1992 was a pretty good year for the WWF. The quality of the programming was consistent for most part and most of the WWF title rivalries were great. In terms of PPVs also, WWF was consistent. The year had only 4 PPVs though which is a shame as we could have had many more great PPVs with the kind of roster WWF had in the year. Let’s rank all the PPVs from the year, starting with the worst.
4. Survivor Series
- Date: November 25, 1992
- Attendance: 18,000
- Buyrate: 250,000
- Main Event: Bret Hart(c) vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship)
- Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (****1/2)
The build to the show was decent but it suffered due to the fact that wrestlers who were supposed to be part of the show like The Mountie, The British Bulldog and The Ultimate Warrior were gone from WWF before the event. The show started off with a good tag team match between High Energy and The Headshrinkers. It was a cool showcase for both the teams. However, after that match only two matches delivered in the entire event. First, the tag team match between the teams of Razor Ramon & Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect & Randy Savage. The DQ ending of the match was disappointing but it was a good match. The main event between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart was another great match. Overall, Survivor Series 1992 was a two match show pretty much with not much to look out for.
Overall Rating: 6/10
3. WrestleMania VIII
- Date: April 5, 1992
- Attendance: 62,167
- Buyrate: 390,000
- Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Sycho Sid
- Match of the Night: Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage (****1/2)
WrestleMania VIII was heading into an all-timer category until the 5th match. Jake Roberts and Tito Santana putting over Undertaker and Shawn respectively was also very good. Roddy Piper and Bret Hart had a very good match for the IC title. Randy Savage and Ric Flair also had a highly personal match for the WWF title. Randy Savage won the match to win his 2nd WWF title. However, after that match, the show fell flat with horrendous matches. And to end it all the awful match between Hogan and Sid. It’s still a decent show with two classics but the last hour drags down the rating
Overall Rating: 7/10
2. Royal Rumble
- Date: January 19, 1992
- Attendance: 17,000
- Buyrate: 390,000
- Main Event: 30-man Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWF Championship
- Match of the Night: 30-man Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWF Championship (****3/4)
Royal Rumble 1992 was a pretty solid PPV. Started off with a great opener between The New Foundation and The Orient Express. The two teams got a lot of time and they delivered. Next up, we saw Roddy Piper win the Intecontinental Title which was a great moment. Even though the match wasn’t very long, the energy during the match was great. The Bushwhackers vs. The Beverly Brothers match was awful and probably the worst match I’ve ever seen. However, it doesn’t matter as the main event royal rumble match made up for it. It’s the greatest rumble match in my opinion and Ric Flair winning the belt was a great moment.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
- Date: August 29, 1992 (aired August 31, 1992)
- Attendance: 80,355
- Buyrate: 280,000
- Main Event: Bret Hart(c) vs. The British Bulldog (WWF Intercontinental Championship)
- Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog (*****)
The build to this show was very good and with such a large audience it actually felt like a WrestleMania. The environment of this show is awesome and the UK crowd made the matches more enjoyable. The two big title matches delivered yet again. Savage carried Warrior to another great match and the story in the match was fantastic and even though it ended in a count-out it made perfect sense. Bret/Bulldog is a true definition of great technical wrestling and is my favorite SummerSlam match of all time. Davey winning the title was an awesome moment and quite possibly the best SummerSlam moment of all time. There are two other decent matches on the show which are LOD/Money Inc. and Shawn/Martel. The rest of the matches are bad but are kept short. Awesome show.
Overall Rating: 8/10
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