Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania V

Hey look it’s Wrestlemania V, which I believe had 83 matches on it.

The card actually just ended last week.

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania V: The Megapowers Explode
From Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF Tag Team Championship: Demolition vs. Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji

The storyline is WAY more important than the match. Powers of Pain jumped to the WWF from Crockett sometime in the late summer and you were basically counting the days until they won the titles. Funny thing is it didn’t happen and the fans still dug Demolition despite the Powers being there so they do the double switch at Survivor Series and give the people what they want (to cheer Demolition). Anyway at this point it was the final title shot for the Powers and Fuji made it a Freebird match so it’s 3-on-2. Now although the mark says that Fuji pulled one over on his old team, the smark says this was a genius move by Demolition because Fuji is far more dangerous on the outside where he can cheat, but with him in the ring, they could rough him up and pin him. No wonder they held the titles for like 19 months on their first reign. Demolition was one of those rare acts that lasted exactly as long as their shelf life demanded.

Warlord and Ax start things off and Ax gets the upper hand by…well beating the shit out of him. He tags in Smash and they both beat the shit out of him. I mean there’s no doubt why this team got over – they didn’t take any shit from anyone. The Powers trap Smash in the corner but he fights his way out and tags Ax who rocks Barbarian with a clothesline and body slams him. Barbarian rallies with a shot to the throat and tags Warlord but Smash no sells him and tags Ax and they double clothesline Warlord (good thing too, I always thought Barbarian had some use and was a decent power worker. Warlord, on the other hand, sucked monkey nuts). Ax back in the ring and the heels finally get some continuity and rough up Ax. Warlord tags Fuji who does some whack karate shit and lands a headbutt to the midsection. He quickly leaves the ring and lets Barbarian take over again and the big boot grounds Ax some more. Flying shoulder block from Barbarian but no cover, instead a tag to Warlord, who lays in his crappy offense for a two count. Tag to the Barbarian and he slams Ax and tags Fuji, who climbs to the top and misses whatever he wanted to try. He tags Warlord, however, who slams Ax but misses the clothesline and gets caught with a forearm. Hot tag to Smash and he chews gum and kicks ass…although I see no gum. Crowd wakes up out of its coma for this segment. An assisted hangman slam on Warlord…see that’s what made Demolition cool, they did heel shit. More shenanigans and somehow Smash is trapped with Warlord and Fuji but Fuji accidentally hits Warlord with salt and he’s gone. Decapitation on Fuji and this one is over. See what I mean about genius. They didn’t even have to pin one of the 300-pound guys, they just beat up the 80-year-old manager and called it a day. Highly under appreciated strategists.

(Demolition def. Powers of Pain/Fuji, pinfall, *1/2, because Demolition still rules over 20 years later.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania V

Hey look it’s Wrestlemania V, which I believe had 83 matches on it.

The card actually just ended last week.

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania V: The Megapowers Explode
From Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF Tag Team Championship: Demolition vs. Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji

The storyline is WAY more important than the match. Powers of Pain jumped to the WWF from Crockett sometime in the late summer and you were basically counting the days until they won the titles. Funny thing is it didn’t happen and the fans still dug Demolition despite the Powers being there so they do the double switch at Survivor Series and give the people what they want (to cheer Demolition). Anyway at this point it was the final title shot for the Powers and Fuji made it a Freebird match so it’s 3-on-2. Now although the mark says that Fuji pulled one over on his old team, the smark says this was a genius move by Demolition because Fuji is far more dangerous on the outside where he can cheat, but with him in the ring, they could rough him up and pin him. No wonder they held the titles for like 19 months on their first reign. Demolition was one of those rare acts that lasted exactly as long as their shelf life demanded.

