History Wrestling / Wrestlemania

15th May '16 9:32:10 AM Gimere
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''[=WrestleMania=]'' is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced annually between mid-March to early April. It was first produced in 1985, when Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had an idea to hold a flagship pay-per-view show for his [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] to counter the ''Starrcade'' event held by rival [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} Jim Crockett Promotions]]. This show - the very first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' - was heavily cross-promoted through MTV and other popular television outlets; the WWF's mainstream success from this point on hinged on the first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' being a success.

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''[=WrestleMania=]'' is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced annually between mid-March to early April. It was first produced in 1985, when Wrestling/VinceMcMahon had an idea to hold a flagship pay-per-view show for his [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] to counter the ''Starrcade'' event held by rival [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} Jim Crockett Promotions]]. This show - the very first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' - was heavily cross-promoted through MTV Creator/{{MTV}} and other popular television outlets; the WWF's mainstream success from this point on hinged on the first ''[=WrestleMania=]'' being a success.



** V: Rick Martel, who had recently returned after a several month's long absence [[note]]to tend to his ailing wife; in kayfabe, he had been injured during a match with tag team champions Demolition[[/note]] and reunited with old tag-team partner and longtime friend Tito Santana (they called themselves Strike Force) for a match against Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (aka the Brain Busters). The reunion didn't last, as after a mistimed move by Santana sent Martel sprawling to the mat, Martel threw up his arms in frustration and walked out on Santana, turning a competitive match into a CurbStompBattle with Santana on the losing end. After the match, Martel explained that he was tired of having Santana ride his wave of success ("I'm sick and tired. Sick and tired of him. I was doing great as a singles wrestler, but Mr. Tito wants to ride my coattails some more").

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** V: Rick Martel, who had recently returned after a several month's long several-month-long absence [[note]]to [[note]]in real life, to tend to his ailing wife; in kayfabe, he had been injured during a match with tag team champions Demolition[[/note]] and reunited with old tag-team partner and longtime friend Tito Santana (they called themselves Strike Force) for a match against Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (aka the Brain Busters). The reunion didn't last, as after a mistimed move by Santana sent Martel sprawling to the mat, Martel threw up his arms in frustration and walked out on Santana, turning a competitive match into a CurbStompBattle with Santana on the losing end. After the match, Martel explained that he was tired of having Santana ride his wave of success ("I'm sick and tired. Sick and tired of him. I was doing great as a singles wrestler, but Mr. Tito wants to ride my coattails some more").



** 13: StoneColdSteveAustin, as part of the [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn double-turn.]] with BretHart.

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** 13: StoneColdSteveAustin, as part of the [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn double-turn.]] double-turn]] with BretHart.



** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' is full of thus with Cesaro winning the André the Giant Battle Royal, Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's streak and Daniel Bryan winning the main event.

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** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' is was full of thus with this: Cesaro winning the André the Giant Battle Royal, Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's streak and Daniel Bryan winning the main event.
11th May '16 9:29:46 AM Briguy52748
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** The first [=WrestleMania=] provided the impetus for "Mr. Wonderful" PaulOrndorff to turn good, after ally Bob Orton accidentally hit Orndorff in the head and caused him and Roddy Piper to lose their main-event match to HulkHogan and MrT.

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** The first [=WrestleMania=] provided the impetus for "Mr. Wonderful" PaulOrndorff Paul Orndorff to turn good, after ally Bob Orton accidentally hit Orndorff in the head and caused him and Roddy Piper to lose their main-event match to HulkHogan and MrT.


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** VI: AndreTheGiant, in his last major pay-per-view match of his career, after he and tag team partner Haku had lost the Tag Team Championship back to Demolition (after Haku's superkick accidentally nailed Andre instead of Smash). BobbyHeenan was so upset at Andre that he (foolishly) slapped the big guy in the face ... and "the Brain" paid dearly (and so did Haku, who tried a sneak attack that Andre immediately stopped).
** VII: RandySavage, after losing his "retirement" match with the UltimateWarrior, had a very emotional reunion with MissElizabeth; Liz stopped Savage's manager, the Sensational Sherri, from kicking and beating on him post-match.
** 13: StoneColdSteveAustin, as part of the [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn double-turn.]] with BretHart.
11th May '16 9:13:15 AM Briguy52748
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* FaceHeelTurn: Since ''[=WrestleMania=]'' is considered the final episode of that yearly chapter, one can expect some changes in characters.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Since ''[=WrestleMania=]'' is considered the final episode of that yearly chapter, one can expect some changes in characters.characters:
** V: Rick Martel, who had recently returned after a several month's long absence [[note]]to tend to his ailing wife; in kayfabe, he had been injured during a match with tag team champions Demolition[[/note]] and reunited with old tag-team partner and longtime friend Tito Santana (they called themselves Strike Force) for a match against Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (aka the Brain Busters). The reunion didn't last, as after a mistimed move by Santana sent Martel sprawling to the mat, Martel threw up his arms in frustration and walked out on Santana, turning a competitive match into a CurbStompBattle with Santana on the losing end. After the match, Martel explained that he was tired of having Santana ride his wave of success ("I'm sick and tired. Sick and tired of him. I was doing great as a singles wrestler, but Mr. Tito wants to ride my coattails some more").


