Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania VI

Live from Toronto, ON

Airdate: April 1, 1990

Attendance:  64,287 (sold out)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

It’s time for the Ultimate Challenge! Can the Warrior freight train derail Hulkamania? Read on!

To open the show, Robert Goulet sang the Canadian national anthem.

Match 1: The “Model” Rick Martel versus Koko B. Ware

Highlights:

  • Ware came to the ring on a cart to “Do The Bird.”
  • Martel whipped Ware into the corner but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • When Martel gave him a cross-corner whip, Ware leaped to the second turnbuckle and hit a cross body block for 2.
  • He then followed with a pair of dropkicks.
  • After a back drop, Ware clotheslined Martel out of the ring.
  • He then brought Martel in the hard way.
  • As Ware came off the ropes, Martel tossed him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Martel then joined and rammed him back-first into the apron.
  • Upon giving Ware a vertical suplex, Martel got 2.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered a double axe handle to Ware’s back.
  • Upon giving Ware a backbreaker, Martel attempted a Boston crab, but Ware made it to the ropes.
  • Ware came back with a pair of flying head butts and a phantom bump for 2. That’s quite the delayed reaction.
  • When Martel gave Ware another cross-corner whip, Ware leaped to the second turnbuckle, tried another cross body block, but Martel ducked.
  • Martel then hooked the Boston crab.
  • Ware submitted.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Showcase match for Martel.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the “colostomy” connection. HA!

In the locker room, Sean Mooney interviews Demolition as Smash channels the Blacktop Bully.

Match 2 for the WWF tag team titles: The Colossal Connection (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Demolition

Highlights:

  • As the Toronto faithful chanted “Weasel,” Smash won a hard-fought backslide, but André made the save.
  • Haku came back with a backbreaker and got 2.
  • After a thrust kick, Haku distracted the anonymous referee so that Heenan could slap Ax. SNEAKY!
  • André then gave Ax a head butt that allowed Haku to get 2.
  • Shortly after, Smash distracted the anonymous referee as André choked Ax with the tag rope.
  • Haku then delivered a shoulder breaker for 2.
  • Next, he gave Ax a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • After a clothesline, Ax made the hot tag.
  • Upon giving Haku a back elbow, Smash delivered a back drop.
  • As Demolition double-teamed Haku, they gave André a double clothesline.
  • While Ax distracted the referee, André held Smash for a thrust kick by Haku.
  • However, Haku kicked André which led to Andre’s tying himself up in the ropes.
  • Demolition then guillotined Haku using the top rope.
  • Finally, they hit Demolition Decapitation on Haku.
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!

Rating: *1/2

Summary: For the third time, Demolition became the WWF tag team champions.

After the match, Heenan berates and slaps André. Having had enough, André paintbrushes and nails Heenan. When Haku tries another thrust kick, André catches Haku’s foot and annihilates him. Fittingly, he tosses both Heenan and Haku off the cart. WE HAVE A FACE TURN!

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Earthquake with Hart.

Match 3: Earthquake (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Hercules

Highlights:

  • After a series of clotheslines that could only take Earthquake down to a knee, Hercules attempted a backbreaker to no avail.
  • Earthquake then delivered an elbow drop.
  • Afterward, he hit the Earthquake splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Earthquake won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for Earthquake.

After the match, Earthquake SQUISHES Hercules again. Who’s up for Greek pancakes?

From her living room, Rona Barrett interviewed Elizabeth. For those unaware, Rona’s gossip column predated TMZ. During the interview, Elizabeth strove to be more active upon her return.

In the locker room, Mooney interviews Beefcake.

Match 4: Mr. Perfect (w/ Genius) versus Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Highlights:

  • As Ventura gave a shout-out to his family (a WrestleMania tradition!), a right by Beefcake sent Perfect over the top turnbuckle to the floor.
  • Upon Perfect’s return, Beefcake gave him an atomic drop sending him over the top rope to the floor again.
  • Shortly after, a cross-corner whip by Beefcake caused Perfect to bounce out of the corner like a pinball.
  • After a slam, Beefcake gave Perfect another HARD cross-corner whip.
  • As Beefcake clotheslined Perfect, Mary Tyler Moore sat in the front row.
  • When Genius got up on the apron, he dropped the scroll in the ring.
  • While he distracted referee Joey Marella, Perfect WALLOPED Beefcake with the scroll.
  • After a neck snap, Perfect got 2.
  • As Ventura corrected Monsoon on his math, Perfect gave Beefcake a knee lift.
  • Next, Perfect taunted Beefcake until the latter executed a double leg takedown.
  • Beefcake then catapulted Perfect into the ring post.
  • Perfect was OUT COLD.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Beefcake won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  I’ll give you one guess who wrote the strategy for this match because it wasn’t perfect whatsoever.

