WrestleMania: The Complete History

WrestleMania IV

The main feud heading into WrestleMania was between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant. In January 1987, Hogan was awarded a trophy for his third year as WWF Champion while André was awarded a smaller trophy, for being undefeated in the WWF for fifteen years.

Date: 27th March, 1988
Venue: Trump Plaza
City: Atlantic City, NJ
Attendance: 18,165
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon,
Jesse “The Body” Ventura & Bob Uecker

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Background

WrestleMania IV promotional poster

WrestleMania IV promotional poster. “What The World Is Watching!”

The main feud heading into WrestleMania was between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant. In January 1987, Hogan was awarded a trophy for his third year as WWF Champion while Hogan’s best friend André was awarded a smaller trophy than Hogan’s, for being undefeated in the WWF for fifteen years. Hogan congratulated his friend and said that André was the real champion of superstars all around the world, but André exited the arena before Hogan’s speech was finished. In February, on an episode of Piper’s Pit, Andre announced his new manager, Bobby Heenan, Hogan’s longtime enemy. Hogan begged André to drop Heenan, but Andre refused. André said that he had come to challenge Hogan to a World Championship match at WrestleMania. He then ripped off Hogan’s Hulkamania shirt and tore off Hulk’s gold chain, turning heel. This culminated in their historic match at WrestleMania III in March, where Hogan defeated André to retain the title. During the match, he set a WWF record by scoop slamming the 520-pound Frenchman.

At the first Survivor Series in November, André, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude defeated Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow in a Survivor Series match. At the first Royal Rumble in January 1988, Hogan and André had their official contract signing for a WWF Championship rematch. Their rematch took place on thefirst-ever edition of The Main Event in February, where André controversially won the title from Hogan in a screwjob plot involving a fake referee. André then began the shortest reign as WWF Champion with a reign of only 47 seconds as he sold the title to Ted DiBiase and received a large sum of money. Andre revealed, in an arena interview with Dibiase a few weeks before the event, that he planned to take a year off and go on a cruise with the money Dibiase was paying him once he secured the title for him, thereby providing the explanation as to why Andre would sell off the belt he had wanted himself at WrestleMania III just a year earlier. WWF President Jack Tunney, however, vacated the title and ordered it to be decided in a 14-man tournament at WrestleMania IV.

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Match Results

20-Man Battle Royal
Bad News Brown defeated nineteen other participants by last eliminating Bret Hart (10:40)

First Round Tournament Matches

Ted DiBiase (with Virgil and André the Giant) defeated Jim Duggan (04:54)

Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) defeated Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) by disqualification (04:53)

Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Ricky Steamboat (with Little Dragon) (09:12)

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Butch Reed (with Slick) (05:07)

One Man Gang (with Slick) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) by countout (02:56)

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) fought Jake Roberts to a time-limit draw (15:00)

Singles Match
Tuckzilla defeated Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) (04:29)

Quarter Final Tournament Matches

Hulk Hogan fought André the Giant (with Ted DiBiase and Virgil) to a double disqualification (05:22)

Ted DiBiase defeated Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) (05:44)

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) (06:06)

Intercontinental Championship
Brutus Beefcake defeated The Honky Tonk Man (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue) by disqualification (06:30)

Six Man Tag Team Match
The Islanders and Bobby Heenan defeated The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware (07:30)

Semi Final Tournament Match
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated One Man Gang (with Slick) by disqualification (04:05)

Tag Team Championship
Demolition (with Mr. Fuji) defeated Strike Force (c) (12:33)

Final Tournament Match
Vacant WWF Championship
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan) defeated Ted DiBiase (with André the Giant) (09:27)

(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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Tournament Bracket

First roundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
 Hulk Hogan
 BYE
 Hulk Hogan  5:23
 André the GiantDDQ
 André the Giant
 BYE
 BYE
 Ted DiBiase
 Jim Duggan  5:02
 Ted DiBiasePin
 Ted DiBiase5:35
 Don MuracoPin
 Don Muraco4:54
 Dino BravoDQ
 Ted DiBiase  9:27
 Randy SavagePin
 Ricky Steamboat9:11
 Greg ValentinePin
 Greg Valentine6:07
 Randy SavagePin
 Randy SavagePin
 Butch Reed4:09
 Randy Savage  4:35
 One Man GangDQ
 Bam Bam Bigelow2:55
 One Man GangCO
 One Man Gang
 BYE
 Jake Roberts15:00
 Rick RudeDraw

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Aftermath

After Randy Savage won the vacant WWF Championship at WrestleMania, with the help of Hulk Hogan, the duo formed a very successful tag team The Mega Powers, which ruled the WWF for 12 months. Ted DiBiase and André the Giant also formed a tag team known as The Mega Bucks. The two teams battled each other, culminating in a tag team main event at the inaugural SummerSlam, where Savage and Hogan won. Their next feud was with The Twin Towers (Akeem and Big Bossman), whom they defeated on February 3, 1989 edition of The Main Event. Savage turned heel by abandoning Hogan to fend himself alone against Twin Towers. Hogan managed to pick up the victory. This culminated in Savage defending the title in the main event of WrestleMania V, which was dubbed “Mega Powers Explode”. Hogan defeated Savage, ending his reign which lasted 371 days. Hogan formed a tag team with Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake in summer of 1989 to feud with Savage and Hogan’s “real-life” enemy Zeus. At SummerSlam, Hogan and Beefcake beat Savage and Zeus in a tag team match. A rematch occurred between the two teams under a steel cage at No Holds Barred.

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