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WWF WrestleMania VI Review

WWF WrestleMania VI

April 1st 1990

Skydome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

Attendance: 67,678

Buyrate: 550,000

 

History was made at WrestleMania VI not because it was a face vs. face main event but also title vs. title. WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan was up against the Intercontinental Champion, Ultimate Warrior, who was quickly becoming a rising star in the company. The other historic thing about this show was that it was the first WrestleMania to be held outside of the United States. On a personal note, I was a huge fan of both of these guys (Still a Hogan fan, not so much a Warrior fan though) so I had no idea who I wanted to win. I expected Hogan to win because he rarely lost and when he did lose, it was always because of outside interference. The attendance was 67,678 and one of the people in attendance that night was Adam Copeland a/k/a Edge. There’s a shot of him on the True Story of WrestleMania DVD sporting a massive mullet and a “Hulk Rules” vest. 12 years later, he’ll be competing in the same venue for WrestleMania 18. More on that later.

 

The opening montage is Vince McMahon doing voiceovers saying that the most powerful forces in the world are going to collide as the Ultimate Warrior takes on Hulk Hogan in “the ultimate challenge”. The announcers welcome to the show. Jesse says “I’ve been to the Super bowl, I’ve been to the World Series, I’ve been to the Rolling Stones and one event surpasses them all – WrestleMania.”

 

Koko B Ware vs. “The Model” Rick Martel

Since we’re in the huge dome, the aisle way is very long like it was at WrestleMania III, and little carts, in the form of mini-rings are used to transport the wrestlers down to the ring. Martel attacks Koko as the ref was checking him to take the early edge. Koko springboards off the seconds rope with a crossbody, which gets two. He follows that up with a pair of dropkicks and a backdrop before clotheslining Martel to the floor. Slingshot back inside and Koko delivers a shoulderblock. He comes off the ropes again, but this time Martel fires him to the floor. Back inside Martel puts the boots to Koko before delivering a suplex for two. Second rope double axe handle connects for Martel, and that is followed by a backbreaker. That sets up a Boston Crab attempt by Martel, but Koko is able to get to the ropes before Martel can turn it over. Martel fires Koko into the turnbuckle, but Koko no sells that because his head is so hard and makes a quick comeback. A pair of flying headbutts gets a two count. Koko again tries for the springboard crossbody off the second rope, but this time no one is home. That allows Martel to slap on the Boston Crab, which picks up the submission.

Winner: “The Model” Rick Martel via submission

Rating: *

It was short but okay for an opener. Martel was on the rise so it made sense for him to get the win.

 

Sean Mooney is interviewing Demolition is the locker room. They’re out to demolish and destroy.

 

WWF Tag Team Championship

The Colossal Connection© (Andre the Giant & Haku)/w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Demolition (Axe & Smash)

Demolition is incredibly over, as the crowd pops huge for their entrance. They’re former two time Champs, going for their third. Andre & Haku went over them on Saturday Night’s Main Event to win the straps, and this is Demolition’s rematch. The Connection jumps them to start, but Axe and Smash succeed in double teaming Haku. Gorilla mentions that the Harts have already challenged the winners of this match, there in action later on. Andre comes in to break up a cover, but Demolition maintains their control until a Haku thrust kick finds its mark on Axe’s throat. Andre gets some shots in from the apron while Haku continues a boring beatdown, complete with the dreaded nerve pinch. Smash finally gets the hot tag and goes nuts on Haku, who’s been in the whole match for his team. Andre comes in without a tag and gets pummelled. He recovers, and holds Smash in place for a crescent kick, but Haku nails Andre by accident instead. Andre falls back and ends up tied up in the ropes, as the fans erupt, sensing the inevitable. Demolition nails Haku with the Demolition Decapitation and there’s nothing Andre can do, as they cover for three to regain their Titles. Demolition leaves with their Titles, and Andre finally manages to get out of the ropes. Heenan is pissed at Andre and yells at him, then slaps him in the face. Andre didn’t like that! He grabs Heenan and roughs him up a bit. Haku tries a crescent kick, but Andre catches him and nails him too. Haku and Heenan try to leave, a beaten mess, but Andre kicks them off the cart, and gets on himself, leaving the Skydome alone to a HUGE ovation. This was basically the deteriorated Andre’s farewell and this was his obligatory face turn to send him out in style.

