until a mysterious man from the Orient managed by the dreaded Mr. Fuji stepped up...





    Yokozuna, who had debuted in late 1992, had begun a massive winning streak, against popular names like Virgil, Jim Duggan, and even (once on Superstars) Randy Savage. Hogan was not afraid of this new challenge; but he'd soon learn to regret it. At King of the Ring 1993, Hogan looked to have had the match well in hand, but some tricky interference from a sordid cameraman saw a flash of fire hit him in the face. An opportunity opened up, and Yokozuna pounced, this time not only hitting the leg drop on Hogan twice, but taking the chance to Bonzai Drop him twice as well. Hogan was unmoving in the ring as the ref counted the three and Yokozuna had destroyed the dreams of Hulk Hogan for one more magical run before it barely started...


    A few days after the match, Hogan went to officially announce his retirement from the WWF, citing that the beatdown he had endured at the hands of Yokozuna was too much for him to take physically... and with that, the Hulkamania Era, WWF's most enduring and profitable era ended, leading the World Wrestling Federation into a new era: The New Generation.

    WWE Championship Reigns:
    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan 5x - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]


    3+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)


    Randy Savage:


    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]


    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)


    Ric Flair:


    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]


    (7 Months, 26 Days)


    4+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]

    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]

    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    This is a pretty cool idea. Havent through it all yet but looking forward to digging into it later. I kinda wish you chose smaller pictures & smaller font so I could read more at once without scrolling but that's just personal. Looking forward to reading this more extensively.

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 5:
    The New Generation
    1993-1995




    With the end of the Hulkamania era, the New Generation Era could begin in earnest with the reign of Yokozuna. For weeks after Yokozuna defeated the mighty Hulk Hogan, his manager Mr. Fuji would declare that no American could beat his champion. This culminated into the Stars and Stripes Challenge aboard the USS Intrepid, where Yokozuna put down any challenger that attempted to slam him onto the mat... except for one...



    Out of a helicopter onto the Intrepid came the 1993 King of the Ring Lex Luger, giving hope to a nation in need by slamming Yokozuna with ease and setting himself up as the de facto #1 contender to Yokozuna's WWF Championship for SummerSlam.

    For weeks leading up to SummerSlam though, both champion and challenger would undergo a set of challenges to prepare themselves for the SummerSlam. While Luger would challenge wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Rick Martel, and Ted DiBiase, Yokozuna challenged such excruciating luminaries such as Marty Jannetty, Virgil, and Koko B. Ware. They would finally meet at SummerSlam, Luger having gone through a murderer's row of competition, and Yoko relatively fresh, but the world would be shocked to discover the outcome.



    By god, Lex Luger did it! He defeated Yokozuna definitively (fuck what the boys are rioting for, then can walk out for all Grim cares). With the WWF Championship around his waist, the Lex Express was full steam ahead towards Survivor Series, where his team (Luger, Steiner Brothers, and Jim Duggan [He'll leave after the show in the Grimpact Zone]) would go on to lose to Yoko's team (Yokozuna, The Headshrinkers, and Ludvig Borga). With Survivor Series out of the way, Yokozuna and his new American spokesperson, James E. Cornette, prepared for the title rematch that would come at the Royal Rumble. A comedy of errors for Lex Luger would occur at the Rumble as he'd drop the strap to Yokozuna in controversial fashion involving a ref bump and Jim Cornette throwing sand into the eyes of Luger.



    During this time, Bret Hart would come back from an injury exacerbated by his jealous younger brother Owen to win the 1994 Royal Rumble from the #10 spot. But due to the circumstances of Yokozuna's title victory, Lex Luger was guaranteed a rematch. So it was decided that Bret Hart and Lex Luger would both compete for the WWF Championship (in the same fashion as real life so we can also get Bret/Owen).

    Bret Hart became ascendant and finally clawed his way to the top of the World Wrestling Federation by overcoming the odds and defeating Yokozuna in the main event. With this victory, despite losing to Owen earlier in the night, Bret Hart was a triumphant man who had gone through hell and high water to attain a dream of his.

    Bret enjoyed several months as champion, defending the title against anyone who was willing and even retaining against a rematching Yokozuna at King of the Ring. But trouble brewed for the elder Hart.



    For weeks building up to SummerSlam, Owen declared himself the "King of Harts" thanks to his King of the Ring win. The hatred between the two Harts would finally build at SummerSlam in a Steel Cage Match. Owen Hart had once again shocked the world, this time by defeating his brother Bret yet again when the limelight was on. Owen Hart is now the WWF Champion for the time being!

    Bret Hart knew he needed to win the WWF Championship back from Owen to maintain his own pride; the only way to truly beat Owen was to make him submit. At Survivor Series, Owen would lose a Submission match between he and Bret. With Owen hopefully behind him, Bret looked to the Royal Rumble, where Diesel was his challenger.



    Bret looked have had the match won, when suddenly... Ref bump... Who's that coming down the aisle? IT'S OWEN HART WITH A METAL PIPE! Bret Hart is being taken to the woodshed by his younger brother, who seems to have gone mad with jealousy! Owen has left Bret but a broken heap. Diesel only needs to climb onto Bret... and the three count comes slowly... Diesel is now the WWF Champion in one of the most unbelievable of matches. Too bad his reign would not last very long...



    Enter the 1995 Royal Rumble winner... The Undertaker. A balwark of the WWF for nearly five years now, he would get his moment in the sun at WrestleMania XI against Diesel. With Bret Hart facing Owen Hart in a No Holds Barred match, Diesel would defend the WWF Championship against Undertaker. At the end of the night, The Undertaker finally would win the WWF Championship in a tough competition against Diesel. With that... the New Generation is at it's peak...



    Next Time...

    The New Generation's Height
    1995


    WWF Championship Reigns:

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]



    3+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)


    4+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]


    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)


    Randy Savage:


    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]


    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]

    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 6:
    The New Generation's Height

    1995





    Where we left off, The Undertaker had defeated Diesel at WrestleMania XI for the WWF Championship, while Bret Hart was busy combating with his brother Owen. Though the war was never over between the two of them, Owen Hart had brought in Bob Backlund as backup for his battle against Bret Hart, keeping the two former WWF Champions busy for the summer. The Undertaker had several challengers approach, such as Diesel (In Your House 1) , Sycho Sid (King of the Ring), and even a rare appearance from Yokozuna (WWF RAW). He would rebuff them all, perhaps most impressively at In Your House 2, where the very first Four-Way Elimination Match for the WWF Championship would preside between Taker, Sycho Sid, Bret Hart, and Diesel. Bret Hart would suffer the first elimination at the hands of Owen and Bob Backlund. Sid was eliminated next after a dual-effort by Diesel and Taker. Finally, the odds were overcome by The Deadman as Diesel fell victim to two entire Tombstone Piledrivers. But it would not be the last time that Diesel would have enough of The Undertaker. Cue the next challenger...​



    Cue the 1995 King of the Ring, and the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWF history (with a whopping 595-day reign), Razor Ramon. Razor Ramon had held the Intercontinental Championship from September 1993 all the way until In Your House on May 14th, 1995, which saw him lose the championship to Shawn Michaels. Ramon had garnered a reputation of one of the best wrestlers within the company based on his sheer amount of title defenses and length of his reign. After losing to Shawn Michaels, Ramon instead eyed the WWF Championship, held by The Undertaker. After winning the King of the Ring, he was scheduled to face whoever would win the Four-Way Championship Elimination match at SummerSlam. And so it was set: Razor Ramon vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship at SummerSlam 1995.

    The match was a solid back and forth between the two, the story being that The Undertaker took whatever offense that Razor Ramon gave and kept getting back up. However, the end of the match saw something nobody could have seen coming. Out comes Diesel, who had had problems with Undertaker all year. Diesel is distracting the ref... LOW BLOW!

    Razor Ramon just hit a low blow on The Deadman! Razor takes the chance and... WHAM! Razor Ramon just cracked The Undertaker's skull with a chair-shot, and the ref still isn't able to see because of that damn Diesel! Not yet satisfied, Razor lifts up Taker for the Razor's Edge, and slams him onto the chair! Razor quickly throws the chair out of the ring, and goes for the pin... The ref didn't even know what happened as he counted to three right then and there... and your NEW WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION CHAMPION... RAZOR... RAMON...




    The next night, Razor and Diesel celebrate together in the ring. They tell the crowd how for months Diesel was always close, how he could taste the championship but the Deadman cheated with that urn; that mystical urn that always powered him. So Razor and Diesel decided that they'd beat the Deadman the only way they know how; by being "The Bad Guys"... Suddenly...

    Out goes the lights... on they come... TAKER HAS THE URN AND HE JUST SMACKED DIESEL OVER THE HEAD WITH IT! Diesel is slumped to the ground and bleeding from his forehead; Razor Ramon has just barely realized what happened before The Undertaker is on him like a bat out of hell! Razor flees immediately, trying to save his partner in crime, but it's too late. The Undertaker is stalking him ruthlessly like a man possessed... Razor Ramon has just invoked the wrath of the Deadman...

    The rematch was immediately set on RAW the next week for In Your House 3: The Undertaker vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF Championship in a steel cage. This match, unlike the SummerSlam match, saw The Undertaker absolutely way-lay into Razor and keep the Bad Guy from even attempting to escape. However, the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. As Diesel arrives onto the scene to cheer on Razor. The Undertaker nearly won the match as well, if not for that damned Diesel; as Taker looked to have finally been finished with Razor, he attempted to escape via the cage door... his head was sticking right out, and Diesel rammed full speed into the door. Taker's head collided with the door, and then the door frame; busting him open and knocking him out almost entirely.

    Diesel took the advantage and shoved the ref out of the way, climbing into the ring, grabbing Razor, who at this point is bloodied and beaten to a pulp, and tossed him through the cage door for the victory and title defense. Once again, The Undertaker had been screwed by his biggest rival, Diesel.

    With The Undertaker out of the way (for now), Razor Ramon's next challenger was Bret Hart. Bret had spent the entire summer dealing with Owen Hart and Bob Backlund, finally ridding the WWF of Backlund in a submission match at SummerSlam, and defeating Owen Hart definitively at In Your House 3. With In Your House 4 a month away, Razor and Diesel taunted and essentially told Bret Hart that what happened to The Undertaker would happen to him at IYH4. Bret, however, was more than confident in himself to be able to deal with The Bad Guys.

    In the title match between Razor and Bret, Bret had looked to have the match won... but here we go again. Diesel, at ringside, starts jaw-jacking with the ref, distracting him. Razor Ramon once again performs a cheap low-blow to gain an unfair advantage... and once again, grabs a chair from ringside. He prepares to thwack Bret Hart over the head with this chair... but...

    Out goes the lights... the lights back on... AND THE UNDERTAKER IS IN THE RING! Razor Ramon and Diesel are absolutely speechless, and Bret Hart takes the opportunity to give Razor a little taste of his own medicine as the ref now has his attention turned to Taker. LOW BLOW TO RAZOR RAMON! THWACK OVER THE HEAD WITH A CHAIR! DIESEL ATTEMPTS TO INTERJECT BUT TAKER CUTS HIM OFF!!! IT'S PANDEMONIUM AND THIS CROWD IS GOING NUTS! Bret Hart locks on the Sharpshooter! Razor Ramon is tapping! RAZOR RAMON HAS GIVEN UP! BRET HART IS NOW A 3-TIME WWF CHAMPION!




    After an insane series of matches, The Undertaker & Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon & Diesel storyline would culminate at Survivor Series, perhaps in one of the most hyped matches since Bret/Owen SummerSlam '94: Razor Ramon & Diesel vs. The Undertaker & Bret Hart Falls Count Anywhere. However, an additional caveat was added: If Razor Ramon and Diesel lose, they could not challenge for the WWF Championship as long as Bret Hart was champion.

    The match of course was a massive brawl, Diesel and Taker went after one another all match, the hatred spewing from their punches, while Razor and Bret attempted to have a semi-normal match that was full of piss and vinegar. The ending saw The Undertaker get a Jackknife powerbomb onto the Announcer's table, leaving Razor and Diesel to pounce 2-on-1 against Bret Hart. They nearly won too after a Jackknife and Razor's edge combo, but who should come back from... well... the dead, than THE UNDERTAKER!

    With help from Paul Bearer's urn, The Undertaker gives Diesel another blast on the head with it, knocking him out stone cold. Taker, still wincing in pain from the Jackknife, brawls with Razor, who has a slight advantage. That is until Bret Hart finally recovers... but so does Diesel. The two of them stare each other down, with Diesel finally having enough and kicking Bret right between the legs. Diesel climbs out of the ring and grabs... a pair of handcuffs? Oh no...

    Diesel stalks Bret in the ring and corners him, and prepares to cuff Bret to the ropes so that Diesel and Razor can work together. However, Bret, in an act of desperation, claws and bites at Diesel's eyes, incapacitating him for a second and allowing Bret the chance to enact some justice, as he grabs Taker's urn lying in the corner of the ring and twice in one match, Diesel is out cold. Bret believes that turnabout is fair play and so cuffs Diesel to the turnbuckle. Razor and Taker had still been brawling outside, but Razor had enough of a breather from Taker to realize what had just happened. Razor was now alone with two very pissed off men and his only support handcuffed to the turnbuckle.

    Taker and Bret Hart would immediately descend on Razor, kicking the ever loving shit out of him and bloodying him up. The finish finally saw The Undertaker tombstone Razor in front of Diesel, who is desperately trying to tear off the handcuffs. Bret Hart locks on the sharpshooter, and Razor, so out of it, is unable to even submit... The ref has no choice but to declare the match for Bret Hart and The Undertaker...

    The biggest rivalry that the WWF had seen in some time had finally concluded with Bret Hart raising the WWF Championship once again, and the Undertaker having wreaked some vengeance upon Diesel and Razor Ramon... or so it seemed. The rivalry wasn't quite finished yet, as the aftermath would show in the coming months... but that is for another time.






    Next Time...

    The New Generation's Sunset
    1995-1996

    WWF Championship Reigns:

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 1/22/1995 - Current



    3+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)


    4+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]


    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)


    Randy Savage:


    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]


    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 7:
    The New Generation's Sunset
    1995-1996





    Following one of the biggest matches in Survivor Series history, Bret Hart comes out on RAW telling everyone exactly how he and The Undertaker defeated "The Bad Guys" Razor Ramon and Diesel. With Survivor Series over, Bret Hart announces that since Razor Ramon and Diesel lost, there is no official #1 contender... The Undertaker on the other would be taking some time off to heal up from his injuries.


    Out comes Jim Cornette, who tells Bret Hart that he has a contender for the WWF Championship that Bret may be interested in. It's the one man that Hart has never been able to beat; the man that beat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship three years ago... THE BRITISH BULLDOG!





    For weeks leading up to In Your House 5, Jim Cornette and British Bulldog would try to convince Bret to take up his challenge. Two weeks before IYH 5, Bulldog had enough waiting and during a match between Bret and 1-2-3 Kid, attacked his brother-in-law viciously. Jim Cornette announced on the mic that Bret should have done things the easy way. The next week, Bret announced that he'd put his title on the line against Bulldog at IYH 5.


    The match would see Bret use his technical skills to outmaneuver Bulldog, but Davey Boy Smith fighting back with his impressive strength. Jim Cornette stood at ring-side while Owen Hart was on commentary (since after losing at IYH 3, Owen teamed up with Bulldog, winning the WWF Tag Team Championships at Survivor Series). Owen even mentioned that he has zero intention of getting involved in the match as he knows that Bulldog will win... whatever that means...


    Bret appeared to start a comeback, when out of nowhere, Bret dodged a clothesline from Bulldog... which hit the ref. That didn't stop Bret from coming back on Bulldog... while Jim Cornette and Owen Hart stay oddly stoic... Wait a minute!?





    DIESEL AND RAZOR RAMON JUST FLEW INTO THE RING AND ARE ATTACKING BRET!!! Cornette is now laughing hysterically, and Owen is cheering on the carnage! Were the five men colluding to screw over Bret!? I DON'T BELIEVE IT! Jackknife Powerbomb, Razor's Edge, and British Bulldog's Powerslam seal the deal on Bret Hart... Razor and Diesel shake Bulldog's hand and vacates the ring as the ref begins to stir... and with that... THE BRITISH BULLDOG is your NEW WWF World Heavyweight Championship!


    The next night on RAW, British Bulldog, Jim Cornette, and Owen Hart come out with Razor Ramon and Diesel to explain their actions. Razor claims that since they lost at Survivor Series, Razor and Diesel couldn't challenge for the WWF Championship *as long* as Bret was champion. Diesel tells the crowd that Jim Cornette offered them a deal to help British Bulldog win the championship... Jim Cornette confirms to everyone that the deal was that if Razor and Diesel helped Bulldog beat Bret at In Your House 5, that Razor *or* Diesel would get a WWF Title shot at the Royal Rumble.


    Despite all of this, out came justice to prevail. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon tells the group that just because they thought it could work doesn't mean it *will* work. Instead, Razor and Diesel are *not* getting a WWF Championship title shot at the Royal Rumble... instead, Monsoon has something else planned for them...


    For Razor Ramon, he is going to face up against Owen Hart at the Royal Rumble as punishment for both being involved. For Diesel, he's going to revisit an "old friend" when he faces... The Undertaker... in a No Holds Barred match. As for Bulldog? Bulldog will defend the WWF Championship in a rematch with Bret Hart... this time, any interference will not be tolerated... because if Razor, Diesel, Owen, or Jim Cornette appear at ring-side, Bulldog will FORFEIT the WWF Championship to Bret Hart *and* those who interfere will be FIRED.





    With the Royal Rumble set up, Razor Ramon and Owen Hart fought to a no-contest, and actually served to grow tension between Camp Cornette and The Bad Guys, who now had zero reason to be allied with one another. Diesel fell to The Undertaker one final time, this time definitively. Meanwhile, Bret Hart and British Bulldog went about the way you'd expect. Bret Hart officially reclaimed the WWF Championship for the 4th time, joining the 4+ Club.


    After the Royal Rumble, a rematch was announced for In Your House 6. During the match, Diesel and Razor Ramon appeared at ring-side, but instead of messing with Bret... they're jaw-jacking with Owen and Jim Cornette! It looks like the Bad Guys want a piece of Camp Cornette here! The British Bulldog is too distracted with all the commotion and... ROLL-UP! 1! 2! 3! BRET HART RETAINS!!!


    Following the match, Bret Hart watches the scene unfolding as Jim Cornette and Owen Hart attempt to attack Bret, but Razor and Diesel interject and scare off Camp Cornette... they turn to Bret Hart, the man for whom they've had a blood feud for months now... and they... raise his arms? Unbelievably, The Bad Guys accept Bret as champion and now look to challenge Camp Cornette for the WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania XII. With Bulldog behind him, Bret now looks to challenge the 1996 Royal Rumble winner...





    Enter Shawn Michaels. For years, the man had risen slowly from a Tag Team performer to a long-time Intercontinental Champion; having won the 1996 Royal Rumble after entering #1, Shawn Michaels looks to challenge Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII. Shawn for so long had been told that he could never win the WWF Title; Bret tells Shawn that as long as he's champion, he won't lose to Shawn. Shawn and Bret both decide to put their money where their mouth is and cue one of the biggest matches in WrestleMania XII: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart in an Ironman match for the WWF Championship.


    Much like real-life, a boyhood dream would be realized, and much like real-life, Shawn Michaels would finally climb atop the mountain and become the World Wrestling Federation Champion. With this victory, Shawn Michaels now leads the WWF into a time that while still called The New Generation Era, would become known in years later as "Pre-Attitude". That is for next time, however...





    Next Time:

    Pre-Attitude
    1996


    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - Current



    3+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]

    (9 Months, 8 Days)



    4+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]

    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]

    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)

    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]

    (11 Months, 18 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:
    Spoiler:


    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]



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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    This is actually so awesome, glad to see Owen and Bulldog both get a run with the strap, can't wait to see what's next!

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    This is really good, I hope you plan on writing more.

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 8:
    Pre-Attitude
    1996-1997




    The new season begins in the WWF following what many historians consider the "end" of the New Generation Era and the beginning of what became nicknamed "Pre-Attitude". Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania XII, and is now on the top of the mountain. However; a small dilemma has arrived in regards to the top contenders for the prestigious championship. There are no viable challengers.

    Bret Hart has gone on hiatus, and is contemplating retirement from wrestling, The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon and Diesel) are the *new* WWF Tag Team Champions after defeating Davey Boy Smith and The British Bulldog, whom want their titles back. The Undertaker is currently busy with a new monster named Mankind, and thus Shawn Michaels' six best potential challengers are unable to answer the call.

    However, for Shawn Michaels, Jim Cornette harkens back to one of his earliest clients, whom had been also on hiatus beforehand, but was ready to return: Yokozuna. Jim Cornette had obfuscated and vociferously claimed that Yokozuna was perhaps the best man to test the Heartbreak Kid on his first ever title match. Gorilla Monsoon demanded that Yokozuna prove himself by facing off against another former WWF Champion: Mr. Perfect. On the April 14th edition of RAW, Perfect and Yokozuna challenged in a #1 Contender's match for the WWF Championship; Shawn Michaels himself provided guest commentary to the match. That match saw Yokozuna defeat Perfect after Perfect was completely unable to hit the Perfect-Plex on the big man. Thus the match was set for In Your House 8: Yokozuna vs. Shawn Michaels.



    At In Your House 8, Shawn plays the champion-in-peril against the massive mountain of a man. However, that fighting spirit keeps him alive through thick and thin, and in spite of Yokozuna's best efforts, he can't keep Shawn down. The finish of the match sees Shawn beaten and broken by the big bruising offense of Yokozuna. Yoko proceeds to jump as high as he ever has for a big leg drop... BUT SHAWN GETS OUT OF THE WAY! Yoko crashes to the mat hard, landing on his rear-end and in massive pain. Shawn gets to his feet and starts stamping! The crowd is on their feet for Sweet Chin Music! Yoko stands up... BOOM! Yoko stands still for a few seconds, but eventually topples over like a big redwood tree, and Shawn immediately jumps onto the big man. 1... 2... KICK OUT!

    YOKOZUNA KICKED OUT!? Shawn and this crowd can't believe that Yokozuna had enough wherewithal to kick out after taking a massive Sweet Chin Music. Shawn gets to his feet and goes back to the corner, readying himself for another big superkick. Out comes *new* WWF Tag Team Champions British Bulldog and Owen Hart! Even after the war they just had with The Bad Guys, they are desperate to save their friend Yokozuna! They immediately pounce into the ring and converge on Shawn Michaels! Shawn Michaels is getting whooped like a government mule! Yokozuna has finally recovered enough and the three just continue to beat down the WWF Champion... UNTIL THE CAVALRY ARRIVES! THE BAD GUYS ARE HERE! Owen, Bulldog, and Yokozuna clear the ring as Razor Ramon and Diesel wield steel chairs and help their fallen comrade, who was busted open during the beatdown.

    Following the Pay-Per-View, Shawn Michaels and The Bad Guys go out and talk about what happened at In Your House. Shawn declares that he may have won the match by DQ and successfully defended the title in his first run-around, but he was robbed of the opportunity to win the way he wanted it. He calls Jim Cornette's "band of thugs" gutless and without honor; he then mentions that *his* "band of thugs" may be thugs, but they will always stick by their friends through thick and thin, and that's Razor Ramon and Diesel. Razor and Diesel tell everyone that they have Shawn's back and come In Your House 8, they'll all be champions again.

    Jim Cornette comes onto the Titantron and has a big smirk on his face. He demands that the trio put their money where their mouth is, and if they're so determined to get back at Camp Cornette, they'll sign this contract next week to a match at In Your House 8: Camp Cornette vs. Shawn Michaels and The Bad Guys. All three men agree to sign it next week in person. The next week on RAW, after all three men sign the contract, Jim Cornette drops a massive bombshell to shock the entire company: If Shawn Michaels and The Bad Guys lose... Razor Ramon and Diesel are *fired* from the WWF. The three men are absolutely livid and they fire up at WWF President Gorilla Monsoon. On the final RAW before In Your House 8, Monsoon does the most unpopular thing he has ever done, and states that the contract is legally binding, and that his hands are tied.



    The moment comes for the Main Event of In Your House 8. In addition to being a six-man tag match between Shawn Michaels and The Bad Guys going against Yokozuna, Owen Hart, and The British Bulldog, it was revealed that it is also a No-DQ match. As such, the match breaks out into a big brawl: Shawn Michaels goes up against Yokozuna, British Bulldog against Diesel, and Razor Ramon and Owen going at it. In the middle of the match, there's an incredible spot where Yokozuna is lying on the mat, and Shawn places a chair on Yoko's head, and hits a flying elbow drop off the top rope onto the chair. All six guys are eventually busted open, and it appears that Shawn Michaels and The Bad Guys will win... but where did Jim Cornette go? Shawn Michaels and co. finally isolate Owen Hart, and he is absolutely demolished! SWEET CHIN MUSIC! JACKNIFE POWERBOMB! RAZOR'S EDGE!

    Shawn goes for a pin, but Yokozuna and Bulldog are back in this! They break up the pin and start brawling with Razor and Diesel again on the outside of the ring, when suddenly... LOOK! THERE'S JIM CORNETTE! HE'S BROUGHT VADER WITH HIM! VADER CATCHES SHAWN MICHAELS BY SURPRISE AND POWERBOMBS HIM RIGHT ONTO THE MAT! Oh. My. God. Vader hits the Vader-bomb onto Shawn and throws Owen Hart's lifeless body right onto Shawn... Razor Ramon and Diesel have just noticed what's happening! The ref has no choice! 1... 2... RAZOR AND DIESEL ARE ALMOST THERE! BUT IT WASN'T FAST ENOUGH! OH MY GOD!!! RAZOR RAMON AND DIESEL ARE OUT OF THE WWF!



    Immediately after the match, Yokozuna, British Bulldog, and Vader drag Owen Hart, the victor of the match, out of the ring as Diesel and Razor Ramon look on in complete disgust and dismay. They have been royally FUCKED over. The show ends with Shawn Michaels, Diesel, and Razor Ramon hugging each other one last time...

    The next night on RAW (The same night on Nitro, a certain Bad Guy would appear unannounced), Shawn Michaels would tell everyone just how he felt about his two best friends in the world being completely "fucked over by this company!" Vince McMahon on commentary can't believe in the words being used by Shawn in this utterly scathing promo. Shawn finally finishes that he wants Vader's ass as soon as possible. Jim Cornette comes out on the entry-way and tells Shawn that if he wants Vader so badly, he'll put his title on the line against every member of Camp Cornette until SummerSlam. Without even flinching, Shawn agrees to it, and says, "Come hell or high water, Jim, I'm going to kick Vader's ass!"

    Up first is Yokozuna. In a match that would surprise nobody though, Shawn Michaels, through sheer force of will, defeated Yokozuna at King of the Ring 1996. Following the match, Shawn, to prove a point, throws the ref out of the ring and takes Jim Cornette's tennis racket. He stands over a downed Yokozuna and proceeds to smash him over the head with the racket. Vince McMahon on commentary goes absolutely nuts demanding that Shawn stop such brutal violence. Shawn finally leaves Yokozuna a broken and bloody mess before Owen Hart, British Bulldog, and Vader can get on the scene. This would officially be the last time Yokozuna would appear on WWF programming.



    On the July 6th, 1996 episode of RAW, a special WWF Championship match between Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels would commence and it would be considered one of the best matches in RAW history. Shawn showed real anger and fire, something that had been lacking until after IYH8. Shawn would overcome the odds and defeat Owen with not one, but two Sweet Chin Musics for extra oomph. Shawn would be stopped from doing any further damage to Owen though, as British Bulldog and Vader were at ringside (though held back by security during the match, alongside Jim Cornette). This just left The British Bulldog at In Your House 9: International Incident.



    At International Incident, Shawn would defend the title against British Bulldog. Once again, security sat at ringside to keep Vader, Jim Cornette, and Owen Hart from interfering with the match. The match would be an underrated classic as Shawn definitively defeated Bulldog by the skin of his teeth. The story was after the match though, as Owen hits the ring; Shawn pre-emptively smashes him with a Sweet Chin Music and so completely out cold are Bulldog and Owen. BUT VADER WAS HIDING THIS WHOLE TIME! SHAWN IS POWERLESS AGAINST VADER! Vader hits the powerbomb and the Vader-bomb onto Shawn... but he's not quite done yet. Vader throws Pat Patterson to the ground and steals his chair, goes back into the ring and smashes Shawn's ankle to bits! HE'S BROKEN SHAWN MICHAELS'S ANKLE! SHAWN IS WRITHING IN PAIN AND VADER IS LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT!

    The following RAW, Gorilla Monsoon announces that because of Vader's actions, Shawn Michaels has suffered a broken ankle and may have to forfeit the WWF Championship. Shawn Michaels himself comes out on crutches and a walking boot, getting right into the ring and demanding that Gorilla Monsoon doesn't force him to forfeit the title. Shawn declares that broken ankle or not, he wants Vader, not for himself, but for his friends. Gorilla Monsoon still argues that he has a job to do. Shawn, angered by Monsoon's threat, slaps him in the face, and declares that Gorilla Monsoon "ought to shut the hell up and stay off your high horse, if you know what's good for you". It's Shawn's very own manager and trainer Jose Lothario who calms him down and keeps him from snapping.

    The following week on RAW, Gorilla Monsoon makes the decision that if Shawn really wants to do this, the match at SummerSlam will be a "Cleveland Street Fight", no DQs, falls count anywhere, and all weapons are legal. Jim Cornette and Vader taunt Shawn Michaels, telling him to heal up nice and quick because Vader's going to break Shawn's ankle again just because he can.



    At SummerSlam, Jim Ross mentions on commentary that Shawn Michaels had been off the walking boot and crutches for a mere week. In the main event, Shawn Michaels looked to destroy the man who screwed Razor Ramon and Diesel and forced them out of the WWF: Vader. The match starts off with a big brawl and slowly devolves into a massive fight. In the seminal spot of the match, Shawn Michaels and Vader brawl near the ropes, with Shawn on the apron and Vader in the ring. Vader stuns Shawn for a second and runs into the ropes at full speed, sending SHAWN FLYING ONTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! SHAWN MICHAELS JUST WENT THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! JIM ROSS, VINCE MCMAHON, AND JERRY LAWLER ARE GOING MAD! Vader goes for a pin, but Shawn SOMEHOW kicks out!

    The finish of the match sees Shawn mounting an incredible comeback despite all odds! Down goes Vader, and he prepares himself for the Sweet Chin Music! This crowd has been waiting for it for months, they want to see Shawn finally get some vengeance on Vader! He goes for the kick... BUT SHAWN HAS COLLAPSED IN AGONY! HIS ANKLE BUCKLED! His ankle gave out on him and Shawn Michaels is in major trouble! Vader seizes the opportunity and begins stomping hard on Shawn's ankle! Vader drags Shawn to the turnbuckle and smashes his ankle against it! Finally, heaves Shawn out of the ring, grabbing a chair and wrapping it around Shawn's ankle again! HE'S TWISTING SHAWN'S ANKLE WITH THE CHAIR! VADER IS TRYING TO RIP OFF SHAWN'S FOOT!

    Shawn Michaels, in intense agony and pain, succumbs to his broken ankle and eventually passes out from the pain. The ref has no choice but to declare the match for... the *NEW* World Wrestling Federation Champion... VADER! After the match, Vader and Jim Cornette celebrate their title victory over Shawn Michaels, and Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith come out as well to celebrate; the three loom over Shawn and it looks like they're about to attack Shawn again when suddenly...



    SYCHO SID IS HERE! SID IS AT SUMMERSLAM AND HE WANTS A PIECE OF VADER! Camp Cornette vacate the ring and leave as Sycho Sid, wielding a long iron chain and protecting Jose Lothario and the injured Shawn Michaels. The next night on RAW, Jim Cornette and Vader demand that Sid is fired from the WWF for ruining the greatest moment of his life. Gorilla Monsoon says that, instead of firing Sid, he's going to reward Sid as punishment for Vader purposely attempting to retire Shawn Michaels. So at In Your House: Buried Alive (Mind Games and Buried Alive will be switched around), Vader will defend the WWF Championship against Sycho Sid.

    At Buried Alive, Sycho Sid and Vader face off against one another in a big damn hoss match. Power moves galore as these two big galoots just beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. In the end though, even with Jose Lothario in his corner, Sid cannot overcome the damn problems made by Jim Cornette, Owen Hart, and Davey Boy Smith at ringside. He is screwed out of the WWF Championship after Davey Boy Smith distracts the ref, and Owen Hart smashes Sid right between the legs with the Tennis Racket, setting up Vader to hit the Vader-bomb and retain the title.

