It’s every wrestler’s dream to one day win the WWE Championship. Unless you’re The Big Show, then it’s your dream to have people actually like you (I like you, Big Show.) Anyhow, it’s most wrestler’s dream to become a WWE Champion. Legends like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold, John Cena and countless others have held the iconic strap, helping to create a lineage unlike no other championship in wrestling history. It’s also every wrestler’s dream to main event WrestleMania, unless you’re The Big- alright, this isn’t about The Big Show! WWE’s flagship Pay-Per-View has given birth to countless memories and to go on last is an honour only a handful of men will ever get to experience. Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Randy Savage, The Undertaker and countless other icons have main-evented this legendary show and have made the final spot on this card one of the most coveted in wrestling history.
The main event of The Show of Shows is usually reserved for the WWE Championship – HBK vs Bret Hart at Mania XII, Austin vs The Rock at XV and X-7, John Cena vs, well, everyone, to name a few – so you’d assume that most wrestlers who have held the WWE Championship have also gone on last at Mania. Well, my little confused readers, you might be shocked to learn that this is most certainly not the case. Of the 48 men in history to hold WWE’s top prize, only 26 have closed out WrestleMania, which leaves 22 unfortunate souls that have never done it. I smell a list coming up!
To be clear, this is NOT a ranking of these competitors by their skill or talent or anything like that, but of how likely it is/was that they should have closed out a WrestleMania. We’ll be looking at their potential as headliners, the storylines they could have had and potential circumstances that stopped them from main eventing. All clear. Good. Then let’s begin.
22 22. Vince McMahon
Let’s start with the obvious one, shall we?
What can I say about a man who books himself to win a championship in a company he owns? Vinnie Mac won the WWE Championship on an episode of Smackdown in September 1999 after pinning Triple H following a Stone Cold assist. McMahon held the title for just six days, vacating it the next show on Raw, just for Triple H to win it back on the next Pay-Per-View. When people defend Vince’s ego, tell them this.
There is no way in hell Vince should have main evented WrestleMania as a competitor. Yes, he got involved in the finish to X-7 and was one of the “McMahons in every corner” the year before, but as a wrestler? That would have been stupid. Although, as much flack as it gets from critics, I enjoy the fact that Vince is a WWE Champion. It’s a fun bit of trivia. Plus, I love Vince. Come at me in the comments!
21 21. Buddy Rogers
Word of warning; most of the first entries in the list are going to be old dudes.
In the grand scheme of things, Buddy Rogers is probably one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Rogers gained his fame in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1960s, fighting Pat O’Connor in the so-called “Match of the Century” in 1961 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which he won. Rogers is perhaps most famous for being the first ever WWE Champion in history, being granted the championship just a few months after dropping the NWA title. Rogers star power was undoubtedly a big reason for the WWE’s early success and he thoroughly deserves his Hall of Fame spot.
However, by the time WrestleMania I would roll around in 1985, Rogers was 64 years-old. His star power and physical presence had decreased rapidly by the time Vince McMahon Jr. took WWE in its new direction. He might have inspired almost everything about Ric Flair and the Vince McMahon strut, but there’s no way Rogers could have pulled off a Mania main event. Sorry, Buddy. That’s not me being patronising, that’s just his name.
20 20. Stan Stasiak
Before you fact check me in the comments, I don’t mean Shawn. I never mean Shawn.
Stan “The Man” Stasiak won the WWE Championship on December 1st 1973 after being told just minutes before the match. The plan was for Stasiak to win the belt from Pedro Morales with the intention of Stasiak losing the belt to Bruno Sammartino just nine days later, as WWE didn’t want Sammartino to beat Morales.
Stasiak only ever won the title once and would hold no other belts in the WWE. He would have been 48 by the time WrestleMania I rolled around and had retired the year before. Stan’s star power was not nearly enough for WrestleMania’s main event, but he’ll always have the week and a bit he spent as WWE Champion. Shame about his son, though. Poor Meat.
19 19. Ivan Koloff
Sorry to break it to you, folks, but Ivan Koloff isn’t actually Russian. I know.
Oreal Perras went by the ring name Ivan Koloff in the WWE, for which he debuted in 1969. Koloff worked as “The Russian Bear”, despite originally being billed from Ukraine. Don’t, don’t even start. We don’t have nearly enough time to get into all this now. Koloff earned his place in history on January 18th 1971, when he ended Bruno Sammartino’s first reign as WWE Champion, also known as the longest single WWE title reign of all time. Damn. Way to ruin a good thing, Ivan. He lost the belt just three weeks later to Pedro Morales and would never reign again. Aw, I don’t feel as angry at him now. Poor Bear.
Another example of a transitional champion, Koloff had left the WWE by 1983 and was by no means a big star. Koloff made a big impact in the WWE during his time with the company and will always have the distinction of being the guy who ended Bruno’s most successful reign. Still doesn’t make him anymore Russian, though.
18 18. Superstar Billy Graham
If you don’t appreciate Billy Graham, then you need to take a long hard look at yourself.
“Superstar” Billy Graham debuted for the WWE in 1975 but made a big splash after his second debut in 1977. Graham’s star power in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) was so strong that Vince McMahon Sr., WWE promoter at the time, made an agreement with Graham to bring him into his company, on the grounds that he defeat Bruno Sammartino to become WWE Champion just days after arriving. Not too shabby. Graham reigned for nine and a half months before dropping the title to Pedro Morales.
Graham’s promo style and physique was totally revolutionary and is cited as an inspiration by such legends as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. He’s probably the reason WWE call their talent “superstars” to this day and is a huge part of wrestling history. But, by the time WrestleMania came around, Graham was in his late forties and suffering from a niggling hip injury that would eventually force him out of active compeition. Had WrestleMania been around in the 70s, there can be no doubt Billy Graham would have closed on out. But it didn’t. Because if it did, I probably wouldn’t have much of a list.
17 17. The Iron Sheik
I will do my very best not to mention anything Sheik has said on YouTube, but I am only human.
The Iron Sheik was one of the biggest heels in the early days of the WWE. Playing upon his Iranian heritage and the classic “you’re not from here so you must be bad” rule in wrestling (which is a little worrying, when you think about it). Sheik’s unique look, promo style and feud with Hulk Hogan made him a huge star and pop culture figure in the 70s and 80s and he remains an icon of the business to this day. Sheik won the WWE title from Bob Backlund on Boxing Day (way to ruin Christmas, Sheiky) 1983, but only because Backlund refused to lose the title to Hulk Hogan, so Sheik won the belt to drop it the Hulkster just a month later.
The Iron Sheik is the first man on this list to compete on the first ever WrestleMania, where he won the World Tag Team Championships alongside Nikolai Volkoff, despite being 43 at the time. If he had kept the villainous heel persona from the 70s, Sheik could definitely have battled Hulk Hogan at a WrestleMania, but which one is a bit dubious and he was on his way out the company by the time WrestleMania gained traction. Shame that. Also, PATOOEY! I told you I wouldn’t manage it.
16 16. Pedro Morales
The word “legend” gets thrown around a lot these days, but this guy is actually a legend.
Pedro Morales was a Puerto Rican wrestler who made his name in his native land before joining the WWE in 1970. Morales quickly rose up the ranks, defeating Ivan Koloff for the WWE Championship in 1971 and reigning for 1,207 days thanks to in-ring ability, charisma and appeal to the Hispanic community. Morales would make history in December 1980, when he won the Intercontinental Championship from Ken Patera, making him the first man in WWE history win the world, tag and IC title across a career, an accomplishment later known as the Triple Crown.
Pedro was wrestling for WWE during the WrestleMania years, albeit only appearing in a 20 man battle royal at WrestleMania II (you know, the really good one). Morales star power wasn’t quite the same in the mid-eighties and the fact that he would retire in 1987 showed that he wasn’t ready for the main stage. However, his legendary status as the first ever Triple Crown winner might have opened some doors, so it wasn’t entirely impossible to see Morales closing out Mania. Would have certainly been an improvement to the WrestleMania II “main events” we did get. Ugh.
15 15. Bruno Sammartino
The Italian Stallion himself. No, not Sylvester Stallone. Although that would have been awesome.
What can I say about Bruno Sammartino? The longest reigning WWE Champion of all time. The man who sold out Madison Square Garden more times than anyone in history. The man whose star power put the WWE on the map. The man who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Arnold Freakin’ Schwarzenegger. He’s really done it all, Bruno. Bruno’s total of 4,040 days as WWE Champion will likely never be beaten and he truly is one of the greatest pro wrestlers to ever have ever walked the earth. Also, Bruno Sammartino is his real name. How cool is that?
