By: Austin Brunner of The Geekiverse
34 days of WrestleMania: How does WrestleMania VI hold up?
Pitting two childhood heroes of many wrestling fans, The Ultimate Challenge between Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior was definitely a sight to see that fans of every generation would enjoy.
What a time to be alive right? Wrestlemania VI set a record in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first time the event went outside the United States of America. And it's not hard to see why. There's a lot to be appreciated in this event. The incredible list of legends involved in the 6th installment of Wrestlemania is vast, however, the matches that deserve to stand the test of time are not.
Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior (winner is both the Intercontinental and WWF World Heavyweight Champion)
I didn't want to like this match. It's one that people have simply overblown for me. Yes, it's two of the biggest draws in the company at the time going head to head at the time. But come on, it couldn't have been that big right? It was. Not by wrestling standards. It was a lot of kicks and punches. But hearing that crowd react draws you in. And when Hogan takes the belt and gives it to Warrior? Loved it. This reminded me of Hulk Hogan vs. the Rock more than a decade later. Super hot crowd with wrestling that may not be the best, but the emotion and story behind it can not be denied. This should have been the passing of the torch for the next top face of the company. As we know, this didn't exactly happen that way. Why would it though in wrestling?
Andre the Giant turning on Heenan after Demolition won the tag team titles.
The crowd was ecstatic. Absolutely loved the way the story played out in true old-school wrestling fashion. Andre is a giant, yes, but he has charisma too.
Mr. Perfect's ability to sell.
The dude was bouncing all over the place! Maybe Brutus the Barber Beefcake look like a million bucks, which is not the easiest of things to do. Just sayin.
Ms. Elizabeth comes out with Dusty Rhodes
That crowd wanted Macho King and Ms. Elizabeth together SO BADLY. It's truly the greatest love story ever told in a wrestling ring. Kind of tragic considering how they ended in real-life.
The Rockers vs. The Orient Express
Young HBK and Marty Janetty started to change the game here in my opinion. Athleticism on display through and through, and I loved the charisma they both showed early on. Reminds me of what the Young Bucks do now.
Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks
Bell to bell, the match was less than 30 seconds. I understand why they would do something like this. A Canadian team punking out a Russian team quickly is a feel-good moment for the crowd. Less than 30 seconds though? Waste of my time at Wrestlemania. Cheap pop off of politics. Whatever.
Rowdy Roddy Piper Promo
I thought the promo itself was pretty solid, however, when it's done in half black face it comes off a bit racist. The whole two-face thing may have come off better if it were blue paint? Or maybe just don't touch something so controversial in this case.
Earthquake vs. Hercules
Match did what it was intended to do, and got Earthquake over. But the match just didn't work for me. I needed more of... something.
Overall a fantastic Wrestlemania for this era. Hogan and Warrior delivered in a match that likely should have been miserable. There was a solid mid-card throughout, and only a few absolute duds. A portion of this would certainly hold up in 2017. Other parts should stay stuck in the pack. "The Ultimate Challenge" should live on in infamy however.
Would it Hold Up in 2018?
Hogan vs. Warrior could absolutely be replicated in 2018. It's Rock/Austin-esque. Rock/Hogan. Rock/Cena. Two of the biggest draws in the company in a fantasy match-up that will get the crowd desired crowd reaction, even if the wrestling isn't that great. It's like Lesnar vs. Reigns at Wrestlemania 34, RIGHT?! Don't roll your eyes too hard here. The Piper stuff is a little much back then, and even worse in 2018. That portion of the show would have to be DELETED.
See below for a roundup of those already up:
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