Celebrating WrestleMania in Stories

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WrestleMania matches and moments retold in 50-word mini-stories.

WrestleMania VI: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior

A snarling warrior promised to usurp the long-reigning king. The battle saw many a stalemate. They locked eyes. They locked arms. Their bands of followers roared to make their allegiances clear. And eventually the warrior proved superior. Despite how drained combat left him, he guided an icon into a nosedive.

WrestleMania X: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart

Two brothers warred with only pride as the prize.

They grappled like they had long done in the family dungeon. Rolling, countering, wincing. Like fighting their own reflections. The younger brother’s victory surprised his elder; surprised us all.

Both victor and loser left staggered, stunned, never to be whole again.

WrestleMania XIX: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels

The young lion looked to devour an old lion in the open air.

He failed in spite of his craftiness. No amount of mimicry or superkicks was enough. Defeat struck like lightning. Spit hung from his mouth. Post-battle, he offered a shot to the balls, a final act of defiance.

WrestleMania XXIV: Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels

The playboy struggled to accept mortality, even when his pupil was assigned his execution.

He fought until his body refused his orders, desperate to avoid this farewell. Blood in his mouth, tears in his eyes, he looked up to see his enemy offer an admission of love before the deathblow.

WrestleMania 32: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

A thief entered the battle sprinting as the sun fell.

He fell upon two bloodied titans, scavenging from the beasts, refusing to accept the laws of the food chain. He wielded surprise and speed like two great swords. And when his former brother grew vulnerable, the thief struck without remorse.

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