WWE 2K14: Previewing Best WrestleMania Matches in the Game
Some fans might have been on the fence about purchasing WWE 2K14 this year after 2K Sports bought the franchise, but the "30 Years of WrestleMania" mode is simply too great for any wrestling fan to pass up.
The following legendary matches can be replicated, and the moments they represent can be relived by those playing the game.
Whether you're an older wrestling fan who lived these memories or a kid who wants to learn history by playing it, the WrestleMania mode is a dream come true.
WrestleMania XIII: Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Crowning the greatest WrestleMania match of all time is subjective. While some fans will like other bouts more than Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIII, this bloody battle created the aura that lifted Stone Cold to the top of the business.
Austin bled buckets for Bret and was rewarded by becoming the biggest star in the industry.
This is one of the most iconic bouts for more than just the blood-filled ending, though. With Austin taking on Hart with a no-disqualification submission stipulation, the Texas Rattlesnake put on one of his best in-ring performances and stole the show with Hart.
This iconic match took place in 1997, so this is a chance for younger fans to relive the moment that helped usher in the Attitude Era and created the allure of the Stone Cold Steve Austin character.
WrestleMania III: "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Many fans—including me—will argue that "Macho Man" Randy Savage was the quintessential professional wrestler. Savage was a great speaker and an even better in-ring technician, and his match against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat at WrestleMania III was his best.
Not only did the match feature two of the best technical wrestlers of all time going head-to-head for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but the duo also stole the show at the Pontiac Silverdome and created one of the most iconic matches in wrestling history.
Savage has become a larger-than-life icon with his timeless Slim Jim commercials and storied career, and even the most casual fans know the Macho Man. This WrestleMania bout will explain what made the legend so great to a whole new generation of fans.
WrestleMania X: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
In one of the greatest ladder matches, Razor Ramon took on Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Even if fans weren't alive or watching wrestling at the time, the magnitude of the moment is clear in the game.
Michaels and Ramon were two of the best in-ring workers, and the duo's backstage friendship resulted in a great matchup. With both men trying to put the other over while still looking strong themselves, this will be the perfect bout for fans to recreate.
The aura of Michaels and his current involvement in the main event storyline will have fans excited to play as HBK, and the chance to live history as a participant in the WrestleMania X ladder match will make this one of the most popular aspects of the game.
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