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WWF: WrestleMania IV [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: WWF Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305276889
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The glitz and glamour of Atlantic City, New Jersey, played host to WrestleMania® IV, which headlined a high-stakes 14 superstar tournament for the World Wrestling Federation® Championship--featuring such names as Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Ravishing" Rick Rude. A 20-man battle royal turned out to be "bad news" for Bret Hart, and Ax and Smash demolished Strike Force for the tag team gold!

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At Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ, in March of 1988, the fourth annual rendition of Wrestlemania took place, as a new WWF World Champion was crowned. Move over, Hulk Hogan -- this event became Randy "Macho Man" Savage's shining moment.

This is a rating scale of 1 to 10 of the event's matches:

1. 20-Man Battle Royal: (mostly grade-B wrestlers): 8.5/10
This one is actually pretty good, as Bret Hart is the last man out after being eliminated by Bad News Brown. It sets up the Hart-Bad News feud, with Hart as a new crowd favorite. Also, the Junkyard Dog noticeably fares well against the competition in his final Wrestlemania appearance.

The WWF World Title Tournament (Round 1):

1. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. Ted DiBiase: 5.5/10
With Andre the Giant and Virgil at ringside for DiBiase, it seems inevitable who will win in this decent brawl between two former UWF mainstays. DiBiase advances, while Duggan becomes embroiled in a feud with Andre.

2. Dino Bravo vs. Don "The Rock" Muraco: 6.5/10
Bravo is DQ'ed for throwing the referee into harm's way. Muraco moves forward to face DiBiase.

3. Rick Steamboat vs. Greg "The Hammer Valentine: 8.5/10
In the night's best singles match, Valentine steals the win after reversing Steamboat's signature high-flying move.

4. Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth vs. Butch Reed w/ Slick: 7/10
Savage survives a pounding to eliminate Reed with his famous flying elbowsmash. Savage will next face Valentine.

5. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. One Man Gang w/ Slick: 2.5/10
The Gang quickly gets a dubious count-out win.

6. Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake Roberts: 7.
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WWF Wrestlemania 4 marked the first time that the WWF Heavyweight Championship was put on the line in a single elimination tournament. In the 14-man tournament, you will see Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ted Dibiase, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, "The Rock" Don Muraco, Dino Bravo, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Butch Reed, Bam Bam Bigelow, One Man Gang, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and Ravishing Rick Rude. WWF Intercontinental Champion-the Honky Tonky Man defends against Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. WWF Tag Team Champions-Strike Force defend their belts against Demolition. In a 6-man tag team match, the British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware take on the Islanders and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. In a grudge match, the Ultimate Warrior goes up against the Mighty Hercules. Plus a 20-man invitational Battle Royal!!!!
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After a very successsful year the WWF (now WWE) had finally secured the ground beneath their feet and became the top wrestling promotion. PPV's like Wrestlemania III and Survivor Series 1987 had made the WWF simply out rate the NWA and other promotions. However it was now 1988 and Wrestlemania was just around the corner. The WWF had a lot to live up to since the monsterous success of Wrestlemania III. So they decided to make this years event bigger than last years. They held it at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, added a 14 man tournament for the (then vacant) World title, An Intercontinental and a Tag Title match, A 20 man Battle Royale, A six man tag, and a nice little grudge match to even thngs out. It seemed great but bigger doesn't always mean better. Wrestlemania IV was very long and the wrestling was average and somewhat disappointing. Nonetheless it made great WWF history.
-The 20 Man Battle Royale opens the night. A very entertaining match although most of the WWF Superstars were thrown into this cause they weren't Wolrd title material...yet. It comes down to a young heel Bret 'Hitman' Hart against veteran heel Bad News Brown. Bret gets shafted and turns good after the match by smashing Bad News' victory trophy. ***
-'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan vs. 'Million Dollar Man' Ted Dibiase- Basically you know who's going to win this one. Every time Hacksaw's in the ring it's time to hit fast forward. *
-Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo- The battle of steroids. Not breathtaking at all, both men past their prime years ago. Muraco takes it. *
-Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat vs. Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine- Finally a good match! Well this one has a disappointing ending though. Don't ask me why The Hammer was chosen to go over The Dragon. **1/2
-Macho Man vs.
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WRESTLEMANIA 4

Spoilers

This is one of my all time favorite Wrestlemanias. I am a huge fan of tournaments and an even bigger fan of The Macho Man Randy Savage. Naturally you can tell why I love this event so much.

1.BATTLE ROYAL-great start to one of my all time favorite Manias. I am a huge battle royal fan so it takes a lot for me not to enjoy one. This match was full of talent, some of the all time best including the last three guys who do battle. The JYD was looking to be one of the favorites to win this and came close but eventual winner Bad News Brown and the legendary Bret Hart teamed up to get him out of there. Brown would double cross Hart and wins the trophy, Bret of course would ruin that for him.

2.TED DIBIASE VS JIM DUGGAN-the first match of the WWE Championship tournament would see the Million Dollar Man take out Hacksaw. This was a great opening tourney match that was back and forth and fast paced until Andre grabbed Duggan’s leg when he was poised to win. He would nail Duggan at the same time DiBiase would leading to DiBiasie’s win.

3.DON MURACO VS DINO BRAVO-this was a good battle for two guys who have a similar style. It would end in a DQ for the original Rock, Don Muraco. Still it was a good contest between the two.

4.RICKY STEAMBOAT VS GREG VALENTINE-this was possibly the best match of the first round. These two legends gave the audience a great competitive contest from start to finish. The Hammer would get the win with a hand full of tights but it was a great match. This was a back and forth bout that had the fans all into it.

5.RANDY SAVAGE VS BUTCH REED-one of my all time favorite wrestlers the Macho man would see his first victory in this match that Reed controlled for most of the match.
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