Wrestlemania 5 Review

For an entire year after Wrestlemania 4, The “Macho Man” Randy Savage has been the WWF Champion and it’s thanks to Hulk Hogan who teamed up with Savage and Miss Elizabeth to become the Mega Powers. It was the most phenomenal team up with two big name stars and it created so much drama when the break-up between the two happened. Macho Man accused Hulk Hogan for going after his woman Miss Elizabeth and wanted to have revenge with Hulk Hogan in this very show. This Wrestlemania no longer went to the tournament concept like last year’s ‘Mania and made it regular constructed show. It has been 2 straight Wrestlemanias where Randy Savage was properly booked in great Wrestlemania moments and his third one is going to face Wrestling’s biggest star. The whole Wrestlemania event was built upon one of the most relatable wrestling stories in the history of this sport. So does this event deliver everything that it hyped? Let’s find out shall we?

Hercules vs King Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – This was a great opening show where Hercules came in a Wrestlemania for the first time as a babyface and what a great match those two had where technical moves and power moves were being made and for the sizes that these two had, it was sweet to watch!
Match Score: 4/5

The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man) (with Slick) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels andMarty Jannetty) – Finally the rockers debuts in their first Wrestlemania event and Wrestlemania needs someone like the Rockers to show what it means to displaying flying moves. In the cast of their opponents with Akeem and Boss Man, it was a showcase to see which style is better, flying or powerhouse. The Rockers used these big brutes as punching bags that they dive on, but at the end, because they were too focused on making the fans in awe, they ended up loosing with the Boss Man’s power bomb. Fine match for what it was
Match Score: 4/5 

Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) – It’s interesting to see that DiBiase was the biggest heel of the WWF in last year’s wrestlemania and then lost his credibility to mid-card the following year. After two solid matches, there just had to be a bad match coming along because WWF was too stingy of giving the audience consecutive great matches. Brutus Beefcake and Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) fought to a double countout. WWF could have made both of these men bigger stars but because they ended up with booking like this made it a dull watch, and even worse, it was longer than the last two matches that deserved that much time.
Match Score: 2/5

The Rougeau Brothers (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers – All I can say is that nothing memorable happened in this match after the Bushwhackers grabbed Rougeaus’ manager Jimmy Hart’s jacket but Rougeaus pounded on them. For those who actually think a joke team like Bushwhackers were even going to win the match should get their brain checked
Match Score: 1/5

Mr. Perfect vs The Blue Blazer – Finally here’s a match that I give a damn because we’re talking about the debut of Kurt Henning and Owen Hart in Wrestlemania and it sure was a hell of a technical match. As much as we would expect this match to be a great because of the reputation that these two made years later turned out they were just showing potential. One thing that’s memorable about this match was the nasty splash that Blazer took, but Perfect gets his knees up. Oof! That looked hard.As good as you can get in six minutes.
Match Score: 4/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) vs. The Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) and Mr. Fuji – Demolition has been forgotten over the years but I’ll remember their break up with Mr. Fuji that’s now against an equal team of monsters like Powers of Pain. He didn’t take betray lightly so he put himself into the match as a handicap 3-on-2 tag match. Earlier, Mr. Fuji made a funny segment of cheating in a charity marathon and then loose that made me laugh. What this match was is a solid slobber knocker of large wrestlers squashing each other. Fuji doesn’t prove to be very effective during the match, but once it breaks down he tries to toss his ceremonial salt in Smash’s eyes. It backfires and takes out the Warlord, allowing Demolition to finish Fuji with the Demolition Decapitation. I was satisfied that Demolition came in as Tag Champions and left the the same gold.
Match Score: 4/5

Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) vs. Ronnie Garvin – Dino Bravo sucks and this match sucked big time! For the fact that he beaten a nobody like Garvin shows how insignificant Dino’s career really is
Match Score: 1/5

The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) vs Strike Force (Rick Marteland Tito Santana) – I never was a fan of the Strike Force tag team, but what I did like was to see WCW’s members of the four horsemen to roughhouse these two. The only thing I remember of this match was Rick Martel ditching Santana and then he got creamed. See what I mean when I said before that Strike Force was forgettable? But it was nice to see Arn Anderson and Tully doing WCW style wrestling in Wrestlemania and it was pure delight to watch
Match Score: 4/5

Piper’s Pit – This is actually *really* pointless in retrospect, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Brother Love (Bruce Prichard), who was the talk show host in the WWF at that point before Paul Bearer took over with the Funeral Parlor, comes down to do his dead-on Roddy Piper imitation. Morton Downey Jr., who was a real-life syndicated talk show host, comes down to make fun of the whole thing (think Bill O’Reilly crossed with Jerry Springer). Finally, Piper himself walks down and chases Love away. Downey refuses to stop sucking on faggots, and by that I mean smoking cigarettes of course, so Piper sprays a fire extinguisher in his face and chases him away too. People have aggrandized this far above what it really was.
Segment Score: 2/5

