Since 1985, WrestleMania has been "The Show of Shows". Even during the very first WrestleMania when Vince McMahon was unsure of how well the Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment would go over, fans were accepting and anticipating the yearly spectacular with baited breath. Let's face it, whether you are a die-hard or a casual fan, regardless of watching it live or on PPV, there is nothing that matches the biggest wrestling event in the world.
For all the successes that Vince has had with WrestleMania; Hogan slamming Andre The Giant, Hollywood Hogan and Rock in a battle of generational icons, Ric Flair's retirement match or The Streak to name but a few, there have also been a fair share of WrestleMania moments that have left fans scratching their heads and most likely Vince in the "gorilla position" saying to himself, "well that just sucked". While we understand that it is nearly impossible to make everyone happy with every single moment of a wrestling show and you have to cater to various different interests, you would be hard pressed to find fans of the following 15 recent WrestleMania cards that had moments that completely flopped.
15 Santina Wins Battle Royal
Could you imagine what would happen if a man won a women's...oh wait, scratch that, apparently the WWE brass signed off on James Ellsworth doing such a thing in the first ever MITB match. But this is WrestleMania we are talking about, the 25th Anniversary in fact.
While there were some eye candy Divas involved in the match, talented ladies such as Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Melina, Mickie James, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool and Victoria were all embarrassed by not only having the only women's match on the card cut short for a Kid Rock concert, but they lost what should have been a crowning moment to Santino Marella dressed in drag. Obviously this was far before the women's revolution.
14 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Considering that it is a memorial event named after one of the greatest wrestlers in the business, one would think that some of the current big names would be honored to participate. Such has not been the case. Heck, John Cena would rather sit in the stands than win the Battle Royal and have it be his "WrestleMania moment". Other than for the fact that the match allows multiple wrestlers to be part of the yearly event, being named the victor has done nothing for their career.
It hasn't led to a title match, heck, the winner doesn't even show up on Raw or SmackDown with the trophy the following broadcast. Aside from Cesaro (who we all know has been overlooked and under appreciated) the last man standing (Big Show, Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley and Matt Hardy) has been nothing more than mid-card talent. Heck, they can't even find time to put the match on the main card half of the time.
13 The Undertaker Versus Cena At WrestleMania 34
The first and only WrestleMania meeting between two of the most iconic faces (pun based on wrestling definition of "face" unintended) in WWE history was not only well passed it's prime but also an overall dud of a match. Sure Cena's passionate was very well received, but no pre-WrestleMania episodes left fans unhappy. Sure everyone knew that something would happen in New Orleans, but that something ended up being a lopsided three minute match that did absolutely nothing for either wrestler's career and left fans unfulfilled of what could have been a dream match.
Even though the streak had been broken, a match against Cena at WrestleMania 31 instead of Bray Wyatt would have been welcomed. Yes fans will mark out for anything Undertaker related but a three minute squash match against a man who is a 16-time World Champion left little to appreciate out of this match.
12 Sting Versus Triple H At WrestleMania 31
For nearly 30 years fans were finally gifted what they had been calling for, a Sting WWE match. After being a focal point for rival companies WCW and TNA, The Icon finally made his way to Vince's office to sign a contract and gave everyone goosebumps, believing that the ultimate dream match would take place. Sure both Sting and the Undertaker were about 10-15 years out of their prime but fans would still be willing to take it. Heck, their ring entrances alone could have fulfilled bucket lists.
Sadly, in his only WrestleMania match, fans were given a less than memorable match pitting Sting and Vince's son in law, while The Undertaker walked away victorious in an uninspiring match against Bray Wyatt. So much for giving the WWE Universe what they want. Sadly thanks to Seth Rollins, fans will never get to see the ultimate dream match take place. Maybe it is for the better.
11 Fandango's WrestleMania 29 Debut
Fans obviously missed what Vince saw in the Fandango character. Sure he now has a following as part of Breezango with Tyler Breeze, but that is mostly due to their Fashion File segments. Yes the whole mispronouncing the name thing was entertaining, but how and why Chris Jericho would even accept being pinned by Fandango at Wrestlemania 29 is beyond us. Let's not forget that we are talking about a multi time all everything champion here.
