In honor of the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania, starting today and ending on the day before WrestleMania (April 4th), I will be posting a "Mania Match of the Day". Now this match could be a long forgotten opener or a fantastic main event or anywhere in between. Some of the matches I've picked out are logical choices but some matches, especially ones from the early WrestleManias, were picked from the undercard. Each day will feature a new match and I will be going in chronological order, starting with WrestleMania I. And now ... our opening contest ...
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs. The Junkyard Dog – 4
This was pretty basic with JYD gaining the early control that culminated with a nice punch to the face after he caught Valentine’s kick. Valentine came back and began to work over JYD’s left leg in an effort to soften him up for the figure four. Valentine went for it and got kicked off into the corner. A great job of selling by JYD as he hopped around the ring on one foot. Jimmy Hart took a seriously sick bump off the apron and smacked his head on the unprotected floor when JYD rammed him and Valentine together. JYD came out with a flurry of punches but Valentine took JYD down and hooked the ropes for leverage to gain a pinfall. Then, Tito Santana runs out, tells the ref what happened and the ref counts Valentine out of the ring to give JYD the win by count-out. This may not seem like a huge description for this match but believe me, you’re not missing much if you miss this. JYD’s offense what pretty cool but the odd finish destroyed any shot this had at a semi-recommendable rating.