The World Wrestling Entertainement (WWE) was at the Bell Center last Friday. The Quebecois Kevin Owens found his audience there and he even took the opportunity to share some great revelations during an interview at Québec Matin.
This Sunday, April 2nd, WWE wrestlers will participate in the biggest event of the year: WrestleMania. This gala, nicknamed “The Greatest Stage of Them All”, was the showcase of the greatest names in history such as Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Macho Man Randy Savage, Bret Hart , “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena and more …
This 33rd edition will be held in Orlando, Florida. For the occasion, here are some interesting facts and figures about this annual classic as well as a photo gallery of the top WWE male headliners.
1. THE VERY FIRST WRESTLEMANIA
The first edition was held on 31 March 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The company will return to it on two other occasions: WrestlaMania X (in 1995) and WrestleMania XX (in 2005). Interestingly, during this inauguration, no championship match had taken place.
2. WRESTLEMANIA II TOOK PLACE ON A MONDAY
The galas always take place on a Sunday. However, in 1986, the company held the event on a Monday night.
3. THE BIGGEST CROWD IN HISTORY
101 721 spectators were present at the A & T Stadium in Dallas for WrestleMania 32 (in 2016). The previous record was 93 173 spectators, established at the Pontiac Silverdome of Detroit for WrestleMania III (in 1987). Since 2007, WWE has recorded crowds of more than 70,000 people at these events.
4. THE SMALLEST CROWD IN HISTORY
Only 16,158 spectators moved to LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles for WrestleMania VII (in 1991)
5. THE PRESENCE IN CANADA
Toronto was the only Canadian city to host the event. The company will come there twice, in 1990 and 2002. All other editions have been shown in major cities in the United States.
6. FAMOUS CELEBRITIES
Over the years, many celebrities have made appearances at the event. Here are some of the best-known figures: athletes Mohamed Ali, Mike Tyson, Pete Rose, Lawrence Taylor, Butterbean, Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey were involved in a fight or a segment.
Several celebrities have accompanied wrestlers such as Cyndi Lauper, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy and even the new President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Wrestlemedia was also the theater of musical performances by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Ashanti, John Legend, Motörhead, Limp Bizkit, Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa.
7. DONALD TRUMP
US President Donald Trump participated in five editions of WrestleMania: 1988, 1989, 2007, 2009 and 2013.
8. THE END OF A CAREER
The legendary wrestler Ric Flair struggled his last match at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008 against Shawn Michaels. Other wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels (in 2010), Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka (2009) also finished their career on the big stage.
9. DO NOT SHOUT VICTORY TOO QUICKLY
The sumo wrestler Yokozuna is the only one in history to have won and lost the world championship at the same WrestleMania. This happened in 1993 at the 9th edition. He won the title against Bret but lost it a few minutes later against Hulk Hogan.
10. RECORD OF VICTORIES
The Undertaker had a series of 21 wins in a row. This sequence is called “The Streak”. His only defeat to date has been against Brock Lesnar in 2015 at WrestleMania 30. This defeat has greatly shaken fans. He currently has a total of 23 wins.
11. RECORD OF DEFEATS
Triple H holds the record of the greatest number of defeats with 11. Tito Santana also had a series of seven straight losses.
12. THE LONGEST MATCH
During WrestleMania XII (1996), Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart stayed in the arena for 61 minutes and 52 seconds in an Iron Man match.
13. THE SHORTEST MATCHES
A total of six games ended in less than 20 seconds! The shortest in history was The Rock against Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32 in 2016. The legendary Hulk Hogan won a world title in 10 seconds against Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX.
14. THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF WORLD TITLES WON
John Cena (4 times)
The Undertaker (3 times)
Hulk Hogan (3 times)
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin (3 times)
“Macho Man” Randy Savage
15. THE LARGEST NUMBER OF MAIN EVENT ENTRIES
Hulk Hogan (8 times)
Triple H (7 times)
Shawn Michaels (5 times)
The Rock (5 times)
John Cena (5 times)