The roar of the crowd
When it was announced that the location of April 1, 2007's WrestleMania 23 would take place in the Motor City — where WrestleMania III shattered an indoor attendance record with 93,000 fans in 1987 — it left WWE fans teeming with anticipation. The buzz got so strong that WWE decided to throw a WrestleMania 23 Fan Rally at Ford Field in Detroit to ease the eagerness of the fans.
The WrestleMania 23 Fan Rally was broadcast live on WWE.com for those unable to get to Ford Field, but the motivation to make it to the free event was high for fans. Some of the top Superstars from all three brands made appearances, including Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Batista, Edge, King Booker, Queen Sharmell, Randy Orton, Paul Heyman, Big Show and Kelly Kelly.
Ricky Steamboat participated in what many consider one of the greatest matches in WWE history when he defeated Randy Savage at WrestleMania III for the Intercontinental Championship. He spoke to WWE.com about the feeling that being at WrestleMania has on a Superstar—and a fan.
"It can't be put it into words—the sound of 93,000 roaring people. [At WrestleMania III] it was deafening," said Steamboat. "You just can't put it into words."
Although WrestleMania 23 is being held at Ford Field and not the Pontiac Silverdome, the site of WrestleMania III, Steamboat believes it's the event that makes the memories, not the arena.
"Every time I fly into Detroit with my wife, it never hesitates in my mind — that particular moment, WrestleMania III — what pops back into my mind was the 93,000 roaring people," he said.
The spine-tingling feeling of seeing WWE Superstars rise above and beyond what anyone thought possible is what has made WrestleMania such a distinguished event. It's guaranteed that this April from Ford Field, memories will be made. And for some lucky and talented WWE Superstars, they'll make the transition from star to Legend at WrestleMania 23.
For Steamboat, he remembers that after his classic match with Savage, amidst the raucous ovation, just how special being a part of WrestleMania was.
"As you remember, they took us to and from the ring from carts, and it was at that moment [being taken from the ring] when I held the belt up. Being in the cart with all those screaming people, I finally got a moment to…soak it all in," Steamboat said. "And that's when I said to myself that this is the greatest thing that I've ever been involved in."
Read about what happened at the WrestleMania 23 Fan Rally.