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Heartwarming / WrestleMania

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  • At WrestleMania I, Muhammad Ali, who had retired from boxing a few years earlier due to age and early Parkinsons, was met with massive applause when he arrived to serve as guest referee for the main event.
    Vince: Muhammad Ali, The Greatest! Stepping through the ring ropes, to a standing ovation!
  • The match between The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man Randy Savage at WrestleMania VII, where the loser would have to retire, was one of the best of either man's career. The stakes were huge, the match was amazing, and what happened after the match was one of the most heartwarming things in WWF history. For those who don't know, a bruised and beaten Savage was being assaulted by his own valet Sensational Sherri Martel, but is saved by his former manager Miss Elizabeth whom he hadnt been seen with since his heel turn two years before. The two reunite, and for the first time, are shown on screen as a romantic couple.
  • WrestleMania XX:
    • The end of the opening video package, with Shane holding his one month old son Declan and Vince looking ever the proud grandfather.
    • After Chris Benoit wins the World Heavyweight Championship, his life long friend Eddie Guerrero (the WWE Champion) came into the ring to congratulate him and the two share a hug, shedding Tears of Joy as confetti is dropped from the ceiling.
  • WrestleMania XXX:
    • Daniel Bryan's victory in the main event, at long last becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, celebrating with his sister and his niece, with tears in his eyes.
      • A combo on this one. Connor "The Crusher" Michalek, a terminally ill 8 year-old, wanted to meet Bryan, his favorite wrestler. Vince McMahon made it happen, inviting him and his father to WrestleMania XXX and giving them front row tickets. The first thing Bryan did after leaving the ring was walk over and give Connor a hug and tell him that he meant a lot to him.
      • Overlapping with tearjerker; Connor died only a few weeks after the event.
      • Overlapping with tearjerker AND awesome; in 2015, Connor was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as the first ever recipient of the Warrior award, to be given to those who display strength and perseverance and live with courage and compassion, embodying the spirit of The Ultimate Warrior. Daniel Bryan himself inducted Connor, along with Warrior's widow, Dana Warrior.
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    • Apparently, when Undertaker lost to Lesnar, security officials consoled crying children by telling them that the match "didn't count."
    • The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan, the three biggest faces in WWE history, toasting each others careers at the start of the event. Especially poignant, as it was only the second time the three had been in the ring together - They previously took part in a three-on-two handicap match on an episode of Raw prior to WrestleMania X8, when Hogan was still part of the nWo, so the segment marked the first time that the trio had in the same ring in their iconic face personas.
  • WrestleMania 31: Daniel Bryan being applauded by a bevy of former Intercontinental Champions backstage after the Ladder Match - including, in a bit of Retroactive Tear Jerkingness, Roddy Piper's last WrestleMania AND WWE TV appearance.
    "Thank you so much."
  • WrestleMania 32:
    • Zack Ryder's dad hopping the rail and hugging his son after Z won the Intercontinental Championship. Also, Zack's Ascended Fanboyhood going full circle after getting to have a photo backstage with Scott Hall and the Championship title (Zack had shared a story about watching the WrestleMania X Ladder Match between Hall and Shawn Michaels). Remember that Ryder wasn't even supposed to be in the match (replacing Adrian Neville 3 weeks before the show began when Neville sprained his ankle in a match against Chris Jericho), making the win unexpected on so many levels. Also, the reason he was champion? The other seven contestants in the match told the writers that Zack Ryder deserved a happy moment. "You Deserve It" doesn't even begin to describe this.
    • Shane McMahon being accompanied to the ring by his sons.
    • The huge pops for Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, and especially "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It shows how much they are still loved despite all being retired for years.
  • WrestleMania 33:
    • John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella after their victory over Miz and Maryse. She said yes. Even a lot of the anti-Cena crowd was cheering.
    • The absolute reverence shown towards The Undertaker by the fans at the conclusion of Wrestlemania 33. For just a moment all of the endless hatred for Roman Reigns vanished as the fans were barely even able to get a Thank You Taker chant going, instead many simply falling silent in respect... if not openly crying.
  • WrestleMania 34:
    • Braun Strowman's tag team partner is a 10 year old fan he picked at random out of the stands. Throughout the whole match the kid is visible quivering with excitement at being so close to the action and he even gets to tag in for a brief moment before tagging Braun back in. And the icing on the cake? That kid gets to go home the youngest person to ever hold a title belt in WWE.
    • The booking was bizarre. It was waaaaaay out of left field. Having a son of a WWE referee to be Braun's tag partner may not be well received. But during the main event, the (admittedly, often hostile) crowd chanted WE WANT NICHOLAS, cementing that at least the crowd received the moment wonderfully.
    • Asuka seemed almost elated at finding someone who could beat her, and was crying with emotion as she and Charlotte shared a tender hug after the match.
  • WrestleMania 35:
    • After enduring many setbacks and 11 years worth of being looked over, Kofi Kingston finally wins the WWE Title in a match that had nearly everyone in MetLife Stadium cheering for him, including the faces of SmackDown backstage. Upon the match ending, Big E and Xavier Woods immediately rushed to the ring to celebrate their friend finally winning the big one while bringing in his sons, as all of them shed Tears of Joy while the crowd cheered him on.
    • Despite not winning his farewell match, Kurt Angle goes out on a high note, telling the production crew to play his music one last time to the now-endearing chants of "You Suck" from 80 thousand plus with Kurt hugging his family at ringside.
    • Roman Reigns had his first one-on-one match in about six months after leaving to treat his chronic leukemia. After besting Drew McIntyre, Reigns can be seen with his face in the corner, hiding tears of joy at the fact he could be there to compete in front of 80 thousand fans.
    • Curt Hawkins snapping his 269 match losing streak by winning the Raw Tag Team Titles with Zack Ryder in front of their home state of New York, and the elation on their faces must be seen to believed.
    • What's one of the first things that Becky Lynch does after winning the RAW and Smackdown Women's Championships? Ask where her ma is.
    • The fact that most of the fan favorites to win this year actually did. Rollins, Kofi and Becky were fully supported by the crowd that night, and to the delight of the crowd, they won.

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