WrestleMania IX


WrestleMania IX

Infobox Wrestling event
name=WrestleMania IX


tagline=An Event of Epic Proportions
promotion=World Wrestling Federation
date=April 4 1993
venue=Caesars Palace
city=Las Vegas, Nevada
attendance=16,891
lastevent=Royal Rumble (1993)
nextevent=King of the Ring (1993)
event=WrestleMania
lastevent2=WrestleMania VIII
nextevent2=WrestleMania X

WrestleMania IX was the ninth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. The event took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 4, 1993 and was the first WrestleMania event held outdoors. The buildup to the pay-per-view consisted of feuds scripted by the WWF's writers, and the matches that took place at the event had pre-determined outcomes that had been decided by the promotion.

WrestleMania IX was built around two main storylines. The first was the seemingly unstoppable Yokozuna challenging Bret Hart for the WWF Championship, a right he earned by winning the 1993 Royal Rumble. The other major storyline was the return of Hulk Hogan, who had departed the WWF following WrestleMania VIII but returned to team with Brutus Beefcake against the WWF Tag Team Champions, Money Incorporated (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster). Hogan and Beefcake lost the tag team match, but Hogan later faced Yokozuna for the title after Yokozuna defeated Hart to win the championship. In addition, Shawn Michaels defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship successfully against Tatanka.

Several reviewers have been critical of the event. The most frequent critcism has been related to the match between The Undertaker and Giant Gonzalez, Hulk Hogan's title win, and the Roman togas worn by the WWF's announcers. Both the pay-per-view buyrate and the attendance for the event dropped from the previous year's WrestleMania. The WWF has rated two moments from WrestleMania IX as among the best WrestleMania moments of all time: Hogan winning the WWF title and commentator Bobby Heenan entering the arena on a camel.

Background

One of the staged feuds heading into the event was between Tatanka and WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels. Tatanka was in the midst of an undefeated streak and had wrestled Michaels twice in the months leading up to WrestleMania. [cite web|url=http://www.wrestleview.com/messages1/176.shtml|title=My Interview with the "Native American" Tatanka|accessdate=2008-09-04|date=2001-09-14|work=WrestleView|last=Nemer|first=Paul] Tatanka pinned Michaels in a singles match on the February 13, 1993 episode of "WWF Superstars of Wrestling" and later teamed with The Nasty Boys in a six-man match against Michaels and the Beverly Brothers; Tatanka pinned Michaels to win this match as well.cite web|title=Ring Results: 1993|work=The History of WWE|url=http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling/cawthon777/93.htm|accessdate=2008-09-04|last=Cawthon|first=Graham] Michaels was also feuding with Sensational Sherri, who stood in Tatanka's corner during the match. Sherri had been Michaels' valet. When Marty Jannetty tried to hit Michaels with a mirror, however, Michaels pulled Sherri in front of him to protect himself.cite web|title=Ring Results: 1992|work=The History of WWE|url=http://www.angelfire.com/wrestling/cawthon777/92.htm|accessdate=2008-09-04|last=Cawthon|first=Graham] Sherri's anger at getting hit over the head with a mirror caused her to turn on him at Royal Rumble 1993. [cite web|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/michaels-shawn.html|title=Shawn Michaels|work=SLAM! Wrestling|accessdate=2008-09-04]

The match between the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) and The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu) had little background, although Afa, who managed The Headshrinkers, claimed that his team would ""tear [the Steiners'] heads off". Doink the Clown and Crush had been feuding since the January 2, 1993 episode of "WWF Prime Time Wrestling". After Crush's match on that show, he confronted Doink, who had thrown a ball at a child in the audience. Crush grabbed Doink by the arm and warned him not to play any more pranks on children. Doink, wearing a cast on the arm that Crush had supposedly injured by grabbing, came to ringside during Crush's match on the January 16 episode of "WWF Prime Time Wrestling". He apologized to Crush and gave him a flower; when Crush walked away, Doink removed a prosthetic arm from his cast and attacked Crush, who was later taken away in an ambulance due to kayfabe (storyline) injuries. For storyline purposes, Crush was said to be too injured to compete in the 1993 Royal Rumble match. Doink continued his pranks by squirting Crush with a water pistol and recording video messages to Crush, which showed two Doinks on the screen.

