Let’s get the next five matches in our Top 30 WrestleMania matches of all-time list.
(All links to matches go to the WWE Network.)
20. The Rock Vs Steve Austin – WrestleMania XIX
Star ratings: Duan ****1/4 | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****
Austin vs Rock at WrestleMania XIX was the final chapter in one of the all-time great WWE rivalries. It also provided a fitting end to the in ring career of Stone Cold and gave the Rock the chance to finally get that big Mania win over The Rattlesnake.
While it was almost certainly not the best match these two ever had, it was still brilliantly dramatic in its own right. And given Austin’s physical shape and Rock’s relative inactivity at the time, the match far exceeded expectations.
19. Money In The Bank IV – WrestleMania 24
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****1/4
I was quite surprised that this match did so well in our rankings. In fact, I would’ve never predicted that this match would be better ranked than the first Money In The Bank.
It was fast paced, had strong stunts, and was very logically put together. The two spots that are most memorable to me include John Morrison and Shelton Benjamin. Morrison did a moonsault to the floor with a ladder in his hand. It was scary looking, but also just an awesome spectacle. And Shelton Benjamin was dropped heels over head and onto a ladder. It was just crazy stuff.
Part of the reason this might be so high on our list is because of CM Punk’s rise after winning this match. This kicked off him being moved to a higher echelon in the company.
18. The Undertaker Vs Batista – WrestleMania 23
Star ratings: Duan ****1/2 | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****1/2| GG ****
This is one of the most physically intense matches you are ever likely to see. It was Undertaker’s best WrestleMania match to date and perhaps a career-best performance for Batista.
In the build up to WrestleMania 23, both men promised a show stealing performance and they delivered on it. These guys brought the absolute best out of each other and the WrestleMania run really revitalized both characters. They went on to have the best feud of 2007 in the Observer.
17. Edge Vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 24
Star ratings: Duan ****1/4 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****
I was actually there live to watch Undertaker vs. Edge at WrestleMania 24. It was really a great match live as well as a great match on DVD with the exception of the absolutely horrible commentary by Cole and Coachman. The match itself felt sort of like an All Japan main event. The Orlando crowd was watching with intent and popping for the near falls and Edge’s reversals. The finish however, was predictable. Taker doesn’t lose at WrestleMania.
The best moment for me was just seeing Edge walk down with his fireworks and music blazing. This was his first real WrestleMania main event and he was closing the show. He got to close it with an awesome match.
16. Shawn Michaels Vs Razor Ramon – WrestleMania X
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****3/4 | GG ****1/4
It might not have been the single most exciting Ladder Match of all-time. In fact, if you re-watch it back today, you might not be as impressed as you’d expect to be. But there might not be a match that was more influential to the era that followed it, than this one. It’s a basic stunt match. The ladder is used as a prop. But on this day, Shawn Michaels wrapped a wrestling match around a ladder and made Razor Ramon/Scott Hall’s career. This is the one match that made Ramon a star and gave him his reputation as a star performer. Though Michaels would lose, true fans knew who made the match. Scott Hall should thank Michaels every chance he gets.