Every WrestleMania Main Event Ranked from Worst to Best - Part Two
Looking back at the very worst and very best of WrestleMania's main events
Wrestlemania is the biggest PPV of the year and it has featured some of the greatest matches ever but the question is of the 36 main events which are the best and worst.
In part one we went from 36-19 and in part two we will be looking at 18 right through to number one
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 Two
18. Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels (c) - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 14
Against all odds Stone Cold won the 1998 Royal Rumble and went on to face Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 14. Mike Tyson also joined DX and was the special enforcer in the match.
Unfortunately Shawn Michaels had hurt his back pretty badly in the casket match against Undertaker at the Rumble and this is not one of his better WrestleMania matches as a result. Stone Cold was able to carry the match and the reveal at the end where Tyson was in fact wearing an Austin t-shirt before punching Shawn in the face made the match more iconic than it otherwise would have been.
17. Triple H (c) vs Randy Orton - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 25
This match had one of the better build ups of any WrestleMania main event. Randy Orton had attacked the McMahon family repeatedly before Triple H turned up at his home and threw him through his front window.
The match had an added stipulation that Triple H would lose the title if he was disqualified and the stage was set for a truly great WrestleMania main event. Unfortunately the legendary match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels went on before it and the fans were extremly deflated afterwards. No matter how good this match was it will always be overshadowed by the earlier match and you can tell as you watch it.
16. Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice - WrestleMania 8
I am just as surprised as you are to find out this match was ranked so high but before you scream at me in the comments, hear me out.
This match was advertised as Hulk Hogan's last match in the WWE and the crowd were lapping up every moment these two fought each other. The cheers and boos emanating from the large crowd really do add to the match which itself is not bad. It's not Hogan's best WrestleMania outing but it is a good solid match for the time.
15. Hulk Hogan (c) vs King Kong Bundy - Steel Cage - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 2
Hulk Hogan defending his title in a cage match against a huge opponent who legitimately looked like he had a good chance of winning. King Kong Bundy had been extremely dominant until he faced the Hulkster and the match was exciting at the time.
Plenty of good moments as Hulk Hogan uses his textbook offence but not before Bundy gives him a good run for his money. WrestleMania 2 being in different arenas was a failed experiment but this match is a good watch even if it seems a little dated now.
14. Hulk Hogan (c) vs Andre the Giant - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 3
It is extremly rare for a match to be remembered for a singular iconic moment. It's even rarer for WWE to tell the truth. Andre was billed as never having lost in 15 years going into this match, a statement which is not true but it added to the drama. The iconic moment in which Hogan slammed Andre has echoed through the years as a truly great WrestleMania moment, featuring in WrestleMania opening segments for decades.
The rest of the match is just a typical Hogan match where he looks like he's going to lose only to turn it around and win at the end. It's not a bad match but it's not the best match either.
13. Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage (c) - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 5
The Mega Powers collide after their implosion following Hogan eliminating Savage from a Royal Rumble and allegations over the loyalty of Miss Elizabeth, who is very much caught in the middle of this feud.This is a truly iconic WrestleMania match. The fans are going crazy throughout. Hulk Hogan obviously comes out on top as he does in most of his Mania matches but I feel Savage going over was the better choice.
12. The Ultimate Warrior (IC Champ) vs Hulk Hogan (WWF Champ) - Title vs Title - WrestleMania 6
The Intercontinental Championship and WWF Championship are on the line in a title for title match. This was an epic way for Hogan to pass the torch to The Ultimate Warrior even though Warrior's time at the top would be short lived.
This match was great in it's day but it doen't hold up as well as some other matches, although we have literally dozens of memes to remember it by.
11. The Undertaker vs Edge (c) - World Heavyweight Championship - WrestleMania 24
Just outside the top 10 for this match and the booking here was spectacular. Everyone remembers The Undertaker's legendary streak at Mania but up til now Edge hadn't lost a match either. Going into this match Undertaker was at 15-0 and Edge was at a slightly less impressive 5-0. That is if you don't count him not winning the Money in the Bank ladder match the year before as he wasn't pinned or submitted.
The match is really good and it's a rare sight to see The Undertaker win by submission using the Hells Gate that Vickie Gurerro would later ban during the feud.
10. Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle (c) - WWE Championship - WrestleMania 19
We start the top 10 with two of the greatest amateur wrestlers in history having both won the NCAA Championship in their younger years. Brock Lesnar, who won the 2003 Royal Rumble was on an amazing run having only lost 1 match faced Kurt Angle, who had held the title since Armageddon in December.
The match is very different from Brock Lesnar matches you see today, in that it is a good 25 minutes long. The elephant in the room though is the shooting star press botch that very nearly caused severe injuries to both competitors. This match would have been ranked much higher without that botch and it's a shame such a good match isn't remembered for more than a botched finish.
9. Triple H (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels - World Heavyweight Championship – WrestleMania 20
As always whenever he is mentioned we must point out that Chris Benoit cannot be condoned for his actions but judging him solely on his body of work alone this victory in this match is undoubtedly one of his crowning achievements. His hug with Eddie at the end is a great moment that a lot of fans remember fondly too.
