Wrestlemania 4 Review

Here’s a unique Wrestlemania that only happened one time where they had a tournament to determine a new WWF champion and this time Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant are not headlining in a Wrestlemania, though they are advertised everywhere in this very event (and possibly everything to do with WWF at the time). 33 millions tuned into NBC to watch and see the Andre and Hogan rematch and the belt later then became vacated. The tournament was built to have the last survivor to win the WWF championship and what better way to place a deserving champion that worked his way beating all who’s head of him. So does WrestleMania IV live up from the success from the previous Wrestlemania? Who will win the Wrestlemania IV tournament?

20 Men Battle Royal – What a way to start the show and this was SO much better than the Battle Royal from Wrestlemania 2. This was the Wrestlemania that was making new stars and it was brilliant to have Bret Hart once again be the last man eliminated just like Wrestlemania 2.  Bad News Brown defeated nineteen other participants by last eliminating Bret Hart and it was a great way to start the show! I think Bret should have won, but the WWF needed more black wrestlers to rise into stars, but I loved the part that Bret knew he got screw and he destroyed that trophy that was the reward for the 20 Man-Battle Royal.
Match Score: 4/5

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1st ROUND TOURNAMENT

Ted DiBiase (with Virgil and André the Giant) vs Jim Duggan – Now here’s first round of the Tournament, but I hate to say it, if you see a Jim Duggan match before, you seen them all. But what makes this match different than all of Duggan’s matches is always how his opponents handled him and I love it when Ted plays his Capitalist character just trying to play dirty because his mind is filled with money. Andre interfered Duggan’s charging close line and as a result, Ted pinned for the win.
Match Score: 3/5

Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) vs Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) by disqualification – I’m making this nice and quick, Dino Bravo sucks and it’s great that he lost to a great wrestler like Don Muraco! But I’ll say one thing, this was the most realistic ref knockout as he simply recovered on his own from that nick back and then DQ’ed Bravo. I wish every ref could do the same with all of Bravo’s match!
Match Score:s 2/5

Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) vs Ricky Steamboat (with Little Dragon) – This is actually the longest match in the first round tournament and for good reason, it’s magnificently a great in-ring work match. It’s a shame to see that Ricky didn’t win the match because he deserved a victory because of his iconic victory from last Wrestlemania. There where plenty of high flying action as Greg does the same moves Ric Flair does like the Flair flop. It was a weak finish for Ricky when he gave Valentine a diving cross body only to flip over for a pin… what logic does that make? A finishing maneuver should always K.O. his opponent
Match Score 3/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs Butch Reed (with Slick) – Interesting to see that the winner and loser of last year’s Wrestlemania reversed results on this Wrestlemania (Randy lost and Reed won in Wrestlemania 3). Butch Reed wasn’t really a great wrestler where he’s only good for power moves while Savage managed to use his technicality to move in fast and what a great way to have Macho Man win the match with the flying elbow! Out of the four matches in the first round tournament, this one’s the best.
Match Score: 4/5

One Man Gang (with Slick) vs Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) – Here’s a match that was made for two wrestler’s that have equal body shape and nearly similar wrestling moves. Bam Bam Bigelow was moving so much faster while OMG just slugged his way like in moves of his matches. I didn’t really like the result of the match as Bam Bam should have had a better finish instead of a poor countout that always happens in every Wrestlemania in the 1980s.
Match Score: 2/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Rude – This is a match that most of us were looking forward to because the rivalry between the two had a great story into it. Rick Rude messed with Jake’s wife and The Snake was revenge. The match had more of Rick Rude carrying the match with headlocks and submission which is the reason why this match is the longest match on the card. I was impressed to see Jake this physical as he was able to keep up with the physicality of Rude and everyone in the audience just wanted to see the DDT. But we never got that DDT, instead it was a damn draw… for what? Because Rick Rude was caught pinning Jake with using the ropes… This was one hell of a bad decision and we didn’t’ get to see Jake do what he does best – the DDT and putting the Snake on his opponent. The worst part of all is this match is longer than any match in this Wrestlemania just to turnout to be a bummer! And the first round of the tournament didn’t need to be this long!
Match Score: 1/5

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Ultimate Warrior vs Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) – Here’s the Ultimate Warrior’s debut in Wrestlemania and what a way to place two of the best mid-car powerhouses in the WWF to got one and one. But it’s interesting to see Ultimate Warrior still appears to be unstoppable but the finish of this match is questionable. Hercules used a german suplex pin and Ultimate Warrior got his shoulder’s up. For a long time I wondered why he made a shoulder up and then won, but then it started to make sense as Hercules also got his shoulders down so Warrior got his shoulder up on the three count when Hurc had his still down. Out of all the finishes that the Warrior had, this one’s different and I’m okay with it
Match Score: 3/4

QUARTER-FINAL TOURNAMENT

Hulk Hogan vs André the Giant (with Ted DiBiase and Virgil) – It’s interesting that these two didn’t need to be in the first quarter tournament but they don’t need to because was wanted to have these two go at it directly and we don’t want any alternatives. This was SO much better than last years Wrestlemania where everything is more fast paced and  it was a clear brawl. I wondered why we couldn’t have this kind of match in Wrestlemania 3. But what makes this match forgettable in comparison to Wrestlemania 3 was of course the finish and how short it really was. You know these two had their faces advertised everywhere for Wrestlemania 4 and then we had something as anticlimactic as this match when a chair had to be involved. It was retarded to have a double DQ when Hulk Hogan clearly hit the chair at Andre. It is because the both of them used the chair before the ref called for the bell? What a horrible way to book a match that everyone wanted to see! Now they’re both eliminated and how is Hogan going to appear in the main event?
Match Score: 1/5

