February 16, 2004
WrestleMania: The Dynasty BeginsWrestleMania History
Date: March 31st, 1985.
Place: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York.
WWE Company Line: "The legacy began on March 31st, 1985, in New York City's Madison Square Garden as the World Wrestling Federation brought its unique brand of sports-entertainment into a new technological realm. The original WrestleMania became the largest event ever on closed-circuit television in the United States. Even more fans witnesses this spectacular through the new technology of pay-per-view television offered by cable TV systems across America."
Celebrity Appearances: Muhammad Ali (referee), Cyndi Lauper (manager), Liberace (timekeeper), Billy Martin (ring announcer), Mr. T. (Hulk Hogan's tag team partner) and David Wolff (Cyndi Lauper's manager).
SLAM! Wrestling Review: By JOHN POWELL
Okay. It wasn't the greatest card to ever come out of Titanland (Executioner who?) but it was the first so we've got to give the original show its due. Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, the rulers of the WWF heel and face factions during the eighties, face-off with their chosen back-up at their side.
Piper smartly chooses the highly-skilled and charismatic Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff as his partner while Hogan picks the toughman bouncer turned movie star, Mr. T. Hogan and T train extensively week after week while Orndorff, Piper and "Ace" Cowboy Bob Orton mock Mr. T. The match itself isn't a classic but what it lacks in a scientific display it makes up for in humour.
Andre The Giant and Big John Studd give a good pounding to each other as Andre tries to win the money Studd and his manager Bobby Heenan put up in a bodyslam challenge. The World Tag Team Title match ain't that bad either. WrestleMania was the launch of the eighties Rock 'n' Wrestling gimmick joining pro-wrestling with the music industry.
Favourite Moments: Orton bonking Orndorff with his cast. King Kong Bundy beats S.D. Jones in record time. Andre The Giant throws Heenan's money to the crowd.
Least Favourite Moments: Mr. T. wrestling.
WRESTLEMANIA I STORIES
|1. Tito Santana vs The Executioner||Tito Santana.|
|2. David Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake||Double DQ.|
|3. Ricky Steamboat vs Matt Borne||Ricky Steamboat.|
|4. King Kong Bundy vs S.D. Jones||King Kong Bundy.|
|5. The Junkyard Dog vs Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (Intercontinental Title)||The Junkyard Dog (by CO).|
|6. Andre The Giant vs Big John Studd||Andre The Giant.|
|7. Wendi Richter vs Leilani Kai (Women's Title)||Wendi Richter.|
|8. The Iron Sheik / Nikolai Volkoff vs The U.S.A. Express (Tag Team Title)||The Iron Sheik / Nikolai Volkoff.|
|9. Hulk Hogan / Mr. T vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper / "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff||Hulk Hogan / Mr. T.|