    The next RAW, Gorilla Monsoon has enough of Camp Cornette continuing to ruin pay-per-view after pay-per-view, and unilaterally declares that at the next Pay-Per-View, In Your House: Mind Games, Jim Cornette and company are banned from ringside in the rematch between Sid and Vader, and once again, any interference will result in termination from their WWF Contracts. Not only that, a new #1 Contender will be announced; and since Mankind defeated the Undertaker in the Buried Alive match at the pay-per-view, he is eligible to compete... the other man, of course, is Shawn Michaels, who will be back from injury by Mind Games.



    We finally arrive at In Your House: Mind Games, and with the extra stipulations added, it becomes nothing but a big brawl between Sid and Vader. Sid looks to have the advantage, but as he prepares for a chokeslam, Vader pushes him right into the ref! The ref is down, and now Vader sees an opening! LOW BLOW! VADER JUST LOW BLOWED SID! Vader takes out Sid with a clothesline and quickly hits the Vader-bomb! He isn't done though, because the ref is still down! Vader goes outside and takes a chair, setting it on Sid's head! VADER-BOMB ONTO THE CHAIR! OH MY GOD! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, DAMMIT!

    Vader throws the chair out as the ref recovers and pins a completely still Sid. 1... 2... 3... Vader retains but he damn well may have injured another wrestler. Vader celebrates in the ring like he just won the presidency; suddenly out of nowhere comes SHAWN MICHAELS! SWEET CHIN MUSIC! VADER IS DOWN! SHAWN MICHAELS JUST MADE VADER PAY, AND THE NEW #1 CONTENDER IS GOING TO GET A REMATCH AT SURVIVOR SERIES!



    Shawn Michaels discusses over the next few weeks how Vader injuring him and taking his WWF Championship made him realize that he knows Vader is scared to face him one-on-one in a normal match where the playing field is even. He says that at Survivor Series, Shawn Michaels is going to "drag your fat-ass carcass all over the ring and beat you into a fucking corpse". Jim Cornette and Vader laugh off these idle threats and tells Shawn that he and Jose Lothario better get ready for Survivor Series, because a surprise may be coming their way.

    At Survivor Series, Shawn Michaels and Vader have a hell of a match. Over the course of the match, Jim Cornette only grins and shouts at Jose Lothario; the commentary team question what the "surprise" for Shawn and Jose is. Finally, Shawn Michaels SMASHES Vader with the biggest Sweet Chin Music we have ever seen! SHAWN MIGHT WIN THE MATCH... Wait!? What is Sycho Sid doing out here!? Shawn just notices Sid and is confused... but not for long as SID IS ATTACKING JOSE LOTHARIO!

    Shawn Michaels cannot believe what it happening! SID CHOKELSAMS JOSE ONTO THE CONCRETE! WHAT THE HELL!?!? Shawn Michaels immediately dives to the outside to stop Sid, but the damage is done; Sid walks away, laughing and pointing at Jim Cornette, who has a shit-eating grin on his face. Shawn consoles his fallen mentor, but the match is still going on! Vader attacks a distracted Shawn and throws him into the ring for a powerbomb! VADER-BOMB! SHAWN JUST GOT SCREWED AGAIN!

    On RAW, Sycho Sid explains his actions clearly, he was offered an opportunity to become the #1 contender for the WWF Championship; all he had to do was hurt Jose Lothario. He doesn't apologize to Shawn Michaels, because Shawn knew that Sid would do whatever it took to win the WWF Championship. Camp Cornette confirms that they had arranged a conspiracy to screw over Shawn Michaels yet again. Gorilla Monsoon is right on the scene and laughs in the face of Jim Cornette yet again, telling him that it frankly isn't going to happen. Instead, Shawn Michaels and Sycho Sid will face off in a #1 Contender's match for the WWF Championship... and as for Vader? Vader will be going up against the *new* #1 Contender, the man who returned and beat the 1996 King of the Ring Steve Austin at Survivor Series: Bret Hart.



    For weeks, Camp Cornette protested the decision made by WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, but they were essentially powerless. Bret Hart would say that now that Steve Austin is defeated, he could focus on the WWF Championship, and at In Your House: It's Time, Bret Hart will defeat Vader. However, Steve Austin would say he wasn't done with Bret by a long-shot.

    At WWF In Your House: It's Time, Shawn Michaels defeated Sid Vicious, getting revenge for the attack on Jose Lothario, and in the main event, Vader and Bret Hart put on a classic. The momentum continually shifts throughout the match and by the end of it, both men are barely hanging on by a thread. Bret looks like he's about to finally get something done, when suddenly... LOOK! STEVE AUSTIN! STEVE AUSTIN JUST ATTACKED BRET HART! THE REF IS CALLING FOR THE BELL! Following the match, pandemonium breaks out, Shawn Michaels comes out to a massive pop and he starts attacking Vader, Steve Austin and Bret Hart brawl on the outside, and Jim Cornette is holding onto the WWF Championship for dear life!

    Bret Hart bemoans the fact that Steve Austin screwed him over at the Pay-Per-View, and since Gorilla Monsoon won't grant him a rematch at the Royal Rumble, he's going to enter the Royal Rumble match and prove everyone wrong. Steve Austin says that come hell or high water, he will not allow Bret Hart to win the Royal Rumble. Shawn Michaels is coming after Vader and the WWF Championship, but this time, he has a surprise for Camp Cornette. At the Royal Rumble, Vader and Shawn Michaels will compete... IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH! Vader doesn't seem worried, but Jim Cornette sure as shit is.

    At the Royal Rumble, Vader and Shawn step foot into the dreaded steel cage, and before you know it, blood is flowing like wine! Shawn Michaels has busted open Vader! Vader fights a tough fight, but he is outmatched by the intense anger and hatred that Shawn has built up over the last 10 months. Look! Out comes Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith! They knock over the ref and climb through the door... BUT SWEET CHIN MUSIC ON OWEN HART CAUSES OWEN'S HEAD TO SMASH DAVEY BOY SMITH'S! THEY'RE BOTH KNOCKED OUT! THE DOOR IS WIDE OPEN! SHAWN DIVES OUT OF THE RING! SHAWN WINS! SHAWN WINS THE WWF CHAMPIONSHIP! This crowd in San Antonio, Texas, has gone ELECTRIC!



    After the pay-per-view, on RAW, Bret Hart comes out on live television, and declares that he was not only screwed in the WWF Championship match against Vader in December, but he was screwed by Steve Austin in the 1997 Royal Rumble match; since the WWF won't change the decision in his favor... he quits. Steve Austin "bemoans" the fate of Bret Hart as a quitter and a whiny bitch. However, Gorilla Monsoon notes that while he cannot change past results (meaning Steve Austin *is* the 1997 Royal Rumble winner), he can change the future. He declares that due to several unforeseen events at the Royal Rumble, he is going to make a blockbuster match at In Your House: The Final Fight, one that may never be seen again: A six-man match for the WWF Championship! WWF Champion Shawn Michaels and Vader will compete in the match, and so will the final four combatants at the Royal Rumble: Steve Austin, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, and Sycho Sid.

    The match at the pay-per-view is absolute pandemonium, as all six men respectively fight against each of their rivals: Shawn and Vader, Sid and Taker, and Bret and Austin. The finish of the match sees Sid taking out everyone except Bret, who takes him down and manages to lock in the Sharpshooter! WILL BRET WIN!? The answer is a resounding NO, as Steve Austin just brought a chair in the ring and whacked Bret with it! Austin slams the chair down and turns around INTO SWEET CHIN MUSIC! SHAWN JUST FLATTENED AUSTIN! Shawn looks like he's ready to pin Austin, BUT HERE COMES VADER! Vader tosses The Heartbreak Kid out of the ring but turns around into a MASSIVE Chokeslam by UNDERTAKER! TAKER GETS PILEDRIVEN BY BRET HART! BRET IS GOING TO WIN..!? NOOOOO! POWERBOMB BY SID! SID HAS BRET PINNED! 1... 2... 3...!? SYCHO SID IS THE WWF CHAMPION!



    The aftermath is something to behold, as Sid holds the WWF Championship up high, Shawn Michaels looks dismayed, Vader angrily slams his hands on the mat and shouts insults at Shawn. Steve Austin looks pissed, and Bret Hart, who took the brunt of everything, crawls out of the ring and looks like he's ready to kill Austin. There is only one man who stands up to Sid... The Undertaker. Taker stares daggers into Sid, and Sid stares back.

    Following this Pay-Per-View, the stage was set for WrestleMania 13. Shawn Michaels would face off against Vader in a Grudge Match. Steve Austin and Bret Hart would face off in a Submission Match. As for the WWF Championship? It would be none other than The Undertaker facing off against Sycho Sid. On the March 17th edition of RAW, Bret Hart would have one last chance at walking into WrestleMania as the WWF Champion, when he faces off against Sid in a Steel Cage match... Steve Austin interferes on behalf of Bret, but UNDERTAKER SLAMS THE CAGE DOOR INTO BRET! BRET HAS BEEN SCREWED YET AGAIN! It is here where we finally see Bret Hart snap at Vince McMahon, with the infamous quote, "Frustrated isn't the God damn word for it! This is bullshit!", ending the show with the famous brawl between Sid/Taker and Bret/Austin.

    At WrestleMania 13, Shawn Michaels finally defeats Vader to put an end to the rivalry between Shawn Michaels and Camp Cornette. In the Submission match, the same as reality happens, with Bret Hart defeating Steve Austin in arguably the match of the show. Then in the main event, we see The Undertaker defeat Sid Vicious for the WWF Championship. The Undertaker has claimed the WWF Championship for the second time in his career. It was the perfect end to what was known as "Pre-Attitude". The lines began to be blurred, and the language more profane. The matches became more high risk, and bloodier than ever. How would The Undertaker lead the WWF into the new era? Of course, the new era is one anyone is familiar with: The Attitude Era.




    Next Time:

    Part 9:
    The Rise of Attitude
    1997

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    Vader - 8/18/1996 - 1/19/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (2x) - 1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    Sycho Sid - 2/16/1997 - 3/23/1997 [35 Days]
    The Undertaker (2x) - 3/23/1997 - Current


    3+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]

    (9 Months, 8 Days)


    4+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]

    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]

    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)

    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]

    (11 Months, 18 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 9:
    The Rise of Attitude
    1997





    As we left off from WrestleMania 13, The Undertaker became WWF Champion for the second time in his illustrious career by defeating Sycho Sid in the main event. Bret Hart and Steve Austin had one of the most legendary matches of all time with their Submission match, which saw Hart defeat Austin, and then turn against the crowd and everybody by continuing to attack him after the match. Shawn Michaels had defeated Vader for the final time in a grudge match that afterwards saw Shawn needing to take some time off with a knee injury. As an additional aside, Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith, whom had held the Tag-Team Championships since In Your House 7, lost the titles to The Legion of Doom at WrestleMania.


    With this as our starting point, where does The Undertaker look for a challenger? Well the answer is pretty simple. He goes back to his old rival, Mankind. Much akin to real life, Paul Bearer would attempt to trick Taker into taking him back, but the Deadman had none of it, and it led to the infamous Mankind fire-ball angle. At In Your House: Revenge of the Taker, in a very similar match to real life, table spot and all, The Undertaker would stand victorious over Mankind, and set fire to Paul Bearer's face.


    After this, Undertaker would be attacked by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who had not only won the 1996 King of the Ring, but also the 1997 Royal Rumble, and had never been given his proper WWF Championship title opportunity. During this time as well, Bret Hart officially formed the Hart Foundation with Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith (who won the Tag Titles back at IYH), Jim Neidhart, and Brian Pillman. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon officially decided that Steve Austin would be granted a title opportunity against The Undertaker at In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell. This infuriated Bret Hart, who felt he deserved a title shot since he defeated Steve Austin at WrestleMania. As Monsoon pointed out, however, Austin actually defeated Bret Hart clean as a whistle at Revenge of the Taker. Out comes Shawn Michaels, who had finally returned, and he himself wants a piece of the WWF Championship picture.





    At In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell, Austin and Taker would battle it out, but with very conspicuous appearances from The Hart Foundation and Shawn Michaels. Austin and Taker were very much unwilling to play host to such distractions, but continued to wrestle, because this was for the WWF Championship! The ending of the match sees Taker and Austin on their last legs, and the gentlemen watching outside growing more restless... Austin escapes to the outside to jaw jack with Bret Hart, because he can't leave well enough alone! TAKER DIVES TO THE OUTSIDE AND ALMOST ALL OF THE HART FOUNDATION IS TAKEN OUT! Steve Austin and Bret Hart escaped the carnage, and Shawn Michaels was on the other side of the ring. Austin immediately takes the opportunity to attack Bret, clocking him in the face by surprise, and then throwing Taker inside the ring.


    AUSTIN HITS THE STUNNER! AUSTIN HITS THE STUNNER! HE'S GOING TO WIN! BUT THERE'S BRET! BRET HART JUST SCREWED AUSTIN! Hart is viciously attacking Steve Austin, forcing the ref to call for a disqualification and thus costing Austin the championship. Shawn Michaels hits the ring and NOW IT'S A BRAWL! Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Steve Austin and The Hart Foundation are all going at one another as the show goes off the air! What the hell is going to happen next!?


    The next night on RAW we see Gorilla Monsoon assess everything that happened in the main event of In Your House. Just as he's about to make a decision, all the usual suspects show up (Austin, Taker, Hart Foundation, Shawn) to hear what Gorilla Monsoon has to say, and to plead their case. Taker says that he doesn't care what Gorilla says, because whether it's Steve Austin, Bret Hart, or Shawn Michaels he has to face, he'll put them both down. Steve Austin says he wants Bret Hart's ass on a silver platter, either that or a championship rematch against Undertaker. Bret Hart declares he's the only man truly deserving of a title shot, and it's high time he gets it. Shawn Michaels also mentions that he should get a title match, and makes a case that he beat a former champion in Vader at WrestleMania.


    However, Monsoon throws a curveball in everyone's direction. For not only has Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels had problems with Bret Hart, but by extension the rest of the Hart Foundation. Monsoon gave Shawn and Austin an opportunity... they will be facing Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart at King of the Ring for the WWF Tag Team Championships... Bret Hart will face The Undertaker in the Main Event. Bret Hart is so cocky though, that he declares that, "If I don't win the WWF Championship, I'll never wrestle in America again." Shawn Michaels butts in and yells to Bret, "That can be arranged, pal-o!"


    Monsoon, quick on the take, laughs and points to Shawn. Shawn has an additional assignment at King of the Ring. Monsoon mentions that no reasonable ref is willing to take on this particular match, and thus Gorilla is conscripting Shawn Michaels to referee the main event of King of the Ring. Monsoon then declares, "Shawn, if you don't call this *right* down the middle, you will also never wrestle in America again."





    We come to King of the Ring, and Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin, the most unlikely of allies, defeated Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith for the WWF Tag Team Championships, a big omen for the Hart Foundation. But the story remains in the Main Event. Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Shawn would desperately try to keep his composure as Bret needled and annoyed the hell out of him, stretching the rules near their breaking point but never over the line. However, the ending to the match would be that point... Taker goes for a diving clothesline on Bret, BUT BRET DUCKS!!! SHAWN WAS RIGHT BEHIND BRET! Bret has eaten the entirety of Undertaker's clothesline!


    Bret sees the opportunity! He grabs a chair from out of the ring and he reels back... SPLAT! TAKER just got flattened by chair shot from Bret Hart! He casually tosses the chair aside and goes to wake up Shawn, and finally goes to pin Taker... Shawn notices the chair! He grabs the chair and Bret, asking him, "What the hell is this, Hitman!?" Bret has just about had enough of Shawn, HE JUST SPIT IN HIS FACE! Vince McMahon on commentary has just jumped out of his seat and is running up to ringside! DON'T DO IT SHAWN! Taker has just sat up and is ready to kill Bret! SHAWN REELS BACK! BRET DUCKS! TAKER HAS BEEN KILLED WITH A CHAIR SHOT! Vince McMahon is screaming, "What the hell, Shawn!?" Mass confusion as Bret immediately pins Taker! Shawn *has* to count the pin! He has no choice! 1... 2... 3!!! Shawn has accidentally screwed The Undertaker! Bret Hart is the WWF Champion for the 5th time! Bret Hart has joined the "5+ Club" (alongside the only other member, Hulk Hogan)!


