Since 1985, WrestleMania has grown from somewhat humble beginnings to an international phenomenon, getting bigger year after year to the point where some of the biggest U.S. cities are now vying for the honor of hosting the show. Currently, it’s one of the biggest draws that a city can bring in and it’s no surprise, because some of WWE’s biggest moments occurred here. This is where legends are created and wrestlers are immortalized forever in not only fan’s memories, but pictures as well.
Here you will see some of the most amazing mix of pictures from hidden backstage scenes to some of the most iconic moments ever produced. With over 30 years in the books, there’s no shortage of sensational pictures to select from; in fact, it’s pretty difficult to narrow things down to only fifteen.
Legends like Andre the Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and The Undertaker, among many others, will be found in this collection of wrestling lore. Enough with the hype though, this is WrestleMania, and there is no bigger pro wrestling show on Earth, so let’s relive some of the finest photos WWE has to offer.
15 Austin, Michaels, and Tyson
Not that Shawn Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin need any help selling a match, WWE decided to take it up another level by bringing in boxing legend Mike Tyson to be the match’s ring enforcer. Along the way he made it clear he was in the corner of DX and Shawn Michaels, famously brawling with Austin on Raw.
14 The Never-Ending Story
At WrestleMania XXV, Michaels engaged in an intriguing battle of “light vs. dark” against the Undertaker, in which he came up short in what many consider a classic match. The next year they topped themselves when Michaels was determined to get his rematch, even at the risk of his own career, which Undertaker was indeed able to end for good.
13 Icon Vs. Icon
When WWE (or specifically Vince McMahon) wanted to bring back the n.W.o. their sole goal was to destroy the WWE. Along the way Hogan bumped into Rock and the two decided the only way to settle their differences was to battle it out on the biggest stage of them all.
12 Ms. WrestleMania?
WrestleMania has never been a kind place for women’s wrestling; only a fraction of them have had title matches, with the others being pointless, short-lived gimmick matches. The one woman who has done the most with her time here though has been Trish with five matches total and a 3-2 record.
11 Hulk Takes On The Boss
After losing to The Rock at WrestleMania XVIII, Hulk moved on to a Street Fight against the boss, Vince McMahon. Had Hogan lost the match he would have been forced to retire, so with that at stake he came to the match as pumped up as ever to get the victory.
10 Power Couple
It’s always a good time when The Rock shows up at WrestleMania, especially when he comes with friends. During a promo, Rock got into a bit of a back and forth against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Well, he’s not one to get into battles with women, but luckily for him, there was someone who was more than happy to get in Stephanie’s face.
9 The Immovable Object Vs. The Unstoppable Force
When Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan hooked up at WrestleMania III, fans knew it was a special moment, it was a passing of the torch, it was one of those rare matches that didn't come along that often. Andre was a proud veteran wrestler, who was big enough to do exactly what he wanted in the ring, and if he didn’t want to do it, there was nothing his opponent could do about it.
8 The Entrance
One of the most critical aspects to a wrestler’s success is their entrance and none have done it better than The Undertaker. Opting for a much slower and more dramatic vibe, he’s been able to constantly change up the look, while always keeping that creepy vibe that just never gets old.
7 The Kid
Going back to 1996, Shawn Michaels had worked his way up from the tag division, to a solo mid-card act, to becoming a main event attraction. At WrestleMania VII, Michaels got his first chance at greatness by going up against Bret Hart in a 60-minute Iron Man match for the WWE Title.
6 Never Give Up
At WrestleMania XIII, Steve Austin took on Bret Hart in a Submission match, which seemed to be a big advantage for Hart, who was known for his technical skills, while Austin was much more of a brawler. The two ended up beating the heck out of each other to the point where blood poured from the head of Austin. Bret was able to lock in his Sharpshooter, Austin yelled out while he was in absolute pain, which became overwhelming that he passed out.
5 AJ Lee
To be honest, this was just a really great picture of AJ Lee, who seemed to be really enjoying her moment in the sun. Some of her WrestleMania highlights include; winning the Vickie Guerrero Invitational, where she was about to outlast a number of other Divas to retain her title.
4 Taunts Collide
After Brock Lesnar ended his amazing WrestleMania streak, The Undertaker went back to work the next year by taking on “The New Face of Fear” Bray Wyatt. Bray taunted Undertaker with promos week after week leading up to the event. Taker had enough and decided he would teach the young gun a lesson in respect.
3 Stole The Show
At WrestleMania III, fans might have been hyped for Andre vs. Hulk, but by the end of the show there was another match on their lips and that was Randy vs. Ricky. These two hooked up for the Intercontinental title and put on not only the match of the night, but quite possibly the best WrestleMania match ever.
2 The People’s Champ
The Rock has always been a staple for WrestleMania, so when he decided to come back for another run as the WWE champion it was a treat that wrestling fans very much appreciated. He’s obviously doing well in Hollywood, so for him to still come back to his roots says a lot about the guy.
1 The Showcase Of The Immortals
Do yourself a favor and check out one of the first few WrestleMania events, obviously it has a dated look, but it gives you an idea where the show came from. Then fast forward to WrestleMania XX (at Madison Square Garden) and see how the theatrics grew. Now, go to one of the most recent ones and see how ridiculously big it has become. Filling NFL stadiums, WWE’s biggest show has become can’t miss even to casual and non-wrestling fans.
If you look to the big screen in the picture you’ll see Seth Rollins holding up the WWE World Heavyweight title. The surprising finish was a great way to end WrestleMania 31 with fireworks going off around the entire arena; it must have been a sight to see live in-person.
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.org
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