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jerichofan717
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Since: 21.12.10
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#1 Posted on
With 'Mania just a week away, the WWE has compiled a list of the Top 33 WrestleMania matches in history.

http://www.wwe.com/​​shows/​​wrestlemania/​​article/​​33-​​best-​​wrestlemania-​​matches

My personal takeaway? Punk-Taker is waaaay to low (but that's probably due to Punk walking) and with no Benoit, you lose a Top 3 'Mania match ever. I think their Top 5 is pretty solid, even if I'd rearrange it a bit.

JerichoFan717's Top 5 would be

1) HHH vs. Benoit vs. HBK WM 20
2) HBK vs. Taker WM 26 (thought the psychology was loads better than the first)
3) Austin vs. Rock WM17
4) Austin vs. Bret WM13
5) Savage vs. Warrior WM7


Honorable mention: Warrior vs. Hogan, Savage vs. Steamboat, HBK vs. Y2J

What say you, fellow W's?




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
It's been awhile since I've watched a lot of these, but I would switch the highly overrated Iron Man Match at #8 with the highly underrated Reigns vs Lesnar at #21. I also liked Edge vs Undertaker more than this list did. I also like the Danial Bryan three way better than the Benoit three way.

I also didn't see Austin vs HBK in the Mike Tyson match that wasn't great but it kicked off the new era, new attitude and was a gutsy performance by Michaels on this list which is surprising. It was certainly better than Piper vs Goldust, which was trash.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
I've always thought it was ironic that HHH vs. HBK vs. Benoit is clearly HHH's best Wrestlemania match in a terrible, terrible Wrestlemania career and yet they have to pretend like it never happened.

Speaking of Benoit's missing matches. I haven't seen them in a long time because admittedly it's hard to watch him wrestle, but I remember loving Benoit vs. Angle vs. Jericho Wrestlemania 2000 and Benoit vs. Angle in 2001.

Austin vs. Bret submission match is my favorite match of all-time so I'd definitely put that number one on my personal list.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.55
1. Lesnar v. Angle (XIX) (shame about the ending)
2. Mick Foley v. The Rock v. The Big Show v. HHH (XVI) (it was all about the build to me -- their four way feud was what made me a wrestling fan)
3. The Dudley Boyz v. Edge & Christian v. The Classic Hardyz (XVII) (made even better by how all of their careers evolved afterwards)
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.70
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    Austin vs. Bret submission match is my favorite match of all-time so I'd definitely put that number one on my personal list.
Same.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.14
Wrestlemania XX main event would be my number one. Having said that Savage/Steamboat, Bret/Austin and all of WM X-7 is a close runner up.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.19
    Originally posted by Dionysus
    1. Lesnar v. Angle (XIX) (shame about the ending)



Holy crap, that ending. I still remembering shouting OH SHIT out loud as he was in mid-air and it was clear he was NOT going to complete the move. My friend's wife came running into the room because she thought I'd broken something. lol.

That said, I thought Brock's comeback angle was kinda lame, including the "I fell on me noggin" line and talking about how Angle was the only one who visited him in the hospital making him question things. But yeah, scary moment in the match.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.85
    Originally posted by Hokienautic
      Originally posted by Dionysus
      1. Lesnar v. Angle (XIX) (shame about the ending)



    Holy crap, that ending. I still remembering shouting OH SHIT out loud as he was in mid-air and it was clear he was NOT going to complete the move. My friend's wife came running into the room because she thought I'd broken something. lol.

    That said, I thought Brock's comeback angle was kinda lame, including the "I fell on me noggin" line and talking about how Angle was the only one who visited him in the hospital making him question things. But yeah, scary moment in the match.


I actually think Angle/Lesnar is one of the most underrated Mania matches ever since the botch is the only thing people remember. If Lesnar actually hits the move, it has a good case for being #1 on the whole list.

The Iron Man match was mediocre, I'm sorry.



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Since: 5.11.08
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.10
My personal choice for most underrated would be Angle/Guerrero from WM20 - it just got overshadowed by the phenomenal main event.

My Top 10 in no particular order:
Austin/Rock, WM-X7
HHH/Michaels/Benoit, WM20
Guerrero/Angle, WM20
Taker/Michaels - II, WM26
Money in the Bank, WM21
Savage/Steamboat, WM3
Owen/Bret, WM10
Michaels/Ramon, WM10
Taker/Michaels - I, WM25
Bret/Austin, WM13



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.21
If it was "biggest" or "most important" WrestleMania matches, I'd buy 'Taker vs Lesnar being on there. As for "best", however, the match sucked. Not because of the ending but because of everything before that. Of course, with 'Taker being concussed early on, it probably should suck.

If 'Taker vs Lesnar deserves to be on the list, Hogan vs Andre sure as hell does too.

I assume Vince McMahon must have a special erection for the Hollywood Backlot Brawl and they felt obligated to include it for that reason.

Was HHH vs Jericho any good? I know the build up to it was horrible but I don't think I've ever heard anyone compliment the match itself. With those two, I'm sure it probably was decent at worst, but does it really deserve a spot on this list?
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
    Originally posted by InVerse

    Was HHH vs Jericho any good? I know the build up to it was horrible but I don't think I've ever heard anyone compliment the match itself. With those two, I'm sure it probably was decent at worst, but does it really deserve a spot on this list?


