This Week In 90’s Wrestling: March 22 – March 28


WCW Power Hour aired a show taped on March 18 in Miami, FL, which included a ***3/4 match between Cactus Jack and Eddie Gilbert. The show drew a 1.5 rating.

EMLL held a card at Arena Mexico in Mexico City where El Satanico defeated Jerry Estrada in a ****1/4 hair match.

All Japan held a card at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In the main event, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi faced Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue and Masa Fuchi in a ***3/4 match.

The WWF held a house show at Madison Square Garden before 9,000 fans. In the main event, Hulk Hogan teamed with Roddy Piper to face Ric Flair and Sid Justice. This was notable as the last MSG appearance of Hogan for more than a decade. In addition, this was the last card televised on the MSG Network until 1997, when one card aired in isolation.

New Japan held a card at the Tokyo Gymnasium before a sellout 10,669 fans. In the main event, Genichiro Tenryu and Takashi Ishikawa defeated Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami (who had one of the best rivalries of the 1980s) in a ***1/2 match.

Wrestlemania XIII aired live on pay-per-view from Chicago, IL, in front of a sellout 18,197 fans. In the main event, Sid lost the WWF World Title (and allegedly control of his bowels) in a match against The Undertaker. However, the show is most remembered for a ***** “I Quit” match between Bret Hart and Steve Austin, which turned Bret heel, kicking off the last great run of his career, and turned Austin babyface, which led to his superstardom. The show did only 237,000 buys, which is the lowest ever for a Wrestlemania, but it did plant the seeds for the WWF’s eventual return to prominence. You can watch this show on the WWE Network.

After burying the gimmick in a fake shoot promo just a few months earlier, Jeff Jarrett returned to the “Double J” gimmick on WWF Monday Night RAW, which was taped on March 17 in Tucson, AZ, before a sellout 6,839 fans. Jarrett rode to the ring on a horse and was managed by the former Col. Rob Parker, who was now billed as Tennessee Lee. In the main event of the show, Steve Austin faced The Rock in a match where if he did not compete, then his match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIV would be non-title. The show drew a 3.6 rating in comparison to WCW Monday Nitro, which featured a ***1/2 match between Sting and Diamond Dallas Page and drew a 4.6 rating.