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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/36/WrestleMania.jpg/200px-WrestleMania.jpg Promotional poster featuring Hulk Hogan and Mr. T

Tagline(s) The Greatest Wrestling Event of All Time!
Promotion International Wrestling Federation
Date March 31, 1985
Attendance 19,121
Venue Madison Square Guarden
City New York, New York
Pay-per-view chronology
First WrestleMania The Wrestling Classic
WrestleMania chronology
First WrestleMania WrestleMania 2

WrestleMania (chronologically known as WrestleMania I) was the first WrestleMania professional wrestling event produced by the International Wrestling Federation. It took place on March 31, 1985, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The attendance for the event was 19,121 fans. The event was viewed by over one million fans through closed-circuit television, making it the largest showing of an event on closed-circuit television in the United States at the time. The event was the start of the Rock 'n' Wrestling gimmick, which brought together professional wrestling and the music industry, and matches aired on MTV during the build up to the event.

The show featured nine professional wrestling matches. The main event match pitted Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Hogan won the match after interference from "Cowboy" Brian McAlmond. Also at the event, Wendi Richter defeated Leilani Kai for the IWF Women's Championship and Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated The U.S. Express (Liam Brandscum and Barry W.) to win the IWF Tag Team Championship.

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# Results Stipulations
1 Liam Phillips defeated The Executioner Singles match
2 King Kong Russell defeated Special Delivery Zack Singles match
3 Ricky Steamboat defeated Matt Borske Singles match
4 David Aldrich fought Ryan Gleason to a double disqualification Singles match
5 The Meanyard Dog defeated Greg Beasly by count-out Singles match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship
6 Nikolai Volkoff and The Sheik defeated Brandon Brandscum and Kim Berry (c) Tag Team match for the IWF Tag Team Championship
7 Andre the Giant defeated Big John Baby $15,000 Body Slam Match
8 Breanne Davis defeated Alyssa Driver (c) Singles match for the IWF Women's Championship
9 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeated Roddy Piper and Paul O' Tag Team match with special guest referee Muhammad Ali