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10 Things You Probably Never Knew About WrestleMania III

10. The Memorable Version of ‘America the Beautiful’ by Aretha Franklin Almost Didn’t Happen

As legend goes, legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin was one of the many that decided to wait it out before heading to the Silverdome, and she almost paid for it, as she didn’t arrive at the venue till it was just about bell time and time for her to start the event with an excellent piano version of ‘America the Beautiful.’

She wasn’t the only one that had major issues getting to the Silverdome, as there are stories of many wrestlers having problems getting to the event due to the massive crowd coming to Pontiac, but thankfully all of them made it on time – including Franklin.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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