WrestleMania VI – Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior
You might not expect a match between these two men to be any good. However, Hogan and Warrior put on a very memorable match, which stood as the best ‘Mania main event until Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart took that spot six years later.
This was supposed to be the passing of the torch from Hogan to Warrior. Warrior managed to pin ‘The Hulkster’ and win the WWF Championship after a surprisingly good main event match. While Warrior did not pan out long-term as champion, this match led to a very climactic end to the show.
WrestleMania VII – The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage
The best match of The Ultimate Warrior’s career. There were a few good matches on this show, but none were able to surpass the “Retirement Match” between The Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage.
It was filled with hokey early 90s tripe, such as Warrior walking around staring at his hands wondering if he had anything in him anymore. It also comes across slightly silly when Savage hits the top-rope elbow drop FIVE times in a row, only for Warrior to kick out, power up, and quickly pin Savage with a boot on his chest.
Regardless, the match is a lot of fun and told an effective story. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
WrestleMania VIII – Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage
This should have been the main event. This was the first time that the WWF Champion did not main event WrestleMania (not including in 1988 when the title was vacant), and yet Savage and Flair proved that they should have been put on last.
Savage and Flair had a terrific title match, culminating with Savage finally winning the WWF Championship for the second time. This was another match that exhibited a style unlike what the WWF fans were used to, as Flair’s NWA/WCW style of storytelling differed greatly from Hogan’s WWF cartoon show. The change of pace made this the standout performance from an otherwise poor WrestleMania.
WrestleMania IX – Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka
Yikes. This is a show best left forgotten. The only match on this card that is somewhat worthy of the nod as the match of the night was the opener.
Shawn Michaels defended his Intercontinental Championship against Tatanka in the opening match. Michaels being one of the best performers of all time helped make this a suitable opener. He and Tatanka competed for 18 minutes before the referee counted out Michaels. Michaels retained his title and would go on to bigger and better things.
WrestleMania X – Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
There was no way to write this entry without being torn apart. In the end, the decision was made to place Bret vs. Owen over Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in the hardest decision of this list.
While Michaels and Ramon’s match was far more revolutionary at the time, Bret and Owen had a better match in the ring. The brother vs. brother storyline was played out to perfection here and the match peaked with Owen rolling up Bret to get the shocking win over his older brother. The ladder match may have influenced more people long-term, but Bret and Owen had a match that holds up to this day as amazing.