WrestleMania IV | WWE Sunday Night RetroView

On March 27, 1988, the WWF presented WrestleMania IV at the Atlantic City Convention Centre in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was advertised as taking place at the event space named after the former President of the United States of America prior to his initial term in office but actually took place across the street and sponsored by him. Mean Gene Okerlund welcomed those in attendance as Gladys Knight sang America the Beautiful to begin the event.

The event featured a tournament to crown a new WWF(E) champion. First off the trophy was brought to the ring followed by the participants in this evenings event. We then see Gorilla Monsson and Jesse Ventura discussing the tournament on commentary. Bob Uecker then interrupts the commentary sharing his thoughts on the event and the venue. All of the company’s titles were on the line on this evening.

WrestleMania IV
20-Man Battle Royal
Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, Sika, Paul Roma, Jim Powers, Dangerous Danny Davis, B Brian Blair, Jumping Jim Brunzel, Bad News Brown, Sam Houston, Jacques Rougeau, Raymond Rougeau, Ken Patera, Outlaw Ron Bass, King Harley Race, Junk Yark Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, Boris Zhukov, Hillbilly Jim and George ‘The Animal’ Steele.

As the bell rings, mayhem ensues. We see odd pairings as allies become enemies and enemies become allies. After a couple of minutes, Sam Houston and Sika are eliminated from the match. What is unusual to note is that George Steele hasn’t gotten in the ring but proceeds to look on as everyone is jockeying for position. From the floor, George Steele manages to pull Jim Neidhard out eliminating him.

Steele is on the floor but Ray Rougeau and B Brian Blair along with Jumping Jim Brunzel are taken out of the match. Outlaw Ron Bass is then thrown out. At this point, George Steele on the floor even directing the eliminated wrestlers to the back. Hillbilly Jim is tossed out. We then see referee Joey Marella try to convince Steele to get in the ring. Jim Powers and Dangerous Danny Davis are tossed out. The numbers in the ring are quickly declining. Junk Yark Dog and King Harley Race exchange headbutts. We then see Nikolai Volkoff eliminated along with Boris Zhukoff and Ken Patera.

Another headbutt by JYD knocks King Harley Race out. It is a moment after that when we see Bad News Allen eliminate Paul Roma. This leaves three men in the ring. At this point, George Steele must have come in and out of the match as he isn’t around the ringside area or in the ring. Brett Hart and Bad News Allen attempt to double team the Junk Yard Dog but Allen misses JYD! In the process, he knocks down Bret Hart.

The Junk Yard Dog begins to hit headbutt after headbutt on both Allen and Hart. But its short-lived as both men work him over. Both Allen and Hart attempt to talk strategy circling JYD in the process. Thhey manage to continue to work him over knocking him down in the process. Both men pick up JYD and eventually toss him to the floor. Just then, Allen hits a Ghetto Blaster on Hart knocking him to the mat. Brown beats on Hart whipping him from one end of the corner to the other.

Hart is eventually thrown out of the ring over the top rope, and Allen is declared the winner.

Winner: Bad News Brown.

At this point, Hart comes back into the ring and attacks Allen from behind. He picks up the trophy and smashes it to the ground. He then heaves the trophy over the top rope to the floor. Brown looks on from a distance as Hart holds the remains of the trophy in his hand.

Bob Uecker says he is on his way to join Vanna White as Gorilla and Jesse continue to share their thoughts on those in attendance and the events of the battle royal earlier.

Howard Finkel then introduces Robin Leech popular during this time for his program Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous to make a proclamation. He shares details of the 14 man tournament that will be held to crown a new champion. After he finishes, Jim Duggan makes his way to the ring for his first-round match. It is noted that a draw or disqualification will eliminate both competitors from the match and tournament.

