WrestleMania

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WrestleMania is a pay-per-view program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. It is the company's biggest show of the year, and is said to be the equivalent of a Super Bowl/World Series for professional wrestling. It was often compared to Starrcade, which was considered the premier event for National Wrestling Alliance flagship Jim Crockett Promotions, later World Championship Wrestling. Starrcade began in 1983, two years before WrestleMania. The event is held around March or April. WrestleMania 22 was the last to be held in an arena. All subsequent WrestleMania events have been held in stadiums. The record attendance claimed by WWE for a WrestleMania was in 1987 at WrestleMania III, which boasted a 93,173 number. However, numerous sources, such as Dave Meltzer, have reported that WrestleMania III's attendance number was actually 78,000.[1] Regardless, WrestleMania III's official record would stand for 29 years, before being broken at WrestleMania 32, which claimed a record of 101,763 (but was revealed by Meltzer to actually be a paid attendance of 93,730[2]). WrestleMania 35 featured the first Women's Main Event.

Dates and Venues

Event Date Venue City Main Event
WrestleMania March 31, 1985 Madison Square Garden New York City Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff with Muhammad Ali and Pat Patterson as special guest referees
WrestleMania 2 April 7, 1986 Nassau Coliseum

Rosemont Horizon

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

Uniondale, NY

Chicago, IL

Los Angeles, CA

Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania III March 29, 1987 Pontiac Silverdome Pontiac, MI Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania IV March 27, 1988 Trump Plaza Atlantic City, NJ Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase for the vacant WWF Championship
WrestleMania V April 2, 1989 Trump Plaza Atlantic City, NJ Macho Man Randy Savage (c) vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania VI April 1, 1990 SkyDome Toronto, Ontario, Canada Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Ultimate Warrior (c) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF Championship
WrestleMania VII March 24, 1991 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Los Angeles, CA Sgt. Slaughter (c) vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania VIII April 5, 1992 Hoosier Dome Indianapolis, IN Ric Flair (c) vs. Macho Man Randy Savage for the WWF Championship

Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice

WrestleMania IX April 4, 1993 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV Bret Hart (c) vs. Yokozuna for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania X March 20, 1994 Madison Square Garden New York City Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Rowdy Roddy Piper
WrestleMania XI April 2, 1995 Hartford Civic Center Hartford, CT Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow with special guest referee Pat Patterson
WrestleMania XII March 31, 1996 Arrowhead Pond Anaheim, CA Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute Iron Man Match for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania 13 March 23, 1997 Rosemont Horizon Chicago, IL Sycho Sid (c) vs. The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania XIV March 29, 1998 FleetCenter Boston, MA Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship with special guest enforcer Mike Tyson
WrestleMania XV March 28, 1999 First Union Center Philadelphia, PA The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship with special guest referee Mankind
WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000 Arrowhead Pond Anaheim, CA Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania X-Seven April 1, 2001 Reliant Astrodome Houston, TX The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship
WrestleMania X8 March 17, 2002 SkyDome Toronto, Ontario, Canada Chris Jericho (c) vs. Triple H for the Undisputed WWF Championship
WrestleMania XIX March 30, 2003 Safeco Field Seattle, WA Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania XX March 14, 2004 Madison Square Garden New York City Triple H (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 21 April 3, 2005 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA Triple H (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 22 April 2, 2006 Allstate Arena Chicago, IL John Cena (c) vs. Triple H for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania 23 April 1, 2007 Ford Field Detroit, MI John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania XXIV March 30, 2008 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL Edge (c) vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania XXV April 5, 2009 Reliant Stadium Houston, TX Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania XXVI March 28, 2010 University of Phoenix Stadium Phoenix, AZ The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in a No Disqualification-No Count Out match
WrestleMania XXVII April 3, 2011 Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA The Miz (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania XXVIII April 1, 2012 Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL The Rock vs. John Cena
WrestleMania 29 April 7, 2013 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ The Rock (c) vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship
WrestleMania XXX April 6, 2014 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 31 March 29, 2015 Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, CA Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 32 April 3, 2016 AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017 Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns in a No Holds Barred Match
WrestleMania 34 April 8, 2018 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship
WrestleMania 35 April 7, 2019 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch for the WWE Raw Women's Championship and WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
WrestleMania 36 April 4, 2020 (Part 1)

