Showcase of the Immortals: Highlighting Records from WrestleMania
"Welcome to WrestleMania!"
Since 1985, the most anticipated pro-wrestling pay-per-view of the year is none other than the WWE's WrestleMania event.
Every year, the WWE presents the biggest matches at WrestleMania. Beginning with the Royal Rumble PPV, the company goes all out to build a bigger and better card than the previous year.
Since the first WrestleMania, the event has had an illustrious history, much is which is still fresh in the memories of fans.
Much history, though, is forgotten, relegated to the wrestling annals and dusty record books.
This article will feature some records that have gone unnoticed by fans. There are also a few in here that many know about.
Whether they have garnered deserved attention or faded to obscurity, let's learn about the records of the grandest stage of them all: WrestleMania.
Most WrestleMania Wins: The Undertaker
Let's begin with the most well-known WrestleMania record: the Undertaker's perfect winning streak.
At WrestleMania VII, the streak began when Undertaker defeated Jimmy Snuka.
Since then, every opponent that stood in the ring with the Deadman lost.
There was only one man that technically did not lose by pinfall or submission to 'Taker: Giant Gonzalez at WrestleMania IX.
Other than him, every wrestler who shared the ring as an opponent of the Deadman lost the event.
Undertaker has 20 wins at the event, but he defeated three superstars more than once.
He defeated his brother Kane at WrestleMania XIV and XX.
He defeated Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV and ended his career at XXVI.
Triple H lost to the Deadman three times, more than any other superstar. 'Taker defeated him at WrestleMania X-7, XXVII, and XXVIII.
Records like the Undertaker's are a big part of what makes WrestleMania so special. Every year, countless fans tune into his match in anticipation of whether the Deadman will extend his streak.
If he had not missed WrestleMania X and 16, Undertaker would (assuming both would have resulted in victories) be 22-0 right now.
Still, no one comes close to being undefeated at WrestleMania with 20 wins.
1) vs. Jimmy Snuka; WrestleMania 7
2) vs. Jake Roberts; WrestleMania 8
3) vs. Giant Gonzalez; WrestleMania 9
4) vs. King Kong Bundy; WrestleMania 11
5) vs. Diesel; WrestleMania 12
6) vs. Psycho Sid; WrestleMania 13
7) vs. Kane; WrestleMania 14
8) vs. Big Bossman; WrestleMania 15
9) vs. Triple H; WrestleMania 17
10) vs. Ric Flair; WrestleMania 18
11) vs. A-Train and Big Show; WrestleMania 19
12) vs. Kane; WrestleMania 20
13) vs. Randy Orton; WrestleMania 21
14) vs. Mark Henry; WrestleMania 22
15) vs. Batista; WrestleMania 23
16) vs. Edge; WrestleMania 24
17) vs. Shawn Michaels; WrestleMania 25
18) vs. Shawn Michaels; WrestleMania 26
19) vs. Triple H; WrestleMania 27
20) vs. Triple H; WrestleMania 28
Most Consecutive Appearances: Bret Hart and Undertaker
The Undertaker's undefeated streak is by no means his only significant WrestleMania record.
He and Bret Hart share the record for most consecutive WrestleMania matches.
Both Hart and 'Taker have appeared at a total of 12 consecutive WrestleManias.
During their appearances, both men have won championship gold.
Unlike Undertaker, Hart has lost and won some of his matches.
Both Bret Hart and Undertaker share a common opponent at WrestleMania: Shawn Michaels.
Hart faced Michaels at WrestleMania XII in an Ironman match, losing his title.
'Taker fought Michaels at both WrestleMania XXV and XXVI, ending Michaels' career in the latter.
Bret Hart appearances: WrestleMania 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
Undertaker appearances: WrestleMania 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28
Shortest WrestleMania Match: Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane
*There is doubt on whether this match actually ended in 12 seconds. I will stand by my decision and say it did. If it didn't, then I admit I am wrong.*
There have been many matches at WrestleMania that lasted under a minute, but the shortest to date is Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane at WrestleMania XXIV.
Kane defeated Guerrero to win the ECW Championship in just 12 seconds. Yes, just 12 seconds.
The Big Red Monster caught Guerrero by surprise when he appeared behind him and connected the chokeslam just seconds into the match.
The play-by-play for Kane: Arrive. Chokeslam. Leave.
