BEST OF BULLDOG

Originally published March 29, 2019

  1. The event was named after Titan Sports front-office employee Russ L. Mania

  2. WrestleMania has been viewed around the world via live attendance, closed-circuit television, pay-per-view and WWE Network views in approximately 780 countries.

  3. The first WrestleMania was originally set to feature a six-man tag team match with 1980s icons Hulk HoganMr. T and Tom Selleck against Rowdy Roddy PiperPaul Orndorff and Q*Bert.

  4. At the same event, if you watch the bottom right-hand side of the screen at the 1:41:06 mark, you can see David and Bruno Sammartino discreetly selling autographed 8 x 10s over at their gimmick table. 

  5. Virgil is the only competitor to main-event four consecutive WrestleManias. (Source: Virgil)

  6. Guest celebrities at WrestleMania II included Burger King's Herb, The Where's The Beef? Lady (I want to say, Clara?), Colonel Sanders and The Domino's Pizza Noid.

  7. There used to be three people operating Andre The Giant from the inside, kind of like Jabba The Hutt.

  8. The reported WrestleMania III attendance figure of 93,173 was fabricated to propagate an urban legend. The actual number was closer to 93,104.

  9. WrestleMania VII was moved to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena not for security reasons, but because the venue was somewhat closer to Vince McMahon's dentist.

  10. Randy "Macho Man" Savage holds the record for most appearances at a single WrestleMania (WrestleMania IV), defeating Butch ReedGreg ValentineOne Man Gang and Ted DiBiase to capture the vacant WWF Championship, and then teaming with Miss Elizabeth to win the post-show Mixed Match Challenge.

  11. Easter Egg: The commentary in every single WrestleMania features some sort of shoe-horned reference to The Doctor Of Style Slick.

  12. WrestleMania VIII was taped live before a studio audience in Burbank, CA. In fact, when Tatanka bodyslams Rick Martel, a faint laugh track can be heard in the background.

  13. For years, Hulk Hogan has claimed that Andre The Giant said "Slam me, boss" right before The Hulkster famously bodyslammed him at WrestleMania III. However, a lip-reading analysis has proved conclusively that The Eighth Wonder Of The World is actually saying "I've got gas."

  14. Speaking of WrestleMania III... the classic encounter between Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat was scheduled to be a 14-second squash to give more time to The Killer Bees versus Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.

  15. Speaking of unexpected WrestleMania finishes.... remember when Mike Tyson decked Shawn Michaels at the conclusion of WrestleMania XIV? Turns out Iron Mike wasn't even supposed to be there that night!

  16. Musical performances on The Grandest Stage Of Them All include Motorhead's performance of "Time To Play The Game"; Limp Bizkit's performance of "Rollin'" and the Vickie Sue Robinson-Junkyard Dog duet of "Grab Them Cakes."

  17. The WrestleMania VCR Game gets kind of boring after you've played it for twelve consecutive dateless Saturday nights in a row by yourself and you always get stuck in the Jake The Snake Roberts vs. Honky Tonk Man segment. Uhhh... so I've heard.

  18. The Undertaker's famed undefeated streak was set to end at WrestleMania XVII when he would have lost to scheduled opponent Tiger Ali Singh.

  19. Speaking of undefeated streaks.... Captain Lou Albano has never lost a match at WrestleMania.

  20. It turns out Tito Santana's real name is Ethan Santanovitz?

  21. Despite what WWE would have you believe today.... the first women's match to close out the show was at WrestleMania XII when WWF Womens Champion Bertha Faye pinned One Of The Jumping Bomb Angels.

  22. While WrestleMania VI was the first such event to be held outside of the United States (Toronto, Canada), WrestleMania XXII was the first to be held outside of the Earth (Jupiter).

  23. While everyone knows that Diamond Dallas Page drove the pink Cadillac containing Rhythm & Blues at WrestleMania VI, we've also since learned that the motorized ring cart that carried The Bushwhackers to ringside was driven by a young Kofi Kingston.

  24. Early promotional materials show that the Fatal Four Way that closed out WrestleMania 2000 was supposed to feature The Rock vs. Triple H vs. The Big Show vs. Lethal Weapon Steve Blackman.

  25. The reason Shawn Michaels is referred to as "Mr. WrestleMania" is because he legally changed his name in 2006 to Shawn WrestleMania.

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