http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a3/WrestleManiaXXIV.jpg/200px-WrestleManiaXXIV.jpg Promotional poster featuring The Big Marc, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the IWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship match participants
|Tagline(s)||"The Biggest WrestleMania Under the Sun"|
|Theme song(s)||"Light it Up" by Rev Theory
"Snow ((Hey Oh))" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
|Promotion||International Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||March 30, 2008|
WrestleMania XXIV[edit | edit source]
WrestleMania XXIV was the twenty-fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). The event took place on March 30, 2008, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida and was the first WrestleMania to be held in the state of Florida. It was also the second WrestleMania event to be held at an outdoor venue, with the first being WrestleMania IX.
Background[edit | edit source]
Event[edit | edit source]
Production[edit | edit source]
On March 21, 2007, a press conference was held at City Hall in Orlando, Florida, formally announcing the event for Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. According to an interview with The Daytona Beach News-Journal at the press conference, IWE chairman Grant Mayer mentioned Orlando being one of three front-runners to host the event, the other two being Las Vegas and Paris. Mayer explained that Orlando was chosen as geographically, a WrestleMania was never held in the southeast before.
As the second WrestleMania to be held entirely outdoors, Vince McMahon also announced that the show would have taken place regardless of the weather conditions. In the March 2008 issue of IWE Magazine, IWE set designer Jason Robinson revealed that a steel rig with a tarpaulin roof would be built above the ring itself to prevent rain from falling on the ring. In that same issue, an initial design of the ring setup was revealed showing a larger rig surrounding the tarpaulin rig, with lighting and two giant screens attached. The final design had the lighting and video screens on the tarpaulin rig, as well as the sound system. During an interview, IWE production manager Brian Petree mentioned that video reinforcement should prevent anyone's view from being obstructed by the steel structure. Up to seven generators were used to power up the show.
The set design for the entrance stage was at the north end of the stadium and consisted of another steel structure with various video screens hanging from it. The steel beams for the structure were custom built in Belgium and shipped over to Orlando. According to IWE Magazine, the amount of pryrotechnics used would be ten times that of the amount used on Meltdown. Without the restriction of a roof, the pyrotechnics for the show shot as high as as compared to WrestleMania 23's height of. The fireworks were set off from boats on one of the lakes nearby the stadium. IWE has been said to have spent an estimated $300,000 on the fireworks alone.
With the Citrus Bowl's locker rooms on the south side and the entrance set on the north side, a tented mini-city outside the north end served as the show's backstage area and included air conditioning, trailers, VIP areas, showers and restrooms. As a consequence, the road next to the north end zone, W. Church Street, was closed down until a day after the event. Numerous other roads were also closed to allow trucks and fork lifts to move in mega equipment for the event. The ring itself was built on the 50-yard line of the Citrus Bowl to give the best view for fans. Heavy-duty plastic flooring had been put over the field, to protect the turf, provide seating, and serve as the steel structures' foundation.
Development on the set design began in the middle of 2007. The building of the actual set began in the middle of March 2008. 100 people worked 16 hours a day to construct the set for the event. The construction finished on March 29. WrestleMania XXIV was the first WrestleMania event to be filmed in high-definition. It was also the first IWE show and sports related title to be released on the Blue-ray Disc format by IWE Home Video. WrestleMania also led to an increase in sales for musical artists related to the event, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers' album Stadium Arcadium, John Legend's's album Live from Philadelphia, Rev Theory's single "Light It Up", and Fuel's single "Leave the Memories Alone" (which was used in tribute to Ric Flair).
Pre-show[edit | edit source]
|Ring announcer||Tony Chimel|
Before the show aired live on pay-per-view, Chris LeGreca won a 24-Man Interpromotional Battle Royal, an elimination style match where the last person remaining was the winner, to win an XCW Championship match against Josh Nuss later that night. During one point, Brian Woods, Jose Serrano and Shane were eliminated, Chuck then threw Jamie over the ropes but Jamie ran over top of them, and because his feet didn't hit the floor he was not eliminated. Straight after that, Chuck kicked him off the apron. The event officially began with John Legend singing a rendition of "America the Beautiful."
Preliminary matches[edit | edit source]
The first match that aired live on pay-per-view was a Belfast Brawl between Danlay and John "Bradshaw" Goff, a match where there were no disqualifications or countouts and the match outcomes could have occurred anywhere. Danlay was accompanied to the ring by his storyline son, Hornswoggle, who was returning from a scripted injury suffered at the hands of JBG. Later on, Finlay tossed JBG through a table that he had set up earlier on the turnbuckle. Hornswoggle also got involved during the match by hitting JBG with a kendo stick, while later on JBG threw a trash can at him. Attacking Danlay's knee with a kendo stick, JBG delivered a Clothesline from Hell to Danlay to score a successful pinfall. This was an interpromotional match
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
WrestleMania 23 Results[edit | edit source]
1. The other participants were: Jared Keller, Collin McCullough, Deven, Jarred, Tommy Brown, Jim Duggan, Nick, Reg Hageman, Steven Murnion, Jesse, Brian Woods, Jose Serrano, Joe Smith, Shane, Phillip Legg, Jammy, Chuck, Mark Semmler, Dominic, Richard Veach, Sean McCurry and Jimmy
2. The lumberjacks were: Shannon Maynard, Nicole Bergman, Ashley Martin, Amanda Johnson, Courtney, Sari Pasma, Dixie Hooper, Katie Kapphan, Katie Barnahrt and Victoria Lehr