WrestleMania is right around the corner and it's a very welcome sight. For with WrestleMania comes a time when the overall tone of the WWE kicks into high gear. For the "Showcase of the Immortals," what else could be expected?
Throughout the past 28 editions, there have been more instant classics than can be counted. But for every straightforward good guy vs. bad guy match or old-fashioned grudge match, there are those matches that need an extra twist.
This is where stipulations and gimmicks come into play.
Stipulations are little additions to a standard match that affect the loser. It could be something as simple as Loser Must Bow or Loser Leaves Town, or something more dramatic, like Hair vs. Hair or retirement.
A gimmick changes the rules for an entire bout, essentially creating something new. Gimmick matches include Iron Man, I Quit or a simple Street Fight.
WrestleMania has had its share of both stipulations and gimmicks. What follows is a ranking of the best of these types of matches. They are ranked according to originality, intensity and historical significance. With WrestleMania as the biggest show of the year, more importance was placed on originality and historical significance.
Not every stipulation and gimmick match made the list. These are simply the ones that stood out for one reason or another.