New Jersey mayor Chris Christie will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce that WrestleMania XXIX will take place at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013. In honor of this announcement, here are photos from each event, starting with Muhammad Ali raising Hulk Hogan's arm in victory at the first Wrestlemania from Madison Square Garden.
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Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. T
The second WrestleMania took place in three locations - Uniondale, NY, Rosemont, Ill. and Los Angeles -- and was highlighted by a Battle Royal featuring WWF and NFL stars. Other highlights of the card included Hulk Hogan beating King Kong Bundy in a steel cage and Mr. T defeating Roddy Piper in a boxing match.
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Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan
At WrestleMania III, 93,173 fans filled the Pontiac Silverdome to see Hulk Hogan bodyslam and defeat 500-pound Andre the Giant.
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Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Elizabeth
At WrestleMania IV, 14 wrestlers competed in a one-night tournament to crown a new WWF champion. In the finale, Randy "Macho Man" Savage (with a little help from Hulk Hogan) defeated "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. In this photo, Savage celebrates his title victory with his valet, Elizabeth.
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Jake "The Snake" Roberts
WrestleMania V took place at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. In this photo, Jake "The Snake" Roberts celebrates with his snake Damien after defeating Andre the Giant by disqualification.
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In 1990, WrestleMania went north of the border to Toronto, where over 67,000 fans filled the Sky Dome. In the main event, The Ultimate Warrior captured his first WWF title by defeating Hulk Hogan.
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"The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
At WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles, Hulk Hogan scored a victory for the red, white and blue when he defeated Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter to capture the WWF Championship. In this photo, The British Bulldog enters the ring for his match against The Warlord.
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The Undertaker and Jake "The Snake" Roberts
The Undertaker has won all 18 of his WrestleMania matches. In 1992, he was participating in just his second WrestleMania when he defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
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The Undertaker boasts one of the most unique and entertaining ring entrances in professional wrestling. At WrestleMania IX, he brings a raven to the ring for his match against 7-foot-7 Giant Gonzalez.
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WrestleMania returned to Madison Square Garden for its 10th anniversary. Though the main event saw Bret Hart defeat Yokozuna to win the WWF Championship, the highlight was the epic ladder match where Shawn Michaels defeated Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship.
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Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow
WrestleMania XI took place in Hartford and featured former NFL star Lawrence Taylor making his wrestling debut against Bam Bam Bigelow. The feud started at the Royal Rumble when Taylor, who was seated at ringside, taunted Bigelow after his match. The two agreed to fight at WrestleMania. LT was accompanied to the ring be fellow NFL players Ken Norton Jr., Chris Spielman, Rickey Jackson, Carl Banks, Reggie White, and Steve McMichael. In the match, Taylor pinned Bigelow after hitting his with a forearm off the second rope.
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WrestleMania XII was headlined by the WWF's first ever "Iron Man Match" between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. The goal of the match was to score the most pinfalls during the 60-minute match. The bout ended up going to overtime after neither competitor could score a pinfall with Shawn Michaels winning the match and the WWF title.
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Hunter Hearst Helmsley (aka - Triple H) won his first WrestleMania match in 1997, when he defeated Goldust.
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"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
At WrestleMania XIV, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin battled Shawn Michaels in one of the most memorable matches in wrestling history. Mike Tyson was hired as the special enforcer, but ended up knocking out Michaels after the match was over.
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WrestleMania XV was held at the First Union Center in Philadelphia and was highlighted by Stone Cold Steve Austin defeating The Rock in a no disqualification match for the WWF Championship. In the night's other big match, The Undertaker defeated The Big Boss Man in a Hell in a Cell match.
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Christian and Edge
The main event for WrestleMania XVI saw Triple H defeat The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show to retain the WWF Championship, it was a tag team ladder match that stole the show. Edge and Christian (pictured here) defeated The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz in a 23-minute showcase to capture their first tag team title.
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"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
At WrestleMania X-Seven, 67,925 fans packed the Reliant Astrodome to see "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defeat WWE Champion The Rock and capture the title. Also on the card, CEO Vince McMahon lost a "street fight" to his son, Shane, after interference from his wife, Linda.
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Triple H stole the show at WrestleMania X8 when he defeated Chris Jericho to win the undisputed WWF Championship. Also on the card, Hulk Hogan made his WWF return against The Rock in a "icon vs. icon" match.
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The WWE set a attendance record at Seattle's Safeco Field when 54,097 fans poured in for WrestleMania XIX. Among the highlights of the card was Shawn Michaels defeating Chris Jericho, Hulk Hogan beating Vince McMahon, The Rock beating "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Brock Lesner winning the WWE Championship from Kurt Angle.
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John Cena and The Big Show
For the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania, the WWE once again took over Madison Square Garden. The main event saw Chris Benoit defeat Triple H and Shawn Michaels for the WWE championship. In the first match of the night, John Cena defeated The 500-pound Big Show to capture the United States title.
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"The Animal" Batista
The WWE invaded the Staples Center in Los Angeles for WrestleMania 21. In the main event, "The Animal" Batista defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship.
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Rey Mysterio and Vickie Guerrero
The WWE made its return to Rosemont, Ill., one of the sites of WrestleMania II, for its annual extravaganza. In this photo, Vicki Guerrero holds up the arm of Rey Mysterio after his victory over Randy Orton and Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship.
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John Cena and Shawn Michaels
In 2007, the WWE traveled to Detroit and set a Ford Field attendance record (80,103 fans) at WrestleMania 23. The card was highlighted by a match between Umaga and Bobby Lashley in which Donald Trump (accompanying Lashley) and Vince McMahon (accompanying Umaga) agreed to have their head shaved if their man lost. Lashley would win the match and McMahon would wind up losing his hair. Also on the card, John Cena captured the WWE Championship with a victory over Shawn Michaels.
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WrestleMania XXIV was held outdoors at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. In one of the night's most exciting matches, CM Punk defeated Shelton Benjamin, Chris Jericho, Carlito, MVP, Mr. Kennedy and John Morrison in a "Money in the Bank" ladder match. In the main event, The Undertaker improved his WrestleMania record to 16-0 with a victory over Edge.
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Santino Marella and Candice Michelle
WrestleMania turned 25 in 2009 and 72,744 fans packed the Reliant Astrodome in Houston for the event. Though Triple H defeated Randy Orton in the main event, the night's most memorable match saw Santina Marella beat 24 divas to win the crown of Miss WrestleMania.
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WrestleMania XXVI took place in Glendale, Ariz. and was highlighted by The Undertaker defeating Shawn Michaels in a streak vs. retirement match. Also on the card, Jack Swagger won the "Money in the Bank" match by defeating Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, Drew McIntyre, Christian, MVP, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston and Kane.
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The Rock acted as guest host for WrestleMania XXVI in Atlanta, but made his presence felt in the main event between John Cena and The Miz when he gave Cena a Rock Bottom that allowed The Miz to get the victory. Also on the card, The Undertaker beat Triple H and Edge beat Alberto Del Rio.
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