With the thirty-seventh WrestleMania done and dusted, it is a good time to look back at previous events. Here are what we consider to be the five best WrestleMania events of all time.
The main Raw brand match at WrestleMania 21, which took place on April 3, 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, was between Triple H and Batista. After executing a Batista bomb, Batista won by pinfall to become the World Heavyweight Champion. As for the primary SmackDown! match, John Cena defeated John Layfield by pinfall after performing an FU to become WWE Champion. Other notable matches included The Undertaker beating Randy Orton and Kurt Angle taking on Shawn Michaels in the very first Money in the Bank ladder match.
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The third WrestleMania recorded the largest attendance for an indoor live event in North America at the time and the event is widely considered to represent the pinnacle of the 1980s wrestling boom in the States. Held on March 29, 1987, at the Pontiac Silverdome, WrestleMania III featured twelve matches. The main event saw Hulk Hogan successfully defending his WWF World Heavyweight Champion title against André the Giant.
There was plenty of triple X action at WrestleMania XXX in April 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The seven events included the opening bout between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, which Bryan won to qualify for the triple threat main event. Bryan went on to defeat Batista and the defending champion Randy Orton to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion title. Other prominent matches included John Cena beating Bray Wyatt and Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker to end his undefeated WrestleMania streak.
Nearly 55,000 fans packed into the Safeco Field in Seattle to watch the matches of WrestleMania XIX in March 2003. It was the first WrestleMania event to be held in the state of Washington, and it turned out to be one of the greatest WrestleManias of all time. One of the main pulls was the match between Kurt Angle, who was defending his WWE Championship, and Brock Lesnar. After executing an F5, Lesnar won the match by pinfall. But the most anticipated match was the third meeting between The Rock and Steve Austin, which The Rock won by pinfall. It was to be Austin’s final official match before he retired. Other noteworthy matches included the World Heavyweight Championship match between Booker T and the defending champ Triple H. After performing a pedigree, Triple H won by pinfall.
The seventeenth WrestleMania, which took place on April 1, 2001, at Houston’s Reliant Astrodome is widely considered to be the greatest WrestleMania event of all time, and with good reason. First off, it took place at the peak of the Attitude Era. Indeed, it was arguably the last WrestleMania event of that era. In the week leading up to the event, the WWE had officially ended its battle with WCW when it purchased the company; leading to many fans wondering which direction future events would take. The main event at WrestleMania X-Seven between Steve Austin and The Rock was markedly different from when they faced each other at WrestleMania 15, as they had both come a long way since. The other matches included some of the greatest wrestlers of all time, including the undercard of Triple H taking on The Undertaker. A record-breaking 68,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the memorable matches of WrestleMania 17.