    The aftermath sees Vince McMahon looking disgusted and walking away as Bret Hart is crowned the WWF Championship. The other big thing is Shawn Michaels backing up the entrance way from a *very* displeased Undertaker, who has not taken kindly to being fucked over by Shawn Michaels. Shawn is backing the hell up, trying to escape from the very angry gentleman. The Hart Foundation is coming out of the woodwork to congratulate and celebrate Bret's victory!





    The RAW after King of the Ring sees Undertaker in the ring with Gorilla Monsoon and Vince McMahon. In a surprise twist, Taker talks directly to Vince, demanding a match with Shawn Michaels at Canadian Stampede. Bret Hart and The Hart Foundation would move on from Undertaker and this time, they would ramp up their anti-American sentiment. This would lead to the famous Canadian Stampede tag match between Steve Austin, Goldust, Ken Shamrock, and The Legion of Doom vs. The Hart Foundation. After the victory by the Hart Foundation, we see a shot of Vince McMahon again looking disgusted and walking off shaking his head.





    Let's instead talk about Shawn vs. Undertaker to determine the #1 Contender for the WWF Championship. By this time, Shawn had grown to be more slimy and willing to do anything it took to won, but when faced with The Undertaker, Shawn fled for his life. It was a one-sided beatdown for much of the match, aside from Shawn bouncing back and hitting a few big moves in-between. The big story of the match though was at the end, after Undertaker hit the Tombstone Piledriver on Shawn...


    What is Chyna doing here!? She gets up on the ring apron and jaw-jacks with the referee. Taker looks slightly confused, and wanders over to the ref and Chyna... FROM OUT OF NOWHERE COMES HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY! HE JUST SMASHED TAKER OVER THE HEAD WITH A FOLDING CHAIR! NO REACTION! Taker is pissed! He starts stalking a terrified Hunter, BUT SWEET CHIN MUSIC! TAKER IS DOWN! Shawn clamors to get a pin on Taker. The ref finally notices! Chyna and Hunter Hearst Helmsley just helped Shawn Michaels beat The Undertaker! What the hell is going on here!? This Canadian crowd is livid!





    The Undertaker would disappear for a time, but the picture was clear, SummerSlam was set: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship. Shawn had developed sort of a group with Hunter Hearst Helmsley (now referred to as Triple H) and Chyna, calling themselves "D-Generation X" after Bret called them "a bunch of degenerates". Steve Austin had by that time moved onto a feud with Owen Hart, whom pinned him to win the tag-match at Canadian Stampede.


    At SummerSlam, we would see on one corner, The Hart Foundation, and on the other, Chyna and Triple H... While the Hart Foundation had the numbers advantage, Trips and Chyna had equalizers by the name of brass knuckles. Shawn and Bret would have a classic match that went back and forth, with surprisingly minimal interference from either side. However, trouble was just-a-brewing... as the lights kept flickering. The Hart Foundation and D-X grew more concerned with the lighting situation. Shawn readies himself for a Sweet Chin Music... BUT BRET GETS OUT OF THE WAY! THE REF GOT SMACKED INSTEAD!!! The referee is down! The Hart Foundation and D-X are now in the ring ready to fight! ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE!


    Out goes the lights! DONG!!! IT'S THE UNDERTAKER!!! He's here at SummerSlam! Taker jaunts down to the ring and now, like the parting of the Red Sea, everything has stopped in time. Both The Hart Foundation and D-X are staring at Taker... Owen launches himself at Taker... BIG BOOT! Neidhart next! Thrown out of the ring! THE UNDERTAKER IS CLEARING HOUSE, AND HE HAS ANNIHILATED ALMOST EVERY MEMBER OF THE TWO FACTIONS! He grabs Triple H for a chokeslam, but is hit by Chyna... NO REACTION! He grabs her too! DOUBLE CHOKESLAM! Everyone is out cold, and Taker is standing tall above all... Bret gets to his feet... HE'S HIT WITH A TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!


    Shawn is now alone with this very pissed off Deadman! Shawn can't run away in time... TOMBSTONE ONTO SHAWN! Taker has damn near killed the entire field! He angrily and reluctantly throws Bret onto Shawn and is walking out of the ring. Vince McMahon jumps to his feet on commentary and just before he can get the headset away completely, he shouts, "You're ruining my pla--!!!" The referee is finally aware enough to count the pin... 1... 2... 3... Bret Hart just defeated Shawn Michaels thanks in part to The Undertaker! Taker walks up the ramp, leaving behind a pool of carnage in his wake. Both The Hart Foundation and D-X are out cold on the outside, and only Bret is beginning to stir.


    The next night on RAW, The Undertaker explains his actions, that he believes that revenge is very cold... "You see, Shawn Michaels, you reap what you sow. When you fuck with The Deadman, the Deadman will return the favor 100 times. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, what you experienced at SummerSlam is but taste of what's to come. At Ground Zero, you will rest in peace, because I will tear your limbs from your body, and beat you to death with them." He then mentions, "Bret... we all know that the WWF Championship belongs to The Undertaker. That Tombstone you felt, was a very clear message. I want my championship back." However, before Taker can finish... out comes Paul Bearer!? Paul Bearer is back after being gone for months!





    Paul Bearer then proceeds to tell Taker that Bearer has come to reap his revenge, by revealing the greatest secret of Undertaker's life... that he had murdered his parents by burning down his childhood home! Taker is not pleased one bit, grabbing Bearer and threatening to end Paul's life if he doesn't admit that it was a lie... until Bearer screams that "Kane told me! Your brother Kane told me!" Thus begins a new story for Taker...


    Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels demands from Vince McMahon (and not Gorilla Monsoon) a rematch for the WWF Championship against Bret Hart at Ground Zero. Due to "injury" however, Bret would not be able to compete at Ground Zero... instead, Shawn Michaels will face off against The British Bulldog for the WWF European Championship in the Main Event.





    At Ground Zero, Triple H absolutely gets blasted by The Undertaker. He gets his ass whooped pillar to post, up and down the ring. Hunter would have the last laugh though, as Shawn Michaels would fly into the ring after Taker hits a Tombstone, ending the match in disqualification with a big Sweet Chin Music to Taker!


    After the match, Shawn and Hunter start attacking the downed Taker... BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH! He's back on his feet and he is going right after the both of them! He wants Shawn Michaels! He wants Hunter! He grabs both of them and tries to go up for a double chokeslam, but SHAWN RAKES TAKER'S EYES! SWEET CHIN MUSIC! DX is not done yet, because Hunter hits THE PEDIGREE! The Undertaker is down and out! DX heads to the back quickly before Taker can awaken and hunt them down...





    In the Main Event of Ground Zero, we see Shawn Michaels facing off against British Bulldog for the European Championship. Of course, as with all things, DX gets involved in the match and the other Hart Foundation members (Owen, Neidhart, Pillman) show up and get involved as well. Unfortunately, Shawn takes advantage of the chaos to take out some brass knuckles... HE CLOCKED BULLDOG! Down goes Bulldog! Shawn applies the Figure Four Leglock on Bulldog, but Davey Boy Smith is out cold! The ref counts the pin (Bulldog's shoulders are on the mat) and awards the victory to Shawn Michaels!!! Out comes Bret Hart, who reveals himself as not actually injured! HE ATTACKS SHAWN FROM BEHIND AND IS LOCKING IN THE SHARPSHOOTER!!! Shawn is desperately tapping but Bret refuses to let up!


    OUT COMES TAKER! Taker is back! Bret sees Taker coming and immediately gets the hell out of dodge, leaving Shawn to the wolf! TOMBSTONE! The Undertaker puts a foot on Shawn's throat, and is pointing and shouting, "Badd Blood, you son of a bitch, I've got something for you!" before leaving Shawn behind to be collected by Hunter and Chyna.


    The next night on RAW, Vince McMahon announces that things are getting too out of control, and that Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker will face off one more time at Badd Blood, this time in a special match... "Hell in a Cell". For Bret Hart who lied about being hurt, he and Hunter Hearst Helmsley will face off at Badd Blood for the WWF Championship, with a small smirk on his face as he says this; he then adds, if *anyone* interferes in this match, they will be fired on the spot.





    At Badd Blood, Bret Hart is facing off against Triple H, and the two have a somewhat underrated match in the grand scope of things. Hunter gets in a few shots at winning, but in the end, Bret Hart uses the rules that Mr. McMahon set against him... because he starts to jaw jack with Chyna, setting her off and getting her on the apron... she isn't doing anything though but shouting at Bret! The ref intervenes and tells her to get off the apron... Vince McMahon sees what's coming on commentary and is screaming, "Look at what Bret is doing, ref!!!" Bret pulled a roll of silver dollars out of his trunks! HE JUST SMACKED HUNTER WITH THE SILVER DOLLARS! Bret quickly pins Hunter and it is all over! Vince McMahon is livid!





    We arrive at the Main Event of the evening... Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in the legendary Hell in a Cell match. The Grimpact Zone would like to make it plain that this particular match will never change from real life. Not one bit. Shawn will be fighting for his life, attack the cameraman, escape the cage, get bloodied... all of that will happen as in real life. The Undertaker will beat Shawn within an inch of his life. But just when things look like it's all over...


    WHO IS THAT MAN!? THAT'S-- THAT'S KANE! PAUL BEARER IS WITH KANE! PAUL BEARER HAS JUST SHOWN KANE! Kane saunters down to the cell, ripping the door off its hinges! The Undertaker is beyond shocked and unable to muster any emotion other than surprise. Standing before him is the biggest monster ever seen, his own brother, Kane! TOMBSTONE! KANE JUST FLATTENED TAKER WITH A TOMBSTONE! Kane stares down at Taker's body before walking away, leaving Shawn Michaels to death crawl his way onto Taker... 1... 2... 3... My god, Shawn Michaels has just won Hell in a Cell. Thanks to help from Kane.





    Finally, the stage is set, the time has come. Vince McMahon officially announces the main event of Survivor Series, live from Montreal, Quebec, Canada... Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart. The Undertaker is nowhere to be seen, not just the next night, but for weeks afterwards. Kane is running rampant on RAW until Taker would accept his challenge. So for weeks, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart would go at one another with barbs, digs, and insults.


    Three weeks before Survivor Series, Bret Hart would make a declaration... if he loses at Survivor Series, he'll leave the WWF... Vince McMahon on commentary could be heard saying, "Is he serious? Hmm..." Shawn Michaels agreed to this proposal and looked at Vince McMahon. McMahon made it official... If Bret Hart loses the WWF Championship at Survivor Series, he will be forced to leave the World Wrestling Federation.





    Survivor Series has arrived... Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels... perhaps for the last time. The two tear at each other and have themselves a good old fashioned fight. During the match, Vince McMahon comes out from the back, alongside his advisor Pat Patterson. Vince appears to try and look stoic, but he has a small smile when Shawn dominates, and a hidden scowl when Bret controls the match.


    But the ending is coming... The sacrifice of honor is ready. Shawn Michaels catches Bret flying from the second rope... SHARPSHOOTER!!! Bret immediately starts fighting out of it... DING DING DING... what? Vince McMahon is shouting for the bell, "Ring it, god damn it!" Confusion in the ring! Bret doesn't know what happened! Shawn doesn't know what happened! Vince McMahon can barely even contain his contempt. Bret and Vince are staring each other down... it has just dawned on everyone... BRET HART GOT SCREWED!!! Shawn Michaels grabs his new WWF Championship and begins wandering to the back, trying to get away from the shit-show that's about to go down. Bret spits in Vince's face! Vince angrily storms off, leaving Bret in the ring alone. The rest of the Hart Foundation come out to console a pissed off Bret. Owen Hart appears to be the most angry of them all, staring up the ramp at Vince McMahon, fists clenched...


    Why Vince, why? Why did you do this? What could have led to this series of shocking events? We will delve to find out the next time we re-enter The Grimpact Zone... but one thing is for certain, the future of the WWF must continue without Bret Hart...





    Next Time:

    Part X
    The Rise of Austin
    1997-1998


    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    Vader - 8/18/1996 - 1/19/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (2x) - 1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    Sycho Sid - 2/16/1997 - 3/23/1997 [35 Days]
    The Undertaker (2x) - 3/23/1997 - 6/8/1997 [77 Days]
    Bret Hart (5x) - 6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (3x) - 11/9/1997 - Current


    3+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]

    (9 Months, 8 Days)


    4+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]

    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]

    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)

    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]

    (11 Months, 18 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]

    (1 Year, 4 Months, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part X:

    The Rise of Austin
    1997-1998



    We return with many unanswered questions, perhaps the most important one was why Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart at Survivor Series? The next night on RAW, we see Vince McMahon come out with a massive black eye, a dark mark on his face, but he is filled with contempt for this pissed off crowd. In the ring is Jim Ross who demands answers as to why Vince did what he did.

    "You want to know why!? I'll tell you why I did what I did! For years, Bret Hart was a loyal soldier. For years, Bret was the best wrestler in this company. For years, Bret *was* the WWF! So now you ask why, Vince McMahon, how could you do that to one of your most loyal employees? Bret Hart screwed Bret Hart! It all started at Survivor Series last year. Bret Hart defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin, and he was about to be back on top of the world! Then he started complaining, then he started losing. He cried and cried about being screwed; and then he has the *gall* to put his hands on me, the owner, right before WrestleMania!? No sir, I will not have that.

    When Bret started winning again, I decided to use The Undertaker as my wrath. I thought The Undertaker would hurt Bret Hart and put him down for good. I not only wanted Bret gone, I wanted Shawn gone too. Two birds with one stone. However, I never imagined that Shawn Michaels would screw up and give the match to Bret! So at SummerSlam, I gave the match to Shawn, because I'd rather have a degenerate as my champion than someone like Bret Hart.

    It was all going according to plan too, but The Undertaker just *had* to show up, didn't he! So Bret Hart retained. Months passed, and I plotted of a way to get rid of Bret Hart, and finally, an opportunity presented itself; I took it, when Bret Hart declared he would leave the WWF if he lost in Montreal. I did what I had to. So here we are now, the WWF is without Bret Hart, because Bret Hart screwed Bret Hart."




    LOOK! IT'S OWEN HART AND HE'S PISSED! He grabs Vince McMahon by the collar and stares him down menacingly. Vince has a terrified look on him, knowing that Owen Hart may just kick his ass... It's an intense stare-down as security is hopping into the ring. Vince calls back the security and talks to Owen, "Now Owen, I know you're angry... but let's not do anything hasty here..." Owen cuts him off, "Hasty!? What you did to my brother Bret at Survivor Series is hasty, Vincent. What I'm gonna do to you... it's payback--" Vince quickly pleads with Owen, "Alright dammit, if you're gonna hit me, hit me, I've already been hit by Bret; you can't do anything worse than him, since you're his *little* brother." Owen pauses and his stare at Vince turns from menacing to a smug grin. He releases his grip on Vince's collar, and gently fixes it, "No Vince, this is just what you want anyways. I'll get you when you least expect it... for now though, I want Shawn Michaels. Once I'm done with him, I'll deal with you the old fashioned way." Vince laughs and says that Owen's going to have to do better than that if he wants the WWF Championship... Owen replies, "I don't want the WWF Championship, Vinny. I want *Shawn*. You're going to give me what I want too. Whether you like it or not."

    Suddenly, out comes DX, who look mighty pleased with themselves over what happened last night at Survivor Series. Shawn Michaels holds the WWF and European Championships over both shoulder, a smug grin on his face. He hands the European title to Triple H and grabs a mic, "Owen, if you think you really got what it takes, I'll gladly take you on. As for you Vin-man; I always knew you were a snake, but I never knew you'd be so low as to try and bite on the Heartbreak Kid's d.i.c.--"

    "Fine, at the next pay-per-view, D-Generation X, Shawn Michaels, you're gonna defend the WWF Championship against Owen Hart." cries Vince McMahon, pissed off at Shawn already. With this, the match is set for D-Generation X: In Your House 19. Owen Hart nods his head and chuckles, leaving the ring and out to the crowd. Shawn and Vince stare each other down, Shawn more smug than Vince. However, Vince's frustrated and angry demeaner grows more coy by the second.




    At the Pay-Per-View, we get Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels go after one another in a massive brawl between the two. Triple H and Chyna watch on, blocked by security. Vince McMahon sits at ringside to make sure this match goes down fairly. Owen is walking Shawn across Texas throughout the match; Shawn is selling like he's going to the electric chair (to borrow a phrase from Ernie Ladd). At spots throughout the match as well, Owen and Vince make eye-contact.