The feud between The Mega-Maniacs (Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan) and WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) stemmed from a legitimate parasailing accident in 1990 that forced Beefcake to undergo reconstructive surgery to his face.cite web|title=Wrestler Profiles: Brutus Beefcake|work=Online World of Wrestling|url= http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/brutus-beefcake.html|accessdate=2008-09-04] He was unable to wrestle again until the February 15, 1993 episode of "Monday Night Raw". He faced DiBiase in his return match, after which DiBiase and Schyster attacked him. DiBiase held Beefcake for Schyster to hit him in the face with a briefcase, but Jimmy Hart, who managed Money Inc., repeatedly got in the way before Schyster shoved him out of the ring. Schyster then hit Beefcake in the face with the briefcase.cite web|title=WWF Raw: February 15, 1993|work=The Other Arena|url=http://www.otherarena.com/htm/cgi-bin/history.cgi?1993/raw021593|accessdate=2008-09-04] Hart later claimed that he felt the need to "step up and do the right thing" and that he "had a change of heart", and his intervention led to him becoming a babyface, or crowd favorite.cite book|title=The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story|last=Hart|first=Jimmy|pages=152|publisher=ECW Press|isbn=1550225952|date=2004] Shortly thereafter, Hulk Hogan made his return to the WWF and joined with Beefcake, and manager Jimmy Hart, to form The Mega-Maniacs and challenge Money Inc. for the WWF Tag Team Championship.cite web|title=Manager Profiles: Jimmy Hart|work=Online World of Wrestling|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/jimmy-hart.html|accessdate=2008-09-04]

Mr. Perfect's rivalry with Bobby Heenan dated back to Survivor Series (1992). Perfect and Ric Flair were managed by Heenan, but Perfect turned on Flair and Heenan by agreeing to face them as part of a tag team match at Survivor Series. [cite web|title=WWF Prime Time: November 16, 1992|work=The Other Arena|url=http://www.otherarena.com/htm/cgi-bin/history.cgi?1992/primetime111692|accessdate=2008-07-31] Flair feuded briefly with Perfect but left the company to return to World Championship Wrestling. [cite web|title=Ric Flair|work=SLAM! Wrestling|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/flair.html|accessdate=2008-09-04|last=Milner|first=John|coauthors=Richard Kamchen] Lex Luger had joined Vince McMahon's World Bodybuilding Federation, but he signed with McMahon's WWF when the bodybuilding company failed. [cite book|title=Wrestlecr
last=Baer|first=Randy|coauthors=R.D. Reynolds|publisher=ECW Press|isbn=1-55022-584-7|date=2003|pages=161
] He made his debut at Royal Rumble 1993, where he was unveiled as Heenan's latest wrestler, Narcissus (although the ring name was changed to "The Narcissist" Lex Luger). [cite web|title=Royal Rumble 1993|work=Online World of Wrestling|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/wweppv/royalrumble93.html|accessdate=2008-09-04] [cite web|title=When Vince McMahon Wasn't a Genius|work=Wrestling Digest|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCO/is_6_2/ai_71403982/pg_1|accessdate=2008-09-04]

The Undertaker's feud with Giant Gonzalez was an offshoot of The Undertaker's feud with manager Harvey Wippleman. The Undertaker defeated Kamala, who was managed by Wippleman, at SummerSlam 1992.cite web|title=SummerSlam 1992: Results|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam/history/1992/results/|accessdate=2008-09-04] A rematch was held at Survivor Series 1992, and The Undertaker beat Kamala in a coffin match. [cite web|title=Survivor Series 1992|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/1992/results/|accessdate=2008-09-04] Wippleman vowed revenge, and he introduced Gonzalez at Royal Rumble 1993 and instructed him to attack The Undertaker. The Undertaker was eliminated from the Royal Rumble match as a result of the interference, and a match was scheduled between The Undertaker and Giant Gonzalez for WrestleMania IX.cite web|title=Wrestler Profiles: Giant Gonzales|work=Online World of Wrestling|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/g/giant-gonzales.html|accessdate=2008-09-04]