Warlord and Ax start things off and Ax gets the upper hand by…well beating the shit out of him. He tags in Smash and they both beat the shit out of him. I mean there’s no doubt why this team got over – they didn’t take any shit from anyone. The Powers trap Smash in the corner but he fights his way out and tags Ax who rocks Barbarian with a clothesline and body slams him. Barbarian rallies with a shot to the throat and tags Warlord but Smash no sells him and tags Ax and they double clothesline Warlord (good thing too, I always thought Barbarian had some use and was a decent power worker. Warlord, on the other hand, sucked monkey nuts). Ax back in the ring and the heels finally get some continuity and rough up Ax. Warlord tags Fuji who does some whack karate shit and lands a headbutt to the midsection. He quickly leaves the ring and lets Barbarian take over again and the big boot grounds Ax some more. Flying shoulder block from Barbarian but no cover, instead a tag to Warlord, who lays in his crappy offense for a two count. Tag to the Barbarian and he slams Ax and tags Fuji, who climbs to the top and misses whatever he wanted to try. He tags Warlord, however, who slams Ax but misses the clothesline and gets caught with a forearm. Hot tag to Smash and he chews gum and kicks ass…although I see no gum. Crowd wakes up out of its coma for this segment. An assisted hangman slam on Warlord…see that’s what made Demolition cool, they did heel shit. More shenanigans and somehow Smash is trapped with Warlord and Fuji but Fuji accidentally hits Warlord with salt and he’s gone. Decapitation on Fuji and this one is over. See what I mean about genius. They didn’t even have to pin one of the 300-pound guys, they just beat up the 80-year-old manager and called it a day. Highly under appreciated strategists.

(Demolition def. Powers of Pain/Fuji, pinfall, *1/2, because Demolition still rules over 20 years later.)

Wresltemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania IV

Yay Wrestlemania IV

No need go into detail because none of you are going to comment anyway 🙂

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania IV: What the World is Watching (and certainly regretted it later)
From Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF Heavyweight Championship Tournament: One Man Gang vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Why you ask? Lack of options. Already done the Battle Royale and the Warrior match. Plus I like Bam Bam’s funky entrance music.

This is the first round of the tournament, which was not only a bad decision but featured a series of bad decisions in the process. Bam Bam is over. Not Hogan level or Savage level over but certainly very over. So naturally they buried him. OMG is listed at around for 450 pounds and Bigelow is listed at 393 despite looking about 125 pounds lighter than OMG. Oliver Humperdink is Bigelow’s manager. He was also Paul Orndorff’s manager in the WWF during his second or third face turn. They all got buried naturally.

The Gang jumps Bigelow while he’s doing his warm ups and pounds away. He grunts a lot too. He’s like a fatter, less talented Iron Mike Sharpe. Gang sends Bam Bam in the corner and avalanches him (slowly) as Gorilla and Jesse discuss Gorilla’s wrestling weight, which shows you how seriously they are taking this match. Bigelow moves out of a second avalanche and knocks Gang over for a two count. Bigelow with a high cross body for two and a diving headbutt for another two count. Bigelow puts on the power moves and adds a headbutt and a clothesline to knock him down. Another headbutt and more punching and more power stuff from Bigelow at a much faster pace. Another diving headbutt and he goes for the big…something but Slick pulls down the ropes and Bigelow goes flying over the the top. Now Bigelow is on the ring apron at the count of five but the dumbass referee keeps counting and Bigelow is halfway in the fucking ring when his slow ass gets to 10 and they ring the bell. This HAD to be a double cross of some sort. Anyway Bigelow was one of the few people the crap-assed crowd came to see so you can imagine their excitement that Gang advanced despite not having won a noteworthy match in like two years. What a big pile of bullshit. And naturally Bigelow is dead. You know why he’s dead? Because the good workers always die (example: The Radicalz, no offense Dean, you were awesome), I bet you Oliver Humperdink is dead too (checking Wikipedia), yup died last year.

(One Man Gang def. Bigelow, referee incompetence, *1/2 for Bigelow’s work since One Man Gang is a walking negative star machine.)

Wresltemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania IV

Yay Wrestlemania IV

No need go into detail because none of you are going to comment anyway 🙂

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania IV: What the World is Watching (and certainly regretted it later)
From Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF Heavyweight Championship Tournament: One Man Gang vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

Why you ask? Lack of options. Already done the Battle Royale and the Warrior match. Plus I like Bam Bam’s funky entrance music.

This is the first round of the tournament, which was not only a bad decision but featured a series of bad decisions in the process. Bam Bam is over. Not Hogan level or Savage level over but certainly very over. So naturally they buried him. OMG is listed at around for 450 pounds and Bigelow is listed at 393 despite looking about 125 pounds lighter than OMG. Oliver Humperdink is Bigelow’s manager. He was also Paul Orndorff’s manager in the WWF during his second or third face turn. They all got buried naturally.