    The finish is here, we see Shawn and Owen bloody and battered, but still not giving up. Shawn gets Owen down and out... he's setting up for the Sweet Chin Music! Owen's up... DUCK! REF IS OUT! (Why do so many refs have to be in that exact spot!?) Owen has something in his tights! IT'S BRASS KNUCKLES! HE JUST SMASHED SHAWN ACROSS THE FACE!!! TRIPLE H AND CHYNA ARE FIGHTING WITH SECURITY TO GET TO OWEN! Owen isn't done just yet! He gets out of the ring and looks at Vince McMahon! Vince stands up and stares back... and he... steps aside!? Owen takes Vince's chair, staring back... HE'S GOT A SMILE ON HIS FACE! VINCE IS SMILING TOO!? OH MY GOD! Owen gets back in the ring and he is GOING TO TOWN ON SHAWN WITH THE CHAIR! This crowd doesn't know how to even react to this, they cannot believe that Owen is doing something so dastardly as to align himself with the man that screwed his brother!

    Finally, Chyna and Triple H make it to the ring, but Owen is still wielding the chair, and he is swinging wildly at the two. He dares Triple H and Chyna to come on in. Shawn Michaels is coming too though! Shawn, through sheer force of will is struggling to get to his feet! Owen notices though! He turns around and reels back the chair! WHAM! OWEN HART JUST KILLED SHAWN MICHAELS WITH THAT CHAIR SHOT! This crowd can't believe what is happening and don't know what to make of it. All they know is that Owen is killing Shawn out there!

    Triple H gets in the ring while Owen is distracted, but it was a trap! Owen wheels around with his brass knuckles! and knocks out Triple H! This is a complete demolishment of DX on their own show! Chyna is just about to get in the ring, but Vince McMahon is holding down her legs! Owen wakes the ref and is getting atop the broken Shawn Micheals! 1... 2... 3...!? Owen Hart just shocked the world by screwing over not just D-X, but spitting on his brother's downfall and siding with the man who fucked him over! The show ends with Owen and Vince McMahon shaking hands with one another.




    On RAW the next night, Owen Hart enters the arena to a chorus of hatred, followed by Vince McMahon. Owen tells everyone, "Why, Owen, why? Did you ever think for one second I enjoyed playing second fiddle to my brother for a year? Hell no. I did it for the family though. I did it for Bulldog, for Jim... for Brian... but I sure as hell never did it for Bret. I always hated Bret's guts, and that never changed throughout this year. None of them are here anymore, it's just me, Owen Hart. The Last Hart. The Black Hart. So I took the opportunity, I took the initiative and Vince McMahon gave me the title match. I knew all along about Vince screwing my brother Bret. I kept my mouth shut because it was best for *my* career. As you can see, I'm *your* WWF Champion. I am *Vince's* WWF Champion." DONG...




    THE UNDERTAKER IS BACK! He's coming down to the ring and he is now between Vince McMahon and Owen Hart! The Undertaker is none too pleased to have heard that Vince McMahon *used* him to beat down Bret Hart. Owen and Vince stand back from Taker, who angrily demands that he deserves a WWF Championship Match at the Royal Rumble. Owen turns to Vince and protests this, asking, "What about Kane? *His* brother?" The Undertaker declares that nothing Kane can do will make him ever fight his brother. He wants *his* WWF Championship back, and he wants it *now*; or else... Vince gulps and nods his head, grabbing Owen's shoulder and giving him a look.

    Before Owen can say "yes", SHAWN MICHAELS COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND SWEET CHIN MUSIC'S OWEN! DOWN GOES OWEN! Shawn is attacking Owen viciously, a massive stitched scar across his head where Owen busted him open the night before! The Undertaker grabs Shawn by the hair! Undertaker has not yet forgiven Shawn, because HE SLAMS HIM DOWN WITH A CHOKESLAM! A statement has been made to Vince McMahon! Shawn wants revenge on Owen! The Undertaker wants his WWF Championship back! The Undertaker still hates Shawn! Shawn is scared of Undertaker! Vince formulates a plan inside his head as he drags Owen out of the ring with the WWF Championship in hand.

    The next week, Vince McMahon announces that at the Royal Rumble... The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels will face one another in a #1 Contender's Match for the WWF Championship. There is one other stipulation as well... A CASKET MATCH! For Owen Hart though? He'll be facing off against Triple H at the Royal Rumble. Vince declared Triple H as the "#1 Contender" because he's "tough competition" for Owen, a *real* WWF Champion. Owen looks mighty pleased with himself...





    Look! It's Jim Neidhart, and he looks displeased! He gets into the ring and stares down Owen. "Owen, what the hell!? How could you turn your back on your family? I thought I knew you better than this... I thought we let bygones be bygones." Owen backs up with the WWF Championship and quickly whispers to Vince. "Woah Jim, relax, relax. Think about it, Jim. What did Bret ever do for any of us? He may have united us, but he never gave you any opportunities to win championships, he kept us all down. I and Bulldog were former WWF Champions and not once did *we* ever get a WWF title shot while he was the leader! Now Vince McMahon and I have discussed it, and-- and we're willing to give you an opportunity to join the two of us and I'll guarantee you a title shot for yourself! You have until the end of the night, Jim. Think about it!"

    At the end of the night, Owen and Vince wait in the ring to see Jim Neidhart's reply. He comes to the ring and still stares at Vince and Owen... He's opening his arms! OWEN AND JIM ARE HUGGING! The two are celebrating and Vince McMahon is looking smug. Owen tells Jim to talk to Vince; Jim has his back turned on Owen and is chatting with Vince! OWEN'S GRABBING A CHAIR! Vince looks over Jim's shoulder and nods to Owen... Jim turns around, WHAM!!! OWEN HART JUST TOOK OUT JIM NEIDHART WITH A NASTY CHAIR SHOT! Owen is beating the piss out of Neidhart and Vince is laughing maniacally! Vince grabs a microphone and shouts, "Jim Neidhart, you aren't getting any title shot, you're not who I want, and frankly, Jim..? YOU'RE FIRED!" Vince screams the words out gutterally and now this crowd has completely turned on Owen Hart. Owen and Vince laugh and kick Neidhart out of the ring as they celebrate.

    Just before the show goes off the air though, SHAWN MICHAELS OUT OF NOWHERE IS ATTACKING OWEN HART! Vince flees the ring, and the brawl is on! THE UNDERTAKER IS COMING AS WELL! Taker grabs Shawn and Owen, simultaneously choke-slamming them both, and HE IS STANDING TALL over the two of them, grabbing the WWF Championship and raising it high! It's going to be a blood-bath at the Royal Rumble, folks!




    At the Royal Rumble, we see the legendary casket match with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. Of course, much akin to real life, Kane and Paul Bearer interferes in the match and throws Taker into the casket, lighting it on fire. However, a bigger difference is Shawn Michaels being so hurt that he has to be taken to a medical facility, leaving Triple H and Chyna to fend for themselves.

    In the Royal Rumble match, we get ourselves a show. Steve Austin vs. The World. Austin enters at #13, the unluckiest entrant, but he pulls through with the final six being Austin, Mankind, The Rock, Farooq, Vader, and Terry Funk. The Rock and Farooq would fight amongst themselves within the Nation of Domination, Vader (the only former WWF Champion in this Royal Rumble) is fighting with Austin, and Mankind and Terry Funk fight each other. Austin KICKS VADER IN THE BALLS! STUNNER! Vader stumbles... SECOND STUNNER! Vader is up against the ropes... AUSTIN ELIMINATES VADER! Austin waits in the corner... Mankind just eliminated Funk! STUNNER!!! OUT GOES MANKIND!!! Three men left! Farooq and Rock put their differences aside and attack Austin! BUT IT'S A PLOY BY THE ROCK! ROCK THROWS OUT FAROOQ! It's Rock and Austin left, two men who have no love-loss for one another. The Rock almost hits the Rock Bottom, but AUSTIN COUNTERS INTO A STUNNER! OUT GOES ROCK! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS GOING TO WRESTLEMANIA XIV!



    The course is nearly set for the Main Event of WrestleMania XIV, but there are just a few matters to take care of... The main event of the Royal Rumble: Triple H vs. Owen Hart. Triple H and Owen have a spirited back and forth and it looks like Triple H is going to win at several points but Owen keeps bouncing back! The finish of the match sees TRIPLE H HIT A SURPRISE PEDIGREE! Owen is down! TRIPLE H MIGHT WIN! BUT VINCE PUT OWEN'S FOOT ON THE ROPES! Triple H is pissed and he goes outside to jaw jack with Vince! Owen is recovering, and he gets to his feet just as Triple H gets back in... BRASS KNUCKLES AGAIN!? BUT THIS TIME IT'S IN FRONT OF THE REF! He's calling for the bell and Owen Hart just retained the WWF Championship off a disqualification!

    He's attacking Triple H after the fact and there are a chorus of boos following, with Vince in the ring cheering him on! BUT LOOK! STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN JUST CAME OUT OF THE CROWD! THE 1998 ROYAL RUMBLE WINNER JUST HOPPED IN THE RING! STUNNER! STUNNER! STUNNER! STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN JUST STUNNED OWEN HART, THE MAN WHO BROKE HIS NECK AT SUMMERSLAM! Austin turns to Vince and flips him off! Vince is livid! He cannot believe that Stone Cold Steve Austin just did this to Owen Hart!




    The next night on RAW, Vince McMahon makes a *huge* announcement: At WrestleMania XIV, Mike Tyson will be the special guest enforcer for the WWF Championship match! This leads to the legendary Tyson/Austin brawl between the two. The bigger story, however, is Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart at No Way Out of Texas: In Your House 20. The question was whether Owen Hart would retain the title at the Pay-Per-View or if Shawn Michaels would get his revenge.

    At No Way Out of Texas: In Your House XX, Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels once again brawled against each other, having one of their better. The biggest problem is Shawn being hampered by the back injury that grows more apparent as the match goes on. Owen exploits this and targets the back with nasty back-breakers and neck-breakers. The finish sees Steve Austin (who had been on commentary), rising to his feet as he spots Vince about to hand something to Owen... He runs over and STUNS VINCE MCMAHON BEFORE THE BRASS KNUCKLES CAN BE HANDED OVER! Owen is pissed and hops out of the ring to attack Austin, but he is attacked by Shawn from behind! It's an all-out brawl on the outside!!! Shawn throws Owen back in the ring and jaw-jacks with Austin, who he doesn't have any respect for. Shawn is tuning up the band! THIS IS IT! BUT WAIT! Is that...



    WHAT THE HELL IS RIC FLAIR AND ARN ANDERSON DOING HERE!? THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE IN WCW! Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, and everyone in this crowd can't believe their eyes. Ric Flair is stylin' and profilin' once more in the WWF! Arn and Flair come down to the ring and now Arn is talking with the ref! The ref is distracted! Flair and Shawn are having a stare-down! BAM! OWEN JUST LOW-BLOWED SHAWN! AND NOW RIC IS ATTACKING SHAWN!!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!? Austin is diving into the ring to get to Owen but he's cut off by ARN WHO'S LET THE REF SEE WHAT'S GOING ON NOW! DQ! DQ! AND RIC FLAIR HAS THE FIGURE-FOUR LOCKED IN ON SHAWN MICHAELS! IT'S PANDEMONIUM! The show ends with Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Owen Hart standing tall over Shawn Michaels as Steve Austin watches at the rampway with disgust.

    The aftermath of this match leads to two separate ways: Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels for the European Championship, and Steve Austin vs. Owen Hart for the WWF Championship. We arrive at our destination: WrestleMania XIV. The past four months had been filled with shock and surprise, twists and turns, and they all end in this hallowed show. The Main Event is Austin vs. Owen with Mike Tyson as the Special Enforcer.

    The finish comes after a great 15 minute bout before-hand, with Owen having the opportunity... SPINNING HEEL KICK BUT AUSTIN DUCKS! OUT GOES THE REF! THE REF IS OUT! Owen can't believe what just happened, nobody has ever ducked his Spinning Heel Kick! He turns around... STUNNER! STUNNER! STONE COLD STUNNER! THIS CROWD IS GOING WILD! AUSTIN GOES FOR THE PIN FALL... MIKE TYSON GETS IN THE RING! 1.. 2... 3!!! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! THE STONE COLD ERA HAS BEGUN!!! Vince looks on from the back in complete dismay while Austin and Tyson celebrate in the ring! Owen Hart gets up and starts jaw-jacking with Tyson... A VICIOUS RIGHT HAND BY TYSON KNOCKS OUT OWEN! The show goes off the air with Austin reigning supreme with the World Wrestling Federation Championship!




    Next Time:

    Part 11:

    The Austin Era

    1998

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    Vader - 8/18/1996 - 1/19/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (2x) - 1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    Sycho Sid - 2/16/1997 - 3/23/1997 [35 Days]
    The Undertaker (2x) - 3/23/1997 - 6/8/1997 [77 Days]
    Bret Hart (5x) - 6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (3x) - 11/9/1997 - 12/7/1997 [28 Days]
    Owen Hart (2x) - 12/7/1997 - 3/29/1998 [112 Days]
    Steve Austin - 3/29/1998 - Current


    3+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]

    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)

    Ric Flair:

    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]

    (7 Months, 26 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]

    (9 Months, 8 Days)

    Shawn Michaels:

    3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    11/9/1997 - 12/7/1997 [28 Days]

    (6 Months, 15 Days)


    4+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]

    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)

    Randy Savage:

    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]

    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)

    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]

    (11 Months, 18 Days)


    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]

    (5 Years, 21 Days)

    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]

    (1 Year, 4 Months, 21 Days)


    500+ Club:

    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Commemorative Recap:

    WWF Championship Matches (1985-1998)​

    The Wrestling Classic

    Hulk Hogan (c) defeats Roddy Piper by DQ

    WrestleMania II

    Hulk Hogan (c) defeats King Kong Bundy

    WrestleMania III

    Hulk Hogan (c) defeats Andre The Giant

    Saturday Night's Main Event (February 1988)

    Andre The Giant defeats Hulk Hogan (c)

    WrestleMania IV

    Randy Savage defeats Ted DiBiase

    WrestleMania V

    Randy Savage (c) defeats Hulk Hogan

    SummerSlam 1989

    Mr. Perfect defeats Randy Savage (c)

    Royal Rumble 1990

    Hulk Hogan defeats Mr. Perfect (c)

    WrestleMania VI

    Ultimate Warrior defeats Hulk Hogan (c)

    King of the Ring 1990

    Rick Rude defeats Ultimate Warrior (c)

    SummerSlam 1990

    Ultimate Warrior defeats Rick Rude (c)

    Survivor Series 1990

    Earthquake defeats Ultimate Warrior (c)

    Royal Rumble 1991

    Earthquake (c) defeats Ultimate Warrior

    WrestleMania VII

    Hulk Hogan defeats Earthquake (c)

    King of the Ring 1991

    Hulk Hogan (c) defeats Earthquake

    SummerSlam 1991

    Jake Roberts defeats Hulk Hogan (c)

    Survivor Series 1991

    Randy Savage defeats Jake Roberts (c)

    This Tuesday in Texas

    Jake Roberts defeats Randy Savage (c)

    Royal Rumble 1992

    Hulk Hogan defeats Jake Roberts (c)

    WrestleMania VIII

    Ric Flair defeats Hulk Hogan (c)

    King of the Ring 1992

    Randy Savage defeats Ric Flair (c)

    SummerSlam 1992

    Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage (c)

    Survivor Series 1992

    Randy Savage defeats Ric Flair (c)

    Royal Rumble 1993

    Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage (c)

    WrestleMania IX

    Hulk Hogan defeats Ric Flair (c)

    King of the Ring 1993

    Yokozuna defeats Hulk Hogan (c)

    SummerSlam 1993

    Lex Luger defeats Yokozuna (c)

    Royal Rumble 1994

    Yokozuna defeats Lex Luger (c)

    WrestleMania X

    Yokozuna (c) defeats Lex Luger by DQ
    Bret Hart defeats Yokozuna (c)

    King of the Ring 1994

    Bret Hart (c) defeats Yokozuna

    SummerSlam 1994

    Owen Hart defeats Bret Hart (c)

    Survivor Series 1994

    Bret Hart defeats Owen Hart (c)

    Royal Rumble 1995

    Diesel defeats Bret Hart (c)

    WrestleMania XI

    The Undertaker defeats Diesel (c)

    In Your House 1

    The Undertaker (c) defeats Diesel

    King of the Ring 1995

    The Undertaker (c) defeats Sycho Sid by DQ

    Monday Night RAW (1995)