Winners & NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: Demolition via pinfall

Rating: *

A slow match but the final 2 minutes were done incredibly well and the fans loved every second of it. This would be Andre’s final match in the WWF; he would wrestle in Japan and then pass away in 1993.

 

Backstage, Mean Gene Okerlund is interviewing Earthquake. Earthquake was fairly new in the company at the time.

 

Hercules vs. Earthquake /w/ Jimmy Hart

Earthquake was in the middle of an undefeated streak at the time. Monsoon puts over how he’s put 28 men in the Hospital. Wrestling sure is cheesy, right? Earthquake was a big man and at a trim 468 lbs. was pretty tough to deal with in the ring. So of course, Herc does the stupidest thing he could possibly do and tries to lift the big guy into a backbreaker submission. Yeah, right. It obviously doesn’t work, and Quake squashes him with the butt splash in short order. Post-match, Earthquake hits an aftershock after the bell just to send a message.

Winner: Earthquake via pinfall

Rating: ½ *

A squash match to put over Earthquake as an unstoppable force. He would feud with Hulk Hogan not long after this.

 

Rona Barrett, a gossip reporter, interviews Miss Elizabeth asking what she’s been up to. Elizabeth wasn’t on TV regularly because Macho Man has been paired up with Sherri Martel. Elizabeth says she’d be back soon.

 

Mr Perfect /w/ The Genius vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Perfect is in full overselling mode, as Beefcake dismantles him, and Perfect exaggerates everything as much as possible, selling a simple right hand like he’s been shot. The Genius distracts the ref and slides Perfect his scroll, allowing him to nail the Barber with it to turn the tide. Perfect’s neck snap gets two, and Perfect has Beefcake well in hand. Always the cocky heel, Perfect toys with Brutus, and taunts him. He takes him lightly, and that proves to be his final error, as Beefcake takes his legs out from under him out of nowhere, and slingshots him into the steel post to knock him out cold. He covers for the three count on the motionless Perfect, and gets the win. Perfect’s 18 month undefeated streak comes to an end, and this was the right way to do it. A dazed Perfect bails after the match, but Beefcake does manage to grab the Genius and give him a haircut.

Winner: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake via pinfall

Rating: **

The finish was weird and it just seemed to come out of nowhere. It was a poor way to end Perfect’s winning streak. It’s clear to see how much Beefcake has improved over the years. Working with elite workers such as Dibiase and Perfect contributed to that. Brutus was a close friend of Hulk Hogan; maybe Hogan had some sort of influence on the finish. I guess we’ll never know.

 

Bad News Brown vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Piper’s right side is painted black, doing a psych job apparently. Piper has said in many interviews that he wasn’t doing this with racist intentions. I guess Bad News didn’t see it that way huh?  Big pull apart to start, which requires the ref to separate the combatants. Piper comes out of the corner with a crossbody for two, and another pull apart commences. Finally Piper gets the better of things with a few right hands, and Brown comes back with a few shots of his own. Headbutt from Brown staggers Piper, and a right hand puts him down. Brown rams Piper into the turnbuckle twice to no effect. Brown goes back to the right hands and then a nerve hold. Piper elbows his way out of that and they exchange blows in the middle, with Brown getting the better of it with a headbutt. Snap mare and thrust to the throat gets a two count for Brown. Bodyslam sets up an elbow drop for another two count. Piper goes to the eyes, and unloads with a series of rights in the corner. Brown comes back by going to the eyes himself. As the ref checks on Piper; Brown removes the turnbuckle pad. He attempts to whip Piper into the corner, but gets reversed and sent into the corner himself. Piper grabs a white glove from his trunks and puts it on and begins delivering punches with it eventually sending Brown to the floor. Bad News pulls Piper out with him and they brawl on the floor drawing a double count out

Winner: Double Countout

Rating: *

More of an angle to set up future matches. With the brawling style these guys had, it would have made sense to have had this match contested under No Disqualification rules.