Beginning with his debut with the company in 1992, Yokozuna was pushed by the WWF as an unstoppable monster. Weighing over 500 pounds, he used the Banzai Drop, a move in which he jumped from the second rope and sat on his opponent's chest, to defeat several of the WWF's biggest stars. [cite web|title=WWE Alumni: Yokozuna|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/yokozuna/bio/|accessdate=2008-09-04] [cite book|pages=98|title=Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle|publisher=University Press of Mississippi|date=1998|last=Mazer|first=Sharon|isbn=1578060214] In a notable match on the February 6, 1993 episode of "WWF Superstars of Wrestling", Yokozuna attacked "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and performed the Banzai Drop four times. Due to the kayfabe injuries from the attack, Duggan was unable to wrestle for over two months. Yokozuna earned a title shot against WWF Champion Bret Hart by winning the 1993 Royal Rumble match. [cite web|title="Little men" prove triumphant|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/archive/bigvslittle|accessdate=2008-09-04|date=2006-06-23|last=Dee|first=Louie] During the contract signing, Yokozuna attacked Hart and performed the Banzai Drop on him.

Event

Before the televised broadcast began, Tito Santana defeated Papa Shango in a dark match.cite web|title=WrestleMania IX|accessdate=2008-09-05|work=Pro Wrestling History|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/mania.html#IX] In the first match of the pay-per-view event, WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels was accompanied to the ring by a new valet, Luna Vachon. Sensational Sherri followed Tatanka to the ring to prevent Vachon from getting involved in the match. During the match, Vachon approached Tatanka twice outside the ring, but Sherri was unable to intervene and stop Vachon from interfering. Tatanka spent much of the match trying to injure Michaels with an armbar hold. Michaels gained the advantage and almost pinned Tatanka with a victory roll, but Tatanka escaped the pin attempt and performed a war dance to channel his energy. Michaels threw Tatanka out of the ring and tried to jump at him to attack, but Tatanka moved. Michaels was unable to return to the ring within ten seconds; he pulled the referee out of the ring. Tatanka was awarded the victory by countout but did not win the championship because titles can only change hands as a result of pinfall or submission.cite web|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Wrestlemania20/2004/02/28/364657.html|title=WrestleMania Rewind: Hulkamania lives again (WM9)|work=SLAM! Wrestling|accessdate=2008-09-05|date=2004-02-28|last=Zicarelli|first=Frank] Vachon attacked Sherri after the match, and Tatanka had to help Sherri make it back to the dressing rooms.cite web|title=WrestleMania 9|work=Online World of Wrestling|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/wweppv/wrestlemania9.html|accessdate=2008-09-05]

In the next match, the Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) faced The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu). The advantage switched back and forth several times, as the Steiners threw The Headshrinkers with several suplex variations and used their aerial abilities to attack their opponents from the ring ropes. The Headshrinkers relied mainly on using their power to wear down the Steiners. At one point, Fatu picked Rick Steiner up on his shoulders so that Samu could attack Rick from the top rope. Rick caught Samu instead and performed a bodyslam on Samu from Fatu's shoulders. The match ended when Scott Steiner performed a Frankensteiner to pin Samu and win the match.

Crush attacked Doink the Clown outside the ring prior to the next match. After getting Doink inside the ring, Crush used his strength advantage to overpower Doink. Doink gained the advantage but missed two attacks from the top rope. Crush used more power moves to wear down Doink, and Doink tried to crawl under the ring. Crush forced Doink back into the ring and performed the Cranium Crunch, a head vice submission hold, on Doink. Doink pulled himself to the ropes and broke the hold. Doink hit the referee and knocked him unconscious; as a result of this staged ref bump, a second Doink the Clown (portrayed by Steve Keirn) was able to interfere. He hit Crush with a prosthetic arm, which enabled the first Doink to win by pinfall when the referee regained consciousness.

