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WrestleMania
The official WrestleMania logo.
The official WrestleMania logo.
Nickname(s) "The Grandest Stage of Them All"
"Showcase of the Immortals"
"The Granddaddy of 'Em All"
Information
Created by Vince McMahon
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
First event WrestleMania I
Event gimmick WWE's flagship event

WrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually in mid-late March or early April by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. WWE first produced the event in 1985 to be its premier annual event and has since produced thirty editions, with the thirty-first to be held in Santa Clara, California in 2015. WWE regards WrestleMania as its flagship event due to it being the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history. It is considered to be the WWE's Super Bowl equivalent.[1] WrestleMania was conceptualized by WWE owner Vince McMahon.

WrestleMania's widespread success helped transform the professional wrestling sport and make WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world. The event has facilitated the rise to stardom of several top WWE wrestlers. Celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, Alice Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, Snoop Dogg, Snooki, Sean Combs, Kid Rock and others have participated or made special appearances within the events.

WrestleMania propels the worldwide commercial success of the WWE through media, merchandise and shows. All of the events produced, except for Wrestlemania 13, have been sold out within a short period of time, with recent editions being sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale. The first WrestleMania was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City; the 10th and 20th editions were also held there. WrestleMania III in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac, Michigan was the highest-attended indoor sports event in the world, with 93,173 fans in attendance. The record stood until February 14, 2010, when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game broke the indoor sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium.[2] All editions of the event have been hosted in North American cities, with 28 in the United States and 2 in Canada.

Organization[edit]

While WrestleMania events have taken place mostly in sports arenas in large cities, a number of them have occurred in large stadiums. The most-attended events include WrestleMania III (93,173) in Pontiac, WrestleMania VI (67,678) in Toronto, WrestleMania VIII (62,167) in Indianapolis, WrestleMania X-Seven (67,925) in Houston, WrestleMania X8 (68,237) also in Toronto, WrestleMania XIX (54,097) in Seattle, WrestleMania 23 (80,103) in Detroit, WrestleMania XXIV (74,635) in Orlando, WrestleMania XXV (72,744) also in Houston, WrestleMania XXVI (72,219) in Phoenix, WrestleMania XXVII (71,617) in Atlanta, WrestleMania XXVIII (78,363) in Miami, and WrestleMania 29 (80,676) in East Rutherford and WrestleMania XXX (75,167) in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3][4] [5]

WrestleMania centers on the main event matches for the WWE Championship, and between WrestleManias XIX and 29, the World Heavyweight Championship. Other WWE championships are also contested for, while gimmick matches and personal feud matches also take place on the match card.

Since 1993, the winner of the annual Royal Rumble match has been able to receive a guaranteed WWE Championship match at the same year's WrestleMania. With the introduction of the World Heavyweight Championship in 2002, the winner is also given the option to choose between the world title or the WWE championship. The creation of the ECW brand in June 2006 gave the Rumble winner a third option: to choose to challenge for the ECW World Championship. This option was made available from 2007 until the brand was retired in 2010. However, this option was never chosen.[6]

WrestleMania 21 saw the introduction of the Money in the Bank ladder match. This match features six to ten participants and took place at six WrestleManias between 2005 and 2010 before becoming the headline match of its own pay-per-view event, Money in the Bank which incorporated the use of two Money in the Bank ladder matches for both respective WWE brands, SmackDown and Raw. The participant who retrieves the briefcase suspended above the ring wins a contract, which guarantees a world title match at the time and place of the winner's choosing for up to one year, including the following year's WrestleMania. This lasted until 2010 when the Money in the Bank pay per view was introduced and thus the Money in the Bank ladder match was retired from WrestleMania.[7]

Commentators[edit]

For five of the first six WrestleManias Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura served as the color commentators (the exception being WrestleMania 2, which was split among three venues and had Monsoon, Ventura, and Vince McMahon split up with guest commentators), while Bobby Heenan and others filled guest roles. For WrestleMania VII and VIII, Monsoon and Heenan provided color commentary. In the mid to late 1990s the commentator team comprised Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler. Since the brand separation in 2002, matches from the Raw brand have been called by Ross and Lawler; the SmackDown matches called by Michael Cole, Tazz, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jonathan Coachman, and from 2006 to 2010, the ECW matches called by Joey Styles and Tazz. At WrestleMania XXV the first three man inter-brand commentary team since the WWE Brand Extension was used, and consisted of Jim Ross, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Michael Cole. The following year Jim Ross was replaced by Matt Striker at WrestleMania XXVI. At WrestleMania XXVII Jim Ross returned to commentate, along with Josh Matthews and new SmackDown color commentator Booker T; the sudden change of commentary was due to a singles match between regular commentators Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler. Howard Finkel, who is credited with coming up with the name "WrestleMania" in 1984,[8] has served as the long-standing ring-announcer and has appeared at every event, but since the WWE Brand Extension, Lilian Garcia, Tony Chimel and Justin Roberts have taken over as announcers for their respective brand matches.

