We’re just a few weeks away from WrestleMania 34, the biggest night of the year for a wrestling fan. Multiple promotions and fan conventions gather for the WrestleMania weekend, which usually witnesses wrestling fans from all over the globe converge for the extravaganza. It also brings massive amounts of revenue for the cities hosting the event, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the world.
At WM 34, the biggest stars come under one roof to put on the most memorable night in recent memory. The greatest stars grace the wrestling ring, while legends get to meet their fans at the expos and conventions. It’s a celebration that the fans look forward to, and save money throughout the year so that they can enjoy the festivities.
As we get closer to WM 34, we decided to take a look at the top five WrestleMania facts every WWE and wrestling fan should know.
#1 Triple H and his dubious record
The King of Kings has been an integral part of WrestleMania for decades. While his initiation against The Ultimate Warrior wasn’t the best of starts, Triple H has since won and lost world titles at the grandest stage. The Cerebral Assassin might be semi – retired, but is set to compete at WM 34 with Stephanie McMahon, against Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey.
Which makes his dubious record all the more important. Triple H has lost more matches at WrestleMania than anyone else! In recent years, Triple H has faced – and lost – to Superstars including Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, and has won just one match over the past four years, against Sting.
If Triple H loses his match at WrestleMania this year, he would have lost four out of five encounters at WrestleMania, falling further down the order.
#2 Goldust’s unflattering WrestleMania record
The Golden Superstar has been with the WWE as long as Triple H. Goldust has won numerous tag team titles and singles titles in the company, but has never successfully ascended the ladder in the company. While he has certainly been an entertainer, his WrestleMania record won’t flatter his glittering career.
Goldust has lost the most number of matches consecutively at WrestleMania – a record he shares with former WWE Superstar Tito Santana. Goldust has lost seven matches on the bounce at the Showcase of the Immortals. In fact, Goldust has never won a bout at WrestleMania!
While he would want to put that to rest, it looks highly unlikely, with the Superstar set to play no memorable part at this year’s WM 34.
#3 The legend of The Undertaker
If we think of WrestleMania, no other name except for The Undertaker’s can be associated with the event. While Shawn Michaels was called ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ by some fans, no Superstar deserves more respect and admiration than The Undertaker, especially for his part in making the event such a massive spectacle.
For over two decades, The Undertaker’s legendary streak shined as the crown jewel of WrestleMania. When Taker lost his first WrestleMania match at the hands of Brock Lesnar, that did not take anything away from his accomplishments at the grandest stage. By giving The Undertaker’s legacy a more human touch, the aura of The Deadman has only grown over the years.
The Undertaker also holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at WrestleMania, appearing in the last 18 editions. While Taker isn’t scheduled for this year’s spectacle yet, he is expected to face John Cena at WM 34.
#4 The Rock and his arch nemesis
The storied rivalry between The Rock and Steve Austin has long achieved legendary status. The ardent WWE fans need no reminders about the instant classics the two Superstars were involved in, with The Rattlesnake getting the better of his nemesis on most of the occasions. However, WrestleMania has been good to ‘The Great One’.
The Rock has managed to pick up a pin fall victory in a one – on – one match against Austin only once, and that came at WM 19. This was also the swan song for both of their WWE careers, as Austin soon retired from the WWE, while The Rock began focusing on his Hollywood career.
#5 The longest and shortest matches in WrestleMania history
They say you need to make the most of the time you’re given in professional wrestling. Especially at WrestleMania, where Superstars aren’t given longer air time unless you’ve paid your dues, and are headlining the card, the performers need to make the most of the opportunity.
The shortest match in WrestleMania history however involves The Rock! The Brahma Bull was interrupted by the members of The Wyatt Family at WM 32, leading to an impromptu match with Erick Rowan. Rock beat Rowan in just 6 seconds, setting a new record!
The longest match in WrestleMania history unsurprisingly was the Iron Man match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart in 1996, where Michaels defeated Bret to win the then WWF Championship.