OSR: WWE WrestleMania 2 Review (1986)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 2 Review (1986)

The countdown to WrestleMania continues. Back in 1986, the second edition of WrestleMania was held on April 7 1986. Unlike the previous year which was in one location, WrestleMania 2 remains unique for being held in three separate locations. Each of the portions of the show were essentially their own individual card. But this event shown what an experiment the WWE and Vince McMahon were taking. The venues for WrestleMania 2 were LA Sports Arena, Nassau Coliseum and Rosemont Horizon. Spreading from coast to coast in America, here is the WWE WrestleMania 2 Review.

Portion 1: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York with commentators Vince McMahon and Susan Saint James

The show opened with a montage depicting what the world has come to. Vince McMahon welcomed us to the show from the outset with his commentary partner Susan Saint James. They were commentating the Nassau Coliseum portion of the show in Uniondale, New York. The show then opened with Ray Charles performing a rendition of “America the Beautiful” before the first portion of the show then began. 

1. Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Paul Orndorff

Both men were introduced to the match. Orndorff was fairly dominant in the early moments, but unfortunately McMahon and Susan were an utterly ridiculous combination on commentary…she  did not have a clue!

The match was fairly slow paced, but it was over before it really began. Both men were counted out of the match. This was a really poor opening match with a ridiculous finish. Howard Finkel then announced the decision as the next interview was happening.

Winner: No-Contest, Double Count out 

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

2. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Randy Savage (c) (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. George Steele

Steele was already in the ring as Savage made his way out with Miss Elizabeth. Savage really did not know how to deal with the style of George Steele. He used a whole series of moves to keep Savage under control. Savage was eventually able to use his ability to regain control.

Steele used various unusual methods to maintain control. Eventually he went for his customary spot of eating the turnbuckle pad but ultimately it was his fascination with Elizabeth that was his downfall.

This allowed Savage to get the pinfall and retain the championship. As a consolation prize, Steele went for another turnbuckle pad. This was abysmal in ring action, but the match featured entertaining characterization and story arc from both men.

Winner: Randy Savage, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Jake Roberts vs. George Wells

Wells wass already in the ring, and was soon joined by Roberts. The match got underway with Wells in control in what was actually a very solid match, which was very surprising to be brutally honest.

Roberts used a series of dirty tactics to regain control, and was able to pick up the win with the DDT. He then got the snake out and placed it on Wells, much to the disgust of Vince and Susan. That was a pretty sweet match, even if it was just a little bit on the short side.

Winner: Jake Roberts

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Boxing Match: Roddy Piper (w/ Bob Orton and Lou Duva) vs. Mr T (w/ Joe Frazier and Haiti Kid)

Joan Rivers was firstly introduced as the guest ring announcer. She then introduced the judges, Darryl Hawkins, Cab Galloway and G. Gordon Liddy. The timekeeper, Herb was introduced  and followed the competitors with Piper and Mr T.

The boxing match hadn’t even started yet, and the interest was already lost. This was a wrestling show, not a boxing show. I have literally no interest what happened.

This was so dull it’s ridiculous,  with the only highlight being when Piper gets disqualified for body slamming Mr T. The reason it was a highlight…it ended the shambolic mess. Afterwards, they brawled as Piper gloated over what happened but were separated by numerous people.

Winner: Mr T, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 0.0 out of 5.0 Stars – I refuse to rate a boxing match on a wrestling show!

Portion 2: Rosemont Horizon in Rosement, Illinois with commentators Gorilla Monsoon and Cathy Lee Crosby

At this point, the show transferred to the Rosement Horizon in Rosemont, Illnois. The commentary team for this portion of the show was Gorilla Monsoon and Cathy Lee Crosby. As they welcomed us to the show, the next match of the event was quickly underway. 

5. WWE Women’s Championship: The Fabulous Moolah (c) vs. Velvet McIntyre

The competitors were already in the ring before they are introduced. Moolah quickly took it to McIntyre, being exceptionally dominant. McIntyre used her speed to take down Moolah, but missed a big splash, which allowed Moolah to pick up the win in a thoroughly short but pointless match.

Winner: The Fabulous Moolah, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. Corporal Kirchener vs. Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Freddie Blassie)

Nikolai and Freddie were already in the ring, and requested for fans to be quiet as he sang the Russian National Anthem. He was soon interrupted by Kirchener making his way to the ring.

Volkoff quickly took it to Kirchener, as Blassie taunted Kirchener. He soon mounted a comeback, and nailed Volkoff with Blassie’s cane to pick up the win in what was another pointless match. Afterwards, he proudly waved the American Flag before leaving the arena.

