The Biggest Mistake At Every WrestleMania

For over three decades, WrestleMania has been WWE’s landmark pay-per-view. The annual must-see event has given us some truly great “WrestleMania Moments.” Huge title wins like Daniel Bryan finally achieving greatness at the end of WrestleMania XXX and the Ultimate Warrior standing over Hulk Hogan to unify the Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championships are burnt into fans minds.

Other moments that have become legendary are the Hulkster doing the impossible by lifting up the 520-pound Andre the Giant and slamming him in the center of the ring and “Macho Man” Randy Savage finally reuniting with the love of his life Miss Elizabeth after retiring at WrestleMania VII.

That doesn’t mean the granddaddy of them all is infallible. Far from it. The show of shows has had their fair share of duds and mishaps. There have been plenty of instances where management believed they were putting on the right match, only for fans to vehemently disagree. There have been structural issues with putting together shows, whether they are picking the wrong venue or allowing the wrong match to close the event.

Let’s run down each ‘Mania and check out their biggest disasters, travesties, and missteps. Let’s examine The Biggest Mistake At Every WrestleMania.

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33 WrestleMania 33: The Show That Never Ends

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Somehow, through what I can only assume is a Faustian Deal that I don’t remember making, we now live in a world that’s overrun with wrestling. It’s like Homer Simpson’s ironic punishment, but with superkicks instead of doughnuts.

WrestleMania 33 is a perfect example of this. When you combine the actual show with the preshow, it ran well over SEVEN HOURS. To make matters worse, the show was just “fine.” Sure, the Hardys returned and Triple H and Rollins had a good match, but the rest of it was a boring mixed tag match that set up a reality show proposal, a ring full of bugs, and the saddest Undertaker match ever.

Since WWE never dials things back, there’s a good chance WrestleMania 34 will be even longer.

32 WrestleMania 32: The (Mostly) Empty Arena Match

If you wrestle a match happens on the preshow and nobody’s there to see it, did it actually happen? Just ask Kalisto and Ryback. The duo had a surprisingly awesome match for the United States Championship at WrestleMania 32, unfortunately, there were a lot of empty seats during it.

This was due to wi-fi problems at AT&T Stadium that created massive issues with scanning tickets. WWE even pushed the first match on the pre-show back fifteen minutes. As you can see, it didn’t help the audience make it in time to watch the US Title contest. It was a huge mishap that hurt not just the promotion’s biggest show of the year, but their biggest show of all time.

It sucks to have your match relegated to the pre-show. It sucks even more when there isn’t even an audience there to see it.

31 WrestleMania 31: WWE > WCW 

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For years, wrestling fans had clamored for Sting to finally wrestle inside of a WWE ring. He was the only real holdout from the yesteryear of the Monday Night War. When the Icon made his debut at 2014’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, the crowd went nuts. It finally happened. He even helped fan favorite Dolph Ziggler claim victory of the Authority’s hand-picked team of heels.

This built to a match between the Stinger and Triple H at WrestleMania 31 and a win for the Vigilante seemed like a lock. It wasn’t, and the end of the match saw sting counting the proverbial lights. The choice to put the Game over Sting was confusing, especially with it being the WCW legend’s first match in the WWE. At the end of the day, this was all about WWE finally burying WCW once and for all.

30 WrestleMania XXX: Super Cena Prevails

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WrestleMania XXX is my favorite WWE PPV of all time. It’s filled with great matches, tells a great story, builds new talent, and surprises the audience. Even this “mistake” is part of a great match. It’s just the wrong ending.

Bray Wyatt was on the rise as a truly unique villain. He had incredible mic skills, a terrific look, and moved like what some would call, a “tank with a Ferrari engine.” He was the first supernatural character to have main event potential since Kane. With The Undertaker about to take his first ‘Mania loss, this would have been the perfect time to pull the trigger on Wyatt. A win over the unstoppable John Cena would have done wonders for Bray and made him a real threat. Instead, it was the beginning of Wyatt’s constant start and stop pushes that have ruined the power and mystique of the character.

29 WrestleMania 29: CM Punk, “Main Eventer”

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There’s no such thing as a co-main event. I know that. You know that. CM Punk definitely knows that. Less than three months earlier, CM Punk had wrapped up his historic 434-day WWE Champion reign. He was still a hot commodity and believed he should be treated as such.

