WWF WrestleMania VI

Live from Toronto, ON

Airdate: April 1, 1990

Attendance: 64,287 (sold out)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

It’s time for the Ultimate Challenge! Can the Warrior freight train derail Hulkamania? Read on!

To open the show, Robert Goulet sang the Canadian national anthem.

Match 1: The “Model” Rick Martel versus Koko B. Ware


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Martel.

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the “colostomy” connection. HA!

In the locker room, Sean Mooney interviews Demolition as Smash channels the Blacktop Bully.

Match 2 for the WWF tag team titles: The Colossal Connection (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Demolition


Rating: *1/2

Summary: For the third time, Demolition became the WWF tag team champions.

After the match, Heenan berates and slaps Andre. Having had enough, Andre paintbrushes and nails Heenan. When Haku tries another thrust kick, Andre catches Haku’s foot and annihilates him. Fittingly, he tosses both Heenan and Haku off the cart. WE HAVE A FACE TURN!

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Earthquake with Hart.

Match 3: Earthquake (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Hercules


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Earthquake.

After the match, Earthquake SQUISHES Hercules again. Who’s up for Greek pancakes?

From her living room, Rona Barrett interviewed Elizabeth. For those unaware, Rona’s gossip column predated TMZ. During the interview, Elizabeth strove to be more active upon her return.

In the locker room, Mooney interviews Beefcake.

Match 4: Mr. Perfect (w/ Genius) versus Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake


Rating: DUD

Summary: I’ll give you one guess who wrote the strategy for this match because it wasn’t perfect whatsoever.

After the match, Beefcake recognizes his opportunity to cut Perfect’s hair, but Genius steals the clippers. Beefcake then catches up to Genius in the aisle, brings him into the ring, and applies a sleeper. With Genius OUT COLD, Beefcake gives him a trim.

We then revisit Royal Rumble ’90 as Piper and Brown eliminated one another. Following that, we revisit Wrestling Challenge (aired 2/11, taped 1/23) when Brown and Piper brawled on the podium.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Piper who has painted the right half of his body black and taunts Brown about his nose hair.

Match 5: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus Bad News Brown


Rating: *

Summary: Despite Piper’s popularity, this match was HORRIBLE. His black/white persona not only could be construed as mocking Brown but also his skin color. Interesting tidbit: When Piper returned backstage, he tried to use a solution to remove the black paint. However, Andre the Giant had substituted water for the solution so Piper had to travel back to Oregon wearing the paint. Supposedly, it took approximately three weeks to rid his skin of it.

After the match, Brown tosses Davis down to the floor. Piper and Brown then brawl in the aisle as officials fail to separate them.

In a bathroom, Steve Allen helps the Bolsheviks with his comedic piano-playing.

Match 6: The Hart Foundation versus the Bolsheviks


Rating: DUD

Summary: Brisk showcase match for the #1 contenders to the WWF tag team titles.

Promotional ad for WrestleMania VII on March 24, 1991 from the Roman, er, L.A. Coliseum. Methinks there was a venue change, but we’ll wait for next year’s show.

Prior to the next match, Okerlund interviews Santana.

Match 7: The Barbarian (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus Tito Santana


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the Barbarian.

Prior to the next match, we revisit Royal Rumble ’90 when Savage got in Sapphire’s grill and brawled with Rhodes. On The Ultimate Challenge, when Queen Sherri jumped on Rhodes’ back, Sapphire entered the ring, pulled her down, and began a catfight (aired 3/25, taped 3/7).

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Rhodes with Sapphire who mentions something about a “crown jewel.”

Match 8 (mixed tag): “Macho King” Randy Savage & Queen Sherri versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire (w/ the “crown jewel”)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Cute story with Elizabeth’s comeback. Hopefully Sapphire doesn’t make a second wrestling appearance and sticks to being Rhodes’ valet.

After the match, Savage tries to nail Rhodes with his scepter but fails. When Savage and Queen Sherri leave, Elizabeth, Sapphire, and Rhodes dance.

Promotional ad #2 for WrestleMania VII.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Heenan who provides us with this famous quote:

“(If) you listen to me, you go to the top. If you don’t listen to me, you’re never heard from again.”

Somewhere, Tully Blanchard is crying.

From the skybox, Monsoon and Ventura interview Barrett who accuses Ventura of doing pornographic movies.

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Savage with Queen Sherri who states that “suffering builds character.” Methinks Savage’s been reading his Bible again (Romans 5:3-5).

We return to Okerlund who interviews Demolition.

Monsoon sarcastically dismisses Barrett’s rumor about Ventura by calling it “nothing to speak of.” It TOTALLY goes over Ventura’s head. HA!

Once again, we return to Okerlund who interviews Hogan who hopes Warrior is a “good loser.”

Back in the locker room, Mooney tries to interview Warrior but gets shoved aside. Warrior then yells at someone named “Ho Kogan.”

