WWE: WrestleMania II
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The first WrestleMania on pay-per-view was also the only WrestleMania to take place in three separate venues. Hulk Hogan collides with King Kong Bundy in the only Steel Cage Match in WrestleMania history, and WWE stars compete with NFL players in a 20-man Battle Royal.
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Well this DVD release restores many of those scenes and feels more like a complete PPV from back then. Unlike the later Mania's, the announcers here did not refer to the Federation as "W-W-F"(they actually said "World Wrestling Federation"); so we don't have to endure those edits where the "F" is dubbed into an "E".
As far as the event itself, Wrestle-mania II was historic in that the event was held at separate arenas and included a cage match as the main event. Certain parts of this Mania felt a bit disjointed(because it was held in three different arenas) and some of the guest celebrity announcers sounded clueless.
For the DVD, it would've been nice to get a few extra features. Maybe a retrospective, or some commentary from former wrestlers who performed at Wrestle-mania II. Run-time for this DVD is slightly over 3 hrs and 2 mins.
HULK VERSUS KING KONG BUNDY>>>>>old school...
The first portion of the show took place in New York, the next in Chicago and the final third in Los Angeles. This of course is the only Mania to do this, probably because it didn’t work as well as it looked on paper I guess.
1.PAUL ORNDORFF VS DON MURACO-this was a cool opening match that started as a technical match and morphed into a brawl. That of course is what lead to the double count out. This was a good opening bout.
2.[I-C TITLE]RANDY SAVAGE VS GEORGE STEEL-this of course is the one I always want to watch over because my boy Randy Savage defends and keeps his title, I love it. The match is mostly Savage running from Steel and getting manhandled. From time to time Savage’s speed helps him out as well as Steel’s obsession with Elizabeth. Of course the Macho Man retains here even after Steel tears apart a turnbuckle.
3.JAKE ROBERTS VS GEORGE WELLS-this was a pretty short match that would see Roberts dominate and come out on top easily. Of course the snake makes an appearance and used on Wells despite what the broadcast team wanted.
4.[BOXING MATCH]RODDY PIPER VS MR. T-this was the “boxing” match that continued the feud that these two became infamous for in this sport. One of the best real life feuds was showcased here. This was an entertaining match while it lasted and accomplished what it was meant to. T gets the DQ win of course because you can’t have a celebrity loose, or so Vince thinks. I am a huge Piper fan so anything with him I am always into. This was the main event of the New York segment.
5.[WOMEN’S TITLE]THE FABULOUS MOOLAH VS VELVET MCINTYRE-the first match in Chicago was a really quick one for the Women’s title. The legend herself Moolah makes quick work of Velvet pulling a Randy Savage.
6.[FLAG MATCH]CORPORAL KIRCHNER VS NIKOLAI VOLKOFF-the winner of this one would get to ”raise his colors high”. This is that good old USA versus whatever other country we are up against, in this case it was Russia. Naturally the American comes out on top here, this is of course only the second Wrestlemania. Quick match that wasn’t really long enough to say anything like the last match.
7.20 MAN BATTLE ROYAL-the other match on the card that people remember other than Piper’s, this of course is probably the best on the entire card. Still despite what people will tell you when thinking back this was not the main event for Chicago. It was so cool to see Bruno here and of course the excellent Hart Foundation. This was the WWF/NFL connection as people from both walks of life competed here. The crowd was really into this one for obvious reason as players from the Bears were included, “refrigerator” anyone. It comes down to The Hart Foundation against Andre the Giant, this is the most fun part for me. Andre as you all know gets the win here.
8.[TAG TITLE]THE DREAM TEAM VS THE BRITISH BULLDOGS-this was the main event of the Chicago Mania with two great tag teams. The Bulldogs in particular have always been a favorite of mine, one of the absolute greats. The champs were Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake against Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid, The British Bulldogs. Now if the battle royal wasn’t the best match this one was because it is excellent. Good back and forth action with both teams having moments of dominance. The Bulldogs pull out the victory and win the straps.
9.RICKY STEAMBOAT VS HERCULES HERNANDEZ-this was the first match from L.A and I should point out that Elvira was on commentary here. The first match in LA is excellent with The Dragon controlling most of the match and goes on to win it. But Hernandez showcases his power here in this match. Great contest.
10.ADRAIN ADONIS VS UNCLE ELMER-this was the quickest match on the LA card with Adonis coming out on top. Fun match but like some of the other quick ones it was a bit of filler, still good.
11.JUNKYARD DOG & TITO SANTANA VS TERRY FUNK & HOSS FUNK-this was another great tag match and that seems to be a thing at this Mania. These two teams went at it hardcore. In fact it turns into a hardcore match towards the end with the ref losing control. Good back and forth action with classic heel and face storytelling. Great match.
12.[WWF TITLE STEEL CAGE MATCH]HULK HOGAN VS KING KONG BUNDY-this was obviously the main event of the evening and delivered. This was a fun cage match that didn’t really showcase anything new or different from a Hogan match other than the environment. Bundy of course used his side and worked on the injured champion. Hogan of course would fight back and from under like a classic face. He of course drops the leg and goes over the cage for the win.
This was a good event although not one of the best Mania’s ever. There are some really good things here and is essential to any wrestling fan. It is of course the second ever WrestleMania and the only to be held at multiple areas.