WrestleMania Rewind Recap

A countdown of every single WrestleMania in history between 1985 and 2017 in one place. Scroll on down and look at some interesting facts and stats in our WrestleMania Rewind.

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WRESTLEMANIA I

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On March 31st, 1935, WrestleMania was born. Celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Cyndi Lauper and Liberace joined in the celebrations in New York’s Madison Square Garden as The A-Team’s Mr T teamed with the WWE Champion Hulk Hogan in the main event to take on the duo of  ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Ornforff and Rowdy Roddy Piper. Also, Wendi Richter battled with Fabulous Moolah for the Women’s Title and Andre the Giant met Big John Studd in a Bodyslam challenge.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 2

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After the success of WrestleMania, WrestleMania returned for a sequel in 1986 and in a bold move, it took place in three locations: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Hulk Hogan put his WWE Championship on the line against King Kong Bundy inside a Steel Cage, NFL players went to war with WWE Superstars in a Battle Royal and Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr T met once again, this time in a Boxing match.

 

WRESTLEMANIA III

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WrestleMania III went “Bigger, Badder, Better” as over 93,000 fans jammed packed the Pontiac Silverdome, a WrestleMania attendance record that would stand for 29 years. Fan favourite Hulk Hogan and the undefeated Andre the Giant clashed in a much-anticipated main event for the WWE Championship, while ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and ‘Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat put on one of WrestleMania’s greatest ever matches as they slugged it out with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.

 

WRESTLEMANIA IV

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Live from Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, 16 men battled out in a tournament to be crowned the new WWE Champion. After Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant’s WrestleMania III rematch ended in a double disqualification, it came down to ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and ‘The Million $ Dollar man’ Ted Di Biase in the final for the richest prize in sports entertainment. WrestleMania IV also saw a WrestleMania debut for Ultimate Warrior and Demolition began a historic Tag Team Championship reign after defeating Strike Force.

 

WRESTLEMANIA V

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It is the only time WrestleMania took place in the same venue back-to-back as future president of the USA Donald Trump once again played host to WrestleMania V. The ‘Mega Powers’ exploded  in the main event as former friends Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage battled in out for the WWE Championship. Elsewhere, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude looked to take the Intercontinental Championship away from Ultimate Warrior and future Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels made his WrestleMania debut.

 

WRESTLEMANIA VI

image: 406northlane.comWrestleMania VI saw the “Ultimate Challenge” as for the only time in WrestleMania history, it was WWE title vs Intercontinental title as Hulk Hogan went to war with the Ultimate Warrior in the main event as only one man could leave Toronto’s Skydome with both championships. The first Canadian WrestleMania also brought us a controversial Rowdy Roddy Piper who painted half his body black in a match against Bad News Brown and Mr Perfect suffered his first televised loss on his WrestleMania debut.

 

WRESTLEMANIA VII

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For the first time in five years, WrestleMania returned to Los Angeles as fans hoped to see the American hero Hulk Hogan take down controversial Iraqi sympathiser Sgt Slaughter in the main event and put the WWE Championship back in safe hands. We also witnessed a great encounter between Ultimate Warrior and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage in a Retirement match and The Undertaker made his WrestleMania debut defeating Jimmy Snuka on what was the beginning of an iconic undefeated streak.

 

WRESTLEMANIA VIII

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Over 62,000 fans flocked to the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis for a double main event as Ric Flair put his WWE Championship on the line against ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior made his return to the WWE after Hulk Hogan suffered a beat down from Papa Shango and Sid. However the match of the night saw Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart square off against Rowdy Roddy Piper with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.

 

 

WRESTLEMANIA IX

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WrestleMania IX went outdoors for the first time as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas played host to the world’s largest toga party. WrestleMania went all out on the Ancient Roman theme as we witnessed the 600lb Yokozuna defeat Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart in the main event to capture the WWE Championship but in a bizarre end to a bizarre show, Hulk Hogan defeated Yokozuna in a matter of seconds to crown another new WWE Champion. Elsewhere, Undertaker squared off against the 8 foot Giant Gonzales.

 

 

WRESTLEMANIA X

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WrestleMania X returned to Madison Square Garden as we witnessed one of the greatest WrestleMania matches off all time as Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon battled it out in the first ever Ladder match at the showcase of immortals with the Intercontinental title hanging high above the ring. In the main event, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart looked to capture the WWE Championship from Yokozuna in a WrestleMania IX rematch, after a devastating loss to brother Owen in the opening match of the night.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XI

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WrestleMania XI is regarded as one of the worst showcase of immortals in history, as former American football player Lawrence Taylor went head-to-head with Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event. Former friends Diesel and Shawn Michaels clashed over the WWE Championship, Bret Hart ended his fued with Bob Backlund in an “I Quit” match and Undertaker went 4-0 at WrestleMania with victory over King Kong Bundy.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XII

