What list is this you might ask? Well we're gonna be taking a look at what I think the 32 best matches from every WrestleMania ever from the past three decades!
Now remember this list is obviously just my opinion. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite Mania matches and moments.
But without further ado, let's get into THE LIST!
Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff
It's filled with random ass matches that you'll probably see in a MSG special like Ricky Steamboat vs Matt Bourne or David Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake.
Although WrestleMania 1 is important as if it wasn't a success, the other 31 WrestleManias we're about to talk about wouldn't be a thing! The success is mainly thanks to the main event, a tag-team match! The 80's were definitely a different time.
Mr. T teamed up with Hulk Hogan (with Jimmy Snuka in their corner) to defeat the team of Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (with "Cowboy" Bob Orton in their corner.) Muhammad Ali was also a special guest referee on the outside which made what already a special main event even more special!
It was your standard tag-team match, nothing too special here other than the sheere spectacle of it. The main event truly outshined the rest of the card which is why it deserves it spot here.
Cage Match - WWF Championship:
Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy
It was quite a forgettable show too with the only decent match at best being the main event cage match between Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy for the World Title. Hogan won of course.
As for the rest of the card, the opening match between Paul Orndorff and Don Muraco ended in a double countout. Why?! There was a 20 Man Battle Royal between WWF Wrestlers and NFL Players, it was as good as you probably thought it was. Andre won it, hooray! Piper vs Mr. T on a boxing match was a thing as well.
Possibly the most forgotten match in WrestleMania history took place in this Mania as well as Adrian Adonis took on Uncle Elmer. Bet ya didn't remember that!
WWF Intercontinental Championship:
Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat
While the main event: Hogan vs Andre is still one of the most important matches in history, I think we can all agree the better match was between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship! Back when the belt was just as prestigious as the World Title.
As the old saying goes "Hogan sold the shows, Savage stole the shows." Shout out to r/SC for that!
For the longest time Savage vs Steamboat is considered by many as the greatest Mania match in history, while it may not be as great in comparison to the modern day of wrestling, it was still great for it's time.
I also have to point out that poor King Kong Bundy main evented Mania 2 and now on Mania 3 had a 6 man tag match with Hillbilly Jim and midgets... But at least he still got a pay day out of it!
WWF Championship Tournament Finals:
Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase
I think they should've had the earlier round matches on the TV shows and just have maybe the semis and finals on Mania itself because this Mania got boring fast with a lot of forgettable matches.
The only saving grace was the main event, the finals of the tournament between Macho Man and Ted DiBiase, a good match of course since it's between two of the best workers of all time, similar to Steamboat vs Savage but with the whole tournament thing going on, the fans got exhausted with too many matches thus making this main event mainly forgettable.
Hulk Hogan being the attention seeker that he is, celebrated with Macho Man at the end with his title victory which would build things up for the next Mania match!
Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage
One of the few men who can have a good match with Hogan was of course Randy Savage. Ms. Elizabeth was the main focal point of this match though as we remember Savage was jealous at Hogan for being a little too friendly with his wife, art imitating life perhaps?
Savage really brought out the best out of Hogan in this match and the two had a memorable match, despite The Hulkster coming out victorious, I think The Macho Man deserves just as much credit!
Champion vs Champion:
Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior
Nah. It was actually a good match! Granted it wasn't Savage vs Steamboat levels of technical match, with the two being the most charismatic wrestlers at the time they managed to keep the Toronto crowd alive!
Unlike Rock vs Hogan, the crowd was real split on this one with half cheering for Hogan while the other half were cheering for Warrior. In the end we got a "passing of the torch moment" when The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan retaining his Intercontinental Championship and gaining the WWF Championship, the only time both belts were on the line at the same time in Mania!
While Warrior never really lived up to become the "next Hulk Hogan" it was still a memorable match.
Randy Savage vs The Ultimate Warrior
It's Warrior vs Savage, with The Macho Man's career on the line! The Warrior isn't fondly remembered as a technical wrestler but with Savage being his dance partner that evening, they managed to outshine the whole card!
