Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Chismo » Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:46 am

Edge/Foley would most likely crack my Top 10. Easily the best Edge match ever, almost a perfect hardcore match.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mike » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:54 am

I updated the o/p with Dave's ratings from 1-31. What I'm going to do now is keep a running list of matches. I may star rate with the system I have down, but maybe doing a list would be best for me. I would like to watch most of what I want to rewatch because I will usually put off my time for most modern wrestling watching until April post-Mania.

I think 31 last year is likely in my Top 10 Manias too. Excellent show and I'm a sucker for Sting/HHH. I totally get people who eye roll it, but I eat that shit up.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by mlev76 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:48 pm

Frank Olson wrote:One match that never seems to get mentioned on best of Wrestlemania lists but that I personally love is the Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho match from WM19. I think that match has an almost perfect mix of simple wrestling storytelling ("anything you can do I can do better") with next-level athleticism. I guess people forget about it because it's from a non-hot period of WWE, but it's probably my personal #1. I'm also a sucker for the type of match where the younger guy takes the experienced veteran to the limit but can't quite put them away (see also Nakamura/Ibushi from WK9, Tanahashi/Okada from WK9, Zayn/Cesaro from whichever NXT Takeover special that is) so Michaels/Jericho is right up my alley.
It was a great match which probably gets lost in the shuffle of Michaels's post return Mania output. It also probably gets forgotten because the later feud was so good.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by phenom951 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:33 pm

Top of my head:

Michaels vs Taker - WM 25-26
CM Punk vs Taker - WM 29
Bret vs Owen - WM 10
Bret vs Piper - WM 8
Savage vs Flair - WM 8
Taker vs Edge - WM 24
Daniel Bryan vs Triple H - WM 30
Jericho vs Christian - WM 20
MITB - WM 21 and 24
Savage vs Steamboat - WM 3
Austin vs Bret WM 13
Triangle Ladder Match - WM 16
Austin vs Rock - WM 17
Guerrero vs Angle - WM 20
Michaels vs Angle - WM 21
Batista vs Triple H - WM 21
Edge vs Foley - WM 22
Taker vs HHH - WM 27-28

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by monster mafia » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:12 pm

angle vs lesnar (wm 19) was a great mathc,let me think another ones later

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mike » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:41 pm

Goddamn did Shawn bump his ass off in the Mania IX opener vs. Tatanka. And Tatanka wasn't so bad either. Fun opener. Good back and forth with Heenan, Savage, and JR while they were trying to find their footing as a team.

And wow, Head Shrinkers/Steiners is a blast to watch. A couple of holy shit spots in this one that still get me.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mike » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:43 pm

The Savage/DiBiase WrestleMania Rewind is fun and really probably all I will watch from Mania IV besides the battle royal. Gary Thorne, who I loved as an announcer for the NHL on ESPN and is very good at college football and baseball currently, did a great job narrating these. Wish they'd do more! Haven't done any new ones since 2014.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by CThrash13 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:14 pm

I'll come back in here when I have a little more time, but my favorite Mania match will probably always be Benoit vs. HHH vs. HBK at WM XX. I was a massive Benoit mark, and I never truly thought the day would come where he'd be the man in WWE. Great stuff!

DB winning the title a couple years ago was great too, but I need to go back and watch again to truly appreciate it. That was the first WWE Network PPV, AND my feed was less than stellar that event. Haha

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mike » Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:07 am

mlev76 wrote:British Bulldogs vs. Valentine, Beefcake (Mania 2)-Probably the only decent thing on the whole show and the peak moment (not match) for the Bulldogs, my favorite 80s tag team. Valentine and Beefcake were a very underrated team and these two teams had great chemistry whenever they faced each other.
Haven't watched this match in at least 15-20 years, but just did again now. Fun match. May not even make my top 50, but it's nice to see the Bulldogs have the spotlight.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Lawsoncomedy » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:57 pm

Quentin Moody wrote:Steve Austin vs Bret Hart
Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H
Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle
Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper
Randy Savage vs Ric Flair
Owen Hart vs Bret Hart

My number 1 Mania match of all time also happens to be my favorite WWE match of all time. It's The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 25. This match is one of the moments in my fandom that I'll never forget. Sitting on the couch with my brother, jumping up and down at near falls, legitimately fearing for Taker's life on that dive to the outside. I've never been more excited watching a wrestling match and I never get tired of watching this back.
I agree. HBK vs Taker is my favorite match ever.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Lawsoncomedy » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:16 am

For me:

10. Lesnar vs Reigns (vs Rollins) WM 31
9. Taker vs HHH WM 28
8. TLC II WM 17
7. Bryan vs Orton vs Batista WM 30
6. Benoit vs HBK vs HHH WM 20
5. HBK vs Flair WM 24
4. HBK vs Angle WM 21
3. HBK vs Taker WM 26
2. Rock vs Austin WM 17
1. HBK vs Taker WM 25

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mike » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:38 pm

What is your favorite and/or best Money in the Bank ladder match at a WrestleMania?

