Every WrestleMania Main Event Ranked from Worst to Best - Part One
Looking back at the very worst and very best of WrestleMania's main events
WrestleMania. The showcase of the immortals. It doesn't really matter what you call it but it has become known as the biggest wrestling event of they year.
The question is of all 36 main events which are the best and which are the worst?
Everyone is going to have favourites and matches they fondly remember so if you find your favourite low down it might not be that it was bad but that so many others were just much better. With that in mind...
I am P-Nut from Real Rasslin and this is every WrestleMania main event match ranked from worst to best - Part One
36. Sgt. Slaughter (c) vs. Hulk Hogan - WWF Championship – WrestleMania 7
This match was all kinds of terrible. It has become known as the match that moved a WrestleMania from one arena to a much smaller one amid "safety concerns" but in reality it was a match nobody really cared about. Sgt. Slaughter turning on America and becoming an Iraqi sympathizer did nothing to help the match or the build up.
The match itself is awful and even features Hulk Hogan tearing up an Iraq flag towards the end. This is easily the worst WrestleMania main event of all time.
35. Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase - WWF Championship Tournament Final – WrestleMania 4
WrestleMania 4 is best known for featuring a tournament for the vacated WWF Championship. The tournament itself was ok and featured some pretty decent matches so why is the final so low in the rankings?
The match itself wasn't too bad but the addition of Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan to ringside detracts far too much from the match and ruins the whole experience in general. This should have been a crowning moment for the Macho Man but all we really got was a throwback to last years WrestleMania 3 main event and Hogan hogging the spotlight.
34. Yokozuna vs Bret Hart (c) - WWF Championship – WrestleMania 9
In all honesty I think WrestleMania 9 on the whole was the worst WrestleMania event of all time. If the main event had simply been this match between Yokozuna and Bret Hart it would have scored much higher than their match the following year.
Unfortunately thats just not the case. Yokozuna beats Bret Hart in a fairly decent match only for Hulk Hogan to come out and squash Yokozuna in very little time at all to regain the newly won WWF Championship from him.
A terrible end to a good match on a terrible card.
33. The Miz (c) vs. John Cena - WWE Championship – WrestleMania 27
This match at WrestleMania 27 between The Miz and John Cena starts off as a fairly decent match but then disintegrates and suddenly you realise it's just a glorified commercial for Rock vs Cena the following year.
The match has it's moments but it technically ends in a double countout (lame!) before The Rock comes down and restarts the match, only to Rock Bottom John Cena and give Miz the win.
I love that The Miz technically got a rare WrestleMania win on John Cena but there were a lot better ways to have gone about this.
32. Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 36
The only thing I can really say about this match is that it was incredibly short and the match was hurt by a complete lack of fans.
What should have been an iconic moment for Drew finally winning the WWE Championship from Brock was over shadowed by how crazy 2020 was.
31. Sycho Sid (c) vs. The Undertaker - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 13
The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak is very hit and miss when it comes to looking for good matches. This one is a miss for me.
It was really poetic that the Deadman should be fated to win the WWF Championship at WrestleMania 13 but the match is not that good and the interference from Bret Hart during the match takes more away than it adds.
30. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor - WrestleMania 11
It has often been a theme of WrestleMania to include celebrities in matches against wrestlers but this match had no business being the main event as Diesel vs Shawn Michaels was a much better match.
With NFL players and wrestlers alike stood around the ring watching this match unfold, it is not very well remembered and was not very well received.
29. Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns - WWE Universal Championship - WrestleMania 34
One of those matches that probably looked a lot better on paper than the match delivered.
The match was long, slow and at times really boring. Roman was not very well liked and Brock lesnar retaining the title to the crowd cheering "CM Punk" and chanting "Boring" says everything you need to know about this match.
28. Triple H (c) vs. Roman Reigns - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - WrestleMania 32
Triple H has had some good WrestleMania matches with some decent entrances. Sadly this match is neither.
The entrance for Triple H was ridiculously over the top with Stephanie McMahon introducing Triple H in an extremly long winded way.
The match itself also has very few moments of note other than Roman spearing Triple H through the barricade and spearing Stephanie herself later in the match towards the end.
Everyone knew Roman would get his title back after his recent loss at the Royal Rumble and the fans aren't even overly bothered about it throughout.
