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The Showcase of The Immortals. The Grandest Stage of Them All. The biggest ProfessionalWrestling show in the world.

It is, as Mr. [=McMahon=] would say, "The Greatest Sports Entertainment Spectacular of All Time".

In 1985, 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.

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 in an attempt to expose fans to ''their'' product. Wrestling/{{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, AZ won the bid to host ''[=''WrestleMania''=] 26'' was because they agreed to prevent other wrestling promotions from holding shows in publicly-owned venues (both RingOfHonor and Dragon Gate USA managed to book shows in the area for the weekend of ''[=''WrestleMania''=] 26'', however).

For more, see [[WallBangers/WrestleMania Wall Bangers]].

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!! [=Wrestlemania=] provides examples of the following tropes:
* 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.
* ArtifactTitle: WWE shies away from even calling itself 'wrestling' these days, and the 'mania' part harkens back to Hulkamania. The name has been kept thanks to the GrandfatherClause.
* BigOMG: Paul Heyman's reaction to Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker.
* BillingDisplacement: Despite Randy Orton & Batista being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion & Royal Rumble winner respectively, the focus of the build to the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' was instead on Daniel Bryan potentially making it into a Triple Threat match. Conversely, the advertising heavily focused on Orton & Batista, with both men receiving TV spots focusing on themselves whilst Bryan was barely mentioned.
* CallBack: At ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'', [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] won the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by scoop-slamming Wrestling/TheBigShow over the top rope - much like Hulk Hogan scoop-slamming Andre to hit him with the [[FinishingMove Atomic Leg Drop]] back at ''[=WrestleMania III=]''. Bonus points, Big Show was billed as André's son when he first debuted.
* TheCenterpieceSpectacular: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels's entrance at ''[=WrestleMania=] 12'', where Shawn came to the ring on a zip line in an iconic WM moment.
** Michaels' match, a main event Iron Man Match against Wrestling/BretHart, went into overtime when the time limit expired without a single fall being scored; Michaels eventually scored the winning pinfall to dethrone Bret as the WWF Champion.
--> '''Wrestling/VinceMcMahon:''' The boyhood dream has come true for Wrestling/ShawnMichaels!
* CostumePorn: Anything from new t-shirts to glorious robes are donned for special versions of Superstar entrances.
* DangerousTerrain: The Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) matches, which started with a Triangle Ladder match at WM 16 between Wrestling/{{Edge}} & Wrestling/{{Christian}} (winners), the [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]], and the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Dudley Boyz]]. WM 17 had "TLC II" with the same teams; each team got a little help from a third party (Wrestling/{{Lita}}, Spike Dudley, and [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino]], respectively), and there were several memorable moments, including the insane ''mid-air Spear'' that Edge delivered to a dangling-from-the-belts Jeff Hardy.
* DawnOfAnEra
** ''[=WrestleMania=]'' 14 and 15 saw the true rise of the Austin Era (and the AttitudeEra in general), as Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin won the WWF Championship at both shows.
--> '''JimRoss''' ''[at [=WrestleMania=] XIV]:'' The Austin era has begun!
** ''[=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 JohnCena won his first WWE title.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] 30'' saw Daniel Bryan's ascension to the top of the card, and [[EndOfAnAge the end of]] [[TheUndertaker The Streak.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The Wrestling/RoyalRumble winner got the main event match at [=WrestleMania=] but starting from 2006, it's become common for them to sometimes be put as a co-main event.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Anyone who tries to end "The Streak" of Wrestling/TheUndertaker, which is explicitly stated time and time again as a greater accomplishment than winning a world title ''and'' a guaranteed one-way ticket to the WWE Hall of Fame. If someone ever managed it, they'd be able to brag about it for the rest of their career. The issue, however, is actually ''ending'' it.
** Played shockingly straight at [=WrestleMania=] XXX when Wrestling/BrockLesnar ended the streak.
* DemotedToExtra: [=WrestleMania=] 29 was an example of several WWE wrestlers being left off the card in order to give more time for the three main events (Wrestling/JohnCena vs. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson TheRock]], Wrestling/TripleH vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar, and Wrestling/CMPunk vs. Undertaker). This also marked the first time in 16 years that there was no Divas match.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Generally the case for [=WrestleMania=] main events, usually involving a face wrestler finally achieving his dream in front of a grand stage. Look no further than Wrestling/ShawnMichaels at ''[=WrestleMania=] 12'', Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin at ''[=WrestleMania=] 14'' and Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/{{Batista}} at ''[=WrestleMania=] 21'' for some notable examples.
