The Ultimate Warrior Clotheslines Issac Yankem DDS - WWF RAW is War [4/29/1996]
In an desperate attempt to jumpstart their low ratings, the WWF brought back the Ultimate Warrior after cutting ties with him in 1992. At this point in his return, The Warrior had two PPV wins under his belt (Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Goldust) but this bout against Yankem (who’d later go on to become Kane) was his first actual official match on RAW.
The Ultimate one would bring his unique brand of destructicity to RAW two more times before leaving the WWF completely in June due to issues with pay. He hasn’t stepped foot into McMahon-Land since.
“The Macho King” Randy Savage Takes Out The Ultimate Warrior - WWF Main Event IV 10/30/1990
In one of the Warrior’s best matches, he defended his WWF Championship against Ted DiBiase in front of an frenzied crowd. The match was looking to go in Warrior’s favor until slight interference from Virgil and (eventually) Savage caused the match to be thrown out altogether.
Great photo — love Savage’s look around this time.
A nice comparison between the Undertaker in 1992 versus the biker-Taker in 2002. It’s almost hard to remember the time when he walked to the ring with the makeup.
Kane vs The Undertaker - WWF Unforgiven: In Your House 4/26/1998
I believe that this could very well be the first WWF PPV that I watched live as I was fascinated with the idea of the Inferno Match and completely enthralled with this feud between The Undertaker and his younger brother Kane. Taken a glance on Wikipeida at how this match came to be just brought a big smile to my face as I had forgotten some of the goofier parts of this setup:
“Paul Bearer challenged [The Undertaker] soon after [Wrestlemania] on Raw, to a match surrounded by fire where the loser would be determined by the first to be set on fire. The following week Kane and Bearer were shown at the graves of Undertaker’s parents, smashing the headstones and setting it ablaze. The week before [Unforgiven], Undertaker went to the crypt of his parents only to find their coffins gone; they reappeared in the arena under the auspices of Kane and Bearer, who then set one of them on fire and when Undertaker tried to stop them, Kane chokeslammed him into the other coffin.”
“Superstar” Billy Graham - Date Unknown
Bloody Billy Graham IS professional wrestling.
(courtesy Jack “The Punisher” Cain, the FAN)
That curly mullet is glorious.
“The Superstar and The Ox” - The Grapevine [6/29/1982]
Two things that really surprise me about these two individuals:
- Hulk Hogan completely ripped off Billy Graham’s look with the tie-dyed long tights and bleach blonde mustache, black beard combo.
- Ox Baker is still alive and still looks badass!
Fun note: Billy Graham sold his WWE Hall of Fame ring and jacket after discovering that Vince McMahon had no real intention of creating an actual physical WWE Hall of Fame building.
Psycho Sid - WWF Monday Night Raw 2/17/1997
Taken after Sid’s match with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, this shot shows the Master and Ruler of the World’s face reacting with shock after hearing the first few moments of the Undertaker’s theme. The two would face each other at Wrestlemania 13 for the WWF Championship.
Match of the Day
Yokozuna vs Razor Ramon
WWF Monday Night RAW
October 24th, 1994
Seemed appropriate, given the last photo posted here.