WrestleMania® - The name evokes bright lights, huge crowds, and spectacular displays of athleticism. It's Hulk Hogan™ body-slamming Andre the Giant™, John Cena® facing off against Hollywood megastar and Attitude Era icon, The Rock®. Its musical performances from chart-topping artists, the glamour of big-name celebrities, thundering fireworks, and the hair rising on the back of your neck as the Undertaker™ stares down his challenger.
Nothing else is like it. WrestleMania is often compared to the Super Bowl®, but WrestleMania is bigger. WrestleMania sells more tickets and seats more fans, and the energy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, April 6 will be that much more intense. For the Superstars and Divas of WWE®, WrestleMania is the biggest date on their calendar, the goal they work towards the other 51 weeks of the year, and a golden ticket they'll do anything to obtain.
The stakes at WrestleMania couldn't be higher, the pressure couldn't be more overwhelming, and the opportunity for glory is absolutely limitless. It is at WrestleMania, in the irreproducible atmosphere of WWE's signature event, that a Superstar can cross from stardom into immortality, achieving a "WrestleMania moment" that will live forever, not only in the annals of WWE, but in the hearts and imaginations of the live crowd and the million-plus watching all over the globe, on pay-per-view and the new WWE Network™.
WrestleMania® 30 will be the biggest WrestleMania to date. Each year brings new innovations, even more sophisticated production elements, and crazier surprises, but from its beginning, WrestleMania has been something beyond any other pay-per-view. Although it's centered on high-profile and championship matches between Superstars and Divas, it's also a star-studded celebrity event, with live music, stars of the stage and screen and guests from elsewhere in the sporting world. Often at WrestleMania, we see some celebrity mixing it up with the WWE Superstars - whether it's Donald Trump putting his infamous hairdo on the line against Mr. McMahon's, undefeated five-division boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. knocking out the seven-foot giant Big Show®, or Jersey Shore's Snooki executing a jaw-dropping series of gymnastic flips into a perfect back handspring elbow.
WrestleMania is also about building on tradition, and there's no better example of this than the Undertaker, an already towering figure in WWE who, through 21 straight WrestleMania victories, has risen from legendary to near-mythical. A thrilling facet of every WrestleMania is when and if the Undertaker® will return, whom he will challenge, and then, crucially, whether The Phenom will be able to maintain his winning streak.
WrestleMania is the culmination, not only of the year in WWE, but an entire week of live events, and the experience for attendees is unforgettable. Being live in the venue, surrounded by a hundred thousand happy fans, is magic. People fly in from all over the world, so WrestleMania is also a chance to see firsthand just how excitingly broad and diverse WWE's global fan base is. It's a truly international gathering, on a scale unmatched anywhere in the United States.
Ten years ago, WWE began hanging a WrestleMania sign up over the Royal Rumble, the chaotic specialty match whose winner gets to headline that year's WrestleMania. In 2008, Royal Rumble winner John Cena was the first to do something every Rumble winner since has adopted: he climbed to the top turnbuckle and pointed at the WrestleMania sign. It's a simple but powerful gesture that says to fans, buckle up and ride with me, because this is where we're going, to the grandest stage of them all.
WrestleMania is where it all happens. At WrestleMania, the showmanship, athleticism and sacrifices made by those men and women whose in-ring performances drive the WWE, reach their absolute peak. The lights burn brighter, championship gold shines more brilliantly, and as the crowd holds its collective breath, one more WWE Superstar surpasses expectation, overachieving, triumphing, and seizing a spot in history.