Twenty-two years ago this weekend, live from Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J., the main event of WrestleMania V featured HULK HOGAN taking on WWF Champion 'Macho Man' Randy Savage in the culmination of what is considered by many to be the BEST wrestling storyline of ALL TIME.
Long story short, a friendship had formed between once-bitter enemies Savage and Hulk, resulting in them forming the "Mega-Powers." Although successful as a tag team, over time WWF Champion Savage started having doubts about Hogan, feeling the former champ was treating him like a "second banana" at best, at worst like a "third wheel" - and, even worse than the worst, that the Hulkster had more than a professional interest in their manager, Macho Man's long-time valet Miss Elizabeth.
At the first big event ever held at the new Milwaukee Bradley Center, the lid blew off the slowly building tensions. Due to mishaps with their match that night an insanely emotion-charged Macho claimed that Hogan 'lusted' for Elizabeth & went totally berserk in a postmatch backstage confrontation (Hi-Speed | Dialup) aired live on NBC's "The Main Event" Feb. 3, 1989, setting up Hogan's challenge for the WWF Championship.
With Miss Elizabeth in a neutral corner, the dramatic WrestleMania V "cat and mouse" game found Savage playing his 'dirty tricks' card early and often, pressing for advantage with eye-gouging, choking, and at one point resorting to pulling his estranged valet/manager in the way of a Hogan punch. Raging back and forth, the battle eventually spilled outside of the ring, leading to Miss Elizabeth becoming emotionally involved and ultimately ejected from the ring area.
Back in the ring, after damaging Hogan's throat and following with his patented elbow drop off the top rope Savage tried for a pinfall but Hogan, "reaching deep inside," hulked up and hit back with punches, a big boot and leg drop for the victory and his 2nd WWF Championship.