WWE WrestleMania 30: Power Ranking Top 15 PPV Performers of All Time

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Correspondent IIApril 4, 2014

WWE WrestleMania 30: Power Ranking Top 15 PPV Performers of All Time

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    Since 1985, hundreds of Superstars have come from all over the world to take part in the biggest spectacle in the sports entertainment business—WrestleMania.

    Only a handful of them have stood out from the rest. Only a handful of them will be remembered as the Superstars who shined brightest at WrestleMania.

    Which Superstars have put together the best win-loss records at the event? Which Superstars have made the biggest impressions?

    Here, you will get a look at the 15 WWE Superstars who have performed the best when it has mattered most, ranked in order from No. 15 down to No. 1.

     

Honorable Mention: Ricky Steamboat

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    WrestleMania Record: 3-2

     Ricky Steamboat competed in each of the first three WrestleMania events, winning his match every year.

    At WrestleMania 1, he defeated Matt Borne and then got a big victory over Hercules at WrestleMania 2. He saved one of the best performances of his career for WrestleMania 3.

    In front of over 93,000 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Steamboat faced Randy Savage in what is widely regarded as one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.

    Steamboat countered a bodyslam attempt from Savage into a small package to get the three-count, becoming WWE Intercontinental champion in the process.

    Steamboat competed at WrestleMania 4, taking part in the single-elimination tournament to crown a new WWE champion. He was defeated by Greg Valentine in the first round.

    Twenty-one years would go by before Steamboat would make another appearance at the big event. He finally got into the ring again at WrestleMania 25.

    Teaming with Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka to take on Chris Jericho in a handicap match, Steamboat was the man to steal the show, dazzling the crowd with his performance.

    Steamboat had not been an active competitor for many years, but it seemed as though he hadn't lost a step on that night.

Honorable Mention: Earthquake

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    WrestleMania Record: 4-1

     Earthquake had a successful WrestleMania career as both a singles and tag team competitor.

    He competed at WrestleMania 6 and 7 and at that time, he was one of the most formidable competitors in WWE.

    He dominated Hercules at WrestleMania 6 before having his way with Greg Valentine the following year.

    At WrestleMania 8, he and the other half of The Natural Disasters, Typhoon, were victorious over Tag Team champions Money, Inc. by way of a count-out.

    Two years later, Earthquake faced Adam Bomb in a battle of big men. Earthquake impressed the crowd inside Madison Square Garden, getting the win in just 35 seconds.

15. Andre the Giant

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    WrestleMania Record: 2-3-1

    Andre the Giant was a key piece during the first few years of WrestleMania.

    At the inaugural event, he won a $15,000 bodyslam challenge against Big John Studd. The following year, he won a 20-man over-the-tope Battle Royal that also included several NFL football players.

    This year, WWE decided to hold a 30-man Battle Royal in Andre's honor, giving the winner a trophy in his likeness.

    One of the best big men to ever compete in WWE, Andre took part in perhaps the most memorable match in WrestleMania history, facing Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 3.

    Though he came out on the losing end of that match, there is no denying Andre's place in WrestleMania history.

14. Chris Jericho

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    WrestleMania Record: 4-8

    Chris Jericho is a Superstar who has been in the ring with some of the best the business has to offer on the big stage of WrestleMania.

    Jericho has competed in a match in which the WWE or WWE World title was on the line three times. He has also won both the European and Intercontinental titles at WrestleMania.

    Jericho has faced the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Edge at WrestleMania while also competing in two Money in the Bank Ladder matches.

    His match with Michaels at WrestleMania 19 ranks up with some of the best technical matches in event history.

    The one bad mark on his record is a loss to Fandango at WrestleMania 29. He gets knocked down the list a little bit because of that.

     

13. Randy Orton

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    WrestleMania Record: 4-6

    Randy Orton has been one of the focal points of WrestleMania a couple of times, taking part in a match for the WWE or WWE World title three times. He is also scheduled to be part of the main event at WrestleMania 30.

    At WrestleMania 20, he teamed with Batista and Ric Flair to defeat The Rock an Mankind and he also holds a singles win over CM Punk at WrestleMania 27.

    But he lost to Kane at WrestleMania 28 and was part of a team that was defeated by The Shield at WrestleMania 29 in a six-man tag team match.

    On top of that, he blew a big opportunity at WrestleMania 25, arguably the biggest match of his career.

    Orton and Triple H had a great build up to their match that year and Orton could have become the biggest star in the company with a victory. That was not to be, however, as Triple H defeated him in Houston.

    Orton could still climb this list, especially if he is victorious in New Orleans. But for now, No. 13 seems about right.

12. Ultimate Warrior

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    WrestleMania Record: 4-1

    The man who checks in at No. 12 on the list will also be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this Saturday night.

