29.3.15, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California. Record attendance 76 976. This is the venue for this year’s Wrestlemania 31. The WWE’s flagship event is the highlight of the year for millions of wrestling fans around the globe. It is transmitted live across 150 countries.
Chairman of WWE Vince McMahon initiated the event with Wrestlemania 1 on 31st March 1985, at Madison Square Garden, New York. The headline superstars at the time were Hulk Hogan, Mr T, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and Andre the Giant.
I have to admit that I have been a huge wrestling fan for 30 years. I have been fortunate enough to watch each and every Wrestlemania from 1 to 31!
Over the years the many superstars providing entertainment include, The Rock, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret The Hitman Hart, British Bulldog, Ultimate Warrior, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Macho Man Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, CM Punk, Randy Orton and The Undertaker.
The Undertaker deserves a special mention as he has an awesome record of 22 wins at Wrestlemania, with his only one loss last year to Brock Lesnar.
My favourite match of all time was at Wrestlemania 3, 1987 when the immortal Hulk Hogan defeated Andre The Giant by body slamming him in front of 93 000 fans in Pontiac, Michigan.
Bad News Barrett, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust and Daniel Bryan all competed in a life threatening match with many steel ladders, with the belt suspended above the ring. Eventually Daniel Bryan successfully managed to climb the ladder to take the belt. He is now the new Intercontinental Championship. A huge achievement considering he was by far the smallest man and only recently returned following neck surgery.
Randy Orton beat Seth Rollins following an RKO. The contest was intense and the two were evenly matched. However the 12 time World Champion Randy, eventually came out on top
Triple H (with sledge hammer) beat Sting (with baseball bat) in a no disqualification match. There was a whole load of outside interference from DX (with Shawn Michaels) and NWO (including the legendary Hulk Hogan). Good to see so many of the old veterans back together, brings back a lot of memories.
AJ Lee & Paige beat the Bella Twins in an entertaining divas tag match.
John Cena the all American boy faced the US hating undefeated Russian Rusev for the US Championship. After a tense struggle between the heavyweights, John Cena secured the win with an attitude adjustment. Cena is the new US Champion.
The deadman Undertaker who is returning after a 1 year break beat his young challenger Bray Wyatt, with a classic tombstone piledriver. Making it 22-1 at wrestlemania.
The beast Brock Lesnar, the reigning World Heavyweight Champion annihilated Roman Reigns with a devastating series of suplexes and 3 F5s. Brock was his usual mean self, showing no mercy. Then Roman smashed Brock’s head against the metal post causing severe forehead bleeding. Roman went onto to deliver 3 spears and 3 superman punches. However close to the end of the match Seth Rollins decided to cash in his ‘money in the bank briefcase’. The match turned into a triple threat match. As Seth Rollins was the fresh man he managed to pin a worn out Roman with a kerb stomp.
We have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins.