September 28, 2008
Alexander Settee

Wrestlemania IV, March 27, 1988, Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ
Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

With just over six months left until Wrestlemania XXV, I’ve decided to make it my goal to have a review of every previous Wrestlemania done in time for the big day. I already have I, 2, VI, X-Seven, and XXIV in the can, so that leaves me only nineteen more shows to go. I don’t intend to do them in any particular order, but rather I’ll probably just pick which one I feel like doing at the time. Next up, Wrestlemania IV, featuring the biggest one night tournament in WWF history. The Title is vacant due to the events of The Main Event back in February with Andre and Hogan getting byes to the quarterfinals, where they will face each other, as a result. There’s also tons of other stuff as they expanded this card to feature sixteen matches, which still stands as the most in WM history, so we’re in for quite a long ride here.

Opening Match: 20 Man Battle Royal

Just like today, a battle royal to get the rest of the roster on the card, but unlike today, it makes the actual show rather than just the pre-show. Participants are: The Hart Foundation, The Young Stallions, Sika, Dangerous Danny Davis, The Killer Bees, Bad News Brown, Sam Houston, The Rougeau Brothers, Ken Patera, Outlaw Ron Bass, Junkyard Dog, The Bolsheviks, Hillbilly Jim, King Harley Race, and George “The Animal” Steele. Everyone brawls, and I’ll just note the eliminations because not much else interesting happens. Sam Houston is first out courtesy of Danny Davis, followed by a few guys ganging up on Sika to toss him. Steele never gets in the ring, but he does use the Hogan Pull on Neidhart to eliminate him. Brian Blair goes next. Jim Brunzell gets Ray Rougeau out, but is in turn dumped by Jacques. Bass is tossed by JYD, and then Hillbilly Jim is eliminated by Boris Zhukov. Roma gets Davis out, but his partner Jim Powers is soon sent packing by Bad News. Patera goes for both Russians, and indeed gets them out, but is immediately eliminated himself by Bad News. Race gets rid of Jacques, before JYD ends the King’s night. Bad News then tosses Roma leaving us with News, Bret Hart and JYD. Dog holds his own for a bit, but the heels manage to team up and toss him. Hart and News look like they’re going to call it a draw, but News turns on him with a Ghettoblaster. He whips Bret to the corner so Bret can do his patented chest first bump, and then tosses him to win it at 9:47. Bret recovers and turns face by attacking News and destroying the trophy. He can take further consolation by knowing that it’s not the worst he would ever get screwed on a PPV. I generally enjoy battle royals, but there was really nothing exciting about this one, and the C Team participant list didn’t help. *

Robin Leach, from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous reads a proclamation to officially open the Championship Tournament.

First Round: Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Ted Dibiase (w/Andre The Giant & Virgil)

Dibiase gives a clean break off a lockup, but on the second one he goes for the cheapshot; however Duggan blocks it and nails him instead. Slugfest leads to Duggan getting an atomic drop sending Dibiase outside. Back in, Dibiase gets some chops and an Irish whip, but he misses an elbow allowing Duggan to nail a clothesline. He mounts Dibiase for punches and then gets a corner whip, but runs into a boot on the charge. Dibiase rams him to the buckle and chops him. Corner whip leads to a clothesline. Double axhandle from the 2nd rope gets 2. Duggan comes back with punches, but Dibiase rakes the eyes. Irish whip and Duggan comes off with a sunset flip for 2. Dibiase retains control with an Irish whip and kneelift, followed by a fistdrop. He tries a suplex, but Duggan reverses. Dibiase is still up first and he goes to the 2nd rope again, but Duggan nails him coming down. Corner whip and clothesline hit, followed by a powerslam. Duggan goes for the Three Point Stance, but Andre trips him up. When Duggan goes after him, Dibiase gets a knee from behind, drops a fist and gets 3 at 5:04. Short and not particularly remarkable, which is pretty much going to be the theme for this show. *

First Round: Dino Bravo (w/Frenchy Martin) vs. Don Muraco (w/Superstar Billy Graham)

