|WWE WrestleMania III - Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
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- STILL THE GREATEST WRESTLEMANIA EVER!
And I was there! Along with 93,000 other fans in what was, at the time a new attendance record for an indoor event. Let me tell you, if you've never been at the Pontiac Silverdome there's two things you need to know. First, it's VERY loud and with that many fans it was absolutely deafening. Second the Silverdome had no air conditioning. Thank God it was early Spring and not Summer as it was Still pretty oppresive with all those people in one place.
1) Can-Am connection vs. Cowboy Bob Orton and The magnificent Muraco. Good Solid Match.
2) Hercules Hernandex vs. Billy Jack Haynes in a crappy short match.
3) Hillbilly Jim teaming with 2 midgets against King Kong Bundy and two midgets in a hilarious mixed tag match with Bob Ufer doing color commentary.
4) The Junk Yard Dog agains Harley Race. Includes the worst chair shot in history as JYD barely taps Race and knocks him out cold.
5) The Rougeau Brothers vs. Brutus beefcake and Greg the Hammer Valentine. Another solid match.
6) Roddy Piper Vs. Adrian Adonis in Piper's "retirement" match. Yeah Right. Piper wins and Beefcake cuts Adonis' hair. Fun match.
7) The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana vs. The Hart Foundation and Evil referee Danny Davis.
8) Koko B. Ware Vs. Butch Reed. Basically a throwaway match.
9) Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental title. One of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. Two great workers at the peak of their careers. Numerous two-counts and great action throughout.
10) Jake Roberts with Alice Cooper vs. The Honky Tonk Man. Solid match again.
11) Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. the Killer B's. hacksaw Jim Duggan ends the match by clubbing the Iron Sheik with his 2 x 4.
12) Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant. The most important match in Wrestlemania, maybe all of Wrestling history. Not a great match technically since Andre was so old and couldn't move well, but momentous for Hogan's incredible feat of strength in a full body slam of Andre and retaining the WWF Title.
No other Wrestlemania has EVER come close to capturing the electricity that was in the Silverdome that day and Hogan's slam of Andre positively sends chills down your spine as the crowd erupts! Fantastic in every way and historical to boot!...more info
- One of the greatest Wrestle Mania
I'll tell you some of the best matches of the event
The midgits match-****-the match was very funny and interesting and the reason I gave a 4 star is I don't know why they had midgits in it
Macho Man vs. Steamboat-****1/2-It was interesting until macho got the bell but missed
heavywieght gold-Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant-*****(AND MORE)- It was one of the best matches I've ever seen especially when Hogan body slammed Andre Then nailed the atomic leg drop (1,2,3) Go Hogan!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
- WrestleMania III: The Lowdown
Loud, overacting, physically-overdeveloped men dipped in pure testosterone. Garish and downright ridiculous-looking outfits. Backstage interviews full of loud, obnoxious trash talk. An audience consisting of more than its fair share of rubes and weirdos (if you doubt this part, check out the interviews with the fans outside the Silverdome prior to the main event!). Yep, it's pro wrestling all right...
Although the Hulk Hogan / Andre the Giant main event is the most notable match of this event, the contest between Ricky `the Dragon' Steamboat and Intercontinental champ `Macho Man' Randy Savage was the best of the bunch. It's nearly twenty minutes of momentum-changing action, featuring plenty of near-falls by both men. George `The Animal' Steele acts as the Dragon's corner man, and helps him get back inside the ring after taking some pretty hard bumps on a few occasions.
Although it featured King Kong Bundy (one of my all-time faves), the midget tag-team match he was part of (with Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo versus Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver and the Haiti Kid) was a wash. The little guys didn't really do that much rasslin', really; Little Beaver spent most of his time running away from Bundy after hittin' him with a couple highly ineffective quick shots. It did have one particularly amusing moment, however: Bundy managed to kick out of a cover by Hillbilly Jim and his two diminutive partners, both of whom practically flew right off of the big man!
The hair match between the apparently-retiring `Rowdy' Roddy Piper and `Adorable' Adrian Adonis was pretty hokey, although it was helped by a couple amazing `bumps' by Adonis. The Adorable One even does the ol' trick of trying to hit an opponent outside the ring with a big pair of shears, hits the top ring rope instead, and it causes the shears to bounce back and smack him in the head. Piper's finishing sleeper hold-which looked really bad- on Adonis put an end to the match, and Brutus Beefcake earns his moniker of `The Barber' by doing the honors of trimming the tresses of the vanquished.
Alice Cooper is the event's `rock-n-wrestling' connection as he manages Jake `The Snake' Roberts against the Honky Tonk Man, managed by `Mouth-of-the-South' Jimmy Hart. Although HTM managed to get the pin (thanks to a bit of illegal leverage the ref didn't see), The Snake and Cooper do manage to get a bit of revenge by throwin' Roberts' pet python on Jimmy Hart. There was one point right after the match where it looked like Hart and Cooper were gonna mix it up, but it was merely a ruse to get The Mouth of the South to try on the snake stole. The manager-versus-manager dealy was pretty surreal; as small and skinny as Jimmy Hart is, Alice Cooper is even punier! I grudgingly had to agree with color commentator Jesse Ventura that Hart probably coulda' taken him...
Bobby `The Brain' Heenan (my all-time fave manager) gets a pretty good share of face time in this event as the manager of three `heels' in three separate matches. His first charge, Hercules Hernandez, battles to a double disqualification against Billy Jack Haynes (or `Billy Jerk Haynes', as Heenan called him during the pre-match backstage interview). The next guy under his employ, `The King' Harley Race, manages to shake off several ridiculously-fake-looking, on-all-fours head-butts by the Junk Yard Dog to claim a victory in a humiliation match. As the vanquished competitor, JYD is forced to bow down to Harley Race (which he does) and then crown him, which he does... with a steel chair! Oh yes, Heenan also manages Andre the Giant for the main event, which I'll be goin' over in the next paragraph...
The last hour of the tape is dedicated to the main event. The first half-hour is a buildup to the match, featuring segments from Saturday Night's Main Event that set up this historic contest, as well as a wonderful pre-event interview with a perfectly-coiffed `Brain' where he proclaims his confidence in Andre winning the championship. Also thrown in is a press conference featuring plenty of amusing sniping between Heenan and `Mean Gene' Okerlund. One could tell Andre was nearing the end of his career as a wrestler when he plodded into frame and sat down during the press conference: he was barely able to move about, and his shirt was drenched in sweat.
Andre was also pretty slow in the ring, but he and Hogan worked things out to make it look good, and kept it going for about ten minutes. Bob Uecker, who was hangin' around Gorilla Monsoon and Ventura-- who pounded on him mercilessly with his trademark taunts-- during the whole event, acted as the ring announcer for the championship match. Mary Hart (the co-host of Entertainment Tonight with the blindingly-bright smile, who attempted to get a few words from Miss Elizabeth prior to the Macho Man's IC belt bout) acted as the bell-ringer.
Following his big body-slam and leg-drop of the titanic foe, Hogan sets the WrestleMania record for `longest time a wrestler milks the fans for cheap pop'! The Hulkster works the crowd for all he's worth for about fifteen minutes, doing those Mr. Universe body-builder poses and waving his hand around & putting it to his ear so he can hear the crowd's reaction whilst his `Real American' theme song plays on a loop. Man, think of the cost in tape the distributors of this video could've saved had they cut the post-match celebration out! We're talkin' tens of dollars here...
- The height of ALL Wrestling!
Oh come on! It's WrestleMania III. The height of ALL Wrestling. 93,000 people set in indor attendance record, and the show is one of the best. VIVA WrestleMania!...more info
- THE BIG SHOW
Some of you how judge this harshly just well... to take a page from Vince dont get it. Andrea was the biggest name in wrestling and Deserved this match. It was short but they made the best and most exciting match they could . They did a great job of using what they had. The rest of the card was VERY solid except for a couple of slow matches like the Jake Roberts vs. Honky and Killer Bees Iron sheik Volkoff match which i.. just dont get why that had the ending it did unless they were trying to job out the Bees. The Great retirement match for piper and what is considered one of the best ever the Macho vs. Steamboat match. It will probably always be the best ever cause of the time it was for WWF....more info
- The biggest PPV of all time
This tape is the pinnacle of the WWF in the 80's. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant in front of 93,000 fans is still the biggest wrestling match of all time. However, Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat is the best match on the tape. Every match is exciting; I don't think this PPV will ever be topped....more info
- Wrestlemania 3 review
This wm will be remember this one for many reasons. No wm up to this point has came close to reaching the attendance record of 93,000 plus fans, Hogan vs Andre, Savage vs Steamboat and much more. The whole card together wasn't great but still a solid show from start to finish. Here's the card and my ratings.
***** = Classic; **** = Excellent; *** = Good; ** = Fair; * = Poor; DUD = skip
1. Can Am Connection vs Muraco and Bob Orton
- Alot of people have given this 3 stars but I didn't think it was that good. Muraco and Orton didn't do much here. Can Am dominated about 90% of the match. Can Am uses some great technicial wrestling and high flying action here. Martel pins Muraco with a high cross body while his partner does a schoolboy trip from behind.
Rating: ** 1/2
2. Billy Jack Hayes vs the late Hercules
- The battle of the full nelson. Both guys use some good power moves. Too bad it had to end in a lame double countout finish. Solid performance both men.
Rating: ** 1/2
3. King Kong Bundy w/ midgets vs Hillbilly Jim w/Midgets
- Short and boring. The only exciting part of the match is when Bundy slams a midget and drops an elbow on him.
4. the late Junkyard Dog vs Harley Race
- Another really short match. The only saving grace behind this match is Race doing some good selling for JYD. Loved the part where JYD was laying on the outside of the ring and Race tried to do a flying headbutt but missed. Race wins with a belly to belly suplex and JYD had to bow down to the king.
5. Rougeaus Brothers vs Dream Team (Valentine and Beefcake)
- Once again we had another really short match that had the potential of being a good match. They manage to pack in some decent action. Dino Bravo's outside interference helped the Dream Team win but Beefcake decides that it's time for him to do his own thing.
6. Rowdy Roddy Piper vs the late Adrion Adnois
- this was a hair vs hair match and Piper's last match (well we know that was a lie). Lots of brawling and crazy selling by Adnois makes this a fun match to watch. Adnois had a sleeper on Piper but release the hold which allowed Beefcake to interfere and Piper would seize the opportunity and put his sleeper on Adnois for the win.
7. Tito Santana and Bulldogs vs Hart Foundation and Danny Davis
- Davis was responsible for his bias officiating by screwing Santana and Bulldogs out of their titles. Match could've been better but the beatings Danny Davis received was very fun to watch. Davis hits Davey Boy Smith with a megaphone for the win.
Rating: *** 1/4
8. Koko B. Ware vs Butch Reed
- Neither one of these men did anything in their careers. Battle of the jobbers. Reed wins when Koko went for a high cross body but Reed roll over and grabbed Koko's tights.
9. Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage (IC title)
- A match full of great technicial wrestling. Match was fast paced with lots of close pinfalls and no restholds. I can't call this the best match ever in WM history, but it definately is in the top 5. Match ends when Savage tried to do to Steamboat what he did a month ago when he jumped off the top rope and rammed the ring bell
into Steamboat's throat, but George "Animal" Steele pushes Savage off. Savage goes to slam Steamboat only to have it countered into a small package and Steamboat becomes the new IC champ.
It's very rare that you see a match where the competitors go at and have a fast paced match with be able to perform the moves accurately. A must see.
10. Jake "Snake" Roberts vs Honky Tonk Man
- match was rather slow and there wasn't much wrestling involved. Mostly just Jake throwing punches and Honky didn't look like he was trying. Alice Cooper came out on behalf on Jake but Honky was able to cheat his way to victory. Jimmy Hart gets a close up look of Diamian.
11. Killer Bees vs Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik
- Another short but decent match. Sheik and Volkoff were working over Jim Brunzell for the most of the match until Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes in and whacks Sheik in the back with the 2x4 for the DQ finish.
Could've been much better if it lasted longer.
Rating: ** 1/4
12. Hulk Hogan vs the late Andre The Giant
- Okay the match was not a great wrestling match but it got it's point across. The match is a classic for obvious reasons. It was the first time in 15 years (or that's what they say), Andre ever lost a match and was ever bodyslammed. Amazing sight to see. The fans were on the edge of their seat the whole way.
Rating: (for historical purposes) *****
In short, Wrestlemania 3 was not a great show because many of the matches were too short. There isn't that many good matches to hold the event up but it still has some shining moments. Their were 2 matches that will stand on in the minds of many wrestling fans.
