We are now on the Road To WrestleMania following Drew McIntyre's win at the 2020 Royal Rumble. Here, we take a look at the top 5 moments ever to happen on 'The Grandest Stage Of Them All'.
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WrestleMania 36 will take place at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Raymond James Stadium – on Sunday, April 5 2020. Some of the best moments in sports entertainment have happened at Mania, here we have a look a some of the best ones that live long in the memory.
5. WrestleMania III – Hulk Hogan Slams Andre The Giant
This was a much bigger deal back in 1987 than it would be today. WWE champion Hulk Hogan was challenged by his former friend Andre The Giant for his title at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Being called Andre The Giant kind of gives you a clue of how big he was. He weighed in at over 500 Ilbs and the build-up to the Main Event was that Hogan would never be able to slam Andre. Hogan had a couple of attempts to slam Andre to the canvas, but he was unable to do so. As the match came to a close, the roof almost came off the Silverdome as Hogan hit Andre with a clothesline before scooping him up and slamming him to the canvas. He then finished Andre off with a leg drop off the ropes to retain his title.
4. WrestleMania XXIV – Floyd Mayweather Makes Mania Debut
The WWE have a massive reputation of mixing superstars with their own talent at WrestleMania. The 24th installment of Mania was no different as Vince McMahon called upon the biggest name in boxing to appear in front of millions. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather was the biggest name in world sport in 2008 and just having him involved would have made the most cynical of sports fans sit up and take notice. Mayweather started a feud with the Big Show at the No Way Out PPV when he confronted Show after he had attacked Rey Mysterio. The Big Show mocked Mayweather by going on knees so they were eye-to-eye. Mayweather then punched Show on the nose and ran off. This set up their match at Mania and the whole world was watching. Remember, Mayweather was unbeaten in the boxing ring and the Big Show promised him a whole world of pain. The match was a No Disqualification contest and the boxer got the win after hitting Big Show with some brass knucks to leave him out cold for the 10 count.
3. WrestleMania VII – Miss Elizabeth And Randy Savage Reunited
Miss Elizabeth and Macho Man Randy Savage were married in real life, but on screen they were just in a relationship and had been separated following an earlier feud between Savage and Hulk Hogan. Savage, who had changed his name to Macho King, was now a heel and was teamed up with his new manager – Sensational Queen Sherri. Savage was now having an ongoing feud with the Ultimate Warrior with Savage causing Warrior to lose his title at the Royal Rumble to Sgt Slaughter. This led to the two having a ‘Retirement’ match at WrestleMania VII with the loser having to retire. Warrior ended up winning the match and Sherri turned on Savage for losing and started to punch and kick him while he lay on the canvas. In the crowd was Miss Elizabeth, after watching Savage humiliated for a few minutes she hopped the railing at ring side and saved her man from a beating. This led to them reconciling and eventually they got ‘married’ at SummerSlam 1991.
2. WrestleMania 31 – First Ever Money In The Bank Cash-in At Mania
In 2005, WWE introduced the Money in the Bank match. This saw a number of competitors battling it out in a ladder match with the winner retrieving a briefcase suspended above the ring. The winner was then given a WWE title match of their choice whenever they wanted. This normally meant superstars would cash-in at the end of a gruelling match for the current champion. Up until Mania 31, no-one had used WrestleMania to cash-in their briefcase. Then up stepped Seth Rollins. He decided to interrupt the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to cash-in. Rollins went after Lesnar and after hitting him with a Curb Stomp, Reigns hit Lesnar with a spear that sent him out of the ring. Rollins then hit a Curb Stomp on Reigns to become champion.
1. WrestleMania XXX – Brock Lesnar Ends The Undertaker’s Streak
This is without doubt the biggest moment in WrestleMania history. The Undertaker was the king of Mania, up until this show he had never lost on ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All’. The Americans love an unbeaten streak, no-one actually thought that Taker would be beaten by Lesnar at WrestleMania. Surely it was unthinkable. Well, the unthinkable did happen and what a shock it was. The Undertaker headed to the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana with a Mania record of 21-0 and we all thought that he would extend it to 22. Lesnar, as always, had other ideas. Lesnar hit The Undertaker with three F-5 attempts before finally pinning his shoulders to the mat. The look on Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman’s face said it all, he was in total shock that his client had ended the Streak.