February 19, 2005
- With the run continuing, it's now time for Wrestlemania III, which was held at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 29th, 1987, and broke the indoor attendance record for an event such as this at 93,173 fans (which has been disputed as being fake, but I don't give a flying fuck).
- Vince McMahon opens the show and welcomes everyone to WrestleMania III. Aretha Franklin sings America The Beautiful, and we head over to the broadcast position, with Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and celebrity guests, Bob Uecker and Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight.
- The Can-Am Connection vs. The Magnificent Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. (w/ Mr. Fuji):
The Can-Am Connection consists of Tem Zenk (a.k.a the most bitter former wrestler of all time) and Rick Martel, who was at the time, coming off an AWA World Title reign I think. Muraco and Orton are going through the motions until Muraco finally turned face and took on "Superstar" Billy Graham as his manager. No real back story here, just a match to open the show and get the crowd pumped with. Muraco and Zenk start the match with a lockup, which Muraco shoves off quite easily, and poses. Lockup, and Zenk with a standing side headlock followed by a shoulder block. Lockup into the corner, and Muraco with a series of knees to the midsection. Irish whip to the corner, and Zenk avoids a charge and takes Muraco down with an arm drag and head scissors takedown for two. Lockup, and Muraco with a standing side headlock, but he runs into a double monkey flip. Orton comes in and gets taken down with a double hip toss. Orton and Zenk lockup now. Orton with a headlock followed by a shoulder block. Zenk catches Orton with an arm drag and applies an armbar. Orton with a knee to the midsection, and applies a full nelson. Zenk reverses, but Orton reverses back. Muraco tries a cheap shot, but clobbers Orton by mistake, and Zenk covers for a two count. Martel tags in and comes off the second rope with an elbow to the midsection. Martel with a wristlock, followed by a leg drop across the left arm. Zenk tags back in and continues working over the arm. Muraco gets the tag in, and gets slammed when he enters the ring. Irish whip, and Orton with a knee to the back of Zenk to take control. Muraco with a swinging neck breaker, and Orton (without a cast) comes off the ropes for a forearm for a two count. Irish whip, and a collision knocks both men down. Both men make the tags, and Martel goes to work on Muraco. Irish whip and Muraco does the Flair flip up the ropes. Muraco gets sling shot back into the ring, and all hell breaks loose. Muraco accidentally backdrops Orton, and gets taken down with a double dropkick. Irish whip, and Martel with a cross body press gets the win at 5:37. **1/2 Energetic match to open the show, and quite weird to see the former Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco treated almost like a Jobber.
- The Battle Of The Full Nelsons:
Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules (w/ Bobby Heenan):
This is definitely one match I didn't really look forward to seeing again. A recap video shows us how the match came to be, with Hercules beating the crap out of Billy Jack Haynes in a Full Nelson Challenge, which WWE imitated four years later for the Warlord and Davey Boy Smith feud leading up to WrestleMania VII. Pre-match interview has Bobby Heenan running down Billy Jack, and calls him "Billy Jerk" for fun. Hercules cuts a bizarre promo, but nothing as bad as Hogan’s from WrestleMania IV. The two go face to face at the bell, and then back off. Lockup, and no one really wins the shove off. Lockup #2 goes into the corner, and Hercules with a cheap knee to the midsection, followed by a knee lift. Hercules hammers away on Haynes in the corner, but misses an elbow in the corner. Haynes with a series of blows, followed by a press slam. Full Nelson attempt by Haynes, but Hercules makes it to the ropes. Haynes chops away on Hercules, and whips him to the corner, only to get leveled by a clothesline. Hercules stomps away at the face of Haynes, and takes him down with a back body drop. Irish whip to the clothesline, and Haynes does some sell-sell-selling. Hercules with a delayed vertical suplex, and he covers for two, although it was because he picked Haynes shoulder off the mat. Haynes tries fighting back, but his back gives out on a suplex attempt. Hercules with a back breaker, and the man with Oregon on his ass begs for help. Hercules with a press slam, and now he plays to the crowd and locks on the Full Nelson. Haynes breaks free, but Hercules clobbers him on the back of the head. Irish whip, and a double clothesline puts both men down. Billy Jack with an inverted atomic drop followed by a clothesline. Irish whip, and Haynes with a boot to the midsection followed by another clothesline. Haynes with a leg drop, followed by a second rope fist drop. Haynes plays the crowd now, and locks in his own Full Nelson! Hercules makes it to the ropes, and the two spill outside the ring. They continue to brawl as the referee counts the two out at 7:52, which of course results in a double count-out. * Nothing great or anything, but not entirely worthless. After the match, Heenan baits Haynes into a Hercules attack, and Haynes gets split open thanks to some usage of the steel chain.
