In honor of this Sunday’s WrestleMania 28 I am listing the Top WrestleMania matches of All-Time. Keep in mind, there may be some matches I leave out or completely ignore. This list is just based on the matches I have seen and I have not witnessed every single WrestleMania beginning to end.
So take a look at the matches I feel should be considered the cream of the crop
#10. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre “The Giant” – WrestleMania III
Wrestling fans flocked from all over the world to break the indoor attendance record at the Pontiac Silverdome, as 93,000-plus were on hand to see if the unstoppable force, Hulk Hogan would be able to beat the immovable object, Andre “The Giant”. Both were already icons in the pro-wrestling world and no one image personifies WrestleMania other than the image of Hogan body-slamming Andre.
Hogan would go on to defeat Andre in this classic matchup.
#9. Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock – WrestleMania 18
Hogan makes another appearance in our Top 10 with this classic match against The Rock. Hogan was making his return to WrestleMania after spending several years in rival promotion WCW and many fans never thought they would see the two icons square off.
The match was back and forth and featured one of the most electric crowds engaged in a Mania matchup. After two rock bottoms and a People’s Elbow, The Rock would claim his victory over Hogan.
#8. Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior – WrestleMania 7
In a Career Match the “Macho Man” Randy Savage took on the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior makes his first appearance in our Top 10 and had the benefit of working with one of the best to ever grace the ring, Savage.
The match would be intense, methodical and prove that both men had the chemistry to put on a classic match and they delivered. After surviving four flying elbows from the top rope, Warrior would respond with a Gorilla Press and slam to seal the victory and temporarily put an end to Savage’s in-ring career.
#7. Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior – WrestleMania 6
The clash of two-icons came to a head in one of the most memorable Mania matchups of all-time. Ultimate Warrior came in as the Intercontinental Champion while Hulk Hogan came into Mania as the World Heavyweight Champion pitting a champion vs. champion matchup.
After two splashes Warrior pulled the upset over Hogan and added the World Heavyweight Championship to his collection. In a show of class, Hogan then handed the belt over to Warrior and they embraced.
#6. Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania 21
In his first appearance on our list, Shawn Michaels proves why he is truly “Mr.WrestleMania” by putting on a classic with Kurt Angle. The match was full of classic wrestling moves, counters and also featured some great story-telling. A very “old school” feel to this match.
Both were at the top of their games and this match lived up to all the hype. Angle would win after making HBK submit to the ankle lock
#5. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart – Wrestlemania 13
This match has been considered the “launching point” of the “Attitude Era”. If anything, it solidified Steve Austin as superstar.
Bret Hart and Steve Austin put on a classic match, refereed by Ken Shamrock and dubbed an “I Quit” match.
Austin would take the World Heavyweight title from Hart after a grueling battle.
#4. Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair – WrestleMania 8
“Macho Man” and “The Nature Boy” built an incredible storyline building up to this match and the match itself would deliver one of the best Mania matches of all time.
Savage and Flair were some of the best workers in the business and the match put them both on display in great fashion. I personally remember seeing this match live and thinking “this is one of the greatest matches ever” and I wasn’t off base.
Savage would go on to capture the Championship from Flair in dramatic fashion.
#3. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Micheals – WrestleMania 12
The Iron Man Match. 60 minutes. HBK. The Hitman. This match is impossible to keep out of the Top 3 and deserves to go down as not only one of the best matches in Mania history but one of the best matches of all time. Even Michaels’ entrance is considered one of the best, that’s how good this match was.
Quite frankly, one can easily suggest that Hart/Michaels was the best rivalry in pro-wrestling of all-time.
In the end of this classic, Michaels would beat Hart to capture his first World Championship.
#2. Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat – Wrestlemania 3
We have seen a lot of Randy Savage in our Top 10 haven’t we? Goes to show you he deserves his place in the Hall of Fame and is one of the best to have ever stepped foot into a ring.
Back at WrestleMania 3 Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat put on a match that would become the “measuring stick” for all WrestleMania matches. If not for the epic encounter between Hogan and Andre, this match would be the symbol of Mania.
#1. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker – WrestleMania 25
This match, in my personal opinion, is not only the greatest WrestleMania match of all-time, but also should go down as the greatest match of all-time.
What the Undertake and Michaels accomplished was epic. They brought an old-school feel to their match, put on a classic and stole the show at Mania. They would go on to have another epic encounter at WrestleMania 26, but their battle at Mania 25 would stand out as the best of any and all matches.
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch Jailed for Parole Violations
WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch, known as “Sunny” during her career in professional wrestling, is again in trouble with the law.
According to The Express-Times, Tamara Lynn Sytch, 46, was being held on Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for violating parole terms related to guilty pleas from three drunken driving cases stemming 2016.
According to the report, Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
Additionally, court records show that a Carbon County judge on Feb. 15 issued a bench warrant for Sytch’s arrest, at the request of the Carbon County Adult Probation/Parole Department. Sytch allegedly missed a scheduled drug test for February 11th, failed to report as directed to her parole officer, and failed to maintain a stable residence or report her whereabouts, according to the department.
Sytch was being held as of Tuesday in the Carbon County prison for alleged parole violations related to guilty pleas in 2016 in three drunken driving cases, court records show.
WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police
WWE superstar and one half of tag team ‘The Usos’, Jimmy Uso, was recently in Detroit, Michigan for disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to TMZ.
Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.
According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.
Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.
Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.
Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon continues to sell off shares of WWE as he prepares for the re-launch of his football league, the XFL, in 2020.
According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.
McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.
As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.
With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.
XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.
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