WrestleMania IVFirst Round Match
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. ‘The Millon Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase with Virgil and Andre The Giant

With Jim Duggan awaiting his opposition for this match, DiBiase and his entourage follows. With both men in the ring the bell rings and the match is underway. DiBiase initially backs off the attack and then leads in Duggan and backs off again. The two then exchange fists in the middle of the ring leading to an atomic drop and DiBiase ending up outside the ring after falling over the top rope. DiBiase climbs back in the ring and once again locks up with Duggan. A series of fists and chops by DiBiase goes no where as Duggan regains the advantage.

Duggan whips DiBiase into the corner turnbuckle but is beaten up for his troubles. A battered Duggan receives a series of elbows and fists by the Millon Dollar Man. An eye gouch leads to DiBiase maintaining control. DiBiase then hits a fist but it caught with a suplex by Hacksaw. As soon as it seems DiBiase has the advantage Jim Duggan finds the answer. DiBiase is begging for mercy and he gets none. Jim Duggan attempts his three point stance but Andre sweeps his leg.

In an attempt to get his hands on Andre, DiBiase hits Duggan with a knee to the back and a fist to the side of his head. DiBiase makes a pin for three count and the win advancing in the tournament.

Winner: ‘The Millon Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase

After the match, Duggan attempts to get his hands on DiBiase and company with his 2×4 in hand. We then see Mean Gene Okerlund as she interviews Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake as he is asked about his feud with the Honky Tonk Man. He said that after this night he will be the new champion. And that Jimmy Hart better becareful.

WrestleMania IV
First Round Match-Up
‘Canada’s Strongest Man’ Dino Bravo with Frenchie Martin vs. Don ‘The Rock’ Muraco with Superstar Billy Graham

Bravo and Martin are in the ring as they await the arrival of Don Muraco and Billy Graham. The bell rings and both Muraco and Bravo lock up. Dino Bravo gets the early advantage leading to a clothesline. Bravo gains the advantage by hitting a gutwrench suplex on Muraco. After a whip in the corner, Bravo misses giving Muraco the advantage. Muraco works over the leg of Bravo. He begins to use a spinning toe hold on Bravo. But eventually, Bravo kicks Muraco off leading to him being caught in the ropes.

Bravo then hits a piledriver of his own on Muraco. He goes for the pinfall but that’s only for a count of two. Then, Muraco hits a back body drop. Both men then hit a double clothesline taking both of them out. Muraco regains control taking out Bravo with a  flying forearm. He then hits a scope slam. The referee then gets hit with a forearm knocking him to the mat. Bravo hits a side suplex and goes for the pinfall but the referee taps him on the shoulder and calls for the bell. The referee disqualifies Bravo likely for pulling him into the path of the strike.

Winner: Don ‘The Rock’ Muraco

Muraco advances and will face Ted DiBiase in the next round of the tournament. Bob Uecker is then shown backstage and interviews Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart and The Honky Tonk Man. Uecker says that they best beware of Brutus Beefcake and Honky Tonk said that it isn’t going to happen.

WrestleMania IV
First Round Matchup
Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine with Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat

Valentine is in the ring as he awaits Steamboat. Steamboat comes to the ring with his son, Ritchie Steamboat who couldn’t be more than a few months old. Once in the ring, Steamboat passes his son to his wife as they then leave the ringside area. Monsoon points out both are former Intercontinental champions. It is also once again pointed out that they are 15-minute bouts.

Steamboat has the early advantage in this match. He even went for a pinfall attempt but only gets a count of two. As Valentine attempt to throw him over the top rope but Steamboat catches the ring rope and pulls himself back into the ring. Eventually, Valentine gets the advantage over Steamboat. He works over his throat, chest and back. Hammer then drops a hammer on Steamboat. He goes for a pinfall attempt but only gets a count of two. Steamboat recovers and drives Valentine’s head into the top turnbuckle. He then locks in an arm bar but that’s temporary.

