the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels first of all
I was under the impression that this is a press conference to promote
WrestleMania 11 and not the autobiography of Big Daddy Cool diesel
so my past not being the business of anyone in this room with the exception
of myself I will start with the tenure of Shawn Michaels in a World Wrestling
Federation for seven long years I have excited the fans of the World Wrestling
Federation like no other man on the face of God’s green earth and there’s one
thing that Big Daddy cool and diesel and myself can agree on at WrestleMania 10
the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels literally risked life and limb for the
sheer pleasure and enjoyment of the fans of the World Wrestling Federation and I
did it because of the huge massive ego that I have but I also did it for the
love that I have of this sport granted whether you like me or you dislike me
the fact of the matter is you will not ever ever in your lives see a man more
charismatic more flamboyant or more talented than the Heartbreak Kid Shawn
Michaels and at WrestleMania 11 the World Wrestling Federation is putting
the past behind them we are about to embark on a new generation granted this
man to my left feels that he is the leader of the new generation that is
where we have somewhat of a conflict see big
cool had the pleasure of walking into the World Wrestling Federation and
latching on to the hottest commodity this sport has ever known that being me
while on the other hand yours truly worked his tail off and after like I
said seven long years and after going through 29 of the world’s greatest World
Wrestling Federation superstars I am now in the main event in the biggest
pay-per-view extravaganza that there can be WrestleMania 11 what I do is go out
there thrill people excite people beyond belief and WrestleMania 11 will be no
exception Big Daddy Cool I suggest you fill both gas tanks and be
ready to throw it into overdrive because the Heartbreak Kid is hot on fire and
ready to go and fans I guarantee you beyond a shadow of a doubt I will give
you a show like you have never ever seen before why because I can
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by leaving a comment in the comment section below! One of my favourite oldschool game I played a lot back in 90s was WWF WrestleMania – The Arcade Game. Yes, that’s game about wrestling, but it is more likely arcade fighting game. (American WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade game commercial) First it was released on arcade machines and then ported to home-consoles and PC. So, I wanted to play this game again and bought SNES version. But after starting the game I realised that I made a mistake. There are only 6 playable characters, in Genesis version there are 8 of them. I searched for some info on this and found out that Genesis version is the best. Other versions have framerate issues, lags and loading screens in the middle of a fight. Also, Genesis controller is the most similar to arcade one. As I said, it is fighting game, but some people don’t want to know what this game is because it has ‘wrestle’ in the title. And they miss quite nice game. The game is developed by Midway, developers of Mortal Kombat that is loved by many players. Now imagine that this gameplay is brought to ring. Even controls are the same. I think you would love it. In this version there are 8 playable characters. It’s not too much, but let me introduce them. Doink the clown, the most crazy character. He is sly and fights not fair. In real-life wrestling Doink is not one man. The first Doink was Matt Osborne, after that some wrestlers took the name of Doink. Razor Ramon or better known by the name of Scott Hall. Succesful wrestler famous for his addiction to drugs and alcohol He earned many rewards and notoriety. Undertaker, “He buries them alive”. His dark appearance of a real undertaker makes him really noticeable. Successfully continues his carrier of a wrestler to the present day. Yokozuna. This word refers to the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling. Actually, this wrestler is not Japanese but American. He is also one of the heaviest wrestlers in the history of wrestling. Unfortunately, he died from pulmonary edema in 2000. His weight was 680 lb at that moment. Shawn Michaels. He really likes to show how handsome he is. However, he is a good wrestler and continues his career to the present day. He is a real old-school wrestler. Bam Bam Bigelow, another heavy man. He loved fire so he made a tattoo of it on his head. Despite being quite heavy, he moves very fast. Died from drugs in 2007 Bret Hart, another very famous wrestler. He is also a writer and an actor. Stu Hart’s(Canadian wrestling Legend) 8th child. His brother Owen was famous wrestler, too. Actually, Bret Hart is born to be wrestler. Finally, Lex Luger, he can grow some metal things out of his body. Besides wrestling, played rugby. Nowadays appears in WWE with the name of Narcissist. Every character has many maneuvers, but there are less of them in manual instruction. Like it tells you to find them yourself. At this point those books with game secrets and cheat codes were very helpful. They made gameplay variable. With help of them we could hit with shock or tombstone and wrestling maneuvres. To perform them you need to grab your opponent by pressing (->)(->)(Z). Also, manual instruction never says you can do those things 4 times in a row. But to do more than one time you need to figure out what