Some crazy news, courtesy of Sports Illustrated; The Undertaker, arguably the most WWE guy to ever WWE, has been booked for an appearance at the Starrcast II wrestling convention, happening during AEW Double or Nothing weekend. The inaugural Starrcast took place over All In weekend back in September, featuring all sorts of wrestlers and podcasts and pretty much everything you could want at a wrestling convention. But although he does some work for AEW, including hosting its Double or Nothing launch event earlier in the month, podcast host/insurance salesman/guy who apparently never sleeps Conrad Thompson made it a point in the article to mention that Starrcast is its own thing and not an AEW-branded event. Undertaker, real name Mark Callaway, started taking non-WWE bookings as of last week and this is his first big appearance that’s been announced to my knowledge.
While Starrcast II runs all weekend (May 23-26) leading up to Double or Nothing, The Undertaker appearance will only happen on May 25th. Bracelets go on sale for the convention this Friday, but they mentioned Platinum and Gold in particular so I guess you’ll need one of those to meet The Deadman. I don’t know how conventions work, being around people is gross. Visit the official Starrcast II site for more info if you can stomach being in crowds though, sounds like it’ll be a good time. Meanwhile I’m just going to sit back and try to process THE UNDERTAKER being part of a non-WWE event. That’s going to take some time to get used to.
Date: February 18, 1996 Venue: Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY) Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler
The 6th installment of In Your House features the baby blue cage of doom as Bret Hart defends the WWF Championship against the man he defeated for it back at Survivor Series, and soon to be WCW-bound, Diesel. Also on the show Shawn Michaels puts his WrestleMania XII title shot on the line against Owen Hart,the feud between former best friends Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid ends with a friggin’ Crybaby Match, and Yokozuna…speaks?!?
WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Goldust
WWF World Tag Team Champions: VACANT
The (Televised) Lineup
Crybaby Match:Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (**1/2)
Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (**)
Yokozuna vs. Davey Boy Smith (1/4*)
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (***3/4)
Steel Cage Match:Bret Hart [c] vs. Diesel for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
Date: January 24, 1993 Venue: ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA) Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan
The 1993 edition of the Royal Rumble features the first singles WWF Championship match in the event’s history as Bret Hart defends against Razor Ramon, The Rockers finally colliding as Shawn Michaels takes on Marty Jannetty, the WWF PPV debut of The Steiner Brothers, the return of Bam Bam Bigelow, the debut of Lex Luger‘s new in-ring gimmick, and…a tall dude with spray-painted muscles. This is a weird show, folks. Let’s check it out!
WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Beverly Brothers
Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Marty Jannetty for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Big Boss Man vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Bret Hart [c] vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
Date: October 3, 1991 Venue: Royal Albert Hall (London, England) Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan
WWE has put up a whole lot of Coliseum Video releases on the Network, so you know I gots to start recapping those. This time around I’m going with the Battle Royal at the Albert Hall which features a, SHOCK SHOCK SHOCK, battle royal as the main event. Let’s check it out together. As friends. Or maybe more if the connection is there, I don’t know.
WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Tag Team Champions: The Legion of Doom (Animal & Hawk)
The Rockers vs. The Nasty Boys (DUD)
Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair (**1/2)
Big Boss Man vs. Earthquake (*3/4)
Kerry Von Erich vs. The Mountie (*1/4)
Jim Duggan vs. The Undertaker (1/2*)
The Legion of Doom [c] vs. Power & Glory for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)