Valentine then hits an inverted atomic drop and hits a clothesline knocking Steamboat down. The Hammer begins to drop elbows to the top of the head of Steamboat between his eyes. Valentine then hits knife edge chops on Steamboat who’s head is resting on the apron just under the ropes. Steamboat recovers and hits a series of chops himself on Valentine. In an attempted slam, Steamboat falls back and Valentine makes the cover. The then hits an inverted suplex driving the knee into Steamboat’s chest.

Both men make it to their feet and begin throwing chops between them. Steamboat then drives Valentine into the mat with a headbutt. Valentine recovers and hits a shoulder breaker on Steamboat. He then climbs the top turnbuckle and hits a knife edge chop. He begins to set Steamboat up for a figure four but Steamboat recovers. Steamboat drives and flying back elbow on Valentine knocking him to the mat. He then climbs to the top to hit a knife edge chop on Valentine and does so. He goes for the pinfall attempt but only gets a count of two.

Steamboat then drives Valentines head into the top turnbuckle ten times. The Dragon then climbs for a crossbody but Valentine reverses it and grabs the tights turning it into a pinfall and the win.

Winner: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine

Valentine advances and will move to the next round of the tournament. Mean Gene Okerlund is then shown as he is interviewing The British Bulldogs & Koko B. Ware. Matilda has been returned and been made a certifiable ‘Weasel Dog’ as he’s set to go after The Islanders and Bobby the Brain Heenan.

WrestleMania IV
First Round Matchup
‘The Natural’ Butch Reed with ‘Dr of Style’ Slick vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with Miss Elizabeth

Reed is entering the ring first and then announced. He is then followed by Savage and Elizabeth in the ring. The winner of this match will face Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine in the next round. The bell rings and Reed and Savage posture for position in this match. Savage ducks a punch by Reed. Reed then leads Savage into the corner turnbuckle and works him over. He attempts a suplex but has it blocked and Reed hits one. Reed then continues to work over the head of the Macho Man.

Each time Savage attempts to compose himself, Reed works him over and stops it. Once Savage is back in the ring, Reed hits a back elbow on him. Butch Reed then hits a diving fist into the head of the Macho Man. Savage rolls to the ropes but Reed pulls him back in. But Savage recovers and hits a furry of fists, but is eventually caught with a clothesline by Butch Reed. Reed is preoccupied with Elizabeth and then gets caught by Savage who then hits a top rope elbow drop on him along with the pinfall and win.

Winner: Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

Savage wins and advances to the quarterfinals to face Greg Valentine. Bob Uecker who is still looking for Vanna White backstage. Uecker is then interrupted by The Islanders and Bobby Heenan. Heenan then shares how he has the Islanders backing him and getting ready for their upcoming match later on in the evening against The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware

WrestleMania IV
First Round Matchup
One Man Gang with Dr. of Style Slick vs. Bam Bam Bigelow with Oliver Humperdink.

Gang and Slick are already in the ring awaiting the arrival of Bigelow and Humperdink. As soon as the bell rings, Gang makes the charge towards Bigelow. The two big men are battling all over the ring. Gang hits a series of elbows and whips Bigelow into the corner turnbuckle. Bigelow recovers hits a shoulder tackle and then a cartwheel! Bigelow is now in charge with multiple pinfall attempts on Gang. As Gang gets back up, Bigelow hits fists and head butts on the other.

Bigelow then drops an elbow on the back of the head of the One Man Gang followed by a couple of headbutts. But as Bigelow attempts to hit the ropes Slick pulls it down leading to Bigelow to fall over the top rope to the floor. We then see that Bigelow doesn’t make it back into the ring in time and is counted out.

Winner: One Man Gang

Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan in the backstage area. Hogan shares how Andre’s time is finally up. How the last year he has been facing the constant controversy that is Andre The Giant. He said he will prove that he’ll finally finish off Andre. Hogan promises to slam Andre through the floor.

