Top 10 strange and shocking truths about WrestleMania
WrestleMania is the grandest stage of them all, it is the showcase of immortals and it is undoubtedly the biggest stage to perform for any professional wrestler. WWE.com recently announced ten most strange facts of WrestleMania. You can check out the list here in Sportzwiki too;
Taking a ride with a WCW legend
The upstart tag team of rockabillies known as Rhythm & Blues built a great deal of excitement for their live performance at WrestleMania VI. Under the guidance of “Colonel” Jimmy Hart, the duo of The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine spared no expense to ensure a successful debut of their hit song, “Hunka Hunka Honky Love,” before the capacity crowd of 67,678 fans in attendance at SkyDome on April 1, 1990.
While most revelers remember the tag team’s backup singers, “The Honky-ettes,” or their pink Cadillac, they definitely know the Rhythm & Blues chauffer the best. That’s because the non-descript wheelman later wowed fans around the world as three-time WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page. DDP navigated the narrow aisle in SkyDome to ensure the band arrived at ringside in style, but needed to wait nearly 12 years before hearing his own name called on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania X8.
The streak that stifled Evolution
The Undertaker’s 21-match undefeated Streak at WrestleMania remains one of the most impressive accomplishments in WWE history. The Phenom’s unprecedented run of success at The Showcase of the Immortals stands as a testament to his longevity, toughness and ability to overcome any challenge with a performance that always leaves the WWE Universe in awe.
It’s not like the trail of defeated opponents that The Deadman left in his wake are a bunch of ham-and-eggers, either. Just ask the faction of generational greats known as Evolution, who each attempted to topple the vaunted undefeated Streak at WrestleMania. Triple H was the first to face him, and he eventually came up short three different times. Ric Flair fell in defeat one year after The Game’s first attempt, while Randy Orton just barely lost to The Phenom at WrestleMania 21. Batista endured a loss two years later to complete The Undertaker’s sweep of Evolution.
A WrestleMania without a World Title match
If there’s one Superstar expected to rise to the occasion at WrestleMania, it’s a reigning World Title holder. The WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion historically represented the very best in WWE competition, meaning they must be required to defend that reputation to prove their worthiness at The Showcase of the Immortals. Every WrestleMania to date has included a hard-fought battle featuring these champions — except one.
Leading up to the inaugural WrestleMania, WWE Champion Hulk Hogan’s friendship with Mr. T drew the ire of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Their rivalry grew so heated that it required matters to be settled in a tag team match that served as the main event on that momentous occasion in 1985. The ensuing battle proved worthy of The Show of Shows, though it also ensured that no World Titles were on the line at the first WrestleMania.
The fashion-forward “First Lady of Wrestling”
“Macho Man” Randy Savage needed little help in grabbing the attention of the WWE Universe, but there was only one heart and mind that the fiery Superstar fought to win: Miss Elizabeth’s. When Savage stepped up to compete in the WWE Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV, it came as no surprise that the “First Lady of Wrestling” would stay by his side for the duration.And to mark the occasion, Miss Elizabeth made sure to stay camera-ready throughout that night in 1988. She accomplished the feat by donning a different dress for each of Savage’s four matches, from a blue, feathered gown in the opening round to the iconic white cocktail dress that she wore for the finale. Savage made history by winning the tourney and the WWE Title, but his run at WrestleMania IV also helped morph the lady on his arm into a true WWE style icon.
The showcase of the challengers
Reigning titleholders prevail often enough at WrestleMania to prove their championship pedigrees are legit. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said when the champion is challenged in the main event.
Through WrestleMania 29, 54 percent of defending champions have successfully retained their title in the 108 title matches to take place on The Grandest Stage of Them All. However, that success rate takes a nosedive in the context of every WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship on the line in WrestleMania’s final bout of the night. In those instances, only 29 percent of World Champions have triumphed in the 24 championship clashes that have closed The Show of Shows.
That said, WWE Champions prevailed in three of the five most recent WrestleMania finales where a title was at stake. So, there’s hope that the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion can continue to buck the trend favoring the challengers if asked to defend WWE gold in the last match at The Showcase of the Immortals.
