WWE WrestleMania 2015: Power Ranking Every Card in PPV's History
For WWE WrestleMania 2015 to surpass WrestleMania XIX and WrestleMania X-Seven, it will require a herculean effort.
Those events were WWE at its best, brimming with drama, drenched in spectacle. Massive stars delivered on pro wrestling's biggest stage.
When Triple H battles Sting and when Roman Reigns looks to take down Brock Lesnar, those men will be looking to be remembered as fondly as the WrestleMania bouts between Steve Austin and The Rock. They will strive to give as stunning a performance as John Cena and Shawn Michaels did in 2007 or Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat pulled off in 1987.
The Show of Shows hasn't always reached that level of excellence, though.
As grand and hyped as it has been, there have been plenty of WrestleManias that simply fell face first. Uninteresting matches, a card that dragged and a lack of spark are the primary culprits.
Where will WrestleMania 31 rank? Will it be able to rise as high in the all-time standings as last year's edition did?
The following ranks every WrestleMania from worst to best based on how thrilling and memorable the main event was, how many classic bouts it boasts and the entertainment value of the undercard. Huge moments help push a show up the list as well.
30. WrestleMania IX
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
WrestleMania IX will always be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Hulk Hogan swiping the WWE title in an impromptu match felt cheap. Undertaker and Giant Gonzalez had one of the worst matches in the event's history.
When the fact that the announcers wore togas was one of the biggest highlights, you know it was a letdown of a show.
Shawn Michaels and Tatanka opened the show with a good match. It ended up being the night's peak.
Shenanigans from Doink the Clown and lackluster undercard offerings filled up the rest of the card. WrestleMania IX offered clunkers instead of classics.
29. WrestleMania II
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy (Steel Cage)
The stink of WrestleMania II traveled to three arenas in 1986.
It remains the only WrestleMania to be split into three parts and broadcast from three different cities. Unfortunately, that's the most notable thing about the event.
Like WrestleMania IX, it featured some of the worst action in the pay-per-view's history.
Low-tier stars such as Uncle Elmer, George Wells and Corporal Kirchner added little to the show. Mr. T and Roddy Piper's boxing match was hard to watch. A disappointing main event couldn't save the night.
It only moves past WrestleMania IX thanks to an exciting matchup between The British Bulldogs and The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake). It's a better bout than Tatanka vs. Shawn Michaels but not special enough to warrant the second WrestleMania any higher of a ranking.
28. WrestleMania XI
Classic Matches: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels
Main Event: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Arguably the worst main event in WrestleMania history drags down a show that had some solid action and one hell of a WWE title bout.
LT had no business headlining the biggest event of the year. Using him somewhere else would have been smart, but to have a non-wrestler main event with his first and only wrestling match cheapened the show.
While Diesel and Michaels' battle was good enough to make this better than WrestleMania II and IX, there were too many misses on the rest of the card to justify a higher spot. Undertaker was still in his stretch of rancid WrestleMania bouts, this time facing King Kong Bundy. An impressive opener featuring Lex Luger and The British Bulldog against The Blu Brothers didn't help either.
27. WrestleMania I
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T
It took WWE years to get WrestleMania right.
The grandness was there from the get-go, as were the hype and celebrities. The matches weren't stellar in the show's first effort, though.
Most of the matches were short and inconsequential. Special Delivery Jones vs. King Kong Bundy and Junkyard Dog's count-out victory over Greg Valentine are in the same category as Undertaker's early WrestleMania flops.
The main event, while no wrestling masterpiece, was fun and had plenty of star power. That's enough to get it out of the very bottom of the list of WrestleManias.
26. WrestleMania V
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan (WWE Championship)
A good main event that followed a well-built friends-turned-foes story is the peak of a mediocre WrestleMania.
Savage vs. Hogan entertained and had a good amount of drama. No one will ever confuse it with Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker, though. It was no classic but plenty better than Lawrence Taylor beating Bam Bam Bigelow or Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy.
