Powell's WrestleMania 5 review: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship, Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the Intercontinental Title, The Rockers vs. The Twin Towers, Mr. Perfect vs. Blue Blazer

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Powell's WrestleMania 5 review: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship, Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the Intercontinental Title, The Rockers vs. The Twin Towers, Mr. Perfect vs. Blue Blazer
2014-04-04 12:51:28

WrestleMania 5 took place on April 2, 1989. This review was written in March 2014. We will continue to post reviews of past WrestleMania events in the future.

WrestleMania 5
Atlantic City, New Jersey at Trump Plaza
Aired on pay-per-view

Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura checked in on commentary. Ring announcer Howard Finkel introduced WWF Women's Champion Rockin' Robin, who performed "America the Beautiful"...

Powell's POV: Robin Smith is the sister of former WWE star Sam Houston, and the half-sister of Jake Roberts. I don't know who came up with the idea of having her sing, but Gene Okerlund singing at the original WrestleMania was actually better than this.

1. Hercules vs. King Haku (w/Bobby Heenan). Donald Trump was in the front row with other suits. Vomit. Late in the match, Hercules performed a belly-to-back suplex on Haku into a pin. The shoulders of both men were down, but the referee awarded the match to Hercules...

Hercules beat King Haku in 6:57.

Powell's POV: This wasn't exactly the fast-paced opener that we see these days. I'm surprised Ventura didn't pitch a fit about the fact that the shoulders of both men were down. The backstory of the match is that Hercules was with the Heenan Family until Heenan sold his contract to Ted DiBiase, who wanted to use him as a slave. Shockingly, big baby Hercules was not pleased by this development.

Backstage, Gene Okerlund interviewed "The Rockers" Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. They spoke about facing the biggest team in the business...

Powell's POV: Monsoon was ahead of his time when he sent it backstage to "Shawn Michaels and... The Rockers." Yes, this was the first WrestleMania appearance for the man who would go on to be dubbed Mr. WrestleMania.

2. The Twin Towers - Akeem and Big Bossman (w/Slick) vs. The Rockers. Michaels and Jannetty used their speed to elude their plus sized opponents. Michaels took a big clothesline from Akeem, then moved when Bossman went for a top rope splash. The Rockers botched a simultaneous double missile dropkick when Jannetty hit before Michaels did. Moments later, Bossman caught and slammed Michaels and Akeem put him away with a splash...

The Twin Towers beat The Rockers in 8:02.

Powell's POV: Akeem was the One Man Gang. He became Akeem "The African Dream" as a parody of Dusty Rhodes, who was booking for Jim Crockett Promotions. It was also the first WrestleMania for Bossman and Akeem. Trump likes the fat guys. He actually smiled more during this match than he did during all of WrestleMania 4.

Backstage, Tony Schiavone interviewed Ted DiBiase and Virgil. DiBiase wore the Million Dollar Title as Virgil flashed the money...

Powell's POV: This was the first WrestleMania appearance for Schiavone, who was a longtime Jim Crockett Promotions broadcast team member. The Million Dollar Title was created by the DiBiase character out of frustration because he couldn't win the WWF Championship. It wasn't portrayed as an official WWF title belt.

3. Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) vs. Brutus Beefcake. Monsoon questioned why DiBiase wasn't putting the Million Dollar Title on the line. Ventura said it's because Brutus hadn't beaten anyone. DiBiase walked over to Trump, who stood up and shook hands with DiBiase. Nice touch.

Beefcake dominated the opening minutes. With DiBiase and Beefcake exchanging punches, Virgil reached in and held Beefcake's leg, which led to DIBiase taking control. A fat guy in a green jacket walked down the middle aisle and waved to the camera. Hi, fat guy!

Late in the match, DiBiase applied the Million Dollar Dream sleeper hold, but Beefcake reached the ropes to break the hold. Later, Beefcake went after Virgil on the floor. DiBiase struck Beefcake from behind. They fought until they were counted out. Afterward, Beefcake got ahold of Virgil and put him in a sleeper. DiBiase tried to help, but Beefcake got the better of him. Beefcake grabbed his clippers, but DiBiase and Virgil fled...

