Let's face it boys and girls, as we make our way toward WrestleMania XXV on April 5 in Houston, the real Mr. WrestleMania is Hulk Hogan, not Shawn Michaels.
Hogan not only put WrestleMania on the map, he brought pro wrestling back to the mainstream!
Hogan's connections with Cyndi Lauper, Roddy Piper, Mr. T, and MTV in 1984/85 are what led to the first WrestleMania to begin with. His star power is what propelled it each year that followed and made it into an annual event for the ages.
While Hogan was headlining his fifth WrestleMania, Michaels was appearing there for the first time as a part of "The Rockers."
Hogan was the headliner of seven of the first nine WrestleManias, and played a key role in the endings of the other two, including winning the WWE title from Yokozuna at the conclusion of WrestleMania IX in 1993.
Of the top-10 largest crowds in WrestleMania history, Hogan was involved in seven of them, and headlined five—including WrestleMania III in front of 93,173 at the peak of Hulkamania in 1987!
I have nothing against Michaels. He is a far better wrestler than Hogan.
Hogan simply has "it." Whatever "it" is, you can't really describe it—charisma perhaps? but whatever "it" is, Hogan has it 10 times over!
In conclusion, there would be no WrestleMania if it weren't for the "Hulkster," brother!