OSR: WWE WrestleMania 5 Review (1989)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 5 Review

For the second year in the row, WrestleMania returned to the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Randy Savage has being the WWE Champion since WrestleMania IV. He was still the champion a year later, and was set to face Hulk Hogan. The tagline for WrestleMania V was “The Mega Powers Explode”, and this certainly proved to be the case. Here is the WrestleMania Countdown OSR, with the WrestleMania 5 Review.

The show opened looking at how “The Mega Powers Explode” at this event. This showed the months of hostilities between Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. After going inside Boardwalk Hall, within the Trump Plaza compex the commentators for the event was Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura. In a very strange twist, Rockin’ Robin opened the show with her rendition of “America the Beautiful” (insert the punchline here – but what was that). The show was then underway shortly after this. 

1. Hercules vs. King Haku (w/ Bobby Heenan)

King Haku mades way to the ring first, where Hercules quickly made his way to the ring. He started swinging the chains around. The match got underway but this was a typical big man match, which didn’t have much about it. Eventually, Hercules picked up the win in a mediocre opening.

Winner: Hercules

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man) (w/ Slick) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)

Both teams made their way to the ring, but the issue with this match was that it was a complete contrast of styles. They didn’t necessarily work well with one another. Marty took the majority of the offence throughout the match.

Jannetty and Shawn should have really been in the ring with opponents they could have ran around with and delivered something good. Sadly, this turned out to be another mediocre match with The Twin Towers being victorious.

Winners: The Twin Towers

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

3. Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil)

Both men made their way to the ring, and whilst DiBiase could be described as an accomplished and skilled ring performer…the same could not be said for the other.

Personally, it would have being preferable to see DiBiase in the ring with someone he could have had a great 20-minute match with, not someone he needed to carry around the ring. Anyhow, this match was just abysmal and the finish was even worse with a double count-out.

Winner: Double Count-out

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch)

Well, in honesty the booking strategy for this match was completely wrong because both The Roueagus deserved so much better. Lets just say that WDD don’t rate The Buswhackers massively.

The Rougeaus were very good for their time, and could have great matches with certain teams. This match was unfortunately another washout, which wass just made worse when The Bushwhackers won. Truly abysmal (sorry Jacques and Raymond)!

Winners: The Bushwhackers

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

5. Mr. Perfect vs. The Blue Blazer

Under the right setting and time, this match could have being superb…these two guys are really missed. They had a short, concise but thoroughly enjoyable match which could have being done so much better with double, triple or quadruple the amount of time.

As Perfect was on the rise here, it was obvious he was going to win. The Blue Blazer still looked very good in what was probably the best match of the evening thus far.

Winner: Mr. Perfect

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. WWE Tag Team Championship – Handicap Match: Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) vs. Mr. Fuji and The Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian)

Surprisingly, there was a history package shown for this match which went back to Survivor Series 1988, when Demolition turned on Mr. Fuji. Both teams were in the ring and the match was near enough contested as a normal tag match in the early minutes.

There was very little involvement from Fuji, but when he eventually became involved he did look credible. Sadly this match was very dull and uninteresting. Eventually, Demolition were able to retain the championship.

Winner: Demolition, to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

7. Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) vs. Ronnie Garvin

There was a great deal of uncertainty with Dino Bravo because in one match he could look impressive whereas in another, he could look painfully dull. This does not take away from the fact he was still a very solid wrestlers.

This match though, had the foundations to be something good but ultimately it was not. It was unfortunately far to short so that it could not be developed properly in order to be taken seriously. Bravo eventually won yet another washout match.

Winner: Dino Bravo

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

8. The Brainbusters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana)

Both teams made their way to the ring, and it got underway with a nice reaction for Strike Force. The interesting story from this match saw Santana accidentally knock Martel off the apron, which lead to Martel walking out of the match.

This allowed Anderson and Blanchard to obliterate Santana, and picked up the win following a spike piledriver in what was an entertaining match. This match was the start of the Rick Martel “The Model” character, with the characteristics being shown throughout the match.

Winners: The Brainbusters

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. Pipers Pit with Special Guest Morton Downey Jr.