button to press. For example, choose Doink, grab your opponent and press (down)(down)(C) He hits opponent to the floor. Now, do it again but after (down)(down)(C) press (A)(A)(A). Doink hits 3 more times. It is more fun, isn’t it? That’s not all, the real fun begins after you have noticed that meter under health meter is filling as you hit your opponent. It is called combo meter. This information is also never mentioned in instruction, but as many maneuvers start with (->)(->), you will notice that (->)(->)(Z) when grabbed an opponent as Bam Bam Bigelow with full combo meter performs a fast punch streak. After this combo meter will reset to 0. Same effect as Shawn Michaels – (->)(->)(A), as Undertaker – (->)(->)(C). After some more hours you will find out something new. Every character has 2 basic combos. They are pretty simple. For example, Undertaker. (–>)(–>)(Z) – grab, then (–>)(–>)(C)(C)(C)(A)(A)(A)(X)(X)(X)(Z)(Z)(Z) and so on until the combo is over. All you need to do is to find the first button of combo to press and the direction in which you should press next buttons: clockwise or counterclockwise. These combos are very similar to Brutality from Mortal Kombat. The only thing is blood replaced with different things like skittles. Besides 2 default combos, there are some different ones. For example, you can press any other button while performing a combo or even more than one button. Doing so may finish combo with some different action or the character will uppercut the opponent into the skies. When I was young I wrote down all combos I found myself. At that moment I had already discovered 17 different combos for Razor Ramon. Now imagine, how insane cooperative mode is. But you need not to mess with each other. The instruction is not much informative, but there is something interesting at the very last page: you can order video guide on VHS for $15. A copy of this VHS is really hard to find these days, but the real fan won’t stop before anything. Actually, there is not too much information, too. The video lasts less than 20 minutes. There are some combos that I never heard about. And the most interesting is unique video about creating the game. According to the video Bret Hart was in charge. Actually, he did some random stuff. All the content of this VHS will be uploaded on this site. Unforunately, some things from arcade version were cut. In that version every character has an ending after completing the tournament. Backstory of them, like in Mortal Kombat. There was even FATALITY! You get it? FATALITY! Actually, only one and it was performed only by Undertaker: (down)(up)(down)(up)(punch) According to some rumors, Midway were up to make Fatality for all of the characters but for unknown reason they were not allowed to do this. There were many rumors on this game. For example, in Genesis/MegaDrive version you could also perform that Fatality. But after numerous tries, I couldn’t. Yokozuna and Doink had Fatalities, someone officially said there was secret wrestler. And nothing of this was never confirmed. As I was gathering info, I found something interesting on Wikipedia. The game has a sequel. WWF in Your House. Immediately I found an intro video and… I wasn’t up to see gameplay, I just ordered a game and in 3 weeks it was delivered 10 playable character(7 of them are brand new), Fatalities, Season mode and multiplayer. Oh yeah. What a rant. The game was hilarious on all platforms: Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC. In this game some cool wrestlers such as British Bulldog, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Owen Hart made appearance. Even characters from previous game are hilarious with the same combos. There are power-up’s all over the ring and they spoil the game. Because they appear suddenly and if you get it in the middle of a combo you get stunned and the opponent freely hits you. Every character has its own ring in the style of one. Most of them are ridiculous, audience repeat the same animation every 2 seconds. There are even the same people on the screen. Background music acts really weird. Sometimes it plays, sometimes it doesn’t. Voice acting is terrible. The most terrible is “Pin him”. Just listen to it. I think voice actors were about 10 years old or drunk men. The real voice actors were Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler from the arcade game Sometimes someone on the background says “What were they thinking?” Yes, Acclaim what were you thinking when created this game? Health is lower and recovery from stun punches is longer. That’s why fights became shorter. And the loading screen between them are annoying. It was also a problem of games on CD. Even if there are more than 4 players every character will load in the middle of a fight before joining the game. It doesn’t matter whether you are performing a combo or out of health. With the fact of this playing using Multi-Tab is not considered. Now, Season mode. I thought it was something with story, upgrades, fights on unusual levels, but it is nothing but “fight’em all including yourself” It is normal for arcade fighting, but not in Season mode, I suppose. One exception is Undertaker. Even the commercial was ridiculous. (American WWF in Your House commercial, 1996) So, here are some Fatalities or Super Pins as they are called in this game. This game is worth playing only to watch those clips after every mode. Ah…Rest on the shelf, boy. Thanks to Pavel Philyushkin for assistance with capturing the gameplay and all the staff of Level UP.
