Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage formed the Mega Powers in 1988 and dominated WWE, battling top heels until personal jealousy came between them. WrestleMania V was tagged “The Mega Powers Explode,” and the event poster perfectly captured that.
It’s big, bright, bold, colorful and full of personality, much like the company at that point in time.
Savage’s scowl, Hogan’s snarl and the cloud of fire behind them…this is pro wrestling artistry in 1989.
- Hercules def. King Haku
- Big Boss Man and Akeem def. The Rockers
- “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase vs. Brutus Beefcake ended in a double count-out
- The Bushwhackers def. The Fabulous Rougeaus
- Mr. Perfect def. The Blue Blazer
- WWE tag team champions Demolition def. The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji in a 3-on-2 handicap match
- Dino Bravo def. “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin
- The Brain Busters def. Strike Force
- Jake “The Snake” Roberts def. Andre the Giant via disqualification
- The Hart Foundation def. Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man
- “Ravishing” Rick Rude def. intercontinental champion The Ultimate Warrior to win the title
- Bad News Brown vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan went to a no-contest
- The Red Rooster def. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
- Hulk Hogan def. WWE champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage to win the title
Did the PPV Live Up to the Poster?
Yes, but not because it was good.
WrestleMania V is a slog to sit through. Like the begrudging classic Halloween 5 released that same year (1989), it’s slow, not particularly exciting and doesn’t really become interesting until the end.
That end, though, pits Hogan against Savage in the culmination of a year-long feud and is one of the great main events of those early WrestleManias.
So, it’s fitting that the show was sold on the explosion of the Mega Powers, as seen on the classic poster.