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The complete history of WrestleMania

WrestleMania Year History of Event
WrestleMania I 1985 History
WrestleMania II 1986 History
WrestleMania III 1987 History
WrestleMania IV 1988 History
WrestleMania V 1989 History
WrestleMania VI 1990 History
WrestleMania VII 1991 History
WrestleMania VIII 1992 History
WrestleMania IX 1993 History
WrestleMania X 1994 History
WrestleMania XI 1995 History
WrestleMania XII 1996 History
WrestleMania XIII 1997 History
WrestleMania XIV 1998 History
WrestleMania XV 1999 History
WrestleMania XVI 2000 History
WrestleMania XVII 2001 History
WrestleMania XVIII 2002 History
WrestleMania XIX 2003 History
WrestleMania XX 2004 History
WrestleMania XXI 2005 History
WrestleMania XXII 2006 History
WrestleMania XXIII 2007 History
WrestleMania XXIV 2008 History
WrestleMania XXV 2009 History
WrestleMania XXVI 2010 History
WrestleMania XXVII 2011 History
WrestleMania XXVIII 2012 History
WrestleMania XXIX 2013 History
WrestleMania XXX 2014 History
WrestleMania XXXI 2015 History

Title Matches

Title WrestleMania Year Match Stipulation Winner
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 1 1985 Greg Valentine (c) v Junkyard Dog Singles Junkyard Dog by DQ
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 1 1985 The US Express (c) v Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik Tag Team Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik
Women's Championship WrestleMania 1 1985 Leilani Kai (c) v Wendi Richter Singles Wendi Richter
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 2 1986 Randy Savage (c) v George Steele Singles Randy Savage
Women's Championship WrestleMania 2 1986 The Fabulous Moolah (c) v Velvet McIntyre Singles The Fabulous Moolah
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 2 1986 The Dream Team (c) v The British Bulldogs Tag Team The British Bulldogs
WWF Championship WrestleMania 2 1986 Hulk Hogan (c) v King Kong Bundy Steel Cage match Hulk Hogan
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 3 1987 Randy Savage (c) v Ricky Steamboat Singles Ricky Steamboat
WWF Championship WrestleMania 3 1987 Hulk Hogan (c) v André the Giant Singles Hulk Hogan
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 4 1988 The Honky Tonk Man (c) v Brutus Beefcake Singles Brutus Beefcake by DQ
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 4 1988 Strike Force v Demolition Singles Demolition
WWF Championship WrestleMania 4 1988 Randy Savage v Ted DiBiase Singles - Tournament final Randy Savage
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 5 1989 Demolition (c) v The Powers of Pain Tag Team Demolition
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 5 1989 The Ultimate Warrior (c) v Rick Rude Singles Rick Rude
WWF Championship WrestleMania 6 1989 Randy Savage (c) v Hulk Hogan Singles Hulk Hogan
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 6 1990 The Colossal Connection (c) v Demolition Tag Team Demolition
Million Dollar Championship WrestleMania 6 1990 Ted DiBiase (c) v Jake Roberts Singles Ted DiBiase by countout
WWF Championship & Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 6 1990 The Ultimate Warrior (Inc Champion) v Hulk Hogan (WWF Champion) Singles The Ultimate Warrior
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 7 1991 The Hart Foundation (c) v The Nasty Boys Tag Team The Nasty Boys
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 7 1991 Mr. Perfect (c) v The Big Boss Man Singles The Big Boss Man by DQ
WWF Championship WrestleMania 7 1991 Sgt. Slaughter (c) v Hulk Hogan Singles Hulk Hogan
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 8 1992 Roddy Piper (c) v Bret Hart Singles Bret Hart
WWF Championship WrestleMania 8 1992 Ric Flair (c) v Randy Savage Singles Randy Savage
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 8 1992 The Natural Disasters (c) v Money Inc. Tag Team The Natural Disasters
Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 9 1993 Shawn Michaels (c) v Tatanka Singles Tatanka by countout
Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 9 1993 Money Inc. v The Mega-Maniacs Tag Team Money Inc. by DQ
WWF Championship WrestleMania 9 1993 Bret Hart (c) v Yokozuna Singles Yokozuna
WWF Championship WrestleMania 9 1993 Yokozuna (c) v Hulk Hogan Singles Hulk Hogan
WWF Women's Championship WrestleMania 10 1994 Alundra Blayze (c) v Leilani Kai Singles Alundra Blayze
WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 10 1994 The Quebecers (c) v Men on a Mission Tag Team Men on a Mission by Count Out
WWF Championship WrestleMania 10 1994 Yokozuna (c) v Lex Luger Singles Yokozuna by DQ
WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 10 1994 Razor Ramon (c) v Shawn Michaels Singles Razor Ramon
WWF Championship WrestleMania 10 1994 Yokozuna (c) v Bret Hart Singles Bret Hart
WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 11 1995 Jeff Jarrett (c) v Razor Ramon Singles Razor Ramon by DQ
WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 11 1995 The Smoking Gunns (c) v Owen Hart & Yokozuna Tag Team Owen Hart & Yokozuna
WWF Championship WrestleMania 11 1995 Diesel (c) v Shawn Michaels Singles Diesel
WWF Championship WrestleMania 12 1996 Bret Hart (c) v Shawn Michaels Singles Shawn Michaels
WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 13 1997 Rocky Maivia (c) v The Sultan Singles Rocky Maivia
WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 13 1997 Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) v Mankind & Vader Tag Team Double Count Out
WWF Championship WrestleMania 13 1997 Sycho Sid (c) v The Undertaker Singles The Undertaker
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship WrestleMania 14 1998 Taka Michinoku (c) v Aguila Singles Taka Michinoku
WWF European Championship WrestleMania 14 1998 Triple H (c) v Owen Hart Singles Triple H
WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 14 1998 The Rock (c) v Ken Shamrock Singles The Rock
WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 14 1998 The New Age Outlaws (c) v Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie Tag Team Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie
WWF Championship WrestleMania 14 1998 Shawn Michaels (c) v Steve Austin Singles Steve Austin
WWF Hardcore Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 Billy Gunn (c) v Hardcore Holly v Al Snow Triple Threat Hardcore Holly
WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett (c) v Test & D'Lo Brown Tag Team Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett
WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 Road Dogg (c) v Ken Shamrock v Goldust v Val Venis Four Corners Elimination Match Road Dogg
WWF Women's Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 Sable (c) v Tori Singles Sable
WWF European Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 Shane McMahon (c) v X-Pac Singles Shane McMahon
WWF Championship WrestleMania 15 1999 The Rock (c) v Steve Austin Singles Steve Austin
WWF Championship WrestleMania 16 2000 Triple H (c) v The Rock v Mick Foley Fatal Four Way Elimination Match Triple H

