WrestleMania 33 is just around the corner and boy oh boy am I excited! Well, maybe not for Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker. Or Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles. Or John Cena and Nikki Bella vs The Miz and Maryse. Oh Jesus, my $9.99 a month are supporting this! But, I suppose I shouldn’t be too worried just yet; after all, these matches are merely rumours at the moment, so there’s a chance they may not happen. A small chance, but a chance nonetheless. One match that is definitely happening, however, is Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg (possibly for the Universal Championship if Bill knocks off KO at Fastlane). This will be Lesnar and Goldberg’s second meeting at WrestleMania, following on from their clash at WrestleMania XX, which was, umm, let’s just go with “interesting”. Whether this match can eclipse that one remains to be seen, but this seems as good a time as any to revisit some of the other WWE superstars who have clashed more than once at The Show of Shows.
Mania rematches have given us some of the best clashes in the show’s history, helping to build on past storylines, allowing wrestlers to establish a chemistry with one another and giving previously wronged performers a chance to get their own back. Equally, sometimes they’re just the worst. Just, so, so bad. Today, we’re going to rank 15 WrestleMania re-runs that I thought were significant enough to be mentioned. Whilst there are plenty of other performers who have clashed more than once at The Showcase of the Immortals, these are the ones I thought were worth mentioning and, as we all know, my word is law. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the matches so nice, they happened twice and the ones that kept coming back like a bad rash. Here are 15 pairs of superstars who clashed more than once on WWE’s biggest stage.
15 15. Roddy Piper and Mr. T (WrestleManias I and II)
It even looks bad written down.
I have an infinite amount of respect for both of these men. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time; his feuds with Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Jimmy Snuka and many more put him on the map as one of wrestling’s greatest heels and he remains one of the most culturally recognizable wrestlers ever. Mr. T, well, he was in The A-Team, a great show. Oh, and his appearance and WrestleMania I helped draw attention to the WWE, creating az mass audience for wrestling the likes of which the world had never seen before. But, more importantly, he was B.A. Baracus! And I pity the fool who doesn’t appreciate that.
These two first met in the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania way way back in 1985. Piper teamed with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, whilst T joined forces with then-WWE Champion, Hulk Hogan. How many times do you think The Hulkster’s reminded people of this after they call him a racist? Must be millions. The following year in the “main event” of the New York section of WrestleMania II, Piper and Mr. T fought one on one, this time in a boxing match. Because that’s what people want to see; two people who aren’t boxers boxing! Good job, Vince. Piper lost this match after he body-slammed T, causing a DQ, meaning that Roddy Piper, one of the most legendary wrestlers of all time, is and forever shall be 0-2 to Mr. T at WrestleMania. Can you see why this one is at the bottom of the list now?
14 14. Sheamus and Daniel Bryan (WrestleManias XXVII and XXVIII)
I bet you didn’t know these two have faced each other more than once. You can thank me later.
Sheamus and Daniel Bryan couldn’t really be further apart when it comes to, well, anything really. Sheamus is big and strong; his moves rely wholly on power, his gimmick is that he likes to beat people up and he’s not exactly been over with the fans, despite WWE continuously attempting to push him as a main event player. As for D-Bry, well, he was one of the smallest guys on the WWE roster who used his speed and agility to pull off death-defying moves, which eventually won him the support of the fans, despite the company’s continuous attempts to put him down. Maybe there’s an alternate universe somewhere where the “fella” movement took off. Then again, probably not.
Whilst their most famous Mania clash – the one in which Bryan was destroyed by Sheamus in 18 seconds at WrestleMania XXVIII – opened the show, their first one actually came before the show’s official beginning. At WrestleMania XXVII, Sheamus and Bryan faced off in a Lumberjack match for Sheamus’ United States Championship. The match went just over five minutes before it was thrown out after the lumberjacks began brawling outside the ring. Then Teddy Long came out, made a Battle Royal for no decent reason, which was won by The Great Khali. Right. Excellent. Just what we all wanted. This, combined with the terrible nature of their WrestleMania XXVIII match, puts this combination of performers squarely in the “bad rash” section of this list. Furthermore, WWE had the cheek to try and put these two together again at WrestleMania XXX! If you needed any more reason to love the “Yes!” movement, there it is.