Bravo shoves him back to the corner and goes to work. Corner whip is reversed and Muraco nails a clothesline followed by a slam. He goes for what appears to be a pump splash attempt, but Bravo is out of position and it just looks terrible. Bravo charges, but gets backdropped. Muraco gets an armdrag, but Bravo blocks a second try and drops some elbows. Gutwrench suplex hits and Bravo stomps away. Two corner whips hit, but Bravo misses a knee allowing Muraco to nail a kneelift. Muraco works on the leg with a spinning toehold but Bravo keeps kicking him off. On the second kick off, Muraco gets his neck caught in the ropes, but is quickly helped out by the ref. Bravo gets a piledriver for 2, and when he goes for it again, Muraco backdrops out. Off the ropes, Muraco ducks a clothesline and they end up clotheslining each other. Irish whip by Muraco and he nails a forearm. He hits a slam and comes off the ropes, but Bravo pulls the ref in the way and Muraco nails him. Bravo gets the side suplex, but the ref calls for the bell and disqualifies Bravo at 4:54. The announcers aren’t sure why until the replay confirms that Bravo pulled the ref in front, as the angle they used live didn’t make that obvious. DUD Muraco will face Dibiase in the Quarterfinals.

First Round: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/Richard Blood Jr.)

A couple of lockup breaks start us off, with Steamboat then grabbing a side headlock. He gets fired off and an off the ropes sequence ends with Steamboat getting a hiptoss and armdrag into a wristlock. Chop gets a 2 count. Off the ropes, Steamboat gets a couple of shoulderblocks for a couple of 1 counts. He then charges at Valentine, who avoids and tosses him, but Steamboat skins the cat and comes back with a dropkick that leads to a botched rollup spot that Steamboat gets 2 off of anyways. He hooks a wristlock, but Valentine gets a kneelift and starts working him over. He drops a forearm for 2 and tries an atomic drop, but Steamboat flips out and rams Valentine to the buckle. He hooks an armbar, but Valentine makes it up and gets an inverted atomic drop and clothesline. Valentine hammers away until Steamboat comes back with chops for 2, but can’t get a slam which gets 2 for Valentine. Valentine gets a stomach breaker and drops a headbutt to the gut. Steamboat kicks off a figure four attempt and now they trade chops. Steamboat takes him down and gets a 2 count, but Valentine rakes the eyes. Shoulderbreaker gets 2, and then Valentine gets a forearm off the top rope. He goes for the figure four again, but Steamboat nails him. Irish whip and elbow by Steamboat hit, and then he comes off the top with a chop for 2. He rams Valentine to the buckle repeatedly, and when the ref tries to intervene, Steamboat shoves him down. He then goes up for the flying bodypress, but Valentine rolls through and holds Steamboat down for the pin at 9:11. Ended up being the swan song of his run for Steamboat, but it goes unacknowledged. **

First Round: “The Natural” Butch Reed (w/Slick) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth)

They lockup and Savage ducks a cheapshot. Savage goes behind, but Reed backs him to the corner and hits a knee. Snapmare, and then he drops an elbow followed by trying to ram Savage to the buckle, but Savage blocks and Reed gets rammed instead. Savage can’t get a suplex, and Reed reverses to one of his own. He drops an elbow for 2, and then drops Savage on the ropes. Irish whip and elbow hit, followed by a fistdrop from the 2nd rope. Irish whip, but Reed puts the head down and gets kicked. Corner whip by Savage is reversed, but Reed misses an elbow. Savage’s Irish whip is reversed and Reed gets a clothesline. Reed goes up, but he spends too much time talking to Liz, which allows Savage to slam him off, and hit the Flying Elbow for 3 at 4:09. ˝*

First Round: One Man Gang (w/Slick) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/Oliver Humperdink)

Gang attacks and hammers away. Corner whip and splash hit, but Bigelow avoids the second try. He comes back with a clothesline and splash for 2, followed by a crossbody for 2. He drops a fist and gets a few more shots in for another near fall. Bigelow controls with headbutts and elbows, but when he runs the ropes, Slick pulls them down and Bigelow crashes to the floor. He gets back to the apron, where Gang starts pounding him, and Bigelow can’t beat the count resulting in a loss at 3:00. DUD

