WWE's Grandest Stage of All: Ranking Every Male Wrestler at WrestleMania, Finale

Ryan SzAnalyst IISeptember 2, 2011

WWE's Grandest Stage of All: Ranking Every Male Wrestler at WrestleMania, Finale

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    Well, it is finally here. After almost two weeks of rankings, the top 20 of the best performers at Wrestlemania are finally here.

    It was a lot of work and effort to get this list done, and I can say that it was all worth it from reading the comments and seeing how many of you read my lists the whole way.

    And to that I say thanks and enjoy the final installment of "The Grandest Stage of All."

Point System

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    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: two points. This is the participation award since it is a difficult for a wrestler to make it to WrestleMania—so by having a regular non-title match, but not winning it, they get two points.

    Win in WM: five points. This is simple enough: You win your non-title match, you get five points.

    Fight in MITB: five points. Since there could be multiple wrestlers in the MITB match, a wrestler gets five points for participation.

    Win in MITB: 15 points. 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: five points (title level one).

    Win in European/tag/cruiserweight/hardcore title match:10 points.

    Fight in IC/US/ECW title match: 10 points (title level 2).

    Win in IC/US/ECW title match: 15 points.

    Fight in World title match: 15 points.

    Win in World title match: 20 points.

    Fight in main event: 20 points. 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: 25 points. 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.

Tie Breakers

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    If more than one wrestler has the same amount of points, I have ranked them according to the following tie breakers:

    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. 20 Kane

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    Record: 6-7

    Points: 73

    Wrestlemanias in: XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII

    Grade: B-

    The Big Red Machine starts off the final edition of this list with 73 points.

    His first Wrestlemania was a loss to his brother the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XIV.

    He would then beat Triple H the following year.

    His next match he would team with Rikishi to beat DX in a tag match.

    He would then beat the Big Show and Raven in a triple threat match for the Hardcore title.

    At Wrestlemania X8, he would lose to Kurt Angle in a singles match.

    Then he would lose to the Undertaker again at Wrestlemania XX.

    He would then take part in the first Money in the Bank match that would be won by Edge.

    Kane would team with the Big Show to beat Chris Masters and Carlito to defend the tag titles the next year.

    At Wrestlemania 23, Kane would lose to the Great Khali.

    He would then beat Chavo Guerrero for the ECW title in the shortest Wrestlemania match in history.

    His next two performances would again be as part of the Money in the Bank match.

    His most recent performance would see him team with the Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Santino as they would beat the Corre.

    I can see Kane jumping up at least a couple more spots, as he has one or two Wrestlemanias left in him.

No. 19 Ted DiBiase

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    Record: 4-4

    Points: 74

    Wrestlemanias in: IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX

    Grade: B-

    The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase is next at No. 19 with a 4-4 record.

    At his first Wrestlemania, he would have three matches in one night as part of the world title tournament. He would defeat Jim Duggan and Don Muraco to make it to the finals in the main event where he would lose the WWE championship to Randy Savage.

    The following year, he would fight Brutus Beefcake to a double countout.

    At Wrestlemania VI, he would defend his Million Dollar title against Jake Roberts, winning by countout.

    He would then lose the following year to his former stooge, Virgil, by countout.

    At Wrestlemania VII, DiBiase as part of Money Inc. would lose in a tag title match to the Natural Disasters by countout.

    The following year Money Inc. would beat the team of Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake in a tag title match, winning by DQ.

No. 18 Batista

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    Record: 3-2

    Points: 85

    Wrestlemanias in: XX, 21, 23, XXIV, XXVI

    Grade:

    Batista is next on the list with 85 points from all of his Wrestlemania appearances.

    His first was as part of Evolution as they beat the Rock N' Sock Connection in a handicap match.

    He would then beat Triple H for the Heavyweight title in the main event of Wrestlemania 21.

    He would then lose the Heavyweight title to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23.

    At Wrestlemania XXIV he would beat Umaga in an interpromotional match.

    His final fight was a loss against John Cena with the WWE title on the line.

