WWE: WrestleMania IV
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At the first of two WrestleMania's held at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage must go the distance in a one-night tournament to claim his first WWE Championship. The dangerous and colorful duo known as Demolition takes on Strike Force for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
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"What The World Is Watching" was the perfect title for this WrestleMania at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City as going into this event was the first time ever that the WWE Championship was vacant in the history of the company leading to the first ever 14 man tournament to crown a new undisputed champion. Various celebrities include Bob Uecker, Robin Leach from "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous", Vanna White, and Gladys Knight singing "America The Beautiful." This event also featured the WrestleMania debuts of various superstars & legends like Rick Rude, Bam Bam Bigelow, One Man Gang, Ted Dibiase, Demolition, and Ultimate Warrior.
The finals of the tournament came down to Randy Savage vs. Ted Dibiase who had Andre The Giant in his corner & kept making his presence known throughout the match causing Ms. Elizabeth to go get a "Mega Power" of her own. The other attraction match in the tournament was the quarterfinal "rubber match" between Hulk Hogan & Andre which honestly was more of an angle than a match that didn't come close to the quality of their previous encounters. Randy Savage had the only match in the semifinals against One Man Gang while wrestled Greg Valentine in the quarterfinals while Ted Dibiase also wrestled in the quarterfinals against Don Muraco. Opening round matches included Jim Duggan vs. Ted Dibiase, Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo, Ricky Steamboat vs. Greg Valentine, Randy Savage vs. Butch Reed, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. One Man Gang, and Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude in what was the most technical match throughout the tournament. Non-tournament matches include Strike Force vs. Demolition for the Tag Team Championships that began a history making title reign, Honky Tonk Man defending the Intercontinental Championship against Brutus Beefcake, Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules, British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware vs. Islanders & Bobby Heenan, and a 20 man battle royal featuring Bad News Brown & Junkyard Dog & Hart Foundation & Harley Race & George Steele.
This Mania was very similar to WrestleMania II where it was "quantity over quality" as the tournament format allowed too many matches & people on the card to the point where the tournament matches were very short with very little of them being memorable once they were over. In the end, I would heavily recommend this for fans of the tournament format, this time period in WWE, or Randy Savage fans as this was his night to remember.
Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Bad News Brown def. Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Jim Powers, Paul Roma, Sika, "Dangerous" Danny Davis, Sam Houston, Hillbilly Jim, B. Brian Blair, Jumpin' Jim Brunzell, Ray Rougeau, Jacques Rougeau, Junkyard Dog, Ken Patera, Ron Bass, King Harley Race, Nikolai Volkoff, Boris Zukov and George "The Animal" Steele
Ultimate Warrior def. Hercules w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake def. Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue by DQ
The Islanders & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan def. The British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware w/ Matilda
World Tag Team Championship
Demolition w/ Mr. Fuji def. Strike Force to become new champions
WWE Championship Tournament
Round One Match -- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil and Andre the Giant def. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Round One Match -- Don Muraco w/ "Superstar" Billy Graham def. Dino Bravo w/ Frenchy Martin by DQ
Round One Match -- Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart def. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Round One Match -- Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth def. "The Natural" Butch Reed w/ Slick
Round One Match -- One Man Gang w/ Slick def. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink by count-out
Round One Match -- "Ravishing" Rick Rude w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts went to a draw
Round Two Match -- Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Virgil ended in a double DQ
Round Two Match -- "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil def. Don Muraco w/ "Superstar" Billy Graham
Round Two Match -- Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth def. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart
Round Three Match -- Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth def. One Man Gang w/ Slick by DQ
Main Event - Finals of WWE Championship Tournament
Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan def. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil and Andre the Giant to become new champion