The Gang jumps Bigelow while he’s doing his warm ups and pounds away. He grunts a lot too. He’s like a fatter, less talented Iron Mike Sharpe. Gang sends Bam Bam in the corner and avalanches him (slowly) as Gorilla and Jesse discuss Gorilla’s wrestling weight, which shows you how seriously they are taking this match. Bigelow moves out of a second avalanche and knocks Gang over for a two count. Bigelow with a high cross body for two and a diving headbutt for another two count. Bigelow puts on the power moves and adds a headbutt and a clothesline to knock him down. Another headbutt and more punching and more power stuff from Bigelow at a much faster pace. Another diving headbutt and he goes for the big…something but Slick pulls down the ropes and Bigelow goes flying over the the top. Now Bigelow is on the ring apron at the count of five but the dumbass referee keeps counting and Bigelow is halfway in the fucking ring when his slow ass gets to 10 and they ring the bell. This HAD to be a double cross of some sort. Anyway Bigelow was one of the few people the crap-assed crowd came to see so you can imagine their excitement that Gang advanced despite not having won a noteworthy match in like two years. What a big pile of bullshit. And naturally Bigelow is dead. You know why he’s dead? Because the good workers always die (example: The Radicalz, no offense Dean, you were awesome), I bet you Oliver Humperdink is dead too (checking Wikipedia), yup died last year.

(One Man Gang def. Bigelow, referee incompetence, *1/2 for Bigelow’s work since One Man Gang is a walking negative star machine.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania III

I can’t wait for Easter to be over. My husband and son have a crazy addiction for jelly beans, which means I have an addiction to jelly beans and we are going through way too many so far. Those damn Hawaiian Punch jelly beans are the devil I tell you!

Because someone mentioned Nikita Koloff leaving Crockett for Vince and main eventing Wrestlemania 2 (like we’ve all heard so many times) I’m curious of what ways the WWF would re-work his gimmick. Could they use the Nikita Koloff name? I’m thinking they would name him after Stalin and make him look like Schwarznegger in Red Heat.

Create the gimmick for Nikita Koloff as he’s built to face Hogan in Wrestlemania 2 and make a ton of money. Best idea gets a special match rant later!

Meanwhile I did the royalty match. No midgets this year but there’s always next year!

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania III
From the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan
Announcers are Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Bob Uecker

Royalty Match: “King” Harley Race vs. The Junkyard Dog

Uecker doesn’t last in the booth for more than a minute as he sees The Fabulous Moolah and decides to run after her. Race has Moolah a.k.a. The Queen of Professional Wrestling and Heenan in his corner, one is his manager and the other is the ladies champion. Since Moolah wasn’t scheduled for a match I guess they had to find something for her to do. She would lose the title to Sherri Martel and turn face a few months later in case anyone cares. Both of them are dead now. So is JYD. That’s depressing to think about.

We start with a little fisticuffs and Heenan quickly gets involved to allow Race to gain an early advantage. JYD rallies back with a big headbutt but Race gives a headbutt to the gut and dumps JYD to the floor. The swan dive headbutt to the floor misses, however. JYD clotheslines Race back into the ring and gives him a head cracker, which sends Race back out of the ring, complete with the face plant. Race is a bumping machine. JYD slams Race back in the ring and goes for an abdominal stretch…Eh? Race breaks it with a hip toss and hits a swan headbutt, which is stupid given JYD’s biggest strength. Race knocks himself silly with the move and JYD tosses him over the top again. Back in the ring and Race goes to all fours with more headbutts. Finally Heenan distracts JYD and Race hits the belly to belly suplex for the pin and the only time someone recorded a pin with that move in between the time Magnum TA and Shane Douglas used it as a finisher. JYD curties and bows and then whacks Race with the chair and steals his robe. Good for him.

(Race def. JYD, pinfall, **, short and inoffensive. Good fun for all involved and the fans ate it up.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania III

I can’t wait for Easter to be over. My husband and son have a crazy addiction for jelly beans, which means I have an addiction to jelly beans and we are going through way too many so far. Those damn Hawaiian Punch jelly beans are the devil I tell you!