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– Man, you’re gonna have a hernia. – That’s one ugly dude. ♪ (ragtime intro) ♪ ♪ (invigorating rock music) ♪ – Wresting?
– WrestleMania. – WrestleMania! – (commentator) It was rock legend
Alice Cooper who was… – I heard about it.
I didn’t watch it. – (commentator) …his guitar player,
the amazing Nita Strauss playing WWE’s…
– I like the red suit. (loud boom)
– I would pay for this. – Oh, this has got
so much hype to it. Ohh! I’m here! – (commentator) Shinsuke Nakamura! Oh no! – (commentator) Wait a minute!
– Let’s do this! That’s gotta hurt! – See, that’s not fake.
Those falls are for real. – Oh, gosh!
That was so fake! – Ah, one, two, three!
You’re gone! – (commentator) And a class act,
Shinsuke Nakamura. – Be nice. Don’t do
something mean. Okay, good. – So now they’re friends again? – (commentators) Oh!
– Holy [bleep]. – Oh!
– That wasn’t fair. (laughs) – Oh, I loved it. (chuckles)
Especially the last part. – It’s supposedly fake.
If it’s not fake, it looks very painful.
I don’t like to see pain. – When television began,
there was a lot of wrestling on television.
And we used to just watch it and laugh, because it was so fake. – That’s what wrestling is all about.
It’s unpredictable. We used to watch it,
and that’s the beginning of TV. You’d be watching them,
and then go like, “Man, these guys are really
[bleep] each other up.” – I used to enjoy
some of the old timers. I remember one guy,
Freddie Blassie, used to be famous
for biting guys on the eye. And then there was
big Bobo Brazil, who was a huge guy. A wide variety of guys
like that that I thought were all just entertaining. – Wow! I recognize this guy.
He’s also an actor. – John Cena.
– John Cena. – Has a nice body.
– Wow, look at those pecs. – Oh! He just disappeared! – Oh.
– Oh, the Undertaker. – The good guy
and the bad guy, huh? – (commentator) Undertaker now looking
for a choke slam of Cena. Cena, though, go behind.
– Oh my god, where they grab him. (laughs) – (commentator) Cena can’t stop
anything, coach. If he wants any chance,
he needs to keep his foot on the gas pedal.
– (commentator) That’s right. – (commentator) Set up!
– (commentator) Oh! – (chuckles) It’s so funny. – (commentator) Cena’s going for a ride! – Oh, let me pull up the pants.
Oh, nice body slam. – (commentator) Undertaker! – That is so awful.
He could’ve broken his neck. – (laughs) And sticks
his tongue out. That’s one ugly dude. – It looks just about as fake
as something could ever possibly be. But these fake guys
are a lot of fun. – When you drop somebody like that,
it’s gotta hurt. And they have to know
how to do it. It’s pretty brutal.
You have to be in good shape. – People like it,
and it’s not as vicious as some other things,
like boxing. ♪ (distorted electronic music) ♪
– Oh, wow. Now, is this a woman? – Oh, now we have the ladies. – Charlotte Flair. – Charlotte, her dad
was a big-time guy. Was it Ric Flair? – (commentator) For 914 days,
Asuka has remained undefeated. – Undefeated. – Whoa. – (commentator) Getting that first blow…
– (groans) Wow. – (commentator) …to the lower back
of Charlotte. – Whoa! – (commentator) I’m beginning to believe
that Charlotte Flair… – Oh, they’re just
as vicious, aren’t they? (chuckles) – (commentator) Into the figure-four,
trying to break into the figure-eight. And there she does!
– Oh, well she’s got good flexibility. Check this out. – Oh, my nerves. – (commentator) …on her injured shoulder,
but Asuka’s still writhing in pain. – (commentator) This is incredible!
– That’s some pretty provocative positions there. – (commentator) Oh my god!
