25. WrestleMania VI
This was the first time WrestleMania left American soil. The show took place in Toronto, Canada and featured a massive main event. Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior.
It was truly a one match show, with the only other decent match being The Rockers vs. Sato & Tanaka. Hogan and Warrior had a much better match than one would expect given their history of mediocre matches. However, they brought it in Toronto that night, producing the best WrestleMania main event match for years to come. In the end, Warrior won and Hogan milked as much spotlight as he could by awarding his opponent the championship. This was a bit of a theme for a while.
24. WrestleMania VII
Marginally better than what came before it, this show exemplified what the business had been and what its future looked like.
Hulkamania had been running wild for about seven years at this point, and the act was starting to grow stale. While still popular enough to garner another main event with a match against Sgt. Slaughter, Hogan was outshined by three matches on this show. Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior had a retirement match that was the best match of Warrior’s career. It led to one of the most emotional ‘Mania moments when Savage finally reunited with Miss Elizabeth. Aside from that, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels both stood out on this night.
The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys and The Rockers vs. Haku & Barbarian were both good matches that allowed a glimpse into the WWF’s future with ‘The Hitman’ and ‘the Heartbreak Kid’.
23. WrestleMania XII
You may sense that there is a bit of a recurring theme on this list in relation to one-match shows. This holds true for this next entry as Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart was the only notable thing on the show.
The first televised Iron Man match in WWF history, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart wrestled to a stalemate after one hour of solid competition. However, the rules demanded there be a winner and the match went to sudden death. This is when Shawn Michaels won his first WWF Championship and the fans were treated to a true WrestleMania moment. The rest of the show was fine but the Iron Man match is the only thing people talk about when this show is brought up.
22. WrestleMania 13
Another one match show but my god what a match. The match in question is Bret Hart vs. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. One of the most famous matches in WWF history and one of the very best matches in WWF history as well.
Steve Austin was a made man on this evening, as the fans got behind him and turned on the babyface Hart. The image of Austin passing out in the Sharpshooter, covered in blood is burned into the memories of fans who have seen it and with good reason. Austin vs. Hart is arguably the best match in WrestleMania history and it alone pulls this show up to this spot on the list. The rest of the show keeps it from reaching higher.
21. WrestleMania 29
This is perhaps the most forgettable WrestleMania of them all. There were no segments other than matches, and the show featured the debuts of such stars as Fandango and Big E.
CM Punk and The Undertaker pulled off the match of the night in what would end up being Undertaker’s last great ‘Mania match. Besides that, it is a struggle to remember what else happened on this show. The Shield face the motley crew of Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show in a forgettable affair, Alberto Del Rio defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger, and Triple H defeated Brock Lesnar in a long plodding match.
Also Twice in a Lifetime. The sequel no one asked for and less people were happy about afterwards.
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