|Hogan helps Savage win|
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Wrestlemania IV featured something no other Wrestlemania had (or has): a tournament for a new world heavyweight champion. Hulk Hogan lost the title to Andre the Giant a month earlier on "the Main Event" and the giant promptly sold the belt to Ted DiBiase. WWF President Jack Tunney would have none of that and declared the title vacant, and crowning a new champion at Wrestlemania.
Fourteen WWF superstars, including Hogan and Andre, were pitted against each other in this single elimination tournament. I watched intently on closed circuit television at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis that Sunday afternoon back in March. I was in high school by this point, but still pulling for the baby faces (the only exception was that I was a HUGE Honky Tonk Man mark). I figured Hogan would NOT be winning the title back (even though I was completely devastated that he lost it in the first place), so I was pulling for Bam Bam Bigelow.
|Bam Bam gets screwed|
However, looking at the big picture, it makes a lot of sense that they put the title on Randy Savage. Macho Man had evolved and come a long way over the three years he had been working with the WWF. The fans were really starting to dig him and the WWF really needed someone to carry the torch as Hogan was leaving to make another movie. Fans got that torchbearer in Savage. And it didn't hurt that he had Elizabeth by his side. I think she helped bring fans to the table for Macho Man as well. They were truly the first couple of the WWF.