With about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries, WWE is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world. Founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952, WWE has become a staple in the American pop culture. As with any successful establishment, the WWE has some major events in it’s history that has helped shape and guide the company throughout the years. Here, we present to you 25 of the most crucial events in WWE history that has helped define a wrestling juggernaut.
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Enter the Hulk Hogan (1984)
In 1984, the WWF hired the American Wrestling Association (AWA) talent Hulk Hogan. After defeating the Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden, Hogan became one of the most recognizable and popular faces in sports entertainment and would go on to become one of the company’s biggest draws.
Hulk Hogan hosts "Saturday Night Live" (1985)
On March, 30th 1985, Hulk Hogan became the first WWF Superstar to host the popular comedic show “Saturday Night Live”
WtestleMania hits pay-per-view. (1985)
Marketed as the “Super Bowl of professional wrestling”, WrestleMania hit closed-circuit pay-per-view television in 1985. Helped by a joint promotion with MTV, WrestleMania targeted more of the general audience and sped its implementation into popular culture.
WrestleMania III (1987)
WrestleMania III has gone down in history as the biggest WrestleMania event ever, drawing an unprecedented 93,173 people into the Pontiac Silverdome; setting a new indoor attendance record.
Hulk Hogan VS Andre the Giant (1987)
WrestleMania III was also the host to one of the most impressive matches in history between the then WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and the Immense Andre the Giant. The highlight of the event was the astonishing bodyslam executed by Hulk Hogan on Andre the Giant. Andre; at 7ft 4in and weighing a staggering 520lbs, was pinned and defeated by Hulk Hogan.