The WWF Free For All Shows of 1996

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Beginning in 1996, the WWF would change the format of their Pay Per View Preview shows with the debut of "WWF Free For All". The Free For All was a 30 minute show that aired right before a big WWF event, providing free content and matches to the public in hopes of converting more buyers. The previous format was known as the "countdown" show and many of these shows were made available on WWF tapes, but when the Free for All was introduced, only American audiences got to see the full unedited shows. UK video tapes would sometimes include the Free For All match, but nothing else.
This video takes a look at every WWF Free For All of 1996. We look at the true original versions of the Free For All shows that aired on PPV preview channels right before the WWF went live with their big events, and we look at the matches and promos that took place on each show.
00:00 - An Introduction to WWF PPV Preview shows
03:33 - Royal Rumble 1996 Free For All
05:42 - In Your House 6 Free For All
06:59 - WrestleMania XII Free For All
09:02 - Good Friends, Better Enemies Free For All
10:43 - Beware of Dog Free For All
11:45 - King of the Ring 96 Free For All
13:17 - International Incident Free For All
15:30 - SummerSlam 1996 Free For All
17:02 - Mind Games Free For All
19:28 - Buried Alive Free For All
20:33 - Survivor Series 1996 Free For All
21:51 - It's Time Free For All
Undertaker Remix mentioned in video:
(Please not that this is NOT the same remix seen on the pre-show. You'll hear a much louder solo guitar in the Free For All version)
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  1. Tyler Sutton
    Tyler Sutton
    5 ditë më parë

    The good ole TV Guide channel. Ah the memories lol

  2. Elijah Booher
    Elijah Booher
    9 ditë më parë

    For some reason I would like to see underused wrestler have runs as champions

  3. Shinji Black
    Shinji Black
    11 ditë më parë

    I kinda wanna know about that WCW Main Event

  4. Jay Balvin Cuh
    Jay Balvin Cuh
    13 ditë më parë

    Bro if you do get the 97 videos plz do so.

  5. Necro Genix
    Necro Genix
    19 ditë më parë

    Ha, I always watched the pre-shows. Remember watching Harlem Heat for the first time on a pre show. Was on a WCW PPV back in 1994.

  6. Person X
    Person X
    20 ditë më parë

    Bret Hart? More like Bret Fart!

  7. Robert Ortiz
    Robert Ortiz
    23 ditë më parë

    Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, during the New WWF Generation in 1996. Awesome!

  8. Robert Ortiz
    Robert Ortiz
    23 ditë më parë

    HBK Shawn Michaels draws # 1 in 1995, Triple H draws # 1 in 1996. What irony is that? I guess they really were best friends.

  9. Robert Ortiz
    Robert Ortiz
    23 ditë më parë

    Not silly for me, I watched everything

  10. dvon1097
    27 ditë më parë

    The older pre shows from the new generation/attitude era are so nostalgic

  11. Blake Swinney
    Blake Swinney
    Muaj më parë

    My favorite FREE FOR ALL was stone cold steve austin vs Yokozuna

  12. Blake Swinney
    Blake Swinney
    Muaj më parë

    Can you please do Sunday night heat or shotgun Saturday night

  13. Mikey Mike
    Mikey Mike
    Muaj më parë

    That Undertaker mix sounds a bit like the Rocks theme mixed in

  14. wezz Beet
    wezz Beet
    Muaj më parë

    I used to watch them all to for the exact same reason paddyman

  15. Anthony Kaeppel
    Anthony Kaeppel
    Muaj më parë

    I actually have that undertaker song on dvd because I have all of these free for all shows on dvd amd there very good high quality so HMU 🤙

    1. Anthony Kaeppel
      Anthony Kaeppel
      Muaj më parë

      I also have the 1997 ones also !!!!!!

  16. MaverickNinja
    Muaj më parë

    Dude I hope you are making some decent money from your videos now, I’ve been following you since way back when and these are legit television quality documentaries you’re making brudda. Such a passion and intense and amazing research going into these it’s unreal - follower for life mate! Thank you again for all your efforts making these, you’re a champ. X

  17. Cody Rubey
    Cody Rubey
    Muaj më parë

    omaha, baby!