The best of the worst moments in Wrestlemania history

  • Bart Gunn versus Butterbean (Wrestlemania 15)
  • (a) The company couldn’t promote it as a shoot (legitimate fight) because that would be pointing out that everything else WWF did was pre-determined.
  • (b) Nobody could follow the wacky scoring system: Whichever wrestler connected with the most punches per round earned five points. A ‘clean’ takedown was worth five points and a knockdown was worth 10 (although ex-UFC star Dan Severn quit the competition because of his confusion over how matches were scored). The judge for each match: that famed Brazilian jiu jitsu expert Gorilla Monsoon.
  • (c) The fans crapped all over the concept. In the first week, the audience was chanting: “We want wrestling!”
  • (d) Injuries piled up: Steve Blackman and Road Warrior Hawk were laid out and needed time off. Savio Vega aggravated an arm injury and was released later that year.
  • (e) Careers were killed dead . . .


  • Triple H channels the spirit of Conan the Barbarian (Wrestlemania 22)
  • Picture Triple H, moments before he entered the ring, looking in a mirror and talking with the boys backstage.
Triple H: “I look ridiculous, don’t I? You can tell me. I won’t be mad.”
Rey Mysterio: “No way, man. You can pull it off.”
Rob Van Dam: “It’s bad ass.”
Triple H: “Really? Ya think? I don’t know . . . ”
Chris Jericho: “Confidence, baby. You’re Triple F***ing H! Of course you can do it.”
Triple H (visibly perking up): “Thanks, guys. You’re the best.”


