The Top Five Wrestlemania Matches of All-Time: Day One
As I start the countdown to Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans, I've decided to take a look back at the top five matches in Wrestlemania history. Having seen every single Wrestlemania over the course of my life, it was hard to narrow it down.
I have attended three Wrestlemania's in the past (XXIV in 2008, XXV in 2009, and XXVI in 2010) and will be attending XXX (or 30) in New Orleans just next week.
1) Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania III) - It was hard to leave this out of the top five because of how significant it is in the history of the WWE. In terms of a match, it was a snoozer outside of Hogan body slamming Andre in front of 93,000 people at the Pontiac Silverdome.
2) Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania XXIV) - The perfect ending to the career of Ric Flair came at Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando. Michaels and Flair put on a memorable, emotional performance that allowed Flair to "retire" into the sunset.
3) Hardys vs. Dudley Boys vs. Edge & Christian (Wrestlemania X-7) - The craziest train/car wreck you will see. These six men battled in a tables, ladders, and chairs match that involved many crazy spots, and many incidents. The match itself stole the show on a heavy loaded card that most people call the best Wrestlemania in history.
On to the countdown:
Number 5 - "End of an Era" Triple H vs. Undertaker (Wrestlemania XXVIII)
Three of the best performers of an era pulled together at Wrestlemania XXVIII in Miami for one final go around. Triple H and the Undertaker faced off for the second time in as many years (but third time total at Wrestlemania), but this time it involved Shawn Michaels as the special referee.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that the match took place in the Hell in a Cell. The Hell in a Cell is a cage structure that hovers over the ring with a roof on top. Some of the most barbaric matches in history have been contested in those confines.
The match was built on Triple H wanting to end the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. In the previous year, HHH lost the match but won the war. Undertaker did not walk out of Wrestlemania XXVII, even if he was the true "winner," and came back the next year for revenge. What was set up was the match with the inclusion of Michaels after Taker managed to get HHH to accept the match after telling him that HHH would never be as good as Michaels.
Take the story away, and it was still one of the best matches in the history of the company.
The two men brawled around the cell and beat the living hell out of each other. Better yet, HHH went on a rampage with a chair to the back of 'Taker that caused his back to be completely bruised. The highlight of the match was the super kick into pedigree that had the entire crowd on hand at SunLife Stadium on their feet.
Undertaker would ultimately go onto win in a very emotional contest, but after the match was over the "end of an era" really kicked in as Taker/HHH/Michaels all walked out together essentially signifying the end of the 1990s.
Here's highlights of the match.
The countdown will continue tomorrow with #4. Here's a hint for all the Wrestling fans - One of the most innovative matches in company history...