13 13. Bret Hart and Yokozuna (WrestleManias IX and X)
If you thought Sheamus and Bryan made an odd pairing, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Yoko “The Samoan Pretending To Be Japanese, Because What Even Is Cultural Sensitivity” Zuna were two headline acts during the early 90s in WWE. Like Daniel Bryan, Bret represented the fan favourite who kept being put down by the company, whereas Yokozuna was the proverbial golden child, being pushed to the moon ahead of people fans actually wanted to see. This was in 1993/4. WWE, learn your damn lesson.
Hart and Yokozuna (real name, Rodney, which I just think is hilarious) first met in the scheduled main event of WrestleMania IX. Rodney, I mean, Yokozuna, won the 1993 Royal Rumble, becoming the first man to be rewarded for this achievement with a WWE title shot at WrestleMania IX. Now, Hart is known for being to work a good match with just about anyone, but there’s only so far one can go when one is paired with a man who looks like he could legitimately eat you if you gave him good enough reason. Anyway, Hart lost the match and the title, only for Hulk Hogan to come outta nowhere to win the belt from Yokozuna. One year later, Hart had won the Rumble and defeated Yokozuna for the WWE title in the main event of WrestleMania X and everything was as it should have been. Took them long enough.
12 12. Mick Foley and The Big Show (WrestleManias XV and 2000)
You probably don’t think of these two having clashed more than once at Mania, but they did and both times, the stakes were pretty high.
The first time the two met was at WrestleMania XV, where the prize was the guest referee spot in the main event later that evening. Big Show had only recently debuted as Mr. McMahon’s giant man-baby crony and Foley had won the hearts of the WWE Universe thanks to his brilliant programme with The Rock leading up to Mania. So, it was only natural that Foley should win, less so that it should be through disqualification after Big Show chokeslammed him through some chairs. A fairly rubbish match that lasted less than seven minutes, but it did the job. The year after however, well...
The main event of WrestleMania 2000 (or 16 if you wanna be boring) is widely regarded as one of the biggest missteps WWE ever made. Triple H and The Rock seemed destined to go one on one in the main event for Trips WWE title; the two had risen up the ranks together, played their parts perfect and were excellent in the ring. Couldn’t be easier to make a great main event, right? Wrong. So wrong. Big Show was tacked on at the last minute because of some kerfuffle at the Royal Rumble and as for Mick, well, he’d be, ahem, “retired” by Triple H at No Way Out, but, less than six weeks after this, he was brought back by Linda McMahon to fight for the WWE title in the main event of WrestleMania. This is why you don’t get to be on TV anymore, Linda! This whole thing was set up to incorporate the stupid “McMahon in every corner” gimmick and ruined what could have been a great match between The Game and The Rock – a match they put on at the very next Pay-Per-View. And guess what, it was great! Why didn’t you have it at Mania then?! Whilst objectively not bad matches, the two Foley-Show bouts just rubbed me up the wrong way and, for that reason, they’re taking a trip all the way down this list.
11 11. Jazz and Trish Stratus (WrestleManias X8 and XIX)
Not the two ladies you’d think of having an enduring WrestleMania rivalry, but there you go.
Trish Stratus is perhaps best known for her long-standing rivalry with Lita over the late 90s and early 2000s. The two did meet at WrestleMania X8 in a match for the Women’s Championship, however, neither lady entered the match as champion. That’s because the champ going into this bout was the third participant in this match; the lovely, Jazz. Jazz was able to shake off her two challengers and retain the gold in a gripping triple threat that lasted a whopping 6 minutes and 16 seconds. Yeah, WWE weren’t kind to their women back in the day. Still aren’t now, really. It’s bad.
Whilst Trish and Lita never met again at Mania, Trish and Jazz only had to wait a year before they locked horns again, once again in a Triple Threat. The champion this time was Victoria and the match went a whole 7 minutes and 17 seconds (odd symmetry there) with Ms. Stratus picking up the win and the gold. Neither woman would face the other at Mania again, leaving the scores tied at one a piece. WrestleMania 33, book it, Vince! There’s still time! The two matches were good, albeit a little too short, but I’m more amused by the fact that, of all the great rivals these two ladies had, this combination was the one that fought more than once at The Granddaddy of Them All. Ah well, at least it wasn’t a Playboy Evening Gown match or something stupid like that. Oh, wait, that was WrestleMania XX. Oh, WWE...
