March 31, 1985
WrestleMania I
WWE ushered in a new era when WrestleMania took over Madison Square Garden in New York. The star-studded affair — headlined by a tag team match in which Hulk Hogan teamed with TV sensation Mr. T to battle “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff — involved the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali and Liberace. Other fan-favorite memories included Andre the Giant decimating Bobby Heenan’s charge, Big John Studd, in a $15,000 Body Slam Challenge. Andre celebrated the win by sharing his duffel bag of cash with the capacity crowd in attendance.
April 7, 1986
WrestleMania 2
WrestleMania made history again by emanating from three separate venues: New York’s Nassau Coliseum, Illinois’ Rosemont Horizon and California’s Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Among the evening’s highlights was a 20-Superstar Battle Royal featuring WWE Superstars and pro football players, the Ozzy Osbourne-seconded British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team, and a WWE Championship Steel Cage brawl between Hulk Hogan and the huge King Kong Bundy.
March 29, 1987
WrestleMania III
In 1987, The Showcase of the Immortals shattered North America’s live indoor sporting event attendance record, as 93,173 fans packed Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome to watch WWE Champion Hulk Hogan challenge Andre the Giant’s 15-year undefeated streak. The Hulkster finished off The Eighth Wonder of the World with the biggest bodyslam in WrestleMania history and the Leg Drop. Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat set the standard for all show-stealers to follow, while Aretha Franklin kicked the event off right with a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
March 27, 1988
WrestleMania IV
Fourteen Superstars brought their A-game to New Jersey’s Trump Palace as WrestleMania turned into a one-night tournament to crown a new WWE Champion. In a much-anticipated WrestleMania rematch, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan eliminated each other from competition, paving the way to victory and the WWE Title for “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who defeated The Million Dollar Man in the tournament final.
April 2, 1989
WrestleMania V
The Mega-Powers exploded at the second consecutive WrestleMania held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. Best friends-turned-bitter rivals Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage wrestled for the WWE Championship in a match that captivated the entire WWE Universe. Jake Roberts showed the world that Andre the Giant was afraid of snakes, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper cooled off loudmouth Morton Downey Jr. and Run-DMC performed their “WrestleMania Rap.”
April 1, 1990
WrestleMania VI
WWE’s two most powerful forces —W WE Champion Hulk Hogan and Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior — fought in “The Ultimate Challenge,” a champion-versus-champion contest that divided the WWE Universe, including the nearly 70,000 in attendance at Toronto’s SkyDome. Former Twin Towers Big Boss Man and Akeem went toe-to-toe, Demolition captured WWE’s World Tag Team Titles and The Million Dollar Man put down Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
March 24, 1991
WrestleMania VII
It was Superstars and Stripes forever when Hulk Hogan overcame WWE’s king traitor, Sgt. Slaughter, in a supremely patriotic WrestleMania. Taking place at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the seventh Showcase of the Immortals also featured The Undertaker’s first WrestleMania challenge and a Retirement Match between Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage. Though “Macho King” lost, the scene quickly turned into a feel-good moment when he was embraced by Miss Elizabeth in a reunion that tugged at the WWE Universe’s heartstrings.
April 5, 1992
WrestleMania VIII
More than 62,000 WWE faithful filed into Indianapolis’ Hoosier Dome to watch a card replete with high-stakes grudge matches. Former friends Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice squared off, while the “Macho/Flair Affair” over Miss Elizabeth boiled over when Randy Savage battled Ric Flair for the WWE Championship. In other action, Bret Hart and Roddy Piper collided in an Intercontinental Championship classic that alternated between friendly competition and malicious fight.
April 4, 1993
WrestleMania IX
An event of epic proportions, WrestleMania IX — held outside at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — boasted the look and feel of a Roman coliseum. In an unscheduled main event, Hulk Hogan shockingly won the WWE Title from Yokozuna mere moments after the 500-plus-pound warrior underhandedly defeated Bret Hart for the prestigious championship. With Paul Bearer and a live vulture in his corner, The Undertaker turned back one of his most intimidating WrestleMania challenges to date, beating the 7-foot-7 Giant Gonzalez.
March 20, 1994
WrestleMania X
The 10th annual WrestleMania saw a return to the place where it all began: New York City’s Madison Square Garden. After losing a scintillating opener to younger brother Owen, Bret Hart persevered and went on to dethrone WWE Champion Yokozuna, prompting the WWE locker to spill out to the ring in support. Competing in a then-nascent Ladder Match, Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels broke new ground and redefined the meaning of high-risk competition.
