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Wrestlemania II – April 7, 1986

Finally made it to Wrestlemania II, the second Wrestlemania and the only one to feature a steel cage match. WWF made the crazy decision to have this year’s Wrestlemania take place in three cities at the same time, which was crazy at the time and still is now. We have the show split between New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, which four matches at each and each show having it’s own main event. Once again this show was not on PPV but closed circuit only, and has the most celebrities of any Wrestlemania as each city had celebrities and guest commentators. The matches were what everyone came for and we get a tag title match between the Bulldogs and Dream Team, Hulk Hogan versus King Kong Bundy in a cage, a WWF versus NFL Battle Royal, and another boxing match as Roddy Piper faces Mr T. Making their Wrestlemania debuts are Ms Elizabeth, Corporal Kirchner, Terry & Hoss Funk, Uncle Elmer, Hercules, Don Muraco, George Steele, Mr Fuji, George Wells, British Bulldogs, Adrian Adonis and most importantly Jake Roberts and Randy Savage. Also Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales make their first Wrestlemania appearances in the ring during the battle royal, among others like Killer Bees, Tony Atlas, Ted Arcidi, King Tonga, Hillbilly Jim, Dan Spivey and the Hart Foundation. All in all twenty five people made their Wrestlemania debut tonight making this the second most Wrestlemania debuts after Wrestlemania 16. Not everyone who made their debut had a second Wrestlemania appearance but that is a lot of names making appearances with twelve big matches, let’s start the show.

There are a few different version of this show floating around, Closed Circuit, Coliseum Video, Silvervision Video and the Wrestlemania Box Set version, hope this is the full one. We open with “Wrestlemania II, what the World Has Come To” and some jazz music then to Vince McMahon in city number one, New York City. Vince welcomes us to Wrestlemania and introduces the “number one actress” Susan St James, who got the gig because she was married to Dick Ebersol, who produces Saturday Night’s Main Event. Ray Charles is introduced to sing the National Anthem, this seems like it might be the uncut version, awesome sauce. Ray certainly did a better job then Mene Gene, who did last years show, hope they keep all these in from Willie Nelson to the D-X Band, good way to start the show, really feels like watching it live. Gene is in Chicago and talks about what they will show, and sends it back to New York and Roddy Piper. Piper is with Bob Orton and Lou Duva who was his boxing coach. Piper says he grew his hair long so people can tell him from Mr T. He says if T knocks him out he will quit boxing, wrestling, tiddlywinks and chasing girls and he’s going to put his head out there. Piper ends by saying he will never cut his hair or paint himself black, really Piper?

1. Don Muraco v. Paul Orndorff

Orndorff is a face at this point, as Muraco is with Mr Fuji and making his Wrestlemania debut. Last year Orndorff was in the main event and this year he opens the show, as we get voice over interviews as the match starts. The lockup and no one gets an advantage, second one and Paul gets the headlock and shot in, Muraco catches him in a slam and Paul kicks him off and slams him back. The crowd popped loudly for that one as Fuji is not happy, Muraco powers Paul in the corner and drives a knee in, corner reversed and Don backdropped then into the armbar from Paul. Muraco tries to roll through but Paul maintains the hold as Susan drops her first “oh-oh” bomb, which becomes a running joke of the NY portion. Paul cranks on the arm as Don gets to his feet and uses the hair to try and shoot Paul in, but Paul reverses and takes down Don via the arm. Muraco finally breaks the hold and unloads on Paul, sending him into the buckle but Paul fights off and hammers Don. Both men tumble over the ropes to the floor and continue slugging it out. The ref counts to ten and both men are counted out. 2.75/5 a fun brawl to start Wrestlemania but ended to suddenly and short. The crowd is pretty upset as a loud chant of bs breaks out, as Muraco throws a chair in the ring. Paul in the ring poses as Don and Fuji leave the ringside area.

1. Don Muraco & Paul Orndorff go to double countout **3/4

We go backstage to Mr T with Haiti Kid and Joe Frazier. T says he will hurt Piper and if he starts playing dirty, he will to. We hear Howard over T announcing the results of the previous match and cutting off T’s promo.

