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WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 27, 1988, at Trump Plaza, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gladys Knight sang "America The Beautiful."

MatchesEdit

First RoundEdit
Second RoundEdit
  • Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant fought to a double-disqualification.
  • Ted DiBiase pinned Don The Rock Muraco to advance to the finals.
  • Randy Macho Man Savage pinned Greg The Hammer Valentine to advance.
Semi-FinalsEdit
  • Randy Macho Man Savage beat One Man Gang by disqualification.
FinalsEdit
Non-tournament matchesEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • In one of the most controversial matches in WWF history, Andre the Giant pinned Hulk Hogan to win the WWF World title when Ted DiBiase bribed Earl Hebner to count Hogan's shoulders despite the fact that they were not on the canvas. Dave Hebner (Earl's twin brother) was the assigned official. After the match, Andre The Giant surrended the championship belt to DiBiase, and Ted DiBiase was the WWF champion.
  • The following week, WWF President Jack Tunney declared that no champion can surrender his title to another wrestler, and if a wrestler surrenders a championship, he cannot have it returned. Therefore, the Federation title was vacant for the first time in its history.
  • Bobby The Brain Heenan & The Islanders dognapped Matilda (the British Bulldogs' mascot) in the months leading up to WrestleMania IV, which initiated the need to put Heenan himself in the match.

Additional NotesEdit

  • Trump Plaza is the only location to hold back-to-back WrestleMania events, and (up until 1994) it was the only venue to hold two events.
  • The second-round match between Hulk Hogan & Andre The Giant was the first WrestleMania Rematch at a WrestleMania event.
  • All three champions leaving the event (Randy Savage, Honky Tonk Man, and Demolition) held their respective championships for over 365 consecutive days. No one else held a major championship in the WWF (WWE) for that length of time until John Cena in 2006-'07.
  • The 20-man battle royal featured Junkyard Dog, George "The Animal" Steele, Harley Race, Sika, and the Killer Bees, which was the last WWF match for each man's current tenure with the company. Additionally, it was the last WrestleMania match for Danny Davis, Hillbilly Jim, Ken Patera, Jim Powers, "Outlaw" Ron Bass, and Sam Houston.
  • In addition to WrestleMania IV, there were festivities all weekend around Atlantic City, New Jersey, many of which WWE later adopted into its current week-long festivities around modern events.

The AftermathEdit

  • Randy Macho Man Savage retained the championship until the following year. His first televised challenger was One Man Gang on Saturday Night's Main Event.
  • The finale of the 20-man battle royal was supposed to launch the singles career of Bret Hart, which Vince McMahon felt was necessary because Bret was getting more fanmail than everyone except Hulk Hogan. Unfortunately, his push stalled quickly and the Hart Foundation was reunited.
  • Brutus Beefcake was set to receive a rematch with The Honky Tonk Man at the inaugural SummerSlam, but Outlaw Ron Bass jumped him and attacked Beefcake shortly before the event. As a result, Honky defended the title against a suprise challenge, and the Ultimate Warrior beat him in almost 30 seconds.
  • Demolition retained the championship belts for over 360 consecutive days, the last team to accomplish the feat. At that year's Survivor Series, Master Fuji fired Demolition and sided with the Powers of Pain in hopes that they would be able to surpass Demolition. In a rare miscalculation, Fuji was incorrect.
  • Strike Force and Demolition had a rematch for the titles, during which Rick Martel suffered a concussion and he was counted out. This match was held to explain Martel's absence while he renegotiated a contract with the WWF.
  • This event was one of the last appearances of Ricky Steamboat in the WWF before he went to NWA, where he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World championship.

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