Classic Coliseum moments
Six recent classic moments from WWE's history at New Haven Coliseum:
Nov. 13, 1991
WWE live event: Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
On Nov. 13, 1991, one of the first battles between two all-time greats took place in New Haven when Ric Flair met Bret Hart at a WWE live event. Flair had just made his WWE debut a short time earlier, and “The Hitman” was the Intercontinental Champion at the time. After a 20-minute plus battle, Flair would win the match but not the gold, defeating Hart by countout.
April 30, 1992
WWE live event: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Years before the famous Montreal Incident, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were at war over the Intercontinental Championship. This match took place at a live event just weeks after Bret had regained the gold from Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII. Shawn gave it all he had, but the champion was able to retain his gold thanks to the Sharpshooter.
Sept. 20 and 27, 1993
Monday Night Raw: Razor Ramon wins the Intercontinental Championship
In September 1993, Shawn Michaels was stripped of the Intercontinental Championship for failing to defend it within 30 days. To fill the vacancy, a Battle Royal was held on Sept. 20, with Razor Ramon and Rick Martel as the final two survivors. They squared off the following week, and Ramon pinned Martel after a Razor’s Edge to claim the gold.
Dec. 9, 1996
Monday Night Raw: Undertaker vs. Mankind in a No Holds Barred Match
The rivalry between Undertaker and Mankind was hot and heavy in late 1996, and the two arch-enemies met on Raw in a wild No Holds Barred Match. The action spilled all over the Coliseum, but in the end, the Deadman was the one who “had a nice day” when he triumphed over Mankind.
April 27, 1999
SmackDown's pilot episode
While SmackDown didn’t make its official network debut until August 1999, the pilot edition aired on UPN on April 27 of that year. In the main event, two dream teams collided, with then-recent enemies Stone Cold & The Rock defeating Triple H & Undertaker in the wild main event.
Aug. 26, 2002
SmackDown closes the Coliseum
With Monday Night Raw live at Madison Square Garden just 75 miles away, the New Haven Coliseum hosted a SmackDown live event on August 26, 2002. An era ended that night, as it wasn’t just the final WWE event at the Coliseum, but the final event period. After thousands upon thousands of matches in the Coliseum’s rich history, Edge & Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle & Eddie Guerrero in the main event to officially close the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for good.