10 10. John Cena and The Big Show (WrestleManias XX and XXV)
Crikey, Big Show’s back again! He obviously has his favourites.
John Cena owes a lot to The World’s Largest Athlete. He was his first ever opponent at WrestleMania; the two tussled over Show’s United States Championship at WrestleMania X, giving Cena his first title win in WWE history and setting him on the path to becoming the most famous wrestler of his generation. He might have used a chain wrapped around his fist to do it, but shush, just, just shush. We don’t need to hear that now. Or ever.
The two met again five years later, only this time with World Heavyweight Champion Edge thrown into the mix. Edge had defeated Cena for the title after sneaking into the Raw Elimination Chamber match a few weeks prior to Mania and it had been revealed that Big Show was having an affair with Edge’s on-screen love interest, Vickie Guerrero. Seems a good enough reason to fight at WrestleMania, for sure. The match was pretty good – it featured the iconic moment of Cena with both Edge and Show on his shoulders at once and saw Big Johnny C walk away with the gold – but it failed to capture that true WrestleMania essence. However, because of the significance of the first match in the career of one of the all-time greats and the fact that the second match wasn’t that bad, Cena and Show do enough to avoid too much criticism from me. About their WrestleMania matches, not in general. I have a lot to say about John Cena’s dumb shirts.
9 9. Seth Rollins and Randy Orton (WrestleManias 29 and 31)
Don’t worry, I promise we’ll get back to opponents who faced each one-on-one soon. This was a hard list to fill, ok, cut me some slack.
Way back in 2013-land, The Shield were hot off an incredible debut and running rampant through the WWE. To put them to the test, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and our man Seth were set the challenge of overcoming three former world champions in a six-man tag at WrestleMania 29. Ths former champs were Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton. Obviously. Otherwise this list would make no sense. After a cool entrance that saw the three members of The Shield wade through the 80,767-strong crowd of people to get to the ring, The Hounds of Justice tore apart their formidable challengers and won the match tidily, with Ambrose pinning Orton for the win. Yes, The Shield pinned Orton to win their WrestleMania debut. So, it’s only fair I suppose that Randy should be responsible for defeating a former Shield member in his solo Mania debut. See what I did there? With the link? Clever, aren’t I?
When Rollins went bad and turned on The Shield, he aligned with The Authority, which included Randy Orton. Orton was written off TV after being attacked by The Authority members, who Randy had tried to rebel against. The man who delivered the killer blow was Seth Rollins, so, when Orton returned at Fastlane 2015, a WrestleMania showdown with The Architect seemed inevitable. And guess what? It was. The two met at Mania 31 in a great back and forth match. However, nobody remembers anything leading up to the end of the match, because the finish was so good, I think I may have cried. Rollins went for his then-trademark Curb Stomp, but, as he went to drive Orton’s head into the mat, The Viper pushed Rollins up into the air and caught him on the way down in the single greatest RKO ever delivered. Seriously, check it out, it’s so good. For this moment and the decent six-man tag at 29, Rollins and Orton proved they were deserving of a Mania sequel. I’d make some joke about the two meeting again at WrestleMania, but the universe doesn’t seem to want Rollins to have another WrestleMania match. Get well soon, Seth. Please.
8 8. Kane and The Undertaker (WrestleManias XIV and XX)
Oh, hey, it’s The Undertaker. Didn’t expect to see him on this list...
Very few wrestling gimmicks based on other wrestling gimmicks last and even fewer succeed at a main event level. Kane is the rare exception to this, however, having carved out one of the most impressive WWE careers of all time, despite beginning life as nothing more than a plot device for The Undertaker’s story. Debuting at Badd Blood 1997, Kane immediately targeted his half-brother, Taker, in revenge for their twisted childhood. This set up a match half a year later at WrestleMania XIV between the two demonic behemoths and it was probably the best these two ever had. Incredible athleticism and strength from both participants, a compelling story and the first instance of Taker’s Tombstone not putting someone away for three, this match is up there with one of the best of The Streak and ultimately saw Taker walk away standing tall. Again, obviously. If he’d have lost, I don’t think as much fuss would have been made when Lesnar beat him in 2014.