- Mixed-Six-Man Tag Team Match:
Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, The Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrooke, Little Tokyo:
It's a new record, a match I hate with midgets AND a hillbilly. Last time I completely ignored the match for the most part, but since I'm forced to thanks to my split personality, I will suffer through the painful four minutes. Bob Uecker thankfully joins the broadcast position, since he's a pretty funny guy. Haiti and Tokyo start the match. Tokyo with a standing side headlock, and we already get into some comedy with a midget crisscross, followed by some row boating of the evil midgets. I'm just going to pay attention to the regular guys. Little Beaver takes a cheap shot on Bundy, so he tags into the ring for some more comedy by the Beav'. Bundy no sells a dropkick, and Hillbilly Jim tags in. Lockup, and Bundy hammers away on the Hillbilly. Irish whip, and Hillbilly drops Bundy with a clothesline, and follows up with an elbow drop and dog pile for a two count. Irish whip, and Bundy back a back elbow followed by a front facelock, until Beaver comes in to take another shot on Bundy. Beaver runs a foul again, so Bundy slams him and drops an elbow for good measure, and the referee calls for the Disqualification at 4:22. DUD Really, the match sucked, but at least Bundy beat up the midget. Hillbilly and the four midgets send Bundy away afterwards.
- Humiliation Match:
The Junkyard Dog vs. "King" Harley Race (w/ Bobby Heenan & Queen Moolah):
The person who loses has to bow to the winner after the match, which is why it has been dubbed a humiliation match. If this match was set in 1980-81, it might've been good, but considering both men were well past it by now, I'm just praying for something quick. Lockup to start the match, and JYD catches Race with a short right, then chases Heenan around the ring. Race catches JYD in the ring with a series of elbows, but JYD no sells and drops Race with a headbutt. Race dumps the Dog outside the ring, and comes off the apron to miss a diving headbutt. Back inside the ring, and JYD with a forearm across the chest followed by a neck jerk that sends him over the top rope to the floor. JYD slams Race back into the ring, and applies an abdominal stretch. Race escapes the hold with a hip toss, then drops a headbutt, except the Dogs head is made of steel or something. Irish whip to the corner, and Race bumps to the outside in a spot I just noticed Triple H has been using the past few years. JYD with the rolling headbutts, and here’s Heenan again for a distraction. Race with a belly to belly suplex, and that’s good enough for the victory at 3:22. DUD Another nothing match, but like I hoped, it was kept pretty short. Afterwards, Dog does a cheap bow to Race, then beats him up with a chair and steels his cape.