Hogan vs Slaughter for the main event was meh. Koji Kitao & Genichiro Tenryu defeated a past their prime Demolition, so yeah Warrior vs Savage takes the cake for best match at WrestleMania 7!
Randy Savage vs Ric Flair
A little bit of fun fact, this WWF Championship match was originally supposed to be between Hogan vs Flair but egos got in the way so we got Savage instead, while Hogan vs Flair would've given more of the "big fight feel" Savage vs Flair would be more for the hardcore wrestling fan afficionados.
While I think they could've done more, two of the best still delivered a great match! The other notable match in this Mania was Piper vs Bret for the IC Championship.
Hogan vs Sid was the main event with the only memorable or "infamous" moment when Papa Shango forgot his cue forcing Sid to kick out of Hogan's Leg Drop!
WWF Intercontinental Championship:
Shawn Michaels vs Tatanka
The only "good match" we got out of this card was the opening between Shawn Michaels defending his IC belt against Tatanka. HBK's reputation of having a good match with anybody is true as Tatanka isn't known to be the most talented performer in the world, he still managed to serve a passable match with The Native one.
Tatanka won by countout so he would keep his undefeated streak alive while HBK retained his championship. After this match the rest of the show went downhill pretty fast...
Ladder Match - WWF Intercontinental Championship:
Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon
The best one in the card for me was the Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels! The two really set the bar for all ladder matches to come, they were innovative and overall just left an unforgettable match!
There were other good matches too such as Bret vs Owen and the main event featuring Bret vs Yoko with Piper as the guest referee was definitely better than their match at Mania 9.
Shawn Michaels vs Diesel
Now usually when celebrities are involved in wrestling matches they often suck but in fairness to Taylor with the guidance of Bam Bam has given us a serviceable match, it just shouldn't have been in the main event!
What should have been in the main event was the match between former friends now foes: Shawn Michaels and Diesel! If HBK can deliver a good match with Tatanka, he sure as hell can with Diesel as well!
In comparison to the rest of the card such as Taker vs Bundy (which is one of Taker's worst Mania matches ever) and Bret vs Backlund's I Quit Match ending in a controversial finish, I think HBK vs Diesel clearly takes the cake here.
60 Minute Iron Man Match - WWF Championship:
Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart
Now one might think that an hour Iron Man Match would be boring to watch but Shawn and Bret being two of the greatest workers at the time managed to keep the match entertaining and exciting for the fans both in the crowd and the people watching at home.
Matches back in the early 1800's during the days of Frank Gotch lasted for as long as 5-7 hours so this is very short in comparison!
Shawn made his famous entrance with the zipline in this one and in the end after the match Vince uttered the words that are now remembered by many wrestling fans: "The boyhood dream has come true!"
Bret Hart vs "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
These two put on one hell of a match that solidified Stone Cold as the new top superstar for the WWF by not tapping out to the sharpshooter and just passed out.
Ken Shamrock as guest referee was good too, think of him as that extra added icing on an already delicious cake! Quite a weird analogy for Shamrock but hopefully you get what I mean.
Also this match left an image that will forever be in the minds of wrestling fans everywhere and marked the infant stages of the attitude era: Stone Cold's crimson mask!
For the rest of the card, we mainly got forgettable matches like Rocky Maivia vs The Sultan and Billy Gunn vs Flash Funk. Taker vs Sid for the WWF Title was the main event but nothing really special came out of that other than the rumors that Sid wrestled with "shitty trunks" on. Oh dear...
The Texas Rattlesnake and The Hitman stole the show and gave us a match that we will always remember!
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels
But thanks to the involvement of one "Iron" Mike Tyson the state of the WWF quickly rose up once again and at WrestleMania 14 we got one of the most hyped matches ever: Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold for the WWF Championship!
Tyson was the guest enforcer or referee for this match, he was supposed to be in kahoots with DX but in the end knocked out HBK allowing Stone Cold to be the new World Champion and was really a "passing of the torch" moment for the next era of wrestlers.
