Wrestlemania In Photographs: 1-10

The most awesome pics from Wrestlemania 1-10.

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!

WrestleMania 1:

Muhammad Ali’s presence added to the star power at Wrestlemania 1.

WWF. Date: March 31, 1995.

Venue: Madison Square Garden. New York City, New York.

Attendance: 19,121

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.

Andre The Giant won the Body Slam challenge at Wrestlemania 1

Wendi Richter walks out of Mania as the WWF Women’s Champion
Hogan ruled Mania for the better part of a decade
Hulk Hogan and Mr T capped off the amazing night with an incredible victory

WrestleMania 2:

Mr T beat Roddy Piper by DQ.

WWF. Date: April 7, 1986.

Venue(s): 1) Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Unionsdale, New York.

2) Rosemont Horizon. Rosemont, Illinois.

3) Memorial Sports Arena. Los Angeles, California.

Combined Attendance: 40,085.

The NY show was headlined by a boxing match between Mr T and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, that saw Mr T emerging victorious, albeit due to Piper getting DQ’d. The Illinois show was main-evented by The British Bulldogs defeating The Dream Team for the WWF tag-team championships.

The L.A. show was headlined by a steel cage match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby Heenan) for the WWF Heavyweight Championship. The Hulkster emerged victorious, successfully defending his WWF strap.

Andre The Giant won the WWF vs NFL Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 2
Hulkamania runs wild at WrestleMania 2
Hulk Hogan beat King Kong Bundy for the WWF Championship

WrestleMania 3:

More than 93,000 fans gathered at the Pontiac Silverdome for Wrestlemania 3.

WWF. Date: March 29, 1987.

Venue: Pontiac Silverdome. Pontiac, Michigan.

Attendance: 93,173.

WrestleMania 3 marked the absolute peak of professional wrestling’s Golden Age in the ‘80s. WM 3 witnessed ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage take on Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat in what is to this date, considered one of the greatest pro-wrestling matches of all time.

The main event saw Hulk Hogan defend his WWF World Heavyweight title against Andre The Giant- a match that saw Hogan body-slam the 7’4” behemoth in front of 93,000-plus fans.

Alice Cooper startles the referee with Jake Roberts’ snake!
A young Vince McMahon soaks in the proceedings.
Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat steals the show at Wrestlemania 3.
‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage put on the best performance of all time at Mania’s 3rd edition.
Hulk Hogan proved his mettle against ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ at Wrestlemania 3.
Hulk Hogan body-slams Andre ‘The Giant’ in what’s now considered an iconic moment in pro-wrestling history.
Hogan rules Mania again.

WrestleMania 4:

Ted Dibiase slams a steel chair into Hogan’s back as The Hulkster tries to lift Andre ‘The Giant’ in their ‘Mania 4 rematch

WWF. Date: March 27, 1988.

Venue: Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Attendance: 18,165.

The event saw Bad News Brown win a 20-man Battle Royal. WM 4 saw a 14-man single man elimination tournament for the vacant WWF Heavyweight Championship. Randy Savage overcame all odds, besting ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase in the main event of the evening.

Randy Savage defeats Ted Dibiase for the WWF Championship
Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth celebrate alongside Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 4
Despite Hogan’s presence, Wrestlemania 4 belonged to Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
Miss Elizabeth sits atop Randy Savage’s shoulder, holding the WWF Heavyweight belt

WrestleMania 5:

Ted Dibiase and Virgil are greeted by Donald Trump at Wrestlemania 5.

WWF. Date: April 2, 1989.

Venue: Boardwalk Hall. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Attendance: 18,946.

WrestleMania 5 saw some of the biggest names in the sport clash with one another, including Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Andre The Giant, The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), Mr Perfect and several others.

‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude beat The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental title. The main event saw Hulk Hogan defeat ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage for the WWF Heavyweight Championship.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper wows the WWF fans at Mania. Piper’s Pit baby!
Andre ‘The Giant’ faced Jake ‘The Snake’ at Wrestlemania 5.
Jake ‘The Snake’ brings out his snake- Damien is here!!!
The Ultimate Warrior and ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude squared off at Wrestlemania 5.
The Hulkster ‘Hulks Up’ at Wrestlemania 5.
Randy Savage came up short against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 5.

WrestleMania 6:

The WWF fans in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

WWF. Date: April 1, 1990.

Venue: Skydome. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Attendance: 67,678.

WrestleMania 6 was headlined by a special ‘Champion vs. Champion’ match between WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior- a back and forth barnburner that saw The Ultimate Warrior emerge as the victor.

The undercard featured Ted Dibiase beating Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts via disqualification. The team of Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (w/ Miss Elizabeth) defeated the team of Randy Savage and Queen Sherri.

Glitz, Glamour, Guitars and celebs- Wrestlemania 6 had it all.
The Hart Foundation show off their technical brilliance.
Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage with the evil Queen Sherri.
Dusty Rhodes celebrates alongside Sapphire and Miss Elizabeth.
Hogan draws a huge pop from the crowd as he makes his entrance at Wrestlemania 6.
Hulk Hogan drives a big boot into The Ultimate Warrior’s face.
The Ultimate Warrior rules Wrestlemania 6.
The Ultimate Warrior hoists the WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles in the air at Wrestlemania 6.

WrestleMania 7:

The Undertaker makes his Wrestlemania debut.

WWF. Date: March 24, 1991.

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Los Angeles, California.

Attendance: 16,158.

The 7th edition of ‘Mania was significant in many ways. It marked the beginning of The Undertaker’s long, undefeated streak at WrestleMania, with the Deadman winning his ‘Mania debut against Jimmy Snuka.

The event also saw the last match of the original Hart Foundation, after which Bret Hart went on to find incredible success as a singles performer. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage lost a ‘Retirement Match’ to The Ultimate Warrior but ended his night on a high note, reuniting with his former manager and lover Miss Elizabeth.

The main event saw Hulk Hogan take the WWF World Heavyweight championship off of Sgt. Slaughter, and further his image as a ‘Real American’ amongst Hulkamaniacs the world over.

The original Hart Foundation would eventually split-up after this match.
Randy Savage makes his way to the ring with Queen Sherri.
Macho Man is in the house baby!!!
Randy Savage faced The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 7.
Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior fought tooth-and-nail at ‘Mania 7.
Randy Savage lost to The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 7.
Miss Elizabeth saved her former love Randy Savage from the evil Queen Sherri.
In one of the most emotional moments in sports history, Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth re-unite.
Hulk Hogan faced Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Championship.
Sgt. Slaughter almost had Hogan finished.
‘The Real American’ went full-Hulk mode at Wrestlemania 7.
Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter and hoisted the American flag in celebration at Wrestlemania 7.

WrestleMania 8:

More than 60,000 WWF fans at the Hoosier dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.

WWF. Date: April 5, 1992.

Venue: Hoosier Dome. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Attendance: 62,167.

WrestleMania 8 saw The Undertaker beat Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, while Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart won the WWF Intercontinental title off of ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Mania’s 8th edition saw not one but two main events.

The first headliner saw ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage defeat ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair for the WWF Heavyweight Championship. The second headliner saw Hulk Hogan collide with Sid Justice, with The Hulkster standing tall in the end.

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 8.
Taker demolished Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts at Wrestlemania 8.
The Deadman stands tall at Wrestlemania 8.
Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart beat the living daylights out of Roddy Piper.
‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair took on Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 8.
The Macho Man slams Ric Flair.
Ric Flair tries to intimidate Miss Elizabeth at Wrestlemania 8.
Randy Savage celebrates his WWF Championship win with Miss Elizabeth.
Hogan pumps up the crowd with an electrifying entrance.
Sid Justice was a formidable foe for the Hulkster at Wrestlemania 8.
Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior entertained the fans after The Hulkster beat Sid Justice.
The event was not without a few thunderous chops, courtesy The Hulkster.
Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior cap-off an amazing night for the WWF.