- The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Dream Team (w/ Johnny V & Dino Bravo):
This is fairly early in Bravo’s latest WWF tenure, and he also just recently (1987 recently) colored his hair blonde, which was brunette a few weeks earlier on an episode of Wrestling Challenge. Again, no real back story here, just a match to get some people on the show. The Rougeau Brothers are obviously Jacques and Raymond, and the Dream Team consists of Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake. Beefcake and Raymond start with a lockup. Beefcake with a hammerlock, and Raymond escapes with a flip over the shoulder of Beefcake, and connects with an atomic drop. Irish whip, and the Rougeaus with a double dropkick. Jacques and Valentine in the ring now, and they exchange blows. Irish whip, and Raymond comes in with a cross body press for a two count. Irish whip, and Jacques comes in with a diving back elbow for another two count. Irish whip to the corner is reversed, and Jacques misses a twisting cross body press. Valentine drops a few elbows and follows with a scoop slam. Beefcake tags in and stomps away on Jacques for a two count. Valentine tags back in, and comes off the top with a sledge, and Beefcake with a back breaker as Heenan joins the commentary team. Valentine quickly applies the Figure-Four as Heenan boasts about a successful day so far. Valentine tries for a piledriver, but Jacques reverses with a back drop, and tags in Raymond. Raymond with a reverse crescent kick, followed by a back body drop. Raymond applies a sleeper hold, and Beefcake comes in with an axehandle that accidentally nails Valentine. Rougeau Bomb connects on Valentine, but Bravo comes in behind the referees back, and comes off with a forearm to Jacques. Valentine covers, and that's good enough for the victory at 4:07. *1/4 Decent, but too short to mean anything. Afterwards, Beefcake is ditched in the ring by Valentine, Bravo, and Johnny V, which would come into play later in the show.
- Hair vs. Hair Match:
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart):
This all started when Piper took a hiatus from the WWF, where Adonis took over Pipers Pit and started a show called the Flower Shop. In the process, former Piper lackey Bob Orton and Muraco sided with Adonis, and helped take out Piper on an episode of the Flower Shop. Blah Blah Blah, this leads to a big feud where the loser gets his hair cut. Also, this was billed as Pipers Retirement Match, which of course was only about two years when he returned to the WWF in the spring of 1989. Adonis comes to the ring carrying a pair of hedge clippers (wink wink). Piper gets a pretty impressive ovation for a guy who was the most hated only a year earlier. The two exchange blows to start, with Piper whipping Adonis like a dog with his leather belt. Adonis saves Jimmy from a beating and starts whipping Piper with the belt now. Irish whip to the corner is reversed and Adonis spills outside the ring. Piper pulls Adonis and Jimmy into the ring, and rams their heads together. Jimmy is tossed into Adonis, and the two spill over the top rope to the floor. Back into the ring, and Piper unloads on Adonis. Irish whip to the corner, and Jimmy gets slammed off the top rope onto Adonis. Standing side headlock by Piper, but Jimmy trips him up near the ropes behind the referees back. Adonis rakes the chest of Piper, and connects with a clothesline. Piper pokes Adonis in the eyes, but gets dropped with a bionic elbow. Outside the ring they go, and Piper gets rammed into the time keepers table. Back inside the ring, and Piper continues to take a beating. They start exchanging blows again, and Hart sprays something in Pipers eyes behind the referees back. Adonis applies the Good Night Irene sleeper on Piper, but stupidly let goes of the hold before Pipers arm drops three times! Beefcake runs in now and helps revive Piper, and he applies the sleeper hold of his own as the Pontiac Silverdome explodes! (not literally) Piper has Adonis down, and Adonis is out of it at 6:08! *1/2 Nothing much in terms of quality, but it was overall a fun match with a super hot crowd. After the match, Beefcake trims the hair of Adonis, in retaliation to the haircut Adonis accidentally gave to Beefcake a few weeks earlier on a syndicated WWF show. Also of note, an idiot fan runs into the ring to hug Piper, and quite rightly gets his ass handed to him by the security crew.