Ted DiBiase fought Brutus Beefcake to a double count out in 10:01.

Powell's POV: It was a bold move to put someone in a ten minute match with Beefcake. DiBiase made it work. The crowd was still into the Barber gimmick and Beefcake's act even though he was pretty rough in the ring. There was an unintentionally awesome moment right before the count out when Beefcake and Virgil were both holding up their fists, yet not throwing punches.

Footage aired from earlier in the day of Lord Alfred Hayes talking while The Bushwhackers filled their faces. The joke was that they spoke with their mouths full...

4. The Rougeau Brothers (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers. After lots of Bushwhackers comedy, they performed their Battering Ram move on Raymond and then performed the double gut-buster before getting the pin. Monsoon and Ventura played it up as an upset...

The Bushwhackers beat The Rougeau Brothers in 9:10.

Powell's POV: The Rougeaus never really clicked as a babyface team in the WWF. They were talent, but they were bland considering the circus all around them. They were turned heel and dubbed themselves disingenuously as The All-American Boys. Their song was my favorite part of the act. The Bushwhackers were a blood and guts tag team known as The Sheepherders prior to arriving in WWE. Vince McMahon turned them into a cartoonish comedy act that got over as a popular undercard act.

As the Bushwhackers headed toward the back, Sean Mooney checked in from the aisle. They stopped and licked his head, which was a normal part of their routine. Mooney compared it to having a dog that really likes you. He took out a jar of peanut butter and started to unbutton his pants when the camera abruptly cut away. Okay, I made up that part about the peanut butter and unbuttoning his pants...

5. Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig) vs. The Blue Blazer (Owen Hart). Ventura made a big fuss over Perfect debuting his new green singlet. He also said this could be the sleeper match of the night. Blazer had a nice flury with a dropkick and followed up with a slide kick onto Perfect on the floor.

Blazer showed more flash by doing a flip and a hip-toss combo. He slammed Perfect and went to the top rope for a splash, but Perfect put his knees up. Perfect worked over the back of Blazer. Ventura gave the usual WrestleMania shoutout to Terry, Tyrell, Jade, and someone named Jeremiah. Blazer had another flurry that Perfect cut off with a forearm shot to the head. Perfect followed up with the Perfect Plex for the win...

Mr. Perfect defeated The Blue Blazer in 5:38.

Powell's POV: Owen Hart's offense was flashy by WWF standards at the time. His work in the Calgary Stampede promotion was even more acrobatic and innovative.

Howard Finkel introduced Jesse Ventura, who stood up and mugged for the crowd and pumped his fists to encourage their Jesse chants...

Lord Alfred Hayes checked in with Mr. Fuji, who was about to run a 5K race in his tuxedo, top hat, and Powers of Pain face paint. Fuji cheated by starting the race early and ran with his cane. They cut to the end of the race and showed Fuji crossing the finish line. Hayes played it straight and raved about what great shape Fuji was in...

Powell's POV: I guess the idea was to show the heel manager entering the tag title match was in shape. The whole thing was intentionally corny. Vince McMahon probably laughed hysterically.

Run DMC performed "The WrestleMania Rap" in the ring. A few fans appeared to be into it. Donald Trump and his suit posse were not among them. "A little bit of that went a long way with me," Monsoon said afterward...

A video package recapped Mr. Fuji turning on Demolition and becoming the manager of The Powers of Pain. The package included Ax throwing some of the worst cane shots in history...

6. Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji in a handicap match for the WWF Tag Team Titles. Fuji did a ceremonial salt ritual in the corner before the match.

Demolition defeated The Powers of Pain in 8:20 to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship. Late in the match, Fuji tried to throw salt into the eyes of Smash as Warlord held him. Smash moved and Warlord took the salt in the face. Demolition teamed up for their finisher on Fuji and got the win...

Powell's POV: The epic showdown of Road Warriors impostor tag teams. Ugh. The leather and the studs on Demolition made them look like a couple The Gimp from Pulp Fiction would hang out with. I'll admit that Demolition grew on me and they were much better than the POP, but I still say that Ax looked like a high school football coach dressed in S&M gear.

Backstage, Schiavone stood outside Randy Savage's locker room. Savage could be heard yelling inside the locker room. Schiavone said he's been trying to get a word with Savage all day, but so far he had declined. Savage emerged from the locker room and immediately covered the camera. "Get out of here," Savage yelled. "I told you, no interviews. Hogan, I'm ready"...

7. Dino Bravo (w/Frenchy Martin) vs. "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. Before the match, Finkel introduced Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka as a surprise. Snuka high-fived fans as he headed to the ring. Once there, Snuka did the "I live you" hand sign and left the ring. Garvin looked to the crowd to throw out his towel and Bravo attacked him. Bravo took it Garvin early.

Garvin came back and worked in a nice rolling cradle for a two count. Garvin applied a sleeper, but Bravo reached the ropes. Garvin went for a piledriver, but Bravo avoided it and went for a backdrop, but Garvin rolled him up for another two count. Garvin threw punches at Bravo in the corner, but Bravo performed an inverted atomic drop. Bravo followed up with a side suplex for the win. After the match, Garvin knocked Martin down and gave him the Garvin Stomp...

Dino Bravo beat Ronnie Garvin in 3:06.

Powell's POV: If only there had been a "get everyone on the show battle royal" back in these days. The effort was there, particularly from Garvin, but the crowd just wasn't into it. I just don't remember Bravo and Martin drawing much heat during their run.

8. "The Brain Busters" Tully Blanchers and Arn Anderson (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. "Strike Force" Ricky Martel and Tito Santana. Ventura said Strike Force was a really good tag team, but this was the first time they'd teamed up in a long time. The Busters tried to isolate Martel early, but he showed good fire while punching his way out of the corner.

Later, Strike Force applied simultaneous Figure Four leg locks, but the Busters eye gouged their way out of it. Martel made a blind tag to Santana, who ran the ropes and went for his flying forearm, but Blanchard ducked it and Santana struck Martel. Martel sold at ringside and then slammed his hands on the ring apron before returning to his corner.

Late in the match, Arn apparently never actually watched Ric Flair, as he went to the top rope and met the same fate that Flair always did. Santana crawled to his corner and Martel walked away and acted like he was still injured from the shot earlier. Martel dropped off the apron and headed to the back. Ventura said "Chico Sanatana" was in a handicap match. In the end, The Busters teamed up for the spike piledriver for the win...

Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard defeated Rick Martel and Tito Santana in 9:17.

After the match, Okerlund interviewed Martel backstage. Martel said Santana got what he deserved. He said he's tired of carrying him and Santana wanted to ride his coattails again. Martel said it could have been a lot worse for Santana...

Powell's POV: This wasn't nearly as good as the work Tully and Arn were doing for Jim Crockett Promotions with some of the other great tag teams, but it stood out on this show. The angle with Martel storming off obviously set up the Santana vs. Martel feud. Martel actually had Slick as a manager for a while. He didn't become The Model right away, but he did by the end of 1989.

Finkel introduced the Piper's Pit segment. The ring was covered in plaid, complete with stools covered in plaid cloth and a big plaid ashtray. Roddy Piper was introduced first to a big ovation. Ventura said it had been a long time since they'd seen him. Instead of Piper coming out, Brother love came out to Piper's music and waring a kilt.

Love did his schtick and then pretended to introduce "Rodney" Piper. Love took off his glasses and pretended to be Piper while doing a back and forth interview. Ugh. Talk show host Morton Downey Jr. was introduced and he came to the ring smoking a cigarette. Love and Downey high-fived.

