Review: WrestleMania 1 - We Have to Start Somewhere, We Have to Start Sometime

In celebration of WrestleMania XXX, I am going to review all 29 prior WrestleMania events over the next 29 days. Yes, I'm aware that I will be reviewing WM XXIX a few days before WM XXX takes place, but with my college and work schedule, it's this or not at all, so there you go.


Wrestlemania 1

March 31, 1985

New York City, New York

Attendance: 19,121

Well, this is where it all starts: Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show starts with Mean Gene Okerlund singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and doing a pretty decent job at it. From here on out, we go right into the matches, intermixed with backstage interviews hosted by Mean Gene and small segments with Lord Alfred Hayes, who has a face like Eric Cartman from South Park.

On with the matches! I'm going to do a similar style as Rex does in the Raw live threads, as it is simple and easy to read.

Tito Santana v. The Executioner

  • The Executioner is billed from "Parts Unknown," the first of two superstars at this show to come from "Parts Unknown."

  • Overall, this was a fairly short match that Santana mainly dominated. Executioner did get some offense in, but not much.

Tito Santana defeats The Executioner by submission to the Figure Four Leg Lock

    King Kong Bundy (with Jimmy Hart) v. Special Delivery Jones

    • This was a squash in every sense of the word. In fact, there were only THREE total offensive moves in this match: a bearhug into the corner, the Avalanche, and a body splash.

    King Kong Bundy ABSOLUTELY SQUASHES THE FUCK OUT OF Special Delivery Jones

      Ricky Steamboat v. Matt Borne

      • This was a very fun back-and-forth match, with both men getting in good amounts of offense.

      • There is a funny segment in which Steamboat mimics Borne's hip gyrations after Steamboat hits him with a big Atomic Drop.

      Ricky Steamboat defeats Matt Borne after the Diving Crossbody

        David Sammartino v. Brutus Beefcake (with Johnny Valiant)

        • The antics between Beekcake and Johnny during the backstage interview are pretty funny.

        • Brutus Beefcake is the second superstar billed from "Parts Unknown."


        • This was a very entertaining and technical match, with lots of holds.

        The match ends in a double DQ when all participants brawl in the ring. The Sammartinos stand tall after Beefcake and Johnny run to the back.

          Junkyard Dog v. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine

          • HOSS FIGHT! And a good one at that.
          • JYD's headbutting is really fun to watch. Also, the Valentine Flop is hilarious.
          • This was a fun match with an interesting ending

          Valentine wins via dirty pin. Junkyard Dog wins via count out after Tito Santana comes out to defend JYD.

            Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff (With "Classy" Freddie Blassie) v. Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo (With Lou Albano)

            • CHEESEBURGER TITS!
            • When Volkoff sang the Soviet national anthem, he got lots of thermonuclear heat, as expected.
            • This was a pretty fun tag match, and the heel team got so much heat.

            Sheik & Volkoff defeat Windham & Rotundo after Sheik hits Windham with Blassie's cane.

              Andre the Giant v. Big John Studd (With Bobby "The Brain" Heenan) - $15,000 Body Slam Challenge

              • Bobby Heenan's antics are awesomely hilarious, as always
              • THIS. IS. HOSSAMANIA!!!

              Andre slams Studd to win $15,000. Afterward, Heenan steals the bag of money and runs to the back with Studd

                Leilani Kai (With The Fabulous Moolah) v Wendi Richter (With Cyndi Lauper)

                • Cyndi Lauper looked quite...unique on this night.
                • This match was really nothing special. However, it was better than a large number of current Diva's matches.

                Richter defeats Kai after a messy cross-body reversal into a pin.

                  Mr. T & Hulk Hogan (With Jimmy "The Superfly" Snuka) v. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (With "Cowboy" Bob Orton)

                  • Personally, I don't understand the iconic status of this match. Sure, it's the main event of the first WrestleMania, but it's not that special to me. It was mostly a brawl.

                  Hogan & Mr. T defeat Piper and Orndorff when Orton hits Orndorff with his arm cast.

                    And that is the first WrestleMania. It was a generally entertaining show with a couple of really fun matches.

                    Therefore, I give this show a solid B+.

                    See you all tomorrow for Wrestlemania 2!

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