    Not too many people can say they got a clean victory over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania, but Ultimate Warrior is one of them.

    The biggest night in the career of Ultimate Warrior came on April 1, 1990 in Toronto.

    Warrior went into the main event that night as Intercontinental champion. After pinning Hogan, he left with the WWE title as well.

    Warrior was never able to capitalize on the monumental victory and by the next year at WrestleMania 7, he was fighting for his career against Randy Savage.

    Though Warrior won that match, it wouldn't be long before he was out of WWE entirely.

    He came back for WrestleMania 12 despite WWE bringing up rumors of his death to fuel the storyline leading into a match with Triple H.

    Before Triple H was known as "The Game," he was defeated by Warrior in under two minutes that night.

11. CM Punk

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    WrestleMania Record: 3-4

    Someone who has won back-to-back Money in the Bank Ladder matches has to be high on the list. But CM Punk has also successfully defended the WWE title at WrestleMania, forcing Chris Jericho to tap out at WrestleMania 28.

    Punk would be higher on the list if not for WrestleMania losses to Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and The Undertaker, along with being a losing participant in the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 23.

    Those losses give Punk a losing record at the event.

10. Edge

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    WrestleMania Record: 6-4

    Not many Superstars have the chance to retire as WWE World champion with their last match taking place at WrestleMania—but Edge did.

    After finishing off Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27, Edge walked away from wrestling. But he put together one heck of a career before doing so.

    Edge and his partner Christian put themselves on the map with a fabulous performance at WrestleMania 2000, defeating The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz to win the Tag Team titles in a Triple Threat Ladder match.

    The next year, the teams got together again in a legendary TLC match, which fans still talk fondly of to this day.

    Edge was just as successful in singles competition at WrestleMania, getting a win over Booker T before becoming the very first winner of Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 21.

    The following year, Edge battled Mick Foley in what was one of the best hardcore matches in WWE history. Fans will talk about this spot (video) for many years to come.

    At WrestleMania 24, Edge came about as close as anyone has to defeating The Undertaker and ending the streak.

9. Bret Hart

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    WrestleMania Record: 8-6

    Much like Edge, Bret Hart started his career as a tag team wrestler, teaming with Jim Neidhart to form the Hart Foundation.

    Between WrestleMania 5-7, the Hart Foundation put together a 2-1 record, but they dropped the Tag Team titles to The Nasty Boys at WrestleMania 7.

    Hart then went into singles competition, setting up an iconic match with Rowdy Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8. After getting that win, it wouldn't be long before Bret would become WWE champion.

    After losing his title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania 9, Bret was able to exact revenge the next year in New York, taking the title back from Yokozuna despite losing to his younger brother, Owen, earlier that night.

    At WrestleMania 12, Bret put the title on the line in an epic 60-minute Iron Man match against Shawn Michaels. After 60 minutes, neither man had collected a fall, and the match went into sudden death.

    Michaels was able to come up with the win, but Hart had been an excellent champion.

    At WrestleMania 13, Hart squared off against "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in a match that will go down in WrestleMania history. Without this match, Austin may never have become as big as he did.

    Bret would not compete at WrestleMania again until WrestleMania 26 rolled around. Bret wasn't as capable as he once was when he took on Vince McMahon that night, but Bret still got the win.

8. Triple H

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    WrestleMania Record: 8-9

    Triple H will compete in a match at WrestleMania for the 18th time this Sunday when he faces Daniel Bryan.

    In his illustrious career, Triple H has been in a match for the World or WWE title at WrestleMania eight times. But he's also lost as many times as anyone in the history of the event.

    At WrestleMania 2000, he overcame the odds to win a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE title involving Big Show, Mick Foley and The Rock.

    He also has WrestleMania wins over Chris Jericho, Booker T and Sheamus. But the fact that he has a losing record overall and just a 4-4 record in those World and WWE title matches drops him on the list just a bit.

7. The Rock

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    WrestleMania Record: 5-5

    WrestleMania 30 will be the first WrestleMania in three years that hasn't featured The Rock as one of its main attractions.

    After appearing as guest host at WrestleMania 27, Rock competed in the main event of both WrestleMania 28 and 29, both times against John Cena. Each man won one match.

    Many years before that, Rock put together a solid career at WrestleMania that started with him winning the Intercontinental title. It was clear from that point on that he had a lot of talent.

    In the years to come, Rock would face Steve Austin three times at WrestleMania, along with one of the most important matches in event history against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18.

    Despite defeating Hogan and avenging two previous losses to Austin, Rock left WWE for many years to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.

    If not for that, he could easily hold the top spot on this list if he would have kept up the pace he was on.

6. Shawn Michaels

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    WrestleMania Record: 6-11

    Before you get all riled up about this ranking, consider some facts.

    Shawn Michaels, who always liked to call himself "Mr. WrestleMania," has lost nearly twice as many matches as he's won.

