Tonight, In This Very Ring: A Collection of Wrestling Timelines

Oh god, IYH...the era where they gave up with numbers and just started putting weird titles...at least on the bright side, assuming you're continuing until Pillman's tragic death, you could come up with some weird names.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House
In Your House

Venue: Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse, New York
Attendance: 8,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Michael Hayes​

(Dark: Pierre Ouellet d. Bob Holly)

Tonight we have a packed house for WWF's new experiment in the PPV market. These shows are sold cheaper than the big events, ($40 as opposed to $60) but promise to be worht the money. This show was sold on WWF Champion Bret Hart defending his title twice on one night.

Bret Hart (c) d. Hakushi (w/Akio Sato) for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

We start off with Bret defending his belt against the White Angel, Hakushi. Basically the OTL opener. Bret logs one successful defense here.

Razor Ramon d. Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji)

My usual philosophy of big-on-big being good gets tested here. Yoko's been ballooning in size and I doubt Razor can pull off the Edge on him, so a desperation chokeslam finishes here.

Blast d. Mabel (w/Mo) in a King of the Ring Qualifying Match

Crisis Averted! Mabel is not in the 1995 King of the Ring. I repeat, crisis averted! Demolition Blast hits that sweet diving lariat to win the match.

The Smoking Gunns (c) d. Jeff Jarrett/Jerry Lawler (w/Jim Cornette) for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Double J looks to add some tag gold to go with his IC strap, but the Gunns manage to hold off him and the King of Memphis, Lawler taking the Sidewinder.

Diesel d. Shawn Michaels

So, Shawn doesn't hire Sid as a bodyguard and end up injured ITTL, so we instead we continue the seed of dissent between the two. Let them have a good ten or so minutes and end it with a Jackknife.

Bret Hart (c) d. Owen Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

Finally, Owen gets to use the title shot he won at King of the Ring, meeting his brother in the rematch of WrestleMania X. No interference from Pillman here, oddly enough. Just the two brothers putting on a good match ending with Bret keeping with the Sharpshooter.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: King of the Ring 1995
King of the Ring 1995

First Round Results (Television)

Blast d. Mabel
The Undertaker d. Jeff Jarrett
Kama d. Duke Droese
Shawn Michaels d. King Kong Bundy
Bob Holly d. Mantaur
The Roadie d. Doink the Clown
Yokozuna d. Bam Bam Bigelow
Razor Ramon d. Don Harris


Venue: CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 17,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Michael Hayes​

Owen Hart d. Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji) by Count Out in a King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match

So, instead of Savio Vega, Owen gets a second chance at the tournament, beating Rotunda in a qualifier before the PPV. Here, he wins against Yoko by count-out.

The Roadie (w/Jeff Jarrett) d. Bob Holly in a King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match

So, how is there a Roadie when Jarrett isn't a country singer? Well, he was basically brought in after Double J won the IC title, hired by Cornette to tend to the belt and make sure it was nice and shiny. Here, he makes his PPV debut and gets a win over tough as hell Bob Holly.

Shawn Michaels d. Kama (w/Ted DiBiase) in a King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match

Instead of a draw, Michaels just straight up wins the match, advancing to the next round.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Blast in a King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match

And a Tombstone puts the Deadman in the semifinals.

Owen Hart d. The Roadie (w/Jeff Jarrett) in a King of the Ring Semifinal Match

Owen makes quick work of Roadie, locking himself in for the finals.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Shawn Michaels in a King of the Ring Semifinal Match

It's a big moment for both men, each one wanting to take the crown. This time its the Deadman who gets it with the Tombstone. The Philly crowd is probably enjoying this a lot more, so less "ECW" chants since now we have Undertaker vs. Owen to watch for the finals.

Bret Hart (c) d. Jerry Lawler for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

Rather than the "Kiss My Foot" stipulation, we go with just a title match. Bret keeps the title once again.

Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Owen Hart in the King of the Ring Final Match

This is Owen's third time making it to the finals, but this time he falls to the Tombstone as Undertaker wins the King of the Ring.
 
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The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 2
In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks

Venue: Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 7,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

(Dark: Chris Candido (w/Tammy) d. PJ Walker)

The 1-2-3 Kid d. The Roadie

We're gonna flip this one due to Jarrett's departure. Kid wins.

Razor Ramon/Diesel d. Men on a Mission

I usually don't like the trope of the thrown together tag team beating the established team but 1.) it's the Kliq and 2.) they're facing M.O.M. I think we can call this fair game. Mo takes the Jackknife.

