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Top 10 Wrestlers of the New Generation Era (Early-Mid 90s)

From 1992 to 1996, this was a whole new era of professional wrestling that tries it’s best to differ away from relying on Hulk Hogan and many of their old stars for the purpose of creating a new image for the company and try to keep up with the times. This was the era of wrestling that started Monday Night Raw and went in a televised ratings competition against WCW Monday Night Nitro. This was also an era where they delivered more pay per views than ever before with the awesome and underrated “In Your House” PPV’s. At first this was going to look like World Wrestling Federation’s path to the right direction, but unfortunately, this short lived era of wrestling has dealt with the worst characters, story lines, and even booking decisions that really damaged the company’s popularity and finance. The audience were not interested in super clean and G-rated materials that almost had the company go out of business. WCW really kicked WWF’s ass by using WWF’s former stars against their own stars, story lines were more tasteful, and the product was more appealing to the wrestling fans. But for some odd reason, I just have a great appreciation for what is known to be the WWF’s worst era. I started to become a wrestling fan in this era with Wrestlemania X being my first ever wrestling viewing, but it’s not just nostalgia that this era has over all the other eras in wrestling. When you focus on the good from this era, this was actually a time where wrestlers delivered a more physical, technical, and high flying style of wrestling as opposed to slow paced wrestling seen in the Golden Era of Wrestling. All of the sudden, the new generation era offered a much more diverse roster instead of a line of wrestlers that were jacked with steroids.  We had matches that was all about more than one signature moves, strategies of how to win matches to make the experience varied, and even the spectacle felt down to Earth. I can easily say that this is the most underrated and under appreciated era of wrestling and you should watch some of the best matches that came from this era to realize what wrestling today lost that this era had. With that being said, here are the ten wrestlers that help made this era special to many wrestling fans around the world!

Number 10.  –  123 Kid

Starting this list, we finally have our first member of the Kliq. The 123 Kid character was inspirational for the fact that he was an underdog that tries his very best to be good. He was a little guy with big dream and what’s so inspiring is that even though all the odds are against him, he still chases after them. He was the original common man that we know that he can’t win, but we route for him because his heart was in it. He took bumps that made you sympathetic and he captures your emotions by trying to hard. It’s one of the reasons why when he defeated Razor Ramon in an episode of Monday Night Raw, it was a big deal. You feel like you’re like the 123 Kid and whenever he makes success in his career, it makes our day. Not only that, but he has a unique style of martial arts and high-flying moves that shows how much of a talent he really is. He even had great matches against legends like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and so many big stars in the business. Sure, Shawn Waltman had a better wrestling character names with Syxx, X-Pac, and so many more, but I still have a deep soft spot for the Kid.

Number 9.  –  Macho Man Randy Savage

Macho Man was my number 1 pick for as the best wrestler in the Golden Age and it’s a shame that he didn’t have that many great moments in the New Generation Era, even though he stuck around. One of the biggest mistakes Vince McMahon has ever done has been putting Macho Man in commentary. Admittedly, I love to hear Macho Man’s voice all day, but he was born to perform. However, Macho Man did indeed contributed to the New Generation by putting new talents over like Yokozuna winning the Royal Rumble 1993, Shawn Michaels, Crush, and many more. To show some important to the New Generation era, he was WWF Champion when the era started. Even though we didn’t get much to see him and Miss Elizabeth like we did in the Golden Age, Macho Man Randy Savage was still the same hero that we all know and love. Hell, he even made those famous slimjim commercials that made him an icon in the wrestling world. But for the fact that Vince McMahon put him in commentary (and issues with the Kliq), is one of the big reasons why he never came back to the WWF and made better matches in WCW. But for the fact that Randy actually did help some of the talents to make this era stand out, he deserves to be on the list.

Number 8.  –  “The British Bulldog”
Davey Boy Smith

Where do I even begin with the late, great Davey Boy Smith? He was built like a freight train and was as strong as an ox. He was EVERYTHING Vince McMahon looks for in a World Champion. He had the look, power, charisma and he was over in a big way. People loved The British Bulldog. Once he branched out of his tag team with the Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith was thrown into the upper mid card almost immediately. He had some great feuds with Vader, Bam Bam Bigelow and most notably Bret Hart and their incredible match in England at Summerslam in 1992, where Bret would drop the Intercontinental Championship to The Bulldog. If you get a chance, you must watch the crowd’s reaction, it was AMAZING. Needless to say, that match was the highlight of The Bulldogs career which is really just sad to say. Even though he never goth a better spot in the wrestling world, he did contribute to the New Generation Era by giving some of the best mid card machos in the mid 90s. If you seen how he wrestled, it made watching all of his matches worth your time. Such a talented, athlete and a guy with a phenomenal physical presence. In the end, his internal demons got the better of him and Davey Boy has since past. However that won’t tarnish his legacy as one of the top WWE SUPERSTARS of the 90′s.

Number 7.  –  Mr. Perfect

Mr. Perfect was the best intercontinental champion and one of the best technical wrestler the WWF has ever had. Even his name lives up to his reputation even despite the fact that he never won a WWF Championship. Mr. Perfect is the wrestler that introduced technical wrestling to the golden age and that opened door to the New Generation Era with the similar style and attitude.  As one of the most famous in ring technicians, everyone loved working with Curt. He could have a great match with anybody. His charisma shined through every time you saw him. Not only that, Mr. Perfect had one of the best personality that suits incredibly well for a heel. He always constantly love to brag about how perfect he is just to anger everyone.  Whether that’s true or not (and most likely isn’t), it makes for a good story. What makes it so interesting is trying to picture anyone else as Mr. Perfect. It didn’t matter if it was baseball, basketball or bowling, he was simply the best. Perfect could have been an all-star in any sport, but he came to the WWF to show off his skills. While he had a great run in the AWA, it was Hennig’s cocky Mr. Perfect persona in the WWF that truly made him worthy of the Hall of Fame.  It’s almost sad to write about such an amazing man, athlete and competitor who is no longer with us. Especially knowing he deserved to be treated so much better while in the WWE.  Mr. Perfect is easily one of the most under appreciated talents in wrestling history. Hopefully by you reading this, you can get a glimpse of just how good he was. One thing’s for sure, the 2007 WWE Hall of Famer will never be forgotten.

Number 6.  –  The Undertaker

The Undertaker was all spectacle that everyone wanted to see. He was that character that haunted our nightmares, but we couldn’t stop watching because the believability was all in there. However the reason why I can’t put him any higher in the list is because he didn’t have that many good matches in the New Generation Era. But we forgive Undertaker’s slow pace wrestling that didn’t get physical till the Attitude era because his character was so precise and demeaning that we put our fullest attention upon him. What he brought in the wrestling world is the bizarreness and unusual storytelling in his matches. Such as Paul Bearer losing his urn to control the will of the Undertaker, dealing with creeps like Mankind, and even doing untraditional gimmick matches like bury alive matches & casket match.  This was the first time ever where a wrestler could ever stay so much into character and made all of use believe that he was from beyond the grave. It scared all of us fans of WWF and little did fans know the terror he would unleash for over two decades. He has a long lasting streak in Wrestlemania and brought satanic references in pro-wrestling, which is all innovative. In his early days, he almost looked as he was impervious to pain. When he was ambushed by Yokozuna and half the roster in Royal Rumble 1994, he was put in a casket, but the whole arena blacked out to show a titan-tron of Taker still in the casket saying that he’ll return and then he popped out of the screen ascending over the crowd was actually the scariest moment in pro-wrestling.

