Hey there wrestling fans, and welcome to another countdown of Pounding 7’s. This weeks countdown may be the most mind boggling countdown to date, and surely will create controversy. These are the top 7 Wrestlemania matches of all time. Now, before I get started, I want to advise you that I am not putting matches that were historical, or symbolic of some way, like Hogan vs Andre, or Bam Bam vs Lawrence Taylor. NO, I am giving you the best actual wrestling matches in Wrestlemania. So agree with me, disagree with me, what ever you would like, but here is the countdown.
Josh chimes in about the fake Undertaker.
During the time where it was Undertaker vs Undertaker. I know that the “real” Undertaker came out at Summerslam for the match. My question is , who was the fake Undertaker, and was the real Undertaker portraying the fake gimmick up until Summerslam?
No the fake Undertaker in 1994 was Brian Lee. Lee also was a member of the Disciples of Apocolypse along side Crush. He came in via Ted Dibiase as he claimed that he found the Undertaker and brought him back to the WWE, just like he did four years prior at the Survivor Series. The REAL Undertaker, never made an appearance until Summerslam during the Undertaker vs Undertaker match up. He would make some audio appearances here and there, to get into the head of Dibiase and Faker Taker. Both Dibiase and Paul Bearer claimed that they had the REAL Undertaker, and it was obvious during the match who the REAL Undertaker was.
In 2002, Triple H was on top of the world after he returned to the WWE from tearing his quad a year earlier. He was one of the top faces in the WWE at this time. His popularity seemed to get even better, as Shawn Michaels returned to the ring on an episode of Raw, and D-Generation X was reformed. The crowd was deafening, and it would appear that the two lifelong friends would be back at it again, creating shenanigans against Vince and the WWE locker room. However, in a twist. Triple H turned on Shawn Michaels when he pedigreed him in the middle of the ring and turning heel in the process. This set up a match at Summerslam in a No Holds Barred street fight, which was won by Shawn Michaels. Michaels would also go on to win the World Championship one final time when he won the first ever Elimination Chamber match, pinning Triple H himself. Trips would go on to win the title back a month later.
Here we go with the top 7 Wrestlemania matches!
Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior- Wrestlemania VI featured the Ultimate Challenge for the WWF and Intercontinental Championship. Hulk Hogan vs the Ultimate Warrior created a lot of hype and it did not disappoint. It went back and forth, before The Warrior was able to dodge the beg leg drop into a splash to give him his first and only World Championship.
The Undertaker vs Triple H- Wrestlemania 28 and 29- Right after the back to back matches between Taker and Shawn. Michaels’ best friend and DX member Triple H wanted to give it a go to break the streak, and both times he was unsuccessful, with the second time even having his buddy Shawn Michaels in the Hell in a Cell match being the guest referee. Both were epic matches, and one of the best of the Undertakers career.
Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H- Wrestlemania XX at Madison Square Garden was full of great action, but nothing compared to the main event between World Champion Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Benoit. Benoit, who was coming off of his big Royal Rumble win, was able to make Triple H tap out to the Crossface to win the title. He was joined in the ring by his best friend, Eddie Guerrero who had a successful title defense earlier in the night against Kurt Angle.
7. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels- Wrestlemania 26 and 27 gave us two incredible matches between the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Many experts and wrestling fans thought that Shawn was going to be the one to break the streak of the Undertaker. The first match at 26 was insane but Michaels failed to break the streak, the next year, he put his career on the line against the streak, and again the Undertaker came out on top to end the career of the Heartbreak Kid.
6. Steve Austin vs The Rock- Wrestlemania 19 featured the very last match in the career of Stone Cold Steve Austin. And what a way to go out against the Rock. Austin and the Rock met up and two prior Wrestlemania’s, both won by Austin, and both were epic matches. However, this was topped them both, as Austin was pinned by the Rock, and rode off into the sunset hanging up the boots.
5. The First TLC- Edge and Christian vs The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boys for the WWE World Tag Team Championship featured the first ever TLC match. It did not disappoint. This match featured some spots that are still looked at today as one of most most entertaining matches ever. It also was the first of multiple Tag Team title runs by Edge and Christian and really put them on the map as one of the best tag teams ever.
4. Steve Austin vs Bret Hart- Wrestlemania XIII featured a classic matchup between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret the Hitman Hart in a Submission match. The match was refereed by Ken Shamrock, one of the kings of submissions in UFC. Hart who came in as the controversial face, and Austin the heel went back and forth. The match ended with Austin passing out (never submitting) to the sharpshooter to give Bret the victory. After the match, Hart continued to pound Austin until Shamrock intervened. The crowd booed Hart, and gave Austin a standing ovation.
3. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon- Wrestlemania X featured two WWF Championship matches, but no one remembers that. They remember the first ever ladder match on a Pay Per View between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship. Both Razor and Shawn staked a claim at being the IC champion at the time, as Shawn never lost the title. Both title belts were held up over the ring, and they put on a great match up.
2. Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels- Wrestlemania XII was not the greatest Wrestlemania of all time, but the Iron Man match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels was worth the price of admission, and worth the price of the pay per view event. 60 minutes of back and forth action, and the two never pulled a punch. We even got bonus action as time expired as Shawn was in the Sharpshooter. Gorilla Monsoon came out and restarted the match in overtime rules. Shawn hit the superkick, but was too weak to cover. When Bret got up, Shawn hit the superkick again, this time able to fall on him to get the three count and his first WWF Championship.
1. Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage- Wrestlemania III was full of great matches, and historical memories. The match between Savage and Steamboat was easily the best match I have ever seen. It was for the Intercontinental Championship, and featured so many near falls, that the referee Earl Hebner was a sweaty mess after the match. He even went on record by saying that was the most work he has ever done in a wrestling match. Steamboat would ultimately win the match and the title after countering a slam by Savage into a cradle. Seriously folks, the greatest match of all time. I can watch it to this day and still get goose bumps.
So what did you think? Did I leave any match out? Comment and let me know your favorite matches. And if there is any other Pounding 7’s you would like to see, please feel free to let me know. Have a great week!
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