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The treasures of WrestleMania
If the future WWE Hall of Fame were ever to open a wing devoted to The Show of Shows, we’re hoping these items find their way inside!
Piper’s Boxing Gloves
Seen At: WrestleMania 2
During the heyday of the Rock ’n’ Wrestling years, when Hulk Hogan and Mr. T were often inseparable, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper made no secret of his hatred for the mohawked Hollywood star. The two enemies finally met in the ring in a boxing bout at Nassau Coliseum, in which Piper was disqualified for turning the tables on T with a bodyslam.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’s Scissors
Seen At: WrestleMania V
The Barber was a ’Mania mainstay during the ’80s. His most famous moment came when he shaved Adrian Adonis’s head at WrestleMania III, but for the fifth edition of The Show of Shows, The Barber faced Ted DiBiase in Atlantic City and brandished these massive clippers before the bout. Though they weren’t used, the shears were a potent reminder of the shorn Superstars The Barber had left in his wake.
Battle Royal Trophy
Seen At: WrestleMania IV
The fourth 'Mania kicked off with a 20-Man Battle Royal that should have been won by Bret Hart. Unfortunately, The Hitman was betrayed by Bad News Brown and tossed out of the ring. When Brown was presented with the trophy, Hart stormed the ring and shattered the award before a shocked crowd. This piece is all that remains of Bret’s meltdown.
Seen At: WrestleMania VI
At the first ’Mania held outside of the United States, Rick Martel took on Koko B. Ware, and came out to the ring in one of those sweet ring-roped carts. As the SkyDome crowd cheered the former Strike Force member, he doused them with liberal spritzes of Arrogance from his handy dispenser.
Seen At: WrestleMania VII
While WrestleMania VII will go down in history as the night Hogan took back American pride from Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter, we’ve always been kind of partial to the Blindfold Match that pitted Jake “The Snake” Roberts against Rick Martel. Watching the two Superstars fumble blindly about the ring before Roberts nailed The Model with a blindfolded DDT is, to us, the stuff ’Mania is made of.
Seen At: WrestleMania XII
We’re just going to say it now: There have been great entrances since, and there will be great entrances to come, but nothing will ever top the sight of Shawn Michaels ziplining his way down from the rafters at Arrowhead Pond as flashbulbs burst and “Sexy Boy” rocked the building to its foundation. If you ever wondered why they call HBK “Mr. WrestleMania,” here is the reason.
Mike Tyson’s Pants and Shirt
Seen At: WrestleMania XIV
WrestleMania in Boston redefined WWE. When "Stone Cold" toppled Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship, it was a passing-of-the-torch moment, and the dawn of a new era for the business. Mike Tyson stood ringside for the bout, acting as a “special outside enforcer” for DX. But when all seemed lost for The Rattlesnake, Tyson revealed his true allegiance and helped Austin win the gold.
Seen At: WrestleMania XV
The Deadman rules WrestleMania, and we like to think that fear is one of the strongest weapons in his arsenal. Striding to the ring to face Big Boss Man in Philadelphia, Undertaker looked like an avenging angel spawned from Hell itself. No wonder we’re terrified to approach the guy backstage!
Shawn Michaels’s Confetti Cannons
Seen At: WrestleMania XIX
WreslteMania XIX marked Shawn Michaels’s first Show of Shows in five years, and he made a celebratory entrance worthy of the occasion. Striding down the ramp at Safeco Field, HBK picked up a series of strategically placed cannons that fired confetti into the crowd. Even the fact that a couple of them failed to fire couldn’t darken Shawn’s mood—or the crowd’s.
Rey Mysterio’s Headdress
Seen At: WrestleMania 22
Rey’s elaborate costumes have become something of a ’Mania tradition, from his Avatar outfit to dressing as Captain America last year. But our hands-down favorite is this elaborate headdress that pays tribute to the Aztec roots of lucha libre.
John Cena’s Mustang
Seen At: WrestleMania 23
The Champ loves to make a grand entrance at every ’Mania, and when The Show of Shows rolled into Motor City, he outdid himself. Speeding through the streets of Detroit in a tricked-out Mustang, Cena barreled into Ford Field and smashed right through a plate-glass window. His opponent, Shawn Michaels, no stranger to grand entrances, had to be impressed.
Triple H’s Mask
Seen At: WrestleMania XXVII
The Game has called himself The King of Kings, and when it came time to face Undertaker, he certainly dressed the part. Coming out to Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” Triple H cut a frightening figure clad in this skeletal mask and crown, hand-sculpted by horror-master Tom Savini!