By: Austin Brunner of The Geekiverse
On what should have been an amazing card capped with Hogan vs. Flair, we get an amazing mid-card match pitted as a "Main-Event," and then whatever Hogan vs. Justice was.
The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana served as the home to Wrestlemania VIII for more than 60,000 wrestling fans. As I continue to do these, I begin to realize how many cards have absolutely terrible matches on them. This Wrestlemania is no different. However, there are two outstanding matches that every fan should see. It's also downright obvious that "Hogan Must Pose" is a real thing. Something to Wrestle is spot-on, and the proof is in the pudding. Hogan is the end all be all for WWF. It's astonishing that people didn't get completely sick of him sooner considering what happened with other superstars later (see John Cena). Anyway, here's Wonderwall.
'Macho Man' Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair for the WWF Championship. I've done pretty well at sticking to only one match with these reviews, but Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper is a close second. Flair and Savage are midway through this show, which is a shame because it's impeccable wrestling on both ends, and deserves to be showcased as such. It's for the title for cryin' out loud! The ring psychology. The charisma. The finish. This match is a must-see for any fan. Simply put. Frankly, so is Hart vs. Piper.
Piper's promo before the Intercontinental Title Match
It's classic Rowdy Roddy Piper. The dude is a maestro on the microphone, and he got himself and Bret over.
Piper vs. Hart period
It was tough for me not to call this the best match on the card, because it was downright amazing. It's one of the best matches Piper has had that I've seen.
Ultimate Warrior returning to save Hogan during the main event
As pointless as it was, hearing that crowd react the way they did is hard to replicate.
Undertaker playing his character to a tee against Jake the Snake
He sat up just enough times for me to think he was truly "The Deadman." He took his character to another level here.
Owen Hart vs. Skinner
This was 1:30 of wasted time. I think this is the first Wrestlemania appearance for Owen, and it's great he got the win, but this match was pointless. It wasn't a 1:30 match of say the Big Show beating jobbers. This was supposed to be a legitimate match.
Hogan vs. Justice was downright disappointing
Not only did it end in a DQ, there wasn't even an iconic moment. This whole thing really made no sense. What in the world did this do for anything other than Warrior returning...
Money Inc. vs. The Natural Disasters just ends?
Money Inc. just left the ring and were counted out, and that's okay? Come on, the tag team matches needed more than that.
This could have been so much better structured. Hogan vs. Flair apparently was the original plan, but even without that you could have at least had an ACTUAL ending for the main event. HBK had a solid match. Jake the Snake and Undertaker put on a show. Then with Rowdy Piper vs. Bret Hart and Flair vs. Macho Man, this Wrestlemania had so much. It's a shame the main event had to end like it did and frankly leave a bad taste in my mouth to end the show.
Would it Hold Up in 2018?
Back in 1992? I might have liked it. In 2018, I think this COULD work if they re-arranged the card. Ending on Flair vs. Macho Man would have been absolutely stellar in today's day and age. Hogan and Justice ending the show the way it did would have had garbage flying into the ring. Piper and Hart could absolutely stand up in 2018. Money Inc. and the Natural Disasters? Nah. As a whole, this Mania would not be looked upon fondly in 2018, but some matches could have sent the crowd home happy.
See below for a roundup of those already up: