WrestleMania VI

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WrestleMania VI
WrestleManiaVI.jpg
Promotional poster featuring The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan
Tagline(s) The Ultimate Challenge
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Date April 1, 1990
Attendance 67,678
Venue SkyDome
City Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pay-per-view chronology
Royal Rumble (1990) WrestleMania VI SummerSlam (1990)
WrestleMania chronology
WrestleMania V WrestleMania VI WrestleMania VII

WrestleMania VI was the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) sixth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event and the first to be held outside of the United States. It took place on April 1, 1990, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with an announced attendance of 67,678 – then a record for the Skydome.

Aside from its record-breaking attendance, the event is arguably best remembered for "The Ultimate Challenge" – the main event match which saw Hulk Hogan (WWF World Heavyweight Champion) vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion), in which both championship titles were on the line. On February 3, 1990, a week after Hogan and Warrior crossed paths in the 1990 Royal Rumble match, Hogan put forth "The Ultimate Challenge" to Warrior, and had to know whether Hulkamania or the power of Warrior was the strongest force in the WWF. On February 10, the match was officially announced as the main event of WrestleMania VI by then WWF President Jack Tunney. On February 24, Tunney announced that both the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship would be on the line for the first-time ever during the match. At WrestleMania VI, Warrior won his sole WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

At WrestleMania VI, Brutus Beefcake was the first person to pin Curt Hennig, aka Mr. Perfect, in a televised match, thus ending Perfect's lengthy undefeated streak on television. Hennig had actually been beaten on house shows before WrestleMania VI, as the announcers said nothing about his "perfect record" during the match.

Production[edit]

Robert Goulet sang a rendition of O Canada before the event.

Celebrities in attendance[edit]

WWE Hall of Famer and future multi-time world champions Edge[1] and Christian[2][3] were in attendance, as were Lance Storm and Renee Young. Stephen Amell, who would later star as Oliver Queen in the TV series Arrow and compete in a match at SummerSlam, was also in attendance.[4] Mary Tyler Moore was sitting at ringside, and there was a backstage segment with Steve Allen and The Bolsheviks. Columnist Rona Barrett interviewed Miss Elizabeth at the event.

Aftermath and legacy[edit]

Because Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, Warrior was stripped of the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, as the rules prohibited any wrestler from holding onto more than one singles belt simultaneously. An eight-man tournament, conducted on the WWF's syndicated Superstars, was held, with Mr. Perfect winning the title by defeating Tito Santana in the finals.

As new WWF World Heavyweight Champion, The Ultimate Warrior would initially be a successful main event draw, with his main rival being "Ravishing" Rick Rude – a wrestler he had fought during much of 1989 over the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship – during the spring and summer of 1990. Meanwhile, Hogan wrestled several matches in Japan shortly after WrestleMania VI but soon began feuding with the 470-pound Earthquake, with that feud heating up when Earthquake sneak-attacked Hogan on The Brother Love Show in May. Announcers explained that Hogan's injuries from the attack and the loss to Warrior both took such a huge toll on his fighting spirit that he wanted to retire, and viewers were persuaded to write Hogan to encourage him to return. Hogan would return by SummerSlam in August 1990 and got revenge on Earthquake, dominating him in matches that continued into early 1991.

Hogan later named The Ultimate Warrior as the person he most regretted putting over.[5]

Immediately following the Colossal Connection's WWF Tag Team Championship loss to Demolition, manager Bobby "the Brain" Heenan began yelling at Andre the Giant in the ring, blaming him for the loss and slapping him in the face. Andre grabbed Heenan and knocked Heenan out of the ring; when Haku attempted to sneak-attack Andre, Andre caught his leg and knocked Haku from the ring, making Andre a face for the first time in three years. Although he toured Japan in April, this would prove to be Andre's last televised match in the WWF as real-life health problems with acromegaly were continuing to take their toll. Andre returned to the WWF late in 1990 for several non-wrestling appearances that continued into 1991; Andre's health would continue to decline, and he died January 27, 1993. Meanwhile, Demolition began a slow heel turn during the late spring and early summer of 1990, adding a third member Crush to the team; this was due to Bill Eadie (who competed as Ax) desiring to take a lesser active role in wrestling, and Crush and Smash would soon become the primary defenders of the belt.

This was Jesse Ventura's last stint as color commentator at a WWF pay-per-view event. He continued his role as on-air color commentator for Superstars through August 1990, at which time he left the company.

Hogan vs. Warrior II[edit]

At the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view event on October 25, 1998, the WWF's rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) pitted Hogan against Warrior once again: Hogan defeated Warrior with outside assistance, giving each man one victory apiece. The contest has garnered a legacy as one of the worst bouts in history, being vilified by critics, WCW president Eric Bischoff, and company announcer Gene Okerlund. Bischoff has disputed the rumor that he hired Warrior merely to give Hogan an opportunity to avenge his WrestleMania VI loss.[6]

Reception[edit]

The event received mixed-to-positive reviews, though most reviewers praised the main event between Hogan and Warrior. John Powell was among the reviewers who praised the main event, calling it "A truly amazing match considering the limitations of both men, particularly Warrior". However, he went on to say, "The overall WrestleMania 6 card was softer than WrestleMania 5 card, but it was a better show that [sic] WrestleManias 1, 2, and 4".[7] Rob McNew of 411mania was not enthusiastic about the event. Giving it a score of 4 out of 10, he said "The show was basically just a long drawn out mess just waiting to get to Hogan and Warrior". He gave the main event ***3/4.[8] The Hulk Hogan-Ultimate Warrior match was named 1990's "Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine readers.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[9]
1D Paul Roma defeated The Brooklyn Brawler Singles match Unknown
2 Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware Singles match 03:51
3 Demolition (Ax and Smash) defeated The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) (c) (with Bobby Heenan) Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship 09:30
4 Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Hercules Singles match 04:52
5 Brutus Beefcake defeated Mr. Perfect (with The Genius) Singles match 07:48
6 Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown fought to a double countout Singles match 06:48
7 The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) Tag team match 00:19
8 The Barbarian (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Tito Santana Singles match 04:33
9 Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Randy Savage and Queen Sherri Mixed tag team match 07:52
10 The Orient Express (Sato and Pat Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji) defeated The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) by countout Tag team match 07:38
11 Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart and Earthquake) Singles match 04:15
12 Ted DiBiase (c) (with Virgil) defeated Jake Roberts by countout Singles match for the Million Dollar Championship 11:50
13 Big Boss Man defeated Akeem (with Slick) Singles match 01:49
14 Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) defeated Jimmy Snuka Singles match 03:59
15 The Ultimate Warrior (c) defeated Hulk Hogan (c) Singles match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF Championship 22:51
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copeland, Adam. Adam Copeland On Edge. Stamford, Connecticut: WWE Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7434-8347-6. 
  2. ^ Storm, Lance (April 18, 2010). "WrestleMania VI". Commentary. StormWrestling.com. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Christian". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Amell, Stephen. "Tweet". Twitter. 
  5. ^ "Hulk Hogan". Wrestling With Rosenberg. October 18, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. WWE Home Video. 2005. 85–88 minutes.
  7. ^ http://www.prowrestling.net/article.php?Powell-s-WrestleMania-6-review-Hulk-Hogan-vs.-Ultimate-Warrior-for-the-WWF-Championship-and-Intercontinental-Championship-Ted-DiBiase-vs.-Jake-Roberts-Andre-the-Giant-and-Haku-vs.-Demolition-for-the-WWF-Tag-Titles-36460
  8. ^ http://411mania.com/wrestling/wrestlemania-vi-review/
  9. ^ "WrestleMania VI". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 

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