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WrestleMania History

WrestleMania 2: Caged Heat

By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

WrestleMania. It is the most distinguished event in pro wrestling. Simply put, it is the show of shows. The brainchild of Vince McMahon Jr., the first WrestleMania, broadcast in 1985, expanded the pay-per-view market (along with closed circuit TV) and added a whole new dimension to the industry as a whole. So influential was McMahon's venture that the business of pro-wrestling now is almost entirely built around pay-per-view broadcasts.

If you're like us at SLAM! Wrestling, every year you like to refresh your memory and once again experience those WrestleMania moments that are an essential part of why you remain a devout wrestling fan. You dust off those tapes, DVDs or that Best Of WrestleMania tape you dubbed on your own and distributed to the other members of the office staff, slam them into the player and transport yourself back in time. To help guide you along your journey and celebrate the history of WrestleMania, SLAM! Wrestling will be publishing a WrestleMania review each and every day (Monday to Friday) leading up to the big show. We invite you to come along for the ride and share in your favourite moments too. The events are rated as Poor, Average, Good and Excellent.


WrestleMania 2: Caged Heat

History Of WrestleMania

Date: April 7, 1986.
Place: The Nassau Coliseum, The Rosemont Horizon and The Los Angeles Sports Arena.

WRESTLEMANIA
Hogan, Bundy battle in their WM 2 cage match.
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 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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