2. George Steele v. Randy Savage for the Intercontinental Title

This would be both men’s Wrestlemania debut, along with Elizabeth, as Savage is the defending Intercontinental Champion. We get a backstage promo from Savage who says after tonight people will see Savage as the greatest in the world and he’s zeroing in on Steele. Susan is not being unbiased as she is cheering for Steele who chases Savage out of the ring. Savage back in the ring and Steele again chases him from the ring, where he grabs a chair and tosses it in the ring. Steele finally chases Savage outside and back in, the out again as the chase continues. Steele finally catches Savage by the leg and starts to gnaw on the leg of Savage. Steele distracted by Elizabeth allows Savage to get a shot in, but Steele just powers him up and tosses Savage to the mat. Again he’s distracted by Elizabeth and Savage ties him in the ropes and Savage unloads on the Animal. Savage ascends the ropes and hits the cross body for a near fall, kicking out with such power Savage goes to the floor. Back in the ring and Steele hammers Savage in the corner then tosses him to the floor. Savage crawls under the ring, as Steele stares at Elizabeth, Savage comes in from the other side with a knee to the back. Steele comes back with a bite of the bicep and Savage goes for a handful of hair, of which Steele has none. Savage goes outside the ring and steals flowers from a fan and hits Steele with it, Steele then bits Savage again and feeds Savage the flowers. Steele tosses him in the corner and then goes for a snack of turnbuckle stuffing, but Savage goes after him and gets a face full of stuffing. Savage leaves the ring and Steele gives chase, and gets distracted by Elizabeth again. Savage with a double ax handle from the top rope to the floor then tosses Steele back in the ring. Savage slams Steele down and climbs to the top, he drops the big elbow for the cover, but Steele the first person to kick out of the elbow. Steele grabs a handful of Savage’s nose and tosses him in the corner then unloads. Savage sweeps the legs and pins Steele with his feet on the ropes. 3/5 another fun brawl as Savage makes his debut and retains his gold, was no scientific masterpiece but fun chaos.

2. Randy Savage pinned George Steele ***

We head to Chicago and Mene Gene who’s standing by with John Studd and NFL player Bill Fralic. Fralic says he wants to get a hold of the dud and they exchange slaps. Studd says he has no class because he is a football player and he wants Perry as well. Fralic says they will see what dud is all about when the match starts as we go back to New York. Vince and Susan are sitting in big chairs and talk about Jake Roberts and his snake.

3. Jake Roberts v. George Wells

Again both men make their Wrestlemania debuts, one of whom gets a few more Wrestlemania matches while the other one disappears. Vince actually says this is going to be a great match, as Jake makes his way to the ring with Damien. George goes right after Jake and backdrops him, then unloads with forearms. Jake fires back with kicks and sends George to the floor, both men slug it out on the floor and Jake tossed in. George sends him in and Jake leapfrogs over but George comes back with the shoulderblock. George with a headbutt and sends Jake to the corner and a flying headscissor take over send Jake to the mat. George was better then I remember as he slams Jake in the middle of the ring and continues the offense as he hits a vicious knee lift to the face. Vince wonders why he’s not covering him as he catches Jake in the flipping powerslam, ala Randy Orton, but Jake kicks out. George pulls him up and Jake pokes the eyes then slithers out of the ring. George follows but gets caught in knee lift from Jake as he comes in. Jake quickly hits the DDT for the win. 2.5/5 better then I remember as George was very impressive, while Jake only hit two moves but the DDT was an instant death move. Would’ve been better with more time and more back and forth, it was all George till the end. After the match Jake dumps the snake on George, and wraps it all around him. George starts to foam at mouth as Jake finally pulls the snake off George and poses with it.

3. Jake Roberts pins George Wells **1/2

We get a recap of the Mr T/Roddy Piper feud, starting with the last Saturday Night’s Main Event, they could’ve gone back over a year ago as this feud started before the first Wrestlemania. We go to Los Angeles to Jesse Ventura and World Champion Hulk Hogan, as Jesse says Hulk’s ribs are injured and he can’t believe Jesse would do that. Hulk says he will defend the title no matter what and Bundy is going down and he predicts Mr T will win. Jesse says good guys don’t always finish first as we go back to New York for the main event. Howard introduces the guest ring announcer, Joan Rivers, really, I don’t even remember this. Joan says she is thrilled to be there as she introduces the judges, Darryl Dawkins of the NBA, Cab Calloway a jazz singer, and G Gordon Liddy of Watergate? Quite to rouge’s gallery, Joan introduces the timekeeper, Herb from the Burger King commercials, it was a short lived career for Herb. This is not the last time we see someone from a fast food commercial, as we get the introduction of the participants. She announces Piper as we see Mr T instead, that would anger Vince nowadays.