Razor Ramon faced Bob Backlund next. Ramon used his power to dominate the majority of the match, but Backlund used hip tosses to attempt a comeback. Ramon won the match in under four minutes by pinning Backlund with a small package.

In the following match, Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) defended their WWF Tag Team Championship against The Mega-Maniacs (Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake). Beefcake wore a protective titanium facemask because of his injured face, and Hulk Hogan came to the ring with a black eye, which led the announcers to speculate about the cause. Money Inc. gained the early advantage, but DiBiase soon injured himself by hitting Beefcake's mask. Hogan and Beefcake brawled with their enemies and controlled the match until Money Inc. was counted out. Referee Earl Hebner announced, however, that he would strip them of their title if they did not return to the ring and continue the match. DiBiase returned to the ring and rendered Hogan unconscious with the Million Dollar Dream chokehold. Beefcake attacked DiBiase by applying a sleeper hold and then turned his attention to Schyster, but DiBiase hit him in the head with a briefcase. Money Inc. attacked Beefcake and removed his facemask, but Beefcake fought back and applied a sleeper hold to Schyster. The referee was accidentally knocked unconscious, and Hogan recovered and attacked both members of Money Inc. with Beefcake's facemask. He tried to make the cover for a pinfall, but the referee still unconscious. Manager Jimmy Hart turned his jacket inside-out to reveal a striped referee jacket; he made the three-count and declared The Mega-Maniacs the winners of the match. Referee Danny Davis came to the ring and disqualified Hogan for using the facemask as a weapon. Money Inc. won the match and retained their championship, but The Mega-Maniacs threw them out of the ring and opened Schyster's briefcase to reveal stacks of cash. They celebrated in the ring and threw the money into the crowd.cite book|title=The Mouth of the South: The Jimmy Hart Story|pages=153|last=Hart|first=Jimmy|publisher=ECW Press|date=2004|isbn=1550225952]

Lex Luger was accompanied to the ring by four women with revealing outfits as he prepared to face Mr. Perfect. The match began with technical wrestling, and Perfect tried to injure Luger's knee while Luger worked on Perfect's back. Perfect took control of the match with a powerslam and tried to pin Luger after performing a dropkick from the top rope. Luger's foot was on the ropes, however, so the referee stopped the three-count. Luger gained momentum and pinned Perfect; Perfect's feet were on the rope, but the referee did not see them. Luger continued to attack Perfect after the match and hit him with his forearm, which contains a steel plate as the result of a legitimate motorcycle accident. When Perfect got up, he chased Luger but was attacked by Shawn Michaels backstage. [cite book|pages=251|title=Wrestling's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Pro Wrestling's Outrageous Performers, Punishing Piledrivers, and Other Oddities|publisher=Brassey's|date=2000|last=Conner|first=Floyd|isbn=1574883089]

In the next match, The Undertaker faced Giant Gonzalez. Both men tried to use their size and power to control the match. Gonzalez used a reverse chinlock to wear The Undertaker down and attacked him outside the ring. The Undertaker regained control of the match and knocked Gonzalez onto his knees. Harvey Wippleman threw Gonzalez a rag soaked with chloroform, which Gonzalez used to knock The Undertaker unconscious. The referee disqualified Gonzalez for using a foreign object and awarded the match to The Undertaker. After the match, The Undertaker recovered and attacked Giant Gonzalez.

