March to Mania

MARCH TO ‘MANIA: Grab a six-pack and enjoy

Wrestlemania 6 featured a massive battle between two of the most popular superstars in WWF history.

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Wrestlemania 6 (Results)

Date: April 1, 1990

Arena: SkyDome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Attendance: 67,678

SUMMARY: One year removed from the biggest storyline in the Wrestlemania era, we get another massive angle with the battle between the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, coupled with a fine Vince McMahon voiceover where he makes the two seem like mythical constellations. The card had some good matches and stories, including Mr. Perfect’s “perfect record” and Macho King Randy Savage vs. the Common Man Dusty Rhodes. Honestly, you can count the number of fun, good matches on one hand, but Wrestlemania 6 is worth the time to watch.

MY ENJOYMENT RATING: B-minus

FAVORITE MATCH: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior. I know how this match went. I remember it clearly from my first viewing of the card. I loved it then. I still love it now. It’s a gem from the early 90s. Pat Patterson laid this thing out so perfectly that it’s easily my favorite match of the card and it’s not even close.

THINGS THAT MADE ME NOD IN APPROVAL: Nobody is going to call the Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan match a workrate masterpiece, but its beauty is the story told. This is a battle between two larger-than-life-characters whose nobody – outside of the bookers – believe could or would lose. Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior were on a different level, and their match was so great that any short falls on the downside were forgivable. That said, there was a lot of fun to open the card. None of these matches are going down as four- or five-star matches, but they were fun, short and provided a sense of closures to certain stories.

THINGS THAT MADE ME LOWER HEAD IN SHAME: The show started off so well, but then it hit this lull that it only recovered at the main event. The back end of the card was so forgettable and lackluster that it made in comparison made this ridiculously pointless segment featuring Greg Valentine with jet-black hair and the Honky Tonk Man singing a song that was so bad it makes Rebecca Black’s Friday a tolerable song. Thankfully, the Bushwhackers save the segment with their inane goofiness. Once the Hart Foundation won a 19-second match, Wrestlemania 6’s chance to catch its predecessor died. Still too many matches.

RANDOM THOUGHT: “Where’s Edge?”

MY ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA CARD RANKING: Wrestlemania 6 had the potential to exceed Wrestlemania 5 in every light. The crowd was far more excited for this card, and that’s credit to Toronto’s culture. It’s a shame that the card really fell off in the back end. Wrestlemania is seemingly hitting a groove here with some strong cards for this era, and Wrestlemania 6 is firmly placed as the second best card of the first-third Manias.

  1. Wrestlemania 5 (Review)
  2. Wrestlemania 6
  3. Wrestlemania 3 (Review)
  4. Wrestlemania 2 (Review)
  5. Wrestlemania 4 (Review)
  6. Wrestlemania 1 (Review)
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