Andre vs Hogan and Steamboat vs Savage were amazing matches to see. Slight Recommendation...more info
- THE BEST WRESTLEMANIA OF ALL TIME
THIS WAS THE GREATEST WRESTLEMANIA OF ALL TIME. HERE'S WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS CLASSIC PPV'S CARD;
1. BOB ORTON, JR. & DON MURACO VS. RICK MARTEL & TOM ZENK
A GOOD OPENING MATCH. ORTON'S SON, RANDY ORTON, IS CURRENTLY IN THE WWE. THIS SUNDAY, HE WILL BE FACING CHRIS BENOIT FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AT SUMMERSLAM. RATING; 4/5
2. BILLY JACK HAYNES VS. HERCULES
A TIME FILLER MATCH. RATING; 2/5
3. KING KONG BUNDY, LORD LITTLEBROOK, & LITTLE TOKYO VS. HILLBILLY JIM, LITTLE BEAVER, & HAITI KID
ANOTHER TIME FILLER MATCH. THIS MATCH WOULD'VE BEEN BETTER IF IT WAS JUST A 1 ON 1 MATCH BETWEEN BUNDY AND JIM. THE MIDGETS RUINED THIS ONE. RATING; 1.5/5
4. JUNKYARD DOG VS. HARLEY RACE
AN OK MATCH. FORMER NWA WORLD CHAMPION HARLEY RACE WAS KNOWN AS THE KING YEARS BEFORE JERRY LAWLER GOT TO THE WWE. RATING; 3/5
5. JACQUES & RAYMOND ROUGEAU VS. BRUTUS BEEFCAKE & GREG VALENTINE
A PRETTY GOOD MATCH. RATING; 3.5/5
6. HAIR VS. HAIR MATCH
RODDY PIPER VS. ADRIAN ADONIS
A CLASSIC MATCH. THIS WAS SUPPOSEDLY PIPER'S LAST MATCH. BUT, IT WASN'T. RATING; 4/5
7. THE HART FOUNDATION [BRET & JIM] & DANNY DAVIS VS. THE BRITISH BULLDOGS [THE LATE GREAT DYNAMITE KID & THE LATE GREAT BRITISH BULLDOG] & TITO SANTANA
A GREAT 6 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH. IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE AN EARLIER MATCH THAT INVOLVED BRET HART. RATING; 4.5/5
8. KOKO B. WARE VS. BUTCH REED
BORING. RATING; 1.5/5
9. FOR THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPION RANDY SAVAGE VS. RICKY STEAMBOAT
EVERYBODY REMEMBERS THIS ONE. THIS IS A BONAFIDE CLASSIC MATCH. HAS PLENTY OF GOOD IN RING ACTION, THE MOVES ARE ALL ACCURATE, AND THERE'S NEVER A DULL MOMENT IN THIS INSPIRING MATCH. ONE OF THE WWE'S ALL TIME GREATEST MATCHES. BEST MATCH OF THE NIGHT. RATING; A WELL EARNED 5/5
10. JAKE ''THE SNAKE'' ROBERTS VS. THE HONKY TONK MAN
A SO SO MATCH AT BEST. ALICE COOPER DOES APPEAR IN THIS PART OF THE EVENT. RATING; 2/5
11. THE IRON SHIEK & NIKOLAI VOLKOFF VS. THE KILLER BEES [BRIAN BLAIR & JIM BRUNZELL]
A SHORT BUT OK MATCH. RATING; 3/5
12. FOR THE WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPION HULK HOGAN VS. ANDRE THE GIANT [R.I.P.]
THIS IS ANOTHER VERY MEMORABLE MATCH FROM THIS EVENT. HOGAN HAD FOUGHT ANDRE MANY TIMES BEFORE THIS, AND HE ALWAYS LOST. THIS TIME, HE WINS AND KEEPS THE WWE TITLE. IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED AFTER ANDRE BEAT HOGAN THE FOLLOWING YEAR FOR THE TITLE ON A FRIDAY EDITION OF SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT, NO WRESTLER EVER WAS ABLE TO EXCEED HOGAN'S 4 YEAR WWE TITLE REIGN. HOGAN IS MY FAVORITE WRESTLER OF ALL TIME. RATING; 5/5
AND THAT, WAS THE BEST WRESTLEMANIA OF ALL TIME. NO WRESTLEMANIA BEFORE OR AFTER IT WAS AS ENTERTAINING OR INNOVATIVE AS THIS ONE. THIS EVENT HAS THE RECORD FOR THE WORLD'S LARGEST INDOOR ARENA CROWD. AS SOON AS YOU SEE A COPY OF THIS EVENT, BUY IT. THIS REALLY NEEDS A DVD RELEASE, ESPECIALLY BEING THAT THIS TAPE WAS RECORDED IN EP, MEANING THAT THEY SACRIFICED QUALITY FOR LESS TAPE. ...more info
- A monumental night
...But that's about all, to be honest. I mean, we all know about the Hogan-Andre match and I'd heard a lot of hype about how great it was back then, but now the actual match (along with the rest of the event) isn't as thrilling as I'd anticipated. Of course, it was incredible to see Hogan bodyslam Andre (could anybody else ever do that?), and some of the celebrities were amusing, but I found myself slightly disappointed with the wrestling styles.
For example, how come Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart, along with that insufferable Slick, were managing so many of the heel wrestlers? I think they were spreading themselves way too thin. Also, most of the matches seemed really short. The event wasn't boring, but it was nowhere near as exciting as the wrestling you see today. I mean, the quality in the matches could easily be surpassed by the material I see from the WWE's weekly programs these days...
Of course, the crowd is amazing--you can't go wrong with 93,173 people--and the announcing by Gorilla Monsoon is good. Jesse Ventura is his usual self; I think that says it all. Definitely a historical PPV in its time (1987), but it's been over 16 years since, and tragically, its tough to figure what everyone was so excited over. I mean, it features Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage, but Savage looks (and sounds)like some kind of prehistoric creature, and Steamboat was WAY better when he joined up with WCW. Speaking of odd creatures, there's also George "The Animal" Steele, who definitely has some kind of body hair issue. We saw Roddy Piper taking on Adrian Adonis in a hair vs. hair match, his farewell bout. Adonis looks frightfully overweight and Piper put me to sleep. Come to think of it, maybe most of the matches should have been hair vs. hair, because the 'dos on some of these wrestlers seem to have resulted from weed whacker accidents, or possibly mange. The video's packaging gives away the results of the important matches. But Hogan and Andre are still good. An 80s classic. Hogan in his heyday. What more can you ask for? Even if it isn't as stimulating as it used to be, no wrestling fan should go without seeing the match--just for the history. Brother....more info
- Truly the greatest of all time!
WrestleMania 3 is bar none the greatest sports entertainment spectacle of all time. Over 93 thousand saw the event in Pontiac, Michigan's Silverdome and I can't imagine anyone went home unhappy. The event is a virtual who's who of the 1980s wrestling world. The two best known matches, of course, are Andre/Hogan and Steamboat/Savage, but there really isn't a match not worth watching. The opening match, Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel/Tom Zenk) against Muracco/Orton is a little known but wonderful tag match. The six man (Bulldogs/Santana v. Harts/Danny Davis) was entertaining if only to see Davis getting beaten on. If you're looking for a way to start your sports entertainment collection, this is the video to buy....more info
- WWF BIGGER BADDER BETTER!
It's debatable whether or ont this is the greatest Wrestlemania but you can't help but give this 5 Stars. Why? Well this is what truly made the WWF far bigger, far badder and far better than any other wrestling promotion. I mean if you can manage to get 93,173 fans into one venue to watch pro-wrestling you must be doing something right!