He wasn’t happy when WWE’s plan for him was to be another tally mark in The Undertaker’s streak. He hated losing to someone who wrestled once a year, even if they called it a “Main Event.”

I’m not saying he should have replaced The Rock or Cena. It’s that this is where he began to crack. Feeling underappreciated and overworked, this would be his last WrestleMania. Had he gotten a better spot, we might still have CM Punk on our TVs, sparing us from the grating chants that echo throughout arenas whenever a crowd thinks they’re “smart.”

28 WrestleMania XXVIII: 18 Seconds 

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Here’s my WrestleMania XVIII experience. I was driving with some friends to a WrestleMania party in Hoboken, so things are already starting off poorly. We were stuck in traffic leaving New York and missed the opening of the show.

I got a text from a buddy saying the show opened with Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus and the Celtic Warrior won the World Heavyweight Championship in 18 seconds. Since this particular ‘Mania took place on April Fool’s Day, I found this to be a very funny prank.

It wasn’t a prank. It was a tear-jerking experience for fans who wanted nothing more than to see the former Bryan Danielson succeed in the big leagues.

It can be argued that he needed to lose like this to be built up as one of wrestling’s biggest babyfaces. But for that night, it felt like somebody Brogue Kicked my heart.

27 WrestleMania XXVII: Michael Cole - Undefeated At WrestleMania 

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a person who’s favorite PPV is WrestleMania XXVII. Aside from The Miz. Homeboy had a good night.

It’s full of forgettable moments like Kane, Big Show, Santino, and Kofi defeating the Corre, Randy Orton beating CM Punk, and Snooki. Yet, none of them take the cake for biggest mistake. That accolade without a doubt goes to the Michael Cole vs Jerry Lawler match that somehow lasted close to 15 minutes.

The bout included some of the greatest hits of the awful 2011 WWE had, like heel Michael Cole and the Anonymous Raw General Manager. After the King had seemingly won, the GM reversed the decision awarding Cole, at his most annoying, the win. For those of you keeping score, The Undertaker has lost twice at ‘Mania and Michael friggin’ Cole is undefeated.

26 WrestleMania XXVI: The Awkward Screwjob Retribution

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From 1997 until 2000, this would have been wrestling’s hottest angle. After being screwed out of the WWF Championship at Survivor Series 1997, the world wanted to see Bret Hart get his hands on Vince McMahon. Sadly, errant kick to the head from Bill Goldberg forced Hart to retire in 2000.

In 2010, Bret Hart made his return to the WWE. In a touching segment, he buried the hatchet with Shawn Michaels and was ready to do so with Vince McMahon. Since this is Vince, the Chairman caught Hart with a low blow and a ‘Mania match was set.

The retired Excellence of Execution and the 64-year-old went to have one of the dullest No Holds Barred matches ever. Since Bret had a history of concussions and a stroke, the contest was eleven minutes of Vince cowering and taking a beating from the army of Harts at ringside. It was way too little, way too late.

25 WrestleMania XXV: Santina Is Crowned Miss WrestleMania 

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WWE has a history of not knowing what to do with their women when it comes to WrestleMania. Instead of attempting to create an interesting storyline or a compelling match, they would often throw all of the females into one match and call it a day.

That’s exactly what they did at WrestleMania XXV when they put all of the women in the “Miss WrestleMania” Battle Royal. At least this one had a prize, right? It was actually a star-studded affair that included the likes of the Bellas, Gail Kim, Molly Holly, Mickie James, and Beth Phoenix. It also featured Santino Marella in drag. Oh, and he won. Yay, equal rights!

Say what you want about James Ellsworth helping Carmella win the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank (twice), at least we didn’t have to deal with “Jamie Ellsworth” claiming to be the rightful owner of the contract.

24 WrestleMania XXIV: WWE Burns Fans... Literally 

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Unlike most entries on this list, this one has nothing to do with bad booking decisions. The twenty-fourth installment of WrestleMania was scheduled to end with a bang. Before the show, WWE pyrotechnician Ron Bleggi told WWE.com, “The pyro this year, not only WrestleMania pyro-wise but pyro for any one entertainment show, will be the single biggest ever.” The alleged cost of the night’s fireworks alone was $300,000.

After The Undertaker defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event, things went awry. A cable holding fireworks snapped, sending not only the cable but burning fireworks into the upper deck of Florida’s Citrus Bowl. The accident injured around 45 attendees with minor burns and sent three of them to the hospital.

23 WrestleMania 23: Battle Of The Billionaires

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Ugh. Barf. America elected a member of the WWE Hall of Fame as President. Based on this credential we’d have been better off electing Sgt. Slaughter or Bob Backlund. Heck, I’d prefer Koko B. Ware in the White House, dude has the same political experience as Trump.

Politics aside, Donald Trump had been a big part of the early years of WrestleMania, as ‘Mania V and VI were both held in Atlantic City. For WrestleMania 23, WWE tried to capitalize on Trump’s success with TV’s The Apprentice by pitting him against Vince McMahon. The Battle of the Billionaires was a mess that proved most celebrities are better off staying far away from the ring. McMahon having to sell Trump’s godawful punches was particularly terrible.

It’s a shame because an actual match between Bobby Lashley and the criminally underrated Umaga would have been a solid midcard attraction without all of the frills.

22 WrestleMania 22: The Pillow Fight

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In 2006, WWE was still about a decade from the Women’s Revolution. During this time, WWE still had a partnership with Hugh Hefner's magazine that regularly saw their Divas pose for the publication. So, what better way to spark a feud than two wrestlers argue over whose cover was steamier.

If anybody objected to when WWE repurposed the ring for a sumo match the year before, their heads had to have been spinning when a bed with silk sheets and pillows galore were used for WrestleMania 22’s Pillow Fight.

Torrie Wilson took on Candice Michelle in this bout that saw the pair dressed in evening gowns claw at each other. After almost four minutes of hair pulling, Wilson picked up the victory after both women were left in their undergarments. Different times, folks.

21 WrestleMania 21: A Super-Sized Waste Of Time 

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It’s safe to say that pro-wrestling fans don’t care too much about other forms of combat sports. Perhaps it’s the lack of storylines or flashy moves, whenever WWE tries to switch things up it never goes over well. The Brawl for All was a failure, Lion’s Den matches couldn’t live up to real MMA, and just about “boxing match” ends in a screwy finish.

Another failed attempt in bringing in another type of mat-based sport was at WrestleMania 21 when Big Show took on Akebono in a sumo match. Despite the match itself lasting 1:02, the set up was tedious. They had to remove all of the ropes, roll out a special canvas, and commit to all of the pomp and circumstance you’d expect in sumo.

I guess this was a dream come true for anyone who was dying to see Show in a thong.

20 WrestleMania XX: Two Guys Who Don’t Want To Be There

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Less than a year earlier, Brock Lesnar was a relative rookie with a lot to prove. He was constantly putting on great matches with the likes of Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero. By the time the next Mania rolled around, Lesnar wanted nothing to do with the business.

Almost two years to the date of his WWE debut, Brock was scheduled to have what would be his last match in the company for eight years. His opponent was another grappler with one foot out the door: Goldberg. Fans caught word that both men were set to leave the company and chanted “You suck” at both men. Thankfully, Steve Austin was there to give the two a pair of Stunners for their troubles.

As they proved over a decade later Lesnar vs Goldberg is a match that can put butts in seats. Just not when neither man gives a damn.

19 WrestleMania XIX: The Shooting Star Press 

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I was really close to using Triple H vs Booker T here, if only for the painful amount of time between the pedigree and pin. Consider that an honorable mention.

Let’s focus on the main event of WrestleMania XIV (back to Roman numerals!). Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle was a highly anticipated bout between two of the best “wrestlers” the business had seen. In the final moments, Lesnar climbed the top rope and attempted a shooting star press. Attempted being the operative word. Brock made it two-thirds of the way through his rotation before landing flat on his head. Amazingly, he was able to recover and land an F-5 on the Angle to pick up the duke.

Honestly, this match is still incredible, and it showed how tough and resilient the Beast truly is. Just imagine how monumental it would be had Lesnar landed the move. They wouldn’t have to cut away while using it in highlight reels!

18 WrestleMania X8: The Wrong Main Event 

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Has there ever been a match that exceeded expectations more than The Rock vs Hollywood Hogan? The two put on an absolute clinic, showing how to effortlessly call a match on the fly. The bout saw an unbelievable double turn with Hogan leaving the building as a hero once again.