After the match, Beefcake recognizes his opportunity to cut Perfect’s hair, but Genius steals the clippers. Beefcake then catches up to Genius in the aisle, brings him into the ring, and applies a sleeper. With Genius OUT COLD, Beefcake gives him a trim.

We then revisit Royal Rumble ’90 as Piper and Brown eliminated one another. Following that, we revisit Wrestling Challenge (aired 2/11, taped 1/23) when Brown and Piper brawled on the podium.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Piper who has painted the right half of his body black and taunts Brown about his nose hair.

Match 5: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus Bad News Brown

Highlights:

  • As Piper made his entrance, a group of fans held up a sign campaigning for him to be Prime Minister of Canada. It makes sense since he was born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg.
  • While the SkyDome faithful chanted “Rod-dy,” Piper` hit a cross body block for 2.
  • After a fist drop, Brown got 2.
  • Upon slamming Piper, Brown hit an elbow drop for 2.
  • After an eye poke by Piper, Brown raked his eyes.
  • When referee Danny Davis checked on Piper, Brown removed the turnbuckle pad exposing the steel bolt.
  • As Piper reversed a cross-corner whip, Brown took a sternum-first bump into the bolt. OUCH!
  • Piper then pulled a white glove out of his trunks and nailed Brown with it.
  • Methinks Billie Jean was NOT Piper’s lover.
  • Afterward, he mounted the second turnbuckle and nailed Brown.
  • Another right sent Brown between the ropes to the floor.
  • As Brown pulled Piper outside the ring, he leaned Piper against the ring post but nailed it instead.
  • Piper then grabbed a steel chair, tried to decapitate Brown, but hit the ring post.
  • Meanwhile, Davis counted both wrestlers out.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: *

Summary:  Despite Piper’s popularity, this match was HORRIBLE. His black/white persona not only could be construed as mocking Brown but also his skin color. Interesting tidbit: When Piper returned backstage, he tried to use a solution to remove the black paint. However, André the Giant had substituted water for the solution so Piper had to travel back to Oregon wearing the paint. Supposedly, it took approximately three weeks to rid his skin of it.

After the match, Brown tosses Davis down to the floor. Piper and Brown then brawl in the aisle as officials fail to separate them.

In a bathroom, Steve Allen helps the Bolsheviks with his comedic piano-playing.

Match 6: The Hart Foundation versus the Bolsheviks

Highlights:

  • After the Bolsheviks made their entrance, Volkoff sang the Soviet national anthem to nuclear heat.
  • When Volkoff began the second verse, the Hart Foundation nailed the Bolsheviks from behind to a raucous ovation from the Skydome faithful.
  • Neidhart then sent Volkoff over the top rope to the floor.
  • Although Zhukov still wore his jacket, the Hart Foundation delivered the Hart Attack to him.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Hart Foundation won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Brisk showcase match for the #1 contenders to the WWF tag team titles.

Promotional ad for WrestleMania VII on March 24, 1991 from the Roman, er, L.A. Coliseum. Methinks there was a venue change, but we’ll wait for next year’s show.

Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews Santana.

Match 7: The Barbarian (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Tito Santana

Highlights:

  • Say goodbye to the Powers of Pain as Heenan bought the services of Barbarian from Mr. Fuji (aired 3/11, taped 2/14).
  • When Santana nailed him in the corner, Barbarian sought refuge outside the ring.
  • Upon his return, Barbarian ate a cross body block with Santana getting 2.
  • Barbarian then delivered a hip toss but missed a diving head butt.
  • After Santana nailed Barbarian down to the mat, he got another 2.
  • Barbarian came back with a Mafia kick.
  • Upon giving Santana a shoulder breaker, Barbarian mounted the second turnbuckle but missed an elbow drop.
  • With Santana in the corner, Barbarian charged but came up empty.
  • Santana then delivered a pair of dropkicks, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a double axe handle.
  • Next, he hit the flying forearm, but Heenan put Barbarian’s foot on the bottom rope. SNEAKY!
  • As Santana tried a rollup off the ropes, Barbarian ducked causing Santana to clothesline himself with the top rope.
  • Barbarian then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a flying clothesline. As a result, Santana took a 360° flip. Woohoo!
  • 1-2-3.
  • Barbarian won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Showcase match for the Barbarian.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Royal Rumble ’90 when Savage got in Sapphire’s grill and brawled with Rhodes. On The Ultimate Challenge, when Queen Sherri jumped on Rhodes’ back, Sapphire entered the ring, pulled her down, and began a catfight (aired 3/25, taped 3/7).

