My Top Ten Best Wrestlemania Matches
March 13, 2004 by David Garnett
That time of year that all wrestling fans crave is right around the
corner folks where every wrestling fan puts everything on hold for
four hours to watch and enjoy Wrestlemania the 'granddaddy of them
all' and as Ric Flair would say it can only happen in 'bright lights
and big cities' and yes everyone has their opinion on who is the
greatest what the greatest matches are and the great feuds and this
is my version of that list. I will post them in reverse order.
10. At ten we have a tie! (yes I know you will probably complain but
it is the only tie on the list)
Firstly at number 10 - We have the retirement match from Wrestlemania 7
between Macho Man Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior. This match
had almost everything a fairy tale ending which us old school fans
will never forget when Elizabeth (R.I.P) and Savage got back together
It featured the Savage hallmark of tremendous work rate and it was
full of drama and tension and it turned Savage Face and he came out
of retirement to feud with Jake Roberts and would go on to main event
Wrestlmania 8 with Flair This was sports entertainment at damn near
it finest with Warrior picking up the victory.
Secondly at 10 - We have a technical showcase between Benoit and Angle
from Wrestlemania 17. They gave us a match that today only these two
are capable of providing and it is a must see for the pure work rate
and effort alone.
9. At 9 we have what I have been told by friends is an unusual choice
because the work rate is not at its highest and that Is Hulk Hogan
vs. Ultimate Warrior in their title for title showdown as the main
event of Wrestlemania 6. I don't know why but everytime I watch this
as a wrestling fan I can still feel the atmosphere and it's a match
that is the personification of a split crowd. A match that pitted the
two top faces in the company against each other for the first time in
a Wrestlemania main event and It was Hogan's first clean job in the
Modern Wrestlemania era of the then called WWF. Granted top work rate
this didn't have but drama and unpredictability right up until
Warrior got the decisive three count.
8. At 8 we have the only tag match to make my top 10 and the purists
may complain but it's the 'T.L.C 2' match from Wrestlemania 17.
It is the best example of a spot fest in WWF'S history and provided
entertainment from Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boys and The
Hardy's as well as the wrestlers who did 'run in's' Rhyno, Lita and
Spike Dudley. Tremendous match Great bumps and superb effort all
round with Edge and Christian picking up the victory but it is the
match that will be remembered not who won.
7. At 7 We have the match that ended the 'Mega Power's' angle when
Hogan and Savage locked horns and battled for the WWF title. Savage
won the title by winning a tournament at Wrestlemania 4 With the help
of Hogan and the two beat everyone in site for an entire year until
Savage's Jealousy got the better of him and Elizabeth came between
them. I would also say that this is Hogan's best match in the WWF and
Savage sold everything like the true professional that he was to make
this a great end to Wrestlemania 5.
6.At 6 we have the titanic 'I quit' battle between Bret Hart
and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin which as a side note featured Ken
Shamrock as the special referee. This was a match that saw the
double turn With Austin who refused to quit under the sharpshooter
turn face and Bret Hart complete his heel turn in match that topped
their b battle at survivor series 96 and on its own carried the
entire event of Wrestlemania 13. Bret Hart picked up the victory
after the match was stopped as Austin passed out under the pain. This
match is how a brawl can be mixed with Wrestling to tremendous effect
to produce a classic.
5. My top 5 starts With the WrestleMania main event of Savage vs. Flair
for the title and it was also a battle over the honour of Miss
Elizabeth and it took place at Wrestlemania 8. Flair wasn't with the
company very long but in his short stay he produced arguably the
greatest Royal Rumble performance ever in winning the 92 Rumble and
with it the wwf title and was involved with one of the best ever main
event matches in terms of work rate in the history of Wrestlemania.
The two were on the top of their game and it's a joy to watch and I
must not go without mentioning the outside interference of the late Mr.
Perfect which also went a long way to help the baby face look great
by over coming all the odds and giving Savage his true moment of
glory in a top match.
4. However as good as Savage Flair was I for me doesn't quite make the
greatest title match of all time at a Wrestlemania because at number
4 I have the Iron man match form Wrestlemania 12 between Shawn
Michaels and Bret Hart. Granted the two didn't like each other
backstage and they had heated disagreements but when they put that
aside and wrestled each other it was for me awesome. Some people
criticize this match they say the ego's were to big and the pin fall
should have happened during the regulation time or some people have
gone so far to say that some p[arts are boring! ABSOLOUTE NONSENSE!!
The first half hour of mat work is can't miss TV and the ending When
HBK finally get's his childhood dream and lifts the wwf title is
superb great match great ending and two great workers doing what they
3. The top three some of you (if you have bothered to read this
far!!!) was a fairly easy choice but very difficult to put them in
order and this will always cause debate so at three we have what I
feel is the best opening match EVER!! In Bret vs. Owen at wrestlemania
10. This is a feud between two brothers produced this match and later
on would produce a classic cage match at Summerslam 94. This is
scientific wrestling at its best and the late great Stu Hart
apparently had a hand in putting this match together so he must be
credited. This is awesome a match where they gave everything they had
and nothing was left in the locker room and it finally put Owen on
the main event scene in the WWF and he was finally given the chance
to showcase the unbelievable amount of talent he had and it was his
first big victory it wouldn't be his last and for me he still is the
greatest wrestler never to be WWF champion. R.I.P Owen Hart you are
2. At 2, a match that was innovative set the standard for all the
ladder matches in history and possibly made HBK what he is and
definitely put him on the map. It is of course the ladder match from
mania 10. HBK bumped his arise off and at a time when Razor Ramon
(Scott Hall) wasn't wasting his life and talent away on drugs and
alcohol this has everything and every use of the ladder you could
imagine a match won by Razor Ramon but the true winners hear were the
fans who go to see it a true spectacle and a match that will go down
1. At one and for many reasons this has made it to the top but one of
the biggest is that this match took place in 1987 and if it were on a
pay per view show today it would still be a great match. It is of
course the intercontinental title match between Savage and Steamboat
at Wrestlemania 3. This match won just about every match of the year
honor available and over shadowed the main even of Hulk Hogan vs.
Andre the Giant. If there is one match from Wrestlemania that I would
recommend it's this. This had great build up in savage putting
Steamboat on the shelf and Steamboats long road to recovery to try
and get the title it had the great small package pin for the ending
and as the late great Gorilla Monsoon said 'you will never see a
better match than this if you live to be 100' and you know he is
There my list any opinions or debates post them it's all good
honorable mentions how ever do go to Austin HBK at Wrestlemania 14.
The ladder match at Wrestlemania 16, The battle between Hogan and
Andre the Giant, Austin Rock the rematch at Wrestlemania 17 and
arguably Piper's best match in the then wwf when he jobbed the
intercontinental title to Bret Hart. Those are great matches in
themselves however they didn't quite make the top 10 for various
Take care, be safe, and have a great time!!
David Garnett ..
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