In the final scheduled match of the event, Bret Hart defended the WWF Championship against Yokozuna. Hart tried to use his technical wrestling abilities against Yokozuna, while Yokozuna relied on his size advantage in the match. Hart gained control at the beginning, but Yokozuna came back with a clothesline, leg drop, and nerve hold. Hart regained the advantage when Yokozuna missed a running splash. Yokozuna applied another nerve hold but missed a running splash again. He recovered and carried Hart to the middle of the ring, but Hart removed the protective padding on the turnbuckle in the corner of the ring. He threw Yokozuna's head into the turnbuckle and applied the Sharpshooter, his signature submission hold that stretches the opponent's legs and back. Mr. Fuji, Yokozuna's manager, threw salt in Hart's eyes, which enabled Yokozuna to pin Hart and win the WWF Championship.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm9/mainevent/|title=Yokozuna vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart: WWE Championship|work=WWE|accessdate=2008-09-08]

After the match, Hulk Hogan came to ring to check on Hart's condition. Hogan had stated during an interview earlier in the broadcast that he wanted to face the winner of the match, and Fuji challenged Hogan to face Yokozuna immediately. Hogan agreed and entered the ring. Fuji tried to throw salt in Hogan's eyes, but he missed and the salt hit Yokozuna. Hogan performed a leg drop and pinned Yokozuna to win the title in 21 seconds.

Aftermath

A feud began between Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect after WrestleMania as a result of Michaels attacking Perfect. They faced each other at SummerSlam 1993, and Michaels won by countout after his new bodyguard, Diesel attacked Perfect. [cite web|title=SummerSlam 1993 Results|work=Online World of Wrestling|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/wweppv/summerslam93.html|accessdate=2008-09-08] Perfect then feuded with Diesel until leaving the WWF.

Money Inc. lost the WWF Tag Team Championship to the Steiner Brothers on June 14, 1993. [cite web|title=History of the World Tag Team Championship: The Steiner's first reign|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/3044541321211111|accessdate=2008-09-08] Money Inc. won the belts back in a rematch on June 16, [cite web|title=History of the World Tag Team Championship: Money Inc.'s third reign|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/30445413213121|accessdate=2008-09-08] but the Steiners won them again three days later. [cite web|title=History of the World Tag Team Championship: The Steiner's second reign|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132152|accessdate=2008-09-08] Money Inc. received several rematches but were unable to regain the title; they soon focused on singles wrestling, and DiBiase retired shortly thereafter. [cite book|pages=4|title=Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man|last=DiBiase|first=Ted|coauthors=Tom Caiazzo|publisher=Simon & Schuster|date=2008|isbn=141655890X]

The Undertaker continued to feud with Harvey Wippleman. On the June 12, 1993 episode of "WWF Superstars of Wrestling", Wippleman, Giant Gonzalez, and Mr. Hughes attacked The Undertaker, and his manager Paul Bearer, and stole the urn that was said to be the source of his power. The Undertaker and Giant Gonzalez faced each other one final time at SummerSlam 1993 in a Rest in Peace match, in which neither wrestler could be disqualified. The Undertaker won the match to end the feud. [cite web|title=SummerSlam 1993 Results|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam/history/1993/results/|accessdate=2008-09-08]

Hulk Hogan was scheduled to drop the WWF Championship to Bret Hart, but he refused to go along with the storyline. He compromised with WWF owner Vince McMahon and agreed to lose the title back to Yokozuna in a rematch at King of the Ring 1993. He did not want to be pinned cleanly, so he insisted on a storyline in which a cameraman at ringside would have his camera explode in Hogan's face, which would enable Yokozuna to win the match.

After regaining the title, Yokozuna challenged any American athlete to bodyslam him on the deck of the USS Intrepid on July 4, 1993. After many challengers failed, Lex Luger arrived by helicopter and bodyslammed Yokozuna. Luger became a fan favorite and changed his gimmick to an American patriot. He faced Yokozuna for the WWF championship at SummerSlam 1993; he won the match by countout but did not win the title. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam/history/1993/mainevent/|work=WWE|accessdate=2008-09-08|title=Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji for the WWE Championship] [cite web|work=WrestleView|title=Lex Luger - FAQ|url=http://www.wrestleview.com/info/faq/luger.shtml|accessdate=2008-09-08] Lex Luger and Bret Hart each earned a title match against Yokozuna the following year at WrestleMania X. Luger was disqualified in his match, but Hart won the championship later that night. [cite web|title=WrestleMania X Results|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm10/results/|accessdate=2008-09-08]