    The Undertaker (c) defeats Yokozuna

    In Your House 2

    The Undertaker (c) defeats Sycho Sid, Diesel, and Yokozuna

    SummerSlam 1995

    Razor Ramon defeats The Undertaker (c)

    In Your House 3: Steel Cage

    Razor Ramon (c) defeats The Undertaker

    In Your House 4: The Great White North

    Bret Hart defeats Razor Ramon (c)

    In Your House 5: Seasons Beatings

    The British Bulldog defeats Bret Hart (c)

    Royal Rumble 1996

    Bret Hart defeats The British Bulldog (c)

    In Your House 6: Family Feud

    Bret Hart (c) defeats The British Bulldog

    WrestleMania XII

    Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart (c)

    In Your House 7: Meet Your Maker

    Shawn Michaels (c) defeats Yokozuna by DQ

    King of the Ring 1996

    Shawn Michaels (c) defeats Yokozuna

    Monday Night RAW (July 6, 1996)

    Shawn Michaels (c) defeats Owen Hart

    In Your House 9: International Incident

    Shawn Michaels (c) defeats The British Bulldog

    SummerSlam 1996

    Vader defeats Shawn Michaels (c)

    In Your House X: Buried Alive

    Vader (c) defeats Sycho Sid

    In Your House 11: Mind Games

    Vader (c) defeats Sycho Sid

    Survivor Series 1996

    Vader (c) defeats Shawn Michaels

    In Your House 12: It's Time

    Bret Hart defeats Vader (c) by DQ

    Royal Rumble 1997

    Shawn Michaels defeats Vader (c)

    In Your House 13: The Final Fight

    Sycho Sid defeats Vader, Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels (c)

    WrestleMania 13

    The Undertaker defeats Sycho Sid (c)

    In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker

    The Undertaker (c) defeats Mankind

    In Your House 15: A Cold Day in Hell

    Steve Austin defeats The Undertaker (c) by DQ

    King of the Ring 1997

    Bret Hart defeats The Undertaker (c) [Shawn Michaels: Ref]

    SummerSlam 1997

    Bret Hart (c) defeats Shawn Michaels

    Badd Blood: In Your House

    Bret Hart (c) defeats Triple H

    Survivor Series 1997

    Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart (c)

    D-Generation X: In Your House
    Owen Hart defeats Shawn Michaels (c)

    Royal Rumble 1998


    Triple H defeats Owen Hart (c) by DQ

    No Way Out of Texas: In Your House XX


    Shawn Michaels defeats Owen Hart (c) by DQ

    WrestleMania XIV

    Steve Austin defeats Owen Hart (c)


    World Title Match Appearances:

    Bret Hart: 16
    Hulk Hogan: 14
    Shawn Michaels: 13
    The Undertaker: 12
    Yokozuna: 10
    Randy Savage: 9
    Vader: 7
    Sycho Sid: 6
    Owen Hart: 6
    Ric Flair: 6
    Ultimate Warrior: 5
    The British Bulldog: 4
    Diesel: 4
    Jake Roberts: 4
    Steve Austin: 3
    Razor Ramon: 3
    Lex Luger: 3
    Earthquake: 3
    Triple H: 2
    Mr. Perfect: 2
    Andre The Giant: 2
    Mankind: 1
    Roddy Piper: 1
    King Kong Bundy: 1
    Ted DiBiase: 1

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    Re: The Grimpact Zone: Rebooking WWE History

    Part 11:
    The Austin Era
    1998





    We return to the grand retelling of WWF history; in the last episode, we saw the shocking twists and turns that led to Steve Austin becoming crowned the WWF Champion at WrestleMania XIV over Owen Hart, Vince McMahon's corporate champion. The aftermath, on the next night, is rather vitriolic coming from the owner of the WWF. We're finally headed into one of the greatest rivalries in wrestling history: Austin vs. McMahon.

    The night after WrestleMania, Vince McMahon comes out with his group: Owen Hart (whom had last to Austin the night before), the WWF "President" Sgt. Slaughter, Arn Anderson, and the *NEW* European Champion and the man who may have retired Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair! Vince has the newly designed WWF Championship in his arms. He declares that last night was an absolute travesty; he couldn't believe that *his* chosen champion could lose to that disgraceful and disgusting jackal Stone Cold Steve Austin. He does point out that at least Ric Flair got rid of that degenerate Shawn Michaels once and for all-- He finally gets to the heart of the matter; he's out here to present the new WWF Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin.

    Out comes Austin with the old championship, hesitant to come into the ring, knowing that Owen, Arn, and Flair want a piece of him. Vince holds them back and tells them that it'll be okay. Austin gets into the ring; he stares at the championship in Vince's hands. He then TOSSES the old championship right onto Vince's foot and takes the new championship, causing Vince to howl in pain! Austin celebrates in the ring while Owen appears pissed off. Arn and Flair are rather nonplussed, though Flair, as usual, has a grin on his face. Vince and Austin finally get a chance to talk though, and Vince tells Austin that even if he thinks Austin is someone that has potential-- Vince thinks that Austin can become the greatest WWF Champion of all time with his guidance.

    Austin responds telling Vince, "What you see is what you get. I don't need you, and I don't need any of those idiots around you. I whooped Owen Hart's ass, and as much as I respect Arn Anderson and Ric Flair, if they get in Stone Cold's way, I'll shove my boot up their asses and hit them with the Stunner." Vince replies trying to appease to Austin, but sternly tells him, "We can do this the easy way, or the hard way..." Austin acts as if he's seriously contemplating this, looking up and scratching his chin-- STUNNER! STUNNER! AUSTIN JUST CAUGHT VINCE WITH A STUNNER!

    Austin gets the hell out of dodge before Owen and Flair could get to him, with Arn and Slaughter checking up on Vince. Once Vince comes to, he's angrier than ever. Later on in the show, he brings police officers to RAW to arrest Austin. Later that night, Vince explains that he's going to give Austin another chance next week, if he comes out and does "the right thing for business". Owen talks to Vince and vociferously argues with him, but Vince whispers something to Owen, who sighs and nods his head.



    The next week, Vince McMahon comes out with his Corporation, he grins and welcomes out to the crowd, the *new* Stone Cold Steve Austin! Out comes Steve Austin with a suit and tie, holding the WWF Championship in his arms. Once again, Owen looks on disgusted while Ric Flair actually has a big smile and rubs his hands together. Austin gets in the ring and shakes Vince's hands. Vince declares that Steve Austin made the right choice and says that together, Austin is gonna be greater than ever. Austin asks for a picture; after which, he says, "I want you to get that film developed, because that will be the absolute *last* time you ever seen me wear this dumb ass shit!" Austin is stripping off the nice clothing for his 3:16 shirt and wrestling trunks! Vince is distraught at what is happening-- He angrily shouts, "Alright dammit, if you don't want to do it the easy way--"

    OWEN IS ATTACKING AUSTIN FROM BEHIND! FLAIR AND ARN DESCEND UPON AUSTIN AS WELL AND NOW HE'S GETTING WHOOPED! The match is set for Unforgiven! Owen Hart vs. Steve Austin for the WWF Championship at Unforgiven: In Your House! During the build-up, Vince revealed that he would be at ring-side accompanying Owen Hart; furthermore, Mr. McMahon's Corporation expanded, including Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson. Austin told Vince that, "The odds don't matter, Vince, I'm gonna walk into Unforgiven as the WWF Champion; I'm gonna raise hell and chaos, and I'll whoop Owen Hart's Canadian ass; when I'm done, son, I'm gonna walk out still the WWF Champion, and that's the bottom line, cuz' Stone Cold said so!"



    We arrive at Unforgiven, where we see Owen Hart coming out with Vince McMahon; Owen and McMahon look confident in themselves that they'll be able to defeat Steve Austin. Out comes Austin to a massive ovation. Shockingly, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson sit in the bell-keeper's area and watch on. This sight is not particularly lost on Austin, he goes over and insults them and flips them the bird, offending the two soon-to-be stooges. Vince frowns and angrily stomps off, shouting to Owen, "Beat that bastard within an inch of his life!"

    During the match, Owen and Austin have a fairly different affair compared to their previous encounters, especially at WrestleMania XIV. Here, Owen is brawling more, making his hatred for Steve Austin clearly visible for everyone to see. Vince outside looks pleased when Owen is dominating, and distraught when Austin is. One of the best spots of the match sees Owen and Austin on the outside; Owen throws Austin into the ring post. Austin stumbles over to the announce table, where Vince laughs and taunts Austin. Owen runs full steam at Austin, intent on throwing him over the table... AUSTIN JUST BACK BODY DROPPED OWEN OVER THE TABLE! THE SPANISH ANNOUNCERS ARE DOWN! Vince's eyes bulge out of his skull as Austin grabs him by the neck AND STUNS HIM! Austin is screaming at Vince, "Ya' dumb sonuvabitch!"

    The finish of the match comes shortly after this spot, as Austin drags Owen into the ring and prepares for a kick to the gut and Stunner, but Owen catches it-- ENZUIGIRI! DOWN GOES AUSTIN, DOWN GOES OWEN! Both struggle to get to their feet as Austin is knocked loopy from that kick! Owen comes up behind him and locks in a sleeper hold! Austin fights with everything he's got to get out of it, but he drives Owen back to the turnbuckle-- THE REF IS THERE TOO THOUGH! DOWN GOES THE REF! Austin gets Owen off of him, and struggles to walk awa-- What the hell is this!? Vince McMahon has a chair and is in the ring! Austin points at Vince and tells him to, "Come here and get your ass whooped."

    Owen is coming up behind Austin! Austin turns around AND DUCKS THE DOUBLE AXE-HANDLE WHICH HITS THE CHAIR VINCE IS HOLDING! VINCE IS KNOCKED OUT! VINCE IS OUT COLD! Owen can't believe what just happened and AUSTIN JUST HIT THE STUNNER! Austin smirks as he notices the ref is still out cold-- he grabs the chair and is swinging for the fences on Owen! Patterson and Brisco pull Vince out of the ring before Austin can get to him. He jaw-jacks with them as the ref is coming to, and Vince, recovering, starts insulting Austin as well, checking his head to make sure it isn't bleeding. The ref sees Owen crumpled in a mess, and Austin holding a chair-- DING DING DING!

    Austin turns around and sees the ref calling for the bell. Austin throws the chair down and argues with the ref angrily. Austin may have lost the match, but he's successfully defended the WWF Championship. Austin is not happy with the outcome though, as he wanted to make sure Owen lost for sure against him.

    The following night, Vince comes out with a bandage on his head, helped to the ring by Patterson and Brisco. Owen limps behind him, shaking his head and muttering to himself. Vince decries Austin's actions last night as most unbefitting of, "a champion within the World Wrestling Federation!" He tells the crowd that Austin is going to pay for this indignation. He then points to Owen Hart, who sullenly looks at Vince. "Owen here is a true company man who can get things done; I believe in him as I do the European champion Ric Flair. So next week, I'm gonna put them to the test; they're going to face off against the Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws... not only that, it will be *for* the championships. If *you*, Owen and Ric, fail to secure the tag-team championships, then Owen, I'm afraid I'll just have to find someone else to challenge Austin at Over the Edge..."

    Austin joins the commentary booth for the match, while Arn Anderson stands at ringside for Flair and Owen. X-Pac stands at ringside for the Outlaws. Austin calls it as he sees it, saying he respects the hell out of Flair, but if Flair is gonna be with Vince, he'll whip his ass. He also talks about how much he truthfully, honestly, hates Owen Hart with a passion. The New Age Outlaws look as though they're about to win... when suddenly...



    OHHHH YEAHHHH!!! MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE IS HERE! Nobody can believe what is going on, especially Steve Austin! Everything suddenly stops, as New Age Outlaws and Owen & Flair watch on, not knowing what may happen. Savage gets up on the ring and the ref tries to talk him down-- ARN ANDERSON HANDED FLAIR SOME BRASS KNUCKLES! Billy Gunn argues with Savage, who beckons him on.

    Road Dogg is also distracted and DOESN'T SEE FLAIR BLAST HIM FROM BEHIND WITH THE BRASS KNUCKLES! DOWN GOES DOGG! Owen tackles Billy Gunn as the ref turns around; HE SEE'S FLAIR PINNING ROAD DOGG! NOT LIKE THIS!!! 1... 2... 3...! OWEN HART AND RIC FLAIR JUST WON THE WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS! Austin is in complete disbelief over this. Savage climbs into the ring and stares at Flair and Owen... and SHAKES THEIR HAND! OH MY GOD! TWO MORTAL ENEMIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER!

    Vince McMahon comes out the next week with a huge grin on his face (as well as the four men), shaking Owen, Flair, Arn, and Savage's hands. He declares, "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the CORPORATE HORSEMEN!" He tells everyone how he wanted a man who was willing to do anything for him, someone willing to "do the right thing", and that's why he brought back Macho Man. Savage takes the mic from Vince and looks at Flair and Arn, "You know, we've had a lot of words in the past, you and I, Ric. I used to hate your guts. As much as we've been enemies, I think I can live with working alongside you, if ya' dig it." Vince nods his head and smiles as Flair affirms this, "Welcome to the Horsemen, Macho! I know better than anyone that you're one of the toughest men alive, and one of the best wrestlers on the planet!"

    Steve Austin's music goes off and out comes Steve Austin, who has had enough of this self-congratulatory bull crap. He tells everyone in that ring to shut the hell up and for Vince to just get to the point of this charade. Vince angrily shouts at Austin that he can't just galivant around like he owns the place, because, "I own this place, Austin." He finally gets to the point though and points at Owen Hart, "Mr. Hart, I gave you a challenge last week and you and Mr. Flair succeeded with flying colors. As such, I am giving you another opportunity to challenge for the WWF Championship." He then mentions that he has a surprise for Mr. Austin, "You see, Austin, at Over The Edge, I guaran-damn-tee that you will not be walking out of Milwaukee as the WWF Champion... because the Special Guest Ring Announcer will be... Pat Patterson; not only that, the Special Guest Timekeeper will be... Gerald Brisco! Last but not least, is the Special Guest Referee... VINCENT. KENNEDY. MCMAHON!"

    Austin scratches his beard and thinks this over carefully, "Vince, I don't care how much you stack the deck, son, if I gotta kick Owen's ass, Brisco's ass, Patterson's ass, and your ass to get the job done, then god dammit, I'll get it done. You say you guaran-damn-tee that I won't be walking out as champion? Put your money where your mouth is, and why don't you get your little puppet Sgt. Slaughter to declare that Flair, Arn, and Savage are banned from ring-side." Vince hesitates for a second and thinks it over, but Owen angrily shouts, "Alright Austin, I don't need them to beat you, anyways! I'm my own man."



    We arrive at Over The Edge, where the odds are completely against Austin's favor, but it doesn't dampen him one bit as he comes out and jaw-jacks with Vince. During the match, Owen takes Austin to the outside and blatantly cheats with a steel chair to Steve's knee. Pat Patterson declares that the match is No Disqualification! Jim Ross on commentary is livid over this. Owen takes Austin down the aisle-way, beating the absolute dog-piss out of him and taking advantage of that possibly broken knee. Pat Patterson goes and declares that it is now a Falls Count Anywhere match.

    All throughout, Austin plays the babyface in peril, in another dynamically different match from their previous encounters. The ending sees Austin mounting a comeback and finally shocking everyone by hitting a Stunner on Owen, and going for the pin. Vince merely crosses his arms and stares down at Austin trying to pin Owen; he's had enough of this shit; Austin stands up and argues with Vince, finally punching him in the face! Vince falls flat on his ass and looks up at Austin, who's mad as hell!

    Austin is going outside and Pat Patterson is arguing with him-- STUNNER! DOWN GOES PAT! Gerald Brisco rushes to his friend, DOUBLE STUNNER! BRISCO AND PATTERSON ARE OUT! Austin grabs a steel chair, and he climbs back in! Owen is only starting to stir, and Austin notices! HE'S SWINGING MADLY ON OWEN AGAIN! Owen howls in pain! He's now bleeding! OWEN IS BLEEDING BADLY! Austin screams to Vince, "Count the damn pin or you're next!" Vince visibly gulps as Austin goes to pin Owen. 1... 2... Where's the third count!? Vince isn't counting anymore! AUSTIN'S SNAPPED! STUNNER ON VINCE! It's not enough for Austin as he forcibly pulls Vince back to his feet, flipping him off and GIVING HIM ANOTHER STUNNER! He drags Vince over and pins Owen... Austin is forcing the pinfall by moving Vince's hands on his own! 1-2-3!!! AUSTIN WINS! AUSTIN WINS! Steve Austin somehow overcame the odds!

