Thursday, March 30, 2017

WrestleMania facts you probably don't care about

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Since it is WrestleMania Week, I'm keeping up with daily blogs about the biggest event in the world of sports entertainment. Most wrestling fans already know the facts I'm about to share, but I have several non-wrestling fan friends who read the blog, so maybe they'll learn something new.

  • WrestleMania 2 is the first and only WrestleMania to broadcast from three different cities (New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.) It's also the only Mania to be held on a Monday night.
  • The Undertaker has pinned every member of Evolution at Wrestlemania. He beat Triple H at Wrestlemanias 17, 27 and 28, Ric Flair at 18, Randy Orton at 21 and Batista at 23 (for the World Title).
  • Speaking of Undertaker vs. Triple H, they've wrestled each other three times at Mania. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin & The Rock have also been WrestleMania opponents three times.
  • Ole Anderson and Brian Pillman are the only two members of the famed Four Horsemen of the NWA & WCW to have never been a part of WrestleMania. The group's legendary manager was an executive for WWE for a large portion of the 90s and backstage. But he also recognized after the group went into the WWE Hall of Fame in Miami five years ago.

    "Mongo" at Mania 11
    Courtesy: WWE
  • If you're wondering about that previous statement and how the heck Steve "Mongo" McMichael was ever involved, check out the main event of WrestleMania XI. Mongo is part Lawrence Taylor's All-Pro Team to keep an eye on Million Dollar Corporation members who were ringside.
  • WrestleMania VIII is the first time the main event did not feature the WWF Champion. Hulk Hogan beat Sid Justice by disqualification that night. Ric Flair dropped the championship to "Macho Man" Randy Savage earlier in the night.

    Randy Savage & Elizabeth at WrestleMania IV
    Courtesy: WWE
  • Savage holds the record for the most matches at a single WrestleMania. He wrestled four times at WrestleMania IV, beating Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, the One Man Gang and Ted DiBiase to win the WWF Championship.
  • Nikolai Volkoff, the British Bulldogs, the Nasty Boys, Yokozuna, Chris Benoit, John Cena and Mickie James each won their first WWE championship in their WrestleMania debut.

    Triple H at WrestleMania 2000
    Courtesy: WWE
  • Triple H is the first bad guy to win the main event of WrestleMania. It happened at WrestleMania 2000 when he beat The Rock, The Big Show and Mick Foley to retain the WWE Championship. It's only happened twice since. The Miz beat John Cena at WrestleMania 27 and Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31.
  • Some never-to-happen WrestleMania matches include "Shiek" Tugboat vs. Hulk Hogan (WM7), Dustin Rhodes vs. Hulk Hogan (WM9) and Roddy Piper vs. OJ Simpson (WM12). These are according to Bruce Prichard.
There you have it, some useless WrestleMania trivia. I looked up all the things I wasn't too sure about, so everything should be verified. But if I screwed something up, let me know. Happy WrestleMania Week.

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