Top 25 WrestleMania stars: No. 1

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WrestleMania history


1 (1985): Along with Mr.T, defeated Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff

2 (1986): Defeated challenger King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage match to retain the WWF title


3 (1987): Defeated Andre the Giant to retain the WWF title

4 (1988): Wrestled to a double disqualification with Andre The Giant in the quarterfinals of the WWF title tournament

5 (1989): Defeated Randy Savage to win the WWF title

6 (1990): Lost the WWF title to The Ultimate Warrior

7 (1991): Defeated Sgt. Slaughter to win the WWF title

8 (1992): Defeated Sid Justice by disqualification

9 (1993): Along with Brutus Beefcake, lost to WWF tag team champions IRS and Ted DiBiase by disqualification; defeated Yokozuna to win the WWF title

18 (2002): Lost to The Rock


19 (2003): Defeated Vince McMahon

Non-wrestling appearance

21 (2005): Did a surprise run-in to save Eugene from an attack by Muhammad Hassan and Daivari

Comments: Shawn Michaels made his name by stealing the show at WrestleMania, but if it wasn't for Hogan, there would be no show to steal. … Wrestled in seven of the first eight WrestleMania main events and competed in six world title matches. … Thanks mostly to his much-hyped tag match with Mr. T against Piper and Orndorff, the inaugural WrestleMania – on which WWE chairman Vince McMahon risked everything – was a huge financial success. … Body slam of Andre in epic match at WM 3 is perhaps the most famous spot in wrestling history. Victory over the "undefeated" Andre took Hogan from superstar to legend. … Even though he did not wrestle in the main event at WM 4, his interference in the WWF title tournament final helped Savage win the championship. … Memorable year-long story line with friend-turned-foe Savage concluded at WM 5 with Hogan becoming just the second man in WWE's 26-year history at that point to regain the title. … Match against Ultimate Warrior at WM 6 had electric atmosphere and the in-ring action exceeded expectations. Hogan's tearful salute of The Warrior as he exited the ring in defeat somewhat overshadowed Warrior's historic victory. … Became the first three-time WWF champion at WM 7. … After wrestling in a tag match earlier on the show at WM 9, Hogan returned at the end of the evening and won the WWF title from Yokozuna, who had issued an impromptu challenge just minutes after defeating Bret Hart for the belt. … Icon versus Icon showdown with The Rock at WM 18 rivals Hogan's match with Andre at WM 3 for "The Hulkster's" greatest WrestleMania moment. … Memorable brawl with McMahon at WM 19 pitted the two men most responsible for the success of WrestleMania against each other.

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