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It’s the fifth-ever Grandaddy of Them All, WrestleMania V! And your favorite duo this side of The Brainbusters, Jeff Schiller & Aubrey Sitterson are coming back to cover the entire thing this Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
As always, we’ll bring the historical background, the who’s who and copious amounts of jokes, so all you need to do is watch WrestleMania V on the WWE Network before Wednesday, then RSVP and start submitting questions on the official event page.
Ways to watch/listen are below. Scroll down for more information on WrestleMania V.
- Right here, on this very page, live or after-the-fact, through the embedded YouTube video right up above
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The Mega Powers, the legendary partnership between “Macho Man” Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan, began at WrestleMania IV, so perhaps it’s fitting that by the following year, their alliance was ready to Explode. While the feud began based on Macho Man’s (real life) paranoia and jealousy surrounding Miss Elizabeth, it quickly expanded to include the WWF Championship, over which the two would fight in the main event at WrestleMania V.
This feud – between two over-the-top, hyperbolic characters, with a heavy influence on cartoonish accusations of lust and infidelity – stood in start contrast to the type of product being produced down south by the recently-purchased-and-renamed-by-Ted-Turner World Championship Wrestling. Sure, lechery is an integral part of Ric Flair’s persona, but at the end of the day, his feud with Ricky Steamboat was about one thing and one thing only: The NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
The core difference between WWF and WCW in 1989 – colorful characters as opposed to more realistic athletes – can be seen throughout the card of WrestleMania V in matches like Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude, Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan and more. Despite the fact that in many ways, it’s the WCW product that feels more modern in 2014, WWF was still trouncing its southern competitor at this point.
Check out the full and humongous card, with spoilers removed, below:
- Hercules vs. King Haku with Bobby Heenan
- The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) vs. The Twin Towers (Akeem the African Dream & Big Boss Man) with Slick
- Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase with Virgil
- The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) vs. The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond) with Jimmy Hart
- The Blue Blazer vs. Mr. Perfect
- WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) vs. The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) & Mr. Fuji
- “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin vs. Dino Bravo
- Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana) vs. The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
- Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Andre the Giant with Bobby Heenan
- The Hart Foundation (Bret “Hit-man” Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart) vs. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine with Jimmy Hart
- Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude
- “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown
- The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan with The Brooklyn Brawler
- WWF Champion Randy Savage with Miss Elizabeth vs. Hulk Hogan