WWF – Wrestlemania (3.31.85) DVD Review

Posted: March 19, 2013 in 1985, WWF/E



1. Tito Santana vs. The Executioner

The first match in the rich history of this spectacle. Tito Santana was a loveable babyface back in the day, someone who follows that path is Kofi Kingston. Anyways, Executioner is none other than the late “Playboy” Buddy Rose and that’s all you should know. Pretty short match to get the crowd started and it’s nothing memorable.
Grade: D


2. S.D. Jones vs. King Kong Bundy

Longtime record holder of the fastest match at Mania history. That is all.
Grade: DUD


3. Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne

A carbon copy of the opener. If you’re interested, Matt Borne was the original Doink the Clown.
Grade: D


4. Brutus Beefcake w/Luscious Johnny V vs. David Sammartino w/Bruno Sammartino

Beefcake was a couple of years away from becoming The Barber but in the mean time was a brash, cocky heel with a good look. As for Sammartino, the kid of the Living Legend. As for the match, let me put it this way, imagine a car crash and both drivers were spat out of their cars by the impact and land on each others vehicle.
Grade: F


5. Intercontinental Championship
Greg Valentine (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Junkyard Dog

JYD was never known for his wrestling skills but for his amazing charisma and antics. Not much of a match but was sure very entertaining and the crowd eating ever single moment of it. That’s why the 80’s was known for in professional wrestling.
Grade: D-


6. Tag Team Championship
The US Express (Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham) (c) w/Captain Lou Albano vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/Freddie Blassie

Beforehand, the Soviet Union national anthem was played and the amount of boos amounted here were very genuine. This was an old school tag match where the formula was very simple and effective. Quite fun to watch.
Grade: C


7. $15,000 Bodyslam ChallengeBig John Studd w/Bobby Heenan vs. Andre The Giant

Self explanatory. Nothing memorable except for a few fans that got some moolah (no pun intended) at ringside.
Grade: DUD


8. Women’s Championship
Leilani Kai (c) w/Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter w/Cyndi Lauper

No offense to the ladies but this was not a pretty match. A lot of sloppiness was demonstrated that I almost that this was the female version of Griffin vs. Bonnar. The highlight of the match was Lauper and it still lives to this day. Other than that, nada.
Grade: F


In-Ring Segment: The true Mr. WrestleMania having appeared in all 28 so far, Howard Finkel, announces the special guest ring announcer for the main event who is former New York Yankees manager, Billy Martin. Martin introduces the special guest timekeeper who is  Liberace and does the famous dance featured in every Mania highlight video. Finally he introduces the special enforcer who is non other than boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.


9. Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff

Piper at this time period was the most hated man in professional wrestling. He even got Mr. T in the ring and create one of the most memorable feuds in WWF history and perhaps the best involving a celebrity. The match was climatic, it was fun to watch but the actual wrestling didn’t out stand but it didn’t need to. This match was a great match in 80’s wrestling but in comparison to today’s standards it’s nothing special.Grade: C-


Final Thoughts:

This was a successful card for it’s time and the use of celebrities helped create the magic that Mania is today. The wrestling played second fiddle to the actual show presentation which was alright for it’s initial approach. I only recommend you to watch this for historical purposes.

Verdict: 4.5/10


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