Even though HBK already had back injury issues, it still didn't stop him from living up to his epithet "Mr. WrestleMania" as he put on one helluva memorable match with Austin! Kudos to all three men for successfully reviving the pro wrestling business!
No DQ Match - WWF Championship:
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs The Rock
This was his first Mania match with one of his other well known rivals: The Rock. Instead of being The People's Champion, Rocky was the Corporate's Champion working under Mr. McMahon trying to take the WWF Championship from Stone Cold.
But ultimately they weren't successful, after a great main event with Steve Austin coming out victorious he ended with an exclamation point that being a Stunner to The Boss himself!
The match lived up to it's stipulatio as No DQ. Multiple chairshots,brawling all over the place,choking each other with cables,you name it!
Easily one of (if not the) best match between both men!
Triangle Ladder Match - WWF Tag-Team Championships:
Edge & Christian vs Dudley Boyz vs Hardy Boyz
But anyways enough with the nitpicking, for me the Triangle Ladder Match we got at this WrestleMania was just a "teaser" for what's more to come at next year's WrestleMania.
The three teams put on a fine work and really made the WWF Tag-Team Championships look important! Everyone got a lot of "cool spots" in this match but most notably Jeff Hardy with his crazy ass stunts!
In the end the two Canadian bestfriends: Edge & Christian picked up the victory and gained the Tag-Team Titles from The Dudleys!
The main event on the other hand was a clusterfuck. A Fatal 4 Way with a "McMahon in every corner" was awful. It focused more on The McMahons than the wrestlers participating, but hey The McMahons putting themselves over than the wrestlers? Why is that not shocking?
Triple H successfully defended his WWF Championship against The Rock,Big Show,and Mick Foley in what was a failure main event. Overall WrestleMania 2000 was bad, the only worth watching match was this match and maybe even the triple threat between Y2J,Angle,and Benoit for the IC strap.
TLC Match - WWF Tag-Team Championships:
Edge & Christian vs Dudley Boyz vs Hardy Boyz
Kane vs Raven vs Big Show for the Hardcore Championship was great, all three men brawled throughout the whole arena! Angle vs Benoit was a technical masterpiece, Shane vs Vince with Mick Foley as referee was also entertaining especially with "Sweet Zombie Linda" (as OSW Review would say) swerving us in the end! Taker vs HHH first Mania face-off was good too, with a crazy ref bump that lasted forever!
We also got I think the best matchup between Stone Cold and The Rock at WrestleMania X-Seven for the WWF Championship, with Austin turning his back on the fans and joining hands with his former enemy: Mr. McMahon. The fans loved Austin so much though that they thought it was Vince who turned face when he shook hands with Austin!
The gimmick battle royal was just fun and brought a "nostalgic vibe" to the whole event with guys like The Iron Sheik,Sgt. Slaughter,Hillbilly Jim,and The Bushwhackers. Hell even The Gobbledy Gooker,Jim Cornette,and Brother Love participated in it as well! What's not to love?
But with all that being said the match that stole the PPV for me was none other than the TLC Match for the WWF Tag-Team Championship between E&C,Dudleys,and Hardyz! HOLY SHIT are the two words I can describe this match with!
There were so many batshit crazy spots in this whole match but the one that sealed the deal for me in this being a great unforgettable match was Edge spearing Jeff Hardy off a 20 foot ladder! Which is still one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history!
Interferences of Lita,Rhyno,and Spike Dudley for their respective teams were a nice touch as well. Overall WrestleMania X-Seven was just AWESOME!
Icon vs Icon Match:
The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Hogan vs Rock is still probably the most hyped up non main event match in WWE history! Indeed, you would've thought this match would main event right? I mean it's two of the biggest stars of their respective generations but nah they went the traditional way of the World Title being defended last.
The Toronto crowd was the integral part of this whole match as they never stopped chanting and were always full of energy all throughout the 16 minutes of this match!
