The match that possibly epitomises the spectacle of WrestleMania the most is the WrestleMania X8 match in 2002 between The Rock and Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
The match might not have been a technical masterclass, but the crowd were arguably more than they have been for any other WrestleMania match that came before or indeed has even come after.
The Rock picked up the win in the big match, defeating Hulk Hogan who was 48-years-old at the time. However, the ‘People’s Champion’ has revealed that he was worried Hogan would demand to win the big match.
Speaking to fans on an Instagram Live stream, The Rock said he assumed that Hogan would win the match. However, things didn’t play out that way.
“I remember speaking to Vince McMahon, Pat Patterson, Michael Hayes, about our match, and as we were putting the match together and we were all collectively, including Hogan, just felt like, well, let’s just feel it out there and see where the crowd goes, and then we’ll adjust.
“We had agreed that I was gonna win the match, but much like WrestleManias before, WrestleMania 3 with Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, it was assumed that Hogan was going to win but with Andre, Hogan talks about it still to this day, you never know until match time what Andre is going to decide because he’s the OG.
“Well, the exact same thing I felt with Hogan, even though we agreed that I was going to win the match and he was going to pass the torch to me. The wrestling world is funny, I’ve learned because I grew up in the wrestling business, that you don’t count your chickens until they hatch, they come out of the egg and it’s happening. So I wasn’t assuming I was going to win. I was just waiting for Hogan to give me the green ligh”
If you are stuck at home with nothing to do, I seriously urge you to check out WrestleMania X8 as well as WrestleMania X-Seven from the year prior. Both are fantastic pay-per-views.