March 8, 2009
My 25 Favorite Wrestlemania Matches
Seeing as Wrestlemania 25 is right around the corner, I figured it’d be appropriate for me to write a column focusing on my favorite twenty-five Wrestlemania matches of all time. You’ll notice that a recurring theme to my favorite matches is the outstanding storylines that lead to them. That’s not a coincidence. By the way, this isn’t a countdown of my personal favorites, but rather, just my favorite twenty-five matches in chronological order.
Intercontinental Title Match: Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat - Wrestlemania III (March 29, 1987)
Ricky Steamboat is entering the WWE Hall of Fame in a few short weeks, and this match is one of the reasons why. Many people came to Detroit and ordered the show at home to see Hulk Hogan take on Andre the Giant, but it was Savage and Steamboat who stole the show with this amazing match. The buildup to this match featured Randy Savage destroying the larynx of Ricky Steamboat with the help of the ring bell and a guard rail. At Wrestlemania III, Ricky Steamboat got his revenge and did so in spectacular fashion. Everything about this feud was gold, including the match, which became an inspiration to many current wrestlers who saw it.
WWF Title Match: Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan - Wrestlemania V (April 2, 1989)
After all hell literally broke loose at The Main Event II in February, The Mega-Powers exploded at Wrestlemania. Savage had won the title with the help of the Hulkster a year earlier leading to the dominance of the combination throughout the year of 1988. However, as 1989 started, things went downhill fast, first at Saturday Night’s Main Event and then at the aforementioned Main Event. Savage was thrown out of the ring into Elizabeth at ringside, which caused Hogan to go emotionally crazy, leading Savage to think the two were more than just friends. In reality, it was a pretty sick bump for Liz to take, and Hogan’s comical overacting actually worked well here. The match lived up to its buildup and is probably one of the best in Hogan’s career. By the way, if you can find an original copy of The Main Event II, watch for Hogan to ask for a count on live television as he consoled Liz in the trainers’ room, since he didn’t know he was back on camera yet (this moment was edited out of the new Saturday Night’s Main Event DVD).
Retirement Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. “Macho King” Randy Savage - Wrestlemania VII (March 24, 1991)
Mock me if you must, but I’m a sucker for the happy ending, and for Randy Savage and Elizabeth fans, it didn’t get any happier than this. Savage, who was now the King of the World Wrestling Federation, and accompanied by his Sensational Queen Sherri, had been wreaking havoc in the life of the Ultimate Warrior in the months leading up to Wrestlemania. After causing Warrior to lose the WWF Title to Sgt. Slaughter at the Royal Rumble, it was on. The match was a back and forth seesaw battle which even Miss Elizabeth (who hadn’t been seen for quite some time) bought a ticket to watch from the front row. Late in the match, Savage dropped no less than five elbow drops on Warrior and he still couldn’t pin him. Things may have gotten a little hokey when Warrior thought the voices told him to leave and end his career, but the real fun began once he finally won the match. Sherri, realizing she lost her meal ticket, attacked Savage. Careful detail was put into the fact that Savage never saw who was attacking him, which would play a part soon enough. All of a sudden, Elizabeth jumped from her ringside seat and came in to make the save. When Savage finally got up and saw Elizabeth standing there, he almost took a swing, assuming it was still the person who had attacked him. Realizing who it was, he thought about it for a minute and the two finally embraced, bringing just about everyone in attendance to tears (except Bobby Heenan).
WWF Title Match: Champion Ric Flair vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage - Wrestlemania VIII (April 5, 1992)
A year later, Savage was forced to defend the love of Miss Elizabeth against a man who claimed he was with her before Savage was – Ric Flair. Flair had gone to the trouble of photoshopping himself into photos of Randy and Liz (and taking Randy out) before anyone even knew what Photoshop was. The pent up frustration of Randy Savage finally came out all over Ric Flair in the Hoosier Dome. Perhaps something else that made this match more enjoyable (at least for me) was Bobby Hennan’s blatant cheering for Flair on commentary (as well as the constant bickering between Gorilla and Brain about the match). A very young Shane McMahon was one of the officials trying to restore order in an extremely heated battle where, in the end, Savage retained the title with help from the tights.