Love said he loved Downey, but that didn't mean he liked him. Downey said he didn't want any man wearing a skirt to love him.

Powell's POV: Apparently, impersonating Piper ran in the family, as Tom Prichard was doing his best Piper impersonation in the USWA. Meanwhile, Downey was a popular syndicated talk show host who was famous for chain smoking. He was basically the Jerry Springer of this time.

Finkel introduced the real Piper, who came out with long hair. He said Love had nice child-bearing hips. Piper asked Love questions and then pulled the mic away before he could answer. Piper asked Love if he ever fought anyone. Love said he's a lover. He said the rings on his finger were gifts from his benefactor The Million Dollar Man.

Powell's POV: That's actually comical in retrospect considering that DiBiase found God and got involved in ministry work after his in-ring career.

Downey started flipping cigarettes from his pack at Downey. Piper asked why Downey goes by his name. Downey said that's the name Piper's momma wanted to call him based on the man who reared him. Piper started talking about Downey having big green warts on his face. After a bad insult about Downey's girlfriend being homeless, Downey stood up and blew smoke in Piper's face.

Piper told him not to do it again. Downey took another jab at Piper's kilt. Downey told Piper to zip it. He compared Piper to a transvestite, then blew more smoke in his face. Downey did it again. Downey said it was good for Piper and he could live as long as he has.

Piper acted like he wanted to smoke a cigarette. When Downey turned to light the cigarette, Piper pulled out a fire extinguisher out from underneath a stood and sprayed Downey with it from head to crotch...

Powell's POV: A really bad segment. The crowd was happy to see Piper and they dug the payoff, but this went on way longer than it needed to. I remember being thrown off by the segment because Downey was controversial, but he wasn't a villain on his show.

Okerlund set up a sneak preview for the movie "No Holds Barred" starring Hogan and Zeus... Mooney interviewed Trump at ringside. Trump spoke about how great the event was and how packed the casinos had been...

Powell's POV: A bad Piper segment, a No Holds Barred preview, and a Trump interview? Make it stop!!!

Ventura blew up over Hogan making a movie. "How dare you enter my territory, Hogan," Ventura said. He said Hogan was doing it so he would have a job when he lost to Savage. Ventura said he'd give Hogan a job driving his limo... A video package aired on the Mega Powers (Hogan and Savage)...

Powell's POV: Savage got pissed because Hogan carried Elizabeth backstage after she was knocked down during a match. He slapped Hogan across the face and then walked out on him during a tag match on Saturday Night's Main Event, and they had a hot backstage angle with Elizabeth getting knocked down again.

Gene Okerlund interviewed Hogan, who said Savage put Elizabeth between them, is a cheap shot artist, attacked the Hulkamaniacs, and worked in a line about Donald Trump...

Powell's POV: This promo was a million times better than the one he cut at WrestleMania 4 that seemed to be more about Donald Trump than anything else.

9. Andre the Giant (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Jake Roberts with Big John Studd as special referee. Studd was a babyface and got a decent ovation from the crowd. Andre was introduced first and he came out and jawed with Studd, who was his WrestleMania 1 opponent.

Andre slammed Jake's head into an exposed turnbuckle to start the match. Andre backed his weight into Roberts in the corner and then smirked at Studd while only moving away whenever Studd's count would reach four. Roberts came back with a slap to the chest and kicks.

Andre ended up hooking himself in the ropes and the crowd roared. Roberts grabbed Andre by the throat and rocked him back and forth. Jake pointed to the snake bag in his corner and the crowd roared again. Roberts went back to punching the head of Andre and sold it like it was hurting his hand.

Andre broke free and choked Roberts, then worked him over with some forgettable offense while the announcers questioned whether Jake could perform the DDT on him. Andre went for a shoulder block or a headbutt, but Jake caught him with a knee. Andre came back with a big chop that Jake sold by falling through the ropes to ringside. Jake tried to get back in the ring, but Andre knocked him back to the floor.

