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WrestleMania 2: Caged Heat
WrestleMania History



Date: April 7, 1986.

Place: The Nassau Coliseum, The Rosemont Horizon and The Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Attendance: 47,688.

WWE Company Line: "The World Wrestling Federation undertook another innovative endeavor with its presentation of WrestleMania 2 on April 7, 1986. The bi-coastal, tri-city extravaganza originated from three different arenas across the United States. Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York; Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, Illinois; and the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California each hosted a live event and were equipped with closed-circuit screens so that fans could view the action from the other two locations. WrestleMania 2 broke all closed-circuit and pay-per-view records set by the original WrestleMania."

Celebrity Appearances: Dick Butkus (Chicago - referee), Cab Colloway (NY, boxing judge), Ray Charles (NY, vocalist), Robert Conrad (LA, referee), Jim Covert (Chicago, wrestler), Cathy Lee Crosby (Chicago, announcer), Darryl Dawkins (NY, boxing judge), Lou Duva (NY, Piper's adviser), Elvira (LA, announcer), Bill Fralic (Chicago, wrestler), Russ Francis (Chicago, wrestler), Joe Frazier (NY, Mr. T's advisor), Ernie Holmes (Chicago, wrestler), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (Chicago, referee), Tommy Lasorda (LA, ring announcer), G. Gordon Liddy (NY, boxing judge), Harvey Martin (Chicago, wrestler), Ozzy Osbourne (Chicago, British Bulldogs, supporter), Claire Peller (Chicago, timekeeper), William "Refrigerator" Perry (Chicago, wrestler), Joan Rivers (NY, ring announcer), Susan Saint James (NY, announcer), Rick Schroeder (LA, timekeeper), Mr. T (NY, boxer).

SLAM! Wrestling Review: By JOHN POWELL

WRESTLEMANIA Vince McMahon gambles Big Time. Taking the WrestleMania idea one step further, the WWF broadcasts the event from three separate locations. The massive undertaking is impressive.

Barring two or three of the bouts, each match is the culmination of an on-going feud which boosted the interest level at the time. Bobby Heenan and his stable have been targeting Hogan for months. Consumed by his desire to either take the WWF World Title away from Hogan or to put him out of the business permanently, Heenan released his hounds on Hulk-A-Mania. The biggest blow comes when along with "The Magnificent Muraco", Bundy repeatedly splashed Hogan breaking his ribs. To exact revenge on the Walking Condominium, Hogan lures him into a Steel Cage title match at WrestleMania. The introduction of the "family friendly" steel cage with the fencing being replaced by thick bars is a downer though both Bundy and Hogan blade in the main event. A pretty solid card highlighted by a wicked WWF World Tag Team Title match between Beefcake - Valentine and The British Bulldogs.

Favourite Moments: George Wells spitting bile as Roberts wraps a snake around his neck. The finish of the tag title match. Andre dominating the battle royal. Terry Funk at a WrestleMania, the last time he ever teamed with his brother. Bundy steamrollering Hogan in a cage.

Least Favourite Moments: The Boxing Match. The ending of the Muraco - Orndorff match. Adrian Adonis' gimmick.

Rating: Excellent.

WRESTLEMANIA II STORIES
  • Velvet's WrestleMania memories
  • Andre the Giant loomed large over Wrestlemanias

    WrestleMania 2 Results

    Match
    Winner(s)
    1. Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff vs "The Magnificent" Don Muraco Double DQ.
    2. George "The Animal" Steele vs Randy "Machoman" Savage (Intercontinental Title) Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
    3. Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs George Wells Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
    4. Mr.T vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Boxing Match) Mr. T.
    5. "The Fabulous" Moolah vs Velvet McIntyre (Women's Title) "The Fabulous" Moolah.
    6. 20-Man Battle Royal Andre The Giant.
    7. Corporal Kirshner vs Nikolai Volkoff (Flag Match) Corporal Kirshner.
    8. The British Bulldogs vs Brutus Beefcake / Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (Tag Team Title) The British Bulldogs.
    9. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs Hercules Hernandez Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
    10. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis vs Uncle Elmer "Adorable" Adrian Adonis.
    11. The Funk Brothers (Dory / Terry) vs The Junkyard Dog / Tito Santana The Funk Brothers.
    12. Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy (World Title - Cage Match) Hulk Hogan.


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