Let’s get the next five matches in our Top 30 WrestleMania matches of all-time list.
If you missed the introduction to our list, read that first if you want to understand how we rated the matches.
(All links to matches go to the WWE Network.)
25. Money In The Bank I – WrestleMania 21
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/4 | Big D **** | GG ****1/4
This match was Chris Jericho’s idea. Put six strong workers in a ladder match with the winner receiving a future title shot. It was pretty brilliant. Jericho, Chris Benoit, Edge, Christian, Shelton Benjamin, and Kane were in the inaugural match and looking back, that’s a crazy amount of star power for one match.
It was a smartly booked spot-fest where all of the moves had a reason and led to the finish. The most celebrated move in the history of the match is when Shelton ran up one ladder that was diagonally hooked into another and clotheslined Chris Jericho off the top of it. Edge would win the match and earn a future title shot.
24. Mick Foley Vs Edge – WrestleMania 22
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****1/4| GG ****
This match is definitely one of the best brawls in the last ten years of WrestleMania matches. The match was about two things – giving Mick his “Wrestlemania Moment” and solidifying Edge as a top star. The twists and turns in this match were absorbing and extremely creative (i.e. Foley concealing barbwire under his flannel).
Lita of all people took the bump of the match when Foley hit Edge with the Cactus Clothesline with her on his back. It was great. Also great was the finish, which will go down as one of THE classic WrestleMania moments.
23. Triangle Ladder Match – WrestleMania 2000
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/4 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****
A lot of people considered 2000 to be the year of the tag teams in the WWF. There were about 7 or 8 great tag teams in the company, all fighting for supremacy. However, without a shadow of a doubt, the company put the entire division on the backs of the Dudley Boys, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and Edge and Christian.
The WrestleMania 2000 ladder match was the moment that defined their careers and skyrocketed them. In terms of innovation, they took the WrestleMania X ladder match and went to a whole new level. There were scary spots all over, including one where Jeff Hardy did a swanton off a ladder and broke his tailbone. This was the precursor to the famous TLC matches of the future, including the one at the next year’s WrestleMania.
22. Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XIX
Star ratings: Duan **** | Alan ****1/2 | Big D **** | GG ****1/4
Most people consider the Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat match to be THE classic “pure wrestling” match in WrestleMania history. I would disagree with that and I would cite this match as my reason. For over 20 minutes, Michaels and Jericho put on the clinic to end all clinics. One absorbing exchange of holds after another left me on the edge of my seat, leading to a great finishing stretch with some crazy near falls. The post match featured Jericho hugging HBK only to hit a low blow, and it was extremely well done.
21. Daniel Bryan Vs Triple H – WrestleMania XXX
Star ratings: Duan ***3/4 | Alan ****1/2 | Big D ****1/2 | GG ****1/4
When you think of the best opening match in WrestleMania history, you usually think of one match; Bret Hart and Owen Hart at WrestleMania X. And if you think of a second, it’s probably Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio, and you can sell me on some of the Shawn Michaels matches in the early 90s or even a Money In The Bank match. Tito Santana vs The Executioner comes in last.
Now, you have the second best opening match in WrestleMania history. Triple H, one of the best WWE ring generals and Daniel Bryan got to tell their story in over 25 minutes. It was the single best built up match on the entire WrestleMania card, even if a lot of the early build-up probably wasn’t supposed to be for a match and was very one-sided. There was one really good dramatic spot where Bryan went for the running knee and Triple H turned it into a spine buster and pedigree for a two count. Bryan then won the match with his knee to kickoff WrestleMania XXX. WrestleMania XXX wasn’t a fantastic show, but Bryan bookended it perfectly.