Wrestlemania has evolved from an event only die-hard wrestling fans cared about to one of the most popular entertainment events of the year. You can ask 10 different wrestling fans what their favorite Mania is and you can get 10 different responses. That is what makes wrestling so unique, its ability to attach different moments to all of their fans. Here are our top five Wrestlemanias ever.
2001: Wrestlemania X-Seven
Frequently listed as the best WWE PPV ever, this Mania featured four of their best wrestlers in their prime in Triple H vs. The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock. Triple H had his popular theme song “The Game” played live by Motorhead, but came short of handing The Undertaker his first Mania loss, pinning out after a Last Ride. The night capped off with Stone Cold and The Rock in an epic 30-minute match that ended with a bloody Stone Cold nailing the Rock 16 times with a metal chair to become the new WWF Champion.
1987: Wrestlemania III
In one of the most memorable matches in history, two of the biggest and well-known wrestlers faced off in the ring. Hulk Hogan became legendary after body slamming the 500-pound Andre The Giant in front of 93,000 attendants.
2014: Wrestlemania 30
All good things must come to an end. Fans who bought WWE tickets saw The Undertaker’s 21-0 Wrestlemania record shatter by the hands of Brock Lesnar after pulling off three F-5’s in a 25-minute match. The unforgettable match is described as “The most shocking result in WWE history.”
2007: Wrestlemania 23
It would be negligent to keep the possible next President of the United States/WWE Hall of Fame member off this list. Donald Trump headlined the “Battle Of The Billionaires” along with Vince McMahon in one of the most memorable pop culture moments in the event’s history.
2004: Wrestlemania XX
In the first Wrestlemania in the post-Stone Cold era, a young John Cena makes his debut and beats The Big Show for the United States Championship. Austin wouldn’t be gone for long, coming back as a guest referee to a uninspired main event between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg. The Undertaker would come back to piledrive his brother Kane in a dramatic match, with the night ending in a Chris Benoit triple-threat match victory over Triple H and Shawn Michaels to become the Heavyweight Champion.
2016: Wrestlemania 32
The night had much anticipation, with a Hell In The Cell match that featured The Undertaker going up against Shane McMahon on tap. This would be Shane-O-Mac’s first fight since he re-signed from the company in 2009. Shane was fighting for control of Raw from his father. Shane was never one to be shy of attempting crazy moves for a son of a billionaire, and proved he was more than the owner’s son when he jumped off the cell to try and knock out Undertaker. Shane would lose but not before giving wrestling fans a night they would never forget. The Rock would come out to announce that the AT&T crowd set an all-time record with 101,763 attendants. In the main event, Roman Reigns would add to his reputation of being the company’s biggest heel and beat Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.