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Professional wrestlers share their favourite Wrestlemania moments

The thirty-second edition of Wrestlemania goes down April 3rd 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?

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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.

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WRESTLEMANIA MOMENTS

“THE GENIUS” Lanny Poffo – FORMER WWE WRESTLER 

Lanny Poffo

Courtesy Lanny Poffo.

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.

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THE STRO – WCW WRESTLER  AND ACTOR

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Photo courtesy The Stro.

STRO: Some of my favorite Wrestlemania moments were from:

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

Note: See Stro in the film, Dracula’s War.

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“GOLDEN BOY” DONNY LALONDE – FORMER WBC LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION

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 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.

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“THE CANADIAN KID” STEVE MOLITOR (34-3-0) – FORMER IBF JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION

 

Former boxer Steve Molitor

MOLITOR: For me, it’s the good old days of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, my all-time fav!

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TYSON DUX – PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER 

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.

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And knowing how bad Shawn was hurt and how he still worked his ass off. Simply amazing stuff.

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ARTIE ARTWELL – WORLD CHAMPION BOXING TRAINER 

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Artie Artwell and The Big Show. Courtesy Artie Artwell.

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!

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JAIME D – PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER

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Professional wrestler Jaime D. Kenai Andrews/Kenai Andrews MMA Crossfire.

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!

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MELISSA COATES – PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER

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Professional wrestlers Melissa Coates and Nattie Neidhart in action. Photo courtesy Melissa Coates.

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.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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