This Day in Entertainment History: Wrestlemania Debuts (March 31st, 1985)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

It has become one of the most popular professional wrestling pay-per-view events every year, and it got its start on this day in history in 1985.

With the growing popularity of the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-1980s, Vince McMahon launched Wrestlemania in 1985.

The pay-per-view event featured matches such as The Junkyard Dog versus Greg Valentine, and a tag team match involving Mr. T and Hulk Hogan. It was a big success on pay-per-view, especially in places where it could be viewed on closed-circuit television.

Future Wrestlemanias continued to grow in success, bringing in bigger audiences both in person and on television. Storylines throughout the year would sometimes culminate in matches at future Wrestlemania events, which would be held at various venues across the country and later, the world.

Many of the most popular wrestlers of their time would compete at the Wrestlemania, including, but certainly not limited to Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Andre the Giant, John Cena and many, many more. Celebrities from Vanna White to Donald Trump made various appearances as well.

Commentary for the first few wrestlers was provided by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura. Ring Announcer Howard “The Fink” Finkel is credited with coming up with the name Wrestlemania.

The thirtieth edition of Wrestlemania takes place April 6th in New Orleans.

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