- The British Bulldogs & Tito Santana vs. The Hart Foundation & "Dangerous" Danny Davis (w/ Jimmy Hart):
Pretty famous angle here, as Davis was directly responsible for the Foundation beating the Bulldogs for the Tag Team Titles in February of that year, and also was the referee when Tito Santana lost the Intercontinental title to Randy Savage the year earlier under not-so-clean circumstances. Bob Uecker returns with Mary Hart to join Gorilla Monsoon for play-by-play thanks to Jesse Ventura being at ringside for the match. Before the match starts, the Foundation is cleared from the ring, and Davey Boy press slams Davis onto both of them! Inside now, and Santana hammers on Hart, and drops him face first as we see Ventura stealing Matilda from ring side. Smith tags in as does Neidhart, who lock up with the super strength. Davey Boy with a standing side headlock followed by a double headbutt on the Foundation. Double headbutt by the Bulldogs to Neidhart, and Santana comes in with an armbar. To the corner they go, and the heels choke away on Santana behind the referees back. Irish whip, and Santana tags in Davey Boy, who hammers away on Neidhart. Irish whip, and Smith with a back body drop. Neidhart cheap shots Smith behind his back and Bret tags in, only to miss an elbow from the second rope. Dynamite Kid tags in and slams Bret down by the hair. Irish whip to the corner and Bret does his 100 mph charge. Dynamite drops Hart with a clothesline and a headbutt for a two count. Hart hammers on Dynamite in the corner with a series of roundhouse rights, which look pretty stiff. Dynamite comes back and tries a snap suplex, but Neidhart attacks from behind, and comes in to apply a reverse chinlock. The Foundation connect with the Demolition Decapitation, and Davis tags in for the first time and takes a few shots before tagging Hart back in. Dynamite continues taking a beating by Bret, and Neidhart comes in for more of the same. Davis tags in once again for a few cheap shots, and again tags right out to Hart. Dynamite gets dropped like a bad habit, and the Foundation slingshot Davis in, but he meets the knees of Dynamite! Santana gets the hot tag, and beats the unholy piss out of Davis to a big pop. Irish whip, and Santana with a back body drop. Irish whip, and Santana with the Flying Forearm! Mounted punches by Santana, and Davis continues to get murdered! Figure Four is attempted, but Neidhart blocks with a clothesline. Davey Boy tags in now and drops Davis with a clothesline. Smith rams Davis into the head of Dynamite and drops him with a Tombstone Piledriver (which Mary Hart actually calls a piledriver) for the most popular death of 1987. Smith picks up Davis, and puts him back down with a delayed vertical suplex! The beating continues, as Davey Boy plants Davis inot the Pontiac Silverdome with a running powerslam! Neidhart breaks up the pin, and hell breaks loose. Somewhere, Smith gets KO'ed with the megaphone, and Davis covers for the victory at 8:51! *** Cheap as hell finish, and I'm not quite sure if this was the best idea for the win. Sure Davis got slaughtered by everyone, but they should've just had him get his ass kicked into the year 2056 and get pinned with one finger.
- Koko B. Ware vs. "The Natural" Butch Reed (w/ Slick):
Only reason I can come up with is to put something worthless on after the match with a hot crowd to give them time to cool off for a later match. Slick is dressed in possibly the ugliest outfit of all time tonight. Butch Reed would go on to form "Doom" with Ron Simmons in NWA/WCW after somehow not getting over enough as a black guy named "The Natural" who had blonde hair. Ventura makes Little Rascal jokes at the expense of Koko. Lockup into the ropes, and Reed misses a cheap shot. Lockup #2 and Reed claims Ware pulled his hair, which the referee somehow buys into. Reed with a forearm to the midsection, followed by a series of blows to the side of the face. Irish whip, and Koko dropkicks Reed out of the ring after failing at a roll up. Irish whip, and Ware with a fist to the midsection, followed by a right hook to the jaw. Irish whip, and Reed with a blow to the back of the head of Ware. Reed with a cheap shot to the throat of Ware, followed by a boot to the side of the head. Irish whip to the corner is reversed, and Ware catches Reed coming out with a hip toss. Ware with a series of lefts followed by a dropkick for a two count. Reed rakes the eyes, but gets cradled for a two count. Irish whip is reversed, and Reed reverses a cross body press (with a handful of tights) for three at 3:39. DUD Pointless match that was basically all punching. Slick beats up Ware with his pimp cane after the match until Santana comes in and rips up Slicks jacket and shirt. I don't understand that at all.
