One of the most iconic venues to “host” WrestleMania has been demolished after falling into a state of disrepair.
Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was the billed host of Wrestlemania IV and V – although both events were actually held next door at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall.
The Boardwalk Hall section of Trump Plaza still stands despite its main body having been turned to rubble.
At WrestleMania IV on March 27, 1988, Randy Savage made history when he defeated Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang and Ted DiBiase in the WWF Championship Tournament to lift the vacant prize. However, the victory was a prelude to the slow burning implosion of The Mega Powers when Savage’s jealousy over Hulk Hogan and Elizabeth’s relationship boiled over.
One year after the monumental feat of the ‘Macho Man’, Savage and Hulk Hogan stepped back into Trump Plaza to contest the WWF Championship in the main event and arguably Hulk Hogan’s greatest match with the company.
However, at 9am on February 17, Trump Plaza and Casino was demolished in a dramatic scene after three decades of trading. Though its former owner and once President of the United States Donald Trump had no association with the venue since 2009.
The Trump Casino in Atlantic City was just demolished.pic.twitter.com/KRn6RHTMNg
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) February 17, 2021
Giving an interview about the demolition of the building to WKYC, Events Manager Bernie Dillion mentioned former WWF Champion Hulk Hogan as part of the building’s history:
“The way we put Trump Plaza and the city of Atlantic City on the map for the whole world was really incredible. Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities. One night before a Tyson fight I stopped dead in my tracks and looked about four rows in as the place was filling up, and there were two guys leaning in close and having a private conversation: Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. It was like that a lot: You had Madonna and Sean Penn walking in, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah sitting with Donald ringside. It was a special time. I’m sorry to see it go.”