  18. SkankHunt 420
    SkankHunt 420
    Muaj më parë

    I think that taker music is just from the end or towards the end of his theme music( pretty sure is on one of the wwf the music vol cds

  19. IanMoone
    Muaj më parë

    *I am pleased to say, I am signed with the best company in the world The WWE* *Stay turned I know the majority of you idiots will think this is fake* *To the ones who don't I will have a surprise for you* *Now get down on your knees and bow to the master*

  20. TG5455
    Muaj më parë

    (Seeing Clarence in a neck brace)...Poor Clarence Mason, he went through a lot for Camp Cornette. 😆

  21. Jeremy Hegg
    Jeremy Hegg
    Muaj më parë

    WWF in 1996: Hulk Hogan (42) and Macho Man (43) are really old Also WWF in 1996: Here's Roddy Piper (42), Jake Roberts (41), Jerry Lawler (46) and Jimmy Snuka (53) WWE in 2020: Makes Goldberg (53) Universal Champion Also, Jerry Lawler commentating over a "match" where both competitors have "heart attacks" doesn't age very well.

  22. ezy. mac
    ezy. mac
    Muaj më parë

    LOVE your content man!! Thanks for all the work you put in!

  23. LegalizeSpaceWeed2020
    Muaj më parë

    You mind sharing those free for alls?

  24. Philip Glover
    Philip Glover
    Muaj më parë

    Todd Petingill was a great host of those old Countdown shows

  25. Tobias Michel
    Tobias Michel
    Muaj më parë

    You intro looks way better then their logo animations! :)

  26. 50_shadesof_green
    Muaj më parë

    My Wrestlemania 12 VHS had the Free For All fortunately. I bought mine from a Woolworths in Cambridgeshire, fairly soon after release I think. I don't remember much from it though I remember the HHH match and the Billionaire Ted part - don't recall the actual part but I can remember it being on there at least 🙂

    Muaj më parë

    Rocky Maivia must have given Jim Cornette the first PEOPLES EYEBROW that is why he got the DQ lol

  28. Eddie Torres
    Eddie Torres
    Muaj më parë

    damn! i remember cornette talked about how shawn treated jose and ive neber seen that little sarcastic remark he gave to jose wow what a douche shawn was at that time. i didnt like rhat HBK won the strap at wm12. so much so i hardly watched wwf in 96. i switched to ecw until about 1998

  29. orc at war 98
    orc at war 98
    Muaj më parë

    i have a few of these on VHS and there's a story about that VHS i got home from a vacation and my parents did a deep clean of my room i was looking at my VHS to watch something and i find this mysterious tape which i haven't seen before . i ask my parents about it . they don't know anything about it so i was scared of what's on it i put it in's a wrestling tape (at the time i wasn't a fan) so i watched it and afterwards i was looking up all of these matches and became a fan of wrestling . so ya without that tape i would be a fan

  30. Eddie Torres
    Eddie Torres
    Muaj më parë

    my favorite youtube channel!

  31. Halo
    Muaj më parë

    Trust me, as a 90's kid, any extra wrestling back then was like goldust (pun intended). £15 VHS tapes, 4/5 months AFTER the event, 1 hour a week of WWF on premium priced Cable. It was a struggle, so having a 30 min Free for All on the tape felt like a huge win.

  32. Hellraiser Gordon
    Hellraiser Gordon
    Muaj më parë

    Steve Austin being on the Summerslam 96 Free For All right after winning KOTR 96 was a major WTF moment.

  33. Bignash83
    Muaj më parë

    I would watch it some times my cable provider would make a mistake and play the PPV

  34. HarlotEffect
    Muaj më parë

    Some of the Free for all matches are on the crappy Tagged Classics DVDs.

  35. Dreadful Dan's Discs
    Dreadful Dan's Discs
    Muaj më parë

    You got gypped on that WrestleMania XII video! Reminds of the immortal legend carried on a sticker on the back of 'Smack 'Em Whack 'Em': "For technical reasons the match between Bret Hart and Yokozuna does not appear on this video". Anyway, great video as always

  36. Dezaras Prime
    Dezaras Prime
    Muaj më parë

    Tweeted you but I'll put it here too. Think I found that Taker music you wanted

  37. Funky Diabetic
    Funky Diabetic
    Muaj më parë

    There was an undertaker music video on raw, I think july 96, with that version of his music

  38. Kermit The Frog
    Kermit The Frog
    Muaj më parë

    The great thing about wwe tagged classics dvds are most old in your house shows and ppvs of the 90s are fully intact.