 

Steve Allen is with the Bolsheviks. Allen is practising the Russian National Anthem but keeps on getting it wrong on purpose, making the Russian duo mad. Allen, who would later on in life protest against the WWF as a member of the PTC, looked like he was having the time of his life here.

 

The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov) vs. The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)

As mentioned earlier, the Harts have already challenged the new Tag Team Champions. The Bolsheviks start to sing the Russian National Anthem, but the Harts get antsy and jump them mid-song. A “Hart Attack” later and the Harts take the win.

Winners: The Hart Foundation via pinfall

Rating: NR

Bret deserved better than this, at least he would have more memorial, classic matches later on down the line.

 

A promo is playing hyping up WrestleMania 7. It was advertised that it would take place at the LA Sports Coliseum. That never happened. More on that in my WrestleMania 7 review.

 

The Barbarian /w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Tito Santana

Jesse and Gorilla spend most of the match doing a hilarious bit about Jesse’s navy days in Mexico. Jess cracks himself up talking about Tito’s preference of food. Hey, it was Ventura’s last PPV with the WWF; it just wouldn’t be right if he didn’t deplete all the Tito Santana material he had left. This was shortly after the Powers of Pain were separated, but Barbarian is still wearing the POP garb. Santana gets the better of a lockup firing away in the corner, and Barbarian bails to the floor. Back inside Barbarian delivers a knee and chop. Tito comes off the ropes with a crossbody for two, and grabs a side headlock. Barbarian counters out sending Tito into the ropes and hitting a hiptoss. Barbarian misses a diving headlock, and Tito comes off the ropes, gets caught, but punches his way down getting a two count. Off the ropes again comes Tito, but this time he runs into a big boot. Shoulderbreaker connects for Barbarian setting up a second rope elbow attempt, but that misses. Tito hits a pair of dropkicks, and goes to the second rope connecting with a double axe handle. Flying forearm connects, but Heenan puts Barbarian’s foot on the bottom rope to break the count. Tito tries for a rollup, but Barbarian ducks at the ropes and Santana clotheslines himself on the top rope. Barbarian heads to the top and hits a top rope clothesline for the victory.

Winner: The Barbarian via pinfall

Rating: *

The Flying Clothesline from Barbarian was damn impressive. Barbarian was always an impressive big man. Santana got some decent offence but it was clear that he was going to be used to put younger talent over.

 

Sean Mooney is with Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire, who promise they have enlisted the services of a “crowned jewel” to help them against the Macho King. Loved Dusty as a kid.

 

Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire

Dust and Sapphire got into a big scuffle with Savage and Sherri at the Royal Rumble, to set this up. This is the first gender mixed tag in WWF history. It was a big deal at the time, but is commonplace now. The rules are simple, but confining: The men can only be in there with each other, and the women can only be in there with each other. That’s understandable, especially considering the year is 1990, but is it really logical? It means that as soon as you get one partner in trouble, you can’t tag in your own partner because the fresh person for the other team would automatically have to come in, thus defeating the basic purpose of tag team wrestling. That’s why I have a problem with mixed tags in general. Savage and Sherri take forever to get to the ring because the little cart their on really slows down on the way to the ring. I think it’s busted or something, because a few officials kind of help it on its way down, and finally after about three minutes, they arrive at ringside. Gorilla and Jess dress it up well, however, because I’ve seen this show a dozen times and I didn’t notice this until now. Come to think of it, this is the last match they use the carts for. Dust & Sapphire enter, and Jesse goes off on a hilarious tangent about their severely underestimated announced combined weight of 465 lbs. “Are you tellin’ me that Rhodes is only 215, because I know damn well that Sapphire goes at least 250.” OK, so that’s not a direct quote, but it was something to that effect. Rhodes grabs the mic and introduces the “crowned jewel”, Elizabeth, just to piss Savage off. Liz stays in the Rhodes corner, and the match begins, first with the men going, then the women. Sapphire nails Sherri with her ass several times to knock her down. Keep in mind that this is the former Ladies’ Champion we’re talking about. Savage finally manages to slow down Rhodes and hits his normal offense, including the axehandle from the top to the floor. Sherri gets a few shots in as well to add insult to injury. Dust comes back, however, actually knocking Sherri down in what Jesse argues was an illegal move. He has a point. The women end up legal, and Sherri ends up near the ropes where Elizabeth is standing on the floor. Liz shoves her by the hair, right into a Sapphire cradle, and Sapphire gets three. Liz, Sapphire, and Dust get down to Rhodes’ theme in the ring. “He’s just a common man, workin’ hard with his hands…” Actually got that theme on my ipod. No shame.

