Top 35 WrestleMania Matches Ever – Part One


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We list the first ten matches on our countdown of the top 35 WrestleMania matches ever.


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Introduction

35. Triple H vs. The Undertaker – WrestleMania X-Seven

Amazingly, out of the top 35 matches, three of them are between HHH and the Undertaker. Not even Steve Austin and the Rock were able to match that. Because of how great WrestleMania X-Seven was, this match is a bit overshadowed, even though it was technically the semi-main event. It was also the first match that kicked off the idea that the streak is important and that the Undertaker’s WrestleMania matches should be about the drama surrounding breaking the streak. Now, it didn’t always work, but this is really the first time it did and it kicked off how important that streak was to WrestleMania. — GG

34. Bret Hart Vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XII

There was a point in time when WWE tried to make this the quintessential match in WrestleMania history. That didn’t age well. While it might not be one of the best 10 matches in WrestleMania history, it did make the top 35.

I think the match is rock solid from a work perspective. But I think where they failed is in keeping the interest of not only the live crowd, but the crowd at home.

I think this match would’ve been far better if it was cut in half from a time perspective and didn’t have the Iron Man stipulation. But again, because the work of Hart and Michaels is so good inside the ring, you can’t leave it completely off a list like this. — GG

33. The Undertaker Vs Batista – WrestleMania 23

This is one of the most physically intense matches on our list. 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 Wrestling Observer. — GG

32. Shawn Michaels Vs Ric Flair – WrestleMania XXIV

The story of Ric Flair’s retirement was one that was met with the type of booking that has come to be expected by WWE. The saga of “your next match could be your last” is one that should have worked a lot better than it did, and should have included twists that reflected on Ric Flair’s history (such as a proposed match with Terry Funk during the Flair “retirement tour” leading up to Wrestlemania).

From my perspective, things didn’t happen as they should have, and that unfortunately includes his final official WWE match. This is not to take away from Flair as a performer, nor Michaels, but to me, the drama wasn’t there. The match should have felt more special, and instead to me it felt like two talented guys that were more hindered by a stipulation than helped.

The storyline of a someone being forced into the position of possibly retiring their friend could have made for some great tension, but Flair making a challenge to prove that he still had it is something better geared for when he would fight a cocky heel. I also felt that the match didn’t deliver as it could/should have. You had two of the top performers of all time going at it on the grandest stage of them all with something major at stake, and to me it felt like your typical above average RAW main event. Flair’s retirement ceremony the next night on RAW was ten times more emotional for me, even though in our hearts we all knew he’d step back into the ring sooner than later. The ‘Mania match was fine, but that’s all it was, and for two people of the caliber of Michaels and Flair, it was a bittersweet way to send the “Nature Boy” off into the sunset. — @ZackMalibu

31. Money In The Bank III – WrestleMania 23

The first two Money in the Bank winners at the two previous WrestleManias went on to cash-in and win the title from John Cena. This year, the match was bigger than ever with competitors from Raw, Smackdown, and ECW. It’s probably most memorable for being the equivalent to a car crash. At least, that’s what Joey Styles called it. Several guys were hit right on the head with ladders. Jeff Hardy was perched near the top of the ladder and jumped over the top rope and onto Edge who was laying on top of a ladder that was held up by the barricade and the ring apron. It looked brutal and took both out of the match. Finally, Mr. Kennedy won the match, but this time, he wasn’t the one to cash-in. He actually lost his briefcase to Edge in a match and then Edge cashed in again. — GG

30. Mick Foley Vs Edge – WrestleMania 22


This match is definitely one of the best brawls in the last fifteen 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 such as 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. — @Alan4L

29. Charlotte Vs Asuka – WrestleMania 34

If this year’s WrestleMania is a showcase for women superstars, last year’s show was all the proof that the company needed. It’s arguable which match was the best on the show, but Charlotte and Asuka seemed up the ante early with their battle. We all know how great Asuka is and she showed it. But Charlotte’s relationship with the fans is interesting. Because of her last name, she often doesn’t get the credit she deserves as a wrestler. But don’t let anyone tell you that she can’t go on a big stage. There’s proof. This match. — GG

28. Daniel Bryan Vs Randy Orton Vs Batista – WrestleMania XXX


See, WWE can still give you great moments even if they spend most of the year trying to educate you on why that special moment should never happen.

The moment of Daniel Bryan holding both titles and putting his arms in the air overshadows the match, but the match is very good in its own right. Bryan played the perfect underdog in a match that was closer to a handicapped match than a three-way. Orton and Batista played their roles well.

If I’m being nit-picky, Triple H probably didn’t need to get involved in the match to further stack the deck against Bryan. It was thoroughly stacked enough already and he was gone very soon. And Batista is probably underplayed too much in this as well. I think he could’ve been a bigger focal point rather than played as an afterthought.

The Batista Bomb on Bryan into the RKO onto the table was the single greatest move of the entire night. And Bryan’s celebration is probably a top five WrestleMania celebration of all-time. — GG

27. The Undertaker Vs CM Punk – WrestleMania 29

This match is now known as the last WrestleMania match the Undertaker won before his streak was broken at WrestleMania XXX by Brock Lesnar. Personally, I was slightly disinterested going into the match for two reasons. For one, the build was completely tasteless. Second, I knew WWE wasn’t going to have Punk break the streak. As is the case in many of the Undertaker matches that are on this list, it was hard to believe that he was going to lose. Thus, creativity is the key and I thought they did a good enough job here, including teasing a count-out finish. The suspension of disbelief wasn’t as strong as in his matches with Shawn Michaels and Triple H in WrestleManias 25-28 (all higher on this list), but it was still good stuff.

What also helped this match is that Punk was very over with the crowd. He was just removed from his long world title run and there was a part of the fanbase who didn’t think the Rock should’ve beat him, and in their eyes, Punk could do no wrong. He was also a fantastic heel in the match, doing all of Undertaker’s mannerisms and they did one spot with the urn that many people believed to be the finish. But the Undertaker would prevail. — GG

26. Bret Hart Vs Roddy Piper – WrestleMania VII

Hart challenging Piper for the IC title at the Hoosier Dome only gets better with age. Hart spilling blood against his friend-turned-rival made for great melodrama. Them cutting promos on each other in a pre-match interview with Mean Gene was pure gold. — @LariatRope

We list matches from 25-16 tomorrow.

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