** Wrestling/ChrisBenoit at [=WrestleMania=] 20 definitely qualifies. However, [[PaterFamilicide real-life events]] tainted this.
** ''[=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.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'': Daniel Bryan after slugging through all of 2013 and up to the beginning of 2014 against the Authority, Randy Orton and Batista, had to fight Triple H in a 25+ minute slobberknocker just to even get a chance to fight Orton and Batista and then had to survive everything thrown at him: the Authority, being taken through a table, sledgehammers, to the point that he had to be taken out on a stretcher--yet he ''still'' made Batista tap to the Yes! Lock and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
* EndOfAnAge:
** ''[=WrestleMania=] X'': The first Mania post-Hulkamania and the beginning of the New Generation.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'': The end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars and the Wrestling/AttitudeEra.
** The Hell In A Cell match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'' between Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/TheUndertaker was billed as "The End Of Era", building on the fact that they are the last, largest [[InsistentTerminology superstars]] from the AttitudeEra still [[RingOldies actively competing]], and acknowledging the possibility that they may both retire soon; 'Taker due to [[DentedIron injuries and old age]] and Hunter due to his [[CorruptCorporateExecutive backstage responsibilities]].
** At ''[=WrestleMania=] 30'', The Undertaker's streak was finally broken, and it was referred to by the announce team as "truly the end of an era."
* FollowTheLeader: In an interview, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon wanted two clashing fanbases (Team Cenation and Team Bring It) for the build-up of the Wrestling/JohnCena vs. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] match at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVIII'', not too dissimilar to Team Edward vs. Team Jacob in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* HeroicResolve: The big match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'' was the Submission Match between Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/BretHart. Busted open, bleeding like crazy, and locked in Hart's signature Sharpshooter submission hold, Austin ''[[CrazyAwesome refused to tap out]]''; instead, he passed out from the pain in a puddle of his own blood rather than submit to Hart. If ''King of the Ring 1996'' was Austin's breakout moment, this was the moment that catapulted him into superstardom.
* HistoryRepeats: [=WrestleMania=] featured a lot of rematches. Sometimes thrice.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker had the most rematches. So far, he fought and defeated Wrestling/TripleH three times, while Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels both lost to him twice.
** The very first [=WrestleMania=] trilogy is of course, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]]. While the former only won at their third encounter, it was the latter's last match in his career.
** Other wrestlers who fought in this event twice are; Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, Wrestling/BretHart and Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, [[MeleeATrois the three-way rivalry]] of Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, the [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/MattHardy Boyz]] and Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys, and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
** Some wrestlers who actually fought at this event twice were in a triple-threat match involving someone else. Namely; Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/KurtAngle (fought in a three-way with Wrestling/ChrisJericho at WM 2000 before competing one-on-one in the following year), Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/TheBigShow (competed one-on-one at WM 20 before squaring off in a three-way with Wresting/{{Edge}} at WM 25) and Cena again, this time with Wrestling/TripleH (competed in a one-on-one match at WM 22 before competing in a three-way with Wrestling/RandyOrton two years later).
* 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. Undertaker and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels pulled out perhaps 2009's Match of the Year at ''[=WrestleMania=] 25'', 'Taker's first one-on-one victory over Michaels, and at ''[=WrestleMania=] 26'' they pulled out another instant classic as Undertaker preserved his streak and ended the 25-year career of Michaels in the show's main event. At ''[=WrestleMania=] 27'', he survived ''three'' Pedigrees and a Tombstone from Wrestling/TripleH, then Undertaker slipped Hell's Gate on a sledgehammer-wielding Triple H, who tapped, ensuring the 19-0 streak lives on. Then, at 28, against Triple H one last time, Taker kicks out of The Tombstone, and reverses it to achieve the final score of 20-0.
** As of Wrestlemania XXX, Undertaker now reads 21-''1'', thanks to one Brock Lesnar.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Every [=WrestleMania=] is billed as the best, most historic [=WrestleMania=] ''ever''. Until next year.
* 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 WM 19 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.
** Wrestling/KurtAngle's well-known neck problems were flaring up going into ''[=WrestleMania=] 19'', and it was believed that his insistence on performing at the event anyway could lead to the end of his career. Ironically it was Lesnar who nearly broke 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.
* OnceASeason: Wrestling/TheUndertaker takes on a legend or main event superstar and wins, an honor perhaps greater that being a [[Wrestling/TripleH eleven time World Champion.]] He has ''never'' lost at the event, against the likes of Wrestling/JimmySnuka, Wrestling/JakeRoberts, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]], Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/CMPunk and others. And then Wrestlemania XXX came...