First Round: Ravishing Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Interestingly enough, the Cheryl Roberts angle that kicked off their feud had already been taped, but not yet aired, so there’s no real hint of an issue between them yet. Lockup sees Rude shove Jake back and pose. On a second lockup, Rude tries the same thing, but Jake just moves back and lets him fall on his face. Rude gets a couple of slams, but Jake avoids the third try and gets a couple of his own. Rude begs off, but Jake stays on him, going to a wristlock. Rude punches him down, but Jake holds it. Now Jake goes to an armbar. Rude backs him to the corner and puts him on the top rope, but the ref moving Rude back allows Jake to come off with a high knee. DDT is tried, but Rude escapes to the outside. Back in a criss cross leads to Jake getting a slam, but then Rude avoids a kneelift and stomps away. Clothesline hits, and he follows up with an elbow for 2. To a rear chinlock now, from which Jake eventually armdrags his way out. Rude goes to the 2nd rope and comes off with a chop, and then a clothesline for 2. He goes back to the rear chinlock as the slow pace and fact that most matches have been over by now pretty much give away the finish by this point. Jake elbows out and charges Rude, but ends up taking a flapjack. Rude goes up top and comes off with a fistdrop for a couple of 2 counts. Rear chinlock again, and this time Jake suplexes to try and escape, but Rude still holds on. Rude drops an elbow for 2, and goes once again to that rear chinlock. The arm drops twice, but Jake survives and makes it to his feet and then uses a jawjacker to escape. Irish whip and backdrop hit, followed by the short clothesline, but Rude manages to avoid the DDT again. Corner whip by Rude, but Jake gets the boot up on the charge. Stomachbreaker by Jake gets 2, and then he goes to a side headlock. Rude uses a back suplex to escape that for 2, and when they get up, they both clothesline each other. Rude gets 1 off of that. He then scoops the legs and goes for the pin with his feet on the ropes but the bell rings at 2 making it a 15:00 time limit draw at 15:15. Longest match of the night, but in this case the extra time was not a good thing. ˝* The double elimination gives One Man Gang a bye to the semis.

Hercules (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. The Ultimate Warrior

Shoulderblock standoff opens things up before Warrior nails him and gets some chops. Irish whip, but Herc ducks and needs three clotheslines to knock Warrior down. Warrior comes back with a couple of clotheslines of his own and then drops Herc on the ropes. Warrior uses a chop again, but Herc manages to backdrop him outside. From there Warrior pulls him out and they brawl on the floor with Herc being rammed to the stairs. In the ring, Herc uses an eye rake to control, followed by an elbow, but warrior has no interest in selling and makes his comeback with some punches. He mounts Herc in the corner, but Herc gets an atomic drop out of there. Corner whip is reversed, but Warrior misses a charge. Herc takes advantage to hook the full nelson, but Warrior kicks off the corner down in to a double pin and gets his shoulder up while keeping Herc pinned for 3 at 4:38. Herc attacks with the chain, but Warrior survives it and clears the ring. Warrior was starting to get over, but obviously they hadn’t fully committed to him given the cheap win. DUD

Quarterfinals: Andre The Giant (w/ Ted Dibiase & Virgil) vs. Hulk Hogan

As mentioned, Andre and Hulk get the byes to this point so they can face each other in this round. Hulk charges in, but Andre attacks him right away with stomps, headbutts, and chops. Hulk fires back with forearms, and then goes after Dibiase on the apron. That allows Andre to come from behind, but Hogan sees it coming and hits them with a double noggin knocker. He chops Andre, who falls back and gets tied in the ropes. Dibiase and Virgil are able to free him before Hogan can take advantage, but he’s still able to take Andre down with punches. He drops a couple of elbows, but Andre catches him in a choke. Buttdrop hits, and then he goes right back to choking. He then legalizes it by going to a nerve hold, and the arm drops twice, leading to Hogan making a comeback. He clotheslines Andre to the corner. Virgil ties up the ref on the apron, so Dibiase sneaks in and nails Hogan with a chair. Hogan simply no sells it, grabs the chair, and nails Andre with it. Andre then gets it and nails Hogan, so the bell rings and we have a double DQ at 5:23. Hogan goes after Dibiase, who the sacrifices Virgil so he can make his escape. Virgil takes a nasty looking suplex on the floor because Hogan simply drops him rather than executing the move properly. He then returns to the ring and slams Andre before going into the posing routine. Although the ref missed Dibiase’s interference, he clearly saw Hogan use the chair first so that’s a pretty weak way to go to a double DQ. Aside from that, the finish makes sense as Andre would later reveal that Dibiase ordered him to get Hogan out of the tournament any way he could. After Wrestlemania III and The Main Event, this matchup no longer had epic historical value, so while I would avoid negative stars for those matches out of respect for what they meant, this one gets no such respect. -**

