In WWE, the stars shine brightest at WrestleMania. The very event which thirty-two-years ago could have become nothing more than a shooting star show; a quick flash burned out and gone forever.
Of course, this was not the case. WrestleMania has become one of the biggest events on year across all sports and entertainment. This year, the event is set to take place at AT&T Stadium where the annihilation of attendance records is fully expected.
At WrestleMania, the maniacs come out in full force. There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide; all one can do is embrace the weird Freak Culture that comes along with fanatical wrestling fans.
Over the years, WrestleMania has played tricks with your emotions. Certain victories made you cheer with great enthusiasm while others enraged your soul; disrupting whatever calm you may have attained.
Retirement matches made you cry while nonsensical gimmick matches left you wondering: “what the hell was that?” WrestleMania has taken you on a vicious roller coaster ride.
Along with all your favourite performers comes their WrestleMania legacy and record. The greatest of them all coming from The Undertaker who has pieced together the best WrestleMania record (22-1) of all time.
However, this is not a piece based on winning wrestlers. The following will examine those who have lost more than they care to admit on “The Grandest Stage of Them All.” Some of whom may come as shock to the senses.
Although these men have fallen more than triumphed at the annual circus attraction, does not mean they haven’t provided fans with some of the greatest WrestleMania moments and matches.
Often times, the following performers have left a lasting impression with a loss.
These are the top 15 wrestlers with losing records at WrestleMania:
Note: In order to qualify, each wrestler must have participated in at least five WrestleMania matches.
15. Big Show (5-10)
Big Show has experienced more than his fair share of defeats and embarrassments at WrestleMania. Show not only lost Sumo match at the big event but was forced to put over Floyd Mayweather in a David vs. Goliath scenario.
While Big Show doesn’t have too many WrestleMania victories to his name, “The World’s Largest Athlete” did manage to outlast the field last year and win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
14. Kane (9-10)
When it comes to Kane and WrestleMania, “The Big Red Machine” is akin to your favourite baseball team. Sometimes Kane performs well during the big game; other times Kane is flat out terrible.
Kane’s best performance came at WrestleMania XXIV when The Monster won a #1 Contenders Battle Royal for the ECW Championship before winning the title later on that night in a double-header sweep.
13. Booker T (2-4)
When Booker T made his way over to WWE from the defunct WCW, there was much excitement in the air as a fresh face was set to emerge. While working as an active competitor for WWE, Booker would compete at six WrestleMania events.
While Booker T career with a lifetime WrestleMania record of 2-4, the five-time WCW Champion can take pride in his performance; particularly when he challenged Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XIX.
12. Jeff Hardy (0-5)
While Jeff Hardy is actually winless at WrestleMania, the Enigmatic Superstar has created numerous highlight reel moments in only five appearances at the big dance while leaving fans who witness in absolute awe.
Jeff Hardy’s WrestleMania career mainly consisted of Ladder match participation. However, Hardy never held back; leaving his mark and memory on each match despite the losing record.
11. Andre the Giant (2-3-1)
The first thought that springs forth in everybody’s mind when thinking of Andre the Giant losing at WrestleMania is Andre’s first official loss to Hulk Hogan at the Pontiac Silverdome back in 1987.
Prior to that match, Andre the Giant held a 2-0 record but would never win again at WrestleMania. Coincidently, that one draw on his record came at WrestleMania IV when Andre and Hulk Hogan battled again to a double disqualification.
10. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (2-4-1)
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper is perhaps the greatest heel in WWE history. While only actually wrestling in seven WrestleMania matches, Piper has appeared at the event to host Piper’s Pit, referee, and interfere in a Hulk Hogan/Vince McMahon bout.
Roddy Piper’s last WrestleMania match would take place at the event’s silver anniversary when Piper, along with Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat lost a 3-on-1 Handicap match to Chris Jericho, making Piper’s final record 2-4-1.
9. CM Punk (3-4)
CM Punk would first appear at WrestleMania 22 in a non-wrestling capacity. Punk served as “gangster” during John Cena’s Chicago-Mob-themed entrance and experience his first visual of the Bright Lights.
CM Punk would then perform at the next seven WrestleMania events; piecing together a 3-4 record along the way. Here’s hoping that the “Straight Edge Superstar” returns someday an attempts to even those numbers.
8. Randy Orton (5-7)
Randy Orton was destined for big time WrestleMania matches. In fact, in his very first WrestleMania match, Orton along with Ric Flair and Batista (Evolution) would take on The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection in a Handicap match.
While Randy Orton was victorious that night in Madison Square Garden, “The Viper” has experienced a see-saw ride at WrestleMania and currently holds a 5-7 record on WWE’s biggest night.
7. Chris Jericho (4-8)
Chris Jericho would make his WrestleMania debut in a Two-Fall Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle. The first fall being for the Intercontinental Championship and the second for the European Championship.
Chris Jericho would lose the first fall before winning the second; effectively starting his WrestleMania career at 1-1. From that night moving forward, Jericho – while competing against some of the best in the business – would only score three more victories.
6. Kurt Angle (3-4)
Kurt Angle would leave WrestleMania 2000 without the Intercontinental or European Championship; starting out with an 0-2 record while only performing at one WrestleMania event. However, Angle would square his record over the next two years.
Three more WrestleMania matches would following with Kurt Angle putting forth a 1-2 record. All told, Angle would finish 3-4 at WrestleMania for his career. If Angle ever returns for one last match, “Your Olympic Hero” could end at an even .500 average.
5. Mick Foley (2-3-1)
Mick Foley has performed at WrestleMania as himself, Mankind, and Cactus Jack. As one of the most beloved Superstars ever, it’s a shame Foley’s WrestleMania experiences were not as grand as others.
However, Mick Foley would cap off his WrestleMania career in style when facing-off against Edge in a Hardcore match. The finish would see Foley getting Speared through a flaming table for the three-count and while losing, going out in style.
4. Brock Lesnar (2-3)
In the most impressive WrestleMania debut of all time, Brock Lesnar would defeat Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship. The following year, Lesnar would lose to Goldberg at the massive event before exiting the WWE scene.
Since his return to WWE, Brock Lesnar has lost an impromptu Triple Threat match as well as a bout to Triple H at WrestleMania. However, “The Beast” would shock the world with his second victory by ending The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak.
3. Ric Flair (2-4)
How does the greatest wrestler of all time accumulate a losing record at WrestleMania? Despite the longevity of his career, Ric Flair has only competed in a total of six matches on wrestling’s biggest Sunday.
While picking up two victories in tag-team matches, Ric Flair’s loss resume is actually quite impressive as defeats would come by way of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Undertaker, and finally Shawn Michaels.
2. Triple H (9-10)
Triple H with compete in a WrestleMania ring for the twentieth time this April as “The Game” defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, deep down in the Lonestar State..
With this match, Triple H will attempt to even his WrestleMania record at 10-10. However, time will tell whether or not “The Cerebral Assassin” can find a way to muster up one more victory.
1. Shawn Michaels (6-11)
Proving that winning is not always everything at WrestleMania, the man known as “Mr. WrestleMania” would actually retire from WWE with a losing record of 6-11. This man being, an all-time legend named Shawn Michaels.
The thing about Shawn Michaels was that HBK had this untamed ability. Michaels could steal the show even in defeat; which he would do time-and-time again. The ruthless desire in Michaels has made him – despite the losing record – the Star of the Stage.
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