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Wrestlemania 1: A look back at '85 in the Garden

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

It was the perfect symbiosis of rock, pop culture and wrestling.

The first Wrestlemania took place March 31, 1985 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and featured a colourful cavalcade of characters.

There was Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Muhammad Ali, Billy Martin, Andre the Giant, Fabulous Moolah, Classy Freddie Blassie, the Iron Sheik and more.

The storyline kicked off when Canadian hard man Rowdy Roddy Piper insulted Lauper. Hogan and Mr. T. raced to her rescue.

And it was on.

More than 19,000 watched the extravaganza at the Garden and more than one million more watched it live on closed circuit -- the largest CC audience at the time.