WrestleMania gets a case of the Mondays
The WWE Universe is well accustomed to welcoming WrestleMania on a Sunday in the spring, but fans in 1986 didn’t know what to expect from the fledgling Show of Shows. So they likely didn’t bat an eye when they learned that April 7, 1986 — the date of WrestleMania 2 — fell on a Monday.
That scheduling choice makes the ’86 edition the only one to not take place on a Sunday. The Showcase of the Immortals returned to Sunday one year later, while WWE embraced the idea of Monday night fights nine years later with Raw, the longest-running weekly episodic program on television.
Though the spotlight may shine brightest on the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania, the Intercontinental Title bearer hardly gets relegated to afterthought status. From Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s epic battle with “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to Big Show’s big win in 2012, many memorable moments have occurred when the Intercontinental Championship was up for grabs.
Yet there’s a strange phenomenon that has occurred over the history of Intercontinental Championship matches at WWE’s marquee event. Five different titleholders — Shawn Michaels, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, The Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect and Jeff Jarrett — retained their championship gold at WrestleMania despite losing the match. That’s due to the rule stating that a title cannot change hands due to a disqualification or count-out win by the challenger. So the next challenger to the Intercontinental Title should take care in considering the merits of a No Disqualification or No Count-out match stipulation before stepping in the ring with the reigning champion.
The iron men of WrestleMania
While not as prestigious as his legendary undefeated Streak at WrestleMania, The Undertaker is currently experiencing another run of success that deserves the respect of the WWE Universe. The Deadman can also boast about having appeared at WWE’s premier pay-per-view in 12 consecutive years from 2001 through 2013 — a record that he seized at WrestleMania 29 from WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hit Man” Hart.
Is anyone on pace to last longer than The Phenom? John Cena, Randy Orton and Kane each have competed on The Grandest Stage of Them All every year since WrestleMania XX, which makes them the active leaders as the 2014 edition will represent an 11th consecutive appearance at The Show of Shows. That would also tie them with Triple H, who sits at second all-time with 11 matches in a row before The Game’s streak stopped after WrestleMania 22.
A hardcore clash subjected to change
From WWE’s return to the site of the “Ultimate Challenge” in 1990 to the “Icon vs. Icon” Match between The Rock and Hollywood Hogan, WrestleMania X8 did not disappoint anyone in the WWE Universe hoping to witness history in the making. A championship curiosity that took place during the event helped reinforce to fans around the world what the “Card subject to change” disclaimer really means.
At SkyDome on that fateful day in 2002, Goldust challenged Maven for the Hardcore Championship. Thanks to that particular title’s unique quality of being on the line every hour of every day, however, the match mutated into a much larger melee. Spike Dudley wound up pinning Maven to win the title, but his reign lasted just minutes as he eventually lost it to The Hurricane. Mighty Molly and Christian also capitalized on the 24/7 rule to become Hardcore Champion in that bout, only to have Maven sneak up on Christian to reclaim the title before ultimately escaping in a taxi. Goldust, the original challenger, did not factor into any of the decisions.
Maven’s bout with Goldust ended in one of the more unconventional ways in WrestleMania history — unless The Bizarre One, who was never actually pinned, believes the match is still going.
A familiar face on The Grandest Stage
Famed director Alfred Hitchcock, best known to movie lovers as the “Master of Suspense,” made sure to put himself in nearly all of his films — literally. Hitchcock fans knew to watch his works extra carefully because the British filmmaker made a game of casting himself in a cameo role whenever possible. Many of his fans believe new viewers can’t enjoy a Hitchcock film unless they can regularly spot the legendary auteur scurrying across the screen.
Thanks to one particular WWE Hall of Famer, WWE fans in the know have the same type of search with WrestleMania. That’s because esteemed ring announcer Howard Finkel has found his way onto The Grandest Stage of Them All in every year since the event’s debut in 1985. WWE.com’s resident historian may not be front and center before every match these days, but any sign of The Fink on the biggest day in sports-entertainment will always be a welcome one for the WWE Universe.
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