  39. Chris Hype
    Chris Hype
    Muaj më parë

    Does the Billionaire Ted skits. Cuts immediately to Roddy Piper. WWF: Where the superstars are Raw, and the metaphors are mixed!

  40. Kodii Ayyeee
    Kodii Ayyeee
    Muaj më parë

    Damn WrestlingBios puts in that WORKKKKKKK boi

  41. John Cap
    John Cap
    Muaj më parë

    I was at Mindgames!!! So great, wrestling bios do a podcast on that, and show how Sandman, Dreamer and Heyman came during the Savio vs Bradshaw match. They said 5 people new it was a work. Any1 interested go on Bruce Prichard podcast to hear the story classic. The place almost rioted, and that big yellow snake peed all over the ring on super ball sunday when they would have a house show every year in Philly great times! lol.

  42. John Cap
    John Cap
    Muaj më parë


  43. Angel Otero
    Angel Otero
    Muaj më parë

    that was a great time to be a wrestling fan

  44. Henry K
    Henry K
    Muaj më parë

    Excellent work as always.

  45. Internet Jesus
    Internet Jesus
    Muaj më parë

    13:57 They JUST released that Undertaker song on Uncaged XIV. Here's the link to the official YT upload:

  46. Matt Olson
    Matt Olson
    Muaj më parë

    Yeah that cool checking them all out, I hope you can get them all from 97

  47. C 1
    C 1
    Muaj më parë

    My Wrestlemania 12 VHS (UK) has the Bodydonnas vs Godwins match on it.

  48. Ronnie Fox
    Ronnie Fox
    Muaj më parë

    Please do one on the BWO or Terry Funk.

  49. Darren Ford
    Darren Ford
    Muaj më parë

    If you search for "undertaker spirit tribute". Its the full video from international incident.

  50. Toph 'Goldenfoxx' Morris
    Toph 'Goldenfoxx' Morris
    Muaj më parë

    Ugh. The New Rockers. Marty Jannetty has always legit been my favorite wrestler, but this tag team felt like such a huge step back for Marty. Not to mention how terrible the tag team (or any tag team billed as the "new" anything) was in its own right. Or maybe I'm just bitter than Marty only held the I-C belt for about a month and suddenly found himself back in the muck of WWF's declining tag team division.

  51. Khan the video game hunter
    Khan the video game hunter
    Muaj më parë

    The dumpster dude was a waste

  52. Khan the video game hunter
    Khan the video game hunter
    Muaj më parë

    The free for all was my way to watch an over priced ppv. Preview for free

  53. Stew Malpass
    Stew Malpass
    Muaj më parë

    Love it, great rewatching these. Thank you.

  54. ChrisTombstone
    Muaj më parë

    My friend the reason why we enjoy these old preview shows so much is because we are in fact old now. I was the same way because back in those days I couldn't afford pay-per-view and neither could my folks. So the only way I can get a taste of what was going to happen was through these shows. And they'll never be another era like the one we grew up in. Thank God for technology that we are able to go back in time and relive these great times.

  55. sudochop
    Muaj më parë

    It was a good time back then. I was only about 11 at this point and I would go over my uncles house with my younger cousin and we would watch the PPV's. I don't know why my uncle had all the PPV back then, but I guess he had his ways lol. I still remember Wrestlemania 12 and the boiler room brawl match. Anyways, it was a Sunday tradition back then in 95' and 96'. A whole day event. Good times.

  56. Joe Kerr
    Joe Kerr
    Muaj më parë Is this that Undertaker song you asked about?? WWF the music cd’s.

  57. Zander Allan
    Zander Allan
    Muaj më parë

    I loved Tod pettengill hyping up the ppvs he added more excitement and got u even more excited for the ppvs

  58. Allie-RX
    Muaj më parë

    I remember when Prevue Channel was called Prevue Guide. That was my early childhood there!

  59. Jose Chavez
    Jose Chavez
    Muaj më parë

    Sid was juiced to the gills. He was a beast.

  60. Jimmy Larson
    Jimmy Larson
    Muaj më parë

    Allow me to correct you on the plaques. You didn’t get a choice of Shawn or Sid. The deal was to get a plaque of the winner of the match with a piece of the mat and a photo taken right after the match. They did this many times including at Wrestlemania 12 with Shawn and Bret. Best countdown shows were wrestlemania 9 watching Todd and some guy fight over a chair and 94 Summerslam sponsored by dominos pizza and the fans are Jerry Lawler’s pizza. The best free for all was summer slam 96 cause of Sunny in a thong and it was tremendous.

