Cities That Drew The Most WrestleMania Fans

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WrestleMania has grown tremendously since the first edition over 30 years. As professional wrestling moved into the mainstream it became primetime viewing not only for Americans, but for people around the world. Hence, when the wrestling world came together for the annual WrestleMania showpiece, crowds went through the roof. Here are the cities which have attracted the biggest WrestleMania crowds.

The very first WrestleMania took place at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1985. The event brought in over 19,000 fans, who came to see Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Jimmy Snuka take on Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.

The biggest WrestleMania crowds

After smaller crowds turned up to the three events which made WrestleMania 2, the third edition in Detroit drew a total of 93,173 people – a number which still stands as the most at any single WrestleMania. The Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit – which is now permanently closed – used to host the Detroit Lions NFL team and in 1987, made history with their WrestleMania crowd. In the main event, Hulk Hogan defended his WWF Championship against Andre the Giant.

Detroit has also attracted the third-largest WrestleMania audience ever. In 2007, the 23rd edition took place at Ford Field and over 80,000 filled the stadium to see the Undertaker extend his unbeaten WrestleMania streak with victory over Batista. Also on the card was Shawn Michaels match for the WWE Championship against John Cena, which the latter won by submission. Real estate billionaire Donald Trump had a role at the event as well with a hair match against Vince McMahon. Bobby Lashley fought for Trump and Umaga battled for McMahon. Lashley was the eventual victor and McMahon’s head was shaved in the ring.

WrestleMania has also been held in Canada twice – both times at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The home of Blue Jays baseball has attracted two of the bigger WrestleMania crowds in history, with 67,678 and 68,237 cramming in for the sixth and 18th editions. The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan headlined the former, while Triple H and Chris Jericho took centre-stage in the latter.

Many of the earlier WrestleMania crowds were much smaller since much smaller arenas were used. In more recent years, WWE has looked to maximize the potential of the event, and therefore every WrestleMania since 2007 has had an attendance over 70,000. The 2015 show took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where 76,976 turned up to watch Seth Rollins snatch the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat match. This was the sixth WrestleMania to have been held in California.

Other huge WrestleMania crowds include the 2013 event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, which attracted more than 80,000. WrestleMania 24 was held outside at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and 74,635 people saw the Undertaker beat Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship, and improve his record at the pay-per-view to 16-0.

Where to next?

The next WrestleMania is scheduled to take place at the AT&T Centre in Arlington, Texas. As they say, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” so expect another whopping huge crowd in the Lone Star State.

Famous People Who Are Into WrestleMania

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As much as its detractors like to consider wrestling and WrestleMania as something for teenage boys, the truth could not be more different. Professional wrestling has widespread, global appeal and, as history has proven, the ability to attract some really famous people. These celebrities have either chosen to simply watch proceedings, or even get involved and become part of the show. Here are a few famous people who are keen on WrestleMania.

Which celebrities have been to WrestleMania?

One of the most famous people to show their face at WrestleMania is multi-billionaire Donald Trump. The businessman was heavily involved with WWE for quite a few years and at one point was the General Manager of Monday Night Raw. However, Trump’s most memorable moment in wrestling was his feud with Vince McMahon, which culminated at WrestleMania 23.

“The Battle of the Billionaires” saw Trump and McMahon use Bobby Lashley and Umaga respectively to fight for them, with the loser having to shave their hair as the punishment. In a crazy contest, Trump himself managed to floor McMahon with a clothesline. Lashley eventually won the match and he and Trump shaved McMahon bald in the centre of the ring.

Also, before getting involved with the action himself, Trump hosted two WrestleManias – WrestleMania 5 and WrestleMania 5 – at the Trump Plaza in New Jersey.

Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is another celebrity who has enjoyed a WrestleMania experience. In 2008, he began a feud with the Big Show and the two faced off at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando at WrestleMania 24. In keeping with his usual style, Mayweather, Jr. brought a large entourage of people to the ring to support him. He fought dirty and even used a brass knuckle at one point to get the advantage, which ultimately worked in his favour because he won the fight.

