OSR: WWE WrestleMania 8 Review (1992)

WrestleMania 8 Review

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 8 Review

In the Countdown to WrestleMania, we go back to 1992 when the WWE invaded Indianapolis, Indiana. The home of WrestleMania 8 was the Hoosier Dome (later known as the RCA Dome). An event which marked the departure of Hulk Hogan, but the WrestleMania debut of Ric Flair. Recall the events of 1992 in the WWE WrestleMania 8 Review.

The opening promo was narrated by Vince McMahon, where the double main event was showcased. Inside the dome, the commentary team for the event was Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. Reba McEntire opened the show with “America the Beautiful”, ready for the first match.

1. “El Metador” Tito Santana vs. Shawn Michaels (w/ Sensational Sherri)

Tito Santana made his way to the ring first, and was soon joined by Michaels who was accompanied by Sherri. The match was slow at starting, mainly down to the cocky portrayal of the Shawn Michaels character.

After a very back and forth, extremely well contested match, Michaels was able to pick up a surprising win. Michaels character at this time was brilliant, because it was so fresh and unique. The cockiness was something we hadn’t seen to that extent for a while.

Winner: Shawn Michaels

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)

Both men made their way to the ring, where Roberts from the outset showed great intensity. The match got underway, where Taker used his early methodical approach to take down Roberts. This allowed him to be the dominant force in the early moments.

Roberts soon mounted a comeback and nailed multiple DDT finishers to Taker, but he continually sat up no selling them. Taker then nailed Jake with a Tombstone to pick up the win, in what was a very mediocre match.

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Roddy Piper (c) vs. Bret Hart

Both men made their way to the ring, and the match soon got underway. It was really well contested by both men, being very back and forth match in the early moments. Piper was able to gain the control of the match, with Bret soon being busted open.

Bret was able to regain control, and ferociously took it to Piper. The referee was taken down which saw Piper resort to some slightly dirty tactics. After his conscience got the better of him, Bret was able to gain the upper hand and pinned Piper to pick up the win and the championship.

This was a really great and enjoyable match, which in all honesty was quite constrained because it was so short. It really needed another 10-15 mins to be absolutely brilliant. Nevertheless, it was still great nonetheless.

Winner: Bret Hart, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. The Big Boss Man, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter and Jim Duggan vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), The Repo Man and The Mountie (w/ Jimmy Hart)

The participants made their way to the ring, as they were introduced by Ray Combs from “Family Feud”. The match quickly began, and in all honesty there isn’t much to it which makes it interesting. Anyhow, the “face” team picked up the win in a really boring match.

Winners: The Big Boss Man, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter and Jim Duggan

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. WWE Championship: Ric Flair (c) (w/ Mr. Perfect) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

From the outset, Ric Flair and Mr Perfect taunted Savage about the large centerfold they have of Miss Elizabeth before Flair said she has one last chance to go with him. Both men made their way to the ring, with Savage quickly going after Flair.

He was initially dominant over Flair, but was soon enough on the receiving end of Flair, who mounted a very methodical comeback. Flair was eventually busted open after being sent into the railings. Unfortunately, the reports were correct…he wasn’t discrete in the slightest.

Perfect soon enough got involved to prevent Flair from losing, but used this as an opportunity to distract the referee. He then passed the brass knuckles to Flair for a near finish. Miss Elizabeth soon made her way to the ring, but didn’t really do a lot except argue with officials.

If anything, this caused more of a distraction for the referee and an opportunity for Perfect to assist Flair. Savage eventually pinned Flair with a school boy roll up. Flair went nuts afterwards, kissing Elizabeth before brawling with Savage.

That match was very good and really enjoyable. The qualm with it being the blood wasn’t really necessary, because it didn’t really add to the match. It should have really gone another 10 minutes, and being a very scientific bout. Then, it would have being stunning.

Winner: Randy Savage, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. Tatanka vs. Rick Martel

Both men made their way to the ring, with Tatanka’s entrance making no sense. The match got underway and was very back and forth between both men. After a very nothing match (Martel deserved better), Tatanka picked up the win in an exceptionally forgettable match.

Winner: Tatanka

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

7. WWE Tag Team Championship: Money Inc (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R Schyster) (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon)

Both teams then make their way to the ring, which got underway with Money Inc being dominated by The Disasters. Money Inc were eventually able to regain the control over Typhoon, but it didn’t last long as The Disasters were able to use their power advantage to take them back down.

As Earthquake went for an Avalanche, Jimmy Hart pulled IRS out of the ring. This saw Money Inc getting themselves counted out, giving the victory to The Natural Disasters. This was a pretty diabolical match to be honest.

Winner: _The Natural Disasters, via C0unt-out

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. Owen Hart vs. Skinner

Owen Hart made his way to the ring, and was quickly attacked by Skinner. Whilst Skinner was dominant in the early moments, Owen was quickly able to comeback and score a quick victory over Skinner in a thoroughly pointless match. Owen truly did deserve a lot better than this.

Winner: Owen Hart

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. Sid Justice (w/ Harvey Wippleman) vs. Hulk Hogan

Harvey Wippleman was in the ring, and introduced Sid. They were then joined by Hogan which allowed the match to get underway. Sadly, it turned out to be a standard WWE big man contest of the time. Over two decades later, these matches really don’t come across well.

Eventually, Hogan was able to pick up the disqualification win when Harvey Wippleman interfered. As Hogan and Sid brawled, Papa Shango made an appearance and helped take down Hogan.

The Ultimate Warrior then made his return to the WWE to an incredible reaction, helping Hogan to takeout Sid and Papa Shango. Afterwards, Hogan and Warrior celebrated in the ring. That was a truly diabolical match.

Winner: Hulk Hogan, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE WrestleMania 8 Conclusion

In all honesty, this was an event that could be looked forward to watching. Unfortunately some of it didn’t fair as well in memory. Yes, there were some very good aspects to the show but you do get a sense of feeling underwhelmed by the show. It doesn’t particularly feel like a “WrestleMania” event, it feels like it is lacking something noteworthy or that truly exceptional match to make it stand out in your memory. In all honesty, two of the matches on the card (Intercontinental and WWE Championships) really needed more time to be something really special. As it stood, they were just slightly better versions of a normal match. All four competitors are capable of so much more.

For a show that lasted 2 hours and 41 minutes, 9 matches was far to much. There were at least two matches – 8-man tag and Owen versus Skinner which could have easily being cut. And to think, another match was cut from the card during the evening of the event due to time constraints. It was slightly frustrating Hogan and Sid finished the show, because the match wasn’t good…it would have being better going to Flair and Savage. For the quality of this match itself (despite it needing some slight alterations), this WrestleMania is certainly worth watching for 9.99 on the WWE Network.

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