Can-Am Connection vs. Magnificent Muraco and Ace Cowboy Bob Orton- A good tag opener. Rick Martel and Tom Zenk were a good team. However Bob Orton and Don Muraco are basically punching bags for the Connection. **1/2
Hercules vs. Billy Jack Haynes- An ok match. Nothing special except when Herc assaults Billy at the end of the match with his chain. Pretty standard filler though especially considering it ends in a double count out. **
Hillbilly JIm, Little Beaver and Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, and Lord Little Brook- Awful. Nothing more then a laughable circus match. Funny though. Partyicualrily when Bundy squahes a midget. *
Harley Race vs. Junkyard Dog- Too short considering the match stipulations. Race sells for JYD in a mediocre match. **
Dream Team vs. Rougeau Bros.- Not bad at all. The Rougeaus were the good guys here and put on a decent tag against The Dream Team with Dino Bravo. It ends with the Rougeaus losing but the Dream Team crumbles when The Hammer turns his back on Brutus. ***
Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis- A hair versus hair match. Roddy's 'farewell' as well but this match mainly consists of Roddy beating up a grostesque looking Adonis. In the end Adrian loses his hair to Piper and Brutus Beefcake. **
Hart Foundation & Danny Davis vs. British Bulldogs & Tito Santana- A very good entertaining six man tag. The Harts are the heels here with the referee Danny Davis as a wrestler! Although a tag championship match between the Harts and Bulldogs would have been better this is still a good match. ***
Butch Reed vs. Koko B. Ware- Nothing memorable. Standard wrestling filler. It's not the worst here. But neither of these wrestlers did anything in the WWF. Reed wins it but who cares. *1/2
Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat vs. Macho Man Randy Savage- Fantastic match. The best match of '87 for sure. A great technical match that may very well be the best of both men's careers. The Dragon ends Savage's lengthly title reign. *****
Honky Tonk Man vs. Jake 'The Snake' Roberts- Another filler match. Although both men would go on to be bigger stars in the WWF. Alice Cooper appears in Jake's corner but it doesn't help him win the match. **
Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Killer Bees- Meh...nothing much here. Hard to say this could have been worse. Especially when Hacksaw Jim Duggan comes down and costs The Bee the match. *
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant- The legendary match that changed everything. Not much of a technical wrestling match however the crowd is so into it that this match and thats what makes this a classic. *****
Overall it's not the best Wrestlemania in my opinion the WWF had made it ot the big time but they hadn't brought out the best yet. Still legendary though....more info
This pay-per-view was okay. the hogan-andre match was anticiapted greatly, and everyone couldn't wait to see the match. it went 12 minutes which is to short for a main event, and andre has no wrestling ability because he is to big. when hogan slamed him, it was weak. this main event was terrible and the wwf should have tried to make it better. the macho steamboat match was the greatest match of all time in my opion. it was just great. you have to see it....more info
- Wrestlemania 3 is the best there is , was , and ever be
Wow!Exactly 93,173 .. it was great and I was there. I was only six at the time but I remeber Hulk Hogan getting the biggest pops. The best match clearly had to be Andre vs. Hulk and the IC title match between Steamboat and Savage was great. This is clearly the greatest Wrestlemania ever it is more than your moneys worth I guarrantee it....more info
- This Wrestlemania was excellent.
The title match between Hogan and Andre the Giant was a great match. However I must say that the IC title match between Ricky Steamboat and the Macho Man was one of the greatest matches ever. The greatest part was when King Kong Bundy dropped the big elbow on Little Beaver (a midget). This is a can't miss for a Die-hard wrestling fan....more info
- WRESTLEMANIA III: Another Historic Night For The WWF!
"Wrestlemania III" is regarded by many as one of the greatest Wrestlemania's of all-time and with its indoor attendance record of 93,173, it is hard to disagree. The main event which featured WWF champion, Hulk Hogan defeating the man who many considered to be unstoppable at that time, Andre The Giant featured many historic moments including Hogan's infamous bodyslam of Andre that almost took the roof off the Pontiac Silverdome.
Another match that is considered by wrestling purists to be one of the greatest ever was the legendary battle between Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Many of today's stars look at this classic match as a blueprint for how to pull off a five-star match.
Some other moments saw Alice Cooper accompany Jake "The Snake" Roberts to the ring for his match with the Honky Tonk Man, Roddy Piper battled the late Adrian Adonis in a "hair vs. hair" match, Junkyard Dog taking on "King" Harley Race, and King Kong Bundy nearly crushing punt-sized wrestler, Little Beaver....more info
- Ricky +Randy=One of The Greatest Matches of All Time
Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage
this match is one of the top matches of the 80s and one of the best matches of all time even though it is 18 years this match sets tone of moves for the future if it wasn't for the perfect wrestling with those 20 something pin attempt made in this match this would have been your average match up Ricky Steamboat wins the US title here with a roll and call you believe they did some much in 14 mins ****3/4+ almost a *****star ...more info
- A wrestling classic
My heading does not refer to the Hulk v. Andre match. At the time, Andre was having serious back problems which later got much worse. If you want to see him in action, watching the movie "Princess Bride" is a better choice, and also one where his character is more reminiscent of his true self, as a gentle and caring giant of a man in more respects than one, and, for great moments in Hulk's career, I'd recommend Hulk Hogan v. Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania VI, where there's quite a twist at the end when it seems things are progressing just as they always are at the end of Hulk Hogan's matches, and also unusual in being a match between characters who are sort of friends.
