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WrestleMania Rewind: Hulkamania lives again (WM9)
By FRANK ZICARELLI - Toronto Sun

Slots and slams forged one of the weirdest tag teams yesterday as the WWF and Caesars Palace staged the world's largest toga and tombstone party.

At the end of this rousing head butt between roulette and rules-breakers, Hulk Hogan, not surprisingly, stole the spotlight.

He rolled a seven and rolled over Yokozuna to claim the WWF's heavyweight title for a fifth time as Hulkamania ran wild and kept sprinting to the finish line at WrestleMania IX.

WWF boss Vince McMahon, the squared circle's head ringmaster, outdid himself, organizing a day of mat mayhem that was truly unpredictable, but predictably glitzy in light of the Vegas venue.

McMahon shocked the pundits and the raucous crowd of 16,000 as Hogan made his ballyhooed return to the ring by winning a belt in a bout he was never scheduled to wrestle.

In the scheduled bout he wrestled, Hogan failed to win a belt. Go figure. Then again, it's hard to figure out the WWF.

The script was as juicy as the twin referees routine that felled the mighty Hulkster a few years ago in Indianapolis, against Andre the Giant.

In WMIX's co-main event, Calgary-born grappler Bret (Hitman) Hart fell to Yokozuna, who hails from the land of the rising sun, when manager Mr. Fuji sprayed Hart with salt as the Hitman was applying his patented sharpshooter.

In the aftermath of the win, Fuji challenged Hogan, who had run into the ring in aid of the beaten Hart.

Fuji, however, made like a wild Juan Guzman and threw salt in Yokozuna's eyes when Hogan ducked. Hogan knocked Yokozuna to the mat and delivered his trademark atomic leg drop for the pinfall.

As quickly as money gets exchanged on a crap table in this casino playpen, the WWF belt changed hands just as quickly. Twice, to be exact.

The procession went from the Hitman to Yokozuna to the Hulkster.

The mayhem began when Shawn Michaels, who will now feud with Mr. Perfect, retained his Intercontinental title against Tatanka when the boy toy was counted out of the ring. Of course, a belt can't change hands on a count-out.

The Steiners defeated the Head Shrinkers on a less than perfect Frankensteiner; two Doinks were needed to crush Crush; Lex Luuuuuger, whose entrance was a throwback to the great Liberace, defeated Perfect by pinfall; Razor Ramon pinned Bob Backlund; and Money Inc. retained their belts over the Mega Maniacs.

One of the most gruesome bouts featured the Uuuundertaker, whose tombstone and urn were applauded by the crowd (mat fans will cheer anything), and the Giant Gonzalez. The Pale Destroyer won, but not before Gonzalez tried to suffocate the Taker.

The WWF now embarks on a European tour.



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