Bam Bam Bigelow d. Henry O. Godwinn
Shawn Michaels d. Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/The Roadie) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship


OTL matches.

The Smoking Gunns (c) d. Tekno Team 2000 for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Just a quick match. Probably not good, but since it's the only time Travis and Troy are on WWF PPV, so we have them take a Sidewinder.

Bret Hart (c) d. Sycho Sid (w/Ted DiBiase) for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in a Lumberjack Match

Lumberjacks: Ron Harris, Mabel, Mo, Mike Rotunda, Kama, King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, Henry O. Godwinn, Louie Spicolli, Chris Candido, Tom Prichard, Jimmy Del Ray, Don Harris, Pierre Ouellet, Mike Halac, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Bam Bam Bigelow, Razor Ramon, Savio Vega, The 1-2-3 Kid, Brian Pillman, Blast, Bob Holly, Duke Droese, Fatu, Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Yokozuna, Diesel.

So, we give Sid the title shot here, Bret managing to squeeze a good match out of him. I gotta admit, I'm not sure what to do with Pillman after XI. It feels like the Ticking Time Bomb has been, well, defused. Maybe it's also because I'm in a really good position of having a stable roster of talent (if a bit bloated with terrible gimmick guys) but maybe this will just be a down period for Pillman. After all, Austin's coming around soon...

Anyway, Bret keeps again.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: SummerSlam 1995
SummerSlam 1995

Venue: Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 18,062
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Michael Hayes​

Hakushi d. The 1-2-3 Kid
Hunter Hearst Helmsley d. Bob Holly
The Smoking Gunns (c) d. The Harris Twins (w/Dutch Mantell) for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Barry Horowitz d. Chris Candido (w/Tammy)
Rhonda Singh d. Alundra Blayze (c) for the WWF Women's Championship
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Kama (w/Ted DiBiase) in a Casket Match


So these are all OTL matches. Like, I find nothing objectionable about these matches. Maybe make Kama vs. Undertaker a bit shorter, but otherwise we are good here.

Diesel d. Brian Pillman

Well, seems Diesel agrees with my assessment. He thinks Pillman is losing his edge. Plus he overpowers Brian, so this match goes to Big Daddy Cool. Jacckknife victory.

Shawn Michaels (c) d. Razor Ramon for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match

Fun fact: This was my first ever exposure to professional wrestling. My brother had a tape of Shawn Michaels matches hosted by Dok Hendrix and this was the first match on the tape. Really good match. It's an OTL match.

Bret Hart (c) d. Kane (w/Jerry Lawler) for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship by disqualification

So, after his loss at King of the Ring, Lawler went back to Memphis to collect himself and in his trip, he found something. He found a monster. Everyone whose been to Memphis knows that's where all the real monsters of wrestling lurk and he found a big, nasty, vicious monster. One the King has under his control and command. We do video packages hyping Kane, showing him just destroying dudes. He debuts here and he dominates Bret. Just throws him aroudn the ring and sells nothing. Bret, ever the fighting champion, holds on against the onslaught and even looks to win, but Kane manages to turn it around, hit a Tombstone (oooh... foreshadowing...) but before he goes forr the pin, Lawler slides in a chair and demands him to hit Bret with it. Kane, without any hesitation, does so. He smacks Bret over and over with the chair for the DQ, ending the show towering over Bret.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 3
In Your House 3: Triple Threat

Venue: Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw, Michigan
Attendance: 7,500
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

(Dark: Goldust d. Bob Holly)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley d. Henry O. Godwinn

We got the slob vs. the snob, of course. Hunter wins it with the Pedigree.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. The Headshrinkers (Fatu/Yokozuna) (w/Mr. Fuji) in a Handicap Match

Give the Deadman some more bodies before we give him his title shot against Bret. Tombstone to Fatu.

The British Bulldog d. Bam Bam Bigelow

And your OTL match for the evening. Bigelow's on his way out, so we're having him take some losses.

The Smoking Gunns (c) d. The Skyscrapers (Sid Vicious/Dan Spivey) for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Sorry guys, I took away the Waylon Mercy gimmick, but for a bit of fun we bring back the Skyscrapers and have the Smoking Gunns get tossed around. The team makes the comeback and gets a victory roll on Spivey to keep the titles. Thanks for playing, Danny!