The craziest part of this epic bout between warring generations is that this wasn’t the main event of the show. There were still two more matches! Jazz, Lita, and Trish Stratus had the impossible task of following up this barn burner before Triple H and Chris Jericho closed WrestleMania X-8 (because WrestleMania XVIII isn’t extreme). Despite being for the Undisputed WWF Championship, producers should have known as good as they are, Helmsley and Jericho are no Rock and Hogan. It was the wrong call and slowed the momentum of the show to a grinding halt.

17 WrestleMania X-Seven: Deal With The Devil

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In what is generally perceived to be one of the best ‘Manias, the show was main evented by The Rock vs Austin in a rematch from two years earlier. The two were having a heck of a match when Vince made his way ringside. For the second year in a row, McMahon screwed Dwayne out of the championship. Even more surprising, he sided with his arch-rival Austin.

As shocking as this angle was, it wasn’t handled very well. Despite being hilarious in his new role as a corporate shill, Austin was always a much better fit as the loud-mouthed Texan a**-kicker.

According Stone Cold himself, “If I could go back in that time capsule, I would have called the audible and gave Vince the Stunner.” Sounds like a way better ending to the show.

16 WrestleMania 2000: Too Many McMahons 

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WrestleMania 2000 (because WrestleMania XVI isn’t extreme) was all about showing the world what wrestling would be like in the new millennium. It was a ridiculously overbooked card where the only one-on-one match is the Terri vs The Kat Catfight with Val Venis as special guest referee. Really, the only good matches are the Triangle Ladder match (that would be done better twice within a year) and the Triple Threat for the IC and European (that we aren’t allowed to talk about).

The main event is a perfect example of WWF’s importance of story over athleticism. The Fatal Four-Way for the WWF Championship saw all four McMahons shoehorned into the corners of the participants. The elevating of family affairs above performers is something that still echoes throughout the company today.

Also, it ends with crummy swerve when Vince turns on The Rock.

15 WrestleMania XV: Hanging In A Cell 

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At the time, WrestleMania XV had more buys than any WWF PPV before it. It established that the company was out of the dark ages of the mid-90s New Generation Era and was all in for the Attitude Era. With the new direction, The Undertaker was lost in the shuffle and forced into a heatless Hell in a Cell match against the Big Boss Man

Perhaps knowing that a match wasn’t going be a mat classic, they decided to end the whole thing with a big stunt. After Taker thoroughly trounced the Cob County prison guard, The Brood descended onto the top of the cell. They lowered the Dead Man a noose which was used to hang the Boss Man as Michael Cole questioned if the literal hanging was symbolic. The uncomfortable over the top segment was an example of WWF trying too hard to push the envelope.

14 WrestleMania XIV: The DX Band’s American Tribute 

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Chris Warren and The DX Band is the force behind one of the iconic wrestling theme songs ever composed. D-Generation X’s entrance tune is so pitch-perfect for the brash rule-breaking stable. It is a totally ‘90s song that encapsulated the anger, frustration, and dare I say “Rage” of the time.

For some reason WWF brass though it would be a good idea for the group to perform not one, but two classic American songs as ‘Mania opened. They first started with their own rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner which went over like a fart in church. Doubling down on their talent, they followed it up with America the Beautiful. That one was a bigger fart in a bigger church. The group was booed relentlessly, and for good reason, it sucked. Jim Ross chalked it up to “Freedom of expression.” Sure.

13 WrestleMania 13: Sid’s Second Chance 

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It’s probably not fair to put the entire blame on Sid for his match at WrestleMania 13 against The Undertaker. Honestly, I like Sid. A lot. I’ve written before about how great of a look the Sycho one had!

It’s just, for the main event of the biggest show of the year, it was entirely underwhelming. When folks think of WrestleMania 13, there’s really only one match worth mentioning, Bret Hart vs Steve Austin. Hart and Austin put on an absolute barn burner with their Submission match that saw the crowd turn on the Hitman in favor of Stone Cold.

Taker vs Sid is slow, plodding, and has about three too many Bret Hart interference spots. To really drive things home, if anybody ever brings up this match, it’s to talk about how Sid crapped his pants.

12 WrestleMania XII: A Very Dated Joyride 

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WrestleMania XII took place on March 31, 1996. OJ Simpson led the police on a car chase in his white Ford Bronco down the freeways of Los Angeles on June 17, 1994. Why do I bring up these two dates? Because at WrestleMania XII, WWF thought it would be hilarious to repurpose footage of the incident.

