Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior
What the main event should have been: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior
I don’t mean to keep copping out, and I promise I do have some changes coming up, but there would have been no better main event for WrestleMania VI than the one we got at the Skydome in Toronto. During this time in WWE, Hulk Hogan was still the most popular star, but The Ultimate Warrior was right on his heels. With the face paint, the crazy energy and the wildly ridiculous promos, he had become a major attraction in his own right and was riding high as the Intercontinental Champion, which actually did mean something back then.
So you’ve got two babyface megastars here that everyone wanted to see go at it, and the WWE Universe finally got that chance at the 1990 Royal Rumble. The Ultimate Warrior had entered at No. 21 and Hogan wasn’t too far behind at No. 25. The Hulkster quickly eliminated Jimmy Snuka and Haku, and Warrior threw out Tito Santana as Hogan threw out The Honky Tonk Man. A young Shawn Michaels came in at No. 26, but he was out in 12 seconds at the hands of Warrior, who also eliminated Rick Martel, leaving Warrior and Hogan as the only two in the ring.
The crowd went nuts for this, and while they only went at it for a short time, everyone knew there was something there. Hogan would eventually help eliminate Warrior and went on to win the match, but he then had to know if Hulkamania was the biggest force in WWE and “The Ultimate Challenge” was on. The main event at WrestleMania VI was never going to be a technical masterpiece, and it didn’t need to be. The atmosphere was electric, and for more than 22 minutes, Hogan and Warrior battled back and forth and told an amazing story in the ring. It was a match in which the outcome really was up in the air, and it was quite the shock when The Ultimate Warrior picked up a clean 1-2-3 on Hogan to win the WWE Championship.