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Rhodes with Sapphire who mentions something about a “crown jewel.”

Match 8 (mixed tag): “Macho King” Randy Savage & Queen Sherri versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire (w/ the “crown jewel”)

Highlights:

  • Rhodes and Sapphire came to the ring to “Common Man.”
  • After Rhodes made his entrance, he got on the microphone and announced the “crown jewel” as Elizabeth.
  • Rhodes reversed an Irish whip and gave Savage a back elbow.
  • After a bionic elbow by Rhodes, Queen Sherri came in and nailed him from behind.
  • When Rhodes turned his attention to her, Savage put a knee into his back.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but got caught by Rhodes.
  • Rhodes then sent Savage into an incoming Queen Sherri.
  • After another bionic elbow, Rhodes tagged in Sapphire, went to the floor, and tossed in Queen Sherri.
  • Sapphire then gave her an airplane spin for a 1-count.
  • As Queen Sherri came back, she tried a slam, but Sapphire landed on top for 2.
  • Rhodes tagged in and clotheslined Savage.
  • While Rhodes held Savage, Sapphire slapped him.
  • When Rhodes grabbed Queen Sherri by the hair, Savage put another knee into his back sending him to the floor.
  • Savage then joined and nailed Rhodes on the floor.
  • As he mounted the top turnbuckle, he gave Rhodes a double axe handle on the floor.
  • While Savage distracted referee Earl Hebner, Queen Sherri delivered a knee lift to Rhodes on the floor.
  • After Queen Sherri finished her dirty work, Savage remounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a second double axe handle.
  • When Savage mounted the top turnbuckle a third time, Sapphire prevented him from hitting another one. Savage took exception and tossed her down on the floor. How dastardly!
  • Back in the ring, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle again and hit another double axe handle for 2.
  • He then gave Rhodes a vertical suplex for another 2.
  • As Queen Sherri distracted Hebner, Savage grabbed his scepter, mounted the top turnbuckle, and nailed Rhodes from behind. That permitted Ventura to yell “Ding!” HA!
  • Queen Sherri tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a splash on Rhodes for 2.
  • As Savage tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but ate a shot to the midsection.
  • Rhodes then gave the king and queen a double noggin knocker.
  • After a series of bionic elbows by Rhodes to Savage, Queen Sherri jumped on his back.
  • Sapphire tagged in and powered Queen Sherri out of the ring.
  • Astonishingly, Elizabeth then tossed Queen Sherri back in.
  • Sapphire then gave Queen Sherri a suplex for only 2 thanks to a save by Savage.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • When Queen Sherri turned her attention to outside the ring, Elizabeth shoved her into a schoolgirl by Sapphire.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Rhodes and Sapphire won.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Cute story with Elizabeth’s comeback. Hopefully Sapphire doesn’t make a second wrestling appearance and sticks to being Rhodes’ valet.

After the match, Savage tries to nail Rhodes with his scepter but fails. When Savage and Queen Sherri leave, Elizabeth, Sapphire, and Rhodes dance.

Promotional ad #2 for WrestleMania VII.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Heenan who provides us with this famous quote:

“(If) you listen to me, you go to the top. If you don’t listen to me, you’re never heard from again.”

Somewhere, Tully Blanchard is crying.

From the skybox, Monsoon and Ventura interview Barrett who accuses Ventura of doing pornographic movies.

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Savage with Queen Sherri who states that “suffering builds character.” Methinks Savage’s been reading his Bible again (Romans 5:3-5).

We return to Okerlund who interviews Demolition.

Monsoon sarcastically dismisses Barrett’s rumor about Ventura by calling it “nothing to speak of.” It TOTALLY goes over Ventura’s head. HA!

Once again, we return to Okerlund who interviews Hogan who hopes Warrior is a “good loser.”

Back in the locker room, Mooney tries to interview Warrior but gets shoved aside. Warrior then yells at someone named “Ho Kogan.”

