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World Wrestling Federation Action Figures By Hasbro, 1990-1994

Action figures were first introduced in the United States by Hasbro in 1964. Twenty years later in late 1984 as professional wrestling entered a new level of popularity, the first major professional wrestling action figures for the World Wrestling Federation debuted. In 1990, after the WWF and Hasbro signed an exclusive licensing agreement, the first Hasbro WWF action figures were released.

From 1990-1994, Hasbro released over 95 unique professional wrestler action figures.

Video by John Wild

Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan

Kurt Angle (born August 8, 1967) didn't watch much professional wrestling while he was growing up, however, he did know of the legendary Hulk Hogan. Angle had an opportunity to encounter Hogan in both WWE and Impact Wrestling. This post shows a few of their encounters including the classic 2002 match from SmackDown.

Hogan and Angle talk about baldness and wrestling greatness (May 2002)

Hulk Hogan vs Kurt Angle - Part 1 (August 2002)

Hulk Hogan vs Kurt Angle - Part 2 (August 2002)

Hulk Hogan vs Kurt Angle - Part 3 (August 2002)

King of the Ring 2002 Commercial - Kurt Angle vs Hulk Hogan

Hogan and Angle on Impact Wrestling (July 2011)

Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle team up against Sting (August 2011)

Ten "Mean" Gene Okerlund Commercials (including one with Kevin Hart)

Kevin Hart with "Mean" Gene Okerlund

The Wrestling Album Commerical (1985)

WWF LJN Steel Cage Match Set Commercial (1986)

Toyota Commercial (1986)

Chevy Commercial (1990)

Miller Lite Commercial (1989) 

Toys 'R' Us Commercial (1991)

WCW Wrestling Hotline Commercial (1994)

Mean Gene Burgers Commercial (1999)

Rancho Mirage Auto Spa (filmed 2012)

MTN DEW KICKSTART Commerical (2018)

Bonus AJ Styles interview with Mean Gene Okerlund (2018)

History: The 1996 "Curtain Call" at Madison Square Garden (Nine Rare Videos)

For much of its history, professional wrestling has been based on a willing suspension of disbelief. While today and for much of its history, many know professional wrestling as a scripted form of sports entertainment, in 1996 many in the wrestling industry preferred the illusion that scripted content be preserved and presented as reality. Those that wanted to keep this illusion of reality, known as kayfabe, believed that if wrestlers and performers maintained kayfabe, it would provide a better experience for the fans. Unlike actors who only portray their characters when on set or a stage, professional wrestlers often stayed in character outside shows, especially when interacting with fans. This act of preserving the illusion of reality meant that those wrestlers that portrayed "bad guys" would act villainous while they were in public, and those that were known as "good guys" would be model citizens and role models in public.

However, at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 19, 1996, at the end of the World Wrestling Federation event, two "bad guys" and two "good guys" embraced and celebrated in the middle of the ring in front of shocked fans. The interaction between the group of four professional wrestlers, known initially behind the scenes as the Kliq, acted as a tribute to their friendship since two of the individuals were leaving the company. This incident is referred to as the "Curtain Call" and involved the departing Diesel (Kevin Nash) and Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), and the two wrestlers remaining with the World Wrestling Federation, Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The "Curtain Call" upset a lot people in the professional wrestling business as it openly deviated from the wrestling company's set storyline and revealed that there was a friendship between "bad guy" characters and "good guy" characters. This incident has since been credited as a major shift in the professional wrestling industry and set a precedent in blurring the lines between reality and scripted sports entertainment.

In many recent instances, real life events and relationships are now written into pro wrestling storylines, causing a blurring or what is real and what is scripted. This storytelling device is used to enhance the storylines, and bring back some of the illusion that what a fan of professional wrestling is seeing has a hint of reality.

Shawn Michaels Promo - May, 18, 1996

"Curtain Call" - May 19, 1996

DX showing "Curtain Call" Footage on Raw - October 6, 1997

Diesel (Kevin Nash) talks about the "Curtain Call"

"Curtain Call" Recap by WrestleLamia on YouTube

Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) discusses the "Curtain Call"

Shawn Michaels discusses the "Curtain Call"

On July 25, 1999, Triple H while in character discusses the "Curtain Call"

Jim Cornette is disgusted with the "Curtain Call"

World Wrestling Federation Video Games on the Super Nintendo (SNES)

Originally released in North America on August 23, 1991, the Super Nintendo (SNES), started its initial game selection with just four games: Super Mario World, SimCity, F-Zero, Gradius III, and Pilotwings. By March 1992, LJN released the first World Wrestling Federation (WWF) video game on the SNES, entitled WWF Super WrestleMania. Other WWF video games released on the SNES include WWF Royal Rumble [1993], WWF Raw [1994], and WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game [1995].

