Summerslam Count-Up – 1996: Breaking Is Up Is Hard. Like an Urn.

Summerslam 1996 Date: August 18, 1996 Location: Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio Attendance: 17,000 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, Mr. Perfect Things have changed quite a bit since last year. For one thing, the NWO currently has its foot on the WWF’s neck but no one knew how bad it was going to get. Shawn was […]

Wrestlemania Count-Up – Wrestlemania XII:

Wrestlemania XII Date: March 31, 1996 Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Attendance: 18,853 Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Vince McMahon This is all about Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart. The main event is an hour long Iron Man Match with Bret defending against the absolutely on fire Shawn Michaels. Since returning last May, Shawn has hit a […]

In Your House VIII: Beware of Dog (2015 Redo): A Different Kind of Dark Match

This actually requires some backstory.  There are actually two versions of this show but only one ever saw the light of day. The original show was scheduled for Sunday, May 26 in Florence, South Carolina. After the first match aired as scheduled, a bad thunderstorm rolled into the area and knocked out the power to […]

Monday Night Raw – May 27, 1996: Between the Dogs

Monday Night Raw Date: May 27, 1996 Location: Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina Attendance: 5,000 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler We’re past In Your House VIII and….we saw about half the show. In a pretty famous moment, the arena’s power was knocked out by an electrical storm and aside from the first and […]

Monday Night Raw – May 20, 1996: Holy Cheese Steaks Served on a Book of New York Times Crossword Puzzles

Monday Night Raw Date: May 20, 1996 Location: Sioux City Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa Attendance: 4,000 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler This is going to be the last show of an era as the Curtain Call happened over the weekend but this was taped WAY in advance so the political issues haven’t come up yet. […]

Monday Night Raw – May 13, 1996: The First of Way Too Many

Monday Night Raw Date: May 13, 1996 Location: Sioux City Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa Attendance: 4,000 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler Maybe this one can pick things up a bit. Last week’s show was about as uninteresting as you can get as we head towards In Your House VIII and the showdown of Shawn Michaels […]

Monday Night Raw – May 6, 1996: That’s an Intriguing Main Event

Monday Night Raw Date: May 6, 1996 Location: Sioux City Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa Attendance: 4,000 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler Again, for reasons that I can’t understand, I can’t get away from 1996. We’re just into the Shawn Michaels era now but more importantly, Razor Ramon and Diesel are gone (save for a few […]

Royal Rumble Count-Up – 1996: It’s Shawn Again

Royal Rumble 1996 Date: January 21, 1996 Location: Selland Arena, Fresno, California Attendance: 9,600 Commentators: Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect We’re in the Monday Night Wars era now and it’s all about Shawn at the moment. He’s back from injury and in the Rumble tonight, looking to become the second person ever to win back to […]

Coming Friday: Complete Monday Nitro/Thunder Reviews Volume 5

I’m getting closer to wrapping up this series as we hit 1999 and the dark times for WCW. In case you haven’t seen the first four, here they are: Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4   In case that’s not enough for you, here’s my Amazon author page with all of my books […]

History of Survivor Series Part II: Something Has to Change

http://wrestlingrumors.net/history-of-survivor-series-part-ii-something-has-to-change/   Going from 1991-1996 as the show really starts to turn into something important.  On Friday: we go to Montreal.