During Goldust and Roddy Piper’s Hollywood Backlot Brawl, the bizarre one got in a gold Cadillac and sped off. Piper then entered his car of choice, a white Ford Bronco, and raced after him. Cameras then cut to extremely familiar footage of the Simpson chase. This was WWF’s attempt at doing some topical comedy. Except, as noted earlier, this was almost two years after the chase happened and OJ’s “Not Guilty” verdict was given six months earlier. It was cheap, it was cheesy, and far from a blockbuster that would make Goldust proud.

11 WrestleMania XI: A Midcarder And Celebrity Close The Show

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Ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you that Bam Bam Bigelow was one of the most talented big men to ever lace up a pair of boots. He had an incredibly terrifying look and was way too agile for a man his size. He never won any belts in the company but does have a WrestleMania main event to his credit.

Bam Bam was tasked with wrestling ex-NFL superstar Lawrence Taylor at the event. The match was better than it had any right to be, with Bigelow guiding the greenhorn every step of the way. It just had no business closing out the show. They would have been better off ending the evening on Diesel vs Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Neither match was a bonafide classic, but they should have finished on an important match between two actual wrestlers.

10 WrestleMania X: ‘Mania Gets Political

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WrestleMania X is one of the best pay-per-views the company has ever put on. It has the greatest opening match of all time with Bret and Owen Hart facing each other, features the WWF’s first televised ladder match, and ends with Bret reclaiming wrestling’s top prize. Admittedly, it was a little difficult to think of a big mistake from the show.

Then I remembered Bill Clinton! Leading up to the tenth WrestleMania, WWF made claims that the current Commander in Chief would be in attendance for the biggest show of the year.

What we got was a third-rate Clinton impersonator. Throughout the night, “Clinton” interacted with Irwin R. Schyster and Ted DiBiase. Depicting the president rubbing elbows with two villains really showed the world what Vince McMahon thought of him. At one point, I.R.S. even thanked him for raising taxes. Way to keep it subtle.

9 WrestleMania IX: Hogan Saves The Day 

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Since this wasn’t WrestleMania 2000, there was no way a heel would be able to leave the venue with the top belt. Enter: Hulk Hogan. The Real American wasn’t having a good ‘Mania. He was sporting a black eye and had already lost a tag match earlier in the evening. Looking to get some redemption, The Hulkster challenged whoever won the championship match between Bret Hart and Yokozuna to a future contest in a pre-match interview. He even dropped a racial slur on the supposed sumo wrestler. Good guys!

Once Yokozuna pinned Hart to become the new WWF Champion, Hogan charged to the ring. Yoko’s manager Mr. Fuji accepted Hulk’s challenge. 22 seconds later, Hogan was once again the champ. In a match that was about new main eventers, it’s disheartening that WWF decided to go with Hogan once again.

8 WrestleMania VIII: Papa Shango’s Too Slow

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Hulk Hogan’s Atomic Leg Drop is one of the most powerful moves in all of wrestling. Very few people have kicked out of the epic match ender. Guys like The Rock and Undertaker were supposed to survive, getting their shoulders up at the last second. Then there’s Sid.

The planned finish for ‘Mania VIII’s main event was for Hogan to hit Sid with the leg drop and Papa Shango break up the pin. The voodoo master missed his cue, and Sid was forced to kick out. Sid’s manager, Harvey Wippleman eventually interfered and got the match thrown out before Shango finally made it to the ring. All of this for the return of The Ultimate Warrior.

Also, this was WWF’s chance to do Hogan vs. Flair. As you can see, they were chicken and thought Sid was the answer. Sid is never the answer. Unless the question is “Which Wrestler did The Author run into at Disneyworld when he was eight.” Then the answer is Sid.

7 WrestleMania VII: WrestleMania Underwhelms and Undersells

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WrestleMania VII was scheduled to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A venue with the capacity to hold about 93,000 fans. WWF definitely thought the 1991 edition of their landmark event was going to do big numbers. However, by the time the show actually came around, they had only sold around 16,000 tickets. A far cry from the nearly 100,000 they had anticipated.

This forced McMahon and Co. to switch locations to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena across the street. Embarrassed by their lack of sales, WWF claimed the reason for the change was that they had security concerns due to the pro-Iraqi character Sgt. Slaughter was portraying at the time. It’s kind of a shame, as it’s a star-studded card that included the likes of Bret Hart, Jake Roberts, L.O.D., Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and the first match in The Undertaker’s streak.