  • Papa Shango blowing the finish of the main event (Wrestlemania 8)
  • It was the biggest moment in the career of Charles Wright: as Papa Shango, he was booked to break up the pin by Hulk Hogan against Sid Vicious in the main event of the biggest wrestling show of the year. Too bad Shango was late getting to the ring.In front of more than 60,000 fans, Hogan made his comeback against Sid. He Hulked up. He delivered his patented leg drop. The ref counted 1 . . . 2 . . . and Shango was no where to be found. Sid had to improvise, kicking out of the move (not breaking script, as urban legend would have it) and brawling with Hogan until Shango finally got down to the ring. (The flub was soon forgotten, thanks to the stunning return seconds later of The Ultimate Warrior, which sent the fans into pandemonium.


  • Big Show versus Akebono in a sumo match (Wrestlemania 21)


  • Hulk Hogan’s promo (Wrestlemania 4)
  • This is a direct quote from his pre-match interview with Mene Gene Okerlund, backstage at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City: “As Andre the Giant falls into the ocean, as my next two opponents fall to the ocean floor and I pin them, so will Donald Trump and all my Hulkamaniacs. But as Donald Trump hangs on to the top of Trump Plaza, with his family under his other arm, as they sink to the bottom of the sea, thank God Donald Trump’s a Hulkamaniac. He’ll know enough to let go of his materialistic possessions, hang on to the wife and kids, dog paddle with his life, all the way to safety.”


  • Vince wanting to book the Los Angeles Coliseum (Wrestlemania 7)
  • Today, Wrestlemania can fill a stadium on its name alone. But in 1991, the business was in a downturn, which all except Vince McMahon seemed to recognize. Everyone thought he was crazy when he announced WM 7 — headlined by Hulk Hogan versus Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter — would be held in the 100,000-seat L.A. Coliseum. Everyone was right. Tickets sales were slower than Jessica Simpson in calculus class. From a saving-face perspective, it was a lucky break that a bomb threat (cough BS cough) resulted in WWF shifting the event to the 16,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena. The only bombing that would have gone on that day was WM 7 itself.


  • ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (Wrestlemania 6)
  • Pro wrestling has never been the most politically correct form of entertainment — at one point or another, it’s offended every sex, race and religion — but very little was as jaw-droppingly stupid as when Piper entered the ring for his match against Bad News Brown with half his body pained black. The assumption is that he was attempting to make a statement on racial unity. To anyone watching, it appeared he was performing in ‘blackface.’


  • Most of Wrestlemania 9
  • (a) The announce team wore togas. (They’re lots of fun at college parties, but togas should stay there.)
  • (b) It was outdoors at Caesar’s Palace. (This was an unenthusiastic crowd to begin with. But the outdoor set-up killed what was left of any atmosphere.)
  • (c) Giant Gonzalez versus The Undertaker (One of the 10 worst matches in WM history, ending when Gonzalez Giant smothers Undertaker with a chloroform-soaked rag. This match made me wish he had done the same to me.)
  • (d) Hulk Hogan’s main event comeback. After Bret Hart was cheated out of the title by Yokozuna, the ultimate babyface Hulk Hogan comes out to protest the injustice by insisting the referee overturn the decision and award the match to Hart, just like Tito Santana did at Wrestlemania 1 when Junkyard Dog met villain Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine


  • Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts-Rick ‘The Model’ Martel blindfold match (Wrestlemania 7)
  • Just as Wrestlemania 9 is unquestionably the worst WM of all-time, the blindfold match between Roberts and Martel remains the unparalleled champion of match suckitude. After The Model “blinded” Roberts with cologne, a match was put together to even the odds: both would cover their heads with a giant mask so “neither could see the other.” The end result is both guys staggering around the ring like Frankenstein for 10 minutes. You can count on two hands the number of times Martel and Roberts actually make contact in the, ahem, match. The debacle finally ended when Jake caught Martel with a DDT and pinned him. Too bad fans didn’t get masks so they wouldn’t have to have been subjected to this.

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