Wrestlemania: The Showcase of the Immortals. That’s how WWE brands it, or is it the granddaddy of them all? I think McMahon banned that one, so let’s go ahead and use it out of spite.
There are three Wrestlemanias that stand head and shoulders above all others in terms of match quality. If we were to rate this on overall spectacle, we would be here all day, since a lot of Wrestlemania’s have had many legendary moments. Rating on match quality allows us to narrow our view a little bit. It may also encourage you to check out a high-quality Wrestlemania you haven’t seen yet.
Here are the Granddaddies of them All:
This Wrestlemania would be unremarkable save for two things. There’s the Bret and Owen show, and then there’s the Shawn and Razor show. In the opening match of the show, Bret and Owen Hart had probably the best technical wrestling match in the history of WWE. The fact that Meltzer robbed it of five stars is a travesty.
Then, there’s the more remembered ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon. What is there to say about this match that hasn’t already been said? It was innovative. It was ahead of its time. It was legendary. Top the event off with a serviceable Bret/Yokozuna match where Bret Hart recaptures the WWE title and you have an event for the ages.
If the previous Wrestlemania showcased four individuals, Wrestlemania XXX was all about one man: Daniel Bryan. Similarly to Bret Hart two decades before, Bryan was in both the opening match against Triple H and in the main event against Batista and Randy Orton.
The event suffers a little bit from the fact that the Undertaker’s streak was ended in an anti-climactic match against Brock Lesnar, but Bryan delivered two absolute classics here.
This may be everyone’s consensus pick for the greatest Wrestlemania of all time. First off, it had four out-of-this-world classics. First on the docket is Tables, Ladders, and Chairs between perennial adversaries the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz, and Edge and Christian. Then you had a wrestling clinic between Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. You had Triple H and the Undertaker going at it in an epic war. Finally, you had legends the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestle in what was probably their best match ever.