History[edit]

1980s[edit]

Mr. T and Hulk Hogan at the first WrestleMania event; Mr. T returned for WrestleMania 2 while Hulk Hogan wrestled at the first nine events.

The World Wrestling Federation staged the first WrestleMania on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main event was a tag-team match between the WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, accompanied by Jimmy Snuka against the team of Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff, who were accompanied by Cowboy Bob Orton. The financial and critical success of the event secured the company's status as the most successful promotion in the United States, rising above competitors such as the National Wrestling Alliance and American Wrestling Association. In attendance were business celebrity Sy Sperling and broadcasting executive Tony D'Angelo. WrestleMania 2 was held the following year and took place in three venues across the country. The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena) in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. They each featured multiple matches that led up to the main event; this saw WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeat the challenger King Kong Bundy in a steel cage match.

A world indoor attendance-record of 93,173 fans was set at WrestleMania III, which was also the largest paying attendance in the history of professional wrestling at the time. The event is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the 1980s wrestling boom. To make certain that every seat in the Pontiac Silverdome would be filled, the WWF decided to exclude the entire state of Michigan from pay-per-view access to the event, which made attending the event the only way for fans in Michigan to see it.[9] The event featured Hulk Hogan defending the WWF Championship against André the Giant and the WWF Intercontinental Championship match between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat.

WrestleMania IV was an all tournament event to crown a new WWF Champion. The second round of the tournament featured a rematch of the previous year's main event between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant while Randy Savage went on to defeat Ted DiBiase in the finals. The event returned the following year to Atlantic City, New Jersey for WrestleMania V, in which Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage for the WWF Championship Savage had won the previous year.

1990s[edit]

The first time WrestleMania took place outside of the United States was WrestleMania VI, which was held at the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the main event match, The Ultimate Warrior won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan. The following year, the event returned to the United States for WrestleMania VII, which was originally scheduled to be held at the outdoors Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The event was moved to the adjacent indoors Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for security reasons related to the Gulf War. The event saw Hulk Hogan face Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Championship, while The Undertaker made his WrestleMania debut defeating Jimmy Snuka. Following this, The Undertaker was undefeated in 21 of his WrestleMania matches, until he was defeated by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX.[10] The next edition, WrestleMania VIII, was held in the Hoosier Dome with Macho Man Randy Savage defeating Ric Flair for the WWF Championship and Hulk Hogan defeating Sid Justice via disqualification.

The Undertaker holds the record for 21 victories in a row at WrestleMania.

WrestleMania IX was the first WrestleMania held at an outdoor venue. It was also the first and only time in WrestleMania history that the WWF title switched twice. Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart to become the WWF Champion, only to lose it to Hulk Hogan. The tenth edition of the event, WrestleMania X saw its return to Madison Square Garden. The event featured Owen Hart defeating his elder brother Bret; a ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship also headlined, in which Razor Ramon defeated Shawn Michaels. Bret having been defeated earlier won the WWF title from Yokozuna in the main event. Bret is the only wrestler in WrestleMania history to lose his first match and come back to win the WWF title in the main event. Michaels defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Championship in a 60-minute Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII. The match is considered to be one of the best matches in the history of the event. The event also saw the return of the Ultimate Warrior who defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (later known as Triple H) in the latter's WrestleMania debut. The following year at WrestleMania 13, a submission match pitted Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin against one another in a bout that received much acclaim and The Undertaker defeated Psycho Sid for the WWF Championship in the main event.

At WrestleMania XIV, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels to become the new WWF Champion in a match that featured Mike Tyson serving as the special enforcer. Although Tyson had been aligned with Michaels and his stable D-Generation X, Tyson revealed to have been aligned with Austin all along as he personally counted the pinfall and declared Austin the winner. The Undertaker and Kane fought for first time at this event where The Undertaker won. The event became known for starting "The Attitude Era." The following year at WrestleMania XV, Austin defeated The Rock to regain the WWF Championship. The event featured the first of many encounters at WrestleMania between Steve Austin and The Rock in the rivalry of the two most prominent and popular stars of The Attitude Era.

