Event: WrestleMania VIII
Date: April 5th, 1992
Place: Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
Singer: Reba McEntire (Not good)
Alright, so this show was pretty good, despite the last portion of the card falling a bit flat like last year's WrestleMania. Two of the matches on this card are considered to be some of the best of all time, and rightfully so (more on that in a bit). Also, this is the last WrestleMania to feature Gorilla Monsoon on commentary, which is a huge loss. Monsoon's chemistry with Jesse Ventura and Bobby Heenan is equal only to that between Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. Fortunately, the commentary with Monsoon and Heenan is probably the best so far. I audibly laughed multiple times during the show...which is something that I can't say about the commentary now.
On to the matches:
Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) defeats El Matador
First things first, this is the first WrestleMania to feature Sexy Boy, and it's the original at that, so that's pretty cool. Also, I'm wondering if El Matador (aka Tito Santana) will ever make an appearance with Los Matadores...wishful thinking probably. As for the match, and I hate to say this, it was kind of boring.
Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeats Jake Roberts
This match was fairly slow, but it did feature Undertaker getting his second WrestleMania win, so there's that.
Bret Hart defeats Roddy Piper
Bobby Heenan called this "a hell of a match." He was absolutely correct in his assessment. This match was so damn awesome, with some of the best match psychology in a long time. The action was also excellent throughout. The post-match sportsmanship was also awesome to watch
Big Boss Man, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan defeat The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags), Repo Man, and The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart)
Ray Combs, host of Family
Challenge Feud at this time, was the guest ring announcer, and he was really damn funny. As for the match, it was pretty fun as well, with lots of action.
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeats Ric Flair (with Mr. Perfect)
If you were trying to introduce a person to wrestling and could only pick five matches to show that person, this match has to be one of them. EVERYTHING in this match was as perfect as you could imagine it. Despite the somewhat abrupt ending, this is definitely on the short list for best matches of all time. Also, this match is known for the famous blading incident involving Ric Flair when he bladed on camera, resulting in a hefty fine. Also, Shane McMahon makes an appearance when he tries to keep Miss Elizabeth from coming out to ringside. Anything else? Oh yeah, Earl Hebner kicks Mr. Perfect during the match.
Tatanka defeats Rick Martel
The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) defeat Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) (with Jimmy Hart)
This match sucked. I honestly skipped it due to boredom.
Owen Hart defeats Skinner
This was a very short match and I really couldn't care about it.
Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice (with Harvey Whippleman) via DQ
For the second main event of this WrestleMania, it was a huge letdown. The only things worth mentioning here include Howard Finkel's introduction of Harvey Whippleman and Ultimate Warrior saving Hogan after the match ends.
That's WrestleMania VIII for you all. The match of the night (as if it wasn't already obvious) was Ric Flair v. Randy Savage. It is one of the best matches ever, and it has stood the test of time. Still exciting 22 years later.
As for the show itself, it was pretty much like WrestleMania VII: awesome first half, lame second half. However, due to the legendary matches with Hart, Piper, Flair, and Savage, I can only slightly dock this show a third of a letter. Therefore, I give this show an A.
Stay tuned for WrestleMania IX!