WWE 1985

[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania’ – It All Begins Here

Date: March 31, 1985
Madison Square Garden (Manhattan, NY)
Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

Every wrestling fan worth their weight in salt (or have watched any WWE Network doc about it) already know the story so I’ll just keep it brief: this event was a make it or break situation for the WWF at the time, with Vince McMahon leveraging his entire business on the success of this show. Luckily he already had a winning formula at the time with then-World Champion Hulk Hogan and their partnership with MTV so even though there was a chance for failure I don’t think it was as big of a deal as they make it out to be. I could be wrong though, I’m one of them there internet nerds writing compendium books. Whatever. Also if you can’t tell I’m stalling for time because oh boy has this show not aged well but I’ll shut up now and get to it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: The U.S. Express (Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo)

The Lineup

  • Tito Santana vs. The Executioner (*3/4)
  • Special Delivery Jones vs. King Kong Bundy (SQUASH)
  • Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne (**)
  • David Sammartino vs. Brutus Beefcake (*)
  • Greg Valentine [c] vs. The Junkyard Dog for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • The U.S. Express [c] vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • $15,000 Body Slam Challenge: Andre The Giant vs. Big John Studd (DUD)
  • Leilani Kai [c] vs. Wendi Richter for the WWF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (***)