WWF Super WrestleMania [1992]
List of Playable Wrestlers: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase. WWF Superstars exclusive to the SNES version are Jake Roberts, The Undertaker, Sid Justice, The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) and The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon).

The Sega Genesis version exclusively featured The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango, Irwin R. Schyster, The British Bulldog and Shawn Michaels.

WWF Royal Rumble [1993]
List of Playable Wrestlers: Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Randy Savage, Crush, and "The Narcissist" Lex Luger. Exclusively on the SNES roster were Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase, Yokozuna and Tatanka.

The Sega Genesis version exclusively featured Hulk Hogan, Irwin R. Schyster aka I.R.S., "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, "The Model" Rick Martel and Papa Shango.

WWF Raw [1994]
Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon, Lex Luger, Doink the Clown, Shawn Michaels, 1-2-3 Kid, Diesel, Owen Hart, and Luna Vachon.

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game [1995]
Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, and Lex Luger.


"From HBO Sports, WWE, JMH Films and Ringer Films comes Andre The Giant, a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. The ambitious, wide-ranging film explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career and his forays into the entertainment world. It includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members and more.

André René Roussimoff was born in 1946 in Molien, France. In his early teens, he exhibited signs of gigantism though he was not diagnosed with acromegaly until his twenties. He began his training in Paris at 17 and eventually became known in wrestling circuits around the world. In 1973, Andre joined the organization now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, where he became a superstar and rival of WWE legend Hulk Hogan.

The documentary features an amazing behind-the-scenes look at the WrestleMania III match between Hulk Hogan and Andre as told by professional wrestling historians, Vince McMahon, and Hulk Hogan. It is an interesting look at Andre and his mindset, as well as the feelings it brings to the surface for the man known as Hulk Hogan.

Emmy-winning Executive Producer Bill Simmons, who joined HBO in 2015 and founded sports and culture publication The Ringer, describes Andre as “the ultimate unicorn” and a true legend."


Below are a couple of short video clips featuring Andre the Giant, from 1975 and 1985.

Andre states that he weighs 444 pounds, in 1975!

Andre in 1985

Classic Vince McMahon will still not be disrespected in 2018 [Videos]

In a couple segments on Raw from March 12, 2018, Mr. McMahon makes his presence known to pro wrestling fans nearly 50 years after joining the wrestling business in 1969. At age 72, McMahon maintains an active role in the world of wrestling as the WWE's Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Roman Reigns disrespects Mr. McMahon

Mr. McMahon's response to Roman Reigns

WRESTLEMANIA VIII: WWF Champion Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan [Rare Videos]

As with many happenings in professional wrestling, matches at events can change based on a number of different factors and circumstances. The "booker" (the person in charge of setting up matches) of the event may have an idea for a match, however the willingness of the wrestlers, the health of the wrestlers, or simply a change of ideas, can completely change or eliminate a match all together.

After Ric Flair won the WWF Championship on January 19, 1992 in Albany, New York, a World Wrestling Federation Press Conference was held to announce Flair's challenger for the title to later be held on April 5, 1992 at WrestleMania VIII. During the Press Conference it was announced by President Jack Tunney, that Flair's challenger would be Hulk Hogan (see videos below).

WWF Champion Ric Flair's Speech

Jack Tunney's Methodical Announcement 

Newly announced WrestleMania VIII Challenger Hulk Hogan's Speech

This Press Conference and the announcement of Hulk Hogan as Flair's challenger at WrestleMania VIII could have been just a set up for the double Main Event that actually took place involving the matches of Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice and Ric Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage. Vince McMahon and the powers at the WWF at the time are the only ones that know for sure if Flair vs Hogan was actually planned as a match at WrestleMania, or a clever device used to set up the Hogan vs Justice match.