* PassingTheTorch:
** The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior defeating Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''[=WrestleMania=] 6'' to win the WWF Championship, seen as a "passing the torch" moment (even if it didn't fully work out).
** WMXXX is full of thus with Cesaro winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's streak and Daniel Bryan winning the main event.
* [[GenreBlindness Pay-Per-View Blindness]]: ''[=WrestleMania=] 27'' was extremely lackluster, with many last minute changes, including [[WhatWereYouThinking scrapping]] the [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] vs Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} match so they could give The Rock a 20-minute promo (it also reduced the length of the other matches). A large amount of time was spent making skits; people joked that someone accidentally switched [=''WrestleMania''s=] script for the next ''Raw'' script.
* RealSongThemeTune: [=''WrestleMania''=] often has at least one live musical guest. Usually a singer performs ''America The Beautiful'', and sometimes a band gives a wrestler an [[ThemeMusicPowerUp Entrance Music Power-Up]], e.g. [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Motörhead]], who've appeared twice, playing Wrestling/TripleH's music ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_celebrities_involved_with_WrestleMania#Musicians full list]]), and P.O.D, who appeared at [=''WrestleMania''=] 22 playing [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio's]] music.
** {{Mondegreen}}: Motörhead hasn't correctly sung the lyrics to Triple H's theme yet.
* RetiredBadass: Stone Cold Steve Austin, the guest referee of Wrestling/BrockLesnar vs. Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} at ''[=WrestleMania=] 20''. What should have been a dream matchup was ruined by Lesnar's surprise decision to quit WWE to try out for the NFL, and [=Goldberg=] seemed to think the whole match was a joke. The only cheering was for Austin, who delivered a Stunner to both Lesnar and [=Goldberg=] after the match.
** Similarly, at WM 27 Austin was guest ref for Wrestling/JerryLawler vs Wrestling/MichaelCole. Cole spent close to 10 minutes beating on Lawler. To say that the crowd did not enjoy this would be an understatement. The end of the match then had the ''Raw'' general manager retroactively disqualify Lawler because Guest Referee Austin got involved in the match. Wrestling/BookerT and Josh Mathews also [[WhatTheHellHero got Stunners without doing anything]] - likely just an excuse to get [[Wrestling/JimRoss J.R.]] and King back together on commentary for the rest of the show.
* RivalsTeamUp: ''[=WrestleMania=] 16'' is the only [=WrestleMania=] to [[GimmickMatches never have a true one-on-one singles match]] on its card. The main event featured four wrestlers, with a [[WrestlingFamily member of the [=McMahon=] family]] in each corner of a WWF Championship match: the champion, Wrestling/TripleH, had Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon in his corner; [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] had Wrestling/VinceMcMahon backing him; Wrestling/TheBigShow was backed by Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon; and surprise entrant Wrestling/MickFoley, who had been "retired" the month prior in a Hell in a Cell Match by Wrestling/TripleH, had the backing of Linda [=McMahon=]. In the end, Vince turned on The Rock and allowed Triple H to win, letting Triple H retain the WWF Championship against staggering odds, and made history as the first heel to win at a [=''WrestleMania''=] main event.
* SceneryPorn: See ArtEvolution.
* SeasonFinale: Serves as one for the WWE.
* SequelHook: The ''[=WrestleMania=] 27'' main event between Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/JohnCena was a slow, boring match that lead to a double countout. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] came out and ordered the match to continue, but it ended again about 5 seconds later with The Rock hitting the Rock Bottom on Cena and Miz retaining. The Rock then gave Miz the People's Elbow so the night ended with a semi-retired wrestler standing over Cena, WWE's currently most popular wrestler. It's nothing more than a SequelHook for the main event for ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'', Rock vs. Cena.
** ''[=WrestleMania=] 27/28'' seems to like this trope a lot, with Wrestling/TheUndertaker refusing to let his PyrrhicVictory over Wrestling/TripleH at 27 be his lasting memory, thus demanding a second rematch at 28. World Heavyweight Championship contenders Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] also had a match at 27 that was demoted to DVDBonusContent and led to a no-contest.
* SpotlightStealingSquad:
** ''[=WrestleMania=] 25'' should have seen the Colón Brothers defeating Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/TheMiz to become the first Unified Tag Team Champions. However, their victory was relegated to taking place before the actual card, to make room for a song performance by Music/KidRock (worse, the concert was taken out of the DVD release of the event).