We then are shown the result of the previous matchup and how Slick caused Bam Bam Bigelow to fall out of the ring unbeknownst to the referee. It is then time for the next matchup.

WrestleMania IV
First Round Matchup
Ravishing Rick Rude with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts

Once Rude and Heenan make it the ring first and Rick addresses why the odds are in his favor to win the tournament for the WWF Championship. Roberts music is cued next and he comes to the ring. This first-round match between Rude and Roberts should be a good one. Rude fights off Roberts but that’s temporary. Roberts drops Rude after a tie up in the middle of the ring.

Rude then hits a couple of scoop slams on Roberts. Roberts recovers and hits a pair of slams on his own. Rude realizes he’s in the same corner as Damian and quickly backs out of there and into the hands of Roberts. Roberts wrenches on the arm, shoulder and wrist. He continues to work over the arm but Rude fights back. Rude isn’t able to force Roberts to break the hold and falls to the mat. Roberts then brings Rude back to his feet but he is backed into the corner.

After a pair of shoulder tackles in the corner Rude forces Roberts to sit on the second rope. But he’s caught with a knee off the second rope. As soon as Roberts attempts to hit the DDT, Rude slips out and is consoled by Heenan. On the outside the two begin to make a plan on what to do next. Rude makes his way back into the match and is caught with another armbar by Roberts.

The two men then begin to hit a pair of crisscrosses on one another. Roberts attempts a knee lift but has his leg swept by Rude causing him to land on his head. Rude then begins to work over Roberts with elbows in the middle of the ring. The Ravishing one then begins to lock in a rear chinlock on Roberts. Jake makes his way back to his feet but Rude pulls the hair and locks in another rear chinlock on Roberts.

Roberts eventually gets back to his feet. He tosses Roberts off of him but is caught with a forearm on the back of the head of Roberts. Rude hits a clothesline and makes a cover but only for a count of two. The Ravishing one locks in another rear chinlock to wear down Roberts. Rude then drops Roberts on his face. He then hits a fist on Roberts across the temple. Rude goes for a pinfall again but only gets a count of two. Rick locks in another rear chinlock hoping to further wear down Roberts.

Both men end up on their feet but as Roberts hits a side suplex, Rude still holds onto the rear chinlock. Rude kicks Roberts a series of times while he rests on the bottom rope. Rick locks in another rear chinlock but as Roberts fights back he once again succumbs to another chinlock. Roberts then drops down and causes the top of Roberts head to drop onto Rude’s chin. Jake is now in control and signals for the DDT. As he attempts it again, Rude fights Roberts off. Roberts drops Rude across his knees chest first. Ravishing Rick recovers and continues to work over Roberts.

Both men then hit a clothesline on the other at the same time knocking both men down. Rude gets back to his feet but as the referee makes a pinfall attempt the bell rings. The match is ruled a draw leading to both men being eliminated from the tournament.

Match Result: Draw.

One Man Gang will get a by in the next round of the tournament as both men who he could have faced have been eliminated because of their match result. We then see Mean Gene Okerlund backstage with Vanna White discussing the current bracket breakdown of the WWF Championship tournament. White shared her picks to advance to the next round.

Hercules awaits his opponent while standing in the ring.

WrestleMania IV
Hercules with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. The Ultimate Warrior

Hercules charges to the ring while Hercules prepares to face The Warrior. As soon as the bell rings both men jockey for position hitting each other with shoulder tackles. Both men try to showcase their strength against the other. Hercules is backed into the corner and he tries to hit Warrior while the referee isn’t looking. But that didn’t work. He hits the Warrior with 3 clotheslines to take down the Warrior. Then the Warrior recovers and hits Hercules with one of his own.

Hercules then tosses the Warrior over the tope rope to the floor and Hercules follows suit. The referee begins to count both men out. But once in the ring, Hercules pokes the Warrior in the eye. He follows up with hitting a back elbow on the Warrior’s head. Eventually, the Warrior recovers and takes ten shots to the head to follow up with an atomic drop out of the corner. Hercules drives the Warriors head into the top turnbuckle and then locks in the full nelson.