Their second match also came about because of Kane’s diabolical acts nearly six months prior to Mania. In his “American Badass” gimmick at the time, Taker was facing Mr. McMahon at Survivor Series 2003 in a Buried Alive match. Just when it looked like Big Evil had the match one, who should show up but annoying baby brother, Kane, in his “bald” gimmick at the time. Kane assisted Vinnie Mac in burying Taker alive, writing him off TV for several months. In fact, he wouldn’t make a formal return to the WWE until WrestleMania XX itself, returning to the Phenom gimmick for the first time in just under four years. This was also the first time the “Deadman” moniker was adopted by Taker, because, you know, Kane had literally killed him within storyline. Does WWE exist outside of the law or what? Both matches were good between these two and the last one marked a hugely significant moment in the career of one of the greatest wrestlers ever. However, in the long run, neither one quite excelled in the way that other huge WrestleMania matches did. Shame, because Taker and Kane’s story is perhaps one of the greatest ever told in pro wrestling. Even if, most of the time, it makes absolutely no sense. Like, none at all.
7 7. John Cena and The Rock (WrestleManias XXVIII and 29)
Yeah, we’re firmly in the realms of “you knew about this one” now.
John Cena and The Rock. Two men synonymous with their respective eras of wrestling. Two men who have transcended wrestling and become huge stars in their own right. Two men who, umm, damn, I’ve run out of comparisons. Two men who, ummm... go to the gym? Yeah, that’ll do. Nice save, me. Anyway, when it was announced that these two would meet in the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII – one year before the event actually took place – people lost their minds. Rock hadn’t been in a WWE ring for years and to put him up against the face of WWE in Cena, there were so many possibilities for this match. After a year of build-up, the match finally happened, with Rock defeated Cena following a Rock Bottom. It was huge, it was special, it was historical. Truly a match worthy of the tagline, “Once in a Lifetime”. However, as most of you will probably know by now, WWE meant “Once in a Lifetime” about as much as you mean “I have read the Terms and Conditions”.
In one of the most blatant disrespecting of the fans in WWE history, WWE had the gall to put on their lorded “Once in a Lifetime” match two years in a row! “Oh, they won’t mind if we just put the WWE title on the line”, thought WWE. Well, guess what? We did mind! We still mind! We will never stop mind, you liars! The rematch was fine, although it had definitely lost its edge from a year before (wonder why that is) and Cena winning the title just fell a bit flat with the audience, both at home and in person. Whilst the magnitude of the first match is enough to propel it this high up the list, WWE cheapened the magic of WrestleMania XXVIII by repeating themselves a year later. It didn’t need to happen and it shouldn’t have happened, but dammit if I’m a sucker for a Rock match. If you’re reading this, Mr. Johnson, you are my hero. I love you.
6 6. Randy Orton and Triple H (WrestleManias XXIV and XXV)
It’s another technicality! Yay!
Randy Orton and Triple H’s careers have been linked ever since The Viper stepped foot in a WWE ring. Beginning as one quarter of Evolution alongside Trips, Orton feuded with The Game briefly in 2004, dropping his first World Heavyweight title to Trips mere weeks after winning it at SummerSlam that year. Yeah, that was not a good time for anyone not named Triple H. Orton got his own back four years later, however, when he battled Triple H and John Cena in a triple threat match at WrestleMania XXIV, heading into the match as WWE Champion. In a fantastic bout that saw several near falls, some great spots and the worst punt kick ever (just ignore that last part), Orton won the day, surviving both future Hall of Famers to secure his own legacy. Not Legacy as in Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. That’s a WrestleMania triple threat no one needs reminding of.
WWE managed to fool everyone by essentially running the same feud twice in a row, only this time, Triple H was going into WrestleMania XXV as the WWE Champion, with Randy Orton making good on his 2009 Royal Rumble victory. This match was lacklustre at best and mind-numbing at worst. Both men used each other’s finishers straight away, killing the crowd, and there was just no investment in the storyline heading into it. Triple H won the match, but it was a flat way to end WrestleMania and the show has gone down as one of the worst in Mania history. Let’s hope Randy can do a bit better this year, eh? Although, it is Bray Wyatt, and WWE don’t have a good track record with him.
5 5. John Cena and Triple H (WrestleManias 22 and XXIV)
Well, it turns out that Triple Threat was just a massive rehash. Why am I not surprised?