Due to the crowd being more in the side of Hogan (this was his big return afterall since WCW has already died at this point) the two were forced to work off the script and Hogan became the face while Rock was more of the heel during this match. As much as the commentators want you to know that it's a split crowd, they're really more in favor of The Hulkster!
The passing of the torch happened in the end as The Rock got the victory and the two legends shook hands. Kudos to Hogan at 48 years old at the time, still put on a decent match at Mania. Gotta feel bad for the rest of the card especially the main event being HHH vs Y2J as the crowd already loss too much of their energy to even care thanks to this match.
The "Icon vs Icon" match lived up to the hype but one would wonder if it was Stone Cold Steve Austin as originally intended instead of The Rock?
Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle
The Beast Incarnate and The Olympic Gold Medalist put in the finest of work for the main event even with Kurt Angle wrestling with a broken freaking neck! That just tells you how amazing this man truly is!
It was a wonderful all-around match, yes there was that infamous shooting star press botch by Brock but that didn't really overshadow what was a great match between the two.
This Mania also marked Stone Cold Steve Austin's final match of his career against his old rival The Rock. Hogan vs Mr. McMahon in a street fight was also fun for what it was and HBK vs Jericho was a great match as well.
I know John Cena is going to be inducting Kurt into the HOF this year but I wish it would've been Brock instead, these two can always put on a great match!
World Heavyweight Championship:
Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit
Benoit was the underdog going into this match as it mainly focused on HBK and HHH due to their ongoing rivalry, but in the end it was the one who no one thought would win ended up victorious and becoming World Heavyweight Champion!
The Rabid Wolverine made The Game tap out with his Crippler Crossface to earn the championship and we got the celebration with his bestfriend Eddie Guerrero who also won the WWE Championship earlier from Kurt Angle.
It was a wonderful moment that would sadly be removed in WWE's history due to the events that would occur 3 years later.
Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels
But it was the matchup between two veterans: Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels that stole the show! Of course, what else do you expect from two of the greatest ever?
It was a good all-around match, more on the technical side. This match is so good that many fans even consider it the greatest match in Mania history! Can't really disagree with them.
The story behind this matchup was simple, it was to find out on "who's the greatest wrestler ever" and the two lived up to all the fans' expectations. At the end The Gold Medalist successfully managed to make HBK tap out with his Angle Lock!
Edge vs Mick Foley
The card had a lot of solid matches such as Cena vs HHH,Vince vs HBK,and the triple threat between Rey,Angle,and Orton. There were also some stinkers though like Booker T vs The Boogeyman and Candice vs Torrie in a pillow fight match, just WTF?
But for me the one that stole the show was the hardcore match between Edge & Mick Foley! The Hardcore Legend is back from retirement and he has proved in this match that he still had a few elbows and punches left in him.
Remember I watched this PPV when I was still a kid, which means everything was still real to me dammit! So when Edge speared Foley through the flaming table I was scared shitless and amazed! Seeing Edge sell the flaming table spot with him shivering in all gave me goosebumps.
It's a match I'll always remember for ages and made me a fan of both these legends!
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
But the real highlight of this show for me was the 3rd installment of the Money in the Bank ladder match! Everybody involved in this match were great: Edge,CM Punk,Randy Orton,King Booker,Finlay,Jeff Hardy,and the winner: Mr. Kennedy.
As expected there were some crazy spots one of them coming of course from Jeff Hardy jumping a 20 foot ladder on to Edge who's on the outside of the ring lying in a ladder himself! Now if you still call that fake then you're obviously out of your mind!
Punk was in the receiving end of an RKO from top of the ladder as seen in the photo. The only "meh" about this match was the winner but overall a great match and to me is still the greatest MITB Ladder match WWE produced and that's saying something because there's been a lot of great ones over the years!
Career Threatening Match:
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair
After the three decades of entertaining the fans literally all over the world, Ric Flair has put his career on the line against Shawn Michaels. Two of the absolute bests ever left us a match that will leave you crying especially if you're a wrestling fan!