April 5, 2020 (Part 2)

WWE Performance Center Orlando, FL Undertaker vs. AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match (Part 1)

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship (Part 2)

WrestleMania 37 April 10, 2021 (Night 1)

April 11, 2021 (Night 2)

Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship (Night 1)

Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Edge for the WWE Universal Championship (Night 2)

WrestleMania 38 April 2, 2022 (Night 1)

April 3, 2022 (Night 2)

Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred match (Night 1)

Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (c) in a Winner Takes All match to unify the WWE Universal Championship and the WWE Championship (Night 2)

WrestleMania 39 April 1, 2023 (Night 1)

April 2, 2023 (Night 2)

Inglewood, CA SoFi Stadium Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship (Night 1)

Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns (c) for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship (Night 2)

WrestleMania XL April 6, 2024 (Night 1)

April 7, 2024 (Night 2)

Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins vs. The Bloodline (The Rock and Roman Reigns) (with Paul Heyman) (Night 1)

Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns (c) for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship (Night 2)

WrestleMania XLI April 19, 2025 (Night 1)

April 20, 2025 (Night 2)

Las Vegas, NV Allegiant Stadium

The Undefeated Streak of The Undertaker

WrestleMania is also known for The Undertaker's "undefeated streak". The Streak would not be recognized until WrestleMania X-Seven, when it was realized that the Undertaker had never lost at the event. It started at WrestleMania VII when he beat Jimmy Snuka. For the next 23 years, the Undertaker would "win" 21 times at WrestleMania (The Undertaker did not compete at WrestleMania X in 1994, or at WrestleMania 2000, in both cases due to a legitimate injury). The Streak ended at WrestleMania XXX, when the Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar. Despite his loss at WrestleMania XXX, The Undertaker would continue to have matches for the next three events, winning matches at WrestleMania 31 and 32 against Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon, respectively. At WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker experienced his second loss at the event when he lost to Roman Reigns. At WrestleMania 34 in 2018, he would have a brief match with John Cena. WrestleMania 35 would mark the first time the Undertaker was not part of WrestleMania since 2000. In 2020, he competed against AJ Styles in a pre-taped match, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event Opponent Record
WrestleMania VII Jimmy Snuka 1-0
WrestleMania VIII Jake Roberts 2-0
WrestleMania IX Giant González 3-0
WrestleMania XI King Kong Bundy 4-0
WrestleMania XII Diesel 5-0
WrestleMania 13 Sycho Sid 6-0
WrestleMania XIV Kane 7-0
WrestleMania XV Big Boss Man 8-0
WrestleMania X-Seven Triple H 9-0
WrestleMania X8 Ric Flair 10-0
WrestleMania XIX Big Show & A-Train 11-0
WrestleMania XX Kane 12-0
WrestleMania 21 Randy Orton 13-0
WrestleMania 22 Mark Henry 14-0
WrestleMania 23 Batista 15-0
WrestleMania XXIV Edge 16-0
WrestleMania XXV Shawn Michaels 17-0
WrestleMania XXVI Shawn Michaels 18-0
WrestleMania XXVII Triple H 19-0
WrestleMania XXVIII Triple H 20-0
WrestleMania 29 CM Punk 21-0

Impact of COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, WWE would begin taping its shows at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Three days later, on March 16, 2020, WWE announced that WrestleMania 36 would not take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was moved to the Performance Center and had no fans in attendance due to the pandemic. The event took place over two nights, April 4 and April 5, 2020, which marks the first time in the events history in which this has happened. The event was also pre-taped. Originally, WrestleMania 37 was to take place in Inglewood, California. However, due to the pandemic, it was moved to Tampa. Inglewood hosted WrestleMania 39 in 2023.

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