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WrestleMania History

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.


Canada hosts WrestleMania 6

History Of WrestleMania

Date: April 1, 1990.
Place: Skydome, Toronto, Canada.

WRESTLEMANIA
For the first time ever WrestleMania is held outside the United States. As the majority of us at SLAM! Wrestling call Ontario home and were part of the SkyDome attendance that day, we can't help to be slightly biased as far as WrestleMania 6 is concerned. I, myself, was sitting with my future wife in the nose bleed section praying that Hulk-A-Mania would finally be destroyed. That day I got my wish.

WrestleMania 6 was very simular to WrestleMania 5. Both had so-so undercards chased by a main event of collasal proportions. Now dubbed The Immortal One, Hulk Hogan is hounded by a man who represents the future of the WWF, the Intercontinental Champion, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior is so convinced that he can beat Hogan he's putting up the I.C. belt in a title-for-title match. That alone makes things very interesting. Neither is really the heel though the WWF does try its best to portray the Warrior as such by having him assume a wilder look (frizzy hair) and putting down the Hulk-A-Mania movement as outdated and weak. For me personally, I can't hard remember hearing a louder live pop than when The Warrior covered Hogan for the 1-2-3. It was simply amazing to be there.

Favourite Moments: Hogan leaving SkyDome looking all dejected like as Warrior whooped it up in the ring. The Colossal Connection (Haku / Andre The Giant) and Demolition slugging it out.

Least Favourite Moments: Jimmy Snuka as a jobber.

Rating: Good.

WrestleMania 6 Results

Match
Winner(s)
1. Koko B. Ware vs Rick "The Model" Martel Rick "The Model" Martel.
2. The Colossal Connection (Haku / Andre The Giant) vs Demolition (Tag Team Titles) Demolition.
3. Hercules vs Earthquake Earthquake.
4. Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake vs Mr. Perfect The Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
5. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs Bad News Brown Double Count Out.
6. The Hart Foundation vs The Bolsheviks The Hart Foundation.
7. Tito Santana vs The Barbarian The Barbarian.
8. Dusty Rhodes / Sapphire vs Randy Machoman Savage / Sensational Sherry Dusty Rhodes / Sapphire.
9. The Rockers vs The Orient Express The Orient Express.
10. Dino Bravo vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
11. Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Ted Dibiase Ted Dibiase.
12. The Big Bossman vs Akeem The Big Bossman.
12. "Ravishing" Rick Rude vs Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
12. The Ultimate Warrior (Intcon. Champ) vs Hulk Hogan (World Champ) (Title For Title Match) The Ultimate Warrior.

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