The Weird and Wonderful of WrestleMania: WrestleMania VI

We head to Toronto’s Skydome for WrestleMania VI, as Hulk Hogan went face-to-face with the Ultimate Warrior in the main event with both the Intercontinental title and the WWE Championship up for grabs.

image: 406northlane.com

image: 406northlane.com

Date: April 1, 1990
Location: Skydome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Attendance: 67,678

Results

1. Rick Martel df Koko B. Ware

2. Demolition df Colossal Connection to become new WWE Tag Team Champions

3. Earthquake df Hercules

4. Brutus Beefcake df Mr. Perfect

5. Roddy Riper fought Bad News Brown to a no contest

6. Hart Foundation df The Bolsheviks

7. The Barbarian df Tito Santana

8. Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire df Randy Savage & Queen Sherri in a Mixed Tag Team match

9. Orient Express df The Rockers by count-out

10. Jim Duggan df Dino Bravo

11. Ted Di Biase df Jake Roberts by count-out to retain Million Dollar Championship

12. Big Boss Man df Akeem

13. Rick Rude df Jimmy Snuka

14. Ultimate Warrior df Hulk Hogan in a Title for Title match to retain Intercontinental Championship and become new WWE Champion.

Gallery (all images credited to wwe.com)

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5 Facts about WrestleMania VI

1. Hulk Hogan’s loss in the main event against Ultimate Warrior was not only the Hulkster’s first pinfall defeat on the grandest stage but in fact, it was also his first ever pinfall loss at any WWE pay-per-view. It is one of only three WrestleMania losses for Hogan, as he also suffered defeat at WrestleMania IX and against The Rock at WrestleMania X8. Hogan against Zeus was once considered for the main event after the1989 No Holds Barred movie, but thankfully Vince McMahon came to his senses and relegated the match to the previous December in a Tag Team  Cage match.

2. One year after making his WrestleMania debut, Mr Perfect’s suffered his first televised loss in the WWE as Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake brought to an end Mr Perfect’s lengthy undefeated streak.  Beefcake was instructed by Pat Patterson to give Lanny Poffo aka The Genius a haircut after the match, but Poffo was not aware of the angle with his attempts to escape legitimate.

3. WrestleMania VI also featured the first time Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka competed at the showcase of immortals in a losing attempt to ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. Snuka never won a WrestleMania match as he also fell to defeat against Undertaker at WrestleMania VII and to Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25.

4. Demotion’s win over Colossal Connection made it the third WrestleMania in a row that Ax and Smash won the WWE Tag Team Championship at a WrestleMania. No other tag team has won the titles on more occasions at WrestleMania than Demolition. The win also made them just the second team WWE history to have three reigns as Tag Team Champions, the first being Mr Fuji and Professor Tanaka in the 1970’s. This match also marked Andre the Giant last televised match in the WWE and he would also turn on his manager Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan after the loss, ending their three-year connection.

5. Roddy Piper’s decision to paint half his body black against Bad News Brown was an attempt to “champion all people” regardless of colour as written in his 2016 biography, but the move did not go down well. Things would get worse for Piper backstage when the paint would not come off. Piper’s paint would only come off when contacted by a blend of solvents but  Andre the Giant and Arnold Skaaland dumped out the solution and replaced it with water as a prank. Piper would have to walk through the airport the next day half-black and as said by the man himself, “It took me three weeks to get that shit off.”

WWE Network subscribers can relive WrestleMania VI at this link

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