    Unless Batista returns to the WWE, expect him to stay at this spot, if not move down the list as he is passed by by some of the younger stars.

No. 17 Ultimate Warrior

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    Record: 4-1

    Points: 85

    Wrestlemanias in: IV, V, VI, VII, XII

    Grade: A-

    The Ultimate Warrior is next with 85 points.

    His first Wrestlemania saw him beating Hercules.

    He would then lose to Rick Rude the next year in an Intercontinental title match.

    The following year, he would beat Hulk Hogan in the main event of Wrestlemania VI with both the Intercontinental and World title on the line.

    At Wrestlemania VII he would beat Randy Savage in a retirement match.

    His last Wrestlemania appearance would see the Warrior beat Triple H in a rare squash match that lasted less than two minutes.

No. 16 Randy Orton

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    Record: 4-4

    Points: 92

    Wrestlemanias in: XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XV, XVI, XVII

    Grade: A-

    The Viper Randy Orton is next at No. 16.

    His first Wrestlemania was as part of Evolution as they beat the Rock N' Sock Connection in a handicap match.

    He would then lose to the Undertaker the following year.

    At Wrestlemania 22, he would lose to Rey Mysterio in a triple threat match for the Heavyweight title.

    He would then take part in the Money in the Bank match that would be won by Mr. Kennedy.

    In his next appearance he would beat both John Cena and Triple H to defend the WWE title.

    The following year he would lose to Triple H in the main event with the WWE title on the line.

    He would then beat Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in a triple threat match.

    His most recent match would see him beat CM Punk in singles competition.

    Barring any career-ending injury, Randy should easily be able to move into the top 10 within the next couple of years as he is establishing himself as the face of Smackdown.



No. 15 Big Show

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    Record: 3-8

    Points: 98

    Wrestlemanias in: XV, 2000, X-Seven, XIX, XX, 21, 22, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII

    Grade: C

    The Big Show is next with 11 Wrestlemania matches.

    At Wrestlemania XV he lost to Mankind via DQ.

    He would then be the first man eliminated in a fatal-four way world title match in the main event of Wrestlemania 2000.

    Big Show would lose to Kane in a Hardcore title match along with Raven.

    Two years later, he would team with A-Train in a losing effort against the Undertaker.

    At Wrestlemania XX, he would lose to John Cena in a US title match.

    The next year, Big Show would be in a special Sumo match where he would lose to Sumo superstar Akebono.

    Big Show and Kane would then beat Chris Masters and Carlito in a tag title match.

    In another special match, the Big Show would get knocked out by Floyd Mayweather.

    Big Show would then lose alongside Edge to John Cena in a WWE title match.

    The team of Show and the Miz would then beat John Morrison and R-Truth in a tag title match.

    In his most recent match, Big Show along with Kane, Santino, and Kofi Kingston would beat the Corre.



No. 14 Kurt Angle

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    Record: 3-5

    Points: 100

    Wrestlemanias in: 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22

    Grade: B

    The American Hero Kurt Angle is next with an even 100 points.

    In his first Wrestlemania, he faced Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho in a triple threat match with both his Intercontinental and European titles on the line. He would lose the Intercontinental title to Benoit and the European title to Jericho.

    He would fight Benoit the next year and beat him.

    At Wrestlemania X8, he would beat Kane.

    In the main event of Wrestlemania XIX, he would lose to Brock Lesnar in a WWE title match.

    Eddie Guerrero would then beat him in another WWE title match.

    Angle would beat Shawn Michaels the next year in an interpromotional match.

    His final Wrestlemania would see him and Randy Orton losing to Rey Mysterio in a match for the World heavyweight title.

No. 13 Chris Benoit

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    Record: 3-5

    Points: 102

    Wrestlemanias in: 2000, X-Seven, XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23

    Grade: B-

    Chris Benoit is next with 102 points from Wrestlemania performances.

    He would beat Kurt Angle for the Intercontinental title but not win the European title, as Chris Jericho would win it.

    He would lose to Angle the following year.

