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los angeles memorial sports arena

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Wrestlemania II was a pay-per-view event that was held on April 7, 1986 at three separate locations: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Uniondale, NY), Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL), and Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (yep).

Each location had a main event with a major undercard. The main event in Los Angeles was Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a steel cage match. Hogan won the match after climbing out of the top of the steel cage and reached the floor to retain the title.

Celebrity guests at the L.A. location include Ricky Schroder, Tommy Lasorda, and Elvira.

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madison square garden

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The first Wrestlemania was held at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 1985. In the main event, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T fought Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.

Wrestlemania was an exercise in showmanship. Muhammad Ali was a guest referee. Jesse "The Body" Ventura was a color commentator. At one point, Cyndi Lauper hit a professional wrestler with a purse (planned after Lauper met Lou Albano on a plane to Puerto Rico).

The event was shown on closed-circuit television at arenas around the country, including the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA where fans threw garbage at the screen when technical glitches ended the screening (the WWF later rebroadcast it on a local affiliate there for free to make up for it).

The good old days...

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pontiac silverdome

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On March 29, 1987, Wrestlemania III was held at the Pontiac Silverdome. With an attendance of 93,173, the wrestling event was the most highly attended sporting event until the NBA All-Star Game of 2010. The main event featured Hulk Hogan vs André the Giant, and also starred wrestling luminaries like Randy Savage, Junkyard Dog, Rickey Steamboat, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and more.

The event was considered one of the high points for 80s wrestling. Since then, the Pontiac Silverdome has fallen on hard times. It's currently the home of the Detroit Mechanix, the city's ultimate frisbee team, when it's not being repaired from various damages.

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where bruiser brody was stabbed

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Frank Goodish, a 6'8" giant best known as Bruiser Brody, wrestled in the NWA, the AWA, the WWWF and many other promotions during the territory days of the 70s and 80s.

In 1988 Brody traveled to Puerto Rico for a show on July 16 at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón. In the locker room before the show he was stabbed by a wrestler named Invader (real name José González). Brody died at the hospital early the next morning.

González was charged with the murder and claimed self-defense. In spite of the controversy surrounding his motives for killing Brody, González was acquitted after a trial in Puerto Rico the following year.

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where owen hart died

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Owen Hart fell to his death at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City on May 23, 1999 during WWF's Over the Edge pay-per-view.

Hart had recently reprised the masked Blue Blazer gimmick that he used when he first debuted in the WWF over ten years before. A stunt was planned where he would descend from the ceiling in a harness and grapple line before his match, but he ended up accidentally falling over fifty feet into the ring.

Luckily the arena house lights were down at the time while a backstage promo aired and no footage exists of the fall.

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