Winners: Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire via pinfall.

Rating: * ½

Personally, I would prefer Savage v Dusty but this was a lot of fun. Having Elizabeth involved in the finish was the right call. Sherri was such a great heel, she made Sapphire, who didn’t belong in the ring, look credible. Later in the year, Sapphire would align herself with Ted Dibiase but her heart was no longer in it after that. She would leave soon after.

 

Mean Gene Okerlund is standing by with the WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan. Interesting quote from Hogan here; “It’s not whether you win or lose, the only thing that matters is what kind of winner you are or what kind of loser you are.” A sign of things to come maybe? Camera cuts to Sean Mooney and the Ultimate Warrior. No idea what he was talking about but I guess he’s ready.

 

The Orient Express (Sato & Tanaka) /w/ Mr Fuji vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)

Jannetty starts with Tanaka. Thrust kick from Tanaka drives Jannetty into the corner. Sato whips Tanaka into Jannetty, and then Tanaka hits the ropes. He runs into a powerslam. Michaels comes in and a double hiptoss is delivered to Sato. Double press slam sends Tanaka into Sato and both men to the floor. The Rockers come over the top rope with crossbodies before heading back in. Back inside and its still Jannetty and Tanaka, as Jannetty grabs a side headlock. Jannetty hits the ropes, but Fuji pulls the rope down and Jannety goes flying to the floor. With the ref distracted Fuji delivers a shot with the cane, and Sato sends Jannetty into the post. Back inside Tanaka pounds away and fires Jannetty into the buckle before tagging out to Sato. Knife-edge chops from Sato connect, before another tag to Tanaka. Jannetty reverses a backdrop attempt and tags out to Shawn who is in with a Bodyslam. Backdrop from Michaels sends Tanaka into his corner for the tag to Sato. Swinging neckbreaker by Michaels connects on Sato. He hits the ropes, but gets a kick from Tanaka, which allows the Express to regain control. Stomachbreaker from Sato connects before a tag to Tanaka. Standing crossbody from Tanaka connects, and another tag is made to Sato who comes off the top with a kneedrop. Sato locks in nerve hold before another tag to Tanaka. Tanaka counters backdrop attempt, but Michaels hits a clothesline. That allows the hot tag to Jannetty who comes in with a series of dropkicks and double noggin knocker. Jannetty covers, but Sato attempts to break it up. In doing so he elbow drops his own partner. Michaels is back in and a double dropkick sends Sato to the floor. Double backdrop puts Tanaka down and sets up for the top rope fist drops. Fuji gets involved smacking Jannetty in the leg with the cane. Jannetty goes out after Fuji but with the ref distracted Sato is able to sneak up from behind with the salt to the eyes. That prevents Jannetty from beating the count and The Express wins by count out.

Winners: The Orient Express via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

It was a very exciting match but ruined with a poor finish. They would feud throughout the year and have an amazing match next year at the Royal Rumble.

