March 31st, 1985 was the birth of a wrestling extravaganza, known as WrestleMania. It was a huge risk by WWE chairman Vince McMahon but it was one that ultimately paid off.
Date: March 31, 1985
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
1. Tito Santana df. The Executioner
2. King Kong Bundy df. Special Delivery Jones
3. Ricky Steamboat df Matt Borne
4. David Sammartino fought Brutus Beefcake to a no contest
5. Junkyard Dog df Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine by DQ
6. Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik df The US Express to become new WWE Tag Team Champions
7. Andre the Giant df Big John Studd in a Bodyslam Challenge
8. Wendi Richter df Lelani Kai to become new WWE Women’s Champion
9. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T df Rowdy Roddy Riper and Paul Orndorff in a Tag Team match
Gallery (all images credited to wwe.com)
5 Facts about WrestleMania I
1. WrestleMania I was the only time that the main event featured a Tag Team match. Only one other main event has featured four men, which was at WrestleMania 2000 when Triple H defended the WWE Championship in a Fatal Four Way. It is also the only WrestleMania not to feature a WWE Championship match.
2. Among the celebrities as the first WrestleMania was Liberace and Muhammed Ali, who served as special guest time-keeper and guest referee/enforcer for the main event respectively. Singer Cyndi Lauper accompanied Wendi Richter to the ring for her Women’s title match.
3. The name ‘WrestleMania’ is credited to legendary ring announcer Howard Finkel getting inspiration from The Beatles ‘Beatlemania’ frenzy, but former booker George Scott claims he came up with the name. WrestleMania was nearly called ‘The Colossal Tussle’ but per Scott’s story, he managed to convince McMahon around to the more iconic name.
4. Mr T was one of only two celebrities to compete in the main event at WrestleMania, with Lawrence Taylor being the other celebrity to compete in the main event when he faced off against Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI.
5. King Kong Bundy defeated SD Jones in 24 seconds but the match was originally only meant to last just nine seconds, which would have been a record at the time. Bundy claimed that SD Jones was at fault in that he did not want to lose in a quick match and would not go to the mat when he was supposed to.