Following his upset loss at WrestleMania, Jericho let fans know that his original pitch for a match was against Ryback, someone who fans could have bought into as a credible opponent and one who viably could have pinned the future Hall Of Famer. We aren't discrediting Jericho for being a professional and helping try to put a youngster over and chances are he was well compensated for it, but that type of match was something saved for a B rated PPV or an episode of RAW.
10 WrestleMania Finger Point 2018
Let's forget for a moment that pretty much everyone on the WWE roster is heading to WrestleMania. There was once a time in which a single glance, head turn or finger point at the iconic WrestleMania logo would turn the crowd into a frenzy. Whether it was for a championship match or a feud that had reached it's boiling point or the return of the Undertaker, acknowledging the sign was well, a sign.
The thing is for whatever reason this year it seemed like everyone was pointing at the WrestleMania sign, be it at the Royal Rumble, Raw, SmackDown and heck probably on someone's version of WWE 2K18. What once was an epic gesture has quickly lost it's flavor. Heck, Ronda Rousey did it three times in one single segment. Talk about overkill.
9 Randy Orton Versus Bray Wyatt At WrestleMania 33
The Viper versus The Eater of Worlds at WrestleMania 33 was one of the worst matches on the card, one that included Mojo Rawley winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal and John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella following their mixed tag match against The Miz and Maryse.
First off, having Orton walk to the ring on a ramp that had giant while mini snakes projected on it foreshadowed the tone of the match. In what was a "meh" feud to being with, the ten minute match for the WWE Championship was the fourth shortest match on the card, hinting that Vince didn't really feel for the match as well. Throw in the scary images (not!) of maggots, flies and worms on the canvas as Wyatt tried to mess with Orton's head as a means to defend his title (which he failed) and one has to wonder why they didn't just bring the Boogyman out to run interference. Hey, at least the worms would have been real!
8 Brodus Clay Dancing With His Momma At WrestleMania XXVIII
There were two things to like about Brodus Clay and their names were Naomi and Cameron. No really, other than for some squash matches and some entertainment for the kids, there was nothing really exciting about the Brodus character. Yes this WrestleMania gave us Undertaker versus HHH in a Hell In A Cell match and the much anticipated Rock versus Cena match, but what was the point in bringing out Clay's "momma"? Maybe instead of giving Shamus and Daniel Bryan 18 seconds and Momma's Bridge Club nearly four minutes, Vince could have done all of us a favor and flipped the script.
At least those who were blocked by the four giant palm trees surrounding the ring didn't have to see this eye sore.
7 Vince McMahon Versus Bret Hart At WrestleMania XXVI
For some reason Vince thought that fans would be excited to see a match between a 64 year old non wrestler and a 52 year old retired and damaged former wrestling great. Had this match taken place say ten years earlier when people actually cared about the Montreal Screwjob, maybe it would have had an impact.
Instead we got to see Bret, who was pretty much taking his life in his hands following a series of concussions and a stroke take to the ring in a No Holds Barred match against McMahon. Aside from the two old timers rolling around the ring, Vince thought that fans would buy into the Hart family members turning on Bret and employed them as lumberjacks. Everything involved with this match was a horrible idea from the get go.
6 Jerry Lawler Versus Michael Cole At WrestleMania XXVII
Honestly, WrestleMania XXVII was less than memorable for many reasons, with this match being one of the two major factors. Heck even Stone Cold Steve Austin couldn't save this match. Half of the match found Cole locked into his "Cole Miners" box, which had an open roof that was easily accessible. You know what was sad about this match, is the fact that it lasted nearly ten more minutes than the Undertaker's ring entrance (which was clocked at about 4:15).