Shane Douglas (w/Paul Heyman) d. Shawn Michaels (c) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

A surprise arrival by the Franchise himself, with Mr. Heyman at ringside. Shane's here as part of a deal with ECW and he wants to see if the WWF's "Superstars" can keep up with him. Get as good as you can with these two and have Shawn drop the belt since he's gonna get his ass kicked by marines next month.

Bret Hart (c) d. Diesel and Razor Ramon in a Triple Threat Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

Instead of Triple Header, you get Triple Threat. We introduce the match early to the WWF. Match starts off as a bit of a handicap for Bret, but Razor and Diesel don't jive with each other, fight over who gets the pin. Eventually Diesel takes the Razor's Edge, then Bret makes the comeback and pins Razor to keep.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 4
In Your House 4: Great White North

Venue: Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Attendance: 15,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

(Dark: Bob Holly d. Louie Spicolli)

Hunter Hearst Helmsley d. Fatu
The Smoking Gunns (c) d. Razor Ramon/The 1-2-3 Kid for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Goldust d. Marty Jannetty


So, we got three OTL matches

Brian Pillman vs. Owen Hart (No Contest)

Match seems to be going well until Goldust runs in and attacks both men. He eventually crawls over to Pilllman, looming over him and licking his lips. In the following weeks (hell, maybe months) Pillman tells Goldust to back off, that he's dangerous and that Goldust doesn't want any of him. Oh, but Goldust wants that dangerous side. He wants all of the madness and ferociousness that Pillman has. He craves it. He wants their first time... in the ring... to be unforgettable. And it will be, Brian... because you will never forget the name of... GOLDUST~

Shane Douglas (c) (w/Paul Heyman) d. Bam Bam Bigelow for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

E-C-Dub! E-C-Dub! E-C-Dub! Shane will give Bam Bam a good match, beating him the Pittsburgh Plunge.

Bret Hart (c) d. Davey Boy Smith for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

Aww yeah, a main event Canada likes to see. It's some good old Stampede fun for the Winnipeg crowd. Davey's still got enough in the tank for this to work as Bret keeps with the Sharpshooter. He's taken on all comers since he won the belt.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: Survivor Series 1995
Survivor Series 1995

Venue: USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 15,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Curt Hennig​

The Smoking Gunns (c) d. The Public Enemy for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Take this dark match and put it on the card and make it for the belts. Sidewinder to Johnny Grunge makes it another clean defense for the Gunns.

Aja Kong d. Alundra Blayze (c) for the WWF Women's Championship

Well, if we end up losing Blayze, at least she won't dump our belt in the trash on Nitro.

Goldust d. Bam Bam Bigelow

OTL match. Thanks for playing, Bam Bam.

Ahmed Johnson d. Sid Vicious

We're also losing Sid after this (and maybe permanently given I won't need him to replace a Warrior that Cornette won't resign) so have him put over the absolute hoss Johnson on the way out. Pearl River Plunge does it. EAT. A. REEF!

Kane (w/Jerry Lawler) d. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)

Well, how about that? At Survivor Series 1990, the Undertaker debuted. Five years later, his vengeful brother gets a big win against him. Tombstone gets Kane the win.

Team HBK (Shawn Michaels/Hunter Hearst Helmsley/1-2-3 Kid/Chris Candido) (w/Tammy) d. Team Owen (Owen Hart/Davey Boy Smith/Brian Pillman/Marty Jannetty) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series Match

Few wink-wink, nudge-nudge parts of this and the awkwardness of Candido being here. He actually nets the first win for the team with the Blonde Bombshell to Marty, taking him out early. Pillman, slowly transitioning to tweener, goes up next and catches the Kid with Air Pillman. He also manages to overcome Candido and get Air Pillman on him as well before Goldust arrives. Pillman, barely able to control his temper when Goldust is around, gives chase for a count-out.

Davey Boy takes out Helmsley with the Powerslam, leaving Shawn to fight on his own. Despite the two-on-one, he overcomes and gets the superkick on Bulldog, following up with an elbow for good measure. He and Owen wrap things up from here, Shawn hitting Sweet Chin Music to become the sole survivor.

Razor Ramon d. Shane Douglas (c) (w/Paul Heyman) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

And we wrap up Shane's run in the WWF with him dropping the belt to Razor. You're welcome for that one, Douglas. Don't say I never gave you anything.

Bret Hart (c) d. Diesel in a No Disqualification Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

Another OTL match to wrap up Survivor Series. Now it's reigning champ Bret defending against challenger Diesel, which is fine by me. Bret keeps again, now heading into three years as world champion.
 