2000s[edit]

WrestleMania 2000 featured the first ever Triangle Ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, involving the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian. The main event featured the WWF Champion Triple H successfully defending his title in a fatal four way match against three challengers: The Rock, The Big Show and Mick Foley. This match was billed as having 'a McMahon in every corner' as Triple H was accompanied by Stephanie McMahon, The Rock by Vince McMahon, The Big Show by Shane McMahon and Mick Foley by Linda McMahon.

Shawn Michaels returned from retirement in 2002 to consistently produce Match-of-the-Year candidates at the event – earning himself the moniker 'Mr. WrestleMania'.

At WrestleMania X-Seven, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock and regained the WWF Championship. The event also featured Vince and Shane McMahon in a Street Fight, while Edge and Christian won the WWF Tag Team Championship against the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz in the second Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. The event was the pinnacle of the 1990s wrestling boom, concluding The Attitude Era. It was also the first WrestleMania held after the dissolution and WWF's subsequent purchase of the company's rival, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the end of the Monday Night Wars. WrestleMania X8 was the last WrestleMania to be produced under the WWF name and featured Triple H defeating Chris Jericho to win the Undisputed Championship. Steve Austin, The Rock and The Undertaker defeated Scott Hall with Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair respectively, all whom had rejoined the company after their stints with WCW. Also Rob Van Dam won his first Intercontinental Championship in his WrestleMania debut. WrestleMania XIX saw Steve Austin's last match to date as he faced The Rock for a third time at WrestleMania, ending their long-running feud. Hulk Hogan defeated Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels participated in his first WrestleMania match in five years, defeating Chris Jericho. The World Heavyweight Championship was defended for the first time at the event with Triple H retaining against Booker T, while Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle to win the WWE Championship.

World Wrestling Entertainment celebrated the twentieth edition of WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden with WrestleMania XX. The event featured The Undertaker (who returned to his Deadman persona) defeating the unmasked Kane in their second encounter and the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship victories of Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, respectively with Guerrero defeating Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Championship and Benoit defeating Triple H and Shawn Michaels to win the World Heavyweight Championship. The event also featured the Rock 'n' Sock ConnectionThe Rock and Mankind/Mick Foley versus Batista, Randy Orton, and Ric Flair of Evolution where this 2-on-3 handicap match saw The Rock's last match for over seven years, as well as Steve Austin as the guest referee in an interpromotional singles match between the departing superstars Brock Lesnar (who would return to the company eight years later) and Bill Goldberg. The WWE Hall of Fame was reintroduced with an annual induction show held the night before WrestleMania.

At WrestleMania 21, the concept of the Money in the Bank ladder match was introduced as a six-man ladder match that featured a briefcase suspended above the ring containing a contract that guaranteed the winning Raw brand participant a world title match at any time and place of their choosing within one year up to the next year's WrestleMania, in which Edge went on to win this match. In the main events, the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship passed on to John Cena and Batista respectively by defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Triple H in their respective matches. Eddie Guerrero's last WrestleMania match took place at WrestleMania 21 against Rey Mysterio as he died later that year. The event also featured the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin after a year long hiatus, while Kurt Angle defeated Shawn Michaels in a highly acclaimed match. The Money in the Bank ladder match was also held at WrestleMania 22 as a six-man interpromotional match where the winner would get a world title match of their choosing, regardless of the brand they were on, and this match was won by Rob Van Dam. At WrestleMania 23, the Money in the Bank match expanded to include eight men and would include stars from the revived ECW brand which was won by Mr. Kennedy. John Cena would go on to retain his WWE Championship at both WrestleMania 22 and 23, while the same events would see Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker win the World Heavyweight Championship respectively. Representing Donald Trump, ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley defeated Umaga, who represented Vince McMahon, in a match billed as the "battle of the billionaires" and arbitrated by Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 23. This was also the last Wrestlemania when the WWE Women's Championship was defended when Melina defeated Ashley Massaro in a lumberjills match.

