WrestleMania: The Complete History

WrestleMania VIII

Country Singer Reba McEntire sang a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the show. Family Feud host Ray Combs was a special guest ring announcer for the eight-man tag match.

Date: 5th April, 1992
Venue: Hoosier Dome
City: Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 62,167
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

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Background

WrestleMania VIII promotional poster

WrestleMania VIII promotional poster. “The Macho/Flair Affair”

Country Singer Reba McEntire sang a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the show. Family Feud host Ray Combs was a special guest ring announcer for the eight-man tag match.

A scheduled match between The British Bulldog and The Berzerker did not take place due to time constraints. The finish to the Justice-Hogan match actually did not occur as planned. The original plan was for Hogan to hit the leg drop on Justice and for Papa Shango to do a run in and break up the pin causing a disqualification. However, Papa Shango either missed or misjudged his cue and was late in getting down to the ring. Justice improvised by kicking out of the leg drop. From there, Earl Hebner would disqualify Justice when his manager, Harvey Wippleman, interfered. The Legion of Doom were originally supposed to be the challengers for the Tag Team Championships but Hawk was under suspension until after WrestleMania (LOD, with their long time manager Paul Ellering, appeared at WrestleMania for an interview with “Mean Gene” Gene Okerlund). The Legion of Doom were replaced in the Tag Team title match by The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon).

The original plan for the main event was the long awaited bout between Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship, the meeting between the two legends was even promoted on television in a mock press conference where WWF President Jack Tunney had announced Hogan as the number one contender to Flair’s WWF Championship. Both Flair and Hogan had wrestled against each other in several house show matches and a televised tag match but never in a big money bout. WrestleMania VIII was changed to a double main event with Hogan wrestling Sid Justice, while Flair wrestled Randy Savage. For storyline purposes Sid Justice lobbied to wrestle Hulk Hogan due to tensions starting between the two at that year’s Royal Rumble, where Hogan was eliminated by Sid Justice in the contest. This maneuver on Sid’s part led Hogan to helping rival Ric Flair eliminate Justice and then win not only the Royal Rumble but the WWF World Championship in the process. This would make Ric Flair only the second man to win both the WWF and NWA Titles, the first being the original “Nature Boy”, Buddy Rogers.

The Hulk Hogan-Sid Justice match was also billed as Hogan’s “last match,” when in actuality, Hogan was forced to take a hiatus, due to the steroid scandal was beginning to emerge in the news media.

At the time the company had a “no blood” policy. Nonetheless, Ric Flair was caught blading directly on camera and was fined several thousand dollars. Although Bret Hart also bladed, he was discreet enough that it was considered an accident and no fine was levied.

In one of his earlier appearances in the WWF, Shane McMahon was one of the backstage officials who attempted to keep Miss Elizabeth away from ringside during the Flair/Savage match. He then restrained Savage in the ensuing brawl after the contest.

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Match Results

Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) defeated El Matador (10:38)

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Jake Roberts (06:36)

Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart defeated Roddy Piper (c) (13:51)

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Big Boss Man, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, and Jim Duggan defeated The Nasty Boys, Repo Man, and The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) (06:33)

WWF Championship
Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ric Flair (c) (with Mr. Perfect) (18:04)

Tatanka defeated Rick Martel (04:33)

Tag Team Championship
The Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc. (c) (withJimmy Hart) by countout (08:38)

Owen Hart defeated Skinner (01:36)

Hulk Hogan defeated Sid Justice (with Harvey Wippleman) by disqualification (12:28)

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

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