Happy WrestleMania Day! Whether you’re a wrestling fan or not, today is the Super Bowl of wrestling and will get lots of attention. Every performer will try to do something that gets remembered for years. Here are the 10 biggest moments from past WrestleManias:
10. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit Celebrate (WrestleMania 20)
I know it’s taboo to talk about Chris Benoit, but it is amazing that Eddie Guerrero and Benoit would win titles at the biggest event of the year. They were buried in WCW and called ‘vanilla midgets’. Guerrero coming out to celebrate Benoit’s world title victory made for an iconic moment:
9. The Rock Vs Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 18)
This match featured two of the most popular wrestlers from 2 generations. Hulk Hogan was supposed to be the heel but the Toronto crowd was behind him. It wasn’t a great technical match, but the fans made their stare down an iconic moment:
8. Seth Rollins Wins WWE Title By Using Money In The Bank (WrestleMania 31)
‘Money In The Bank’ is such a great gimmick – a wrestler can cash it in at any time to try to win a title. Seth Rollins used it perfectly at Wrestlemania 31. The main event was Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar but Rollins came in to make it a Triple Threat match. It was the perfect ending that no one saw coming.
7. Shawn Michaels Wins His First WWE Title (WrestleMania 12)
Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were two of the greatest wrestlers ever and they fought for the WWE Title in a 60-minute Iron Man Match. It wasn’t the greatest match of all time but it was still very good and it even went to overtime:
6. The Double Turn (WrestleMania 13)
Bret Hart was one of the most popular wrestlers in 1997, and Stone Cold Steve Austin was a great heel. There are many ways to execute a heel or face turn, but these two did it by having a great match that told a great story. Hart defeated Austin when Austin passed out in the Sharpshooter, but fans ended up hating Hart and admiring Austin. It was one of things that propelled Austin into becoming one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.
5. “I’m Sorry. I Love You” (WrestleMania 24)
Say what you will about wrestling – “it’s fake, it’s stupid” but at it’s best it tells great stories. Ric Flair was 59 at WrestleMania 24 and put his career on the line against Shawn Michaels, who regarded Flair as a boyhood idol and mentor. At one point in the match, Michaels couldn’t bring himself to superkick Flair, but in the end executed the move, not before saying “I’m Sorry. I Love You”. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
4. Stone Cold Steve Austin Wins With Mike Tyson’s Help (WrestleMania 14)
In 1998, WWE and WCW were in the middle of the “Monday Night Wars” and WCW was winning. Having Iron Mike Tyson was a big deal for WWE, as it got a lot of mainstream attention. He was the special guest referee as Stone Cold Steve Austin faced Shawn Michaels for the WWE title. Austin’s win and Tyson knocking out Michaels was one of the biggest moments of the “Attitude Era”.
3. Undertaker’s Streak Ends (WrestleMania 30)
The Undertaker had won 21 consecutive WrestleMania matches. People are still angry that Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Either they think the Undertaker should’ve retired undefeated or that it should’ve been someone other than Brock Lesnar. The reactions of the crowd are priceless.
2. Daniel Bryan becomes WWE Champion (WrestleMania 30)
How can you not love this guy! Daniel Bryan is the ultimate underdog, and achieved success strictly through his immense popularity. Bryan was reportedly not supposed to have such a big role in WrestleMania 30 but WWE listened to the fans. He had to fight HHH in the opening match to earn his spot in the main event, then defeated Randy Orton and Batista.
1. Hulk Hogan Slams Andre The Giant (WrestleMania 3)
The first WresltleMania was historic, and the 2nd WrestleMania was okay, but the storyline involving Andre the Giant turning on Hulk Hogan was one of the biggest ever. Was it a great technical match? No way, but everyone wanted to see if Hogan could defeat Andre and bodyslam him. Oh, and he did it in from of 93,000 people.