February 16, 2004
Steamboat - Savage rule WrestleMania 3WrestleMania History
Date: March 29, 1987.
Place: The Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan.
Attendance: 93,173 (disputed).
WWE Company Line: "The third annual World Wrestling Federation extravaganza took place on March, 29, 1987, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan and attracted 93,173 fans - a world indoor attendance record that still stands today for any sports or entertainment event. Wrestlemania III broke the viewer records set by its predecessors, as nearly one million fans witnessed the event at more than 160 closed-circuit venues throughout North America. Several million more fans watched the event in their homes via pay-per-view cable television. After the event, WrestleMania III was hailed as the most successful and most widely viewed pay-per-view event in history."
Celebrity Appearances: Ray Combs (ring announcer), Alice Cooper (Jake "The Snake" Roberts' supporter), Aretha Franklin (vocalist), Mary Hart (timekeeper), Bob Uecker (ring announcer).
SLAM! Wrestling Review: By JOHN POWELL
Macho Man and Steamboat put on a legendary match. A masterwork in every sense of the word. Fourteen years later, a large majority of fans still consider this the best WrestleMania ever produced by the World Wrestling Federation. In large part this is due to the classic match Steamboat and Savage had for the Intercontinental Title. The word "awesome" barely comes close to describing the thrilling, see-saw battle that unfolded. If you recall, this bitter feud started when Steamboat made a play for the Intercontinental title. In a furious Pearl Harbor job, Macho attacked Steamboat as he greeted fans at ringside. Putting his throat over the security rail, Savage dropped a flying elbow on Steamboat's throat sending him to the hospital. Their match at WrestleMania 3 was the pinnacle of a ingeniously scripted feud.
The Macho - Steamboat bout overshadowed a mammoth main event which saw Hulk Hogan (Yep, he's still the champ. Sigh.) go one-on-one with his former best friend, Andre The Giant. With a long-standing grudge against Hogan, Heenan whispered the right words in Andre's ear convincing him to turn on Hogan. Though Hogan and Andre has battled before -- with Hogan as the heel and Andre as the face -- the WWF portrayed it as the two grappling legends had never sparred before. The rivalry didn't end at WrestleMania 3. Hogan and Andre continued mixing it up all the way to WrestleMania 4.
Note: The actual attendance record has been disputed in major way over the years. Though the WWE maintains the 93,173, many say the real attendance for the show was 73,173.
Favourite Moments: The entire Steamboat - Savage match. King Kong Bundy splashes a midget. The Bulldogs take it to Danny Davis. Hercules takes a chain to Billy Jack Haynes' head busting him open. The look and feel of the domed stadium.
Least Favourite Moments: Master technician, Harley Race, battered around by the Junkyard Dog. The slow-paced main event.
WRESTLEMANIA III STORIES
|1. The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel / Tom Zenk) vs The Magnificent Muraco / Cowboy Bob Orton||The Can-Am Connection.|
|2. Billy Jack Haynes vs Hercules||Double Countout.|
|3. Hillbilly Jim / Little Beaver / Haiti Kid vs King Kong Bundy / Little Tokyo / Lord Littlebrook||Hillbilly Jim / Little Beaver / Haiti Kid.|
|4. King Harley Race vs Junkyard Dog||King Harley Race.|
|5. The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake / Greg Valentine) vs The Rougeau Brothers||The Dream Team.|
|6. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs "Adorable" Adrian Adonis||"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.|
|7. The Hart Foundation / "Dangerous" Danny Davis vs The British Bulldogs / Tito Santana||The Hart Foundation / "Dangerous" Danny Davis.|
|8. "The Natural" Butch Reed vs Koko B. Ware||"The Natural" Butch Reed.|
|9. Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Intercontinental Title)||Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.|
|10. The Honky Tonk Man vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts||The Honky Tonk Man.|
|11. Nikolai Volkoff / The Iron Sheik vs The Killer Bees||Nikolai Volkoff / The Iron Sheik.|
|12. Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant (World Title)||Hulk Hogan.|