WWE WrestleMania 30: Greatest Triple Threat Matches in Event History

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

WWE WrestleMania 30: Greatest Triple Threat Matches in Event History

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    Triple Threat matches have a very brief history in the annals of WrestleMania. In fact, WrestleMania XXX will be just the second WrestleMania where a WWE championship is decided by Triple Threat rules.

    This is due mostly to the fact that WrestleMania tends to showcase matchups between two entities (whether it be singles or tag teams) as the dramatic conclusion to a lengthy feud.

    Triple Threat matches rose with the onset of the Attitude Era, with the Tables, Ladders and Chairs match staking its claim as the premier version of the match format.  

    Still, WrestleMania has played host to some of the more enjoyable Triple Threat matches in WWE history, several of which had a world championship on the line.

    WrestleMania Triple Threat matches on this particular list are graded by critical acclaim, storytelling and payoff.

    Despite the limited history of Triple Threat matches on WWE’s biggest show, some of them still hold up as great all-time matches through almost 30 years of WrestleMania.

5. John Cena vs. Edge vs. Big Show: WrestleMania XXV

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    John Cena, Edge and the Big Show were straddled with a sketchy storyline. Their WrestleMania XXV Triple Threat match was built around a comedic attempt at a love triangle among Vickie Guerrero, Big Show and Edge.

    The love triangle would have made the World Heavyweight Championship an afterthought had it not been for the involvement of top star John Cena.

    The match, however, was the antitheses of its poor storyline with all three veterans working extremely hard. Cena, Edge and Show were in a tough spot following an instant classic between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. But each brought his own veteran savvy to what should have been an underwhelming match.

    The match was technically sound inside of the ring and demonstrated believable brawling outside of it. Wade Keller of the PWTorch described the match as “good, actually very good.”

    In the end, it was Cena who went over in an impressive visual of hoisting both Edge and the Big Show on his back simultaneously before hitting Big Show with the Attitude Adjustment.

4. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton: WrestleMania XXIV

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    On a loaded WrestleMania card that featured Ric Flair’s final WWE match, all three future Hall of Famers were determined to deliver a match that was at least on par with stiff competition.

    This match's quick pace and endless action were not befitting of its veteran counterparts, but it excelled the WWE title match from Florida.

    A creative finish was the icing on the cake, with Randy Orton punting Triple H in the midst of a near-fall, only to swoop in and steal the victory. The on-point storytelling allowed a feud to continue between Orton and Triple H as the Game continued to chase an elusive 11th world championship victory.

    Jason Powell of Prowestling.net described the encounter as “another standout match that lived up to [his] lofty expectations.”

    This match was a key part of WrestleMania XXIV easily being considered in the top five of all time.

3. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian: WrestleMania 2000

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    WrestleMania 2000 featured the first of many unforgettable ladder matches among legendary Attitude-era tag teams the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian.

    This was the first and only WrestleMania to be named based on the year. At the turn of the new millennium, this was fitting with fresh new stars looking to establish themselves on the main roster.

    The WrestleMania debut of Edge and Christian saw the legendary duo capture the tag team titles in a timeless visual of both men standing on a table that was positioned atop multiple ladders.

    PWInsider was one of many critics offering universal praise of the three-way tag team match, calling it an “excellent match with tons of crazy bumps and innovative ideas.”

    The match was so well-received that it returned the following year at WrestleMania X-Seven.

2. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian: WrestleMania X-Seven

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    The fact that the Tables, Ladders and Chairs II match at WrestleMania X-Seven is ranked above the classic ladder match from the year prior—and outperformed its SummerSlam predecessor—says a lot about its quality.

    This was the match that gave birth to Edge’s iconic Spear of Jeff Hardy, which is still used to promote the product globally.

    Outside interference from allies of all three teams only helped showcase more innovative spots. Rhyno, Spike Dudley and Lita were all just as effective as the teams they were assisting and did not take away from the quality of the match.  

    When all was said and done, Wade Keller of the PWTorch described TLC II as "a special match" with a "great 'ooh and ahh' factor."

1. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H vs. Chris Benoit: WrestleMania XX

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    WrestleMania XX was defined by the long overdue coronation of Chris Benoit. His WCW World Heavyweight Championship win was swept under the rug. Instead, a better, more dramatic story came about. This story ended with Benoit capturing his first world championship in WWE inside one of the world’s most famous arenas at a milestone WrestleMania XX.

    His match against Shawn Michaels and Triple H carried a lot of themes prevalent in Daniel Bryan’s current journey to the WWE World Heavyweight title 10 years later. Undersized and immensely talented, Benoit’s in-ring talents spoke better than he ever could.

    Throughout the entire match and buildup, Benoit was overlooked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels, who were more interested in concluding their own long, personal feud. This is similar to Daniel Bryan being dismissed as a B-plus player, as Triple H looks to defeat his former Evolution cohorts at WrestleMania XXX.

    After teaming up to eliminate Benoit from the WrestleMania XX main event, Michaels and Triple H attempted to settle their differences once and for all in the ring. Instead, a gutsy Benoit crawled back into the match, willing himself to a memorable victory.

    PWInsider's Mike Johnson noted the “excellent wrestling,” and the website's Tim Whitehead gushed that “this was a great match and this was the perfect ending the fans wanted to see."

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