Production

This was the first WrestleMania held entirely outdoors, a concept the company did not use again until WrestleMania XXIV in 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.cfnews13.com/Entertainment/HeyJohn/2008/3/21/sneak_wrestlemania_ticket_sale.html|accessdate=2008-09-03|title=Sneak WrestleMania Ticket Sale|date=2007-11-02|work=Central Florida News 13] Because WrestleMania IX was held in Caesar's Palace, the WWF promoted the event as the "World's Largest Toga Party".cite web|title=WrestleMania IX: Facts/Stats|work=WWE|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm9/factsstats/|accessdate=2008-09-03] The arena was made to look like a Roman coliseum, and the event featured guards, trumpeters, and several live animals.cite web|title=WrestleMania 9: Togas for everyone!|work=SLAM! Wrestling|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Wrestlemania20/WrestleMania9.html|accessdate=2008-09-04|last=Powell|first=John] The company built on this theme by having the commentators, including debuting announcer Jim Ross, wear togas. Ring announcer Howard Finkel was also renamed "Finkus Maximus" for the day.cite web|title=Previous Inductions|work=WrestleCrap|url=http://www.wrestlecrap.com/oldinductions.html|accessdate=2008-09-03] Randy Savage came to the broadcast booth accompanied by women throwing flower petals and feeding him grapes while he rode on a couch pulled by a horse. [cite web|title=411's Countdown to WrestleMania 24: Shining a Spotlight - WrestleMania IX|last=Weyer|first=Michael|url=http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/columns/71054/411%5C%5Cs-Countdown-to-WrestleMania-24:-Shining-a-Spotlight---WrestleMania-IX.htm|work=411mania|date=2008-03-21|accessdate=2008-09-03] Bobby Heenan made his entrance wearing a toga and riding a camel backwards. [cite web|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2004/03/09/375924.html|accessdate=2008-09-03|work=SLAM! Wrestling|title=New book, Hall of Fame excites Heenan|last=Clevett|first=Jason|date=2004-09-03]

Hulk Hogan's visibly damaged eye was explained in the storyline as the result of Ted DiBiase hiring a group of men to attack Hogan before the match. In reality, the cause of injury has been open to debate. One theory is that Randy Savage believed that Elizabeth Hulette had an affair with Hogan while Savage and Hulette were married (the couple divorced in 1992). [cite web|title=Miss Elizabeth dies|work=SLAM! Wrestling|last=Powell|first=John|accessdate=2008-09-03|date=2003-05-01|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2003/05/01/77209.html] cite web|title=Hulk Hogan - FAQ|work=WrestleView|url=http://www.wrestleview.com/info/faq/hogan.shtml|accessdate=2008-09-03] WWF officials claimed that the injury was the result of a Jet Ski accident.

A match was scheduled between Bam Bam Bigelow and Kamala, but it was canceled without explanation before the event began. [cite web|title=Breaking Kayfabe with Kamala Jim Harris: The man behind the Ugandan Giant|work=SLAM! Wrestling|url=http://www.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBiosK/kamala_jul01-can.html|first=Stephen|last=Laroche|accessdate=2008-09-03]

Reception

The event was attended by 16,891 fans, who payed a total of $1,100,000 in admission fees. This represents less than one-third of the number of fans at WrestleMania VIII, which had an attendance of 62,167. [cite web|title=WrestleMania 8, a two-for-one deal|work=SLAM! Wrestling|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Wrestlemania20/WrestleMania8.html|accessdate=2008-09-05|last=Powell|first=John] The pay-per-view drew a 2.3 buyrate, which was lower than the previous year's 2.8 buyrate. It was higher, however, than the buyrates for any of the following four WrestleManias. [cite web|title=WWE WrestleMania|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/mania.html#IX|accessdate=2008-09-05|work=Pro Wrestling History]

