The whole theme of this was a 14 man elimination tournament for the vacant WWF Undisputed Championship. We had some very interesting matches in the tournament, but also a lot of forgettable ones.. We also saw Donald Trump in the crowd, and despite the 28 year difference, he still basically looks the same now. Lets get into this!
Venue: Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Greg Valentine vs Ricky Steamboat in the first round of the tournament
With Ted DiBiase and Don Muraco booking their places in the quarter finals of the tournament, it was up to these two veterans of the ring to battle it out here. Jimmy Hart was in the Hammer’s corner for this one, and he’s just brilliant with his megaphone! Valentine dominated for the most part of this match, but Steamboat slowly got back to business. Just as you thought Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat would pick up the win, Greg Valentine would roll through and manage to steal the win. This was a solid match actually. I would’ve loved to see a bit more of The Dragon, but Valentine went through. He flopped down to the mat about 4 times in this though!
Andre the Giant vs Hulk Hogan in the first round of the tournament
This one actually started pretty quickly with Andre the Giant attacking Hogan from the start. Andre was actually very good back in his day, which is extremely impressive given his size. The ending to this was a little bit weird.. Hulk Hogan hits Andre with a chair, whilst the referee is watching. The referee does nothing about this, only until The Giant uses the chair on Hulk Hogan. He rings the bell, and Hulk Hogan chases after Ted DiBiase and Virgil, and hits one of the worst superplexes to Virgil! He then runs back to the ring to body slam Andre the Giant, just like he did the year before. It was then announced that both men were eliminated, and the winner of DiBiase vs Muraco would go straight through to the final of the tournament. Hogan then celebrates in the ring, even though he’s eliminated?!
Greg Valentine vs Randy Savage in the quarter finals of the tournament
With DiBiase through to the final, we had to decide who would be meeting him there. Valentine who overcame Ricky Steamboat in the first round was matched with Randy Savage who eliminated Butch Reed. The Hammer used a shoulder breaker body slam move, which actually looks pretty good! It’s a move we never see these days, maybe because of the dangers.. This match finished with Randy Savage rolling up The Hammer before he could apply the Figure Four Leg Lock.
Ted DiBiase vs Randy Savage for the Vacant WWF Championship
So the weirdest tournament I think I’ve ever seen all comes down to this match. It was built as Randy Savage having now chance against DiBiase with Andre the Giant as well. The early stages started with Andre distracting Savage a few times. Andre was doing a great job on the outside protecting The Million Dollar Man. Whilst he was out on the floor, Randy Savage whispered something to Miss Elizabeth. She ended up going to the back and getting Hulk Hogan out for a little extra support for the Macho Man – god they wanted to involve Hogan so much! I love how he picks up a chair for himself to sit down, yet leaves Miss Elizabeth standing next to him!
Andre was distracting the referee, so Hulk Hogan saw the opportunity to hit Ted DiBiase with the chair. Savage then gets up, and hits a beautiful flying elbow to get the win and become the WWF Undisputed Champion! This was actually a very good match – most of the Macho Man’s were back then. I actually really enjoyed writing this one up! It was a pretty good PPV, despite the very weird tournament. Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura used to be gold on commentary! Let me know your thoughts on this post, and the actual PPV! Stick around to see WrestleMania 5 tomorrow! Thanks guys.