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    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Smark Henry’s Favorite WrestleMania Moments: A Tremendous Stunner

    As we count the days down to WrestleMania 34 on April 9, we here at Smark Henry want to do something different than our usual trivia promotion. Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing and talking about our favorite WrestleMania moments in the hopes of getting some more this year.

    Before he became the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump was a lot of things: a business magnate, a real estate mogul, a restaurateur and hotelier, and a purveyor of the finest and most luxurious steaks and natural spring water that—to a certain extent—weren’t as huge as his other ventures. 

    Trump and wrestling have a long history together: WrestleMania IV and WrestleMania V were held in his properties in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 2009, in a storyline that had Vince McMahon accept an “offer he cannot refuse,” Donald Trump became the new independent owner and operator of Monday Night RAW. But this wasn’t the angle that The Donald became most infamous for.

    In early 2007, Donald Trump interrupted one of Vince McMahon’s “Fan Appreciation Night” celebrations by dropping dollars from the rafters of American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. This set off a rivalry between The Man With Huge Hands and the The Man With Balls the Size of Grapefruits heading into WrestleMania 23, for the “Battle of the Billionaires.” But rather than having Trump and McMahon actually wrestle, they chose to be in the corner of two of the most dominant forces in WWE.

    In McMahon’s corner was the Samoan Bulldozer: the late Umaga, who plowed through the opposition with high-speed, high-impact moves. In Trump’s corner was Bobby Lashley, who powered through his opponents with raw power and sheer force of will. At stake were the physical features that both Trump and McMahon were most proud of: their hair.

    The match itself was hard-hitting and, surprisingly, one of the longer matches in WrestleMania 23, with Trump himself not afraid to throw one of the worst clothesline-slash-tackles ever captured on tape. But the match itself was overshadowed by the result: McMahon having his head shaved bald by an enthusiastic Lashley and Trump. But the conclusion of the match had interesting, long-lasting effects.

    One could say that outside of his gleaming golden towers, his ostentatious resorts, and the White House, Trump was also a fixture of the squared circle. Politics aside, the current US President is an avowed wrestling fan who, as some commentators pointed out, was able to parlay his knowledge of professional wrestling narrative to the most powerful office in the free world. But that Stunner, one could guess, is a moment that has more far-reaching consequences outside of pro wrestling than any other WrestleMania vignette.

    Want to catch WrestleMania 34 live? Join us at the official Smark Henry WrestleMania Viewing Party on Monday, April 9 at Skinny Mike's Sports Bar in Bonifacio Global City! P300 gets you entrance and a free drink, as well as the closest thing to watching the Grandaddy of Them All live in the arena. It's a holiday, too, so no reason for you to miss out! For more details, check out the Facebook event page here.

    Read our previous entries:

    1. Daniel Bryan Wins The Big One At WrestleMania 30
    2. Seth Rollins Cashes In At WrestleMania 31
    3. Savage and Steamboat's Perfect Classic
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