Match 9: The Rockers versus the Orient Express (w/ Mr. Fuji)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Showcase match for the new tag team. These teams would wrestle one another up and down the house show circuit in 1990.

Backstage, Steve Allen interviews Rhythm & Blues (Valentine/Honkytonk Man). As Honkytonk Man hypes their new single “Hunka Hunka Honky Love,” Allen mocks them.

Match 10: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan versus Dino Bravo (w/ Earthquake & Jimmy Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: Like many cities, Toronto loves Duggan.

After the match, Earthquake enters the ring, nails Duggan, and delivers a pair of elbow drops. Next, Earthquake hits the Earthquake splash not once, not twice, but thrice.

We then revisit Wrestling Challenge from 5/5/1989 when DiBiase attacked Roberts after a match. On Superstars “six months later,” DiBiase touted his Million Dollar Belt but lost it when Roberts attacked him after a match.

As DiBiase makes his entrance, Okerlund interviews Roberts backstage.

Match 11 for the Million Dollar Belt: the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/ Virgil) versus Jake “The Snake” Roberts


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Although DiBiase got his belt back, the true highlight of the match was the wave.

After the match, Roberts sneaks back in and gives DiBiase and Virgil a double clothesline that sends the cash flying. As Virgil barely escapes with the belt, Roberts gives DiBiase the DDT to the delight of the SkyDome faithful. He then gives away DiBiase’s American currency to the front row basically converting $100 American into $137 Canadian in 1990. He even gives money to Mary Tyler Moore. Next, he returns to the ring and stuffs a bill down DiBiase’s gullet. Finally, he unleashes Damian from the bag, but Virgil runs back in to save his meal ticket.

Back in the locker room, Mooney interviews Slick with Akeem. Back on 2/24, Bossman turned face when DiBiase tried to buy his services to retreive the Million Dollar belt (taped 1/22).

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Bossman.

Before the match begins, DiBiase, who didn’t leave ringside, clotheslines Bossman on the floor. Upon putting the boots to him, he rams Bossman face-first into the apron, slams him, and makes him HIT THE POLE. Now THAT’S a sneak attack.

Match 12: Akeem (w/ Slick) versus the Big Bossman


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the freshly-face-turned Bossman and to kick off his feud with DiBiase.

After the match, Bossman grabs and nails Slick.

In the crowd, Mooney interviews members of the SkyDome faithful who badmouth Rhythm & Blues’ singing. He then interviews Mary Tyler Moore who is more diplomatic.

In a pink Cadillac, Rhythm & Blues ride to the ring. Holy AWA managers, Batman! That’s Diamond Dallas Page at the wheel! On the other hand, I don’t think Madusa was a Honkette. Seeing Valentine with black hair is just WRONG. They then perform “Hunka hunka Honky Love.” The song is as bad as the title. After the “song,” the Bushwhackers, dressed as vendors, chase Rhythm & Blues from the ring. Thank goodness for small favors. They then destroy the guitars left behind in the ring.

Ring announcer Howard Finkel announced the attendance at 67,678 as a SkyDome record. Mind you, SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) wasn’t even a year old when this show took place.

Match 13: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Rude.

Once again, we revisit Royal Rumble ’90 when Warrior and Hogan found themselves together in the ring. Following that, we revisit SNME XXV when Warrior accidentally clotheslined Hogan. Afterward, we revisit Main Event III when Hogan saved Warrior from getting SQUISHED by Earthquake. Next, we revisit Superstars when Earthquake SQUISHED Hogan, and Warrior saved him. He then thought about nailing Hogan before coming to his senses.

Match 14 (title vs. title): WWF champion Hulk Hogan versus WWF Intercontinental champion Ultimate Warrior


Rating: ***

Summary: Tremendous effort from both wrestlers since they are considered neither a ring general nor a technician. Kudos to Pat Patterson for organizing such an impactful and well-constructed match. On one of the Legends of Wrestling shows, he claimed to have cried afterward. Aw. If I remember correctly, this is Hogan’s first clean loss as a babyface. Nevertheless, this match is extremely historic and should be viewed by every wrestling fan on the planet.

After the match, Hogan retrieves the WWF title belt, returns to the ring, and passes the torch to Warrior. Next, they embrace to the cheers of the SkyDome faithful. Warrior then holds both belts overhead while Monsoon and Ventura believe Hulkamania will live forever. As fireworks explode, Warrior celebrates as Hogan rides off into the sunset. Well, back to the locker room, but you get the idea.

Conclusion: Despite my high recommendation for the main event, none of the other matches came close to it in terms of quality. While feuds ended (Roberts-DiBiase, Bossman-Akeem, Perfect-Beefcake), other feuds continued (Rhodes-Savage, Rockers-Orient Express), and other feuds began (Bossman-DiBiase). Therefore, while entertaining and worthwhile, don’t watch this show expecting great wrestling. Instead, gather your friends and family, grab some popcorn, and enjoy Warrior’s ascension to the main event.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVI!

Buyrate: 4.50

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