Thank you to everybody who entered the OWW Wrestlemania contest! We got a lot of great entries over the past 2 weeks. The OWW staff evaluated each one on creativity and historical impact. It was difficult to pick a winner because there is no “one” right answer, so we did our best, and ultimately we think we found the best Wrestlemania card (given the contest parameters). The winner of the OWW Wrestlemania contest is Justin Graham!
Presenting, the all-time greatest Wrestlemania, as booked by Justin Graham:
Editor’s note: The toughest decisions to make concerned Wrestlemania III, the Undertaker, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Do you prefer Hulk vs. Andre or Macho Man vs. The Dragon from Wrestlemania III? What is the greatest match in the Undertaker’s streak? Do you like Austin’s match Bret Hart or one of his main events versus the Rock?
In the end, we felt that Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant needed to be included on the card. It remains the biggest main event of all time. Randy Savage’s match with the Ultimate Warrior provided one of the most emotional moments in Wrestlemania history when Macho Man reunited with Miss Elizabeth. Bret Hart’s match with Steve Austin was our personal favorite for both men (although Hart’s classic with Owen is also outstanding), and Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon’s classic ladder match is sensational. We liked that Justin included last year’s John Cena vs. The Rock match, which some people are critical of, but in the moment it felt very important for both men. We differed on the Undertaker’s best match, but Shawn Michaels can only be used once, so his Wrestlemania 25 classic misses this cut here. Takers feud with HHH felt intense and is a good moment for both legends.
Most entries included one of the triple threat tag team ladder matches. We liked Justin’s inclusion of the Hardcore match between Mick Foley and Edge, the flaming table is a remarkable image.
Maybe we got it wrong, maybe we got it right…but we think the card listed above was the best entry we received. Here are two others that we really liked, but they fell just short:
2nd place: submitted by – Gary Jordan:
WWE Championship Match : Wrestlemania 6
Hulk Hogan v The Ultimate Warrior
Career v Streak Match : Wrestlemania 25
The Undertaker v Shawn Michaels
Submission Match : Wrestlemania 13
Bret Hart v Stone Cold Steve Austin