April 4, 1993
Unfortunately for us all, the shitshow between Hogan & Sid at WrestleMania VIII was not Hogan’s swan song. Hogan is back, and he’s brought his cronies (and a black eye after a jet ski accident—or maybe he was punched by Randy Savage the night prior, as there are conflicting stories).
I.R.S. starts the match with Beefcake, who is sporting a protective mask because of his broken face. Seems a little unfair to wear for a face, but whatever, it’s Hogan’s team.
This is Hogan’s first WrestleMania tag match since the inaugural event. The faces dominate until Money Inc. decides to take their belts and go home, but The Fink makes the announcement that referee Earl Hebner has decided that if the champs are counted out, they will lose the titles. DiBiase and I.R.S. rush back and the battle restarts.
It becomes a very traditional tag match as the heels isolate Hogan in the corner, using referee distraction and double teaming to their advantage. DiBiase eventually locks on the Million Dollar Dream, but of course Hogan begins to fight out of it. Surprisingly he starts to fade again, and when the ref goes to admonish I.R.S. for getting in the ring, Beefcake jumps in and puts the sleeper on the Million Dollar Man from behind, subverting the heel/face dynamic they’d been working in. By the time Hebner turns around, both men are out.
The simultaneous tag happens, and Beefcake comes in for an alright hot tag until DiBiase nails Beefcake from behind with the halliburton. It falls back in to isolating the face, this time The Barber. Dibiase gets the protective mask off of Beefcake and both men unload with punches on Brutus’ reconstructed face. Beefcake fights back and instead of making the hot tag to Hogan, locks a sleeper on I.R.S. DiBiase hits him from behind, and they careen in to the ref.
After another double tag, Hogan takes out the heels with Beefcake’s mask. Each MegaManiac pins a heel, Jimmy Hart jumps in the ring, turns his jacket inside out to reveal a black and white striped jacket (WWE refs wore blue shirts then anyway, so what the hell), and counts three. Hogan for some reason thinks this counts. A second ref runs in and announces that Money Inc. has won by disqualification thanks to Hogan taking both men out with a weapon. The “faces” threaten to beat up Danny Davis and then let Hart toss him over the top. Some good guys.
The thing is, this match isn’t that bad. It’s a serviceable tag match. But the finish becomes so convoluted and messy that it ruins anything redeemable. But hey, at least Hogan was only on the middle of the card, right?