February 16, 2004
WrestleMania 8, a two-for-one dealWrestleMania History
Date: April 5, 1992.
Place: Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana.
WWE Company Line: "The greatest sports-entertainment spectacular of the year returned to America's heartland on April 5, 1992, as 62,167 WWF fans packed the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. WrestleMania VIII recorded a box-office gross in excess of $1.2 million and was the second largest attended event in Hoosier Dome history. In a city known for presenting the very best in special events, WrestleMania VIII took its rightful place alongside the Indy 500, the Pan-American Games and the NCAA Final Four."
Celebrity Appearances: Ray Combs (ring announcer), Reba McIntyre (vocalist).
SLAM! Wrestling Review: By JOHN POWELL
Promoted as a double main event, this WrestleMania foreshadows years of mediocrity for the WWF. The Hogan and Sid Justice duel was a total write-off before they ever laced up their boots that night. It's a forgettable match that acts as nothing more than a push for The Ultimate Warrior who saves Hogan from Sid and Papa Shango. By next year, the Warrior and Hogan are gone leaving the WWF scrambling for someone to carry the company. Saving Sid and Hogan for last ends the show on a sour note even though the Savage - Flair and Piper - Hart bouts were very well booked and wrestled. Both were bitter grudge matches. Piper and Hart was a professional rivalry while Flair had been getting under Savage's skin for months by flirting with Elizabeth. Without those two matches to support it, WrestleMania 8 would've tanked hard.
Favourite Moments: Piper contemplating using the ring bell against Hart. Hart and Piper patching up their friendship after the match. The work rate of Savage and Flair.
Least Favourite Moments: Skinner at WrestleMania. The Natural Disasters getting a tag title shot. The whole Sid - Hogan bout.
Rating: (Barely) Average.
WRESTLEMANIA VIII STORIES
|1. El Matador (Tito Santana) vs Shawn Michaels||Shawn Michaels.|
|2. Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs The Undertaker||The Undertaker.|
|3. Bret "Hitman" Hart vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (Intercont.)||Bret "Hitman" Hart.|
|4. Repo Man / The Mountie / Nasty Boys vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan / Big Bossman / Virgil / Sgt. Slaughter||"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan / Big Bossman / Virgil / Sgt. Slaughter.|
|5. Ric "Nature Boy" Flair vs Randy "Macho Man" Savage (World Title)||Randy Randy "Macho Man" Savage Savage.|
|6. Rick "The Model" Martel vs Tatanka||Tatanka.|
|7. Money Inc. vs The Natural Disasters (Tag Team)||Natural Disasters (CO).|
|8. "The Rocket" Owen Hart vs Skinner||"The Rocket" Owen Hart.|
|9. Sid Justice vs Hulk Hogan||Hulk Hogan (Justice DQ.).|