Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo vs.
The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff
WrestleMania is The Showcase Of The Immortals, so it only makes sense that new champions are going to be crowned from time to time.
Whether the various iterations of the WWF/WWE World Championshsip, the Women's/Divas Championship, the Intercontinental Title, the U.S. Championship, Tag Team Championships or retired titles such as the Light Heavyweight, ECW, Hardcore or European Championships.... a lot of gold has changed hands over the past 32 WrestleManias.
Obviously, quite a few titles have changed hands in more than 30 WrestleManias, many of which were promptly ignored by most fans (or in some cases, WWE itself).
So how do we narrow it down to just fifty? In counting down the Top 50 WrestleMania Title Changes, we looked at the following criteria:
How important was the title change to the WWF/E history?
How important was the title change to the careers of all performers involved in the match?
How well was the match built up leading into the event?
How prominent was the match on the build-up to the show?
One note here: these are title changes, some of which aren't phenomenal matches on their own.... but are not just title matches, of which there would be a very different list.
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Ready? Here we go!
The very first title change in WrestleMania history happened at the inaugural event, when WWE Hall of Famers The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff took on WWF Tag Team Champions Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo. Due to interference by manager Freddie Blassie, The Sheik and Volkoff won the gold.