(bell rings) – (chuckles)
– She could’ve gotten out of that. – She put her in the hold,
and that was it. – (FBE) In the past,
the WWE has received criticism for how its female superstars
are portrayed. However, many have recently
praised the WWE, because they’ve toned down elements
of over-sexualization and focused more on wrestling. And they are now, for some,
just as popular as the men for their wrestling talent. So what do you think
of all the changes the WWE has gone through
in this regard? – (chuckles) This is toned down? It doesn’t look toned down to me. – I think it sucks,
because I don’t think women should do that at all.
I don’t think men should do it. – The only difference I see,
they got a couple of really tough girls out there. – It’s great that women
can do the same thing as the guys. That’s a good thing. And I like the fact that the men
were somewhat sexualized too. So if you’re gonna
sexualize the women, sexualize the men,
and then everything is good, right? ♪ (punk rock music) ♪
– Is that Ronda Rousey? – Ronda Rousey, baby! – And she obviously
has a lot of fans. – Boom, boom, boom,
boom, boom! – (commentator) Rousey, the rights
and lefts go to the midsection! – She’s a tough woman. – Oh, now she’s fighting the guy? – Oh, she’s gonna
take on the big guy! – (commentator) Rousey, unloading
on Triple H! – That dude is huge. – (commentator) …vicious assault by Rousey. – (commentator) Oh!
– (commentator) The Game is down! The Game is down! – Oh, my nerves. Pick him up and throw him down! – That’s amazing.
– Oh, man! You’re gonna have a hernia. – (Stephanie) My leg hurts! (screams)
– (commentator) Oh my god! Oh my god! Stephanie taps!
Rousey may have broken her arm. – You go girl.
I knew she was strong, but… – She picked up the man
like it was nothing. – It’s violence, and you wonder
why we have such a violent world. – (FBE) So the woman who just
won her first match in the WWE is famous mixed martial arts fighter
Ronda Rousey, who is one of the most decorated
female athletes of all time, having won multiple Olympic medals
and UFC championships. What do you think of her now
becoming part of the WWE? – I think it’s a step down for her. She looked good,
but she started to act. And she’s probably
much better in reality. – I don’t think
it’s a step down at all. I think it’s a step up,
because they’re paid well, and it’s entertainment.
– She is living her life, and if this is what she wants to do,
then let her. – She should do
whatever the heck she wants in whatever way she wants to do it,
and more power to her! – I’m for it. I didn’t know
she was that good. She’s better than I thought.
First I’ve ever really seen her. – I’m glad she’s venturing
into something else, because it keeps that money
coming into her pocket. – (chuckles) Oh.
That’s nice. – And now in the middle
of the audience. – (commentator) Lesnar with Reigns
on his shoulders. He’s not gonna do this,
not here! – Right on the table. – Oh! Oh my god.
Well, I hope that was a prop table. – Oh, jeez. Is that blood
all over his face? – All of this bloody-looking stuff
could be an indication that things have gotten too rough. – (commentator) Lesnar to retain!
On Reigns! Got it! (bell dings) – Well, I don’t think
there’s no phoniness in that fight right there. That was real, ’cause those guys
don’t like one another, and they’ve been fighting. – Wrestling may not be for real,
but it’s very entertaining. – I prefer the theater
or the ballet myself. Having said that,
it looks like fun. – (FBE) So those were all clips
from WrestleMania 34. – Okay.
– I’ve been watching wrestling since I was a kid.
– I did not realize it was this big, and this exciting! – (FBE) Well, the WWE has
been around since 1952 when televised professional wrestling
was among some of the first content to be broadcast on television.
What are your thoughts on professional wrestling as a whole
over the course of your life? – I think that it’s gotten bigger.
It’s gotten a lot flashier. It’s almost like a big party. – My brothers used to watch it,
and a couple of my brothers were wrestlers, but I didn’t like it.
I still don’t like it. – It’s entertainment.
It’s tough. A lot of it is showmanship,
but it’s… Not everybody can do it. – Television was just starting out, and I guess it was inexpensive
to broadcast, and that’s what was on. – It’s a lot of fun,
and the fireworks and the spectacle, it just keeps getting
better and better. My mom was a big fan,
’cause it’s like a soap opera. And that was true
from the beginning. – (FBE) So we wanna ask,
how many professional wrestlers can you name from any era?
– (chuckles) I can’t, period. – Dwayne Johnson, The Rock.