Jake Roberts vs. André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) – The thing about “The Snake” and Andre is that they don’t have that many memorable Wrestlmania moments and having these two against each other was something left to be desired. WWF got ahead of itself and wound up wasting several months of build. There was too many slow pace moves and it did not deliver on any good moves. All this build up went to waste in a disqualification… lame!
Match Score: 1/5

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine (withJimmy Hart) – This was the match that the Hart Foundation needed because after their break up with “The Mouth from the South” they were able to boom to popularity and faced off with two of the most hated Wrestlers in the sport.  Bret counters a figure-four to a small package and then hits Honky with the crossbody for two. Valentine blocks a rollup, but Bret tags out, triggering a four-man melee. Honky goes for the megaphone in all the confusion, but Anvil grabs it instead and tosses it to Bret who nails Honky with it for the win. I could have asked for more, but to see the Harts continue to rise in popularity was satisfying.
Match Score: 4/5

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Ultimate Warrior (c ) – Outside of Macho Man vs. Hulkster, this was actually the most memorable match and a defining moment of the Ultimate Warrior. We’re talking about two men with great physic and it was all powerhouse from beginning to the end. Though both of these men were out of breath during the match (especially Warrior who ran half way across the stadium to the ring). The one thing to remember about this match was the finish because it was brilliant to have a heel win the match with Heenan holding Warrior’s feet as Rude reversed the suplex into a pin, then later on Warrior guerrilla press Heenan and got revenge. It was classic! But if there’s one complaint I have is Rude’s tights… just why put the fact of Warrior on your ass and the camera man had to zoom in putting Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Venture in awkward silence. lol
Match Score: 4/5

Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan – As with a lot of matches on the card, there wasn’t really much of a feud here. They were just two midcarders with nothing better to do. The match barely gets started before they just decide to throw out the rules and brawl on the floor. Back in, Duggan uses his catlike dexterity to avoid the Ghetto Blaster, and he hits the 3-Point Stance Clothesline. That leads to Bad News grabbing a chair so they can duel it out in that never-ending war between chairs and 2x4s. That’s enough for the DQ
Match Score: 2/5

Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan – This match was a waste of 30 second because we just couldn’t have Heenan humiliated with the Guerrilla Press Drop from The Ultimate Warrior early so we had to have him defeated by one of the worst wrestling gimmicks ever. That’s it!
Match: Score: 1/5

Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage (c ) – WWF Championship This is what makes a great main event was because of the rivalry between the two that everyone can relate to. For the Hulkamaniacs knew what it’s like to loose a friend that turned into an enemy and for many of the Macho Man fans who know what it’s like to loose you woman to a former friend, it couldn’t be any more dramatic than that! It was even more dramatic where Miss Elizabeth had to sit at ring side as a neutral just witnessing both of her loved ons settling the score.  There were many instances where Miss Elizabeth was caught between the two when they take the fight out of the ring. This lead to Miss Elizabeth to leave the arena and have Savage and Hogan to give it their all. Back and forth throughout the entire show, Monsoon and Venture at commentary were really giving a heated debate between which guy they were routing for and I was shocked to see Jesse “The Body” going overblown with the heel persona. The best heel turn in wrestling history, wherein Savage’s paranoia at Hogan drove him into a blind rage, led to this showdown, where Hogan withstood Savage’s return to cheap-shotting, and survived a Flying Elbow to win his second WWE Title. I do wish that Macho Man won the match (because I’m a Randy Savage) mark, but it’s much better to have Miss Elizabeth leave the arena before the match ended because I can’t see her raising Hulk Hogan’s arms in victory showing that she was for Hogan instead of Savage. Over all, it was a great event and something to remember.
Match Score: 4/5

Out of the first five Wrestlemanias, Wrestlemania 5 is my favorite. The past Wrestlemanias had too many mid-cards that had nothing much to do but this one here was consistent with displaying good matches, but of course we dealt with the bad ones as well, but not as painful as you can remember. It sure as hell was a lot better than Wrestlemania 4, but it just didn’t have that 5 Star match quality like Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboad at Wrestlemania 3 which is the only flaw with Wrestlemania 5. The biggest strengths of this show was that the commentators  with Ventura and Monsoon were inevitably strong as they were very opinionated and it looked like these two were going to start fist fighting each other because their arguments back and forth was getting more and more intense. This was where story lines in wrestling started getting better and because everyone was so invested in Macho Man vs. Hogan is what makes this show so great to come back to. A truly epic show to end the year-long Megapowers storyline and send everyone home happy.

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania 5:

                    3/5

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