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The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 5
In Your House 5: Season's Beatings

Venue: Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,289
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

The Smoking Gunns (c) d. The 1-2-3 Kid/Marty Jannetty for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Another defense logged for the Gunns. Sidewinder to Marty after a spirited effort. You can't beat Bart and Billy! Ya can't!

Ahmed Johnson d. Brian Pillman

Pillman brings a fight to Ahmed, but then Goldust makes the interference, costing Pillman the match. Goldust goes to crawl all over Pillman, Pillman snapping and attacking him before security breaks it all up.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley d. Henry O. Godwinn in an Arkasnsas Hog Pen Match

Yep. OTL match. Sorry, folks.

Owen Hart d. Diesel/Razor Ramon in a Handicap Match

Owen, playing underdog babyface, takes on cool heels Razor and Diesel. Gets tossed around before making the comeback, turning the Razor's Edge or the Jackknife into a Victory Roll.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Sid Vicious (w/Ted DiBiase) in a Casket Match

God dammit, Sid! Get out of my company! Stop. Getting. Booked! Go in the casket and get out!

Bret Hart (c) d. Davey Boy Smith for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

And how about another OTL match. Maybe no Diana and Cornette and ringside, but otherwise good work from these two. Another Hart defense.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: Royal Rumble 1996, Part 1
Royal Rumble 1996

Venue: Selland Arena in Fresno, California
Attendance: 11,300
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Curt Hennig​

(Dark: Duke Droese d. Hunter Hearst Helmsley by DQ)

OTL match for the coveted #30 spot.

Ahmed Johnson d. Jeff Jarrett

OTL match but with a clean decision.

Owen Hart/Davey Boy Smith d. The Smoking Gunns (c) for the WWF Tag Team Titles

The reign of the Smoking Gunns comes to an end as Owen and Davey Boy come together to take the tag belts. Last year, Owen won his first tag belt and now he gets his second along with Davey Boy getting his second as well. Running Powerslam to Billy gets it.

Goldust (w/Marlena) d. Razor Ramon (c) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

And another OTL match, but with Pillman running in to attack Goldust after the match.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Bret Hart (c) for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship by disqualification

OTL match, but instead of Diesel, it's Kane who does the run-in to cost the Deadman the title.

We'll be Rumblin' soon.
 
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Out of curiosity, why do you seem to almost-always stick with babyface Owen and Davey rather than turning them heel, even though it arguably led to much more success for both of them?
 
Out of curiosity, why do you seem to almost-always stick with babyface Owen and Davey rather than turning them heel, even though it arguably led to much more success for both of them?
Probably just by accident, with this one, I went with it since I had Pillman to play heel off Owen. Plus, with the amount of monster heels I have cycling through, Davey makes a nice monster babyface.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: Royal Rumble 1996, Part 2
The 1996 Royal Rumble
#1: Hunter Hearst Helmsley
#2: Henry O. Godwinn


Helmsley is forced into the #1 spot, but he tosses out the hog farmer to start (30, Godwinn)

#3: Bob Backlund

Backlund and Helmsley work the next sequence.

#4: Jerry Lawler

Poor Backlund gets double-teamed here.

#5: Bob Holly

Holly goes for Hunter, but he doesn't last long (29, Holly)

#6: Mabel

Mabel, who never turned heel, goes for Hunter and proves harder to toss out. Lawler sends out Backlund (28, Backlund)

#7: Jake Roberts

Roberts goes in after Lawler.

#8: Dory Funk Jr.

Dory just throws hands to everybody before Hunter turns and tosses him out (27, Funk)

#9: Yokozuna

Yoko goes in after Mabel, leaving Hunter to help Lawler with Roberts.

#10: 1-2-3 Kid

Kid manages to make the save, grabbing Hunter and pulling him off, but Lawler tosses the Snake (26, Roberts) while Yoko dumps out Mabel (25, Mabel)

#11: Takao Omori

Omori comes in, does a few spots and gets tossed out by Helmsleuy (24, Omori) while he and Lawler beat down on the poor Kid.

#12: Savio Vega

Vega adds to the beatdown, Yoko settling himself in the corner.

