With Wrestlemania coming up, a lot of people will be compiling their top Wrestlemania matches. I thought I would do something different by doing a list of the top 10 Wrestlemania moments. There have been many amazing moments but here, in my opinion, are the best.
10. The Two Champions
Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H, Wrestlemania XX
The circumstances of Chris Benoit’s death may have ruined this moment and it may have been higher up the list, but it’s still a great moment. Having two friends, who WCW never really thought of as being main eventers, being WWE world champions in the ring, was a very emotional moment if you were fans of both Guerrero and Benoit and it was a great way to end the show.
9. “Tyson! Tyson! Tyson!”
Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold Steve Austin, Wrestlemania XIV
This match has been deemed as the birth of the Attitude Era and it was Shawn Michaels’ last match for over 4 years. The ending had a surprising twist. Mike Tyson, who was the special enforcer, had aligned himself with D-Generation X and Michaels must have thought that the match was in the bag. However, Tyson turned on Michaels and Stone Cold won the title. Understandably Michaels didn’t take it too well and got knocked out by Tyson prompting Jim Ross to scream: “Tyson! Tyson! Tyson!”
8. “What About Me?!”
Ric Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage, Wrestlemania VIII
This was the end of possibly my favourite Wrestlemania match. Savage had just defeated Flair to become the WWF Champion in dubious circumstances. While Elizabeth is congratulating Savage, Flair grabs her and starts screaming “What about me?!” before kissing her. Elizabeth does not take that well and starts hitting Flair, then Savage joins in resulting in chaos for a few minutes.
7. “You Are Not Real!!”
Kane vs Undertaker, Wrestlemania XX
Kane had previously buried the Undertaker, under his Dead Man biker gimmick, a few months later. Despite Kane’s assurance that Undertaker was dead, there were blatantly obvious signs that that weren’t to be the case. At Wrestlemania XX, we saw the return of the original Undertaker, prompting Kane to scream that what he saw wasn’t real.
6. Best. Cameo. Ever.
Ric Flair vs Undertaker, Wrestlemania XVIII
For a person who has been wrestling for over 40 years, this was only Ric Flair’s second Wrestlemania match and his first for 10 years. Before this match, Undertaker had been attacking Flair’s friends and family. One of those was Arn Anderson, who got his revenge by helping out Flair with a Double-A Spinebuster on the Undertaker. It was a brilliant cameo with Anderson running in, hitting the move and running out again.
5. Macho King and Miss Elizabeth Reunited
Macho King Randy Savage vs the Ultimate Warrior, Wrestlemania VII
Macho King had just been forced into retirement by the Ultimate Warrior and Sensational Queen Sherri, understandably kinda out of a job, starts to beat on him. Elizabeth, who was watching the match in the crowd, comes into the ring and gets Sherri. After a few tense moments, Savage and Elizabeth embrace to the cheers of the Los Angeles crowd.
4. Triple H’s Tombstone Piledriver
Triple H vs the Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXVII
This match was a contender for the LDW Match of the Year and this moment was one of reasons why. The match had been going back and forth and Triple H was starting to dominate. When he did the Tombstone Piledriver and then imitated the way that the Undertaker would normally pin someone was a great and shocking moment and made me believe for a second that Triple H was actually going to win the match.
3. Fire at Wrestlemania?!
Edge vs Mick Foley, Wrestlemania XXII
Edge and Mick Foley probably had one of the best hardcore matches ever at Wrestlemania with possibly one of the most shocking endings that I have ever seen. The end of the match had Edge spearing Foley from the edge of the ring through a table that was on the floor. What made that ending go from “Cool!” to “Oh My God!!” was the fact that the table was, thanks to Lita, on FIRE!! Fair play to WWE for letting them use fire in a dangerous segment in their flagship event.
2. The Bodyslam
Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, Wrestlemania III
This had a great story going into it with Andre, who had been undefeated for 15 years but had never been champion, turning heel against his best friend in Hogan and getting the chance to become WWE Champion. The match might not have been a technical masterpiece but it had possibly the most iconic moment in wrestling by Hogan, at the second attempt, bodyslamming Andre, ending the undefeated streak. A bodyslam is a simple move but the fact that it was done to a man who was over 550lbs makes it impressive and a great sight to behold.
1. “I’m Sorry, I Love You”
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair, Wrestlemania XXIV
This is quite possibly the most emotional moment that I ever had as a wrestling fan. I didn’t see Wrestlemania XXIV live but I watched it the week after and it was a great match. This would have been the main event but Ric didn’t want it that way as he wanted the champions to be on last. The ending was absolutely brilliant. Shawn Michaels being hesitant in hitting the Sweet Chin Music; Ric, although knowing that it was over, still putting up a fight, and Shawn just looking at him saddened saying those 5 words: “I’m sorry, I love you” just before he Sweet Chin Music-ed him into “retirement”. Watch the end of that match and I dare you not to have at least a tear in your eye, like I did.