It’s 1987, the stage is the Pontiac Silverdome, as a 29-year WrestleMania record of 93,000 fans witnessed Hulk Hogan slam the 500 pounder Andre the Giant in the main event of WrestleMania III.
Date: March 29, 1987
Location: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
1. Cam-Am Connection df Bob Orton & Magnificent Muraco
2. Billy Jack Haynes fought Hercules to a double countout in a Full Nelson Challenge
3. Hillbilly Jim, Haiti Kid and Little Beaver df King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo by DQ in a six-man mixed tag team match.
4. Harley Race df Junkyard Dog in a ‘Loser must bow’ match
5. Dream Team df Rougeau Brothers
6.Rowdy Roddy Piper df Adrian Adonis in a ‘Hair vs Hair’ match
7. Hart Foundation & Danny Davis df British Bulldogs & Tito Santana in a Six-man Tag Team match
8. Butch Reed df Koko B. Ware
9. Ricky Steamboat df Randy Savage to become new Intercontinental Champion
10. Honky Tonk Man df Jake Roberts
11. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff df Killer Bees by DQ
12. Hulk Hogan df Andre the Giant to retain WWE Championship
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5 Facts about WrestleMania III
1. The reported attendance of 93,173 stood as the record for the highest indoor attendance record for 23 years, but there are claims that this number is false and that the event’s real attendance was around 78,000. This record stood for 29 years until WrestleMania 32 when 101, 763 packed the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to set a new WrestleMania attendance record, but this is figure is also disputed. However, the claimed WrestleMania 32 attendance of 93, 730 would still be a WrestleMania record.
2. Andre the Giant’s loss to Hulk Hogan in the main event not only captured one of WrestleMania’s most famous screenshots when Hogan slammed the giant but it was also the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’s’ first pinfall loss after going 15 years unbeaten. It took a lot of convincing by Vince McMahon to persuade Andre to compete at WrestleMania III who suffered from severe back pain. Andre underwent back surgery to be able to fight Hogan but if it did not work out, Paul Orndorff waited in the wings as a possible replacement for Andre.
3. WrestleMania III also saw some unique matches with the first and only Loser Must Bow match, the only Full Nelson challenge in WrestleMania history. The six-man mixed tag team match is the only WrestleMania that featured midget wrestling. In this match, Bundy was not meant to elbow drop Little Beaver which proved a career ending moment for Bundy.
4. A new Intercontinental Champion was crowned for the first time at WrestleMania as Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage to claim his first and only title in the WWE in a match regarded as one of the best matches in WrestleMania history. It was the first of eight times that the Intercontinental Championship changed hands on the WrestleMania main card.
5. Rowdy Roddy Piper’s match with Adrian Adonis watch billed as his retirement match but he would go on to compete in four more WrestleMania’s against Bad News Brown (VI), Bret Hart (VIII), Goldust (XII) and Chris Jericho (25).
WWE Network subscribers can relive WrestleMania III at this link.