But the Warrior uses his momentum to push himself off the turnbuckle and take down both he and Hercules. The referee makes the count but the Warrior’s shoulder goes up before the count of three.

Winner: The Ultimate Warrior

As soon as the Warrior is declared the winner he then gets choked down by Hercules. But the Warrior recovers and pulls the chain off of his throat forcing Hercules to bail.

Next is the second-round match between Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan sharing the history between them. We go as far back as the weeks leading up to WrestleMania III, their match at WrestleMania III, Ted DiBiase saying he was going to buy the WWF Championship, the attack by Andre the Giant from behind Hogan, DiBiase’s request to Andre to deliver the title to him, their match at Saturday Night’s Main Event and the controversy that followed.

WrestleMania IV
Second Round Match
Andre The Giant with Ted DiBiase and Virgil vs. Hulk Hogan

Andre makes his way to the ring first followed by Hogan. After Hogan and Andre’s eyes meet, Hogan charges the ring. As soon as Hogan slides into the ring, Andre attacks him immediately. Andre hits Hogan with headbutts and chops. DiBiase tries to get involved and Hogan drives their heads together. Hogan chops Andre to get him tied into the ropes as Hogan tears his shirt off. Andre is freed and Hogan continues to attack him.

He eventually causes Andre to crumble to one knee and then to the mat. Andre then chokes Hogan while on the mat. DiBiase chokes Hogan while the referee is distracted. Andre continues to choke Hogan causing him to drop to one knee. The choke is more of a working on the strain Hogan’s shoulders. Hogan sells it but manages to come back. He rises to his feet and breaks the two hands of Andre from around his throat. Hogan continues to hit fists. But as the referee is distracted Hogan is hit with a chair by DiBiase. Then both men managed to use the chair in front of the referee.

DiBiase and Virgil tried to pull Andre from the ring but Hogan chases them up the aisleway as Andre is in the ring. Hogan then suplexes Virgil in the aisleway. As Andre is back to his feet Hogan makes his way to him and slams him again in the ring.

Winner: Match Result Double Disqualification.

We then hear that the winner of the DiBiase and Don Muraco match will get a bye to the finals of the tournament. The reason being both Andre and Hogan were disqualified. Technically, the bell should have been called after Hogan hit Andre first, but the referee allowed Hogan to do the same which in hindsight seemed weird.

A double count out could have worked too that way they avoid having the risk of Andre facing DiBiase which they knew was going to happen. But because they had a double count-out earlier in the tournament they likely avoided it with this result. Regardless, Hogan is celebrating after the match despite losing and being eliminated from the tournament.

Gene Okerlund is in the back interviewing Macho Man and Elizabeth. Savage shares how Hogan was a cheated man and that he’s an undefeated man. He spoke about facing Greg Valentine in round two. Savage said nothing is going to stop one-half of the Mega Powers going into the next round of the tournament.

WrestleMania IV
Second Round Matchup
Don ‘The Rock’ Muraco with Superstar Billy Graham vs. ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase

Muraco immediately takes out DiBiase. He didn’t even let him get into the ring. The Rock then hits a back elbow on DiBiase. He is relentless in his attack on the Millon Dollar Man. Graham threatens DiBiase. Once DiBiase gets back into the ring he gains control of the match. Muraco then puts his foot on the rope breaking the pinning attempt. When DiBiase attempts a back body drop he puts his head down and Muraco kicks him.

But DiBiase regains control hitting a suplex on The Rock. Don Muraco begins to hit a fury of punches on DiBiase. A side headlock by DiBiase leads to a slingshot off the top rope. It wipes out Muraco in the process. DiBiase goes for the pinfall getting the three count and the win.