Number 5.  –  Yokozuna

Yokozuna has got to be that wrestler that’s under everybody’s radar. This is the heel that DESTROYED Hulkamania after Hulk Hogan departed to WCW and reigned as WWF Champion. Whenever somebody defeats Hogan for the WWF Championship, it really means that this guy is a big deal. It was incredibly amazing what the guy could do in the ring early on in his career with his enormous size. The only huge wrestler that can move as much as Yoko can is Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader, but Yokozuna has more significance than any large man since Andre The Giant. He won the Royal Rumble in 1993, won the WWF Championship twice, main event Wrestlemania twice, and even squashed countless opponents using the best finisher of all time; The Banzai Drop! Yokozuna is an important figure to the New Generation Era where he displayed culture to the main stream wrestling. Even though he was Samoan in real life, Yokozuna embellished the Japanese culture with his manager, Mr. Fuji by showing what Sumo Wrestling training is all about, the behavior a honorable Japanese athlete acts, and even shows a unique style of intensity only seen outside of North America. But what I really admire about Yokozuna is for a guy that large, he has moves like side kicks, running leg drops, belly to belly suplexes, and of course, the feared banzai drop that nobody has ever broke out of it. The fact that he was so massive and could still keep up with Bret and The Undertaker and make the matches interesting proves he was good in the ring. Whenever he collapses from a big move, it really has a huge impact. And unlike any other heels, he didn’t Mr. Fuji interfering in his matches to save the day all the time; Yoko carried all of his matches and he was not a chicken-shit heel that we constantly see in wrestling. He deserved to be the main heel spot for that period of time and one of my favorite times with Yokozuna was when he partnered up with Owen Hart, making it one of the most underrated tag teams of all time. He deserves to be on this list because he was inspirational that not all wrestlers need to be jacked or close to 7’feet tall. Because he showed that even obese wrestlers can even make it to the same spotlight is why he’s this high on the list! 

Number 4.  –  Owen Hart

In my opinion is the most underrated wrestler of all time. Maybe it’s because he was stuck behind his big brother Bret (at least, storyline wise, it was to Owen) or maybe not, but critics often look past Owen when mentioning the major stars of the 90s and right to the older Hart. He was an amazing heel, was involved in some of the greatest matches of the mid-90’s with Bret, HBK and Bulldog, and could cut a great promo to boot. His style in the ring was also detrimental to the evolution of the quality of matches in professional wrestling. His natural sense of humor also took his on screen character to new heights (stealing slammy’s was priceless). Let’s not forget his achievements in the ring; 2 Time Intercontinental Champion, 4 Time Tag Team with Yokozuna (my favorite underrated tag team) and British Bulldog, 1 Time European Champion, King of the Ring Winner, Match of the Year with brother Bret in 1994 in Summerslam 1994 Cage Match, and 2 Time Slammy Award winner. He was also involved in huge storylines with The Hart Foundation and Nation of Domination. He went toe to toe with HBK, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, The Rock and pretty much any other big name in WWF during his time with the company. I honestly cannot recall ever seeing a bad Owen Hart match. He was a high quality wrestler, a high quality worker and an overall great superstar of the 1990’s that got overlooked by far too many critics while he was alive. I miss Owen with a great passion. Seeing him wrestle against Bret in Wrestlemania X was my first wrestling match that I’ve ever seen and it got me emotional to see two brothers fighting each other, while I was watching the whole storyline with my younger brother with me. I always blame Vince’s decision to make it an on and off decision in deciding to put him as Owen or the Blue Blazer. Either way, Vince had the perfect opportunity to make Owen a star, but he had too many bigger fishes in the pond with him. I will alway honor and remember what Owen delivered in the wrestling world and without him, the New Generation Era wouldn’t be a special as it once was.

Number 3.  –  Shawn Michaels

I’m really conflicted about Shawn Michaels during the New Generation Era. On the one hand, he was the most talented and best in-ring worker of whole company. On the other hand, he was a spoiled brat that gave Kliq a bad name. Back when he took the name Heartbreak Kid and departed his ways with Sensational Sherri, he was one of the coolest bad guys since Razor Ramon. His streetwalker gimmick attracted a lot of female audiences to tune into Monday Night Raw and see him dance and move around. His team up with Kliq member Diesel was some of the best wrestler-body guard partnerships that I’ve ever seen in wrestling. Though I refuse to put Diesel in the list because having him as WWF Champion for an entire year in 1995 was both selfish and stupid, his team up with HBK was highly entertaining. Not only that, but he was an innovator by being the first to win the Royal Rumble more than once, being in the WWF’s first Ladder Match, and so many more! As a fan, I really enjoyed watching Shawn Michaels with my family because he did high flying technical wrestling like nobody else. It’s amazing that he’s able to wrestle this style throughout the rest of his career in the 2000’s which is proof why he’s one of the best of all time. But his personal rivalry with Bret Hart is what I find most uncomfortable. Shawn Michaels was getting really spoiled with demanding a lot of attention, getting all credit, and putting a lot of guys down in the roster. It’s no wonder why Kliq’s backstage politics is infamous among all the wrestlers who suffered during their reign. If you don’t believe me, look at Shawn when he defeated Bret Hart in Wrestlemania 12 and told him to get out of my ring ,or when he faced Vader in Summerslam 1996, he kept shouting him “Move” like an immature man-child. Nevertheless, whenever he’s well behaved during the New Generation era, watching him wrestle is gold. Shawn Michaels just had everything that you can consider talent and it’s the reason why people watches wrestling today! Shawn Michaels just continue to live on the legacy giving us terrific matches many years to come.

Number 2.  –  Razor Ramon

One of the biggest things that the New Generation Era that wrestling today doesn’t have is great characters. I can’t name a better character in wrestling that had the coolness factor to the max. Razor Ramon’s personality was similar to Scarface and his fake Cuban accent was none other than priceless whenever he spoke on the mic. Even the look of this guy was like an idealized version of a real man come to life. He made being a heel or “The Bad Guy” the coolest position in wrestling and it’s no wonder why he grew so much popularity. It was like Star Wars fans loving to route for the villains because they were so much cooler than our heroes. Throwing tooth picks at his opponents, feel relaxed whenever he speaks, and had a hard-hittle style, that even influenced The Rock to copy his style, shows how significant Razor really is. To me, Razor Ramon is the embodiment of The New Generation era. I still will always remember how mind-blowing his match against Shawn Michaels in Wrestlemania X is still one of my favorite matches of all time. They even had another ladder match together in Summerslam 1995 which was the best match in that horrible year in wrestling. Hell, his rivalry with his Kliq colleagues with Diesel, 123 Kid, and Shawn Michaels was some of the most entertaining things in wrestling! As a kid, I always routed for Razor Ramon to defeat the “Dudes With Attitude” because it was so much fun seeing the way they wrestled and handled the intense rivalry. To even show even more importance to Razor Ramon, he even made wrestling history in the Madison Square Garden Curtan Call Incident when he came in and hugged the Kliq members to establish the backstage faction. Sometimes I really wished that Razor Ramon can continue his journey to winning the WWF Championship instead of making history of the NWO in WCW, but what ever the case, Razor Ramon remains one of the best gimmick of all of wrestling!


