Re: How good was 1996?
The thing with 1996 is, this is the year that the WWF lost a main eventer (Diesel) and an upper-mid-carder who was one of the most popular wrestlers in the entire company (Razor Ramon) at the same time. Plus, add on to that, from April - November, Bret Hart was a free agent and was fielding offers from WCW and almost jumped ship. But he was off TV for 7 months(!) due to that. So, in 1996, they lost Diesel, Razor, and Bret (for most of the year, 7 months). That's 2 main eventers and 1 upper-mid-carder. Not to mention 1-2-3 Kid also left. So, they lost alot of talent in such a short amount time. And then, that talent would go to the competition and form perhaps the greatest stable of all time. That adds up to a tough year for the WWF no matter what they had going on on their show.
1996 WWF at least you were pretty much guaranteed one thing. A good-great main event almost every night. They had some really good PPV main events with Iron Man match, HBK/Diesel No Holds Barred, HBK/Bulldog KOTR, HBK/Vader SummerSlam, HBK/Mankind Mind Games, HBK/Sid Survivor Series. So, HBK had some really good PPV main event matches while they lost very important guys on the roster in Diesel (left right after his Apil match with HBK), Bret, and Razor. All 3 of those guys would have been potential feuds for HBK with the belt. There's no question the loss of them hurt business. But like I said, at the very least, you were pretty much guaranteed a good to great main event match.
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Last edited by ShowStopper; 01-21-2013 at 01:53 PM.