• Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Would Have Celebrated Her Birthday
Today would have been the 78th birthday of Old School WWF WrestleMania Celebrity “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.
At WrestleMania III on March 29, 1987, she sang “America the Beautiful” in front of a LIVE audience of 93,173 people in the Pontiac Silverdome and millions watching at home.
20 years later, Vince brought her back to do it one more time at WrestleMania 23, where she ended up singing the song in front of 80,103 people at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
† REST IN PEACE ARETHA FRANKLIN
March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018
• The Rock Reveals What Hulk Hogan Said To Him After Their WrestleMania 18 Match
The legendary WrestleMania X8 match between Hollywood Hulk Hogan and The Rock completed 18 years about a week ago on March 17.
On this occasion, The Rock posted a video on Instagram talking about this match.
Below are the highlights from the video:
His reaction when Vince McMahon approached him with the idea of doing this match:
“I loved it. Immediately I saw the marquee, I saw the build up, I saw the promotion and I just saw the intrigue from the fans because this is a match you never thought you would see. It’s like Tyson vs Ali, you never thought you would see that.”
What happened after the match was over:
“When we got to the back, I gave Hogan the biggest, hardest hug I could and I said ‘thank you for passing the torch’.
He said, ‘you deserve it, brother’, or something to that effect. ‘Carry it well, like I did when Andre passed me the torch’.”
On working as a heel during this match:
“In that moment I had to listen to my gut, and I thought ‘I’m going to work as a heel now’ and give the people, 68,000 people, give them the opportunity to not be conflicted.
Cheer him, you can boo me, because the only thing that matters is we have a great match.”
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Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of the history making ICON vs ICON WrestleMania match between myself and the Immortal @HulkHogan. Here’s my answer to your questions about how I felt about our iconic match and some unique backstory to our build up and the importance of doing something that’s served me my whole life – always listen to my gut. Thanks for all your great questions and thank you, Terry for passing the torch. Truly, my honor. Stay health everyone and take care of one another — we will get thru this. #iconvsicon #goat #listentoyourgut
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