The most important and protected entity in WWE is WrestleMania. Wrestling’s biggest yearly event has turned into a huge spectacle on par with the Super Bowl and other annual attractions that will cause fans to travel to different cities to experience it. WrestleMania has evolved from being just a big wrestling show to an event that can get tens of thousands of people to fill up a giant stadium for four hours of WWE’s best content. 2016 is seeing the company try to set a new attendance record by getting over 100,000 fans to attend WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
WrestleMania is meant to showcase the best of the best and the main event spot is highly coveted by everyone entering the business. The ultimate goal of every wrestler is to one day main event a WrestleMania because it means they are the best at what they do. Part of the reason CM Punk was highly frustrated with his position in WWE and felt he wasn’t being respected was due to never getting the honor of being in a WrestleMania main event. Punk was in high profile matches opposing The Undertaker’s streak or defending the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho but he knew it was still below the true main even that the show is built around.
Not all WrestleMania main events are created equal and some live on better than others. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart and Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton all showcased how the main event should culminate a great story with the right man winning to give the fan base what they desire. It doesn’t always work out that way and we’ve seen various times the wrong man has left the grandest show of the year with the big win. We’ll look in depth at those occasions and break down the top twelve times the wrong person won the WrestleMania main event.
12 12. The Rock vs. Steve Austin – WrestleMania X-Seven
11 11. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor – WrestleMania XI
10 10. Triple H vs. Batista – WrestleMania 21
9 9. Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan – WrestleMania V
8 8. Triple H vs. John Cena – WrestleMania 22
7 7. Chris Jericho vs. Triple H – WrestleMania X8
6 6. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar – WrestleMania XIX
5 5. The Rock vs. Triple H vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley – WrestleMania 2000
4 4. Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena – WrestleMania 23
3 3. Randy Orton vs. Triple H – WrestleMania XXV
2 2. John Cena vs. The Miz – WrestleMania XXVII
1 1. Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna – WrestleMania IX
Hulk Hogan has used his political power in WWE to main event many shows and win many more matches than he should have. Yes, Hogan was indeed the biggest star for quite a few years but there were a few times where his title wins made no sense and WrestleMania IX is the best example of that. Bret Hart was the new top face in WWE and suffered a loss to Yokozuna in the official main event. Hogan would come down to the ring and somehow convince everyone that he deserved an impromptu title shot vs. Yokozuna that he would win. It made both Hart and Yokozuna look like absolute fools in one of the worst booking decisions in wrestling history.
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