At WrestleMania XXIV, Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair in a highly acclaimed match, while the Money in the Bank ladder match included seven participants from all three brands which was won by CM Punk who also wins it again at WrestleMania XXV. The ECW Championship was defended for the only time at a WrestleMania event, when Kane emerged as the new ECW Champion in a record 8 seconds, while Randy Orton retained the WWE Championship and The Undertaker won the World Heavyweight Championship for the second consecutive year, defeating Edge. In an encounter that featured major media coverage, boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. defeated The Big Show. The event was the second WrestleMania to be held at an outdoor venue. WrestleMania XXV featured Chris Jericho defeating WWE Hall of Famers Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat in a match that featured appearances by Ric Flair and actor Mickey Rourke. Shawn Michaels unsuccessfully attempted to hand The Undertaker his first defeat at a WrestleMania in an acclaimed match, and the WWE Intercontinental Championship was defended at the event for the first time since WrestleMania X8 with Rey Mysterio defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield. John Cena defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship also involving The Big Show, while Triple H retained the WWE Championship against Randy Orton.

2010s[edit]

At WrestleMania XXVI, the professional wrestling career of Shawn Michaels came to an end as he faced The Undertaker in a highly acclaimed re-match of their encounter from the previous year. The event also featured John Cena winning the WWE Championship and Chris Jericho retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. Following Bret Hart's return to WWE in over twelve years since the Montreal Screwjob incident, Bret Hart defeated Vince McMahon in a No-Holds Barred match with members of the Hart wrestling family present. Money in the Bank Ladder match included ten participants from both Raw and SmackDown (ECW brand was retired in February), and this match was won by Jack Swagger. This was the last Money in the Bank Ladder match to date at WrestleMania event.

WrestleMania XXVII featured the return of The Rock following a seven-year hiatus to serve as host for the event. Trish Stratus competed in her first WrestleMania since the twenty-second edition, teaming with John Morrison and Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to defeat LayCool and Dolph Ziggler. Longtime WWE announcers Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler brawled in a match officiated by Stone Cold Steve Austin, while Triple H failed in his attempt to avenge Shawn Michaels' loss to The Undertaker from a year prior. This was the first WrestleMania in history in which both the World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Champion were able to successfully retain their titles. World Heavyweight Champion Edge defeated the challenger Alberto Del Rio in what would be Edge's last match before his retirement on April 11, and The Rock closed out the event saluting the fans after laying out John Cena and The Miz with the signature move Rock Bottom following Miz retaining the WWE Championship. This incident would set up the main event for the following year's WrestleMania.

WrestleMania XXVIII had three "main event" matches. In the first main event, The Undertaker defeated Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match via pinfall, officiated by WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, extending his WrestleMania streak to 20–0. The second main event featured CM Punk retaining the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho, via submission.[11] The third main event featured The Rock defeating John Cena via pinfall in a "Once in a Lifetime" match, announced a year in advance.

In 2013, WrestleMania 29 had 80,676 fans in attendance, becoming the second-highest attended WrestleMania ever. This WrestleMania had three main events. The first saw The Undertaker extend his undefeated streak to 21-0 by defeating CM Punk. Triple H, with the help of Shawn Michaels, defeated Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match; had Triple H lost, he would have had to retire from in-ring competition. In the final match, John Cena avenged his loss from the previous year by defeating The Rock for the WWE Championship, winning the title a record 11th time. Other matches included Alberto Del Rio successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger, and Fandango pulling off an upset by defeating Chris Jericho.

WrestleMania XXX was the 30th annual WrestleMania event produced by WWE on April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Louisiana.[12] It saw Daniel Bryan defeated Triple H in the opening match. Per the stipulation this gave Bryan a spot in the main event, where he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by making Batista submit in a triple threat match which also included Randy Orton. It was the first Wrestlemania when the WWE Divas Championship was defended when AJ Lee retained the championship in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational. WrestleMania XXX also saw the end of The Undertaker's undefeated streak as he was defeated by Brock Lesnar.

Celebrity involvement[edit]

Over the years, WrestleMania has featured many celebrity appearances with varying levels of involvement. The main event of the first WrestleMania showcased numerous celebrities along with the wrestlers. Billy Martin served as ring announcer with Liberace as timekeeper, and Muhammad Ali served as an official. Mr. T competed in the main event alongside tag team partner, Hulk Hogan. WrestleMania 2 featured a 20-man battle royal pitting several NFL players against WWF wrestlers, while Lawrence Taylor faced Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI. Mike Tyson appeared at WrestleMania XIV as the special guest enforcer for the WWF Championship bout between Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin, while professional boxer Butterbean was challenged to a boxing match by Bart Gunn at WrestleMania XV. At WrestleManias XIV, XV and 2000, Pete Rose became involved in a short feud with Kane that became a running gag with each appearance ending with Rose receiving a Tombstone piledriver or chokeslam from Kane. The Big Show faced sumo wrestling yokozuna Akebono in a sumo contest at WrestleMania 21 and fought professional welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at WrestleMania XXIV. Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi competed in a 6-person tag team match teaming with Trish Stratus and John Morrison in a winning effort against Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool).