    Vince afterwards lambasts Owen Hart and ponders firing him, but Ric Flair and Randy Savage put themselves between Vince and Owen and they talk to the two of them. Vince relents and admits, "I partially share the blame for our failure to secure the WWF Championship... I'm sorry, Owen. However, I don't believe you are a right fit to capture the WWF Championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin. Therefore, I believe that the right choice is your fellow WWF World Tag Team Champion, *and* the European Champion, THE NATURE BOY, RIC FLAIR!" With this, the match is set for King of the Ring: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Ric Flair for the WWF Championship. It is arguably the most hyped match of 1998, as a legend of this business faces off against now the biggest star in the wrestling world. For weeks the two would talk about respect and what it takes to get the job done.



    We've arrived to the dance, a special occasion between two of the biggest superstars in wrestling history. Ric Flair comes out with Arn, Savage, and Owen in tow, all intent to watch his back. Austin goes it alone, seeing the Corporate Horsemen but isn't afraid one bit. He gets into the ring and time stands still; Ric Flair vs. Steve Austin is actually happening! Austin talks trash with Flair, while Ric does what he does best, be cocky and make people hate him; he woos right in Austin's face, who SLAPS THE PISS OUT OF HIM, AND IT'S ON!

    Flair and Austin have an incredibly spirited back and forth, filled with many well known Flair spots: the Flair flop, the over the turnbuckle to the floor irish-whip, the stylin', the profilin'. During the match, Savage and Owen find ways to interject themselves within the match while Arn keeps his distance and cheers Flair on. We get a great spot where Austin preps for the Stunner, but Flair catches Austin's leg, pulls him in for a headlock, and away from the view of the ref, he starts raking and pulling the eyes of Austin. Jim Ross on commentary lambasts this site, "He isn't known as the dirtiest player in the game for nothing."

    The finish of the match sees these two titans put through the ringer, but the interferences of Owen and Savage start to take their toll on Austin. Flair finally locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock, and Austin is reeling in pain; his knee hadn't completely healed from that beatdown by Owen the month before. Austin refuses to give up though! He slowly... SLOWLY... GOT HIM! The tables are turned, Austin turned around the leg lock and now Flair is crying out to Arn. Flair gets to the ropes and Austin releases the hold... the both of them struggle to get to their feet-- Flair goes for a sleeper hold-- STUNNER! STUNNER! DOWN GOES FLAIR! Austin goes for the pin! 1, 2, 3!!! AUSTIN WINS! BUT HE DOESN'T GET TIME TO CELEBRATE AS SAVAGE AND OWEN DESCEND ON HIM! Austin is getting whooped by the Corporate Horsemen and this rabid crowd desperately cheers Stone Cold on to make a comeback! Flair finally recovers and now is leading the charge on the attack. Suddenly...



    IT'S SHAWN MICHAELS! SHAWN MICHAELS IS HERE AND HE JUST SMACKED FLAIR WITH SOME SWEET CHIN MUSIC! THIS CROWD IS LOSING IT! The Corporate Horsemen flee the ring as Shawn Michaels shouts expletives at the four gentlemen outside the ring as Austin recovers. The two men stare each other down; Austin especially has some words for Shawn Michaels. He didn't need help, hell no! "I don't give a rats ass if you're after the WWF Championship, son, I don't need your help." Shawn shouts back, "It ain't all about you, you idiot!"

    On Monday Night RAW the next night, Shawn Michaels comes out to a standing ovation. Vince McMahon angrily stomps out alone demanding to know just what the hell Michaels is doing there. Shawn barks at Vince, "You thought you got rid of the Heartbreak Kid, Vin-man? Well I got news for you and your Corporate Horsemen. I do what I want, when I want, and wherever I want. What do I want, Vince? I want Owen Hart and Ric Flair, and I want you. So come on down and come get the ass-whipping you most assuredly deserve by the greatest wrestler who ever lived, Vince."

    Vince chuckles and declares that that isn't going to happen, stating that it appears the Corporate Horsemen are going to have to escort Mr. Michaels out of the building-- forcefully. BUT WAIT! DX IS OUT THERE! Vince doesn't realize that it's DX and not the Horsemen! This crowd is going rabid! Vince turns around and his eyes pop out of his skull! Triple H and X-Pac just grabbed Vince and are dragging him to the ring! THE HORSEMEN ARE OUT NOW AND TRYING TO SAVE MCMAHON! AUSTIN COMES OUT OF THE CROWD NOW!

    In the ring is Austin, Shawn, and McMahon! On the outside are the Corporate Horsemen battling with DX! Shawn and Austin are arguing with one another, BUT THEY TURN AND ATTACK VINCE TOGETHER! McMahon is getting his ass whipped by Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin! Shawn hits a vicious Sweet Chin Music on McMahon, and afterwards, Austin picks up the boss and hits him with a Stunner! Finally, The Horsemen get to Vince and save him-- but the action isn't quite over, as Austin and Michaels continue to argue with one another in the ring.

    Two weeks later, we finally see Vince McMahon to make a response to the events of previous weeks. He says that what happened will never happen again as long as he lives, and that ever single person responsible is going to pay for it. To DX, he allows Ric Flair and Owen Hart to defend their WWF Tag Team Championships against the New Age Outlaws next week (the go-home show for Fully Loaded), and that Randy Savage will take care of Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Now to the two biggest pains in his ass, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. He declares that Shawn and Austin are going to have to find out a way to work together... because at Fully Loaded, they are going to go up against the Corporate Horsemen in a Six-Man Tag Match! It'll be Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H vs. Ric Flair, Owen Hart, and Randy Savage! Furthermore, he makes the biggest declaration of his life: If the Horsemen lose, they will *never* be able to challenge for the WWF Championship as long as Austin is champion.

    Later on in the night, Savage would defeat Hunter thanks in part to interference by Arn Anderson, but the story would be the WWF Tag Team Titles match, in which Steve Austin himself interfered in the match, giving Owen a stunner while the ref's back was turned, to give the New Age Outlaws their incredible 2nd WWF Tag Team Championship reign! After the match, Shawn and Hunter get in the ring with Austin and the two of them argue with the WWF Champion!



    We've arrived at Fully Loaded! All the wait is over, the crowd has packed into the arena to see a historic six-man tag match between The Corporate Horsemen and Shawn Michaels, Triple H, & Steve Austin. The Horsemen all come out together, a united front ready to destroy their challengers. Then, D-Generation X's music plays, and out comes Shawn Michaels and Triple H together! Last but not least though, is the WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin who comes out, as usual, alone. Hunter and Shawn seemingly ignore Austin, who ignores them as well.

    Much of the match plays into the fact that Austin and DX cannot work together; the Corporate Horsemen take full advantage of this and separate Austin from the other two. Austin takes much of the heat for the match, with Owen getting plenty of offense in, focusing on the knee. However, Austin finally mounts a heated comeback on Randy Savage. TAG TO HUNTER! In comes Hunter like a house of fire and he's clearing house! He knocks all of the Horsemen to the floor and they have to recuperate. Hunter and Michaels take turn tagging in and out, leaving Austin to himself. Finally, we get to the finish: the Horsemen retake control and begin beating down on Michaels. They target Michaels' back and look to cripple him. Finally though... SURPRISE SWEET CHIN MUSIC! DOWN GOES OWEN AND DOWN GOES MICHAELS! Both men crawl to their corner and Owen tags in Flair-- BUT MICHAELS JUST TAGGED IN AUSTIN!!!

    It's a schmoz! Everyone is in the ring and pandemonium is breaking out! Hunter is attacking Savage, and Flair and Austin are going at it! Michaels is still down in the corner; Owen is coming to and is attacking Hunter with Savage on the outside! Flair is dominating; Flair attempts an irish-whip into the turnbuckle, but Austin reverses-- SWEET CHIN MUSIC! STONE COLD STUNNER! SHAWN MICHAELS AND STEVE AUSTIN JUST WORKED TOGETHER IN PERFECT TANDEM AND DOWN GOES FLAIR!!! 1... 2... 3!!! THEY DID IT! DX AND STEVE AUSTIN JUST DEFEATED THE CORPORATE HORSEMEN!

    Owen Hart and Randy Savage turn around from beating down Hunter to realize what just happened and they are beside themselves! They can't believe that they just lost! Arn Anderson slams the mat angrily and grabs Flair to pull him out. Hunter climbs into the ring to check on Michaels while Austin celebrates alone. Finally the three of them turn to each other. Austin stands before Hunter and Michaels. What's gonna happen? The tension is palpable-- but Austin extends his hand! AUSTIN SHAKES THEIR HAND! He shouts to them, "Just this once, son, but don't think I trust either of ya' one bit!" The three celebrate in the ring as the show goes off the air, with Vince McMahon coming out in dismay and talking to the Horsemen.

    The RAW after Fully Loaded, Vince McMahon is still disgruntled over the results of the night before, stating, "As much as I hate the fact that three complete idiots won over my chosen Horsemen, I have to accept the results. I am a man of my word, after all. The Horsemen will *never* challenge for the WWF Championship as long as Steve Austin is the champion. So what do we do? Well, it appears we'll--" DONG! THE UNDERTAKER HAS ARRIVED! Out comes Taker, who has spent the past several months feuding with Kane and Mankind.

    He grabs Vince by the collar, and demands that he become the #1 Contender for the WWF Championship, "I've done my waiting for over a year. In that time, I've taken on Shawn, I've taken on my brother Kane, and I've defeated Mankind. I've waited long enough; I want what is rightfully mine, and you are going to give me what I want, right now. At SummerSlam, I want Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship."

    The wheels are turning in Vince's head, and he begins formulating a plan. He smirks and tells The Undertaker that he absolutely can go face off against Steve Austin. The Undertaker doesn't let go of Vince though, he warns McMahon, "If any of your lackeys interfere in this match, I will wreak my vengeance upon you with the furies of a thousand souls." Vince gulps and nods his head. Austin comes out and lets it be known that he doesn't give a rat's ass who he faces off against, he's gonna continue to be the WWF Champion as long as he can.

    During the build-up, Kane would make his presence known as a potential contender for the WWF Championship picture. He had lost to Taker at WrestleMania, but defeated him in the subsequent rematches at Unforgiven and Over The Edge, losing one last time to Undertaker at Fully Loaded. Kane would appear in both Taker and Austin's segments, looming ominously and patiently waiting for his chance.



    SummerSlam has arrived and among the major main event between Austin and Undertaker, we see Shawn Michaels defeat Ric Flair in a non-title match in his last match of the 90's, and the New Age Outlaws defeat Randy Savage and Owen Hart to retain the WWF Tag Team Championships; Triple H also defeats The Rock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match. The main event is what the people came to see, though.

    The Undertaker comes out to his new theme (his Fully Loaded theme), and the crowd is rabid for this match. GLASS SHATTERS! Austin makes his way out and the two men come face to face. What a difference a year makes; a year ago, Austin was the challenger, and Taker was the champion. The two men stare each other down and time stands still for a moment.

    The clash begins. Taker utilizes his size and power to push around Austin; Austin uses his brawling ability and his technical prowess to fight back. These men are evenly matched, and this crowd knows it. What's this though!? KANE IS COMING TO RING-SIDE! Austin and Taker each take turns being distracted by the monster of a man. Kane doesn't do anything though, he merely watches the match, looking to see what happens. The fight goes to the outside and Austin is thrown right over the barricade! The brawl is in the crowd and the ref is trying to get both men back in!

    The biggest spot of the match sees Undertaker toss Austin over the Spanish Announcer's table. The ref is barely maintaining control, and from what we understand, there are no count-outs by order of Vince McMahon! Taker drags Austin onto the table and climbs up onto it... Taker's getting ready to chokeslam Austin through the other announce table! COUNTER INTO A STUNNER! THE TABLE COLLAPSES AND BOTH AUSTIN AND TAKER ARE DOWN! Jim Ross goes mad on commentary. Austin throws Taker into the ring and goes for a pin... ONLY TWO! Austin tries to go for another Stunner... TAKER GRABS AUSTIN'S THROAT! Could it be a chokeslam!?

    LOOK! Kane climbs to the ring apron! Undertaker tries to ignore Kane but the momentary distraction is just enough for Austin! HE COUNTERS THE CHOKESLAM INTO ANOTHER STUNNER! AUSTIN GOES FOR THE PIN! HE GOT IT! HE GOT IT! AUSTIN RETAINS AGAIN! Austin begins celebrates, but in comes Kane... The two stare each other down, but Kane attacks Taker! Kane attempts to chokeslam the Undertaker, BUT STONE COLD STUNNER! KANE GOES DOWN! He sits up immediately, but Taker and Austin are ready to fight him; Kane exits the ring and continues to stare at Austin. The Undertaker grabs the WWF Championship, and although anger at Kane flashes in his face, he calms down enough to hand the championship to the rightful winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin!



    With SummerSlam through, the choice was obvious for the opponent of Steve Austin at next month's Breakdown: The Big Red Machine Kane! If the aftermath of SummerSlam was any indicator, it was that Kane wanted to become the WWF Champion, and he didn't care if he had to go through Steve Austin or his brother The Undertaker. There was just one little problem...

    The Undertaker wanted Kane to come out and pay for his actions in costing him the WWF Championship at SummerSlam. A shocking surprise though would be Kane coming out, but in tow was Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Indeed, Kane was now at the side of Mr. McMahon! The Undertaker sees this for what it is, McMahon going back on his word. Taker is too angry to care now, as he tries to go after McMahon, but Kane catches him by surprise with a HUGE CHOKESLAM! Taker sits up, and comes back on Kane, but not for long, because McMahon is in the ring and has a chair!

    McMahon thwaps Taker in the back with the chair-- NO EFFECT! McMahon is on the run from Taker, but KANE TURNS UNDERTAKER AROUND AND TOMBSTONES HIM ONTO THE CHAIR! TAKER IS BUSTED OPEN BADLY! Kane isn't done! He wraps the chair around Taker's ankle and stomps on it! TAKER IS WRITHING IN PAIN! His ankle might be broken! Kane keeps stomping on it-- STEVE AUSTIN OUT OF NOWHERE JUST HIT KANE WITH A STUNNER! Steve Austin has marked Kane as his challenger for the WWF Championship at Breakdown!

    For weeks leading up to the event, The Undertaker would be missing, AWOL as it were, recuperating from the attack by Kane. Austin would continually mess with Vince McMahon and his stooges, while Kane would do nothing about it, because in truth, all Kane wants is the WWF Championship. Thus leads to the dynamic of Austin going up against a monster that is obsessed with defeating him. It would be yet another highly anticipated match in a year chock full of them.



    Breakdown comes to town and with it, we see what will happen between Kane and Steve Austin. Much unlike the SummerSlam match against The Undertaker, Kane is a completely dominant force, beating Austin's ass pillar to post. A memorable spot sees Austin attempting to do a diving attack to the outside, but Kane uses his power to catch Austin mid-air, and redirect him right into the Spanish announce table. As a consequence, Austin clips the barricade railing, busting his head open.

    The match is now a struggle of survival for the WWF Champion, whom barely manages hope spot after hope spot-- the biggest one of them is when Kane goes for a tombstone piledriver... but Steve Austin shifts himself off the back of Kane... STUNNER! STUNNER ON KANE! Steve is too out of it to make a pin, and this allows Kane to SIT UP! The Stunner didn't have much of an effect it seemed on Kane, that is until he tries to lift up Austin! Kane slowly collapses from the after-effects, and now both men are struggling to their feet!

    Kane gets up first! Austin however is desperate, he low-blows Kane when he grabs Austin from behind! Kane stumbles back a bit and now the heat is on! Steve is trying to get Kane off his feet with clotheslines, but it isn't working-- BIG BOOT! DOWN GOES AUSTIN! Kane grabs him quickly and now CHOKESLAMS HIM RIGHT DOWN TO THE DEPTHS OF HELL! It's all over for Austin-- but wait! DONG!!! THE UNDERTAKER IS BACK!



    The Undertaker just appeared in the ring after the lights went out for a few seconds! The ref is down too! Jim Ross believes The Undertaker knocked out the ref!!! THE TWO ARE NOW BRAWLING BIG TIME! Taker takes control and throws Kane out of the ring! Austin is down, the ref is down, and all that's going on is The Undertaker and his brother Kane duking it out! Taker grabs a chair and SMACKS KANE SQUARE IN THE HEAD!