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From one of the worst WrestleMania’s to one of the best, as Shawn Michaels and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart went face-to-face in a thrilling 60 minute Ironman with the WWE Championship on the line, in what is regarded as one of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history. Elsewhere, Goldust and Rowdy Roddy Piper met in a unique Hollywood Backlot Brawl, Ultimate Warrior made his return to the WWE for the first time in over three years and Diesel became victim number five in the Undertaker’s undefeated streak.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 13

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With Ted Turner’s WCW piling the pressure on WWE, the “heat” was on and WrestleMania 13 marked the beginning of a new Attitude in the WWE as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret “The Hitman” Hart battled it out in a hard-hitting Submission match, one of WrestleMania’s greatest ever matches. Undertaker won the WWE Championship for the first time at the showcase of immortals in victory over Psycho Sid in the main event.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XIV

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In the midst of the Monday Night Wars with WCW, WWE went all out for WrestleMania XIV and recruited heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson to serve as guest enforcer as Stone Cold Steve Austin battled Shawn Michaels in the main event with the WWE Championship on the line. Undertaker faced his toughest WrestleMania battle in a fight against brother Kane, The Rock defended his Intercontinental Championship against Ken Shamrock and Triple H put his European title on the line against Owen Hart.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XV

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By the time WrestleMania XV came to Philadelphia, WWE were way ahead of WCW in the ratings battle of the Monday Night Wars and for the 15th installment of the showcase of immortals, The Rock defended his WWE Championship against Stone Cold in the first of three meetings between the two men at WrestleMania. Elsewhere, Undertaker and Big Boss Man went face-to-face inside the first Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania and Big Show made his WrestleMania debut against Mankind.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 2000

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WrestleMania 2000 was a unique showcase of immortals in many ways, as Triple H put the WWE Championship on the line against The Rock, Big Show and Mick Foley in a Fatal 4 Way main event with a “McMahon in every corner”. Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boys and The Dudley Boys thrilled the Anaheim crowd in a breath-taking Triangle Ladder match and  Kurt Angle lost both his Intercontinental and European titles without even being pinned.

 

WRESTLEMANIA X-SEVEN

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At what is considered the greatest WrestleMania of all time, WrestleMania X-SEVEN witnessed a shocking heel turn by Stone Cold who aligned with long-time rival Vince McMahon as he defeated The Rock in the main event to capture the WWE Championship. 67,000 fans in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas also saw another thrilling Tables, Ladders and Chairs match between The Dudleys, The Hardys and Edge & Christian and much more.

 

WRESTLEMANIA X8

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In his first WrestleMania in nine years, Hulk Hogan returned to the grandest stage of them all for a ‘Icon vs Icon’ battle, as the Hulkster went face-to-face with The Rock in one of the most anticipated matches in WrestleMania history. It was also a first WrestleMania in ten years for ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair as he became the tenth victim in The Undertaker’s undefeated streak and Triple H left Toronto as the new Undisputed WWE Champion after beating Chris Jericho in the main event.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XIX

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Over 54,000 fans sold out Seattle’s Safeco Field for WrestleMania XIX which produced a number of five-star matches, including Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship on his WrestleMania debut after defeating Kurt Angle in the main event. The Rock made it third time lucky against his greatest rival Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels returned to the WrestleMania stage for the first time in five years to battle Chris Jericho in the match of the night and Hulk Hogan looked to save his career in an hard-hitting Street Fight against the chairman, Vince McMahon.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XX

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WWE celebrated 20 years of the grand daddy of them all by returning to the venue where it all started, as Madison Square Garden hosted WrestleMania XX. Triple H put his World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit in the main event, while Kurt Angle looked to end the reign of WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero. WrestleMania XX also witnessed the return of the Deadman as Undertaker fought Kane once again at the showcase of immortals, while Goldberg and Brock Lesnar went face-to-face in a match remembered for all the wrong reasons. Elsewhere, John Cena toppled Big Show to win his first United States Championship, Trish Stratus turned her back on Chris Jericho in his defeat to Christian and Evolution battled Rock n’ Sock.

 

 

WRESTLEMANIA 21

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WrestleMania 21 went to Hollywood as the showcase of immortals headed to Los Angeles for the first time in 14 years. John Cena looked to secure his first WWE Championship against John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, while Royal Rumble winner Batista also aimed to win his first World Heavyweight Championship in the main event against former Evolution teammate Triple H. The ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton looked to end Undertaker’s streak, while Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels slugged it out in a WrestleMania classic.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 22

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WrestleMania 22 went “Big Time” but it was the night of the biggest underdog as Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat to win the World Heavyweight Championship in tribute to his late friend Eddie Guerrero. Elsewhere, John Cena battled with Triple H in the main event with the WWE Championship on the line, Shawn Michaels looked to take down the boss Vince McMahon and Edge went to war with Mick Foley in a Hardcore match.

