On Sunday April 3rd, the WWE's annual spectacle is upon us. With each year, there are a number of things that can be expected. We can anticipate celebrities being a part of the show, grand entrances by a number of the talent, and matches that will take your breath away. However, for all the focus we put on different aspects, there are some we put a special focus on. They aren't necessarily considered the best matches, but rather the ones subject to substantial criticism. Despite the popularity that surrounds some of these matches, we ask, were they really as good as has been claimed? When exploring these matches there are a number of different factors to assessing how good they are or are not. The criteria this column takes into consideration: a celebrity's involvement, a changing of the guard, the publicity of the match going into the event, the names involved in the match, and the result of the match.
We have matches putting together some of the most popular names in the wrestling business facing one another, but whether the match actually lives up to the hype is another story. In some cases, for all the pomp and circumstance surrounding wrestlers involved in the event, the actual match falls flat. We aren't saying these matches were terrible or even bad, but rather they are considered overrated. At times matches are put on a pedestal by critics, analysts and even WWE itself, but when we remove all these things does it really tell an effective story from beginning to end? At times the story isn't a plausible reason for making a match worth all it's cracked up to be. Here are the Top 15 Most Overrated Matches in WrestleMania History.
9 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX
8 Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 22
7 Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X8
6 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI
5 The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 29
4 Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel at WrestleMania XI
3 Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania XX
2 The Undertaker vs. Triple H at WrestleMania XXVIII
1 Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper at WrestleMania
A match that was reportedly in front of 93,000 people in Pontiac, Michigan saw the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. This was also when fans saw the epic bodyslam of the seven foot tall, five hundred pound Andre. But that doesn't overshadow the poor quality of the match. It was slow moving and plodding, and while sometimes less is more, it is nice to see a wrestler actually striking their opponent convincingly so fans believe they are actually hurt. It stands as an iconic match, but the lack of wrestling illustrates how this match isn't worth the attention it has received.
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