April 2, 1995
WrestleMania XI
In WWE’s backyard of Hartford, Conn., WrestleMania again captured the attention of the mainstream sports world for a main event between Hall of Fame football player Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow. Shawn Michaels and Diesel — accompanied by Hollywood starlets Jenny McCarthy and Pam Anderson, respectively — duked it out over the WWE Title, and Bret “Hit Man” Hart survived an “I Quit” Match against rival Bob Backlund.
March 31, 1996
WrestleMania XII
Inside Anaheim, Calif.’s Arrowhead Pond, Shawn Michaels realized his boyhood dream, going the distance and beyond against Bret Hart in an 61-minute WWE Iron Man Match to capture the WWE Title. A show-long narrative followed the traversing fight between Goldust and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, which began miles away at a Hollywood studio back lot. Plus, The Undertaker put the final nail in the coffin of Diesel’s WrestleMania career, Tombstoning and pinning the former WWE Champion to continue The Streak.
March 23, 1997
WrestleMania 13
WrestleMania 13 brought heat to the Rosemont Horizon in the form of a rugged night of hard-nosed action. The Undertaker unseated WWE Champion Sycho Sid, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin became an unlikely hero thanks to a gutsy, albeit losing, effort against Bret “Hit Man” Hart in a Submission Match. Chicago natives The Legion of Doom entered a Street Fight against The Nation of Domination with Ahmed Johnson by their side, and the future Great One, then known as Rocky Maivia, made his first appearance at The Show of Shows.
March 29, 1998
WrestleMania XIV
The WWE Universe inside Boston’s FleetCenter witnessed a changing of the guard as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin upended Shawn Michaels to win his first WWE Championship, with none other than Mike Tyson counting the winning pinfall. WWE’s most twisted family rivalry wrote a new chapter when The Undertaker downed half-brother Kane in their first battle. Plus, Cactus Jack and his mentor, Terry “Chainsaw Charlie” Funk, contained The New Age Outlaws, winning a WWE Tag Team Title Dumpster Match.
March 28, 1999
WrestleMania XV
A heated WWE Championship rivalry between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock reached its ragin’ climax inside Philadelphia’s First Union Center, marking the first WrestleMania clash between the two Attitude Era icons. In another first, The Undertaker brought Hell in a Cell to The Show of Shows, where he soundly defeated Big Boss Man. The City of Brotherly Love also proved to be anything but that for Bart Gunn, who was knocked out in a Brawl for All challenge by prizefighter Butterbean.
April 2, 2000
WrestleMania 2000
The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif., played home to the millennium edition of WrestleMania. With a member of the McMahon family in each participant’s corner, Triple H retained the WWE Championship in a main event Four-Way Elimination Match against The Rock, Mick Foley and Big Show. Elsewhere on the card, Edge & Christian climbed the ladder — literally and figuratively — to gain the World Tag Team Titles, and 10 new Hardcore Champions were crowned over the course of a chaotic Hardcore Battle Royal.
April 1, 2001
WrestleMania X-Seven
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including WrestleMania. The nearly 68,000 WWE fans inside Houston’s Reliant Stadium watched in disbelief as “Stone Cold” joined forces with Mr. McMahon en route to defeating The Rock for the WWE Title. Tag team revolutionaries Edge & Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz raised the bar for innovation and risk-taking with the second-ever Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match. In a moment of lighthearted nostalgia, The Iron Sheik dumped Hillbilly Jim to prevail in a Gimmick Battle Royal.
April 17, 2002
WrestleMania X8
Memories of a lifetime were created when icons from disparate eras, The Rock and Hollywood Hogan, clashed, mesmerizing the 68,000-plus watching inside Toronto’s SkyDome. The King of Kings, Triple H, fought Chris Jericho for the Undisputed WWE Championship, and The Undertaker’s Streak added a Horseman to its ranks, as The Phenom downed “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
March 30, 2003
WrestleMania XIX
Superstars and Legends dared to dream when WrestleMania took center stage at Seattle’s Safeco Field before nearly 55,000 passionate fans. In the final installment of their WrestleMania confrontations, The Rock defeated “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, while Shawn Michaels breathed new life into his “Mr. WrestleMania” moniker with a showstopping performance against Chris Jericho. Hulk Hogan and Mr. McMahon settled old scores, Trish Stratus became WWE Women’s Champion and the WWE Universe held its collective breath when Brock Lesnar attempted a Shooting Star Press against Kurt Angle.