4. Rowdy Roddy Piper v. Mr T in a boxing match

The referee does the instructions and we finally get the start of the fight. Quickly they end up in the ropes and we get the clean break, as both men slug it our and in the ropes again. Piper gets a cheap shot in and gets a warning from the ref. Basically T gets the advantage and Piper get to the ropes and pops T with a cheap shot as they keep repeating the spot. Round one ends and the seconds have to pull them apart as Susan makes it sound like she’s been in the ring. Piper get in the face of T between rounds as we start round two. T starts out fast and the ref demands a towel to wipe grease off Piper, as that supposedly allows the glove to slide off? I don’t know what’s happening but they keep throwing punches in the corner and now T gets a warning. This is so boring, it’s like watching a Roman Reigns match, just punches and stalling. Piper finally knocks T down with one minute left in the second and the crowd pops for that. I thought T was the face as the crowd is behind Piper, T finally gets up at eight and we continue. That ends round two which Piper obviously wins, as he clobbered T and took him down at the bell as well. Orton dumps a bucket of water in T’s corner as round three begins and T is slow to start. Piper now all cocky and that is his undoing as T unloads on Piper. Piper is sitting in the corner as T catches his breath in the other corner, Piper up at eight. A big right sends Piper out of the ring and Orton quickly checks on Piper. Who would have thought thirty one years later Mr T would be announced for Dancing With the Stars, not bad for a guy who was just a bouncer discovered by Sylvester Stallone. Round three finally ends and we see the round card girl for the first time, as T yells at Piper in his corner. Round four starts and Piper tosses his stool at T as things are breaking down. Piper calls T to the center of the ring and they exchange punches and T gets the better of Piper but a right knocks T’s mouthpiece out. This is the most exciting it’s been as the ref gets taken down and Piper slams T then jumps on him. This brings in everyone to try and pull them apart, as chaos as ensued. T wins by disqualification, as if that matters, as everyone is still trying to hold T and Piper apart. Piper finally gets out of the ring and looks pleased with himself.

4. Mr T over Roddy Piper by disqualification in round four of a boxing match

Vince and Susan talk about how exciting that was, which it really wasn’t, and then send it to Chicago. Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the second portion and introduces Mene Gene who says they are building to the battle royal. Gorilla then introduces his commentator, Cathy Lee Crosby, who was co-host of That’s Incredible. We then go to the ring for the first match of the Chicago portion.

5. Fabulous Moolah v. Velvet McIntyre for the Ladies Championship

Can’t believe Velvet is only twenty-three here, she looks a lot older in the face, as the bell rings and Moolah goes right at her. Multiple hair mares sending Velvet down but Velvet with a leapfrog and series of dropkicks. Velvet slams Moolah and climbs the ropes and goes for a splash but misses and Moolah quickly cover for the win. DUD a quick squash as Moolah crushed Velvet who looked to have a wardrobe malfunction after the splash which explains the quick end and the odd cover.

5. Moolah pinned Velvet McIntyre DUD

6. Nikolai Volkoff v. Corporal Kirchner in a flag match

Nikolai requests that everyone stand for his singing of the Soviet National Anthem, as Freddie Blassie holds the Russian flag proudly. Nikolai is cut off by the music for Corporal Kirchner who comes to the ring with the USA flag and the crowd pops for the former Army Paratrooper. The crowd chanting USA loudly as Nikolai hits a spin kick and stomps on Kirchner before tossing him to the floor. Kirchner rammed into the steel ringpost and the bites his face, which Blassie supports as Kirchner meets the post again. Back in the ring and Kirchner unloads on Volkoff, the ref tries to get him out of the corner and the ref goes flying. Blassie tosses the cane in and Kirchner catches it and cracks Volkoff across the face and covers for the win. .5/5 a very short match which could’ve have gone a little longer, but ended the way it was expected. The first sight of blood on this show as Kirchner was busted open on the ringpost.

6. Corporal Kirchner pinned Nikolai Volkoff 1/2*

They introduce Mene Gene who enters the ring for the introduction of the participants and rules of the twenty man battle royal. The timekeeper for the battle royal is Claire Peller from the Wendy’s commercials. The referees are Dick Butkus and Too Tall Jones, Gene then introduces all twenty men in the match and the crowd pops for the Chicago Bears NFL players of course. Pedro Morales is introduced as the only man to hold all three WWF titles, a distinction he would hold till 1992.