(ding) – I remember some guy
with long, blond hair. They called him… Hulk? – Gorgeous George,
that was an early one. Jesse Ventura. – The Hulk, The Rock,
and now Ronda. – Mil Máscaras, Freddie Blassie, Bobo Brazil, The Rock, John Cena. – Gorgeous George, John Cena now,
and she– the Undertaker. – Mark Henry. We know John Cena.
He’s everywhere. Jimmy Snuka, the Hart Brothers,
Jake “The Snake” Roberts, the Undertaker,
who’s a great fighter. – Triple H. Then there’s Hulk Hogan,
Rowdy Piper, André the Giant, Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon. His father actually started all this
back in the ’30s. – (FBE) So finally, WrestleMania
has been around for decades now. The show, over time,
has broken several attendance records, has seen many celebrities
make cameo appearance, and is, in many ways, considered
WWE’s flagship event. But despite the athleticism,
many find it foolish, feeling it’s too scripted
and quote, unquote, “not real.” What do you think?
And why do you think it’s been popular for so long? – You know, people want heroes
in their lives. And you get a hero
every time on that show. – Many things that are too scripted
and not real are perfectly marvelous and absolutely fabulous.
And none of these people should ever let anyone
dull their sparkle. – It’s more of a soap opera,
but some of ’em definitely work out to be in good shape, to be able
to do the theatrics that they do. – It’s been entertaining.
André the Giant went against Hulk Hogan
in the Silverdome in Michigan and 90,000 people there for it.
It draws. – Thanks for watching Elders React,
and shoutout to Sully Gamer. – Be sure to subscribe
for new videos almost every day. Shoutout to Jacky Cruz!
– Happy Rusev Day! – Hey, guys. Ethan here from FBE.
Thank you so much for watching this episode of Elders React.
And if you wanna check out behind-the-scenes content
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This is Golden Wrestling. You’re
listening to the first episode of the Rebooking The History series and in this episode i’ll try to rebook the very first pay-per-view event in the history
of WWE. From March 1985, this is WrestleMania 1. WrestleMania 1 wasn’t a great show in
terms of wrestling, not at all. The booking itself could have
been better in my opinion. Like I mentioned on the WrestleMania 1 episode of Reviewing The History, there were too many guys in in that show
that would brand new, like one month to the debuting viewing at WrestleMania. I think that unless there are special circumstances newcomers need to wait a
little before making an appearance at WrestleMania. So here I’ll be trying to book
WrestleMania 1. I’m only going to use active wrestlers at
the time of the event, but again, I’m not going to use wrestlers that
they’ve just debuted. So with that in mind, let’s go to the ring. The event would
consist of 9 matches just like the original. It was really
hard to find wrestlers for this show. The roster the time was not good,
especially since many wrestlers, most to them heels, left or weren’t
available in the beginning of 1985 examples are Adrian Adonis, Dick Murdoch
and David Schultz. After removing Steamboat, Bundy, Borne and The Masked Executioner who were too new at the time, it was really hard to find wrestlers for this event. The first match would be a tag team match between the team of The Junkyard Dog and Jimmy Snuka and The Moondogs. JYD and snuka were two of the top five faces at the time. The Moondogs, Rex and Spot, were one of a very few branded tag teams in the beginning of 1985. It was usually just two guys who kind of
decided to wrestle together. I think they would appeal to the
mainstream audience because they were very different from most of the wrestlers in the show. Anyway the two top popular faces win
this match by pinfall. I’ll let Snuka get the victory with its splash from the top rope on poor Spotty. It would start the show with a good pace. The second match would be a singles match between Brutus Beefcake and Rocky Johnson in which Beefcake would continue his undefeated streak and pin Johnson. I preferred the father of The rock over
the son of The Living legend, so David Sammartino won’t be wrestling here tonight as you can understand. The third match would be for the WWF
Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship between the champion Greg The Hammer Valentine, and Tito Santana. The Intercontinental
match in the original show was between Valentine and The Junkyard Dog. I think that in The Greatest Wrestling
Event Of All Time, we need to see the best possible matches.
