WrestleMania XXVII Go-Home Show – March 28, 2011
While it doesn’t stand out as much nearly a decade later, the go-home show for WrestleMania XXVII was one of the best in wrestling history. They built up nearly every match on the show very well but the biggest moments were the Triple H, Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels segment, and the main event segment.
Michaels had not been involved in the build to WrestleMania XXVII to this point so this was a shock to those watching. Triple H told Undertaker this was his time and he would defeat him at WrestleMania. That didn’t go well for him. The main event segment is far more dated in hindsight. In what was supposed to personify the past, present, and future of WWE, The Rock, John Cena, and The Miz went toe-to-toe on Raw. The Miz was WWE Champion and used up most of the time which would be fine if he ever ended up being anything.
The segment ended with The Rock taking out The Miz and Alex Riley before being hit with an AA from John Cena.
WrestleMania XXVI – March 28, 2010
WrestleMania XXVI was a perfectly adequate addition to the WrestleMania catalog. While the undercard was fairly disappointing, the three biggest matches delivered. Chris Jericho retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Edge, John Cena won the WWE Championship for the seventh time by defeating Batista, and Shawn Michaels ended his career against The Undertaker.
The Streak vs. The Career was a match with a long build. Michaels, consumed with not being able to beat The Undertaker the previous year, put his career on the line for another shot. He was unsuccessful. Instead, the two put on the best WrestleMania main event match in wrestling history. Complete with impressive spots and drama-filled action, these two capped off a very good WrestleMania.
Bob Sapp Wins the IWGP Heavyweight Championship – March 28, 2004
The early-to-mid 2000s were not a good time for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Antonio Inoki was utilizing a mix of pro wrestling and mixed martial arts when making decisions and it led to one of the worst periods in company history. One person who is a perfect example of this booking is Bob Sapp, who won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on this day in 2004.
Sapp had charisma and was not nearly as bad as others who came up in the era of Inoki-ism but Sapp would not come close to that title in the eras that came before or after.
WrestleMania XV – March 28, 1999
With the exception of the main event, WrestleMania XV was one of the worst WrestleManias in history. This show came along during the Attitude Era but not when the Attitude Era was actually any good. If you look at the card for this show you will see nothing but horrible matches with bad finishes. When Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac is the second-best match on the show you have a problem.
The main event can be looked back on fondly, however. The Rock and Steve Austin were the two biggest stars of the era and they clashed in their first WrestleMania main event. They had a very entertaining brawl and it culminated with Austin winning the WWF Championship for the third time.
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