WWE WrestleMania 27: 15 Best WWE WrestleMania Matches of All Time
Obviously, unless you've lived under a rock the past week, you know WrestleMania is just a few days away. You don't even have to be a wrestling or sports fan to know about it; it seems that word gets around very well, and it is one of the most popular events of the year.
Cities are bidding on WrestleMania nowadays similar to Super Bowls, yet it seems that it is still not seen in the same light as the big NFL game.
However, Wrestlemania has never failed to give us a good show every year. You may not like every match on the card, but at least one will make you fall in love with the show.
Every wrestling fan who isn't at the show itself seems to want to order it on PPV. Some try and stream it, but trust me, it's not the same as watching at on TV or, most of all, being there in person.
This year's WrestleMania has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory. Not only do you have WrestleMania greats like The Rock and Stone Cold appearing, but Shawn Michaels is said to be making an appearance. Then you add in the top-tier matches and possibilities of how they'll go.
If I had to bet, I'd say we're going to witness something amazing this year at WrestleMania 27. But, that's this Sunday. Remember, without the success of Manias in the past, we wouldn't have a 27th version. Sure, it's a big show, but the matches are why we watch.
So, here are 15 of the top matches ever at WrestleMania.
15: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho, WrestleMania 19
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho was deserving of this list, because many people consider it one of the best ever. Some even put it No. 1. It was highly technical and one of the best matches of both men's careers.
The issue is, Shawn Michaels had so many great moments before and after this, it's not considered his best. However, for Y2J, it is considered the best match of his WrestleMania time.
The build-up to this match was very well done to me, and of course the match was awesome too. So, it makes it to No. 15 on my list.
14: TLC Match, WrestleMania 17
Now, this match gets a lot of flack from people when it makes a list like this. Obviously this was one heck of a spot fest, but that's what you get with a TLC match.
Some of the most memorable spots in wrestling came from this match. It was over a decade ago, but people still remember it as one of the coolest matches they ever watched.
The match was for the tag team titles; the people in the match were the teams of Edge and Christian, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and the Dudleys. "Tables, Ladders and Chairs" they called it, and this match was full of them.
Years later, every man in that match claimed that they set the bar too high with that match. It was impossible to top the first two because of all they did.
And keep in mind, this was the second TLC match for all six men in less than a year. This was the best one of them all in my opinion.
Even though some will hate, this was one of the top Mania matches ever.
13: Bret Hart Vs. Owen Hart, WrestleMania 10
The first brother vs. brother match at WrestleMania involved the Hart brothers, Bret and Owen. This match was considered by many to be a wrestling clinic. It was a nice build-up, but people wanted to watch because of what both men could do in the ring.
The untimely death of Owen in 1999 killed a chance for him to be World Champion. Many believe he was just as talented as his brother Bret, and it was just a waiting game to see when he would surpass him.
WWE thought highly of Owen, too, which is why he won against his older brother. It was a shock to many, but it put Owen in a high light for some time. Sadly, he would never get where WWE believed he could get.
But, we will always remember the great Owen Hart for matches like this one at WrestleMania 10 against his brother Bret.
12: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar, Wrestlemania 19
Obviously any match with Kurt Angle is going to be good, but at WrestleMania, he turned it on. But let's keep in mind, during his time as a pro wrestler, Brock Lesnar was one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch.
So, when these two were said to be going at it, many were excited.
The thing about this match was the story behind it. See, Angle had hurt his neck very badly. So, Vince McMahon told Angle that he would just have Angle get F-5ed in a few minutes and lose the WWE Title to Lesnar.
Angle told Vince he would want to wrestle at Mania. Despite the fact he couldn't lift his left arm. Angle was going to lose the title anyway, so he was taking time off.
Lesnar was going to be the man for a while. It was his first year and it was his first Mania; they invested quite a lot in him, and he did everything asked of him.
Lesnar was going in supposedly getting the title, but before the match, they cut nine minutes of the match. Angle, being the veteran, said things would be fine, but Lesnar was rushing things.