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* HeelFaceTurn: Much like the FaceHeelTurn, [=WrestleMania=] has brought the best out in one-time fearsome, nefarious characters:
** The first [=WrestleMania=] provided the impetus for "Mr. Wonderful" PaulOrndorff to turn good, after ally Bob Orton accidentally hit Orndorff in the head and caused him and Roddy Piper to lose their main-event match to HulkHogan and MrT.
** III: BrutusBeefcake, who had been part of a successful tag team with Greg "the Hammer" Valentine (as the Dream Team), having been former Tag Team champions before hitting a slump by late 1986. With Beefcake becoming increasingly popular with fans despite being a heel, a storyline was devised where, on camera the two began spatting and newcomer Dino Bravo was starting to show more chemistry with Valentine. The straw that really broke the camel's back was during a televised match where a miscommunication led to "Adorable" Adrian Adonis cutting Beefcake's hair by mistake. While Beefcake helped Valentine defeat the The Rougeau Brothers at the pay-per-view, the team had an argument and Beefcake was left in the ring while Valentine and Bravo left with manager Jimmy Valiant. Beefcake was portrayed as sympathetic and solidified his status as a good guy when, later in the show, he returned to ringside for Adonis' match against RoddyPiper, allowing Piper to score the win by preventing Jimmy Hart from interfering; afterward, Beefcake gleefully cut Adonis' hair, per a pre-match stipulation. Beefcake earned the nickname "The Barber" and quickly became hugely popular with fans.
28th Apr '16 8:58:27 AM JamesAustin
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* JustOneLittleMistake: Attempting to give the fans a ''[=WrestleMania=]'' Moment, Wrestling/BrockLesnar attempted a Shooting Star Press (a diving backflip splash off the top rope) at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX'' against Wrestling/KurtAngle. He hadn't performed this dangerous maneuver since his time in WWE's feeder league OVW, did not complete the rotation, and landed squarely on his head, but luckily ended up with only a mild concussion (and later [[FanNickname became known as]] the Shooting Star Neck Breaker, Shooting Star Self-Piledriver, or Shooting Brock Press). Angle quickly led the dazed Lesnar into an improvised finish to the match. Ironically, going into the event it was Angle who had raised concern over getting injured as his well-known neck problems were flaring up, and it was believed that his insistence on performing at the event anyway could lead to the end of his career, when actually it was Lesnar who nearly ended breaking his neck at the event. Actually, Brock had placed Angle too far from the corner, and though he did in fact rotate perfectly for the press, Angle's distance resulted in Brock almost breaking his own neck ''on Angle''.

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* JustOneLittleMistake: Attempting to give the fans a ''[=WrestleMania=]'' Moment, moment, Wrestling/BrockLesnar attempted a Shooting Star Press (a diving backflip splash off the top rope) at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX'' against Wrestling/KurtAngle. He hadn't performed this dangerous maneuver since his time in WWE's feeder league OVW, placed Angle too far from the corner, and though he did not complete in fact rotate perfectly for the rotation, and landed press, Angle's distance resulted in Lesnar landing squarely on his head, almost breaking his own neck ''on Angle'', but luckily ended up with only a mild concussion (and later [[FanNickname became known as]] the Shooting Star Neck Breaker, Shooting Star Self-Piledriver, or Shooting Brock Press). Angle quickly led the dazed Lesnar into an improvised finish to the match. Ironically, going into the event it was Angle who had raised concern over getting injured as his well-known neck problems were flaring up, and it was believed that his insistence on performing at the event anyway could lead to the end of his career, when actually it was Lesnar who nearly ended breaking his neck at the event. Actually, Brock had placed Angle too far from the corner, and though he did in fact rotate perfectly for the press, Angle's distance resulted in Brock almost breaking his own neck ''on Angle''.
8th Apr '16 12:09:52 PM Gimere
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** ''[=WrestleMania=] 21'' saw the creation the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, whose winner is guaranteed a world title match before the next year's ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Every year since, people look forward to the match to see just who's going to get a world title push. It's also the ''[=WrestleMania=]'' where Wrestling/JohnCena won his first WWE Championship.

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** ''[=WrestleMania=] 21'' saw the creation of the Money in the Bank Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank Ladder Match, whose winner is guaranteed a world title match before the next year's ''[=WrestleMania=]''. Every year since, people look forward to the match to see just who's going to get a world title push. It's also the ''[=WrestleMania=]'' where Wrestling/JohnCena won his first WWE Championship.