Bruno was involved in the first ever WrestleMania, but as manager for his son, David, against Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. The less said about David, the better. Bruno was also in that battle royal at WrestleMania 2, which was the last time we’d see Bruno in the ring at Mania, which is pretty fair because he was in his fifties during this match. Bruno’s star power was still pretty powerful during the early years of Mania and the greatest WWE Champion of all time returning to the ring at WWE’s biggest show wouldn’t have entirely out of the question at the time. Saying that, Bruno and the WWE did kinda hate each other for a while over the treatment of his son, so that might have been something to do with it. Oops.
14 14. Bob Backlund
Woah, woah woah, hold up there, playas! Before you go crazy over me putting crazy old Bob Backlund over Bruno, just hear me out.
Bob Backlund holds the record for the second longest single reign with the WWE title, reigning for 2,135 days in his first reign (there was some confusion over a match with Antonio Inoki, but, to be honest, I don’t fully understand it, so we’ll just ignore it). Backlund’s squeaky clean persona and good looks made him a pretty good flagbearer for the company after Sammartino left, although he was never on the same level as Bruno. However, Backlund does hold the distinction of being a WWE Champion again the 1990s, after defeating Bret Hart in a Throw in the Towel match at Survivor Series 1994. Admittedly, he did lose the title to Diesel 3 days later, but the WWE still had faith in him at least. Even when they really, really shouldn’t have.
Backlund was still a capable performer during the early days of Mania, being in his thirties when the first show rolled around, so it’s probably more likely that he would have got the call to main event the show. Still having singles matches at Mania in the 1990s (admittedly, not very good ones), Backlund, in my mind, gets the nod over Bruno. And that is the only time you’ll ever hear me say that. Ever.
13 13. Rob Van Dam
Finally, some wrestlers not born in the 40s.
Rob Van Dam made his name in ECW (despite never winning the original ECW Championship, as some people believe) and was one of the few outsiders to make a name for himself in WWE following the invasion angle of 2001. RVD won multiple Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships during his career, but his crowning moment came in 2006, when he used his Money in the Bank contract to set up a match with John Cena for his WWE Championship at ECW One Night Stand. With a little (and by a little, I mean an absolute ton) of help from Paul Heyman and Edge, RVD made the pin and won the belt to a huge ovation from the rabid ECW crowd. However, one pot bust later, and Van Dam lost the title after just 22 days and was promptly suspended. Oh, RVD, will you ever learn?
Rob’s time as champion was so short and so far away from WrestleMania that there was no way he could have found a way into the main event. Had he been booked better and, you know, not got arrested, RVD had all the skills to main event WrestleMania. But, unfortunately, this was not the case for the Whole F’n Show. Shame, I really quite like Rob, you know, when he’s obeying the law.
12 12. Sheamus
I know. Sheamus on a list ahead of Rob Van Dam. What is the world coming to?
Despite getting an, in my opinion, unfair amount of criticism in recent years, Sheamus will go down as one of the most successful superstars of this generation. A two-time United States Champion, a King of the Ring, Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank winner (one of only two men ever to do so), a former World Heavyweight Champion and a three-time WWE Champion, there can be no questioning the man’s success. From his first WWE Championship win over John Cena in 2009 to his most recent world title win at Survivor Series last year, Sheamus has always come pretty close to being champ around WrestleMania season. But, alas, things never quite seemed to fall into place for The Great White. D’ya get it? Cos he’s pale? D’ya get it?
Sheamus actually challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII, but, under the circumstances he won the match, you can see why he wasn’t given the final spot his Royal Rumble victory should have afforded him. Never quite staying in the main event for long enough and inconsistently booked, Sheamus never really seemed like a viable option for a Mania main eventer. I still thing he’s harshly treated, however. Leave the poor boy alone, you monsters!
11 11. Alberto Del Rio
Where’s Ricardo Rodriguez when you need him?
