On March 31, 1985, professional wrestling was changed forever when Vince McMahon's promotion, known then as the World Wrestling Federation, presented a sports and entertainment extravaganza unlike any the world had ever seen before.
Celebrities from the sports, television and music worlds came together to take part in the event. The marquee bout, the main event of the show, was slated to be the villainous "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and partner "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff taking on breakout star of television's The A-Team Mr. T and consummate good guy and WWE champion Hulk Hogan.
With all-time great New York Yankees manager Billy Martin serving as guest ring announcer, Liberace sitting at ringside as guest timekeeper and Muhammad Ali filling the role of outside enforcer, WrestleMania was the show that fans and non-fans alike simply could not miss.
Fans filled the historic Madison Square Garden for the night's main event.
Piper was unquestionably the most hated man in the sport, and wrestling fans across the country simply could not wait to see the loudmouthed Scot get what was coming to him courtesy of the Hulkster and Mr. T.
Those fans would not be disappointed.
The match was a spectacle. The wrestling involved was very basic and, at times, not very good. But it was also filled with spots that popped the New York crowd, made for great photo opportunities and captured the imaginations of viewers watching on closed-circuit television in theaters and arenas throughout the United States.
By the time "Cowboy" Bob Orton came off the top rope and accidentally caught friend Orndorff with a shot to the back of the head using his infamous cast and Hogan scored the pin for his team, it had become abundantly clear that fans had gotten their money's worth out of the innovative and revolutionary show.
The culmination of major feuds and the integration of mainstream media and celebrities into the world of professional wrestling created a formula that would become key to the success of WrestleMania over the course of the next three decades.