“The WWF New Generation is running on Diesel power!” Vince McMahon
The WWF New Generation, what an era. The era that ran from October 1992 when Bret Hart won his first WWE Championship and lasted to, well….Survivor Series 1997, when Bret Hart lost his final WWE Championship. But to me, that era was the most fun, exciting, and memorable era.
First of all, let’s go back to why it’s the WWF New Generation. You may wonder too why it’s now called WWE? Well, Vince could defeat WCW, ECW, and all the other territories and small wrestling promotions all throughout the 80s and 90s, but in 2002 he just couldn’t defeat the World Wildlife Foundation. But that’s neither here nor there. So okay, the WWF New Generation. It was an era that wasn’t about big muscle men, or outlandish characters. I mean, sure, the New Generation had a garbage man, and a dentist, and a pig farmer, and a half bull/half man….wait a minute, I thought the New Generation was supposed to give us something different than before?
But for every cartoon character that was still around, we had pure wrestling too. For every Henry Godwinn vs. Reno Riggins on Monday Night Raw, we would also have Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. 123 Kid in a technical 30-minute wrestling match. Some of the best pure wrestling for the WWE came in that era. Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels in the classic ladder match at Wrestlemania X, as well as the brother vs. brother match pitting Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart too! These are matches that fans still talk about to this day and they are from the one era that fans also seem to hate to this day.
When watching an old episode of WWF Superstars or Monday Night Raw from 1993 throughout 1995, you can see the arenas being smaller than the ones that they were doing the TV shows in. Fans just weren’t interested in wrestling then. For not even “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel in 1995 couldn’t make fans want to tune in. In fact, most fans would say that 1995 was the worse year for wrestling in general.
The WWF New Generation did have some old relics from the golden era that tried to stay on. Hulk Hogan and Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake in 1993 tried to make a return. They just couldn’t win the WWE Tag Titles from IRS and Ted DiBiase. Yet at that same show, Hulk Hogan won the WWE Title from Yokozuna in an impromptu match. Video evidence has since aired of Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Jimmy Hart, Randy Savage, and Brutus Beefcake celebrating in the ring. They were the only ones celebrating, for fans wanted Bret Hart, and the likes of Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, and others to be the main guys now.
But 1993 gave us a great summertime tag feud between Rick and Scott Steiner vs. IRS and Ted DiBiase for the WWE Tag Titles. Right now on the WWE Network, you can watch matches between these two teams on WWF Superstars episodes. Trust me, watch those matches, you won’t be disappointed!
The WWF New Generation era ended with a feud between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Ironically, at the first Survivor Series in 1992 where Bret Hart was champion, he wrestled Shawn Michaels. The last match Bret Hart had at Survivor Series 1997 was against Shawn Michaels for the championship. So the New Generation started out as weird and exciting as it ended.
So if you are in the mood for good wrestling, weird characters, and Vince McMahon yelling, “Ahhh what a maneuver,” nonstop, watch the WWF New Generation Era on the WWE Network.
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