7. Twenty Man Battle Royal

Funny how no had needed their entrance music played to come to the ring, Gene just introduced everyone one at a time and they came to the ring. Lots of debuts in this one, most notable bring Bret Hart, and this being Bruno’s one and only Wrestlemania match makes this a very legendary Battle Royal. I’ll try and keep up with the eliminations, but I really don’t know most of the NFL players, but Bret looks odd in neon blue, so used to the pink and black he wore for ten years any other color just doesn’t look right. Gorilla is joined by Ernie Ladd on commentary since he’s a wrestler and former NFL star. Everyone goes after NFL star William Perry who fights free, as King Tonga and NFL star Jimbo Covert are the first out. Bruno tosses NFL player Ernie Holmes as Andre and Studd continue their legendary feud. Brunzell gets tossed out as Studd goes after NFL star Perry, who tosses Tony Atlas while two NFL guys go after Andre. Pedro and NFL’s Harvey Martin tumble to the floor together, and followed by Arcidi who lasted longer then he should have, in this match and WWF. Spivey gets tossed by Iron Sheik, who then tosses Hillbilly Jim and Brian Blair as well, nice going by Sheik! Studd tosses Fralic with help from Sheik, who then gets bounced by Bruno Sammartino. Bruno goes after Studd as the Hart Foundation work over Perry in the other corner and Andre with NFL Russ Francis. Studd tosses Bruno, and now we get Perry versus Studd. Perry charges in and Studd tosses him with ease, Perry offers a handshake and Studd stupidly does it and gets yanked out. That was dumb on Studd’s part, as the Hart Foundation are destroying Russ Francis. The Foundation double dropkick Andre, tying him in the ropes and then they take care off Russ who goes out. Andre is two on one with the Hart Foundation, doesn’t look good for the Hart Foundation as Andre kicks off both men. Bret runs into the big boot of Andre and then unloads on Neidhart, the rams the Foundation’s heads together. Neidhart off the big boot and tumbles to the floor, Bret gets caught up top and gets tossed onto the Anvil on the floor and Andre wins. 3.5/5 a fun action packed battle royal with the obvious man winning, but that works and the Hart Foundation came out looking good as well. First good match of the Chicago segment.

7. Andre the Giant wins the Battle Royal ***1/2

Back to New York with Vince and Roddy Piper who says he was ripped off as T cheated and he did not get knocked out. Piper flashes his nipple at Susan St James, which was hilarious as she looked shocked! We go back to Chicago with Gene and Jimbo Covert who says he got cheated and he threw out King Tonga and tossed from behind, Jimbo leaves and Sheik joins Gene. Sheik says wrestling is better then football and he should have won the battle royal.

8. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake v. Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid for Tag Championships

This is the main event for the Chicago portion, as the Bulldogs are going for the gold against the Dream Team. Both teams have managers as Johnny V with Dream Team and Captain Lou Albano with The Bulldogs, who also have Ozzy Osbourne with them. This match has two referees, because the Dream Team are notorious for cheating, and the one referee looks like Lou Thesz. Greg and Davey start the match and Greg gets overpowered quickly, and Greg comes back with the elbows to the face. Davey fires back with forearms sending Greg to the corner, Smith starts to work the arm and Greg shoots him in and catches Davey with a hip toss. Greg misses the elbow and Kid tagged in, Kid takes down Greg and gets two, Greg gets caught with a headbutt from Kid who follows with a snap suplex as Greg is in trouble. Smith back in and Greg blocks the suplex twice, but Kid counters and connects with a long delayed vertical suplex for two again. Valentine slides out of the ring for a breather and slowly gets back in, but doesn’t make the tag, Greg catches Smith in the corner and unloads, but gets sent to the opposite corner. Greg drops a forearm on Smith and tags in Beefcake who starts to work the arm of Smith who counter with a press slam and tosses Beefcake across the ring and tags in Kid who clotheslines Beefcake down. A pair of near falls on Beefcake leads to a tag to Smith who hits a perfect fisherman’s suplex, aka the Perfect-plex, for a near fall. Brutus makes a blind tag to Greg who comes in via the top rope with a forearm across the neck and follows with a suplex on Kid. Greg starts to wear down the Bulldog as we see Ozzy and Albano watching at ringside, Greg makes a mistake allowing Kid to be tagged in. Kid hammers Hammer in the corner and Valentine does the classic face first flop, leading to a two for Kid, quick tags to work over Greg as Brutus comes in illegally and takes down Kid. Kid off the ropes and gets the sunset flip for a near fall, but Greg shows his tenacity to kick out, but Kid with a side backbreaker and covers, Beefcake breaks the pin. Greg comes back with the forearms and hits an amazing piledriver for a near fall, first one for the champions, Greg climbs the ropes and gets caught and slammed down by Kid. Greg calls Beefcake in and all four in the ring, Beefcake gets tossed and Smith goes to press slams Kid onto Greg, but Greg rolls out. Back in and Smith continues to hammer Greg and then picks him up for powerslam which gets another near fall. The crowd is loud for that as Smith with a nice suplex as Greg is stunned, Smith gets whipped into the ringpost, which finally gets Greg an advantage, he begins to stop the arm. Brutus gets tagged in and maintains the working over of the shoulder, including a nice hammerlock front slam. Greg back in and drops a hammer across the shoulder of Smith and follows with a shoulderbreaker for two and he pulls him up, that might cost him in the end. Kid on the ropes and Smith rams Greg into Kid’s head and covers for the win and the titles as Beefcake trips on the ropes trying to get in and save. 4.75/5 a near perfect match as this is easily the match of the night and just fantastic. Albano says he has the champions and Ozzy says Bulldogs forever. Smith says they will stay in the US as Kid is still down from the collision as we get replays of the finish.

