It’s that time of the year again, folks! The Road to WrestleMania that started this January has seen a few interesting twists and turns, including some controversial title changes and ho-hum storylines that have given shape to the ‘Mania 33 card.
As always, pro-wrestling fans and pundits have mixed opinions about this year’s WrestleMania matchmaking. Nevertheless, the event features several big-name Superstars and legends of the sport, going toe-to-toe in the biggest annual show in sports entertainment.
Regardless of whether you’re a hardcore professional wrestling fan or a naïve newbie, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must’ve heard about the grand pop-culture spectacle that is ‘WrestleMania’. Keeping up with our tradition as professional wrestling maniacs, we turn back the clock and reminisce about past ‘Manias, including the wildest, iconic and most awesome moments at The Showcase of the Immortals.
For the sake of all things wrasslin’, I’ve collected a few iconic and a few forgotten photographs from past WrestleManias and put them into a 3-part series for the WWE Universe. Today, we revisit the first decade of the Show of Shows. Wrestlemania 1-10 in pictures…Giddy up!
WWF. Date: March 31, 1995.
Venue: Madison Square Garden. New York City, New York.
Wrestlemania 1 was seen by over 1 million viewers on closed-circuit television, a record in the USA at the time. The event saw Andre ‘The Giant’ beat Big John Studd, winning the ‘Body Slam Challenge’ for $15,000 and throwing some of the said prize money into the crowd.
Wendi Richter, who was accompanied by singer Cyndi Lauper, defeated Leilani Kai (w/ The Fabulous Moolah) for the WWF Women’s Championship. The main event saw Hulk Hogan team-up with Mr T. of ‘Rocky 3’ to beat the team of Roddy Piper and Paul Orndoff (w/ Bob Orton).
Muhammad Ali and Pat Patterson were special guest referees for the match.