#13: Vader

Oh, it's time. It is time... Vader charges in and takes out Yoko (23, Yokozuna) and Savio (22, Vega)

#14: Brian Pillman

Pillman comes in to bring some babyface balance, helping Kid by tossing out the King (21, Lawler) before going to fight Vader. However, during the fight, Goludst arrives. He comes to taunt Pillman, rile him into leaving the match. Pillman does so, chasing after Goldust and eliminating himself (20, Pillman) and leaving Kid to face Hunter alone)

#15: Headhunter A
#16: Headhunter B


The Headhunters both go after Vader, but the Mastodon cannot be conquered so easily, tossing both out (19, HeadhunterA) (18, Headhunter B)

#17: Owen Hart

Owen goes in after Hunter after the 1-2-3 Kid gets dumped out (17, 1-2-3 Kid)

#18: Shawn Michaels

Michaels decides to be the brave one and goes up against Vader, giving him a slap across the face. Vader stares at Shawn, chuckles and responds with a slap of his own, sending HBK to the floor.

#19: Hakushi

Hakushi comes in and does his spots before Owen dropkicks him out (16, Hakushi)

#20: Tatanka

Tatanka comes in to try and help Shawn fight off Vader, but the Mastodon tosses him out as well (15, Tatanka)

#21: PJ Walker

Hunter takes care of the Walker here, sending him out before fighting Owen some more (14, Walker)

#22: Diesel

Big Daddy Cool comes to help HBK fight off Vader, sending him out with a Sweet Chin Music (13, Vader)

#23: Kama

Kama comes in and throws a few shots.

#24: Steve Austin

He's not gotten the Stone Cold moniker yet, but he's still basically Stone Cold. And here he hits the Stunner on Kama, tossing him out (12, Kama)

#25: Barry Horowitz

And poor Horowitz goes outs next thanks to a Stunner (11, Horowitz) while Owen manages to send out Hunter (10, Helmsley)

#26: Fatu

Fatu goes for Diesel and Michaels while Owen fights Austin

#27: Kane

Kane comes in, tosses out Fatu (9, Fatu) before the sudden gong of a funeral bell rings out, Kane suddenly freezing in place. Shawn takes advantage of his sudden stiffness to toss him out (8, Kane)

#28: Marty Jannetty

And here he takes the Stunner and goes out (7, Jannetty)

#29: Davey Boy Smith

Davey goes in for Diesel while Owen and Shawn work together on Austin.

#30: Duke Droese

And here comes the Stunner, followed by a dropkick by Owen into a Running Powerslam. Sweet Chin Music leads into a Jackknife to send Drose out (6, Droese) You didn't think I'd forget the spot, did ya?

Austin is sent out by Shawn and Owen (5, Austin) leaving the final four of Diesel, Davey Boy, Michaels and Owen.

Diesel manages to overpower Davey Boy, sending him out (4, Smith) while Shawn superkicks Owen out (3, Hart)

The final two are Shawn and Diesel. Just like OTL and like OTL, Michaels wins by sending Diesel out (2, Diesel)

Shawn Michaels has won his second Royal Rumble! He's going to meet Bret again for the world title at WrestleMania! Can the Heartbreak Kid win the title? Will Bret go four years with the belt?
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 6
In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage

Venue: Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 6,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

Davey Boy Smith/Owen Hart (c) d. Razor Ramon/1-2-3 Kid for the WWF Tag Team Championship

Just a good strong match to kick off what is basically the go-home PPV for WrestleMania. Owen and Kid have the speed, Davey and Razor have the power. Razor takes the Running Powerslam here for the loss.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley d. Duke Droese

OTL match. Jesus, Hunter had to go through some shit.

Shawn Michaels d. Yokozuna

Just to get Michaels on the card. Make it quick, finish with Sweet Chin Music ("Don't think I didn't see you doing Superkicks either, tubby!" - Shawn)

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Goldust (c) (w/Marlena) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship by disqualification

Take this dark match, bring it up and have Kane make the run-in for the DQ, followed by a Pillman run-in on Goldust.

Bret Hart (c) d. Diesel in a Steel Cage Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

OTL match. WrestleMania coming soon.
 
I have another idea: In June of 1997, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had a backstage fight after Michaels had made an on-air comment (known as the "Sunny Days" comment) about Bret Hart (who was married at the time (1)) having an affair with Tammy Sytch (aka Sunny).

So, WI Michaels quits for good and heads to WCW? I even have a name for it: The Heartbreak Kid Has Left the Building.

(1) The irony being that even though, according to Bret Hart's biography, he was a womanizer on the road, but Sunny may have been the one woman he didn't sleep with. (On a side note, Bret Hart admitted that, even though he knew having affairs wasn't healthy, he thought it was better than doing drugs and alcohol to ease the pressure of being away from home...)
 
