Top 30 WrestleMania Matches Of All-Time: 15 – 11

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Let’s get the next five matches in our Top 30 WrestleMania matches of all-time list.

Top 30 WrestleMania Matches Of All-Time: 30 – 26
Top 30 WrestleMania Matches Of All-Time: 25 – 21
Top 30 WrestleMania Matches Of All-Time: 20 – 16

(All links to matches go to the WWE Network.)

15. John Cena Vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania 23

Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****1/4

Alan

This match truly gets better on repeated viewings. I liked this when I first saw it, but it was on the re-watch that I really saw how magical it is. The build to this was so good and the match was worthy of all the great angles that preceded it. Cena’s best ever work was from late 2006 to summer 2007 and this match fell slap bang in the middle of that period. His selling was unreal and he showed much more poise when on offense than usual. Shawn was as masterful as he always is on the big stage. The back and forth down the stretch was beautiful.

14. The Undertaker Vs Triple H – WrestleMania 27

Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****1/4

GG

The match was built around Triple H’s fascination with breaking the streak. He said that he’d done everything in the wrestling business and it was his only challenge left. For the Undertaker, he said there could only be one last outlaw.

The match was brutal and had a no holds barred stipulation which allowed them to use more bells and whistles to tell the story. It was more storytelling than it was high spots and the two were masters on this night.

When Triple H hits the tombstone on the Undertaker, I believe I cursed Triple H’s name out loud, thinking he’d just broken the streak. It was the perfect way to end the match. The Undertaker kicked out, Triple H needed to go to the sledge hammer to try and end him, and instead, the Undertaker locked him into the gogoplata for the win.

13. Kurt Angle Vs Brock Lesnar – WrestleMania XIX

Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2| GG ****1/2

Alan

At one point in this match, I thought to myself that I was watching one of the greatest matches I’d ever seen in my life. In fact, as the match was going on, I thought this could possibly be the greatest match in WrestleMania history. Kurt Angle was injured going into the match and there was worry that he wouldn’t be able to work. But this is Kurt Angle. You knew he’d be there. And he went on to have a fabulous performance.

Brock Lesnar held his own and it was a match mixed with fast and hard hitting action. It fell off near the end as Brock tried a shooting star press and nearly broke his neck. There was a bit of a breakdown as Lesnar was in a fog, but Angle led him through to the finish. While the ending didn’t allow it to achieve its full greatness, it’s still one of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all-time.

12. Randy Savage Vs Ric Flair – WrestleMania VIII

Star ratings: Duan ***** | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****1/4

Duan

There are only a handful of matches from the earlier WrestleMania shows that have really stood the test of time. This is definitely one of them. It’s twenty-three years later and it still holds up as well as it ever did. They wrestled with a level of intensity you rarely see. It was an intensity that was befitting of the storyline. Flair was magnificent as usual, but most of the credit for this match has to go to Savage. He played his role to perfection and brought a believability to it. The involvement of Liz and Perfect were also excellently booked and only added to the tension.

I would also be remiss if I did not mention Bobby Heenan’s work on commentary. In my opinion, this was his greatest performance.

11. Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – WrestleMania X-Seven

Star ratings: Duan ****3/4 | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****3/4 | GG ****1/4

Alan

The first 5 minutes of this match were surreal. You had two “smaller” wrestlers on WrestleMania in front of nearly 70,000 WWF fans, doing nothing but amateur wrestling. It was hold and counter hold… AND IT GOT OVER. It got over huge. I don’t think anything like that would have been envisioned in 1987. Heck, it wouldn’t have been envisioned in 1997. But Angle and Benoit were just that good and while they would go on to have better matches, this remains a technical classic. It was the first time we witnessed their display of countering each other’s finishers which became a staple of their matches, and at the time that was really really cool. The finish was perhaps not what you’d ideally want from these two, but it’s non-conclusiveness left things open for rematches.

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