WrestleMania 5 would make history both on the front end and, most importantly, the back end of the pay per view. This would be the first and only time when WrestleMania would return to the venue where it was the year before, Trump Plaza Casino. At first, when the repeated venue was announced, it was not necessarily received too well by the now worldwide audience. However, from a story line perspective and for the savvy wrestling fan, this was actually a fulfilling idea.
The main event for WrestleMania 5 was for the World Wrestling Federation championship as champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage defended the title against his former tag team partner, Hulk Hogan. At one time they were the hottest tag team in the WWF and now they are bitter rivals. Since their partnership began at the end of WrestleMania 4 a year ago, it would only be fitting to have the conclusion and settlement take place where it all started. Savage would lose the championship to Hogan, but it would be what came from this loss that made Savage an icon.
The result of Savage losing was the perfect example of what it means when a man’s loss is the same as his gain. In the match Savage showed that he is a bonafide ring general as he single-handedly led the entire match and told the right story. Not only was he crisp when it came to his personal ring performance, but he made Hogan look like a dynamic hero in the end.
Savage was also nursing an elbow injury (thus the reason why his right elbow was taped), which he was scheduled to get surgery on the next day. How impressive is that? But beyond just this day, he opened the door for all future smaller wrestlers to prove that when something may look like a “mismatch” on paper, you can still turn it into a classic. Macho Man Randy Savage reinvented the wheel in one night.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports