With WrestleMania 35 now in the rear-view mirror, it will always be looked back on as history-making for the first-ever WrestleMania main event to include female wrestlers. Despite being a part of WWE history since 1985, it is still possible for the Showcase of the Immortals to surprise and shock their fans by breaking records.
With WWE's storied history, they have a plethora of legends to pull from if they are looking for a nostalgic edge to their show. WWE has never been shy about bringing back wrestlers from yesteryear in order to engage the crowd's memory. While it is always a pleasure to see some of the legends of the ring return to the main stage, some of the appearances have been by wrestlers well past their prime age. In fact, some of the wrestlers who have appeared at WrestleMania recently have been well over the age of 60!
Conversely, WWE also loves to take chances on younger talent who could be the future of their company. Over the years, there have been appearances by some very young - and in one case, far too young - wrestlers who have managed to make it on to the biggest wrestling show of all time.
12 Oldest - Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka (66)
While his transgressions prior to his passing in 2018 have ensured that WWE does not often refer to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka on television anymore, he does have the distinction of being the oldest WrestleMania performer on record.
Teaming with Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania XXV in a handicap match against Chris Jericho, the group of legends were accompanied by Ric Flair and were grouped together to stand up for aging wrestlers against the cocky Jericho. While the nostalgic factor of seeing these legends team together was fun, Snuka was not a big factor in the match. In fact, he was eliminated by Jericho only minutes into the bout.
By this time, Snuka was well past his prime in the ring and it was almost scary for fans to watch him compete. To think that he had matches for years following this WrestleMania on the independent circuit is even more frightening!
11 Youngest - Nicholas (10)
With a fifty-six year age gap between the oldest and the youngest competitors, it truly shows that WrestleMania has something for everyone! Nicholas is forever etched in the WWE history books as both the youngest WrestleMania competitor and the youngest WWE title holder.
At WrestleMania 34, Braun Strowman was scheduled to face The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championship with a mystery partner of his choosing. Strowman proceeded to pick a member of the audience, which wound up being Nicholas. While he never entered the match himself, Nicholas wound up being one-half of the Tag Team Champions due to Strowman's dominance. The fact remains that Nicholas never lost the title. Rematch at WrestleMania 44?
10 Oldest - Vince McMahon (65)
Isn't it ironic that the man who once produced a "Geriatric Match" has competed at WrestleMania at the age most people retire? No one likely wants to be the person to tell Vince McMahon that he is too old to compete, so he is among the oldest on this list.
In a rivalry that was almost 15 years in the making, Vince took on Bret "The Hitman" Hart at WrestleMania XXVI. While the feud itself had a lot of history, the match between the two left a lot to be desired. Vince's age coupled with Hart's health limitations led to a short affair with numerous members of the Hart family doing most of the physical work instead of Bret. However, as many people have said before - Vince McMahon is crazy and proceeded to wrestle well beyond his prime years.
9 Youngest - Essa Rios (20)
While most current WWE fans will not remember the name, Essa Rios once had a very bright future in WWE's growing Light-Heavyweight division. Competing under the name Águila, Rios was the youngest WrestleMania competitor up until 2018.
The highlight of Rios' career was facing Taka Michinoku for the Light-Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XIV (wrestling under the name Águila at the event), marking the only time the Championship was defended at WrestleMania. He would come up short in the bout, but it was a thrilling match which introduced a large crowd to the fast-paced, lucha-libre style that would eventually be a part of the Cruiserweight division.
8 Oldest - Jerry "The King" Lawler (62)
While Jerry Lawler's first and only WrestleMania match is not necessarily one to be proud of, it is great that "The King" was able to compete at the Showcase of the Immortals at least once.
Lawler's feud with Michael Cole leading into WrestleMania XXVII was critically panned and resulted in a lackluster match between the two announcers. In a match between one untrained announcer and an aging wrestler, no one was set up for success and the affair fell flat. To add insult to injury, Lawler lost his only WM match.
7 Youngest - Kelly Kelly (21)
Despite being most well-known for "smiling and pointing" throughout her WWE tenure, Kelly Kelly does have the distinction of being the youngest female competitor at WrestleMania.
During a time where WWE's focus on the "Diva's" division as minimal at best, the only match featuring females at WrestleMania XXIV was billed as a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill Match. Considering WWE is coming off WrestleMania 35 being main-evented by three women, it shows just how far they have come. However, back in 2008 this was not the case for Kelly Kelly, who was one of the aforementioned "lumberjills" whose job it was to prevent competitors from leaving the ring.
6 Oldest - Ric Flair (59)
Thankfully, WrestleMania XXIV is not known entirely for the above match and has plenty more distinctions associated with it. Most particularly, this event also featured the WWE retirement of one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Never has there been so much emotion behind a Sweet Chin Music before, other than Shawn Michaels delivering the final blow to Ric Flair prior to pinning him.
With a storied wrestling career which dates back to 1972, many wrestlers have cited Ric Flair as the greatest of all time. And while he has wrestled matches in other promotions following this appearance, he has not wrestled again in WWE. Not only does Flair's career make him a special circumstance on this list, but he is also the only "older" wrestler on the list who was an active competitor at this age.
5 Youngest - Rene Dupree (22)
As part of La Résistance, Rene Dupree was part of one of the most hated groups on WWE's RAW roster in the mid-2000's. Teaming with both Sylvan Grenier and Rob Conway, Dupree was able to tap into fan's xenophobia as a heel to make them aggravated. While his career did not have the longevity in WWE as other "young studs", he held the distinction of being WWE's youngest Tag Team Champion for years - at least until young Nicholas joined the roster.
By the time Dupree joined the WrestleMania XX card vying for the RAW Tag Team Championship, he was only 22 years old but had already been with WWE for over three years.
4 Oldest - Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat (56)
Ricky Steamboat may be on the "older" side of this list, but he is also the recipient of chants of "You Still Got It" at the age of 56. Having not wrestled a match for WWE since 1991, WWE fans were able to stay connected to his career through his time in WCW. Ultimately, injuries took The Dragon out of regular competition in 1994, but by the time he competed at WrestleMania XXV, he looked like he had not missed a beat.
One of the true highlights of WrestleMania that year, Steamboat's encounter with Chris Jericho included the veteran hitting many of his old moves, including a diving crossbody and an over the top rope plancha, leading to the audience audibly gasping. Steamboat showed that despite his age, he was still one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots.
3 Youngest - Paige (22)
As the film Fighting With My Family showed off, The Bevis family of Norwich, England live and breathe professional wrestling, which led to Paige competing in the ring as early as age 13. While it would take her a while to make it to WWE, she would eventually begin to usher in what fans now know as the "Diva's Revolution".
Paige was one of the first wrestlers to transfer from NXT to the main roster to really make a splash on the night after WrestleMania. Her debut would eventually lead to a great career in WWE, culminating in her first WrestleMania match involving AJ Lee and The Bella Twins at the young age of 22.
2 Oldest - Tatanka (55)
Despite his relatively short tenure in WWE, Tatanka holds some very distinct records. Not only was his initial debut in the company marked by a months-long undefeated streak, but his WrestleMania records also speak volumes.
His surprise appearance in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 was a great show for the 55-year-old, but it also marked the largest gap between WrestleManias for one performer. Tatanka's last performance before WM 32 was WM IX, more than twenty years prior.
1 Youngest - Velvet McIntyre (22)
WWE seems to have always enjoyed employing younger wrestlers who are able to progress with the company, even in their earlier days. While not all of their prospects turn in to long-term careers, they are still able to leave their marks on history books.
Velvet McIntyre has the distinction of being a part of WrestleMania's early Women's matches, where she almost took the infamous Fabulous Moolah to the limit over the WWE Women's Championship but came up short. While she would not become one of the top women's wrestlers for the company, she was one of the youngest to do so at the time.