bret_hartNumber 1.  –  Bret “Hitman” Hart

“The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be” truly lives up to the name. Bret Hart is the milestone for the new direction for the WWF after the Golden Age has ended. It started when Bret Hart departed his ways with Jim Neidhart from the Hart Foundation and became one of the best solo wrestlers of all time. He began to win the Intercontinental Championship, win the first ever King of the Ring, won the WWF Championship multiple times, and even told the best story lines the WWF has had during this era. Bret Hart style really separated 80’s to the 90’s and he earned that spot to become the face of the company. Bret Hart was a really fantastic storyteller where he showed a lot of emotion whenever he get hurt that caused the entire audience to sympathize with him. It’s wondrous to see that when his character evolves, the company evolves along with him. He told really personal story lines such as Davey Boy Smith’s relationships with his sister, Owen Hart brotherly jealousy, and so many more. Not only that, but Bret Hart’s matches were the best parts of the New Generation Era. I don’t ever recall seeing a bad Bret Hart match from 1993 to 1997, even despite the fact that some of the story lines he’s been involved in were badly written. Heck one of the reasons why there was an attitude era to begin with was because of his involvement with Stone Cold Steve Austin knocking him out cold. Part of his in-ring storytelling being so good is that Bret has the best versatility of this era. Bar none while I think Bret’s best years were occurring when the WWF was not at its very best commercial success-wise. Bret was a competitor that made the WWF a watchable program even in the WWF’s dark ages where you had garbagemen, plumbers and hog farmers as the staples of the Federation. Bret Hart while in today’s WWE gets a lot of praise for his contributions it wasn’t until 2010 when he’s truly been given the acclaim he’s deserved. To me Bret Hart made every match just look like an all out actual fight, no matter who he was wrestling be it Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett, Diesel, Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon, Hart had a flare to show just how his style was a breath of fresh air after Hulk Hogan left the WWF and the title scene needed new faces. Bret brought the title scene back to something it had not seen since Bob Backlund’s days as the champion. People who might knock The Hitman’s lack of personality I implore to just watch his body language in the ring and the way he would perform his move set that are always different in everyone of his matches. Everything Bret did had a reason and a method and the way he’d react to a loss in the ring just spoke better than any words he could ever say. That combined with the fact that he wrestled three different matches at King Of The Ring with three very different opponents and they all ended in their own unique way. This led to him winning the tournament and in my mind this legitimized him just as much as his World Title win over Ric Flair if not more so to be honest. WrestleMania X was another showcasing of Bret’s resourcefulness in the story lines, he goes from losing one match to Owen (and showing the best reaction I’ve ever seen a wrestler display after a loss) and afterwards in the same evening avenging his loss from the year before by beating Yokozuna in a rematch to win back the strap. His subsequent World Title feud with Owen in a cage match was a great showing too and I remember those days just like they were yesterday. For this alone I don’t think there’s anyone better at working within different dynamics than Bret Hart, yes I do indeed hold in high regard individuals like Shawn Michaels and all the other from the New Generation Era, but when it comes to this category I don’t think anyone touches Bret Hart. I can only wonder what things would have been like had he stayed with the WWF further into the Attitude Era instead of leaving during its transition point. Bret Hart has always been my biggest hero and there hasn’t been another individual that did more for me as a wrestling fan than Bret Hart!

Now you know who are the best wrestlers of the New Generation Era, be sure to check out the Top 10 Matches of the New Generation Era!!

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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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Wrestlemania 7 Review

Wrestlemania returns to the United States of America and this time the whole design of the show is more patriotic than any ‘Mania show, feeling almost like a WCW Great American Bash. It seems as if the WWF was happy to bring the grandest stage of them all back home and they have the American spirit like never before. It’s all because of the main event between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter where Slaughter’s character betrays his country to be a sympathizing Iraqi red-coat where the Gulf War was taken place at the time of this even. Because of the level of patriotism that America had with the Gulf War and had Hogan to represent their country, it became the running theme of the whole show. But this is one of the first Wrestlemanias where nearly all the matches of the card wasn’t just booked, but had a many storyline in it just to build up this very event. So does this Wrestlemania deliver? Let’s find out!

The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) vs. The Barbarian and Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – Out of the first 7 Wrestlemanias, this match had the best opening match. This is the one tag team match had offered the best out of the Rockers as they’ve gotten better over the years. They’ve gotten so good that they’ve been able to use their flying abilities and athleticism against the bites of The Barbarians. Marty Jannetty offered some of the coolest reversals that we’ve never seen in a Wrestlemania before! Obviously, like every tag match, the whole match drags just waiting for a baby face to make a tag and once Shawn Michaels makes that tag he boomed out with amazing flying moves. The crowd was right behind the Rockers and clearly deserved that victory! Fantastic opening match that does not happen often in Wrestlemania. The match was an example of the tag team formula done to perfection and really set the standard for what would become a tradition of delivering hot opening matches to set the stage for the remainder of the night’s festivities.
Match Score: 5/5

The Texas Tornado vs. Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) – Like every Dino Bravo match, I just can’t stand watching any of his matches and it’s a darn shame that the underrated Texas Tornado had to waste his efforts on this pile of garbage. But what certainly justified what could have been the worst match on the card (because anything from Dino Bravo means shit) Texas Tornado defeated Dino in less than five minutes clean! That’s perfect to bury that piece of shit in his last ever Wrestlemania appearance and that’s a perfect 5 out of 5 score right there!
Match Score: 5/5

The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (with Slick) – It’s really interesting to see that Davy Boy Smith finally breaking apart with Dynamite Kid and continued his career, solo. This match was electrifying when we see the Bulldog in action, but Warlord was more or less like a punching back for Smith. Bulldog obviously carried the match like with amazing athleticism and had the crowd roaring behind him. But whenever the Warlord takes control of the match, it somehow becomes silent – That’s the star power of Davy Boy Smith, here. The right guy won a solid match and it was a decent watch for a mid-card. That finish of the match with Bulldog’s powerslam took the audience’s breath away and that’s why this was a good mid-card match.
Match Score: 4/5

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) (with Jimmy Hart)  – The rivalry between the Hart Foundation and Jimmy Hart continues as the Nasty Boys debut in their first Wrestlemania. No doubt was this the best Tag Team match of the show as we got a chance to see the best of Bret Hart and Niedhard as we see them tag teaming for the last time in a Wrestlemania. This was no doubt the best tag team match of the night as it was Tag Team wrestling at its purest. I love the crowd really engaged with what’s going on in this match. Like all Tag Matches, it’s all about a babyface trying to make a tag when the heels are in control. It sure took a while for Bret to make that tag because the Nasty Boys strategized in dirty tactics from their opponents making that tag. Once that tag was made, Neidhart ferociously went full force against Knobs and Sags. This match was too good to have the Hart Foundation when the Foundation made the Hart Attack and then Bret was sent back to his corner because he wasn’t the legal man only to have enough time for the Nasty Boys to knock out Neidhard with Jimmy Hart’s helmet that he was wearing. For the last time we get to see the Hart Foundation in Wrestlemania, it was left to be desired to have them win, but it was so much better than their 10 second match at Wrestlemania IV.
Match Score: 4/5

Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Martel – This match was stupid, but it’s that good stupid! If this was a normal match with normal stipulation it would have been another forgettable Wrestlemania mid card match. Instead they put blindfolds on both of them, made this match fun to watch where Wrestlers had a hard time seeing each other and the whole crowd were shouting when they Jake is pointing in the right direction and booing if Rick is pointing in the right direction. It’s so much fun to see how comedic this whole thing was and it’s amazing to see the whole crowd into it, while it’s considered by many as the “worst of all time.” I kinda feel sorry for those who wouldn’t pay attention to fan reaction that is one of the most important aspect of wrestling!  The whole time Jake was using the crowd to guide him as he points in his direction hearing them say “No” when he’s pointing where his opponent is not at, and “Yes” if he’s pointing in the right direction to Rick Martel. Though this match took forever to get through, at least Jake Roberts won the match fair and square without any outside interference which we all were expecting from other Wrestlemanias. And unlike the past Wrestlemania events, Jake finally used Damien (his Python) against Rick Martel which he didn’t use in a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 3, so that saved the whole match from being a disaster. I think everyone is way too hard on this match and should just enjoy how frustrating it is for wrestlers to lose sight of opponents and continue to wrestle. In a matter of fact, this is the best blindfolds match ever because like what Jake Roberts is most known for, he uses phycology in his matches to make it interesting and this one certainly puts it in the test and allow the fans to be very part of it.
Match Score: 4/5

The Undertaker vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – This is actually the start of the Undertaker’s wrestlemania streak and to start that undefeated stream with a legend like Snuka shows how special Undertaker’s career is as a whole. This was the beginning of Taker’s career to really kick off and out of all the guys to begin the streak, it had to be the legendary Jimmy Snuka. Though Snuka has never won a Wrestlemania, Undertaker showed his dominance right from the beginning. His character as a walking corpse that’s impervious to pain made it hard to defeat. This was a one man match where Snuka was used as a crash-test dummy and it was all ‘Taker. Snuka didn’t have the chance, but it was great to watch this match just to see what came to be a legendary undefeated streak!
Match Score: 3/5

Macho King Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri) vs. The Ultimate Warrior – 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!
Match Score: 6/5 

Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao vs. Demolition (Crush and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) – This was a very mediocre wrestling match where everyone is trying to settle down from the last match, but nobody remembers Tenryu and Kitao because Demolition deserved a better tag team to face than these two forgettable teams. It also ended in a weak finish of a basic roll up and it didn’t leave any impact, but we needed a boring match to recharge from that excitement from the last match.
Match Score: 2/5

Mr. Perfect (c) (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Big Boss Man – Two of my favorite classic wrestlers from the golden age of wrestling makes it here for the Intercontinental Championship. It was a solid match where a technician goes up against a big brawler and I was impressed to see great energy from Boss Man that we don’t get everyday. For a man who took it personally that had his opponent making fun of his mother, you can see how personal this match really was. Boss Man was so mad that he even used his own belt to whip Kurt Henning in the back. This shows how talented Big Boss Man really is as he was able to keep up with Mr. Perfect with his tactics and athleticism. It sure was the best brawl of the night and it ended pretty well with a surprising return of Andre the Giant making his last ever appearance in Wrestlemania by interfering against Mr. Perfect. He came back for unfinished business against Heenan from the last Wrestlemania. It was legendary to see Andre hit Mr. Perfect with the Intercontinental Belt just so he can get Heenan back. Of course, the match was too good to be true as the Barbarians interfere the match, making Boss Man win by disqualification but since he didn’t pin or submit Perfect, he didn’t win the belt. I’m fine with the result because we never seen Big Boss Man to have a match this good and Andre came back for action. I loved it!
Match Score: 5/5

Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine –  Of course we had to continue the show after another fantastic match and to let the audience charge up from a great match, they had to just give a squash match between the two. It was nice to finally see Valentine to finally be a babyface and do what he does best in his wrestling ability. However, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, you cannot take down someone as awesome and as powerful as Earthquake. Once ‘Quake jumps and sits on you, it’s the end!
Match Score: 3/5

The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) (with Slick) – The one thing that I agree with Animal is that they deserved a Tag Team title shot with the Hart Foundation because that’s something that could have been better for the best tag team of all time! Power and Glory was a complete waste of time for the Road Warrior as Hawk and Animal completely squashed those two men in just a minute. But we had a great squash with Animal catching one of the opponents to a powerslam that leaves to a death device that declared Legion of Doom the victory
Match Score: 3/5

Virgil (with Roddy Piper) vs. Ted DiBiase – I’m very sad to say it, but even though Virgil had Piper as a manager and broke free from being Ted DiBiase’s manager to start a solo career, he just doesn’t have the potential to show that he can be a big star. If only Piper didn’t have a knee injury, he would have had a great match with DiBiase. It shows because DiBiase put so much attention on Piper and Virgil’s wrestling ability was so lackluster that Ted forgot that he was wrestling his former manager, which is why he lost in a countout. It was definitely the weakest match of the card and nobody really was looking forward for anything from Virgil except to see DiBiase getting his ass kicked. And to prove that Virgil has no star power, Piper had to rescue Virgil from DiBiase’s dirty attack with his Million Dollar Dream submission hold. The only thing that was memorable was Sensational Sherri came back to the ring to help Ted DiBiase from Piper that even overshadows Virgil more than it needed to be. One more thing, someone take away the microphone from him because it’s not helping that he’s asking Piper to get on his feet from a broken leg… The only thing that was significant was to know that Sherri is DiBiase’s new manager… nothing else, sadly.
Match Score: 2/5

The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Tito Santana – I’m sad to see Tito continue to deal with these mid-carders and have nothing to gain in his career and to have him loose against a forgettable name like The Mountie, shows how downhill Tito went.
Match Score: 2/5 

Wrestlemania VIIHulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) – Sgt. Slaughter was a big name in the wrestling world because he was a true patriot and a character in the G.I. Joe cartoon and to have him to become a Sadam Musane sympathizing Iraqi turn-coat was given as much heal heat as Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkov. It was great booking to have Sgt. Slaughter to be such a big heel that had more heat than any wrestler. It was great to have a traitor vs. an American patriot for the WWF Championship, which is the reason why this whole Wrestlemania event used the red, white, and blue patriotic theme in the show. However, this match was poorly worked… and I mean REALLY poorly worked! Slaughter just was a very slow paced wrestler who doesn’t have a wrestling ability or the physique as anyone like Hulk Hogan which makes it problematic when Hogan oversells a move that looses its believability. However when Slaughter sells, it perfectly matches the effect Hogan makes. Plus there were a lot of dumb moments where it didn’t be needed in the mach like Slaughter hit Hogan with a chair on front of the ref (should have been a disqualification), a stomp on Hogans hand that missed like four inches, General Adnan holds on Hogan’s leg and then let’s him go when Hogan was on the second ropes on the corner, the same spot on the corner was repeated just so Slaughter can flip Hogan over, and it was just a poorly done match. Out of the 7 Wrestlemanias up to this point, this one had the worst main event. The only saving grace was the fan’s desperation to have Hulk Hogan win out of patriotism and their hatred of Sgt. Slaughter’s patriotism for Sadam Musane. Obviously, this match had to end with the country’s hero by giving him the traditional Hogan finish of Hogan’s wake up, couple of punches, big boot, and leg drop. There was so surprise or any intensity. I wouldn’t be this underwhelmed if only this match would have been half as good as Hogan’s previous wrestlemania matches before this one. But I’m still able to say that this was better than the poorly done Andre vs. Hogan at Wrestlemania IV, but to have a mess of a match like this is something to be desired. The only positive I can give this match is that the right person won this match and it left the USA fans happy that their American hero won the championship for their country.
Match Score: 3/5