    Benoit and Rhyno would lose in a tag title match to Team Angle.

    He would then beat Triple H and Shawn Michaels for the Heavyweight title in the main event of Wrestlemania XX.

    He would take part in the first Money in the Bank match, which would be won by Edge.

    JBL would beat Benoit at Wrestlemania 22 in a US title match.

    In his final Wrestlemania, Benoit would beat MVP in a US title match.

No. 12 Chris Jericho

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    Record: 4-6

    Points: 109

    Wrestlemanias in: 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, XXIV, XXV, XXVI

    Grade: B

    Y2J is up next at 12th on the list.

    In his first match, he would not win the Intercontinental but would win the European title from Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.

    The next year, he would beat William Regal in an Intercontinental title match.

    At Wrestlemania X8, he would lose to Triple H in a world title match in the main event.

    He would lose to Shawn Michaels the next year then to Christian the following year.

    His next two performances were as part of the Money in the Bank match.

    He would then beat Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat in a handicap match.

    His final Wrestlemania would see him beat Edge in a Heavyweight title match.

No. 11 Randy Savage

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    Record: 7-4

    Points: 129

    Wrestlemanias in: 2, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X

    Grade: A

    The Macho Man Randy Savage is next with 129 points.

    In his first Wrestlemania, he would beat George Steele in a Intercontinental title match.

    He would then lose to Ricky Steamboat the next year in another Intercontinental title match.

    At Wrestlemania IV Savage would have four matches in one night, beating Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang, and Ted DiBiase in order to become the World champion in the main event.

    Hulk Hogan would beat him in the main event the following year with the world title on the line.

    He would lose to Dusyty Rhodes and Sapphire in a mixed tag match with Sensational Sherri.

    At Wrestlemania VII, Savage would lose to the Ultimate Warrior in a retirement match.

    At Wrestlemania VIII, Savage would beat Ric Flair in a World title match.

    In his final Wrestlemania, Randy Savage would beat Crush in a falls count anywhere match.

No. 10 Edge

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    Record: 6-4

    Points: 135

    Wrestlemanias in: 2000, X-Seven, X8, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII

    Grade: A-

    The Ultimate Opportunist, Edge is next with 135 points from his Wrestlemania matches.

    His first two were as part of a team with Christian, as they beat the Hardys and Dudleys in tag title matches.

    At Wrestlemania X8, he would beat Booker T.

    At Wrestlemania 21, he would win the very first Money in the Bank match.

    The following year, he would beat Mick Foley in a hardcore match.

    He would then participate in the MITB match that was won by Mr. Kennedy.

    He would then lose to the Undertaker in the main event of Wrestlemania XXIV with the Heavyweight title on the line.

    His next match would have the Big Show and him losing to John Cena in a Heavyweight title match.

    He would fight again for the Heavyweight title, this time losing to Chris Jericho.

    Edge's final Wrestlemania match would also be his final match ever as he would beat Alberto Del Rio in a Heavyweight title match and then retire that same week.

No. 9 Yokozuna

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    Record: 3-3

    Points: 147

    Wrestlemanias in: IX, X, XI, XII

    Grade: B+

    Yokozuna is next at No. 9 on the list with an even 3-3 record.

    In his first Wrestlemania, he would be part of a dual main event, first beating Bret Hart to defend the World title, then losing it to Hulk Hogan in a squash match afterwards.

    At Wrestlemania X, he would defend the World title against Lex Luger and win by DQ. He would lose the belt in the main event that night to Bret Hart.

    At Wrestlemania XI he would team with Owen Hart to beat the Smoking Gunns to win the tag titles.

    His last Wrestlemania appearance would see him team with Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson, as they would lose to Camp Cornette.

No. 8 The Rock

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    Record: 4-4

    Points: 147

    Wrestlemanias in: 13, XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX

    Grade: A-

    The Rock is next with a 4-4 record at Wrestlemania giving him 147 points.

    His first Wrestlemania saw him beat The Sultan in a Intercontinental title match.

    He would then beat Ken Shamrock by DQ in an Intercontinental title match.

