What is WrestleMania?
WrestleMania is a professional wrestling event that takes place each year between mid-March to early April. It's hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the organization's flagship event. WrestleMania airs on pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network and is the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history.
WrestleMania: A Brief History
The first WrestleMania event took place on March 31, 1985 and it has since grown into a national phenomenon. Over 19,000 wrestling fans attended the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Over thirty years later, attendance has exceeded 75,000 people. Not to mention the well over a million live viewers from home! Each year, the event has been hosted in North American cities, with 31 in the United States and two in Canada.
With wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, and Mr. T, fans continue to be drawn in by thes many personalities and their signature wrestling moves. Mike Tyson and The Rock have also competed in WrestleMania events. Celebrities including Cyndi Lauper, Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, and more have been known to make appearances as well.
WrestleMania differs from other sporting events as the competitors perform as 'characters' and perform 'storylines.' These storylines between characters are produced on WWE's weekly television shows Raw and SmackDown. The predominant rivalry for the Raw brand included Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, John Cena, and the reigning WWE Champion, The Miz. The sport is growing in popularity and and more folks continue to tune in each year.
Best WrestleMania Moments
Over the years, WrestleMania has seen its fair share of exciting and dramatic events. Remember that time WWE CEO, Vince McMahon, had his head shaved by now President Donald Trump after losing a bet in 2007?
From The Rock taking on Hollywood's Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania X8 to The Rock defeating John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII, there's always a match-up that have the fans going wild. Not just for men, women compete in WrestleMania events as well, including stars like Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.
When is WrestleMania 34?
The 34th annual WrestleMania event will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome located in New Orleans, LA.
WrestleMania 34 Preview
A former champion, Lisa Moretti, better known as "Ivory", will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year's WrestleMania event. She will join the ranks of André the Giant, George "The Animal" Steele, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and many more.
As events and matches are finalized, full information should be available on the WWE's official website.