It's the undercard that truly drags this event down. WWE overloaded the card with matches (14 in total), leading to many of them being short, hurried, unimportant bouts. When reflecting on WrestleMania's best, no one is wistful about Ronnie Garvin vs. Dino Bravo or Bobby Heenan vs. The Red Rooster.
Those matches are better left forgotten.
25. WrestleMania XV
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Steve Austin vs. The Rock
WrestleMania XV strung together disappointment after disappointment leading up to a very good collision between the company's two biggest stars of the night.
There is nothing on the undercard worth rewatching, but there were fewer dumpster-fire matches than in previous editions of the event. Matches mostly hovered around the "not terrible" range.
At the night's lowest point, Undertaker and Big Boss Man put on the worst Hell in a Cell match ever. At it's peak, Austin and The Rock delivered a better main event than the WrestleManias that rank below this one. It wasn't their best collision, however.
Those two would outdo each other in later years, as would several other more thrilling main events.
24. WrestleMania 13
Classic Matches: Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (Submission Match)
Main Event: Sycho Sid vs. Undertaker
WrestleMania 13 suffered from its share of forgettable matches. Like WrestleMania XV and V, its undercard is unimpressive. A masterwork from Austin and Hart separates this show from those, though.
Hart's victory over Austin remains one of the best-told stories in the pay-per-view's history.
The match launched Hart into heeldom and Austin into megastar status. It was a compelling battle, one that effectively pulled off the little-seen double switch.
A poor main event couldn't build on what Austin and Hart did. The rest of the night was a letdown as well. The Rock was far from hitting his stride when he took on The Sultan as Rocky Maivia. The opening tag bout was a mess.
Still, the worst offerings from WrestleMania 13 weren't nearly as bad as the stinkers on the events ranked below this one. Above it on the list are more consistent shows and ones that ended with more celebrated matchups.
23. WrestleMania VIII
Classic Matches: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Main Event: Sid Justice vs. Hulk Hogan
Greatness balanced out failure, resulting in a so-so WrestleMania.
A fiery, exciting fight between Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper for the Intercontinental Championship combined with a thriller between Savage and Flair were the night's biggest highlights.
Beyond that, though, there was a lot of filler. Owen Hart vs. Skinner or Jake Roberts vs. Undertaker will not make fans' lists of WrestleMania's best offerings.
Still, with two excellent matches on the card, this should rank higher. It's the horrid main event that keeps WrestleMania VIII from climbing the list.
It plodded along to an anticlimactic disqualification finish. The fun of an appearance from Ultimate Warrior redeems it some but not enough to make the event as a whole better than WrestleMania XIV or IV.
22. WrestleMania XIV
Classic Matches: Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
Main Event: Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
A collection of good-not-great matches puts WrestleMania XIV toward the middle of the pack.
It's a hugely significant version of the event as it launched Austin to the top of the company, and Mike Tyson's appearance helped kick-start The Attitude Era. The main event, though, is largely considered a classic for those reasons more than the actual in-ring action.
Michaels' back was a wreck at this point, and while he gutted out a memorable performance that night, he would outdo himself in other WrestleMania bouts against Razor Ramon, Undertaker and John Cena.
Duds such as the tag team Battle Royal and The Rock's win over Ken Shamrock keep this from competing with the top-tier versions of the show.
21. WrestleMania IV
Classic Matches: None
Main Event: Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase
WrestleMania IV is hard to judge when put up against other editions of the pay-per-view. It wasn't just a collection of individual matches but an event that featured a narrative that ran throughout the show.
The WWE title awaited the winner of a tournament.
That led to a number of forgettable matches, but they were just part of a larger drama. Savage and DiBiase made their way through three rounds of action to face off for the title.
The night offered no classic but had its share of big moments. Bret Hart destroyed Bad News Brown's trophy after the opening Battle Royal, Demolition won the tag titles, and Hulk Hogan used a steel chair to help his friend capture gold.
20. WrestleMania XXVII
Classic Matches: Undertaker vs. Triple H (No Holds Barred)
Main Event: The Miz vs. John Cena
There's plenty to dislike about the main event. The Miz didn't belong in this spot; he never felt like the star WWE tried to sell fans that he was. The Rock overshadowed the lackluster title bout.
