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===Commentators===
 
===Commentators===
 
For five of the first six WrestleManias [[Gorilla Monsoon]] and [[Jesse Ventura]] served as the color commentators (the exception being WrestleMania 2, which was split among three venues and had Monsoon, Ventura, and Vince McMahon split up with guest commentators), while [[Bobby Heenan]] and others filled guest roles. For WrestleMania VII and VIII, Monsoon and Heenan provided color commentary. In the mid to late 1990s the commentator team comprised [[Vince McMahon]], [[Jim Ross]] and [[Jerry Lawler|Jerry "The King" Lawler]]. Since the brand separation in 2002, matches from the [[WWE Raw|Raw]] brand have been called by Ross and Lawler; the [[WWE SmackDown|SmackDown]] matches called by [[Michael Cole]], [[Tazz]], [[John Layfield|John "Bradshaw" Layfield]] and [[Jonathan Coachman]], and from 2006 to 2010, the [[ECW (WWE)|ECW]] matches called by [[Joey Styles]] and Tazz. At WrestleMania XXV the first three man inter-brand commentary team since the [[WWE Brand Extension]] was used, and consisted of Jim Ross, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Michael Cole. The following year Jim Ross was replaced by [[Matt Striker]] at WrestleMania XXVI. At WrestleMania XXVII Jim Ross returned to commentate, along with [[Josh Mathews|Josh Matthews]] and new SmackDown color commentator [[Booker T (wrestler)|Booker T]]; the sudden change of commentary was due to a singles match between regular commentators Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler. [[Howard Finkel]], who is credited with coming up with the name "WrestleMania" in 1984,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://radio.thescore.com/episodes/howard-finkel-raw-03282011|title=Howard Finkel – R.A.W. March 28, 2011}}</ref> has served as the long-standing ring-announcer and has appeared at every event, but since the WWE Brand Extension, [[Lilian Garcia]], [[Tony Chimel]] and [[Justin Roberts]] have taken over as announcers for their respective brand matches.
 
For five of the first six WrestleManias [[Gorilla Monsoon]] and [[Jesse Ventura]] served as the color commentators (the exception being WrestleMania 2, which was split among three venues and had Monsoon, Ventura, and Vince McMahon split up with guest commentators), while [[Bobby Heenan]] and others filled guest roles. For WrestleMania VII and VIII, Monsoon and Heenan provided color commentary. In the mid to late 1990s the commentator team comprised [[Vince McMahon]], [[Jim Ross]] and [[Jerry Lawler|Jerry "The King" Lawler]]. Since the brand separation in 2002, matches from the [[WWE Raw|Raw]] brand have been called by Ross and Lawler; the [[WWE SmackDown|SmackDown]] matches called by [[Michael Cole]], [[Tazz]], [[John Layfield|John "Bradshaw" Layfield]] and [[Jonathan Coachman]], and from 2006 to 2010, the [[ECW (WWE)|ECW]] matches called by [[Joey Styles]] and Tazz. At WrestleMania XXV the first three man inter-brand commentary team since the [[WWE Brand Extension]] was used, and consisted of Jim Ross, Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Michael Cole. The following year Jim Ross was replaced by [[Matt Striker]] at WrestleMania XXVI. At WrestleMania XXVII Jim Ross returned to commentate, along with [[Josh Mathews|Josh Matthews]] and new SmackDown color commentator [[Booker T (wrestler)|Booker T]]; the sudden change of commentary was due to a singles match between regular commentators Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler. [[Howard Finkel]], who is credited with coming up with the name "WrestleMania" in 1984,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://radio.thescore.com/episodes/howard-finkel-raw-03282011|title=Howard Finkel – R.A.W. March 28, 2011}}</ref> has served as the long-standing ring-announcer and has appeared at every event, but since the WWE Brand Extension, [[Lilian Garcia]], [[Tony Chimel]] and [[Justin Roberts]] have taken over as announcers for their respective brand matches.
 
==History==
 
 
===1980s===
 
[[File:B137.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Mr. T]] and [[Hulk Hogan]] at the first WrestleMania event.]]
 