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Owen Hart - Wrestlemania X (March 20, 1994)
After Owen was the only Hart Brother eliminated at the Survivor Series, he blamed Bret, who inadvertently played a part in the elimination and wanted to fight the Hitman. Bret said there was no way he would fight his brother (sound familiar as we head into Wrestlemania 25?) The Hart Brothers patched things up over the holidays and even got a tag team title shot against the Quebecers at the Royal Rumble. Bret injured his knee in the match but still didn’t go to tag in Owen. Finally, the referee stopped the match due to Bret’s injury, causing Owen to fly off the handle again. He helped Bret to his feet, then kicked his brother’s leg out from under him. Bret would finally have to face his brother at Wrestlemania before going on to get his title shot later in the night because he was a co-winner of the Rumble match. The two put on a technical showcase for twenty minutes and when it was over, Owen had stepped out of his brother’s shadow with a huge win over Bret. Once the Hitman won the title later in the show, Owen held ample claim to beating the champion right before he won the belt.
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title: Champion Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
In the late summer of 1993, Shawn Michaels, then Intercontinental champion, was suspended for thirty days and therefore stripped of the title. A battle royal was set up on Raw where the final two participants would face each other for the vacant belt. When it came down to Razor Ramon and “The Model” Rick Martel, Razor was able to win and become champion. Shawn would return at the Survivor Series, still wearing his Intercontinental belt, claiming he never lost it (which forced the WWF to make a second one for Razor). Over the next few months, Michaels made Ramon’s life a living hell, claiming he was still the champion. Finally, the two would get it on at Wrestlemania. With both belts hanging over the ring the winner would have both, becoming the undisputed Intercontinental champion. As for the match itself, Ric Flair once said that Shawn Michaels had a match with a ladder and Razor just happened to be there, but that might be too extreme. Shawn bumped like a maniac, as usual, but Razor helped with the psychology and execution. Early in the match, Shawn’s bodyguard Diesel was sent to the back after interfering, leaving the match in the hands of two capable individuals. In the end, Michaels got his foot caught between the ropes and when he was able to finally free himself, his arm got stuck! Razor capitalized and won both title belts to become the undisputed champion.
Iron Man Match for the WWF Title: Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels returned from post-concussion syndrome due to an attack in a bar in Syracuse, New York (and his injuries were then magnified by an early return in the Survivor Series Wild Card match) to win the Royal Rumble and get a shot at the WWF Title at Wrestlemania. All that stood in his way was his technical equal, Bret Hart. Interim WWF President Roddy Piper declared the match would be a one hour Irom Man match which would let the two showcase exactly what they could do together. The match continued to build as the hour went on and both men pulled out all the stops. At one point, Michaels went for a superkick on the floor but Bret ducked causing a young Tony Chimel to eat the move. Late in the match, Bret backdropped Michaels over the ring post to the floor causing HBK to land with a thud. Nothing though could give either man an advantage as they engaged in a stalemate for the better part of an hour. Finally, with less than a minute left, Michaels came off the top rope, but Bret caught him and applied the Sharpshooter. HBK held on without submitting as the time expired and the match ended 0-0. Bret assumed a tie went to the champion, thus he retained his belt. “Not so,” said returning WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, who declared sudden death. A little over a minute into the overtime period, Shawn Michaels would realize a boyhood dream after two superkicks.
Submission Match: Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin - Wrestlemania 13 (March 23, 1997)
A year later, Bret Hart was in a bitter feud with Steve Austin. Bret was trying to protect the morals of his fans that remained loyal to him while others had left to join the bandwagon of the Texas Rattlesnake, who was about anything but morals. Bret finally snapped the week before the show going off on a profanity-laced tirade and shoving down Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson. By the time the match came about the conflict was so personal that the two men spent twenty minutes trying to kill one another. Early in the match, they fought into the crowd with the rabid Chicago fans. Later, Bret tried to choke the life out of Austin with an extension wire at ringside. Finally, Bret busted Austin open over the guard rail and was able to apply the Sharpshooter. Austin, stubborn as ever, refused to submit and instead passed out due to blood loss. Special referee Ken Shamrock stopped the match, but Hart wouldn’t stop the assault. The fans had finally had enough of the Hitman and let him know it. Meanwhile, Austin refused medical attention and got himself up and to the back, this gaining the respect of the fans. The double turn was executed perfectly and the Stone Cold Era had begun.
