Ranking WrestleMania – Part 1

Ranking WrestleMania

Check out part one of our series of posts on ranking WrestleMania.

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WrestleMania 30 For 30 – WrestleMania 1

WrestleMania 30 For 30

As we discussed in the WrestleMania 30 for 30 preview show, we are dropping the first WrestleMania 30 for 30 show today.

Big D, Jason, and I discuss all the build up, hype, angles, and information from that time frame.

Check out our first WrestleMania 30 for 30.

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Video – Cyndi Lauper On Raw

Cyndi Lauper returned to Raw last night with Wendi Richter and Roddy Piper. They referenced an angle from 1985 that seemed to go way over the heads of the current fanbase. And, it was kind of hokey, but that was okay with me. Just loved seeing Lauper back on TV.

Here’s the angle they were referencing:

Captain Lou Albano Passes Away

I am sad to write that the legendary Captain Lou Albano has passed away. He was 76. Albano was a legendary manager who, throughout his extensive forty-two year career managed fifteen different tag teams and four singles competitors to championship status. Albano was one of the forefathers behind the 1980s Rock N Wrestling Connection with the WWF and MTV, working with Cyndi Lauper and is one of the key figures responsible for the WWF’s expansion from a northeastern territory to a national conglomerate. In 1996, Lou was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame.

Outside of pro wrestling, Lou will be fondly remembered for his appearances on various Cyndi Lauper videos, most notably the 12 minute epicGoonies ‘R’ Good Enough, from The Goonies soundtrack in 1985. In addition, Lou starred as the live action video game character Mario on The Super Mario Bros Super Show in the live action interludes.

I think I speak for everybody when I say that we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lou Albano.

NRBQ and Captain Lou’s “Captain Lou” song:

WrestleMania – The One That Started It All

WrestleMania 1 CoverOn March 31, 1985 Wrestlemania was born. It was born at Madison Square Garden in New York City. While history will try to say that this was a great, entertaining event, some near 30 years later, it’s not the best wrestling show you’ve ever seen. But for its time, it was built as something very special. It was glitz and glamor. The legend says that Vince McMahon put all of his money into the show and was either going to live by the sword, or die by it. As you can tell, they lived.

The show was an event that tried to make wrestling nationally mainstream. It had Muhammad Ali, Billy Martin, Cyndi Lauper, and Mr. T. It would be like Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Torre, Rihanna, and Vin Diesel being involved in a wrestling show today. It was Vince McMahon’s official statement that wrestling was no longer just a regional business. Vince was in New York City with Liberace playing the piano.

They worked with MTV to help with promotion. MTV was hip and on the up and up with pop culture America and it was the perfect launching pad. With Lauper in tow and MTV in their back pocket, they could market Hulk Hogan, Vince’s hand picked superstar. History may try to say that Hogan was the star of the show, but in reality, it was Hogan piggybacking Mr. T’s popularity to rise to stardom. Hogan was already a huge wrestling draw while working in the AWA, but his popularity there would be peanuts compared to what he was about to become. MTV and WWE put on a special show titled The War To Settle The Score which was recap of all the angles they did with Cyndi Lauper, Lou Albano, and Roddy Piper. Piper’s character felt that Lauper had no place in wrestling and the new Rock N Wrestling connection was ruining his business. It was an absolutely silly show. Kenny Loggins made fun of Roddy Piper’s skirt. Piper did not in fact get to make fun of his beard. Tina Turner thought Piper was wrong. Dick Clark thought Piper would get his. Hulk Hogan had to come and save the day. Hogan and Piper wrestled on the show, which set up the WrestleMania main event. It was set up as Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

From a work rate standpoint, this was a bad WrestleMania, but Vince didn’t set out to shock the world with a wrestling show. He wanted to shock the world with a sports entertainment show.

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