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  • Billing Displacement: Despite Randy Orton and Batista being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 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 and Batista, with both men receiving TV spots focusing on themselves whilst Bryan was barely mentioned. The most likely reason for this was because Bryan originally wasn't supposed to be in the match, but plans changed after CM Punk walked out and the fans literally began threatening to riot and cause the event to implode in on itself if it didn't happen.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Ashley Massaro was in tears after her match at 23, knowing full well how awful it was. She also had to compete with a broken foot.
    • Ivory was furious at the disrespectful way Chyna covered her in their match at X-Seven.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: When Molly Holly heard that there wasn't going to be a Women's Championship match at WrestleMania XX, she offered to have her head shaved at the event. Thus a Hair vs Title match was booked, and Molly had her hair cut off live.
  • Executive Meddling: At X8, Triple H and Chris Jericho didn't want their title match to go on after The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, feeling the latter was the true main event and deserved to go on last. Management insisted that the title match had to go on last.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Combined with Fun with Acronyms, fans took to name the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (which was introduced at WrestleMania XXX) by André's real-life name, rendering it the André Roussimoff Memorial Battle Royal - or ARMBAR.
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    • Similarly, when the Wrestlemania Women's Battle Royal was brieflynote  named the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal, it became FUBAR.
      • It's new nickname after its renaming is given as WOMBAR (Women's Battle Royal) or WOMBAT (Women's Battle Royal).
    • WrestleMania 32 has been nicknamed "InjuryMania" due to several prominent stars being sidelined with injury, screwing up plans and shooting a lot of the build down the drain. Among these stars is John Cena, who will be missing the event for the first time in his career. Even one of the performers headlining said Mania, Roman Reigns, had to be written out for a couple weeks so he could get surgery for a deviated septum, causing him to miss a significant portion of the build. By that point, the only full-time main event talent was Dean Ambrose, and since his opponent, Brock Lesnar, was a part-timer who was only booked for a couple more appearances, Ambrose had to carry the show by himself by starting a mini-feud with Triple H, technically a part-timer but one who showed up on TV every week. It would end up subverted slightly in Cena's case. While he did not have an actual match at the said event, he did manage to appear and give The Rock a hand in dealing with The Wyatt Family, all to a MASSIVE pop.
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    • Thanks to the multitudes of Shocking Swerves that dotted the WrestleMania 34 event, fans and detractors alike have immediately called it "Swerve-o-Mania"
  • Follow the Leader: In an interview, Stephanie McMahon noted that she wanted two clashing fanbases (Team Cenation and Team Bring It) for the build-up of the John Cena vs. The Rock match at WrestleMania XXVIII, not unlike Team Edward vs. Team Jacob in Twilight.
  • Long-Runners: It's been around since 1985.
  • Lying Creator:
    • The famous turned infamous 93,000 attendance figure for the third event. There have been numerous claims that the quoted attendance figure, which established a world record attendance for an indoor event, was false and that the real attendance figure was only around 78,000. This is based on claims by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter upon receiving information from events promoter Zane Bresloff, and that wrestling promoters (including Vince McMahon) were known to regularly inflate attendance figures to make things look better. While WWE and the Silverdome's management have always maintained that the 93,000 figure is correct, debate continues among wrestling fans as to what the true attendance was on the day.
    • It seemingly happened again, almost 30 years later, at WrestleMania 32. WWE reported an attendance of 101,763 in the AT&T Stadium, which surpassed the previous record. However, Meltzer again reported 93,370 as the fan attendance, and that it only totalled 97,763 people in the stadium if one included stadium personnel, WWE personnel, etc. Meltzer theorized that the rationale for exaggerating the number arose from WWE wanting to save face because they promoted from the start of drawing 100,000 people to the event.
  • Old Shame: Tori has this towards her famous bodysuit at XV. Her intention was to make it look like the outfit was painted on, as she had done several photoshoots with animal print and body paint. She knew she had bombed when she saw The Rock and Vince gawking at her as she was about to go out.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The Iron Sheik was booked to win the Battle Royal at X-Seven because he said he was in no physical condition to take bumps - so he wouldn't have to go over the top rope.
    • Jay-Z and Beyonce were scheduled to appear at XIX to have a live rap battle with John Cena. A scheduling conflict meant they couldn't make it in time. Fabulous was scheduled as the replacement but cancelled a few hours before the show.
    • While WWE had ties to Playboy, it became a tradition for whichever WWE Diva was chosen to pose to have a match at WrestleMania. Sable, Chyna, Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Ashley Massaro and Maria Kanellis all received matches. When WWE went PG, this gimmick was dropped.
    • Speaking of Playboy, 24's 'Bunny Mania' was supposed to have Candice Michelle as Maria's partner. But when Candice re-injured her clavicle in a match, she had to go back on the shelf and Ashley Massaro was chosen to replace her.
    • The Playboy tag match at XX was advertised as an Evening Gown match. But Sable had back problems going into the event, so it was changed to a regular tag match in lingerie - reducing her in-ring involvement.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • WrestleMania often has at least one live musical guest. Usually a singer performs "America the Beautiful", and sometimes a band gives a wrestler an Entrance Music Power-Up, e.g. Motörhead, who've appeared twice, playing Triple H's music (though Motörhead's lead singer Lemmy hadn't correctly sung the lyrics to Triple H's theme in either of his two appearances), and P.O.D., who appeared at WrestleMania 22 playing Rey Mysterio's music. Here's a full list.
