WRESTLEMANIA & MY B-DAY

THREE GUYS AND… RETRO WRESTLING

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“WRESTLEMANIA & MY B-DAY”

written by Dominick Cappello

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Yes, today is my birthday. Thank you for the round of applause. I was born two days before the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985, so I grew up with WrestleMania. My childhood was Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and The Ultimate Warrior. My teenage years were “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, and Degeneration-X. My adult life has been bitterness and resentment towards John Cena and the overall creative direction of WWE. So, you know, a typical wrestling fan for my age. WrestleMania has fallen on my birthday three times. 1987, 1998, and 2015. I was too young when WrestleMania III happened. Only two years old. But, I did watch the Coliseum Home Video when I was a little older. WrestleMania III could be called the first great WrestleMania. The first two installments were a cavalcade of celebrities and mediocre matches. WrestleMania III set the standard. 93,000 fans in attendance (allegedly). “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was a rarity at the time being a fast-paced back and forth match with many nears falls. This match paved the way for Bret “Hit Man” Hart and Shawn Michaels to have these types of highly competitive matches throughout the 1990s and inspired the likes of Chris Jericho to be become pro wrestlers. That’s right, I said pro wrestlers and not sports entertainers. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant was the most anticipated match of the decade. The irresistible force meeting the improvable object. The Immortal One slamming The Giant was the WWF’s version of the shot heard around the world. Fast forward eleven years to the Monday Night Wars and the WWF had reinvented itself, becoming a raunchier and more hard-hitting product. It’s been debated, but I say The Attitude Era began at Survivor Series 1997. The night of the Montreal Screw-Job. The first Attitude Era promo aired during this pay-per-view, and upon Bret Hart’s unceremonious departure, Vince McMahon became the evil Mr. McMahon. However, the official coronation was WrestleMania XIV. Kane hit Pete Rose with a Tombstone and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship. Adding insult to injury, HBK was punched out by Mike Tyson after the match. The Attitude Era was already in full swing, but if I can paraphrase Jim Ross, The Austin Era had begun. So, we all loved Hulkamania and The Austin Era, but what about The Roman Empire? You know, because Roman Reigns was supposed to win the WWE Undisputed Championship from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, the most recent WrestleMania to fall on my birthday. Well, The Roman Empire turned out more like The Lex Express because he failed to win the title after being pushed to the moon. Sure, he won the title later that year, but he flopped at WrestleMania and Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract instead. Is Roman Reigns not winning the title as historic as Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin beating Shawn Michaels? No, of course not, but it was when Brock Lesnar coined the phrase “Suplex City… bitch.”

Author: Dominick

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