Angle said later on that Lesnar had no idea that they added an extra 15 minutes to the PPV, so that if the match went over, it would be fine.
But Brock was rushing and very frustrated, this being his first Mania and the fact he was going to have the company on him after. It was a lot of pressure.
The thing most remember about this match was Brock's shooting star press in which he missed badly, resulting in a few vertebrae being broken in his neck.
Lesnar would be well enough to come back, which was good because he won the match and was crowned the new WWE Champion.
However, Angle had to have surgery, so he missed in-ring action for some time after then. But, he made it back for the following WrestleMania.
11: Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 20
Now, when one thinks of WrestleMania, a few names pop up: Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels.
But we forget that Triple H has also made his stamp on the event, too. Then enter Chris Benoit, a man who was one of the best wrestlers in the world at the time. However, because he was horrible on the mic, and a terrible "sports entertainer," he was kind of kept in the secondary title race.
The thing was though, fans wanted him to succeed. They wanted to see him as World Champion.
Going into this match. Triple H was the World Heavyweight Champion. But Shawn Michaels had held the gold prior to Trips. The issue with it all was, since Michaels got his rematch at the Royal Rumble in a street fight, where he didn't lose but didn't win, he had a beef somewhat.
See, Michaels didn't lose his rematch. So, one would think he would be fine to take on Triple H at Mania for the title. Thing is, Chris Benoit won the Royal Rumble and wanted the World Heavyweight Title. So, we were given a triple threat match.
Going into this match, it was the 11th Mania appearance for Shawn Michaels and his sixth main event at the show.
Triple H had been coming in as champion or challenging for the gold the past few years, and had a major stamp on the show too.
But Benoit did not. So, many thought it was going to be a HHH or HBK night, instead it went to the Rabid Wolverine.
The part of this everyone remembers was the end, when he and his good friend Eddie Guerrero, who had won the WWE Title the same night, both stood in the ring together as World Champions.
This match was one of the best of every man's career up until then. Even Michaels says until this day it was one of his best, and that's coming from a man who has been in some of the best Mania matches ever.
WWE tries to forget anything associated with Benoit, but the Benoit stamp will forever be on WrestleMania 20.
10: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania 6
Now some are against this being one of the better matches in Mania history. But, it's the memory this match made that got everyone to fall in love with it.
Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior were the two top guys in WWE at the time, so it was only a matter of time before they went head to head.
Basically this match was a spotfest, but it was dramatic and highly entertaining. As a kid, many of us thought of these two as superheroes and men of supernatural power. So when they squared off, we all wanted to see it.
It was truly one of the highlights of wrestling when I was younger, and it's one of those matches many watch over and over again. That's why it makes my top 10.
9: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 26
The first time these two went head to head, many people about freaked out with mark-like love. It was the best match of the year, and one of the best in Mania history.
Thing was, it was so good, many wanted it again. So, WWE gave us Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker II.
The thing was, this time, it was Streak vs Career. If Michaels lost this match, his WWE career was going to be over. However, if he won, Undertaker's streak would end.
This match didn't live up to the first; however, it had to be one of the better sequels I've ever seen. It was so good, and had some moments in it that made many of us older fans turn back into kids.
Michaels and Taker truly make this event great, but when they came together, they gave us two of the best matches ever. This was one of them.
8: Hogan vs. Andre, WrestleMania 3
Now, this match wasn't the best you could ever watch, but it was so iconic. Hogan vs. Andre was a match that many were wanting to see happen, but people didn't know that this was going to be the last time we saw Andre at the top.
Andre wanted to pass the torch to Hogan officially, and he told Hogan to bodyslam him. It's still remembered today as one of the best improv calls in entertainment history.
7: Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 24
Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels had to be one of the most memorable matches in Mania history.
Vince McMahon had said months prior that the next time Flair lost, his career in WWE would be over. HBK wanted to take on Flair at WrestleMania.