Hulk Hogan says he has a "special place" in his heart for Ric Flair

Promo featuring Mr. Perfect, Sid Justice, and WWF Champion Ric Flair

Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in February 2018
TMZ Video Clip Source: 2018 EHM PRODUCTIONS, INC

History: Celebrating the impact of the Junkyard Dog [Videos]

Born Sylvester Ritter in North Carolina, the man who would be known as many different ring names saw his biggest success as the Junkyard Dog (or JYD for short) in the NWA and WWF. Throughout much of the 1980s, JYD was one of the most popular wrestlers in the industry. The uniqueness and raspy voice of JYD received huge fan support and his interviews with the likes of "Mean" Gene Okerlund are pure 1980s pro wrestling entertainment.

The man known as the Junkyard Dog

Enjoy the following videos showing some of JYD's magic during his time as a professional wrestler.

WWE Tribute Video to the Junkyard Dog, made in 2004.

WWE Tribute video to the Junkyard Dog, made in 2015.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Junkyard Dog in October 1984.

Gene Okerlund interviews the Junkyard Dog in 1985.

The Junkyard Dog & Davy Boy Smith face off with the Hart Foundation, January 11, 1987

Bret Hart: The Best Wrestler From 1992-1997, Five Years of Excellence [Videos]

Bret Hart
Beginning with his August 29, 1992 match against the British Bulldog in London, England, Bret Hart started his five year reign as the best wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation. From 1992 to 1997, Hart held the WWF Heavyweight Championship title five times and wrestled in 144 high profile matches. In fact, Hart was recognized by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine multiple times during this time span. Hart was nominated as Best Pro Wrestler four times; winning the Match of the Year in 1992, 1996, and 1997; winning the Feud of the Year in 1993 and 1994; nominated as the Most Popular Wrestler in 1993 and 1994; winning the Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in 1994; winning the Comeback of the Year Award and the Most Hated Wrestler in 1997; and ultimately presented with the Lifetime Achievement Editor's Award in 2003. In addition, Hart was recognized by the World Wrestling Federation as the Superstar of the Year in 1993 and won a combined five "Slammy" awards in 1994, 1996, and 1997.

Below are 30 Bret Hart Highlight Matches during this time frame:

  • SummerSlam '92, 8/29/92: vs The British Bulldog (David Smith)
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #318, 10/12/92: vs Ric Flair
  • WWF Saturday Night's Main Event Taping, 10/27/92: vs Papa Shango (Charles Wright)
  • Survivor Series '92, 11/25/92: vs Shawn Michaels
  • Royal Rumble '93, 1/24/93: vs Razor Ramon (Scott Hall)
  • MSG Show, 3/21/93: with Mr. Perfect (Curt Henning) vs Lex Luger and Razor Ramon
  • King of the Ring, 6/13/93: vs Razor Ramon; vs Mr. Perfect
  • Royal Rumble: 1/24/94: co-winner of the 30-man Royal Rumble Match
  • WrestleMania X: 3/20/94: vs Owen Hart; vs Yokozuna
  • WWF Monday Night Raw Taping, 7/1/94: vs 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman)
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #409, 7/3/94: vs Bob Backlund
  • SummerSlam '94, 8/29/94: vs Owen Hart in a Steel Cage
  • WWF In Your House, 5/14/95: vs Hakushi
  • WWF Superstars of Wrestling Taping #475, 10/24/95: vs Sycho Sid (Sid Eudy)
  • Survivor Series '95, 11/19/95: vs Diesel (Kevin Nash)
  • MSG Show, 11/25/95: vs The Undertaker
  • WWF In Your House 5, 12/17/95: vs The British Bulldog
  • WWF In Your House 6, 2/18/96: vs Diesel in a Steel Cage
  • WWF Monday Night Raw Taping, 2/19/96: vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Paul Michael Levesque)
  • WrestleMania XII, 3/31/96: vs Shawn Michaels
  • Survivor Series '96, 11/17/96: vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Steve Williams)
  • Royal Rumble '97, 1/19/97: Royal Rumble Match
  • WWF In Your House 13, 2/24/97: vs Steve Austin, Vader, and The Undertaker
  • WrestleMania 13, 3/23/97: vs Steve Austin
  • WWF In Your House 16, 7/6/97: "The Hart Foundation" vs Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and The Legion of Doom
  • SummerSlam, 8/3/97: vs The Undertaker, with Special Guest Referee Shawn Michaels
  • WWF One Night Only, 9/20/97: vs The Undertaker
  • Survivor Series '97, 11/9/97: vs Shawn Michaels
From one of the best matches of Bret Hart's career (3/23/1997)

The full match can be found on the WWE Network