24 WrestleMania in 24 Days: WrestleMania III

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2009

An amazing 93,173 people packed the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III, the largest indoor attendance for any event in history as they all came to see the biggest match in wrestling history Hogan vs Andre.

There was another match that will go down in history as the greatest wrestling match ever that no one expected Savage vs Steamboat. The greatest match that I have ever seen that we will never see again didn't over-shadow the big match of the evening but it did steal the show.

Vince McMahon was cashing in on the seed he planted 1985 with the first WrestleMania.

Can Am Connection def. Cowboy Bob Orton and Magnificent Muraco

Full Nelson Challenge
Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules went to a double count-out

Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver and The Haiti Kid def. King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo by DQ when Bundy flattened Little Beaver 

Loser Bows Match
King Harley Race w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Fabulous Moolah def. Junkyard Dog

The Dream Team, Brutus Beecake and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, w/ Luscious Johnny Valiant and Dino Bravo def. The Rougeau Brothers

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper def. “Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart

Hart Foundation and “Dangerous” Danny Davis w/ Jimmy Hart def. British Bulldogs and Tito Santana

“The Natural” Butch Reed def. Koko B. Ware

Intercontinental Championship
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat w/ George “The Animal” Steele def. Randy "Macho Man" Savage w/ Elizabeth to become new champion

Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart def. Jake “The Snake” Roberts w/ Alice Cooper

Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik def. Killer Bees by DQ

Main Event for WWE Championship
Hulk Hogan def. Andre the Giant w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to retain

Hogan who had headlined his thrid WrestleMania in a row. Steamboat beating Savage was the first time the IC title changed hands at WrestleMania. The biggest crowd for the biggest crowd ever was just the biggest WrestleMania ever.

Only the IC and WWE title were on the line and only one of the two changed.

WrestleMania III Rating: 10 out of 10. This was the greatest WrestleMania to date because it changed the face of wrestling forever and Steamboat/Savage and Hogan/Andre alone gave it this ranking but the card was full of great matches.