Flair was going into the Hall of Fame, and HBK wanted to be the guy to take Flair out of the business.
This match was great from beginning to end; however, the end made it most memorable.
The words HBK spoke, "I'm sorry, I love you," was a moment many will remember.
6: Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 21
Many people forget about this match, as WrestleMania 21 wasn't really one of the better Manias in years. However, it is remembered for a few things.
These include the little vignettes for the show with wrestlers doing parts of Hollywood blockbusters, the first ever Money in the Bank ladder match, and Batista and John Cena's first World Title wins.
So, is was easy to forget about this match. However, it stole the entire freakin' show!! You had Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels; were you surprised that it did?
5: Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, WrestleMania 3
You know, a lot of people remember the main event at WrestleMania 3, Hogan vs. Andre, but the undercard had the best match.
The match everyone was talking about before the event was Hogan/Andre, but after the event, we all were talking about Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage for the IC Title.
Still considered one of the best matches of both men's careers, it has been on every highlight tape for Mania events since it happened.
It shows that even if you don't get the main event, you can always steal the show no matter when your match is.
4: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart, the Ironman Match, WrestleMania 12
Gotta be considered one of the best matches ever, this first-ever 60-minute Ironman match had people on their heels the whole time.
Only these two men, HBK and Bret Hart, could do a match like this at this time in wrestling.
HBK made a lot of big moments happen, and was in a lot of first-evers, but, when you think about it, this could go down as one of his best matches of all time. Thing is, HBK seemed to top himself every year.
3: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania 18
This wasn't a highly technical matchup—we can all agree on that. However, it was one of the most anticipated WrestleMania matches ever.
This one has a special meaning to me, as it was the first Mania I saw when I got back into wrestling some 10 years ago.
One of the surprising things about this match was that The Rock was the face and Hulk Hogan was the heel, yet when they came out, Hogan got cheered and Rock got booed.
The stare-down where both men looked left and right had to be one of the coolest moments to me.
The Rock won the match, and pretty much carried it, but I don't know of anyone who won't remember this match, which is why it made the list.
2: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, WrestleMania 25
Some would put this No. 1 on any list involving either man's career or WrestleMania, because it simply was so epic, and awesome.
It really is hard to put into words how great this match was, and the funny thing is that it happened recently when some said that wrestling wasn't the same again after the TV-14 era.
However, this was in the PG years, and so wonderful. Both the matches between these two were great, but just like in movies, the first is always the best.
I think what made this match so great was the fact that you had two vets in there and no one knew for sure who would win. Because many believed if anyone was going to beat Undertaker's streak, it would be Michaels. However, Taker is undefeated.
So, the build-up was wonderful, the entrance was great, and the match was just bloahoh, my new word for something being so good, there are no words to describe it.
1: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13
Apologies for the quality of the video seen above, but it was the best I could find.
This event had a lot of good matches on it, which is something I think many wrestling historians will agree on. However, the main event, as it should, stole the show.
The reason I have it as high as I do was because of what it did for the fan. This was Hart and Austin still in the prime of their careers. Hart was slowing down a little, and eventually had to give up the top spot in WWE.
When Stone Cold Steve Austin came in, he immediately made an impact in WWE. However, this was the match that put him on the map to fans.
The most memorable part of this match was seeing Stone Cold, a bloody mess, in the sharpshooter crying out in pain. However, he never tapped—instead, he passed out.
It made him, if you will, and it's still, to me, the best match WrestleMania ever. The build-up was wonderful, the match was great, and what it did for the two men, especially Austin, made it that much more special.
If this event never happened, we'd never have seen Steve Austin make as much of an impact. Because after this match was when WWE starting putting the company on Austin's back.
Thanks to all who read and watched the videos I added. I know some will disagree with the order of these, and I wouldn't be surprised. Everyone has their favorite matches.
Tell me your top 15 in the comments below, in the order you'd put them. Also, tell me what matches I should've added to the top 15.
Special thanks to YouTube for the use of the videos.