* OnceASeason: Wrestling/TheUndertaker takes on a legend or main event superstar and wins, an honor perhaps greater that being World Champion multiple times. Until 2014 he has ''never'' lost at the event, against the likes of Wrestling/JimmySnuka, Wrestling/JakeRoberts, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]], [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]], Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/CMPunk and others. And then ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' came...

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* OnceASeason: Wrestling/TheUndertaker takes on a legend or main event superstar and wins, an honor perhaps greater that being World Champion multiple times. Until 2014 2014, he has had ''never'' lost at the event, against defeating the likes of Wrestling/JimmySnuka, Wrestling/JakeRoberts, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]], [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]], Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/CMPunk and others. And then ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' came...



* SequelHook: ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII''/''XXVIII'' seems to like this trope a lot:

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* SequelHook: ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII''/''XXVIII'' seems seemed to like this trope a lot:
6th Apr '16 12:39:29 AM KYCubbie
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* InvincibleHero: Wrestling/TheUndertaker's track record at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' is likely never to be topped: he was not defeated in 21 of the 22 (to date) matches he has wrestled at the event. (In an odd reversal, Undertaker and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' match at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXV'', which was perhaps 2009's Match of the Year, was 'Taker's first one-on-one victory over Michaels.). Of course, as of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'', Undertaker now reads 21-''1'', thanks to one Brock Lesnar.

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* InvincibleHero: Wrestling/TheUndertaker's track record at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' is likely never to be topped: he was not defeated in his first 21 of the 22 (to date) matches he has wrestled at the event. (In an odd reversal, Undertaker and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' match at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXV'', which was perhaps 2009's Match of the Year, was 'Taker's first one-on-one victory over Michaels.). ) Of course, as of after ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'', Undertaker now reads 21-''1'', Undertaker's record read 21''1'', thanks to one Brock Lesnar.Lesnar. As of ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Taker's record stands at 231.
31st Mar '16 6:13:24 PM Hallwings
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It turned out to be a huge success; from then on out, the WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE) has held ''[=WrestleMania=]'' as an annual event, using the show to end major feuds and begin new ones. It is considered WWE's flagship event, and is the biggest show WWE (or any other wrestling promotion) puts on every year. In recent years, ''[=WrestleMania=]'' has become the annual Mecca of the wrestling world: since the event draws in fans from all over the world, many of the larger independent promotions hold shows in ''[=WrestleMania=]''s host city in the days leading up to the show[[note]]Though never on the actual day of, most likely out of respect and/or fear of legal reprisal.[[/note]] in an attempt to expose fans to ''their'' product. WWE is not very appreciative of this, however, and has made moves in recent years to keep other wrestling shows out of the cities where ''[=WrestleMania=]'' takes place; it's rumored that part of the reason Phoenix, Arizona won the bid to host ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'' was because they agreed to prevent other wrestling promotions from holding shows in publicly-owned venues (both Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/DragonGate USA managed to book shows in the area for the weekend of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'', however).

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It turned out to be a huge success; from then on out, the WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE) has held ''[=WrestleMania=]'' as an annual event, using the show to end major feuds and begin new ones. It is considered WWE's flagship event, and is the biggest show WWE (or any other wrestling promotion) puts on every year. In recent years, ''[=WrestleMania=]'' has become the annual Mecca of the wrestling world: since the event draws in fans from all over the world, many of the larger independent promotions hold shows in ''[=WrestleMania=]''s host city in the days leading up to the show[[note]]Though show[[note]](Though never on the actual day of, most likely out of respect and/or fear of legal reprisal.[[/note]] )[[/note]] in an attempt to expose fans to ''their'' product. WWE is not very appreciative of this, however, and has made moves in recent years to keep other wrestling shows out of the cities where ''[=WrestleMania=]'' takes place; it's rumored that part of the reason Phoenix, Arizona won the bid to host ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'' was because they agreed to prevent other wrestling promotions from holding shows in publicly-owned venues (both Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/DragonGate USA managed to book shows in the area for the weekend of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'', however).



** ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'': Rey Mysterio, in honor of his dear friend Eddie Guerrero, surviving a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Kurt Angle[[note]]Rey won the Royal Rumble Match and was going to compete, but lost the chance to Randy Orton at ''Wrestling/NoWayOut'' until Teddy Long reinstated Rey back in.[[/note]] and against all odds became "The Ultimate Underdog" to achieve the World Heavyweight Championship.

