9 Ups & 4 Downs From WWE WrestleMania III

The Biggest. The Baddest. The Best?

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Accepting defeat when it came to WrestleMania 2's over-thought enterprise, Vince McMahon steered into a personal defeat by chasing the biggest professional victory of his career to date the following year.

93,173 (or, as has often been mooted, nearer 78,000) fans invested in his grand vision and filled one stadium in one town with one card to create a night that three the prior year couldn't remotely rival.

WrestleMania III was a pivot point for the industry in much the same way the inaugural version had been two years earlier. Newer fans were still climbing aboard after the 'Rock N Wrestling' explosion, but these ones came and stayed almost entirely for the wrestling. The pagentary was supplied not by celebrities selling their latest wares, but the wrestling. WWE presented a match on this show that was, without compare at the time, their best ever example of pro wrestling on pay-per-view.

The iconic main event was notoriously low on the stuff, but hundreds of past, present and future WWE stars cited that match as the intoxicating moment they knew they wanted to run Vince McMahon's ropes for a living.

Two of the greatest workers of a generation inspired wrestling's future, and one of them barely even took a bump on their biggest night. WrestleMania I may have birthed a dream, but WrestleMania III birthed the dreamers.

(Playing catch-up? WrestleMania I & 2's Ups & Downs are here and here, respectively)


Michael is a writer, editor, podcaster and presenter for WhatCulture Wrestling, and has been with the organisation over 7 years. He primarily produces written, audio and video content on WWE and AEW, but also provides knowledge and insights on all aspects of the wrestling industry thanks to a passion for it dating back almost 35 years. As one third of "The Dadley Boyz" Michael has contributed to the huge rise in popularity of the WhatCulture Wrestling Podcast and its accompanying YouTube channel, earning it top spot in the UK's wrestling podcast charts with well over 60,000,000 total downloads. He has been featured as a wrestling analyst for the Tampa Bay Times, GRAPPL and Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, and has covered milestone events in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, London and Cardiff. Michael's background in media stretches beyond wrestling coverage, with a degree in Journalism from the University Of Sunderland (2:1) and a series of published articles in sports, music and culture magazines The Crack, A Love Supreme and Pilot. When not offering his voice up for daily wrestling podcasts, he can be found losing it singing far too loud watching his favourite bands play live. Follow him on X/Twitter - @MichaelHamflett