** And the following Divas' battle royal had several older past divas returning such as Sunny, Wrestling/MollyHolly, Wrestling/TorrieWilson and [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]]. But the divas had no entrances for that match and came out dancing to Kid Rock, so no introductions for the past divas.
** The Royal Rumble winner should get a title shot at ''[=WrestleMania=]'''s main event, but Wrestling/JohnCena has stolen this spot every year since 2006, except in 2009 (Rumble winner Wrestling/RandyOrton vs. champion Wrestling/TripleH) and ironically 2008, when Cena himself won the Rumble but didn't headline WM 24.
** Occasionally a non-title match will headline and/or close out the show. The most notable in recent years is the rematch between Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/TheUndertaker ''XXVI'' (which would be Shawn's retirement match), and when John Cena faced Wrestling/TheRock for the first time at ''XXVIII''.
* StunnedSilence: The audience of ''Wrestlemania 30'', when Wrestling/BrockLesnar [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable broke]] [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker The Streak]] [[HolyShitQuotient clean]].
* {{Trope 2000}}: [=WrestleMania=] 2000 (aka [=WrestleMania=] 16).
* UnexplainedRecovery: ''[=WrestleMania=] 15'' featured Wrestling/TheUndertaker defeating The Wrestling/BigBossMan in a plodding, boring, forgettable Hell in a Cell match. After the match, Undertaker had The Brood ([[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]][=/=]Wrestling/{{Edge}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{Christian}}, then members of the Undertaker's Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness) slip a noose down through the roof of the Cell so he could "hang" Boss Man. To top it all off, Big Boss Man suddenly showed up on ''Raw'' the next night as if nothing happened, and the whole thing was [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment never mentioned again]]. Undertaker's MinistryOfDarkness [[CostumePorn attire]] and entrance was probably the best part of the whole thing.
* WhamEpisode: It's had its moments.
** WM 9 - HulkHogan comes out and defeats Yokozuna in an impromptu match.
** WM 15 - Wrestling/TripleH turns against [[Wrestling/DGenerationX DX]] and joins the Corporation signaling his main event push.
** WM X7 - Stone Cold SteveAustin joins forces with Mr. [=McMahon=].
** WM XX - Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit win their respective main event matches.
** WM XXX - Wrestling/BrockLesnar ending Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable undefeated streak]].
* WhereItAllBegan: The tagline for Wrestlemania 20 and its return to MadisonSquareGarden, "Where It All Begins Again"
* [[WorkedShoot Worked/Unworked Shoot]]:
** The boxing match (yes, at '''Wrestle'''mania) between Butterbean and Bart Gunn [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWF_Brawl_for_All was real]], but easily the least entertaining and the most pointless match of WM 15. There was little build-up and it transformed almost instantly from Unworked Shoot to Very Bad Shoot when Bart Gunn was knocked out two minutes in. Wrestling/RoddyPiper and Creator/MrT worked a better boxing match at [=''WrestleMania''=] 2, and that's saying something - that one was fake, however ([[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5ektc_wrestlemania-2-mr-t-vs-roddy-piper_sport video]]).
** The match between Brock Lesnar & the Undertaker at [=WrestleMania=] XXX had elements of this - referee Chad Patton wasn't told the finish & was instead ordered to treat every pinfall as if it was the match finish & to count to three unless there was a kick-out. When he counted the three count that ended the Streak, Patton was so shocked that he didn't call for the bell.
* XMakesAnythingCool: The thinking behind naming the 17th and 18th installments ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'' and ''[=WrestleMania=] X-8''.
* [[WritersCannotDoMath You Fail Mathematics Forever]]: When Undertaker was set to face HHH at WM 27, they pretended that HHH and 'Taker had never wrestled before. 'Taker said that he had "beaten 19 men" at [=''WrestleMania''=], when he had faced Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels twice.
** He had been counting the streak like that for a couple of years ('Taker even says "18 men have come...." on the promo the previous year).
*** It was accurate up until the second time he faced Michaels, with his two matches against Kane being balanced by the fact that one of his matches was a two on one handicap.
** When promoting a ''[=WrestleMania=]'' MilestoneCelebration, they forget that the number of the ''[=WrestleMania=]'' doesn't actually indicate how many years it's been since the first one. ''[=WrestleMania=]'' 25 wasn't actually the 25th anniversary of the first ''[=WrestleMania=]'', it was the 24th anniversary. If you wanted to mark the 25-year anniversary of WM 1, you had to wait until ''[=WrestleMania=]'' 26.
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