The Renegade Rip

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Taylor Jensen, Reporter

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WrestleMania was first broadcasted on March 31, 1985, at Madison Square Garden in New York City in front of a crowd of more than 19,000 people. 

Since then, millions of people from around the world have attended WrestleMania, which has been referred to like WWE’s Super Bowl. 

One that has stood through the test of time is the Submission Match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 in 1997. 

To me, this night was when Austin showcased his greatest entrance of all time. When his music hit, the camera zoomed in on a glass wall at the entrance that read “Austin 3:16” on it. 

Seconds later, it shattered, and Steve Austin stepped out with attitude.

Not even five minutes after the special guest referee Ken Shamrock rang the bell as Austin and Hart were already brawling in the crowd. 

At one point in the match, Hart had Austin in a “Sharpshooter,” which is Hart’s signature move. 

When Austin lifted his tired body off the mat, still locked into the Sharpshooter, he lifted his head to show his bloody face as he screamed out in excruciating pain. 

It was truly a heart-stopping moment because it looked as if Austin would tap out and give Hart the victory.  

However, Austin didn’t tap out. He passed out, giving Hart the victory after a war-like battle.

If we jump four years later to 2001, we are introduced to the proclaimed greatest WrestleMania of all time, WrestleMania 17. There were three matches that still stands out amongst fans today. 

WWE took the three best tag teams they had to offer and gave them tables, ladders, and chairs to use in a classic TLC match. 

An iconic part of that match is when Edge climbed a tall ladder and “speared” Jeff Hardy in mid-air as Hardy hung onto the titles that hung from the rafters. 

They both crashed down to the mat as the crowd screamed wildly.

Triple H vs. The Undertaker was, in my opinion, the best match of that night. Even the entrances were the best of the night. Triple H came out to the heavy metal band, Motorhead performing his theme song live which created an already intense atmosphere. 

Undertaker rode down the long ramp on his motorcycle as Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’” boomed throughout the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, TX. 

There was never a dull moment as the two went all throughout the ring area and the crowd to beat the hell out of each other. Undertaker’s 9-0 WrestleMania streak stayed alive that night. 

The No DQ match between Austin and The Rock is considered the turning point between the Attitude Era and the Ruthless Aggression Era. 

The reason for this is because Austin “sold-out” and became allies with the boss, Vince McMahon. 

All of Austin’s career, he raised hell against authority. 

When he shook McMahon’s hand at the end of the match, it was like time stopped in the world of WWE. 

Let’s not forget the earliest WrestleMania moment, Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 3 in 1987. 

The crowd was left stunned that night when Hogan lifted the 500-pound Giant and slammed him down to the mat. 

Hogan still talks about that moment to this day and it’s just a reminder that WrestleMania creates milestones and memories that will never be forgotten.

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