1992 was quite a year for the WWF in a lot of ways. They started off with a stacked roster full of so many stars, but as the year ended most had departed. 1992 was also the year when WWF’s biggest star Hulk Hogan was absent from WWF TV following WrestleMania VIII. Overall, it was a nice mix of talent throughout the year filled with veterans and future potential stars. These are the 5 wrestlers who managed to stand out in 1992.
5. The British Bulldog
When The British Bulldog started the year with a great Royal Rumble performance, it seemed like WWF had a lot of big plans for him. However, after Royal Rumble we didn’t see Bulldog in many meaningful storylines until his great feud over the Intercontinental Championship against his brother-in-law, Bret Hart. The two had some great promo exchanges and eventually clashed at SummerSlam in an unbelievable match, which saw Bulldog winning the Intercontinental Title in his home country of England. However, just when things got better for him, he lost the title to Shawn Michaels soon after and was released by the WWF because he was found receiving shipments of steroids. Despite the bad end, Bulldog still found quite some success in 1992.
4. Shawn Michaels
After spending years in the tag team division alongside Marty Jannetty as The Rockers, the duo finally split in January 1992 in the historic Barber shop segment where Shawn Michaels superkicked Jannetty and threw him through a glass window. Following the split, Shawn was paired with Sensational Sherri and the two formed an entertaining duo. Soon after, Shawn Michaels challenged for the WWF Championship against Randy Savage at the UK Rampage tour and also for the Intercontinental Championship against Bret Hart in multiple matches. Shawn finally found championship success when he defeated The British Bulldog for the IC Title in the SNME which was aired in November. He also main evented Survivor Series the same month where he faced Bret Hart for the WWF Championship.
3. Ric Flair
Ric Flair had been a huge star in WCW for years and when he finally joined WWF in 1991, fans were very excited to see him. In 1992, he proved once again just how great he is. He started off the year with one of the most famous title wins as he captured the gold in the 30 man Royal Rumble match entering the match at no. 3. He had a very personal feud with Savage over the title and would lose the title to him at WrestleMania VIII. Even Though not the champion anymore, Flair would always be involved in the top angles. Flair once again captured the title in September before passing the torch to Bret Hart the following month. Though his reigns were short, he did a very good job as the champion and overall had a great 1992.
2. Bret Hart
Bret Hart started off the year as the Intercontinental Champion and ended it as the WWF Champion, that should be enough to tell you how great of a year Bret had in 1992. Not just championship success, but he also had great feuds with the likes of Roddy Piper, Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, etc. Bret was often given less talented wrestlers to work with in untelevised events, and Bret tried his best to carry them into a watchable match and more often than not he succeeded. He truly showed his full potential as a singles competitor in 1992 which is why he was trusted enough to become the WWF Champion. Bret was one of the first wrestlers who won he championship not because of an over the top gimmick, but purely due to his wrestling skills.
1. Randy Savage
Randy Savage went from retiring at WrestleMania in 1991 to winning the WWF title at the same event the following year. Just normal Macho Man things! He started off the year continuing his heated rivalry with Jake Roberts and then quickly got into another heated storyline with Ric Flair. After capturing the belt at WrestleMania however, Savage was off TV for quite some time due to his real life issues. He was back during the build to SummerSlam and had a great storyline with The Ultimate Warrior over the belt, also involving Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect. Savage had a lot of classics in the year against wrestlers ranging from Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair to The Ultimate Warrior. Overall, a great year for Savage as he showed there was still a lot left in the Macho Tank!
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