Wrestlemania 8 Review

This was the Wrestlemania that was carried out from the events from Royal Rumble 1992 and still to this day everyone considers Royal Rumble 1992 as one of, if not the best WWF Pay Per View/Wrestling Show of all time. The finish of having Ric Flair as the winner was perfect because WWF got WCW’s top star and they’ve could have done so much for him in the WWF. Many had been anticipating for Hogan vs. Flair at Wrestlemania VIII because they were two of the biggest wrestlers in the 1980’s and the booking just went all over the place in this Wrestlemania. Somehow Hogan had to face Sid Justice (or Psycho Sid or Sid Vicious) because he’s still pissed that Sid eliminated him out of the Royal Rumble. If the the WWF title means so much to Hogan why couldn’t they just face Flair in the main event, but instead Macho Man was chosen to face Flair, but it wasn’t in the main event. So many bad decisions and miss opportunities were being made in this Wrestlemania that made it something that we all want to forget. Just take a look at how much as a mess a single Wrestling show can get when it’s poorly booked and out of all the shows, it had to be a Wrestlemania.

Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) vs. El Matador – This is Shawn Michael’s first solo wrestlemania match and ever since Sensational Sherri separated with Macho Man Randy Savage in last year’s Wrestlemania into a boy-toy-girl combination now facing against the legendary Tito Santana.  Nobody wants to call Tito Santana El Matador, I don’t know how he got that stupid name change and I refuse to call Tito an El Matador. This is where the talent of Shawn Michaels starts to really show when shows that he’s much of a great technician as Tito Santana. The flips and bumps that they both pulled almost as if they’re both equals. In the end, Shawn Michaels gave Tito a weak, but surprising pin for the victory that felt like the opening match could have been better.
Match Score: 3/5

I know that my job is to critique on wrestling matches, but this is one of the many huge missed opportunity that this Wrestlemania has made and that’s to book Legion of Doom (or Road Warriors) in a tag team match. What were they thinking of only having this tag team to cut a promo in the beginning of the show instead of having them in a match. I don’t give a damn if they’re reunited with their manager Paul Ellering, but it’s only making this Wrestlemania miss a great shot to make a great tag team match.
Segment Score: 1/5

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs. Jake Roberts – It’s interesting that Undertaker is heavily inspired by Jake Robert’s intimidating persona to create the Undertaker character. It was great to have a former partnership between the two to go square face off at Wrestlemania. It’s sad to see that this is Jake “The Snake” Robert’s last Wrestlemania match before he departed to WCW, but he left us with a great finish of a great solo career. We’re talking about two evil forces do battle to see who’s the better evil. Jake knows Undertaker so well that he couldn’t take the guy down so easily. Jake was made into ‘Taker’s punching bag, but at least Jake tried to make a great fight, unlike Jimmy Snuka who didn’t stand a chance. There are a lot of moments in the match where ‘Taker kept choking Jake that showed the power of ‘Taker that somehow turned into a total squash match. Jake didn’t stand a chance, even two DDT’s couldn’t knock out Taker. As soon as Taker got up from those maneuvers, you know The Snake couldn’t win. It was insane to see Taker creamed “The Snake” with a  Tombstone out of the ring and brought him back in the ring for a pinfall. It was an end of an era for an intimidating legend and a fine start for a newer evil that’s still continuing his undefeated streak today!
Match Score: 4/5

Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper – Just like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart broke away from his tag team to start a promising solo career and you couldn’t get a better Wrestlemania moment than to face a big name like Piper. This is what Intercontinental Wrestling is all about, any style of wrestling just to become the number 2 guy of the company and what a match that these two had. Hart vs. Piper was a very solid technical match that is all about athleticism that was always there in Hart, but never could imagine a brawler like Piper to keep up with this style. There was so many intense moments where they faced each other eye to eye to make the match greater. The fact tat this match got so physical that even got Bret to bleed should show you the importance that the Intercontinental Championship once had. Each of them took their turns to brutally hurt their opponent that both men carried the match equally. No doubt was this the best match of Wrestlemania VIII. Bret really made his performance in this match look like he’s in serious pain that made the whole audience to passionately cheer for the Hitman. It was fantastic to see Bret Hart reverse that sleeper hold into a pinfall that earned him that Intercontinental Championship. What a hell of a match that will go down as one of the best wrestlemania matches, but without argument the best match of Wrestlemania VIII. In the end, it was sweet to have these two to become real sportsman by shaking their hatred off and shook for delivering the best out of the two. No doubt, Bret Hart brought the best out of Piper that I never knew had it in him (because of his poor Wrestlemanias before) but it left a big impact in the Wrestling world.
Match Score: 6/5

