Wrestlemania goes into it’s 38th year this year, and the show has grown in stature year after year. From it’s almost humble beginnings with Hulk Hogan teaming with Mr T against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff all the way to Roman Reigns beating Daniel Bryan and Edge at Wrestlemania 38, Wrestlemania has proved to be one of the best shows the WWE puts on, with some of the best matches in the companies history.
With the current obsession in WWE for talent to have their “Wrestlemania Moment”, wrestlers go all out on the big show to pull off the best matches they possible can. A big moment on the biggest show if the year will be replayed for years to come and can etch a wrestlers name in the halls of WWE immortality forever. As Wrestlemania 38 comes up, wrestlers will be thinking of new ways to excite the crowd and impress everybody watching at home.
Someone like Shawn Michaels is remembered as “Mr Wrestlemania” in WWE. Despite that name, he has a horrible record at Wrestlemania, losing more times at the show than he won. In fact, after his return from injury in 2002, he only won twice at Wrestlemania. One of those matches was even against Vince McMahon, where there was literally no chance of him ever losing to the chairman.
Here we will look at the top 10 rated matches in Wrestlemania history. Using Cagematch.net, we will look at what wrestling fans voted as the top matches. This does not show what is the biggest, or most important match in Wrestlemania history. For instance, Hogan vs Andre may be the most iconic match in WWE history. However, Andre the Giant was well past his prime and Hogan could never carry anyone to a great match.
Best Wrestlemania Matches in History
10. The Undertaker vs Triple H – Wrestlemania 28
The first match on this list involves Shawn Michaels, but as a referee rather than a wrestler. He refereed the Hell in a Cell match between rival The Undertaker and best friend Triple H. The pair met inside a Hell in a Cell match, after the Undertaker narrowly defeated Triple H the year prior at Wrestlemania.
It was the closest the Undertaker came to losing the Streak until he faced Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX. Triple H brought the violence to Undertaker like never before at Wrestlemania. Fans were sure the Streak was over when Undertaker was hit with a Sweet Chin Music/Pedigree combo, but the Deadman somehow managed to kick out. He won the match with a Tombstone Piledriver, keeping the Streak in alive in this “End of an Era” match.
Did you know The Undertaker vs Wade Barrett at Wrestlemania 27 was planned?
9. Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels – Wrestlemania 19
Number nine of the best Wrestlemania matches is the first to involve Shawn Michaels as a competitor, but nowhere near his last. In his first Wrestlemania match back after returning from injury, he took on young Canadian star Chris Jericho in the highest rated match on the card that year.
The pair battles a fast paced, technical match with tons of drama for over 22 minutes. HBK would hit the superkick on Jericho for the win, but a grovelling Jericho would get his revenge over Michaels with a huge shot to the nuts after the match.
8. Edge vs Mick Foley – Wrestlemania 22
The most violet match on this list is the hardcore match between Mick Foley and Edge. It was one of the most brutal matches in Wrestlemania history, involving chairs, bats, thumbtacks, barbed wire and even a flaming table. It took both men to the edge of their limits and produced a historic match both men can be proud of.
The match came about because Mick Foley lamented not having his own “Wrestlemania moment”. Thanks to the goading of Edge and his girlfriend Lita, he lit a fire under Foley that brought him to the deepest, darkest pits of his mind to think up some a violent and exciting match type.
7. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon – Wrestlemania 10
The first ladder match in WWE history was also the first five-star rated match in the companies history. Dave Meltzer rated this match as a five star bout after seeing Shawn Michaels take on Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania 10 to determine who was the true Intercontinental Champion.
The ladder match had been brought to WWE by Bret Hart. Hart had competed in ladder matches in Stampede Wrestling in Canada in his fathers promotion. He introduced the stipulation to Vince, who liked it and immediately booked Ramon vs Michaels for Wrestlemania.
Their Wrestlemania 10 bout was the best in the show and the sixth best Wrestlemania match in history. The pair thought up many innovative ways to use the ladders as weapons, even climbing and falling off ladders for some horrific bumps. It was a match ahead of it’s time and helped propel both men to the main event scene, especially in Shawn Michaels case.
6. Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle – Wrestlemania 21
Shawn Michaels continues to dominate this list as he appears again, with one of the best Wrestlemania matches of all time. At Wrestlemania 21, the Showstopper was embroiled in a feud with Kurt Angle, and faced the Olympic Gold Medallist in a dream match. Both men were two of the best wrestlers in the world at the time, and the match came at the perfect time to showcase their immense talent.