Because someone mentioned Nikita Koloff leaving Crockett for Vince and main eventing Wrestlemania 2 (like we’ve all heard so many times) I’m curious of what ways the WWF would re-work his gimmick. Could they use the Nikita Koloff name? I’m thinking they would name him after Stalin and make him look like Schwarznegger in Red Heat.

Create the gimmick for Nikita Koloff as he’s built to face Hogan in Wrestlemania 2 and make a ton of money. Best idea gets a special match rant later!

Meanwhile I did the royalty match. No midgets this year but there’s always next year!

Enjoy.

Wrestlemania III
From the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan
Announcers are Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Bob Uecker

Royalty Match: “King” Harley Race vs. The Junkyard Dog

Uecker doesn’t last in the booth for more than a minute as he sees The Fabulous Moolah and decides to run after her. Race has Moolah a.k.a. The Queen of Professional Wrestling and Heenan in his corner, one is his manager and the other is the ladies champion. Since Moolah wasn’t scheduled for a match I guess they had to find something for her to do. She would lose the title to Sherri Martel and turn face a few months later in case anyone cares. Both of them are dead now. So is JYD. That’s depressing to think about.

We start with a little fisticuffs and Heenan quickly gets involved to allow Race to gain an early advantage. JYD rallies back with a big headbutt but Race gives a headbutt to the gut and dumps JYD to the floor. The swan dive headbutt to the floor misses, however. JYD clotheslines Race back into the ring and gives him a head cracker, which sends Race back out of the ring, complete with the face plant. Race is a bumping machine. JYD slams Race back in the ring and goes for an abdominal stretch…Eh? Race breaks it with a hip toss and hits a swan headbutt, which is stupid given JYD’s biggest strength. Race knocks himself silly with the move and JYD tosses him over the top again. Back in the ring and Race goes to all fours with more headbutts. Finally Heenan distracts JYD and Race hits the belly to belly suplex for the pin and the only time someone recorded a pin with that move in between the time Magnum TA and Shane Douglas used it as a finisher. JYD curties and bows and then whacks Race with the chair and steals his robe. Good for him.

(Race def. JYD, pinfall, **, short and inoffensive. Good fun for all involved and the fans ate it up.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania 2

You know a show is a total bust when the owner of a sports entertainment outfit, who tends to defend everything, will allow his worker to bust freely on said show in a documentary.

Wrestlemania 2 is that show.

What made it a bust exactly? The horribly short matches? The triple venue disaster? King Kong Bundy in the main event? Surely it’s a little of everything, although I really thought the Hogan-Bundy build was fine and they did everything possible to make people think Bundy could win.

Anyway there was little doubt as to which match I was going to do which sort of gets to the rating of this match. I don’t believe everything should be rated on the same premise. I can’t look at a Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper boxing match the same way I look at Savage-Steamboat. The former is clearly gimmicked and is trying to get me to smile and be entertained while the latter is there to amaze me with their timing, athleticism and performance.

So when I watched this match I judged my own level of entertainment and realizing that this isn’t there to try and bring back memories of the Thriller in Manila. And I was very entertained.

Wrestlemania 2: What the World is Watching
From the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Susan St. James

Boxing Match: Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T

Backstory is simple. They hate each other. And in many cases where perception is reality, Piper said that he wasn’t crazy about Mr. T off the script either. The reasons he gave in his DVD were a little disjointed. He didn’t like the fact that Mr. T came to the arenas with his entourage and in a limousine. I understand him not being impressed but it’s pretty silly too because Mr. T wasn’t a wrestler. He wasn’t one of the boys in the back. He was quite a TV star at the time and he probably didn’t think anything of it as he traveled tons of places by limo and with his little crew. And he’s hanging out and doing the promotional tours with Hogan, who probably traveled the same way and didn’t really explain the culture of the locker room. Piper was also angry about Mr. T trying to make certain demands on the match and that I understand, that definitely isn’t his place, but the other part seemed a little silly. Mr. T wasn’t a wrestler and shouldn’t be expected to understand their culture. He was paid and promoted like a star and his involvement made them all plenty of money so really Piper should be over it by now.

