FLASHBACK CORNER #2

WrestleMania 2 was held in three arenas in the United States in 1986:

NASSAU COLISIEUM, NEW YORK

  1. Magnificent Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff: Match ends in a double count-out. Not the best from both men.*
  2. WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Macho Man Randy Savage (c) w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. George “The Animal” Steele: Randy Savage def. George Steele by pinfall. **1/2
  3. Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. George Wells: Jake Roberts def. George Wells via DDT. *
  4. Boxing Match: Rowdy Roddy Piper w/ Cowboy Bob Orton and Lou Duva vs. Mr. T w/ Joe Frazier and Haiti Kid: Mr. T wins by disqualification after Piper pushes the referee and scoop slams T. DUD

ROSEMOUNT, CHICAGO

  1. WWF Women’s Title Match: Fabulous Moolah (c) vs. Velvet McIntyre: Fabulous Moolah def. Velvet McIntyre. Very short match. DUD
  2. Flag Match: Corporal Kirchner vs. Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie: Corporal Kirchner def. Nikolai Volkoff using Blassie’s cane. DUD
  3. 20-Man Battle Royal: Bill Fralic [Atlanta Falcons], Iron Sheik, Ernie Holmes [Pittsburgh Steelers], Dan Spivey, King Tonga, Russ Francis [San Francisco 49ers], Harvey Martin [Dallas Cowboys], The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), Jimbo Covert [Chicago Bears], Big John Studd, Ted Arcidi, Hillbilly Jim, Bruno Sammartino, William Perry [Chicago Bears], Andre the Giant: Andre the Giant wins by eliminating the Hart Foundation. **
  4. WWF Tag Team Title Match: The Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) (c) w/ Johnny Valiant vs. The British Bulldogs (Davy Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid) w/ Captain Lou Albano and Ozzy Osbourne: The British Bulldogs def. Dream Team to become new Tag Team champions. Why Ozzy Osbourne there is puzzling. ***

LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES

  1. Ricky Steamboat vs. Hercules Hernandez: Ricky Steamboat def. Hercules Hernandez.*1/2
  2. Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Uncle Elmer: Adrian Adonis def. Uncle Elmer via body splash. Short match. DUD
  3. Terry & Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana: The Funks def. JYD and Tito Santana by pinfall after Terry hits JYD with the megaphone. **
  4. WWF Title Steel Cage Match: Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan: Hulk Hogan retains title over King Kong Bundy. Bundy bled after being smashed into the steel cage multiple times. Heenan gets roughed up by Hogan and sells its! **

OVERALL GRADE: C; Although it was better than the first WrestleMania, you can still see that WWF was still working out the kinks for this PPV. Also, having it in three different arenas may have looked good on paper, but not a smart idea.

Best Match: British Bulldogs vs. Dream Team

Worst Match: Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper Boxing Match

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