WrestleMania is just days away, and as always, hopes are high that it is a blow away show. Through the years, the “sports” biggest event has left lasting memories on millions of fans world-wide, and I’m no different. So with that in mind, here are five of my favorite memories from Wrestlemania’s gone by.
#5: WWF vs NFL Battle Royal, WrestleMania 2, 1986
As a kid who was a huge wrestling fan, battle royals always held a special intrigue with me. Maybe it was having so many guys in the ring, or the possibility that any of them could win, I’m not sure. But what I do know, is that to an 8-year-old, when you put some of the biggest and best wrestling stars and some of the biggest and best football players from the NFL in the same ring, anything can happen!
I was so pumped to see this affair heading into the event, that it was really the only match that I talked about at school. While all of my wrestling friends wanted to see Hulk Hogan get his revenge against King Kong Bundy in a cage, I wanted to see if Superbowl Champion William “The Refrigerator” Perry could be the last man standing in the big battle royal.
With an impressive lineup of WWF talent including Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bruno Sammartino, The Hart Foundation, The Killer Bees, Pedro Morales, the Iron Sheik, King Tonga and NFL stars like Jimbo Covert, Bill Fralic, Russ Francis, Harvey Martin, and William Perry, the ring was filled with star power. And if that wasn’t enough, NFL legends Dick Butkis and Ed “Too Tall” Jones patrolled the ringside area as referees for the match.
The most interesting part of the match was when Big John Studd and William Perry got to square off. Perry held his own until Studd tricked him into running into his big elbow. He then simply beeled Perry over the top rope to eliminate him. But once on the floor, Perry wanted to shake Studd’s hand and congratulate him. When Studd reached down to shake his hand, Perry gave a big tug and pulled John Studd over the top rope to eliminate him too!
Andre the Giant went on to win the match, last eliminating both members of the Hart Foundation. Andre was always referred to as the king of Battle Royals, so it was fitting that he took home the top honor in this mammoth match.