Views From The Turnbuckle: The Top 20 Wrestlemania Matches Of All Time Part-Two
#10 Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior: Wrestlemania VI
Every single contest between two babyfaces should strive to get the reaction that Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior did in Toronto at Wrestlemania VI. The crowd was split right down the middle with some fans cheering for the Hulkster and others screaming for him to be overthrown.
This is probably the best match of all time that was actually a bad pure technical wrestling contest and I can't believe this is the SECOND Warrior match to be on this list. Both Hogan and the Warrior were inadequate wrestlers, but to each guys credit, they both probably had the best match that they could capably have.
In the late 1980s/early 90s it was unfathomable that Hogan could lose at Wrestlemania, especially with the title on the line. Alas, along came the Warrior who was starting really connect with the fans in a way that rivaled Hogan's. To Hulk's credit he did a clean job for the Warrior, who got a deafening reaction from the crowd when he was handed to WWF Title from Hogan.
#9 Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat: Wrestlemania III
The most famous undercard match in Wrestlemania history is the highly acclaimed technical masterpiece between Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage and the challenger Ricky Steamboat. In a time where the WWF was mostly focused on stiff muscular wrestlers and squash matches, a match at Wrestlemania between two quick evenly-matched competitors really stuck out.
Putting this match at number nine is sure to ruffle some feathers, and I hate to mention the flaws in this match because it is an excellent contest, but the match is not as perfect as it is generally portrayed to be.
The match was not the pinnacle of either man's career, both men went on to bigger and better things after the match. Savage would carry the WWF title for a full year and Steamboat would go on to have a series of matches with Ric Flair that would top this list if they took place at a Wrestlemania. The finish of the match was also overbooked. Instead of allowing Steamboat go over with no outside help, the WWF got George Steele involved who was used purely as a hokey old man at the time to go over.
With all of that being said, it is impossible to ignore the brilliance of both competitors, who put on an absolute clinic in front of a crowd that may have been unfamiliar with such ability.
#8 Hardy Boyz vs Dudley Boyz vs Edge and Christian: Wrestlemania X-Seven
After having fantastic matches at Wrestlemania 2000 and Summerslam, it was hard to imagine this trio of teams going out and topping themselves once again, but that is exactly what happened at Wrestlemania X-Seven. In a match that featured a litany of insane high spots and crazy bumps, it was probably the best tag team match in the WWE's history.
A case can be made that all three teams were at the height of their respective powers. Each team had their own group of niche fans and the WWF couldn't really pick a bad team to win this thing. It's the pinnacle of tag team wrestling in the WWE, a time where tag teams were getting just as big of a reaction from the crowd as the main event guys were getting.
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