We’re down to the top 15 in our top 35 WrestleMania matches ever list.
15. Kurt Angle Vs Brock Lesnar – WrestleMania XIX
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. — @Alan4L
14. Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – WrestleMania X-Seven
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. — @Alan4L
13. Randy Savage Vs The Ultimate Warrior – WrestleMania VII
Randy Savage and Rick Rude have several things in common including Memphis roots, great voices, MANLY facial hair and oodles of in-ring talent. But aside from all that, they are perhaps the only men to hold the key to the lock that is The Ultimate Warrior.
Nobody in wrestling got as many great matches out of Warrior as these two, and at WrestleMania VII, Savage got perhaps the best. Built up as a Macho’s retirement match, this match saw him bump like a maniac for everything Warrior had in his arsenal. The crowd was worked into a frenzy and when they went into the finishing stretch, I think everyone watching was on the edge of their seat. It was one of the most memorable finishes I’ve experienced.
Warrior quite simply shoulder tackled Savage repeatedly for at least 3 minutes until Macho was completely and utterly decimated and all that was needed to pin him was a single foot. Throw in one of the all-time great Mania moments with the reunion of Savage and Liz and you have a match more than deserving of it’s place on the list. — @Alan4L
12. Triple H Vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania XXVII
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 smoke and mirrors to tell the story. It was more storytelling than it was high spots and the two were masters on this night.
When Triple H hit 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. Beautiful. — GG
11. Shawn Michaels Vs Razor Ramon – WrestleMania X
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 (for good and bad). 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. — GG