Fans were excited for the match, and expected the world from this match between two of the all time greats. Somehow, they managed to match and even exceed those lofty expectations to pull out a five star classic.
In a technical, fast paced encounter, Angle caught Michaels and beat him to win the bout. The pair battled back and forth for over twenty minutes, with Angle locking in the Angle Lock, forcing the Heart Break Kid to tap out in another Wrestlemania classic.
5. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker – Wrestlemania 26
Michaels truly earned his moniker of “Mr Wrestlemania”. He has dominated this list and shows no sign of stopping. In his second consecutive year, Shawn Michaels took on the Undertaker at Wrestlemania to try and break the legendary Streak. Despite being one of the most talented men in WWE history, breaking the Streak was one thing that evaded him. And it would continue to as Wrestlemania 26.
With the Undertaker refusing Michaels challenge for a second Wrestlemania match, Michaels sought other ways to face the Deadman. He tried, and failed, to win the 2010 Royal Rumble, and did the same inside the Elimination Chamber. In the end, he attacked the Undertaker and cost him his Championships, forcing the Undertaker to teach HBK a lesson at Wrestlemania.
However, it came at a cost. If Michaels lost, he had to retire. This upped the stakes to even greater and produced on the of the most emotional Wrestlemania bouts of all time. The match failed to exceed the original, but told a fantastic story on it’s own and was a fantastic bookend to Shawn Michael’s legendary career.
He would later come out of retirement for one of the worst WWE matches of all time, but we don’t talk about that.
4. Bret Hart vs Owen Hart – Wrestlemania 10
One of the first five star matches in WWE came in this incredible brother-vs-brother match. Bret Hart, in his first of two matches of the night, faced off with his younger brother Owen Hart at Wrestlemania X. The feud pitted the jealous sibling against his brother Bret who was set to battle for the WWE Championship later that night, intent on stopping his brother from winning the gold.
Owen and Bret Hart pulled out a technical masterpiece that was 30 years ahead of it’s time. The pair showed incredible chemistry, pulling out spots at lightning quick speed and showing incredible in-ring psychology.
Owen worked over the knee of Bret during the match, intent on ruining his chances of winning the WWE Championship later that night. He even pinned Bret Hart to win the match, shocking everybody in attendance and making a name for himself on the biggest stage with one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time.
3. Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels – Wrestlemania 20
While this match will never be on a WWE list of best matches, it simply is. Due to Chris Benoit’s unfortunate double-murder suicide of his family in 2007, his career will forever be tarnished and never looked at the same way again. However, this match is incredible despite his future transgressions.
Benoit won the 2004 Royal Rumble, lasting from number one to winning the match by eliminating the Big Show. He challenged World Heavyweight Champion Triple H for his Championship in the main event of Wrestlemania, but was joined by Shawn Michaels. The Heart Break Kid had been feuding with Triple H since his return, and would make the main event of Wrestlemania a Triple Threat Match.
All three men tore the house down, pulling out all the stops to pull off a legendary Wrestlemania match. Chris Benoit, one of the greatest Canadian wrestlers of all time, fought valiantly against the larger men, who’s rivalry spilled out in droves during this match. However, hatred for each other tore them apart, and allowed Benoit to use his incredible wrestling ability to make Triple H tap out and win his only World Championship in WWE.
2. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker – Wrestlemania 25
Many fans choose this as their favourite wrestling match of all times. Sadly, it only clocks in as the second best Wrestlemania match of all time, but it more than earns such a high spot on the list. The match was the first of the two Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels matches at Wrestlemania, and was as close to the perfect match as either man was ever going to get.
Two of the all time great, arguably at their peak, battling it out at the biggest stage of them all. The match had superb psychology and everything was done at the exact right time in the exact right way. The Undertaker countered HBK’s moonsault into a Tombstone Piledriver to win the match and keep the Streak alive for one more year.
1. Bret Hart vs Steve Austin – Wrestlemania 13
Not only is this match the best match in Wrestlemania history, it is also voted as the greatest match in WWE history. It also tops our list of the best Stone Cold Steve Austin matches of all time. This classic match was a submission match between two of WWE’s best wrestlers, and had been building up over the past year for this blockbuster match.
The match was a technical masterpiece as well as veering off into a long, bloody affair. The everlasting image of the matches ends lives long is the memories of anyone who saw. Steve Austin, blood pouring down his face and locked in Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter was defiant until the end. He hung on as long as he could, passing out in a pool of his own blood as Hart was declared the winner