Breanna Cranford of Tucker, Ga.; Timothy Ellison of Monroe, Mi.; and Javier Fernandez of Miami each won the book WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection.
The greatest superstars, divas and events in WWE history come to life in WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection (Insight Editions / $24.99 / March 2015), featuring 40 removable posters spanning more than 50 years of WWE performers.
Inspired by WWE WrestleMania Week, to become a nominee to win a free copy of WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection, fans emailed their favorite WrestleMania and why. Three contest winners were selected by random drawing.
What the winners wrote:
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Breanna Cranford: “My favorite WrestleMania so far would have to be WrestleMania 23 on April 1,2007 in my hometown Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field. This was a very special event for me because it was my very first Wrestlemania. I got the tickets as a Christmas gift,and I cried my eyes out. My mom and aunt had this all planned out for my cousin and I for Mania week. Since my cousins birthday was March 29th, my mom decided to spoil us. We spent the entire weekend just hanging with wrestlers. We went to Stone Cold Steve Austin's movie premiere of ‘The Condemned’ with all of the Superstars and Divas. It was AMAZING. We also went bowling with superstars like Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley, the Highlanders, Jamie Noble, Victoria, and more. I got my photo taken with a bunch of them and cried when Rey pulled me in for a hug.
“During the weekend, just at regular places, we saw a bunch of superstars like at the mall and out for dinner. That sunday I went with a bunch of my family to the greatest event ever. The Money in the Bank ladder match was AMAZING. When Jeff Hardy jumped off of the ladder onto another ladder that had Edge laying across it, we all cringed but screamed. All the RKOs Randy delivered had us booing and cheering. When Mr. Kennedy won, the boos in the arena were crazy loud. I loved seeing all the divas. When Mr. McMahon got his head shaved, it was awesome to see live. Matches like Batista vs. Undertaker and Cena vs. Michaels showed me why I loved wrestling so much and gave me a reason to keep watching. I still watch that WrestleMania every now and then just saying to myself, ‘Wow, I was there.’”
Timothy Ellison: “My favorite WrestleMania would have to be ‘WrestleMania 30.’ The matches of Daniel Bryan vs. The King of Kings Triple H; not only did Triple H basically destroy Daniel Bryan during the match, as Daniel Bryan picks up the victory, the punishement wasn’t over for Daniel Bryan as he was attacked by Stephanie and again by the Game with a steel chair after the match.
“As Daniel Bryan moves on to the Triple Threat match against Champion Randy Orton and Batista for the World Heavy Weight Championship, as the match was nothing more than ruthless agresssion, The underdog Daniel Bryan would come out on top and become the World Heavyweight Champion.
“That was a good and a bad year for Daniel Bryan, as he got injured and his title was taken from him and no rematch was given to him, lost his father and the inspirational Connor Michalek, but got married to WWE Diva Brie Bella. Shorlty after recovering from surgrey, Daniel Bryan's home in Phonex was burgalized as D. Bryan was coming home and captured one of the suspects and put him in a rear naked choke untill cops came.
“So this would have to be my favorite WrestleMania of all time. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!”
Javier Fernandez: “My favorite WrestleMania is...Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans. Maybe I’m a little biased because I was at the Mercedes Benz Silverdome err-- Superdome on that magical night where the ‘Yes Movement’ had its big payoff moment. The night kicked off with a bang when just after the smoke settled from the opening pyrotechnics the host of WrestleMania was introduced, Hulk Hogan. As the Hulkster was in the middle of delivering his verbal Big Boot and Atomic Leg Drop, the sound of shattering glass fills the dome. Stone Cold and Hulk Hogan in the same ring? At Wrestlemania? This can't get any better.
“Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?
“Oh yes I can. With a lump in my throat and holding back tears, I couldn't believe what I was witnessing. Never in my life have I said, ‘This is awesome,’ and meant it as much as I do now. Before I could even soak it in, my three childhood/adulthood heroes delivered their catchphrases and downed a few beers.
“After that, I could’ve left happy. My face hurt from smiling so much. But we're only 15 minutes in. Then the lights go out and the dome fills with green lasers beams. It’s time to play the game. Triple H never disappoints when it comes to WrestleMania entrances. And this one was his best yet. The bell rings, and we’re ready for action. Daniel Bryan and Triple H put together a 30-minute masterpiece with the Flying Goat thrusting his two fingers in the air in victory. Cena and Bray told a wonderful story in the ring as only they can. Cesaro hoists 500-pound Big Show over his head and tosses him over the top rope. And then the unthinkable happened: The Beast Incarnate named Brock Lesnar shocks the world and ends the streak. It's still hard for me to talk about it. *tear*
“The main event saw Daniel Bryan defy all odds and defeat Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The sight of 75,000 people with their hands in the air chanting ‘YES! YES! YES!’ in unison is something I will never forget and hope to tell my children about someday.”
About WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection
The electrifying action of professional wrestling with classic and contemporary artwork in WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection depict events such as WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, and more, as well as images of WWE’s most iconic talent, including Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, AJ Lee and more.
Trace the evolution of WWE and sports entertainment through artwork, from old school “wrestling cards” to the vibrancy of the 1980s “boom” period, from the gritty look of the Attitude Era to modern, world-class artwork showcasing today’s WWE. An indispensable compilation of forty high-quality removable posters, this ultimate collectible is a must-have for wrestling fans of every generation.
The publication of WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection was timed to coincide with WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. The book will be advertised and available at other WWE events throughout the year, including Raw and SummerSlam—each an opportunity for fans to get their favorite posters signed by their favorite superstars and divas.
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