  61. William Thompson
    William Thompson
    Muaj më parë

    The preshow back were so great as nice refreshers of the storylines taking place. Really adding hype to those feuds

  62. Kilo Corleone
    Kilo Corleone
    Muaj më parë

    Fascinating channel man. Great work 💯

  63. Remy Vega
    Remy Vega
    Muaj më parë

    When I would order these pay per views, I would always record the Free For All shows and the following RAW afterwards. Sometimes you'd get rematches from the night before or even a title change from the same bout.

  64. Wrestling Warrior
    Wrestling Warrior
    Muaj më parë

    That Undertaker theme was actually just released on Uncaged XIV, it's called "The Spirit of The Undertaker".

  65. Derrick Ringgold
    Derrick Ringgold
    Muaj më parë

    What was the whole point n Shawn and that manager? Could u do a bio on that?

  66. KEWL V1C
    KEWL V1C
    Muaj më parë

    Haha that Summerslam 96 Free for All was also memorable because of the “turd” found in the pool, which TL Hopper ended up eating!

  67. JustJulyo
    Muaj më parë

    This was the obscure stuff I'm surprised it took someone in 2020 to talk about Kudos! Great work!

  68. Cappy 22
    Cappy 22
    Muaj më parë

    Pamela Anderson was smoking hot

  69. Brad O
    Brad O
    Muaj më parë

    HBK was just saying what the rest of us were thinking. I could understand a one off or maybe a month long program featuring José but he was w/HBK for far too long. It brought his run down as the Champ imo. And no, I don’t agree w/any of HBK’s actions toward José if true.

  70. BL7
    Muaj më parë

    Fan of both Bret and Shawn Michaels (Bret's my fav of all time), but I agree with Shawn's promo. While Shawn is one of the biggest douchebags ever, Bret Hart is very arrogant and will always be. Currently, I actually think Shawn is more humble than Bret...

  71. Michael John
    Michael John
    Muaj më parë

    These were always fun to watch. I remember when my family didn't order the PPV we would watch these.

  72. Chris Tallon
    Chris Tallon
    Muaj më parë

    Thanks a lot, in France we did not even get the In Your House at the time, just the big 5 and without the Free For All ! I can't wait for another amazing job from you for the Free For All 1997 (I'm sure you'll get them^^)

  73. Aaronetic
    Muaj më parë

    Such a treat seeing all these for the first time! These looked astronomically superior to the nonsense on pre-shows now. Cornette phantom selling had me dying, ROFL!

  74. Ryan Reed
    Ryan Reed
    Muaj më parë

    2:12... bringing back so many childhood memories

  75. Christiankai Wolf
    Christiankai Wolf
    Muaj më parë

    Probably all the staff from what culture disliked this video

  76. Matthew Stork
    Matthew Stork
    Muaj më parë

    1996 wwf was pretty good. Thats when the attitude Era began.

    1. Krendall2
      5 ditë më parë

      KOTR '96 kicked off this pre-Attitude transition period. The era wasn't in full swing until the next year.

    2. Kenneth Flagler jr
      Kenneth Flagler jr
      Muaj më parë

      I would say 97 was attitude era

  77. B_side 86
    B_side 86
    Muaj më parë

    Btw other then watching him on tv wm 12 was my first time seeing the undertaker live the purple gloved taker was my favorite taker other then the 97 & 98 taker witch I did see him live a second time at a house show beating ken shamrock in a casket match & the main event was a tag team with the rock & stone cold against . I wanna say minion & viscera in a steel cage but I can’t remember who Austin & the rock faced . I do remember it was in that black steel cage with stone cold climbing the cage during his entrance doing his pose & grabbed the mic saying on top of the cage if you wanna see stone cold & the rock to whip some ass give me a hell yeah! then we all said helllll yeah!! Lol then the rock come out & did his thing then we all chanted his name & said finally... the rock has come back to Anaheim!!!! lol it was great

  78. B_side 86
    B_side 86
    Muaj më parë

    I was there at wm 12 it was awesome I even got to actually meet Yokozuna & get his autograph & shake his hand & take a picture with him . you’re not silly for liking the free for all I actually enjoyed it as well . Stay safe & have a happy thanksgiving bro keep up the good work you’re doing 🤘🏽