The match itself is really good. Triple H and Shawn Michaels are worthy competitors in a match that could have gone either way on another night. Plenty of colour involved and a lot of decent spots. The decision to have the exact same match the month after at Backlash is one that baffles me though.
8. Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels - 60 minute Iron Man – WWF Championship - WrestleMania 12
It is very rare we get amazing WrestleMania calls that echo through time. "The boyhood dream" came true for Shawn Michaels in this epic encounter with Bret Hart in an Iron Man Match that is the longest match in WrestleMania history.
The match itself is amazing but I have a couple of criticisms. The first is that the match ended in a draw and had to continue as a regular match for another 10 minutes after the initial hour. The second criticism is that it wasn't an exciting draw, it ended 0-0. I've said in other lists I hate sitting through extremely long matches like Rumbles and indeed this one only for the outcome to be a draw. However, even with those issues taken into account, it still ranks this highly as a truly classic Mania match.
7. The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - WWF Championship - WrestleMania 15
Coming off his legendary matches with Mankind, The Rock went into this match as Champion against Stone Cold who had been in a long and bitter feud with Vince for most of the road to this WrestleMania. I still wonder what would have happened if this had been Rock vs Vince as it probably should have been by rights.
The match is great with plenty of entertaining moments including fighting on the announce tables, and the top of the ramp WrestleMania 15 sign spot. The match ends with Mankind, who won a match earlier to be the referee, running out to count the 3 for a Stone Cold win.
6. Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley - WWF Championship – WrestleMania 16
A fatal four way elimination match with a McMahon in every corner and this one is attitude era at it's finest. Mick Foley finally got to live his dream of main eventing a WrestleMania a whole month after his retiirement.
The Big Show is the weak link in this match but he's eliminated early on and then the real match takes place. Foley uses his barbwire bat before he is eliminated and then it comes down to just Triple H vs Rock, a theme that would dominate the entire years booking. Vince turns on Rock after fighting Shane for an extremely controversial title retaining Triple H. The fans are fuming, throwing whatever garbage is lying around into the ring but from the moment Big Show is eliminated this match is just amazing.
5. Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan - WWE World Heavyweight Championship – WrestleMania 30
The "Yes!" movement and #OccupyRaw led to Daniel Bryan being added into this match, although WWE still claim it was the plan all along. The fans were not happy Batista won the Rumble and Triple H lost to Daniel Bryan earlier in the night to make this match a triple threat.
Some moments in WrestleMania history transcend the match itself which wasn't bad at all but it's not what people remember. Daniel Bryan finally overcoming all the obstacles he had faced for almost a year created one of the most epic finishes in Mania history. The fans were going crazy as Bryan celebrates with them. A real feel good moment for everyone involved except perhaps Orton who lost his title.
4. Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns - WWE World Heavyweight Championship – WrestleMania 31
This match will always be remembered as the time Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase in the WrestleMania main event to steal the title away from both competitors. After rewatching this match I feel that's a shame.
Before Seth cashes in Roman has probably the best match of his career against Brock Lesnar who also was brilliant here. I never felt like I was waiting for Seth's cash in watching this back because the match was great regardless. It wouldn't be this high without the cash in moment but it would probably have still made the top 10.
3. The Rock (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - WWF Championship – WrestleMania 17
Of the three matches these two had at WrestleMania, this one is the best and it's not even close. The match is made no disqualification out of nowhere but nobody would ever have predicted what was about to go down in a million years.
Stone Cold and The Rock have an incredible back and forth match with false finishers and the crowd are lapping it up every step of the way. And then it happens. Vince McMahon comes to the ring and grabs a chair, but surprisingly hands it to long time rival Stone Cold. What follows is Austin whaling on The Rock with the chair over and over until the match is finally over. It was a wild and unpredictable moment, but in hindsight Austin's heel turn was a terrible idea because trying to get fans to boo Austin by 2001 was never going to work.
2. John Cena vs. The Rock – WrestleMania 28
If you had asked me when I started writing this list what I thought my top 10 would be, I would never have guessed this match would score so highly. After a one year build we finally got the "once in a lifetime" match between these two.
The match is all kinds of good, the fans are extremely into it and it surprised me with how captivated I found myself being by this match. The match they had the following year wasn't as good and it turned out not to be "once in a lifetime" but this match was truly epic.
1. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels - Streak vs Career – WrestleMania 26
Before I get into this match I actually felt the one they had the year before was better but it wasn't the main event. Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels. Streak vs Career, so much was at stake in this match and it didn't disappoint.
This match is one of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history period. I would expect nothing less from these two as they put on a legendary match that would see the end of Shawn Michaels career. The fans were crazy and getting crazier with every two count and false finish. The match ends with Undertaker looking bemused as Shawn tries to get to his feet by grabbing Undertaker who is screaming "stay down" at him. The match ends as so many Undertaker matches do, with a tombstone, and the legendary career of Shawn Michaels is over as the fans have one last moment with Mr. Wrestlemania himself.
So that was our list. I really enjoyed going back and watching these again. Sid vs Hogan is definitely the Cinderella story and a match that caught me off guard.
I have fond memories of WrestleMania 26 and 17 but I never would have predicted Rock vs Cena to make the top 3.
That's what I think but what do you think?
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