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WrestleMania rundown

THQ's WWE Legends of WrestleMania comes out next week. Here's a look at all the matches you can re-create in the game from the first 15 WrestleManias (1985 to 1999), the time frame during which most of the game's characters actively wrestled.

WrestleMania I (two of nine matches can be re-created).

The best: Junkyard Dog's count-out win over Intercontinental Champion Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

The worst omission: The first main event, which pitted Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Rowdy Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.

Trivia: Tito Santana opened the event with a win against The Executioner. Santana would wrestle at each of the first nine WrestleManias.

WrestleMania II (one of 12).

The only re-creation: Hogan's main-event win over King Kong Bundy.

The worst omission: The British Bulldog's tag title win over Valentine and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

Trivia: WrestleMania II took place in three cities: Uniondale, N.Y.; Rosemont, Ill.; and Los Angeles.

WrestleMania III (two of 12).

The best: The classic match between Hogan and André the Giant.

The worst omission: Ricky Steamboat's thrilling win over "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who was Intercontinental Champion.

Trivia: The event, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., set a world indoor attendance record of 93,173.

WrestleMania IV (four of 16).

The best: Yeah, none of them was really that great.

The worst omission: Savage's win over Ted DiBiase to claim the vacant WWF championship.

Trivia: Fourteen wrestlers competed in the WWF championship tournament that night.

WrestleMania V (four of 14).

The best: The Ultimate Warrior suffered a rare defeat as he lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ravishing Rick Rude after interference by Rude's manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

The worst omission: Again, it's Savage, who lost his WWF Championship to Hogan.

Trivia: WM IV and V were both at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J.

WrestleMania VI (four of 14).

The best: The Ultimate Challenge, which saw Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior pin WWF Champion Hogan.

The worst omission: The fast-paced tag-team match, a rarity at the time, between The Rockers and The Orient Express.

Trivia: It wasn't a record, but The Hart Foundation beat USSR sympathizers The Bolsheviks in 19 seconds after hitting their Hart Attack finisher as the commies sang the Soviet national anthem.

WrestleMania VII (three of 14).

The best: The Big Bossman's disqualification win over Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect. André the Giant gave Bossman an assist in the match.

The worst omission: The Ultimate Warrior's victory over Savage in a retirement match. Of course, Savage was wrestling again within several months. Still, it was a great match and saw Savage reunite with his longtime manager, Frankfort native Miss Elizabeth.

Trivia: The Undertaker began his WM winning streak (he's now 16-0) after beating Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka with a Tombstone Piledriver.

WrestleMania VIII (two of nine).

The best: Bret Hart reversed Intercontinental Champion Piper's sleeperhold into a pin and earned his second IC championship. That had been Piper's only singles championship in the WWF.

The worst omission: Again, it's Savage, who beat "Nature Boy" Ric Flair for the WWF championship.

Trivia: Four years later, Hart would use the same exact move to beat Stone Cold Steve Austin, who goaded him into a return match after an eight-month hiatus.

WrestleMania IX (two of nine).

The best: Hart's loss of his WWF championship to Yokozuna. You can also re-create the massive error by Yokozuna's manager, Mr. Fuji, in immediately accepting a challenge from Hogan and dropping the championship just seconds later.

The worst omission: Nothing really.

Trivia: According to Hart's autobiography, he was to win the championship from Hogan at Summerslam a few months later, but Hogan refused to lose to him and instead dropped the belt to Yokozuna at the King of the Ring pay-per-view.

WrestleMania X (one of nine).

The only re-creation: Hart's championship win over Yokozuna.

The worst omission: Earlier in the night, Hart lost to his brother, Owen, in what is arguably the best opening match in WrestleMania history.

Trivia: Hart wrestled two matches on the show, but so did Yokozuna. He faced Hart and Lex Luger, both of whom earned a title shot by winning the Royal Rumble earlier that year. Usually, there's just one winner in the over-the-top rope battle royale, but Hart and Luger's feet both touched the ground outside the ring at the same time.

WrestleMania XI (one of seven).

The only re-creation: It's not worth mentioning.

The worst omission: Diesel, who was accompanied by Pamela Anderson, beat Shawn Michaels, who had Jenny McCarthy in his corner.

Trivia: The main event pitted Bam Bam Bigelow against NFL great Lawrence Taylor.

WrestleMania XII (two of six).

The best: Michaels and Hart squared off in a 60-minute Iron Man match. Neither pinned the other in 60 minutes, but the match continued and Michaels won.

The worst omission: The Undertaker's win over Diesel.

Trivia: The Ultimate Warrior returned after a nearly four-year absence and beat Hunter Hearst Helmsley (now known as Triple H) in less than two minutes.

WrestleMania 13 (one of seven).

The only re-creation: Hart's defeat of Austin in a submission match after Austin passed out while in Hart's Sharpshooter finisher. It was the rarest of matches, as Hart came in a fan favorite and ended up getting booed while Austin did just the opposite.

The worst omission: Again, nothing worth mentioning.

Trivia: The main event was to see Michaels lose his championship to Hart in a rematch from the year earlier, but Michaels reportedly refused and instead vacated the title a month earlier, saying he had "lost his smile" and needed a break.

WrestleMania XIV (one of eight).

The only re-creation: Austin winning the championship from Michaels.

The worst omission: Two options here: Triple H beating Owen Hart or The Undertaker's defeat of his brother Kane.

Trivia: Boxer Mike Tyson was the special outside enforcer in the main event championship match.

WrestleMania XV (two of 10).

The best: Austin's win over champion The Rock.

The worst omission: The match between Vince McMahon's surprisingly athletic son, Shane, and X-Pac.

Trivia: Owen Hart defended the tag titles with partner Jeff Jarrett, who became the third championship partner of Owen Hart's at WrestleMania events. His previous partners were Yokozuna and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith. Owen Hart would die two months later.

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