Quarterfinals: Don Muraco (w/Superstar Billy Graham) vs. Ted Dibiase

Dibiase has to come right back out without his posse, and ends up getting attacked by Muraco before the bell even rings. Slam by Muraco, and he drops some elbows. Powerslam hits for 2, and then he drops a forearm for another 2. Next he gets a snapmare and jumping necksnap. Dibiase tries to hold onto the ropes to save himself, but Muraco pulls him away and he falls to the mat. Dropkick gets 2, and Dibiase rolls out to regroup, but Superstar intimidates him right back into the ring. Corner whip hits and Dibiase hold the ropes again, but when Muraco tries to pull him out again, Dibiase drops down and slings Muraco to the post. Now Dibiase controls with choking and stomps. Irish whip and clothesline get 2. He then uses a kneelift and fistdrop for another 2 as Muraco makes the ropes. Irish whip, but Dibiase puts the head down and gets kicked. He comes right back with an eyerake though, followed by a slam, but he misses the reverse elbow from the 2nd rope. Muraco gets a corner whip and clothesline, followed by coming off with a shoulderblock. He comes off the ropes again, but this time Dibiase catches him in a stungun for 3 at 5:36. Dibiase makes it to the finals as a result of the Hogan/Andre double DQ. ˝*

Quarterfinals: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth)

The bracketing teased a Savage/Steamboat rematch in this spot, but it was not to be. Valentine controls with uppercuts and some shots in the corner, but Savage comes back with an elbow and he rams Valentine to the buckle. Corner whip, followed by a snapmare and kneedrop get 2 for Savage. Valentine then nails him and comes off the top with a forearm. He drops some elbows for 2, and then gets a shoulderbreaker for 2. He dumps Savage and follows him out with an elbow from the apron. He chops Savage and rams him to the barrier. Back in the ring, Valentine keeps working him over, moving on to the leg now. He goes for the figure four, but Savage makes the ropes. Suplex gets 2 as does a backbreaker. Savage comes back with a kick, and rams him to the buckle again. Slam hits, and he goes up, nailing a double axhandle for 2. Hart then provides distraction long enough for Valentine to nail him. Irish whip and elbow hit, but when he tries a suplex, Savage reverses to one of his own. He goes up again, but Valentine nails him on the way down, although Valentine sells that he got hit as well. Valentine is on the ropes, so Savage tries a rope straddle, but Hart helps Valentine move out of the way. Valentine goes for the figure four again, but this time Savage gets him in a small package for 3 at 6:08. Decent match here, one of the few times I can say that about this show. **

Intercontinental Championship Match: Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart & Peggy Sue) vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

They lock up, and Honky knees him on the break. Irish whip, but he misses an elbow. Beefcake catches an attempted kick, nails an atomic drop, and worst of all, messes up the hair. Honky bails to regroup (and fix his hair). Back in, Honky goes to the eyes and rams Beefcake to the buckle, which is the reversed by Beefcake, and Honky gets rammed in there ten times. Irish whip leads to Beefcake getting a high knee, and Honky bails again. Beefcake pulls him back in by the hair and then uses a snapmare. Irish whip and the head goes down, but Beefcake avoids a kick, although he then misses an elbow. Honky stomps him and works him over with elbows to the neck. Honky stays on him, and then distracts the ref allowing Hart to get some choking in from the floor. He goes for Shake Rattle & Roll, but then lets it go for some reason and hits a knee instead. Now he goes for it again, but Beefcake holds onto the ropes. Beefcake punches him, sends him off the ropes, and gets a backdrop. Honky begs off, but Beefcake stays on him and eventually hooks the sleeper. Honky is going out, and we would seem to have a new champion, but Hart KO’s the ref with the megaphone. He then grabs Beefcake’s bag of tools and tries to escape, but Beefcake catches him, and Hart gets a bit of a haircut. Peggy Sue revives Honky, and they collect Hart and get out of there while the refs hold back Beefcake. Bell never rang to end the match, but Beefcake is announced as the winner by DQ at roughly 9:00. Considering how bloated this show was, it was the right move not to do a title change here, but it resulted in Beefcake never actually getting the belt. Not that good of a match either. ˝*

