As I watch the build for WrestleMania IX for the Flashbacks, I have to admit... it's not bad. Some of the matches on paper aren't pretty, but hear me out...
1. Bret is the fighting Champion. A storyline they pushed since Day 1. He finds ways to defeat opponents of all sizes. Now he has to face an undefeated monster that physically looks like someone Bret can't beat. Along the way, Yokozuna DESTROYS Jim Duggan. At the contract signing, he lays Bret out, but Bret is the first man to take the Banzai Drop and try to get back to his feet.
2. Hulk Hogan returns to avenge his best friend getting his face smashed by dastardly heels. As far as finding a way to work him back into storylines is concerned, it did the job and created more interest for the show.
3. Lex Luger vs. Mr. Perfect is one of those matches that seems misguided in build, but also has the allure of the undefeated Luger against a guy who hasn't lost a match (on TV) since returning. Perfect has been featured a lot on TV and won every match, and is easily slated in the top 3 of babyfaces (until Hogan's return) along with Bret and Undertaker.
4. Tatanka pins Shawn Michaels not once, but twice, in Non-Title scenarios. Is three times a charm? Doesn't hurt Tatanka is UNDEFEATED.
5. The Crush/Doink injury angle was one of the more memorable spots in the first half of 1993, and Doink is legitimately one of the more interesting characters on WWF TV. He's also UNDEFEATED. Crush? He hasn't lost a match on TV, either.
6. For an undercard match, The Steiner Brothers vs. Head Shrinkers is another between unbeatens. Yes, we're in the era ofnot seeing guys every week, but the Headshrinkers have been well protected, and the only blemish on them is Fatu losing a singles match against the WWF Champion in what was a highly contested effort.
7. I have no defense for Taker vs. Gonzales, but Gonzales is UNDEFEATED! It's amazing how few jobs were done on TV back then.
If only the show featured stronger finishes other than "heel goes over through dastardly means" or "DQ/CO", it could've been a great show, but creative fucked it up trying too hard to protect everyone. When you have a 14+-match cards like 4-7, you can do a couple. When you do EIGHT matches, it's harder to swallow, especially in key matches.