The 10 Greatest WrestleMania Main Event Matches of All Time
Throughout out Wrestlemania's 25 year history, there have many, many great Wrestlemania Main Events that includes the likes of Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Savage, The Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Andre the Giant, The Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, John Cena, and others. But not every main event as lived up to the hype so a speak.
So with Wrestlemania XXV just right around the corner, I have picked 10 Main Event Matches for previous Wrestlemania's that I believe are the greatest and help paved the way for what Wrestlemania stands for today.
*These matches and slides are not in any particular order.
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels in Wrestlemania XII
At Wrestlemania XII from Anaheim, CA in the Arrowhead Pond, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels created Wrestlemania History by having the first and only modern day 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Title at Wrestlemania.
Suprisingly throughout the first 60 minutes of the match, neither man surrendered a fall. But in sudden death, HBK scored with Sweet Chin Music on the Hitman to capture his first ever WWE Championship.
Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels from Wrestlemania XX
Wrestlemania returned to where it all began, Madison Square Garden for it's 20th Anniversary. And for the first time in Wrestlemania history, a triple threat match main event contested the World's Heavyweight Championship. Previously at the Royal Rumble, Chris Benoit became the only second man to enter the Royal Rumble Match first and win it.
Some say the triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Title was the greatest Wrestlemania match in history. And I agree with them. After countering the Pedigree into the Crippler Crossface, Chris Benoit lived his dream and won his first and only World Heavyweight Championship.
Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior in the Ultimate Challenge from Wrestlemania VI
For the first time in Wrestlemania history, two champions battled each other in the main event. With Hulk Hogan being the WWE Champion and The Ultimater Warrior the Intercontinental Champion, the main event of Wrestlemania VI was referred to as the Ultimate Challenge.
With both champions entering the match as fan favorites, the Toronto crowd was seemingly split right down the middle by not knowing who to cheer for (which was also a first in Wrestlemania history). After a phenomenal match, the Ultimate Warrior walked from the ring as both the WWE and Intercontinental Champions leaving Hulk Hogan in his first of two Wrestlemania defeats.
The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin from Wrestlemania X-Seven
From the Houston AstroDome in Houston,TX and for the second time, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin main evented Wrestlemania X-Seven as The Rock defended his WWE Championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin in Austin's home state of Texas.
The crowd was all for Austin during the match and rightfully so. This became arguably the greatest match in Rock's and Austin's history together. Austin on this night would do the unthinkable by selling his soul to win the WWE Championship and joining forces with his long time rival, Mr. McMahon.
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar from Wrestlemania XIX
For the first and only time, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar main evented a Wrestlemania. After weeks of being tricked out and screwed with, Brock Lesnar finally gets Kurt all by himself with no Team Angle, no Paul Heyman, and if Angle gets DQ-ed or Counted Out, Angle would lose the WWE title to Brock Lesnar.
After suffering three F5's and a broken neck, Kurt Angle lost the WWE Title to Brock Lesnar on this night but would return four months later and regain the WWE Title from Lesnar at Vengeance in 2003.
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels from Wrestlemania XIV
This would be Shawn Michaels' last match until Summerslam of 2002 because of the broken back he suffered earlier at the Royal Rumble. HBK for the first time defended his WWE Title against the "Texas Rattlesnake" Stone Cold Steve Austin with "Iron" Mike Tyson as the Special Ring Enforcer.
After blocking Sweet Chin Music and hitting the Stunner and with the referee knocked out, Mike Tyson came in and counted the shoulders of HBK to give Stone Cold Steve Austin's his first WWE Championship gold.
Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania V
The Mega Powers Explodes at this Wrestlemania. After being a tag team for a few months and with Savage winning the WWE Title, it was only fitting for Hogan and Savage to settle it for the WWE Title at Wrestlemania.
After the dust settled and the smoked cleared, Hogan recaptured the WWE Championship from Randy Savage and left Wrestlemania V as the new WWE Champion.
John Cena vs. Triple H from Wrestlemania XXII
For the first of two times in their careers, Triple H and Cena met for the WWE Championship. Wrestlemania 22 hosted from Chicago, IL where the raging Chicago crowd was all for Triple H (who was in full heel mode at the time) and just booing the Champ John Cena throughout the whole match.
After countering the Pedigree into the STFU, John Cena made Triple H tap out (only the second man to make Triple H tap out at Wrestlemania, first was Chris Benoit) to retain his WWE Championship.
Undertaker vs. Edge from Wrestlemania XXIV
Not only was Undertaker walking into this match being Undefeated at Wrestlemania, but Edge was also walking in to this match Undefeated as well at Wrestlemania being 5-0. Edge for the first time was in his first Wrestlemania main event as he defended his World Heavyweight Championship against the Undertaker.
After having a grueling match with the Deadman and countering everything the Deadman had in him, Edge finally tapped out to the Hell's Gate with Undertaker winning championship gold at Wrestlemania for only the third time and also keeping his Undefeated Wrestlemania streak strong at 16-0.
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant from Wrestlemania III
Honestly, if this match never happened then Wrestlemania wouldn't be where its at today. This isn't the greatest Wrestlemania main event match of all time but it certainly belongs on this list.
After slamming the Giant in front of 90,000 plus in the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, MI, Hogan hits the leg drop on the 8th Wonder of the World and retains the WWE Championship.
This match really paved the way for future Wrestlemania's and their main event matches.
Could Triple H and Randy Orton Rewrite History?
With the 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania being just a week away, could we see the showdown between Randy Orton and Triple H for the WWE Championship rewrite history and become one of the greatest Wrestlemania main event matches that Wrestlemania has ever had?
Either way, Triple H and Orton should put on one heck of a match.