Winner: ‘The Millon Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase

With the win, DiBiase has advanced to the finals of the tournament. We then see the replay of what happened before going over to Bob Uecker in the backstage area. Demolition are there with Master Fuji discussing what is slated to take place in their upcoming match against Strike Force.

The One Man Gang is shown that he will advance to the semi-finals he receives a by into the next round.

WrestleMania IV
Second Round Matchup
Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine with Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage with Miss Elizabeth

As the bell rings, Valentine immediately gains the advantage. He works over Savage in the corner. But Savage regains control and works over the Hammer. He goes for a near fall but only for a count of two. Valentine begins to work over the back of his neck of Savage. The Hammer drops an elbow on Savage and goes for a pinfall. But he only gets a count of two. The Hammer then hits a shoulder breaker on Savage and goes for a pinfall attempt.

Miss Elizabeth looks on as Savage takes a beating both in and outside the ring. Savage attempts to get into the match but can’t. Valentine is relentless in his attack over Savage. Suplex, bodyslams, and elbows and he maintains control. But then Savage manages to comes on fire. He then hits a double ax handle and goes for the pinfall but Jimmy Hart distracts the count.

Savage then reverses a suplex attempt but is caught with a fist to the midsection as he leaps off the top rope. Macho Man then misses a leap across the back of Valentine’s gut then while going for a figure four leglock, Savage turns it into a small package for the pinfall and the win.

Winner: Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage.

Savage advances to the semi-finals to face the One Man Gang. The winner will face Ted DiBiase in the finals for the WWF Championship. With Andre and Hogan both being eliminated and DiBiase facing the winner of that match he is granted a bye to the finals of the tournament. After the match, Mean Gene Okerlund and Vanna White are shown with the updated brackets of the tournament.

WrestleMania IV
WWF Intercontinental Championship
Honky Tonk Man (c) with Jimmy ‘The Mouth of the South’ Hart & Peggy Sue vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake

Honky Tonk Man makes his way to the ring first, followed by Brutus Beefcake. Beefcake and Honky Tonk Man lock up in the center of the ring with HTM gaining the advantage. Eventually, Beefcake gains the advantage and messes up the hair of HTM forcing him to the floor. Once back in the ring, Honky Tonk is between the ropes forcing a ring rope break. Beefcake then drives his head into the top turnbuckle repeatedly.

The Barber hits a high knee on Honky Tonk but it forces him to the floor. Beefcake then grabs Honky Tonk by the hair and forces him into the ring. The Barber then goes for an elbow and misses it in the process. Honky Tonk Man gains the advantage and then gets help by Jimmy Hart helping while the referee is distracted. HTM then teases going for the shake, rattle and roll but doesn’t.

But when he does attempt it, Beefcake grabbed the ropes. Beefcake then hits a back body drop and is a house of fire! He then locks in the sleeper on Honky Tonk Man. HTM is fading in the middle of the ring. But Jimmy Hart knocks out the referee in the process. Honky Tonk is out and Beefcake is celebrating only to see the referee knocked out. But Beefcake is teasing going for his barber clippers.

The Barber stops him from going under the ring. Beefcake then holds Jimmy down and begins to cut Hart’s hair in the process. Back in the ring, Peggy Sue is waking up the Honky Tonk Man. A number of referees’s come to the ring to hold back Beefcake. Beefcake is declared the winner via disqualification. However, Honky Tonk Man still remains the champion as he wasn’t pinned or submitted in the process.

Winner via disqualification: Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake

After the match we see replays of Beefcake cutting Hart’s hair before heading back to Bob Uecker. Uecker still spoke about how he can’t find Vanna White. Andre The Giant comes out and is proud of how he was able to keep Hulk out of the tournament. He says that Hulkamania is over and then proceeds to choke Bob who asks him to get his foot off his shoulder (which was in fact his hand but with it being so big was a joke. It was funny.)

WrestleMania IV
Six-Man Tag Match
The Islanders and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. The British Bulldogs with Matilda & Koko B. Ware with Frankie.