27. The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns - WrestleMania 33
Another example of a match looking better on paper than it actually delivered. The idea of Roman beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania to claim the yard as his own probably went down well at whichever creative meeting sanctioned it.
The match itself failed to deliver with the only good part coming at the end. Undertaker leaving his coat and gloves in the ring had many fans fear this was Undertaker's last match. It is fortunate this was not the case as this would have been a terrible send off for the Deadman.
26. Triple H (c) vs. Batista - World Heavyweight Championship - WrestleMania 21
The story going into this match was that Royal Rumble winner Batista was finally going to step out of Triple H's shadow and beat him for the very title Evolution had been formed to keep on The Game.
The story and build up were great but the match couldn't deliver on the hype. It was great to see Batista finally topple Triple H from the top spot but as Batista would take this title to Smackdown only a few weeks later the whole feud was rushed.
Fans watching this match would wish the same was true of this long and drawn out match with only one inevitable conclusion from the start.
25. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff - WrestleMania 1
The first WrestleMania main event was a tag match which was refereed by none other than Muhammed Ali himself.
The match itself is not too bad. Hulk Hogan and Mr T don't make a terrible team and the match is definitely watchable even now, but low production quality lets it down when compared to other, far more iconic, WrestleMania main events.
24. Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret Hart - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 10
We are finally here. This is the match I dubbed "The best bad match" from quite early on. The match these two had at WrestleMania 9 was better than this rematch a year later but obviously the first match was ruined by a returning Hulk Hogan.
This match was not the technical masterpiece you would hope to see in a Bret Hart match and Yokozuna was another example of the classic big man we know Vince loves.
Both competitors had wrestled matches earlier on the card, and WrestleMania 10 is one of the better WrestleMania's of all time, but this match isn't fondly remembered and fails to recapture the ruined magic from the year before.
23. Chris Jericho (c) vs. Triple H - Undisputed WWF Championship - WrestleMania 18
After returning from a quad injury, Triple H returned to win the 2002 Royal Rumble and face Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 18 for the Undisputed WWF Championship in a feud that saw Stephanie McMahon and Triple H's relationship break down.
This match could have been a lot better if it wasn't for how deflated the fans felt after the legendary Rock vs Hulk Hogan match that arguably should have gone on last. Not the worst match but it finds itself lost in the shuffle when compared to other WrestleMania main events.
22. John Cena (c) vs. Triple H - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 22
A match probably better remembered for the entrances than the match itself. Triple H would come to the ring in true WrestleMania King of Kings fashion. John Cena would come to the ring accompanied by wrestlers dressed as gangsters in an old school gangster car.
The match itself was ok. The crowd were more behind Triple H than they were John Cena as they tried to will The Kings of Kings to take the title away from John Cena, but it was not to be. John Cena pulled it off against The Game who would go on to take the title at the following PPV.
21. John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 23
This match did really well and topped the previous years main event between John Cena and Triple H by an extremely small margin. What sets this match slightly apart is how good Shawn Michaels was against John Cena.
This match had everything a classic Shawn Michaels match should have, with various fast paced and often high flying spots.
20. The Rock (c) vs. John Cena - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 29
As it would turn out this match would actually occur twice in a lifetime instead of once as it was booked the year before. Sadly this match failed to capture the excitement from the previous year which was nothing short of an amazing match.
The Rock who had ended CM Punk's long title reign at the Royal Rumble predictably dropped the title back to John Cena who had won the Royal Rumble to set the scene for a rematch that didn't need to happen and in hindsight probably shouldn't have.
19. Ronda Rousey (Raw) vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown) vs. Becky Lynch - Winner Takes All - WWE Raw Women's Championship and WWE SmackDown Women's Championship - WrestleMania 35
The first, and only (to date), womens match to be a WrestleMania main event and it definitely is a great match. Becky Lynch had won the Royal Rumble and in a rare move this led to a triple threat match with both womens titles on the line.
This is probably the best womens match in WrestleMania history and it really legitimised everything WWE had done to promote womens wrestling. Becky walked out with both titles and dubbed herself "Becky Two Belts" going forward.
Do you agree with my list so far? Don't forget to check back WrestleMania weekend for part two.