- WWF-Intercontinental Championship Match:
"Macho Man" Randy Savage (c) (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (w/ George "The Animal" Steele):
Pretty famous match for those who aren't too familiar with it. This was set up on an episode of Superstars of Wrestling when Randy Savage crushed Steamboats larynx across the security railing and with the ring bell. The crowd goes bat shit for Steamboats entrance, and actually give Savage a pretty good pop for a hated heel... unless it was for Elizabeth, which it probably was. Crowd is so loud, you can barely hear Steamboats entrance music, which would later be used for the Chicago Bulls introductions (the running of the bulls video). Lockup to start, and no one gets an advantage. Savage with a go behind waistlock, but Steamboat takes him over to escape. Lockup #2, and Savage with a boot to the midsection. Irish whip, and Steamboat with a series of deep arm drags and a choke lift! Steamboat chases Savage back into the ring, but gets caught coming in and Savage chokes him across the top rope for a two count. Savage with a bionic elbow, followed by more choking in the corner. Savage misses a charge hard, and Steamboat slams Savage down from a wristlock position. Steamboat jerks the arm of Savage across the top rope, and reapplies the wristlock. Savage whips Steamboat to the ropes, and drops him with a stiff elbow to the jaw. Savage recovers from the earlier beating, and tosses Steamboat over the top rope in the corner of the ring. Savage pulls Steamboat back up to the apron, and drops an elbow across the throat of the Dragon. Savage snapmares Steamboat back into the ring and elbows him in the face for a two count. Savage with a jumping knee drop for another two count. Steamboat blocks being sent to the buckle and rams Savage into it, and hammers away with palm strikes. Savage gets tied in the ropes, allowing Steamboat to continue the punishment. Savage boots Steamboat in the face to escape. Irish whip sequence and Steamboat with a cross body press for a two count. Arm drag and shoulder block by the Dragon gets two. Another shoulder block gets a two count. Irish whip, and Savage connects with a running high knee to the back. Savage dumps Steamboat out, but he skins the cat, only to be clotheslined back out. Savage with another running high knee, knocking Steamboat into the table and over the security rail. Steele helps Steamboat back up into the ring, and Savage dumps him over the top rope again. Savage to the top rope, and he comes down with a double axehandle to the back of the head. Savage tosses Steamboat back into the ring, and comes off the top with another double axehandle, followed by a running elbow for a two count. Savage drops Steamboat across the top rope, and covers again for a two count. Atomic drop by Savage, and he covers once more for a two count. Suplex by the Champion, and that gets ANOTHER two count! Both men exchange blows, and Savage rakes the eyes. Savage with a gut wrench suplex for yet another two count. Steamboat with blows to the midsection from his knees, and follows up with more chops. Irish whip, and Savage boots him in the face, but charges and gets back dropped to the outside! Steamboat rams Savage into the ring and goes to the top rope, and connects with a chop to the top of the head for a 2.999 count! Irish whip and Savage with a knife edge chop for another two count! Steamboat a series of chops to the forehead, sending Savage onto the apron. Steamboat with a shoulder thrust to the midsection, followed by a sunset flip for a two count! School boy by Steamboat gets two again! Single leg trip into a float over pin gets another count of two! Small package by Steamboat for another two count! Scoop slam by Steamboat, and he slingshots Savage into the steel post and rolls him up for two again! roll pu by Steamboat gets two, and Savage reverses for a two count of his own! Steamboat gets sent into the post via use of the tights. Irish whip to the corner is reversed several times, and Steamboat is sent into the referee. Irish whip, and Savage with a Hart attack-like clothesline. Savage goes to the top rope, and comes off with the elbow drop, but there's no referee! Savage heads outside again and retrieves the ring bell, but Steele comes in to steal it back. Savage to the top rope, but Steele shoves him off! Everyone is getting back to their feet now, and Steamboat reverses a slam with the small package for the three count and IC championship at 14:35! ***** Still a freakin' awesome match, with a hot second half, and countless (actually 19) total near falls. This match definitely stole the show, but too bad Steamboat decided to do something that would get McMahon pissed off and fuck him over for the rest of his WWF career.
