31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days: WrestleMania 2

After the success of WrestleMania, WWE took an even bigger risk at WrestleMania 2 as the event aired from three different locations on the same night: Long Island, Chicago and Los Angeles.

image: thewrestlingmania.com

image: thewrestlingmania.com

Date: April 7, 1986
Location: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Long Island, NY / Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont,IL / The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 40, 085 (combined)

Results

1. Paul Orndoff fought Magnificent Muraco to a double countout

2. Randy Savage df George Steele to retain Intercontinental Championship

3. Jake Roberts df George Wells

4. Mr. T df Roddy Piper by DQ in a Boxing Match

5. The Fabulous Moolah df Velvet McIntyre to retain Women’s Championship

6. Corporal Kirchner df Nikolai Volkoff in a Flag match

7. Andre the Giant won the 20 man WWE vs NFL Battle Royal

8. British Bulldogs df Dream Team to become new WWE Tag Team Champions

9. Ricky Steamboat df Hercules Hernandez

10. Adrian Adonis df Uncle Elmer

11. Terry and Hoss Funk d Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana

12. Hulk Hogan df King Kong Bundy in a Cage match to retain WWE Championship

Gallery (all Images credited to wwe.com)

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5 Facts about WrestleMania II

1. WrestleMania 2 is the only time the event was held in more than one location on one night. Uniondale in New York held the first hour, Chicago the second before Los Angeles held the final hour of the show. WrestleMania 2 also owns a very unique fact: it was the only time the event was held on a Monday.

2. It was feared that Rowdy Roddy Piper, a legit amateur boxer in his youth, would not go according to script in his Boxing match with Mr. T due to backstage heat between the two men. Ordinarily a boxer’s hand is taped while open but WWE had Piper make fists and then wrapped them with the tape, so his punches to Mr T would be less damaging.

3. This was the first time the WWE Championship was defended at WrestleMania as Hulk Hogan successfully retained his title in a Steel Cage match against King Kong Bundy. This was also the only time a Steel Cage match took place at a WrestleMania. It is reported that Jimmy Snuka was once considered to turn heel and face Hogan at the event, but the Hulkster declined the match.

4. The event also marked the first time a Battle Royal took place at a WrestleMania, which was won by the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ Andre the Giant. Nowadays, Andre’s legacy lives on in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

5. Bret Hart made his debut at WrestleMania II as he finished runner-up in the Battle Royal. ‘The Hitman’ would go on to compete in the next 11 straight WrestleMania’s, including three WWE Championship main events. Hart was originally supposed to face Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, but plans were changed a few weeks before with Steamboat taking on Hercules instead.

WWE Network subscribers can relive WrestleMania II at this link.

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