31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days: WrestleMania V

We are staying in Atlantic City for WrestleMania V, as the Mega Powers exploded with Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage battling it out in the main event for the WWE Championship.

image: kgb-wrestling.com

image: kgb-wrestling.com

Date: April 2, 1989
Location: Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ
Attendance: 18,946

Results

1. Hercules df King Haku

2. Twin Towers df The Rockers

3. Ted Di Biase fought Brutus Beefcake to a double countout

4. The Bushwackers df Fabulous Rougeaus

5. Mr Perfect df Blue Blazer

6. Demolition df Powers of Pain & Mr Fuji in a Handicap match to retain WWE Tag Team Championship

7. Dino Bravo df Ronnie Garvin

8. Brain Busters df Strike Force

9. Jake Roberts df Andre the Giant by DQ, with Big John Studd as guest referee

10. Hart Foundation df Rhythm and Blues

11. Rick Rude df Ultimate Warrior to become new Intercontinental Champion

12. Bad News Brown fought Jim Duggan to a no contest

13. Red Rooster df Bobby Heenan

14. Hulk Hogan df Randy Savage to become new WWE Champion

Gallery (all images credited to wwe.com)

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5 Facts about WrestleMania V

1. Hulk Hogan’s victory over Randy Savage was the first time the Hulkster won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He would go on to win the title at the showcase of immortals on a further two occasions against Sgt Slaughter at WrestleMania VII and defeated Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX.

2. WrestleMania V was held in Trump Plaza for the second year running, although the event actually took place at Boardwalk Hall but WWE bought the rights to call the venus Trump Plaza to give Donald Trump more exposure.  It is the only time in history WrestleMania has taken place in the same location for back-to-back years. WrestleMania would not return to New Jersey until 2013.

3. Shawn Michaels made his WrestleMania debut when he teamed with Marty Janetty as The Rockers in losing attempt to the Powers of Pain (Big Boss Man and Akeem). This was the first of 17 WrestleMania’s that the Heartbreak Kid competed at.

4. After making his WrestleMania debut the year prior, Ultimate Warrior suffered his first pinfall loss in the WWE as he also lost the Intercontinental Championship to ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. A year later, Warrior would claim the WWE Championship at WrestleMania VI. After the match, Warrior attacked Rude’s manager Bobby Heenan and an awkward fall by the manager in the Gorilla Press Slam exaggerated an existent neck injury, which led to Heenan needing surgery.

5. WrestleMania V also featured a special Piper’s Pit with Morton Downey, Jr. This segment if famous for Piper blasting Downey in the face with a fire extinguisher in an attempt to put out his guest’s cigarette. This was Piper’s first appearance in WWE in two years and originally supposed to be a one-shot deal. However, Piper rejoined the main roster a month later.

WWE Network subscribers can relive WrestleMania IV at this link.

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