    There is no doubt that Michaels is one of the most gifted performers in WWE history, but his list of wins at WrestleMania is not all that impressive, either.

    Granted, he had the highlight of his career at WrestleMania 12, defeating Bret Hart in the Iron Man match to win his first WWE Championship. 

    He also put an end to the legendary career of Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, but after that, he only has wins over Tito Santana, Vince McMahon and Chris Jericho to go along with one win in tag team action as a member of The Rockers. 

    Michaels also put on two of the best matches in WrestleMania history against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 and 26. If not for those bouts, he'd likely find himself even lower on this list.

     

5. Randy Savage

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     WrestleMania Record: 7-4

    Randy Savage took part in WrestleMania at the second annual event where he successfully defended the Intercontinental title against George "The Animal" Steele.

    After losing the title to Ricky Steamboat the next year at WrestleMania 3, Savage broke out at the event the following year.

    At WrestleMania 4 from the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, Savage won a single-elimination tournament to become WWE champion.

    Savage had to go through Butch Reed, Greg Valetine and One Man Gang before defeating Ted DiBiase in the finals to win the title.

    Savage won four matches in one night at WrestleMania. No Superstar has come close to duplicating that feat.

    Following this crowning moment, Savage would find himself on the losing end of three straight WrestleMania matches before getting another crack at the WWE title at WrestleMania 8, where he would win the title from Ric Flair.

    Savage appeared at WrestleMania for the last time at WrestleMania 10, defeating Crush in a Falls Count Anywhere match.

4. John Cena

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    WrestleMania Record: 7-3

    He may not be the most popular main-eventer in WWE history, but you can't ignore Cena's accomplishments.

    Since winning the WWE United States title from Big Show at WrestleMania 20, Cena has never looked back.

    The following year at WrestleMania 21, Cena defeated JBL to become WWE champion.

    At WrestleManias 22 and 23, he faced Triple H and Shawn Michaels for that same title—and made them both tap out.

    Cena would win a Triple Threat at WrestleMania 25 that also involved Edge and Big Show to become WWE World champion.

    Starting with WrestleMania 21, Cena was in a match for the WWE or World title seven straight years. At WrestleMania 29, he pinned The Rock, getting back the loss he suffered to him at WrestleMania 28.

    If he had one bad night, it was at WrestleMania 27, where he lost to The Miz. If not for that defeat, he'd be even higher on the list.

     

3. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin

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    WrestleMania Record: 5-2

    Perhaps no Superstar has ever looked better in defeat than Steve Austin did at WrestleMania 13 in his loss to Bret Hart.

    That match helped propel Austin to stardom and by the next year, he was challenging Shawn Michaels for the WWE title, a match he would go on to win.

    The next year, Austin would win the title again, this time defeating The Rock. Those two Superstars would find each other in the main event again at WrestleMania 17, and Austin would take the title from The Rock once more.

    Austin's career was ended sooner than he would have liked due to damage suffered over the course of his career in which doctors warned him could result in permanent disability.

    Austin reached a point that few Superstars in WWE history ever have.

2. Hulk Hogan

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    WrestleMania Record: 8-3-1

    The first name that was synonymous with WrestleMania is that of Hulk Hogan.

    Hogan competed in the main event of the very first WrestleMania and would go on to have those honors at seven of the first eight WrestleMania events. That is, if you count the last match on the card the main event.

    Hogan defeated Superstars such as King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, Sgt. Slaughter and Yokozuna. Each time, he either won or successfully defended the WWE title.

    Hogan's bodyslam of Andre the Giant (video) at WrestleMania 3 could be the most recognizable moment in the history of WrestleMania.

    Following WrestleMania 9, Hogan would go nearly a decade before competing at WrestleMania again, but he showed up to take on The Rock at WrestleMania 18, leading to an instant classic.

    Hogan almost always came out on top at WrestleMania. The Rock and Ultimate Warrior are the only two men who ever defeated him at the event in singles competition.

    Hogan, who will be the guest host of WrestleMania 30 this Sunday, is one of the greatest competitors in the history of WrestleMania.

    There's only one better.

     

     

1. The Undertaker

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    WrestleMania Record: 21-0

    Like there was any doubt.

    The fact that The Undertaker is 21-0 is truly remarkable and easily one of the most significant accomplishments in the history of the business.

    Being the man who breaks the streak has become an even bigger motivator for WrestleMania then being in the main event or competing for the WWE title.

    As Undertaker likes to point out, many men have tried, but they have all failed. In fact, a total of 17 different Superstars have failed. Two men have fallen short twice. Triple H has been defeated by Undertaker at WrestleMania three times.

    The question will be asked every year until Undertaker decides to call it quits: Is there a man out there who can end the streak?

    Every year, Undertaker answers that question with a resounding no.