The World Wrestling Federation staged the first WrestleMania on March 31, 1985 at [[Madison Square Garden]] in [[New York City]]. The main event was a tag-team match between the WWF Champion [[Hulk Hogan]] and [[Mr. T]], accompanied by [[Jimmy Snuka]] against the team of [[Roddy Piper]] and [[Paul Orndorff]], who were accompanied by [[Bob Orton, Jr.|Cowboy Bob Orton]]. The financial and critical success of the event secured the company's status as the most successful promotion in the [[United States]], rising above competitors such as the [[National Wrestling Alliance]] and [[American Wrestling Association]]. In attendance were business celebrity Sy Sperling and broadcasting executive Tony D'Angelo. WrestleMania 2 was held the following year and took place in three venues across the country. The [[Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum]] in [[Uniondale, New York]], the [[Allstate Arena]] in [[Chicago, Illinois]], and the [[Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena]] in [[Los Angeles|Los Angeles, California]]. They each featured multiple matches that led up to the main event; this saw WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeat the challenger [[King Kong Bundy]] in a [[Professional wrestling match types#Cages|steel cage match]].
 
 
A world indoor attendance-record of 93,173 fans was set at WrestleMania III, which was also the largest paying attendance in the [[history of professional wrestling]] at the time. The event is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the [[1980s professional wrestling boom|1980s wrestling boom]]. To make certain that every seat in the [[Silverdome|Pontiac Silverdome]] would be filled, the WWF decided to exclude the entire state of Michigan from [[pay-per-view]] access to the event, which made attending the event the only way for fans in Michigan to see it.<ref name="A Hot Ticket">{{cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/exclusives/wmiiirememberedp1|title=WrestleMania III remembered|accessdate=2007-03-08|archiveurl= http://web.archive.org/web/20070310162445/http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/exclusives/wmiiirememberedp1 <!-- Bot retrieved archive -->|archivedate=2007-03-10}}</ref> The event featured Hulk Hogan defending the WWF Championship against [[André the Giant]] and the [[WWE Intercontinental Championship|WWF Intercontinental Championship]] match between [[Randy Savage]] and [[Ricky Steamboat]].
 
 
WrestleMania IV was an all tournament event to crown a new WWF Champion. The second round of the tournament featured a rematch of the previous year's main event between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant while Randy Savage went on to defeat [[Ted DiBiase]] in the finals. The event returned the following year to Atlantic City, New Jersey for WrestleMania V, in which Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage for the WWF Championship Savage had won the previous year.
 
 
===1990s===
 
The first time WrestleMania took place outside of the [[United States]] was WrestleMania VI, which was held at the [[Rogers Centre|SkyDome]], in [[Toronto]], [[Ontario]], [[Canada]]. In the main event match, [[Warrior (wrestler)|The Ultimate Warrior]] won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan. The following year, the event returned to the United States for WrestleMania VII, which was originally scheduled to be held at the outdoors [[Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]]. The event was moved to the adjacent indoors [[Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena]] for security reasons related to the [[Gulf War]]. The event saw Hulk Hogan face [[Sgt. Slaughter]] for the WWF Championship, while [[The Undertaker]] made his WrestleMania debut defeating [[Jimmy Snuka]]. Since then, The Undertaker has been [[The Undertaker#WrestleMania record|undefeated in all of his WrestleMania matches]].,<ref>[http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/2009/06/01/rafa-nadal-and-sport-s-top-10-winning-streaks-115875-21406739/ Sports' Top 10 winning streaks] At The Mirror.co.uk</ref> The next edition, WrestleMania VIII, was held in the [[RCA Dome|Hoosier Dome]] with Macho Man Randy Savage defeating [[Ric Flair]] for the WWF Championship and Hulk Hogan defeating [[Sid Vicious (wrestler)|Sid Justice]] via disqualification.[[File:Undertaker with Fire.jpg|left|150px|thumb|[[The Undertaker]] has been undefeated at WrestleMania with a 21–0 winning streak]][[File:Shawn Michaels entarnce in WrestleMania 25.jpg|thumb|right|150px|[[Shawn Michaels]] returned from retirement in 2002 to consistently produce Match-of-the-Year candidates at the event – earning himself the moniker ‘Mr. WrestleMania’]]
 