MMA fighter Ronda Rousey arrived at Wrestlemania 31 as a spectator but ended up getting involved with the action. After the Rock had a spat with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, Rousey entered the ring to huge applause and hiptossed Triple H. She has also not ruled out the possibility that she could become a WWE Superstar in the future.

Pete Rose, the all-time leader in hits in Major League Baseball, has had quite a history at WrestleMania over the years. He has appeared at the event four times, most recently in 2004 – where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. At WrestleMania 14, 15 and 20, Rose feuded with Kane.

At the very first WrestleMania, Muhammad Ali had a role as a guest referee. The champion boxer monitored proceedings in the main event match between the team of Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and Jimmy Snuka, who fought the trio of Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton. As the match got out of control, Ali landed a punch on Piper.

It’s all part of the show

Having celebrities turn up at WrestleMania is great for professional wrestling. It brings added attention to the event and helps to bring new storylines to the show. After all, who didn’t enjoy seeing Vince McMahon bald?

Five Badass WrestleMania Games


One of the most popular sporting and entertainment attractions today involves the world of professional wrestling – most notably World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as WWE. Their flagship event, WrestleMania, draws millions of fans and dollars alike every year. Whether it stars like John Cena or Seth Rollins competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, celebrities such as Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian making surprise appearances, or memorable moments such as Vince McMahon getting his head shaved bald, WrestleMania is certainly one of the biggest attractions throughout the entire world. However, WrestleMania also lives on in the world of video games as well. But which ones are actually the best?


Here are some of the top video games centering around WWE’s juggernaut program:

*WrestleMania – The Arcade Game: Released in 1995 for the arcade and in later years for consoles such as the Sega Genesis and Sony PlayStation, WrestleMania – The Arcade Game features in-game commentary from Vince McMahon and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “the King” Lawler. The fighting style is inspired by games such as NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat, though much less violent than the latter. You have your choice of eight WWE (then known as WWF) characters to choose from: Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Lex Luger.

*WWE 2K video game series: Developed by 2K Sports, this series of WWE video games contains Universe Mode, which is similar to what you would see on weekly WWE television programming. Beginning in April (the month in which the Extreme Rules event is featured), the final event to take place in this special game mode is WrestleMania. In addition, 2K’s latest release, WWE 2K15 (and soon, WWE 2K16) feature “MyCareer Mode,” which allows you to create a character and start their career in the NXT developmental territory before taking them all the way to the main event of WrestleMania itself.

*WWF WrestleMania: Released for the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, this was the first WWE video game to be licensed by Nintendo. This game also gained notoriety as it was released just a few months prior to WrestleMania 5, which featured the highly-anticipated championship main event between Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. WWF WrestleMania featured six playable characters: Hogan, Savage, Andre the Giant, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, The Honky Tonk Man, and Bam Bam Bigelow.

*WWF WrestleMania Challenge: Released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, WWF WrestleMania Challenge was a sequel to 1989’s WWF WrestleMania. An interesting note regarding this release was that it was originally developed under the name WWF Survivor Series before it was changed to WrestleMania Challenge. This game allows you to choose from nine playable characters: Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Big Boss Man, Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ravishing Rick Rude, and “Yourself,” which is a generic character. Each playable character possesses a unique move set of their own.

*WWF Super WrestleMania: This title was released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo system and is a sequel to 1990’s WWF WrestleMania Challenge. In addition, the game was also released the same year for the Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive. The biggest difference in this game is that certain playable characters are only available for certain gaming consoles. For instance, while Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase are available for both consoles, the characters exclusive to the Super Nintendo version include The Undertaker, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, The Natural Disasters, Legion of Doom, and Sid Justice; the playable characters exclusive to the Sega versions include Papa Shango, Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, British Bulldog, and I.R.S.


While there are certainly many different WWE wrestling video games available to try and to purchase, these are definitely the top five to consider. While the graphics may not be the greatest in some of them, they certainly are still worth experiencing in order to see for yourself just how far professional wresting in video games has come over the years.