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WrestleMania!

WrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced annually in late March or early April by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE) (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation). The company regards it as the flagship event of WWE, as it is the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in the world. WrestleMania is nicknamed "The Grandaddy of Them All", "The Grandest Stage of Them All" and "The Showcase of the Immortals." The event was first produced in 1985, and, as of 2010, 26 editions have been held consecutively since then, with WrestleMania XXVII to be held in 2011.

Conceptualized by IWE owner Mr. Bayer, WrestleMania's widespread success helped transform the professional-wrestling industry and make the IWE the most successful promotion in the world. WrestleMania has facilitated the rise to stardom of wrestlers such as Martin McAlmond, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ryan Barnhart, Steve Johnson, Sam Simkins, and Triple K, amongst others. Numerous celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, Alice Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, Snoop Dogg, Raven-Symoné, Kim Kardashian, Mickey Rourke, Jenny McCarthy and others have participated or made special appearances in the events. The IWE's television shows are tailored to reach their climax at WrestleMania, which features matches for the company's championship titles, as well as specialty and gimmick matches. Participation in a WrestleMania match, and especially the main event, is considered by many wrestlers and fans alike as one of the greatest achievements and symbols of success in professional wrestling.

WrestleMania propels the worldwide commercial success of the IWE through media, merchandise and shows. All of the events produced have been sold out within a short period of time, with recent editions being sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale. The first WrestleMania was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City; the 10th and 20th editions were also held there. WrestleMania III in Detroit was the highest-attended indoor sports event in the world, with 93,173 fans in attendance. The record stood until February 14, 2010 when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game broke the indoor sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium. All but two editions have been hosted in U.S. cities—two having been held in Toronto, Canada—but the show is televised across the world via pay-per-view.

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Event Date City Venue Main Event
WrestleMania March 31, 1985 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Hulk Hogan and Mr T. vs. Roddy Piper and Paul O.
WrestleMania II April 7, 1986
WrestleMania III March 29, 1987
WrestleMania IV March 27, 1988
WrestleMania V April 2, 1989
WrestleMania VI April 1, 1990
WrestleMania VII March 24, 1991
WrestleMania VIII April 5, 1992
WrestleMania IX April 4, 1993
WrestleMania X March 20, 1994
WrestleMania XI April 2, 1995
WrestleMania XII March 23, 1996
WrestleMania 13 March 23, 1997
WrestleMania XIV March 29, 1998
WrestleMania XV March 28, 1999 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Union Center Sam Simkins (c) vs. Steve Johnson for the IWF Championship
WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond Triple K (c) vs. Sam Simkins vs. The Big Marc vs. Mick Foley for the IWF Championship
Wrestlemania X-Seven April 1, 2001 Houston, Texas Reliant Astrodome Shane Bayer vs. Mr. Bayer in a Street Fight Match
Sam Simkins (c) vs. Steve Johnson in a No DQ Match for the IWF Championship
WrestleMania X8 March 17, 2002 Toronto, Ontario SkyDome Sam Simkins vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Triple K vs. Kris McGowan (c) for the Undisputed Championship <
WrestleMania XIX March 30, 2003 Seattle, Washington Safeco Field Triple K (c) vs. Steve Britz for the World Heavyweight Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. BayerSam Simkins vs. Steve Johnson
Matt Borske (c) vs. Rob Truax for the IWE Championship
WrestleMania XX March 14, 2004 New York, New York Madison Square Garden Rob Lesner vs. Cam Dana
Chris LeGreca vs. Martin McAlmond
Brian McAlmond (c) vs. Matt Borske for the IWE Championship
Triple K (c) vs. Kevin Hunter vs. Ryan Barnhart for the World Championship
WrestleMania 21 April 3, 2005 Los Angeles, California Staples Center John Goff (c) vs. Dustin Simpson for the IWE Championship
Triple K (c) vs. Jesse Dern for the World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania 22 April 2, 2006 Rosemont, Illnois Allstate Arena Matt Borske (c) vs. Scott Wright vs. Kevin McAlmond for the World Championship
Dustin Simpson (c) vs. Triple K for the IWE Championship
WrestleMania 23 April 1, 2007 Detroit Michigan Fort Field Jesse Dern (c) vs. Martin McAlmond for the World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby (for Donald Trump) vs. Keith Coleman (for Mr. Bayer)
Dustin Simpson (c) vs. Ryan Barnhart for the IWE Championship
WrestleMania XXIV March 30, 2008 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl Josh Nuss (c) vs. Chris LeGreca for the XCW Championship
Kevin McAlmond (c) vs. Dustin Simpson vs. Triple K for the IWE Championship
Floyd Mayweather vs. The Big Marc
Chris Gomez (c) vs. Martin McAlmond for the World Heavyweight Championship
WrestleMania XXV April 5, 2009 Houston, Texas Reliant Astrodome Chris Gomez (c) vs. Dustin Simpson vs. Big Marc for the World Championship
Triple K (c) vs. Kevin McAlmond for the IWE Championship
WrestleMania XXVI March 28, 2010 Glendale, Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium Kris McGowan (c) vs. Chris Gomez for the World Heavyweight Championship
Jesse Dern (c) vs. Dustin Simpson for the IWE Championship
Martin McAlmond vs. Ryan Barnhart in a Streak vs. Career Match
WrestleMania XXVII April 3, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome Chris Gomez (c) vs. James Marlen for the World Heavyweight Championship
Martin McAlmond vs. Triple K
Joe Smith (c) vs. Dustin Simpson for the IWE Championship
WrestleMania XXVIII April 1, 2012 Miami Gardens, Florida Sun Life Stadium Sam Simkins vs. Dustin Simpson

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