    Down goes Kane! The Undertaker is full of fire and fury! Finally, the Undertaker throws Kane into the ring and sets up the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Kane isn't moving; neither is Steve Austin! The ref is starting to stir, and as that happens, Taker throws Austin on top of Kane! Taker leaves and the ref is counting the pin! 1... 2... 3!!! KANE KICKED OUT BUT IT WAS ONE SECOND TOO LATE! AUSTIN RETAINS! A bloody and broken Steve Austin is helped up by the referee, Austin doesn't really know what happened, but he celebrates in the ring anyways.

    The next night on RAW, Vince McMahon is backstage angrily throwing stuff around. He just doesn't understand why Austin can't lose. In comes Mankind, who brought McMahon a cup of coffee. Vince thanks Mankind and starts to think to himself. He proposes to Mankind an opportunity to become the #1 Contender for the WWF Championship... all he has to do is... defeat Steve Austin next week on RAW. Mankind blindly accepts, since he'll do anything for McMahon. It is here we see the debut of Shane McMahon as well, as a more even-keeled and face-like foil to his father's villainy. Shane personally sides with Steve Austin and would do everything in his power to protect Austin, much to Vince's fury.

    The next week on RAW, we get Mankind vs. Steve Austin, where if Mankind wins, he will get to challenge Austin for the WWF Championship at Judgement Day. Austin and Mankind have a pretty solid match here, but with the Corporate Horsemen watching on and helping Mankind out several times. The finish of the match would see Mankind accidentally knock out the referee, which would lead to the surprise appearance of the Big Boss Man! Boss Man came out and knocked out Austin with a chair shot, and Mankind took advantage of it with a pinfall. Like that, Mankind became the new #1 Contender for the WWF Championship.



    Judgement Day beckons, with Mankind clearly having an advantage over Steve Austin after having defeated him a few weeks prior on RAW. Mankind comes out with Vince McMahon, and Austin comes out alone, needing nobody and caring not. The two men exchange words, Austin flipping Vince the bird and grinning whenever he gets angry from it. Foley and Austin start off by just initiating a brawl between the two. Punches are flying everywhere, and Steve takes advantage by winning the initial fight.

    Throughout the match, Mankind would subject Steve Austin to some incredible pain; one such spot includes when Mankind back-body drops him right onto the steel steps. Both men just beat the dog-piss out of one another. Mankind takes the biggest bump of the night (obviously), when as he attempts a top-rope maneuver, Steve Austin grabs him from the apron AND THROWS HIM ALL THE WAY TO THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! EVERYTHING IS OUT OF CONTROL! Austin looks on at the carnage that has befallen before him. Vince has a look of complete and utter shock on him.

    Austin grabs Mankind and is about to throw him in-- MANDIBLE CLAW! MANKIND HAS THE MANDIBLE CLAW ON AUSTIN! THE TWO MEN ARE OUTSIDE THE RING THOUGH! Vince screams at Mankind to get inside the ring, and Mankind obliges. Mankind goes for the pin but it's ONLY TWO! Mankind angrily slaps the mat and pulls Austin up. Austin starts attacking Mankind with fury and vigor! Irish-Whip, Austin goes for a clothesline, but MANKIND DUCKS AND AUSTIN HITS THE REF INSTEAD!

    AUSTIN STUNS MANKIND IN THE CONFUSION! Down goes Mankind, but out comes Big Boss Man! Austin sees this and-- STUNNER ON BOSS MAN! Boss Man got caught by complete surprise with that Stunner from Austin! Vince has his hands on his head, and is about to burst into tears here! He has to take drastic measures! McMahon grabs a chair and rushes into the ring to attack Austin from behind! STUNNER ONTO MCMAHON! EVERYONE IS DOWN! Austin is standing tall over everyone, and he is now beating down on McMahon!

    Austin doesn't even notice that Mankind has come back to and has also grabbed a chair from the outside! Austin turns around and sees Mankind with that chair, and he immediately grabs the chair from Vince's body! These men stare at each other for a few seconds and and are reluctant to move-- the ref is awake too! Neither man notices as they both charge each other and swing at one another! THEY CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER'S HEAD! DING DING DING! It's a Double Disqualification, but that doesn't matter! Both Austin and Mankind crumple into piles of flesh, blood, and bone! Referees and medics are one the scene in a flash to check up on the both of them after that nasty sight.

    On RAW, Vince McMahon declares that Mankind is absolutely deserving of a rematch at Survivor Series due to the circumstances of the finish of the bout. He goes on to say that at Survivor Series, the WWF Championship match will be a Hardcore Match! He tells Mankind that as a reward however for (technically) not losing the WWF Championship match against Austin, he has a reward for Mankind: The WWF Hardcore Championship! Vince then shouts to the crowd that Mankind is going to take Steve Austin apart and finally rip the WWF Championship from his--



    DO YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING? It's The Rock! The Rock is here! Rocky comes down to ringside and before Vince can speak, he holds out his hand to shut him up! "Know your role, and shut your mouth, Vince. What the hell is all this? Did you seemingly forget, jabroni, that The Rock won a #1 Contender's match at last night's Judgement Day? Now you're giving The Rock's title opportunity to this mutilated freak right over there?" Vince tries to calm down The Rock and explain that because of what happened at Judgement Day, his contender status is on hold until after Survivor Series.

    The Rock is most displeased with the response he is getting, "You think you can sit there and mess around with The Rock? The most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment? Uh-uh; that isn't how this goes. You, what I want you to do is to shut your mouth and give The Rock what is rightfully his, or else he'll have to whoop this jabroni clown's candy ass." Vince relents but give The Rock a challenge instead; if The Rock can beat the Big Boss Man next week, he'll be included in the WWF Championship match at Survivor Series.

    During this, Steve Austin cuts promos with Shane McMahon, whom lets Austin know that regardless of the outcome, he'll make sure he gets a fair shake. Austin tells Shane that he doesn't give a rat's ass if he only has to face off against Mankind or if he has to face off against two men at once, he will do what he always does, and that's arrive, raise hell, and leave. Shane tries to ingratiate himself to Austin, to little effect though, as Austin sure as hell doesn't trust anyone.

    The next week arrives and we get the hotly anticipated match between The Rock and Big Boss Man. The Rock comes out first, noticing that Mankind and Vince McMahon are already out by ringside. He talks trash with the two of them and wanders around the ring waiting for Big Boss Man... Boss Man's music plays-- Boss Man isn't coming out though? WAIT! HE'S SNEAKING UP ON ROCK FROM BEHIND! The Rock is smarter than that though and turns around on Boss Man, who's charging at him! ROCK BOTTOM! ROCK BOTTOM! 1... 2... 3! HOLY COW! JUST LIKE THAT, THE ROCK IS GOING TO SURVIVOR SERIES! Mankind immediately hits the ring and Rock and he start brawling--

    GLASS SHATTERS! Out comes Austin and Shane is in tow! Shane runs to Vince and holds him back from interfering, as Austin rushes the ring! All three men are going right at it now! It's a massive brawl between the three members of the WWF Championship match at Survivor Series! Vince McMahon grabs a mic and screams that next week The Rock and Austin are going to TEAM UP in a tag match against Mankind and Big Boss Man!



    The tag match arrives and The Rock and Steve Austin just cannot get along whatsoever. During the match, the two of them would argue back and forth and it would lead to either Boss Man or Mankind just taking full advantage between the two of them. The finish would even play into this storyline; Mankind and Boss Man would shockingly win the match after pinning Steve Austin. The Rock would come in afterwards and clean house, giving Boss Man a Rock Bottom and hitting Mankind with the People's Elbow-- STUNNER! Steve Austin just hit Rock with a STUNNER! What the hell is going to happen at Survivor Series!? Nobody knows!

    We arrive at Survivor Series, and on the undercard, Kane and The Undertaker finally settle their differences once and for all in a Hell in a Cell match, with Taker winning. DX and The Corporate Horsemen also finish their rivalry, with the team of the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac surprising the world and winning. Triple H successfully defends the Intercontinental Championship against Big Boss Man as well. However, the story is the main event, which is of course the Hardcore Match for the WWF Championship between The Rock, Mankind, and Steve Austin.

    The Rock comes out first to a respectable applause, as he is pretty well the other face in this story. Mankind comes out next, to major heat... then of course comes Austin, who has the biggest pop of the night. The three men stare each other down; the tension is palpable and a feeling is in the air that something awe-inspiring is gonna happen. Earl Hebner waves the WWF Championship around for the crowd. Everyone knows just what's at stake, and perhaps none know more than Steve Austin.



    The Hardcore Match begins and the three-way brawl is on! Austin, Mankind, and Rock each exchange turns dominating the match. Of the more memorable spots in the match, Mankind attempts to attack The Rock with the Steel Steps, but Rock hits the steps with a Steel Chair and viciously attacks Mankind with the chair while he's pinned under the steps! Steve Austin and Rock also brawl into the crowd, with Rock hitting a back body drop on Austin over the barricade!

    The finish of the match is an intense stand-off between Rock and Mankind in the ring. Austin is collecting himself on the outside, busted open and waiting for his chance to strike-- BUT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN! BIG BOSS MAN IS OUT THERE AND HE ATTACKS STEVE AUSTIN VICIOUSLY WITH THE NIGHT-STICK! Vince McMahon is out there and Shane McMahon is trying to keep Vince from doing so! Austin is indisposed!

    Boss Man climbs up to the apron and now the ref is having words with him! The Rock and Mankind are still brawling, but The Rock has a momentary advantage and notices the Boss Man. Boss Man tosses the night-stick to Mankind-- ROCK CAUGHT IT! THE ROCK JUST KNOCKED OUT MANKIND! Big Boss Man jumps off the apron with his head in his hands and he walks away angrily! Vince is at ring-side and what is going on!? The Rock seizes the opportunity and he grabs the loopy Mankind... SHARPSHOOTER! The Rock has Mankind in the Sharpshooter, but Mankind refuses to give up... DING DING DING-- Wait a minute! MANKIND NEVER TAPPED! VINCE MCMAHON JUST CALLED FOR THE BELL!



    Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon are climbing into the ring with The Rock-- THE THREE ARE HUGGING! OH MY GOD! The Rock has colluded with Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon this entire time! Mankind is confused and doesn't understand what's going on! Steve Austin on the outside is climbing to his feet and he is beyond pissed off! He watches from the outside, a sneer in his face, shouting obscenities. Mankind walks up to Vince and asks what the hell is going on? Vince on the microphone tells Mankind, "You don't know what's going on? Here's what's going on Mick--"

    THE ROCK, SHANE, AND VINCE MCMAHON ARE ATTACKING MANKIND! Mankind crumples to the mat and this crowd is livid! Steve Austin jumps the ring with a chair, but the three men escape before Austin can get to them! Shane McMahon on the microphone declares, "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your CORPORATE CHAMPION: THE ROCK!" The show goes off the air with The Rock celebrating his WWF Championship victory as Steve Austin's bloody face stares daggers into them, and Mankind slowly begins to crawl towards them.

    With Steve Austin's reign over, the World Wrestling Federation is a different environment. The Rock has turned his back on the fans and now is Vince McMahon's golden boy. Mankind had been betrayed by McMahon and is now set to become the second biggest face next to Austin. Austin's loss of the title will set him up for the mission to take it back. Kane and The Undertaker have finally moved on to different things. DX is stronger than it ever has been, and Shawn Michaels reaped revenge on Ric Flair and could retire in peace. What will happen next time? Tune in next time to find out...

    Next Time:

    Part 12:
    Rock Bottom
    1998-1999

    Spoiler:


    Buddy Rogers - 4/11/1963 - 5/17/1963 [36 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Ivan Koloff - 1/18/1971 - 2/8/1971 [21 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Stan Stasiak - 12/1/1973 - 12/10/1973 [9 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Superstar Billy Graham - 4/30/1977 - 2/20/1978 [296 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    The Iron Sheik - 12/26/1983 - 1/23/1984 [28 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Andre The Giant - 2/5/1988 [<1 Day]
    Vacant - 2/5/1988 - 3/27/1988
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    Mr. Perfect - 8/29/1989 - 1/21/1990 [146 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (2x) - 1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior - 4/1/1990 - 6/24/1990 [80 Days]
    Rick Rude - 6/24/1990 - 8/27/1990 [64 Days]
    The Ultimate Warrior (2x) - 8/27/1990 - 11/22/1990 [87 Days]
    Earthquake - 11/22/1990 - 3/24/1991 [132 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (3x) - 3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    Jake Roberts - 8/26/1991 - 11/27/1991 [93 Days]
    Randy Savage (2x) - 11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    Jake Roberts (2x) - 12/3/1991 - 1/19/1992 [47 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (4x) - 1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    Ric Flair - 4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    Randy Savage (3x) - 6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    Ric Flair (2x) - 8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    Randy Savage (4x) - 11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]
    Ric Flair (3x) - 1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]
    Hulk Hogan (5x) - 4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]
    Yokozuna - 6/13/1993 - 8/30/1993 [79 Days]
    Lex Luger - 8/30/1993 - 1/22/1994 [146 Days]
    Yokozuna (2x) - 1/22/1994 - 3/20/1994 [58 Days]
    Bret Hart - 3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    Owen Hart - 8/29/1994 - 11/23/1994 [87 Days]
    Bret Hart (2x) - 11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    Diesel - 1/22/1995 - 4/2/1995 [71 Days]
    The Undertaker 4/2/1995 - 8/27/1995 [148 Days]
    Razor Ramon - 8/27/1995 - 10/22/1995 [57 Days]
    Bret Hart (3x) - 10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    British Bulldog - 12/17/1995 - 1/21/1996 [36 Days]
    Bret Hart (4x) - 1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    Shawn Michaels - 3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    Vader - 8/18/1996 - 1/19/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (2x) - 1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    Sycho Sid - 2/16/1997 - 3/23/1997 [35 Days]
    The Undertaker (2x) - 3/23/1997 - 6/8/1997 [77 Days]
    Bret Hart (5x) - 6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]
    Shawn Michaels (3x) - 11/9/1997 - 12/7/1997 [28 Days]
    Owen Hart (2x) - 12/7/1997 - 3/29/1998 [112 Days]
    Steve Austin - 3/29/1998 - 11/15/1998 [232 Days]
    The Rock - 11/15/1998 - Current



    3+ Club:


    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    (4 Years, 7 Months, 26 Days)


    Randy Savage:


    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]


    (1 Year, 7 Months, 20 Days)


    Ric Flair:


    4/5/1992 - 6/21/1992 [78 Days]
    8/29/1992 - 11/25/1992 [89 Days]
    1/24/1992 - 4/4/1993 [71 Days]


    (7 Months, 26 Days)


    Bret Hart:

    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]


    (9 Months, 8 Days)


    Shawn Michaels:


    3/31/1996 - 8/18/1996 [140 Days]
    1/19/1997 - 2/16/1997 [28 Days]
    11/9/1997 - 12/7/1997 [28 Days]


    (6 Months, 15 Days)



    4+ Club:


    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:


    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]


    (4 Years, 10 Months, 11 Days)


    Randy Savage:


    3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]
    11/27/1991 - 12/3/1991 [6 Days]
    6/21/1992 - 8/29/1992 [70 Days]
    11/25/1992 - 1/24/1993 [61 Days]


    (1 Year, 9 Months, 20 Days)


    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]


    (11 Months, 18 Days)



    5+ Club:
    Spoiler:

    Hulk Hogan:

    1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    1/21/1990 - 4/1/1990 [70 Days]
    3/24/1991 - 8/26/1991 [155 Days]
    1/19/1992 - 4/5/1992 [77 Days]
    4/4/1993 - 6/13/1993 [71 Days]


    (5 Years, 21 Days)


    Bret Hart:


    3/20/1994 - 8/29/1994 [163 Days]
    11/23/1994 - 1/22/1995 [61 Days]
    10/22/1995 - 12/17/1995 [57 Days]
    1/21/1996 - 3/31/1996 [71 Days]
    6/8/1997 - 11/9/1997 [154 Days]


    (1 Year, 4 Months, 21 Days)



    500+ Club:


    Spoiler:

    Bruno Sammartino - 5/17/1963 - 1/18/1971 [2,803 Days]
    Pedro Morales - 2/8/1971 - 12/1/1973 [1,027 Days]
    Bruno Sammartino (2x) - 12/10/1973 - 4/30/1977 [1,237 Days]
    Bob Backlund - 2/20/1978 - 12/26/1983 [2,135 Days]
    Hulk Hogan - 1/23/1984 - 2/5/1988 [1,474 Days]
    Randy Savage - 3/27/1988 - 8/29/1989 [521 Days]

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