The strength of this show, however, is in its undercard.
CM Punk and Randy Orton put on an excellent match. Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge was even better. The show's crown jewel came later in the night when Undertaker and Triple H pulled off a masterpiece.
Triple H's assault on Undertaker and The Deadman's show of guts push this WrestleMania past more historically significant shows such as WrestleMania I and XIV.
A poor main event and junk such as Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler keep it from surpassing more events, however.
19. WrestleMania 29
Classic Matches: Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Main Event: John Cena vs. The Rock
Had Cena and The Rock delivered something more magical, this would be considered one of the better WrestleManias ever.
The Shield debuted at the event with a solid six-man tag. Triple H and Brock Lesnar crashed in a violent affair. Even Fandango's first match was a winner.
CM Punk and Undertaker then took the stage and forced their way into WrestleMania history. Few bouts at the pay-per-view have been as captivating as Punk's attempt to end Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. By this time, that streak had become a grand spectacle, a semi-main event each year.
Cena and The Rock then proceeded to fumble around in a match that didn't live up to the hype. Had Cena accomplished what he did at WrestleMania 23 or had The Rock been what he was at WrestleMania X8, this event would soar up the rankings.
18. WrestleMania VII
Classic Matches: Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior (Retirement Match)
Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Few WrestleManias have been as hot and cold as the one that the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted in 1991.
Its worst elements mostly stem from an overstuffed card. There was no need to have 14 matches, especially considering that bouts like The Mountie vs. Tito Santana or the Blindfold match between Jake Roberts and Rick Martel offered nothing but disappointment.
On the flip side, a number of tag team matches entertained, including The Nasty Boys' underhanded win against The Hart Foundation.
The night's peak came courtesy of Savage and Warrior. This was Warrior at his best, forcing The Macho Man into retirement after surviving every bit of Savage's best offense.
A tearful Elizabeth reuniting with Savage afterward elevated the match and the event as a whole.
It's only fitting then that the main event would be equal parts trash and treasure. The in-ring action itself was fine at best, but the story of the American hero triumphing against the turncoat was well told, leaving it hard not to have a lump in one's throat afterward.
17. WrestleMania VI
Classic Matches: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior
Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania VI's smaller touches alone make it better than the worst the pay-per-view has had to offer over the years.
Jake Roberts' classic promo before his bout against Ted DiBiase, the solid action featuring The Rockers and The Orient Express as well as Andre the Giant breaking away from Bobby Heenan added to the show. Unfortunately, the in-ring action didn't result in many home runs.
There is little on the card, even with stars such as Roddy Piper, Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect, that stands out other than the main event.
WWE built this show around the collision between the rocketing star that was Warrior and the franchise cornerstone that was Hogan. It is no wrestling clinic, but it's among the biggest, most memorable matches in WrestleMania history.
Some help from the undercard would have had this event rank higher.
16. WrestleMania XII
Classic Matches: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (Iron Man Match)
Main Event: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
Another WrestleMania centered around a single match. Michaels vs. Hart was a more mesmerizing work of art than Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior. The hour-plus classic remains one of WrestleMania's highlights.
Other minor elements added to the show as well. Roddy Piper and Goldust's parking-lot brawl was an intriguing chance of pace. Warrior's return was a big moment, even if it resulted in a nothing match against Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
The undercard overall keeps this from moving into the top 15 or higher. Other WrestleManias had clashes superior to so-so bouts such as Savio Vega vs. Steve Austin.
15. WrestleMania 2000
Classic Matches: Triangle Ladder Match
Main Event: The Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. Big Show vs. Triple H
The heart of WrestleMania 2000 is the chaos and carnage that unfolded in the Triangle Ladder match.
The Hardy Boyz, The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian emulated daredevils as they launched themselves off ladders and through tables. WrestleMania history is certainly not flush with fun and attention-grabbing special matches such as this one.