Longest WrestleMania Match: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Perhaps the most well-known (and perhaps the greatest) WrestleMania event was between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII, a one-hour Ironman match.
For the entire hour, neither man pinned his opponent or made him tap out.
Shawn Michaels finally pinned Bret Hart after the match went into sudden-death, claiming the title.
The match between both men lasted an hour, one minute, 52 seconds, the longest match at WrestleMania to date.
No match has even approached threatening this record and it may remain intact for years.
Most Defended Championship: WWE Championship
Unsurprisingly, the title that has been defended the most times is the WWE Championship. The crown jewel of the WWE has been defended a total of 29 times.
The title has been defended twice at two separate WrestleMania's.
Yokozuna defended the title twice at WrestleMania IX, against Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan.
The following year at WrestleMania X, Yokozuna defended his title twice; first against Lex Luger and later to Hart again.
At WrestleMania IV, a tournament was held to declare a new WWE champion. This was the first (and only) event in which nearly the entire PPV was dedicated to the event.
Randy Savage won the title after defeating Ted DiBiase in the finals.
The last wrestler to have defended the WWE Championship at WrestleMania was CM Punk, who defeated Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXVIII to retain the title.
The next wrestler set to defend the WWE Championship is The Rock, at WrestleMania XXIX
1) Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy (WrestleMania 2)
2) Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 3)
3) Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase (WrestleMania 4)
4) Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage (WrestleMania 5)
5) Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania 6)
6) Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (WrestleMania 7)
7) Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania 8)
8) Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania 9)
9) Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania 9)
10) Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania 10)
11) Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania 10)
12) Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 11)
13) Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 12)
14) Sycho Sid vs. Undertaker (WrestleMania 13)
15) Shawn Michaels vs. Steve Austin (WrestleMania 14)
16) The Rock vs. Steve Austin (WrestleMania 15)
17) Big Show vs. Mick Foley vs. The Rock vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 16)
18) The Rock vs. Steve Austin (WrestleMania 17)
19) Chris Jericho vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 18)
20) Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 19)
21) Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 20)
22) JBL vs. John Cena (WrestleMania 21)
23) John Cena vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 22)
24) John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 23)
25) John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 24)
26) Randy Orton vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 25)
27) Batista vs. John Cena (WrestleMania 26)
28) John Cena vs. The Miz (WrestleMania 27)
29) Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk (WrestleMania 28)
World Champions Who Lost Their Championship: 22
Winning a world championship at WrestleMania is the most significant accolade a wrestler can hope to accomplish.
Walking into a match as a world champion only to walk out with the title of former-champion is nothing to brag about, yet a total of 16 wrestlers have done just that at WrestleMania.
Six wrestlers are tied for most world title losses at WrestleMania: Yokozuna, The Rock, Kurt Angle, Triple H, Batista, and Edge.
Of the six, Yokozuna was the only one to defend his title twice at two separate events.
Also, he, Edge and The Rock are the only men to have lost their title at back-to-back WrestleManias.
Perhaps the worst possible (and quickest) way to lose the world title happened to Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXVIII, who lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus in just 18 seconds.
If Alberto Del Rio and The Rock lose their titles at WrestleMania XXIX, the total will reach 24. A loss for The Rock would give him the dubious distinction of the only wrestler to lose the world time on three separate occasions.
1) Randy Savage (WrestleMania 5)
2) Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 6)
3) Sgt. Slaughter(WrestleMania 7)
4) Ric Flair (WrestleMania 8)
5) Yokozuna (WrestleMania 9)
6) Yokozuna (WrestleMania 10)
7) Bret Hart (WrestleMania 12)
8) Sycho Sid (WrestleMania 13)
9) Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 14)
10) The Rock (WrestleMania 15)
11) The Rock (WrestleMania 17)
12) Chris Jericho (WrestleMania 18)
13) Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 19)
14) Triple H (WrestleMania 20)
15) JBL (WrestleMania 21)
16) Triple H (WrestleMania 21)
17) Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 22)
18) Batista (WrestleMania 23)
19) Edge (WrestleMania 24)
20) Edge (WrestleMania 25)
21) Batista (WrestleMania 26)
22) Daniel Bryan (WrestleMania 28)
Main Event Matches That Ended by Submission: 4
Pinning your opponent is difficult. Forcing your opponent into submission at WrestleMania is no small feat.
