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WWF Retro Review: WWF Championship 1992

Matt Davis takes a look at the WWF Championship in 1992–with Mount Rushmore names in Ric Flair and Randy Savage!

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Matt Davis takes a look at the WWF Championship in 1992–with Mount Rushmore names in Ric Flair and Randy Savage!

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Retro Championship Review on The Chairshot! This will be a biweekly article here on The Chairshot because we have a lot to discuss! In starting, my question for you is; have you ever had a discussion with a friend or in a group online about who is the greatest champion of all time? What is your defense of your claim? Wins? Quality of matches? Length of reign? In this weekly article, I will be looking back one year at a time and evaluating one specific championship in each article, with a yearly grade ranking and overall grade ranking and as we progress through the years, I will reveal who I believe is the best champion of all time.

To start us off, I am going to discuss the most recognizable championship in the history of wrestling, the WWE Heavyweight Championship. These articles will not discuss the “Big Gold” World Championship, Universal Championship, or any other recognized heavyweight championship in WWE, those will be discussed in other articles. During these reviews, I will count matches aired on weekly television, PPV, and matches also released on VHS and later on home media.

Ric Flair (January 19th, 1992 – April 5th, 1992)

  • Record: 2-4
  • Clean Losses: 3
  • Successful Defenses: 0

Recommended Matches to Watch

  • The 1992 Royal Rumble match [vacant WWF Championship]
  • Randy Savage d. Ric Flair, April 5th, 1992, WrestleMania VIII

Thoughts: When I made this list I was looking forward to this reign more than most others, especially in the early years. The importance of this reign goes beyond these statistics, as the brilliance and emotion of the Rumble match can not be detailed in a win/loss record. Bobby Heenan’s commentary as it pertained to his client and friend is legendary and memorable, shouting “It’s not fair to Flair” will remain echoed in our minds forever as Flair would go on to win the WWF Championship in the Royal Rumble. The greatest night in his life. Woooo. Flair’s overall reign was marred behind politics though. Having come into the WWF holding the NWA World Championship (due to being fired while champion), Flair was introduced to the WWF as the Real Worlds Champion, sparking what many believed would be a championship match with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VIII. That was not to be as it was determined that Randy Savage would face Flair at Wrestlemania. That feud in and of itself was entertaining too, with Flair promising to reveal scandelous pictures of Miss Elizabeth leading up to their match. What’s fun is, multiple times from 2014-2019, we’ve seen Charlotte Flair and Bayley pay homage to that match in multiple ways, showing how significant that match was to them as young girls. Another thing to point out here is the fact Flair was cleanly pinned three times as WWF Champion duing this reign. Twice on VHS releases to Hogan and once at Wrestlemania to Savage. The most of any champion thusfar. Grading this reign is difficult, but, unfortunately, it won’t see fair to Flair, with less than four months as champion, no successful defenses, and more pinfall losses than any champion so far.

Grade (A+ through F ): D

Randy Savage (April 5th, 1992 – September 14th, 1992)

  • Record: 9-3
  • Clean Losses: 1
  • Successful Defenses: 7

Recommended Matches to Watch

  • Randy Savage d. Ric Flair, April 5th, 1992, WrestleMania VIII
  • Randy Savage d. Shawn Michaels, April 14th, 1992, World Tour 1992
  • Randy Savage & Bret Hart d. Shawn Michaels & Ric Flair, The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection
  • The Ultimate Warrior d. Randy Savage (countout), August 29th, 1992, SummerSlam
  • Ric Flair d. Randy Savage, September 14th, 1992, Prime Time Wrestling

Thoughts: What a under the radar spectacle we have here. Absolutely incredible. I was looking forward to the Flair reign, but this was the best reign of the year, and remarkably, I’m going to say this reign is one of the best yet in the history of this project. 7 title defenses, 1 clean loss, a .750 winning percentage, and a five month reign make this an incredible reign. Less memorable in terms of iconic moments, but worlds better in quality than his first reign, this is the WWF Championship reign people should talk about when it comes to Randy Savage but it’s highly neglected. He wrestled almost 30 minutes against Warrior at Summerslam. Can you believe that? A half an hour Warrior match! And Savage got it out of him. Guessing the first and only time that ever happened. Savage would lose the title back to Flair on an episode of Prime Time Wrestling, but even that match was a **** classic, going over 22 minutes between two of the best in ring technicians and showmen of all time.

Grade (A+ through F ): B

Ric Flair (September 14th, 1992 – October 12th, 1992)

  • Record: 1-2
  • Clean Losses: 1
  • Successful Defenses: 1

Recommended Matches to Watch

  • Ric Flair d. Randy Savage, September 14th, 1992, Prime Time Wrestling
  • Bret Hart d. Ric Flair, October 12th, 1992, “WWE’s Top 50 Superstars of All-Time”

Thoughts: 1992 is one of the most underappreciated years in this company’s history. The rise of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart captivated fans, but it was Ric Flair who made this possible. He worked with both men all throughout the year in tags and house show matches. Flair may have not had the best win/loss record as champion, but his work rate was truly remarkable, and his work with the “next generation” to make them look good was his calling card his entire career. Lasting only 28 days, this reign was short, but the title win and title loss were both excellent matches, ranking in at **** and ****1/4 respectively, in my opinion. Sadly, it was only 28 days and he did not wrestle on any major shows as champion.

Grade (A+ through F ): D


Overall WWE Champion Ranking

  1. Hulk Hogan (January 23rd, 1984 – February 5th, 1988) – A
  2. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (April 5th, 1992 – September 14th, 1992) – B
  3. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (March 27th, 1988 – April 2nd, 1989) – C+
  4. Sgt. Slaughter (January 19th, 1991 – March 24th, 1991) – C
  5. Hulk Hogan (April 2nd, 1989 – April 1st, 1990) – C
  6. Hulk Hogan (March 24th — November 27th, 1991) – D+
  7. Ric Flair (January 19th, 1992 — April 5th, 1992) — D
  8. The Ultimate Warrior (April 1st, 1990- January 19th, 1991) – D
  9. Ric Flair (September 14th, 1992 – October 12th, 1992) — D
  10. Undertaker (November 27th, 1991- December 3rd, 1991) – F
  11. Hulk Hogan (December 3rd, 1991 – December 4th, 1991) – F

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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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