Top 10 Wrestlemania Feuds in History
These are the Top 10 Wrestlemania Feuds in History as seen by a man who has witnessed every Wrestlemania on more than one occassion and has attended two Wrestlemania's.
When coming up with great Wrestlemania feuds, you must take into consideration a few major factors.
1.) Build-up towards the match.
2.) Match Quality.
3.) Whether or not there were multiple Wrestlemania contests between participants.
4.) And how the conclusion was perceived by the masses.
It would be very difficult to come up with just a Top 10 as there have been many great feuds that have culminated or have begun at Wrestlemania.
Without further ado, check out my Top 10 Wrestlemania Feuds in History!
#10 - Triple H vs. Randy Orton - Wrestlemania 25
For the most part, Triple H wouldn't be considered to have the greatest Wrestlemania feuds we've ever seen, but his feud with Randy Orton last year was excellent.
It was the second year in a row that these two headlined at Wrestlemania with the previous year being a Triple Threat Match with John Cena. The build towards the match at Wrestlemania was incredible and a true blood feud down to the core. The match itself is forgettable because WWE seemed to book themselves into a corner in a few ways.
There is no denying, however, the feud between two of the WWE's current best.
#9 - Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior - Wrestlemania 6
Title for Title. Champion vs. Champion. For the first and only time in Wrestlemania History, the Intercontinental Champion and the WWF Champion squared off in the main event when The Ultimate Challenge took place and The Ultimate Warrior took on Hulk Hogan.
The build-up to this match was simple and practically unexpected. At the 1990 Royal Rumble, Hogan and Warrior came nose to nose and the place came unglued. These two gave a great build towards one of the most anticipated Wrestlemania matches ever.
Hulk Hogan passed the torch in probably the best match of The Ultimate Warriors career, although the torch was quickly passed back to Hogan before we all knew it...
#8 - Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper - Wrestlemania
I would regret if I didn't list the original Wrestlemania feud. Hulk Hogan vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper set the standard of excellence for WWE feuds forever. This was a make or break event for Vince McMahon and he not only relied on the fact that the people loved the Hulkster, but they absolutely despised The Hot Rod.
Rowdy Roddy did go on to compete in another big match at Wrestlemania 2 vs. Mr. T in a boxing match.
#7 - Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart - Wrestlemania 12
People will give me a hard time for listing this at Number 7, but bare with me. The match was incredible and there is no denying that. Bret and Shawn put on one of the greatest matches of all time and the anticipation for Shawn's first World Title run was unparalleled.
Personally, I was not a fan of any of this. I couldn't relate to Shawn Michaels, but I was a huge Bret Hart fan. I immediately stopped watching wrestling following this for over a year and missed some great moments because of it.
The build was really one sided in Shawn's favor and the feud didn't really build the steam that it is famous for yet.
#6 - The Undertaker vs. Kane - Wrestlemania 14 & 20
The Undertaker and Kane was one of the greatest feuds of all time. A great story that was built around brother vs. brother and really showcased the agility of both men. This may have been the best 'big man' feud of all time as well.
Wrestlemania 14 was the focal point of the feud and the first one on one meeting bewteen the two. It took The Undertaker three tombstones to put Kane away. They went on to be involved with each other for the rest of 1999 and well into the rest of their careers.
At Wrestlemania 20, The Undertaker made his long-awaited return in Madison Square Garden against a now unmasked Kane. Although the match at Wrestlemania 14 was better, this one marked the return of Paul Bearer (Kane's Father) to The Undertaker's corner and the return of the true "Deadman" gimmick.
#5 - Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat - Wrestlemania 3
Ths is stil one of the greatest matches I have eve seen. Savage and Steamboat went to battle for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 3 and left the crowd in awe.
This back and forth match was culminated with a small-package victory by Steamboat. The feud itself was built when Savage came off the top rope and drove the ring bell into the throat of The Dragon and put him out of action. During this time period, Savage was embroilled in a feud with George "The Animal" Steele as well.
Steamboat returned and challenged The Macho Man for Wrestlemania and the rest is history.
"Long Live Macho Madness!" - Randy Savage
#4 - HBK vs. Undertaker - Wrestlemania 25 & 26
At Wrestlemania 25, these two legends squared off in what many consider the greatest match in Wrestlemania History! The match speaks for itself and if you haven't seen it, you better go pick up the DVD by going to http://www.wrestlingroundtable.com/Amazon_Recommendations.html and making your purchase there.
This year, they will do battle again with Shawn Michaels Career on the line versus THE STREAK of The Undertaker. The feud last year was fantastic and made me happy that I was flying out to Houston for the big show. The feud this year is different, but definitely is diong the trick.
Let's just hope The Undertaker comes out on top and HBK takes a long break.
Wouldn't be poetic justice if Shawn Michaels has to "retire" on the same night Bret Hart comes back to the ring?
#3 - Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage - Wrestlemania 5
The Mega Powers Explode. This is my all-time favorite feud. These two had many great matches in the 1980's until they joined forces just months after Wrestlemania 3.
The Mega Powers were formed in 1987, but no one in their right mind could fathom that this was just a part of a huge plan formulated to culminate at Wrestlemania 5 with an explosion of monumental proportions.
Savage did a great job of slowly building the tension everytime these two teamed together and if you go back and watch the tape, the foreshadowing is written all over it. The jealousy from The Macho Man over Hulk's new admiration for Ms. Elizabeth was some of the most dramatic tv the WWF has ever produced.
The match had many great moments and Hulk once again came out on top as WWF Champion.
#2 - Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant - Wrestlemania 3 & 4
The Hulkster appears on the list once again at #2 with his epic feud with Andre The Giant.
This was by far the biggest match in Wrestlemania history and was another make-or-break situation for Vince McMahon and the WWF. They put everything they had into Wrestlemania 3 and if somehow they didn't pull of Andre vs. Hogan, then it could have changed the course of history forever.
Andre gave this match all he had in his weakened state. Andre was clearly winding down and this match truly made him legendary. Hulk's bodyslam on Andre may be the single most replayed moment in wrestling history.
At Wrestlemania 4, the match took place again, but wasn't as good as the first and ended in a double-disqualification in the WWF Title Tournament that was won by Randy Savage.
#1 - Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - Wrestlemania 15, 17, & 19
And my #1 Wrestlemania feud was easy.
Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.
They headlined three Wrestlemania's and probably would have headlined four if not for Austin's neck surgery in 2000. They put on three great matches that were all completely different.
These matches came at the peak of The Attitude Era with my favorite being Wrestlemania 17. What a great match with a great atmosphere. A surprising ending topped it off and prepared us for the WCW InVasion.
Austin vs. Rock is synonomous with greatness in wrestling and that is why they deserve this accolade.
I took the above picture last year at Wrestlemania.
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There are many feuds that I left out, but thatis what needs to be done in any Top 10 Lists.
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