There was an ongoing great feud at the time between Santana and
Valentine, so that should have been the match. That was a booking decision I really
didn’t understand. So I pulled out Tito Santana from the opening match against
The Masked Executioner, and put him in the Intercontinental
title match. As for the outcome, Valentine would lose as a result of a
disqualification so he could keep the title little longer. I really like the cage
match in with Santana actually regained the title, and more
important, there would be two title changes later on. I think two is
enough for one night. I will also note that I didn’t like the
fact that in the original show they put the top five matches last, and the first matches felt like preliminary matches on MSG
house show. So I changed that and put the title up as early as the third match. The fourth match is maybe the only one
with some sort of real creativity. it would be a clash of future Hart
Foundation partners, Jim Neidhart and Bret Hart. Bret Hart was a face at
that point, actually undefeated in singles matches on television. Neidhart was pretty new here, about two and half months in. Now, three weeks after WrestleMania was the first televised match of Hart and Neidhart
together. that match was taped even before Wrestlemania. If I’m not mistaken, there wasn’t any
buildup to the heel turn of Bret and the creation of The Foundation, So why not create one? In WrestleMania
they would wrestle for a time limit draw, 10 minutes I guess. After the match Neidhart and his manager Jimmy Hart would seem impressed by the young wrestler, and after a quick talk between them,
Jimmy Hart would try to approach Bret and offer him to join them, but Bret would reject, for now. This would go on for a few weeks on television when Jimmy and The Anvil would come to see
Bret in matches, and then finally we would see the debut of
the Hart Foundation. I think it would have been a nice angle. The fifth match would be for the WWF Tag
Team Championship, between the champions, Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo and the
challengers, Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. Even
though it was a shocker and I don’t wholly agree with the title
change in the original event, it was done beautifully and the match was very good. So with some hesitation I would keep
this match as it was in the original show, with the win and the championship for the
foreigners. The sixth match would be the fifteen thousand dollars slam versus
career match between Big John Studd and Andre the
Giant. The match, or to be exact, the final moments of the match and the aftermath, were a nice WrestleMania moment, so I’m not going to change the outcome. However, this was a very boring match and
it’s not like they couldn’t anticipate it. Therefore, I would add Ken Patera to the match. He wasn’t on the original show for some reason. He was the tag team partner at that time of Big John Studd and was also very active in the hair-cutting incident with Andre. So what I would do is have him come to
the match halfway through and try to interfere. Andre would block his attempts and send him to the floor and then slam Studd. It would be a nice small addition that would help make a boring a a little more interesting. The seventh
match would be Paul Orndorff and Don Muraco against Tony Atlas and Ivan
Putski. The last three werem’t in the original show and of course Orndorff was in the main event. This match would feature some of the
more well-known superstars over the last years, and would also serve as a
separation match between the Andre Studd match and the Rock’N’Wrestling Connection matches at the end of the show. Muraco was
climbing up the ladder again at this point, after a long vacation in Hawaii, and would
tombstone Atlas for the win. The eighth match would be
for the Women’s Championship between current champion Leilani Kai with her
manager The Fabulous Moolah, and challenger Wendi Richter with her manager Cindy Lauper. Basically it’s the same match from the
original card, when Richter pinned Kai for the title. Again, not a great match, but a nice
moment for Richter and Lauper. Just don’t botch the finish this time! The ninth and final match would be the
main event. It would be a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match
between current champion Hulk Hogan, with Mr. T in his corner, and Rowdy Roddy Piper with Bob Orton in his corner. Like I mentioned in the review, I don’t like non-wrestlers wrestling in any event not to mention in
the main event of WrestleMania. Also the main event should be a WWF
World Heavyweight Championship title match. So I would change the tag team match
from the original event, to a singles match between Hogan and Piper. Orndorff and Snuka would wrestle in other in the event. That leaves Mr. T and Orton in the corners of the champion and the challenger, respectively. The match would be full of interferences so
that Mr. T can have some action. Yes, I know that Hogan and Piper already
has a match at The War To Settle The Score, but they could have changed that.
Have Hogan wrestle Orton instead of Piper to set up this match. Anyway, in a similar finish to that on
the main event in the original card, Piper would put Hogan in a full nelson.
