The Wrestling Backfire: The Major Problems With Summerslam (John Cena, CM Punk, Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan)
On March 31st, 1985, the WWF took their biggest gamble ever: Wrestlemania 1. If it failed, chances are the company would have gone out of business. Despite what WWE wants their fans to presume, there was a “Grand Daddy Of Them All” before Wrestlemania called Starrcade. It was a Jim Crockett Promotions’ pay-per-view to blow off the biggest feuds in the company. In contrast to Starrcade, the WWF didn’t want their show to be simply about wrestling. They wanted it to be this mixture of celebrity appearances, entertainment, and wrestling, or what McMahon would refer to it as “Sports Entertainment”. Many critics and promoters believed it would fail, but it ended up being a gigantic hit and put the WWF on its golden platform.