Match 9: The Rockers versus the Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji)

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, the Orient Express comprised of Pat Tanaka and Akio Sato.
  • After Tanaka kicked Jannetty into the corner, Sato whipped Tanaka who gave Jannetty a back elbow.
  • Jannetty came back with a powerslam.
  • As Sato came in, the Rockers gave him a double hip toss followed by a double elbow drop. They then launched Tanaka into Sato.
  • Next, as the Orient Express sought refuge outside the ring, the Rockers gave them simultaneous planchas.
  • As Jannetty came off the ropes, Sato low-bridged him down to the floor. It looked like Fuji missed his cue.
  • Nonetheless, while Michaels distracted referee Danny Davis, Sato held Jannetty so that Fuji could nail him in the back with his cane.
  • Sato then made Jannetty HIT THE POLE!
  • When Tanaka delivered a back drop, Jannetty landed on his feet and tagged in Michaels.
  • The Rockers then gave Tanaka a double superkick.
  • Upon slamming Tanaka, Michaels gave him a back drop.
  • Sato tagged in but fell victim to a swinging neckbreaker by Michaels.
  • As Sato reversed an Irish whip, Tanaka put a boot into Michaels’ back.
  • Sato then delivered a gutwrench gutbuster and tagged in Tanaka.
  • After Tanaka hit a flying forearm, Sato tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a knee drop for 2.
  • Shortly after, Tanaka flipped out of a back drop, ate a clothesline, and provided a 360° sell. Woohoo!
  • Hot tag Jannetty.
  • After giving the Orient Express a double noggin knocker, Jannetty got 2 on Tanaka until Sato mistakenly gave his partner an elbow drop.
  • The Rockers then gave Sato a double dropkick followed by a double back drop to Tanaka.
  • As the Rockers mounted adjacent turnbuckles, Fuji whacked Jannetty with his cane.
  • When Jannetty chased after Fuji, Sato snuck up from behind and tossed salt into Jannetty’s eyes.
  • A blinded Jannetty then fell over the steel railing into the front row.
  • Davis then counted the Rockers out.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Showcase match for the new tag team. These teams would wrestle one another up and down the house show circuit in 1990.

Backstage, Steve Allen interviews Rhythm & Blues (Valentine/Honkytonk Man). As Honkytonk Man hypes their new single “Hunka Hunka Honky Love,” Allen mocks them.

Match 10: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Dino Bravo (w/ Earthquake & Jimmy Hart)

Highlights:

  • After a clothesline, Duggan gave Bravo a back drop and clotheslined him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Upon Bravo’s return, Duggan delivered an atomic drop followed by the ten-punch count-along.
  • He then gave Bravo a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • When Bravo came back with an inverted atomic drop, he distracted the anonymous referee so that Earthquake could nail Duggan.
  • Afterward, Bravo hit a flying elbow drop for 2.
  • Shortly after, Bravo gave Duggan a cross-corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
  • After a series of clotheslines, Duggan attempted the three-point stance clothesline, but Earthquake distracted him.
  • Meanwhile, Hart tossed the 2×4 to Bravo behind the referee’s back.
  • While the referee was occupied with getting Earthquake off the apron, Duggan WHACKED Bravo with the 2×4.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Duggan won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Like many cities, Toronto loves Duggan.

After the match, Earthquake enters the ring, nails Duggan, and delivers a pair of elbow drops. Next, Earthquake hits the Earthquake splash not once, not twice, but thrice.

We then revisit Wrestling Challenge from 5/5/1989 when DiBiase attacked Roberts after a match. On Superstars “six months later,” DiBiase touted his Million Dollar Belt but lost it when Roberts attacked him after a match.

As DiBiase makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Roberts backstage.

Match 11 for the Million Dollar Belt: the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil) versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Highlights:

  • After a knee lift, Roberts attempted the DDT, but DiBiase quickly sought refuge outside the ring.
  • Upon DiBiase’s return, Roberts gave him a hip toss but missed an elbow drop.
  • Shortly after, Roberts used momentum to send DiBiase between the ropes to the floor.
  • DiBiase then gave Roberts a cross-corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
  • However, when Roberts attempted a knee lift, DiBiase side-stepped him sending Roberts upside-down in the corner.
  • While DiBiase hooked a front face lock, the Skydome faithful performed the wave.
  • Upon tossing Roberts outside the ring, DiBiase rammed Roberts’ shoulder into the ring post.
  • As the wave continued, DiBiase delivered a piledriver, hesitated, made an extremely nonchalant cover, so Jake cradled him for 2.
  • When the Skydome faithful calmed down to chant “Jake,” DiBiase hooked the Million Dollar Dream until Roberts put his foot on the bottom rope.
  • DiBiase then mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but ate a shot to the midsection.
  • As Roberts delivered a clothesline, he followed with an inverted atomic drop.
  • Upon clotheslining DiBiase, Roberts gave him a back drop.
  • After a short-arm clothesline, Roberts signaled for the DDT.
  • When Virgil pulled Roberts outside the ring, Roberts nailed and slammed him.
  • DiBiase joined Roberts on the floor, hooked the Million Dollar Dream, but Roberts made him HIT THE POLE.
  • After Virgil tossed DiBiase back in, referee Joey Marella counted Roberts out.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Although DiBiase got his belt back, the true highlight of the match was the wave.

