The epic history of WWE

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September 04, 2013

1985

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Mar. 30, 1985
Live from New York!
The Hulkster becomes the first WWE Superstar to host “Saturday Night Live”. The show is more than an opportunity for Hogan to work on his comedic chops, though — it’s the last stop for all of the WrestleMania main event participants on the way to the next day’s show.

Mar. 31, 1985
The Show of Shows
This is how The Grandest Stage of Them All is first set. Establishing the fundamentals every future WrestleMania will follow, the inaugural event features major celebrities like Cyndi Lauper and Muhammad Ali and a star-studded main event of Hulk Hogan & Mr. T colliding with Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff. (WATCH) Mr. McMahon risks it all with this one. The risk pays off.  (MORE ABOUT WRESTLEMANIA)

May 11, 1985
Saturday Night’s All Right for a Fight
“Saturday Night’s Main Event” debuts on NBC. Before monthly pay-per-views become the norm, this is where fans get a chance to see their favorite Superstars battle it out between early supercards. The first show features a clash between WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and “Cowboy” Bob Orton and Wendi Richter defending her Women’s Title against the legendary Fabulous Moolah.

Sept. 14, 1985
Hulking Up
In a testament to The Hulkster’s skyrocketing fame, The Immortal One celebrates the debut of his own Saturday morning cartoon, “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling,” and the release of his entrance theme, “Real American,” on the first WWE record, “The Wrestling Album.” Other tracks on the hit release include “Don’t Go Messin’ with a Country Boy” by Hillbilly Jim and “Mean” Gene Okerlund’s rousing rendition of “Tutti Frutti.”

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