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WWF WWE Superstars January 18 1992 Bret Hart Roddy Piper The Mountie Jacques Rougeau Title Changes

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#1 Loss

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 08:25 AM

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:16 AM

Bret Hart has lost the IC title to The Mountie. He wrestled with a 104-degree temperature against doctor's orders. Bret is still not healthy enough to wrestle at the Royal Rumble, so Roddy Piper will now be challenging the new IC champ. Then, we get a set of promos from both of them. Piper frames it as going after both major titles in the WWF in the same night, which is a cool touch.

#3 Tim Evans

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:29 AM

This was when Bret was rumored to go to WCW so they took the title off him right? I remember seeing this on the Royal Rumble VHS tape.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:27 PM

The 104 degree temp is a pretty weak excuse for a babyface to lose.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:00 AM

I miss these sorts of segments. It seems like everything that gets shown on RAW has to have happened right then and there. Decent promo from Rougeau.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

The Mountie delivers a promo with his Canadienese turned all the way up.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:12 AM

Reading through the Observers of the time, here's how this whole weird situation went down, according to Meltzer: WCW did make a play to sign away Bret Hart and have him appear with the Intercontinental title on television or on a Clash, as payback for Ric Flair bringing the NWA World belt to WWF TV. However--the decision had already been made that the belt was going off Bret, and probably going to Piper somehow. Piper's Funeral Parlor appearance at the tail end of '91 bears that out. If anything, this strengthened Bret's desire to jump (which was real). But as it turned out, Bret's contract contained a rollover clause, and by the time Bret and WCW had reached an agreement, the rollover had already taken effect. As a result, this Update sort of hedges its bets with regard to Bret--it could be taken as a Hart burial or he could be seen as being protected due to the fever angle. Okerlund recounts Mountie's post-match attack and Piper's rescue. Piper now becomes the first man to receive shots at the Intercontinental and WWF titles in the same night. As Matt said, this concept really seemed like the biggest thing in the world--it wouldn't mean a thing today.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

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Horrifically geeky addendum: two publicity photos of the Mountie with the Intercontinental belt. But he's carrying his souped-up, "Great American Scream Machine" shock stick that didn't make an appearance until later this year for the Slaughter feud. Were they seriously planning to have the Mountie regain the title at Survivor Series, where he was originally scheduled to challenge Davey Boy? I can't believe that they'd put him back in serious title consideration when he'd been sliding down the cards, but it's a pretty odd photographic choice otherwise.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:41 AM

Bret in WCW in '92 could have changed EVERYTHING, had they really done something with him and he stayed. Hell, WCW might be still in business.

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:30 AM

You know something's up when they don't have video footage of a title change. They did tell a neat little cover story, though. I don't know of too many guys who actually wrestled with a 104-degree fever, but it's the sort of thing a babyface is supposed to do, even if it sounds stupid. It's nice to know the backstory behind all of it, and I like that it's Piper getting the title shot, since he's never held a belt in the WWF before. His promo was full of inventive ways to rub the word "kilt" in Jacques' face, and stands as proof that he still had the verbal goods when he chose to bring them, which unfortunately wasn't very often by now.

 

Why was Jimmy even with Jacques? If the man whose function is being a mouthpiece isn't going to talk, his name better be Arnold Skaaland or he's a waste of time and money. (A few words of introduction don't count.) Jacques himself has completely dropped the ball promowise since the Mountie character was introduced; his brand of screaming psychopath is distinguished from all the others in the WWF only by his accent. I much prefer the goofy, sleazy Jacques from the days of the Rougeaus' heel run. 

 

With all of the controversy surrounding Bret here, it's hard to believe that he'll be WWF champion in just a little under nine months, and that he'll beat Flair for the title to boot. How quickly wrestling changes!



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 05:39 AM

I've always wondered that if Bret had gone to WCW in 1992, what would his finisher have been? The Sharpshooter and Scorpion Deathlock were pretty much the same thing.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:50 PM

He probably could have used another one. By this point he'd only started using it when he became a singles guy. What was his finisher before he worked for Vince?







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