As a wrestling fan, you must also be familiar with the eleventh commandment – Thou Shalt Not Miss WrestleMania! Riding the wave in the penultimate week gives us the opportunity to look back at some of the more memorable moments in WrestleMania history.
From recounting the times when WWE Superstars put on some of the best matches imaginable, to reliving some of the most memorable moments, we’ve recounted the instances every WWE fan should know about.
However, today, we give you five lesser known facts about WM – things you need to know about, if you’re a wrestling aficionado.
#5 WrestleMania on a Monday
There is a reason why pay – per – views happen on the weekends. Whether it is a Saturday or a Sunday, the fans have the option of staying at home and kicking back, watching some of the best wrestling action one could ask for. When it comes to WrestleMania, there is no greater spectacle, and the fans can relax and unwind, especially with today’s WrestleManias going for nearly seven hours.
However, for whatever reason, WWE aired WM 2 on a Monday evening! While the American audience was used to watching professional wrestling on weekends in the old territorial days, the company decided to air the second ever edition of WM on a Monday, which had a lot of people scratching their heads!
#4 The degenerates cursed
Triple H and Shawn Michaels gained notoriety in the 90’s for their antics on national television. Calling themselves “D Generation – X”, Michaels and Triple H did some of the most over the top, controversial segments, but at the same time, won over a lot of fans due to their edgy content. While Shawn became one of the greatest professional wrestlers to lace a pair of boots, Triple H now has the opportunity to spearhead WWE into a new era.
However, neither Superstar can brag about their WrestleMania record. While Shawn Michaels has already retired from professional wrestling, he lost 11 WrestleMania matches, with his last match against The Undertaker coming years ago. Triple H has lost 12 matches at WrestleMania, taking their collective loss – record to 23! With Triple H and Stephanie McMahon teaming up to face Ronda and Kurt this year, that number may yet increase, with the possibility of Triple H losing yet another match on the grandest stage!
#3 A magical moment for Seth Rollins
Seth achieved his life – long dream of becoming a WWE Champion, and he did it at the grandest stage. In fact, Rollins wasn’t even a part of the bout when it began, but the Architect cashed – in his Money In The Bank contract at WM 31, adding himself to the match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
As Rollins later revealed, going into the day of WrestleMania, he had no idea he would be cashing in his contract. Rollins was intimated about him doing the unthinkable during the second half of WrestleMania – when Seth was done with his match with Orton, and was already thinking about going back to the hotel!
The WWE officials then took Lesnar, Reigns and Rollins into a room to figure out the new finish, and Rollins, just an hour later, found himself hoisting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship over his head!
#2 The longest undefeated streak
The Undertaker was the owner of the coveted streak at WrestleMania – that was until he ran into Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. While The Undertaker’s feat would never be replicated, his defeat to Lesnar meant that the legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania was over. But there is one Superstar who is still undefeated at WrestleMania!
Rob Van Dam, the former WWE and ECW Champion, competed at WrestleMania on four occasions, winning all the four times. RVD’s unblemished WrestleMania record, at least for now, stands as the longest undefeated streak at WrestleMania!
#1 One for generations – Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels is a once in a generation Superstar. The Heart Break Kid has put on numerous quality matches over the years at WM, including his instant classic with Bret Hart in 1996.
What puts Shawn in a different category however, is also the fact that Michaels, who started competing in the WWE in the late 80’s, is the only Superstar to have wrestled at WrestleMania in four different decades – the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Shawn’s last match came in 2010, which, technically, constitutes as the 10’s.
While that’s just a triviality, Shawn’s legacy as one of the greatest will continue to inspire wrestlers for generations to come.