Hello wrestling fans, and welcome back to my journey through every single Wrestlemania: aka The Wrestling Signs of Yesteryear. Today we stop in 1990 to visit Toronto, Ontario Canada for Wrestlemania VI!
Of the first six Wrestlemanias, I’ve got to say I think this one was my favorite. Gorilla Monsoon and Jessie Ventura on commentary are simply gold, and I loved the production of the event from start to finish. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you look it up on the network. Hell, even if you have seen it, go watch it again.
(Before we go any further, if you’re not familiar with the way in which I take this journey through time and Wrestlemanias, you might want to go back to the beginning for a quick primer.)
Up to speed? Good! Let’s get to the signs.
- Best wrestler-specific sign One of the many distinctions of Wrestlemania VI was that it featured the first televised intergender tag team match in World Wrestling Federation history. It was Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) versus Randy Savage and Queen Sheri. I love this sign because not only was it very well done (despite the misspelling of Sapphire), but it also encapsulates BOTH of the wrestlers of that tag team in one simple, attractive sign.
- Most attractive sign Full disclosure: I’m not an Ultimate Warrior fan. He struck me as weird, and frankly his body looked fake. He looked like he was made of plastic. Maybe he actually was, I don’t know. But I love this sign, especially the lettering. Whoever made it did a superb job.
- Best non sequitur These were the very first signs I spotted in the crowd at Wrestlemania VI and thought: “Oh, my GOD those are perfect.” And I still think so.
- Overall WORST sign Sorry Hulkamaniacs, I can’t support this…sign? Does this even count as a sign? It’s a goddamn cardboard cutout. Could you imagine being the guy sitting behind the guy holding up a goddamn CARDBOARD CUTOUT of Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI? You paid a mint for your ticket and then you just get a view of Hogan’s cardboard ass.
- Overall BEST sign Honestly, who wouldn’t be down with Rowdy Roddy Piper for Canadian Prime Minister?
Roddy Piper was never elected Prime Minister of anything but our hearts, but that’s ok.
Hope you liked this edition of The Wrestling Signs of Yesteryear! See you next time from Los Angeles for Wrestlemania VII!
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