Winner: Corporal Kirchener

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

7. WWE vs. NFL 20-Man Battle Royal

We were introduced to Gene Okerlund, who went over the rules for the Battle Royal. There were various celebrities carrying out a variety of roles around the ring. He then introduced the participants;

  • Jimbo Covert
  • Pedro Morales
  • Tony Atlas
  • Ted Arcidi
  • Harvey Martin
  • Danny Spivey
  • Hillbilly Jim
  • King Tonga
  • The Iron Sheik
  • Ernie Holmes
  • B Brian Blair
  • Jim Brunzell
  • Big John Studd
  • Bill Fralic
  • Bret Hart
  • Jim Neidhart
  • Russ Francis
  • Bruno Sammartino
  • William “The Refrigerator” Perry
  • Andre the Giant

The match got underway and the eliminations occurred thick and fast, as Ernie Ladd joined Gorilla on commentary. This was very difficult to watch, because of the complete contrast of styles. There was a mixture of very skilled performers, just not necessarily from the same genre of sports.

In the end, it came down to The Hart Foundation and Andre. Both Neidhart and Hart are soon eliminated, leaving Andre as the winner. In all honesty, the Battle Royal was only to get some publicity for the event. In actual fact, it really didn’t achieve anything.

Winner: Andre the Giant

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

8. WWE Tag Team Championship: The British Bulldogs (w/ Ozzy Osbourne and Captain Lou Albano) vs. The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) (c) (w/ Johnny Valiant)

The Dream Team and Johnny Valiant were in the ring first. The British Bulldogs then made their way to the ring with Lou Albano and Ozzy Osbourne to a tremendous reaction. The match was really intense, but was easily the best match of the evening thus far.

There was a very technical approach taken to this match, with a lot of credibility going to Valentine and Davey. The Bulldogs eventually picked up the win and captured the WWE Tag Team Championship. Afterwards, Davey proclaimed to remain in America now they are champions.

Winner: The British Bulldogs, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Portion 3: Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angles, California with commentators Jesse Ventura, Lord Aldred Hayes and Elvira

At this point, the show transferred to the LA Sports Arena in Los Angles, California. The commentary team for this portion of the show was Jesse Ventura, Lord Alfred Hayes and Elvira who welcomed us to this portion of the show. 

9. Ricky Steamboat vs. Hercules Hernandez

Both competitors were introduced, with Hercules going right at Steamboat from the outset. Steamboat was able to mount a comeback and used his technical ability against Hercules. Hercules was able to regain the momentum once again and stayed in control.

Eventually, Steamboat was able to pick up the win in a forgettable match. There really wasn’t anything to it which made it interesting, Hercules came across very green in this match.

Winner: Ricky Steamboat

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

10. Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Uncle Elmer

Adonis made his way to the ring first, before Uncle Elmer made his way out to a tremendous reaction. The match got underway, but there was nothing to make it remotely interesting. Adonis was an okay performer whereas Elmer was just terrible. Eventually, Adonis was able to pick up the win.

Winner: Adrian Adonis

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

11. Terry and Hoss Funk (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana

The Funks were already in the ring, before JYD and Tito made their way to the ring, getting a nice reaction. The match got underway with The Funks and Tito dictating the action. After a brief moment of JYD in the match, Tito was tagged back.

At this point, The Funk’s gained the momentum and upper hand. Eventually, The Funk’s were able to pick up the win after they nailed JYD with the mega phone in another nothing match,

Winner: Terry and Hoss Funk

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

12. WWE Championship – Steel Cage Match: Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby Heenan)

As the cage was assembled around the ring, the history package was shown. Both competitors are then introduced with guest ring announcer Tommy Lasorda. The match then got underway, with both men really brutalizing one another.

Hogan was eventually able to mount a comeback, and body slammed Bundy before nailing a leg drop. This allowed Hogan to escape the cage and pick up the win, despite the efforts of Heenan to prevent this from happening.

After the match, Hogan went after Heenan inside the cage. He briefly attacked Heenan before raising his hand in victory. Great charisma was had in the match, but it was still very forgettable. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a typical big man slug fest.

Winner: Hulk Hogan, to retain the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

This was the worst WrestleMania seen. Whilst you can see the novelty of three venues, it had a detrimental effect on the show because each one literally felt like a house show. It really didn’t work in the way it should, and virtually all of the matches had no credibility about them because they were so short to fit everything in.

The best match on the card was The Dream Team versus The British Bulldogs but that could have being so much better. Sadly, this was one of the hardest pay-per-views ever watched. If you would like to view the event yourself, which you shouldn’t, this can of course be done as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network!

Image Credit: WrestlingMayhemShow.com & Fanart.tv

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