Big Boss Man, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags), Repo Man, and The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) – It’s not often that we have that many wrestlers in a single match in a Wrestlemania but it was fantastic to see a very decent elimination tag. Before this match started, Ray Combs from Family Feud made fun of the heel team of Nasty Boys, Repo Man, and Mountie and made smart remarks that was so hilarious and it was necessary to bring heat on the heel team. It saved this match from being a unmemorable mid-card match. What a way for Ray Combs making fun of our heels that it was a perfect time to brawl as soon as he fled from getting beat. What we have here was a above decent mid-card Survivor Series tag team that was certainly enjoyable to watch. Though the heels are treated like comedic relief instead of an opposing threat, this match did what it needed to do and it kept us in a different tone and variety from basic wrestling that we kept getting from so many Wrestlemania matches. I liked this match for being so much fun. However, Virgil still tries to have a good face run but it seems as if no one cared for Virgil as Boss Man and Slaughter was the star of the show.
Match Score: 4/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs. Ric Flair (c) (with Mr. Perfect) – Just why on Earth was this WWF Championship match not the main event? Oh, it must be because Hulk Hogan was so egotistical that he didn’t think Flair deserved a Wrestlemania main event. Still to this day, even though Ric Flair won that legendary 1992 Royal Rumble Match for the WWF Championship, Vince McMahon seriously made a missed opportunity of having two of the biggest wrestlers in the 1980s and he didn’t even book them in the WWF. Instead, it blew that opportunity way for Ted Turner to get his hands on both of those talent and placed them in a match together in WCW. What a stupid move on Vince’s part, however, it was really satisfying to have Randy Savage to be chosen to face Ric Flair for the WWF Championship. We’re talking about a wrestler (that’s in my eyes) so much better than Hogan in every way imaginable that he was able to pull a very fantastic show. The feud between the two was personal as Ric Flair messed with Miss Elizabeth (Macho’s wife) and wanted to take it to the limits. This was a great brawl between the two as it kept bringing a lot of heat on Flair and Henning while the love and cheers was growing for Savage. The flips, bumps, and applied moves were all very effective as it looked like a legit match. I never seen Randy Savage to fight so fiercely in all of his matches but when you mess with the man’s wife, it’s definitely personal and Flair took the most pain out of it. Mr. Perfect was just as much a part of the match as Savage and Flair was as he interfered with Savage’s pins, cause distractions, and even gave Flair foreign objects that made him a bigger heel than he already was. This match gotten so carried away that Elizabeth ran into the ring to save Macho, even if it means risking her life over these two men. You can see how strong the love between Savage and Elizabeth really is even if it means risking their lives to protect one another and it got everyone going nuts for Macho Man. While Savage was getting his leg damaged, he was able to sucker Flair with a square punch and school-boyed him for the victory. It was the best WWF championship title change since Warrior vs. Hogan but it was explosive as soon as Savage won that very match. What made this match much more different than the other WWF championship matches was how the heel couldn’t deal with his loss and showed that the fight isn’t at all over. Flair was still after Elizabeth and after he kissed her, she struck at him. Even Macho, who had his leg damaged, still brawled. I was tasteless that the body guards held Macho down while Perfect and Flair still hit him, but the drama and rivalry was so intense that it felt real. By any means this was the second best match of this Wrestlemania. I still find it a BIG mistake that this was not main event because Hogan’s ego was just too big. If you just want my opinion, as soon as you finished this match, just shut it off because after this great match, Wrestlemania VIII just had no reason to continue any further!
Match Score: 5/5 

Tatanka vs. Rick Martel – Just how the hell did this match been booked right after Flair vs. Savage? Seriously! Even the commentators doesn’t care for what was going on in this match as Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon still debates over the result of Savage and Flair and kept talking about the main event… Nobody care for this match and it doesn’t deserve to be in a Wrestlemania card. That’s saying a lot considering how boring this match was and then somehow Heenan and Monsoon started just talking about the stereotypes of Native Americans that made this match a bigger waste than it needs to be. Seriously, was just a waste of time and Rick Martel continues to look worse and worse each  Wrestlemania comes by and I never seen him so wasted he was in this match. Tatanka pinned Martel with a cross body and no one remembers.
Match Score: 1/5

The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) defeated Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (c) (withJimmy Hart) – If you think that Earthquake is even going to loose to the likes of DiBiase or IRS, then you have way too much expectations from an obvious result. Again, Monsoon and Heenan still continues to debate over the results of Savage vs. Flair. This match went longer than it should because Money Inc. continues to just leave the ring each time the Disasters somehow overcomes their tactics. When Money Inc. in control, you have that standard tag match were it drags for the face to make the tag, but it back stabs the audience from a great squash as Money Inc. decided to loose over a countout. What a completely disappointing match by forfeiting the match with countout and I DESPISE this stupid rule that the only way to have a title change with only pin or submission. Can you see why we need the fucking Legion of Doom in this match instead of the Natural Disasters? Stupid!
Match Score: 1/5

Owen Hart defeated Skinner – Owen Hart will always be one of my favorite wrestlers, but this match had absolutely no business of being booked new to the main event. You’re telling me that an under 2 minute match of very small wrestlers got themselves booked this far into the show and didn’t give much of an effort? Give me a break!
Match Score: 1/5 

Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice (with Harvey Wippleman) – No doubt this has got to be one of the worst Wrestlemania Main Events of all time! Sgt. Slaughter and Hogan’s last year’s Wrestlemania had more stipulation and drama compared to the whiny baby fight that just started because Hogan couldn’t accept being eliminated in the Royal Rumble 1992 Match. The match between Hulk and Sid was not a wrestling match, it just as slob fight that only used punching and strikes that has been carried throughout the match and had VERY little wrestling involved. What’s worse is that they’ve tried to make this a replication of the Warrior and Hogan at Wrestlemania 6 with using a test of strength and tried to make it intense but it wasn’t at all. Nothing in this match was at all convincing, nothing in this match was at all exciting, and it was a soulless main event that was so boring. Sure, Hogan’s other opponents in his other Wrestlemanias didn’t give him a good in-ring work but at least they had a story in them – Sid and Hogan was just two guys who still can’t get over their defeat in Royal Rumble like everybody else’s. The worst part of all is the damn finish. What made this match so horrible was because Harvey Wippleman just entering the wrestling ring as soon as Sid kicked out of Hogan’s Atomic Leg Drop. I’m going to say it flat out that Harvey Wippleman is the worst manager ever. He has no charisma, nothing memorable, and there’s nothing appealing towards this weasel like Heenan, Mr. Fuji, and Jimmy Hart so why did he cause a disqualification in this match? Hell if I know. Then Papa Shango came in to help… and since when did Shango ever teamed up with Sid? Oh just because he wasn’t booked in this card, he had to get involved. Then stupidly enough, they had to get the Ultimate Warrior (from a long absence) to return to save Hulk Hogan. At this point, it doesn’t matter because it the match was already ruined, Warrior lost a lot of muscle that he doesn’t look the same, and all he got was a chairshot at the back only having Sid to flee. I couldn’t believe the audience being so amused with Warrior’s return that it made it look like they’re accepting mediocrity… I mean poor results than what could have been. This was a completely meaningless victory only to have Warrior just have a comeback. Easily one of the worst Wrestlemania Main Events ever!
Match Score: 0/5

If you’re going to watch Wrestlemania 8, here’s my advice. As soon as the Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair match is over, stop watching the rest of the show! The first 5 matches of the show was highly entertaining and had scores higher than 2 out of 5 but everything sunk downhill as soon as the Flair vs. Savage match as over with. What a tragic shame that the Flair vs. Savage match as buried in the middle of the show because after the match was done, the whole time till Sid vs. Hogan, was Heenan and Monsoon continuously debate over the result of the match. Can you imagine all the people send home having Savage beat Flair instead of having to sit impatiently for the last four matches to be complete garbage? I will not disagree that Hogan IS main event material but why not have two of the biggest stars from the 1980’s to square off at a Wrestlemania; the biggest wrestling show ever?! But no! We never got that until Hogan and Flair went to WCW and did what Vince McMahon should have done in his biggest show. Hogan’s ego as main eventer got the best of him and had Psycho Sid to get involved in a soulless rivalry and their match wasn’t even about anything but to get Ultimate Warrior to return. This is a Wrestlemania that I call a show that had missed opportunities. We didn’t have the Road Warriors in any Tag Team match-up (especially with Money Inc.), we didn’t’ get Hogan vs. Flair until WCW got both of them, Ric Flair and Randy Savage should have been main event, Hogan could have had a better opponent than stupid Sid, and the finish should have been a clear victory instead of a damn disqualification. This was the last Wrestlemania that ever was part of the classic golden age of Wrestling because the fuel ran out in 1992. It had some left for SummerSlam 1992, but time was really changing and WWF was getting behind the times with 1980’s wrestling that started loosing it’s appeal with many. It’s no wonder why Wrestlemania didn’t get big until like years later because WCW was doing so much better than WWF and it has to do with the disappointment with Wrestlemania 8. If this ‘Mania only had those 5 matches, then this should could have been a 5 out of 5 score but since we had to deal with a colossal downfall that is similar to M. Night Shamalyan’s career, it deserved a really harsh score. For those who proclaims Wrestlemania VIII is an underrated Wrestlemania, I get what you see in the good of this show, but when it comes to the bad, it fell worse than a jar shattering into pieces as it hits the floor. That’s how bad the last four matches really was and it’s amazing that 4 only consecutive matches that earned 1 out of 5 can really damage the whole show. I’m going to have to divide this Wrestlemania into two different final scores because if you cut off the last hour after the Flair-Savage match you got yourself one of hell of a solid show. Whatever you do, if you ever decide to watch Wrestlemania VIII, just stop watching as soon as you’ve finish that WWF Championship match!

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania VIII (full show)

                    2/5

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania VIII (with just ending with the Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage match)

                     5/5

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