The Wrestling Classic

THE WRESTLING CLASSIC: That Ain’t No Good Draw

The Wrestling Classic (WWF) – November 7, 1985 – Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL) – Main Event: Hulk Hogan (c) vs Rowdy Roddy Piper (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Vince McMahon, Lord Alfred Hayes, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund. I really don’t like one-event wrestling tournaments like KING OF THE RING, and…

WrestleMania 12

WRESTLEMANIA XII: The Giants Are Squaring Off

WrestleMania XII (March 31, 1996) – Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, CA) – Main Event: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (Iron Man Match for WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Mr. Perfect, Todd Pettengill, and Dok Hendrix (aka Michael Hayes). After the celebrity indulgence of WRESTLEMANIA XI, WRESTLEMANIA XII puts the big spotlight…

Summer Slam 2014

SUMMERSLAM (2014): The One in 21 and 1

SummerSlam (2014) – Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA) – August 17, 2014 – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Ric Flair. I never thought I’d see a…

WrestleMania 11

WRESTLEMANIA XI: All Your Dreams Have Now Become Your Tonightmares

WrestleMania XI (April 2, 1995) – Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT) – Main Event: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Jim Ross, and Todd Pettengill. WRESTLEMANIA XI might very well be the easiest WrestleMania to hate, and not just for the preponderance of mullets. It represents not…

WrestleMania X

WRESTLEMANIA X: He Who Made Kittens, Put Snakes in the Grass

WrestleMania X (March 20, 1994) – Madison Square Garden (New York NY) – Main Event: Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Todd Pettengill. For better and for worse, WRESTLEMANIA X sets the fallback blueprint for how the WWF/WWE runs WrestleMania. There is a mix…

Battleground 2014

BATTLEGROUND (2014): His Cleanest Dirty Shirt

Battleground (2014) – Tampa Bay Times Forum (Tampa Bay, FL) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four-Way: John Cena (c), Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian. After a disappointing MONEY IN THE BANK,…

Money in the Bank 2014

MONEY IN THE BANK (2014): Fandango Loves Triangles

Money in the Bank (2014) – TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts) – Main Event: WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match (vacated title): John Cena, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus, Kane – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler; Pre-Show: Renee Young, Booker T, Alex Riley, and Christian.…

Payback 2014

PAYBACK (2014): He Knew What a Sugar Stick Was

Payback 2014 (June 1, 2014) – Allstate Arena (Rosemont, Illinois) – Main Event: The Shield vs. Evolution (No Holds Barred Six Man Elimination Match) – Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “the King” Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield; Pre-Show: Josh Matthews, Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and Alex Riley. The 2014 edition of Payback had one major drawback entering…

WWE Extreme Rules 2014

EXTREME RULES (2014): He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Extreme Rules 2014 (May 4, 2014) – Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) – Main Event: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kane (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) – Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “the King” Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton, and Renee Young. The WWE is on a roll. Coming off of a fantastic WrestleMania XXX, the company…

WrestleMania XXX

WRESTLEMANIA XXX: He Lives With the Lights on Bright

WrestleMania XXX (April 6, 2014) – Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) – Main Event: Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) – Announcers: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and “Mean” Gene Okerlund – Host: Hulk Hogan. WrestleMania XXX is a stunning achievement for the WWE. After a…

Yokozuna vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart at WrestleMania IX.

WRESTLEMANIA IX: Finkus Maximus

WrestleMania IX (April 4, 1993) – Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV) – Main Event: Yokozuna vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Todd Pettengill – Host: Gorilla Monsoon. Welcome to the WrestleMania we wish we could forget. In an event that has…

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. Bret "Hitman" Hart at WrestleMania VIII.

WRESTLEMANIA VIII: This Place Has Turned Into an Asylum

WrestleMania VIII (April 5, 1992) – Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN) – Main Events: Ric Flair vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (WWF Championship) and Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Sean Mooney. WrestleMania VIII is the golden era of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, the…

"Macho King" Randy Savage vs. the Ultimate Warrior in their WreslteMania VII Retirement Match.

WRESTLEMANIA VII: All These Flags Make Me Feel American

WrestleMania VII (March 24, 1991) – Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA) – Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Lord Alfred Hayes, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Sean Mooney, Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, and Marla Maples. Jingoism was in full effect…

WrestleMania VI

WRESTLEMANIA VI: Images of Strange and Powerful Forces

WrestleMania VI (1990) – SkyDome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – Main Event: Ultimate Warrior (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Hulk Hogan (WWF Champion) – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Jesse “the Body” Ventura, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Sean Mooney. The opening introduction to WrestleMania VI has Vince McMahon talking over a scrolling image of heavenly constellations, eventually revealing the images…

WRESTLEMANIA V: It’ll Be a Great Night in the Barnyard

WrestleMania V (1989) – Trump Plaza/Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) – Main Event: The WWF Championship: Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. Hulk Hogan. WRESTLEMANIA V reveals the WWF as a company in transition. Transition has both positive and negative consequences in WRESTLEMANIA V, resulting in an uneven show that goes on too long and delivers…

WRESTLEMANIA 29: I’m Gonna Get Involved In a Three-Way If I Can

WrestleMania 29 (2013) – MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) – Main Event: WWE Championship: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson vs. John Cena. This was not a good night, and I’m not even talking about all of the nonsense involved with the WWE overselling their servers, resulting in me and apparently everyone else who bought the PPV…

WRESTLEMANIA IV: This is Macho Man’s Finest Hour

WrestleMania IV (1988) – Trump Plaza/Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) – Main Event: WWF Championship: Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. Ted “Million Dollar Man” DiBiase. Wrestling tournaments are outstanding in theory and awful in practice. It sounds like a great idea, of course, to put fourteen of your best wrestlers into a big tournament and…