Top 10 Wrestlemanias

This show to me is like Christmas of professional wrestling, not just the Super bowl of Wrestling. I’m always looking forward to the spring season for just this show that comes once a year just to find myself entertained by the best of wrestling and to have them change my life! Wrestlemania first started as a rip-off of Dusty Rhode’s Starcade, but Wrestlemania later down the road had it’s own identity. Wrestlemania is that show where everyone around the world get a chance to see something epic and have a culmination to rivalries to fight it off in a match. So what makes a good Wrestlemania? How about shows surprises of the show known as Wrestlemania-Moments, great storylines and feuds that will culminate in this very show, a fantastic card structure that has so many matches to keep the audience happy, and have a satisfying main event (that’s the highlight of the show) to close the show perfectly. It’s the reason why the name Wrestlemania had wrestlers to became big names to the masses, history has been made, and lives has been changed. I had the privilege to watch and review every single Wrestlemania and after watching all of them, I have finally counted down The 10 best Wrestlemanias that the World Wrestling Entertainment has ever given us! These are the Wrestlemanias that you should watch to see why professional wrestling is very important!

 

Number 10.  –  Wrestlemania 30

You might think that it’s a bit too soon to put this Wrestlemania in the Top 10, but it was either this or Wrestlemania 22. By the end of the day, I have to go with Wrestlemania 30. This show is infamous for making it Daniel Bryan’s night and also Undertaker’s demise which both was historical! There was no better time to make Daniel Bryan the new face of the WWE. I’m a HUGE fan of this Wrestlemania structure because it almost felt like Wrestlemania 10 & 20 combined, where Bret Hart wrestle twice in opening match & main event of Wrestlemania X and Chris Benoit won the triple threat main event in Wrestlemania XX. This is the night for Daniel Bryan and that’s what the fans wanted the most. But it’s also not what everyone remembers about this Wrestlemania. Of course I am very upset that Brock Lesnar (who isn’t going to stick with the company for very long) was chosen to end the 2 decade streak in 21-1. However we should not forget the many great moments of the show like having Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin together in the same ring cutting the BEST segment of the entirety of Wrestlemania before we even got our first match! Antonio Cesaro eliminating Big Show out of the ring was what you call a Wrestlemania-moment, and the Sheild whipped Kane and “Mid-Age” Outlaws clean. Wrestlemania 30, 30 years in the making was (either bad or good) a memorable Wrestlemania. This is the night that everyone will remember that the streak ended in the worst way imaginable, but it had our hero Daniel Bryan to save the show, in both the beginning and the end. All the hijacking and rebelling we’ve done to put the company in the right direction (especially when CM Punk left the company because of the exact reason) was well deserved to make them do the right thing. Believe it or not, putting Daniel Bryan as main event was not the original plan, make no mistake about it, but once the company listens to its customers, they had an opportunity to deliver and what a way to go! There were so many instances where I was reminded of Bret Hart at Wrestlemania X and Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX, that gave me a real sense of joy just seeing the same thing happen to Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX. There were VERY bad moments and VERY good moments of Wrestlemania 30, but ultimately, it was a historic show and that’s what a Wrestlemania needs after 30 years of changing people’s lives!

Number 9.  –  Wrestlemania 21

Wrestlemania 21 was one of the most important Wrestlemania’s in WWE history. It saw the rise to success of Edge, Batista and John Cena (for better or for worse). Though two main events were average at best, the beginning and middle of the show was what I really want to see in a Wrestlemania! We had ourselves the best opening match since Wrestlemania X with Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero showing such great in-ring work. We also had our very first Money in the Bank Ladder Match with Edge winning victorious. Quite frankly, this still is the best Money in the Bank Ladder Match in the WWE! We should also remember that Undertaker faced off his youngest opponent Randy Orton and beat him & his father Bob Orton.  The match that certainly stole the show was the Angle-Michaels match that was perfectly performed (despite the fact that the announcer’s table didn’t break) that it became the best WWE match of 2005 (The AJ Style-Samoa Joe-Christopher Daniels match in TNA is the best match of 2005). Sure there was a lot of drawback like the Women’s match, the Sumo Match, and the average main events, but it was historic to have our first ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but the rest of the matches were definitely “Wrestlemania material.” Hell, even the segments of the show were just as good as the matches having Hulk Hogan return pose to the crowd like in the Hogan-era and a memorable Piper’s Pit with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest! “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood” fit the part of a huge entertainment gala, as the show was preceded by entertaining parodies of classic films, starring the roster. Wrestlemania 21 was a spectacle that offered the highest of qualities that WWE is capable of!

Number 8.  –  Wrestlemania III

I know many of you guys think that it’s blasphemy to not put this anywhere higher on the list. I understand that this Wrestlemania is the reason why the WWF/WWE and even the wrestling business is big as it is today! But there are a bunch of matches in the card that could have been better. As we look at the History of the WWF (now called the WWE) there are those certain shows that given us a reason why we tuned into this product no matter how bad, or how good the product has gone through over the years. But if there has to be that one event that showed me why I’m a wrestling fan to begin with, it has to be Wrestlemania 3. Wrestling event is the ultimate measuring stick of what the wrestling industry should be in terms of in-ring action, spectacle, story telling, or presentation, this Wrestlemania has them all. While the first Wrestlemanias were like spectacles trying to get as much attention with celebrity involvement, but the third Wrestlemania was a pure wrestling event where people already are familiar with these big names, there’s no need to the over-saturation of celebrities any more, and it’s all about the wrestlers big enough to show the audience and future wrestling fans what it means to put a show! Wrestlemania 3 has set an indoor sports attendance record of 93,173 and it wasn’t broken until the 2010 NBA All-Star Game at the New Cowboy Stadium.  The WWF deserved that record holder because they did grabbed a lot of people’s attention from mainstream media, there was so much likeness on these biggest-than-life characters, and the anticipation to see what happens next in WWF is so exciting. There are only two matches that are noteworthy to make this Wrestlemania as great of a show and that’s Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and the legendary Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant match. The Randy Savage and Steamboat match was the opening door to real in-ring work matches instead of the boring formula that we’ kept seeing in the old Wrestling matches before this one. It’s a match that clearly stole the show, but ultimately, everyone came to see Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant. Though the match was incredibly slow, that moment when Hogan body slammed Andre and finally defeated the undefeated Wrestler was the original Wrestlemania-moment that forever changed the face of wrestling. One thing I notice in this event is that the audience was not left disappointed, even when your favorites lost the match, somehow the babyfaces comes in from dissatisfactory and continue to assault the heels. It became a cliche throughout the card, but they were legit matches that really made everyone happy. Though it did bother me a lot to see the bad guys getting too much of a beating after a victory, it really felt like a real wrestling show. It brought a lot of emotions throughout the card and it didn’t slowed down the adrenaline that you can feel throughout the show. Though there are a lot of things that bothered me in Wrestlemania 3, it did deliver a true big wrestling show that the previous two wreslemanias tried to do. It left an impact and staple on the wrestling world that this will be remembered throughout the many years after.

Number 7.  –  Wrestlemania 28

I could never believe that there would be another Wrestlemania in the PG-Era that will enter the Top 10 but the WWE did everything they could to make this card deliver after that disappointing Wrestlemania 27 that hyped up Wrestlemania 28. Beside the disappointing opening match with Daniel Bryan’s 18 seconds defeat, this show made the right booking decisions and the structure of the card couldn’t be better. We haven’t had a great Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 19 and this show delivered all the goods that we’ve been waiting from the WWE for the longest time. The epic finale between HHH-Taker in Hell in a Cell is one of the best in-ring storytelling that the WWE has ever told, the athleticism between CM Punk and Chris Jericho (while could have been better) was impressive, Eve Torres creating so much heat in the Divas division was a hell a lot of fun, and The Rock BEATING John Cena was true fan satisfactory! The WWE did not only gave us a fantastic show, but the company rewarded it’s long time fans with real satisfactory! It’s shows like this is the reason why I’m a huge fan of wrestling in general. I could never imagine anything in life could have been as pleasurable as the good ol’ days, but with effort, timing, and planning there are things that are worth living for! Sure people would just look at this card like a three-match-show. They’re probably right, but if you look back at other Wrestlemanias that are actually one-match-shows, these three matches delivered some of the best things in professional wrestling. It’s wondrous how much of an improvement this Wrestlemania was in comparison to Wrestlemania 27; it’s like night-and-day! Sure the beginning of the show tested our patients a little, but the second half and especially the finish was non-other than one of the best moments in life! And that’s why we tun into Wrestlemania each year!

Number 6.  –  Wrestlemania XII

For all those who says the New Generation Era was the worst Era in the WWE, up yours because this Wrestlemania shows the awesomeness of that era! There was a certain point in time where Wrestlemania was becoming like the Star Trek movies, where one year is great, then the next one is bad, then the next one is great, then the next one is bad. So last year’s Wrestlemania was bad, obviously this one had to be good. This is the smallest amount of matches in a single Wrestlemania card, only 6 ‘Mania matches (not including the dark match) all because the main event was an Iron Man match that’s going for an hour in length, taking the third of the show. The last thing they need is a wrestlemania that goes over 3 hours like Wrestlemania 4 did and just focus on once again Wrestlemania moments and great and memorable matches. Thankfully, there isn’t a single bad match on the card! Stone Cold Steve Austin makes his first Wrestlemania debut against Savio Vega. The Ultimate Warrior vs. HHH was the best short match in Wrestlemania history! Undertaker finally face a worthy opponent that almost ended the streak with Diesel. Roddy Piper vs Goldust, though it lasted throughout the first and second half of the PPV, it was the perfect parody of the OJ Simpsion car chase! The Piper and Goldust match was the WWE’s very first Hardcore match and that open doors to The Attitude Era that we all love! And of course, we have ourselves one of the most important main events of all time between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. This match is important, not to just show the talent between HBK and “The Hitman” but instead it was to shift away from the steroid wrestling to show smaller guys wrestling a very physical match that lasted in the entirety of third half the show. WWF has got an infamous reputation as a sporting event that was using Steroid scandals for each of their wrestlers and finally it was time to show that there are talent in the wrestling world that doesn’t need super physique star to run the show. This all of the sudden became the way of the future in wrestling today all because of this very match. Even though the New Generation Era has done a lot of damage to the company, 60 Minute Iron Man Match showed that there are some good in this era. But because the match is an hour long and we all know that none of the pitfalls or submissions were made within 60 minutes makes it tough to sit though, I still recommend in watching it just to see how much does it take to be the best wrestler because it takes stamina, impact, strength, speed, and endurance to last that long. Though, this isn’t my favorite Main Even and I would wish for the finish to have more sportsmanship between Bret and Shawn, it was a fantastic experience. If there’s another flaw I can find is the absence of Razor Ramon. I really wished he was booked in this Wrestlemania but since he got suspended, somehow his face still got on the cover power (power to the Kliq). Though this show was indeed small, it still felt huge and felt like a Wrestlemania. While this Wrestlemania couldn’t get bigger here in the 1990s, it shows that at times, smaller means better.

Number 5.  –  Wrestlemania X7

Gaps! How’s this not The Greatest Wrestlemania of all time?! Since a lot of people considers this as the best Wrestlemania of all time, I bet to differ saying that it’s probably an overrated show. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly love this Wrestlemania X7, it’s in there in my top 5, but I can’t ignore that there were four matches out of nine cards that were a bit of a drag. I am of course talking about the 6-man tag, Jericho-Regal, Eddie Geurerro vs. Test, and Chyna retaining her Women’s championship is what really puts the show down. If you were to be the best Wrestlemania of all time, then there should not be any bad matches. I’m also still not too happy with the finish of this show because it was set up for the ever so disappointing storyline called the Invasion Angle. It’s really sad to see WCW and ECW all bought by the WWF in 2001 and this show just represent the dominance of the competition between those three organizations and then set them up for a messy angle that the company was heading for. Why I hated the Invasion Angle is because they didn’t make it into a long awaited WCW vs. WWF show that should feature NWO, Sting, Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, and the rest of the most important figures of the WCW. Instead, the Invasion Angle was just another McMahon family-feud using the entire roster that they could sign a contact was put in for a stupid storyline. Plus I’m getting really sick and tired of people calling this the end of the Attitude Era because we still had the hardcore wrestling title, attitude storytelling-style, and the atmosphere was all the same. Despite all of the aftermath that still has a bad taste out of my mouth, for what Wrestlemania X7 was, it was a solid show and still can go down as some of ONE OF the best Wrestlemanias. The Highlights of the show was Vince vs. Shane in no-holds barred, Austin vs. The Rock, Undertaker vs. Triple H, Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit’s amateur wrestling match, and especially TLC 2 that capitalized the Triangle Ladder Match in Wrestlemania 16! This show had something for everyone whether you’re an fan for old school 80′s wrestling (20-men battle royal), hardcore wrestling, amateur wrestling, showmanship, and more each match on the has something for you. Still to this day, wrestling fans everywhere still debate which of the matches in this card was the best match of Wrestlemania 17, but I still debate that TLC 2 was the best of all of them. Though I don’t agree that this is the best Wrestlemania show, let alone the best WWE show, it’s still worth coming back to when ignoring that the Invasion angle has ever existed. Even if you dislike Wrestlemania 17, you have to admit, that at least this show was miles better than the previous two horrible Wrestlemanias & that’s what we needed.

