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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania VII

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card:

The Rockers vs. Haku & The Barbarian w/Bobby Heenan

Dino Bravo vs. The Texas Tornado

The British Bulldog vs. Warlord w/Slick

WWF Tag Title: The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys w/Jimmy Hart

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. Rick Martel (Blindfold Match)

Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. Jimmy Snuka

Randy ‘Macho King’ Savage w/Queen Sherri vs. The Ultimate Warrior (Retirement Match)

Demoliton vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao

Ic Title Match: Big Bossman vs. Mr Perfect w/Bobby Heenan (Win by Dq)

Earthquake vs. Greg Valentine

Power & Glory w/Slick vs. Legion of Doom

Virgil w/’Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Ted Dibiase (Win by Count-Out)

Tito Santana vs. The Mountie w/Jimmy Hart

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/General Adnan

The Lows:
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania VI

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Show case of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Koko B. Ware vs. Rick ‘The Model’ Martel

WWF Tag Title Match: Andre the Giant & Haku w/Bobby Heenan vs. Demolition

Hercules vs. Earthquake w/Jimmy Hart

Mr. Perfect vs. Brutus Beefcake

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown (Double Count-Out)

The Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks

Tito Santana vs. The Barbarian

Randy Savage & Queen Sherri vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire w/Miss Elizabeth

The Rockers vs. The Orient Express w/Mr. Fuji

‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo

Million Dollar Title Match: Ted Dibiase w/Virgil vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

Big Bossman vs. Akeem

Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jimmy Snuka

WWF & Ic Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior

The Lows:

Arguably one of the more controversial low-points of WrestleMania VI was the
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania V

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.

The Card:

Hercules vs. King Haku w/Bobby Heenan

The Twin Towers vs. The Rockers

Ted Dibiase w/Virgil vs. Brutus Beefcake (Double Count-Out)

The Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers

Mr. Perfect vs. The Blue Blazer

WWF Tag Title Match: Demolition vs. The Powers of Pain

Dino Bravo vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin

The Brain Busters w/Bobby Heenan vs. Strike Force

Andre the Giant w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Special Guest Referee: Big John Studd)

The Hart Foundation vs. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine w/Jimmy Hart

Ic Title Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan

‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown (Double Dq)

The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan w/Brooklyn Brawler

WWF Title Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage
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Flickering Myth’s WrestleMania Retrospective: WrestleMania IV

In the build-up to WrestleMania 32, the Flickering Myth writers look back at previous installments of the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’…

The Card

20-Battle Royal (Won by Bad News Brown)

*Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Ted Dibiase w/Virgil & Andre the Giant

*Don Muraco w/’Superstar’ Billy Graham vs. Dino Bravo w/Frenchie Martin

*Greg Valentine vs. Ricky Steamboat

*Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed w/Slick

*One Man Gang w/Slick vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

*Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Draw)

The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules w/Bobby Heenan

*Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant w/*Ted Dibiase & Virgil (Double Dq)

*Don Muraco w/’Superstar’ Billy Graham vs. Ted Dibiase

*Randy Savage w/Miss Elizabeth vs. Greg Valentine

Ic Title Match: The Honky Tonk Man vs. Brutus Beefcake (Win by Dq)

The British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware vs. The Islanders & Bobby Heenan
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7 Things You Should Know About WWE Royal Rumble 1989

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The 1989 Royal Rumble was a historic show because it was the first time the Rumble was a pay-per-view show. The previous year’s Rumble was a three hour event on USA Network that was done as a counter to an Nwa PPV on the same night. After the success of that show in 1988, WWE decided to make it an annual PPV event.

With the launch of the Rumble as an annual January PPV event, it meant that WWE would have four standard PPVs every year with the Rumble starting the year off, then WrestleMania in late March or early April, SummerSlam in August and Survivor Series in November. They became known as the “big four” events in the WWE year until King of the Ring started in 1993 and monthly PPVs began in 1995.

The WWE Champion going into the show was Randy Savage, who held the title for nearly ten months at this point.
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7 Things You Should Know About WWE Royal Rumble 1988

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The Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year. For a lot of fans, it’s second only to WrestleMania. WWE likes to bill it as one of their “big four” because it’s an event that goes back to 1988 as a regular January show that was a great way to build things up to WrestleMania in the spring.

Throughout the month of January, I’ll be posting “7 Things You Should Know” about every Royal Rumble event starting with the first one in 1988 right up to the 2014 event. A new one will be posted every day leading up this year’s Royal Rumble on January 25. Since there are 27 of them in all, there will be a couple of days with two posts that go up. Be sure to visit WhatCulture daily to see all of the Royal Rumble features this month.

To start it all off,
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WWE: Why WrestleMania 7 Is Secretly The Best WrestleMania Of All Time

When many people think of the great WrestleManias, a select number of events tend to pop up in the mind of most fans. WrestleMania X7 is probably the best WrestleMania of all time and a candidate for the best American wrestling PPV of all time. WrestleMania III is up there thanks to the spectacle of the Silverdome and a rather great event overall. That’s fine and dandy, but I’m going to throw a different WrestleMania into the mix. WrestleMania VII may be the best WrestleMania that nobody talks about.

First, let’s address the elephant in the room and one of the main reasons that most fans tend to shy away from WrestleMania: Gulfsploitation. I don’t even know if that is a word, but that is probably the best name for it. Taking Sgt. Slaughter who at that point had been portrayed as an American hero
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