Studd and Andre jawed in mid-ring. Roberts grabbed the snake bag and started up the ring steps, but Studd stopped him. Andre blindsided Studd with as hot. Studd returned fire. Studd and Andre jawed at one another. Ted DiBiase and Virgil showed up at ringside. DiBiase took a shot at Roberts and then took off with the snake bag.

Roberts chased DiBiase and eventually grabbed the snake bag. Meanwhile, Andre was roughing up Studd in the ring. Roberts returned to ringside and slid Damien the snake into the ring. Andre, who was afraid of snakes per the storyline, fled the ring. Studd named Roberts the winner because of Andre attacking him...

Jake Roberts beat Andre the Giant by DQ in 9:44.

Powell's POV: The crowd was into the match. The finish was more about setting up Roberts vs. DiBiase.  

Mooney briefly spoke with fans in the "Bob Uecker" (cheap) seats...

Backstage, Schiavone interviewed Sensational Sherri (Martel). She said she is sensational unlike Rockin' Robin, who can't sing or wrestle. Sherri said she's more attractive than Elizabeth and said the Mega Powers would explode...

Powell's POV: Wow, that was not one of Sherri's better promos. She was never a great talker, but that was rough. By the way, Schiavone looked about ten years younger without the mustache he lost when he went to work for the WWF.

10. The Hart Foundation vs. The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine (w/Jimmy Hart). Valentine wore a shin guard that was sold as aiding him with the Figure Four leg lock. Bret Hart delivered inverted atomic drops to both opponents early on, then tagged in Jim Neidhart, who went over the top rope and caught Valentine with a shoulder block.

Later, the heels isolated Hart in their corner and Honky threw some soft kicks to his chest while the ref was distracted. Honky and Valentine used quick tags while working over Valentine. Neidhart took a hot tag and had his moment. Late in the match, Neidhart chased Jimmy Hart. Honky went for the megaphone that Hart left behind, but Neidhart got to it first. Neidhart tossed the megaphone to Bret, who slammed it over Valentine's head and the referee made the three count...

The Hart Foundation beat The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine in 7:40.

Powell's POV: The crowd was into the match, but it was nothing to write home about. It was actually better in quality than a lot of the matches on the show, but that's not saying a lot. Honky and Valentine were later dubbed Rhythm and Blues. That's when Valentine dyed his hair black and was called Boxcar Valentine during a comically bad run.

A video package recapped Rick Rude attacking Ultimate Warrior during a pose-down they had at the Royal Rumble. Agents came to the ring to help out, and Warrior ended up flipping out on them and clearing them from the ring...

11. Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan) for the Intercontinental Title. Rude unrobed and revealed tights that had the IC Title belt on the front and Warrior's face on the back. It was all Warrior to start. He applied a bear hug on Rude that showed a lot of light and gave him a chance to catch his breath after his high energy entrance. Rude gouged Warrior's eyes to break the hold, then performed a missile dropkick and went for a cover, but Warrior kicked out aggressively.

Powell's POV: Rude's missile dropkick was a pretty radical move for a heel back then.

Warrior regained control and applied another bear hug. Heenan was shown digging in his pockets and a "Weasel" chant broke out. Rude took a nice backdrop. Warrior ran the ropes and went for a splash, but Rude got his knees up. Monsoon said Warrior appeared to be confused and ran too many ropes because he wouldn't have been anywhere near the top part of Roode's body. Ventura said it's not hard to confuse Warrior because he's got a brain the size of a pea.

Rude came back and did the bit where he tried to swivel his hips, but he stopped and acted like his back was in too much pain. Rude performed a Russian leg sweep for a two count. Rude grabbed Warrior's arms from behind, then Warrior started huffing and puffing. He reached the ropes and shook them before using his ass to knock Rude off him.

Warrior performed a running shoulder block and then played to the crowd. He grabbed Rude by the head and drove him into the mat a couple times. Warrior played to the crowd again and gave him a backbreaker. Warrior picked up Rude again and this time stumbled from mid-ring into the corner and he and Rude fell awkwardly. Ugh.

