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Today in Nerd History | April 2

Step into the ring, folks, because today we’re throwing it back to a monumental clash that rocked the wrestling world to its core.  So, let’s body slam our way into some nerdy facts about this iconic event!

1989: Hogan vs Savage (WrestleMania V)

On this day, we turn the spotlight to WrestleMania V, held in 1989, where Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage squared off in an epic showdown that’s still talked about by wrestling fans today. Dubbed “The Mega Powers Explode,” this match was the culmination of a year-long storyline that saw two of wrestling’s biggest icons go from the best of friends to the fiercest of rivals.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • A Storyline for the Ages: The Hogan vs. Savage rivalry was built on a storyline that began the previous year, involving jealousy, betrayal, and the Miss Elizabeth angle, which added a deeply personal element to their feud, making the WrestleMania V clash highly anticipated.
  • Record-Breaking Attendance: WrestleMania V was held at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, drawing a staggering crowd and achieving one of the highest attendance records for a wrestling event at the time, proving the massive drawing power of both Hogan and Savage.
  • The Match Outcome: In a battle that had fans on the edge of their seats, Hulk Hogan emerged victorious, reclaiming the WWF Championship from Savage. This win not only marked another milestone in Hogan’s legendary career but also solidified the event’s place in wrestling history as one of the most memorable WrestleManias ever.

WrestleMania V wasn’t just another wrestling event; it was a spectacle that showcased the storytelling prowess of the WWF (now WWE), the charisma of its superstars, and the passion of its fans. Hogan vs. Savage remains a defining moment in the annals of wrestling history, a testament to the power of narrative in sports entertainment. So, here’s to remembering the drama, the action, and the sheer spectacle of “The Mega Powers Explode” on this day in Nerd History. Let’s keep the spirit of wrestling nostalgia alive and kicking!

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