    He would then lose to Stone Cold Steve Austin in the main event of Wrestlemania XV while the World title was on the line.

    At Wrestlemania 2000 he would lose to Triple H in a fatal-four way match for the world title during the main event.

    The following year, he would again lose in the main event World title match to Stone Cold.

    At Wrestlemania X8 he would beat another icon in Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

    He would then finally beat Stone Cold at Wrestlemania XIX.

    His most recent Wrestlemania saw Mick Foley and him lose to the members of Evolution.

No. 7 Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Record: 5-2

    Points: 149

    Wrestlemanias in: XII, 13, XIV, XV, X-Seven, X8, XIX

    Grade: A

    Stone Cold Steve Austin is up next with 149 points in his Wrestlemania career.

    His first match was as the Ringmaster as he beat Savio Vega.

    His next match would launch him into super face mode as he lost to Bret Hart in a submission match at Wrestlemania 13 due to passing out from the Sharpshooter.

    He would then beat Shawn Michaels in the main event of Wrestlemania XIV to win the World title.

    He would be in the main event the following year defending the world title against The Rock.

    Two years later he would beat The Rock in the main event again with the world title on the line, turning heel in the process.

    At Wrestlemania X8 he would beat Scott Hall.

    His final Wrestlemania match the next year would see him finally lose to longtime rival The Rock.

No. 6 Bret Hart

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    Record: 8-4

    Points: 167

    Wrestlemanias in: III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, 13, XXVI

    Grade: A

    The Excellence of Execution is next at No. 6 as Bret Hart has 167 points.

    In his first four performances he would go 3-1 as part of the Hart Foundation, beating the British Bulldogs, Greg Valentine and Honky Tonk Man, and Bolsheviks, before losing to the Nasty Boys in a tag title match.

    He would then beat Roddy Piper in an Intercontinental title match.

    At Wrestlemania IX, he would lose in the first part of the main event to Yokozuna in a World title match.

    At Wrestlemania X he would wrestle twice, first losing to his brother Owen, then beating Yokozuna for the World title in the main event.

    He'd then beat Bob Backlund in an "I Quit" match the following year.

    At Wrestlemania XII he would lose in the main event World title match to Shawn Michaels.

    He would then beat Stone Cold Steve Austin in a submission match at Wrestlemania 13.

    He would return after a near 13-year hiatus from the WWE to beat real-life rival Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania XXVI.

No. 5 The Undertaker

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    Record: 19-0

    Points: 210

    Wrestlemanias in: VII, VIII, IX, XI, XII, 13, XIV, XV, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XV, XVI, XVII

    Grade: A+

    Now before you all get your pitchforks and torches to chase after me please understand this ranking is based points, not win/loss record. If it was that the Undertaker would be number 1 in a landslide.

    But in order to be non-biased, I have to follow the rules that I set for myself and this list. And rather than go into huge detail about his wins, I will just post the streak as so, I will do the same type of listing for the remaining rankings.

    VII - Jimmy Snuka

    VIII - Jake Roberts

    IX - Giant Gonzalez

    XI - King Kong Bundy

    XII - Diesel

    13 - Sycho Sid for the WWE title in the main event

    XIV - Kane

    XV - Big Boss Man

    X-Seven - Triple H

    X8 - Ric Flair

    XIX - Big Show & A-Train

    XX - Kane

    21 - Randy Orton

    22 - Mark Henry

    23 - Batista for Heavyweight title

    XXIV - Edge for Heavyweight title in the main event

    XV - Shawn Michaels

    XVI - Shawn Michaels in main event

    XVII - Triple H

No. 4 John Cena

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    Record: 6-2

    Points: 215

    Wrestlemanias in: XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XV, XVI, XVII

    Grade: A-

    John Cena is next with 235 points and growing. His entire Wrestlemania career has been of Hulkamania-like proportions and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

    Expect him to be topping this list in the coming years barring any career ending injury or backstage heat from Cena openly assaulting a "Little Jimmy" on live TV.