Albertoooooooooooo Delllllllllll Riiiiiioooooooo debuted for the WWE in 2010 (as Del Rio, not Dos Caras) and made a big statement. With a successful career behind him in Mexico, Del Rio won the 2011 Royal Rumble shortly after his debut, as well as the Money in the Bank briefcase later that year. This briefcase led to him to win the WWE Championship from CM Punk at SummerSlam 2011 in a move that was definitely great and didn’t upset anyone, including the legions of CM Punk who just wanted him to win the WWE Championship. Definitely didn’t annoy them. Not even one bit.
Del Rio challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXVII after winning the Rumble, but Del Rio vs Edge wouldn’t really have felt like the main event. Saying that, the actual main event, John Cena vs The Miz, also didn’t really feel like the main event, so maybe? I dunno, that Mania was absolutely rubbish.
10 10. Jeff Hardy
Brother Nero! I knew you’d come!
Long before he was everyone’s second favourite Hardy Boy, Jeff was tearing it up in the WWE as a singles star. After splitting from his then-non-broken brother, Matt, Jeff won a variety of championships, including two World Heavyweight Championships, but, arguably, his biggest moment came at Armageddon 2008, when he won a triple threat match with Edge and Triple Hfor the WWE Championship. Hardy’s first and only reign as top dog lasted just 42 days before losing the belt back to Edge at Royal Rumble 2009, who then lost it at the next Pay-Per-View to Triple H, who then lost it to Randy Orton 70 days after that. 2009 was a weird year for the WWE Championship. Seriously, the longest reign that year was 90 days. Weird.
The reason I’ve put Jeff this high up the list is kinda to fulfil my fantasy booking fetish. Bear with me. What if Jeff Hardy didn’t lose the belt at Royal Rumble, but rather kept it until WrestleMania, where he would defend it against Royal Rumble match winner... Matt Hardy. Bear with me. Matt could be jealous of his brother’s success and, having lost his own ECW Championship not long before this, would be angry with Jeff for making him look like the inferior Hardy. The two men work really well together and could have built an incredible feud in the three months between Rumble and Mania, leading to a brother vs brother main event. Yeah? No? Ah, who cares, was only a bit of fun, get off my case people!
9 9. Kane
Oh, Kane, so many years with WWE, so little WrestleMania moments.
Kane debuted in 1997 as The Undertaker’s evil half-brother and had relished this role ever since. A talented performer, Glenn Jacobs made the Kane character a staple of the Attitude Era and this was cemented when he won the WWE Championship from ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1998. Ok, yeah, he did lose it back the next night on Raw and he’d never hold the belt again, but be quiet. Kane did go onto hold the ECW and World Heavyweight Championships after this, but he would never be pushed as the company’s top star again, which is a shame, because he’s probably one of their most loyal employees.
Kane has never really been involved in big matches at WrestleMania, bar his bouts with The Undertaker. However, for all his years with the company and for a guy who proved he could go in the main event scene, you’d think WWE would have given Kane a shot in the Mania main event. Maybe he could have been subbed out for the Big Show at WrestleMania 2000 or actually won a Royal Rumble match and made it to the main event that way. We’ll never know, but, what we do know is, despite never closing out Mania, Kane sure did deserve it. He certainly didn’t deserve to be in a 4 minute tag match with Rikishi against X-Pac and Road Dogg, which is what he actually did at WrestleMania 2000. Bleugh.
8 8. Rey Mysterio
Booyaka, booyaka! Love that theme.
Rey Mysterio is undoubtedly the most popular and recognisable luchador in modern day wrestling history. From humble beginning in WCW to a bona fide main eventer in WWE, Mysterio has won pretty much every title going in WWE, but it’s his time as WWE Champion that might have escaped your memory, with good reason. Mysterio only held the belt for one episode of Raw back in 2011, winning it in a tournament final at the beginning of the night (CM Punk had absconded with the real WWE Championship eight days previously, the scamp) and dropping it to John Cena at the end of the show. Bad form, John. What did Rey ever do to you? Well, I guess he did try and take away a large part of his merchandising audience. Those damn kids’ll buy anything.
Mysterio stood a good chance of main eventing WrestleMania 22 after winning that year’s Royal Rumble and putting in a record-setting time to boot. Rey was receiving a huge push following the death of his long-time friend, Eddie Guerrero, and could have used this momentum to battle Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in the main event of Mania. Instead, it was painfully obvious WWE were just looking to cash in on Eddie’s passing and didn’t think Mysterio had what it took to main event their biggest show and so that triple threat took place earlier in the night, whilst John Cena and Triple H closed things out. Had WWE been behind Rey, it’s entirely possible he could have main evented this show. But, alas, the company just didn’t have faith in him. Story of his WWE career, really.
