Remembering Badd Blood: 15 years later

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October 05, 2012

Covering all the bases

But the Hell in a Cell Match wasn’t the only contest featured at Badd Blood. In The Hart Foundation’s ongoing belligerence against the United States, Bret “Hit Man” Hart & The British Bulldog faced off with the team of Vader & The Patriot in a Flag Match where pinfalls and submissions were legal.

“People were so used to seeing huge matches between Bret Hart and The British Bulldog, like their epic match at SummerSlam 1992,” Natalya explained. “But now you get them as a tag team, so that was super unique because that didn’t happen often.” (WATCH)

Bret’s brother Owen was also in action against Faarooq (WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons) in the finals of a monthlong tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin had been forced to vacate the title due to an injury at the hands of the younger Hart brother, the man he defeated for the championship at SummerSlam. But at Badd Blood, Owen regained the title to become Intercontinental Champion once again. (WATCH)

Faarooq’s other Nation of Domination members — Rocky Maivia (the future Great One), Kama Mustafa and D’Lo Brown — faced off against The Legion of Doom in a Handicap Match. “The Nation of Domination was a force to be reckoned with and guys who really weren’t playing around,” Kofi explained. He was right. A Rock Bottom later and the legendary Road Warriors duo was on the losing end of the matchup. (WATCH)

“That’s the main thing I really remember about this era,” Kofi recalled. “You had so many teams, so many factions. It was almost like a turf war. Like ‘The Warriors.’ ”

In more bouts of gang warfare at Badd Blood, the foursomes of The D.O.A. and Los Boricuas took to the ring in a chaotic 8-Man Tag Team Match. (WATCH) Plus, The Godwinns defeated The Headbangers to win the WWE World Tag Team Championships. (WATCH) Between the Flag Match, Handicap Match and other team bouts, the Hell in a Cell Match wasn’t just unique for being the first, but for being one of only two singles matchups at the event.

Even the night’s most unique attraction was a team event as Max Mini & Nova grappled with Tarantula & Mosaic in an athletic Minis experience. “I always liked seeing the Minis do their thing,” Kofi enthused. “It was always very impressive.” (WATCH)

Badd Blood also included a notable non-match moment as Jim Ross and Sunny held a ceremony to honor legends of the St. Louis Wrestling Club. The event took place in the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, and Good Ol’ J.R. presented recognitions to Gene Kiniski, Lou Thesz, Sam Muchnick and WWE Hall of Famers Jack Brisco, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk and Harley Race. (WATCH)

“This pay-per-view covered all bases,” Kofi concluded. “It was a good mix of quality entertainment and good wrestling.”

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