WRESTLEMANIA VIII: This Place Has Turned Into an Asylum

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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WrestleMania VIII (April 5, 1992) – Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN) – Main Events: Ric Flair vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (WWF Championship) and Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice – Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, and Sean Mooney.

WrestleMania VIII is the golden era of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, the pinnacle of all wrestling announce teams. What makes Monsoon and Heenan so good is that they are simultaneously able to call the match in front of them, bicker like an old married couple, keep the audience informed of ongoing story lines, and promote the rest of the card. Compare that to the current WWE announce team of Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler, which can’t do any two of those things at the same time: Cole and JBL can bicker well enough, but that turns the King into a third wheel telling canned jokes like…

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