After the match, Roberts sneaks back in and gives DiBiase and Virgil a double clothesline that sends the cash flying. As Virgil barely escapes with the belt, Roberts gives DiBiase the DDT to the delight of the SkyDome faithful. He then gives away DiBiase’s American currency to the front row basically converting $100 American into $137 Canadian in 1990. He even gives money to Mary Tyler Moore. Next, he returns to the ring and stuffs a bill down DiBiase’s gullet. Finally, he unleashes Damian from the bag, but Virgil runs back in to save his meal ticket.

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Slick with Akeem. Back on 2/24, Bossman turned face when DiBiase tried to buy his services to retreive the Million Dollar belt (taped 1/22).

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Bossman.

Before the match begins, DiBiase, who didn’t leave ringside, clotheslines Bossman on the floor. Upon putting the boots to him, he rams Bossman face-first into the apron, slams him, and makes him HIT THE POLE. Now THAT’S a sneak attack.

Match 12: Akeem (w/ Slick) versus the Big Bossman

Highlights:

  • After DiBiase tossed Bossman into the ring, Akeem delivered a cross-corner whip and gave Bossman an avalanche for 2.
  • When Akeem tried to give Bossman the ten-punch count-along, Bossman countered with an awkward inverted atomic drop.
  • Upon booting Akeem in the face, Bossman gave him a few cross-corner whips followed by a clothesline.
  • After missing a chop, Bossman delivered the Bossman slam.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bossman won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Showcase match for the freshly-face-turned Bossman and to kick off his feud with DiBiase.

After the match, Bossman grabs and nails Slick.

In the crowd, Mooney interviews members of the SkyDome faithful who badmouth Rhythm & Blues’ singing. He then interviews Mary Tyler Moore who is more diplomatic.

In a pink Cadillac, Rhythm & Blues ride to the ring. Holy AWA managers, Batman! That’s Diamond Dallas Page at the wheel! On the other hand, I don’t think Madusa was a Honkette. Seeing Valentine with black hair is just WRONG. They then perform “Hunka hunka Honky Love.” The song is as bad as the title. After the “song,” the Bushwhackers, dressed as vendors, chase Rhythm & Blues from the ring. Thank goodness for small favors. They then destroy the guitars left behind in the ring.

Ringannouncer Howard Finkel announced the attendance at 67,678 as a SkyDome record. Mind you, SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) wasn’t even a year old when this show took place.

Match 13: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka

Highlights:

  • Steve Allen joined the broadcast table for this match.
  • After an Irish whip, Rude missed a dropkick.
  • Snuka then gave him a face plant followed by a back drop.
  • Following a diving head butt, Snuka dropkicked Rude over the top rope to the floor.
  • From the apron, Rude executed a sunset flip but ate a knuckle sandwich. I bet it tasted like veal.
  • Afterward, Rude countered a back drop attempt with a snap suplex and swiveled for the Toronto faithful.
  • As Rude gave Snuka a back drop, he received another face plant.
  • After a leap frog, Snuka delivered a head butt.
  • Next, he mounted the top turnbuckle but had to leap over Rude before getting caught.
  • Snuka then gave Rude a cross-corner whip followed by a slam.
  • As he mounted the second turnbuckle, he missed a diving head butt.
  • Rude then delivered the Rude Awakening.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Rude won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Showcase match for Rude.

Once again, we revisit Royal Rumble ’90 when Warrior and Hogan found themselves together in the ring. Following that, we revisit SNME XXV when Warrior accidentally clotheslined Hogan. Afterward, we revisit Main Event III when Hogan saved Warrior from getting SQUISHED by Earthquake. Next, we revisit Superstars when Earthquake SQUISHED Hogan, and Warrior saved him. He then thought about nailing Hogan before coming to his senses.