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts (w/ Alice Cooper) vs. The Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart):
There is no way for me to get into this match after the previous one. Roberts had recently turned face after Honkytonk smashed him over the head with a guitar on an episode of the Snake Pit (Jake Roberts' interview segment from the Fall '86-Winter '87). Roberts attacks Honky from behind and pounds on him with a series of left jabs. Irish whip is reversed, and Roberts catches Honky with a knee lift. Roberts follows HTM out of the ring and delivers more punishment to the Elvis Impersonator. Scoop slam by Roberts on the outside and he sends him back into the ring. Irish whip ot the corner, but Roberts runs into the knees of Honkytonk. HTM with a series of boots to the midsection and applies a wristlock. Roberts ducks a right and applies a wristlock. Short-arm clothesline by Roberts, and he calls for the DDT, but Honky escapes quickly. Roberts chases Honky out of the ring again and goes for Jimmy, but is sent into the steel post by HTM in retaliation. Roberts crawls back into the ring, but Honky knees him in the face and plays to the crowd. Honky with a knee to the midsection knocks Roberts into the security rail, where he looks passed out from too much booze. Back inside the ring, and Honkytonk with a scoop slam, followed by a fist drop from the second rope. HTM plays to the crowd some more, and boots Roberts in the chest several times. Roberts staggers around like he's drunk, and Honkytonk drops an elbow across the throat. Irish whip, and Honkytonk with a back elbow followed by an axehandle to the chest. Honky goes for the Shake, Rattle, N' Roll, but Roberts back drops free of the hold. Honky attacks in the corner and gets in some mounted punches, but Roberts catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Roberts with a series of rights and lefts to Honky, and now HTM tries begging him off. Irish whip, and Roberts with a back body drop, followed by a big roundhouse right. Honky plays seesaw in-between the top and middle ropes, and now Roberts calls for the DDT again. Jimmy grabs the ankle of Roberts, and Honkytonk Man school boys him (and holds onto the ropes) for the three count at 7:04. * Not much of a match, but not too bad either. Roberts blasts the guitar against the ring post, and Jimmy gets manhandled by Roberts, allowing Cooper to unleash Damien on the poor bastard. I guess for Roberts, that's as good as an actual win.
- The Killer Bees (w/ Jim Duggan) vs. Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik (w/ Slick):
No real backstory again, although the corner man of the Bees (Jim Duggan) has been throwing threats at the heels, telling them to stop singing their national anthems in America. Duggan eventually disappeared for a while thanks to a drug bust with the Iron Sheik, and the angle was dropped. I just noticed the Bees have those ugly shoes and knee socks on here. The heels attack at the bell, and pound away in opposite corners. Irish whips are reversed and the heels are sent into the corners. The heels do a little hillbilly dancing, but the Bees continue pounding away on them. Blair with an atomic drop to the Sheik, and Brunzell comes in for a double back elbow. Brunzell with a wristlock, and Blair comes off the middle rope with an elbow, and reapplies the hold. Brunzell comes in to continue working the arm over. Irish whip, and the Bees with a double hip toss. Wristlock by Brunzell, and Blair comes in with another elbow to the arm of the Sheik. More quick tags, and Brunzell connects with his signature dropkick for a two count. Hell breaks loose again, and the heels double team Brunzell in their corner. Irish whip, and Volkoff with a boot to the midsection, followed by more punching. The Sheik tags in and connects with a chop to the throat of Brunzell for a two count. The Sheik rams Brunzell into the boot of Volkoff, and they continue the double teaming. Irish whip, and Brunzell jumps into a bearhug of Volkoff. The Sheik tags back in, and takes Brunzell down with a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Sheik with a suplex for another two count. Irish whip, and Brunzell catches the Sheik with a running high knee. Blair gets the tag, but the referee throws him out of the ring since he didn't see it. Irish whip, and the heels with a double elbow sends Brunzell out of the ring. Back inside, and the Sheik applies the Camel Clutch, but Duggan runs into the ring and blasts him with his 2x4, resulting in a Disqualification at 5:42. ** Quite a good match considering I hate two of the participants in the match, but too bad they didn't get a hot tag in to heat up the finish. Oh well, you can't win them all. I just noticed Slick still has the outfit on that Santana tore up earlier in the night.
