Wrestlemania Retrospective – Wrestlemania (1985)
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Date: March 31, 1985
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Hall Of Famers: Tito Santana, Ricky Steamboat, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Wendi Richter, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Piper, and Paul Orndorff.
In 1983, Hulk Hogan was fired from the WWF for appearing in Rocky III. Vince J. McMahon felt it was a breach of contract (it may also have been part of the hype for the upcoming event). However, the notoriety Hulk received from being in the movie forced McMahon to welcome him back in 1984. In a nice promotional move McMahon then hired Hulk’s Rocky III costar Mr T to wrestle as Hulk’s tag team partner in the main event.
• Tito Santana defeated The Executioner
• King Kong Bundy defeated S D Jones – The Match was 23 seconds, but announced subsequently to be 9 seconds.
• Ricky Steamboat defeated Matt Borne
• Brutus Beefcake and David Sammartino fought to a double DQ
• The Junkyard Dog defeated Intercontinental Champion Greg “The Hammer” Valentine via count out.
• The Iron Sheik & Nikoli Volkoff defeated The US Express to become the NEW WWF Tag Team Champions
• Andre the Giant won the $15,000 Body Slam challenge when he slammed Big John Studd
• Wendi Richter defeated Leilani Kai to become the NEW WWF Women’s Champion
• Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeated Rowdy Piper and Paul Orndorff