Wrestlemania 23: Battle of the Billionaires

Wrestlemania 23: Battle of the Billionaires

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The Battle of Billionaires was the name of the main staged rivalry between Donald Trump and Vince McMahon at the 23rd annual Wrestlemania pay-per-view event that took place in April 2007. While the event drew large-scale interest in its own right at the time of the original airing, numerous GIFs and video clips from the staged altercation between the two has seen a notable resurgence since Donald Trump's nomination, and subsequent victory, in the 2016 United States presidential election.


The event was organized in collaboration among several federations in professional wrestling, featuring performers from Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands, as a joint pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place on April 1st, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. On July 19th, 2011, the highlights clip of the match between was uploaded by WWE to its YouTube channel.


In the months leading up to the match in April 2007, the polygonal WrestleMania event became widely discussed on professional wrestling communities, such as the official WWE website[3], Online World of Wrestling[2], Just Jared[8] and Wrestling Inc.[1], as well as numerous entertainment news sites, including IGN News[4], TMZ[6], FOX News[9], USA Today[11] and People Magazine.[10]


Upon the premiere of Wrestlemania 23, it was met with record-breaking commercial success and generally positive reviews from the fans and critics alike. In total, Wrestlemania 23 drew an audience of 80,103 fans and approximately 1.2 million viewers at home, while grossing $5.38 million USD in ticket sales. The event set a new record for the highest WWE pay-per-view buyrate in franchise history, before it was eventually surpassed by WrestleMania XXVIII in 2012. In addition, the "Battle of the Billionaires" match was rated an 8 out of 10 stars.

2016 Presidential Campaign

During the first half of 2015, nearly a decade after the "Battle of the Billionaires" took place, various video clips and GIFs of Donald Trump's featured appearance in WrestleMania 23 saw a notable resurgence in circulation in the news and on social media, as rumors began spreading that the reality TV star and vocal critic of Barack Obama is considering to run in the 2016 United States presidential election.

President Trump's Anti-CNN Tweet

On June 28th, 2017, Redditor HanAssholeSolo submitted a photoshopped GIF of Trump ambushing and battering McMahon by the ringside, with a logo of CNN superimposed over the face of McMahon, to the /r/The_Donald subreddit in a post titled "Trump Takes Down Fake News (Colorized, 2017)." A few days later, on July 1st, Donald Trump tweeted the same photoshopped GIF to his personal Twitter account, accompanied by the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN. A moment afterwards, the GIF was also shared on his official @POTUS account.

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External References

[1] Wrestling Inc – Press Conference: Donald Trump Slaps Vince McMahon

[2] Online World of Wrestling – WWE RAW RESULTS

[3] WWE – Battle of the Billionaires Contract Signing

[4] IGN – Trump Lays the Virtual Smackdown

[5] Getty Images – Battle Of The Billionaires Announce Details Of Wrestlemania 23

[6] TMZ – Trump B**ch-slaps Vince McMahon
Trump B**ch-slaps Vince McMahon

[7] The Blade – Hair-razing event spares The Donald, thrills 80,000

[8] Just Jared – Donald Trump Wins Hair Battle

[9] Fox News – Donald Trump Keeps Hair by Winning Billionaire Wrestling Match With Vince McMahon

[10] People Magazine – Donald Trump Not Afraid to Shave His Head

[11] USA Today – Trump vs. McMahon in hair battle at Wrestlemania in Detroit

[12] Uproxx – Here Are 6 Donald Trump-WWE Moments Almost As Ridiculous As His Presidential Campaign

[13] National Review – How Pro Wrestling Taught Donald Trump to Be the Perfect Showman

[14] The Daily Dot – How Donald Trump’s weird history with the WWE foreshadowed his presidential run

[15] New York Magazine – Win or Lose, Trump Has Proven Idiocracy Painfully Prescient

[16] Washington Post – Trump attacks MSNBC and CNN, defends his use of social media in series of tweets

[17] Forbes – Donald Trump Used WWE Footage For Anti-CNN Tweet, And It's Not A Coincidence

[18] New York Times- Trump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground

[19] Imgur – Donald Trump wrastlin at WrestleMania

[20] YouTube – The Battle of the Billionaires

[21] Business Insider – Donald Trump’s 4 most memorable WWE moments

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in reply to Nedhitis

It's always amused me how the DNC ripped off their "defeat Donald Trump" strategy from a professional wrestling villain.

"You might have some support from these voters Donald, but 95% of them are deplorable!" – Mrs. Clinton, CEO of Washington Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.


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