 

Dino Bravo /w/ Jimmy Hart & Earthquake vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Earthquake is with Dino Bravo and Jimmy Hart, and Gorilla complains, using the logic that he obviously has a wrestlers’ license, so he can’t have a managers’ license and should thus be removed from ringside. The official, however, does not seem to care. The Canadian crowd is completely unresponsive to Duggan’s entrance, for obvious reasons. He seems confused as to what’s wrong and tries to get the USA chant going. Moron. This is the basic dull match expected from those involved. Bravo tries using Duggan’s 2X4 as a weapon behind the ref’s back, but Duggan beats him to it, nails Bravo and gets the three. Earthquake attacks Duggan after the match, he finishes him off with the aftershock.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan via pinfall

Rating: DUD

That awkward moment when Jim Duggan is trying to get a Canadian crowd to chant “USA”. Another match designed to get Earthquake over.

 

Highlights from the Roberts/ Dibiase feud. Gene Okerlund is standing by with Jake. He cut an awesome promo that shows why he’s one of the best talkers in the history of wrestling. The Million Dollar Title was on the line. If Ted wanted it then he had to go through Damien. He said he’d get revenge for all of the things Dibiase put fans through. Roberts called him a victim of greed. I strongly urge you guys to check out this promo on YouTube. You will not regret it.

 

Million Dollar Championship

Ted Dibiase /w/ Virgil vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Jake outsmarts Dibiase at the outset of the match, but Teddy dodges a knee lift to take control. Ventura insists Gorilla’s eaten a hot dog during every single interview we’ve seen tonight. Dibiase works a front facelock, but the crowd remains really into the match and even gets the wave going! Wow, I doubt you’ll ever see a crowd do that during a rest hold today. Dibiase releases the facelock and hits a piledriver for two, then hooks the Million Dollar Dream. Jake starts to fade, but the crowd rallies behind him and he makes it to the ropes. Jake makes the comeback, but Virgil pulls him to the floor. Dibiase gets the Dream out there, but Jake counters and posts him. Virgil throws Dibiase back in just in time, however, and its Jake that gets counted out. Post-match, Jake hits the DDT on Dibiase, and steal his money. Jake proceeds to hand out American $100 bills to the fans at ringside and hands one to Mary Tyler Moore, who’s in the front row. Jake chases Virgil to the back with his snake.

Winner: Ted Dibiase via countout.

Rating: **

The match got a good amount of time. Jake was over with the fans and that was clear because of their reactions. Yet another countout finish on this event. If Jake is going to get his revenge as he suggested in his interview, why not let him win? As far as I recall, they never had any re-matches after this.

 

Mean Gene is interviewing the Big Boss man. Boss Man is making his PPV debut as a face. The storyline goes that Dibiase tried to buy him but he refused, therefor turning him face.

 

Akeem /w/ Slick vs. Big Boss Man

Last year, The Mega Powers explode, this year it’s the Twin Towers that explode! As Boss Man is about to enter the ring, Dibiase comes out from under the ring, and blindsides him. There’s nothing the ref can do since the match hasn’t started yet, so Dibiase does a number on Boss Man. He delivers a slam on the floor and an elbow drop. Then he posts Boss Man and fires Boss Man inside. Akeem attacks with an avalanche and gets a two count. Akeem delivers some splashes in the corner and a series of corner punches. Boss Man botches an inverted atomic drop out of the corner, but that sets up his comeback. Irish whips from corner to corner set up a clothesline. Boss Man Slam connects and finishes things. Akeem got a prematch assist and still got beat in less than two minutes. Afterwards Bossman gets a shot in on Slick for good measure.

Winner: Big Boss Man via pinfall

Rating: ½ *

The four year old version of Rif Sheriff loved the Big Boss Man. He showed a lot of fire in a short match.