WrestleMania IX has received criticism for what some reviewers have perceived as a poorly booked event. Writing for SLAM! Wrestling, John Powell states that, aside from the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championship matches and the scantily-clad women that accompanied Lex Luger to the ring, the rest of the broadcast was poor. He is also critical of some of the outfits worn for the event, notably Jim Ross's toga and Giant Gonzalez's spray-painted suit. Reviewing the event for Online Onslaught, Adam Gutschmidt claims that several of the matches flowed poorly and had ill-conceived conclusions. He also claims that the match between Giant Gonzalez and The Undertaker was a "dud" and that Hulk Hogan's ego made the conclusion the "worst Wrestlemania ending ever".cite web|title=WrestleMania 9 Re-Revued|work=Online Onslaught|url=http://www.oowrestling.com/columns/ooldtyme/20040617.shtml|date=2004-06-17|accessdate=2008-09-04|last=Gutschmidt|first=Adam] RD Reynolds, owner of the website WrestleCrap, has inducted the event into the site's list of "the very worst in pro wrestling". He cites Giant Gonzalez, Papa Shango, Luger's "narcissist" gimmick, and Jim Ross wearing a toga as his reasons for including the event in the list.

World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly the WWF, places two events from WrestleMania IX in its top 50 WrestleMania moments: Bobby Heenan's entrance on the camel, which the company calls "one of the most hilarious moments in WWE history", and Hulk Hogan's title victory. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/top50|title=Top 50 Moments in WrestleMania History|accessdate=2008-09-04|work=WWE] Matt Anoa'i, who wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment as Rosey, and is the cousin of Samu and Fatu, has identified The Headshrinkers performing a double splash on Scott Steiner at this event as his favorite moment at WrestleMania. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/starmoments|title=WWE Superstars tell their favorite WrestleMania moments|work=WWE|accessdate=2008-09-04]

WrestleMania IX was released on VHS by Coliseum Video. It was then released as part of the WWF's WrestleMania: The Collection (1985–1997) box set in 1997. [cite web|title=WWE Wrestmania the Collection I- XIII 1985- 1997|url=http://www.amazon.com/Wrestmania-Collection-XIII-1985-1997/dp/B0003V8WQA/ref=sr_1_32?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1220568755&sr=1-32|work=Amazon.com|accessdate=2008-09-04] The video was re-released six years later in March 1999. [cite web|title=WWE WrestleMania IX (1993)|work=Amazon.com|url=http://www.amazon.com/WWE-WrestleMania-IX-Hulk-Hogan/dp/6305276986/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1220568076&sr=1-1|accessdate=2008-09-04] That month, it was also released as part of the WWF's WrestleMania: The Legacy box set. [cite web|title=WrestleMania : The Legacy (EP) (1999)
accessdate=2008-09-04|work=Amazon.com|url=http://www.amazon.com/WrestleMania-Legacy-EP-Mr-T/dp/6305276722/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1220568565&sr=1-10
] It was also released on DVD for WWE's History of WrestleMania I-IX box set on September 14, 2004. [cite web|url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/WWE-History-WrestleMania-1985-1993-REGION/dp/B0002VEZ26/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1220568962&sr=1-3|accessdate=2008-09-04|title=WWE: History of WrestleMania I-IX, 1985-1993|work=Amazon.co.uk]

In the United Kingdom, the event was released on VHS on July 5, 1993. [cite web|title=WWF - Wrestlemania 9|url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/WWF-Wrestlemania-9-Wwe/dp/B00004CNFL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1220568465&sr=8-1|work=Amazon.co.uk|accessdate=2008-09-04] Packaged together with WrestleMania X, it was released on DVD for the WWE Tagged Classics series on May 8, 2006. [cite web|title=WWE - Wrestlemania 9 And 10|work=Amazon.co.uk|accessdate=2008-09-04|url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/WWE-Wrestlemania-10-Hulk-Hogan/dp/B000EZ3F8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1220568962&sr=1-2]

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* [http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm9/ The Official Website of WrestleMania IX]


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