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WrestleMania has been the flagship event of WWE since its beginnings in 1985, and over the past 36 years has become one of the biggest annual fairs in all sports and entertainment.
This year’s event will be unlike any other as it will be held at WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in the absence of fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the circumstances are far from ideal, WWE still offers its fans something to enjoy Saturday and Sunday in difficult times.
While the size and scope of WrestleMania 36 is much smaller than the previous ones, everything that happens on this show will go down in WrestleMania history.
The show’s story is long and rich in history, and here is a closer look at three of the most impressive stats related to The Showcase of The Immortals.
Most wins in WrestleMania: The Undertaker (24)
No WWE superstar is more synonymous with WrestleMania than The Undertaker, and that has mainly to do with his unprecedented winning record.
He is 24-2 on the biggest stage of all, and it was only in his loss at WrestleMania 30 against Brock Lesnar that he lost at the event for the first time.
The Undertaker made its Show of Shows debut at WrestleMania 7 in 1991 with a win over Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and won its first 21 WrestleMania fights before dropping to Lesnar.
The Deadman has continued to compete in the WWE centerpiece since losing to The Beast Incarnate, winning against Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon and John Cena, and losing to Roman Reigns.
He did not appear at WrestleMania 35 last year, marking the first time that he was not part of the greatest show of the year since 2000, when he was absent due to an injury.
The 55-year-old will be back this year when he faces AJ Styles in Boneyard’s very first game. If the Phenom wins, it will improve its remarkable WrestleMania record to an unmatched score of 25-2.
Simply staying long enough to participate in 27 WrestleManias is an accomplishment in itself, but the fact that Taker won 24 of his first 26 games at the marquee event ensures his legacy will last forever in WWE.
Greater participation in WrestleMania: WrestleMania 32 (101 763)
WrestleMania 36 will set a new attendance record for the lowest attendance in the history of the event, as fans are not allowed to be there, but WrestleMania 32 was on the opposite side of the spectrum.
WrestleMania 3 held at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, held the attendance record for nearly three decades at over 93,000, but this record was broken at WrestleMania 32.
The show originated from the AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas. The place has been colloquially known as “Jerry World” since Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones commissioned construction of the state-of-the-art facility.
WWE took full advantage of the spacious building with a record 101,763 fans on board.
Members of the WWE Universe who attended in 2016 watched Roman Reigns beat Triple H for the WWE Championship in the main event, Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch to win the WWE Women’s Championship renamed, and The Undertaker defeated Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match.
While WrestleMania 32 may not have come down as one of the best of all time, it remains unforgettable because of the spectacle of it all.
WWE would undoubtedly like to attract such a large crowd in the near future, but for now it will work within the unique parameters set for it.
Most WrestleMania Main Event appearances: Hulk Hogan (8)
For nearly the first decade of its existence, the main niche of the WrestleMania event was dominated by Hulk Hogan.
He participated in the main event for each of the first three WrestleManias and eight of the first nine. His eight main events on The Grandest Stage of Them All are still an absolute record today.
The success of the first WrestleMania was largely based on the presence of Hogan and the famous guest MT Hogan and T then beat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in the main event of WrestleMania 1, and The Showcase of The Immortals was now operational.
Hogan also participated in the main WrestleMania event against King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Sgt. Slaughter, Sid Justice and Yokozuna. The only one of the first nine WrestleManias not hosted by Hogan was WrestleMania 4, which ended with Savage beating “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in the final of a tournament for the vacant WWE Championship.
Of the eight main WrestleMania events in which Hogan has participated, his only loss was at WrestleMania 6 against The Ultimate Warrior, reflecting the size of a star he was during that period.
Hogan, 66, is a WWE Hall of Famer due to his many accomplishments, and was due to be inducted for the second time this week as part of the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Tampa, Florida.
The COVID-19 epidemic postponed the ceremony, but WrestleMania continues in part due to the foundation that Hogan and many others have laid for the event over the years.
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