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by mlev76 » Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:16 pm

Mike wrote:What is your favorite and/or best Money in the Bank ladder match at a WrestleMania?
Even without the historical context, I'm a sucker for the first one. At the time, with the exception of Kane, everyone in that match were my favorite WWE guys and I was very excited to see Edge win since I'd expected his elevation for two years prior. And even though the TLC matches had similar numbers of competitors, the fact that everyone was out for themselves made it more chaotic and fun.

It's pretty amazing to see how almost every promotion ripped off the briefcase concept after this and how much this changed the process of WWE elevating wrestlers.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by wac » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:19 pm

2005 is probably the best one, I like the 2007 and 2008 matches too.

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Re: Favorite/Best WrestleMania matches

Post by Mokujin Scott » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:01 am

I made a list of my top 50 Mania matches after last year's:
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn - WM XXV
2. Bret vs. Owen - WM X
3. Shawn vs. Razor - WM X
4. Angle vs. Shawn - WM XXI
5 Undertaker vs. Shawn - WM XXVI
6. Benoit vs. HHH vs. Shawn - WM XX
7. Savage vs. Steamboat - WM III
8. Lesnar vs. Reigns (vs. Rollins) - WM XXXI
9. Bryan vs. HHH - WM XXX
10. Undertaker vs. Punk - WM XXIX
11. Bret vs. Austin - WM XIII
12. Angle vs. Lesnar - WM XIX
13. Undertaker vs. Batista - WM XXIII
14. Flair vs. Savage - WMVIII
15. Rock vs. Austin - WM XVII
16. Edge/Christian vs. Hardys vs. Dudleys - WM XVII
17. Edge vs. Foley - WM XXII
18. Edge/Christian vs. Hardys vs. Dudleys - WM XVI
19. Undertaker vs. HHH - WM XXVII
20. Shawn vs. Jericho - WM XIX
21. Punk vs. Jericho - WM XXVIII
22. Eddie vs. Angle - WM XX
23. Bryan vs. Orton vs. Batista - WM XXX
24. Edge vs. Undertaker - WM XXIV
25. Benoit vs. Angle - WM XVII
26. Cena vs. Shawn - WM XXIII
27. Hogan vs. Warrior - WM VI
28. Savage vs. Hogan - WM V
29. Savage vs. Warrior - WM VII
30. Edge vs. Jericho vs. Shelton vs. Benoit vs. Christian vs. Kane - WM XXI
31. Benoit vs. Angle vs. Jericho - WM XVI
32. Jericho vs. Edge - WM XXVI
33. Bret vs. Shawn - WM XII
34. Savage vs. DiBiase - WM IV
35. Kennedy vs. Punk vs. Finlay vs. Hardy vs. Hardy vs. Booker vs. Orton vs. Edge - WM XXIII
36. Rock vs. Hogan - WM XVIII
37. Orton vs. Angle vs. Rey - WM XXII
38. Bryan vs. Harper vs. Ambrose vs. Stardust vs. Truth vs. Barrett vs. Ziggler - WM XXXI
39. Piper vs. Adonis - WM III
40. Shawn vs. Austin - WM XIV
41. British Bulldogs vs. Dream Team - WM II
42. Bret vs. Piper - WM VIII
43. Austin vs. Rock - WM XV
44. Undertaker vs. HHH - WM XVII
45. Jericho vs. Regal - WM XVII
46. Undertaker vs. Flair - WM XVIII
47. Rockers vs. Barbarian & Haku - WM VII
48. Edge vs. Del Rio - WM XXVII
49. Taka vs. Aguila - WM XIV
50. JBL vs. Finlay - WM XXIV

I also ranked the 31 Main main events:
1. Undertaker vs. Shawn - WM XXVI
2. Benoit vs. HHH vs. Shawn - WM XX
3. Lesnar vs. Reigns (vs. Rollins) - WM XXXI
4. Angle vs. Lesnar - WM XIX
5. Rock vs. Austin - WM XVII
6. Edge vs. Undertaker - WM XXIV
7. Bryan vs. Orton vs. Batista - WM XXX
8. Cena vs. Shawn - WM XXIII
9. Hogan vs. Warrior - WM VI
10. Savage vs. Hogan - WM V
11. Bret vs. Shawn - WM XII
12. Savage vs. DiBiase - WM IV
13. Shawn vs. Austin - WM XIV
14. Austin vs. Rock - WM XV
15. HHH vs. Cena - WM XXII
16. HHH vs. Batista - WM XXI
17. Rock vs. Cena - WM XXVIII
18. HHH vs. Rock vs. Show vs. Foley - WM XVI
19. Rock vs. Cena - WM XXIX
20. HHH vs. Jericho - WM XVIII
21. HHH vs. Orton - WM XXV
22. Hogan vs. Slaughter - WM VII
23. Hogan vs. Andre - WM III
24. LT vs. Bigelow - WM XI
25. Sid vs. Undertaker - WM XIII
26. Hogan vs. Bundy - WM II
27. Bret vs. Yokozuna - WM X
28. Cena vs. Miz - WM XXVII
29. Yokozuna vs. Bret, Hogan - WM IX
30. Hogan/T vs. Piper/Orndorff - WM I
31. Hogan vs. Sid - WM VIII

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