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In the latest episode of WrestleMania 30 For 30, Jason, Big D and GG discuss in WrestleMania VIII in heavy detail.
WrestleMania VIII featured the double main event of Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair. But it wasn’t scheduled to be like that. Originally, Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair was the scheduled main event, but Vince McMahon changed his mind and went with two big main events rather than just one.
Right call? Wrong call? We’ll discuss the entire thing in detail.
WrestleMania VIII is also one of our favorite WrestleManias of the early era. In early 1992, WWF had an amazing roster. Soon thereafter, it wouldn’t be the case.
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Here’s our WrestleMania VIII review:
Sid Vicious, fresh off his recent Raw return, was on another TV show the other day (and one that does bigger ratings than Raw). Sid’s son, Frank Eudy is on the 14th season of Big Brother.
Vince McMahon had it right on his plate. The biggest dream match in the history of professional wrestling. And he flinched.
In the summer of 1991, Ric Flair was unhappy with what was going to be a pay cut with WCW. He was scheduled to lose to Lex Luger at the Great American Bash, but was then subsequently fired as he didn’t want to drop the title without a new contract. Instead, Luger faced Barry Windham in a cage match with very little buildup and started a very forgettable championship reign. Across WCW arenas around the world, the loudest chants weren’t for Sting, or the newly crowned champ. The loudest chants were for Ric Flair. I went to a WCW event in the fall of 1991 and throughout most of the show was a chant of, “We want Flair”. But Flair was gone. He showed up on WWF television in the fall and had the old ten pounds of gold with him. Immediately, fans expected he and then WWF Champion Hulk Hogan to battle. It was a dream match that everyone had been wanting to see for at least 8 years. He started to become a thorn in Hogan’s side immediately. When Hogan lost the belt to the Undertaker at the Survivor Series, Flair was in the middle of it. And then on This Tuesday In Texas, which was just 5 days later on PPV, Hogan supposedly won the title back, but it was the held up. The title would be decided at the Royal Rumble. Ric Flair won the match by wrestling for close to one hour and outlasting everyone. It would seem that the logical challenger would be Hulk Hogan. Vince McMahon could then show the world that his champion was better than the old NWA champion. And it could be decided on the biggest stage in wrestling. Wrestlemania VIII was held at the Indiana Hoosier Dome. It could have been perfect. But McMahon flinched.
There were a couple of reasons why Vince would’ve flinched. For one, they went to Hogan vs. Flair very soon around the house show circuit and after a few runs, it wasn’t special anymore. And also, Vince has always been about pushing bigger guys. He saw a star in Sid Justice, formerly Sid Vicious. Sid was a huge guy with a jacked up physique who was supposed to be someone WCW was going to try and utilize as a top heel. He had one title match against Sting, but didn’t win it in an odd finish that saw Barry Windham dressed up as Sting and taking the pin. But the real Sting came out and then pinned Vicious. Yes, it was hoaky. But Vince came calling and Sid left WCW for New York. Initially, Vince put Sid with Hogan after SummerSlam 1991. Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior beat the team of the Iron Sheik who was at the time Colonel Mustafa, Sgt. Slaughter and their manager, General Adnan. Sid Justice was the referee. When Hogan and Warrior won, it was Hogan and Justice celebrating in the ring with Warrior no where to be found. If McMahon was going to flinch on the Flair vs. Hogan deal, this would be his backup. But who would Flair then wrestle?
In a hokey, but still effective storyline, Ric Flair promised the fans that he “had” Elizabeth before Randy Savage married her. The line was, “She was mine, before she was yours,” as if Elizabeth was some sort of property. Flair then showed pictures of himself with Elizabeth to further “prove” he was with Elizabeth before Savage was. Mean Gene Okerlund showed some investigative journalism later to prove that the pictures of Flair and Elizabeth were in fact doctored. Talk about going a long way for a storyline. Curt Hennig and Bobby Heenan promised to show some risque pictures of the lovely Elizabeth at Wrestlemania where Flair would defend his belt and against Savage. Talk about bait and switch. There were no pictures of Elizabeth. Instead of giving the WWF fans their dream match, Vince decided that Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice was a better fit.
One of the best angles of 1991. Sid Justice had entered the WWF in 1991 and quickly found allegiance with Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. The issue is, when you make friends with guys like Hogan and Warrior, enemies will come crawling.
Sid Justice was scheduled to face El Diablo, a jobber, on an episode of WWF Superstars until Paul Bearer and the Undertaker call an audible and decide to fill in for El Diablo.
It’s more than meets the eye…
Jake Roberts was the Heel MVP of 1991, much like Jericho in 2008.
Despite the steroid trials, despite the allegations, WWF in 1991 was THE SHIT…