Number 4.  –  Wrestlemania XIX

This is actually the first Wrestlemania in the Brand Extension Era and also the first Wrestlemania where the whole company changed their name from WWF to WWE because of the lawsuit dispute from the World Wild Federation. What’s done is done, and now this is the World Wrestling Entertainment that’s headed to a whole new direction of dividing the product into Smackdown and Monday Night Raw. This is great because there’s enough room for a bigger roster on two separate organizations, more opportunities for rising stars, and more screen time for a bigger roster instead of cramming everything in.  I can easily say that both brands put in one hell of a show in Wrestlemania 19. This was one of the most ambitious Wrestlemanias because of the hype surrounding it and the success that WWE was getting. At the same time, there was a lot of problems happening in many of the wrestler’s personal lives. Kurt Angle is having serious neck problems that has been there since his Olympic Gold Medal victory, Brock Lesnar (a rookie) is coming in as a main event, Hulk Hogan is having serous back problems, and Stone Cold Steve Austin had faced a divorce, had a dangerous amount of caffeine & stress, and he was in the hospital the night before the show begun. This show could have been disastrous, but somehow, the magic within the audience, the wrestlers, and everyone watching remained strong and they pulled it together to make a hell of a Wrestlemania. With all the things that was about to make this show a disaster (especially the botch that Lesnar made at the finish), but with the heart and passion put into this very show, it pulled off into making a wonderful show. It’s no wonder why so many people considers this the best Wrestlemania of all time. This was where dreams began and ended here in this show. As for me, there are a couple of negatives that puts from calling it the “best Wrestlemania of all time” and that’s because it had one of Undertaker’s worst matches, John Cena’s technical microphone difficulties during his segment, and Limp Biscuit’s obnoxious performance. Other than that, this show was incredible. I really don’t think that there was ever a Wrestlemania where it really felt so much bigger than life itself. This card had some of the most qualitative wrestling that anyone could ever asked for. This new focus on Technical and showmanship within these matches and less “hardcore” appeal represents what the Brand Extension once was. This is were in-ring work started to matter once again and this show represents the essence of that style of wrestling. The roster delivered one of the best in-ring WrestleManias ever. Angle-Lesnar, Jericho-Michaels, and Austin-Rock (in Austin’s curtain call) put up match-of-the-year level performances. Vince-Hogan, HHH-Booker (outside of the booking), Hardy-Rey, and the Tag 3 Way were all just as magical. I’m just as happy to see that this show was so damn epic that I can’t think of a Wrestlemania that was bigger than life itself than this one!

Number 3.  –  Wrestlemania VII

If there had to be the best Wrestlemania during the Golden Age of Wrestling, it has to be Wrestlemania 7! So what we have here is a show that had a fantastic start & middle, but a predictable and pretty underwhelming finish at the end. But I gave this Wrestlemania a ton of credit, there were a lot more going on in this show than just the main event, which the past Wrestlemanias relied on the main event to become the only attraction. So many mid-card matches like Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation vs. Nasty Boys, British Bulldog vs. Warlord, The Rockers vs. The Barbarians, Undertaker starting is undefeated streak by beating Snuka, and especially Warrior vs. Savage (the second greatest Wrestlmania match) kept the show flowing perfectly. If there weren’t any of those great matches in the mid-card and relied heavily on a main event that turned out to become a disappointment, it could really made this the worst Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. I think we expected the main event to be so good because Wrestlemania 6′s main event was so spectacular. But easily, the match that COMPLETELY stole the show was Ultimate Warrior-Macho King match. It was a prime representation of a babyface vs. heel match-up at its best, leaving fans everywhere to keep guessing who’s going to retire after that match. Even though Savage lost the match and his manager, he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that all WWF fans long awaited for! The finish of that match was some of the best of professional wrestling at it left the loser of the match to feel like a winner to have a face turn and leave with his lover like a classic Rocky movie. I will never forget how special that moment in Wrestlemania 7 was that should just be the highlight of Wrestlemanias in general! Sure the patriotic theme can get quite annoying because there are international fans that wants to watch wrestling instead of being hammered down how USA is the best country in the world, but this is the Wrestlemania that started making mid-card matches to be as good as the main event and it’s something that future Wrestlemanias start to take note that it shouldn’t be the main event that must be the only thing to look forward to. It showed that very wrestler that’s booked for Wrestlemania should give their damnedest to give out a great show! I can say the this is the Wrestlemania that learned its lesson in remembering that just incase if the main event goes terribly, makes sure the mid-card is strong. That’s why Wrestlemania 7 is a great show! This really is the best mid-card structure of Golden Age of the WWF. This is the first Wrestlemania that I reviewed that absolutely had no 1 out of 5 scored match while everything was scored from 2 and 6, and the Warrior vs. Savage match was the first one to get a 6 out of 5 match (my highest score). NThis was a fine show and definitely the most underrated Wrestlemania ever!

Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania X

This show just has a special place in my heart. It was my first Wrestlemania and it still is a childhood favorite of mine. Times has changed since then, but this show aged perfectly well. No longer were we in the Golden Age of Wrestling where Rock n Wrestling Collection was around. This new era of Wrestling was the New Generation Era where new stars had more showmanship than the old and were there to bring in new style of wrestling that departed out of the old WWF. This means no more Hulk Hogan overshadowing the spotlight any more, instead we got wrestlers like Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, and so many more now passed down the torch to bring in a more physical and sportsman like wrestling. Though it was never as big as Golden Age, it was definitely a step up to the times, despite how bad they’ve became in the later years. So was ten years in the making worth it all? Well the card had an awesome beginning, okay middle, but an awesome finish towards the end. We didn’t need a Hulk Hogan to make a Wrestlemania great and instead of getting one classic match, and we got two! The opening match between Owen and Bret was the best opening match ever in any wrestling show and the Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon Ladder Match was so outstanding. It’s amazing that we got two 6 out of 5 wrestling matches in this very show and no other Wrestlemania that I’ve reviewed had that many all star classics in a singular show! People has debated which of those two matches were better, however despite which of the two were great, we must remember that they both made Wrestlemania X special! Also, we should not forget that this was also Macho Man Randy Savage’s last match and to have him beat Crush in the Fall-Count Anywhere match was definitely memorable! WMX seriously makes up for it the horrid Wrestlemania IX and had a much better main event  rematch with Bret and Yoko. Bret and Yoko were two of the best New Generation Era wrestlers and we had them wrestle in two to main events in this show and do a much better job redeemed itself! Though there are aspects of the show that could have been better like more effort to the mid-card show, give us an Undertaker match, and toss out that Doink and Dink match, but for only having Owen vs. Bret, Michaels vs. Razor, Macho Man burying Crush, Mr. Perfect screwing Lex Lugar over, and having the show end with Bret Hart beating Yokozuna for the championship is the reason why Wrestlemania X is the second greatest Wrestlemania! I really love this Wrestlemania for all  that it’s worth and it still continues to give me a warm feeling each time I watch it!

Number 1.  –  Wrestlemania XIV

This has to go down as THE best Wrestlemania of all time! There was not a single bad match in this card. Rather than just calling all the matches on the card good matches, each of these matches represented aspects of the Attitude Era and what is to come for the WWF after this show. There are so many things that made the Attitude Era the most beloved time of Wrestling and it’s all thanks to this very Wrestling show. There was so much hype and build up leading to this show that blew everyone away, only to have the WWF to deliver even more stuff like this in their later years. New stars were being made, more memorable moments were created, and even more surprises that forever leaves us with an undying impression. Because of the main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin is some of the biggest names of the wrestling world and still to this day he continues make everyone excited which is what wrestling is seriously lacking today.

There was not a single bad match on this show – it was really consistent throughout with starting out with the awesome victory of Legion on Doom dominating the 15-team battle royal, the surprising and forgotten match with Taka Michinoku vs. Aguila,  Sable proved to be the dominate female in the company, Ken Shamrock snapping and going ape shit on The Rock, the Nation of Domination, and the referees, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie trashing New Age Outlaws in a Dumpster, Pete Rose getting Tombstoned by Kane, and the best match of the night, Kane vs. Undertaker that came so damn close to ending the streak! I will always remember Stone Cold looking like he had no chance of winning because Vince McMahon, D-Generation-X and Mike Tyson were all against him. It was a true Wrestlemania moment where Tyson screwed Shawn Michaels, punched him square in the face, and raised Stone Cold’s hands in the air as the new WWF Champion. Shawn Michaels definitely got what he deserved for the Montreal Screwjob and this finish was a redemption from that tragedy! That should tell you why this show is a must see for everyone, not just wrestling fans! Nobody can ever take away the historical significance, the meaning of this show, and what it represents. The WWF was trying to find a direction and finally nailed it with Mike Tyson’s help and went full force for many years to come. Like Wrestlemania 3 that took wrestling to an entirely different stratosphere, Wrestlemania 14 was that moment in time that did it once again and helped the company to be later to be once again the king of professional wrestling again. I like to go back to this Wrestlemania and watch it in its entirety because it really is one of my favorite entities in professional wrestling!

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