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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 07:20 am
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it's Andre's chance for revenge for his loss at WrestleMania 3.

I believe this 'show' became a 'Coliseum Video' and that's about it.

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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2020 11:45 pm
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I was there but far away to the point the sounds of the bumps and blows were delayed. It is fun to see it again with everything synced. Heenan is still in his tights after putting on a great Weaselsuit Match putting over Ultimate Warrior one hour earlier. He is none the worse for wear by this point.

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I liked this card much better than Summer Slam '88 overall. I thought it was a cool concept for a Colosseum Video release. It's too bad that the Wrestlefest videos released after this never went back to a live to tape show format.



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Lord Alfred totally trying to sandbag the commentary on this by asking Graham to talk during Hogan’s entrance and the asking Mooney to go over the rules again a minute after he had already explained them. I know Graham gets a lot of shit, but I think he really “got it”. You can see this twice in this match when he tells Alfred he’ll answer later and then tries to get back to commentary after Mooney and Al are arguiing about the rules.

And Al says they need to hit the cement floor. They’re on the fucking infield grass of County Stadium. Unreal.



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Mooney, Alfred, and Graham was my least favorite announce team ever. And I agree with Blazer, Graham was much better than the clueless idiots Mooney and Alfred.



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I give the WWF a lot of credit for knowing how to shoot matches in a stadium to make the place look as big and full as possible. Attendance for the card was about 27,000, which was great by stadium standards for the era with the ring in the baseball infield and distant seats not put on sale. The WWF knew to have cameras shoot towards the full part of the grandstands, going to often painstaking degrees to not shoot the empty part of the stadium. 

The WWF also always shot matches with the handheld camera on the floor, not the ring apron. I'm not sure of why this is, but shooting from the floor makes any stadium or arena seem much larger while shooting from the apron makes it seem smaller. WCW did the opposite of the WWF and so often its big crowds during Nitro's run on top looked smaller than they actually were due to this practice. 

Meanwhile, the AWA had big stadium shows at Comiskey Park in September of 1985 and The Metrodome in April of 1986, drawing 21,000 and 22,000 respectively. Yet the AWA's positioning of the hard cameras and handhelds seemed to lack any common sense, constantly using bad angles and shooting towards empty seats when there was a great crowd if they'd just pointed the cameras in a different direction.

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Hogan vs Andre rematch should have been another PPV or at the least an 'around the horn house show rematch'

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The match itself, argh. I dunno. After seeing Mania III, Survivor Series, The Main Even Feb '88, and Mania IV. I think they shot their load with Hogan/Andre.

This match still has the classic bullshit with the heel trying to go over the top when it is 1,000 times easier to just go through the door. Or the "gate" as Alfred kept calling it.



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Yeah, it was time to move on. Not only did they do the match at the four cards Blazer mentioned, there was also the Summerslam '88 main event about a month after this. The match was played out and a lot of smoke and mirrors were used to hide the fact that Andre had little to nothing left as a wrestler. Hogan and Andre had a few more matches during August of 1988, but I don't think they worked together again after Summerslam.

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