 

Honky and Valentine make their way to the ring in a pink cadillac, driven by the man you know today as Diamond Dallas Page. He was never actually under contract to the WWF, but he appears here. It’s not a big deal or anything since the announcers never even mention the driver, and he’s barely seen on the screen, but this is still one of those little known facts that people find interesting. Honky and Valentine perform their “latest hit single”, ‘Hunka Hunka Honky Love’ in the ring. Hey, Honky’s not bad, but Valentine is SO not playing that guitar. Hey Greg, here’s a tip: If you want it to seem like you’re playing the guitar, keep at least one hand on it at all times. After the song, Rythm N Blues thanks the crowd, but notices two vendors at ringside who turn out to be the Bushwhackers. You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you’re feuding with the Bushwhackers. Butch and Luke storm the ring and break the Blues’ instruments. Ooh, Honky ain’t gonna like that.

 

The attendance was announced. Fan’s cheered.

 

“Ravishing” Rick Rude /w/ Bobby Heenan vs. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Rude was one of the better workers of this period and Snuka had seen better days in the ring. Rude jumps Snuka from behind to re-establish the early theme of the evening. Rude sends Snuka off the ropes, but misses a dropkick. Flapjack from Snuka connects, and is followed by a backdrop. Diving headbutt connects and is followed by a dropkick sending Rude to the floor. Rude tries to come in with a sunset flip, but Sunka counters. Rude hits the ropes and delivers a snap suplex. He fires Snuka into the buckle, and then sends him off the ropes for a backdrop. Snuka blocks another backdrop attempt from Rude this time with a facebuster. Rude rakes the eyes, but after several ducks gets hits with a headbutt off the ropes from Snuka. He goes for the Superfly splash, but Rude is up early. He leapfrogs Rude and then bodyslams him. This time he goes to the second rope and misses a headbutt. Rude delivers a Rude Awakening from there,

Winner: Ravishing Rick Rude via pinfall

Rating: * ½

Rude sold everything really well. It was quite similar to other matches on the show in the sense that it was designed to get Rude over.

 

WWF Championship & WWF Intercontinental Championship

Ultimate Warrior (I.C) vs. Hulk Hogan (WWF)

Warrior makes his entrance first, followed by Hogan’s. Both men get a huge pop, and Jesse observes that the crowd reaction is about 50/50, a tossup, the same as the match. Warrior runs to the ring, and Jesse sites that’s the stupidest thing he could have done and he should have been conserving his energy for the match. The epic match starts with a stare down. Then they work the crowd as each attempts to gain a concrete advantage. Warrior wins a test of strength, but then Hogan comes back. A cris-cross ends with a Hogan bodyslam. Warrior no-sells, they cris-cross again, then Warrior slams the Hulkster. Warrior clotheslines Hogan to the floor, and Hulk complains to referee Earl Hebner of a knee injury. For a while it looks bad, and the announcers speculate if he’ll be able to continue, but Warrior goes out there and nails him before he can make a decision. They climb back in, and Hogan ignores the supposed serious knee injury for the rest of the match, which makes me wonder why they even decided to go with that spot at all in the first place, unless he was lying of course. Hogan gets a small package for two, then gets another two after a clothesline and two more after a backbreaker. Hogan works a chinlock before a collision puts both men down. Warrior hulks up with three clotheslines and a shoulderblock, but instead of going for the press slam, he hits a suplex for two, then locks in a bearhug. Hogan escapes, runs the ropes, and the ref is bumped. Macho Warrior hits two double axehandles off the top rope, but Hogan is able to sidestep him on another shoulderblock attempt and drive his head into the mat. Hogan covers, but there’s no ref. Warrior hits a back suplex and covers, but there’s no ref. Hebner finally crawls over for a very slow two count. The crowd thought that one might be it. Hogan rolls up the Warrior for another slow two. They brawl outside for awhile, then take it back into the ring so they can go home. Warrior hits the gorilla press slam and the big splash, which he’s used to put away all his opponents, but it only gets two. Hogan hulks up, hits the big boot and goes for the leg drop, but Warrior moves and Hogan misses. I was freaking out at that point. Nobody ever moved out of the way for the legdrop. Warrior quickly gets to his feet, goes off the ropes for a splash, and gets the three on Hogan at 22:51. The Ultimate Warrior is the new WWF Champion, on top of being the Intercontinental Champion. Half of the crowd is going nuts and the other half is silent as Warrior celebrates.

