Views From The Turnbuckle: The Top 20 Wrestlemania Matches Of All Time
The rematch of the masterpiece from Wrestlemania XXV did not top the original, but it sure as hell came close. The drama of the match was enhanced when HBK agreed to put his career on the line in hopes of ending the streak once and for all. He came up just a little bit short, but few performers have ever gotten as good of a sendoff.
The best thing about this match was that it was given the main-event spot that it deserved. A big mistake the WWE made the previous year was that they did not put the HBK/Undertaker match into the main event, meaning that John Cena, Edge and Big Show along with Triple H and Randy Orton had the impossible task of following up such a great match. This year, the WWE allowed HBK and The Undertaker to put on their best at the top of the card, which was only fitting for the last match for Mr. Wrestlemania (as we will see later).
Their match at Wrestlemania XIX was probably a better pure match, but the storytelling and shocking heel turn of Stone Cold Steve Austin is what really makes their second Wrestlemania encounter a true classic.
Looking back on it, the heel turn of Austin is often viewed as a mistake, and would eventually lead to one of Austin's many departures from the company, but at the time nobody suspected that Austin would embrace Vince McMahon and beat the hell out of The Rock with a steel chair. It just was not plausible at the time.
#15 Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit- Wrestlemania XX
This is a match that I personally feel is overrated. It is a really good match, but not one of the top five greatest matches in Wrestlemania history. The three guys in the ring were supremely talented and the match was well booked, but it just seemed to lack that extra something that makes a match truly special.
That being second, Wrestlemania XX was all about the culmination of two guys who were told they never had the tools to be main event level talents. Eddie Guerrero retained his WWE Championship over Kurt Angle and Benoit won the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. Triple H tapping out to the crossface was a surprising move, and something that is never brought up when people complain about HHH never doing the job. Unfortunately for Benoit, he would lose the title at Summerslam and be back in the mid-card a year later, so in the long run, Benoit's title victory did not mean a whole lot.
#14 Bret Hart vs Owen Hart- Wrestlemania X
In the history of wrestling, probably no two competitors locked up more times than Bret and Owen Hart. The best of their long history can be found at the 10th Anniversary of Wrestlemania in possibly the best match to ever open a Wrestlemania.
Although they would meet in a much more hyped cage match at Summerslam the following August, the brother's match at Wrestlemania X is still their best encounter. In a time that was a rocky transition period for the WWF, Owen and Bret put on one of the smoothest performances in the company's history. Bret would go on to win the WWF Championship later that evening, but it was Owen who shined, finally breaking out of his brothers shadow and pinning Bret with a beautiful Victory Roll out of the corner for the victory.
#13 Mick Foley vs Edge- Wrestlemania 22
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