I'd say it's good, not great. That was one of the more peculiar picks. As I said before, Hunter doesn't have a great WM resume so maybe they reached just to put him on the list again? I think there are better options than that one though.

And when it comes to Jericho? If you ranked Jericho's best WM matches I don't think this match would make the top half.



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Since: 21.12.10
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#12 Posted on
    Originally posted by Quezzy
      Originally posted by InVerse

      Was HHH vs Jericho any good? I know the build up to it was horrible but I don't think I've ever heard anyone compliment the match itself. With those two, I'm sure it probably was decent at worst, but does it really deserve a spot on this list?


    I'd say it's good, not great. That was one of the more peculiar picks. As I said before, Hunter doesn't have a great WM resume so maybe they reached just to put him on the list again? I think there are better options than that one though.

    And when it comes to Jericho? If you ranked Jericho's best WM matches I don't think this match would make the top half.


As an (obvious) Jericho mark, I'd say it's lower on the list of his 'Mania matches. In one of his books, I believe he recalled a conversation with Triple H after Rock/Hogan and realized they were going to have a nearly impossible time following that. That and the fact the result was a foregone conclusion really hurt the match.

To me, his order goes:

Jericho vs. HBK Mania 19
Jericho vs. Edge Mania 26
Jericho vs. Christian Mania 20
Jericho vs. Punk Mania 28
Jericho vs. Styles Mania 32
Jericho vs. Angle vs. Benoit Mania 16
Jericho vs. Triple H Mania 18
Money in the Bank 1 Mania 21
Jericho vs. The Legends Mania 25
Money in the Bank 2 Mania 24
Jericho vs Fandango Mania 29






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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
    Originally posted by jerichofan717
    To me, his order goes:

    Jericho vs. HBK Mania 19
    Jericho vs. Edge Mania 26
    Jericho vs. Christian Mania 20
    Jericho vs. Punk Mania 28
    Jericho vs. Styles Mania 32
    Jericho vs. Angle vs. Benoit Mania 16
    Jericho vs. Triple H Mania 18
    Money in the Bank 1 Mania 21
    Jericho vs. The Legends Mania 25
    Money in the Bank 2 Mania 24
    Jericho vs Fandango Mania 29


No Jericho vs. Regal to open WM 17? I quite enjoyed that match myself.
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#14 Posted on
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
      Originally posted by jerichofan717
      To me, his order goes:

      Jericho vs. HBK Mania 19
      Jericho vs. Edge Mania 26
      Jericho vs. Christian Mania 20
      Jericho vs. Punk Mania 28
      Jericho vs. Styles Mania 32
      Jericho vs. Angle vs. Benoit Mania 16
      Jericho vs. Triple H Mania 18
      Money in the Bank 1 Mania 21
      Jericho vs. The Legends Mania 25
      Money in the Bank 2 Mania 24
      Jericho vs Fandango Mania 29


    No Jericho vs. Regal to open WM 17? I quite enjoyed that match myself.


And this is what I get for trying to recall them all off the top of my head. Remember kids, Google is your friend.

I'd put Regal/Jericho in between Jericho vs. Angle vs. Benoit and Jericho vs. Triple H.

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.46
How about creating the best Mania card possible from over the years, but a wrestler can not appear more that once?! Not easy and might need some (a lot of?!) thought but might be interesting.

Or a waste of time!
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.70
    Originally posted by kellogs
    How about creating the best Mania card possible from over the years, but a wrestler can not appear more that once?! Not easy and might need some (a lot of?!) thought but might be interesting.

    Or a waste of time!
As if I don't have one of those at the ready:

I: Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd ($15,000 bodyslam challenge)
II: Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine (c) vs. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith (for the WWE tag titles)
III: Randy Savage (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat (for the Intercontinental title)
IV: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules
V: Rick Martel & Tito Santana vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard
VI: Jake Roberts vs. Ted DiBiase Sr. (for the million-dollar belt)
VII: Kerry Von Erich vs. Dino Bravo
VIII: The Big Bossman, Virgil, Sgt. Slaughter, & Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. The Mountie, The Repo Man, & The Nasty Boys
IX: Crush vs. Doink the Clown
X: Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb
XI: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
XII: Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Goldust (Hollywood backlot brawl)
XIII: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (I Quit match)
XIV: TAKA Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila (for the Light Heavyweight title)
XV: Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn (Brawl4All match)
2000: Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. Test & Albert
X-Seven: Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon (streetfight)
X-Eight: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan
XIX: Kurt Angle (c) vs. Brock Lesnar (for the WWE title)
XX: Chris Jericho vs. Christian
XXI: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
XXII: Mick Foley vs. Edge (hardcore match)
XXIII: Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga (Donald Trump's hair vs Vince McMahon's hair)
XXIV: Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (career threatening match)
XXV: Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy (extreme rules)
XXVI: Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase Jr. vs. Cody Rhodes
XXVII: John Morrison, Trish Stratus, & Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler, Michelle McCool, & Layla
XXVIII: Undertaker vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell)
XXIX: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Jack Swagger (for the World title)
XXX: Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, & Kane vs. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns
XXXI: Rusev (c) vs. John Cena (US title)
XXXII: Charlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Women's title triple-threat match)
XXXIII: I'm guessing Aries/Neville will be good enough to not make me redo everything



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