We list the next ten matches on our countdown of the top 35 WrestleMania matches ever.
25. Eddie Guerrero Vs Kurt Angle – WrestleMania XX
Eddie Guerrero becoming the WWE Champion does not seem too far-fetched in hindsight, but at the time Guerrero holding the same title Hulk Hogan once held was like a breakthrough. Eddie was one of the best wrestlers in the world, but his size seemingly worked against him in the United States. Nevertheless, you couldn’t deny his talent. He may be the best in-ring performer of all-time. If not, he is at least in the conversation.
What better wrestler to match him against in his first PPV title defense than Kurt Angle? He and Eddie were arguably the best wrestlers on the Smackdown roster at the time. It was almost as if WWE was actually listening to smart fans in giving them a dream match at WrestleMania. Angle and Guerrero delivered on that with a great bout without any of the overbooked tropes usually seen in WWE title matches. They simply just had a wrestling match. What a concept!
The story of the finish even played into Guerrero’s persona. He loosened the laces on his boot so he could slip out of the ankle lock. Then he cradled Angle with small package for the win. It was simple yet effective. Despite a helluva main event later on that closed the card, this was my favorite match from that year’s WrestleMania. Granted, Eddie was my personal favorite wrestler of all-time so I’m a little biased. He was so freaking awesome. I miss him so much. Viva la raza! — @LariatRope
24. Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey Vs Triple H & Stephanie McMahon – WrestleMania 34
Since 2012, Ronda Rousey has been proving critics and naysayers wrong. After disappearing from the public eye after being knocked out by Amanda Nunes, she reappeared as a special attraction for the WWE in a mixed tag team match. A lot of smart fans were waiting to see Ronda fall on her face but what they got was the best in-ring debut of any wrestler, male or female, at WrestleMania.
The match was laid out perfectly where you had the two in-ring veterans Kurt Angle and Triple H building to the hot tag of Rousey. All the while, Stephanie McMahon, who was very underrated in this match, was frustrating Rousey before finally tagging in and putting on a show. Even Triple H sold for Rousey which made the Mercedes-Benz Superdome almost explode. One arm bar later and the newest WWE superstar was born. — @Pdcjl1
23. The Undertaker Vs Edge – WrestleMania XXIV
I was actually there live to watch this match. It was really a great match live as well as a great match on on the live show 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. — @EmperorBigD
22. Daniel Bryan Vs Triple H – WrestleMania XXX
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. Prior to WrestleMania XXX, if you thought of a second, it was probably Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio, and you could’ve sold 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.
Bryan vs Triple H is officially 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 his road to the title. WrestleMania XXX wasn’t a fantastic show, but Bryan bookended it perfectly. — GG
21. Shawn Michaels Vs John Cena – WrestleMania 23
This match truly gets better on repeated viewings. I liked this when I first saw it, but it was on the re-watch that I really saw how magical it is. The build to this was so good and the match was worthy of all the great angles that preceded it. Cena’s best ever work was from late 2006 to summer 2007 and this match fell slap bang in the middle of that period. His selling was unreal and he showed much more poise when on offense than usual. Shawn was as masterful as he always is on the big stage. The back and forth down the stretch was beautiful. — @Alan4L
20. Randy Savage Vs Ric Flair – WrestleMania VIII
There are only a handful of matches from the early WrestleMania shows that have really stood the test of time. This is definitely one of them. It’s 23 years later and it still holds up as well as it ever did. They wrestled with a level of intensity you rarely see. It was an intensity that was befitting of the storyline. Flair was magnificent as usual, but most of the credit for this match has to go to Savage. He played his role to perfection and brought a believability to it. The involvement of Liz and Perfect were also excellently booked and only added to the tension.
I would also be remiss if I did not mention Bobby Heenan’s work on commentary. In my opinion, this was his greatest performance. — @DuanDub
19. Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XIX
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. — @Alan4L
18. Edge & Christian Vs The Dudley Boyz Vs The Hardy Boyz – Triangle Ladder Match – WrestleMania 2000
“Three tables, and three ladders in the ring. No wait, make that four tables!”
One table rests on top of two ladders in the middle of the ring, sitting there like Chekov’s gun in the first act.
“Where’d that ladder come from, JR?”
“There’s ladders all over the place. What could Bubba Dudley be thinking?!”
Jeff Hardy on top of a ladder, Bubby Ray lying prone on a table — “Oh for God’s sake, don’t do it kid! Don’t take this chance!”
Amidst carnage and bodies flying, crashing through tables, from the top of ladders in the ring to the outside, nobody wanted this match to end. We also didn’t want to see anybody die, but holy hell, they kept getting back up! And it wasn’t until Edge pushed Matt Hardy off the table HIGH ABOVE into ANOTHER table that Christian and Edge won their first tag titles.
This was, pardon the expression, the “WrestleMania Moment” for the Hardyz, Edge and Christian, and the Dudleys. These men were made after this match. It was one of the most talked-about of the night, and stemmed Tables, Ladders, and Chairs spectacles for the future, including a TLC match between these three teams at Mania 17.
This is still one of the best car crash matches you’ll ever see at a WrestleMania. — @DonCameron
17. Money In The Bank I – WrestleMania 21
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 and is now a staple match for the company. 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. — GG
16. Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar – WrestleMania 31
This match coined the phrase “Suplex City, Bitch” and would be the outline of Brock Lesnar’s run in the WWE that continues today. Roman Reigns on the other hand was supposed to be the chosen one with this match being the coronation of the new top guy in WWE but that didn’t happen as originally planned
Roman, after winning the Royal Rumble, was getting relentlessly booed by the live crowd due in part to the return of Daniel Bryan. The crowd tried to get WWE to change the main event of WrestleMania again like they did the year prior, but Roman was the chosen one and beat Bryan clean to keep his shot at the show prior.
The match was laid out brilliantly with Brock suplexing Roman over and over with Roman getting back up and smiling at him. After Brock legit head butted the post, Roman was poised to beat win until for the first time since its inception, Seth Rollins decided to cash his Money In the Bank contract at WrestleMania while both guys were down after a Lesnar F-5. After a curb stomp to Reigns, Rollins, who was always seen as the third guy from the Shield, closed out WrestleMania as the champ. — @Pdcjl1