No Disqualification WWF Title Match: Champion The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin - Wrestlemania XV (March 28, 1999)
The two biggest stars in the WWF at the time finally got to go one on one for the biggest prize in the game on the grandest stage of them all. A feud that began sixteen months earlier at In Your House: D-Generation X was finally coming to a head. Rock became the centerpiece of Mr. McMahon’s Corporation at the Survivor Series after helping to screw Austin out of retaining the WWF title. A vow from McMahon that Austin would never get another title shot took him on a long road to Wrestlemania. He first had to beat the Undertaker in a Buried Alive match at In Your House: Rock Bottom just to get into the Royal Rumble. Once there, due to a truck load of shenanigans, he wasn’t able to win and it was Mr. McMahon instead who won the 1999 Royal Rumble match. Finally, Austin was able to get Vince to put the Wrestlemania title match on the line in a steel cage match at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. When the help from a debuting Big Show backfired, Austin was finally headed to Wrestlemania. Due to the no disqualification stipulation, Austin and Rock would be ready to fight tooth and nail in an all out brawl but McMahon wasn’t done stacking the deck just yet. With Mick Foley and Big Show (who had fought earlier in the night to determine who would referee the main event) both out of the picture, McMahon tried to name himself referee. Not so fast, according to then-WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels, who told Vince to hit the bricks. In the end, after avoiding a Corporate Elbow, Austin hit the Stunner and retained the belt.
Two-Fall Triple Threat Match for the WWF Intercontinental and European Titles: Champion Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit - Wrestlemania 2000 (April 2, 2000)
Kurt Angle entered the match as both the Intercontinental and European champions (or, the Euro-Continental champion as he would call himself). And what would be the best way for the cocky champion to lose both belts and still be able to call himself the best ever? That’s right, by never getting pinned. The first fall was for the Intercontinental title and saw Chris Benoit win the title by pinning Chris Jericho after a diving headbutt. The second fall would determine the European champion and went to Chris Jericho after hitting a Lionsault on Benoit. Storyline-wise, it was the perfect way to get both belts off Angle and let him complain about it. As for the match, three unbelievable athletes put on a clinic for fifteen minutes with chain wrestling, innovative maneuvers and classic mat wrestling.
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit - Wrestlemania X-Seven (April 1, 2001)
Many people consider Wrestlemania X-Seven to be the peak of the Attitude Era because it was an outstanding show with matches like this one. The match started out as a mat wrestling affair but soon broke down after Angle, the heel, hit Benoit with a closed fist. The story of the match was that Chris Benoit was trying to prove that he could make Kurt Angle tap out to the Crippler Crossface. Towards the end, he finally succeeded, but unfortunately, the referee was unconscious at the time. Finally, it was Kurt Angle using the tights of Benoit to gain leverage and secure the win. It was the perfect heel tactic in a match where both men were known for their technical expertise.
No Disqualification WWF Title Match: Champion The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin - Wrestlemania X-Seven (April 1, 2001)
If Wrestlemania X-Seven really was the peak of the Attitude Era, then there could have been no better main event as The Rock taking on Steve Austin. In the buildup to the match, Austin told the world he would do anything to win back the WWF title because he needed it more than anything anyone else could ever imagine. Little did we know how far he really would take that promise. Before the match began, ring announcer Howard Finkel announced that a no disqualification stipulation had been added to the match at the last minute. At ringside, Jim Ross wondered aloud who made that decision. We would soon find out. A back and forth struggle commenced which saw both men bleed, Austin pull the Million Dollar Dream out of the cobwebs, and Rock apply the Stone Cold Stunner to its master. Eventually, Mr. McMahon came down to the ring and things were about to become clear. As Rock covered Austin after a People’s Elbow, McMahon pulled the Rock off Austin then handed Stone Cold a chair. Austin proceeded to waffle The Great One with it and form an alliance with his one-time arch-nemesis, Mr. McMahon. A dozen or so chair shots later and Austin had regained the WWF title, doing anything and everything he needed in the process.
