After taking a year off, WrestleMania would return to taking place in a large stadium. Over 62,000 fans would pack the Indiana Hoosier Dome for the spring spectacular. However, WrestleMania 8 would not live up to the expectations that were set upon it leading into the pay per view. With the headlining main event severely missing the mark, it would be the under card to essentially save this WrestleMania in maintaining its dignity.
The original main event plan was to have Hulk Hogan challenge The Nature Boy Ric Flair for the World Wrestling Federation championship in a long awaiting dream match. There was even a “press conference” of the match being announced on WWF Television by President Jack Tunney. The WWF took some proactive cautionary measures to do a temperature check to see how this money making match would hold up. Hogan and Flair would have a series of matches at house shows around the country, but those matches generated very small responses from the crowd. The WWF decided to not have the dream championship match at WrestleMania 8.
The WWF would have their top worker, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, challenge Flair for the title, ensuring that it would be a 5 star match. Hogan would face Sid Justice in a grudge match, marketed as “Hulk Hogan’s Farewell match”. Savage and Flair would tear the house down as the live audience witnessed Savage winning the WWF title. Hogan and Sid would have a match that would completely fall apart and would go unmentioned moving forward.
With Hogan dropping the ball, the young mid card talent would take it upon themselves to show the abilities that they possessed. Shawn Michaels would have a solid working opening match with Tito Santana. The Undertaker would show that he can keep up with the established named talents with his victory over Jake The Snake Roberts. However, it would be the Intercontinental Championship match that would be categorized as “heart pounding”. Bret “The Hitman” Hart would have a classic battle and capture the championship from Rowdy Roddy Piper. To help matters, this match would go on to being one of the greatest IC matches of all time. Since Hogan was leaving, WrestleMania 8 would be the onstage tryout for some of the next big names in wrestling. And with names such as Michaels, Undertaker and Hart, these tryouts would only measure up as being a complete success.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports