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   July 28, 2014



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WrestleMania History

WrestleMania: the dynasty begins

By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

WrestleMania. It is the most distinguished event in pro wrestling. Simply put, it is the show of shows. The brainchild of Vince McMahon Jr., the first WrestleMania, broadcast in 1985, expanded the pay-per-view market (along with closed circuit TV) and added a whole new dimension to the industry as a whole. So influential was McMahon's venture that the business of pro-wrestling now is almost entirely built around pay-per-view broadcasts.

If you're like us at SLAM! Wrestling, every year you like to refresh your memory and once again experience those WrestleMania moments that are an essential part of why you remain a devout wrestling fan. You dust off those tapes, DVDs or that Best Of WrestleMania tape you dubbed on your own and distributed to the other members of the office staff, slam them into the player and transport yourself back in time. To help guide you along your journey and celebrate the history of WrestleMania, SLAM! Wrestling will be publishing a WrestleMania review each and every day (Monday to Friday) leading up to the big show. We invite you to come along for the ride and share in your favourite moments too. The events are rated as Poor, Average, Good and Excellent.


WrestleMania, the dynasty begins

History Of WrestleMania

Date: March 31st, 1985.
Place: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York.

WRESTLEMANIA
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.

Rating: Average.

WrestleMania Results

Match
Winner(s)
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 Leilana 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.

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