As we outline the 50 best WrestleMania matches of all time, the concept of what makes a truly classic Mania match is fully developed.
Every match in the 50-26 lineup is awesome, and some of the best WrestleMania moments in history take place here. From legends leaving their eternal marks to indie darlings creating memories on the big stage, these matches manage to show off the diversity and nuance WrestleMania can offer when the art of professional wrestling is distilled to its finest form. .
50. The Undertaker contre HHH (WrestleMania X-Seven)
49. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – No disqualification streak vs. Career Match (WrestleMania XXVI)
48. Edge contre Mick Foley – Match hardcore (WrestleMania 22)
One of the great tragedies of WrestleMania is the fact that Mick Foley never had much of an impact. In fact, he only competed in singles twice. It’s odd and certainly doesn’t match the legacy he built over his career, but this match against Edge at WrestleMania 22 is his best and a worthy reminder of what he was a special artist on one. big stage. This match is deranged and beautiful, fully encompassing what Foley was capable of doing when an artist encountered him at his level of brutality. Edge is a more than capable dance partner and they are creating something very memorable. Among other things, it features Edge throwing Foley out of the ring apron through a table engulfed in flames. It marks Foley’s most indelible WrestleMania moment in a career that probably should have had more.
47. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Chris Jericho – Silver Tier Match in the Bank (WrestleMania XXIV)
46. The Undertaker contre Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21)
45. HHH vs. John Cena (WrestleMania 22)
44. John Cena contre Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 23)
43. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian vs. Kane – Money In The Bank Ladder Match (WrestleMania 21)
42. Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit – Triple Threat Two Fall Match (WrestleMania 2000)
41. Chris Jericho contre Christian (WrestleMania XX)
40. The Undertaker contre Edge (WrestleMania XXIV)
39. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista (WrestleMania XXX)
The main event of WrestleMania XXX shows how powerful it can be to make the right decision. Earlier in the evening, Bryan had beaten HHH (spoiler alert: in an even better match than this) to earn a spot in the Triple Threat. The entire trip is classic underdog stuff, but the obvious storytelling can still be great. After the WrestleMania XXVIII debacle, where Bryan dropped his World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus in a total of 18 seconds, it was tempting to think they were going to fumble the ball here too. Instead, they did magic. On the 30th anniversary of WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan won two matches in one night to become World Champion. It’s always a little good to be true.
38. The Undertaker contre HHH – Hell In A Cell Match (WrestleMania XXVIII)
37. The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair – No Disqualification Match (WrestleMania X8)
Ric Flair’s late career rebirth of WrestleMania is definitely something to see. At WrestleMania X8, after a decade of absence, Flair made her return to the big stage at the age of 53 and subjected her body to absolute hell. There’s just something about a bloody crimson mask from Ric Flair, when it’s all in his platinum blonde hair; it lets you know the party has really started. Flair has only had three singles matches at WrestleMania and each landed in the top 40. That’s an impressive achievement, underscored by the fact that two of the matches came in when he was in his 50s. When I’m in my 50s, I hope I’m sitting in some sort of La-Z-Boy remembering when I hit three straight free throws, not taking The Undertaker’s suplexes. But I’m not a stylin ‘, a profilin’, a limo, a flying jet, a kiss steal, a wheelin ‘n’ dealin ‘son of a gun
36. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (WrestleMania X-Seven)
35. The Rock contre «Stone Cold» Steve Austin (WrestleMania XIX)
34. The Undertaker contre AJ Styles – Boneyard Match (WrestleMania 36)
We’re coming back to WMCU (WrestleMania Cinematic Universe) for last year’s Boneyard Match, which falls firmly into the “better than I ever could have imagined” category. It’s also the only WrestleMania match to feature a competitor buried alive in a graveyard! And that! From the jump it looked like something fully realized and unique. He manages to be sullen, without being obvious. He plays on familiar tropes, without being cliché. It’s a master class in pivoting when the deck is stacked against you and making the most of a tough situation. The whole thing was filmed at the end of March, just a few weeks after the start of the pandemic, which makes it an even more admirable achievement. It also goes a long way in turning the ship around in terms of the Undertaker’s WrestleMania and, frankly, the overall wrestling legacy, which suffered from a host of false starts and saves leading up to this match. It’s a fitting WrestleMania finale for The Deadman, if that actually turns out to be the case.
33. The Dudley Boyz contre The Hardy Boyz contre Edge et Christian – Match TLC (WrestleMania X-Seven)
32. The Undertaker contre Kane (WrestleMania XIV)
31. Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior – Retirement Match (WrestleMania VII)
30. Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 22)
29. CM Punk contre Chris Jericho (WrestleMania XXVIII)
28. Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair – Career Threatening Match (WrestleMania XXIV)
The renaissance of Flair culminated here. Six years after his battle with The Undertaker at WrestleMania X8, his song “Mania swan” was responsible for grown men who were starting to embrace the idea of saying “I’m sorry” and speaking to each other. At the ripe age of 59, Flair said goodbye in a barnburner against HBK, an extremely emotional match and with an equally emotional post-match goodbye. Sometimes wrestling makes you cry and IT’S OK, DAD. It’s professional wrestling storytelling of the highest degree and the latest point on a WrestleMania CV that spanned 16 years and produced some of the most enduring moments in event history. While others have competed more at WrestleMania, Ric Flair’s hit-or-miss ratio is almost unprecedented.
27. The Undertaker contre CM Punk (WrestleMania 29)
26. Shawn Michaels contre Chris Jericho (WrestleMania XIX)
We are now in the final phase. Revisit the journey to the best of the best …
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… And rate how well the matches that didn’t make the Top 25 are in the comments below.