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Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Mike Tyson, The Rock and The Streak ending – Ten of the greatest Wrestlemania moments


Hulk Hogan faces off against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III back in 1987

Hulk Hogan faces off against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III back in 1987

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Hulk Hogan faces off against Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III back in 1987

The face of professional wrestling changed when Vince McMahon risked it all by making Wrestlemania a reality 35 years ago today.

McMahon sought domination and by creating this annual event and turning it into the granddaddy of them all, he captivated the masses and made it into one of the biggest showcases in sports and entertainment history.

The bar was set from that maiden World Wrestling Federation (WWF) show which featured the likes of Muhammad Ali, Cyndi Lauper, Liberace and Mr T and it would be raised higher and higher every year.

'The Showcase of the Immortals' has seen it all from Shawn Michael ziplining his way into the crowd before achieving his boyhood dream and outlasting Bret Hart to win the WWF title in an Iron Match at Wrestlemania 12 to Edge spearing Mick Foley through a flaming table ten years later.


WWE's Irish wrestling star Becky Lynch

WWE's Irish wrestling star Becky Lynch

WWE's Irish wrestling star Becky Lynch

From the Battle of the Billionaires which saw future US president Donald Trump shaving Vince McMahon's head at Wrestlemania 23 to Irish star Becky Lynch main eventing last year's Wrestlemania and walking out the as the Undisputed Women's champion.

This year will be different with the Coronavirus crisis forcing World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to pre-tape its show at the WWE Performance Center in Florida and other locations with no fans before airing this Saturday and Sunday.

There are sure to be more Wrestlemania moments, however, and here are ten of the best that they will be trying to emulate 35 years after McMahon famously got the ball rolling.

Ten of the greatest Wrestlemania moments

Wrestlemania 3 – Hulk Hogan slams Andre

More than 93,000 screaming fans (well, so they say) packed the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan to watch Hulk Hogan do what no one thought possible and body slam the legendary Andre The Giant.

Having tried and failed earlier in their main event bout, the sight of Hogan lifting the the 525lb 'Giant' before landing his patented leg drop and retaining his WWF championship will set off goose pumps for any wrestling fan.

Wrestlemania 6 – Champion versus Champion

Hogan was the face of the WWF but this earth-shattering title versus title bout was set to mark the end of 'Hulkamania' and see the The Ultimate Warrior lead the company into the 1990's and usher in a new era.

Adding the world title to his intercontinental crown, Warrior was passed the torch by Hogan after pinning him clean in the centre of the ring in what will go down as one of the greatest wrestling moments of all time.

Wrestlemania 7 – Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth reunite

There isn't a moment to tug the heart strings quite like the reunion between Randy 'Macho Man' Savage and Miss Elizabeth.

Having just lost a retirement match to The Ultimate Warrior, Savage was attacked by his manager Sherri Martel, only for his former manager Miss Elizabeth to jump the barrier and make the save amid emotional scenes.

"Everybody behind us in the whole ringside area is crying" proclaims commentator Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan as the pair reunite on the grandest stage of them all. Ohhhhhh yeah!

Wrestlemania 10 – Tears turn to cheers for Bret Hart

Having opened the event by losing a classic brother versus brother match to Owen Hart, Bret Hart ends up as WWF champion when defeating Yokozuna later that night in the main event.

The sight of Hart being lifted aloft by the baby faces (good guys in wrestling terminology) is one to behold as his jealous younger brother Owen sulks in the aisle to set up some more memorable contests between the pair. Wrestling gold.

Wrestlemania 14 – Mike Tyson double crosses D-Generation X

The wrestling ratings war with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was being lost by the WWF with McMahon making the bold move to sign boxing legend Mike Tyson in the build-up to Wrestlemania XIV to help turn the tide.

The mainstream exposure paid off in spades as 'Iron Mike' turned his back on Shawn Michael and D-Generation X – knocking out 'The Heartbreak Kid' in the process – to help Stone Cold Steve Austin claim his first WWF title.

Wrestlemania 17 – Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2

Wrestling had taken a turn to the extreme in the early noughties and no match typified the death-defying efforts more than Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2 pitting The Hardys against The Dudleys and Edge & Christian.

Watching back today, some of the stunts involved still make the body shudder, none more so than Edge's elevated spear on Jeff Hardy with their bodies crashing some 20 feet to the canvas. Brutal but brilliant.

Wrestlemania 18 – Icon vs Icon

A personal favourite among this collection, the clash of The Rock and 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan was a beautifully told story played out in front of a hot Toronto crowd which rooted for their returning hero Hogan.

All the classic traits of 'The Hulkster' were evident and the sight of him hulking up from the Rock Bottom still sends a shiver down the spine as he fell to 'The Great One' in a masterpiece that will live forever in the WWE annals.

Wrestlemania 24 – "I'm sorry, I love you"

Ric Flair had been "styling and profiling" for 40 years in a wrestling ring and his final WWE match was a fitting send off as 'The Nature Boy' bowed out to Shawn Michaels with defeat spelling the end of his WWE in-ring career.

As Flair struggled to his feet with hands clenched still ready to fight, the sight of Michael lining up his finisher, 'Sweet Chin Music', and uttering the immortal words "I'm sorry, I love you" before pinning the legend will live forever.

Wrestlemania 30 – The Streak is over

As unbeaten streaks go, it was up there with John Wooden's UCLA Bruins winning 88 consecutive games or the New England Patriots' 21 successive victories in 2003-04 and no one thought The Undertaker's 21-0 record would fall.

The Streak had become a cornerstone of Wrestlemania but a third F5 from Brock Lesnar completed the impossible to silence and shock the entire crowd and become one of the most talked about moments in wrestling history.

Wrestlemania 31 – Cashing in Money in the Bank

You should always expect the unexpected at Wrestlemania but even staunch 'marks' (wrestling fanatics) couldn't envisage a situation where Seth Rollins would be the first to cash in his 'Money in the Bank' contract for a world title shot in the middle of the main event.

But that he did – despite losing to Randy Orton earlier in the night – in what became known as "the heist of the century" as 'The Architect' stole the WWE title from Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in one of the most shocking conclusions in Mania history.

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