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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania IV’ – WWF Championship Tournament, Strike Force vs. Demolition

Date: March 27, 1988
Venue: Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, NJ)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

The fourth-annual WrestleMania features the first-ever (REAL) tournament to crown a new WWF Champion, after the belt was held up following Andre The Giant’s attempt to sell it to ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase on an episode of The Main Event. Apparently WWF President Jack Tunney has morals, who knew? Anyway this is also the first of two WrestleManias in a row to be held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ beginning a long association with real estate loser turned reality show loser turned Presidential loser Donald Trump. Gross. Let’s watch this one anyway and get it over with.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: VACANT
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Honky Tonk Man
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel)

The Lineup

  • Battle Royal for a SUPER IMPORTANT TROPHY (**1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Jim Duggan vs. Ted DiBiase (**)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo (*3/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Ricky Steamboat vs. Greg Valentine (***)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Randy Savage vs. Butch Reed (**)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. One Man Gang (*)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude (1/4*)
  • The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules (*1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant (DUD)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals (**1/2)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals (**1/2)
  • The Honky Tonk Man [c] vs. Brutus Beefcake for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • Koko B. Ware & The British Bulldogs vs. Bobby Heenan & The Islanders (*1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Semi-Finals (*3/4)
  • Strike Force [c] vs. Demolition for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Finals (**1/2)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ – The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object

Date: March 29, 1987
Venue: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage
  • WWF Women’s Champion: The Fabulous Moolah
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)

The Lineup

  • The Can-Am Connection vs. ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. (**1/2)
  • Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules (***)
  • Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, & The Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, & Lord Littlebrook (3/4*)
  • Loser Must Bow: The Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race (*1/2)
  • The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Dream Team (*3/4)
  • Hair vs. Hair: Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis (**3/4)
  • Tito Santana & The British Bulldogs vs. Danny Davis & The Hart Foundation (**1/2)
  • Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed (*1/2)
  • Randy Savage [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)
  • Jake Roberts vs. The Honky Tonk Man (*3/4)
  • The Killer Bees vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff (*1/2)
  • Hulk Hogan [c] vs. Andre The Giant for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW WrestleWar ’90: Wild Thing’ – Flair vs. Luger, Steiners vs. Andersons

Date: February 25, 1990
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Terry Funk

WrestleWar ‘90: Wild Thing features a World Title main event as ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair defends against former Four Horsemen brother ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger. The undercard? PRETTY MUCH ALL TAG TEAM MATCHES, including two championship contests and a Chicago Street Fight between The Road Warriors and a real low-rent version of The Skyscrapers. Throw in one of the all-time great fun bad PPV theme songs and you’ve got yourself a helluva way to kick off the 1990 WCW PPV season. I’ve watched this one before but that was like twelve sites ago so let’s pretend like I didn’t.

Champion Roll-Call

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger
  • NWA World Television Champion: ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Champions: ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman & ‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk

The Lineup

  • The Dynamic Dudes vs. Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer (*3/4)
  • Norman The Lunatic vs. Cactus Jack Manson (*)
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (***1/2)
  • Chicago Street Fight: The Road Warriors vs. “The Skyscrapers” (*1/4)
  • Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk [c] vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the NWA UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Ole & Arn Anderson for the NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Lex Luger for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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