Views From The Turnbuckle: Ranking Every Wrestlemania From Worst To Best
Wrestlemania is always billed as being the biggest and best event of the year. While that is not always the case, it is almost certainly always the most hyped. With that being said, not all Wrestlemania's are created equal, as some are amongst the best events ever to take place, while others have been downright embarrassing. In honor of the 30th Wrestlemania event taking place, here is a ranking, in reverse order, for every single Wrestlemania. Enjoy.
The Bottom of the Barrel
29. Wrestlemania 1
28. Wrestlemania 27
27. Wrestlemania 29
Wrestlemania I is an event that can almost not be defined by modern standards. The entire point of the show was to cross-brand wrestling with other forms of entertainment, and while it was a successful, watching it now it just seems overly dated and full of time wasting segments. The only above-average match on the card is Ricky Steamboat vs Matt Borne, and the main event, while having a great deal of cross-appeal, was pretty awful, with a still green Hulk Hogan teaming with an actor, to beat the two biggest heels in the company.
29. Wrestlemania 1
While the first Wrestlemania has the excuse that there was no real standard for it to live up to, Wrestlemania 27 has no such excuse. The main event, John Cena vs The Miz, didn't even go 15 minutes and had a false finish, and then The Rock got involved and it was just a disaster. Triple H vs The Undertaker was supposed to be the show stealer, but instead was just HHH beating up The Undertaker for 30 minutes, and then 'Taker getting the submission victory. Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes was excellent, but Snooki also got a pinfall victory on the show and Michael Cole wrestled a 15 minute match, so this one gets a big thumbs down.
Wrestlemania 29 had the largest crowd in United States wrestling history, but all that ended up meaning was that WWE sent a lot of people home unhappy. The Undertaker vs CM Punk was exceptional, but other than that, the show was boring and predictable. Triple H showed why he probably isn't a main event performer anymore, somehow getting a bad match out of Brock Lesnar despite it being no disqualification and getting a ton of hype. The main event was essentially a worst version of the previous Wrestlemania's main event, with John Cena and The Rock both ending the match as faces and the fans turning up their noses.
26. Wrestlemania 4
Failing to Reach Mediocrity
25. Wrestlemania 5
24. Wrestlemania 26
26. Wrestlemania 4
Wrestlemania 4 is best remembered by being the event that Randy Savage won the WWF World Championship, but what most people forget is that the event was horribly long and boring up until the main event. Because the event encompassed an entire tournament, it had 16 matches on the card, and because there were 16 matches, almost all of the matches were short and had no time to deliver any quality. Rick Rude and Jake Roberts went to a 15 minute time limit draw, but the match they had was almost uncomfortably bad. While Savage winning the title was a pivotal point in wrestling history, the event he won it in was far from it.
Wrestlemania 5 was the culmination of the pseudo-real feud between Savage and Hogan. While Savage was the champion throughout the year, Hogan was still the number one star in the company, and he reclaimed his throne in a decent match in the main event. However, Wrestlemania 5 was plagued by two horrifically bad matches. Andre the Giant, on his last legs, just couldn't get the job done against Jake Roberts. That match was actually better than the abortion that was The Bushwhakers vs The Rougeau Brothers, which is probably the worst wrestling match in Wrestlemania and perhaps WWE history.
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