24 WrestleManias In 24 Days: WrestleMania I

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2009

WrestleMania, Madison Square Garden, Hogan, Mr.T, Snuka vs. Piper, Wonderful, Orton that was WrestleMania I.

WrestleMania was born, something that would become the biggest in the history of wrestling. Vince McMahon took a chance and cashed in two years later as he planted the seed at WrestleMania I.

Tito Santana def. The Executioner

David Sammartino w/ Bruno Sammartino vs. Brutus Beefcake w/ Luscious Johnny Valiant went to a no contest

Ricky Steamboat def. Matt Borne

King Kong Bundy w/ Jimmy Hart def. Special Delivery Jones

Bodyslam Challenge
Andre the Giant def. Big John Studd

Intercontinental Championship
Junkyard Dog def. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart via count-out

World Tag Team Championship
Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Shiek w/ Classy Freddie Blassie def. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham to become new champions

Women’s Championship
Wendi Richter w/ Cyndi Lauper def. Leilani Kai w/ Fabulous Moolah to become new champion

Main Event
Hulk Hogan & Mr. T w/ “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka def. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff w/ Cowboy Bob Orton 

The WrestleMania event is bigger now than it was back in the 1980's. Hulk Hogan back then was bigger than life as the WWE started a phenomenon with WrestleMania. Vince McMahon made a product that is 25 years in the making.

There were three title matches and two titles changed hands — tag and women's championships. The only one that didn't change hands was the Intercontinental title but the champion did not win the match. This was the only WrestleMania where all champions lost the match.

The first WrestleMania match in history was Tito Santana vs. The Executioner. King Kong Bundy won his match against S.D Jones in nine seconds. Mr T was the celebrity to be involved in a match.

WrestleMania Rating: 7 out of 10. The matches were so short but the main event made up for some of it and it was the first WrestleMaina so that alone gives it the rating.

Final thoughts on WrestleMania I: I think it was historic and could have been better with the wrestlers they had but the main event made it for me and it is what it is — WrestleMania.

-Adrian Staehle

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