John Cena and Triple H are two of WWE’s biggest draws and two prime examples of the “company man”. Trips has been with WWE for over two decades, transitioning from in-ring star to backstage juggernaut and looks set to be the man to take the reins of the company when Vince goes. Oh, sorry, that should be “if Vince goes”. If anyone’s going to live forever, it’s going to be him. As for Cena, he’s a great representative for the company; his work with Make-A-Wish and other charities gives wresting a great image and he even learned Mandarin Chinese to help boost the company’s prospects in Asia. And people still hate on him. I don’t get it.
So, it’s no surprise then that these two big names have met outside of the Mania XXIV Triple Threat. Two years prior, Cena was defending his WWE Championship in his first ever WrestleMania main event against, yep, our boy Hunter. I don’t really understand why they were feuding or why this match was on last over the Rey Mysterio-Randy Orton-Kurt Angle Triple Threat earlier in the night (which needed way more time, by the way), but Cena forced The Game to submit to the STFU (now the STF, because gotta impress dem sponsors!) retaining the title. This match was good; a solid back and forth battle between two solid workers with a decent enough story of “I want the shiny thing” to tie it all together. It might not go down as one of the best Mania main events ever, but it’s certainly underrated. Check it out. Then go and watch Ric Flair getting Superplexed off a ladder from that same show. Madness.
4 4. The Undertaker and Triple H (WrestleManias X-Seven, XXVII and XXVIII)
Oh, hey, it’s Taker and Triple H again. They’ve barely been on this list.
One of a handful of people to have faced each other a whopping three times at WrestleMania, Triple H and The Undertaker took the longest time to get to the stage with eleven years between their first and most recent meeting. The first came at WrestleMania X-Seven in a no DQ match, which saw the two brawl all over the arena, including Triple H taking a nasty bump off the top of some scaffolding. Did the replay give away the fact that Triple H had landed on a crash mat instead of the floor? Yes. Do I care? Not at all. It still looked cool.
The next two meetings between The Phenom and The Game came at Manias XXVII and XXVIII respectively. The first was another no DQ match that had some amazing moments, including Taker going through an announce table courtesy of a Triple H spinebuster and The Undertaker kicking out a Tombstone delivered by Triple H moments before the three count. The next year, Taker was determined to prove himself again after he needed help leaving the arena the year before. This time the match was inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as guest referee. It was dubbed “End of an Era”, although I don’t really know why – both men still wrestle. What is it with taglines not meaning anything anymore? Despite this, it was a classic match, probably the best of their series and, once again, Taker won, meaning that Triple H was responsible for a seventh of The Streak. Gotta admire that determination. Three matches that were all excellent, the Triple H vs Undertaker saga is one of the best in WrestleMania history and, since it took place over such a long period of time, fans both old and new got to experience it first-hand. Well, I didn’t. I only started watching in 2014. Yes, I know, I’m terrible. You’ve told me before.
3 3. Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz (2000 and X-Seven)
They may not have been brilliantly crafted technical masterpieces, but hot damn, those table spots.
I know this gets said a lot, but these three teams really did revolutionize the industry. Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy (pre-broken), Jeff Hardy, Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley are renowned the world over for their incredible Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) matches, the first of which occurred at SummerSlam 2000. However, the inspiration for this match came a few months’ prior at that year’s WrestleMania, where the three teams put on arguably the match of the night – a Triangle Ladder Match for the World Tag Team titles. In one of the craziest matches ever seen in a WWE ring, Jeff Hardy performed a Swanton bomb from atop a ladder onto Bubba Ray Dudley (who was on a table, by the way), Edge speared Jeff midway up a ladder and Matt Hardy was pushed from the top of a ladder-table pyramid through some tables to allow Edge and Christian to win the match and the titles. Wow, even writing that has made me short of breath. I’m going to lie down,
As if that wasn’t enough, the very next year, the three teams did it all again, this time in a fully-fledged TLC match. This time, we witnessed Jeff Hardy perform a Swanton, this time through two tables, Matt and Bubba Ray go through a series of tables at ringside after their ladder (which was in the ring) was pushed over by Rhyno (yes, this match got so crazy, even people that weren’t in it got involved) and, of course, that Spear. Oh, that Spear. Edge, atop a ladder, Jeff Hardy dangling from the title belts after Bubba Ray removed his ladder. Then, as the audience watched with baited breath, Edge leaped through the air, caught Hardy straight in the mid-section and send both men plummeting down to earth, wiping them both out and providing the WWE Universe with one of its greatest memories ever. Both matches were sublime, historic and fun, nothing more to say really. Great job, guys. Also, fun fact, The Hardys and The Dudleys met one more time at WrestleMania X8 in a Four-Way tag match, but that doesn’t count because, well, it was a bit bad.