6 WrestleMania VI: Blackface

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Need I say more? I do? Okay.

Woof. This may very well be the single most tone-deaf moment in WrestleMania history. In preparation for his one-on-one match against Bad News Brown, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper believed he had to do something to stand out on the card. Stand out he did. In an act that would never fly today (and shouldn’t have then), Hot Rod painted himself black right down the middle.

Piper then went to rundown Brown’s looks in a backstage interview. And he was the good guy!

The best thing to come out of this was that Andre the Giant pranked (or Swerved as they’re called in the Network Era) Piper by throwing out the solution used to remove the paint. This forced Roddy to spend the entire next day traveling looking like a racist cartoon.

5 WrestleMania V: Heenan Takes A Beating

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Like many WrestleManias before, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was heavily involved in ‘Mania V. This was 1989, and the Heenan Family was in full swing. Bobby accompanied King Haku, The Brain Busters, Andre the Giant, and Rick Rude to the ring that night.

If that wasn’t enough, Heenan also had to wrestle in a match of his own. He was set to tango with former Heenan Family member, The Red Rooster. The match was preposterously short, lasting 31-seconds. It was never supposed to be a slobberknocker, but it was scheduled to go longer.

This is because after Rude beat the Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Championship, the Warrior hit Bobby with a sloppy gorilla press slam that injured the manager. It was a poorly executed move that really hurt one of the low-key most important performers on the show.

4 WrestleMania IV: Hogan Steals Savage’s Spotlight 

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Up until the final 1-2-3 of the evening, WrestleMania IV was all about crowning Randy Savage the new World Champion.

Hogan and Andre, had a WrestleMania III rematch earlier that ended in a double disqualification, eliminating both men from the tournament. It seemed as if that would be the end of Hogan for the night. Unfortunately, never one to stray from the spotlight, the Hulkster not only made his way ringside for the finals but hit Ted DiBiase with the chair that allowed Savage to win. After the match, Hulk got in the ring and handed Macho Man the title. Then, like a loon, Hogan picked up the steel chair and threatened the Million Dollar Man who had just lost.

What was supposed to be the culmination of years and years of Savage putting on the best matches in the company, ended up being a platform for Hulk Hogan to get his heat back.

3 WrestleMania III: From Main Event To Minis

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. King Kong Bundy was less than a year removed from main eventing WrestleMania 2. He had the biggest match of his career when he took on Hulk Hogan inside of a steel cage.

For WrestleMania III? Bundy was in the third match on the card. The bout saw him team with minis Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook to wrestle Hillbilly Jim and Haiti Kid and Little Beaver. The contest was mercifully short (no pun intended), lasting less than three and a half minutes.

In a show that featured two Mania classics like Ricky Steamboat defeat Macho Man for the IC belt and Hogan slamming Andre, Bundy, the former big bad of the WWF, was lost in the shuffle.

2 WrestleMania 2: Three Different Venues

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If you had the displeasure of attending Raw 25 at the Manhattan Center in New York, you know how painful attending a show emanating from multiple venues can be (I was at the Barclays Center and saw Austin Stun McMahon, so I’m good).

WrestleMania 2 took place at three different venues, with matches airing from New York, Illinois, and California. The biggest problem was that they ran through all of the matches at one venue before moving on to another. If you were in Los Angeles, you had to watch eight different matches on a screen before you got to see anything live. Folks in NY had to do the inverse and watch the rest of the show on televisions after Roddy Piper boxed Mr. T. For Rosemont… you get the gist. It was a poorly executed plan that wasn’t attempted again for another 32 years.

1 WrestleMania: Junkyard Dog Doesn’t Win The Intercontinental Championship

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Wrestling is the best. If you made it this far, there’s a 99% chance that you are a die-hard fan of the greatest sport to ever exist (1% chance that you just really, really like lists).

Junkyard Dog was one of the most over babyfaces the wrestling world had ever seen. He is proof if a wrestler has a ridiculous amount of charisma, they can get over with any audience. Oddly enough, while in the WWF, JYD never won a single championship.

He had a shot at Greg “The Hammer” Valentine’s Intercontinental Championship at the very first WrestleMania and won the bout too. Unfortunately, it was via disqualification, so the belt didn’t change hands.

With Hogan’s World Championship not on the line, this would have been a terrific feel-good moment for the crowd. Not to mention the perfect time to pull the trigger on one of the greatest pure good guys the sport has ever seen.

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