WWF decided to run in the huge Hiran Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico  on October 19, 1985. It wasn’t a great way to start the evening…and then the storm kicked in.

A tiny 1,200 fans showed up to the giant stadium, probably because the weather schedule wasn’t set for anything good. Mid-way through Hogan/Studd, the rainstorm starts and well…it isn’t pretty.

Worth a cheap laugh, if nothing else. Poor Gorilla Monsoon has to commentate and announce by himself. WWE keeps on tempting fate by having outdoor venues for Wrestlemania and manages to get away with it.

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Hiran Bithorn Stadium – October 19, 1985 (1,200)

Tony Atlas vs. Steve Lombardi

Cpl. Kirchner vs. Tiger Chung Lee

Ricky Steamboat vs. Moondog Spot

Women’s Champion Wendi Richter (w/ Cyndi Lauper) vs. the Spider Lady (w/ the Fabulous Moolah)

World Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Big John Studd

B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Barry O

IC Champion Tito Santana vs. Randy Savage

Pedro Morales vs. The Spoiler

  • Monsoon is right, geez. I would have hated to be at that show

  • MANnY

    McMahon done sold his soul to the devil. That’s why WM don’t get all rained out.

  • TPlush

    How old is this video? I noticed Beniot in the list of May birthdays.

    • The Coach

      Did you notice the WWE 24/7 Logo in the upper right corner? 

  • Samuel

    Re: WM it helps that they have a giant bloody covering/screens/cells/etc. above it. And also that its in places like Miami instead of Colchester.

    • Scott

      Yeah, unless you got some bad wind with the rain and what not, there should be no problems other than the people sitting in the stands having soggy signs and wet chairs, and the pyrotechnics would be, at least at the stage, be out of the question

    • Joe

      Next year is in New Jersey. Around that time of year you could still theoretically get a freak blizzard rolling through.

      • Scott

        Yeah. This year, it was perfect in the Northeast, and they could have EASILY pulled off a Wrestlemania at the Meadowlands. April weather though is just so screwy, one year, early April can be like an early June, the next year, like you said, you could have a freak blizzard, or very cold, raw, rainy weather making an appearance.

  • Overusedusername

    Reminds me of a show in Austria, only the promoter decided to remove the middle rope to give a clearer shot for video.


  • cavalier

    Why didn’t they just cancel the show? Would the money lost be worth the damage done to the equipment, wrestlers, and stage hands? Were they afraid it would hurt their image? It’s crazy.

  • Mr. McMahon

    Yeah, by committing to stadium shows for Wrestlemanias they really limited themselves to where they can perform for that time of year. Banking on global warming? They should take it overseas, but they’re afraid the results will be on the internet and it will stop people from buying it.

    • Coal Miner’s Glove

      It’s only been 3 times since 1994, though, that they’ve held the show in a full-outdoor venue, so worrying about weather for pyro/fan comfort/cable hazards is less of an issue than one might think.

      I’m more surprised they’ve never run Mania at the Superdome in New Orleans. It’s hosted pretty much every big event one can think of, the city has more hotel rooms for its size than any city in the States with the possible exception of Vegas, and what fan wouldn’t like the idea of a weekend of pro-graps, nice weather, like-minded people, and cheap, readily-available adult beverages?

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    • Mr. McMahon

      Source code for “Yes! Yes!…”

  • OctoberRaven

    Actually, it was supposed to T-Storm on April 1st, but it decided to rain the day before instead.

    Honestly we could have done with a little rain, I went early to beat traffic and to check out the merch tables.

    Sadly, there were no Mark Henry shirts available anywhere 🙁

  • Dusty’s Muffler

    Wow, the slingshot spot in the Wendi Richter/Spider Lady match was just awesome.

  • There should be a drinking game for how many times Monsoon said “treacherous”.

  • Gotta love the fans using their chairs as umbrellas.

    Also, the rainfall saved the Hogan/Studd match. It was pretty dull before then.

  • Cheezymadman

    Monsoon in a Monsoon? Nice.

  • Adam Curry

    That Macho Man match is officially the worst match I’ve ever seen. Fucking embarrassing… this is one match that deserves the dreaded -***** rating


    only 1,200 showed up because if im not mistaken Carlos Colon ran a hell of a show that same weekend.

    • Jamey De Santo

      That’s right! Capitol Sports Promotions(Which Gorilla Monsoon actually owned a piece of!) ran a card that evening with Carlos Colon vs Abdullah, Austin Idol vs Hercules, The Youngbloods, Harley Race, etc. Top to bottom it was easily the better card and drew 10X the amount WWF did the same day 15 minutes away.

  • Dynamo11

    One of the reasons WrestleMania will never be held at Wembley. Knowing the Great British Weather it’d piss it down