Ranking WrestleMania – Part 6 (Final Part)

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Check out the final part of our series of posts ranking WrestleMania.

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WrestleMania Memories With Big D

Photo via IGN

Photo via IGN

I’ve stolen this idea from Arda Ocal. He interviewed WWE wrestlers and officials about some of their favorite WrestleMania moments. I asked my FGB writers about theirs. I’ll post a new list each day this week as we get ready for WrestleMania 29.

First up is none other than Big D.

What is your oldest WrestleMania moment?

The Ultimate Warrior defeating Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI. The night that proved that nobody is unbeatable. Continue reading

Greatest Wrestlers Of The WrestleMania Era: #21 – Owen Hart

Whether he was known to you as the Rocket, The King of Harts or even Nugget, Owen had an amazing ability to get fans to care about him in ways that many workers in the business today need to see. Owen was one of the most talented workers in the ring. His style was fast-paced with hard impact moves as well as a strong technical prowess that he picked up from his dad, the legendary Stu Hart. Owen also had a knack for being one of the funniest people in the wrestling. Owen was doing Daniel Bryan’s “YES” stuff way before him and pulled it off to a tee.

Defining Match Of The WrestleMania Era: Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart at Summerslam 1994

If there was a match for me that showed Owen’s greatness, it really would have to be the cage match he had with his brother Bret at SummerSlam 1994. As most of will remember, Owen “stunned” the world by going over Bret at WrestleMania X and it catapulted him into being a star. That win, plus winning the 1994 King of the Ring tournament made Owen an even more vital contender for Bret’s WWF Championship. So when they finally met up inside the confines of a 15 foot high steel cage, what the fans were about to see was truly breathtaking. This cage match is a work of art in terms of making escapes, some nasty cage bumps, actual technical wrestling, and one of, if not, the best finish to a cage match I have ever seen.
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WrestleMania’s 25 Greatest Matches: Which Match Is The Greatest? (5-1)

We’re down to the top five in our greatest matches countdown.

5. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The RockWrestlemania X-Seven
Big D says:

In my personal opinion, this is the all-time greatest match in the history of Wrestlemania. 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, like Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant in 1987, 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 Mania history. The work, heat, and fantastic moments make this truly fitting of the words “Wrestle” and “Mania”.

It’s a shame that they wouldn’t be able to follow this up ever again.

Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin

4. Bret Hart vs. Owen HartWrestlemania X
Duan says:

WWE couldn’t have wished for a better match to kick off the 10th anniversary of Wrestlemania. The Hart brothers delivered an absolute technical masterpiece. It featured just 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. Yoko 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.

Winner: Owen Hart
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