So what we have here is a show that had a great start and middle but a predictable and pretty underwhelming finish at the end. But I’ll give this Wrestlemania a ton of credit, there were a lot more going on in this show than just the main event like the past Wrestlemanias that relied on the main event to become the main 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 kept the show entertaining. 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 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-Randy Savage match. It was a prime example of a babyface vs. heel match-up that was classic, 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 the whole show! 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 because every wrestler in the WWF 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. No doubt that this is the best mid-card ever in the Golden Age of Wrestling before the New Generation kicked off the following year. That’s why Wrestlemania 7 is a great show! This is the only Wrestlemania that I reviewed that absolutely had no 1 out of 5 match while everything was 2 and higher and the Warrior vs. Savage match was the first one to get a 6 out of 5 match (my highest score). This was a fine event and probably some of the most underrated Wrestlemania ever.

The Top Lister’s score for Wrestlemania VII:

                    5/5

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Wrestlemania 5 Review

For an entire year after Wrestlemania 4, The “Macho Man” Randy Savage has been the WWF Champion and it’s thanks to Hulk Hogan who teamed up with Savage and Miss Elizabeth to become the Mega Powers. It was the most phenomenal team up with two big name stars and it created so much drama when the break-up between the two happened. Macho Man accused Hulk Hogan for going after his woman Miss Elizabeth and wanted to have revenge with Hulk Hogan in this very show. This Wrestlemania no longer went to the tournament concept like last year’s ‘Mania and made it regular constructed show. It has been 2 straight Wrestlemanias where Randy Savage was properly booked in great Wrestlemania moments and his third one is going to face Wrestling’s biggest star. The whole Wrestlemania event was built upon one of the most relatable wrestling stories in the history of this sport. So does this event deliver everything that it hyped? Let’s find out shall we?

Hercules vs King Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – This was a great opening show where Hercules came in a Wrestlemania for the first time as a babyface and what a great match those two had where technical moves and power moves were being made and for the sizes that these two had, it was sweet to watch!
Match Score: 4/5

The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man) (with Slick) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels andMarty Jannetty) – Finally the rockers debuts in their first Wrestlemania event and Wrestlemania needs someone like the Rockers to show what it means to displaying flying moves. In the cast of their opponents with Akeem and Boss Man, it was a showcase to see which style is better, flying or powerhouse. The Rockers used these big brutes as punching bags that they dive on, but at the end, because they were too focused on making the fans in awe, they ended up loosing with the Boss Man’s power bomb. Fine match for what it was
Match Score: 4/5 

Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) – It’s interesting to see that DiBiase was the biggest heel of the WWF in last year’s wrestlemania and then lost his credibility to mid-card the following year. After two solid matches, there just had to be a bad match coming along because WWF was too stingy of giving the audience consecutive great matches. Brutus Beefcake and Ted DiBiase (with Virgil) fought to a double countout. WWF could have made both of these men bigger stars but because they ended up with booking like this made it a dull watch, and even worse, it was longer than the last two matches that deserved that much time.
Match Score: 2/5

The Rougeau Brothers (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers – All I can say is that nothing memorable happened in this match after the Bushwhackers grabbed Rougeaus’ manager Jimmy Hart’s jacket but Rougeaus pounded on them. For those who actually think a joke team like Bushwhackers were even going to win the match should get their brain checked
Match Score: 1/5

Mr. Perfect vs The Blue Blazer – Finally here’s a match that I give a damn because we’re talking about the debut of Kurt Henning and Owen Hart in Wrestlemania and it sure was a hell of a technical match. As much as we would expect this match to be a great because of the reputation that these two made years later turned out they were just showing potential. One thing that’s memorable about this match was the nasty splash that Blazer took, but Perfect gets his knees up. Oof! That looked hard.As good as you can get in six minutes.
Match Score: 4/5

Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) vs. The Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) and Mr. Fuji – Demolition has been forgotten over the years but I’ll remember their break up with Mr. Fuji that’s now against an equal team of monsters like Powers of Pain. He didn’t take betray lightly so he put himself into the match as a handicap 3-on-2 tag match. Earlier, Mr. Fuji made a funny segment of cheating in a charity marathon and then loose that made me laugh. What this match was is a solid slobber knocker of large wrestlers squashing each other. Fuji doesn’t prove to be very effective during the match, but once it breaks down he tries to toss his ceremonial salt in Smash’s eyes. It backfires and takes out the Warlord, allowing Demolition to finish Fuji with the Demolition Decapitation. I was satisfied that Demolition came in as Tag Champions and left the the same gold.
Match Score: 4/5

Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) vs. Ronnie Garvin – Dino Bravo sucks and this match sucked big time! For the fact that he beaten a nobody like Garvin shows how insignificant Dino’s career really is
Match Score: 1/5

The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) vs Strike Force (Rick Marteland Tito Santana) – I never was a fan of the Strike Force tag team, but what I did like was to see WCW’s members of the four horsemen to roughhouse these two. The only thing I remember of this match was Rick Martel ditching Santana and then he got creamed. See what I mean when I said before that Strike Force was forgettable? But it was nice to see Arn Anderson and Tully doing WCW style wrestling in Wrestlemania and it was pure delight to watch
Match Score: 4/5

Piper’s Pit – This is actually *really* pointless in retrospect, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Brother Love (Bruce Prichard), who was the talk show host in the WWF at that point before Paul Bearer took over with the Funeral Parlor, comes down to do his dead-on Roddy Piper imitation. Morton Downey Jr., who was a real-life syndicated talk show host, comes down to make fun of the whole thing (think Bill O’Reilly crossed with Jerry Springer). Finally, Piper himself walks down and chases Love away. Downey refuses to stop sucking on faggots, and by that I mean smoking cigarettes of course, so Piper sprays a fire extinguisher in his face and chases him away too. People have aggrandized this far above what it really was.
Segment Score: 2/5

Jake Roberts vs. André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) – The thing about “The Snake” and Andre is that they don’t have that many memorable Wrestlmania moments and having these two against each other was something left to be desired. WWF got ahead of itself and wound up wasting several months of build. There was too many slow pace moves and it did not deliver on any good moves. All this build up went to waste in a disqualification… lame!
Match Score: 1/5

