WRESTLEMANIA XXX: Thirty years of the ultimate wrestling PPV

with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor)

On the 6th April 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the city of New Orleans in America’s Louisiana state, will play host to one of the most talked about and respected pay-per-view wrestling shows of all time – Wrestlemania XXX – also known as Wrestlemania 30.

The first Wrestlemania ever to be held in Louisiana, the monumental event, created by wrestling entertainments company WWE (Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment) will see old scores settled and old friendships broken as the locker-room roster amaze audiences with piledrivers and twists of fate as well as devastating and action packed 30-man battle royal. Two champions will also be putting their titles on the line as four hours of the ‘greatest show on Earth’ makes its impact felt thousands of miles beyond the squared circle.

(c) WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)/Wikimedia Commons

This show-stopping event, dubbed the ‘Show of Shows’ and ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All’,  has been one of WWE’s most successful PPVs to date. It began life on the 31st March, 1985 at the Madison Square Gardens in New York, where the headline was a tag team match between the ‘Hulkamaniac‘ Hulk Hogan and his partner and jewellery-laden star of 1980’s action series The A-Team, Mr. T. They faced a challenge from Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Fans who witnessed the very first Wrestlemania almost thirty years ago still now speak with fondness of the guest appearance by boxer Muhammad Ali and André the Giant decimating Big John Studd in a $15,000 Body Slam Challenge. André celebrated the win by sharing his duffel bag of cash with the capacity crowd in attendance.

Fast forward another three decades, and this year’s Wrestlemania promises to be as explosive as ever. A series of matches involving the many feuds and alliances on the WWE signature shows Raw and Smackdown, Wrestlemania tickets went on sale in the United States on  November 16, 2013, several months in advance, as WWE buckles down for a deluge of ticket purchases from its army of loyal fans. 

Andre the Giant applying a bear hug to Hulk Ho...
Andre the Giant applying a bear hug to Hulk Hogan in their WWF Championship match. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In January this year, Batista returned to the ring and won the 2014 Royal Rumble against overwhelming odds earning himself a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXX. Meanwhile, Randy Orton survived the Elimination Chamber while defending that same belt to clinch his place in the match in April at New Orleans. February saw the return of WWE legend Hulk Hogan, who fought at the very first Wrestlemania and is being tipped to host the thirtieth one. The Hulkamaniac soon got his new role alive and kicking when on the March 10th episode of Raw, he announced a thirty-man battle royal will happen to celebrate the thirty years of the event’s existence and in memory of the lofty man-mountain and seasoned French wrestler André the Giant. The winner of this epic clash will receive the André the Giant Memorial Trophy.

These are the headliner matches that will be taking place at Wrestlemania XXX (as of 30th March 2014).

In the run-up to the event, WWE will be hosting a special press conference which will stream live on the WWE Network this Tuesday from the Hard Rock Café in New York City  at 11:00 a.m. ET (United States Eastern Time). Reigning World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton will come face-to-face with his nemesis and challenger Batista. Fellow competitors Daniel Bryan and John Cena as well as show host Hulk Hogan and manager Stephanie McMahon will also be in attendance. The event itself will be prefaced by a two-hour ‘pre-show’ to get fans fired up for the big matches.

The first hour of the WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show will feature analysis of the action-packed card from a star-studded panel of Superstars past and present, along with on-the-scene interviews featuring Superstars preparing to battle on The Grandest Stage of Them All. The first half of the WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show can be viewed on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pheed.

Then, at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, the Pre-Show continues exclusively on WWE Network, where the all-star panel will continue to break down the stacked WrestleMania lineup. In addition, the action will begin with an exclusive Pre-Show Match! (WWE.com)

In the United States, Wrestlemania will be broadcast for the first time on the WWE Network service, a dedicated wrestling entertainment channel. It will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office and Sky Sports HD Box Office (priced at £17.95 for UK customers,  24.95 for viewers in the Republic of Ireland, for the whole pay-per-view).

 

SOURCES:
“WrestleMania XXX” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. LINK
“March 31, 1985 WrestleMania I” – WWE/WWE, Inc. LINK
“WrestleMania Press Conference to stream live on WWE Network this Tuesday” – WWE/WWE, Inc. (28 March 2014) LINK
“Watch the two-hour WrestleMania 30 Pre-Show on Sunday, April 6!” – WWE/WWE, Inc. (19 March 2014) LINK
“WrestleMania XXX: Watch Hulk Hogan host and The Undertaker fight Brock Lesnar” – Sky Sports/BSkyB (28 March 2014) LINK
IMAGE & VIDEO CREDITS:
“File:WrestleMania XXX Poster.png” – WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), Wikimedia Commons (22 March 2014) LINK
“File:Hogan and Andre.jpg” – codinghorror.com, Wikimedia Commons (24 October 2007) LINK
“Wrestlemania XXX: Top Matches/Match Cards + Promos – HDWWETitantronsV1”, HDWWETitantronsV1, YouTube GB (26 March 2014) LINK
“WrestleMania XXX all-star press conference” – WWE, YouTube GB (18 February 2013) LINK
“John Cena vs Bray Wyatt WrestleMania 30 Eminem Promo #2” – Hero83, YouTube GB (18 March 2014) LINK
“WrestleMania 30 Official Trailer” – TheOfficialSlimber, YouTube GB (17 April 2013) LINK

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “WRESTLEMANIA XXX: Thirty years of the ultimate wrestling PPV

  1. halfeatenmind March 31, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    CORRECTION: WrestleMania XXX was described as “three hours of the ‘greatest show on Earth’…”. In fact it is a four-hour long PPV show. Thanks to S. Atwal for the clarification. (Amended 31/03/2014 VS.)

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  2. pastiva April 1, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Te he nominado al premio Dardo es un reconocimiento a muy especial porque reconoce valores personales, éticos, culturales y literarios transmitidos a través de la escritura.

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  3. Russel Ray Photos April 3, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Only 30 years? I could have sworn I was watching it in high school but that would have been 41 years ago.

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    • halfeatenmind April 5, 2014 / 2:43 pm

      Wrestlemania definitely is 30 years old, I saw some of the original footage while watching another WWE show, although the franchise is much older.

      Vijay

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  4. BeWithUs April 3, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Hulk Hogan is still the best…LOL…Cheers!! 😀

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    • halfeatenmind April 5, 2014 / 2:50 pm

      Damn right lol, he has so much gravitas as a wrestler…awesome theme music too.

      HULKAMANIA is RUNNING WILD!!!

      – Vijay

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      • BeWithUs April 7, 2014 / 12:10 pm

        ლ(`ー´ლ) Yep! Yellow Hulk Rocks!! ლ(`ー´ლ)

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  5. Dilip April 4, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Wow this new for me but your write-up was educative. Thanks Vijay 🙂

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    • halfeatenmind April 5, 2014 / 10:47 pm

      Hi Dilip,

      Namaste!!

      I’m glad you have enjoyed this special Wrestlemania article. I have been a wrestling fan for several years (although out of the loop until recently) and come from a family of wrestling fans (even my mother sits down to watch it with us sometimes), but even when researching for the write-up, I learnt a few things I never knew before, especially the history of this pay-per-view. I think we both took away something from this 🙂

      thanks for your comment too.

      Vijay

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