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 5: The Mega Powers Explode
History Of WrestleMania
: April 2, 1989.
: Trump Plaza And Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
A lot can change in a year. The heroic WWF Champion - Randy Savage -
becomes jealous of Hulk Hogan and the attention he pays to Elizabeth. The
unstoppable Mega Powers tag team goes off the rails little by little
throughout the course of the year. Things reach a boiling point at a
Saturday Night's Main Event show. Elizabeth is injured at ringside as the
Mega Powers fight The Twin Towers. Hogan abandons Savage and carries Liz to
the back to receive medical attention. This leaves Macho Man at the mercy
of The Big Boss Man and Akeem (formerly the One Man Gang). Enraged, Savage
punks Hogan in a make-shift first aid room as Liz pleads with him to stop.
Elizabeth sides with Hogan in the feud. An okay card with few highlights.
One of them being, Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan outsmarting the Ultimate
Warrior and stealing the Intercontinental Title away. The debut of Owen
Hart (The Blue Blazer) at a WrestleMania event.
: The main event is a knock-down, drag out fight. Hogan
blades. Rude wins a WWF title. The Twin Towers decimating The Rockers. The
Brainbusters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) and Strike Force in a
noteworthy tag team contest. Strike Force crumbles.
Least Favourite Moments
: Hogan survives Savage's Flying Elbow Smash. The whole Red Rooster versus Bobby Heenan feud. Greg Valentine
dresses up like Elvis. Shudder.
WrestleMania 5 Results
|1. King Haku vs
|2. The Twin Towers vs The
||The Twin Towers.
|3. Ted Dibiase vs Brutus
"The Barber" Beefcake
"Fabulous" Rougeaus vs The Bushwackers
|5. Mr. Perfect vs The Blue
|6. The Powers Of Pain / Mr. Fuji vs Demolition (Tag Titles)
|7. Dino Bravo vs "Rugged" Ronnie
|8. The Brainbusters vs Strike
|9. Andre The Giant vs
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
||Jake "The Snake"
|10. The Hart Foundation vs Rhythm And
||The Hart Foundation.
|11. "Ravishing" Rick Rude vs The
Ultimate Warrior (Intercontinental Title)
||"Ravishing" Rick Rude.
|12. Bad News Brown vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
|12. The Red Rooster vs Bobby "The Brain"
||The Red Rooster.
|12. Randy Machoman Savage vs Hulk Hogan (World Title)