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine (withJimmy Hart) – This was the match that the Hart Foundation needed because after their break up with “The Mouth from the South” they were able to boom to popularity and faced off with two of the most hated Wrestlers in the sport.  Bret counters a figure-four to a small package and then hits Honky with the crossbody for two. Valentine blocks a rollup, but Bret tags out, triggering a four-man melee. Honky goes for the megaphone in all the confusion, but Anvil grabs it instead and tosses it to Bret who nails Honky with it for the win. I could have asked for more, but to see the Harts continue to rise in popularity was satisfying.
Match Score: 4/5

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Ultimate Warrior (c ) – Outside of Macho Man vs. Hulkster, this was actually the most memorable match and a defining moment of the Ultimate Warrior. We’re talking about two men with great physic and it was all powerhouse from beginning to the end. Though both of these men were out of breath during the match (especially Warrior who ran half way across the stadium to the ring). The one thing to remember about this match was the finish because it was brilliant to have a heel win the match with Heenan holding Warrior’s feet as Rude reversed the suplex into a pin, then later on Warrior guerrilla press Heenan and got revenge. It was classic! But if there’s one complaint I have is Rude’s tights… just why put the fact of Warrior on your ass and the camera man had to zoom in putting Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Venture in awkward silence. lol
Match Score: 4/5

Bad News Brown vs. Jim Duggan – As with a lot of matches on the card, there wasn’t really much of a feud here. They were just two midcarders with nothing better to do. The match barely gets started before they just decide to throw out the rules and brawl on the floor. Back in, Duggan uses his catlike dexterity to avoid the Ghetto Blaster, and he hits the 3-Point Stance Clothesline. That leads to Bad News grabbing a chair so they can duel it out in that never-ending war between chairs and 2x4s. That’s enough for the DQ
Match Score: 2/5

Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan – This match was a waste of 30 second because we just couldn’t have Heenan humiliated with the Guerrilla Press Drop from The Ultimate Warrior early so we had to have him defeated by one of the worst wrestling gimmicks ever. That’s it!
Match: Score: 1/5

Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage (c ) – WWF Championship This is what makes a great main event was because of the rivalry between the two that everyone can relate to. For the Hulkamaniacs knew what it’s like to loose a friend that turned into an enemy and for many of the Macho Man fans who know what it’s like to loose you woman to a former friend, it couldn’t be any more dramatic than that! It was even more dramatic where Miss Elizabeth had to sit at ring side as a neutral just witnessing both of her loved ons settling the score.  There were many instances where Miss Elizabeth was caught between the two when they take the fight out of the ring. This lead to Miss Elizabeth to leave the arena and have Savage and Hogan to give it their all. Back and forth throughout the entire show, Monsoon and Venture at commentary were really giving a heated debate between which guy they were routing for and I was shocked to see Jesse “The Body” going overblown with the heel persona. The best heel turn in wrestling history, wherein Savage’s paranoia at Hogan drove him into a blind rage, led to this showdown, where Hogan withstood Savage’s return to cheap-shotting, and survived a Flying Elbow to win his second WWE Title. I do wish that Macho Man won the match (because I’m a Randy Savage) mark, but it’s much better to have Miss Elizabeth leave the arena before the match ended because I can’t see her raising Hulk Hogan’s arms in victory showing that she was for Hogan instead of Savage. Over all, it was a great event and something to remember.
Match Score: 4/5

Out of the first five Wrestlemanias, Wrestlemania 5 is my favorite. The past Wrestlemanias had too many mid-cards that had nothing much to do but this one here was consistent with displaying good matches, but of course we dealt with the bad ones as well, but not as painful as you can remember. It sure as hell was a lot better than Wrestlemania 4, but it just didn’t have that 5 Star match quality like Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboad at Wrestlemania 3 which is the only flaw with Wrestlemania 5. The biggest strengths of this show was that the commentators  with Ventura and Monsoon were inevitably strong as they were very opinionated and it looked like these two were going to start fist fighting each other because their arguments back and forth was getting more and more intense. This was where story lines in wrestling started getting better and because everyone was so invested in Macho Man vs. Hogan is what makes this show so great to come back to. A truly epic show to end the year-long Megapowers storyline and send everyone home happy.

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania 5:

                    3/5

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Wrestlemania 3 Review

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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Top 10 Wrestling Matches of the 1990s

It’s a no brainer to say that wrestling in the 1990s was the best decade of wrestling. Really, today we only have a bunch of indie promotions that only wishes they can compete against WWE that’s still the only wrestling company that dominates the wrestling industry. Back in the 90’s we had WCW, WWF, and ECW that were all competing with each other and competitions is great for business. They grow, evolve and deliver the unexpected and that’s something that I truly miss in wrestling today. I always love going to back at these old matches where the the 80’s rock and wrestling reaches it’s end, the short-lived new generation era, to the very famous Attitude era of wrestling for the WWF! Wrestling took a big evolution in the 90s to become more realistic, edgier, rambunctious, and daring just to give us our entertainment. Without out doubt, wrestling never got more entertaining that this decade as a whole and it left a historical impact on television history! These are the best wrestling matches that forever left us an impression and still continues to be entertaining many years later!

Honorable Mentions

 Sumerslam ’94:  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Steel Cage

If Shawn Michaels is “Mr. Wrestlemania,” then just call Bret Hart “Mr. Summerslam,” because as showcased by this list, Hart produced some of the most memorable matches at WWE’s premier Summer pay-per-view. The two Hart brothers would have perhaps their greatest match against one another on this night, battling for the then-WWF Championship inside a steel cage. As Bret has said, this was perhaps his favorite match against his brother in the WWE, and he felt that they were able to give the audience something different than the stereotypical cage match. The two sold the sibling rivalry to the audience and showed that there doesn’t need to be weapons and bloodshed involved to have a historic cage match.

Heatwave ’98: Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka

These two are the best rivalry that ECW has ever had just simply because both of these men never had a bad match together and Heatwave ’98 was their best! Awesome’s athleticism gets the crowd to pop at every big flying move. He was dominant to open, but soon found himself colliding with a chair thanks to Tanaka. Tanaka charged at him on the ramp, waving the chair above his head like a knight readying a sword. Dives into the crowd, awesome-bombs through tables and DDTs onto chairs highlighted the rest of the match. The energy of this match, how Tanaka and Awesome masterfully worked the crowd makes this a bout worthy of watching, several times over.

Great American Bash ’90:  Ric Flair vs. Sting

The Ric Flair and Sting feud spans several years because it was WCW’s most iconic rivalries in that promotion. Their best outing however would be at WCW’s The Great American Bash pay per view in 1990. At this point, both wrestlers knew each other very well and complimented each others wrestling styles. Additionally, the crowd was heavily invested in the storyline, which went beyond Sting and Flair. Standing ringside for the bout was The Steiner Brothers, Junkyard Dog and more. This was to insure there would be no interference from Ole Anderson and The Four Horsemen. Throughout the match, Flair tried numerous times to cheat, each time being thwarted by the good guys at ringside. Flair seized the opportunity and went for his patented figure four leg lock. But Sting quickly counted the move with a small package and got the three count. The crowd erupted, as Sting celebrated with The Steiner Brothers and Junkyard Dog. Despite losing the title for the 6th time, Flair would go on to win the championship several more times.

