The one night that changed the face of Professional Wrestling forever. WrestleMania. On this night wrestlers give it their all. It's only natural that this night would play host to some of the best matches of all time. But what matches make WrestleMania, WrestleMania?
Two of the best wrestlers EVER going at it tooth and nail for half an hour....what more do you need? These men put their heart and soul into every match they compete in. With the man they call "Mr. WrestlerMania" Up against a person often called one of the best, it is just the recipe for a classic at the Show of Shows.
The first ladder match in Mania history, now we get at least 1 every single year. I think that says a lot. It was a match that changed the face of Professional Wrestling for ever. These two men brought in a new concept and now it is a widely used world wide match. And a crowd favorite at that too.
The double switch, if for nothing else it's an epic match for that. It had more than that though, more than the bloody and defiant Austin, more than the angry and bitter Hart, it had a great knock 'em down drag it out brawl. Besides, the image of Austin in the sharpshooter, blood dripping down his face MADE him as a face. And THE Face of the company for years to come. This is the match that made Stone Cold the most popular wrestler in WWF/E History.
It was probably one of the biggest matches that ever occurred at Wrestlemania, which inspired countless WWF/WWE superstars to get into the business. It was also something that put wrestling on the map and into main stream media and it was surely a memorable match. This match was the match that had the slam heard round the world. The slam that made Hulk Hogan a house hold name around the globe.
The only Ironman match in Wrestlemania history was built to flat out CARRY the card. They did it. Hell, they went into overtime! Two people who hate each other go at it for an hour, potatoing the hell out of each other and you get this masterpiece. It was the night the Boy Hood Dream was realized. The night that "Mr. WrestleMania" was born.
Was it a wrestling clinic? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but few in the business have the respect of the audience like these two men. We saw Flair literally give it his all for one last great match and he succeeded. Michaels smashed his ribs off the table brutally and kept on going, as Flair flew off the top in a crossbody. With the lines that would be replayed over the following weeks, "I'm Sorry, I Love You," Shawn Sweet Chined Musiced Flair into Retirement. For the time being that was. Then he waved goodbye to the WWE, tears in his eyes. WOOOOO!
This was just good all the way around. HBK’s first Mania match since 14. And what better opponent to have than Jericho? The feud was real good. Started back in December and carried on through the Rumble, and man… they put on a show. Almost completely stole the show. At the end the two hugged with the respect that they have for one another.
In what might be the best build up to a match ever, Angle and Lesnar went at it in a tremendous matchup. Again, the big guy almost killed himself with an Shooting Star Press and somehow continue on with that match, despite the fact that right after it you could tell he didn't have a clue where he was. This was a great feud and it lead to an awesome match. This was like Angle passing the torch to Lesnar
People had high expectations...they blew them out of the water. Shawn could seemingly go forever, Undertaker almost killed himself with a plancha and what unfolded was one of the best matches I have ever seen in my entire life. Shawn and Taker gave this match one HELL of a build up and they stole the show. If you don't believe me, just try to name the match that went after this. Hell, try to name another match at the PPV besides this one, and the Money in the Bank obviously.
The rematch everyone wanted to see. Two of WWE's most iconic superstars main eventing WrestleMania. One had a WrestleMania Streak and One had his Storybook career. Shawn Michaels would put his career on the line for another shot to end the Deadmans streak. This match had so much emotion, it is what makes it the greatest WrestleMania match ever. Shawn retired the night after with his head held high after a phenomenal match. That night in Arizona, "Mr. WrestleMania" left the building for the last time.
That was my list. I hope you enjoyed. have a different view, leave a comment, and I'll get back to you. With many more WrestleMania matches left to come, this is just the end...for now.