Even so, three men were capable of causing their opponent to tap out in the main event: Chris Benoit, John Cena, and Undertaker.
Benoit was the first man to win the world title by submission, when he did so at WrestleMania XX in a triple-threat match.
Cena was able to make two opponents tap out at WrestleMania back-to-back: Triple H at WrestleMania 22and Shawn Michaels the following year.
The Undertaker was the next man to win his match by submission, defeating Edge at WrestleMania XXIV.
The total can potentially reach four at WrestleMania XXIX, if John Cena or The Rock win their match by submission.
1) Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 20)
2) John Cena vs. Triple H (WrestleMania 22)
3) John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 23)
4) Edge vs. Undertaker (WrestleMania 24)
Most Consecutive Main Event Title Matches: Hulk Hogan and Triple H
*I made an error and forgot to include The Rock. He competed in the main events of WrestleMania 15, 16, and 17 consecutively. Sorry for missing that.*
Being booked for a WrestleMania match is a tremendous achievement. Headlining WrestleMania is often a career highlight for wrestlers. Headlining the main event world title match at WrestleMania three times in a row is, well, a record.
It is shared by Hulk Hogan and Triple H, both of whom entered the match as a champion, but left empty-handed.
Out of these matches, only Hogan walked into two as a challenger and walked out as champion.
This is not based on any other main event match in which Hogan or Triple H were involved.
Hulk Hogan appearances: WrestleMania 5, 6, and 7
Triple H appearances: WrestleMania 20, 21, and 22
Most Main Event Title Matches: Hulk Hogan and Triple H
Yet another record that Hulk Hogan and Triple H share: a total of six main event title matches appearances.
For those six appearances, both HHH and Hogan have lost and won world titles.
At WrestleMania VI, Hogan lost the WWE Championship to the Ultimate Warrior.
At WrestleMania X-8, HHH won the Undisputed WWE Championship when he defeated Chris Jericho.
Both matches took place in Toronto at the Skydome. So, HHH and Hogan share a closely related spot in WrestleMania lore.
If Triple H headlines one more main event with the world title on the line, this record will belong solely to him.
Hulk Hogan matches: WrestleMania 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9
Triple H matches: WrestleMania 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 25
Most Main Event Appearances: Hulk Hogan
Only the biggest star is capable of making the most WrestleMania main event appearances, fittingly Hulk Hogan, with eight.
Of those eight, Hogan was either in a tag match, defending his WWE Championship, fighting for the title or just in a singles match.
Hogan sold out arenas in the 80's and 90's, so it isn't a surprise to know why he main-carded at so many WrestleManias.
Another wrestler may eventually threaten Hogan's record years down the road but, until then, Hogan holds a record that characterizes the stardom he enjoyed under the spotlight in the 20th-century.
Hulk Hogan appearances: WrestleMania 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
WrestleManias Without Main Event World Title Matches: 5
If a WrestleMania without a world title match is considered an aberration, but a WrestleMania without a world title main event is truly an anomaly.
That said, there have still been five matches that headlined a WrestleMania without the world title on the line, beginning with the first Wrestlemania, which featured a tag team match as the main event.
Last year, at WrestleMania XXVIII, the show ended with John Cena vs. The Rock, without a world title contested.
In order to actually main event a WrestleMania, without a world title at stake, the match must really be built up.
Out of the five matches, only one was forgettable, while the rest booked were solid matches.
Only a couple matched the hype of the more standard World Title main event at Wrestlemania, but each had enough buildup to headline.
1) Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Mr. Wonderful (WrestleMania 1)
2) Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice (WrestleMania 8)
3) Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor (WrestleMania 11)
4) Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 26)
5) John Cena vs. The Rock (WrestleMania 28)
Plenty of Room in the Record Books
The 11 listed records vary in their degree of notoriety, but each is crucial in terms of forming a picture of Wrestlemanias passed.
They are, however, by no means the only significant Wrestlemania records.
Records for the amount of times the mid-card and women's tag-team championships have been defended have their place in the product's history and are ever-changing.
Even more forgettable gimmick matches lend something to the the evolution of WrestleMania and wrestling's past in general.
There are just so many records and so little time to go through them all.
If you are interested in other records that put the event into its context in wrestling history, spend a few hours researching the past WrestleManias in anticipation for WrestleMania XXIX.
Thank you for reading.