We are now well and truly on the road to WrestleMania 36. There is no bigger stage in professional wrestling than the main event of WrestleMania and being there is a lifelong dream for many wrestlers.
With that being said, the ‘Grandest Stage of Them All’ should be the site of the greatest performances in wrestling. Today we will look back through the history, legendary performers, and WrestleMania moments as we look at all previous 35 main events ranked by Dave Meltzer’s star ratings.
Matches that have the same star rating will be listed in chronological order.
Buckle up for a trip down WWE‘s memory lane.
Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff – WrestleMania (N/R)
The main event of the first WrestleMania is the only entry on the list to not receive a ranking from Dave Meltzer.
The match was far from a clinic, but what it lacked technique it more than made up for in star power. With Mr. T fresh off of a successful appearance in Rocky III and still playing a starring role on The A-Team, Hogan, Piper, and Orndorff who are all WWE Hall of Famers, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as special guest referee, and musician Liberace as a special guest timekeeper, the match had all the star power it could ever need.
The whole event was a gamble for Vince McMahon, and without it the WWE we know today may not have existed.
Hulk Hogan vs. André The Giant – WrestleMania III – -4.00 Stars
The irresistible force meets the immovable object.
This match produced one of the most iconic moments in wrestling history as we will see the clip of Hogan slamming Andre every year around WrestleMania season.
Despite the iconic moment, the match itself was not very good. Hogan was never a wizard between the ropes, and Andre was already limited greatly by his size and health issues.
Much like the inaugural WrestleMania, however, this match was one of the foundational moments for the then-WWF.
Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice – WrestleMania VIII – -2.00 Stars
Sid and Hogan were never going to put on a classic, but it could have been much better than it ended up being if not for a major mistake at the end of the match.
Papa Shango was supposed to interfere in the match and break up the pin after Hogan hit his leg drop on Sid. The problem, Shango missed his cue. Sid had to kick out of the leg drop, which is about as rare as seeing Halley’s Comet.
From there Sid, Hogan, and Sid’s manager Harvey Wippleman had to improvise a DQ finish to set up for the return of the Ultimate Warrior. Who, for the record, didn’t miss his cue.
Yokozuna vs. Hulk Hogan – WrestleMania IX – DUD
This was not the advertised main event of the show. The actual main event was advertised as Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna. The two actually had a fairly decent match in all truth, but after some underhanded tactics by Mr. Fuji left Hart blinded Hogan came to ringside to help Hart, and Fuji issued a challenge to Hogan.
Of course, the Hulkster would accept and beat Yokozuna in just under a minute.
The WWF went to the well with Hogan at WrestleMania one last time, and took a moment away from both Hart and Yoko.
Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy – WrestleMania 2 – 1.25 Stars
The pattern of low rated Hogan matches continues here. Hogan may get a lot of grief as the one common denominator in these matches, but he didn’t have much to work with either.
Bundy and Hogan faced off in the main event of WrestleMania 2 in a steel cage match. Limited by their own ability, and the inability to have interference due to the cage, the two had a less than entertaining match, but it was the first WrestleMania main event both on this list and chronologically to make it to the positives in star ratings.