Top 5 Memorable WrestleMania Events
The time period between mid-March to early April every year tends to be time for Wrestlemania. The WWE’s (and pro wrestling’s) biggest event of the year. The 2020 edition of the show was hampered because the Coronavirus outbreak and rulings against holding sporting events with big crowds. There are however, 35 past events that wrestling fans can watch through the WWE Network on your computer, DVD or VHS tape. As a way of killing time staying home during this virus outbreak here are the Top 5 Wrestlemania Events.
Date: March 31, 1985
The first event held under the Wrestlemania name was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was headlined by WWF Champion Hulk Hogan teaming up with famed TV personality Mr. T to go up against villains “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. To add to the showcase of the event, it also featured former Baseball player Billy Martain as the ring announcer for the main event, Liberace as the guest “timekeeper”, and Muhammad Ali as the outside referee.
The show took place early in the day, now it is held on Sunday night, and the rest of the show featured such celebrities as Cyndi Lauper at ringside for the woman’s title match and famed past wrestling hero Bruno Sammartino managing his son David against Brutus Beefcake.
The show tends to get promoted more as being the first Wrestlemania as the matches weren’t the greatest to watch (even today) but it is still a decent show to enjoy.
Date: April 1, 1990
The first Wrestlemania event to take place “internationally” as WrestleMania 6 was held in Toronto, Canada at the Skydome stadium. The main event that got most fans’ attention was WWF Champion Hulk Hogan facing off against Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior in a match where both fan favorites put up their titles.
This big show also featured the last major appearance of Andre The Giant in a match where he and his partner Haku defended the WWF Tag Team Titles against Ax and Smash of Demolition. The wild brawl between famed wildman Roddy Piper against Bad News Brown, and the matchup between two big men as Big Bossman faced off against his former partner Akeen the African dream.
Famed singer Robert Goulet sang “Oh Canada” to open the show that also featured comedian Steve Allen and gossip columnist Rona Barrett. This event, while good to watch, is often thought of as the last of the Hulkamania wrestling boom of the 1980s. The pro wrestling business took a major downturn after this event.
Date: April 6, 2014
Taking place at the Louisiana Superdome, this event featured crowd favorite Daniel Bryan’s first face-off against WWE big wig Triple H and the main event for the WWE Title with Randy Orton and Batista. Another big match that drew 65,000 people to the arena was The Undertaker facing off against Brock Lesnar in a match where the Undertaker put his famed Wrestlemania undefeated streak of 21 and 0 against the big former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. The show featured vocal performances from Rev. Theory and Mark Crozer. This was the first event on the then new WWE Network.
Date: April 1, 2001
This big event was held at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas in front of a crowd of 67,925 people. The main event match of the show featured “Stone Cold” Steve Austin challenging for the WWF Title against champion The Rock. It also featured a “street fight” between WWF head Vince McMahon and his own son Shane, a big 3-way match for the Hardcore Title between champion Raven, Kane, and The Big Show that went all over the arena, and the first “Tables, Ladders, and Chairs” match between the teams of Edge and Christian, the Hardy Boyz, and the Dudley Boyz.
It also featured the band Motorhead playing Triple H to the ring against The Undertaker. Although considered one of the Best Wrestlemania shows in the history of the event, it was also the end of the 1990’s wrestling boom as the WWF’s main competitors WCW and ECW had closed right before this show leaving the WWF with no competition in the wrestling game for a long time.
Date: March 29, 1987
From the Pontiac Superdome in Pontiac, Michigan, this was said to have between 78,000 to 93,173 people in the crowd ( an argument between people about the exact attendance has popped up over the years). This show is also considered to be the climax to the 1980’s wrestling boom and the greatest Wrestlemania show ever.
It was advertised with Hulk Hogan defending the WWF World Title against Andre the Giant who they said hadn’t been pinned for 15 years. It also featured what many fans think is the greatest Wrestlemania match of all time with “Macho Man” Randy Savage against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. The show also featured Bob Uecker and Mary Hart adding their voices with the broadcasters and “America the Beautiful” opening the show, being sung by Aretha Franklin.