The Islanders & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan vs. The British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware

This is the blowoff for the whole “Islanders kidnap Matilda” angle. The idea is that Heenan is scared of Matilda, so he wears an attack dog trainers outfit to the ring. And I find it a bit funny that on the Anthology version I have here they are forced to blur Koko’s ass because he has the initials “WWF” on his tights. Heenan still runs away from Matilda during the intros in spite of the suit. Kid beats up both Islanders before Tama starts out for his team. Kid gets a backdrop and a shot to the throat. He then whips Tama to the corner, and Tama goes over and out. Tag to Davey who gets a slam, but misses an elbow which allows Tama to tag Haku. He gets a side headlock, but Davey comes off the ropes and gets a crossbody for 2. Slam also gets 2 before an Irish whip is reversed, but leads to a crucifix for 2 for Davey. Snapmare, and Davey goes to a rear chinlock, but Haku escapes, reverses to a wristlock, and tags Tama. He hooks his own wristlock, but Davey just picks him up in a press slam. Tama goes to the eyes and immediately tags Haku. They have a brief slugfest before Davey tags Koko who comes in with a dropkick. He grabs a side headlock, and when Haku comes in he hooks him with a headscissors and ends up taking both Islanders down. Tag to Kid who gets a clothesline on Haku as the Islanders appear to have switched off with no tag. Corner whip, but Haku gets the boot up, nails Kid and tags Heenan. Heenan stomps away, but when Kid gets a shot in, Heenan immediately tags out to Tama. Tama gets an Irish whip and backdrop followed by a slam. Pump splash hits knees and allows Kid to tag Koko. Koko gets an Irish whip and backdrop, and then whips both Islanders into each other. He sends Haku off the ropes, but puts his head down and gets kicked, and then clotheslined. Haku tags Tama who gets a chop off the top on the way in. Tag back to Heenan who stomps away and uses a chokehold, but Koko makes a comeback with punches and he whips Heenan to the corner. Dropkick sends Heenan to the post as all six guys are in now. As the ref puts the Bulldogs out, the Islanders hit a slam on Koko, and the drop Heenan on him for the pin at 7:30. *1/2 They get Matilda to chase Heenan out of there after, including this ridiculous looking spot where Heenan falls over and Davey is trying to get Matilda on top of him but she’s not really cooperating.

Semifinals: One Man Gang (w/Slick) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth)

Savage uses speed to avoid Gang early on, even dropping him on the top rope by grabbing his beard, but soon enough Gang is able to take over with his bulk. Slam gets 2 as Savage makes the ropes, and then an elbowsmash gets another 2. Another slam hits, but Gang misses a splash and then misses another splash in the corner. Savage gets some punches and knocks Gang outside. He goes up and comes down with a double axhandle to the floor. Back in, he tries a slam, but can’t get it. Gang chokes him out, while Slick stalks Elizabeth. Gang misses an elbow, and while the ref is with Liz, Gang uses Slick’s cane on Savage. He tries some more shots, and keeps missing, but the ref calls for the DQ anyways at 4:13. Post match, Savage takes both Gang and Slick out with a double axhandle off the top. It was a good idea to have one of Savage’s wins be non-decisive, because that way it sets up a natural first challenger for the new champion. Indeed Savage would face and defeat Gang on the next SNME. ˝*

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Strike Force vs. Demolition (w/Mr. Fuji)