That moment when HBK said "I'm sorry, I love you" before hitting the Sweet Chin Music on the Nature Boy, just gives you the feels! Flair had a wonderful sendoff in his career, the next night on RAW there was a beautiful farewell for him cementing his legacy as the greatest of all time.
Of course a year later he went to TNA but let's honestly just forget about that!
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania 25 was kind of a mediocre Mania honestly. You got that STUPID Ms. WrestleMania Battle Royal featuring the divas of the past and present but in the end it was won by a man, what a way to showcase the history of women's wrestling there WWE!
The triple threat between Cena,Edge,and Big Show was good but mainly remembered for one thing that is John Cena's epic entrance! And then we got the main event with HHH vs Orton which was a match that was so overshadowed by Taker & HBK that it looked like a match you'll just see on an episode of RAW.
So yes, two of the greatest veterans together in the ring, what else can you ask for other than greatness? These two had everything from the emotion to psychology, every second in this match felt important.
There were numerous false finishes with both men kicking out of their respective finishers but in the end Undertaker managed to secure a victory and remain his undefeated streak.
Streak vs Career Match:
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
Once again the two delivered another legendary match but in my opinion their match at 25 was just a tiny bit better. After his loss to The Undertaker, HBK became obsessed in beating the streak going as far as to put his career on the line!
Most wrestlers as we know retire from old age or injuries but HBK was different. He retired after an amazing bout with Taker and even though he was unable to beat the streak, there was nothing to be ashamed of.
The Arizona crowd and all the people watching around the world showed the respect both men deserved as they shook hands after the match.
I'm glad that to this day Shawn still respects his retirement match with Taker, there were rumors that he was asked to do a Mania match with AJ Styles this year but turned it down. Good on you HBK!
The rest of the card was forgettable. This time Taker & HBK main evented the whole PPV and rightfully so, Cena vs Batista was fine and all but there's no way they're topping the performance of these two icons.
No Holds Barred:
The Undertaker vs Triple H
First off I think we can all agree that WrestleMania 27 is one of the worst Manias ever, it's really up there with 9 if you ask me.
Cena vs Miz was only done to build up Rock vs Cena,Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler went on for far too long,and freaking Snooki had a wrestling match!
The only real saving grace of this PPV was Taker vs HHH. While his matches against HBK in the previous two Manias will never be topped, the two veterans still did a respectable performance.
This match made you feel like "oh shit, is Undertaker actually gonna be defeated?" with The Game mainly getting the upper hand for most of the match. But in the end his efforts weren't enough to take down The Phenom and remained his undefeated streak making HHH tap with Hell's Gate.
Hell in a Cell:
The Undertaker vs Triple H
This match took place in Hell in a Cell which both men are very familiar of also HBK is the special guest referee which just adds to the drama and emotion of the whole match.
It wasn't a showcase of technical skill between both men but they just beat the crap outta each other using weapons of any kind and even the cell itself!
As expected there were numerous false finishes and HBK got involved a lot as well. In the end The Game once again failed in trying to beat the streak and Undertaker remained undefeated.
The post match celebration was my favorite though as all three legends hugged and pose with each other. A moment I will always remember, just one of the few instances were Taker broke character and I think it was justified after that great match with Triple H.
CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a great match as well but it didn't have that "emotion" this match had. The Rock vs John Cena was a disappointment, plus so much for calling it "Once in a Lifetime" if you're gonna do it again next year.
I believe this should've been the match where Taker retires. He should've gotten a farewell even greater than Ric Flair's on RAW the following night and be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year but I guess he still felt he still has a few Tombstones left in him.
The Undertaker vs CM Punk
You would think the contrast of styles between both men we will have a lackluster match but once again Taker and Punk stole the show and put on the finest of work in the whole 22 minutes of their bout.
With the recent passing of Paul Bearer being used in the storyline, it added fuel to what was already a heated build up to their match and they didn't disappoint!
As many have said this was the "true main event" of the show. Even though I would've never broken the streak, I think if there's one scenario that I should it will be this match.
