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Top 10 Wrestlers of the Golden Age (1980s)

If you can go out on the street and tell anyone about any wrestler that’s currently in any wrestling organization, chances are they won’t even know who you’re talking about. However, if you instead talk about wrestlers that came from the 1980s to the early-1990s, chances are, people would recognize who you’re talking about. Just what is it that makes these wrestlers more iconic and recognizable than the wrestlers of today? How about the fact that each of them had a diversity of characters that felt bigger than life itself. Many of these wrestlers are the image and embodiment of professional wrestling and still to this very day we talk about each of their legacy.  Even the WWE knows the impact that these wrestlers given us for making wrestling as big as it is today. We call this the Golden Age of Wrestling because WCW and WWF were in big rivalry with each other and they did almost everything to beat the competition. Dusty Rhodes created the Super Bowl of Pro Wrestling called StarCade in 1983 and Vince McMahon wanted to make a bigger event calling it Wrestlemania. Since then, wrestling started to deliver bigger events like The Big Four PPV’s and many more. This was the first time professional wrestling went on mainstream by getting celebrity involvement (Cindi Loper, Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, etc.) and also putting wrestlers in public appearances outside of the ring and backstage area. Each of these wrestlers really felt like real-life superheroes and it drew huge attendance records and television ratings. It’s all thanks to these wrestlers that made wrestling huge as it once was and it’s time for me to pay respects to ten of my favorite wrestlers of the Golden Age of Wrestling (from 1983 – 1991).

Number 10.  –  Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

Here’s another professional wrestler that brought a unique style of wrestling on mainstream television. Steamboat delivered technical martial arts in the ring making him look like the Bruce Lee of wrestling. Ricky brought nothing less than intensity in each and every one of his matches that makes the all worth coming back and watching them. No one shall ever forget that he stole the Wrestlemania III show with his match against Randy Savage winning the Intercontinental Champion. It’s remembered as one of the best greatest matches of the 1980s. With so much praise for this one wrestler, why is Ricky so low on the list? Well, after Wrestlemania 4’s poor tournament structure, he didn’t make it pass Round 1 and all os the sudden started to loose fame in the WWF. However, he did kept the momentum going when he joined WCW and delivered matches that were so much better than his time in the WWF! Ricky made tremendous legacy in wrestling in WCW with rivals like Ric Flair. I argue that his time in WCW is so much better than his time in WWF, even despite the fact that WWE wants everyone to forget about it. Anyone can watch any of his matches and want to be a professional wrestler. Stemboat is one of the most recognizable Intercontinental Champions of all-time and was a NWA World Champion.

Number 9.  –  Jake “The Snake” Roberts

So what makes Jake the Snake Roberts such an iconic name in the wrestling world? He didn’t have a good wrestling ability, didn’t have the look, he lost a lot more matches than winning them, and he didn’t have the “it” factor which is why he never won a WWF Championship. What Jake Roberts offered as a truly dark character in wrestling. His dark persona inspired many future stars like The Undertaker & Stone Cold Steve Austin that being the happy, smiling wrestler can’t be the only wrestler to love. Jake’s interviews simply give us chills down our spines and he was intimidating none the less. If his interviews didn’t get you at ease, then his python, Damien will. Damien and Roberts were a huge attraction when tuning into the WWF product because it was terrifying to see it but we want to know who’s Damien was going to get. Better yet, Jake Roberts introduced in-ring psychology where what’s happening in the ring was just as well telling a story as much as an interview. Jake Roberts was a true innovator of the wrestling world and he became famous for it. Even despite the fact that he never won a WWF Championship, it’ was his character that made him such a big name today. At the end of the day, it isn’t about the wrestling’s appearance or skills, it’s his character and how he slivers to our hearts.

Number 8.  –  Bam Bam Bigelow

Bam Bam Bigelow was one of professional wrestling’s most unique individuals. With his tattooed head and large frame, Bigelow was unlike anyone or anything else in the world of professional wrestling. His uniqueness went beyond his looks, however. In an era of lumbering big men, Bigelow broke the mold, demonstrating a work rate and level of agility never before seen, by a man of his size. During the late eighties and early nineties, it was rare to see wrestlers in the United States pulling off moonsaults, much less 350+ pound monsters doing so. Bigelow’s matches never cease to amaze me with the things he was able to do in the ring, and the matches he put on. He’s the only wrestler from the Golden Age that managed to keep himself relevant in the later years of wrestling such as The New Generation Era, Attitude, WCW’s Bishoff-era, and even ECW’s top star. He was everything you wanted in a monster heel and a great babyface. He was the stuff that your mother’s nightmares are made of. Every movement he made and syllable he uttered just gave off the impression of a bad ass mofo who was there to absolutely raise hell. There was no wrestler whose character fit his look better than Bam Bam Bigelow.

Number 7.  –  The Ultimate Warrior

Most people would like to look at the Ultimate Warrior like a 1990’s comic book character or He-Man come to life, but Ultimate Warrior was simply the most intense wrestler of all time! No one had as much energy and intensity as Warrior did and we all believed that he was that powerful. It’s always so damn exciting to see Warrior do what he does best because as soon as you hear his entrance music, you know he’s rushing in the ring and shaking the ropes like no tomorrow! Every young WWF fan loved the Warrior’s character, even though he doesn’t make any sense most of the time, he captured our attention because of his undying passion to wrestle. His powerhouse style was completely freakish. He was the second best baby face the company had, right behind Hogan. I’ll never forget Ultimate Warrior finally defeated Honky Tonk Man’s Intercontinental Championship streak and went on to face Hulk Hogan. For the first time ever, babyface vs. babyface in Wrestlemania 6 and it was a defining moment for the wrestling world. A year later, Warrior took on Macho Man in Wrestlemania 7 in the best match of his career. He sure had a lot of backstage problems with Vince McMahon, but that didn’t’ stop him from being as awesome as he was. There was so many great moments of the Warrior that made him one of the biggest names ever! His character was so unearthly and his style was so fiery, it made you believe the power of the Warrior.

Number 6.  –  Sting

I really want to put Sting higher on the list, but he had a much better time after this era has ended. But if there was a star that WCW built up extremely well, it had to be Sting. Sting, in his early year, was a unique mixture of flying, technical, and powerhouse style of wrestling. It was like he was WCW’s version of the Ultimate Warrior, but much more understandable and relatable. I know a lot of wrestling fans prefer Sting in black and white instead of blonde and colorful, but I really enjoy Sting’s presence before the Bishoff-era. He really was a star that really gets us engaged.  He wrestling like no other individual as he flew and slammed his opponents with so much energy. Sting just simply had the it factor for WCW and there were a lot of people that tuned into the product just to see Sting do what he does best. He’s also the innovator of the Scorpion Death Drop (reverse DDT) and the Scorpion Death Lock before it was even called the Sharpshooter. No other young wrestler grew as much popularity fast as Sting did. He faced legends like Ric Flair, The Great Muta, and many more WCW wrestlers and pushed each of his opponents to the limits. I really think blonde Sting is unappreciated because he’s one of the few WCW stars that made World Championship Wrestling so big.

Number 5.  –  Andre The Giant

Before Hulk Hogan was the biggest star in professional wrestling, Andre the Giant was the most popular and iconic wrestler in the world. Without him, wrestling and Wrestlemania wouldn’t be as big as it is today! Even people who doesn’t watch wrestling know who this guy is! Before Wrestlemania III, Andre The Giant was undefeated for 15 years. Sure his style is slow, but there was so athlete that was as big or as strong as Andre was. He was a huge attraction to the masses because he was unlike any human being ever seen and even his opponents were scared of what he was capable of. It was certainly a wise move to turn Andre heel by betraying Hulk Hogan to side with Bobby “The Brain” Henan, it made him the most despised man in the whole wrestling industry. He made Wrestlemania III to have the attendance record of 93,173. Sporting events ever had an attendance record that big until the 2010 NBA All-Star series. The show also delivered by having him get body slammed by Hulk Hogan and for the first time became defeated. His feud with Hulk Hogan continued by creating the big four PPV’s in main eventing the first ever Summerslam, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series. He really made the big four PPV’s happen, but unfortunately, after his rivalry with Hulk Hogan was over with, Andre’s popularity faded because Hulk Hogan began to have bigger rivalries with heels like Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. Andre also showed that his back is hurting and it affected his wrestling ability. He deserved a retirement in the early 1990s. To even show how much of a legend Andre is, when he passed away in 1993, he was the first ever inductee in to the WWE Hall of Fame. We did have 7′ footer wrestlers, like Big Show, Great Kahli, Giant Gonzalez, etc., that reminded us of Andre, but nobody can match up to the Eight Wonder of the World. Nobody has done more for the wrestling business than Andre the Giant and it’s all thanks to him that me made wrestling all possible!

Number 4.  –  Rowdy Roddy Piper

I simply love Rowdy Roddy Piper. He’s a wrestler of many sides, many wrestling abilities, and dared to be the most hated wrestlers above all else. I admire Roddy for being such a wild character that is willing to be all over the place. From main event heel, become a lovable face, to Piper’s pit, to even helping the mid-cards like Bret Hart to become a big name. He was such a rebellious individual and this was around the time where the public won’t stand for it. He went wild with this direction and became the most hated guy. It’s highly entertaining to see Roddy Piper do what he does best because nobody else was doing it. Piper’s Pit is always one of the best wrestling interview segments ever as it continues to surprise fans who gets interviewed with Piper that continues to created history. Piper’s responsible for making the Rock and Wrestling Connection work and make Wrestling big as it is today because who else would take the job as being so hated the people would want to pay money to see him get beat? He knows very well that controversy creates cash and because he became such a different character, it certainly made him stand up against all else. And as for his wrestling skills, it also lives up to the name as he introduced technical brawling style before Stone Cold Steve Austin flipped the bird on camera. Today, Piper still is part of the wrestling world and does all he can to keep the business going. Hell, even when the Golden Age era was over, Piper did not slow down as he continued to be part of both WCW and WWF and make Wrestlemania moments like in Wrestlemania 12 against Goldust. I always have a lot of fun watching Piper and never was I ever bored watching what he does.

Number 3.  –  Hulk Hogan

Surprised to see Hogan not number 1? I really have nothing against Hulk Hogan, I just like a few other wrestlers more than Hogan from this era. When Hogan became the number 1 star in the WWF he was a big fish in a big pond. To make him the top star, he had to be main event, give promos unlike any other, win his matches, and had to become a fan favorite no matter what the cost. That’s what Hogan did. Andre The Giant used to be the biggest name in the wrestling world, but after he allowed Hogan to put him over in Wrestlemania III, he passed the torch to Hogan and became a bigger star than Andre was. People who never watch wrestling knows very well who this guy is. Hogan really is the face of professional wrestling and he’s the measuring stick of what other wrestlers strived for. Everyone remembers him ripping off his shirt, putting his ear to the crowd, his poses, and his interviews about “Eating your vitamins, saying your prayers” & “Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania comes after you!” Everyone loves to impersonate the Hulkster like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Beatles, and more. He is what everyone wishes to be and to be with. He was such a babyface that definitely is a positive influence to the masses around the world. He really made routing for the good guy cool and to see him fight for what’s right was so damn engrossing. Hogan is such an amazing storyteller as he dealt with betrayals that is after his popularity and faced the most hated heels that deserved the Hogan treatment. No one has ever accomplished as much as Hogan did. He had the most WWF title reigns of the era, held it the longest, and main evented in almost every Wrestling event that he’s been in. You might think Hogan was too invincible, but you have to remember that in the Golden Era of Wrestling, fan everywhere took their babyfaces extremely seriously. If there was anyone that was to save the day, it had to be dear old Hulkster. We always relied on Hogan to do the job and he always effortlessly deliver the goods. Hulk Hogan is responsible for all the success that the wrestling world has succeeded and still to this day people tune into a wrestling show if Hulk Hogan is in it. Even though all of his matches isn’t exactly the best that we seen in wrestling, what mattered was to see Hogan defeat the odds and show that fighting for what’s right is meaningful to all the Hulkamaniacs. What Hulk Hogan does, that not many wrestler can do, is really connect with the crowd and because he was so good in presenting himself to be very likable, he earned that reputation as being the greatest and most successful wrestler in the industry. Only little number wrestlers can live up to Hulk Hogan’s stature and we all strive to be as big as him.

Number 2.  –  Ric Flair

I’m one of those wrestling fans that argues that Ric Flair is a better wrestler than Hulk Hogan. While WWF’s biggest star was Hulk Hogan, WCW’s star was Ric Flair. Flair, is just like Rowdy Roddy Piper, in which he’s all all the map in his wrestling career. He’s very good in being the main event, help the mid-cards to become a bigger star, he was a really good heel, a very good babyface, his interviews were incredibly intense, and his wrestling stills were gold. Flair just did a lot better things than Hogan did. He was a pioneer of main eventing StarCade before Hogan even started a Wrestlemania, he created and lead the Four Horsemen, and he never stopped fighting his spot in the World Heavyweight Championship. Flair also is iconic for his wrestling abilities for the Figure Four Leg Lock, turning upside down when running into a turn buckle, and slapping his opponents in the chest to shout “Woo!” This is a man with class and style and throughout his career, people want to see it again and again. He continue this trend for over 2 decades and he became successful for it. Even more important, Ric Flair just had very good rivalries with many of the best talents in the WCW like Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, and so many more. There’s no doubt in my mind that because Ric Flair has accomplished so much in the wrestling world, he has to be the second greatest wrestler of the 1980s.

Number 1.  –  Macho Man Randy Savage

There’s simply no other wrestler that is at all similar to the Macho Man. Macho Man is such an amazing storyteller where he knew how to cut promos and had the charisma to engage us in it. Macho Man just has everything that I want to see from a wrestler; charisma, storytelling, in-ring ability, emotion, and the ability to connect with the audience. Savage is such a unique character that he can really endure the toughest challenge, but at the same time grab sympathy to the audience because he tries harder than anyone in the business. I always loved seeing his partnership with Miss Elizabeth because they were the best romantic couple of the wrestling world. Still to this day they both capture all our hearts by showing how much they love each other on screen. More importantly, Randy Savage has been involved in some of the best matches of the ’80s/early ’90’s like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Ric Flair, Honkey Tonk Man, Hart Foundation, Tito Santana, and so many more that each of them had a relatable story into them. Even though Savage had a match against Steamboat that stole the Wrestlemania III show, he had his big break by winning the Wrestlemania IV tournament and holding the WWF Championship for an entire a year. I’m also a big fan of his Macho King persona when he betrays Hulk Hogan and Miss Elizabeth. He was such a ferocious heel and his King gimmick was so lovable. I still will never forget his match against Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania VII where he lost but we route for him when he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that always gets me that emotional feeling. Not to mention that in Summerslam in that year, both of them had the best on-screen marriage in Wrestling period! If people didn’t know who Hulk Hogan is, they surely would know who Macho Man Randy Savage is because of his entertaining slimjim commercials, many movie/television appearances, and his merchandises that sold millions. Savage such a tremendous storytelling and a very entertaining wrestler that inspired every single man in professional wrestling today. His spirit will live on in the squared circle forever as the best professional wrestler of all time!

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Top 10 Greatest Wrestlemania Matches

So what makes a Wrestlemania match to have different approach than any other wrestling match? How about being that it’s on the grandest stage of all of Wrestling and the whole world is actually watching this very wrestling show? That means that the storytelling, in-ring action, crowd reaction, and the quality is very much higher than any standard wrestling match. It’s the whole reason why they need to make the name “Wrestlemania” a special event! Though I’ve seen plenty of so-so to bad matches in the 30 Wrestlemanias, there has been a handful of matches that changed many lives. Trying to pick the best matches in Wrestlemania is like trying to pick your favorite track from your favorite band/artist. You have to experience all of their albums to discover/revisit what you love. Even though Wrestlemania has been both infamous for bad card structures and also famous for plenty of pleasant streamline matches, you can probably find a a worthwhile match the card. It is actually possible to have a bad Wrestlemania to be saved by one match and if a match has the power to do that, then that should tell you about the magic of wrestling, which often happens at Wrestlemania. These matches that I’ve picked here left me in complete amazement and (especially in the Top 5) has changed my life. These are the best matches in the grandest stage of them all and some of the most impressive matches in professional wrestling in general!

Number 10.  –  Edge and Christian vs. Dudley Boyz (c) vs. Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 2000

For a debut match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match was. At first we were looking into this match like a ladder match with a lot of wrestlers involved, but suddenly because of the Dudley Boyz (may favorite tag team) being so obsessed with tables and hardcore wrestling, this all of the sudden turned out to be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.  I kid you not that way they used the ladders and then suddenly turned out to be more hardcore when the tables and chairs got involved. It was a brilliant change of tone for this match and each of wrestlers flew, fell, and bumped each other in the most dangerous way fashioned. For a bunch of young guys giving it their all, they were able to show epic storytelling in a wrestling match. I remember Edge took a diving spear on Jeff Hardy from the ladder, Buh-buh Ray gave Christian a cutter from the ladder, Matt Hardy power bombed to the table and the Swanton Bomb from that Jeff Hard did just to take the Buh-Buh Ray away. The finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever as Jeff sacrificed his body to land on Buh-Buh out of the ring through the table. Edge & Christian were the last ones left facing D-Von and Matt Hardy as they raced to grab the tag team championships. The survivors were emotional just to win this carnage. As Matt and Christian were fighting each other on top of the table held by two ladders, Edge came to the rescue and pushed Matt off to the table below and won the tag team championships. What a beautiful finish to a match to a bunch of small stars that all became big names after the match.  All three of these tag teams has gone through a lot just to have a Wrestlemania match like this one and because of their fantastic display of wrestling, this has made the tag team division so important!

Number 9.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Wrestlemania 14

This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was when he passed in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon since, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Still, Austin gave Michaels a beating of a life time and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. The moment Stone Cold hit the stunner on Michaels, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory having Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment!

Number 8.  –  Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit – Wrestlemania XX

Chris Benoit had to face the best of the best throughout 2003 and had to win the Royal Rumble 2004 Match to have this shot. He had to get involved in the rivalry between Triple H and Shawn Michaels feud (that started back in Summer 2002) because all three men wanted the World Heavyweight Championship. And they showed. It was the first triple threat main event in a Wrestlemania and it’s remains the best triple threat match that I’ve ever seen in my life, let alone the best Wrestlemania main event. It was in-ring work that was passionate and eruptive where all three men were so desperate to win this very match. Each of them gave all they got by delivering so many grappling technical moves and less brawls than we normally expected when it comes to anything with Triple H involved. Chris Benoit fought so hard against the two best Raw stars that both of them ended up bleeding like a stuffed pig. One of the most memorable moments of the match was when HHH and Michaels’ suplex Benoit from one announce table through another. It really looked like it was going to put Benoit for good, but the finish had him recovered to take HBK out of the ring and put HHH in the cross face. This was the perfect finish to one of the best Wrestlemania main events of all time and I didn’t not want it any other way than to have Benoit to make “The Game” tap out.  Nothing to me felt so relieving than to finally see HHH (with all the burying he did to his opponents and shoving himself down on our throats from 2002-2003) tapped out and put Benoit over to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.  If you’re a wrestling fan, seeing Benoit win the championship after a lifetime in the business, after the critics called him too small, too one dimensional, this is a moment that still brings chills. And to put icing on the cake, Eddie came back to the ring just to have these two celebrate their victories together. It that very moment that I’ve cried because of the triumph that they both accomplished together from ECW, WCW, and now the WWE.

Number 7.  –  Dudley Boyz vs. Edge/Christian vs. Hardy Boyz – TLC2 – Wrestlemania X7

This match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their previous Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWE has ever delivered. It’s crazy to see all six men risking everything [again] in the same style of match-up, but do it much more radically! Everything seen from last year’s Wrestlemania triangle ladder match is doubled here in this match. You want to see Jeff Hardy take a top ladder leap, you have twice of those! You want Buh-buh Ray power bomb through tables, you got twice of the amount! You even want a better spear by Edge done in this match, you certainly got yourself the best spear in wrestling. You get the picture. This match saw many different risks that were taken and when Edge hit Jeff Hardy, who was hanging mid-air from the belts, with a spear, it became one of the most jaw-dropping moments ever in the history of Wrestlemania. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike, Rhyno, and Lita came done for interference to save the team they’re routing for, only to as well get involved with the collision everyone’s taking in this match. Because this match was filled with so many risk-taking things, it is obviously seen as one of the most hardcore/extreme matches the WWE has ever put on. If Wrestlemania 17 really was the end of the Attitude Era (which certainly isn’t) they certainly left us one hell of an impression of everything appealing and exciting about this era of wrestling into one singular wrestling match. Now there are people who argues that this match wasn’t as good as the Triangle Ladder match in Wrestlemania 2000, and it’s really hard to argue with that because I don’t believe Edge and Christian had to win this match again and the finish felt a bit soulless and emotionless compared to the finish in the last year’s Triangle Ladder match. This match embodies why it takes everything you got to win a singular ladder match and it’s still worth watching time and time again!

Number 6.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania 21

This match’s story was really well-told and the build up was insane! Angle is facing his least favorite wrestler. He was angered at the fact that Shawn eliminated him at the Royal Rumble 2005 match and made it personal by revealing his secret hatred. The build up got really personal when he claims that on the day that Kurt Angle won his Olympic Gold Metal in 1996, everybody was talking about Shawn beating Bret in Wrestlemania 12 instead of his victory. Shawn Michaels versus Kurt Angle was nothing more than a fantasy match-up for a number of years. It started out with a pure mat-wrestling, which was a surprise because HBK never done this before, but he kept up Angle’s pace perfectly! Then the two start to show their grudges against each other by making this match more physical and violent. A slow build to fiery end as the two technicians give fans everything, and that’s what storytelling really means in the wrestling world. I still remember Kurt tried so desperately to German Suplex Shawn to the announcer’s table, but after HBK knock back Kurt to lie on the table, Shawn applied a moonsault from the apron to the table. That was one of the most insane moments of the entire match. From submission holds to high-flying action to an breathtaking ending that saw both men receive standing ovations. Angle hits the Angle Slam off the top rope, HBK hits Sweet Chin Music, then after kicking out at two, nothing could put either man down. That is until, Angle applied his final the ankle lock, that really damaged HBK’s leg. After a fierce fight, Michaels taps. This is Shawn Michael’s fourth best Wrestlemania match and it is hands down Kurt Angle’s best Wrestelmania match ever!  This was a Dream Match that had been discussed for years amongst hardcore wrestling fans. Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels were at their best and the fans began demanding to see this great match. The build, the anticipation, and the payoff couldn’t have been better.


Number 5.  –  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon – Ladder Match – WrestleMania X

Bing that this was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV, is probably one of the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. No matter how many times they used the ladder against each other, each of them kept coming back after each other and punish each other some more. I’ll never forget that ingenious finish at the end where Shawn Michaels got caught up on the ropes as he struggles to free himself as Razor climbed on the ladder to reach the Intercontinental Championships. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion, a fine finish to some of the most talented and appealing wrestlers in the WWF. This was the very match that embodies the New Generation Era. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.


Number 4.  –  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – Wrestlemania X

It has been debated which match was the best part of Wrestlemania X? Well since I’ve already mentioned the ladder match in the Number 5 pick, obviously I had have to go with Bret vs. Own as the best match of WMX. This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one-on-one by delivering the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. You have to see this match to believe how much of a masterpiece of a match that they’ve created. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. We’ll never see Owen be a main eventer, but Bret unselfishly gave his brother a moment to remember, even despite the fact that he had a main event match on the same night. I mean it when this match is very good and it deserved to last as long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X! For the fact that we have Wrestlemania X matches in this Top 10 should show you why Wrestlemania X is one of the best wrestling shows of all time!

Number 3.  –  The Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho King Randy Savage
– Retirement Match – Wrestlemania VII

The rivalry between these two wasn’t as big as Hogan vs. Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 or Hogan vs. Savage  or Wrestlemania 5, but I can easily say that this was no doubt the best Wrestlemania match of both of their careers. Yes, I said it! This match was better than Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania 3 and Warrior vs. Hogan at ‘Mania 6! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.

Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.

But the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in Wrestling at Summerslam 1991. This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of all time because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!

Number 2.  –  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
-Submission Match – Wrestlemania 13

Since the age of anti-heroes are celebrated, the only wrestler that couldn’t stand many of the changes happening to the WWF was Bret Hart. It is crazy to see Stone Cold playing as a heel somehow catching everyone’s attention and cheer for him, while the traditional babyface like Bret Hart are getting despised for not being as awesome.  Though Bret was sorrow for losing to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania 12, he has redeemed himself by putting on a much better Wrestlemania match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects used to ram each other and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head like a stuffed pig. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. Everyone respected Austin passing out in the puddle of his own blood rather than giving up. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. I still regard this as one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen. If there’s one wish that I would love to see come true is if Bret Hart stayed with the company longer to make many more memorably moments in the Attitude Era.  But whatever the case, this is the one match that certainly opened door to this beloved era of wrestling and since then we honor this match for allowing the WWF giving its fans many more like this one many years to come!


Number 1.  –  Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – Wrestlemania 25

This is without question, the best Wrestlemania match ever! We’re talking about Undertaker who started to get really good when he started taking on Championship matches with Edge and Batista and trying to beat the streak became more important than any wrestling championship. And we’re also talking about Shawn Michaels who had a fantastic comeback making some of the most memorable Wrestlemania moments and matches since his return like facing guys like Jericho, HHH & Benoit, Kurt Angle, Vince McMahon, and retiring Ric Flair. These two couldn’t face off at a better time. These two came from the Hogan-era, the new generation, attitude era, the brand extension, and the PG-era and were still standing strong to show why these legends are as good as it is told. And what we got here is of the greatest and most magical experiences a wrestling fan ever had in their lives. And from their contrasting Heaven and Hell entrances to the climactic ending, everything about HBK/Taker was just magic. As I watched the match progress, my excitement, suspense and disbelief grew as I witnessed two legends wage war in that very ring. It was wonderful to see both of them do their signature moves that was never done better. There were aspects of the match that almost look like a botch but moved incredibly fast to the next move before it becomes a mistake, like Taker dodging down from a Sweat Chin Music and Shawn make it a figure four.

Then the Undertaker took his signature WrestleMania dive at Michaels, only to have one of the nastiest crash-and-burns I had ever seen landing on the cameraman. I was in disbelief at what just happened. And soon Michaels and the referee were back in the ring, and the referee began to count. I could not believe what I was seeing, and neither could everyone else. I urged Taker to get up, not wanting this great match to end a count-out, and as the count neared 10, it seemed more and more likely. And just before the 10 count, he slid back in! I roared with a great cheer, overjoyed that it did not end that way. With one simple count, these two managed to evoke an emotion that we rarely feel. These two men made you believe that this match was really going to end the way it nearly did, and told a phenomenal story through it. The match continued, and I watched as these two men delivered their signature moves to one another, every single one failing to get a three. Every time a two count was made, I felt more and more suspense fill my being. I was literally holding my breath, goosebumps were all over my arms, and shivers were coming down my spine.

Then Shawn Michaels tries to skin the cat, but Taker catches him and hits him with the Tombstone! At that moment, I thought the match was over, but as soon as Shawn Michaels kicked out before the three-count, I had that feeling like I never felt before. As Jim Ross puts it “I just had an out of body experience” and immediately I had the exact same feeling and Jim Ross delivered his best commentating in his entire career! That’s the power of storytelling in professional wrestling; this match captures that every essence. The Reliant Astrodome blew the roof off as surprise, shock and disbelief overcame me. I could not believe what I just saw. Michaels kicked out of the Tombstone Piledriver! Undertaker’s face was on of disbelief, and I couldn’t blame him. That was impossible. It was at that time that I began to wonder if Michaels could really do it. Could he really do what 17 others before could not? Could he defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania? Is he going to really break the streak?

Moments later, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music! I can’t believe it! HBK did it! He actually did it! ONE! TWO! THR-KICK OUT!!! I could not believe what I just saw! Taker kicked out of Shawn Michaels best Sweet Chin Music! This is unreal! What the hell was it going to take for either of these men to win? I knew at that moment I was witnessing history. I was witnessing a classic that people would talk about for years to come! Not too long after, Taker beautifully caught Michaels as he went for a moonsault and delivered a second Tombstone Piledriver. One! Two! Three! And with that, the greatest match of all time finally came to a close, and Undertaker went 17-0. On one spring night on April 5th, 2009 in the Reliant Astrodome, Michaels and Undertaker created something special: a match that perhaps no one could ever come close to. It was a match that truly defined what modern wrestlers should strive for and it’s a real privilege to see the best that professional wrestling had to offer! These are the two that were the masters of in-ring storytelling, in-ring work, and controlling the audience and because of this match delivered on a very special wrestling match. The feud continued in 3 more Wrestlemanias with the rematch of having Shawn Michaels retired after his second defeat in Wrestlemania 26, Triple H brawling Undertaker in a street fight in Wrestlemania 27, to “An End of An Era” facing off in Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania 28 against Triple H with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Each of those matches were the best match of those shows, but where it all started remains the best! The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania 25 still remains the not only the best wrestling match of all time, but it’s one of life’s true delights!

The Top Listed Greatest Wrestlemania Matches

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7.       6.      5.

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Wrestlemania 4 Review

Here’s a unique Wrestlemania that only happened one time where they had a tournament to determine a new WWF champion and this time Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant are not headlining in a Wrestlemania, though they are advertised everywhere in this very event (and possibly everything to do with WWF at the time). 33 millions tuned into NBC to watch and see the Andre and Hogan rematch and the belt later then became vacated. The tournament was built to have the last survivor to win the WWF championship and what better way to place a deserving champion that worked his way beating all who’s head of him. So does WrestleMania IV live up from the success from the previous Wrestlemania? Who will win the Wrestlemania IV tournament?

20 Men Battle Royal – What a way to start the show and this was SO much better than the Battle Royal from Wrestlemania 2. This was the Wrestlemania that was making new stars and it was brilliant to have Bret Hart once again be the last man eliminated just like Wrestlemania 2.  Bad News Brown defeated nineteen other participants by last eliminating Bret Hart and it was a great way to start the show! I think Bret should have won, but the WWF needed more black wrestlers to rise into stars, but I loved the part that Bret knew he got screw and he destroyed that trophy that was the reward for the 20 Man-Battle Royal.
Match Score: 4/5

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1st ROUND TOURNAMENT

Ted DiBiase (with Virgil and André the Giant) vs Jim Duggan – Now here’s first round of the Tournament, but I hate to say it, if you see a Jim Duggan match before, you seen them all. But what makes this match different than all of Duggan’s matches is always how his opponents handled him and I love it when Ted plays his Capitalist character just trying to play dirty because his mind is filled with money. Andre interfered Duggan’s charging close line and as a result, Ted pinned for the win.
Match Score: 3/5

Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) vs Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) by disqualification – I’m making this nice and quick, Dino Bravo sucks and it’s great that he lost to a great wrestler like Don Muraco! But I’ll say one thing, this was the most realistic ref knockout as he simply recovered on his own from that nick back and then DQ’ed Bravo. I wish every ref could do the same with all of Bravo’s match!
Match Score:s 2/5

Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) vs Ricky Steamboat (with Little Dragon) – This is actually the longest match in the first round tournament and for good reason, it’s magnificently a great in-ring work match. It’s a shame to see that Ricky didn’t win the match because he deserved a victory because of his iconic victory from last Wrestlemania. There where plenty of high flying action as Greg does the same moves Ric Flair does like the Flair flop. It was a weak finish for Ricky when he gave Valentine a diving cross body only to flip over for a pin… what logic does that make? A finishing maneuver should always K.O. his opponent
Match Score 3/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs Butch Reed (with Slick) – Interesting to see that the winner and loser of last year’s Wrestlemania reversed results on this Wrestlemania (Randy lost and Reed won in Wrestlemania 3). Butch Reed wasn’t really a great wrestler where he’s only good for power moves while Savage managed to use his technicality to move in fast and what a great way to have Macho Man win the match with the flying elbow! Out of the four matches in the first round tournament, this one’s the best.
Match Score: 4/5

One Man Gang (with Slick) vs Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink) – Here’s a match that was made for two wrestler’s that have equal body shape and nearly similar wrestling moves. Bam Bam Bigelow was moving so much faster while OMG just slugged his way like in moves of his matches. I didn’t really like the result of the match as Bam Bam should have had a better finish instead of a poor countout that always happens in every Wrestlemania in the 1980s.
Match Score: 2/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Rude – This is a match that most of us were looking forward to because the rivalry between the two had a great story into it. Rick Rude messed with Jake’s wife and The Snake was revenge. The match had more of Rick Rude carrying the match with headlocks and submission which is the reason why this match is the longest match on the card. I was impressed to see Jake this physical as he was able to keep up with the physicality of Rude and everyone in the audience just wanted to see the DDT. But we never got that DDT, instead it was a damn draw… for what? Because Rick Rude was caught pinning Jake with using the ropes… This was one hell of a bad decision and we didn’t’ get to see Jake do what he does best – the DDT and putting the Snake on his opponent. The worst part of all is this match is longer than any match in this Wrestlemania just to turnout to be a bummer! And the first round of the tournament didn’t need to be this long!
Match Score: 1/5

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Ultimate Warrior vs Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) – Here’s the Ultimate Warrior’s debut in Wrestlemania and what a way to place two of the best mid-car powerhouses in the WWF to got one and one. But it’s interesting to see Ultimate Warrior still appears to be unstoppable but the finish of this match is questionable. Hercules used a german suplex pin and Ultimate Warrior got his shoulder’s up. For a long time I wondered why he made a shoulder up and then won, but then it started to make sense as Hercules also got his shoulders down so Warrior got his shoulder up on the three count when Hurc had his still down. Out of all the finishes that the Warrior had, this one’s different and I’m okay with it
Match Score: 3/4

QUARTER-FINAL TOURNAMENT

Hulk Hogan vs André the Giant (with Ted DiBiase and Virgil) – It’s interesting that these two didn’t need to be in the first quarter tournament but they don’t need to because was wanted to have these two go at it directly and we don’t want any alternatives. This was SO much better than last years Wrestlemania where everything is more fast paced and  it was a clear brawl. I wondered why we couldn’t have this kind of match in Wrestlemania 3. But what makes this match forgettable in comparison to Wrestlemania 3 was of course the finish and how short it really was. You know these two had their faces advertised everywhere for Wrestlemania 4 and then we had something as anticlimactic as this match when a chair had to be involved. It was retarded to have a double DQ when Hulk Hogan clearly hit the chair at Andre. It is because the both of them used the chair before the ref called for the bell? What a horrible way to book a match that everyone wanted to see! Now they’re both eliminated and how is Hogan going to appear in the main event?
Match Score: 1/5

Ted DiBiase vs Don Muraco (with Billy Graham) – I was impressed to see Don Muraco carrying the match with top-notch physicality and slams. The flips, the presses, and dropkicks showed how talented Muraco really was. But we can’t just have a babyface win a tournament so we needed a heel to make it in the main event. For all Muraco had to deliver, at least when we know he’s not going to last long, at least he was able to show something special before the spotlight is no longer his. It was a weird finished for Ted to use a flapjack on “The Rock” on to the ropes and then pin his way to remain in the tournament
Match Score: 4/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs Greg Valentine (with Jimmy Hart) – Macho Man was taking a lot of nasty shots from Valentine and he sold it well. There were times where Macho Man really looked like he was really hurt as Miss Elizabeth watch fearfully. We all know Randy Savage had to win because we couldn’t have a heel vs. heel in the main event otherwise this Wrestlemania would have been a complete disaster. It was a nasty looking match but Macho Man deserved a victory from that reversed figure for into a small package.
Match Score: 3/5

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Brutus Beefcake vs. The Honky Tonk Man (c) (with Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue) – After a long ass tournament matches we finally got ourselves title matches underway with the intercontinental championship. After Beefcake did his first haircut in the last Wrestlemania he carries the nickname “The Barber” and it works for him instead of being part of the dream team with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. Honky Tonk was a mediocre wrestler and it’s no surprise to see Beefcake displaying a lot of great moves in this match. Beefcake should have won the match with the Intercontinental Championship and made a bigger star out of himself but there had to be a disqualification.
Match Score: 2/5

The Islanders (Haku and Tama) and Bobby Heenan vs The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid) and Koko B. Ware – It was funny to have Heenan wear a straight jacket coming in the ring to keep himself from getting bitten from Metilda the Bulldog that the British Bulldogs always sent in. This reminds me way too much of that poorly booked tag team match with Santana and Danny Davis when it should have been just Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs; talented tag teams turned dealing with non-wrestlers in the ring. It’s a damn shame to not have the British Bulldogs in action much as Koko kept getting his ass kicked and Bobby is the winner by pinfall… pathetic!
Match Score: 1/5

SEMI-FINAL TOURNAMENT

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) vs One Man Gang (with Slick) – Not much to say about this match but OMG was too big for Randy but he deserved to win by disqualification from usage of Slick’s cane by OMG. Glad that’s over with
Match Score: 2/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) vs Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana) (c) – Outside of the Road Warriors, Demolition was the most decorated tag team in the WWF and who gives a shit about the forgettable Strike Force. Sure Santana and Martel are legends but their team up is forgettable, but I was still impressed with the chemistry between the Strike Force as they almost felt reminiscent to the Rockers before they were popular. This was a solid tag team match here and I loved seeing the team of flyers vs team of powerhouses as athleticism is clearly present here. I never see Sanata wrestle this good in a Wrestlemania and that’s saying a lot considering all of the great matches of he’s been in Wrestlemania before this one. It was a sloppy finish where Demoliton won with a cane, but hey, Demolition deserved to win this match.
Match Score: 3/5

Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan) vs Ted DiBiase (with André the Giant) – After all the build up for Randy Savage to make it this far, it’s sad to see that the momentum towards this main event lost a lot of momentum. There’s a reason why Wrestlemania will never be in a tournament structure again because once we seen the wrestlers come in multiple times, it really wears out. And it sucks to see that the crowd no longer wanted to see Macho Man like in the beginning of the tournament because having Andre where at ringside, the crowd wanted Hogan (well, he was heavily advertised). Everyone was getting quiet and bored seeing Macho Man wrestling DiBiase, even despite the fact that Andre got involved multiple times to great drama. Then somehow everyone came back to life when Miss Elizabeth brought Hogan in to stop Andre and DiBiase ruse. Everyone was just focusing on the action Hogan was making against Andre while forgetting the action in the ring. It shows the star power in this rivalry but because the crowd was not into it made this main even forgettable. But it was great to have Macho Man win the match with Hogan’s assistance and it was the birth of the Mega Powers. It was the right decision to have Macho Man to win for the WWF Championship.
Match Score: 2/5

So is Wrestlemania IV as good as WM III? Not really. There was not memorable matches and the inclusion of the tournament structure because there are just too many matches in this card that made it 4 hours too long. It was nowhere as bad as Wrestlemania 2 but it’s just the fact that there’s nothing note worthy other than having Macho Man to win the WWF Championship and became the star that he is today. It’s just disappointing that there are no memorable matches or moments in this Wrestlemania that makes it a forgettable show. Overall nothing terrible happened, it’s just that nothing much really happened. But I did however like how did the WWF timeline/history carried on after Wrestlemania IV with Hogan and Macho Man as the Mega Powers which is the most beloved tag teams in the WWF. But still to this day, people don’t talk about Wrestlemania 4 because of everything that I said was wrong in this card. But I’ll give this Mania some credit, unlike Wrestlemania 3 where whenever a heel wins the match, a babyface has to justify the result by getting revenge in knocking the heel out or humiliating them. Wrestlemania 4 had heels that won that left victorious which is more realistic than keeping fans happy and accept that their guys that they’re routing for got defeated.

The Top Listed Score For Wrestlemania IV

                   2/5

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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. To brought both sports fans and not-sport fans to becoming a wrestling fan and never again has Wrestle ever been this big again until the Attitude Era.

The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) vs. Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco – What a solid opening tag match that displayed fast pace action and great athleticism to get the crowd pumped up. It didn’t last long but why keep the audience waiting for a card that has 12 matches in it? The victory for Can-Am Connection got everyone excited for more of the show and it continues to get more and more fulfilling!
Match Score: 4/5

Billy Jack Haynes and Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) – Back in the 1980’s, the heels often had managers that stirs up another wrestling to that way the two get down and personal even despite the fact that Heenan started the instigating. This match was all about the masculinity and power moves displayed here as we slew Guerrilla press slams, submissions, and over power moves that looks so impressive. The only flaw I can say about this match is that there’s too much focus on trying to get somebody in a full nelson. When Hercules got Haynes in that hold, it starts to wear out the excitement. They were so focused on the nelson that it counted both men out. The match ended nicely with Hercules there was clearly a punch, wrapped in chains that Haynes took that shot and it left a great impact for Hercules.
Match Score: 3/5

Hillbilly Jim, The Haiti Kid and Little Beaver vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook – When you say mixed-tag, more often than not that means a male and female are involved, but in this case we’re talking about midgets and boy was this awkward match. So we have to big giant wrestlers getting their two team of midgets… The finish of the show was terrible because Bundey was supposed to splash Little Beaver and miss them but they missed on moving away and it was an awkward stare with the many midget wrestlers coming in while Bundy stood there in confusion. It was a legendary botch, but one that made it the worst match of this great show
Match Score: 1/5

Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan and The Fabulous Moolah) vs. The Junkyard Dog – Was a big stipulation to have two legendary wrestlers to go toe-to-toe on the grandest stage of them all and the gimmick here was that Harley Race is “King of Wrestling’ and the looser had to bow to the victor. While I was enjoying the showmanship of the match, it was a bit too short where Race won clean but it was to show his ego. But the highlight of that segment of the show was when JYD bowed slightly and got him in a chairshot. But it’s sad to see JYD to loose three straight Wrestlemanias and he could have been the first WWF champion if he was consistent with his track record.
Match Score 2/5

The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) (with Johnny Valiant and Dino Bravo) vs. The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) – The dream team once again comes in another Wrestlemania to face the Rougeaus. I think there are a bit too many tag matches in this card but the most important one is coming near. Sadly, this is probably the least exciting tag match in the card because of lack of story and action. Part of it is because Dino Bravo screw things up, botched plenty, and costed the Dream Team to leave victorious because Dino Bravo sucks
Match Score: 2/5

Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) – A hair vs. hair match and the looser get a free haircut by the winner. As if Piper no longer stirred up controversy as this was the first Wrestlemania where he comes in as a baby face. His rivalry with Adonis was so intense that he wanted to humiliate him and what better humiliation than to get an awful haircut. The crowd was really into this match showing Piper is gifted in being both a good heel and babyface. The problem was that Adonis was too much of a slob to keep the athleticism and adrenaline going while Piper as he always does keeps the match to look believable. Towards the end of the match, as Piper knocked Adonis in a sleeper it was the perfect time to make this slob uglier than he already is. Brutus Beefcake came in the ring just to cut off Adonis hair and that’s how Beefcake got the nickname “The Barber.” This is a much better moment for Beefcake than his tag match.
Match Score: 3/5

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) and Danny Davis (with Jimmy Hart) vs. The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid) and Tito Santana – This is the Tag Team match would have been better if it was just the Hart Foundation and the Bulldogs alone because Danny Davis was a joke as Tito Santana nocks the wind out of that goofball. But was we see the Hart Foundation doing what they do best and the British Bulldogs showing their chemistry together, it showed how spectacular the performance is. It’s just that we had to endure a dumb character that was seriously out of place for a match like this. When Davis was in the match getting beat, it just looks like a crash test dummy being used for wrestling training. And the Harts decide to interfere, Danny Davis caused the victory not selling all the powerful moves on hims (especially that Tombstone piledriver).
Match Score: 3/5

Butch Reed (with Slick) vs. Koko B. Ware – This is one of those matches where it’s a showman technical wrestler who’s a fan favorite versus a giant muscle and it was a good match. The shots that Koko displayed in that match as he drop kicked his opponent and did all those slick moves to avoid the power moves from Reed was an excellent strategy. Koko carried the match through and through and it’s a shamed that he lost from a quick roll up showing that Butch didn’t do much in this match. Because of Koko’s showmanship and carried out the match entirely it left a lot to desire. I think Koko deserved a better opponent because Butch and Slick main rival was with Tito Santana who inferred in the end of the match, showing my proof why Tito and Danny Davis should have no involvement in the match between the Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs.
Match Score: 2/5

Ricky Steamboat (with George Steele) vs. Randy Savage (c) (with Miss Elizabeth)  – When we discuss about what was the best match in the first three Wrestlemanias, nobody should ever forget this very match! If you are a fan of technically perfect wrestling matches, this is your kind of match. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage was a superstar who liked his matches to be well planned out and this match was an example of that.  The two superstars brought intensity and did not lose a step as the fast pace was pushed throughout the whole match. Both guys worked lightning fast and everything from Steamboat’s aggressiveness to the involvement of George “The Animal” Steele played off their past. Steamboat’s deep arm-drags were the best argument for wrestling as an art form. Every aspect of the match was executed to perfection and it included 19 near falls (two-counts). This match is viewed by many as the greatest match of all time and stole the show at WrestleMania 3.
Match Score: 5/5 

The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Jake Roberts (with Alice Cooper) – This is the only big name celebrity involvement of the whole Wrestlemania card because Jake needed someone as dark and sadistic as Cooper to face off the most cowardly and behind-the-times wrestler like Honkey Tonk Man. Though Jake is no wrestler that had a great record of victories, he was a lovable wrestler because of his dark persona… and his snake. Though the match wasn’t much to talk about other than outside interferences, the aftermath of the match is where it’s at where both Alice Cooper and Jake “The Snake” got him with Damien the python.
Match Score: 3/5

The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff (with Slick) vs. The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell) by disqualification – If anything, this match needed to be short and thankfully it did. We’re talking bout a hated and disposed tag team like Volkoff and Sheik only to fight against some of the biggest loosing tag teams of the history of the WWF. This was a no brainer on who was going to loose this match. At least Jim Dungan knew this match was a dud so he had to make it at least interesting by hitting Sheik with a 2X4 and cost the Killer Bees the victory. Seriously, if your manager knows you can’t win but you continue the match to go longer (which I know was not his intent) you know you have a sucky tag team.
Match Score: 2/5

Hulk Hogan (c) vs. André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) – This is the match that everyone remembers. This match was easily the most anticipated match ever at the time. Hulk Hogan was for the first time an underdog at WrestleMania as he faced his former friend the 540-pound Andre the Giant. This match could very well be considered the match that officially put professional wrestling on the map. Although it was not as technically wrestled as the Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat match before it, it featured the most iconic moment in professional wrestling history.  I can’t stress enough that you need to know the backstory behind this match in order to fully appreciate this match, you need to know the whole build up towards this match. Everyone wanted to see Hogan and Andre fight each other because because it got all those 93, 173 attendees and millions tuning to see this match. Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong! The episode of Piper’s Pit where Hogan betrays Andre to side with Bobby Heenan and accuse Hogan as a horrible friend who got a bigger trophy than he did. That segment always gets me choked up because Hogan kept begging Andre to not do this, but Andre showed no remorse and ripped off his shirt and necklace with the cross that Hogan wore. It was one of the most emotional moments ever professional wrestling and Hogan was going to do the impossible, and that’s beat Andre, who was undefeated for 15 years. If you didn’t’ get fully invested in this storyline then it’s hard for you to appreciate this match. Because it was a betrayal story perfect for the two of the most popular and biggest names in wrestling it deserved to have that long, epic stare at each other because it was the moment where time stopped for us invested. I understand that some of you would nitpick on how slow and poorly performed this match was, but Andre’s days were coming to an end. He could no long hold the undefeated streak because of that injured back of his. You can see how much he’s hurting by looking at him, but he still had the strength to give Hogan a fight of his life. Quote by Gorilla Monsoon “It’s the irritable force meeting the immovable object” and it’s the perfect description of what we were all witnessing.  Hulk Hogan went into his popular state of ‘Hulkamania’ and body slammed the Giant, which shocked everybody in the arena and watching at home. He would follow the slam with a signature Hogan leg drop and pin Andre the Giant to end of the most memorable matches of all time. Without this moment Wrestlemania and the professional wrestling world as we know today would as big. It deserved to be as long as it did, it deserved to have these two standing feeling the atmosphere, and it especially deserved all the recognition and fame that it left all of us. If any one who hates this match, calling it overrated and horrible just to make their point of view look more correct, needs to try harder.
Match Score: 5/5

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 words.

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania III:

                     4/5

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