Merch From '93-'94
The WWF was about as far away from The Attitude Era as they were going to get back in the winter of 1993. Sure, they had some of the staple superstars from the era, but their merchandise reflected a more cartoony era.
Case in point - every other page in the catalog was adorned with an adorable cartoon of a WWF superstar, such as Bret Hart, Doink The Clown, or what have you. I don't know about you, but to a 20 year-old Canadian Bulldog, this was a major turn off.
I mean, when you go through a catalog like this, you're looking for pro wrestlers, not freaking Muppet Babies!
Beyond the whole "Wrestlers That Look Like They Should Be In The Hi & Lois Comic Strip" motif, the catalog actually found some time to sell wrestling merchandise as well!
This Hulk Hogan jacket, for example, that Jimmy Hart and Jimmy Hart alone would be caught dead wearing out in the public. I love how the text says "it has finally arrived" and by the time this catalog came out, Hogan was already gone from the company and negotiating a deal with WCW.
I know I mentioned "watches" in the previous section, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention this from the description of the NEW! Undertaker Watch:
"...this 'deathwatch' will constantly remind you to live every moment."
WWF: Selling merchandise and handing out life lessons. Also... doesn't DeathWatch sound like a great title for a Steven Seagal movie?
There's also a cute Undertaker Teddy Bear on sale for just 20 bones. Because what conveys "death and destruction" better than a fluffy wittle teddy bear?
Hey, look - Bret Hart has a teddy bear, too!
Meh; this one doesn't bother me nearly as much. For one thing, the bear kind of looks like him, between the scowling expression, signature sunglasses and pink and black trunks. Contrast that to the Randy Savage and Undertaker teddy bears and you'll see what I mean. If you're going to market a wrestling teddy bear.... may as well do it right.
And then there's the Bret Hart wall hanging, which some pre-teen girl is clutching the chest of in a scene that's kind of creepy. I don't know why, but it reminds me of the Depeche Mode wall hanging I had in my basement as a kid, used mainly to cover up a hole my friend had made in the wall when he pulled a "Shockmaster" and crashed through it.