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These WERE the days for the WWF. It's 1987, the absolute height of Hulkamania and there's 93,000 VERY loud fans cheering and booing in all the right places. Perfect. Randy Savage vs Rick Steamboat is the finest 15 minutes of your life, it's a truly great match. Elsewhere, the matches aren't all great, but the sense of history and fun carry them all through. A real wrestling classic, up there with WrestleMania 10 as a 100% great event.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
It made history on March 29, 1987 at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit,
Michigan. Most of the bouts were indeed memorable and others defining those
words as electrifying. Here is the line-up and recap.
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS...BEWARE!!!
Opening match pits The Can-Am Connection against the team of Cowboy Bob Ortan and Magnificent Muraco. The Can-Am was in control during the majority of the match. The crowd was feeling the bout, and the Can-Am pulled out a stunner by defeating Muraco and Ortan. (Martel pinned Don Muraco for the victory).
Billy Jack Haynes and Hercules fought to a double count-out. After the bell, Herc went for broke and bashed Billy Jack in the head with a chain. Blood was splattered everywhere to the disgust of the crowd.
Hill Billy Jim and his two midgets defeat King Kong Bundy and two of his midgets via disqualification after Bundy squashed one of the midgets and broke the rules.
King Harley Race scored a pinfall win over Junk Yard Dog by using a belly-to-belly suplex, after Bobby Heenan interfered. At the end of the match, JYD hammered the King with the chair, and the crowd cheered on.
The Dream Team beat the Rougeau Brothers. (Greg Valentine pinned Raymond after Dino Bravo interfered) Following the match, Beefcake was left in the ring, as Valentine and Bravo turned their backs on him.
Roddy Piper takes the Adorable one "Adrian Adonis" out of the game and the match by defeating him in front of the world with the sleeper hold. Proceeding the bout, Beefcake chopped off Adonis hair, and then Piper retired indefinitely.
The world tag team champions, The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis defeat the British Bulldogs and Tito Santana. (Davis pinned Davey Boy after getting smacked with the infamous megaphone)
Butch Reed rolled Ko Ko B. Ware into a pin to score the win.
Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat defeated Randy "Macho Man" Savage to win the intercontinental belt in a fantastic matchup. Savage tried to use the infamous bell again, but George Steele interfered and prevented history from repeating itself. The crowd was nearly moved to tears after the match, as Ricky Steamboat held the title in the air.
Jake the Snake Roberts goes for the DDT on the Honky Tonk Man, but fails as Jimmy Hart interferes, and Honky slips the Snake from behind to pull the upset. Jake went after Honky Tonk at the end of the match, but could not get him. Alice Cooper got a hold of Jimmy Hart, and the Snake put the python on the scrawny manager.
Nikolia Volkoff and the Iron Sheik defeat the Killer Bees via DQ after Hacksaw jumped in and whacked the sheik with the two-by-four.
Hulk Hogan shocks the world as he slams Andre the Giant and scores the win after the leg drop. Hogan defends the title and rocks the universe forever.
Wrestlemania III (1987) took place during the apex of Hulkamania. The card
was held in the cavernous Silverdome. To see over 70,000 people packed into
a stadium to watch wrestle is a site to behold. The people were screaming
and cheering like crazy for the Hulkster who faced his biggest challenge yet
to himself and Hulkamania. The Boss himself Andre the Giant challenged Hulk
Hogan to a title shot. Like all of the Hulk's friends they grow jealous of
his spotlight and they all want to take him out and grab his gold
championship belt. Believe it or not this started out over the size of a
The card is the most entertaining so far out of the first three Wrestlemanias. But the most talked about match on this card isn't the hyped match between Hogan and Andre but the show Macho Man and Ricky Steamboat put on in front of the fans. Some have called it one of the best ever. Rumor has it many people were upset about the two upstaging the two stars and poor Steamboat was punished for it. After another year in the W.W.F. he headed back for Jim Crockett Promotions where he and long time rival Ric Flair would put on some of the best displays of old school pro wrestling.
All of the top stars are featured in this supercard. Titan Sports and the W.W.F. where at their peak of popularity and revenue generating. From this point on it seemed that Hulkamania would go on forever. But this was the begining of the end.
This is no doubt the biggest Wrestlemania of them all! 93,172 fans jam
packed the Pontiac Silverdome and had the pleasure of seeing Hulk Hogan body
slam Andre the Giant!! Man if I would of saw that live, I would have went
right through the roof of the Silverdome. Every time I drive past that
arena I don't think about how the Lions used to play there, I think about
Savage vs Steamboat was a great match as everybody knows. Steamboats reign didn't last too long though, as he would eventually lose the belt to the future Greatest Intercontinental Champion of All Time!, The Honky Tonk Man.
A must see for all wrestling fans.
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Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat put on a classic, The Hart Foundation
and The British Bulldogs put on a clinic and Hulk Hogan and Andre the
Giant shook the planet in the biggest and most entertaining PPV
extravaganza the wrestling world had so far seen.
Seen by a massive crowd of somewhere between 75,000 and 80,000 people, (the figure of 93,000 the WWE so often trots out is a fiction) this PPV changed the WWE forever and gave the company an exciting new direction that would set it up for the next two years.
Like most of the early PPVs, this one is heavy on matches, so I'll just go through the card and only talk about the big matches.
In the show opener Rick Martel and Tom Zenk defeated Bob Orton and the Magnificent Maruco in a tag match, Hercules and Billy Jack Haynes were both counted out in a Full Nelson challenge match with Haynes putting Hercules in the full nelson outside the ring. Evil manager Bobby Heenan lured Haynes into the ring where Hercules took him by surprise and put him in a full nelson. Dastardly.
Hillbilly Jim and his midget friends Little Beaver and The Haiti Kid defeated King Kong BUndy and his midget allies Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo by disqualification after Bundy hit Beaver. Harley Race defeated the Junk Yard Dog in a "loser must bow" match. Dog bowed and then smashed Race in the head with a steel chair.
In the next match Dino Bravo helped the Dream Team of Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine to defeat the Fabulous Rougeaus. Beefcake and Valentine argued the whole match and Beefcake was left in the ring on his own as Bravo and Valentine walked to the back. Roddy Piper then defeated Adrian Adonis in a retirement match. Fun to watch with a false ending.
Next up was the best match of the night so far as Danny Davis and the Hart Foundation defeated Tito Santana and The Britiush Bulldogs in an excellent six man tag match after Davis knocked out Davey Boy Smith with Jimmy Hart's megaphone. Butch Reed then defeated Koko B Ware.
The next match was one of the best in any Wrestlemania as Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage to win the Intercontinental Championship. Savage cheated a few times, even going for the bell, he hit the flying elbow, but Steamboat kicks out, Savage stayed on the offensive but Steamboat came back, Savage kicking out of a couple of pinning predicaments but Steamboat eventually won with a small package. The crowd applauded the match, which was an absolute classic. The next match saw Alice Cooper attack the Honky Tonk Man with a python after he had cheated to defeat Jake Roberts.
Evil foreigners The Iron Shiek and Nikolai Volkoff defeated the Killer Bees by disqualification in our next match. Hacksaw Jim Duggan smashed Sheik with two by four when he had one of the bees in the camel clutch.
This brings us to the Main Event. Bobby Heenan had been trying to get the WWE Title off Hulk Hogan for years, enlisting the help of Big John Studd, Paul Orndorff and King Kong Bundy among others but this time he had Andre the Giant, supposedly undefeated for 15 years, in his corner.
Hogan looked to have lost the match early on, but the referee claimed he hadn't counted to three. Hogan came back and body slammed Andre!!!!! Impossible, unbelievable, earth shattering. Leg Drop 1,2,3! Hogan wins! Hulkamania is still running wild! A lot of people take all the fun out of this match by trying to rate it technically. But really, who cares? This match was a gift, just enjoy it.
This is still a terrific spectacle today, well worth watching. Hogan/ Andre was the biggest match the wrestling world had seen at that time and Savage/ Steamboat was as good as anything ever seen at a Wrestlemania event. Now available in a DVD Champiosnhip Edition. Well worth tracking down.
Some say arguably the most important Wrestlemania of all time. I agree
in a way partly because of The Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant match. WWF
expertly produced this match so that as you were a fan in those days (I
was 1 in 1987, so I didn't know what a television was never mind
wrestling) you felt that you had to see it. However WWF falsely claimed
that Hogan had never body slammed Andre and that Andre was undefeated,
both claims were false. The match will go down as a classic because of
Hogan and Andre's drawing power in the 1980's but the match was the
The best match on the card was the classic Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage confrontation for the Intercontinental Championship. Fast paced, expertly timed and tonnes of near finishes and pins this is still remembered today as being one of the greatest matches ever.
However there were terrible matches on the card, for instance who in their right frame of mind would want to see Koko B Ware vs Butch Reed? and The Iron Sheik and Nicolai Volkoff vs The Killer Bees? Not this reviewer. However it also features a memorable 6 man match featuring King Kong Bundy and Hill Bily Jim and four midgets (the sight of Bundy splashing Little Beaver (RIP little fellah) at the time was considered shocking), and it also featured another memorable match this time pitting Roddy piper vs Adrian Adonis in a hair vs hair match. Sadly Adonis died in 1988 in a car accident.