So Round 1 begins. Piper’s stance isn’t one of what I would expect from a former amateur guy because he’s leaving himself open. Mr. T has more of a closed, defensive stance that I would expect from a novice. It looks better. Piper does have good hand speed considering and lays in some dirty shots off the break. Piper backs Mr. T on the ropes but swings wildly and gets caught with counter punching. It’s a little funny because Piper is somewhere in between trying to do what he knows is correct form and what he’s expected to do as a performer. In the final minute they brawl and Piper does more dirty boxing in between landing a couple of good clean shots. They continue to fight about a minute after the bell and everyone has to separate them. Luckily they didn’t try to goad Joe Frazier into the theatrics because if he landed a legit punch it would be over. Piper talks trash during the break.

Round 2 and Piper has to wipe the grease off his face. Mr. T works to the body while Piper tees off to the head with both connecting. Piper backs Mr. T up to the corner again and clocks him about a half dozen times and Mr. T falls to a huge face pop. It was this match that Piper basically started a face time. Piper awesomely kicks Mr. T while he’s down. Mr. T gets up at 8 and he’s ready to go. Piper continues pressuring Mr. T as the round ends with the crowd solidly behind him. Piper lands another rabbit punch well after the bell. During the rest period Orton runs over and dumps a bucket of water on Mr. T and Frazier. This is hilarious.

Round 3 starts and Piper is feeling it. He starts working the jab but Mr. T counters and starts drilling him in the body. Mr. T in the corner and smothering Piper. Ref breaks them but Mr. T comes back with a ridiculous haymaker that would have killed him if this were a shoot. Piper collapses but rises at 8. With a minute and a half left in the round the fighters continue to battle with Mr. T holding the upper hand and then knocking Piper square out of the ring. It’s clear that Mr. T is completely blown up at this point so Piper’s theatrics are probably part improvisation. They brawl some more for the rest of the round and its clear both guys are exhausted. Frazier has to almost carry Mr. T back to the corner after the round. Mr. T talks a little trash to Piper so Roddy picks up his stool and tosses it across the ring. Wow that was pretty dangerous actually.

Round 4 and they just stand in the center of the ring and exchange haymakers as the entertainment level is increasing by the second. Roddy knocks Mr. T mouthpiece out and Mr. T returns the favor and hits Piper about six more times. Piper finally shoves the referee and bodyslams Mr. T to get disqualified. A huge brawl starts as Mr. T is announced the winner. Awesome stuff here in terms of entertainment. Or I’m just easier to please as I get older.

(Mr. T def. Piper, disqualification, ***1/4 on the entertainment rating scale, this was classic good guy vs. bad guy stuff and Piper was awesome in his role. Oddly enough he was so good in trying to be the ultimate bad guy Piper heard the cheers, knew he wanted to get into movies and figured it was time to turn. Smart man as he put as much passion into being the biggest babyface as he did when he was a heel and the people loved him.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania 2

You know a show is a total bust when the owner of a sports entertainment outfit, who tends to defend everything, will allow his worker to bust freely on said show in a documentary.

Wrestlemania 2 is that show.

What made it a bust exactly? The horribly short matches? The triple venue disaster? King Kong Bundy in the main event? Surely it’s a little of everything, although I really thought the Hogan-Bundy build was fine and they did everything possible to make people think Bundy could win.

Anyway there was little doubt as to which match I was going to do which sort of gets to the rating of this match. I don’t believe everything should be rated on the same premise. I can’t look at a Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper boxing match the same way I look at Savage-Steamboat. The former is clearly gimmicked and is trying to get me to smile and be entertained while the latter is there to amaze me with their timing, athleticism and performance.

So when I watched this match I judged my own level of entertainment and realizing that this isn’t there to try and bring back memories of the Thriller in Manila. And I was very entertained.

Wrestlemania 2: What the World is Watching
From the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
Hosted by Vince McMahon and Susan St. James

Boxing Match: Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T

Backstory is simple. They hate each other. And in many cases where perception is reality, Piper said that he wasn’t crazy about Mr. T off the script either. The reasons he gave in his DVD were a little disjointed. He didn’t like the fact that Mr. T came to the arenas with his entourage and in a limousine. I understand him not being impressed but it’s pretty silly too because Mr. T wasn’t a wrestler. He wasn’t one of the boys in the back. He was quite a TV star at the time and he probably didn’t think anything of it as he traveled tons of places by limo and with his little crew. And he’s hanging out and doing the promotional tours with Hogan, who probably traveled the same way and didn’t really explain the culture of the locker room. Piper was also angry about Mr. T trying to make certain demands on the match and that I understand, that definitely isn’t his place, but the other part seemed a little silly. Mr. T wasn’t a wrestler and shouldn’t be expected to understand their culture. He was paid and promoted like a star and his involvement made them all plenty of money so really Piper should be over it by now.

