Views From The Turnbuckle: Ranking Every Wrestlemania From Worst To Best Part 2
Let's continue the fun with the top 15:
Middle of the Road
16. Wrestlemania 15
15. Wrestlemania 14
14. Wrestlemania 12
Wrestlemania 15 was a show that I think that we all wish ended up being quite a bit better. It was the height of the Attitude Era, and while there was a lot of intensity, there was also a lot of matches that just didn't seem like Wrestlemania matches. Steve Austin faced off against The Rock in what was probably the biggest main event since Andre vs Hogan back at Wrestlemania III. As exciting as that match was, the show was plagued by the two most important undercard matches (Mankind vs Big Show and Triple H vs Kane) ending in disqualifications and The Undertaker wrestling the Big Boss Man in an unnecessary and short Hell in a Cell match.
Wrestlemania 14 was essentially just a more well-rounded version of Wrestlemania 15. The main event was great, with Austin dethroning Michaels, who worked hurt with a badly damaged back and still pulled out a classic. Owen Hart vs Triple H for the European title is an underrated match, and Chainsaw Charlie and Cactus Jack vs The New Age Outlaws in a dumpster match was at least unique. Overall the show could have achieved more, but Wrestlemania 14 was at least a very good indicator of what the Attitude Era was all about.
Out of all of the events, no single Wrestlemania cared more about actual wrestling than Wrestlemania 12 did. A main event that didn't rely on street fighting and went over sixty minutes was and still is a rarity in pro wrestling, and this one featured two of the very best. Because over an hour was dedicated to one match, the rest of the card was pretty shallow. However, it did feature the hilarious OJ Simpson car chase parody featuring Roddy Piper and Goldust, which is always a plus.
Best of the Hogan Era
13. Wrestlemania 6
12. Wrestlemania 8
Hulk Hogan wrestled more high-profile matches than anybody else, and in my opinion, his very best work was at Wrestlemania 6. Back in 1990, the fact that the two biggest faces in the company would wrestle each other in the biggest match of the year was almost unimaginable. By the end of the 80s, Hogan had seen some of his popularity stolen by the Ultimate Warrior. In the Warrior, Hogan saw a performer very similar to himself, and, for all of Hogan's faults, did put him over in front of an absolute electric crowd. Surprisingly, despite neither man being known for great technical ability, they stringed together one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history. The rest of the card wasn't great, but that couldn't stop how impressive the "Ultimate Challenge" was.
Wrestlemania 8 was supposed to have the greatest main event in history, with Ric Flair battling Hulk Hogan while both men were still in their primes. However, egos got in the way and Hogan ended up main eventing the show against Sid Justice in what is probably the worst Wrestlemania main event in history. Flair went on to have an instant classic against Randy Savage, in a match that was probably better than anything Hogan and Flair could have done anyways. Bret Hart also claimed the Intercontinental Championship in a bloody and thrilling brawl with Roddy Piper.
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