Views From The Turnbuckle: The Top 20 Wrestlemania Matches Of All Time
But from a quality standpoint, let's face it, the match was mediocre at best. Andre was more or less retired at this point and had to wear a heavy back brace for the match and Hogan of course is no Karl Gotch. Disaster was narrowly avoided from the get-go when Andre accidently fell on top of Hogan and could not get off of him quickly. If it wasn't for the quick thinking of referee Joey Marella the match might have been over before it had barely even begun.
Also like HBK vs Austin, it was incredibly obvious that Hogan was going to defeat his opponent on that night. Andre's sheer size and reputation of course made him a viable threat, but any fan with a smidge of insider knowledge could figure out that Hogan was going to win. Still, the importance and overall magnitude of the match cannot be ignored.
#20 Triple H vs The Undertaker- Wrestlemania X-Seven
This was great work from two legends that were at the height of their athletic prowess. Undertaker had just recently unveiled his "American Bad-Ass" gimmick and Triple H was riding a wave of momentum as the company's top heel. The two men brawled all over the Astrodome in a match that featured a slew of weapons and false finishes.
The match also had a really good build-up with Triple H saying that he had beaten all there is in the WWF and that he was now the top dog in the company. Naturally, this did not sit well with the Deadman who got his revenge on the Game by pinning him at Wrestlemania.
There were a lot of dream matches that were predicated to happen when the WWF bought out WCW in 2001, most of which either did not happen or were disappointing. The one that did deliver on all cylinders was The Rock vs Hogan at Wrestlemania X-8 in Toronto. Booked as an Icon vs Icon match, the crowd turned on the previously popular Rock in order to cheer for the man they loved in the 1980s.
Although it was not the most artistic match, it was still probably Hogan's best match in at least five years as The Rock truly solidified himself as a top-flight in-ring performer. Unlike Hogan vs Andre, it was really a toss-up as to who was going to come out on top, with many fans grumbling that the WWF choose the wrong winner and that Hogan should have come out on top.
#18 Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart- Wrestlemania XII
It started off with HBK gliding down into the ring from the rafters and ended more than an hour later with him kneeling down in the ring clutching the WWF Championship. The 60-minute Iron Man match at Wrestlemania XII between the champion Bret Hart and the challenger Shawn Michaels was one of the best examples of endurance in pro-wrestling history. Although not always exciting, Hart and HBK were able to keep the fans interest for the entire 60 minute period, even though not a single fall could be determined.
Shawn Michaels had main-evented a few ppvs here and there along the way and contended for the WWF Title on several occasions, but finally capturing the belt indicated that the WWF was ready for HBK to take the lead. His title reign may have been undermined by weak opponents or just an overall lack on interest, but that should not hurt the significance nor the brilliance of his match with Hart at Wrestlemania.
#17 Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker- Wrestlemania XXVI
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