Smash and Martel start out with Smash hammering away. Martel ducks off an Irish whip and comes off with a cross body, but Smash just catches him. Santana comes in and dropkicks the over, but that draws Ax in as well and they all brawl. Strike Force gets a double clothesline on Smash for 1. Tag to Santana who comes in with a double axhandle off the top rope, but Smash manages to get a knee and tag Ax. Santana gets an armdrag and tags Martel, who goes to an armbar. Ax goes to the eyes to escape and tags back to Smash. Martel gets him with a hiptoss on the way in and tags out as well back to Santana. Santana sends him off the ropes and leapfrogs him, but ends up caught with a shot and nailed in Demolition’s corner. Demos control him there with quick tags. Ax slams him for a 2 count and then rams him to Smash’s boot. Tag back to Smash who chokes Santana with his boot and when Martel comes in to protest, Ax gets a few shots in as well. Smash gets a suplex for a close 2.5. Slam hits, but he misses an elbow. Tag is made to Ax who sends Santana off the ropes, but gets hit with an elbow. Smash come in to prevent Santana from making the tag and Ax goes back to work on him. He sends him off the ropes again, but this time Santana comes off with the Flying Jalapeno. Ax makes the tag, and so does Santana. Martel is the house afire, taking out both Demos and hooking the Boston crab on Smash. Santana takes out Ax, but when he goes after Fuji, and ties up the ref in the process, Ax comes in and nails Martel with the cane. This lets Smash get the pin and gives Demolition their first Tag Team Title at 8:03. Good enough for what they had to work with, but this is a match that really suffered from the time constraints everyone was under, as well as the fact that it’s going on fifteenth on a sixteen match show. *1/2

Main Event, WWF Championship Tournament Finals: Ted Dibiase (w/Andre The Giant) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth)

Ok, it’s the last one. Robin Leach is back to present the belt to the winner. Would it not have made more sense to debut the new “winged eagle” belt here when crowning a new undisputed champion instead of two months earlier? Especially when it was going to sit vacant all this time? Bob Uecker is the guest ring announcer, while Vanna White is the guest timekeeper. Dibiase backs him to the corner and Savage gives him a shot, but Andre grabs the leg and trips him up. Crowd immediately calls for Hogan, but not coming quite yet. Savage gets a hammerlock and they trade reversals before Savage gets sent off the ropes and gets a shoulderblock. Off the ropes again and once again Andre trips him. Dibiase gets a wristlock and they trade reversals until Dibiase rams him to the buckle. He then elbows Savage down, and after that nails a clothesline for 2. Dibiase off the ropes and he tries a sunset flip, but can’t get it. Savage comes back with a clothesline for 2. Dibiase gets a knee, some chops, and stomps. Irish whip and elbow hit. Dibiase keeps on him and sends him off the ropes, but Savage ducks and nails an elbow. He then uses a knee to send Dibiase outside, but can’t get the double axhandle because Andre is standing in the way. Now he sends Liz to the back, and the crowd is, of course, well aware of what that means. Dibiase is able to jump him with a slam and a couple of fistdrops for 2. Snapmare into a rear chinlock as Liz returns to ringside with Hulk Hogan in tow, and he takes a seat in the corner. Dibiase keeps working Savage over and then he distracts the ref so Andre can get in a couple of shots. Hogan comes over to break that up. Dibiase retains control in the ring, getting a clothesline and elbow for 2, a suplex for 2 and a gutwrench suplex for 2. He slams Savage and goes up, but Savage recovers and slams him off. Savage tries the Flying Elbow, but Dibiase moves. Million Dollar Dream is hooked, but while the ref is distracted with Andre for some reason, Hogan sneaks in and nails Dibiase with a chair to break the hold. Savage goes up and this time is able to hit the elbow. That gets 3 at 9:18 to make Savage the new Undisputed WWF Champion. Great moment for Savage fans like me and a nice setup for Wrestlemania V one year later. Best match of the show, not that it had a lot of competition, at **1/2. It’s another one that really could have benefited from getting more time to build up more heat, but by this point everyone just wanted to finish the thing off and go home.

Alright, so that’s Wrestlemania IV. It’s long, and really drags at times, although the matches for the most part are so short that you never really get too bored with the show. They’re always moving along to something else to keep your attention, which is good because the match quality is so bad that they need all the help they can get in keeping it. By the end, it feels like you just want to see the new champ regardless of who it’s gonna be and get out of there. On the other hand, I am a Randy Savage fan, and seeing his big night makes the show worthwhile, as does the Demolition win in spite of its placement on the card. Not to mention that seeing Hogan fail to win is always worth points in my book, so I think I can balance it all out and call it a thumbs in the middle. Recommendation is probably moot because everyone will probably have seen this, but rewatching it probably wouldn’t be the worst way you could waste four hours of your life.

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