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Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III set the stage for unforgettable Wrestlemania matches to come

On March 30, 1987, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan faced off in what was billed as “the biggest main event in sports history” at Wrestlemania III.

Nearly 95,000 people gathered at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan to watch Andre, who had never lost a match in 15 years, take on the Hulkster, who was defending a three-year streak as WWF champion.

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Despite Andre dominating the majority of the match, Hulk came back and delivered a shocking body slam to the Giant, which became known as “the slam heard around the world,” before pinning the wrestling legend. Not only did the match catapult Hogan towards “Hulkamania” stardom, but also became a benchmark for epic Wrestlemania moments to come.

Richard Thompson is an associate editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @RThompson_91 

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