10 Fascinating WWE WrestleMania Facts & Stats
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
It's WrestleMania week, baby!
That means plenty of excitement, predictions, rumours and new content for all.
And if anything can be mined for content, it's WrestleMania, given that we're approaching the 37th one in history and all WrestleManias past have their unique own identities and stories behind them.
This conflation of quantity and uniqueness has resulted in some pretty interesting facts, stats and behind-the-scenes tidbits that only seek to enhance the aura of the event.
Moving beyond attendance records (real or otherwise), match lengths and show length, I'm going to dig into a few of these and unravel how they came about, what they mean and how they contribute to the mania of WrestleMania.
Besides, any reason to write about Willie Nelson partying with the Nasty Boys is a good one.
And if that hasn't enticed you to read on, I'm not sure anything will...
10. The Only Cage Match (For A Long Time)
If WWE hadn't booked Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon in a cage match at WrestleMania 37, there would still only be one (traditional) cage match in WrestleMania history.
Despite being a tried and tested gimmick and a popular blowoff in days gone by, WWE have only employed the steel cage one time at WrestleMania previously.
That was for the main event of WrestleMania 2, where Hulk Hogan successfully defended his WWE Title against King Kong Bundy inside the big blue bars during the Los Angeles portion of the show.
It was recently revealed on the WWE Untold episode focusing on the Edge versus Mick Foley Hardcore match from WrestleMania 22 that Vince McMahon had originally planned for it to take place in a cage, until the Rated-R Superstar successfully argued for it to be hardcore rules instead.
While the cage has only been used once (as of this writing), WWE have put on three Hell in a Cell matches at WrestleManias past, each involving The Undertaker (versus Big Boss Man, Triple H and Shane McMahon at XV, XXVIII & 32 respectively).