Every WrestleMania Ranked!

10- WrestleMania 3

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Yes, there is a lot of filler in this 12-match card, and Hogan-Andre is far from a wrestling clinic, but in many other ways, WrestleMania 3 had that level of epic majesty that it took decades for the show to return to. Even with modern-day structures and pyrotechnics, the sheer size of the Silverdome and the majesty of the moving rings made for a visually striking show. As for the matches, Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat is an undeniable classic, Andre-Hogan is a spectacle the likes the show has never seen, Piper-Adonis is emotionally charged, and King Kong Bundy doing a 400-pound splash onto a little person is a guilty pleasure.
BEST MOMENT: Hulk Hogan bodyslamming the 500-pound Andre the Giant.
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9- WrestleMania 21

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Besides a enthusiasm-killing sumo wrestling match, the rest of WrestleMania 21 is good-to-near-great, which makes for an entertaining show that falls just short of iconic. The title matches have great storyline payoffs (particularly Batista’s domination over Triple H), Randy Orton’s match against The Undertaker took “The Streak” to a higher level, and the first-ever Money in the Bank match may be the best one ever. However, nobody had their “best WrestleMania match ever” at 21, which makes it fall a bit below the very best of ‘Mania.
BEST MOMENT: An RKO out of nowhere during an attempted Taker chokeslam.

8- WrestleMania 22

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WrestleMania 22 is another bloated show with 11 matches on the card, but every hour has a great match and the underwhelming stuff is over before it stinks up the show. Early on you have one of the better Money in the Bank matches wherein a 57-year-old Ric Flair falls off a ladderl The show stealer isn’t long after, as a brutal bout between Edge and Mick Foley stands as the hardcore legend’s best WrestleMania match ever. Mickie James and Trish Stratus had the best women’s match the show had seen in its first three decades. Undertaker and Mark Henry had one of the streak’s most underrated bouts, Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon had a particularly brutal bout, and Rey Mysterio’s title win is a pretty emotional moment. The biggest disappointment is the main event, where the crowd rejects John Cena’s ascendancy to the top of the WWE.
BEST MOMENT: Edge spearing Mick Foley through a flaming table.
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7- WrestleMania 24

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but John Cena and Triple H were involved in an underwhelming title match on an otherwise classic WrestleMania. CM Punk’s first Money in the Bank win was satisfying, Ric Flair’s retirement at the hands of Shawn Michaels is the most emotional ‘Mania moment ever, the Floyd Mayweather-Big Show fight is a trainwreck in the very best way, and The Undertaker’s championship win to close the show is a damn good fight that managed to keep the adrenaline up from all the other big events earlier in the night. There’s some slight dips, but otherwise 24 kept it going all day long.
BEST MOMENT: Shawn Michaels saying “I’m sorry. I love you.” before superkicking Ric Flair into retirement.

6- WrestleMania 19

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It takes a while for WrestleMania 19 to shift into high gear, but once it does, it never really lets up. After a middling first hour, the Shawn Michaels-Chris Jericho match is a wonderful return to WrestleMania for HBK after a five-year hiatus. For all of the awfulness about the way that Triple H and Booker T’s match was built up and how it ended, the bout itself is an underrated one. The Hogan-McMahon streetfight has just the right level of brutality and storytelling, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s final match against The Rock is a great sendoff for WWE’s most popular wrestler ever, and even with the bungled shooting star press, Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle has a great mixture of power and speed.
BEST MOMENT: Chris Jericho betrays Shawn Michaels with a kick to the groin after a post-match hug.

5- WrestleMania 30

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Has there ever been a more emotionally satisfying WrestleMania than its thirtieth? The show proper starts with an all-time classic and the best Mania match that both Triple H and Daniel Bryan have ever had. The first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal ended with a crowd-pleasing bodyslam and Cesaro win. There’s a bit of a lull for the John Cena-Bray Wyatt match, and The Undertaker’s match with Brock Lesnar is a dud until the shocking ending, but it’s made up for with the emotional ending where Daniel Bryan stood tall at the milestone 30th Mania.
BEST MOMENT: Cesaro bodyslams Big Show out of the ring to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
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4- WrestleMania 10

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Yes, the tenth-ever WrestleMania does have a few of the gimmick-filled no-build matches that sunk so many of the early ‘Manias, but the show’s return to Madison Square Garden is more than made up for with some of WrestleMania’s all-time great matches. The Hart brothers inter-family fight at the beginning of the night is the best technical match WrestleMania has ever seen, both World Championship matches were filled with intrigue (and shocking guest referees), and the Intercontinental Championship match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon put the ladder match on the map. Who cares if you have to watch Dink the Clown mix it up with Luna Vachon or a bland tag team match when another all-time classic is right around the corner?
BEST MOMENT: HBK makes laddder jumps famous by splashing Razor.

