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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.


WrestleMania 8, a two-for-one deal

History Of WrestleMania

Date: April 5, 1992.
Place: Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana.

WRESTLEMANIA
Flair begs off on Savage.
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 8 Results

Match
Winner(s)
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 Machoman Savage (World Title) Randy Machoman 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.).

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