It goes by many names - The Show of Shows, The Granddaddy of Them All, The Showcase of the Immortals. WrestleMania to the Superstars, Divas, and die-hard members of the WWE Universe is what Edge once said it was – "it's kind of like our Christmas." Much like the holiday season brings an all–around feeling of general saccharine happiness, the Road to WrestleMania more or less creates the wrestling version of the holiday season. No matter how good or bad the overall product is at the time of WrestleMania, there is the hope that the show will always live up to the hype.
This year is supposed to be the biggest WrestleMania of all time as AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas is being prepped for what is hopefully one-hundred thousand screaming fans. The company is gearing up for a crowd that could beat the mythical 93K in attendance for WrestleMania III. Nowadays, the masses flock to the show more because of the show itself than the actual card. But what was once most likely a sure thing might not be so sure with the roster depleted thanks to injuries.
While events like X7 and last year's show are filled with great moment after moment and very little to dislike, not every show can be blessed with such greatness. Many a 'Mania have clunker moments that make even the most ardent fan scratch their heads in bewilderment. But if a few different choices were made, these worst WrestleMania moments could have been prevented.
15 The Icon Loses (WrestleMania 31)
14 The Instant Replay Debate (WrestleMania VII)
13 A Disqualification Would Cost Triple H the Title (WrestleMania XXV)
12 The Big Sumo (WrestleMania 21)
11 The Rock Stands Tall (WrestleMania XXVII)
10 Musical Interludes (Many WrestleManias)
9 18 Seconds (WrestleMania XXVIII)
8 Brawl for All Finale (WrestleMania XV)
7 LT / Bam Bam Bigelow (WrestleMania XI)
6 Jerry Lawler / Michael Cole (WrestleMania XXVII)
5 The Undertaker / Giant Gonzalez (WrestleMania IX)
4 The Undertaker Hangs the Bossman (WrestleMania XV)
3 Goldberg / Lesnar (WrestleMania XX)
2 WrestleMania VIII Finale (WrestleMania VIII)
1 Hogan Beats Yokozuna (WrestleMania IX)
After Hogan left, Vince shifted the company focus onto great wrestling, with Bret Hart as the new chosen one, headlining WrestleMania against Yokozuna. But when Hogan returned, the focus would then be taken off of Bret and Yoko and placed on Hogan. Vince decided to put the strap on Hogan again in an impromptu match with the new champion, Yokozuna who had just beat Bret Hart. In then-record time, Hogan defeated Yoko, negating much of the hard work Bret had put in during Hogan’s time off, in what capped off one of the worst WrestleManias in history. Only Hulkamania could pull off two finale stinkers in a row. Since Bret/Yoko again headlined one year later, Vince should have allowed a program between the two to blossom rather than have Hogan politic himself into one more reign.
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