Wrestlemania 27: The Place Where Memories Are Made and Traditions Are Started

Russ GodekContributor IIIApril 2, 2011

Well, it's that time of year again. Happy Wrestlemania Eve to everyone! As everyone prepares for the spectacle that is Wrestlemania tomorrow, let us recount why we love this event so much.

Wrestlemania started out as one man's genius vision. Vincent Kennedy McMahon's dream became reality on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York City as the first Wresltemania took place live in front of 19,121 fans and over one million watching via closed-circuit television around the United States.

Due to the success, it was clear Wrestlemania was in line to become an annual celebration. The first Wrestlemania catapulted wrestling into mainstream entertainment and cemented the World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) status as the leader in sports entertainment.

26 years later, Wrestlemania is still going strong and continues to be the mecca for wrestling fans everywhere. As many wrestlers and fans have attested to over the years, there is something about Wrestlemania that makes it special. There is a buzz in the air. It's electrifying.

Many of the current stars of the WWE grew up watching as Wrestlemania first started and now are achieving their lifelong goals of wrestling on the greatest stage of all, Wrestlemania.

We know it's special for the wrestlers, but it is just as special for fans around the world. Who can remember their first Wrestlemania or their greatest memories from any of the Wrestlemania's throughout the years?

Whether you are most fond of Hulk Hogan picking up and slamming Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3 in front of a record 93,173 roaring fans in the Pontiac Silverdome or Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in the epic "Iron Man" match at Wrestlemania 13. Everyone has one match, one moment they remember most.

For me, it was Wrestlemania 10 when Razor Ramon beat Shawn Michaels in the first-ever ladder match to become the WWE Intercontinental Champion. The moment when Razor climbed the ladder and held out the then two Intercontinental Titles out after defeating Michaels was amazing.

Traditions are also started by fans and wrestlers alike at Wrestlemania. Tradition has helped build Wrestlemania into what it is today.

From the singing of the "America The Beautiful" to the usual inclusion of famous stars, WWE has built upon tradition that started with the first Wrestlemania.

Fans also have built their own traditions around the "Granddaddy of Them All." From attending the event in the various cities to watching at home with family and friends.

For me, every year Wrestlemania is a chance to get together with old friends and watch an exciting, entertaining event that reminds us of our childhood and brings smiles to our faces.

So tomorrow, when you get ready to watch Wrestlemania 27, remember all of the memories that have been made over the years and let it sink in that tomorrow night could be your best memory yet.

What are your favorite memories from Wrestlemania? Do you have your own traditions that you take part in each year? Sound off in the comments below.