Wrestlemania 6 Review

Some say that nothing got bigger than Wrestlemania 3. Though it is true that the attendance record still holds for Wrestlemania 3, but in my eyes, nothing was more intense and bigger than life than Wrestlemania 6 and it was all because of the once in a life time physical match-up between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. This is another Wrestlemania where the whole show is build up on just the main event and when I say that this was more intense and exciting than even Hogan vs. Andre or Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage after the Mega Powers broken up, this should tell you something. This was the first Wrestlemania where it was taken place in Toronto, Ontario Canada’s Skydome, not set in the United States in America like how other Wrestlemanias were begin held at. So is Wrestlemania 6 that great of a show? Let’s find out!

Rick Martel vs. Koko B. Ware – The Strike Force did nothing much for Rick Martel’s career and since his breakup with Tito Santana, it left him with the dumb “The Model” gimmick. Despite my disliking of Rick Martel, I enjoyed the fast paced high flying moves that Koko B. Ware displayed in this match. But he flew so many times that it went against him and got himself to submit to Martel’s boston crab. Nice match, but I could have asked a better opponent for Koko.
Match Score: 3/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) vs The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (c) (with Bobby Heenan) – Andre didn’t do much in his career after feuding with Hulk Hogan in Wrestlemania 4 & 5 and having him in the Colossal Connection was the last great thing he has done in his career. This also happens to be Andre’s last Wrestlemania appearance as he left a big bang in finally betraying Bobby Heenan at the end of this match. When Andre is waiting for his tag, Demolition was able to show more athleticism than the previous Wrestlemanias they appeared in because they’re most known for squash matches. Towards the end of this match, this Andre was tied on the ropes and Demolition was able to apply the Demolisher only leaving Heenan so pissed that Andre that it lead him to attack Heenan and Haku making the best faceturn ever in Wrestlemania:
Match Score: 4/5 

Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) vs Hercules – Though Hercules had a decent Wrestlemania record, he could never withstand the awesomeness of Earthquake and it turned out to be a great squash match. Despite how fun it was to watch Quake, this is actually our first bad match of the night because the match as too slow when Quake too control and it didn’t feel anyhere near the 5 minute mark. By the end of the match it just didn’t feel like anything made a significance whether who won or lost.
Match Score: 2/5

Brutus Beefcake vs Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) – Now this is the match that I’ve been looking forward to seeing! And it delivered because it was a excellently worked match where the moves applied look affective and the wrestling moved like butter! Especially Mr. Perfects sells where he starts to flip each time there’s an effective move applied. I love the heel strategy of getting the Genius involved by getting a foreign object involved and used against Beefcake to show the durability of “The Barber.” The match started out so well but ended so slow when Mr. Perfect carried the match, but I love the way this match finished when Beefcake slingshot Perfect to hit his head on the corner and then pinned to win the match. It would of ended “Perfectly” but Beefcake had to give The Genious a sleeper and given him a hair cut which is not needed for this match.
Match Score: 4/5

Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown – Just what the hell was Piper doing with the half black face face paint? Seriously, it was too racist to watch that it distracted us from what’s going on in the ring as they wrestle. He was showing too much black skin on that paint to continue mocking Brown that got me uncomfortable. Hell, Piper wore a glove and Jesse Ventura commented “Michael Jackson’s glove” which couldn’t be anymore racist. It was a showed fight that ended in a countout for both men. Even if they didn’t’ have the body paint on Piper, this was a poorly worked match and it’s honestly the worst match on the card!
Match Score: 1/5 

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff andBoris Zhukov) – If you’re going to have a Wrestlemania in Canada you can’t miss out on Hart Foundation in the card, but the match was way too short! The Bolsheviks just sanged their country’s national anthem and the Foundation sneak attacked the Bolsheviks and got a quick pin. The Harts deserve to wrestle for their country so much more than this… disappointing!
Match Score: 1/5

Tito Santana vs. The Barbarian – It’s interesting to see that Tito has made 6 straight Wrestlemanias along with Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, his last match turned out to be a disappointing result. It was a pretty solid match where Tito was able to use what he had against the great strength of Barbarian but the problem about this match was there was a bunch of back and forth and it was a forgettable match. The most disappointing part of this match was when Barbarian was supposed to use the ropes to hit Tito as he hanged onto the mid ropes while Tito was supposed to hit his face with the top rope… it missed. It was an awkward pause where he sold something that didn’t hit him and then got stunned for Barbarians flying closeline. Tito never had that many victories or memorable Wrestlemania moments and it’s unfortunate that this is his last
Match Score: 2/5

Macho King Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) – This was the first wrestlemania appearance where Randy Savage doesn’t take the persona of Macho Man anymore, but instead took the name Macho King with Sensational Sherri as Miss Elizabeth’s replacement. Macho King could have had a memorable moment as his new heel persona, but he had to face the WWF’s Dusty Rhodes version. I know Dusty is so much better in WCW, but his gimmick as a dancer was embarrassing to watch. But this was the first time we seen Miss Elizabeth since Macho’s break up and it because the highlight of the match… and that’s a bad thing because this match was pretty bad. I didn’t like the fact that Savage was treated as a joke and there wasn’t much of a wrestling match. Multiple times Sherri interfered and Dusty kept his ego dancing on front of Savage and Sherri. At least they were trying to show drama between the two teams but with the legacy Savage has done in the previous Wrestlemanias, this was a middle of the road for his career. Did I mention Sapphire couldn’t wrestle? And guess what? She’s pinned for victory… this is where I started to really hate the WWF’s booking for Savage because he doesn’t deserve a match like this.
Matche Score: 1/5

The Rockers vs The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji) – After four straight bad matches, here’s one that was a fantastic tag team match (much better than the last one). We’re talking about two of the most flexible and agile Tag Teams in the WWF at the time showing great deal of athleticism and showmanship. Even though it’s one of those tag team matches where it drags along till the babyface makes a tag, Shawn Michaels obviously was the best part of the whole match where the young one himself was able to work incredibly well with Sato and Tanaka and thankfully he was wrestling in the ring the most. I’m fine that the match ended in a countout having the Orient Express win this thing. But towards the end of this match, the Rockers were able to show their double team specialty moves and it was fine entertainment.
Match Score: 4/5

Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake) – I refuse once again to watch Dino Bravo but I will say he deserved a big loss to one of the biggest goofs of Wrestling.
Match Score: 1/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs Ted DiBiase (c) – The promo before this match was some of the best that Jake has ever done where he’s fed up with Ted’s greed and he intimated the whole audience to show how serious he is coming into this match. This is no doubt the best Jake “The Snake” Roberts Wrestlemania match where he’s able to move so fast and engage in in-ring psychology and anger. I never seen Jake moved so fast and agile while DiBiase tries so hard to keep up the pace.  It’s crazy to see on desperate how much he wanted that Million Dollar Championship which is meaningless in todays wrestling world. The audience was enjoying the fight as much as Jake was. But unfortunately, this is one of those matches where the babyface took so much energy in the beginning of the match and gets tired out only to have the heel to carryout the rest of the match. So many submissions and Jake down on the ground got us desperate to see him continue that adrenaline like the beginning of the match. But this match was too good to be true as he got counted out. It was a fine start, but the match fell so low.
Match Score: 3/5

The Big Boss Man defeated Akeem (with Slick) – Looks like Ted BiBiase wasn’t done as he attacked Big Boss Man before the match started, but it was what it was by having a match that went under a minute with Big Boss Man declaring a victory. A squash match that somehow always happens in almost every early Wrestlemania
Match Score: 2/5

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) vs Jimmy Snuka – The match started out with Rude doing a dirty back stab and had Snuka dominate the majority of the match. Both of these men applied great flying moves and their trademark stances. I was impressed to see so many fast pace action in this match and it probably went too fast as the match lasted only less than 5 minutes. After a Superfly splashed was missed, it seemed as if that Rude Awakening needed to get it over with and just ended. Nothing memorable, nothing special.
Match Score: 3/5

Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior – Out of the first 6 Wrestlemanias Hogan has been in, this one is his best! We’re talking about an opponent where it’s almost his equal and both of these men wanted to face each other with title for title where the winner of the match wins both the Intercontinental and WWF Championship. It all started at Royal Rumble where the two face each other squared off as the whole audience where in awe. This was the first time where a Wrestlemania main event had babyface vs. babyface and the whole audience had a mix reaction for both men. No doubt was this some of the most exciting and most physical Wrestlemania main event of all time. I’m not really a huge fan of powerhouse matches as they’re are normally slow paced brute strength, but this match was so damn intense it became the best physical match I’ve probably ever seen. Both of these men were at the prime of their careers and it was a perfect opportunity to keep seeing strength challenges, power moves that are mesmerizing to behold, and each time I watch this match, I get chills down my spine. No doubt this is an instant classic as it begun with a strength challenge and picked up the pace with amazing wrestling that was lacking in the previous Wrestlemanias. This was the first time I’ve seen Hogan this vulnerable (more-so than his match against Andre) as it was convincing that Warrior was that almighty. The only little flaw I have was that poor leg injury that Hulk had when he fell of the ring because if you’re not going to make a sell out of it after that match, then it’s unnecessary. I still wonder why we can’t have another great match with two wrestlers with great physique as these two as they offered the best display of magnificent power play like I’ve never seen before, and probably never see again. The Ultimate Warrior was as a great of a wrestler if not more than Hulk Hogan. I love this pure wrestling match and the finale towards the end of this match was pure gold. Ultimate Warrior carried Hogan in a guerrilla press and then an ultimate splash to know Hogan was more than to let Warrior over. As soon as Hogan broke the pin, it was going pandemonia. It looked as if Warrior was going to loose after the big boot, until the Hogan missed the Leg Drop and Warrior reversed it to give him the big splash for the victory. The fact that Hogan tried to break the pin right after the three showed that Warrior was the man. Hogan had enough energy to leave ringside and give Warrior the belt. At first it looked like they were about to fight in that hush silence as they meet face to face, till Hogan passed the torch to Warrior and Warrior was the undisputed Intercontinental and WWF Champion. I couldn’t asked for a better match than Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior, but you know what? We actually did in the following Wrestlemania!
Match Score: 5/5 

So what we have here is another wrestlemania where the whole build up was for the main event alone. The beginning of Wrestlemania 6 was strong, but the middle unfortunately had really poor matches, towards the end it delivered! It was symbolic to see Hulk Hogan loose to the Ultimate Warrior and then pass his Championship to him after he lost. Almost everything was forgettable in Wrestlemania 6 except for Rowdy Roddy Piper’s racist paint and that 6 out of 5 main event! It was a Wrestlemania with a double edge sword but if the main event was horrible then it would have already been a really bad Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. The match between Warrior and Hogan is a great example of a match that saved the show and it worth coming back and watch it again and again. It was a Wrestlemania that has the same structure as Wrestlemania 5, but it was different because it was the first Wrestlemania set out of the United States of America and had the WWF’s top wrestler (Hulk Hogan) to lose fair and square to a rising star that did not have to turn heel in order to face Hulk Hogan. At the end, we can only wish to have another main event as good as this one!

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania 6: 

                     3/5


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