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The Best Moments of WrestleMania

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Spring has sprung and with the warmer weather also comes the WWE signature Pay-Per-View event … WrestleMania. WrestleMania 32 is this Sunday in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium aka “Jerry’s World” and is expected to shatter all types of attendance records.

After the announcement that ESPN was providing coverage for the event, I started to think of some of my favorite WrestleMania moments. None of these are in any particular order, except maybe my number one. For me the top of the heap was pretty clear cut.

 

5. WrestleMania 15 – Philadelphia PA – March 28, 1999

The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin

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The card could have been lousy, but the simple fact it was held here in Philadelphia, it makes my list. The headline in Philly was Heavyweight Championship match pitting The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin in a “No Disqualification” match that featured special guest referee Mankind.

For you they don’t know, “Mankind” is one of the many aliases of Cactus Jack. He’s the only man I’ve ever seen that hasn’t met an object that he doesn’t want to get hit by or a death-defying fall that he wouldn’t drop from.

For me, being more of an Austin-type guy (although I did like the Rock too) I was happy to see Stone Cold take the championship from the Brahma Bull.

Also worth mentioning that night was the Undertaker defeating the Big Boss Man in a ‘Hell in a Cell’ cage match.

4. WrestleMania 6 – Toronto Canada – April 1,1990

Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior

Another great WrestleMania that sticks out to me is WrestleMania 6. WWE invaded Canadian border to hold its largest event in Toronto at the Skydome. At the time the news of traveling into Canada was just as large as the main event that was announced. That main event was former tag team partners Hulk Hogan the World Heavyweight Champion going against former partner The Ultimate Warrior, the Intercontinental Champion, in a Title vs. Title match which was the first of its kind at WrestleMania.

For me it was tough because I like the Ultimate Warrior but Hogan was always my guy and at that moment, when The Warrior was finally able to hold the Huckster down for the count, it seems like the passing of the torch. Many hearts, like mine, were broken. Hulk Hogan the “Real American” had been defeated, but to also lose the title was just a double gut-punch.

Also, being that it was in Canada, it was nice to see Hometown Heroes Brett “The Hitman” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, The Hart Foundation, defeat The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) in only 19 seconds … but they were there!

3. WrestleMania 4 – Atlantic City NJ – March 27,1988

Fourteen-Man Title Tournament

WrestleMania 4 has a soft spot in my heart since it was held in Atlantic City New Jersey at the Atlantic City Convention Hall on the beach. My parents had taken me down for the weekend. Although I wasn’t able to attend the event itself, I did have a chance to really take in the festivities as well as meet some of the superstars. At the time the World Heavyweight Title was vacant and they had the belt on display in a glass case in Trump Plaza. Being able to actually have a chance to see the belt that close up was a real highlight of my childhood!

Most of the program was a tournament-style bracket set up to find out who would be the next to wear the WWE Championship. With the likes of Hulk Hogan Andre the Giant, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and others, it came down to “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase versus “The Macho Man” Randy Savage.

DiBiase used his money to make sure that he had an easy path to the final round. It wouldn’t be enough, as the Macho Man withstood all of matches and punishment throughout the night and was able to topple the Million Dollar Man to capture the title … with a little help from Hulk Hogan and a steel chair.

2. WrestleMania 5 – Atlantic City NJ – April 2, 1989

The Mega-Powers Explode

The main event was for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship between defending champion Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. Savage hit a knee drop on Hogan, getting a near-fall. He went to the top rope and hit a Savage Elbow. He did a pinfall attempt on Hogan, but Hogan hulked out and hit Savage with punches, big boot and a leg drop for the victory and his second WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

1. WrestleMania 30 – Louisiana – April6, 2014

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker

This one  was my favorite by far for 1 reason and 1 reason only. Accompanied by “his advocate” Paul Heyman, UFC champion Brock Lesnar took on “The Deadman,” The Undertaker, who was on a 21-0 streak in his WrestleMania appearances. Lesnar did snap the streak despite rumors the Undertaker took a serious injury that may have forced the match to be cut short.

 

Hopefully this Sunday at WrestleMania 32 I can retain some more memories for the archives.

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