- WrestleMania VI
Infobox Wrestling event
tagline=The Ultimate Challenge
promotion=World Wrestling Federation
April 1 1990
Royal Rumble (1990)
WrestleMania VI was the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) sixth
WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-viewevent and the first to be held outside of the U.S. It took place on April 1 1990at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario with an announced attendance of 67,678. The original broadcast was said to have lasted over 4 hours long with a interval which was uncommon. Tapes of the original broadcast are circulating, although the original broadcast had 30 percent sound drop out.
André the Giant appeared in his final televised match at WrestleMania VI. This was Dusty Rhodes' only WrestleMania match. This was Rick Rude's final WrestleMania match. This was Bad News Browns' final WrestleMania match. This was Akeem's final WrestleMania match for 11 years, he would return as 'One Man Gang' in the Battle Royal at
WrestleMania X-Seven. This was The Orient Express' only WrestleMania match. Curt Hennig's (Mr. Perfect's) first nationally televised pinfall loss in the WWF happened here. Hennig had been pinned at house shows several months earlier by both Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior (who pinned Hennig in a match on MSG Network).
This was Hulk Hogan's first actual WrestleMania loss. However, Hogan's WrestleMania record was already blemished with a double-disqualification draw in a WWF Championship tournament match against
André the Giantat WrestleMania IV. Hogan's next pinfall loss at a WrestleMania would again be at the Skydome twelve years later against The Rock at WrestleMania X8.
As a result of his victory over Hogan at WrestleMania VI; then-WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Ultimate Warrior was the first wrestler in World Wrestling Federation history to win a World Title while holding another singles championship. Other wrestlers in Federation history that have replicated this feat are Shawn Michaels (Held both the WWF World and European titles.) and Triple H (Unified the World Heavyweight Title with the Intercontinental Title). However, the Intercontinental title would be vacated soon after WrestleMania VI and its fate would be decided in a single elimination tournament. "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig and Tito Santana (a two-time former Intercontinental Champion) would meet each other in the finals with Hennig scoring the victory and the title. Many cite Hennig as being the greatest Intercontinental Champion of the 1990s. The Hogan-Warrior showdown was at this point in time the longest match in WrestleMania history, lasting 22 minutes and 51 seconds, and would be the only time they would face each other until October 1998 at WCW Holloween Havoc, where Hogan got the win.
At WrestleMania VI,
Diamond Dallas Pagedrove a pink Cadillacto the ring as a part of the entrance for the tag team Rhythm & Blues ( The Honky Tonk Manand Greg Valentine), who performed at the event. Twelve years later, Page also returned to the SkyDome as a competitor in WrestleMania X8. A teenage Adam Copeland (Edge) attended WrestleMania VI, sitting eleventh row ringside. Twelve years later, he returned to the SkyDome as a competitor in WrestleMania X8.
Other on-screen talent
WrestleMania VI was the last WrestleMania that
Gorilla Monsoonand Jesse Venturahosted together, as Ventura departed from the WWF later that year. Monsoon and Ventura had commentated every WrestleMania up until that point (excluding WrestleMania 2, where Monsoon commentated from Chicago and Ventura from Los Angeles).
Celebrities in attendance
Robert Gouletsang a rendition of " O Canada" before the show.
Other celebrity guests in attendance included Steve Allen,
Rona Barrett, and Mary Tyler Moore.
* [http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm6/factsstats/ WrestleMania VI Facts/Stats]
* [http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm6/ The Official Website of WrestleMania VI]
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