|Nassau Coliseum/Rosemont Horizon/L.A. Sports Arena - 4/7/86|
'Mania 2 was possibly the strangest of them all. It took place from three different locations on a Monday(!) night. The multi-venue format was clearly in response to Jim Crockett's Starrcade '85 being broadcast from two venues a few months earlier. Three is bigger than two I guess, so Vince opted for a live one-hour card from three different time zones. Unfortunately this made for a rather uneven show, and worse, the commentary suffered as the A-crew was split up and paired with B-level commentators and/or celebrities who knew nothing about the product.
Each hour of the show featured a main event match, preceded by three undercard matches (some of which were oddly truncated to the point that their inclusion at all is rather baffling).
The Nassau portion of the show was easily the weakest, headlined by a worked boxing match between Piper and Mr. T. There is little in the sports-entertainment business that is less exciting to me than pretend boxing. It simply doesn't work, especially when neither participant is particularly good at it. Neither of them looked like legitimate fighters and the match was little more than a barrage of pulled punches. An actual wrestling match could have been much more entertaining.
|Wow, this stunk...|
The first third of the show was notable for the WrestleMania debuts of Randy Savage and Jake Roberts, neither of whom really got to show what they were capable of. The opening match on this show was probably the most disappointing, as on paper Don Muraco vs. Paul Orndorff looks pretty good. Sadly they were only given about 4 minutes and they went to a rushed double countout. Savage's match was by default the best of the Nassau portion, but it was little more than a comedic spectacle as his opponent George "The Animal" Steele was so uncontrollable.