If there's anybody in the company that was deserving to break the streak of The Undertaker besides John Cena, it would've been CM Punk.
Daniel Bryan vs Triple H
After 21 straight undefeated matches at WrestleMania, The Undertaker was defeated in the hands of Brock Lesnar. I think Taker should've retired after this match to be quite honest, plus he wasn't the same anymore in terms of in-ring performance.
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt was good but the wrong man won. The main event was fantastic with Daniel Bryan, the ultimate underdog finally going over and became the new WWE World Champion! But how did he get there?
Well he first had a great bout with Triple H! HHH has shown his Harley Race side of things as he managed to have a technical bout with D-Bry. Both men compliment each other in the ring and The Game does a great job of having D-Bry gain sympathy from the audience!
Bryan managed to earn the victory but was still attacked by the sore loser that is Triple H afterwards. It seemed like D-Bry wouldn't make it to the main event but despite the injuries he still went through it and brought home the bacon as the saying goes!
The perfect ending to a great PPV.
7 Man Ladder Match - WWE Intercontinental Championship
Orton hitting the RKO on Seth Rollins was a thing of beauty,Rusev coming out in a fucking tank was just awesome!
The Undertaker fought Bray Wyatt but honestly after losing the streak, I really didn't care anymore about an Undertaker match which is sad because I really wanna care about this match but it was mediocre and seemed meaningless due to the streak being gone.
Triple H vs Sting also happened which was good I guess especially with the DX vs nWo moment but now that Sting is retired, it really sucks we missed the opportunity of a Taker vs Sting match! I know both men are passed their prime but just the moment itself both men staring down at each other would've been amazing regardless.
Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase at the main event of Reigns vs Lesnar was a great moment too, earning his first WWE Championship title victory!
Okay enough with the ramble about the other matches, the true match that stole the show for me was the opener: a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship!
All 7 men involved: Bad News Barrett,Dolph Ziggler,Stardust,Dean Ambrose,Luke Harper,R-Truth,and Daniel Bryan did their jobs well in giving us one of the best ladder matches in WrestleMania history, in my opinion this is only behind HBK vs Razor!
There were a lot of cool and crazy spots, one of my favorites being Ziggler and D-Bry headbutting each other on top of the ladder. The leader of the YES! Movement ended up victorious and became one of the few men to held the WWE,IC,US,and Tag-Team Championships in their careers!
Although sadly his reign wouldn't last long and was forced to retire. Still a memorable match with the right man winning, D-Bry could've brought the prestige back to the IC strap if his career didn't end prematurely.
Triple Threat Match - WWE Women's Championship:
Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch
Through the years the WWE has treated their women nothing but eyecandy. Booking them onto pillow fight matches and bras & panties but now thanks to Triple H "taking over" NXT (pun is indeed intented) the women are now treated the way they should be: wrestlers not divas.
Charlotte,Becky,and Sasha stole the show for me and delivered in my opinion one of the greatest women's matches in American wrestling history! Sure there were botches here and there but they were quickly covered up and the three just had an entertaining match altogether.
The Divas Championship was retired and Hall of Famer Lita showcased the all new WWE Women's Championship, with the help of her father "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Charlotte managed to secure the victory!
The IC Championship Ladder match for this year was also good but I think last year's was just a little better. AJ Styles' WrestleMania debut also took place here but he loss to the hands of Y2J.
Undertaker vs Shane McMahon went on for far too long but hey this crazy ass elbow drop will always be remembered forever! We also got Triple H vs Roman Reigns in the main event which I can only describe through the words of The Iron Sheik "Fucking Bullshit!"
Kudos to the women for putting out a gem in what was otherwise a bad show.
Remember that this is just MY OWN OPINION so feel free to leave your comments below on what you think are the best matches at the grandest stage of them all!
Which matches at this year's WrestleMania do you think will be added into this list in the future? My bet is Austin Aries vs Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship!
Anyways as always Thanks For Reading.