The Grandest Stage of All: Ranking Every Male Wrestler at WrestleMania, Part 6
It's that time again, as I continue to count down the rankings of every male wrestler at Wrestlemania. I have been retooling the list as I go and have made the necessary changes to make this work for you the reader.
Thank you for all the support you have shown me and thanks for the suggestions and questions about the list. I have continued using the 20-person list format from the last edition as many of you seemed to respond positively to it.
So sit back and enjoy the latest edition in the "Grandest Stage" series and I hope that you enjoy it.
For those of you who may have missed the previous editions, here they are.
The Point System
In order to get the rankings, I created a point system that would give a clear description of why the wrestlers are ranked the way that they are. Also note that I considered main event matches and title matches separately, but if a wrestler was in a main event that was also a title match, they got points for both—the only case where a wrestler gets points in two categories at once.
Fight in WM = 2 pts. This is the participation award since it is difficult for a wrestler to make it. By having a regular non-title match, but not winning it, they get 2 pts.
Win in WM = 5 pts. This is simple enough: You win your non-title match, you get 5 pts.
Fight in MITB = 5 pts. Since there could be multiple wrestlers in the MITB match, a wrestler gets 5 pts for participation.
Win in MITB = 15 pts. With how difficult it is to win the MITB, the wrestler who does win gets a nice bump in points by getting 15.
Fight in european/tag/cruiserweight/hardcore title match = 5 pts (title level 1)
Win in tag/cruiserweight/hardcore title match = 10 pts
Fight in IC/US/ECW title match = 10 pts (title level 2)
Win in IC/US/ECW title match = 15 pts
Fight in world title match =15 pts
Win in world title match = 20 pts
Fight in main event = 20 pts. The biggest honor a wrestler can have bestowed upon them is being able to wrestle in the main event of the biggest show of the year.
Win in main event = 25pts. The biggest accomplishment a wrestler can have at Wrestlemania, only to be topped if it's also a title match, or the wrestler somehow finds a way to break the Undertaker's streak.
Fights ending in a no contest or draw are counted as a win for both competitors.
Fights ending in double DQ or countout count as a loss for both competitors.
If more than one wrestler has the same amount of points, I have ranked them according to the following tiebreakers.
1. Win/Loss record
2. If that is the same, then the wrestler with more high-profile matches (title or main events) gets the bump up in ranking.
3. If the wrestlers are still tied up to this point, then they are just going to be ranked alphabetically.
No. 87 Charlie Haas
Wrestlemanias: XIX, XX
*Writer's Note* Again, I must make a correction in the ranking—as can happen with a list and spreadsheet this vast. Charlie will be set in the 87th spot on the list. Everyone after him has been bumped up one position.
Charlie has two performances at Wrestlemania, his first being a triple threat match for the tag titles as part of Team Angle, beating Los Guerreros and Chris Benoit and Rhyno. He would then lose a four-way match for the tag title with the APA, Basham Brothers and Too Cool.
No. 80 Faarooq
Wrestlemanias: 13, X-Seven, X8, XX
Faarooq starts off this edition with four appearances at Wrestlemania. His first was a loss as part of the Nation of Domination against the Legion of Doom and Ahmed Johnson. He would return a few years later as part of the APA and team with Tazz to defeat Right to Censor in a six-man tag match. His final two performances were four-way tag title matches while he was still in the APA, both of which he ended up losing.
No. 79 Honky Tonk Man
Wrestlemanias: III, IV, V
Honky Tonk Man is up next with three Wrestlemanias. His first Wrestlemania was a win over Jake "the Snake" Roberts at Wrestlemania III. He followed this up with a DQ loss to to Brutus Beefcake in an Intercontinental title match. His final Wrestlemania match was a tag match where he teamed with Greg Valentine in a losing effort to the Hart Foundation.
