Floyd Mayweather Beats Big Show and More Iconic Outcomes from WrestleMania

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2018

Floyd Mayweather Beats Big Show and More Iconic Outcomes from WrestleMania

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    WrestleMania has consistently provided a number of memorable matches over the years, as WWE showcases its most interesting storylines at the event.

    The marquee event has seen stars from outside of wrestling join the festivities, with the company booking dream bouts and entertaining fights.

    Vince McMahon and WWE capitalized on Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s box office draw 10 years after Mike Tyson helped Stone Cold Steve Austin, McMahon and Shawn Michaels usher in the Attitude Era at WrestleMania XIV in 1998.

    Here, we take a look at some of the pivotal matches that have taken place on the Grandest Stage of Them All, as WrestleMania 34 approaches.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. KOs Big Show at WrestleMania XXIV

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    World boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. appeared at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, Florida, for a clash with Big Show. 

    The encounter was a No Disqualification Match, with Mayweather accepting Big Show's challenge to face him at the Citrus Bowl after the pair collided at No Way Out. The boxer gained the victory after landing multiple chair shots, finishing off the wrestler with brass knuckles.

    Commentator Jim Ross gave one of his most memorable soundbites as he screamed: "Mayweather has taken it to the street!"

    The match once again proved Mayweather was a masterful showman and the match exceeded expectations for many fans.

The Rock Pins John Cena at WrestleMania 28

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    The noise was deafening inside the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, as The Rock returned to the main event of WrestleMania to face WWE's biggest name of the modern era.

    John Cena had fashioned a career as the face everyone loved to hate, and he was perfectly paired with The Brahma Bull in a classic fight at WrestleMania 28.

    The match went back and forth, as both men displayed their full arsenal in the bout.

    The Rock was in vintage form, kicking out after two Attitude Adjustments, but Cena also survived a Rock Bottom and People's Elbow.

    Cena turned the screw towards the end of the match as he displayed his legendary strength, but his opponent shook off the ring rust to deliver a classic ending.

    The Rock foiled Cena's attempt to deliver a People's Elbow at the conclusion of the fight, countering with a Rock Bottom before he pinned his adversary to the mat for the three-count.

    Cena was devastated by the defeat, but the pair met again 12 months later for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29.

    The Cenation Leader would earn revenge and victory, and The Rock accepted defeat with grace and honour.

Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth Reunite After Loss to Ultimate Warrior

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    It is easy for younger fans to miss the nuance of storytelling from vintage years of WWE, but one of the company's greatest moments came at WrestleMania VII when Randy Savage faced The Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match.

    Savage was managed by Sherri Martel as he attempted to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship again.

    Savage and Martel's interference had led to the demise of Warrior's world title reign against Sgt. Slaughter, setting up a revenge match with The Macho Man as both laid their careers on the line.

    The Warrior gave one of the finest performances of his career in the battle, as Savage was pinned in the centre of the ring after a hellacious encounter.

    However, the classic moment was to occur after the pinfall, as Martel attacked her man as she berated him for his defeat.

    Savage's former manager and sweetheart, Miss Elizabeth, was in the crowd for the match, and with Martel raining down kicks and punches on her former beau, she jumped the ringside barrier to fight for his honour.

    Elizabeth threw Martel from the ring, and as Savage slowly recovered his senses, he realised his former love had rushed to his aid.

    Commentator Bobby Heenan shouted "She loves him! This is sickening!" from the announce table, one of the greatest partnerships was reunited, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house as Savage lifted Elizabeth onto his shoulder in a classic pose.

Shawn Michaels Retires Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV

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    With a stipulation he must win to avoid retirement, the world knew WrestleMania XXIV could be the last time Ric Flair would perform inside the squared circle.

    His opponent was Shawn Michaels, who cut a reluctant figure as he had idolised the elder statesman throughout his life and career.

    The plot twist had been initiated by Vince McMahon, and an exit against a fellow legend appeared appropriate on WWE's biggest night of the year.

    Two of wrestling's greatest heels gave show-stopping performances, as both men sold the drama of the match to perfection.

    With The Nature Boy on the brink of exhaustion and defeat, Michaels said: "I'm sorry. I love you," as he delivered Sweet Chin Music.

    The Heartbreak Kid kissed his hero goodbye, as arguably the greatest wrestler of all time bid farewell to the WWE Universe.

Shawn Michaels' Career Ends at the Hands of the Undertaker

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    What was good for Ric Flair was good enough for Shawn Michaels, when he said his goodbyes to the industry against The Undertaker.

    Twelve months earlier, the icons had delivered a classic WrestleMania match, and Michaels demanded another shot at ending The Deadman's winning streak.

    Michaels pulled every trick in the book to force a rematch at WrestleMania XXVI, interfering in the Elimination Chamber match as 'Taker was beaten for his World Heavyweight Championship by Chris Jericho.

    The Undertaker demanded Michaels' retirement if he lost once again, and HBK agreed to those terms.

    Once again, the legends delivered a magnificent display, and The Undertaker went 18-0 when he ended Michaels' career with a Tombstone.

    The Deadman picked up HBK from the mat after the pinfall, and the fighters shook hands and embraced.

Ricky Steamboat Beats Randy Savage in Greatest Intercontinental Title Fight

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    WrestleMania III might have been decades ago, but older fans will never forget one of the greatest fights to grace Vince McMahon's squared circle.

    Randy Savage had developed into one of WWE's hardest-working champions, and he carried the Intercontinental Championship with pride.

    Ricky Steamboat had worked his way through the industry as a popular babyface, and the fued between The Dragon and The Macho Man had fans in rapture.

    Savage had injured Steamboat's throat in the buildup to WrestleMania III, and the Pontiac Silverdome was treated to an amazing fight as the champion took on the challenger.

    The speed of the action was outrageous and took WWE bouts to a new level as Steamboat arm-dragged Savage across the ring.

    George Steele's ongoing obsession with Savage's sweetheart Miss Elizabeth saw The Animal play his part in helping Steamboat capture the title.

    Steele's interference was key as Savage attempted to injure Steamboat's throat with the ring bell, allowing The Dragon to win one of the greatest WrestleMania championship fights in history.