No Disqualification: The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair - Wrestlemania X8 (March 17, 2002)
The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania winning streak is legendary – almost as legendary as Ric Flair himself, so this Wrestlemania match was perfect. For me, I was never a big fan of the American Badass incarnation of the Undertaker, but for at least one night, in my opinion, he played the part perfectly. Call me crazy, but when I look at the Undertaker at Wrestlemania X8, I see the T-1000 from The Terminator movies. Short spiked hair (as opposed to the regular longer, slicked back look he had) and dry leather pants (when he usually wore glossy ones) had Taker ready to destroy Ric Flair (and possibly save John Connor). Going into the event, Undertaker had messed with Ric’s family, going so far as to attack his son, David. This sent Flair off the deep end and helped him have one of his best matches in a long time, up until that point. The two men brawled all over the place and took some nasty bumps. Flair reverted back to his younger form, but even that wasn’t enough to stop the Dead Man. Interference by Arn Anderson (and a classic spinebuster) couldn’t do the trick either and Flair would eventually fall to a Tombstone piledriver, letting the Undertaker become 10-0 at Wrestlemania.
Icon vs. Icon: The Rock vs. “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan - Wrestlemania X8 (March 17, 2002)
These two men may not have been able to put on a technical masterpiece like Kurt Angle or Chris Benoit, but that honestly didn’t matter. If someone mentioned to you that The Rock and Hulk Hogan were fighting at a Wrestlemania, I defy you to not be intrigued. The segment that set this match up on Raw the night after No Way Out 2002 set the tone for just how crazy good this was going to be (before Hogan ran Rock’s ambulance down with a truck). When the match began, despite being the heel, the Canadian crowd let nostalgia kick in and refused to boo Hogan and instead turned their venom towards the face, The Rock. The atmosphere in the arena was something I will never forget as I watched on pay per view and I honestly had no idea what to think about it. The Rock played right into their hands, knowing what was going on, and worked heel for the first time in a long time and Hogan was able to hold his own. In the end, it was The Rock getting the win, but that didn’t matter in the larger scheme of things. What mattered was that two legends from different eras went one-on-one and the crowd hung on their every move and enjoyed the ride. I know I sure did.
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho - Wrestlemania XIX (March 30, 2003)
Years before Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho engaged in a seven month, feud of the year, they fought each other at a Wrestlemania, which had a nice amount of buildup itself – around four months. In the months leading to the match, we learned that as a young boy, Jericho idolized Michaels. This admiration turned to jealously and drove Jericho mad. Two great athletes got it on for over twenty minutes of back and forth action. At one point in the match, Chris Jericho hit HBK with Sweet Chin Music, then ducked Shawn’s own version and applied the Walls of Jericho. Michaels finally hit the superkick, but Jericho was able to kick out. Finally, without his finisher in play, Michaels rolled up Jericho for a quick three count. Y2J was cordial after the fall and wanted to shake hands. When HBK did, Jericho blasted him below the belt and walked away. Shades of things to come from a guy who can be an outstanding heel (as if you needed me to tell you that).
Street Fight: Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. McMahon - Wrestlemania XIX (March 20, 2003)
To explain the back story for this match, you’d have to go back through almost twenty years of history, which is why this match had the “20 Years in the Making” tag attached to it. In fact, the history between these two men, both on and off screen, could probably compile a book the size of an encyclopedia. This is why a match where both combatants weren’t considered great wrestlers succeeded and was so entertaining. Weeks before the show, McMahon and Hogan taunted one another, both claiming they were the man who was responsible for creating Wrestlemania. The question became, was it Vince’s vision or Hogan’s execution that propelled the event into becoming such a huge happening? That’s still up for debate, but at Wrestlemania XIX, we found out who the better man was. Hogan had gone into the show stating that he would retire from professional wrestling if he was to lose to McMahon, so Vince made sure he pulled out all the stops, including a leg drop off the top of a ladder putting Hogan through the announce table. Finally, a third man entered the ring in a trench coat and reveled himself to be Roddy Piper, who also laid claim to creating Wrestlemania (as he stated many times to Hulk, without Piper, there wouldn’t have been a Hogan). He eventually hit Hogan with a pipe before leaving. However, Hogan was able to overcome all the odds once again and win the match to stay unretired.
Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Champion Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit - Wrestlemania XX (March 14, 2004)
Triple H and Shawn Michaels had been feuding over the World Heavyweight title since late 2003, including a classic match on the last Raw of the year where HBK seemingly won the title, but accidentally pinned his own shoulders down, and a match that produced a double count-out at the Royal Rumble. Shawn Michaels wanted more of Triple H, but unfortunately for him, Chris Benoit decided to come over to Raw from Smackdown to face Triple H for the World Heavyweight title at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels would have none of it and superkicked Benoit during the contract signing then put his own name on the contract. Because Benoit was contractually obligated to get his title match at Wrestlemania, and now Shawn Michaels name was on the contract as well, co-General Manager of Raw, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin made the contest a triple threat match. After all three men put on one hell of a show, trading reversals and finishers, Benoit was finally able to get the win by making champion Triple H tap out to the Crippler Crossface. Sadly, this would not be the moment everyone remembers in the life and legacy of Chris Benoit - that would unfortunately come three years later.
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels - Wrestlemania 21 (April 3, 2005)
Perhaps no other two men could have the same kind of wrestling match that Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels had at Wrestlemania 21. This was another feud that began months earlier, got extremely personal and built up to a match at Wrestlemania. The two men took turns mat wrestling and trading reversals until Michaels too control. Kurt responded by hitting an Angle Slam on HBK into the ring post on the outside. Michaels then hit the high spot of the match by spring boarding off the second rope onto Angle, who was lying prone on the announce table. As the match went on, Michaels seemingly reversed the Ankle Lock each time Kurt applied it, until Angle was able to put it on and apply a body scissor with it. HBK held out as long as possible, but finally had to tap out.
Hardcore Match: Edge vs. Mick Foley - Wrestlemania 22 (April 2, 2006)
At New Year’s Revolution, Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank title opportunity at the most opportune time – right after John Cena survived a grueling Elimination Chamber match, to win the belt. Cena would win it back at the Rumble, and Edge would have one last opportunity at the belt on a special Thursday edition of Raw in February. He lost the match and blamed special referee Mick Foley for it. Meanwhile, Mick Foley was still trying to have his “Wrestlemania Moment” and would get that chance in a hardcore match – a Mick Foley specialty. Early in the match, Foley had concealed barbed wire that was wrapped around his stomach, which would cause Edge harm when he tried a spear. The two men continued beating the living hell out of each other until Edge’s Sex Kitten, Lita, poured lighter fluid on a table at ringside and ignited it. Edge then hit a spear through the ropes on Foley, sending him off the ring apron and through the flaming table, to win the match.
No Holds Barred Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. McMahon - Wrestlemania 22 (April 2, 2006)
Another match at Wrestlemania 22, which saw many twists and turns along the way was Shawn Michaels taking on the Chairman of the Board, Mr. McMahon. The issues between HBK and McMahon started in late 2005 when Vince chastised Shawn for his part in the Montreal Screwjob. HBK told McMahon to move on, like he did, offending the Chairman. Vince sought revenge, including adding insane stipulations to Shawn’s matches, getting him eliminated from the Royal Rumble extremely quickly, and forcing him, and his longtime friend Marty Jannetty, to join the Kiss My Ass Club. At Wrestlemania, Michaels went nuts, first blasting Vince over the head with a framed photograph of himself on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, then reversing another Kiss My Ass Club attempt, shoving Shane McMahon’s face into his father’s backside. After Shawn overcame interference from the Spirit Squad, he put a garbage can over Vince’s head, laid him on a table, climbed a fifteen foot ladder and dropped an elbow from the heavens on McMahon, getting his revenge, and the win.
WWE Title Match: Champion John Cena vs. Triple H - Wrestlemania 22 (April 2, 2006)
Perhaps the one moment everyone remembers from this match was the role playing outfits each competitor wore on their way to the ring. Triple H, playing up the King of Kings character, was raised up onto the stage on a throne wearing a Conan the Barbarian-like outfit. His opponent, John Cena decided to go with a classic Chicago gangster theme (seeing as Wrestlemania was in Chicago that year) which even included a yet-to-debut CM Punk playing a bit background part. Finally, once the match began, the two biggest stars on Raw at the time put on one hell of a match. For the smart fans, it was a foregone conclusion that Triple H was going to win back the title from Cena, but in the end, The Champ was able to make Trips tap out with the STF, proving that he belonged, no matter if you liked him or not.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Champion Batista vs. The Undertaker - Wrestlemania 23 (April 1, 2007)
In Detroit, The Undertaker faced one of the biggest challenges to his streak in a long time when Batista put the World Heavyweight title on the line against him. Many people weren’t expecting this to be anything spectacular, but Taker and Batista were able to prove them all wrong and put on a very memorable match. The contest went back and forth, with Taker throwing everything he had at Dave, including choke slams and even using the Last Ride, but it still wasn’t enough. For his part, Batista even drove Undertaker through the announce table with a running power slam. Finally, Taker hit a Tombstone piledriver to win the belt and keep the streak alive at 15-0.
