Hello wrestling fans my name is Steve Hall and this is Pounding 7’s. Over the course of the next several weeks I am going to do a “Countdown” to Wrestlemania. This will be a countdown pertaining to Wrestlemania related topics. So sit back and enjoy the countdown. HERE WE GO on the ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA!!!
No Questions during this period, and no Heel Turn either. We will resume those after Wrestlemania 33.
Here are the Top 7 Wrestlemania’s of all time
7. Wrestlemania XXX- When someone realizes there dream to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, it always makes for a history making event. Daniel Bryan realized this dream at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana, where he first had to defeat Triple H to even get into the championship match with Randy Orton and Batista. After he was successful there, D-Bryan forced Batista to submit to the Yes Lock, and capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It was a monumental moment in all of Wrestlemania’s history. Also, you saw the Undertaker defeated for the first time at Wrestlemania to Brock Lesnar, ending a streak of 21 straight Wrestlemania victories. A record that will likely never be touched.
6. Wrestlemania XX- The last Wrestlemania to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This featured one of my favorite matches for the WWE World Championship, a triple threat between Champion Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Benoit, who won the Royal Rumble to earn this chance. Earlier in the night, WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero successfully defended his championship in an epic match against Kurt Angle. Benoit forced Triple H to tap out an gave him his first ever World Championship. Eddie came down to celebrate with his best friend as both were World Champions. Also on the card, you saw the start of the rise of John Cena, as he captured his first championship. defeating the Big Show to win the United States Championship.
5. Wrestlemania V- For the second straight year, Donald Trump hosted Wrestlemania at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City New Jersey. This featured the main event of World Champion Randy Savage defending against former Mega Powers tag team partner, Hulk Hogan. It was dubbed the Megapowers Explode. This was arguably one of Hogan’s best matches that he had in the WWE against Savage, and he walked out as the WWE Champion. You also saw a great match for the Intercontinental title as Rick Rude became the first person to pin the Ultimate Warrior’s shoulders to the mat and win the Intercontinental title. You saw a three on two handicap match for the WWF World Tag Team Champions as Demolition retained against the Powers of Pain and Mr Fuji. All in all this was a great card from top to bottom.
4. Wrestlemania IV- The first of two consecutive Wrestlemania’s in Atlantic City hosted by a future President. The show was a WWF Championship tournament featuring 14 of the top stars in the WWE at that time like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, to squared off to face each other in the second round. Ricky Steamboat, Ted Dibiase, Greg Valentine and Randy Savage who would go on to defeat four other wrestlers to capture his first World Championship. To kick off the show, we had a Battle Royal which was one by Bad News Brown. We saw Demolition defeat Strike Force to win the tag team championship, and Brutus Beefcake battled the Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship. Overall, a great night of action, and the first ever 4 hour pay per view event, if you go back and watch it today, it really goes by faster than you would expect.
3. Wrestlemania VI- The first Wrestlemania that was outside of the United States. Skydome in Toronto Ontario Canada was the host of Wrestlemania VI, which featured the first and to this date only title for title main event as Hulk Hogan defended the World Championship against Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior. It was the dubbed the Ultimate Challenge, and came to be the changing of the guard, as the Ultimate Warrior got out of the way of a big leg drop by Hogan into a splash to capture the World Championship from Hogan. The entire show was fun to watch with some great matches with Brutus Beefcake and Mr Perfect. Demolition captures the tag titles from Andre the Giant and Haku, where we saw the Giant beat down Bobby Heenan. Fun show, and full of action.
2. Wrestlemania XVII- Rock vs Austin for the WWE Championship. One of the greatest matches and events that I have ever witnessed. The aftermath left me shocked event to this day. As Stone Cold defeated the Rock and did the unthinkable and joined Vince McMahon and his corporation after a long standing feud between the two. It was an epic match and an even more epic heel turn. Other matches that were up to the challenge featured another TLC match for the tag team belts as Edge and Christian battled the Hardy’s and Dudley for the second straight year. Vince McMahon faced off against his own son Shane McMahon. And who can forge the gimmick Battle Royal where the Iron Sheik is still walking down to the ring….watch it and you will understand. Great night of action, and one of the best of all time.
1. Wrestlemania III- Okay so I am a bit biased here because I was at this event and it was my first Wrestlemania, but try to give me a reason why this is not the best ever. You have one of the most iconic matches in the history of the industry Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant. While not the best match on the card, it definitely was one of the most hyped. So let’s go to the best Wrestlemania match in the history of the event, maybe of all freakin time. Randy Savage defends the Intercontinental Championship against Ricky Steamboat. It has been said that the two had every moved choreographed to give it the best performance, and boy did it deliver. I have probably watched this match a thousand times, and get goose bumps every sing time. The whole card had great meaning, even Harley Race vs the Junk Yard Dog. As one of the 93,173 fans in attendance. I remember this like it was yesterday, and it will go down in my opinion as the greatest Wrestlemania to date.
Okay now its your turn. Did I leave any one out? Let me know what your favorite Mania is.
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