With WrestleMania only four short days away, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the worst WrestleManias in history.
While all WrestleManias carry a big-event feel, there have been some that simply don’t measure up to the modern-day spectaculars.
What we will see is that WWE has not always produced great WrestleManias.
While we must consider that at the time the WWE was facing tough competition from WCW, this show was horrible from top to bottom. Adding insult to injury, the event was plagued with audio problems.
The main event of the card was Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor. The match was decent, but it did not have the aura of a big show.
One match that is worth a look is Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund.
This could be known as the WrestleMania of multi-man matches.
WWE was on a roll at this point and on the top of the wrestling world, but they stumbled a bit with this show. Our main event was a “McMahon in each corner” four-way match between The Rock, Triple H, Big Show and Mick Foley.
For one, the Undertaker was not present on the show. Out presumably due to an injury, we were left with many mediocre matches such as Test and Albert vs. Al Snow and Steve Blackman, and The Big Boss Man and Bull Buchanan vs. The Godfather and D'Lo Brown.
The WWE was in a transition period at this WrestleMania. They were short on talent, and the star of their company (Hulk Hogan) was about to leave. The solution? Dress everyone in togas.
The undercard of the show featured matches such as the Headshrinkers vs. The Steiner Brothers and Doink the Clown vs. Crush.
Our main event was Yokozuna challenging Bret Hart for the World Championship. Yokozuna was victorious—however, he lost the championship only minutes after winning it to Hulk Hogan.
The one match that is worth a look is Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka in the opener.
Coming off of the previous year’s WrestleMania which I rate as the best ever, WrestleMania 4 lacked the big show feel.
The whole premise of the show was a tournament to determine the new WWF champion. All the matches were really short, and there weren’t many stories to go on. The main event ended up being Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase.
One match that is worth a look is the 20-man Battle Royal opener. It was a fun match, with a breakout performance by Bret Hart.
Much like WrestleMania 11, the WWF was in a tough place for this show as well. WCW was beating them on a weekly basis, and it was evident that their talent wasn’t up to par.
Matches on the undercard consisted of Owen Hart and the British Bulldog vs. Mankind and Vader, and Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart. Many consider the Hart/Austin match to be the one that gave birth to the “Stone Cold” character for Steve Austin.
The main event was The Undertaker vs. Psycho Sid for the WWF championship. The match was decent—a typical big-man match.