March 14, 2004
WrestleMania XX
“The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden, again served as the backdrop for a milestone WrestleMania, which saw Eddie Guerrero rely on his savvy tricks to pin Kurt Angle in a technical masterpiece for the WWE Title. The Rock & Mick Foley returned to action against Evolution’s era-spanning triumvirate of Randy Orton, Batista & Ric Flair, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin officiated a match in which the WWE Universe made their feelings toward the departing Brock Lesnar and Goldberg perfectly clear.
April 3, 2005
WrestleMania 21
On the night John Cena won his first WWE Championship, WrestleMania went Hollywood, taking over Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. An explosive World Heavyweight Title bout between ex-Evolution partners Batista and Triple H resulted in The Animal being crowned champion, and Kurt Angle tussled with Shawn Michaels in a WrestleMania dream match. Under the bright lights of The Grandest Stage, Edge defeated five other Superstars in a new Ladder Match concoction to become the very first Mr. Money in the Bank.
April 2, 2006
WrestleMania 22
The Grandest Stage of Them All came back to the former Rosemont Horizon outside Chicago for WrestleMania 22, which featured WWE Champion John Cena making Triple H tap out. Rey Mysterio’s quest to become World Champion culminated with a victory over Randy Orton and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match, and a show-stealing Hardcore Match ended when Edge Speared Mick Foley through a flaming table!
April 1, 2007
WrestleMania 23
The Champ stood tall over “Mr. WrestleMania” as WWE Champion John Cena defeated Shawn Michaels before more than 80,000 at Detroit’s Ford Field. Mr. McMahon’s head was left bald after a losing Battle of The Billionaires against Donald Trump, The Undertaker out-brawled Batista to extend The Streak and win the World Heavyweight Championship, and Mr. Kennedy snuck away with the victory in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
March 30, 2008
WrestleMania XXIV
Before nearly 75,000 WWE fans at the Orange Bowl in Orlando, Fla., The Undertaker fought his way through Edge and his entourage in to win the World Heavyweight Title, Big Show and champion pugilist Floyd Mayweather revived the wrestler vs. boxer debate, and Snoop Dogg served as an M.C. It was also a bittersweet scene that marked the last stand of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who lost to Shawn Michaels in an emotionally draining match that forced him to retire.
April 5, 2009
The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania
For its 25th anniversary, WrestleMania called Houston’s Reliant Stadium home. Teacher and pupil waged war in the main event, as WWE Champion Triple H pinned former Evolution stablemate Randy Orton. Dressed in white, Shawn Michaels made an angelic entrance, while his opponent, The Undertaker, brought darkness into the stadium. Many of the more than 72,000 WWE fans watching in person described the match succinctly: “This is awesome!”
March 28, 2010
WrestleMania XXVI
At the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, 72,219 members of the WWE Universe witnessed the retirement of “Mr. WrestleMania” Shawn Michaels after HBK fell to The Undertaker in a captivating Show of Shows rematch. John Cena recaptured the WWE Title against Batista, World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho trumped Edge, and Bret Hart returned to score long-overdue payback against WWE CEO Mr. McMahon.
April 3, 2011
WrestleMania XXVII
Finally, The Rock has come back to WrestleMania! As the event’s host, The Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment kept a close eye on the WWE Title Match between John Cena and The Miz, ultimately delivering a Rock Bottom to Cena in the process. The 71,000-plus in attendance at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome erupted as The Undertaker downed Triple H to bring The Streak to 19-0. Edge, wrestling his final match, was able to retire as World Heavyweight Champion after beating Alberto Del Rio.
April 1, 2012
WrestleMania XXVIII
In his hometown of Miami, The Great One returned to in-ring action at WrestleMania and defeated John Cena in a challenge that was a year in the making. The Undertaker and Triple H marked the end of an era, going to hell and back with a Hell in a Cell duel officiated by Shawn Michaels. An emotional post-match group embrace among the three WrestleMania legends was saluted by the 78,363 fans inside Miami’s Sun Life Stadium who watched the barbaric fight in person.
April 7, 2013
WrestleMania 29
The Show of Shows returned to its roots in the New York/New Jersey area when MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., hosted WrestleMania 29. More than 80,000 members of the WWE Universe witnessed a colossal rematch between WWE Champion The Rock and John Cena in which the Cenation leader redeemed his loss from a year earlier. CM Punk, played out to the ring by Living Colour, threatened — but couldn’t snap — The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak. The Shield, Big E and Fandango all made their WrestleMania debuts.
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