The 32nd edition of Wrestlemania goes down April 3 and as professional wrestling fans at The Crossfire, it’s time to take a look at the extravaganza that it is.
Toronto hosted two Wrestlemanias – VI and X8 – with both being considered memorable by fans.
But what about the wrestlers themselves? What are their favourites?
Wrestlemania weekend includes the Hall of Fame ceremony and of course, the big show. Announced inductees include The GodFather, Snoop Dogg, Stan Hansen, and Jacqueline.
Poffo: Wrestlemania VI in Toronto. Brutus Beefcake cut my hair. Now a quarter of a century later, my hair grew back and he’s balding. Karma?
Note: Lanny’s brother “Macho Man” Randy Savage also wrestled at Wrestlemania VI, teaming up with Sensational Queen Sheri (Martel) to face “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire.
Wrestlemania III: Jake and Alice Cooper, Piper/Adonis, Steamboat/Savage and Andre/Hogan
Wrestlemania IV: Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase tournament final.
Wrestlemania VIII: Ric Flair vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
Wrestlemania X: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels and Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
Wrestlemania XIII: Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Wrestlemania X7: Edge and Christian, vs Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boys
Wrestlemania X8: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, Undertaker vs Ric Flair, William Regal vs. Rob Van Dam
Wrestlemania XXI: Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
Wrestlemania XXVI: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels WrestleMania
Wrestlemania XX: Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H
Wrestlemania XIX: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
Wrestlemania XXIV: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
Wrestlemania XXVIII: Undertaker vs Triple H
FORMER WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION “THE GOLDEN BOY” DONNY LALONDE
LALONDE: I only went one time to a house show in Winnipeg. Other than as a kid in Vancouver a couple of times, my memory is poor on these. I do remember the energy and excitement being so high, I couldn’t believe it. I “got” what people love about that form of entertainment and never questioned it again.
“THE CANADIAN KID” STEVE MOLITOR (34-3-0) – FORMER IBF JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION
MOLITOR: For me, it’s the good old days of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, my all-time fav!
DUX: Wrestlemania 16: (Stone Cold Steve) Austin vs (The HeartBreak Kid) Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as the enforcer. Great match, loved it. Iron Mike being there just makes it awesome especially with the finish.
Artwell: My favorite moment at WrestleMania 24 was to see my client “The Big Show” square off with Floyd Mayweather (at Wrestlemania 24). Also I was amazed to see how many adults were just as enthralled with the event as the young children! Grown men crying and yelling Ric Flair’s signature “Woo,woo as his retirement was announced. A cornucopia of pageantry and wrestling entertainment!
JAIME D – PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER
JAIME D: Wrestlemania II – Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy steel cage match, Wrestlemania III, Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant with Hulk slamming Andre, Wrestlemania X8 – Hulk Hogan vs The Rock. Wrestlemania 28 and 29 – The Rock vs John Cena.
WHY: They made the most impact, most entertaining , most memorable and most exciting matches for me to watch!
MELISSA COATES – PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER
COATES: Wrestlemania V: I always loved the Hogan, Elizabeth and Randy savage showdown, I think they wrestled at Wrestlemania 5.
Wrestlemania XIX: I thought it was a very exciting and well put together match with a lot of cool styles. Always thought Stevie Richards backing Victoria (against Trish Stratus and Jazz) was a very cool reverse role thing to have in pro wrestling.