Only A Few Matches But A Great Show – WrestleMania XII

WrestleMania XII (1996)

Event: WrestleMania XII Date: March 31, 1996 Venue: Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, California) Attendance: 18,853 Still coming to you as the World Wrestling Federation.  Damn if I can’t remember when the switch came.  I could have sworn it was around this time.  We start off with a Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels promo and go right into the action – No America The Beautiful or National Anthem. Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim … Continue reading

WrestleMania XI – The Lawrence Taylor Debacle

WrestleMania XI (1995)

Event: WrestleMania XI Date: April 2, 1995 Venue: Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, Connecticut) Attendance: 16,305 The opening montage talks about the special guest stars that will be in attendance at the event including Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, etc.  Looking like the WWF is starting to REALLY branch out into “sports entertainment” at this point.  We get a Special Olympian’s rendition of America The Beautiful.  She’s over singing BIG time complete with the waggle in her … Continue reading

Bait And Switch Main Event – WrestleMania IX

WrestleMania IX (1993)

Event: WrestleMania IX Date: April 4, 1993 Venue: Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada) Attendance: 16,891 Gorilla Monsoon on the mic for this outdoor event at Caesars Palace.  They’re referring to it as “the world’s largest toga party”.  I’m sure that’s supposed to be clever, but it comes across and being completely lame.  When Howard Finkel is announced, he’s referred to as “Finkus Maximus”.  I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly retarded this looks.  Caesar … Continue reading

Double Main Event (Kind Of) – WrestleMania VIII

WrestleMania VIII (1992)

Event: WrestleMania VIII Date: April 5, 1992 Venue: Hoosier Dome ( Indianapolis, Indiana) Attendance: 65,167 This show was billed as having a “double main event” which rarely (if ever) works out.  I believe that this is the first Mania event that I watched live on PPV.  We get Gorilla and Bobby Heenan on the mic here which is a good lineup.  Reba McEntire sings the national anthem.  It seems weird that the WWF can never … Continue reading

Super Stars And Stripes Forever – WrestleMania VII

WrestleMania VII (1991)

Event: WrestleMania VII Date: March 24, 1991 Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, California) Attendance: 16,158 At WrestleMania VI, it was announced that this event would be held at the LA Memorial Coliseum.  Between WM VI and now, the venue was changed to the Sports Arena.  According to the WWF at the time, this was due to some death threats that Slaughter had received.  Other reports say it was due to slow ticket … Continue reading

Chewie’s WrestleMania 26 Recap

WrestleMania 26 Poster

WrestleMania XXVI is in the books and I have to say it was a very good offering overall.  Quite frankly this is the type of show I wish they had last year for the 25th anniversary.  It wasn’t anything mind blowing but it was a very solid event from top to bottom. Showmiz vs. Morrison & RTruth – This was a decent opener.  I didn’t really surprise me that they kept the straps on Showmiz.  … Continue reading

WrestleMania VI – The Ultimate Challenge

WrestleMania VI (1990)

Event: WrestleMania VI Date: April 1, 1990 Venue: SkyDome (Toronto, Ontario) Attendance: 67,287 From the very beginning of this DVD you know you’re in for something special.  The intro is a voice over by Vince REALLY turning it on.  Images of a celestial Hogan and Warrior are shown and Vince booms about the “Ultimate Challenge”.  Gorilla and Jesse are back once again (though Ventura is sans mustache).  As we’re in Toronto, Bob Goulet sings the … Continue reading

WrestleMania V – The Mega Powers EXPLODE!!!

WrestleMania V (1989)

Event: WrestleMania V Date: April 2, 1989 Venue: Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, New Jersey) Attendance: 18,946 For the second year in a row, WrestleMania is being held at the Trump Plaza.  This is also the second event in the anthology that goes to two DVDs.  After a WrestleMania IV card that had 16 matches, the WWF followed up with a 14 match card… that seemed to last FOREVER.  That’s not to say that there aren’t … Continue reading

WrestleMania IV – Tournament To Crown A Champion

WrestleMania IV (1988)

Event: WrestleMania IV Date: March 27, 1988 Venue: Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, New Jersey) Attendance: 18,165 This is the first of the WrestleMania DVDs that are broken into 2 parts.  In my version it’s a double sided DVD with only a couple of matches on the flip side.  There are 16 matches on the card – the most in WrestleMania history.  I remember this being a HUGE event as the whole Hogan/Andre thing had gone … Continue reading