The grand stage of WrestleMania is the perfect event to reward the wrestlers and the fans for our love of the industry. Wrestling is unlike any other sport due to the scripted aspect and unlike any other form of entertainment due to the live aspect. The combination of both worlds is celebrated once each year during the WrestleMania blockbuster event. Wrestling having its own Super Bowl event has created more memorable moments and great matches than anyone could have expected. The top stars compete in the most high profile matches as it’s the highest honor a talent can have in the world of WWE.
The top matches are usually one-time attractions for the big show as it culminates a feud. It’s extremely rare for a rematch to take place but there have been a small select few to have their matches met with a continuation at multiple WrestleMania shows. The best example of it would be the tag team matches featuring The Hardyz vs. The Dudleyz vs. Edge and Christian. All three teams put themselves on the map by stealing the show at WrestleMania 2000 in a Triangle Ladder Match. The following year would see them raise the bar with an even better Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at WrestleMania X-Seven.
Not all matches have had the same fortune as the legendary tag team series. The best thing about WrestleMania is everyone knows how important it is. We forget about the booking, scripted aspect and silly things revolving around wrestling to celebrate the importance of the yearly extravaganza. That typically leads to the wrestlers doing their best work to live up to the expectations everyone has for them. The pressure of repeating the successful results once again in another WrestleMania event is often too much for them to handle and it can lead to a drop off. We’re going to look at those stories here with twelve WrestleMania matches that couldn’t live up to the original.
12 The Undertaker vs. Triple H
11 Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper
10 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
9 John Cena vs. Big Show vs. Edge
8 Divas Battle Royal
7 The Undertaker vs. Kane
6 Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
5 Steve Austin vs. The Rock
4 Triple H vs. Randy Orton
3 Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan
2 Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
1 The Rock vs. John Cena
The Rock and John Cena facing off at WrestleMania XXVIII was a perfect storm. It was The Rock’s first singles match back in almost nine years and right in the middle of Cena’s peak run as the top guy in the industry. We waited a year to finally see the once in a lifetime battle in front of a hot crowd conveniently in The Rock’s hometown of Miami. The match worked out as well as WWE could have hoped for. WWE sadly went back on their word of the “once in a lifetime” billing by having the two main event once again the following year at WrestleMania 29. The feud was horribly stale at that point and the crowd was notably less interested in the lackluster rematch that put a damper on the legacy of Cena and Rock’s feud.
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