8. The British Bulldogs beat the Dream Team ****3/4

Gorilla sends it to Vince and Susan back in New York City, and Susan says it was a great match as Vince talks about Hulk’s title defense coming up. Jesse welcomes us to Los Angeles as he is joined by Lord Alfred Hayes and Elvira. Jesse says they make a great pair and Elvia points at her boobs, of course, as they go over the matches tonight.

9. Hercules Hernandez v. Ricky Steamboat

This was always rumored to be Ricky versus Bret Hart, which would’ve been interesting to see. Hercules jumps Steamboat before the bell and tosses him into the buckle, Steamboat slides under the boots and follows with the chops. A pair of armdrags leads to the armbar as Steamboat begins to work over the arm of Hercules. Why did Steamboat have a bandanna tied across his knee? Hercules goes for a backbreaker and Steamboat rolls through and hits a crescent kick back to the armbar. Jesse asks Elvira about the bandanna as well, and she says he looks wimpy. Steamboat with a series of leapfrogs lead to an elbow to the face of Hercules and a vertical suplex. Hercules was so underrated back then, as he slams Steamboat into the buckle and hits a clotheslines to take down Steamboat. Hercules stomps a mudhole on Steamboat and shoots him in, Steamboat caught in a stun gun move off the top rope, impressive. The chant of Steamboat has started and he comes back with the martial arts but the slam attempt fails and Hercules gets a near fall. Steamboat eats the turnbuckle as Hercules slows the pace down, he sends Steamboat in and connects with a back elbow then drops a series of big elbows and takes too long covering Steamboat which allows him to kick out. Steamboat fires back with a couple chops but misses one and gets clotheslined down hard, great match so far, as Hercules is really working the Dragon over. A press slam sends Steamboat crashing to the mat, a second one continues to wear out the Dragon. Hercules climbs the ropes and goes for a splash, but Steamboat gets the knees up. Steamboat heads up and hits a nice crossbody block for the victory. 3.5/5 a much better match then you would expect, as Hercules really kept up with Steamboat and kept it competitive. Hercules is not happy in the ring after the decision is rendered as we go to the next match after the intermission

9. Ricky Steamboat pinned Hercules Hernandez ***1/2

10. Adrian Adonis v. Uncle Elmer

Adonis is accompanied by Jimmy Hart as the camera angle makes this look like Fire Pro, being on such an angle. I just realized the ring announcer is Lee Marshall, as Elmer comes into cheesy banjo music. Elmer chases Hart and Adonis from the ring as the banjo music won’t stop, it’s like torture, which is what I expect this match to be. Adonis caught getting in the ring and tosses Adonis around the ring. Elmer throws a punch sending Adonis to the floor and Elmer to the mat, back in and Adonis tossed into the post and out again. Adonis struggles back in the ring and Elmer strips the dress of Adonis then slings him back in. A belly bump ties Adonis in the ropes and Elmer unloads on him, Jimmy unties Adonis and gets a shot in finally. Adonis rips the dress off completely and Elvia wants the dress back on as Adonis tossed in the corner and Elmer with the avalanche. Elmer misses an elbow drop and Adonis to the top rope and hits a big splash for the win. DUD a horrible match which was at least kept short.

