Every WrestleMania Ever Ranked

3 years ago by Brian Joyce

30. WrestleMania VIII

I will personally fight anyone who thinks this show should be anywhere higher on this list. Ric Flair and Randy Savage had a great WWF Championship match and Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper was very solid, but the rest of this card is really, really bad.

Aside from the highlights I just mentioned, WrestleMania VIII featured the worst ‘Mania main event match of all time, Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice. There are a number of people who could be blamed for the quality of this match, Papa Shango for missing his cue, Earl Hebner the referee, Hogan, Sid, or Vince McMahon for thinking any of this was a good idea. Papa Shango ran out late to interfere in the horrid match, a disqualification was called, and the Ultimate Warrior made his return. Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

29. WrestleMania XV

Occurring right in the thick of the Attitude Era but before the Attitude Era was actually any good. Don’t get me wrong, Steve Austin, The Rock, and Vince McMahon all had unbelievably great moments, but 1999 was a year where the WWF product was virtually unwatchable. Emphasis on terrible storylines instead of wrestling led to this show.

The show receives points for having ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin defeat The Rock in the main event in what was a very good match. Aside from that, this show had one of the worst undercards on any WrestleMania ever. Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn, Sable vs. Tori, Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac, any of these sounding appealing? No? Hard to argue.

Also, Undertaker hung a man from the neck after their match. Right then.

28. WrestleMania 27

2011 was one of the most bizarre calendar years in WWE history, and this show is a shining example of that.

While there were a number of great moments, such as Triple H vs. Undertaker is a brutal No-DQ match, Edge’s last televised match (or so we thought), and solid Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton vs. CM Punk matches, this show is remembered for more bad than good.

There was a considerable amount of filler on this show, Michael Cole was at his very worst on commentary, his match with Jerry Lawler was awful, and The Miz main evented the show. The Miz is not a good enough worker to try and close a WrestleMania against John Cena, and it showed.

In the end, the show was all over the place and is weighed down by enough trash for it to be looked at too positively.

27. WrestleMania 32

This was the show that jumped the shark in terms of length. Including the preshow, this event was approximately seven hours long. If you want your show to be that long, you had better make it good. They did not.

While the show started with a pleasant surprise when Zack Ryder won a fantastic Intercontinental Championship ladder match, the rest of the show felt like a way to irritate the most hardcore WWE fans. AJ Styles, New Day, Dean Ambrose, and Sasha Banks all lost in succession. Leading to fans being in a disgruntled mood by the time the big matches started. Undertaker and Shane McMahon had a long boring match inside Hell in a Cell, which was only notable because of Shane McMahon’s insane dive from the top of the cell.

Finally, Roman Reigns vs. Triple H was one of the worst received main events in WWE history, as it was simply not what the audience wanted to see in 2016.

26. WrestleMania 1

The one that started it all. While this show has not aged particularly well, there is very little wrong with it either. Sure it doesn’t really feel like the same show that happens every year these days but it holds a special place in history.

There were celebrities all over this show, which helped the prestige of the event at the time. Mr. T and Hulk Hogan defeated Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff in the main event and needless to say the people were quite excited. Ricky Steamboat and Matt Borne had an entertaining match and besides a particularly bad match between Wendi Richter and Leilani Kai, nothing on the show was all that bad.

Not exciting enough to watch for any reason other than historical significance.


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