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Dream Matches, Iconic Moments And Fashion Statements: WWE Superstars Talk WrestleMania

Dream Matches, Iconic Moments And Fashion Statements: WWE Superstars Talk WrestleMania

The Showcase of The Immortals has produced some memorable moments over the years

Joe Baiamonte

Joe Baiamonte

We're a few miles down the road to WrestleMania so, naturally, it's all any WWE fan can talk about. And a few members of the WWE roster have been sharing some of the fondest memories 'The Showcase of The Immortals' has produced over the last 33 years, as well as looking ahead to what this year's event, at the SuperDome in New Orleans, has in store.

Given that the last time WrestleMania was held in the Louisiana hotbed, the night ended with Daniel Bryan finally crowned as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and The Undertaker's undefeated streak ended by Brock Lesnar, this year's supercard has a hell of a lot to live up to.

But with a rematch of the sensational Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns main event from WrestleMania 31 topping the bill, this time for the Raw brand Universal Title, along with a potential Match of The Year candidate between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura deciding the fate of the WWE Title AND Ronda Rousey competing in her first WWE bout, it's already looking as if the 34th edition, which will be live on both the WWE Network and Sky Box Office, will be a show for the ages.

Hot on the heels of January's Royal Rumble event, which is essentially the starting point for WrestleMania season every year, the buzz surrounding this year's 'Mania has been bubbling along, with several members of the Raw and SmackDown Live rosters sharing what the 'Show of Shows' means to them, what their favourite WrestleMania moments are, what dream matches they would want to compete in and, most importantly, the most seminal fashion statements in WrestleMania history.

"In terms of the best fashion statement, you've got to put Shawn Michaels up there, because he always had something really special" says Tyler Breeze, one half of SmackDown's resident Fashion Police, Breezango, when we asked him for his expert opinion on the best and worst gear ever worn inside the squared circle at 'The Grandaddy Of 'Em All'.

"As far as the worst, I dunno because there's so many we could toss on there. Let's go with, y'know what? I'm gonna go with New Day. They get a little out of hand every now and again."

The New Day have had some, erm, interesting fashion choices at the past couple of WrestleManias. Images: WWE
The New Day have had some, erm, interesting fashion choices at the past couple of WrestleManias. Images: WWE

"It's the biggest extravaganza in our business" is how former Raw Tag Team champion and one half of The Club, Luke Gallows, describes 'Mania, during a recent conference call. Gallows unsuccessfully defended the tag titles at last year's showcase in Orlando, losing them to the returning Hardy Boyz in a chaos strewn four team ladder match.

The one time Bullet Club member has also worked multiple Wrestle Kingdom shows in New Japan Pro Wrestling during his career, as well as appearing on multiple 'Manias and is in no doubt about the enormity of 'Mania's prestige and reputation when it comes to crossover appeal and global reach.

"Any time you get to be there and be a part of that show, it's almost bigger than the entire business. There's so much crossover appeal, the entertainment world will be watching. It's a thrill ride, man, it's an adrenaline rush and it don't get any better than that. I'm happy to be heading back to WrestleMania, this year.

"My ladder match, last year [was my favourite WrestleMania moment]. It was a great moment. Getting to be in the ring with the Hardy Boyz when they made their return and to hear that pop and to be there with my buddy Karl Anderson was a great moment.

"I have some moments I remember growing up as a huge fan, but personally it had to be my own."

Of course, not every WrestleMania moment has happened yet and there are plenty of dream matches to be realised in future events. So when the question was put to one half of SmackDown Live's Tag Team champions, Jimmy Uso, about who his dream opponents would be, he had no hesitation in answering.

"If it came down to just one team for The Usos to fight [at WrestleMania], it would have to be The Hardy Boyz. For me growing up, watching tag team wrestling and them being brothers was cool for me and my brother. We'd be like 'holy cow, man, they're brothers, they're doing their thing and winning WWE championships, they've been to the dance plenty of times. That would be a dream match for me and my brother."

And when you come from stock as strong as The Usos do, with their heritage tied to the Samoan wrestling dynasty that is the legendary Anoa'i family (The Rock, Yokozuna, Umaga, Roman Reigns and their father Rikishi are just a small selection of the family), you can't help but cherish a few memories more than others where your own flesh and blood are involved.

"The crazy thing is I remember so many matches. My dad was part of a tag team called The Headshrinkers, with Samu, and they had a tag team match at the Caesar's Palace WrestleMania (WrestleMania IX), working against the Steiner brothers, which was actually the same pay-per-view where Hulk Hogan beat Yokozuna. Actually, Yoko' beat Bret Hart for the WWE Title and then Hulk Hogan came out and took the title off Yoko'.

"To see my dad and both my uncles on the biggest stage of them all was a surreal moment. It would be cool to do that again with me and my brother and Roman represented at WrestleMania because a decade or so ago our fathers and uncles were doing it, so it would be cool for us to accomplish that."

But one performer, who has become a cult hero with the WWE Universe over the last few months through both the power of an extraordinarily strong social media game and also by declaring every day as his own, has even grander plans for WrestleMania than a family affair.

I am, of course, referencing one time Bulgarian Brute and current most entertaining superstar on the WWE roster, former United States champion, Rusev.

Speaking to talkSPORT during a conference call, Rusev revealed that his plans for this year's event at the New Orleans SuperDome will trump that of the Russian military style parade that accompanied him three years ago ahead of his match against John Cena at WrestleMania 31, in California.

"It's the first ever collaboration of Rusev Day and WrestleMania, so I'm looking forward to it. If you look back and think what we did at WrestleMania 31 with the tank and the soldiers and Lana and everything, this year we may even blow that out the water.

"It's in a dome this year so I don't think I could drive a tank or fly a plane or a helicopter this year, so I'm going to have to come up with something else. It's the biggest time of year and the spectacle of the year so we need to make it even more special on Rusev Day.

"It's a whole week actually, so when you put them together you have one Rusev Day then the next Rusev Day and so then it's Rusev Week! It's just simple mathematics."

Let's face it, if nothing else happens in New Orleans on 8th April apart from the biggest Rusev Day celebrations in history, we can safely put WrestleMania 34 in the record books as the greatest wrestling event of all time.

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