Steamboat - Savage rule WrestleMania 3
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.
Steamboat - Savage rule WrestleMania 3
History Of WrestleMania
: March 29, 1987.
: The Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan.
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 Harbour 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.
: 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
Least Favourite Moments
: Master technician, Harley Race, battered around by
the Junkyard Dog. The slow-paced main event.
WrestleMania 3 Results
|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
|3. Hillbilly Jim / Little Beaver / Haiti Kid vs King Kong Bundy /
Little Tokyo / Lord Littlebrook
||Hillbilly Jim / Little Beaver / Haiti
|4. King Harley Race vs Junkyard Dog
|5. The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake / Greg Valentine)
vs The Rougeau Brothers
||The Dream Team.
|6. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs "Adorable" Adrian Adonis
|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.
||"The Natural" Butch Reed.
|9. Randy Machoman Savage vs
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (Intercontinental Title)
||Ricky "The Dragon"
|10. The Honky Tonk Man vs Jake "The Snake"
||The Honky Tonk Man.
|11. Nikolai Volkoff /
The Iron Sheik vs The Killer Bees
||Nikolai Volkoff / The Iron
|12. Hulk Hogan
vs Andre The Giant (World Title)