2 2. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker (WrestleManias XXV and XXVI)
Oh god, these matches. These matches.
Shawn Michaels. The Undertaker. Those names alone are enough to send shivers down any wrestling fans spine and excite them to levels deemed dangerous by medical science. Put them together and, well, that’s heart attack territory. The pair first met at WrestleMania XXV with an interesting nuance to the match; Undertaker was unbeaten at WrestleMania, but he’d also never beaten Shawn Michaels one on one on Pay-Per-View. Would this be the night Taker’s streak finally fell? Well, no, obviously, but damn was the match good. Counted by many as the greatest match in WrestleMania history, Michaels and Taker left nothing in the tank when they took each other on. Near falls, submissions, athleticism, strength, power, Taker nearly killing himself when a wrestler disguised as a cameraman failed to catch him during a suicide dive. It was all perfect. The ending – Michaels’ moonsault being countered by Taker into a Tombstone – was spectacular too and, once the match was done, the fans were exhausted. Wanna know why Triple H vs Randy Orton didn’t go down so well? This is why.
Then, just one year later, the two squared off in the main event of WrestleMania XXVI, only this time, HBK had put his career on the line. If he couldn’t break the streak, he would retire. Plain and simple. The build-up to the match was incredible; Michaels constantly asking Taker for a rematch, Taker saying no, Michaels flipping out when he was eliminated from the Royal Rumble because Undertaker was World Heavyweight Champion and that was his last shot at facing him, Michaels interfering in the Elimination Chamber to cost Taker the title and finally get him to agree to the match. Storytelling at its finest. And the ending to this match – wow. A defiant Shawn Michaels, on his knees, begs The Undertaker to fight him, goads him on. Then, he runs his thumb along his throat, just like The Undertaker does, before slapping him in the face; one last act of awesomeness before the end. Then, Taker gets Michaels up, places him upside down and, with a jumping Tombstone no less, ends the match and, with it, Michaels’ career. Two masterclasses of emotion, passion and storytelling, all combined with some of the best wrestling you’ll ever see, not putting these two at the top of my list was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. However, when you do see who made it to number one, you’ll understand why this had to come in second place.
1 1. The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (WrestleManias XV, X-Seven and XIX)
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about these two men? Two icons of wrestling’s most successful period. Two of the most internationally recognisable people in the business. Two men who have gone onto become major successes outside of wrestling. Two men who changed the business forever. And they did it at WrestleMania. The first time these two crossed paths, The Rock was the evil representative of Mr. McMahon, who had screwed Austin out of the title more times than he could count. Austin was the hero, the man of the people, the everyman who people got behind because they saw themselves in him. It might have been the worst of their three, but Austin and Rock still put on one hell of a show and the end result was Austin finally winning back his championship to a roaring crowd. The Attitude Era was in full swing. And things could only improve.
The second time these two crossed paths at Mania was two years later, only this time they were both mega-faces. Rock was champion, Austin the challenger, fighting in his home state to take on his rival once again. In a brutal no DQ match, both men destroyed one another and battered all around Houston, before the unthinkable happened. Austin aligned himself with Mr. McMahon, turning heel and beating down The Rock with vicious steel chair shots. Austin had once again emerged victorious, but he’d sold his soul to do so. Finally, two years on, the duo met one last time at WrestleMania XIX. No titles were on the line here, only pride and the chance for Rock to finally get one over on the man who’d beaten him twice before. After a great display, with both men using each other’s finishers to no avail, Rock planted Austin with a third Rock Bottom, covering him for the one, two, three and finally, finally shaking off the monkey that had been on his back for four long years. There’s a reason these two have done battle three times at WrestleMania and no one’s complained. Hell, they could be announced for this year’s Mania and people would still love it. They are icons of the WWE, legends of the wrestling world and they achieved this through their incredible chemistry with one another. So, I tip my hat to you, Steve and Dwayne, this number one spot is thoroughly deserved. Actually, Steve and Dwayne doesn’t sound too cool when you think about it. I’ll stick with “Stone Cold” and “Rocky” from now on. That’s better.
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