The first WrestleMania, held at Madison Square Garden in 1985, featured colossal star power and significant events, including Hulk Hogan, Mr T and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The “wrestling craze” of the 1980s peaked at Pontiac’s Silver Dome in 1987 when WrestleMania III aired on a pay-per-view basis with a record attendance of 93,173, a record it held for 29 years until WrestleMania 32. Three years later ”Rocky III,” In 1985, Wrestlemania was established, and the main event came as no surprise. In 1987, WrestleMania III culminated in the iconic Hogan-Andre the Giant match, considered one of the most important matches in WWE history.
Although WrestleMania 3 is considered the climax of events, it continued to draw huge crowds in the early 1990s as Hulk Hogan faced off against a number of wrestling icons such as “Macho” Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior and The Patriot sympathetic sergeant. If you’re not a wrestling fan, you probably know that WrestleMania exists, but you link it to the past and to names like Hulk Hogan, who helped make the event popular in the 1980s. My interest in professional wrestling was long gone, but the heyday of the 1980s was an extraordinary time for the fans.
He had a great series of classic games at WrestleMania that were arguably the best games of every mania, starting with III against Ricky Steamboat, IV against Ted Dibiase to win the WWE title, VI against Ultimate Warrior and VII against Rick Flair. Hulk Hogan’s second reign in WWE lasted a year. It ended with his legendary WrestleMania 6 match against the Ultimate Warrior. This was a period in wrestling where the title reign was long, and while Hulk Hogan held the WCW title for a year between 1996 and 1997, nothing compares to the 4-year authority he had in the 1980s. When Ric Flair, a longtime legend who built a cult following worldwide as a travelling NWA champion, joined World Wrestling Entertainment, formed in 1991, many thought he would be Ric Flair against Hogan WrestleMania.
Hulk Hogan went on to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times and has the longest reign in the company’s history. In 1996, he resurrected his career by taking on the villainous image of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and heading the successful New World Order stable. As a result, he rose to prominence during the “Monday Night Wars,” another period of widespread professional wrestling expansion. He headlined WCW’s annual flagship event, Starrcade, three times, particularly Starrcade 1997, the most successful WCW pay-per-view history.
WCW didn’t have a big event like WrestleMania, and WCW didn’t have a WWE show in the late ’80s and early ’90s, so those memorable moments were rare. Andre was the first inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame, and he will host a Royal Rumble named after him at Wrestle Mania in his honour. Hulk Hogan’s victory over the Iron Chiefs at Madison Square Garden will be remembered for a long time as Andre, the Giant at WrestleMania 3.