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** ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'': Rey Mysterio, in honor of his dear friend Eddie Guerrero, surviving a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Kurt Angle[[note]]Rey Angle[[note]](Rey won the Royal Rumble Match and was going to compete, but lost the chance to Randy Orton at ''Wrestling/NoWayOut'' until Teddy Long reinstated Rey back in.[[/note]] )[[/note]] and against all odds became "The Ultimate Underdog" to achieve the World Heavyweight Championship.
31st Mar '16 6:13:24 PM Hallwings
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30th Mar '16 11:42:23 AM JamesAustin
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It turned out to be a huge success; from then on out, the WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE) has held ''[=WrestleMania=]'' as an annual event, using the show to end major feuds and begin new ones. It is considered WWE's flagship event, and is the biggest show WWE (or any other wrestling promotion) puts on every year. In recent years, ''[=WrestleMania=]'' has become the annual Mecca of the wrestling world: since the event draws in fans from all over the world, many of the larger independent promotions hold shows in ''[=WrestleMania=]''s host city in the days leading up to the show [[note]](Though, never on the actual day of, most likely out of respect and/or fear of legal reprisal.)[[/note]] in an attempt to expose fans to ''their'' product. WWE is not very appreciative of this, however, and has made moves in recent years to keep other wrestling shows out of the cities where ''[=WrestleMania=]'' takes place; it's rumored that part of the reason Phoenix, Arizona won the bid to host ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'' was because they agreed to prevent other wrestling promotions from holding shows in publicly-owned venues (both Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/DragonGate USA managed to book shows in the area for the weekend of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'', however).

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It turned out to be a huge success; from then on out, the WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE) has held ''[=WrestleMania=]'' as an annual event, using the show to end major feuds and begin new ones. It is considered WWE's flagship event, and is the biggest show WWE (or any other wrestling promotion) puts on every year. In recent years, ''[=WrestleMania=]'' has become the annual Mecca of the wrestling world: since the event draws in fans from all over the world, many of the larger independent promotions hold shows in ''[=WrestleMania=]''s host city in the days leading up to the show [[note]](Though, show[[note]]Though never on the actual day of, most likely out of respect and/or fear of legal reprisal.)[[/note]] [[/note]] in an attempt to expose fans to ''their'' product. WWE is not very appreciative of this, however, and has made moves in recent years to keep other wrestling shows out of the cities where ''[=WrestleMania=]'' takes place; it's rumored that part of the reason Phoenix, Arizona won the bid to host ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'' was because they agreed to prevent other wrestling promotions from holding shows in publicly-owned venues (both Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/DragonGate USA managed to book shows in the area for the weekend of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'', however).



* ArtEvolution: Compare ''[=WrestleMania=]'' I's lack of a stage to the small stages and mini rings of II through VIII, the outdoor setup of IX to the understated stages of X through XIV to the giant logo of XV, the double trons of 2000, the TropeCodifier of stages in X-Seven and X8 that introduced the LED Walls, the unconventional stages of XIX (baseball stadium), XX (combining old and new aspects in the 18,000+ Madison Square Garden), 21 (movie theatre-themed) and 22 (cityscape) to the return to 70-80,000+ football stadiums with 23 with sets with growing SerialEscalation leading up to ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXX's colossal setup.
** As documented through 31 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVWVxgmrj1s here]].

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* ArtEvolution: Compare ''[=WrestleMania=]'' I's lack of a stage to the small stages and mini rings of II through VIII, the outdoor setup of IX to the understated stages of X through XIV to the giant logo of XV, the double trons of 2000, the TropeCodifier of stages in X-Seven and X8 that introduced the LED Walls, the unconventional stages of XIX (baseball stadium), XX (combining old and new aspects in the 18,000+ Madison Square Garden), 21 (movie theatre-themed) and 22 (cityscape) to the return to 70-80,000+ football stadiums with 23 with sets with growing SerialEscalation leading up to ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXX's colossal setup. \n** As WWE documented the evolution through 31 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVWVxgmrj1s here]].



** ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'': Rey Mysterio, in honor of his dear friend Eddie Guerrero, surviving a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Kurt Angle[[note]](Rey won the Royal Rumble Match and was going to compete, but lost the chance to Randy Orton at ''No Mercy'' until Teddy Long reinstated Rey back in.)[[/note]] and against all odds became "The Ultimate Underdog" to achieve the World Heavyweight Championship.

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** ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'': Rey Mysterio, in honor of his dear friend Eddie Guerrero, surviving a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Kurt Angle[[note]](Rey Angle[[note]]Rey won the Royal Rumble Match and was going to compete, but lost the chance to Randy Orton at ''No Mercy'' ''Wrestling/NoWayOut'' until Teddy Long reinstated Rey back in.)[[/note]] [[/note]] and against all odds became "The Ultimate Underdog" to achieve the World Heavyweight Championship.
21st Mar '16 1:18:52 PM burstkiller
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** As documented through 31 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVWVxgmrj1s here]].
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