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I have another idea: In June of 1997, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had a backstage fight after Michaels had made an on-air comment (known as the "Sunny Days" comment) about Bret Hart (who was married at the time (1)) having an affair with Tammy Sytch (aka Sunny).

So, WI Michaels quits for good and heads to WCW? I even have a name for it: The Heartbreak Kid Has Left the Building.

(1) The irony being that even though, according to Bret Hart's biography, he was a womanizer on the road, but Sunny may have been the one woman he didn't sleep with. (On a side note, Bret Hart admitted that, even though he knew having affairs wasn't healthy, he thought it was better than doing drugs and alcohol to ease the pressure of being away from home...)
Hm... an interesting one for sure. Might put that to the bottom with a lot of the mid-90s suggested ones, but with chances to climb the ladder.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: WrestleMania XII
WrestleMania XII

Venue: Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California
Attendance: 18,853
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

(Dark: Chris Candido d. Tom Prichard)

The Thrillseekers (Chris Jericho/Lance Storm) d. Owen Hart/Davey Boy Smith (c) for the WWF Tag Team Championship

So, I haven't really brought up the fact that Smokey Mountain ITTL is a developmental league for the WWF (it was part of the deal of signing Cornette as booker after Vince went to jail. Yes, the company is still around even after Vince got indicted. They enacted a hard drug policy after the trial.) This was mainly because I didn't really know much SMW and didn't want to clog the TL with them, but let's bring in Jericho and Storm because that's the good stuff. Chris and Lance, cocky heels, manage to weasel themselves a win in what is sure to be a top-notch tag match.

Vader (w/Jim Cornette) d. Diesel

Big on big here, Vader wrecking Big Daddy Cool. Vader Bomb. It's TIME!

Brian Pillman d. Goldust (c) (w/Marlena) in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

So instead of Piper, we have Pillman going into the brawl, taking that sick car bump, doing the OJ footage and all that wonderful madness before locking in the Pillmanizer on Goldust to win the IC strap. Hey, look at that! Pillman gets a belt in the WWF!

Ahmed Johnson d. Yokozuna (w/Mr. Fuji)

Here's another hoss fight, though probably nowhere as good as Vader/Diesel above. If Ahmed can land a Pearl River Plunge on Yoko, that's the finish.

Stone Cold Steve Austin d. Savio Vega

No DiBiase, but we have one OTL match so far.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley (w/Sable) d. Jake Roberts (w/Roddy Piper)

Instead of Warrior, we have Roberts face off against Hunter, mocking the veteran. Roberts has good psychology, so he can work well with Hunter. He falls to the Pedigree. Big win for the up-and-comer.

The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) d. Kane (w/Jerry Lawler)

Now we have Undertaker/Kane, two years ahead of OTL. Undertaker defeats his brother and sends him off for now. Who knows when he'll return?

Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario) d. Bret Hart (c) in an Iron Man Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship (1-0)

And the OTL main event, going to overtime and then HBK winning afterward. The Boyhood dream has come true!
 
Hm... an interesting one for sure. Might put that to the bottom with a lot of the mid-90s suggested ones, but with chances to climb the ladder.
What about if Fin Balor hadn't been injured at Summerslam 2016?

Trying to think of something outside of the WWE/WCW bubble but nothing good comes to mind so far.
 
The Highest Paid Jobber: In Your House 7
In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies

Venue: Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska
Attendance: 10,000
Announce Team: Jim Ross/Jerry Lawler​

Chris Candido (w/Tammy) d. Owen Hart (w/British Bulldog)

The PPV debut (return? Was he on PPV before ITTL?) of the Ringmaster, Chris Candido. Yeah, he gets the Ringmaster gimmick. At least Candido's good enough to sell it. He wins with the Blonde Bombshell.

Brian Pillman (c) d. Goldust (w/Marlena) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship by countout

Keep this feud going for a bit after 'Mania. Goldust makes a run for it as he has awoken a terrifying beast.

Vader (w/Jim Cornette) d. Razor Ramon

OTL match.

The Thrillseekers (c) d. The Godwinns (Henry Godwinn/Phineas Godwinn) (w/Hillbilly Jim) for the WWF Tag Team Championship

The Thrillseekers keep over the pig farmers.

Shawn Michaels (c) (w/Jose Lothario) d. Diesel in a No Holds Barred Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

OTL match and well, no Vince around, Jim's in charge of the wrestlers... we're getting close to May 19th...

Guess what? Curtain Call's gonna fuck up the TL again!
 
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