It’s WrestleMania season folks so everybody and their brother has a ton of content out to capitalize on the big event. So I’ll be riding this train all week! Never let it be said that I am not one to jump on a bandwagon and stay there. This is our final installment of this series and includes some amazing matches so let’s get to it.
(THIS ONLY RANKS THE MATCHES THAT WENT ON LAST. SORRY DEL RIO VS EDGE PEOPLE.)
This is my ranking of the last 14 WrestleMania main events from an in ring perspective, not money drawn, not storyline, just how much I enjoyed that match from the work in the ring. Also, I won’t be listing managers etc. if you are taking the time to read this then you probably know who they are. All that being said, this is also opinion based, therefore your opinion may not match mine. That is fine, I have idiot in the title of my website, do you want to agree?
So let’s get started in reverse order from worst to first and see how these things stack up
13) WrestleMania XXVII (Atlanta, Georgia)- WWE Championship (C) The Miz vs John Cena
This was the only WrestleMania that I have actually gotten to attend live and this match was a real downer. From Miz not being ready to main event (and knocking himself out) to the Rock making both guys look like jokes this was just poorly conceived from the get go. The bad part is if they had this main event now it would be awesome. Wrong place, wrong time.
12) WrestleMania 33 (Orlando, Florida)- Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker
This is going to seem like I’m trying to be cool and pile on poor Roman, but that definitely isn’t the case. I actually like Roman it’s just this match was slow, plodding and had a downer ending that no one in the building wanted to see. I like both of these guys but this just didn’t work as a main event match. I don’t blame Roman either, the Undertaker looked old and beat up, hell he IS old and beat up.
11) WrestleMania 32 (Arlington (Dallas), Texas)- WWE Championship (C) HHH vs Roman Reigns
This was year two in the attempt to make Roman the guy. This match was long and boring and absolutely did not accomplish what needed to be accomplished. HHH has a habit of booking himself to have really long matches when fifteen minutes would tell the same story. Once again, I’m not blaming Roman for this, just the length and pace of the match.
10) WrestleMania XXV (Houston, Texas)- WWE Championship (C) HHH vs Randy Orton
Remember what I said about the last match? This was like that, except not as long. The biggest issue with this match for me was the fact they were supposed to be in this blood feud and just went out and had a regular old match. HHH is one of the greatest ever (accept it) but he tends to try and over extend himself in these matches and try to make an epic where one just doesn’t exist.
9) WrestleMania 31/34 (Santa Clara, California/New Orleans, Louisiana)- WWE Championship/Universal (C) Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
From here on out I actually at least like the matches listed. Both of these things reached almost the exact same status quality wise so I just lumped them in together. Both shows had Roman dropping the ball and Brock throwing suplexes. Fun but not great.
8) WrestleMania 21 (Los Angeles, California)- World Heavyweight Championship (C) HHH vs Batista
This wasn’t as good as some of their later matches but it was the first step in making Drax into a huge star. All the bad stuff about HHH is probably true but when it comes time to lay down he usually does the right thing (Booker T notwithstanding). This was one of those moments where the WWE struck at the right place and time with someone’s push. Batista was made a star here and rightfully so.
7) WrestleMania 29 (East Rutherford, New Jersey)- WWE Championship (C) The Rock vs John Cena
Round two of the Once in a Lifetime rivalry was probably technically better than the first but not quite as buzz-worthy. Both of these guys have things they do well and know when and where to hit their spots. Combine that with the sheer charisma coming out of these two athletes and you have the makings of a very memorable main event.
6) WrestleMania XXVIII (Miami, Florida)- John Cena vs The Rock
Round one was just slightly better than the second was for me. It is probably due to the year long buildup and anticipation that we all had for the match. Rock was definitely a bit slower and more exhausted in this one but even a bad Rock is awesome. This was a perfectly acceptable main event.
5) WrestleMania XXIV (Orlando, Florida)- World Heavyweight Championship (C) Edge vs The Undertaker
This wasn’t a perfect main event but it was a really good one. This rivalry would produce better matches but this one held up just fine on the main stage. Undertaker was in the middle of a fantastic string of great WrestleMania matches at this point and Edge was always awesome on the big events. Putting these two together to close out the show was a great ending to this particular card.
4) WrestleMania 22 (Chicago, Illinois) WWE Championship (C) John Cena vs HHH
This was a hell of a main event. Big match John was already living up to his name and HHH was pretty hot at this point. The crowd turned HHH babyface almost from the start and it made for a very interesting environment for a match. I liked this one a lot and watching HHH tap out at that point was still a rarity.
3) WrestleMania 23 (Detroit, Michigan) WWE Championship (C) John Cena vs Shawn Michaels
Two of the very best to ever doing getting the job done on the big stage was a great end to a show. Shawn is obviously one of the greatest in ring performers in history and John isn’t called “Big Match John” for no reason. Another added bonus to this match is that Cena got to tap out both members of DX (Remix Version) in back to back years. Maybe they should have tried that with Roman.
2) WrestleMania XXVI (Glendale, Arizona) Streak vs Career- Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker
This was the rematch to there epic WrestleMania match from the previous year and they ALMOST pulled it off again. This was damn near a perfect main event but the only problem (if you can call it that) is that the previous year’s match was just thhhhhhaaaaatttt much better. This is still one one of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history and is still a pleasure to watch today.
1) WrestleMania XXX (New Orleans, Louisiana) Triple Threat for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (C) Randy Orton vs Batista vs Daniel Bryan
It’s ironic that in the same city Daniel Bryan made his return that he had his crowning achievement. This was from beginning to end one of my favorite matches of all time. No one was really sure they would give the championship to Bryan, even after he had defeated HHH earlier in the evening to make it into this match. This was almost perfect from beginning to end and I can watch it again right now and it will put a smile on my face. That is a great match people.
There we go folks. Did I get them wrong? Right? A little of both? Thanks to all of you for reading, I appreciate it.
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