Heenan and The Islanders come to the ring first. The Brain is wearing a dog keepers jacket. The British Bulldogs and Koko come to the ring next. Tama and The Dynamite Kid start the match off. The Dynamite Kid has control of the match early on. Davey Boy Smith is tagged in as is Haku. The two big men battle with each other. Davey Boy gains control with a reverse chin lock. But then Haku regains control and tags in Tama.

Tama begins to work over Smith only the end up press slammed. Davey is singled out though as the Islanders and Heenan maintain control. Koko is tagged into the match and leads with a dropkick. He takes out both Haku and Tama. Dynamite Kid is tagged in and he hits a clothesline on Haku. But Haku stops that with a thrust kick to the throat of Dynamite.

Heenan is then tagged in and begins to throw kicks and punches to the beaten Dynamite Kid. This leads to Tama being tagged into the match. Tama begins to work over the Dynamite Kid but is caught with a pair of knees to the ribs. He is able to tag in Koko who takes the fight to everyone. He batters Tama and Haku temporarily. Just then Haku wipes out Koko out.

Tama is then tagged into the match who drops an ax handle. Then Heenan is tagged in and he begins to lay in kicks on Koko. Heenan ends up taking fists to the midsection by Koko. Koko recovers but Heenan then rips at the eyes of Heenan. He follows that up with a  dropkick. But as Koko is distracted both Islanders come in as do the British Bulldogs. They press slam Heenan ontop of Koko. This leads to a pinfall and the win.

Winners: The Islanders & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

After the match, the faces chase down Heenan up the aisleway with Matilda in toe. Howard Finkel then addresses Jesse Ventura who is posing to the crowd. Fans are cheering Jesse on to then takes a bow and steps back down to the commentary table.

Ted DiBiase is in the ring and announced as advancing to the finals of the tournament as both Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan were disqualified. The referee raises his hand as he is victorious and awaits the winner of the One Man Gang and Randy Savage matchup.

WrestleMania IV
Semi-Finals Matchup
One Man Gang with Slick vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with Elizabeth

Slick and the One Man Gang made their way to the ring first. They are followed by Elizabeth and the Macho Man and Elizabeth. This would be the third outfit and entrance attire that Savage and Elizabeth have come to the ring in on this night. As it’s pointed out the One Man Gang had a by in the previous round so he is rested. It is a weight advantage by One Man Gang which is to his benefit. The Gang continues to work him over.

Savage is being beaten by the One Man Gang from one end of the mat to the other. One Man Gang then makes a pinfall attempt but too close to the ropes where Savage is able to this his foot on. Gang then tries to hit a splash but misses Savage. The Macho Man begins to work over the One Man Gang. Savage’s advantage is short lived. But Slick attempts to taunt Elizabeth. Gang is hit with the cane but then see the One Man Gang trying to hit Savage.

Winner: Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

Savage wins as the One Man Gang was disqualified. He this a double ax handle from the top rope. After the match we see replays of Gang getting disqualified as he attempts to use the cane.

Mean Gene Okerlund is then shown with Vanna White backstage. White says she needs to excuse herself as she needs to go down to ringside. Okerlund shows the updated bracket. But Bob Uecker arrives is told Vanna White has left. He said some guy named ‘Vance White’ to which he is corrected by Mean Gene.

WrestleMania IV
WWF Tag Team Championship
Demolition with Master Fuji vs. Strike Force (c)

Ax, Smash, and Fuji make their way to the ring first. They are proceeded by the WWF Tag team champions, Rick Martel and Tito Santana, Strike Force. With the titles on the line the champions appear to be the more unlikely one’s to walk away victorious. They come as the underdogs in the match. Smash has the early advantage but all four members of the match get involved. Rick Martel and Smash are in the match at this point.