So Round 1 begins. Piper’s stance isn’t one of what I would expect from a former amateur guy because he’s leaving himself open. Mr. T has more of a closed, defensive stance that I would expect from a novice. It looks better. Piper does have good hand speed considering and lays in some dirty shots off the break. Piper backs Mr. T on the ropes but swings wildly and gets caught with counter punching. It’s a little funny because Piper is somewhere in between trying to do what he knows is correct form and what he’s expected to do as a performer. In the final minute they brawl and Piper does more dirty boxing in between landing a couple of good clean shots. They continue to fight about a minute after the bell and everyone has to separate them. Luckily they didn’t try to goad Joe Frazier into the theatrics because if he landed a legit punch it would be over. Piper talks trash during the break.

Round 2 and Piper has to wipe the grease off his face. Mr. T works to the body while Piper tees off to the head with both connecting. Piper backs Mr. T up to the corner again and clocks him about a half dozen times and Mr. T falls to a huge face pop. It was this match that Piper basically started a face time. Piper awesomely kicks Mr. T while he’s down. Mr. T gets up at 8 and he’s ready to go. Piper continues pressuring Mr. T as the round ends with the crowd solidly behind him. Piper lands another rabbit punch well after the bell. During the rest period Orton runs over and dumps a bucket of water on Mr. T and Frazier. This is hilarious.

Round 3 starts and Piper is feeling it. He starts working the jab but Mr. T counters and starts drilling him in the body. Mr. T in the corner and smothering Piper. Ref breaks them but Mr. T comes back with a ridiculous haymaker that would have killed him if this were a shoot. Piper collapses but rises at 8. With a minute and a half left in the round the fighters continue to battle with Mr. T holding the upper hand and then knocking Piper square out of the ring. It’s clear that Mr. T is completely blown up at this point so Piper’s theatrics are probably part improvisation. They brawl some more for the rest of the round and its clear both guys are exhausted. Frazier has to almost carry Mr. T back to the corner after the round. Mr. T talks a little trash to Piper so Roddy picks up his stool and tosses it across the ring. Wow that was pretty dangerous actually.

Round 4 and they just stand in the center of the ring and exchange haymakers as the entertainment level is increasing by the second. Roddy knocks Mr. T mouthpiece out and Mr. T returns the favor and hits Piper about six more times. Piper finally shoves the referee and bodyslams Mr. T to get disqualified. A huge brawl starts as Mr. T is announced the winner. Awesome stuff here in terms of entertainment. Or I’m just easier to please as I get older.

(Mr. T def. Piper, disqualification, ***1/4 on the entertainment rating scale, this was classic good guy vs. bad guy stuff and Piper was awesome in his role. Oddly enough he was so good in trying to be the ultimate bad guy Piper heard the cheers, knew he wanted to get into movies and figured it was time to turn. Smart man as he put as much passion into being the biggest babyface as he did when he was a heel and the people loved him.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania

So here it begins as I go through 27 years of Wresltemania specialty matches. I will admit I’ll cheat a couple of times if I don’t find a match that meet my criteria.

I’m also undecided on a few. Leaning towards the Piper-Adonis “retirement” match over the mixed-midget match and the “Royalty” match between JYD and Harley Race. And I’m undecided on whether to do the Ladder match at Wrestlemania X or the Savage-Crush falls-count-anywhere match.

Still I expect this to be fun so I want you guys to enjoy this and discuss freely.

Wrestlemania
From Madison Square Garden in New York City
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
$15,000 Body Slam Challenge: Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

Bascially the stipulation is Studd put up $15,000 against Andre’s career if he couldn’t slam him. I don’t think the finish was in doubt here. The best stuff between these two guys, in my opinion, are the dozens of cage matches they had in the early 80s that ended with Andre landing a top-rope butt splash on a bloodied Studd. The PG nature of this show and Andre’s slowly weakening knees probably kept them from doing a final cage match. First sign of blood at a Wrestlemania? It would be the hardway broken nose from Dynamite Kid during the finish of the Wrestlemania 2 tag match. The first “sanctioned” blood would be the Bundy-Hogan cage match. Although I think Corporal Kirchner might have hardway bled too but I don’t remember.

Anyway Studd jumps on Andre before the bell as the crowd is HOT for this match. Andre rallies and gets into ass kicking mode with the crowd loving every second of it and Studd decides to bail out. Back in the ring and Andre chokes the shit out of him and the referee is deathly afraid of stopping it to the point of where even Gorilla makes mention at how poorly the referee is doing. Andre lets up and gives Studd a knee crusher and a big punch. Still in the corner and Andre with the power moves but Studd goes low and tries to slam him. Yeah right. Andre with a knee and he goes to the bear hug. I love how Ventura calls Gorilla by his real name (Gino) during various points of this show. Always made their exchanges seem that much more authentic. Studd goes to the eyes but he can’t break the hold. Finally he does but Andre goes to a chinlock and lays a couple more hard blows on Studd. Andre with an armbar and he adds in some forearms. Andre sets too early on a backdrop but catches Studd’s counter and continues to pound away. He is giving Studd absolutely NOTHING here. Big chops from Andre and some leg kicks from Andre. Showing those MMA skills. And finally he slams him like it was nothing and ends the match. Andre grabs the bag and throws the money to the people but Bobby Heenan grabs the cash bag and runs.

(Andre def. Studd, bodyslam, *, total squash but very enjoyable because everyone was into Andre. Hard to believe he wrestled in five more Wrestlemanias and participated in Wrestlemania VII as well. Both giants are missed by wrestling fans everywhere.)

Wrestlemania Specialty Matches: Wrestlemania

So here it begins as I go through 27 years of Wresltemania specialty matches. I will admit I’ll cheat a couple of times if I don’t find a match that meet my criteria.

I’m also undecided on a few. Leaning towards the Piper-Adonis “retirement” match over the mixed-midget match and the “Royalty” match between JYD and Harley Race. And I’m undecided on whether to do the Ladder match at Wrestlemania X or the Savage-Crush falls-count-anywhere match.

Still I expect this to be fun so I want you guys to enjoy this and discuss freely.

Wrestlemania
From Madison Square Garden in New York City
Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura
$15,000 Body Slam Challenge: Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

Bascially the stipulation is Studd put up $15,000 against Andre’s career if he couldn’t slam him. I don’t think the finish was in doubt here. The best stuff between these two guys, in my opinion, are the dozens of cage matches they had in the early 80s that ended with Andre landing a top-rope butt splash on a bloodied Studd. The PG nature of this show and Andre’s slowly weakening knees probably kept them from doing a final cage match. First sign of blood at a Wrestlemania? It would be the hardway broken nose from Dynamite Kid during the finish of the Wrestlemania 2 tag match. The first “sanctioned” blood would be the Bundy-Hogan cage match. Although I think Corporal Kirchner might have hardway bled too but I don’t remember.

Anyway Studd jumps on Andre before the bell as the crowd is HOT for this match. Andre rallies and gets into ass kicking mode with the crowd loving every second of it and Studd decides to bail out. Back in the ring and Andre chokes the shit out of him and the referee is deathly afraid of stopping it to the point of where even Gorilla makes mention at how poorly the referee is doing. Andre lets up and gives Studd a knee crusher and a big punch. Still in the corner and Andre with the power moves but Studd goes low and tries to slam him. Yeah right. Andre with a knee and he goes to the bear hug. I love how Ventura calls Gorilla by his real name (Gino) during various points of this show. Always made their exchanges seem that much more authentic. Studd goes to the eyes but he can’t break the hold. Finally he does but Andre goes to a chinlock and lays a couple more hard blows on Studd. Andre with an armbar and he adds in some forearms. Andre sets too early on a backdrop but catches Studd’s counter and continues to pound away. He is giving Studd absolutely NOTHING here. Big chops from Andre and some leg kicks from Andre. Showing those MMA skills. And finally he slams him like it was nothing and ends the match. Andre grabs the bag and throws the money to the people but Bobby Heenan grabs the cash bag and runs.

(Andre def. Studd, bodyslam, *, total squash but very enjoyable because everyone was into Andre. Hard to believe he wrestled in five more Wrestlemanias and participated in Wrestlemania VII as well. Both giants are missed by wrestling fans everywhere.)