The WrestleMania main events of the 1980s laid the groundwork for the tremendous sports-entertainment extravaganza that fans from countries around the world will flock to on April 7. Superstars such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and Andre the Giant were among the most influential wrestlers of the period, and they dominated the main event scene in the later portion of the decade.
WrestleManias I-V set the stage not only for each other, but also for every one that followed.
The main events went a long way in defining those shows, and, like any wrestling match, some were better than others. Which main event from the 1980s was the best? Which failed to live up to the quality of the others? Where did the historically significant WrestleMania III clash between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant wind up?
Find out inside.
These are the WrestleMania main events of the 1980s, ranked from worst to best.
For the purpose of this article, "main event" is defined as the show-closing match. This disqualifies the huge battle royal and the boxing match between Roddy Piper and Mr. T at WrestleMania 2.