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WrestleMania 2 was the second annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on April 7, 1986, across three locations in New York, Chicago, and California. Ray Charles sang "America The Beautiful."

MatchesEdit

Uniondale, New YorkEdit
Chicago, IllinoisEdit
Los Angeles, CaliforniaEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • While Hulk Hogan was defending the WWF World title against The Magificent Muraco on Saturday Night's Main Event, King Kong Bundy leveled him from behind and delivered a series of Avalanche splashes, breaking his ribs. Hogan's doctor would not clear him to compete with bruised ribs, but Hulkster accepted the challenge anyway against doctor's orders.
  • Roddy Piper and Mr. T had history all the way back to the first main event and major heat in real life because the WWF locker room resented Mr. T's spot on the card with no prior wrestling history and Mr. T would often brag about his victories despite them being pre-determined, so the WWF gave Mr. T another large payday and another victory.
  • George The Animal Steele wanted Miss Elizabeth more than he wanted Randy Savage's title, but the match was only for the title. They later fought on SNME for Elizabeth's managerial services (Savage won).
  • Capt. Lou Albano led numerous teams to the WWF Tag Team championship belts, so the Bulldogs were his latest team. Having a couple unsuccessful prior attempts, this match was the Bulldogs' last chance at the titles.
  • Tensions between Cpl. Kirschner and Nikolai Volkoff were political, reflecting tensions of the Cold War between the United States and Russia.
  • After the announcement of the WWF/NFL battle royal, Big John Studd and "Refridgerator" William Perry singled each other out. During the match, Studd eliminated Perry and foolishly agreed to shake Perry's hand, which caused his own elimination. Perry was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Additional NotesEdit

  • April 7th is the latest calendar date of any WrestleMania; the eveny was also on Monday for some reason.
  • The LA main event marks the only time a steel cage has been used at WrestleMania, notwithstanding the Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XV.
  • Ozzy Osbourne seconded fellow countrymen British Bulldogs in their title match.
  • The commentary teams were Vince McMahon & Susan Saint James in New York with Howard Finkel, Gorilla Monsoon, Gene Okerlund, and Cathy Lee Crosby (aka Kathy Lee Gifford) in Chicago with Chet Coppock, and Jesse Ventura, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Elvira in Los Angeles with Lee Marshall.
  • Additional celebrity guests in attendance included Cab Calloway, Darryl Dawkins, G. Gordon Liddy, Burger King's Herb, Joe Frazier, Lou Duva, and Joan Rivers in New York; Clara Peller, Dick Butkus, Ed Jones, Bill Fralic, Ernie Holmes, Harvey Martin, Jim Covert, Russ Francis, and William Perry in Chicago; and Ricky Schroder, Robert Conrad, and Tommy Lasorda in LA.

The AftermathEdit

  • Bobby Heenan cajoled Andre The Giant to turn on Hulk Hogan sometime after the event, and Andre would challenge Hogan for the championship at the next event.
  • Randy Macho Man Savage retained his title for an entire year when he lost the belt to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in a greatly revered match.
  • British Bulldogs lost the titles to Hart Foundation in January 1987.
  • The WWF never split the location of WrestleMania again, partly due to the complexity of organizing the entire ordeal, and secondly due to the popularity of pay-per-view in the following years.

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