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History of WrestleMania
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Information on Venue

  • Opened in 1972
  • Construction cost $31 million (USD)
  • Capacity 17,000
  • Opened July 2, 1980
  • Construction cost $19 million (USD)
  • Capacity 18,000
  • Opened July 4, 1959
  • Construction cost $8.5 million (USD)
  • Capacity 16,740

Matches

Long Island, New York

Rosemont, Illinois

Los Angeles, California

Recap Video

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WrestleMania Recap WrestleMania 2

Recap of WrestleMania II

WrestleMania II Facts

  • WrestleMania 2 emanated from three different cities – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago – and featured a Triple Main Event.
  • WrestleMania 2 was the first of two WrestleManias in Chicago. WrestleMania 13 took place at the Rosemont Horizon, the same arena which hosted WrestleMania 2.
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 2. He would make his final WrestleMania appearance 10 years later, at the 12th annual event.
  • Bret Hart made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 2. In his 12 WrestleMania appearances from WrestleMania 2 to WrestleMania 13, Hart would compete in numerous kinds of matches – battle royals, six-man tags, submission matches, Tag Team Championship matches, Intercontinental Championship matches, and WWE Championship matches. Hart would also compete in the main event of two WrestleManias.

Celebrities

  • Ray Charles opened up the WrestleMania 2 pay-per-view event with his unforgettable rendition of America the Beautiful – Charles is a legendary piano player and recording artist, who, despite being blind, combined gospel and blues to churn out such classic hits as Hit the Road Jack and I Can’t Stop Loving You. His amazing talents even led the great Frank Sinatra to dub him the “genius.”
  • Osbourne accompanied the British Bulldogs to the ring for their World Tag Team Championship match against The Dream Team. Osbourne, also known as the Prince of Darkness, is one of the most controversial artists in Rock N’ Roll history. The lead singer of Black Sabbath is perhaps best known for biting the head off of a live bat during a press conference. Being a native of England, it was a perfect fit for him to accompany his countrymen, the British Bulldogs, to the ring.
  • St. James provided commentary with Vince McMahon during the New York portion of WrestleMania 2. St. James is best known for her acting on the then hit-show Kate and Allie as she played the part of Kate McCardle.
  • Rivers was a special guest ring announcer. She is a legendary comedienne who is well known for her stints as a guest host on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, headlining Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall, and reporting from the Red Carpet of big events on the fashion of the stars.
  • Crosby provided commentary with Gorilla Monsoon and “Mean” Gene Okerlund during the Chicago portion of WrestleMania 2. Crosby is an internationally-known star of stage, film and television. Perhaps she was best known as being one of a trio of hosts for That’s Incredible.
  • Elvira provided commentary with Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Lord Alfred Hayes during the Los Angeles portion of WrestleMania 2. Elvira’s work in film and her unmistakable image has made her a pop culture icon. Her trademark low cut, black dress certainly adds to her trademark look.
  • Lasorda was a special guest ring announcer. Lasorda was the outspoken, extremely successful manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the time. The Hall of Famer led the Dodgers to eight division titles and two World Series Championships.
  • Schroeder was guest timekeeper. Schroeder, a child-actor at the time, was known for his work on the hit TV show Silver Spoons. He has gone on to star in the hit television show NYPD Blue since then as well.
  • Calloway was a guest judge for the boxing match between Mr. T and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Calloway was one of the premier jazz performers of all time.
  • Dawkins was a guest judge for the boxing match between Mr. T and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Dawkins was a popular NBA player at the time and was known by fans as “Chocolate Thunder.”
  • Herb was portrayed in commercials for the fast food chain Burger King as the only man in America who hadn’t eaten at the restaurant. The commercials became a big hit with television viewing audiences, and Herb became a household name.
  • Peller was a guest timekeeper. Peller is known for her work as the “Where’s the Beef” lady in commercials for the restaurant chain, Wendy’s. At the time, her commercials were arguably the most popular on TV.
  • Frazier was Mr. T's corner man for his boxing match against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Smokin' Joe, as he was called, was one of the most famous Heavyweight boxers of all time. He is most remembered for his memorable rivalry with Muhammad Ali. He defeated Ali, in their first fight, winning a 15-round decision at Madison Square Garden. He lost their rematch, which set up the famous "Thrilla in Manilla" fight. He put up a valiant effort, but lost when his corner threw in the towel after the 14th round.

Pictures of the Event

Long Island, New York

Don Muraco v Paul Orndorff

George Steele v Randy Savage

George Wells v Jake Roberts

Mr. T v Roddy Piper

Rosemont, Illinois

The Fabulous Moolah v Velvet McIntyre

Corporal Kirchner v Nikolai Volkoff

20 Man Battle royal

The British Bulldogs v The Dream Team

Los Angeles, California

Hercules Hernandez v Ricky Steamboat

Adrian Adonis v Uncle Elmer

The Funk Brothers v The Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana

Hulk Hogan v King Kong Bundy

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