Winner & NEW WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior via pinfall

Rating: *** ½

I loved this match when I was a youngster and I still love it today. Going into this match, I think Vince was looking for a strong 50/50 split reaction. In reality, the reaction was 60/40 to Hogan. Neither guy was known for their high quality matches but they truly delivered here. I must give credit to Pat Patterson for this match too. Patterson was Vince’s right hand man during this era and he booked this match spot for spot. People may criticise Hogan and Warrior for what they’ve said and done throughout their careers but you can’t deny that they delivered on the grandest stage of them all.

 

After the match, Hogan looks shocked and depressed, and starts to leave. I remember getting worried in case Hogan “turned bad”. He instead takes the WWF Title belt, hands it to the Warrior, and embraces him. Warrior and Hogan embrace in one of the true great moments in WWF history. Hogan leaves, saluting the Warrior, as he has seemingly passed the torch. An epic match and an epic moment in front of a huge crowd make for one of the best WrestleMania memories of all time. Hogan leaves the ring whiles Warrior celebrates with both titles.

Random thoughts

  • Excellent crowd. It was a refreshing change from the stale crowd at WrestleMania 5. I honestly don’t understand why the WWE rarely does any show in Toronto.
  • Re-watch the end of the Warrior/Hogan match. When Warrior is celebrating with the belts, almost everyone is watching Hogan leave the ring. That clearly wasn’t a good sign of things to come. Warrior’s title run bombed, in a year’s time; Hogan was back in the top spot.
  • Listen to that pop when Elizabeth shoved Sherri. That was loud mainly because Elizabeth never got physically involved so it was a big deal.
  • This would be the last WrestleMania of the Monsoon/ Ventura team. The Monsoon/ Heenan pairing was the one most remembered from this era but these two also did a great job.
  • Too many countout finishes on the show. For a show like WrestleMania should be about delivering quality finishes. Three countout finishes was far too much.

 

Best match: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior – No question about it. They got the most time allotted to their match and to their credit, they delivered.

Worst match: Dino Bravo vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan – Duggan trying to start a USA chant in Canada? Are you kidding me? The wrestling was quite shite as well.

WrestleMania Moment: Warrior pinning Hogan. That was a huge moment considering that Hogan rarely lost clean during his glory run.

 

Top 5 Superstars:

1. Hulk Hogan – He put the Warrior over clean.

2. Ultimate Warrior – One of his best matches in his career. He best match ever is coming up next.

3. Rick Rude – His selling was impressive. He would leave the WWF come the summer.

4. Ted Dibiase – Enjoyed his match, his Psychology was always first class.

5. Andre the Giant – His final in-ring performance for the WWF. A true legend in the sport.

 

Updated rankings chart:

Hulk Hogan – 21pts

Macho Man Randy Savage – 18pts

Ricky Steamboat – 10pts

Dynamite Kid/ Roddy Piper/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase – 5pts

Terry Funk/ Ultimate Warrior– 4pts

Tito Santana/Andre the Giant- 3pts

Greg Valentine/ Bret Hart -2pts

 

Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 6

A massive step up from the previous two WrestleManias. I guess the crowd helped too, they were very into everything that was going on. The Warrior/Hogan match is a match I’ve seen dozens of times and I enjoy it every time I watch it. There were some bad matches on the undercard but some involving talented guys such as Mr Perfect, Rick Rude, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, Ted Dibiase and Jake Roberts. This also marked Andre’s final match in the WWF. I’ve mentioned it many times, so what? Andre’s impact on the business is immeasurable. Legend.

 

WrestleMania Rankings so far:

WrestleMania 3 – 7

WrestleMania 6 – 6

WrestleMania 1 – 4.5

WrestleMania 5 – 4

WrestleMania 4 – 3.5

WrestleMania 2 – 3

 

Up Next: Superstars and Stripes forever! It’s WrestleMania VII

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