Orton would jump from the top rope but would hit Piper with his cast instead of the champion, and Hogan would pin Piper for the win and retain his championship. So that’s it for Wrestlemania 1. four
championship matches, two title changes, and birth on the Hart
Foundation. I would love to hear your opinions and
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Even if you’re not a fan of the WWE, you owe a lot to its success. Perhaps no league has permeated into every aspect of our society as much as WWE. I have to go back and do the other job that you have to do while being Governor. Because each other has got internship. I am the calvary. I’m going to put Ronda Rousey in her place. If you are a fan, we don’t have to tell you how big it’s become. But none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for one moment, one decision, one roll of the dice by Vince McMahon. Prior to 1982, the worlds of professional wrestling was defined by geography. The US was informally broken into territories, each with their own wrestling leagues. The WWE as we know it today was founded in 1952 by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt, as Capital Wrestling Corporation. For the next 30 years, the league was restricted to promoting matches in the northeastern US. Throughout his life, Vince McMahon Jr. watched his father and grandfather promote matches, in this strictly regional format. But the young McMahon had much bigger goals. Global Goals. In 1982, Vince McMahon bought Capital Wrestling from his father. He immediately began expanding. These established boundaries were the first to fall. McMahon recognized the power of cable TV and worked to get his programming on syndicated television across the United States. Next, he got some big partners, USA Network, and MTV. Together with MTV, McMahon created a concept which revolutionized the wrestling business. Something which was known as rock in wrestling. WWF was airing on MTV, and McMahon was doubling down on entertainment value. So, now you have this cool hip young audience, watching pro-wrestling, for some of them they’re young it’s the first time they’ve been exposed to it. It’s also a different sort of take on pro-wrestling where it wasn’t the big burly guys all beating each other up it’s more color and pizzazz and more character based stuff. Oh! And all the while he was assembling one hell of a team. They hired Hulk Hogan. Then he went and he took Gino Guerlain to Bobby the Brain Héenan, who is the top manager. He had his core group of guys and women that were already part of his company but he started pilfering from other areas and other territories and built the super roster. But all this expansion came at a cost. For McMahon to truly turn WWF into a national obsession, he needed to have WWF touring the entire United States. But their touring schedule and budget, were not sustainable. The belief is and especially among people in the businesses I’m with, this has to end, he’s going to run out of money, he’s going to hit the wall. But McMahon knew this wall was coming, and had a plan to break through. What he needed was capital and fast. So in 1985, he proposed an all or nothing gamble, a one night Mega Event, WRESTLE MANIA. For McMahon, it was the definition of go big or go home, and go big he went. It’s Wrestle Mania, get your ticket for the greatest sport entertainment for circuit TV spectacular for full time. He booked the most famous venue in the world. Next, he sought and signed some of the biggest stars of the time. Cindy was a hot star of the time. Mr. T, let’s get Billy Martin. We’re in New York, all right, let’s get the rock hits, and then we want glitz and glamour, we want over the top, we want large and live personalities, in that time period, who’s more large and live than Liberace. With all these celebrities involved, the media latched on. The hype was building. This is Wrestle Mania. This is the thing of today. Hulkamania is running wild. March 31, 1985, the event was spectacular. It was everything McMahon imagined, glitz, drama, chaos. Over 19,000 fans filled Madison Square Garden. But the truly important numbers came from outside for Pennsylvania Plaza. The event was seen by over one million viewers through closed circuit television. It was the largest pay per view wrestling event in the history of the US at the time. Between their marketing and their promotion, Hogan being involved and Mr. T, they were able to really draw people in to go see this. It was an event. It was wrestling presented at a higher level than it had ever been presented on a national level. All these factors just meshed together. Wrestle Mania solidified them as an entity, and once they were solidified, then the NBC deal came, then the paper videogame, then the talking became bigger, then the licensing became bigger. Wrestle Mania was the springboard. They leaped onto that platform, and with Wrestle Mania they jumped off, and that’s what really shot them to the stratosphere. For the next 14 years, WWF’s hold on the market tightened. In 1999, the newly renamed WWE went public. In 2004 WWE had a net revenue of $375 million, and by 2018 that net revenue shot up to $801 million. Today, when you think of wrestling, you think WWE. Just take a look at the WWE presentation techniques the Super Bowl has incorporated. So, whether you are a fan or not, WWE defined the sports entertainment and crossed into innumerable aspects of our daily lives. All of that comes from Wrestle Mania, because March 31, 1985, they either were going to hit the wall, or they were going to burst through it. They burst through it. But when you look back at that day, that could have been the death of the pro-wrestling industry as people know it, and instead it really was the beginning. Leave a comment, and don’t forget to like and subscribe.