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    Posted: 05/March/2015 at 05:26
Some rumours have been speculating for the past couple months that at WrestleMania this year, Seth Rollins will cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Roman Reigns following his victory againest Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight. If this were to happen, it wouldn't be the first time that that the WWE Championship would have changed hands twice on the Grandest Stage of Them All. That honour goes to what some people call perhaps the worst WrestleMania in history, WrestleMania IX. That night on April 4th, 1993 from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Yokozuna defeated Bret 'Hitman' Hart to capture his first of two WWE Championship's in his career. Minutes later, when Hulk Hogan came out to Hart's aid, Mr. Fuji, Yokozuna's manager, issued a challenge to the Hulkster to a Championship match on Yokozuna's behalf. After a mere 22 seconds, Hogan pinned the mighty Yokozuna to become the WWE Champion.

This wasn't the only highly questionable and criticised booking decision from WrestleMania IX. In fact, the whole entire card has come under numerous criticism. Here the is the entire WrestleMania IX card from the opening match to the main event.
1DTito Santana defeated Papa ShangoSingles match08:00
2Tatanka (with Sensational Sherri) defeated Shawn Michaels (c) (with Luna Vachon) by countoutSingles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship18:13
3The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) defeated The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu) (with Afa)Tag team match14:22
4Doink the Clown defeated CrushSingles match08:28
5Razor Ramon defeated Bob BacklundSingles match03:45
6Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (c) defeated The Mega-Maniacs (Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake) (with Jimmy Hart) by disqualificationTag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship18:27
7Lex Luger defeated Mr. PerfectSingles match10:56
8The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Giant Gonzalez (with Harvey Wippleman) by disqualificationSingles match07:33
9Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji) defeated Bret Hart (c)Singles match for the WWF Championship08:55
10Hulk Hogan defeated Yokozuna (c) (with Mr. Fuji)Singles match for the WWF Championship00:22[28]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

At first glimpse at this card, you begin to see all the star power that was featured on this card and numerous Hall of Famers the likes of Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBease, Yokozuna and Razor Ramon. So with all that talent, why was this WrestleMania such a bust? Well, than you see the likes of Giant Gonzalez and even Doink the Clown, not to mention the number of no contest and lackluster finishers that shouldn't have even made it on PPV, let alone WrestleMania! So what was Mania IX's biggest problem? Simple. Extremely poor booking! In this article, I take a look at the talent that was featured on this card and attempt to improve upon what WrestleMania IX could have been. Now there are rules that apply with this. I am not aloud to add any outside talent, only the wrestlers and talent that were featured and appeared at WrestleMania IX itself, so even though Ric Flair left the company a few months prior, I can't make up some scenario were Flair stuck around to perform at Mania. Now, lets start off with the Intercontinental Championship (NOTE: I am not necessarily following the order of opening match to closing match, so the list of matches I have down is not a reflecting what the order of the card would be). 

Altered Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Randy 'Macho Man' Savage for the Intercontinental Championship 
Original Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka for the Intercontinental Championship
Reason why?: 
Shawn Michaels was a future bona fide star on the rise! Theres no doubting or second guessing that fact. Shawn was coming into his own as a singles competitors and as a headline performer in WWE. Coming off his spilt with Marty Jannetty of the the Rockers, Shawn went on to compete with veterans like Tito Santana and British Bulldog, and also the companies finest, including than WWE Champion, Bret Hart at the previous 1992 Survivor Series. He was having all of these fantastic matches whilst being the reigning Intercontinental Champion. You'd think that with all that coming into the show of shows that would have him lose by count-out in the opening match againest Tatanka?

Then, there's the legendary 'Macho Man' Randy Savage. Truly one of the all time greats in the business and one of the most recognizable figures in the history of professional wrestling. At that point in his career, he had already headlined WrestleMania's with Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBease, and a year prior, Ric Flair, all for the WWE Championship, and also provided what id regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time, his match with Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship. So again, like Michaels, you'd think with all that, that Savage would be a shoe in for Mania right? Well, he was there, just not competing. Instead, he was relegated to the commentary? Was this due to injury? No. Was this was because Savage didn't want to wrestle? No. It was just kind of, you know, just cause I guess. You leave one of your biggest stars out of a match at WrestleMania and have him do announcing instead? I mean I get him doing commentary on RAW, thats fine, but WrestleMania? Seriously?....

If the match between Shawn Michaels and Randy Savage would have happened at WrestleMania, could you imagine how much that match would have been held in high regard as one of quite possibly the greatest Mania confrontations of all time? A young Shawn Michaels against a Randy Savage who could still go! Its just seems like a no brainier to me. In all fairness, thats hindsight 20/20 considering that no one predicted how big Michaels would be become, but damn the potential was easily there. a Savage/HBK clash at Mania would have been something would still be talking about to this day in the same breath as Hogan/Rock, Hart/Austin among others classic Mania encounters.

I will continue the rest of the card later, but unfortunately I have been called into work Tongue Anyway, tell me what are thoughts on Mania IX.

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