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WWE 2K14's '30 Years of WrestleMania' Match Reveals, Pt. 1: Hulkamania Runs Wild

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2016

WWE 2K14's '30 Years of WrestleMania' Match Reveals, Pt. 1: Hulkamania Runs Wild

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    With "30 Years of WrestleMania" tabbed as the theme of WWE 2K14’s single-player campaign, imaginations and keyboards ran wild as fans speculated about the details.

    Finally, the speculation is over—somewhat. We have the exclusive full list of the 46 matches available in the mode. Because the list is so vast, it has been broken into eras. For the next five days (today included) we will be revealing every match by era. 

    A few of the matches included have already been revealed, but by Friday, Sept. 20, the world will know all 46 of the classics at our fingertips. The objective of each match in the mode is to recreate the most famous moments. Though we don't have the objectives for every match, if you're familiar with the corresponding WrestleMania, you may be able to guess what your assignments will be.

    We could start with any of the amazing matches included in the mode, but why not start where it all began? The time spanning from WrestleMania I to WrestleMania IX is being referred to as the era when “Hulkamania Runs Wild.” Unless you’re completely oblivious to wrestling culture, you know that is a direct reference to arguably the greatest sports entertainer in history, Hulk Hogan.

    Here on Day 1, we will reveal the first 10 matches in the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode. As a mainstay in the WWE title scene, the first nine years of the Showcase of Immortals was almost all about Hulkamania. Though he doesn’t appear in every match, you should expect a heavy dose of the Hulkster in this era. 

    Let’s get to it.

WrestleMania 1: Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

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    When:

    March 31, 1985

     

    Where:

    Madison Square Garden in New York

     

    Why It's Included:

    The wrestling world has always loved its giants. No Superstar has ever been as imposing and as feared as Andre the Giant. Few could measure up to him in size, but Big John Studd came close. With Andre listed at 7'4" and over 500 pounds and Studd at 6'11" 346 pounds, the ring probably needed extra reinforcement to carry the two behemoths. 

    This iconic contest was a $15,000 body slam match. The sight of the two titans in the ring in Madison Square Garden is almost worth the inclusion in the mode alone. Taking control of either them is an extra-added treat.

    Who's getting slammed in this one, Andre or Studd?

WrestleMania 2: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy

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    When:

    April 7, 1986

     

    Where:

    Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

     

    Why It's Included:

    Aside from this being Hogan's first singles match at WrestleMania, it was also an epic moment in his infamous feud with King Kong Bundy. The Hulkster had his ribs damaged after an attack from Bundy just a week earlier, and the two Superstars were settling their differences in a Steel Cage match.

    WrestleMania 2 was broadcast from three different locations. This was the third main event of the evening and took place from Los Angeles.

WrestleMania 3: Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage

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    When:

    March 29, 1987

     

    Where:

    Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

     

    Why It's Included:

    This match is widely viewed as one of the best in the history of professional wrestling. After the Macho Man injured the neck of The Dragon earlier in the year, a bitter feud raged on with the two legends battling for the Macho Man's Intercontinental title in the Silverdome. The match had everything from daring aerial moves to outside influence. 

    You can be a part of an all-time classic.

WrestleMania 3: Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan

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    When:

    March 29, 1987

     

    Where:

    Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

     

    Why It's Included:

    Of all the images and classic bouts Hogan wrestled in his career, no snapshot or clash is more famous than seeing him stand toe-to-toe with Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. The Giant was billed as undefeated for the past 15 years coming into the match. He and Hogan had previously been best buddies, but Bobby "The Brain" Heenan had weaseled his way into the Giant's head.

    Andre turned on Hogan, challenging him to a match for the WWF title at WrestleMania. The rest is history.

WrestleMania 4: "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. "Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

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    When:

    March 27, 1988

     

    Where:

    Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. 

     

    Why It's Included:

    The Macho Man took on The "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, one of the greatest heels in WWE history at WrestleMania IV. The two legends battled through a tournament the same night for the right to meet for the WWF title. Both Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant had clashed earlier with their bout ending in a double disqualification.

    The two bitter rivals wouldn't have anything to do with the outcome of this match, would they? 

WrestleMania 5: "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan

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    When:

    April 2, 1989

     

    Where:

    Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. 

     

    Why It's Included:

    A Savage and Hogan meeting on any stage would be cause for hoopla. The fact that this one took place as the main event of WrestleMania V—with the WWF title on the line—makes it one of the most legendary matches of all time.

    The Mega Powers exploded in this match and etched a permanent mark in the WWE's history.

WrestleMania 6: Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior

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    When:

    April 1, 1990

     

    Where:

    SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

     

    Why It's Included:

    This match symbolized so many things in WWE history. It crowned an undisputed champion and marked the changing of the guard in the WWF. Hulk Hogan was no longer the standard bearer in the business. The Ultimate Warrior was the new king, but as wrestling legend Ric Flair says: "to be the man, you gotta beat the man."

WrestleMania 7: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter

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    When:

    March 24, 1991

     

    Where:

    Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles

     

    Why It's Included:

    The Gulf War was taking place and Hulk Hogan was the WWF's primary symbol of patriotism during this tough time. The legendary Hogan battled another legend in Sgt. Slaughter, who had once stood for the same patriotic principles that Hogan represented.

    Slaughter was the WWF champion, but he had turned on the American ideals and thus created an epic clash between he and Hogan for the title. This battle was not just about the WWF title but also the American way. 

WrestleMania 8: "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

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    When:

    April 5, 1992

     

    Where:

    Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.

     

    Why It's Included:

    Flair's first appearance in the mode is a good one. This match between he and Savage is extremely underrated by some. Bleacher Report's own Jonathan Snowden gives it its due. He ranked it as the 15th greatest match in WrestleMania history.

    With Flair grabbing the WWF title at the Royal Rumble, he had become one of the few men to ever hold the WWF and NWA (WCW) titles in his career. The Macho Man was trying to dethrone him, but what was he wearing?

    Beyond the title ramifications, this match pitted two legends of the ring and on the mic together on wrestling's grandest stage. Woo!

WrestleMania 9: Bret "Hitman" Hart Vs. Yokozuna and Hulk Hogan Vs.Yokozuna

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    When:

    April 4, 1993

     

    Where:

    Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. 

     

    Why It's Included:

    Yokozuna made his mark as WWF champion...briefly. A classic match with the great Bret "The Hitman" Hart was followed by an impromptu battle with the Hulkster for Yokozuna's newly won title. In one of the most surprising developments in a WrestleMania event, Hogan won the title for the fifth time.

    Can you say two-for-one with this one?

     

    Looking Ahead to Tuesday

    Stay tuned for the rest of the reveal of the remaining 36 matches in the WWE 2K14: 30 Years of WrestleMania mode.

     

    Follow me for the rest of the exclusive reveal and for all things sports video games. 

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