Anyway, what makes WM III a wrestling classic is what's arguably the best match ever. It goes down between Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Randy "Macho Man" Savage, a long display of great wrestling technique, showmanship, suspense and action that is addictively entertaining. A *****+ match
I remember first seeing this around the time of Wrestlemania IV, back when I was so little I still thought wrestling was real, but even considering that the matches are orchestrated and planned beforehand, this is a thrilling one to watch.
Apart from that, Wrestlemania III is pretty much a more mediocre blend of what comes before and after this key match in wrestling history.
If that match is found on any "best of" DVD's (I'm not sure what is out there), go for that rather than the Wrestlemania III video.
With the Dragon/Macho Man match pulling it all up, I end up at three stars for this, but if you can't get it any other way, this is worth your hard-earned cash just to watch the most classic bout ever....more info
- You're not a wrestlingfan if you don't like it.
Everything works so well at this event, because of 93,173 fans at the Silverdome. Steamboat/Savage is what we call a classic. Hogan/Andre is the match no onecan forget. Andre would be dead in another six years, so they had to put it on. The match sucks because Andre's health was failing annd Hulk can't carry a match, but they tried and the bodyslam at the end pretty much signifies Hogan as the new superstar. Get it now....more info
- Wrestlemania III: A Classic
Originating from the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, this 1987 rendition of Wrestlemania has stood the test of time as the best wrestling event ever produced for mass audiences. Despite its announcing crew repeatedly bragging about the supposed record crowd of 93,000 +, the WWF somehow put all of its classic elements of action, humor, and character development together flawlessly for a magical three-hour production.
Rating Scale: 1 (awful)- 10 (outstanding)
1. The Can-Am Connection vs. the Magnificient Muraco and "Cowboy" Bob Orton: The event gets off to a solid start as the Can-Ams salvage a routine match for a fast-paced finish.
Rating: 7.5 - 8
2. Hercules Hernandez w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Billy Jack Haynes: A pretty good battle is wasted by its double count-out finish.
3. Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, & the Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, & Lord Littlebrook: A quick novelty match has some amusing highlights including Little Beaver & the Haiti Kid doing a double-team on the other midgets, with a "little rowboat action," as Gorilla Monsoon described it.
4. Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan & the Fabulous Moolah: Race does a few pratfalls, but he still wins, anyway. JYD, in turn, then crowns the "King of Wrestling" with a chair after bowing to him (per the pre-match stipulation). The match is over in just a few minutes, as both wrestlers clearly appeared past their prime.
5. The Rougeau Brothers vs. the Dream Team w/ Dino Bravo & "Luscious" Johnny V: While the match is notable for setting up the "face" turn of Brutus Beefcake, it also leads to the new "Dream Team" combo of Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo.
6. Roddy Piper vs. Adorable Adrian Adonis in a haircut match: Billed as his retirement match, Piper gives the audience a great going-away present by humiliating Adonis and Jimmy Hart in grand fashion with some last-minute help from Brutus Beefcake. Terrific pratfalls from Adonis and Hart!!!
7. The British Bulldogs & Tito Santana vs. The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis: This is a solid six-man tag match well worth watching as the Bulldogs and Santana seek vengeance on Davis for his crooked refereeing. The Harts & Davis sneak away with the win.
8. Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed w/ Slick: A quickly forgettable filler match (Reed wins) is salvaged only by Tito Santana going after Slick at the end.
9. Ricky Steamboat w/ George "The Animal" Steele vs. champion Randy Savage w/ Ms. Elizabeth for the Intercontinental Title: These two guys give a superb effort in an awesome 15-minute action-packed match, which truly defined the event's historical importance in pro wrestling. Although Steamboat wins the championship, Savage proves why he would move on to the big prize a year later.
10. Jake Roberts w/ Alice Cooper vs. the Honky Tonky Man w/ Jimmy Hart: It's the big upset of the evening as Honky Tonk steals the win. With Alice Cooper at his side, Jake and his pet snake, Damian, get even with Jimmy Hart.
11. The Killer Bees vs. the Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Slick: A mostly dull match (DQ win for the villains) which is not really helped by the 2x4 swinging presence of newly arrived "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
12. Andre the Giant w/ Bobby Heenan vs. champion Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Title: Although Andre clearly was not in good health in this historic match, he gives it his best effort, as the unforgettable ending will attest. It's arguably the peak of Hulkamania!
Rating: 9.5 (for its entertainment value -- not the wrestling)
Of all the Wrestlemanias, buy this one if you can.
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