Had more of those wrestlers' peers shone as brightly that night, this would be far higher on the list.
The catfight between Terri Runnels and The Kat and T&A vs. Steve Blackman and Al Snow stunk. On the other hand, Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit was good. So was the main event. Neither bout can compete with WrestleMana's best, though.
The Fatal 4-Way was overbooked, featuring too much of the McMahon family drama. Even so, it was plenty better than duds such as Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow. It does, though, leave WrestleMania 2000 out of contention for the 10 best versions of the event.
14. WrestleMania X8
Classic Matches: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan
Main Event: Chris Jericho vs. Triple H
There is little to nitpick about WrestleMania X8.
Sure the Hardcore Championship shenanigans may be tiresome to some fans, and matches such as Christian vs. Diamond Dallas Page were no more than okay, but the undercard was far stronger than many WrestleManias.
Ric Flair battled Undertaker in an engrossing Street Fight that reminded us just how great The Nature Boy was after so many ho-hum years in WCW. The Rock's win over Hogan was a match for the ages. It's rare that stars of that caliber meet on the same stage as they did.
And while Jericho vs. Triple H struggled to follow Hogan vs. The Rock (who wouldn't?), it was a strong main event. That's especially true when you compare it to Sid Justice vs. Hogan or Once in a Lifetime II.
A lack of truer classics keeps WrestleMania X8 from placing any higher. The events ranked above it featured at least two classic matches.
13. WrestleMania 25
Classic Matches: Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker
Main Event: Triple H vs. Randy Orton
Minus the Divas Battle Royal, there were no misses on this card.
Everything from Chris Jericho taking on three legends to John Cena overcoming Edge and Big Show was quality. In addition to a lack of duds, WrestleMania 25 also boasts a great Money in the Bank Ladder match and arguably the best bout in the event's history—Michaels vs. Undertaker I.
Michaels and The Deadman had fans locked in from bell to bell, as the two megastars crafted a dramatic work of art. That clash alone would get this event consideration as one of the greatest.
A really good showing from Matt Hardy against his brother Jeff and a solid main event only added to the fun. It's Triple H vs. Orton, though, that keeps this night from being more celebrated.
Other WrestleManias have nailed the main event better than this one. Orton vs. Triple H lacked the spark that the all-time best contests had, including Michaels' second try to end the streak.
12. WrestleMania XXVI
Classic Matches: Edge vs. Chris Jericho, Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Streak vs. Career)
Main Event: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Undertaker and Michaels once again delivered a masterpiece. This time, with The Heartbreak Kid's career on the line, the two future Hall of Famers closed the show. That clash ranks as one of the best main events in WrestleMania history.
Some really excellent matches supplemented it on the undercard.
Triple H and Sheamus put on an engaging brawl. Jack Swagger won a very good Money in the Bank Ladder match. John Cena and Batista's fight for the WWE title was memorable as well.
Even with the addition of the underrated classic that Jericho and Edge crafted, the show still can't crack the top 10. Where WrestleMania XXVI offered greatness, other shows offered all-time greatness.
11. WrestleMania XXIV
Classic Matches: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (Retirement Match), Undertaker vs. Edge
Main Event: Undertaker vs. Edge
Michaels vs. Flair brimmed with emotion. The Nature Boy's WWE career ended with one of his best performances and Mr. WrestleMania stepping up to give him an unforgettable sendoff.
That classic has to be in the discussion for WrestleMania's biggest show-stealers.
Add a strong undercard, and it's clear why WrestleMania XXIV pushes past so many other events on this list. Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show was better than anyone could have expected, following a flood of hype with a solid match. There were few clunkers elsewhere on the card.
Instead, CM Punk won a fun Money in the Bank Ladder match, and Randy Orton took on both John Cena and Triple H in an exciting title bout.
It's not deficiencies that keep this event out of the top 10 but a more concentrated collection of excellence. A pair of recent WrestleManias outdid this one.
10. WrestleMania 28
Classic Matches: Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk, Undertaker vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell)
Main Event: John Cena vs. The Rock
Had WrestleMania 28 started out stronger, it could be in the top five. Once it picked up speed, it never let up off the gas.
Daniel Bryan's 18-second loss was a letdown. The next three matches, including Kane vs. Randy Orton, were simply OK. Although, Big Show finally getting a WrestleMania moment in winning the Intercontinental Championship was a nice touch.
The event then kept hammering home runs out of the park. Punk vs. Jericho delighted in a WWE title bout that some consider superior to the main event. Triple H and Undertaker met inside the Hell in a Cell with drama buzzing through the screen.
That classic propelled this event, and the main event followed up nicely.
Cena vs. The Rock wasn't the wrestling showcase that Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart was, but it certainly had the feel of a WrestleMania marquee match. Star power overflowed in a dream match come to life.
The competition gets stiff at this point, though. Classics are plentiful higher on the list.
9. WrestleMania XXX
Classic Matches: Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista
Main Event: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista
Bryan twice contributed to the catalog of WrestleMania's best matches. He first outlasted Triple H in a stunning display of in-ring storytelling. Triple H played the merciless predator while Bryan took the role of resilient babyface.
He then found himself in a Triple Threat match that more than fulfilled its duties as the night's main event.
After a great showing in the ring, Bryan stood with the world titles in his grip, confetti stuck to his sweat. That moment helps push this past WrestleMania 28 and XXIV.
The undercard helped too.
There was no great match other than Triple H vs. Bryan, but Bray Wyatt and John Cena thrived in their bout. They told an original in-ring narrative about Cena having to hold back his own darkness. Undertaker's loss was no fun to watch while it was happening, but the absolute shock that it caused makes this most recent WrestleMania one of the most memorable.
8. WrestleMania 22
Classic Matches: Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Edge vs. Mick Foley (Hardcore Match)
Main Event: John Cena vs. Triple H
Rey Mysterio's emotional championship triumph was one of the more stirring scenes WrestleMania has ever produced. He defeated Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a match that had plenty of competition elsewhere on the card.
The second-ever Money in the Bank Ladder match was tremendous, complete with Ric Flair returning from injury mid-match and Shelton Benjamin soaring. Edge and Foley outdid them in a violent, bloody battle that ended with flames roaring on torn flesh.
Those classics earn WrestleMania 22 a high spot here. A good-not-great main event holds it back from sliding into the very top tier.
7. WrestleMania 21
Classic Matches: Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
Main Event: Batista vs. Triple H
Take out the silly sumo display featuring Big Show or the subpar title win for John Cena over John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and WrestleMania 21 inches closer toward the very best versions of the event.
The very first Money in the Bank Ladder match was dynamite, a novel, thrilling concept stealing the show. Both Undertaker's win over Randy Orton and Eddie Guerrero's battle with Rey Mysterio were good.
Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels surpassed those efforts with a near-perfect match. If you wanted to convince someone who knew nothing about the sport how artful and stunning pro wrestling could be, you would be wise to show him or her this masterwork.
Batista overcoming his mentor was a good story preceded by a good match. It's not a great enough main event, though, to move past WrestleMania III, the event's first great offering.
6. WrestleMania III
Classic Matches: Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Main Event: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
WrestleMania truly found its voice in year three. Finally, the in-ring artistry caught up to the spectacle.
Savage vs. Steamboat was wrestling theater at its finest. Revenge, redemption and a championship change powered it. Some fans consider it the best WrestleMania match ever.
Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis was a pleasant surprise, both men working to tell a good story of hostility and sheared hair. Jake Roberts vs. The Honky Tonk Man was a solid addition to the undercard as well.
The main event remains one of the biggest matches in wrestling lore.
The image of Hogan and Andre staring each other down and The Hulkster lifting the giant for a bodyslam are both burned into fans' brains.
Like so many early WWE pay-per-views, though, the company threw in too many matches. That led to too much of the event being worthy of skipping to rank the third WrestleMania any higher. Fare such as Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed only served to drag the show down.