 

 

WRESTLEMANIA 23

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20 years after Hogan slammed Andre in the Silverdome, WrestleMania 23 returned to Detroit “All Grown Up”. For the first time in nine years, Shawn Michaels looked to win the WWE Championship in the main event against John Cena, while Batista had to end the Undertaker’s streak in a bid to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. WrestleMania 23 also saw the ‘Battle of the Billionaires’ in which Donald Trump shaved Vince McMahon’s head bald.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXIV

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WrestleMania XXIV saw the showcase of immortals head to Florida for the first time as Orlando’s Citrus Bowl brought us the second outdoor WrestleMania ever. Undertaker aimed to win the World title at back-to-back WrestleMania’s against Edge in the main event, while Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather stepped into the ring with the 500lb Big Show. It was a night also remembered as 16-time world champion Ric Flair’s last hurrah, as Shawn Michaels ended the career of the ‘Nature Boy’ in the match of the night.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 25

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The 25th anniversary of WrestleMania headed to the Reliant Stadium in Houston and we witnessed one of the greatest matches of all time as two future Hall of Famer’s Undertaker and Shawn Michaels met one-on-one on the grandest stage. Elsewhere, Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton looked to take the WWE Championship away from Triple H, Edge put his World title on the line against Big Show and John Cena in a Triple Threat and brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy collided in an Extreme Rules match.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXVI

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Shawn Michaels looked to end the Undertaker’s undefeated streak for a second time as WrestleMania XXVI headed to Phoenix, except this time the Showstopper’s career was on the line as the two legends battled it out in the main event. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart returned to WrestleMania for the first time in 13 years with revenge in mind against Vince McMahon. Elsewhere, John Cena and Batista battled it out for the WWE Championship, while Chris Jericho put the World title on the line against Edge.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXVII

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For the first time in seven years, The Rock returned to the grandest stage as host of WrestleMania XXVII in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the People’s Champion would have a big role to play in the outcome of the main event as John Cena took on The Miz for the WWE Championship. Elsewhere, Triple H tried his hand at ending Undertaker’s 18-0 WrestleMania streak and Edge put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Alberto Del Rio.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII

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For the first time ever, WrestleMania XXVIII headed to Miami as we witnessed two of the most popular superstars clash in the main event as The Rock went head-to-head with John Cena.It was also the “End of an Era” as Triple H aimed to break the Undertaker’s streak for a third time on the grandest stage but this time they met inside Hell in a Cell. Elsewhere, Sheamus made light work of Daniel Bryan to win the World title and CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXIX

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Redemption was the aim of the game for John Cena at WrestleMania XXIX at the MetLife Stadium, as he looked for revenge over The Rock after his defeat at WrestleMania XXIX and win the WWE Championship in the main event. Brock Lesnar returned to WrestleMania for the first time in nine years to battle Triple H in a No Holds Barred match. CM Punk tried his luck against the undefeated Undertaker and Alberto Del Rio defended the World Championship against Jack Swagger.

 

WRESTLEMANIA XXX

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For the 30th edition of the showcase of immortals, WrestleMania XXX headed to the Superdome in New Orleans as fans witnessed Daniel Bryan finally reach the top of the mountain by defeating Randy Orton and Batista in a Triple Threat match to become WWE Champion. We also saw the biggest shock in WrestleMania history as Brock Lesnar conquered the streak of the Undertaker.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 31

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WrestleMania 31 headed to the San Francisco Bay Area and while Roman Reigns battled Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship in the main event, neither man would leave with the title as Seth Rollins successfully cashed in Money in the Bank to win his first WWE Championship. ‘The Icon’ Sting made his WrestleMania debut against Triple H, while Undertaker looked to bounce back from the streak ending a year earlier with victory over Bray Wyatt.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 32

WrestleMania 32 broke the all-time WrestleMania attendance record as over 100,000 fans packed the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Roman Reigns headlined the show for the second year running as he looked to become a three-time WWE Champion against Triple H. Shane McMahon risked it all in a bid to takeover Raw as he met The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell. Elsewhere, AJ Styles made his WrestleMania debut against Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose looked to conquer Brock Lesnar.

 

WRESTLEMANIA 33

WrestleMania 33 witnessed the end of one of the greatest superstars in WWE hisstory as Undertaker bid farewell after suffering his second defeat at WrestleMania to Roman Reigns in the main event. Brock Lesnar looked it third time lucky against Goldberg with the WWE Universal Championship on the line, Randy Orton bid for another WWE Championship when he faced Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins finally got his hands on Triple H in a non-sanctioned match.

 

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