- WWF-World Championship Match:
Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Andre The Giant (w/ Bobby Heenan):
Quite possibly the most important match in the history of the WWF at the time. Hogan, the big superstar at the time, and Andre The Giant, the undefeated giant who had been around for over 15 years. To set up the match, tension was teased that Andre was jealous of Hogan’s success. To cap it off, Andre was presented an award for being undefeated for so long, but Hogan also received an award (and much bigger trophy) for being champion for three years. From there, Heenan took on Andre has his protégé, and had him become the biggest heel in the WWF. Andre gets pelted with garbage for the entire duration of his entrance in those little carts, which shows how hated he was for turning on Hogan. we get the 1st major WrestleMania Moment from this show as the two go face to face in one of the biggest visuals at the time. The two exchange shoves, and Hogan with a series of rights. Slam attempt, but Andre falls on top for a two count barely a minute into the match! Andre kicks Hogan in the back of the head, and hammers away at the back of Hogan. Andre with a knee to the face of Hogan, followed by a scoop slam. Andre with another slam, and he walks on Hogan’s lower back. Andre gives Hogan a wedgie when picking him up, and whips him into the turnbuckle. Irish whip to the the opposite corner, and Hogan is actually selling this like death, as Andre plays to the crowd. Choke in the corner, and Andre squashes Hogan in the corner. Andre connects with a massive headbutt, but tries again and hits the buckle. Hogan hammers away on Andre with a series of rights, and follows with a bionic elbow and several knife-edge chops. Hogan rams Andre into the turnbuckle ten times, but runs into a big boot on a clothesline attempt. Andre murders Hogan with a chop, and applies a bearhug, that literally lasts almost three minutes. Hogan starts fighting free with a series of rights, and connects with several shoulder blocks, but runs into a chop on a third one. Irish whip, and Andre connects with a boot to send Hogan outside the ring. Andre tries a headbutt, but he accidentally hits the steel post. Hogan stupidly tries to go for a piledriver on the exposed concrete, but Andre obviously blocks with a back drop (done pretty poorly too). Back inside the ring... Andre tries a boot, but Hogan ducks and drops Andre with a clothesline! Hogan's Hulking Up!!! Both men are on their feet... Hogan slams Andre to a pop that would probably blow up most of the Middle East! Hogan off the ropes, and he connects with the leg drop! 1... 2... 3, Hogan retains the championship at 12:07!! 1/2* Possibly the worst WrestleMania Main Event of all time when it comes to actual match quality, but still one of the most historic matches in WWF history that completed the passing of the torch to Hogan.
Final Thoughts: Probably one of my favorite Wrestlemanias from top to bottom of all time. All of the important matches delivered, including an awesome match for the Intercontinental Championship, and memorable moments from the Piper/Adonis and Hulk/Andre matches. Also, several good, but short tag team matches, and overall a fun show with the crap kept short and far between. Easily a Strong Recommendation for this show.