10. Adrian Adonis pinned Uncle Elmer DUD

Alfred interviews Hogan who says he invented Hulk-a-Mania and it will leave forever. Hulk says even if he had to crawl to the ring he would and he’s been thinking about the ambulance ride from Bundy and he feels sorry for him. Hogan says he will take away his pride and he will climb out of the cage and Heenan better keep his nose out of his business.

11. Terry & Hoss Funk v. Junk Yard Dog & Tito Santana

Hoss Funk is of course Dory Funk Jr, no idea why they changed his name, makes no sense at all. It’s like bringing back Terry in the nineties and calling him Chainsaw Charlie. Terry takes a shot at ring announcer Lee, and demands they get out here. JYD & Tito come out to Grab Them Cakes and carrying the big chain, as Terry throws a chair in the ring. Hoss and JYD start out and Hoss gets a few shots in but JYD tosses the Funk Brothers together and slams the Funk’s around the ring sending them to the floor. Hoss back in and kicks Tito who at ringside, so JYD tags him in, and Hoss tags in Terry. They lock up and wind up in the ropes and Terry hammers Tito, Terry jumps over Tito and gets tangled in the ropes, Tito clotheslines him out. Hoss comes in and gets dropkicked out as well, as the Funk’s not faring well so far. Terry slowly gets back in and JYD tagged in, then tags Terry with a big right and slams Terry’s head into the turnbuckle ten times and that sends Terry to the mat. JYD does it ten more times and follows with a headbutt, cover but Hoss grabs JYD’s leg to break the pin. A big clothesline sends Terry over the top to the floor again. As Terry gets in he tags in Hoss, so JYD tags in Tito who eats a big knee and a series of uppercuts. Tito with a pair of leapfrogs and the flying forearm gets two as Terry makes the save and the Funk’s to the floor. Tito pulls Hoss back in the ring and a criss cross, Terry drives a knee into the back of Tito to stop that. The Funk Brothers begin to double team Tito as Jimmy is screaming through the megaphone at Tito to give up. Terry with a slow vertical suplex and cover which gets two and Terry goes after the referee, Terry goes for another suplex but Tito reverses, they charge each other and collide but Terry falls into his corner and tags in Hoss. Tito starts to fight back but can’t make the the tag to JYD, as Terry tagged in and they double clothesline Tito. Terry goes for a legdrop but Tito moves and Terry hits the mat, Tito tries to fight for the tag but Terry with a headbutt. Tito uses his speed to tag in JYD who takes control on both Funk Brothers, sending Hoss out and clotheslines Terry. JYD goes after Hoss and Terry uses a rope to choke Dog, but Dog headbutts him and backdrops Funk to the cement floor. Dog slams Terry Funk on a table at ringside as all four men on the floor fighting. Jimmy gets Terry back in the ring and JYD goes after Jimmy and pops him and Hoss. Tito tries to come in and locks the figure four on Hoss, this distracts the ref as Jimmy tosses the megaphone in and Terry cracks him with it for the win. 4/5 another great tag match as all four men worked hard and kept the pace. Lots of fun spots and a little chaos makes for a fun match. The crowd is not happy as they start a bs chant, as the Funk’s and Jimmy head to the back. Tito helps up the JYD who looks confused and staggers to his feet.

11. Terry & Hoss Funk over JYD & Tito Santana ****

The building of the steel cage has begun as all the parts are bring brought out. They announce as a reinforced steel cage, thus making the debut of the great blue steel cage. We get a full recap video of the attack on Hogan from Bundy, Heenan and Don Muraco. They then show clips of Hulk Hogan working out with Hillbilly Jim and Doctor Bob, as he gets ready for the biggest match of his career. Over to Jesse with King Kong Bundy, sans eyebrows, and Bobby Heenan. Jesse says Bundy’s beautiful face is on the line in the cage, Bundy says don’t worry as history shows when they meet up Hogan goes to the hospital and it will happen again. Over to Elvira, camera from above to show off her boobs, as she throws it to Vince and Susan. That seemed to only exist to show off Elvira’s boobs, and there are no complaints from me, she was hot back then. Vince said we may need to get used to Bundymania as stranger things have happened, Susan says yes, Elvia. Way to take a cheap shot on Elvira, Vince missed the opportunity for the ultimate match Susan St James versus Elvia. The cage is finally built and it’s time for the main event. Lee introduces the guest ring announcer, Tommy Lasorda, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The timekeeper is introduced, Ricky Schroder from Silver Spoons, and the referee is actor Robert Conrad.