    • Also, the Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine embarrassing themselves at WrestleMania VI, pretending to be an actual group called "Rhythm and Blues." May very well be the worst musical performance ever to be recorded.
  • Throw It In!: 23's Women's title match between Melina and Ashley Massaro almost didn't happen. Ashley broke her foot while training for the match and they spent the entire evening not knowing if it would happen. They were finally told in gorilla position "yeah we can squeeze you guys in".
  • Troubled Production:
    • It's a miracle that XIX turned out so well, due to the sheer number of problems backstage. Kurt Angle was wrestling his match with a broken neck and was warned that he could be left paralyzed if he made a mistake in the ring. Stone Cold had been hospitalised the day before and he too was advised not to wrestle, but this ended up being his last match. Nathan Jones was booked to team with the Undertaker but disappointing performances at house shows led to him being removed from his match at the last minute. The Tag Team Championship match was relegated to Sunday Night Heat - despite featuring stars like Rob Van Dam and Kane - over time constraints. A schedule conflict (see above) led to John Cena being left off the card completely.
    • Luna Vachon described her mixed tag at XIV to be one of these. Sable refused to learn how to take bumps, and as she had a Playboy photo shoot coming up, Luna was warned not to disfigure her in any way. She was outright told she would be fired if she did. She later called it the most choreographed match she ever had, though still had fond memories of it regardless.
  • Wag the Director:
    • The other wrestlers in the 7 man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at 32 insisted that Zack Ryder be given a WrestleMania Moment.
    • Brodus Clay's dance segment at WM28 was set to be cut to make time for the main event. A nearby John Cena decided to take a "bathroom break", and gave Brodus his moment.
    • Hogan insisted that the original ending to WMIX could not happen and that a face must come out on top. He actually told Vince that he would drop the belt clean as a sheet to Bret at a later date in exchange for what we got.... and then proceeded to refuse once he'd actually got the title. Vince was so furious that he instead ordered Hogan to drop the title back to Yokozuna in a very screwy fashion, and Hogan wasn't seen again in WWF/E for over 8 years.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Brock Lesnar's original opponent at WrestleMania 32 was supposed to be Bray Wyatt, which is why The Wyatt Family screwed him out of winning the 2016 Royal Rumble. It was changed to Dean Ambrose around the time of Fastlane, because Ambrose had done such a fantastic job with the build for the main event of the titular PPV (a triple threat between Ambrose, Lesnar, and Roman Reigns for number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, with the build mainly focused on Lesnar and Ambrose) that it was decided a match between them would draw more, and Lesnar's match with Wyatt was eventually brough forward to a WWE Network-only event, Roadblock. This later turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Wyatt would join "InjuryMania" with a bad back, forcing his match at Roadblock on hold and causing it to be turned into a handicap match so Luke Harper could wrestle Lesnar instead. Ironically, Bray's injury turned out to be minor and he was back to wrestling in two weeks, while Harper later suffered a torn ACL and would be out for five to six months.
    • The Street Fight at X-Seven was originally going to have Mick Foley as Vince's opponent. Mick turned the offer down, as he had retired from wrestling, and it became a match against Shane McMahon - with Mick Foley as the special referee. He later said how much he regretted not wrestling in the match, and came out of retirement for WrestleMania XX. The same event was also planned to have a match between Triple H and Mike Tyson. When that didn't come to fruition, Triple H wrestled the Undertaker instead.
    • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the first choice for Hulk Hogan's opponent at WrestleMania X8. However he didn't feel that Hogan would be able to keep pace with him in the ring and refused the match. The Rock became Hogan's opponent instead. Stone Cold later said he regretted turning the match down, as the two of them never wrestled each other one-on-one.
    • Sheamus and Daniel Bryan got hit with this hard during two consecutive WrestleManias. At XXVII, they were set to fight for Sheamus' US championship at the main show, only for it to be bumped to the pre-show, which instead morphed into a battle royale which Sheamus won to retain. The two were later lead to believe that their WrestleMania XXVIII encounter for Bryan's World Heavyweight Championship was to be a longer match, only for the powers that be dictate that Sheamus squash Bryan in 18 seconds. This notably irked the two men so much that they made the most of their eventual rematch for the title at Extreme Rules 2012 with a 2 out of 3 falls match.
    • As shown on Total Divas, two matches got swapped around in the running order for WrestleMania XXX. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was moved earlier in the show, while the Divas' Championship Invitational got pushed back. Unfortunately for the women, this meant that they had to follow the Undertaker's streak being broken.
    • The Big Show was originally supposed to face Shaquille O'Neal, of all people, at WrestleMania 33, which started all the way back at the previous event with Shaq appearing as a surprise entrant and eliminating Show from the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which lead him to challenge Shaq at the Espys later on. However, the match was cancelled because WWE and Shaq's management couldn't come to an agreement on money. note 


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