When it comes to the biggest wrestling show of the year, there’s no doubt that it starts and ends with the spring mega event otherwise known as WrestleMania.
From the start in 1985 at Madison Square Garden, the event has grown leaps and bounds, not only in the production and the fan experience, but also in the quality of the matches and the way the event is booked.
WrestleMania is usually built around the main event, which is defined as the last match of the night. There’s been some argument about that fact, as some say that matches like The Rock vs Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8 and Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker in WrestleMania XXV were really the main events of those cards.
That’s not the case though, and today that’s the subject of our list. WrestleMania has had some stellar matches that were not the main event of the card, a trend that started with the famous match at WrestleMania III between Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage.
Since that, it’s not been uncommon for there to be a match at WrestleMania that outshines the main event, a match that people go back and watch, a match that sets the pace for how good or bad the event truly was.
Today we count down those special non-main event matches that stole the show. You may see the same names more than once on this list, but that also shows the grit and determination these stars have to go out and give their all despite not being the top match on the card.
Sit back and enjoy reliving these historic matches, the “Top 15 WrestleMania Matches That Were Not the Main Event.”
15 Triple H vs Daniel Bryan – WrestleMania XXX
14 Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle – WrestleMania 21
13 Bret Hart vs Roddy Piper – WrestleMania VIII
12 CM Punk vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 29
11 Batista vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 23
10 Edge vs Mick Foley – WrestleMania 22
9 Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake vs The British Bulldogs – WrestleMania II
8 Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit – WrestleMania X-Seven
7 Bret Hart vs Owen Hart – WrestleMania X
6 Triple H vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania XXVIII
5 Edge and Christian vs The Dudley Boyz vs The Hardy Boyz – WrestleMania X-Seven
4 The Rock vs Hulk Hogan – WrestleMania X8
3 Bret Hart vs ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin – WrestleMania 13
2 The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XXV
1 1.Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage vs Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat – WrestleMania III
To this day, there isn’t much bad you can say about the all-time classic match that started the famous phrase - ‘WrestleMania moment.’ This is a match that seems to get better every time you watch it, like a fine wine. Nearly 30 two-counts and countless moves that showed off the skills of each wrestler proved just how much each wrestler wanted this match to be labeled as ‘great.’ Savage planned out a lot of the match, and while Steamboat wasn’t crazy about that, the two pulled it off as one of the greatest matches in the history of the sport. The two held the fans attention, to the point that the fans popped twice thinking Steamboat had won. There have only been a few matches that could be defined as ‘perfect.’ This was one of them.
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