12. King Kong Bundy v. Hulk Hogan for the World Championship in a steel cage

The minute Tommy starts to introduce Hulk Hogan the place explodes, why is Hogan eating his headband? Seriously, did he not get his Hulk-a-roni and Cheese before the matches. The bell rings and they are slugging it out. Hulk unloads on Bundy and hits the big boot and chokes Bundy with his singlet. Bundy slammed head first into the cage and then a corner clothesline staggers the monster. Hogan with a running elbow and then goes for the cage, but Bundy blocks and begins working over the injured ribs. Bundy with a big body slam and then steps on Hogan’s head, and tries to leave but Hogan grabs the ankle. Hogan slammed into the cage and Bundy again goes for the door, and Hogan lunges for him stopping the monstrous Bundy. Bundy rips the tape off Hogan’s ribs and starts choking him with the tape, then ties Hogan to the ropes. Bundy again gets caught by Hogan and pulls him in by the head. Hogan with three rights and sends Bundy into the corner, follows with a clothesline. Hogan smashes Bundy hard into the steel cage and Bundy is split wide open and Hogan goes to work on the wound. Bundy sent into the cage again and again as Elvia wants the match stopped but Jesse says not until we have a winner. Hogan begins climbing the cage and chokes Bundy on the top rope before going for a slam but the back gives out and Bundy falls on top. Jesse calls it a dumb move as Bundy crushed him and struggles to find the door, Hogan grabs the tape and wraps it around the throat of Bundy. Elvira teases Jesse about not having a show as Bundy hits the avalanche on Hogan and follows with the big splash, causing Elvira to squeal in delight. Bundy crawls to the door and Hogan grabs the ankle to stop the title change. Bundy sends Hogan to the corner and hits a second avalanche but Hogan begins to Hulk up. Hogan sends Bundy to the corner and catches him on the rebound with a slam and a legdrop. Hogan starts to climb the cage so Heenan climbs the outside as Bundy starts to recover, Hogan kicks Bundy backwards and exits the cage. Heenan tries to stop him as Bundy crawls to the door, but Hogan drops to the floor for the win. 3.5/5 a really good cage match that followed the classic Hogan formula and worked perfectly. After the match Hogan chases Heenan into the cage and goes in after him, as Bundy is on the floor. Hogan tosses Heenan headfirst into the cage and an atomic drop sends Heenan through the door to the floor. Bundy scoops up his manager and goes to the back, as Hogan celebrates in the ring. Jesse sends it back to Vince and Susan who close the show, well that was a pointless moment, as Hulk continues posing in the cage.

12. Hulk Hogan over King Kong Bundy ***1/2

MATCH RECAP

1. Don Muraco & Paul Orndorff go to double countout **3/4

2. Randy Savage pinned George Steele ***

3. Jake Roberts pins George Wells **1/2

4. Mr T over Roddy Piper by disqualification in round four of a boxing match

5. Moolah pinned Velvet McIntyre DUD

6. Corporal Kirchner pinned Nikolai Volkoff 1/2*

7. Andre the Giant wins the Battle Royal ***1/2

8. The British Bulldogs beat the Dream Team ****3/4

9. Ricky Steamboat pinned Hercules Hernandez ***1/2

10. Adrian Adonis pinned Uncle Elmer DUD

11. Terry & Hoss Funk over JYD & Tito Santana ****

12. Hulk Hogan over King Kong Bundy ***1/2

I don’t know why everyone hates this Wrestlemania, it’s really not that bad given the time frame. Outside of the boxing match only three really bad matches, that were kept short. The two tag matches, the cage match, Steamboat/Hernandez and the battle royal were good. All in all this was a much better Wrestlemania then most people give it credit for. The three arena idea was innovative, but really not needed. If they had one it in one area, scrapped out the women’s match, Volkoff/Kirchner and Adonis/Elmer and trimmed the boxing match to two rounds this would’ve been much better. Either way this was a fun way to spend three hours and was an enjoyable show. Coming up next we go to the AWA for Wrestlerock 86, a show I’ve never seen before so that should be interesting.

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