7 7. Dean Ambrose
The first of two still active former champs now, so this could all change.
Dean Ambrose; the little Shield member that could. From the moment The Shield split up, everyone could see that creative hadn’t put nearly as much time into Dean as they had Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, but of whom have main evented WrestleMania (yes, the cash-in does count, Wikipedia it). However, just when people had given up hope on Dean, at Money in the Bank 2016, he did the unthinkable, winning the Money in the Bank briefcase and cashing it in on Seth Rollins all in the same night in one of the most incredible moments this year. Now a top guy on Smackdown Live, Dean seems to have the world at his feet right now. He is still called “The Lunatic Fringe”, however. Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.
Ambrose has yet to main event Mania, but, with creative seemingly now behind him and a role as one of Smackdown’s top guys, that could all change very soon and that’s the reason he’s this high up the list. Just who he would fight is unclear, but, if the planets aligned and another Shield triple threat took place, you can put good money on it closing out WrestleMania. I wouldn’t, though. The last time I told someone to put money on something, it went very badly wrong. His legs still haven’t healed...
6 6. AJ Styles
BOOM. They don’t want none! Nope, they don’t want none! Don’t know what it means, don’t care, it’s a great theme.
AJ Styles on a list of WWE Champions; who saw that coming, huh? One of the wrestlers that put TNA on the map, AJ Styles has had a, dare I say, phenomenal career (ha) all over the world, winning world titles left, right and centre and putting on classic matches with the likes of Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. He won the world title from the aforementioned Dean Ambrose at Backlash 2016 and is, of time of writing, the current top dog and there don’t seem to be any plans to change that in the near future. Unless the company really get behind James Ellsworth. Can you imagine?
AJ has only been at one WrestleMania so it’s pretty unfair to rail against him for not main eventing. If the company continue to get behind Styles and if he continues to hold their top belt, it’s entirely possible AJ might be coming off this list in a few months’ time. And his opponent? James Ellsworth! I really hope that isn’t some grim prediction.
5 5. JBL
JBL on a list above AJ Styles. Madness.
JBL, Smackdown colour commentator and shouting enthusiast, is the current incarnation of John Layfield, who has enjoyed a long and varied WWE career. From one of The New Blackjacks to one half of the APA to WWE Champion, JBL has really done it all in the WWE. Whether he did it all well is another argument, but let’s not start that now. JBL won the WWE title from Eddie Guerrero at The Great American Bash 2004 and would hold it for 280 days, the longest in the title’s history on Smackdown, which is a fact you definitely didn’t know, because JBL definitely doesn’t bring it up every single time he speaks. Ever.
JBL actually defended and lost said WWE title at WrestleMania 21 to some young upstart, John Cena, I believe his name was, I dunno, he didn’t really do much after this... This match didn’t go on last and it’s easy to see why; the actual main event, Triple H vs Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, had a better storyline with Batista breaking away from Evolution. However, had WWE known how big a star John would go on to be, maybe they would have been inclined to swap these two matches around. By John, I mean John Cena, not Layfield, just in case you were wondering.
4 4. Eddie Guerrero
He lies, he cheats, he steals, but he doesn’t main event WrestleMania.
Eddie Guerrero was one of the most successful and popular wrestlers in WWE’s history. From his beginnings in Mexico, to the Radicalz in WCW, to Los Guerreros in WWE, Eddie had one of the most varied careers in wrestling and entertained fans by their millions in the process. With his charm, incredible in-ring ability and fantastic story-telling, Eddie became a treasure in WWE in the early 2000s and this all paid off when he defeated none other than Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004. Yes, he might have had a massive assist from Goldberg, but let the man have his moment, ok?
Winning the title so close to Mania meant that Eddie defended at the show of shows, not against Lesnar (he was busy having a, *sarcastic cough*, “classic match” with Goldberg), but against the Olympic Hero, Kurt Angle, who was more of the Olympic Villain at this point. Eddie’s match didn’t go on last as, again, the World Heavyweight Title took priority with Eddie’s best friend, Chris Benoit, winning the belt against Shawn Michaels and Triple H to close the show. Had WWE known about the tragic future Benoit had in store, there’s no doubt this main event would have been Eddie’s. However, at the time, it was a good decision, one that, unfortunately, means we won’t ever hear about the main event of WrestleMania XX on WWE TV again.
