10 Best Wrestlemanias

There is no show in wrestling quite like WrestleMania. The decadence, the passion, the athleticism – For over 30 years, the “Showcase of the Immortals” has been the premiere event in sports entertainment, with some of the biggest matches in wrestling history taking place on the grandest stage of them all.

And now that Wrestlemania 34 is right around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to ponder back to yesteryear and think about our favorites, so here they are – these are the 10 Best Wrestlemanias!

What’s your favorite Wrestlemania? Click the video at the top of the article to see where it lands on our list!

Slide 1/10 – 10. Wrestlemania XXIV
Starting off the list at No. 10 is Wrestlemania XXIV. This card was pretty stacked, it featured CM Punk in a star-making turn by winning the Money in the Bank match,  Undertaker added another notch on the streak by defeating Edge, and the triple threat match between Orton, Cena, and Triple H wasn’t half bad. But everyone will forever remember Wrestlemania 24 for the emotional retirement of Ric Flair, when Shawn Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music put an end to the Nature Boy’s 35 year career.

Slide 2/10 – 9. Wrestlemania XIV
There were some great matches here, The Rock taking on Ken Shamrock, the first match between Undertaker and Kane… but Wrestlemania 14 will forever be known as the official crowning of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The tide of the Monday Night Wars were turning, and Mike Tyson’s involvement as a special enforcer in the main event helped the WWE successfully transition into its most beloved era.

Slide 3/10 – 8. Wrestlemania XXV
9The card at Wrestlemania 25 was fine – Rey Mysterio vs JBL for the Intercontinental title, Triple H vs Randy Orton had a good storyline, but the main reason it cracks the top 10 is because of one match: Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker. While their sequel match at Wrestlemania 26 was arguably just as good, it was definitely not better. This match was about as perfect as a wrestling match can get.

Slide 4/10 – 7. Wrestlemania X8
It all went down in Toronto, Canada and featured the “Icon vs. Icon” match, Hulk Hogan’s long awaited return to Wrestlemania. Even though he was booked as the villain against The Rock, the fans weren’t having it, and the thunderous applause for Hogan coming home was electric.

Slide 5/10 – 6. Wrestlemania XXX
The WWE fan base had been feverishly awaiting Daniel Bryan to get his moment for years, and this entire show practically belonged to him. From his opening match with Triple H to the Triple Threat Main Event with Orton and Batista, the odds were stacked against the underdog, but nothing on this night could stop the Yes! Movement.

Slide 6/10 – 5. Wrestlemania XXI

In the fifth spot is Wrestlemania 21(XXI). So many great things happened on this show. Cena won his first WWE World title from JBL, Edge won the first ever Money-in-the-Bank match, and Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle, two of the greatest performers of all time, clashed in their only match which, for good reason, was an instant classic.

Slide 7/10 – 4. Wrestlemania XIX
This was another year that just had so many great matches to offer: Hulk Hogan squared away against Vince McMahon, Brock won his first WWE title against Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels had another classic with Chris Jericho, and it was the conclusion of a trilogy of matches between Stone Cold and The Rock, the match that would ultimately see the Rattlesnake ride off into the sunset.

Slide 8/10 – 3. Wrestlemania III

With 93,000 packed into the Pontiac Silverdome, fans were treated to one of the greatest all-time matches ever between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and then they witnessed one of the all time greatest moments when the immortal Hulk Hogan body slammed Andre the GIant.

Slide 9/10 – 2. Wrestlemania X

All too often, this Wrestlemania seems to go overlooked as it happened in a down period for the wrestling business, but make no mistake, this card offered up two of the best matches of all time: First, the opening match that pitted Bret “The Hitman” Hart against his baby brother, Owen. THEN we got the first ever ladder match in an epic confrontation between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon. Every exciting ladder match that would ever follow has to pay tribute to the high bar set between these two.

Slide 10/10 – 1. Wrestlemania X-Seven
But the greatest Wrestlemania of ‘em all goes to Wrestlemania X-Seven. Business was booming and the WWE was on top of the world. There was hardly a bad match on the card, and the main event saw the unthinkable happen– Stone Cold sided with his arch nemesis Mr. McMahon to win the WWE title. But that wasn’t even the highlight of the evening– This show featured TLC2, the second and best showdown between the Hardy Boys, the Dudleyz, and Edge & Christian, and it was one of the most exciting matches that fans would ever witness.

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