 
WrestleMania IX was the first WrestleMania held at an outdoor venue. It was also the first and only time in Wrestlemania history that the WWF title switched twice. Yokozuna defeated Bret Hart to become the WWF Champion, only to lose it to Hulk Hogan. The tenth edition of the event, WrestleMania X saw its return to Madison Square Garden. The event featured [[Owen Hart]] defeating his elder brother Bret; a [[ladder match]] for the WWF Intercontinental Championship also headlined, in which [[Scott Hall (wrestler)|Razor Ramon]] defeated [[Shawn Michaels]]. Bret having been defeated earlier won the WWF title from Yokozuna in the main event. Bret is the only wrestler in Wrestlemania history to lose his first match and come back to win the WWF title in the main event. Michaels defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Championship in a 60-minute [[Iron Man match]] at WrestleMania XII. The match is considered to be one of the best matches in the history of the event. The event also saw the return of the Ultimate Warrior who defeated [[Triple H|Hunter Hearst Helmsley]] (later known as Triple H) in the latter's WrestleMania debut. The following year at WrestleMania 13, a [[Professional wrestling#Submission|submission match]] pitted Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin against one another in a bout that received much acclaim and The Undertaker defeated Psycho Sid for the WWF Championship in the main event.
 
 
At WrestleMania XIV, [[Stone Cold Steve Austin]] defeated Shawn Michaels to become the new WWF Champion in a match that featured [[Mike Tyson]] serving as the special enforcer. Although Tyson had been aligned with Michaels and his [[Glossary of professional wrestling terms#Stable|stable]] [[D-Generation X]], Tyson revealed to have been aligned with Austin all along as he personally counted the pinfall and declared Austin the winner. [[The Undertaker]] and [[Kane (wrestler)|Kane]] fought for first time at this event where The Undertaker won. The event became known for starting "[[The Attitude Era]]." The following year at [[WrestleMania XV]], Austin defeated [[Dwayne Johnson|The Rock]] to regain the WWF Championship. The event featured the first of many encounters at WrestleMania between Steve Austin and The Rock in the rivalry of the two most prominent and popular stars of The Attitude Era.
 
 
===2000s===
 
WrestleMania 2000 featured the first ever Triangle Ladder match for the [[World Tag Team Championship (WWE)|WWF Tag Team Championship]], involving the [[Hardy Boyz]], the [[Dudley Boyz]] and [[Edge and Christian]]. The main event featured the WWF Champion [[Triple H]] successfully defending his title in a fatal four way match against three challengers: [[Dwayne Johnson|The Rock]], [[Big Show|The Big Show]] and [[Mick Foley]]. This match was billed as having 'a McMahon in every corner' as Triple H was accompanied by [[Stephanie McMahon]], The Rock by [[Vince McMahon]], The Big Show by [[Shane McMahon]] and Mick Foley by [[Linda McMahon]].
 
 
At WrestleMania X-Seven, [[Stone Cold Steve Austin]] defeated The Rock and regained the WWF Championship. The event also featured Vince and Shane McMahon in a [[Professional wrestling match types#Street Fight|Street Fight]], while Edge and Christian won the WWF Tag Team Championship against the Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz in the second [[Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match]]. The event was the pinnacle of the 1990s wrestling boom, concluding [[The Attitude Era]]. It was also the first WrestleMania held after the dissolution of the company's rival, [[World Championship Wrestling]] (WCW) and the [[Monday Night Wars]]. WrestleMania X8 was the last WrestleMania to be produced under the WWF name and featured Triple H defeating Chris Jericho to win the [[WWE Championship|Undisputed Championship]]. Steve Austin, The Rock and The Undertaker defeated Scott Hall with Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair respectively, all whom had rejoined the company after their stints with WCW. WrestleMania XIX saw Steve Austin's last match to date as he faced The Rock for a third time at WrestleMania, ending their long-running feud. Hulk Hogan defeated Vince McMahon and [[Shawn Michaels]] participated in his first WrestleMania match in five years, defeating [[Chris Jericho]]. The [[World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)|World Heavyweight Championship]] was defended for the first time at the event with Triple H retaining against [[Booker T (wrestler)|Booker T]], while [[Brock Lesnar]] defeated Kurt Angle to win the [[WWE Championship]].
 