This Wrestlemania also featured Alice Cooper who looked terrible and the sight of Jimmy Hart terrified of Jake 'the snake' Roberts python Damien will have you laughing out loud.
Results from the show which was held at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan before a crowd of 78,000, not 93,000 as some fans think, the WWF said this to set a brand new attendance record apparently: The Cam Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) downed 'Cowboy' Bob Orton and Magnificent Muraco in a good opener.... Hercules defeated Billy Jack Hayes in a terrible match.... Hilly Billy Jim, Little Beaver and The Haiti Kid beat King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokoyo via DQ in a memorable 6 man match.... Harley Race defeated Junk Yard Dog in a colossal bore.... The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) defeated The Rougeou Brothers (Jaqcues and Raymond) in a good tag match.... Butch Reed defeated Koko B Ware in a an instantly forgettable collision.... Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a hair vs hair match (Brutus Beefcake who turned face previously on the card, ran down to ringside and helped Piper cut of Adonis' hair).... The Hart Foundation (Jim 'the anvil' Neidhart and Bret 'hitman' Hart) and Danny David defeated Tito Santana and The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite kid) in a fine match.... Ricky Steamboat downed Randy Savage to win the Intercontinental Championship in a superb match.... The Honky Tonk Man downed Jake 'the snake' Roberts.... The Iron Sheik and Nicolai Volkoff defeated The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B Brian Blair) via DQ when Jim Duggan hit Sheik with the 2 by 4.... Hulk Hogan pinned Andre the Giant to retain the Heavyweight Championship in a match which bombed, but is still remembered as a classic because of their drawing powers in the 1980's.
Many of you may not remember this but Ricky Steamboat did not have the belt for long. Here's the story, Steamboat asked for time off to be with his wife and young son after his match with Savage, the WWF complied but he had to drop the belt first. It was originally going to be Butch Reed (erm, why?) but Reed failed to show up to a house show and the decision was made to make The Honky tonk Man the champion and he shockingly defeated Steamboat for the gold. Honky still claims to be the greatest IC champ even to this day and that's not his character speaking either. If he generally believes this then perhaps he needs to continue to shake rattle and roll on the Indie Circuit where he occasional wrestles to this day.
Overall Grade - B
Loved by virtually everyone, this show only has a couple of highlights. The 93,000 fans is truly something speical, and Hogan vs Andre is leagendary (although the match is HORRIBLE). Savage vs Steamboat is a lil overrated, but is still great. Not much else on this one though. The rest of the show is a bunch of weak matches. Still, the first *good* Wrestlemania.
The main event, possibly the largest in WWF history, featured Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan in a match for the WWF Heavyweight title, that was semi-decent of a match, in my opinion. But, the show stealer had to be the classic that Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "Macho Man" Randy Savage put on, with the WWF Intercontinental title on the line. It was a classic battle, with both men showing true resilience, giving it their all in an epic battle, that, in my mind, was better than the main event itself. Ricky Steamboat ended up winning the match, and the WWF Intercontinental Title. That match alone is worth watching Wrestlemania III.
WWF Title: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, WWF Intercontinental Title: Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis, The Hart Foundation & Danny Davis vs. The British Bulldogs & Tito Santana, Harley Race vs. The Junk Yard Dog, Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed, Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake vs. The Rougeau Brothers, The Killer Bees vs. Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff, Hercules vs. Billy Jack Haynes, King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook vs. Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver & The Haiti Kid, The Can-Am Connection vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton I just loved when hulk hogan body slammed andre i mean andre was so heavy!!!!
To this day I don't think WrestleMania III has been topped. Everything about
this card was brilliant. I don't think fans will ever see a card like this.
It took place 15 years ago and it is still talked about
For starters, the crowd were just amazing. The electricity and energy coming from them was phenomenal. The way they cheered during the Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant match was brilliant. Before Hogan and Andre had even touched each other the fans were screaming-I am surprised they didn't break all the glass with their screaming!
The matches were just superb. Roddy Piper battled the late Adrian Adonis in an entertaining match. The mysterious and charismatic Jake Roberts-and his python-battled Elvis lookalike The Honky Tonk Man. Ricky Steamboat battled Macho Man in a match still held in high regard today by wrestling experts. And who can forget Hulk Hogan battling the late great Andre the Giant!
The event can be summed up in one word-MEGA! These characters were larger than life. If you were to put the stars of this event in a time machine and put them against today's stars then they would destroy them.
This really was a timeless event which will still be talked about fifty years from now.
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