After an armbar, Tito is tagged in and continues to work on the arm of Smash. Ax is tagged in but then so is Rick Martel. Martel attempts to maintain the advantage working on the arm. But Smash is tagged in and he hiptosses Smash in the process. Tito is tagged into the match and he works on Smash but temporarily. Smash then catches Martel coming off the ropes and Ax hits a clothesline off the prone Santana.

Both members of Demolition work over Santana in the corner turnbuckle. Ax hits a powerslam on Tito and goes for a pinfall but its only for a count of two. A tag is made to Smash who comes in and drives a fist in the chest of Santana followed by a couple of boots as well. Smash them comes over and lures Martel to get in the ring and the referee is trying to get him out of the ring.

A pinfall on Santana is made next after a count of two. Smash attempts an elbow drop but misses. Ax is tagged in now and puts his head down and makes a tag to Smash. Both men aren’t allowing Tito to make a tag. Santana then hits the flying forearm on Ax and then tries to make the tag to Martel. Santana makes the hot tag to Martel who comes in a house of fire.

He then hits a pair of dropkicks on both menbers of Demolition. He then goes for the Boston Crab and Santana gets Smash out of the ring. But as the referee tries to direct Tito back to his corner, Master Fuji’s cane falls in the ring. With the referee preoccupied with Santana and Fuji, Ax hits an unsuspecting Rick Martel on the back of the head with the cane. Smash then covers Martel and the referee makes the cover and gets the three count.

Winners: AND NEW WWF Tag Team Champions, Demolition.

After the match, we get a replay of how Demolition became the new WWF Tag Team Champions. Howard Finkel announces the finals of the finals of the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. First off he announces Robin Leech with the WWF Championship title. The guest ring announcer is then introduced as it is Bob Uecker. Uecker introduces the guest timekeeper, Vanna White.

WrestleMania IV
Finals of the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
‘The Millon Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase with Andre The Giant vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage with Elizabeth

Ted DiBiase comes to the ring first accompanied by Andre The Giant. Randy Savage is announced next and accompanied to the ring by Miss Elizabeth. The two lock up with Savage’s leg being swept by Andre. The referee doesn’t see it and the Macho Man points it out. We then see Andre sweep the leg again and Savage is irate as he attempts to get the referee to see what is happening at ringside. Each time DiBiase attempts to get the advantage, Savage has the answer. As DiBiase is hit from behind with a knee to the back he goes over the top rope to the floor. In his attempt to come off the top rope, Savage is met with Andre standing over top of DiBiase on the floor.

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Savage speaks with Elizabeth who leaves the ringside area and heads back towards the dressing room area. It is at this point when Ted DiBiase continues to work him over. When Elizabeth returns she does so with Hulk Hogan in tow. Hogan picks up a chair and sits at ringside with it evening the odds. But as Savage falls towards Andre, the Giant attempts to get his hands on him but Hogan comes over to make the save. DiBiase continues to work on Savage in the ring. Hogan now returns back to his side of the ring. As the Millon Dollar Man goes for the count, Savage kicks out at two.

We are reminded that there is no time limit in the match. As DiBiase goes to the top, Savage catches him and throws him down to the mat. He then climbs and tries to hit the top rope elbow drop but DiBiase moves out of the way. DiBiase then goes for the Millon Dollar Dream. But as the referee is distracted by Andre, Hogan comes into the ring and hits DiBiase from behind with the chair. This gives Savage the chance to climb. to the top rope to hit the elbow from the top rope. He hits the elbow drop and goes for the cover. He gets the one…two…three!

Winner: AND NEW UNDISPUTED WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

After the match, Hogan celebrates with Elizabeth and Randy Savage in the center of the ring. It was at this point that Elizabeth who is in tears because of the Macho Man’s win. Savage shakes the hand of Hogan but then hoists Elizabeth up on his shoulders as she holds the title. Pomp and Circumstance plays overhead as the crowd in attendance was excited with these events.

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