WWE Title Match: Champion John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels - Wrestlemania 23 (April 1, 2007)
John Cena decided to continue with his elaborate entrances at Wrestlemania and, seeing as they were in Detroit – the Motor City, raced a Mustang down the streets to the building, into the parking garage, then straight through a glass Wrestlemania sign in the arena. While most of that was pre-produced, it was still a cool visual. Many believed this would be a rematch from the year before, with Triple H getting the win this time, but an injury at New Year’s Revolution caused a change in the plans – one that many were happy about. Leading into the match, Cena and HBK won the World Tag Team titles, but Cena proclaimed that he was weary of Michaels watching his back because of his checkered past and the fact that he continuously turned on his partners. Michaels told Cena he would have his back until Wrestlemania, but then all bets were off. There were many times along the way where HBK would have a chance to cause harm to his Wrestlemania opponent, but chose not to. Finally, on the Raw before Wrestlemania, Michaels superkicked Cena, setting the stage for the battle. During the match, Michaels would hit Cena with a piledriver on the steel steps, but both men could not execute their primary finishers. Michaels was able to get to the ropes the first time Cena applied his STF, but failed to do so the second. Cena retained his belt and defeated both members of DX at consecutive Wrestlemanias.
Career Threatening Match: Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels - Wrestlemania XXIV (March 30, 2008)
Whatever I say about this match will not do it justice. Perhaps the most emotionally driven match in Wrestlemania history had so many people on the edge of their seats even though they all knew how it would end. Things started well enough with one man reluctantly accepting a challenge from his hero to face him at Wrestlemania. But things soon got contentious, with Michaels comparing the situation to Old Yeller. When the match started, the emotions of both men were pretty obvious, as were the emotions of the 74,635 people in attendance. The match wasn’t the greatest technical display ever – at one point, Michaels completely missed Flair with a moonsault off the top rope to the floor, but no one seemed to mind. Another sick spot was Michaels trying a spring board moonsault off the second rope onto Flair, who was on the announce table. The Nature Boy moved and Michaels came down hard, ribs first, onto the edge of the table. Shawn was able to hit a few Sweet Chin Music kicks out of nowhere, but was unable to capitalize. Flair kept fighting, but in the end, Shawn uttered the words that no one will forget – “I’m sorry, and I love you,” hit one final superkick and closed the book on one of the most storied careers in the history of wrestling. Shawn broke down and took off, leaving Ric to enjoy his moment. Flair was already in tears before the move connected, and it continued on after the match. I will never forget this match and I know I’m not alone.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Champion Edge vs. The Undertaker - Wrestlemania XXIV (March 30, 2007)
Edge and Undertaker were faced with the unenviable task of trying to follow a loaded card, which included the Flair/Michaels match, a WWE Title match featuring Triple H, John Cena and Randy Orton, and the Big Show taking on Floyd Mayweather in a No Disqualification match. To say they pulled it off with flyinf colors would be an understatement. For a feud that lasted almost 10 months, no one should have been surprised though. The back and forth affair went almost twenty-five minutes and included Edge reversing Old School and a Last Ride attempt, using a camera on the Dead Man (in reference to the action that cost the Undertaker the title at Survivor Series) and even sending Taker into the front row at one point. The Edgeheads, Hawkins and Ryder tried to interfere, but Taker ending up chokeslamming one onto the other; however the distraction allowed Edge to hit his spear. Edge made the mistake of going for another spear, and Taker was able to reverse it into his signature submission move to get the win and advance to 16-0 at Wrestlemania.
So there you have it, my favorite twenty-five Wrestlemania matches, in honor of Wrestlemania 25. Enjoy the show this year, and let’s hope by Wrestlemania 50, I’ll be able to write about my next favorite twenty-five matches!