10 Exclusive Photos From WWE WrestleMania 38 Weekend – Day One

WWE lands in Dallas, WaleMania takes over Texas, and a Cody Rhodes Tease At Axxess?!

When Andre The Giant uttered those words to foreshadow the heel turn on Hulk Hogan that followed just a few short weeks later, he transformed everything about this time of year for WWE, and ultimately wrestling as a whole.

WrestleMania III had a transformative impact on how the mainstream populous viewed pro wrestling and indeed the branding and prestige of the ‘Show Of Shows’. A year later, WrestleMania IV’s Trump Plaza locale offered build-up events for punters wanting a little more than just WWE’s annual supercard. Further expansions over the decades grew WrestleMania into the event that took over a city, making good on the internal marketing that had sold it as the SuperBowl of the industry for a little longer than it perhaps deserved.

With wrestling fans (and the potential income they had to offer) subsequently came more wrestling, and by the 2010s, it was commonplace to have a week’s worth of events making the most of the captive audience keen to get even more bang for their WrestleMania buck.

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All until 2020, when the pandemic bulldozed everything. And all until now when, for the first time since 2019, a location has become the grand destination for all things pro wrestling.

Three years is a long time – and those in Dallas for the biggest weekend of the year were glad it was over.

10. The WrestleMania Attire Hall Of Fame

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As part of combining some of the fan experiences traditionally held at Axxess, WWE trotted out a series of old and new items in their WrestleMania legacy line-up. An exhaustive range featured something from just about every show including the above pieces from WrestleManias III and XI respectively.

It’s a massive collection and growing impressively – particularly considering it’s now bundled in for the punters at the megastore.

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