WrestleMania 9:

Yep. Togas for Everyone!!!

WWF. Date: April 4, 1993.

Venue: Caesars Palace. Paradise, Nevada.

Attendance: 16,891.

Yep, it’s one of the, if not the worst WrestleManias of all time. Everything about the event, right from the Roman ‘Togas’ to the ‘Taker-Giant Gonzalez matchup and the rushed sub-minute match between Hulk Hogan and Yokozuna were panned by fans and critics alike.

‘Taker stayed undefeated at ‘Mania while Yokozuna dethroned Bret Hart for the WWF Heavyweight title. He’d immediately drop the WWF strap to Hulk Hogan in an impromptu matchup that marked the end of the night, losing to Hogan in about 22 seconds.

HBK with Luna Vachon at WM 9.
Wrestlemania 9 was the worst Wrestlemania of all time.
Lex Luger makes an impressive entrance.
The highly criticized Undertaker vs Giant Gonzalez match.
Taker beat Gonzalez by DQ at Wrestlemania 9.
Wrestlemania 9 was spoilt by a few odd matchups and a rushed climax.
Bret Hart fought well but came up short against Yokozuna.
Yokozuna faced Hulk Hogan in an impromptu title match after his fight with Bret Hart.
Hogan beat Yokozuna in 22 seconds.
The Hulkster ruled Mania once again, only this time it wasn't as entertaining.
The 9th edition of Mania was a letdown, to say the least.

WrestleMania 10:

Madison Square Garden hosted the 10-year anniversary of Wrestlemania.

WWF. Date: March 20, 1994.

Venue: Madison Square Garden. New York City, New York.

Attendance: 18,065.

WrestleMania 10 was a turning point for the WWE (then-WWF) in more ways than one, with the organisation’s longtime face Hulk Hogan absent for the first time from WWF’s WrestleMania PPV. Besides, WM 10 was one of only 2 ‘Manias post-1991 to not feature The Undertaker, as the Deadman was out due to injury.

The event saw the most legendary ladder match of all time when Razor Ramon fought tooth-and-nail for the WWF Intercontinental title against ‘Mr Wrestlemania’ himself, Shawn Michaels. Besides, Randy Savage settled his rivalry with Crush by scoring yet another victory on the grandest stage of them all.

The WWF Heavyweight Champion Yokozuna defended his title against Lex Luger, winning by DQ after Luger shoved the referee. Later the same night, Bret Hart collided with Yokozuna, beating the behemoth 1-2-3.

The Hitman’s post-match celebration was indicative of the WWF’s intentions i.e., making Hart the new face of the company after Hogan’s departure in 1993.

The Macho Man’s last PPV appearance as a WWF competitor came at Wrestlemania 10.
Randy Savage beat Crush at Wrestlemania 10.
Lex Luger faced Yokozuna for the WWF Heavyweight Championship but was DQ’d after he shoved a referee.
HBK and Razor Ramon had a legendary ladder match at Wrestlemania 10.
HBK took a high-risk approach at ‘Mania 10.
Michaels gave it his all.
HBK and Ramon pushed each other to their limits.

HBK and Ramon wanted to determine the Undisputed WWF Intercontinental Champion.
Razor Ramon emerged victorious at Wrestlemania 10.
Bret Hart faced Yokozuna for the WWF Heavyweight Championship after failing to dethrone him the previous year.
Hart bested Yokozuna this time around, winning the WWF World Championship.
Wrestlemania 10 was a bitter-sweet night for Lex Luger.
With Hulk Hogan out of the WWF, Bret Hart was the new face of the company.
Wrestlemania 10 was an excellent edition of The Showcase of the Immortals.

The next time we meet, we’ll check out a few forgotten Mania moments in photographs (WM 11-20). Stay tuned folks!

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