Ted DiBiase vs Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) – I was impressed to see Don Muraco carrying the match with top-notch physicality and slams. The flips, the presses, and dropkicks showed how talented Muraco really was. But we can’t just have a babyface win a tournament so we needed a heel to make it in the main event. For all Muraco had to deliver, at least when we know he’s not going to last long, at least he was able to show something special before the spotlight is no longer his. It was a weird finished for Ted to use a flapjack on “The Rock” on to the ropes and then pin his way to remain in the tournament
Match Score: 4/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) – Macho Man was taking a lot of nasty shots from Valentine and he sold it well. There were times where Macho Man really looked like he was really hurt as Miss Elizabeth watch fearfully. We all know Randy Savage had to win because we couldn’t have a heel vs. heel in the main event otherwise this Wrestlemania would have been a complete disaster. It was a nasty looking match but Macho Man deserved a victory from that reversed figure for into a small package.
Match Score: 3/5

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Brutus Beefcake vs. The Honky Tonk Man (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue) – After a long ass tournament matches we finally got ourselves title matches underway with the intercontinental championship. After Beefcake did his first haircut in the last Wrestlemania he carries the nickname “The Barber” and it works for him instead of being part of the dream team with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. Honky Tonk was a mediocre wrestler and it’s no surprise to see Beefcake displaying a lot of great moves in this match. Beefcake should have won the match with the Intercontinental Championship and made a bigger star out of himself but there had to be a disqualification.
Match Score: 2/5

The Islanders (Haku and Tama) and Bobby Heenan vs The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid) and Koko B. Ware – It was funny to have Heenan wear a straight jacket coming in the ring to keep himself from getting bitten from Metilda the Bulldog that the British Bulldogs always sent in. This reminds me way too much of that poorly booked tag team match with Santana and Danny Davis when it should have been just Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs; talented tag teams turned dealing with non-wrestlers in the ring. It’s a damn shame to not have the British Bulldogs in action much as Koko kept getting his ass kicked and Bobby is the winner by pinfall… pathetic!
Match Score: 1/5

SEMI-FINAL TOURNAMENT

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs One Man Gang (with Slick) – Not much to say about this match but OMG was too big for Randy but he deserved to win by disqualification from usage of Slick’s cane by OMG. Glad that’s over with
Match Score: 2/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) vs Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) (c) – Outside of the Road Warriors, Demolition was the most decorated tag team in the WWF and who gives a shit about the forgettable Strike Force. Sure Santana and Martel are legends but their team up is forgettable, but I was still impressed with the chemistry between the Strike Force as they almost felt reminiscent to the Rockers before they were popular. This was a solid tag team match here and I loved seeing the team of flyers vs team of powerhouses as athleticism is clearly present here. I never see Sanata wrestle this good in a Wrestlemania and that’s saying a lot considering all of the great matches of he’s been in Wrestlemania before this one. It was a sloppy finish where Demoliton won with a cane, but hey, Demolition deserved to win this match.
Match Score: 3/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan) vs Ted DiBiase (with André the Giant) – After all the build up for Randy Savage to make it this far, it’s sad to see that the momentum towards this main event lost a lot of momentum. There’s a reason why Wrestlemania will never be in a tournament structure again because once we seen the wrestlers come in multiple times, it really wears out. And it sucks to see that the crowd no longer wanted to see Macho Man like in the beginning of the tournament because having Andre where at ringside, the crowd wanted Hogan (well, he was heavily advertised). Everyone was getting quiet and bored seeing Macho Man wrestling DiBiase, even despite the fact that Andre got involved multiple times to great drama. Then somehow everyone came back to life when Miss Elizabeth brought Hogan in to stop Andre and DiBiase ruse. Everyone was just focusing on the action Hogan was making against Andre while forgetting the action in the ring. It shows the star power in this rivalry but because the crowd was not into it made this main even forgettable. But it was great to have Macho Man win the match with Hogan’s assistance and it was the birth of the Mega Powers. It was the right decision to have Macho Man to win for the WWF Championship.
Match Score: 2/5

So is Wrestlemania IV as good as WM III? Not really. There was not memorable matches and the inclusion of the tournament structure because there are just too many matches in this card that made it 4 hours too long. It was nowhere as bad as Wrestlemania 2 but it’s just the fact that there’s nothing note worthy other than having Macho Man to win the WWF Championship and became the star that he is today. It’s just disappointing that there are no memorable matches or moments in this Wrestlemania that makes it a forgettable show. Overall nothing terrible happened, it’s just that nothing much really happened. But I did however like how did the WWF timeline/history carried on after Wrestlemania IV with Hogan and Macho Man as the Mega Powers which is the most beloved tag teams in the WWF. But still to this day, people don’t talk about Wrestlemania 4 because of everything that I said was wrong in this card. But I’ll give this Mania some credit, unlike Wrestlemania 3 where whenever a heel wins the match, a babyface has to justify the result by getting revenge in knocking the heel out or humiliating them. Wrestlemania 4 had heels that won that left victorious which is more realistic than keeping fans happy and accept that their guys that they’re routing for got defeated.

The Top Listed Score For Wrestlemania IV

                   2/5

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