UA-59049186-1 The 10 Greatest Wrestlemania Matches of All Time

10 Greatest Wrestlemania Matches of All Time

The 10 Greatest Matches in WrestleMania History.

WrestleMania is the biggest show in all of sports entertainment. They call it the “Grandest Stage of them All” for a reason.  It’s the stage where careers, legacies, and moments are made. With the world watching, these superstars place themselves in wrestling immortality by putting on spectacular matches; ones that we still talk about all these years later.  Obviously, there are countless great matches that have taken place on the WrestleMania stage, so we managed to break it down to the 10 very best of the absolute best.

  1. Bret vs Owen WrestleMania X

Looking to step from out of the shadows of older brother Bret, Owen Hart would turn heel after a string of losses.  With something to prove, Owen and Bret went out and opened WrestleMania 10 in a fast paced, back and forth match. Owen showed he was on equal ground as his brother, in one of the best bits of storytelling in WrestleMania history.  The booking was awesome, as Bret would injure his knee during the match which allowed Owen to dominate a majority of the match.  Owen would secure a victory via pinfall and walk out of Mania looking like a star.

  1. Undertaker VS Triple H

The End of an Era.  Triple H would attempt to defeat the Undertaker on his third attempt at Wrestlemania, and this time he had a little insurance in his back pocket, as HBShizzle was the special guest referee.  The deck was stacked against the Deadman inside the Hell in a cell.  In a brutal contest, with vicious strikes, steel steps, and a ton of chair shots Undertaker would fend off Trips, Michaels, and the odds, as he would move to 20-0.

  1. Daniel Bryan Vs. Batista Vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 30)

Batista returned to WWE in early 2014 and won the 2014 Royal Rumble. It was he who was supposed to headline WrestleMania 30, but the fans turned on The Animal.  You see, at this time Daniel Bryan was HOT.  He had just turned on the Wyatt family and he was the most lovable underdog the WWE had ever seen.  After losing to Bray Wyatt earlier in the night, the Pittsburgh crowd turned on everything.  We, and I say “We” (because I was there) hijacked the show and boo’d all of it.  So, thanks to that booing and Punk leaving WWE had no choice but to make Batista heel, and insert Daniel Bryan into the main event; after he beat Triple H of course.

Daniel Bryan would defeat the two WWE legends and winning the match after forcing Batista into submission. The fans in New Orleans went bonkers, and Bryan put a cherry on top of one of the greatest WrestleManias ever.

  1. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WrestleMania 3)

Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant headlined WrestleMania 3 in Detroit, but it was really Randy Savage’s clash with Ricky Steamboat that goes down as the greatest ‘Mania match of them all.

Savage and Steamboat were two of the most gifted and entertaining in-ring wrestlers.  This epic clash for the Intercontinental Championship ended when Steamboat countered Savage’s slam and pinned him to win the title. Over three decades later, and we’re still waiting for a WrestleMania match to top this one.

Multiple wrestling media outlets ranked this as the best match of 1987. There’s no questioning that at all.   Savage and Steamboat delivered a match like no other, and it will simply never be forgotten.

  1. Edge & Christian Vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz (WrestleMania 17)

There are three tag teams that defined The Attitude Era in the WWE: Edge and Christian, Matt & Jeff Hardy — aka The Hardy Boyz — and The Dudley Boyz.  So when these three tag teams were placed in a TLC match at WrestleMania 17, chaos was bound to ensue. The WWF Tag Team Championships were on the line here.

Jeff executed a dangerous yet highly successful Swanton Bomb off the top of the ladder. But the defining moment of this match was when Edge hit Jeff with a spear in mid-air. That helped Christian take advantage and pull down the title belts, making the all-Canadian duo your new tag team champions.  This is what hardcore wrestling was all about. The three duos laid it all out, and we were treated to by far the greatest tag team match in WrestleMania history.

  1. Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Benoit vs Triple H

Chris Benoit battled two of the all-time greats in his debut at the show of shows and he dazzled in spectacular fashion.  The pace of this match was exhilarating, as all three man put forth their greatest efforts in dishing out the most punishment possible; with HBK being cut open, Triple H being cut open and Benoit being double suplexed through the announce table.  After a few near falls, and a sharpshooter that almost made Triple H submit, Benoit came back with a Crossface that earned him the World Heavyweight Championship in one of the greatest matches in Wrestlemania history.

  1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Vs. The Rock (WrestleMania 17)

No doubt about it. The Texas Rattlesnake and the People’s Champion were the two biggest WWE superstars in the Attitude Era.  It was always a treat for WWE fans any time The Rock and Steve Austin came face-to-face in the ring. Luckily for us, one their absolute best showdowns happened to take place on the Grandest Stage of them all — at WrestleMania 17 in Houston.

It was a no DQ match, with The Rock putting his WWE Championship on the line.  The two superstars absolutely brutalized each other,  and with the assistance of Vince McMahon, Austin destroyed The Rock with a steel chair, solidifying a heel turn and pinning The People’s Champion. With that, Austin captured the WWE title and shockingly joined forces with Vince.

  1. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon (Wrestlemania 11)

 They don’t call him Mr. Wrestlemania for nothing.  Shawn Michaels has been sprinkled pretty frequently on this list, but it is for good reason.  At Wrestlemania 11, The Heartbreak Kid and The Bad Guy put on the greatest ladder match in WWE history for the Intercontinental Championship.  The key word was, “Innovation”.  The first ever ladder match at Mania saw calculated attacks with the ladder as Michaels and Razor furthered storyline injuries by using the ladder as a weapon.  In the end tho, The Bad Guy was victorious, but Michaels abilities were on full display and it was the foundation for the nickname, Mr. Wrestlemania.

     2. Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 25)

Some consider this the greatest WrestleMania match of all-time, and for good reason. You had arguably the two greatest and most decorated WWE superstars of all-time in the ring. Shawn Michaels gave it his everything in trying to end The Undertaker’s streak. The two wrestling icons would blow the roof off of Reliant Stadium in Houston. Michaels’ hit ‘Taker with the Sweet Chin Music twice, but it wasn’t enough to end the streak. HBK looked like he had the upper hand when he climbed the ropes to perform a moonsault, only to be caught in midair by the Deadman. Taker hit him with another Tombstone Piledriver and won the match, extending his WrestleMania streak to 17-0.

  1. Bret Hart vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin (WrestleMania 13)

The two superstars faced off in a submission match, with Ken Shamrock acting as the special guest referee. The Hitman won after Austin passed out without submitting to the sharpshooter.  Bret would leave the hold on and viciously attack the Texas Rattlesnake. That turned Hart into a heel, and Austin into the ultimate babyface.

This was one of the finest matches of Hart’s career, and it was a defining moment for Austin’s rise to superstardom. Their in-ring chemistry was pure excellence, and few ‘Mania matches have come close to matching the intensity and overall quality that Hart and Austin displayed.

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