3- WrestleMania 20

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If certain events hadn’t happened, the twentieth WrestleMania may have a case as the all-time greatest show. Christian-Chris Jericho is the rare match that’s amplified by a love triangle, The Undertaker’s quick bout with Kane marked a well-received return to form for the deadman after years of the abominable “Bikertaker” persona, and as slow as the Goldberg-Brock Lesnar bout is, the crowd reactions more than make up for the lack of action. Where 20 really hits “all-time classic” status is in the wonderful World Championship matches. Guererro cheating to retain his title is a great start, while Chris Benoit fulfilled a fantastic underdog story when he won against Triple H and Shawn Michaels in the main event. The two title-holding friends embracing at the end of the show was a great visual that’s been forever marred due to the actions of Chris Benoit, but at the time, it was the best WrestleMania ever.
BEST MOMENT: Fuck… it’s still Benoit and Eddie at the end, damn it.

2- WrestleMania 17

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With the exception of a bloated six-man tag match and Chyna’s unsatisfying Women’s Championship win, WrestleMania 17 is a classic from beginning to end. Chris Jericho and William Regal have a great technical clinic, the Hardcore Championship match is madcap fun, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit have a great bout (though hardly the pair’s best), Shane vs Vince is the rare McMahon family fight with a fun payoff, and the final four matches are classics all their own. TLC 2 is the best ladder match in WWE history, the Gimmick Battle Royal is a hilarious breather, Undertaker-Triple H is the duo’s most underrated match, and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s turn made an epic main event all the more memorable. It’s almost the perfect WrestleMania.
BEST MOMENT: Edge jumping off a ladder to spear Jeff Hardy in midair.

1- WrestleMania 31

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Hell no, it’s not too early to say last year’s WrestleMania was the best ever! There isn’t a single match amongst last year’s 9 bouts that disappoints. The preshow matches had great action (the four-way tag match) and tons of emotion (the Miz-Mizdow Battle Royal breakup). On the show itself, the Intercontinental Championship ladder match is a fantastic start, Orton-Rollins has arguably the most spectacular finishing sequence ever, Triple H and Sting filled their average match with exceptional intros and star-studded interference. The Divas tag match is a nice sendoff for AJ Lee, John Cena versus Rusev has A FUCKING TANK, Ronda Rousey beating up Stephanie McMahon, and The Undertaker made up for his sucky 2014 loss with a decent return match. The main event moved last year’s show to all-time best status with a damn good brawl that fished a crowd-pleasing ending out of nowhere when Seth Rollins interjected himself into the title match and stole a victory from Roman Reigns, the first-ever WrestleMania cash-in. Every possible match had the best possible ending, and there were so many surprises along the way that WrestleMania 31 was the best ‘Mania ever, from beginning to end.
BEST MOMENT: Randy Orton counters a curb stomp by launching Seth Rollins into the greatest RKO ever done.
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What’s your favorite WrestleMania? Which one did you find the worst? Sound off in the comments below! Be sure to also check out our other great recent wrestling content, like our ranking of the best wrestling documentaries and our list of wrestlers who got injured right before WrestleMania!

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9 thoughts on “Every WrestleMania Ranked!

  1. I always like Dave’s ranking lists.
    Will watch my first Wrestlemania this weekend after listening to Cheap Popcast from the beginning.

      1. I was also at 25, which I ranked on the bottom half of the list! Nothing at that show was even close to Taker-HBK’s awesomeness.

        However, I will argue that I was also at the best SummerSlam ever… the 2002 edition from Nassau Coliseum! Brock-Rock, HBK’s return, and tons more awesome stuff!

  2. I wouldn’t put 31 above 30 or 17 personally but I can see the argument. 17 is still my top one, but this is a great list Dave.

    I would be surprised if this years makes it into the top half of next year’s rankings unless something amazing happens in the hell in the cell match.

  3. WrestleMania X-Seven is still my favorite. Rock/Austin 2. Angle/Benoit. McMahon/McMahon. And my favorite Taker Mania match against HHH.

  4. Loved this list! With the vince/dunn era of wwe in its sunset I can’t wait to see what the wrestlemania card is in 3-5 years.

  5. I still maintain X-7 and that any show is better when you’re there with like-minded friends. Don’t get me wrong, I liked 31 but from where I was sitting, it wasn’t the best of all time. But it is your list and a great one at that!

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