The event has also featured live musical performances. Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire, Little Richard, Boyz II Men, Ashanti, Boys Choir of Harlem, Michelle Williams, John Legend, Nicole Scherzinger, Fantasia Barrino, and Keri Hilson have each renditioned the songs "The Star-Spangled Banner" or "America the Beautiful" before the show. Robert Goulet performed "O Canada" at WrestleMania VI. Acts such as Motörhead, Limp Bizkit, Saliva, Run–D.M.C., Salt-n-Pepa, Living Colour, Ice-T, Drowning Pool, Flo Rida, P.O.D., Machine Gun Kelly, Rev Theory, Mark Crozer and Kid Rock have also performed during the live entrances of competitors.

WrestleMania Axxess[edit]

In 1988, the World Wrestling Federation in association with The Trump Organization prepared a small festival to celebrate WrestleMania IV, which included autograph signings, a brunch, and a five kilometer run; the event was held again in 1989 for WrestleMania V. In 1992, a festival was held the day of WrestleMania VIII which included a WWF superstar look-alike contest and a tournament for the WWF WrestleFest arcade game. In 1993, the WWF held a "WrestleMania Brunch" the day of WrestleMania IX at Caesars Palace, during the course of which Lex Luger attacked Bret Hart. In 1994, the WWF offered "Fan Fest" for the weekend of WrestleMania X, which allowed fans to step inside a WWF ring, participate in games, meet superstars, and purchase merchandise; the event was followed up in 1995 with another "Fan Fest" for WrestleMania XI. In 1999, the WWF held its first Saturday pre-WrestleMania event taking place on March 27, 1999. WrestleMania Rage Party as it was known was televised live on the USA Network from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (EST). The event was to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The erroneous idea of the event was "...to celebrate the final WrestleMania of the millennium..."[13][14]

The following year the WWF held its first WrestleMania Axxess event at the Anaheim Convention Center expanding upon the party idea of WrestleMania Rage Party. The event included autograph signings and mementos to inductees of the WWE Hall of Fame. There were also activities where fans could enter a wrestling ring and commentate a wrestling match.[15] In 2001, WrestleMania Axxess was held at the Reliant Hall which expanded upon the event by adding numerous activities including areas where attendees could buy special merchandise, see a production truck and check out special WWE vehicles.[16] From 2002, WrestleMania Axxess would be extended to a three-day event (March 14–16) and would be held at the Canadian National Exhibition.[17][18] The three-day event included similar activities to that of the one day line-up.[18] In 2007, WrestleMania Axxess went on tour around cities in both the United States and Canada.

Dates, venues, and main events[edit]

