For thirty-two consecutive years, WrestleMania has established itself as the greatest spectacle to ever be created in the world of professional wrestling. Every year, the greatest (and worst) competitors from around the globe converge to do battle on arguably the biggest stage of their careers. It’s an event that is unlike any other, an event where fans from around the globe unite to share a similar passion, watching their favorite wrestlers achieve their WrestleMania moment. Eventually most wrestlers are able to have that moment at some point in their career, however it isn’t always at the most opportune time.
In fact, that are multiple times in the history of WrestleMania where one achieved their WrestleMania moment at the expense of another’s rise to glory. Sometimes this is a necessary sacrifice, while at other times we scratch our heads At the end of the day though, WrestleMania serves as a season finale of sorts for professional wrestling. Some of the greatest feuds in history have culminated at the event, with iconic feuds such as The Rock vs Hogan and The Undertaker vs Triple H being notable examples over the years. With that said, there have been moments over the years where we, as fans, felt that one superstar should’ve risen instead of fallen down the food chain. The following are fifteen times where in hindsight, WWE had the wrong person win at The Grandest Stage of Them All.
15 The Undertaker Defeats Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 32)
For years, The Deadman dominated the landscape of professional wrestling, taking a gimmick that few could’ve found success with and transforming it into a must see attraction. Add that to the incredible longevity the man has had in this business and it’s hard to imagine any man more deserving of a future Hall of Fame spot than him. With all that being said, this year, the aura The Undertaker usually has when performing at WrestleMania was severely diminished. Even with the addition of the infamous Hell in a Cell, the match itself failed to live up to expectations. It’s the opinion of this writer that this wasn’t due to the action in the ring, but rather the predictability of the result.
14 Triple H Wins the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match (WrestleMania 2000)
Back in the year 2000, Triple H was in the midst of establishing himself as one of the top professional wrestlers on the planet (at that time). Producing solid promos and consistently putting on strong matches, he definitely seemed to be the total package in an era filled with great talent. With Stephanie McMahon at his side, he successfully defeated the majority of the competition, at one point even retiring the legendary Mick Foley.
13 Mark Henry Defeats Ryback (WrestleMania 29)
12 Goldberg Slays The Beast (WrestleMania XX)
11 Matt Defeats Jeff (WrestleMania XXV)
10 Billy and Chuck Reign Supreme (WrestleMania X8)
9 Triple H Defeats Sting (WrestleMania 31)
8 Santina Wins Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal (WrestleMania XXV)
7 Jack Swagger Wins the Money in the Bank Briefcase (WrestleMania XXVI)
6 Edge Ends His Career As Champion (WrestleMania XXVII)
5 Roman Reigns Defeats Triple H (WrestleMania 32)
4 Triple H Silences Booker T (WrestleMania XIX)
3 Hulk Hogan Back On Top (WrestleMania IX)
2 Hardcore Holly Wins the Hardcore Title (WrestleMania 2000)
1 Fandango Defeats Y2J (WrestleMania 29)
After being a part of one of the headlining matches of WrestleMania XXVIII, no one could really guess what was in store for Chris Jericho at the following year’s event. While it was rumored at one time or another that Ryback was going to lock horns with him, that all got turned upside down when Fandango debuted in 2013. For those of you that may have blinked and missed Fandango’s time in the spotlight, the ballroom dancer had refused to make his in ring debut for weeks on end. He eventually entered into a feud with Jericho, making his debut at WrestleMania 29 of all places. At the event, he not only competed with the former six time World Champion, but he beat him clean in the middle of the ring. Suffice it to say the WWE fan base at large was dumbfounded by the result and the damage it did to Jericho’s value as an active performer. Even though Jericho would avenge the loss the following month at Extreme Rules, the damage had already been done. Without a doubt this loss will forever go down as one of the most embarrassing moments of his entire career.
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