To all readers who are wrestling aficionados or Wrestlemania aficionados. I would like to know what your favorite Wrestlemania moments are.
With the upcoming quarter-century anniversary of the "Granddaddy of Them All" sports entertainment, I feel it's only right to delve into the wonderful memories that past Wrestlemania's have given us.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Wrestlemania 13: Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
"The Excellence of Execution" and "The Texas Rattlesnake" were at their peak in this classic encounter. After a long battle, "Hitman" busted Austin open with the timekeeper's bell and synched on the sharpshooter.
Austin's never give up "attitude" shined as he passed out from blood loss and pain. Referee Ken Shamrock of UFC Fame called the match in favor of the "Hitman." This match gave birth to a new era in the WWF.
"Hitman" turned heel on the American fans. And Austin ushered in his era of "attitude"—becoming one of the biggest baby faces that the company had seen since "Hitman" or Hulk Hogan.
Wrestlemania 6: WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior.
This match has been one of the biggest of all-time in the wrestling business. From a marketing standpoint, here were the two biggest draws as far as merchandise went and they were both baby faces at that. The match was a see-saw battle with Warrior barely squeezing the win out over the Hulkster.
Wrestlemania 3: WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Arguably the Greatest Wrestlemania Moment of All-Time. This is the match that elevated Hogan to Icon status.
It's the match where 93,000 people packed the Pontiac Silverdome simply to see if Hogan could slam the Big Man and he did.
It was in that match that the Big Man passed the torch to Hogan, ushering in the era of "Hulkamania."
Wrestlemania 24 (Career Threatening Match): "Nature Boy" Ric Flair vs. Shawn Micheals
This was as classic as a Wrestlemania match gets. Flair's illustrious career was on the line in this battle of the big-dogs.
Micheals etched out the win with Sweet Chin music as if he had just put an old dog, that he loved, out of its misery.
Flair gave one of the most emotional and classy farewells that the wrestling world had ever seen—proving why he is "the Man."
Wrestlemania 12 (Ironman Match): WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Micheals.
The two superstars cut a 60 minute pace that could have only been carried by Flair in the 80's. It was a classic that went into sudden death overtime.
Neither combatant scored a pinfall or submission in the 60 minute time limit. HBK took the belt home that night when he scored Sweet Chin music on the "Hitman."
There's more where that came from, but I want your feedback mainly on here wrestling fans, young and old.
Please answer the polls and leave some feedback because we all know that there are many more wonderful Wrestlemania memories to be posted.
The history behind this event is immense. Thanks.