Royal Rumble ’94: Yokozuna vs. Undertaker

I guess I have a huge guilty pleasure for this match because Yokozuna is my favorite over-size wrestler and his best match (that didn’t involve his Tag Team match with Owen Hart) was his Casket Match with Undertaker at Royal Rumble ’94. Undertaker was so over-powered that it took half of the heel roster to finish him off and put him in the casket. It was a very chaotic match that made it amazing to see all the heels doing their most evilest to beat the powerful force of ‘Taker. But after Yokozuna finally put Taker in the Casket, then came the scariest moment in all of wrestling, Undertaker’s resurrection inside that casket! It didn’t have a great in-ring work but it had the some of the best drama and finishes that I’ve ever seen in a single match.

Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi

This is some of the toughest looking matches I’ve ever seen. Dr. Death Steve Williams is some of the best technical powerhouses the world of wrestling has ever had. His moves were some of the most painful looking I’ve ever seen and to my surprise, Kenta Kobashi was able to withstand and endure every trick that Steve Williams had to pull. You probably have seen wrestling like this before, but this is one that had some of the devastating effect that I’ve seen throughout the 1990s. Throughout the entire match, we always had near-falls and multiple instances where it looks like it can end, but they kept going. This match is really damn good, but what it’s missing the most is a good story to tell which is why it’s off the list.

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Number 10.  –  King of the Ring ’98RAW 6/29/1998: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane

My favorite time of being a WWF fan was 1998 when we had only four major stars tearing each other up; Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (and possibly Vince McMahon if you believe that). Though this was Austin at his prime, this was also Kane’s prime as well were we had an actual horror-like monster as a wrestling persona that happened to be one of the best mystique characters of all time. He’s had a an awesome debut interfering the Undertaker’s match with HBK in the first Hell in a Cell, nearly this close to finish Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Tombstone Pete Rose (twice), and even even took his rivalry with Taker in the most dangerous match, the Inferno Match! It really built his character all the way to a WWF Championship against Stone Cold. And quite frankly, I’m putting two matches in two consecutive nights in this very list!

Sure, everyone thinks it’s blasphemy that I put this match over the King of the Ring Hell in the Cell match between Mankind and Undertaker, but the match between Kane and Austin is what truly defined the Attitude Era more-so than that match! It’s really cool to see a first blood-match but pretty obvious of who’s going to loose because Kane had his mask on, but it didn’t matter because this very match this match threw everything on the table to make it recognize it as Attitude. We’re talking about taking the fight to the crowd, interferences with Taker and Foley, close-call finishers, many attempted murders (pouring gasoline on Ref), and even bringing the Hell in the Cell down making it a gimmick match that was damaged earlier (Mankind vs. Undertaker). But that nasty chair shot that Taker did on Austin was some of the most effective and it gave Kane his title. That was some of my favorite heel victories of all professional wrestling because it left us asking for more!

And more is what we got because the following night on free TV, we were given a rematch between the two as main event of Raw is War. Thought it probably could have been better, this was a fantastic climax between the two that captures fan satisfactory! It we’re judging on fan reactions for this match, there was no bigger fan reaction than seeing Austin win the championship on free TV. The way he stunnered Kane for that victory was some of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen from any stunners that Austin gave to his victims. Many say that it wasn’t fair that Kane only had his championship in less than 24 hours and they should have made that title-reign longer, but I doubt we’re ever going to see the same Kane from the 1990s because his mystique is completely gone. Nevertheless, this was some of my favorite moments in the WWF and each time I look back at it, it reminds me why I’m still a wrestling fan!

Number 9.  –  Bad Blood ’97:  The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell

This was the very first Hell in a Cell match in the WWF and it still is one of my favorite matches that the promotion has has delivered. At Bad Blood in 1997, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker faced off for the chance to battle Bret Hart at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship. Before we had that infamous screwjob in that Pay Per View, we were given a taste of what would the WWF be heading to in the Attitude Era. Undertaker was quick to bring the fight to Michaels during the beginning of the match with Michaels mostly unable to mount an offense of his own. Taker was so brutal and unforgiving that he even woke up from a Sweet Chin Music-Super Kick from Michaels and brought the match outside of the cage. At one point in the match, both men were fighting on top of the cell and Michaels was knocked off. With Michaels dangling helplessly, Taker stomped on his fingers forcing him to let go and fall through the spanish announce table. To my surprise, he fell off from the cage to the table a year earlier than the Mankind incident in King of the Ring ’98 in the same match-type from the same opponent. Some of you are wondering why I didn’t put the Mankind vs. Undertaker match in the list of the greatest matches of the 1990s. Well, I have full respect to that historic event, but the match was too real and when there’s no wrestling going on, it simply tested my patients.

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The match between Michaels and Taker was so much better and more real than that other Hell in a Cell match. In fact, this match was so damn real that when Shawn Michaels was dripping blood from the top of the cage, the camera man who was below them had Michaels’s drops of blood landing on him and he shouted “Ah shit!” Once the two made it back into the ring, Taker was ready to put Michaels away… until the debuting Kane hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, ultimately handing the win to Michaels. That debut of Kane was some of the most exciting, surprising, and epic debuts that any professional wrestler has ever had! It was the biggest turning point that I’ve ever see in in a wresting match but it was one hell of an impression! This still is the best Hell in a Cell match that I’ve ever seen and that’s all thanks to the non-stop action that kept going throughout!

Number 8.  –  Wrestle War 92: Sting Squadron  vs. The Dangerous Alliance  – War Games

We have the greatest faction vs. faction of all time and this was all thanks to the genius Paul Hayman (Paul E. Dangerously) who made this into a reality. We have Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham to go up against  Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude. All of these men have a huge history with each other. The War Games has always been WCW’s best gimmick matches where they take a large team against another team in a two-ring cage that makes a chaotic experience. Violence, brawls, and athleticism were all displayed perfectly in this very match.  One by one as the wrestlers got into the ring, kept the adrenaline with between these teams to be more fierce and violent at the point where it has became the best that WCW has ever had to offer. Not even the New World Order would dare to make a masterful match like this one. I never got bored watching this War Game. Hell it was crazy to see Madusa (valet for Dangerous Alliance) to go up the cage to give her teammate a weapon and Sting came chasing after her. When Sting finally came into the ring, it became the most electrifying moment of the match. All of these men have done almost every wrestling trick in the book, plus more like taking off the top rope ring because the hatred between these two teams were that intense. It is hands down the best WarGames match in existence, thanks in major part to the caliber of athlete who participated in the match. Over half the participants bled buckets in the match, featured great storyline and paid off the months long rivalry between The Alliance and their biggest rivals.

Number 7.  –  Hardcore Heaven ’99: Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

For those wondering why this is the only ECW match that made it on the list it’s because some of the sloppy hardcore matches had great stories and the athletic matches get no story in them. That’s why Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn is a perfect balance between both and delivered some of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen. If someone told fans that Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn were each created with the other mind, it’d be hard to argue. Their fantastic chemistry led to a number of great matches for ECW including their bouts at Guilty as Charged 2001 and Living Dangerously 1999. It’s their match at Hardcore Heaven 1999 that is their masterwork. An incredible pace saw Lynn and Van Dam hit move after move, leg drops and avalanche bulldogs and just about everything in each man’s arsenal. The match featured more mat wrestling than one might expect, but plenty of the most furious flying moves as well. Their fight spilled to the outside; their fight hypnotized. There were most instances where it looks like they’ve botched, but they somehow kept going in delivering some of the best performances that the promotion has ever had! I was in complete awe when watching this match for the first time and wonder why WCW and WWF hasn’t had performers in their roster that could make matches and storytelling like this. This was all about being “The Whole F’ing Show” and they had to prove it, televised. What separates this from their other matches is how much drama they created near the end, how real their desperation felt and how drained it all left fans afterward.

