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WrestleMania I (1985)

WrestleMania (original title)
TV-PG | | Sport | TV Special 31 March 1985
WWE ushered in a new era when WrestleMania took over "The World's Most Famous Arena" Madison Square Garden in New York. The star-studded affair - featuring Hulk Hogan and TV sensation Mr. T... See full summary »

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Jack Simon

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George Scott
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hulk Hogan ... Hulk Hogan
Mr. T ... Mr. T
Freddie Blassie ... 'Classy' Freddie Blassie
Roddy Piper ... Rowdy Roddy Piper
Paul Orndorff ... 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff
Mike Rotunda ... Mike Rotundo
Greg Valentine ... Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine
Sylvester Ritter ... Junkyard Dog
Barry Windham ... Barry Windham
Khosrow Vaziri ... The Iron Sheik
Josip Peruzovic ... Nikolai Volkoff
Leilani Kai Leilani Kai ... Leilani Kai
Wendi Richter Wendi Richter ... Wendi Richter
André the Giant ... Andre the Giant
Big John Studd Big John Studd ... Big John Studd
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WWE ushered in a new era when WrestleMania took over "The World's Most Famous Arena" Madison Square Garden in New York. The star-studded affair - featuring Hulk Hogan and TV sensation Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff - involved the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali and Liberace. Plus, Andre the Giant decimating Bobby Heenan's charge, Big John Studd, in a $15,000 Body Slam Challenge. Written by WrestleMania

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

WWF WrestleMania See more »

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Only WWE PPV matches for Mike Rotunda and Matt Borne (Matt Osborne) as themselves. All of Rotunda's later WWE PPV matches (1991-1995) were as Irwin R. Schyster (I.R.S.). Borne's only other WWE PPV matches, at "WrestleMania IX" and "SummerSlam 93," were as Doink the Clown. See more »

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The match between King Kong Bundy and S.D. Jones is said to have set a record of 9 seconds for the shortest match in WWF history. However, the match, in real time, actually runs for at least 20 seconds. See more »

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Coliseum Video release removed or replaced the entrance themes for a number of wrestlers. This was likely done because of song rights. They were:
  • The Junkyard Dog: Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
  • Mike Rotundo And Barry Windham: Born In The U.S.A (Bruce Springsteen)
  • Wendy Richter: Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  • Hulk Hogan and Mr. T: Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor)
  • The reissued video release by Titan Sports restores the original entrance themes.
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Followed by WrestleMania VII (1991) See more »

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Easy Lover (Instrumental)
Written by Nathan East, Phil Collins, Philip Gale and Philip Bailey
Performed by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
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BEGINNING OF AN ERA
25 April 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

This is the card that started wrestling on the road to becoming a multi billion dollar sport. If it wasn't for WrestleMania we probably wouldn't have PPV or a two hour wrestling show every Monday. This card marked the beginning of an era for American wrestling.

Most fans were not interested in seeing five star matches. Just seeing the wrestlers in the ring waving to the crowds was enough for most people. Just hearing the wrestlers theme tunes was satisfactory. Some people probably just tuned in to see popular celebrities such as Cyndi Lauper, Liberace and Muhammed Ali. Anyone who criticizes this event obviously has a built in hatred of wrestling.

It was the perfect card for the 1980's. Compare it to current events and you'll notice the differences such as the dark arenas, the relatively small crowds and the lack of technical wrestling. But this didn't matter.

There were some great matches on this card. All the wrestlers were larger than life and in my opinion they had much more charisma than many stars today. The top WWF heel of the time King Kong Bundy squashed S.D. Jones in less than half a minute. Big John Studd met fellow monster Andre the Giant in a bodyslam match. The main event was phenomenal. The hugely admired Hulk Hogan teamed up with tough guy Mr T-from The A-Team-to battle the truly despised Mr Wonderful and Rowdy Roddy Piper in a wild brawl.

I strongly recommend this to current fans who have never watched it. If you're a fan of current stars such as The Rock and Triple H then watch this and learn how the stars of yesteryear helped make the sport into the billion dollar showbiz entertainment it is today.


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