 
World Wrestling Entertainment celebrated the twentieth edition of WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden with WrestleMania XX. The event featured The Undertaker (who returned to his Deadman persona) defeating the unmasked [[Kane (wrestler)|Kane]] in their second encounter and the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship victories of [[Eddie Guerrero]] and [[Chris Benoit]], respectively with Guerrero defeating Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Championship and Benoit defeating Triple H and Shawn Michaels to win the World Heavyweight Championship. The event also featured the [[Rock 'n' Sock Connection]]The Rock and Mankind/Mick Foley versus [[Dave Batista|Batista]], [[Randy Orton]], and Ric Flair of [[Evolution (professional wrestling)|Evolution]] where this 2-on-3 handicap match saw The Rock's last match for over seven years, as well as Steve Austin as the guest referee in an interpromotional singles match between the departing superstars Brock Lesnar (who would return to the company eight years later) and [[Bill Goldberg]]. The [[WWE Hall of Fame]] was reintroduced with an annual induction show held the night before WrestleMania.
 
 
At WrestleMania 21, the concept of the [[Money in the Bank ladder match]] was introduced as a six-man [[ladder match]] that featured a briefcase suspended above the ring containing a contract that guaranteed the winning [[WWE Raw|Raw]] brand participant a world title match at any time and place of their choosing within one year up to the next year's WrestleMania. In the main events, the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship passed on to [[John Cena]] and [[Dave Batista|Batista]] respectively by defeating [[John Layfield|John "Bradshaw" Layfield]] and Triple H in their respective matches. Eddie Guerrero's last WrestleMania match took place at WrestleMania 21 against Rey Mysterio as he died later that year. The event also featured the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin after a year long hiatus, while Kurt Angle defeated Shawn Michaels in a highly acclaimed match. The Money in the Bank ladder match was also held at WrestleMania 22 as a six-man [[WWE Brand Extension|interpromotional]] match where the winner would get a world title match of their choosing, regardless of the brand they were on. At WrestleMania 23, the Money in the Bank match expanded to include eight men and would include stars from the revived [[ECW (WWE)|ECW]] brand. John Cena would go on to retain his WWE Championship at both WrestleMania 22 and 23, while the same events would see [[Rey Mysterio]] and The Undertaker win the World Heavyweight Championship respectively. Representing [[Donald Trump]], ECW World Champion [[Bobby Lashley]] defeated [[Umaga (wrestler)|Umaga]], who represented Vince McMahon, in a match billed as the "battle of the billionaires" and arbitrated by Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 23.
 
 
At WrestleMania XXIV, Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair in a highly acclaimed match, while the Money in the Bank ladder match included seven participants from all three brands. The [[ECW World Heavyweight Championship|ECW Championship]] was defended for the only time at a WrestleMania event, when [[Kane (wrestler)|Kane]] emerged as the new ECW Champion in a record 8 seconds, while [[Randy Orton]] retained the WWE Championship and [[The Undertaker]] won the World Heavyweight Championship for the second consecutive year, defeating [[Edge (wrestler)|Edge]]. In an encounter that featured major media coverage, boxing world champion [[Floyd Mayweather, Jr.]] defeated [[Big Show|The Big Show]]. The event was the second WrestleMania to be held at an outdoor venue. WrestleMania XXV featured Chris Jericho defeating WWE Hall of Famers [[Roddy Piper]], [[Jimmy Snuka]], and [[Ricky Steamboat]] in a match that featured appearances by Ric Flair and actor [[Mickey Rourke]]. Shawn Michaels unsuccessfully attempted to hand The Undertaker his first defeat at a WrestleMania in an acclaimed match, and the [[WWE Intercontinental Championship]] was defended at the event for the first time since WrestleMania X8 with Rey Mysterio defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield. John Cena defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship also involving The Big Show, while Triple H retained the WWE Championship against [[Randy Orton]].
 
 
===2010s===
 
At [[WrestleMania XXVI]], the professional wrestling career of [[Shawn Michaels]] came to an end as he faced [[The Undertaker]] in a highly acclaimed re-match of their encounter from the previous year. The event also featured [[John Cena]] winning the WWE Championship and [[Chris Jericho]] retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. Following [[Bret Hart]]'s return to WWE in over twelve years since the [[Montreal Screwjob]] incident, Bret Hart defeated Vince McMahon in a [[Professional wrestling match types|No-Holds Barred match]] with members of the [[Hart wrestling family]] present.
 
