WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 29, 1987, at the Pontiac Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan (right outside Detroit). Aretha Franklin sang "America The Beautiful."


Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • In one of the most anticipated matches in wrestling history, Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan after befriending him at the outset of his title reign. Case in point, Andre led celebrations when Hulk Hogan won the WWF title in January 1984 by pouring a bottle of champagne on the new champion.
  • WWF Intercontinental champion Randy Macho Man Savage feuded with George The Animal Steele for several months, dating all the way back to their match the prior year. Meanwhile, he made an "enemy for life" (as Gorilla Monsoon would say) by attacking Ricky The Dragon Steamboat outside the ring, and almost ending his career with a devastating double-axhandle off the top rope to the steel barriers, followed by taking the ring bell and dropping it onto his throat. Steamboat recovered in time to face Savage at the event, and Steele accompanied him to the ring to prevent any underhandedness.
  • WWF Tag Team champions British Bulldogs were proud champions until they were cheated out of their titles by referee Danny Davis and Jimmy Hart. After fixing the match to ensure the Hart Foundation won the championship belts, Davis was banned for life from being a referee, so he became Dangerous Danny Davis under the tutelage of Jimmy Hart. Similarly, shoddy officiating by Davis led to Tito Santana losing his Intercontinental championship to Savage the year before.
  • Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart were guests on The Snake Pit (the talk show that Jake Roberts hosted) but when it appeared Honky Tonk had no-showed it, Roberts confronted Jimmy Hart and Honky Tonk blasted Jake in the back with his guitar.

Additional NotesEdit

  • The reported attendance was 93,173, which was an all-time indoor attendance record from 1987 until February 14, 2010, when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game packed 108,713 into Cowboy Stadium.
  • Estimated numbers list pay-per-view revenues around $10 million.
  • Additional celebrity appearances included Bob Uecker, Mary Hart, and Alice Cooper (who accompanied Jake Roberts for his match, and then wrapped the snake around Jimmy Hart after the match).
  • In addition to issues with Danny Davis, Tito Santana had taken offense to remarks from "The Doctor of Style" Slick. After Butch Reed's victory, Santana entered the ring and tore into Slick, ripping his clothes. Then, he and Koko B. Ware knocked Reed out of the ring with a double-dropkick.

The AftermathEdit

  • Interest in a Hogan/Andre rematch led the WWF to create Survivor Series, although the first actual rematch happened on The Main Event in February 1988 when Andre The Giant beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship.
  • Ricky Steamboat lost the championship only a couple months later when Honky Tonk Man upset him on WWF Superstars of Wrestling. Randy Savage, still attempting to regain "his" championship, continued his pursuit and the fans sided with Savage, leading him to become a popular fan favorite. Soon after, Macho Madness started running parallel to Hulkamania, and the Mega Powers were born. Conversely, Steamboat left the WWF for the NWA and won the NWA World championship in 1989.
  • "Dangerous" Danny Davis worked lower-card matches for a couple years before coming back into his role as a referee (despite the WrestleMania III build-up citing he was "barred for life" from the position).
  • Many wrestling analysts expected the Can-Am Connection would unseat the Hart Foundation, even noting it as fact in their review of this event. However, the honor actually went to Strike Force (Rick Martel & Tito Santana), which almost confirmed the analysts were correct except Tom Zenk left the WWF before they could finalize the plans.
  • At this event, Brutus Beefcake gained his moniker "The Barber" for cutting the hair of Adrian Adonis in his "hair-well" match against Roddy Piper. Piper's departure from the WWF only lasted a couple years.
  • To mark the 20th anniversary of this event, WWE brought WrestleMania back to Detroit and Aretha Franklin sang "America The Beautiful." For whatever reasons, WWE opted not to use Hogan for the event nor induct Steamboat and Savage together.

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