We get it, WrestleMania needs a comical break for those that need to get a snack or use the facilities, but did anyone for a second think that The King was really going to beat Cole without some shadiness taking place? That would have been too obvious, so what do we get, a ruling reversal by the infamous anonymous RAW GM. Because you know that whole storyline went over like gangbusters in itself. Oh did we mention that this classic took the place of what could have been a US Title match (regulated to pre-show) or an Intercontinental bout. Yup, good one Vinnie!
5 Six Person Tag Team Match At WrestleMania XXVII
Speaking of how bad WM XXVII was, lets continue with the mixed tag match featuring John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki taking on Dolph Ziggler and LayCool. First off, a singles match between Morrison and Ziggler would have been more than acceptable. Even a match between Trish and Michelle McCool would have been okay. Heck throw Snooki in one of their corners or as a ring announcer. Yes we get it, Jersey Shore was dominating Hollywood scene more than even the Kardashians could have, but even Trish Stratus in tight leather pants couldn't save this match.
Again, let us remind you that the US Title match between Daniel Bryan and Shamus was kicked off the main card. Sadly for McCool, a four-time champion ate the pin in what would be her final WrestleMania match.
4 Mizdow At The WrestleMania 31 Andre The Giant Battle Royal
There have been a few characters that over the past few years that have naturally gotten over with the WWE Universe (we see you Rusev Day!). Three years ago, the Miz and his sidekick Damien Mizdow had eventually worked themselves into a situation in which the pair would part ways with the A-lister's stunt double created his own fan following.
Instead of having a one on one match to cap off the story, the two were thrown into the mix of the Andre The Giant Battle Royal during the pre-show. Considering the fan support that Mizdow had and a pin over Miz wouldn't have hurt the former reality show wrestler, one would have hoped that Vince had paid attention to what the fans wanted. Could 76,000 screaming fans be wrong? Sadly this feud would see its story played out on the following episodes of Raw instead of where it should have been told.
3 Al Roker At WrestleMania 33
Does anyone even know if Al Roker is a fan of the WWE? Let's be honest, his appearances on Sharknado have been acceptable. His showing on the Grandest Stage Of Them All, kinda awkward. There have been many celebrity guests play a role as part of the Wrestlemania card over the years, some of which have ended up in the WWE Hall Of Fame. Roker will not be one of those enshrined.
We know that John Cena has had numerous appearances on the Today Show, but that shouldn't justify trading airtime for the longtime weatherman showing up as a ring announcer for WrestleMania 33. Hey, we aren't hating on Roker the man, we are just seriously disappointed in his unnecessary inclusion at the Showcase Of The Immortals.
2 Big Show Versus Akebono At WrestleMania 21
Why the WWE brass decided they needed to have Big Show compete in a sumo match at WrestleMania is beyond us. Other than for the reason of having a giant North American wrestler take on a giant Japanese wrestler there seemed to be little purpose of this match. It's not exactly something the fans were screaming for or invested in.
On a card that hosted the first ever Money In The Bank match and Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels, it seemed like such a let down to have a one minute filler match that featured Big Show getting squashed by Akebono. Would this match have been any better had it carried on for longer or had Big Show reverted to some North American "wrasslin" shenanigans, probably not. At least Vince did us all one favor with the 62 second match and saved our eyes from burning seeing Big Show in a mawashi for any longer than needed.
1 The Show That Does Not End
Sometimes too much of a good thing ends up being a negative. In 2015, the main card of WrestleMania 31 was timed at 3 hrs and 52 minutes, plus the two hour preview show. WrestleMania 32, including the pre-show was clocked in at seven hours. A year later, the annual spring event ran nearly seven and a half hours. With three hours of Raw, two hours of Smackdown, NXT and 205 along with Total Divas/Bellas and everything else that is on the WWE Network, bigger and more is not always better.
Look Vince, we know you want WrestleMania to be a spectacular event, but the extra concerts, replays, backstage segments all take away time from the action in the squared circle and by the time the main event comes around, fans are just too exhausted to put any value into the final match. Edge recently echoed that sentiment claiming the main event lost value due to the show being way too long.
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