The professional wrestling event WrestleMania, hosted by WWE, has reached incredible success and marked a long tradition in the history of wrestling. The event that happens every year has witnessed many wrestlers rise to Superstardom, such as:
The event proved to be a success from the very first WrestleMania, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1985. Now, having produced 32 editions, WrestleMania has gone on to be the highest-attended professional wrestling event ever.
While any WWE fan will be familiar with the flagship event, here are 12 things you might not have known about WrestleMania.
1. From 2006 to 2012, there was only one Royal Rumble winner to be a part of the WrestleMania main event. Randy Orton’s “Rumble” win in 2009 managed to get him in the main event, but the other years’ “headliners” weren’t actually a part of the show’s last match.
2. The second annual edition of WrestleMania took place on a Monday, which makes the April 7th, 1986 event the only one not to take place on a Sunday.
3. For the first-ever WrestleMania event, the official song was Philip Bailey and Phil Collin’s hit song “Easy Lover.”
4. Making his WrestleMania debut in 1989 and announcing retirement after WrestleMania WWVI in 2010, Shawn Michaels is the only one to have wrestled at the annual event in four different decades.
5. The longest match in the event’s history was between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart during the main event of Wrestlemania XII, which lasted 61 minutes and 53 seconds.
6. The shortest match in WrestleMania history lasted only 11 seconds and was when Kane defeated ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero to win the ECW title at WrestleMania XXIV.
7. WWE ring announcer Howard “The Fink” Finkel has appeared on screen at some point during every single one of the 32 WrestleMania editions.
8. Unlike most editions, WrestleMania 21, which took place on April 3rd, 2005, did not feature a single tag team match.
9. From 2003 to 2011, over the course of 9 WrestleMania events, the Intercontinental Title was only defended once, and for a mere 21 seconds.
10. The only wrestler to have competed for all four active championships at WrestleMania is WWE Superstar Big Show.
11. The first 15 WrestleMania events had 33 matches end in DW, no contest, coun-tout or draw. Ever since only one has.
12. In 2014, at WrestleMania XXX, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan had more ring time than anyone at a WrestleMania event ever since Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart back in 1996.