 
[[WrestleMania XXVII]] featured the return of [[Dwayne Johnson|The Rock]] following a seven-year hiatus to serve as [[Master of ceremonies|host]] for the event. [[Trish Stratus]] competed in her first WrestleMania since the twenty-second edition, teaming with [[John Morrison (wrestler)|John Morrison]] and [[Jersey Shore (TV series)|Jersey Shore's]] [[Snooki|Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi]] to defeat [[LayCool]] and [[Dolph Ziggler]]. Longtime WWE announcers [[Michael Cole]] and [[Jerry Lawler]] brawled in a match officiated by [[Stone Cold Steve Austin]], while [[Triple H]] failed in his attempt to avenge Shawn Michaels' loss to The Undertaker from a year prior. This was the first WrestleMania in history in which both the World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Champion were able to successfully retain their titles. World Heavyweight Champion Edge defeated the challenger [[Alberto Del Rio]] in what would be Edge's last match before his retirement on April 11, and The Rock closed out the event saluting the fans after laying out John Cena and [[The Miz]] with the [[Finisher (wrestling)|signature move]] [[Side Slam|Rock Bottom]] following Miz retaining the WWE Championship. This incident would set up the main event for the following year's WrestleMania.
 
 
[[WrestleMania XXVIII]] had three "main event" matches. In the first main event, The Undertaker defeated Triple H in a [[Hell in a Cell]] match via pinfall, officiated by WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, extending his Wrestlemania streak to 20–0. The second main event featured [[CM Punk]] retaining the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho, via submission.<ref name=SlamWM28>{{cite web|url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2012/03/29/19565496.html|title=Highs Taker-HHH, Cena-Rock and Punk-Jericho overcome plenty of lows at WrestleMania XXVIII|last=Plummer|first=Dale|publisher=Canadian Online Explorer|accessdate=2012-04-01}}</ref> The third main event featured The Rock defeating John Cena via pinfall in a "Once in a Lifetime" match, announced a year in advance.
 
 
In 2013, [[WrestleMania 29]] had 80,676 fans in attendance, becoming the second-highest attended WrestleMania ever. This WrestleMania had three main events. The first saw The Undertaker extend his undefeated streak to 21-0 by defeating CM Punk. Triple H, with the help of Shawn Michaels, defeated [[Brock Lesnar]] in a No Holds Barred match; had Triple H lost, he would have had to retire from in-ring competition. In the final match, John Cena avenged his loss from the previous year by defeating The Rock for the WWE Championship, winning the title a record [[List of WWE Champions|11th time]]. Other matches included Alberto Del Rio successfully defending his [[World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)|World Heavyweight Championship]] against [[Jack Swagger]], and [[Fandango]] pulling off an upset by defeating [[Chris Jericho]].
 
 
[[WrestleMania XXX]] will be the 30th annual WrestleMania [[professional wrestling]] [[pay-per-view]] (PPV) event produced by [[WWE]], to be held on April 6, 2014 at the [[Mercedes-Benz Superdome]] in [[New Orleans]], [[Louisiana]]. The event will be the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of [[Louisiana]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20130218/SPORTS/130218015/Pontiac-host-WrestleMania-XXX?nclick_check=1 |title=New Orleans to host WrestleMania XXX |author=<!--Staff writer(s); no by-line.--> |date=February 18, 2013 |work= |publisher=Shreveport Times |accessdate=18 February 2013}}</ref>
 
 
On December 9, 2013, it was confirmed that [[Levi's Stadium]] will host WrestleMania 31, on March 29, 2015. This will mark the first time WrestleMania is hosted in Northern California. <ref >name=WM31>{{cite web|url=http://podcastone.com/Steve-Austin-Show-Clean|title=Cena reveals WrestleMania 31 to be in San Francisco 49ers new stadium|last=Austin|first=Steve|publisher=The Steve Austin Show|accessdate=2014-02-19}}</ref>
 
   
 
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