WrestleMania VI: The Ultimate Challenge was the sixth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on April 1, 1990, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Robert Goulet sang the Canadian National Anthem.
As provided verbatim in WWF Magazine, June 1990, pg. 31:
- Rick "The Model" Martel beat Koko B. Ware with a Boston crab.
- Demolition beat the Colossal Connection for the WWF Tag Team Title when Smash pinned Haku.
- Earthquake used his vertical splash to outdo Hercules.
- Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake upended Mr. Perfect when the Barber bounced Perfect's head off the ringpost.
- Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown were counted out for brawling on the arena floor.
- The Hart Foundation crushed the Bolsheviks when Bret "Hit Man" Hart pinned Boris Zhukov.
- The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana with a clothesline off the top turnbuckle.
- Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire outclassed the Macho King Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri when Sapphire pinned the queen.
- The Orient Express scored a count-out victory over The Rockers.
- Hacksaw Jim Duggan pinned Dino Bravo after hitting him with the two-by-four.
- The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase ousted Jake "The Snake" Roberts via count-out.
- Big Boss Man spike-slammed Akeem to score the win.
- Ravishing Rick Rude polished off Superfly Jimmy Snuka with the Rude Awakening.
- Ultimate Warrior unseated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan to win the titles.
Road to WrestleManiaEdit
- At the 1990 Royal Rumble, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and WWF Intercontinental champion Ultimate Warrior were the only competitors in the ring for a spell. They criss-crossed each other on the ropes, and then landed colliding clotheslines on each other before the next participant entered the match. As a result of their stalemate, a match between the two men was scheduled as the main event for WrestleMania VI. A couple weeks after the announcement of the match was made, the "title for title" stipulation was added to the match.
- During a match between Andre the Giant and Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase and Virgil stole the bag in which Damien was kept, but Jake Roberts pursued them and retrieved it. That attempted burglary sparked a program between Roberts and DiBiase which extended through the next 12 months. Eventually, The Snake gave DiBiase a dose of his own medicine and stole the Million Dollar title, placing it Damien's bag for safe keeping. During The Brother Love show in early February 1990, DiBiase purchased the services of Big Boss Man from Slick to apprehend the championship; however, when Boss Man learned that Slick was paid for his work, Boss Man returned the bag to Roberts, still with the belt inside. As it was, Boss Man was merely trying to uphold justice; thus turning him into a babyface in the WWF. As a result, two matches were signed for WrestleMania VI. In addition to the match between Ted DiBiase and Jake Roberts for possession of the Million Dollar title, Big Boss Man faced his former-partner Akeem. Slick managed the team known as the Twin Towers as far back as October 1988.
- WWF Tag Team champions Demolition lost their titles to the Brain Busters on a July 1989 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, thanks in large part to Andre the Giant. Demolition regained the titles from the Busters a couple months later, but their issues with Andre the Giant remained. Bobby Heenan paired Andre with Haku as the Colossal Connection, and the duo defeated Demolition decisively to win the titles. Demolition and the Connection feuded for the next couple months, culminating with this rematch at WrestleMania VI.
- Brutus The Barber Beefcake wrestled The Genius (who was Mr. Perfect's manager) at the 1990 Royal Rumble, a match that was disrupted by Mr. Perfect. Perfect and Genius double-teamed Beefcake. As a result, a grudge match between Perfect and Beefcake was scheduled.
- During the 30-man Royal Rumble match, Rowdy Roddy Piper eliminated Bad News Brown but the ornery Brown retaliated by pulling Piper out of the match itself.
- Upon the acquisition of The Orient Express, Master Fuji sold the contracts of the Powers Of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian) to separate managers. Slick obtained the services of The Warlord and Bobby Heenan signed The Barbarian, whose match against Tito Santana was one of his first under Heenan's guidance.
- Sapphire helped Dusty Rhodes beat the Big Boss Man on Saturday Night's Main Event by distracting Slick when he was about to give Boss Man a nightstick. The new couple quickly crossed paths with the "royal couple" of the Macho King and Queen Sherri at the 1990 Royal Rumble.
- This event was the first international WrestleMania, coming out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto is the only city to host a WrestleMania outside of the United States.
- This was the first WrestleMania event since the epic WrestleMania III to feature ring carts to get the wrestlers to and from the backstage area. Unfortunately, this event was also the last (latest?) time that the ring carts were used for WrestleMania.
- For many years before his stint in the WWF, Dino Bravo was known to the wrestling world as a Canadian hero, so wrestling purists often pinpoint this Canadian crowd chanting "USA! USA!" in favor of Hacksaw Jim Duggan over their countryman as an eye-rolling moment of "sports entertainment."
- After the main event, WWF President Jack Tunney declared that he would not sanction a rematch between Hogan and Warrior. Surprisingly, he remained true to his edict and the two never wrestled in the WWF again, although they did have a rematch in October 1998 for World Championship Wrestling.
- Additionally, Tunney declared that the requirements of champions within the WWF was so demanding that it would be unfair and unreasonable to except any man to hold two championships simultaneously; therefore, he stripped WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior of the WWF Intercontinental championship and established an eight-man single-elimination tournament to declare a new champion.
- As a result, Mr. Perfect defeated Tito Santana in the finals for the WWF Intercontinental championship when Bobby The Brain Heenan came to the ring to align himself with Perfect. Perfect and Santana reached the finals by beating Jimmy Snuka and Akeem, respectively, and matches between Roddy Piper & Rick Martel and Brutus Beefcake & Dino Bravo ended in a double-disqualification and double count-out, respectively.
- Because the two most popular wrestlers in the WWF were not permitted to fight each other, SummerSlam '90 featured the first ever "double main event" on WWF pay-per-view when Warrior defended against Ravishing Rick Rude in a steel cage and Hogan faced Earthquake in an emotional grudge match.
- The Ultimate Warrior retained the WWF Championship until January 1991 when Randy Savage cost him a title match against Sgt. Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble, leading to their retirement match.
- WWF Tag Team champions Demolition added a third member (Crush) to their team, and they wrestled under "Freebird rules" where any two members could defend the championships on any given night. Their reign only lasted until SummerSlam '90 when Hart Foundation won the titles after Legion of Doom interfered.
- Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage continued feuding through SummerSlam '90 when a mystery person started to woo Sapphire with expensive gifts. As a result, Sapphire no-showed her match against Sensational Queen Sherri at SummerSlam and Savage beat Rhodes. Shortly thereafter, Ted DiBiase revealed himself as the mysterious benefactor.