My previous article as far as top 5
matches in the event’s history was a success. I mentioned some of these matches in episode 2 of YEP! I Like Wrestling Podcast (cheap plug).
In addition, I will not change my opinion, the greatest WrestleMania match in it’s 31 year history is still Macho Man Randy Savage versus Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 3.
Now for this article, I decided to put together a top 5 title matches in WrestleMania history .
5) Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant,
WrestleMania 3, 1987.
It wasn’t a wrestling clinic. However, for it’s time and to fill the Pontiac Silverdome, this was the ultimate match. The most famous line from Gorilla Monsoon “The irresistible force meets the immovable object!” Was born in this match. When hogan slammed Andre the Giant, that was a WrestleMania moment in it’s self.
Andre the Giant had not lost in 10 or 15 years and him losing to Hogan was a big deal in 1987. Great WWE Championship match and Hogan retained title.
4) Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania 6, 1990.
Champion vs Champion, title for title.
This was the only time that this has ever occurred. This was also the first time that Babyface vs Babyface wrestled. When Hulk Hogan missed the leg drop and Warrior splashed Hogan, he passed the torch to Warrior. Over 60,000 people in the Skydome witnessed surprisedly a great WWE Championship match between Hogan and Warrior. For it’s time, it was inspiring for future WWE champion Edge. he was in the stands for the event. I had to put this title match in top 5. Warrior became the WWE Champion.
3) Shawn Michaels vs John Cena, WrestleMania 23, 2007.
I know you are thinking John Cena, but why. John Cena is known as the man with the 5 moves of doom. He won his first championship in 2005 at WrestleMania 21. This match in front of 80,000 fans at Ford Field was special. It was supposed to be Triple H vs John Cena 2 but Shawn Michaels stepped up for the WWE. They went for over one hour and the match solidified John Cena as a main eventer.
I think about the title, story, show and actual wrestling when I picked the top 5. All four of the categories was off the charts. Congratulations to Cena retaining the championship in the motor city.
2) The Rock vs Steve Austin 2,
WrestleMania 17, 2001.
What can I say. ECW had shut down, WCW had shut down. WWE had just won the Monday Night Wars. Houston’s Astrodome was rocking.
67.925 fans witnessed the greatest WrestleMania in history.
Triple H vs Undertaker 1, Father vs Son, Angle vs Benoit, Gimmick Battle Royal. It was also the first WrestleMania since WrestleMania 8 to be in a Stadium. Rock and Austin were the attitude era. Both thought they were number one. They battled for over 30 minutes and we saw Austin align himself with Vince McMahon.
16 chair shots later, Austin won again became the WWE Champion. What a night in Houston, Texas.
1) Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels,
WrestleMania 12, 1996.
To wrestle for 30 minutes is difficult.
To wrestle for 60 minutes, impossible.
To wrestle for 62 minutes, insane.
For what Hart and Shawn did in 1996,
amazing. They had the world’s attention the whole time (so difficult to do). Shawn Michaels won both the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumble.
He lost to Diesel in 1995 at WrestleMania 11. He won the 1996 Royal Rumble and was not going to fail again. After 60 minutes, Gorilla Monsoon asked for overtime and Shawn Michaels super kicked Bret Hart, He won his first WWE title.
To do what both men did, it was amazing. That is why I name it the greatest title match in the 31 year history of WrestleMania.
Hope you enjoyed my top 5 championship matches in WrestleMania history.