5. WrestleMania X
Classic Matches: Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Ladder Match)
Main Event: Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
On the strength of two of the best matches in the event's history, WrestleMania X ranks higher than more consistent shows.
The event's highs help one forget about its dreadful moments. Dink and Doink teaming up, Earthquake squashing Adam Bomb and a tepid title bout between Lex Luger and Yokozuna keep this from competing with a near-perfect offering like WrestleMania XIX.
It's the night's two classics that earn WrestleMania X its reputation. Bret battled his brother Owen in a tremendous match that showed off both men's technical ability and storytelling skills. Ramon and Michaels somehow outdid them.
There may never be a finer Ladder match than the one these two put together. It didn't just steal the show; it worked its way into WrestleMania lore.
4. WrestleMania 23
Classic Matches: Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Batista vs. Undertaker, John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
Main Event: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
Classics comprised the beginning, middle and end of WrestleMania 23.
The show kicked off with a stellar Money in the Bank Ladder match that was meant to launch Mr. Kennedy's career. Undertaker and Batista thrilled in a world title bout that cemented The Animal's status as a top star.
The night ended with greatness as well. Michaels and Cena tore the house down with a back-and-forth battle. The clash proved yet again that Michaels was indeed Mr. WrestleMania, and it was Cena's best work to date.
How does a show with three classics not crack the top three? The awful Kane vs. Great Khali match doesn't help. Just how incredible the best three WrestleManias were is the biggest issue.
Steve Austin vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X-Seven was a better undercard offering than anything this event produced; Michaels' loss to Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX was the better main event than Michaels vs. Cena.
3. WrestleMania XX
Classic Matches: Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle, Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
Main Event: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
Tragedy prevents WWE from properly celebrating it, but Benoit's title win remains one of WrestleMania's best main events.
And following that tremendous showing in the ring that left Michaels bloodied and made Benoit a champion, a WrestleMania moment like no other unfolded. Guerrero celebrated alongside his friend under a wave of confetti. That year, WrestleMania didn't just feel like the peak of the WWE year but a culmination of a lifelong journey for two greats.
In addition, Evolution vs. The Rock and Mick Foley was good. Christian vs. Chris Jericho was a fun, well-told story.
Only the show's warts keep it from competing for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot on the list. Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg had no electricity as fans turned on the soon-to-be gone stars. The undercard's tag team offerings were equally as underwhelming.
2. WrestleMania X-Seven
Classic Matches: Triple-Threat TLC Tag Team Match, Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, Steve Austin vs. The Rock
Main Event: Steve Austin vs. The Rock
WrestleMania X-Seven is a sports entertainment buffet.
After fans watched a clinic between Benoit and Angle, they witnessed an entertaining Street Fight between Shane McMahon and his father. Just as they had done the year before, three teams stole the show via ladders, tables, chairs and mayhem.
Triple H and Undertaker made sure the highlights were done with for the night.
Austin and The Rock then continued their rivalry with a stunner of a match. Austin shaking hands with Vince McMahon is as shocking a moment as we have seen in WrestleMania history.
A few duds, including a Hardcore Championship match, keep this from being a perfect show. And while the average quality of the undercard cards is impressive, it's just not as high as WrestleMania XIX's.
1. WrestleMania XIX
Classic Matches: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels, The Rock vs. Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
Main Event: Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
WrestleMania XIX overflowed with greatness.
It boasted three true classics, a memorable main event and an undercard flush with star power. While so many WrestleManias are bogged down by filler, this event delivered again and again.
Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon entertained in a Street Fight. Matt Hardy and Rey Mysterio put on a good show to begin the pay-per-view.
Those were merely the appetizers, though. Jericho and Michaels crafted a fantastic story of up-and-comer versus proven vet. The Rock and Austin completed their trilogy in impressive fashion.
Angle and Lesnar then followed all that with a gutsy performance. Angle's neck issues put the match in jeopardy, but he came through with an outing better than anyone could have expected.
There is little room to poke holes at this WrestleMania, especially when there is so much on the show to leave one in awe. WrestleMania 31 and the events to follow will be hard-pressed to ever move this out of the top spot.