WrestleMania is the culmination of most major storylines from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for that specific year. One of Vincent McMahon's biggest accomplishments was the idea of WrestleMania. WrestleMania is the largest professional wrestling event in America in terms of attendance per year. WrestleMania typically acts as the "season finale" of everything that occurred in the WWE within the last 12 months.
Partnering With a Stadium and City to Host WrestleMania
WrestleMania typically takes place around the end of March or beginning of April. Similar to the NFL's Super Bowl, the WWE does not have a hard time selling out the event, despite hosting it in large arenas. Good weather and access to a large venue are the two key components when the WWE decides where to host the event.
Planning of the WrestleMania Weekend
WrestleMania is spread out over four days, but the main event takes place on a Sunday. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Axxess takes place. Axxess is a three-day event where professional wrestling fans get to meet their favorite superstars and interact with other fans via games, contests and other interactive events.
The WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
On Saturday night, the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony takes place where a select group of WWE Superstars and celebrities are inducted into the company's most prestigious club. Unlike every other night of wrestling, this night is special for everyone present because all wrestlers break out of their characters and reflect on their time in the company with other wrestlers, who are also out of character.
Building the WrestleMania Card
The most important part of WrestleMania is the final card for the event. A "card" is a list of matches that are taking place in a specific event. Typically, a WrestleMania card plans for seven matches and the event typically runs for about four hours. The card is the selling point of the entire event. More times than not there is an appearance by a big-name celebrity, a wrestling legend who has not showed up on television in quite some time, and a part-time wrestler who can draw in thousands of people with their name alone.
Putting together the card is a lengthy process that starts in January during the "Royal Rumble" pay-per-view event. The Royal Rumble match features 30 wrestlers who must throw one another above the top rope and outside of the ring. The last man standing in the ring is crowned the winner and given the opportunity to participate in the main event at WrestleMania that year. The winner of the Royal Rumble is chosen by the WWE's writers, something that's typically paired with lots of controversy because of the disconnect between what the fans want and what the WWE executives want.
Post WrestleMania Events
Once WrestleMania concludes, it doesn't mean the event is completely over. The following night is considered one of the most fun wrestling shows of the year by most WWE fans. The WWE writers prepare for one of the loudest crowds of the year by creating new storylines that will elicit incredible reactions from the live crowd and the rest of the fans watching from home.
WrestleMania week may be over the night after, but the event gets aired again on NBC a few months down the road so that everyone who has basic cable can tune into the spectacle that is WrestleMania.
Sammy Sucu is a professional wrestling blogger. Sucu has been a professional wrestling fan his entire life and also is the host and co-producer of a podcast on Reddit titled "WredditCast."