No. 78 Junkyard Dog
Wrestlemanias: I, 2, III
The Junkyard Dog is 78th on the list after being part of the first two Wrestlemanias. His first Wrestlemania saw him beating then Intercontinental champ Greg Valentine by countout in a title match. He would then lose in a tag match with partner Tito Santana against Terry and Dory Funk. His final Wrestlemania would be next year where he would lose to Harley Race in a Loser Must Bow match.
No. 77 Mr. Perfect
Wrestlemanias: V, VI, VII, IX
Mr. Perfect is next with four appearances at Wrestlemania. His first match was a win against Owen Hart under his Blue Blazer gimmick. He would follow this up with a loss to Brutus Beefcake. In his next match, he would defend his Intercontinental title against the Big Boss Man and lose by DQ. His final Wrestlemania was a loss to then rival Lex Luger at Wrestlemania IX.
No. 76 Nikolai Volkoff
Wrestlemanias: I, 2, III, VI
Volkoff is 76th with four back-to-back Wrestlemanias. At the premier Wrestlemania, he would defend the Tag titles with the Iron Sheik by defeating the U.S. Express. At Wrestlemania 2, he was defeated by Corporal Kirchner in a flag match. Then at the third Wrestlemania, he would again team with the Iron Sheik in order to defeat the Killer Bees and then lose his fourth appearance to the Hart Foundation.
No. 75 & No. 74 the Dudley Boyz
Wrestlemanias: 2000, X-Seven, X8, XX
One of the greatest tag teams of all time, the Dudley Boyz are next on the list with four appearances. Their first two were some of the greatest tag matches in Wrestlemania history as they were part of the three-way ladder match as well as the three way TLC match for the tag titles against Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz. Both matches would be won by E & C.
Their next match would be a four-way elimination match for the tag titles against the APA, the Hardy Boyz and Billy and Chuck would end up winning. Their last Wrestlemania appearance would be another four-way match against La Resistance, Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak and the team of Rob Van Dam and Booker T who would win the fight.
No. 73 Ken Shamrock
Wrestlemanias: XIV, XV
UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock is next on the list at 73. He has two back-to-back performances, and both matches were for the Intercontinental title. His first was against future WWE Hall of Famer The Rock which Ken would lose via DQ. He would be fighting for the IC title the following year in a four-way elimination match against Val Venis, Goldust and defending champ Road Dogg Jesse James, who would end up retaining the title that night.
No. 72 William Regal
Wrestlemanias: X-Seven, X8
Up next is another wrestler whose only appearances at Wrestlemania have been part of a title match. William Regal's first Wrestlemania involved the Intercontinental title where he faced off against Chris Jericho and lost. The next year, he would face Rob Van Dam for the same title and would be on the losing end yet again.
No. 70 Jim Neidhart
Wrestlemanias in: III, V, VI, VII
The Anvil is next with four Wrestlemanias, all as part of the Hart Foundation. His first was a six man tag where the Foundation with Danny Davis beat the British Bulldogs and Tito Santana. They would then beat the team of the Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine at Wrestlemania V followed by a win over the team of Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov. Neidhart's final Wrestlemania was a match against the Nasty Boys with the titles on the line, which the Hart Foundation would end up losing.
No. 70 John Morrison
Wrestlemanias in: XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII
JoMo is up next with four back to back performances. His first was part of the Money in the Bank match which was eventually won by CM Punk. He would then team with the Miz against the Colons to unify the tag titles which they would end up losing. He would try the following year to beat former partner the Miz and the Big Show for those same tag titles, this time teaming with R-Truth, losing again. He would then pick up his only win at Wrestlemania so far as part of a mixed team with Trish Stratus and Snooki against Dolph Ziggler and Laycool. Expect Morrison to move up this list in the coming years barring any injuries or being depushed due to the backstage heat he is getting due to his relationship with released gf Melina.
