Vince McMahon’s greatest accomplishment isn’t just creating WrestleMania; it’s transcending WrestleMania into more than just a sports entertainment event. It seems unfair to even compare WrestleMania to other pay-per-views as it has rightfully staked its claim alongside the premier sporting events around the world. WrestleMania should be talked about in the same breath as the Super Bowl or the World Cup; it is an event that has become as much of a spectacle as it is a wrestling PPV.
The bright lights, the grand stage, the “Showcase of the Immortals” and more have made WrestleMania the highlight of every wrestling fan’s year. It has also become the place to be for celebrities from Aretha to Ozzy and everyone in between. In fact, WrestleMania is no longer just an event, but rather a season and it’s time to kick that season into high gear.
With WrestleMania 33 just around the corner, it’s time to reminisce on past WrestleMania moments. We all remember Hogan slamming Andre at WrestleMania III or the HBK-Bret Hart Ironman match at WrestleMania XII; but there are also numerous moments that have flown under the radar. Butterbean KOing Bart Gunn, Trish Stratus’ heel turn and a Pamela Anderson cameo are among the forgotten moments that didn’t even make this list! But I’m confident you will be satisfied with these forgotten moments and they may even make you go back and check them out in their entireties. Here are the top 15 WrestleMania moments you forgot about.
15 WrestleMania VII: Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel In A Blindfold Match
14 WrestleMania IX: Double Doink!
Doink was one of the staples of the post-Hogan, pre-Attitude era of the WWE. He got into a feud with Crush who had transformed from a heel with Demolition to a bleached-blond face with a gimmick that played off his Hawaiian roots. During the match between the two, the ref got knocked out and, out of nowhere, a second Doink showed up! Multiple Doinks (and later a Dink) would become a running gag on TV tapings but this would be the first time the audience saw two Doinks at the same time.
13 WrestleMania XV: Hell In A Cell Makes Its WrestleMania Debut
The Big Bossman returned to the WWE in 1998 after five years in WCW. He immediately joined Mr. McMahon’s stable, The Corporation, who was waging war against The Undertaker’s stable, The Ministry of Darkness. Those two would face off in Hell In a Cell which made its Wrestlemania debut in the 15th annual event. Big Boss Man brought out all of his old school weapons including the nightstick and the handcuffs; but he was done for after Taker hit him with the Tombstone. After the match, a noose was attached to Bossman’s neck and the other end was tied to the top of the cell. Paul Bearer then raised the cell which caused Boss Man to hang from the cell and flop around like a fish out of water.
12 WrestleMania XII: Hollywood Backlot Brawl
11 WrestleMania IV: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (Part 2)
10 WrestleMania XX: Molly Holly Loses Her Hair
WrestleMania XX is best known for either being John Cena’s WrestleMania debut or for being the supposed swan song for both Goldberg and Brock Lesnar who were departing the WWE afterwards. Lost in the shuffle of those matches is, perhaps, the only Hair vs. Title match in women’s wrestling history! Victoria put her Women’s Championship on the line while Molly Holly put her hair on the line. It’s fitting that Holly nearly won the match using Victoria's “Widow’s Peak” neckbreaker but Victoria countered for the backslide pin and win.
9 WrestleMania II: WWE vs. NFL Battle Royal
8 WrestleMania XXIV: Pyro-Gate
After a 15 year hiatus, WrestleMania returned to an outdoor setting as the Citrus Bowl in Orlando hosted the event. With no roof restrictions, WWE went all out with the pyrotechnics and shot them as high as 2000 feet compared to just 150 feet at the previous year’s WrestleMania. It may have looked great on TV, but a snapped cable ended up shooting the fireworks into the top rows of the stadium and injuring several people. Most of the injuries were considered minor, but if you were one of the people burned by some fireworks, I doubt you hardly consider that a minor injury.
7 WrestleMania 13: The Rock’s WrestleMania Debut
6 WrestleMania XIX: Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. McMahon
5 WrestleMania VI: DDP Drives R&B
4 WrestleMania 2000: Hardcore Battle Royal
Quick, which WrestleMania holds the record for the most title changes? The answer would be WrestleMania 2000 which had 13 title changes, 10 of which came in the Hardcore Battle Royal. The rules of the Battle Royal were that the match would last 15 minutes and the title would change hands after every pinfall. Crash Holly entered in as champion and would also be the 9th Hardcore champion in the match. However, his “cousin” Hardcore Holly would pin Crash after hitting him with a candy jar (why not?) and thus became the 10th and final Hardcore champion of the match.
3 WrestleMania XIV: The Dumpster Match
Hardcore legend Terry Funk actually made his WrestleMania debut 12 years earlier but this match had one of the great endings that embodied the Attitude Era. Funk, as Chainsaw Charlie, and Cactus Jack teamed together to take on the New Age Outlaws in which the winners would be crowned after putting the opposing team in a dumpster. Funk was 53 years old and wore pantyhose on his head, but the crowd ate this match up and the action eventually spilled over into the backstage area. After some back-and-forth action, the Outlaws were laid on a wooden crate attached to a forklift. Funk then got behind the wheel of the forklift, lifted the Outlaws up, and literally dumped the Tag Team champs into a dumpster for the win.
2 WrestleMania X-Seven: Gimmick Battle Royal
1 WrestleMania 21: Stacy Keibler’s Basic Instinct Scene
Not every moment is a match and that’s perhaps why this skit gets lost in the shuffle. WrestleMania 21 took place in Los Angeles and, thus, the Hollywood aspect was used as the WWE parodied several movies during their lead-up. One of those movies was Basic Instinct and Stacy Keibler portrayed the character that Sharon Stone played in the movie. Keibler was always known for her legs so she pulled off the infamous interrogation scene perfectly. In addition to Keibler, the skit also featured JBL, Christian, Chris Jericho, and another Canadian wrestler named Chris whose last name is not Jericho. That last person’s inclusion in the parody is likely the reason why WWE never re-airs the skit and why this moment is not just forgotten, but also one WWE wants you to forget.
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