  79. Len Wennerberg
    Len Wennerberg
    Muaj më parë

    In that debate Mark Henry looks like Rerun from What's Happening

  80. David Worden
    David Worden
    Muaj më parë

    I had always wondered what happened to all of this extra content thank you for answering my questions

  81. chumpyman
    Muaj më parë

    Free for all, a staple on sky sports before watching PPVs "free" with your onn digital box and card you bought from a man in the pub! I remeber the Austin/yoko match as I thought the finish was great, it still is

  82. Zachary Grant/Lux
    Zachary Grant/Lux
    Muaj më parë

    This was great, Nostalgia at a all time High for me lol

  83. Mike Gross
    Mike Gross
    Muaj më parë

    My initial reaction to seeing this on my notifications: what strange topic for a biography. But hey, at least I know that nobody has done it before so naturally as a wrestling mark. it made for an interesting watch. I remember watching the very first free for all. Awesome nostalgia feelers. Good stuff 👍

  84. J DNB
    J DNB
    Muaj më parë

    I believe you are looking for the 2nd spirit version of the Undertakers theme

  85. Aj's Gaming
    Aj's Gaming
    Muaj më parë

    thats strange as on my wrestlemaina 12 vhs had the pre-show (iam from the uk too) also i think the billionaire ted skit finished on the free for all was coz as you said on your reliving the war series usa network pulled the plug on it

  86. Nathan Joseph
    Nathan Joseph
    Muaj më parë

    I know this comment pertains to a different Wrestling Bios video, but listening to you crack while reading the Ultimate Warrior's promo in the last Reliving The War episode, had my in stitches. Great stuff lol!

  87. Александр Деркач
    Александр Деркач
    Muaj më parë

    11:29 - Take 1, 11:30 - Take 2

  88. Charles Lizana
    Charles Lizana
    Muaj më parë

    21:40 Wow, seeing this jarred my memory... I had a plaque like this for Wrestlemania 12 with a piece of the ring matt! Totally forgot about that! Now I'm wondering of my mother still has it in a box of my old childhood things..

  89. Matthew Price
    Matthew Price
    Muaj më parë

    It was the 1997 Free For All for the Royal Rumble, and the way Dok Hendrix announced Victoria Texas own Stone Cold Steve Austin...I knew something was up

  90. Joseph Buono
    Joseph Buono
    Muaj më parë

    Mark Henry had a nice hat.

  91. Tim Donovan
    Tim Donovan
    Muaj më parë

    Vince plays the Billionaire Ted skits. Then highlights Roddy Piper against Goldust. A guy from the same generation. Then when Piper leaves for WCW and faces Hogan they label the match “Age in a cage” only to have Hogan back on a full time basis a few years later and Piper back part time. You couldn’t make up the hypocrisy. 😂

  92. pollorican787
    Muaj më parë

    Man every time you put up new content its on the top of my viewing list and I wait till I watch it when I drive to work in the early morning you definitely wake me up your videos are awesome please keep up the good work

  93. Legendary Moose man
    Legendary Moose man
    Muaj më parë

    Haha, i rememeber for one PPV my dad waited till like the last min of the preshow to order the PPV.

  94. Where Da Stimmy's At
    Where Da Stimmy's At
    Muaj më parë

    That Undertaker video is on youtube its Undertaker 1996 Titantron

  95. Chris Oxlade
    Chris Oxlade
    Muaj më parë

    Best ever

  96. Mega Raichu
    Mega Raichu
    Muaj më parë

    Wow great video sir cant wait for you to do 1997

  97. Wrestling Reaper
    Wrestling Reaper
    Muaj më parë

    The music at 22:07 is "Lotus Opening" by Constance Demby. Idk why this song but my guess is that the network chose this song and not the WWF itself. Edit: Also at 17:19, the song there is "Moonwater" by Zeus Faber.

  98. Bi-Han
    Muaj më parë

    Thank you Taker

  99. Dan Jones
    Dan Jones
    Muaj më parë

    Great video once again. I saved up the reliving the war videos and binge watched them over a couple of days when I should have been doing work 😁 Love these videos, helping me get through the lockdown! Keep up the good work!

  100. BaneClandestine
    Muaj më parë

    The Free for all Shows were reportedly lost to time, because Vince gave the ownership to the cable companies that would be hosting the PPVs, allegedly. How true this is I have no idea, but it's crazy WWE network wouldn't be able to buy out their own content, unless all of this footage was genuinely lost on the providers end.