Next up, there was a special edition of Piper’s Pit as Rowdy Roddy Piper made his long awaited return to the WWE. Brother Love made his way to the ring and mocked Piper for several moments.

Piper then made his way to the ring and turned his attention to Brother Love. He soon sent him packing, and turned his attention to Downey. There was a great intensity between the pair

This was heightened by Downey smoking in his face. The entertaining segment ended with Piper letting off the fire extinguisher in Downey’s face. This was a highly entertaining segment which was befitting for the time.

10. Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Andre the Giant (w/ Bobby Heenan) with Special Guest Referee Big John Studd

Both men made their way to the ring, with Andre being in control throughout the match in the early moments. This was aided by a conveniently exposed turnbuckle. Ultimately, this was the same turnbuckle which Roberts was able to regain the control and take down Andre.

Eventually, Ted DiBiase made his way to ringside, and kidnapped Roberts snake whilst Andre attacked Studd. This ultimately caused the disqualification win for Roberts. This match was dictated at the pace of Andre, so the suggestion here will be to watch it on fast forward.

Winner: Jake Roberts

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

11. The Hart Foundation: Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart vs. Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Both teams made their way to the ring, and it was  a very good technical match with Bret taking a lot of the punishment in the early moments. His exchanges with Valentine were very good. The match slowed down with Neidhart in the ring, but it was still nonetheless enjoyable.

Eventually, it was Jimmy Hart which caused the downfall for Valentine and Honky, when Bret used his megaphone to pick up the win in a good match, which was definitely worth watching.

Winner: The Hart Foundation

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

12. WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Rude made his way to the ring first, and displayed the incredible cockiness of his character before he revealed the Intercontinental title on his ring gear. Warrior then made his way to the ring, and in the early moments showed his dominance as he bounced Rude around the ring.

Eventually, Rude mounted a comeback and convincingly took down Warrior for the next few moments. The end came with the aid of Heenan, who held down the legs of Warrior. This allowed Rude to pick up the win and become the new champion in what was a surprisingly enjoyable match.

Winner: Rick Rude, to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

13. Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan

Both men made their way to the ring, but this was probably one of the worst match combinations imaginable for a big card. It was two guys with a limited arsenal going against one another.

Thankfully, the match didn’t last long when both men were disqualified for whatever reason that I was really unable to care about. Sorry, but I was so uninterested in this match, I was debating what to eat for dinner.

Winner: No-Contest, Double Disqualification

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

14. Bobby Heenan (The Brooklyn Brawler) vs. The Red Rooster

Both men made their way to the ring, but why was this match happening as it literally seems a waste of time. Thankfully, the match didn’t last long and the entrances lasted longer than the match itself with The Rooster picking up the win.

Winner: The Red Rooster

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

15. WWE Championship: Randy Savage (c) vs. Hulk Hogan with Miss Elizabeth at ringside

The history package for the match was shown, which dated back to WrestleMania IV. This was followed by the gradual deterioration of The Mega Powers over the course of next year. Both men made their way to the ring, with Hogan typically having offence in the opening moments.

Soon enough, Savage was able to regain the control in the match and continued his domination for the next few moments which saw Hogan busted open and Elizabeth sent away  from ringside.

Ultimately, the match ended in typical Hogan style with a Big Boot and Leg drop to win the match. This was a typical Hogan match, and ultimately nothing special…there was certainly others matches better than this on the card.

Winner: Hulk Hogan, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

Categorically, there really wasn’t anything good to be taken away from this edition of WrestleMania. Whilst there were some good matches (and that term is used loosely) if there was a bad match to be had then it was on this card. There were a vast number of matches which could have easily being scrapped to give the others more time, but this is certainly not an event that has aged well.

The only match which was noteworthy on this card was Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior. This was in honesty the probably one of the best matches of Warrior’s career! This sort of made the event watchable, but with Jake and Andre utilize your fast forward function…it worked wonders. If you can’t find it as part of your 9.99 Subscription fee to the WWE Network, then it won’t be a very big loss really. 

Show Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Image Credit: ConTV.com & Wikipedia.org

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