Warrior went for a splash in the corner, but Rude moved. Rude set up for his Rude Awakening neckbreaker finisher, but Warrior powered out of it and then clotheslined Rude. Later, Warrior clotheslined Warrior to the ring apron and then went for a suplex, but Heenan reached in and tripped Warrior so that Rude fell on top of him. The referee counted the pin. After the match, Warrior pressed Heenan over his head and dropped him awkwardly...

Rick Rude defeated Ultimate Warrior to win the Intercontinental Title in 9:36.

Powell's POV: Rude worked harder then anyone on the show at this point deliver a good match. Warrior seemed to try hard as well, but he had at least three horrible moments that can be attributed to his clumsiness or him running out of gas. Rude should have been presented with a medal for making that match as good as it was aside from Warrior's blown spots. Bad spots aside, this felt like a big secondary title match. Warrior was red hot and Rude was just a tremendous heel.

12. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown. Brown teased walking out early on when Duggan got off to a fast start. "Come on you son of a bitch," Duggan can be heard yelling at one point. Brown slammed Duggan's head into the turnbuckle pad a few times and Duggan simply walked away and yelled "Hooooo!" to the crowd. "You're not going to scramble those brains any more than they're already scrambled," Ventura said.

Brown head-butted Duggan and he tumbled to the floor. Brown followed and sent Duggan into the ring post. They went back to the ring and Brown went for his Ghetto Blaster finisher, but Duggan ducked it. Duggan clotheslined Brown to ringside. Brown grabbed a chair and brought it in the ring.

Duggan picked up his two-by-four and they slammed their weapons together a few times and the ref called for the bell. Duggan ended up clearing Brown from the ring. Duggan ended up with a big wad of snot hanging from his nose afterward and Ventura said it made him want to puke....

Jim Duggan fought Bad News Brown to a Double DQ in 3:49.

Powell's POV: The live crowd loved the dueling weapons and Duggan in general. He was clearly one of the most popular wrestlers on the show.

Backstage, Okerlund interviewed The Red Rooster. He said he couldn't wait to get his "rooster claws into his weasel-hide." He clucked like a goddamn chicken...

13. The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan (w/Brooklyn Brawler). Heenan hid his head in the corner when the bell rang. Rooster went right after him and slammed his head a few times, whipped Heenan into the corner, and punched him. Rooster went for another whip and Heenan reversed it. Heenan charged at Rooster in the corner and Rooster avoided it, causing Heenan to crash hard in the corner. Rooster rolled him up for the win. Brawler attacked Rooster afterward...

The Red Rooster pinned Bobby Heenan in 0:31.

Powell's POV: I assume they were running long because this match and the last match were short. This match didn't need to go long or anything, but the entrances took more time than the match. Even though it was brief, you can see that Heenan took great bumps. You can also see that the Rooster gimmick was an abomination. It's a shame because Terry Taylor was a talented guy who could have done so much more in the WWF.

Backstage, Okerlund interviewed Elizabeth. She said she will continue to support both men. She said it's unfortunate that they feel they have to resolve their differences in this manner and hopes no one will be injured... Schiavone said everyone who was in the locker room cleared out because they didn't want to miss seeing the Mega Powers explode... Mooney spoke briefly with a mob of fans...

Randy Savage made his entrance for the main event. Elizabeth was then introduced. Monsoon said she would go to a neutral corner. Ventura said she was a gold digger who would go to the corner of whoever won the match. He also called Savage the most talented wrestler in the world. Hogan made his entrance to "Real American" and Ventura questioned why the champion made his entrance first...

14. Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. Hogan knocked Savage down with a shoulder block early on. Savage looked at the fans and a Hogan chant broke out. Savage stood on the ring apron and looked at the fans. Hogan knocked him down with another shoulder block and Savage rolled under the ropes to ringside. Savage did the same thing when Hogan shot him into the ropes. Hogan followed and chased after Savage, who held Elizabeth in front of him.