No. 69 Irwin R Schyster/Mike Rotundo
Wrestlemanias: I, VIII, IX
I.R.S. has three Wrestlemanias under his belt, his first being at Wrestlemania I, wrestling under his Mike Rotundo gimmick as part of the U.S. Express and losing a tag title match against Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. He would return a few years later as part of Money Inc.to take on the Natural Distasters, losing by countout at Wrestlemania VIII. He would then get what could be the biggest win of his career as Money Inc. beat the team of Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan the following Wrestlemania, winning by DQ.
No. 68 Mr. Kennedy
Wrestlemanias: 23, XXIV
Mr. Kennedy is next with two straight Wrestlemanias and two straight Money in the Bank matches. The first was against Edge, CM Punk, Booker T, the Hardy Boyz, Finlay and Randy Orton in what was one of the most stacked MITB matches ever, and he would go on to win the match. He would be in the following year's MITB match against CM Punk, Mark Henry, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Finlay and Christian with Punk picking up his first MITB win.
No. 67 Jeff Jarrett
Wrestlemanias: XI, XV
TNA co-founder Jeff Jarrett is next with two Wrestlemania title matches. His first was a DQ loss to Razor Ramon for the IC title. He would then successfully defend his tag title with Owen Hart as they defeated Test and D'Lo Brown at Wrestlemania XV.
No. 66 Tatanka
Wrestlemanias: VIII, IX
Tatanka is next with two decent victories at Wrestlemania. His first was a win over Rick Martel at Wrestlemania VIII. He would then fight for the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania IX, beating champion Shawn Michaels via countout.
No. 65 Rick Martel
Wrestlemanias: III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII,
The Model is next with six straight Wrestlemanias. His first appearance was as part of the Can-Am Connection where they defeated Bob Orton and the Magnificent Muraco at Wrestlemania III. He would then lose the tag team titles the following year as Strike Force lost to Demolition. At Wrestlemania V, Strike Force would lose again, this time to the Brainbusters.
Martel would bounce back with a win over Koko B. Ware at Wrestlemania VI, but would lose to Jake "the Snake" Roberts in a blindfold match at Wrestlemania VII. His final Wrestlemania would be a loss to Tatanka at the next year's Wrestlemania.
No. 64 Jeff Hardy
Wrestlemanias: 2000, X-Seven, X8, 23, XXV
Jeff Hardy is next with five separate occasions at Wrestlemania. His first two performances can be attributed to his brother and his meteoric rise with the three-way ladder and TLC tag matches against the Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian. He would then be in the four-way match for the tag titles at Wrestlemania X8 that would be won by Billy and Chuck.
He followed this up with a appearance in the Money in the Bank match that would eventually be won by fellow TNA star Mr. Kennedy. His last match would be against his brother Matt in an Extreme Rules match in which Matt would come out victorious.
No. 63 Road Dogg Jessie James
Wrestlemanias: XIV, XV, 2000
Oh, you didn't know The Road Dogg is 64th on this list? His first WM appearance was the shocking loss the New Age Outlaws suffered at the hands of Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie in a dumpster match. Road Dogg would then defend his Intercontinental title in a four-way match, beating Val Venis, Goldust and Ken Shamrock. This would then lead to Road Dogg and X-Pac losing to Rikishi and Kane in a tag match at Wrestlemania 2000.
No. 62 Paul Orndorff
Wrestlemanias: I, 2
"Mister Wonderful" is next with appearances at the first two Wrestlemanias. He was in the main event at the first Wrestlemania in a tag team with Roddy Piper against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T who would end up winning the match. Then from being in the main event to the opening match of the second Wrestlemania, Orndorff would fight the Magnificent Muraco to a double countout.
No. 61 Kevin Nash
Wrestlemanias: XI, XII
Big Sexy Kevin Nash finishes off this edition with two Wrestlemanias under his Diesel gimmick. His first Wrestlemania was against former boss Shawn Michaels in a world title match that Diesel would eventually win. He would then end up as another victim in the Undertaker's long-standing streak the following year at Wrestlemania XII.