Match 14 (title vs. title): WWF champion Hulk Hogan versus WWF Intercontinental champion Ultimate Warrior

Highlights:

  • In lieu of riding a cart to the ring, Warrior sprinted to the ring.
  • While Hogan didn’t ride a cart, he walked down the aisle.
  • A test-of-strength occurred with neither wrestler giving an inch.,,
  • …until Warrior took Hogan down to his knees as the Warrior portion of the SkyDome faithful loved it.
  • While Hogan came back, he took Warrior down to his knees. The Hogan portion of the SkyDome ate it up with a spoon.
  • When Warrior came back, Hogan utilized a single-leg takedown and delivered an elbow drop for a 1-count.
  • A criss-cross followed as Hogan slammed Warrior.
  • But Warrior NO-SOLD it.
  • After another criss-cross, Warrior slammed and clotheslined Hogan over the top rope to the floor. In the process, Hogan hurt his left knee.
  • Warrior then joined and put the boots to Hogan.
  • Despite telling referee Earl Hebner that his knee was “gone,” Hogan wanted to continue.
  • That caused Warrior to rejoin and toss him back into the ring.
  • Smartly, Warrior kicked at Hogan’s knee.
  • After a cross-corner whip, Hogan delivered a corner-clothesline followed by the ten-punch count-along.
  • Upon slamming Warrior, Hogan delivered a pair of elbow drops for 2.
  • As Hogan applied a front face lock, Ventura mentioned Richard Belzer.
  • Meanwhile, Hogan hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • After a clothesline, Hogan got another 2-count.
  • A subsequent backbreaker by Hogan almost got 3.
  • As a portion of the SkyDome faithful chanted “Ho-gan,” the Hulkster put a series of knees into Warrior’s back.
  • He then followed with a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • After Warrior escaped a reverse chin lock, a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat.
  • While Warrior shook the ropes, he no-sold Hogan’s double axe handles.
  • He then gave Hogan a series of clotheslines followed by a pair of cross-corner whips.
  • After a snap suplex, Warrior got 2.
  • He then applied a bear hug as the Hogan portion of the SkyDome faithful encouraged him to rally.
  • After Hogan broke the hold, Warrior ran over Hebner like a Mack truck.
  • Hebner was OUT COLD.
  • Warrior then mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Hogan a double axe handle.
  • As he mounted the opposite top turnbuckle, he delivered another one.
  • He then tried a flying shoulder block, but Hogan evaded him and earned a false pin.
  • After Warrior gave Hogan a belly-to-back suplex, he also earned a false pin.
  • As Hebner recovered, Warrior only got 2.
  • Hogan then rolled up Warrior, but Hebner slowly recovered to count 2.
  • Next, a back elbow by Hogan sent Warrior over the top rope to the floor.
  • Hogan then joined and brawled with Warrior.
  • After Warrior made Hogan HIT THE POLE, he clotheslined Hogan in the ring.
  • Upon military-pressing and dropping Hogan face-first, Warrior splashed Hogan’s back for 2.
  • It’s Hulk-up time!
  • Hogan then hit the big boot but MISSED the leg drop.
  • Warrior then splashed Hogan.
  • Do we have a new champion?
  • 1-2-3!
  • Yes! WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: ***

Summary:  Tremendous effort from both wrestlers since they are considered neither a ring general nor a technician. Kudos to Pat Patterson for organizing such an impactful and well-constructed match. On one of the Legends of Wrestling shows, he claimed to have cried afterward. Aw. If I remember correctly, this is Hogan’s first clean loss as a babyface. Nevertheless, this match is extremely historic and should be viewed by every wrestling fan on the planet.

After the match, Hogan retrieves the WWF title belt, returns to the ring, and passes the torch to Warrior. Next, they embrace to the cheers of the SkyDome faithful. Warrior then holds both belts overhead while Monsoon and Ventura believe Hulkamania will live forever. As fireworks explode, Warrior celebrates as Hogan rides off into the sunset. Well, back to the locker room, but you get the idea.

Conclusion:  Despite my high recommendation for the main event, none of the other matches came close to it in terms of quality. While feuds ended (Roberts-DiBiase, Bossman-Akeem, Perfect-Beefcake), other feuds continued (Rhodes-Savage, Rockers-Orient Express), and other feuds began (Bossman-DiBiase). Therefore, while entertaining and worthwhile, don’t watch this show expecting great wrestling. Instead, gather your friends and family, grab some popcorn, and enjoy Warrior’s ascension to the main event.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVI!

Buyrate: 4.50

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