In the first of our three-part journey through WrestleMania history, we celebrate all the good, the bad, the crazy and things you may not have known from WrestleMania I-XI.
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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 Orndorff 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.
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 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.
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.
It is the only time WrestleMania took place in the same venue back-to-back as the 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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