We’re down to the top 10 of our Top 30 WrestleMania matches of all-time list.
(All links to matches go to the WWE Network.)
10. TLC II – WrestleMania X-Seven
Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****3/4 | GG ****1/2
This is the highest ranked match of all the ladder matches. There was just something a little more special about this one. Part of that reason is because this match was on the greatest WrestleMania card in history, which was nearing the end of their popularity explosion.
Also, the setting helped. When you saw these guys on top of ladders surrounded by near 70,000 fans watching with baited breath, it just added to the excitement. All three teams were brilliant, and though Edge and Christian won, Jeff and Matt Hardy, and Bubba Ray and Devon were all spectacular in their own right. Tables, ladders, and chairs, oh my!
9. The Undertaker Vs Triple H – WrestleMania 28
Star ratings: Duan ****3/4 | Alan ***** | Big D **** | GG ****1/2
In four WrestleManias from 2009-2012, the Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels twice and Triple H twice. All of those matches were highlights from their perspective WrestleManias. His 2012 match at WrestleMania 28 pulled out all the tricks in order to create that one last classic match.
If you thought Triple H was obsessed with beating the Undertaker at WrestleMania 27, he’s doubly obsessed here. This match is held inside the Hell In A Cell cage. But that was more spectacle than anything else as the cage didn’t really get utilized. Shawn Michaels was also the referee, helping tell the same story that Triple H was trying to tell. He desperately wanted to beat the Undertaker, but was unable to do. Now, it was possible that his buddy Triple H could beat him and he had to try to balance the angel and devil on his shoulder. Would he call the match straight, or would he try and help Triple H win?
The only thing the match lacked was the one surprise spot like the tombstone spot the year before. But otherwise, it was just as good, or possibly a hair better. Collectively we liked it just a tad more.
8. Randy Savage Vs Ricky Steamboat – WrestleMania III
Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****3/4
What more can I say that hasn’t been said about this match? A lot of people consider this to be the greatest match in WrestleMania history and without a doubt, it is the best in the first 9 years of Mania.
Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana for the Intercontinental Championship in 1986 and held the title for a year. He wrestled Steamboat initially on Saturday Night’s Main Event and draped Steamboat’s throat over the guardrail as Vince McMahon screamed at the top of his lungs that Steamboat swallowed his tongue. Steamboat was probably the number three or four babyface in the company at the time, but this angle shot him up.
If I could use one word to describe this match, it would have to be “smooth.” There were tons of near-falls and reversals and hordes of psychology. There are at least three or four times in the match where you thought it was over and it wasn’t. Everything was crisp and tight. In the end, the Dragon vanquished Savage with the help of his buddy Animal Steele.
7. The Rock Vs Steve Austin – WrestleMania X-Seven
Star ratings: Duan ****1/4 | Alan ****3/4 | Big D *****| GG ****3/4
I could write about this match for days and days and all of the little nuances in the spots, transitions, the build-up, as well as the aftermath, because it meant so much.
This match was the defining moment of the Attitude Era wrestling boom. The two biggest stars in the business went at it. Both were babyfaces for the past year (Austin even helped Rock win the title a year prior), but in Texas, nobody was going to be worshipped like Austin regardless of the little heelish things he did during the match. Austin wanted to win and how did he do it? It was with the help of his arch-enemy for four years – WWF Chairman Vince McMahon. The crowd reaction in this match was louder than perhaps anything in all of WrestleMania history.
It’s a shame that they wouldn’t be able to follow this up ever again.
6. Bret Hart Vs Owen Hart – WrestleMania X
Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****3/4 | Big D ***** | GG ****1/2
WWE couldn’t have wished for a better match to kick off the 10th WrestleMania. The Hart brothers delivered an absolute technical masterpiece. It featured tremendous back and forth action. There were some really great displays of counter wrestling throughout this match. I thought the victory roll reversal made for the perfect finish.
The benefits of this match were two-fold. Firstly, Owen got a big win over a main event level guy. It established him as a star and set up a rematch for down the line. And secondly, it meant that the crowd was going to be particularly hot for Bret vs Yokozuna in the main event. The story of Bret losing in the opener only to come back later and win the title played out perfectly. It was what made that show special.