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robbinsdale high school (former)

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The Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale was at one time a breeding ground for future professional wrestlers.

AWA founder Verne Gagne attended Robbinsdale High School in the 1930s and Larry "The Axe" Hennig attended in the '50s.

Later graduates of the high school include:
Rick Rood (aka "Ravishing" Rick Rude) - class of '76
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig - class of '76
Tom Zenk (½ of the Can-Am Connection) - class of '76
Dean Peters - class of '76
Scott Simpson (aka Nikita Koloff) - class of '77
John "The Barbarian" Nord - class of '77
and Barry Darsow (best known as Smash from Demolition and probably worst known as the Repo Man) - class of '78

Robbinsdale High School closed in 1982. This location is currently the Robbinsdale Middle School.

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caesers palace

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On April 4, 1993, Wrestlemania IX was held outdoors at the Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace. The title match featured Yokozuna defeating Bret Hart, and then Hulk Hogan defeating Yokozuna.

The ninth installment of the Wrestlemania franchise saw a reduction of attendance to a third of the audience in Wrestlemania 8. Pay-per-view numbers were down as well. The matches were held outside for the first time in Wrestlemania history, and there was a recurring Roman theme.

Due to the poor broadcast and uninteresting matches, many see Wrestlemania 9 as the worst of the franchise. However, it's worth noting that Bobby Heenan entered riding a camel backwards...

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hoosier dome

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Before the Hoosier Dome became the RCA Dome, and before the RCA Dome imploded, Wrestlemania VIII was held at this location on April 5, 1992.

In the eighth installment of the Wrestlemania franchise, the headline was a rare double match-up. Hulk Hogan defeated Sid Justice by disqualification, and Randy Savage defeated Ric Flair.

Fun fact: After the RCA Dome (rename of the Hoosier Dome) was imploded on December 20, 2008, the canopy of the dome was recycled to make messenger bags, wallets, and clutches.

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los angeles memorial sports arena

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On March 24, 1991, the WWF returned to the LA Memorial Sports Arena for Wrestlemania VII. In the seventh installment of Wrestlemania, Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter in a Gulf War I-themed bonanza.

Other notable occurrences at Wrestlemania 7: the Undertaker's first Wrestlemania appearance and the beginning of his undefeated Wrestlemania winning steak, and the end of the Hart Foundation.

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On April 1, 1990, Wrestlemania VI was held at the Toronto SkyDome. In the sixth installment of Wrestlemania, the Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan.

The SkyDome is now officially named the Rogers Centre after the owner of the stadium and the Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Communications (although it is still locally known as the SkyDome). The venue is the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof.

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