Back inside the ring, Savage raked Hogan's eyes to shift momentum. He went up top and came down with the double axe-handle. Ventura said he just caught Trump chewing his nails. Savage applied an arm bar and a "Hogan" chant broke out. Hogan started to get up, but Savage pulled him back down by the hair. Ventura raved about Savage cheating and reminded viewers that "it ain't cheating if you don't get caught."

Hogan got up and Savage went back to the hair, but Hogan stayed up, grabbed Savage by the trunks, and pulled him so that he went through the ropes and down to the floor. Hogan, who was bleeding above the eye, went on the offensive for a bit, but Savage caught him with a kick when Hogan was going for a backdrop. Savage applied a sleeper as the announcers played up Hogan bleeding.

Savage worked over Hogan for the next couple minutes, then Hogan just stood up out of nowhere and slammed Savage's head into the turnbuckle repeatedly. Hogan hit a running clothesline on Savage in the corner. They fought to ringside and Hogan hoisted up Savage on his shoulders with the intent of running him into the ring post, but Elizabeth stood in the way.

Savage slipped away and ended up shoving Hogan. Elizabeth moved and Hogan crashed into the post. A sympathetic Liz checked on Hogan. A jealous Savage reached out and cupped Liz's chin and ushered her away. Referee Dave Hebner stepped in and ordered her backstage.

Savage performed his double axe-handle onto the Hogan on the floor. Hogan sold big as Savage worked him over and slammed him in the ring. Savage went for a cover and got a two count, but it wasn't set up by a move so the crowd didn't really react. Savage removed some tape fro his wrist and choked Hogan with it while shielding it from the referee.

Savage hit the top rope elbow drop and Ventura proclaimed the match was over, but Hogan kicked out strong at two. Savage threw punches at Hogan, who no-sold them and then Hulked up. Hogan shook his finer at Savage, who threw one more punch. Hogan blocked the punch, threw a couple of his own, caught Savage with the big boot, and then dropped the big leg for the 1-2-3. Hogan posed as "Real American" played to close the show...

Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage to win the WWF Championship in 17:54.

Powell's POV: From a match quality standpoint, this was Hogan's best WrestleMania match through the first five shows. Savage, of course, was phenomenal. This wasn't the mega event that Hogan vs. Andre was, but it was the second biggest showdown title match through the first five WrestleMania shows. The difference between this match and Andre was that the live crowd never seemed as fearful of the possibility that Hogan was going to lose. Still, this was a great early WrestleMania main event.

Overall, this show was so much better than WrestleMania 4 and that abomination of a wrestling tournament. The undercard was a lot of fun with first-time WrestleMania appearances from The Rockers, Mr. Perfect, Owen Hart, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and others. There weren't as many weak finishes on this show, as it seemed like they were either showcasing certain wrestlers like Perfect or doing more feud-ending finishes, whereas some of the earlier WrestleMania undercards had a lot of match finishes designed to set up house show rematches.




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02/15 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast with Jason Powell on John Cena saying it is time to gamble, final WWE Raw before WWE Fastlane, Brock Lesnar at Smackdown, Daniel Bryan, Undertaker
02/12 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast - Zack Zimmerna's NXT TV review, Jason Powell's thoughts on WWE Smackdown featuring the second AJ Styles vs. Chris Jericho match
02/11 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast with Jason Powell on the WWE Network subscriber count, WWE reducing Titus O'Neil's suspension, Vince McMahon on WrestleMania 32
02/10 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast - Titus O'Neil suspended for grabbing Vince McMahon, CM Punk's back surgery leads to postponement of his UFC debut, and more
02/09 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast - Jason Powell's WWE Raw Review featuring Daniel Bryan's retirement speech
02/08 Prowrestling.net All Access Daily Podcast - Daniel Bryan announces his retirement, ROH production upgrades and new television possibilities

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