3 3. CM Punk
You’d never know CM Punk didn't get to main event a WrestleMania. He never talks about it...
Punk became one of the most popular and controversial superstars in WWE history when he dropped his infamous “Pipe Bomb” promo; a series of complaints against the WWE born from real frustration from Punk at not being treated like a top star. This led to Punk winning the WWE Championship from John Cena at Money In The Bank 2011 and then again at Survivor Series later that year to start a 434 day reign as WWE Champion, the sixth longest of all time. Which isn’t too bad, I suppose.
Punk lost out on the main event spot despite being champ at WrestleMania XXVIII. He battled Chris Jericho for the world title and was successful in retaining it, but the final spot was reserved for John Cena vs The Rock in their “Once In A Lifetime” (ha!) match. Punk then lost the title at Royal Rumble 2013 and battled The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, whilst The Rock and John Cena fought for the WWE title later in the show. Punk walked out on the company in early 2014, citing creative differences as a big reason and you know him not getting a main event, despite being champ, was one of the big reasons. A Punk vs Cena vs Rock triple threat is the one every wanted and, to be honest, it would have been fine. However, the cards didn’t fall quite right for Phil Brooks and the rest, as they say, is history.
2 2. Diesel
Yep. Big Sexy is ahead of The Voice of the Voiceless. What a list.
Diesel, alias of Kevin Nash in the WWE, holds a very dubious place in WWE history. Winning the WWE Championship in 1994 (at a house show, of all places), Diesel carried it for 358 days in what many critics have called the worst WWE title reign of all time. With complaints about Diesel’s size, speed and general boringness, Nash’s reign became somewhat of a joke amongst the wrestling world and many fans were excited to see Bret Hart take the title from him at Survivor Series 1995. However, let me explain why he deserved to main event a WrestleMania.
Nash defended his WWE title at WrestleMania XI against Shawn Michaels and was successful in doing so. This was only the second time in Mania history that the world title was defended not in the main event and that’s a shame, because HBK vs Diesel was the best match at that show, which, to be honest, wasn’t a hard thing to do. I could have had the best match at WrestleMania XI with my grandmother. So, what match did this one lose the top spot to... Bam Bam Bigelow vs former NFL linebacker, Lawrence Taylor. Right. Umm. Ok. Quite frankly, it was a car wreck and the fact that the footballer player defeated the wrestler only adds to the magnitude of how awful this show was. Diesel and Michaels is one of two matches on this list that should have ended its Mania, so you can forgive me for placing it so high. I hope. Please don’t hurt my family.
1 1. Ric Flair
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Yeah, we’re talking about Ric Flair.
The Nature Boy, the limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss-stealin’, wheelin’ dealing son of a gun has never main evented the biggest show in wrestling history. I know. Flair joined the WWE for the first time all the way back in 1991 as one of the most famous wrestlers in the world. The fact that he came over with the WCW Championship just made Flair even more of a bad-ass and it was clear WWE were prepping Naitch for something big. That something big came at Royal Rumble 1992, when Flair won the titular match and, in doing so, the vacant WWE title after Hulk Hogan helped him eliminate Sid Justice. It seems that the plan was set; Hogan vs Flair, the most iconic WWE wrestler ever vs the most iconic southern wrestler ever for the most iconic world title ever at WrestleMania VIII. Only one thing went wrong with this plan; unfortunately, that one thing turned out to be EVERYTHING!
For reasons still unknown to this day, Flair vs Hogan at WrestleMania never happened, with Flair defending the WWE title against Randy Savage whilst Hogan battled the aforementioned Sid in the final match. How? How did the WWE not manage to have Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan when the two men were in the same building on the same night? How!? And how did Ric Flair defending the WWE Championship against Randy Savage in an extremely personal storyline not end this show? Why did we have to sit through a botched finish that resulted in a DQ? Why was Sid Justice main eventing WrestleMania ahead of Ric Flair?! I know why. Because wrestling is awful and we can’t have nice things. Jeez. I never thought I could get angry about something that happened five years before I was born. Such is the power of The Nature Boy. One last time – WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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