MOFW: Wrestling Through the Decades Part 2: The 90's
All members of the Mid-Ohio Fantasy Wrestling league are products of the 80’s. Our love for wrestling was established when legends like Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Sting, The Ultimate Warrior and many, many more were in their prime. It was a good time for the wrestling industry and the wrestling fans alike. We’ve decided to put together a list of the Superstars from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. We’ve slimmed down our rules accordingly and finished researching the PPVs of wrestling’s past. Even though it was not a PPV, we’ve decided to start with the pinnacle of wrestling events, the LEGENDARY, WrestleMania I.
Rude won the WWF Intercontinental Championship belt at WrestleMania V, by defeating the Ultimate Warrior. With Bobby the Brain Heenan as his manager, Rude had a very successful run in the WWE, earning him a spot at number 10.
The 1980’s saw the Ultimate Warrior win the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice. He held the IC belt through the end of `89. Warrior would steamroll his opponents through the 80’s with only one PPV defeat. With his high-energy entrance, brightly colored attire and dominating in-ring performance, the Ultimate Warrior quickly captured the hearts of fans around the world.
Brutus was a one-time WWF Tag Team champ. A face turn in the 80’s turned him into a fan favorite. This change rolled into a lot of wins. Brutus was in the main event at the 1989 SummerSlam PPV.
Tito held the WWF Intercontinental Championship and was one half of the WWF Tag Team Champs. He competed in ever PPV and was victorious in the majority of his matches.
Dibiase competed in 8 PPVs, but had 10 matches. Although The Million Dollar Man never captured the WWF World Heavy Weight Championship, he was a main stay in many PPV main events.
Demolition had a great run as a WWF Tag Team Champs in the 80’s. Holding the tag belts for a record 478 days. This record stands today. With two Tag Team title reigns reaching 554 days, Demolition dominated the WWE tag team division in the 80’s.
Andre was featured on a lot of PPV posters in the 80’s. He competed in about half of the PPV main event. Although he captured the WWF World Heavy Weight Title in 1988, it was as a not PPV event. Most of Andre’s matches were NON title matches.
Savage competed at 11 PPVs but fought in 15 matches. He held the WWF Intercontinental Championship from 1986-1987 when he dropped the title to Rick Steamboat at WrestleMania III. Savage captured the WWF World Heavy Weight Championship for the first time in 1988 at WrestleMania IV. He held the title until 1989 when he was defeated by Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V. With Miss Elizabeth at his side, Savage has a HUGE fan favorite through the 80’s.
He was the biggest name in the 1980’s. Everyone knew the name Hulk Hogan. In his classic yellow tights and unforgettable catch phrases, Hogan became a pop culture icon. Hulk Hogan held the WWF World Heavy Weight Championship from 1984-1988 until he was defeated by Andre the Giant. He recaptured the title in 1989 by defeating Macho Man Randy Savage at WrestleMania V. He held the title through the end of `89 until he “passed the torch” to the Ultimate Warrior in 1990. Hogan was on all the PPV promotional posters and competed in 85% of the PPV main events.
At the start of the 1990's, the WWF(WWE) had been dominating the mainstream wrestling market with huge live events like MainEvent, Royal Rumble, Summer Slam, Survivor Series and WrestleMania. The WWF(WWE) SuperStars from the 80's, like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Brett Hart had become household names. In 1993, Hulk Hogan decided to leave the WWF(WWE). After a brief stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Hogan officially decided to retire from wrestling and to focus on his Hollywood career as an actor. As the biggest name in wrestling at the time, this was a huge disappointment to the WWF(WWE) audience.
In 1994, Hulk Hogan announced that he would be returning to wrestling. The shocking twist was the fact that Hogan would be calling WCW his new home. The fans knew that this was their chance to see Hogan lock-up with several of their favorite wrestlers, for the very first time. Hogan's return was a stepping stone as the wrestling industry would continue to heat up a one year later as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), launched a new prime time tv program called, WCW Monday Night Nitro. Nitro was in direct opposition to WWF(WWE)'s well established, Monday Night Raw. The month's that followed saw many wrestling jumping ship back and forth between WCW and the WWF. This time from is now referred to as the Monday Night Wars. Due to this fierce competition, we only feel it's fair to focus on 20 of the top superstars/Wrestlers in the 90's from the WWF(WWE) and WCW
We’ve slimmed down the MOFW rules accordingly and finished researching the PPVs of wrestling’s past.
Part 2: The 90’s20 - The Ultimate Warrior – 445 Points
19 – GOLDBERG – 575 Points
18 – The Giant / Big Show – 790 Points
17 – Rocky Maivia / The Rock – 855 Points
16 – Hunter Hearst Helmsley / Triple H – 875 Points
To be continued...