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WrestleMania XXX: The Thirtieth Year of Awesome

WrestleMania XXX: The Thirtieth Year of Awesome

WrestleMania XXX: possibly the most anticipated wrestling event since, well, WrestleMania XX. WrestleMania itself is definitely one of the events of the year that fans the world over wait for with bated breath (and in the case of non-US enthusiasts, lots of caffeine!).

The whole weekend is a big occasion, with WWE’s Hall of Fame held on Saturday night, WrestleMania on the Sunday and concluding with Monday night RAW.

This year’s Hall of Fame saw the induction of seven legends from over the many years of WWF and WWE: Carlos Colòn, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Mr T, Paul Bearer, Razor Ramon, and the 54-year-old Ultimate Warrior, whose shockingly sudden death just three days after being inducted was announced this morning.

Hulk Hogan returned to present WrestleMania XXX (or 30) at New Orlean’s Mercedes-Benz Superdome, together with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Hogan came back to the WWE to help promote the new wrestling channel, WWE Network, earlier this year, in his first appearance for the company since the end of 2007.

The main event of the show saw a Triple Threat match between Batista, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, with a shot at winning the WWE Heavyweight Championship belt. Bryan was particularly hungry for the win after losing the title at the last Summer Slam, and after defeating both opponents walked away the champion once again. After the show Bryan tweeted his gratitude: “I only have two words: THANK YOU.”

WrestleMania 30 also saw the introduction of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The match saw 30 wrestlers start in the ring at the same time, flinging their opposition over the top rope and hopefully lasting it out until they are the only surviving man left. Hulk Hogan, who won a Battle Royal match by managing to lift Andre the Giant out of the ring back in WrestleMania III, said the event was the best way to honour the great man who passed away in 1993.

Cesaro’s unannounced entrance into the match may have given him an edge, because, in a replica assault of Hogan vs Andre, Cesaro proved his strength by lifting “the largest athlete in the world”, The Big Show, over the ropes to win him the event.

Now we come to one of the most shocking match-ups of the evening. For the past couple of decades, the Undertaker has enjoyed a 21-0 unbeaten streak at WrestleMania. He has managed to conquer some of the biggest names in the business as Kane, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, CM Punk… You get the idea.

This year, the Undertaker’s nemesis came in the form of Brock Lesnar, former UFC champion, who promised to “Beat the Streak” with a slogan on his latest T-shirt. And that is exactly what did. Turning a Tombstone from the Dead Man into his third F5 of the fight, Lesnar managed to pin the Undertaker, leading the streak to be very much broken. Much to the surpirise of the crowd and viewers around the globe, the stats are now a (marginally) less impressive 21-1.

Next year’s WrestleMania is set to take place on 29 March, in California’s Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and if this year’s ‘Mania was anything to go by, we will be in for a treat.

 

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