    XX - Cena beats Big Show in US title match

    21 - Cena beats JBL in WWE title match

    22 - Cena beats Triple H in main event WWE title match

    23 - Cena beats HBK in main event WWE title match

    XXIV - Randy Orton beats Cena and Triple H in WWE title match

    XV - Cena beats Edge and Big Show in Heavyweight title match

    XXVI - Cena beats Batista in WWE title match

    XXVII - The Miz beats Cena in main event WWE title match

No. 3 Shawn Michaels

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    Record: 6-11

    Points: 238

    Wrestlemanias in: V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIV, XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI

    Grade: B+

    "Mr. Wrestlemania" Shawn Michaels is next with 220 points and 17 Wrestlemania performances. Without further ado, here is a breakdown of HBK's Wrestlemania career.

    V - the Rockers lose to the Twin Towers

    VI - the Rockers lose to the Orient Express

    VII - the Rockers beat the Barbarian and Haku

    VIII - HBK beat El Matador

    IX - Tatanka beat HBK by DQ in an Intercontinental title match

    X - Razor Ramon beat HBK in a Intercontinental title match

    XI - Diesel beat HBK in a World title match

    XII - HBK beat Bret Hart in a main event World title match

    XIV - Stone Cold Steve Austin beat HBK in a main event World title match

    XIX - HBK beat Chris Jericho

    XX - Benoit beat HBK and Triple H in main event Heavyweight title match

    21 - Kurt Angle beat HBK

    22 - HBK beat Vince McMahon

    23 - John Cena beat HBK in main event WWE title match

    XXIV - HBK beat Ric Flair

    XXV - Undertaker beat HBK

    XXVI - Undertaker beat HBK in main event

No. 2 Triple H

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    Record: 7-8

    Points: 303

    Wrestlemanias in: XII, 13, XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII

    Grade: A-

    The new WWE COO is next with 301 points and 15 Wrestlemania performances. Since he has apparently taken on a lighter in ring role, he will remain in the top 3 for the foreseeable future.

    XII - Ultimate Warrior beats Triple H

    13 - Triple H beats Goldust

    XIV - Triple H beats Owen Hart in European title match

    XV - Kane beats Triple H by DQ

    2000 - Triple H beats the Rock, Mick Foley, and Big Show in main event World title match

    X-Seven - Undertaker beats Triple H

    X8 - Triple H beats Chris Jericho in main event World title match

    XIX - Triple H beats Booker T in Heavyweight title match

    XX - Benoit beats Triple H and HBK in main event Heavyweight title match

    21 - Batista beats Triple H in main event Heavyweight title match

    22 - Cena beats Triple H in main event WWE title match

    XXIV - Randy Orton beats Cena and Triple H in WWE title match

    XXV - Triple H beats Randy Orton in main event WWE title match

    XXVI - Triple H beats Sheamus

    XXVII - Undertaker beats Triple H

No. 1 Hulk Hogan

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    Record: 10-3

    Points: 334

    Wrestlemanias in: I, 2, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X8, XIX

    Grade: A

    It should be pretty obvious that Hulk Hogan would be No. 1 on this list as Wrestlemania started around the same time Hogan started picking up momentum and then began to boom the same time that Hulkamania was running wild all over America.

    Though Hogan's spot may not be secure if Cena remains the face of the WWE, he will most certainly always be in the top 3.


    I - Hogan and Mr. T beat Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in main event

    2 - Hogan beats King Kong Bundy in main event World title match

    III - Hogan beats Andre the Giant in main event World title match

    IV - Hogan and Andre fight to double DQ

    V - Hogan beats Randy Savage in main event World title match

    VI - Ultimate Warrior beat Hogan in main event Intercontinental and World title match

    VII - Hogan beat Sgt. Slaughter in main event World title match

    VIII - Hogan beat Sid Justice in main event by DQ

    IX - Money Inc. beat the Mega-Maniacs by DQ in tag title match

    IX - Hogan beat Yokozuna in main event World title match

    X8 - The Rock beat Hogan

    XIX - Hogan beats Vince McMahon