TheSportster.com

Top 20 Backstage WrestleMania Stories You Didn't Know About

Many say it's Vince McMahon's greatest creation and it's hard to argue. WrestleMania was the start of total dominance by McMahon over all the territories in the United States, as he offered a big closed circuit television wrestling special. He poured a ton of money into it, including celebrities in the event, marketing it more than any event had ever been. He told those close to him that if this WrestleMania thing didn't work out, he and his employees would all soon be looking for jobs.

While watching WrestleMania I back now is hard to do, at the time, it was a huge success and it led to the company trying to replicate it. WrestleMania II was another snoozefest, but given that it was still new, fans flocked to it and finally at WrestleMania III, the event truly felt like a real WrestleMania that we're now accustomed to. Hogan slamming Andre, Macho Man battling Ricky Steamboat to a masterpiece and the packed Pontiac Silverdome gave WrestleMania the wow factor.

Over the course of 30-plus years though, many stories have popped up around the event. We're talking about backstage stories here, things that happened that altered plans or completely thwarted them. This is by far the company's most important time of the year, so you can imagine how hectic things must get backstage.

We're in the full swing of WrestleMania season so we're going to be looking back at some of the biggest backstage stories that have come out of the event. To make things clear, not all of these stories can be taken as fact, as many of these stories have surfaced from word of mouth, while others are viewed mostly as urban legends. But hey, this is wrestling so you're used to everything not being real. Here we go, some of the juiciest backstage stories to emerge from WrestleMania. In the interest of obscurity, we've gone with some less well known stories. Many of us know by now that Stone Cold vs. Hogan was the original plan for WrestleMania X-8 and we know that Hogan vs. Flair was on the table for WrestleMania VIII. Here are 20 that you may not have known about.

20 Who was supposed to win the WrestleMania IV tournament?

via tumblr.com

I think we can all agree that Randy Savage winning the title at WrestleMania IV was a nice change of pace from Hogan. Savage had emerged as a top star in the company and was unquestionably deserving of a title reign. However, DiBiase was the top heel and he was told that he was going to win the title.

19 Sting's WM match was set for 2002

via catchwwe.com

18 Did Sid really do that?

via wwe.com

17 Why did Piper face Goldust?

via mrxpunchout.wordpress.com

16 Silver Screen was almost brought to life

via wikimedia.org

15 "Control of the Company" match was in place for WM XXX

via theoclardy.wordpress.com

14 Diesel almost ended The Streak

via indonesiawweblogspot.com

13 Chicago Street Fight had already hit the streets

via bleacherreport.com

12 WrestleMania XV main event was almost Austin/Rock/Foley

via wwe.com

11 Bret vs. Owen classic almost didn't happen

via wwe.com

10 Randy Orton aided in Mysterio's title win

via wwe.com

9 Bruiser Brody Bounty

via Pro Wrestling Illustrated

8 John Cena vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania XXIV

via wrestlingnews.com

7 McMahon and Trump had two different reps in mind

via zimbio.com

6 Foley was a last minute addition to WrestleMania 2000

via bleacherreport.com

5 Mr.T almost no-showed WrestleMania I

via bleacherreport.com

4 Hart/Austin II was in the cards for WrestleMania XIV

via hdnux.com

3 Austin Bladed Without McMahon's Permission

via craveonline.com

2 Brock/Taker almost happened at WrestleMania XXVII

It seemed weird that WWE was giving us an Undertaker/HHH match 10 years after their original WrestleMania encounter with a victory presumably doing nothing to elevate either guy. Apparently, original plans had WWE doing a Lesnar/Taker match while Lesnar was still the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

1 The ending of WrestleMania III was unknown

via bleacherreport.com

This was the first defining moment in WrestleMania history. Hogan slamming Andre is what put WrestleMania on the map, but Hogan says that the finish of the match wasn't decided until the last minute. Hogan wrote in his first autobiography about the uncertainty in the finish.

"Finally, at almost twelve o’clock the night before Wrestlemania, Vince came to me and said, ‘I want you to win the match.’ The only problem was, he hadn’t discussed it yet with André. If [André] had said, ‘I won’t let Hogan win,’ I wouldn’t have won. That’s all there was to it.”

Many were holding their breaths for Andre to give the okay. It was unquestionably the right ending and without this moment, WrestleMania probably isn't what it is today.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in Wrestling

Top 20 Backstage WrestleMania Stories You Didn't Know About