Number 6.  –  Nitro 4/26/99:  Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page

This may shock a lot of people that this match sits on at the top of my list. This match for the WCW World Title and in my eyes the best television match ever aired on WCW programming and possibly one of the best matches in the whole Monday Night Wars. Sting and DDP put on an instant classic on this edition of Monday Nitro on April 26, 1999. The battle between two of the most popular WCW competitors of all time was a truly memorable moment among the chaos that was unraveling in the WCW front offices. But don’t think this was some technical classic. The match quickly degraded into an all-out brawl as DDP and The Stinger taunted each other and exchanged blows in the center of the ring to start the match. As the action spilled in and out of the ring, neither legendary grappler maintained an advantage in the contest. It was a thrilling back-and-forth war, but the true highlight of the contest was that there was no outside interference. Instead, two of WCW’s finest waged war in an effort to determine the champion. DDP was the heel champ and at this point in his career was in his prime. Sting on the other hand was past his prime yet still had what it took to put on a great World Title Match. The uninterrupted contest finally came to an end when Sting countered the Diamond Cutter into a Scorpion Death Drop to win his fifth WCW Title. We haven’t seen a crowd pop for the three count since Goldberg defeated Hollywood Hogan or Austin and his zamboni and it was magical to see such a roar happen at the end of the match. Sadly, Sting’s fifth World Title reign would not last long. He would lose it in a Four Corners Match 90 minutes later. Make it a point to watch this match. It was indeed one of Sting’s great, if not his greatest of matches.

Number 5.  –  Wrestlemania X:  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon

This match was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV and probably 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. The reason why is because this match made Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania and this really showed that he was ready for the main event! This was the first night he stole show and he never looked back after it! The Showstopper had arrived! They settled their differences in this ladder match at WrestleMania 10. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. 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.  –  Wrestlemania X: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 

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.  –  Wrestlemania 13:  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

I will always say that the Wrestlemania 12 match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels is the most overrated match in wrestling history. It is the Titanic of wrestling, where no matter how hard you try to convince me that it’s the greatest, the reasons will always be irrelevant. Bret Hart has redeemed himself by putting on a much better wrestling match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Now if you want to talk bloody matches, here’s one for you. 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 and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head by the end of the match.

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. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company.

Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania VIIMacho King Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior 

Many can say Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI was the best match of the early 90’s and many say that Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is the best match of the 1980s, but I can easily say that this Wrestlemania match is better than both of those matches combined! Yes, I said it and I regret nothing! 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 very 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. No doubt, this is THE Best post-match moments of all time! This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of ever 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 1.  –  Royal Rumble Match 1992

Every year when the Royal Rumble comes around, a sense of nostalgia kicks in as wrestling fans remember Rumble moments from the past and relive them because they are what made the Rumble such an important match in the first place. In terms of the actual Royal Rumble match and which one was the best, the clear choice is 1992. While there were many others that can be considered great, Four words: Ric Flair, one hour, along with the greatest collection of wrestlers and spots ever in a singular match. Flair just came from WCW and WWF treated their best wrestler like a star. Though he only came out at number 3, at that point in time never was there a wrestler that stay in that ring as long as Ric has to the very end of the match. Part of what made the Royal Rumble 1992 so damn special is that it’s the ONLY Royal Rumble where the winner wins the vacated WWF Championship. For the fact that it still stands as the only Royal Rumble match for the WWF Championship makes the storytelling and the in-ring action even more exciting to watch.

If you look at the star power in the 1992 Royal Rumble, it can be argued that it was the most star studded Rumble ever. Here’s a listing at some of the names in the match that are already in the WWE Hall of Fame or likely will be one day: British Bulldog (#1), Ted Dibiase (#2), Ric Flair (#3), Shawn Michaels (#6), Tito Santana (#7), Texas Tornado (#9), Greg Valentine (#11), Nikolai Volkoff (#12), Big Boss Man (#13), Roddy Piper (#15), Jake Roberts (#16), Jim Duggan (#17), Jimmy Snuka (#19), The Undertaker (#20), Randy Savage (#21), Hulk Hogan (#26), Sgt. Slaughter (#28) and Sid Justice (#29) Those are 18 names. Of those names, if you picked out the top five all-time stars in the match you could go with Hogan, Flair, Michaels, Undertaker and Savage as one of the strongest groups of top five names in Royal Rumble history. That’s without mentioning a guy like Piper too. A key part of every Rumble is building up contenders to win. The fans watching at home have to believe most of the performers have a chance to win.

If the big names of the contestants in this Royal Rumble didn’t even excite you (hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t be half amused), you had the best commentary, best surprises, best spots, and some of the most surprising moments that occurred in this match. I mean for fuck sake, Hulk Hogan didn’t even win the match and that was certainly a highlight of the show. For an hour of a match, the excitement never stopped thanks to commentary job by Heenan, who was firmly in the corner of Ric Flair. He was known as an advisor to Flair and whenever he did commentary of Flair’s matches he made it no secret that he was going to support his friend no matter what anybody else thought. At one point he looked like he was going to have a heart attack and that’s part of him being a lovable heel. This is the match that truly showcased why Flair (thought his stay there was short-lived) was the Man for WWF fans who might not have realized it.

They really featured Flair as the guy to be the main guy in the match. That’s exactly what he was. Flair lasted the longest in the match by going 59:26 as the 3rd man in. He was responsible for the elimination of five men: British  Bulldog, Texas Tornado, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage and Sid Justice. Savage would be his opponent at WrestleMania 8 a couple of months later, so it was smart to have Flair eliminate him here. A lot of the guys attacked him when they got in the ring whether they were heel or face. It was as if he was the guy that had the target in his back because he came from the NWA/WCW and they didn’t want him to win the match. He did so many Flair flops and had so many moments where it looked like he was going to get eliminated. This was before the days where Shawn Michaels would skin the cat all the time and people would copy him. It was more basic moves to save himself, but Flair did everything he could to hang on. The final four in this match was the best choice of four wrestlers ever with Hogan, Savage, Sid, and Flair. Savage got eliminated, but what’s surprising of all is that Hogan didn’t win the match. The crowd popped the moment Sid threw Hogan over when Hulk tried to eliminate Ric Flair. And the moment Flair won, it was fan-pleasing moment when we all heard Bobby Heenan shout “YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! I told you Monsoon! I told you Monsoon!” Sure there have been better in-ring action and more well-told story lines in wrestling over the years, but no other match really had so much excitement. Hell, even the post-match interview with Flair was biblical! A lot of these feuds after the match carried on at Wrestlemania 8, but for this very match where everything was on the line, Flair showed everybody with his performance at the 1992 Royal Rumble that he truly is one of the greatest wrestlers ever. It was Flair at his absolute best. Woo!!!

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