Event Date City Province/State Venue Attendance Main event
WrestleMania Mar 31, 1985 New York City New York Madison Square Garden 19,121 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff with special guest enforcer Muhammad Ali and special guest referee Pat Patterson [19]
WrestleMania 2 Apr 7, 1986 Uniondale
Chicago
Los Angeles
New York
Illinois
California
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Rosemont Horizon
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
40,085 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship [20]
WrestleMania III Mar 29, 1987 Pontiac Michigan Silverdome 93,173 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. André the Giant for the WWF Championship [21]
WrestleMania IV Mar 27, 1988 Atlantic City New Jersey Trump Plaza 18,165 Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase for the vacant WWF Championship [22]
WrestleMania V Apr 2, 1989 18,946 Randy Savage (c) vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship [23]
WrestleMania VI Apr 1, 1990 Toronto Ontario SkyDome 67,678 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Ultimate Warrior (c) for both the WWF Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Championship [24]
WrestleMania VII Mar 24, 1991 Los Angeles California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 16,158 Sgt. Slaughter (c) vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship [25]
WrestleMania VIII Apr 5, 1992 Indianapolis Indiana Hoosier Dome 62,167 Ric Flair (c) vs. Randy Savage for the WWF Championship[Note 1]
Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice
[26]
WrestleMania IX Apr 4, 1993 Las Vegas Nevada Caesars Palace 16,891 Bret Hart (c) vs. Yokozuna for the WWF Championship[Note 2]
[27]
WrestleMania X Mar 20, 1994 New York City New York Madison Square Garden 18,065 Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Roddy Piper [28]
WrestleMania XI Apr 2, 1995 Hartford Connecticut Hartford Civic Center 16,305 Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow with special guest referee Pat Patterson [29]
WrestleMania XII Mar 31, 1996 Anaheim California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 18,853 Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels in an 60-Minute Iron Man match for the WWF Championship [30]
WrestleMania 13 Mar 23, 1997 Chicago Illinois Rosemont Horizon 18,197 Sycho Sid (c) vs. The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship [31]
WrestleMania XIV Mar 29, 1998 Boston Massachusetts FleetCenter 19,028 Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship with special guest enforcer Mike Tyson [32]
WrestleMania XV Mar 28, 1999 Philadelphia Pennsylvania First Union Center 20,276 The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Mankind [33]
WrestleMania 2000 Apr 2, 2000 Anaheim California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 18,034 Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley in a Fatal-Four Way Elimination match for the WWF Championship [34]
WrestleMania X-Seven Apr 1, 2001 Houston Texas Reliant Astrodome 67,925 The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship [35]
WrestleMania X8 Mar 17, 2002 Toronto Ontario SkyDome 68,237 Chris Jericho (c) vs. Triple H for the Undisputed WWF Championship [36]
WrestleMania XIX Mar 30, 2003 Seattle Washington Safeco Field 54,097 Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship [37]
WrestleMania XX Mar 14, 2004 New York City New York Madison Square Garden 18,000 Triple H (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship [38]
WrestleMania 21 Apr 3, 2005 Los Angeles California Staples Center 20,193 Triple H (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship [39]
WrestleMania 22 Apr 2, 2006 Chicago Illinois Allstate Arena 17,159 John Cena (c) vs. Triple H for the WWE Championship [40]
WrestleMania 23 Apr 1, 2007 Detroit Michigan Ford Field 80,103 John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship [41]
WrestleMania XXIV Mar 30, 2008 Orlando Florida Citrus Bowl 74,635 Edge (c) vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship [42]
WrestleMania XXV Apr 5, 2009 Houston Texas Reliant Stadium 72,744 Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship [43]
WrestleMania XXVI Mar 28, 2010 Phoenix Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium 72,219 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in a Career vs. Streak match [44]
WrestleMania XXVII Apr 3, 2011 Atlanta Georgia Georgia Dome 71,617 The Miz (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
[45]
WrestleMania XXVIII Apr 1, 2012 Miami Florida Sun Life Stadium 78,363 The Rock vs. John Cena [46]
WrestleMania 29 Apr 7, 2013 East Rutherford New Jersey MetLife Stadium 80,676 The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship [47]
WrestleMania XXX Apr 6, 2014 New Orleans Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome 75,167 Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship [48]
WrestleMania 31 Mar 29, 2015 Santa Clara California Levi's Stadium TBD TBA

^ 1. The official poster for WrestleMania VIII advertised this match as one of two main events on the card. As such, the "WrestleMania" section of WWE.com recognises VIII as the only edition of the show to have featured a double main event.

^ 2. Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna was the official main event, but an impromptu, unadvertised 22-second match between Yokozuna and Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship occurred after it.

Video box sets[edit]

Several VHS and DVD box sets have been released since WrestleMania began:

  • In 1994, a VHS set with WrestleManias 1-X was released.
  • In 1997, a VHS set with WrestleManias 1–13 was released.
  • In 1998, a VHS set titled "WrestleMania: The Legacy" with WrestleManias 1-XIV was released. The set was re-released in 1999, this time including XV.
  • In 2005, a DVD set titled "WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology" with WrestleManias 1–21 was released; this marked the first time WrestleManias 1-XIV were released on DVD in Region 1. The set was re-released in 2006, this time including WrestleMania 22.[49]
  • In 2007, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the event, WWE released a special "Championship Edition" DVD of WrestleMania III. The two-disc set includes the event itself, another version of the event that includes pop-up facts, and pre-event interviews and extra matches from notable shows such as Saturday Night's Main Event.
  • In 2012, a Blu-ray set titled Undertaker: The Streak was released. The three-disc set featured all of The Undertaker's matches from his undefeated 20-match WrestleMania streak, plus an accompanying documentary with comments from some of the wrestlers involved.[50]
  • In 2013, WWE released WrestleManias I-XV on separate single-disc DVDs to commemorate the 29th edition of WrestleMania. WrestleMania XV was re-released with new cover art.

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Basil V. Devito & Joe Layden (2001). WWF WrestleMania : The Official Insider's Story. HarperCollinsWillow. ISBN 0-00-710667-X. 

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