WrestleMania is the Super Bowl for wrestling fans. It is the biggest show of the year. Fans travel from all over the world, no matter where the location to be part of the biggest spectacle in sports entertainment. For the wrestlers, it is the night that they try to put on their best performance. Often times, it begins with a special entrance, which can include but not limited to their theme music being played live. But when it comes to the in-ring performance, there are some Superstars who shine when the bright lights are on.
For 21 WrestleManias, The Undertaker was undefeated. After he defeated Ric Flair at WrestleMania X8, he began making it clear that he was undefeated at the granddaddy of them all. Then the challenge for his opponent every year was to end "The Streak." It was not until WrestleMania 23 where he arguably stole the show when he defeated Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. His matches continued to be a high profile WrestleMania each year. The question always remained, who would break the streak? At WrestleMania XXX, that question was answered when Brock Lesnar stunned the world. That night, the entire wrestling world stopped. Though he was never considered Mr. WrestleMania, it is quite obvious if you are not going to chose Shawn Michaels, then The Undertaker would be the next choice.
Before WrestleMania 21, Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle were setting up for an epic showdown. These two men are easily two of the greatest this business has ever seen. As Michaels would list his accomplishments, he made Angle aware that he was Mr. Showstopper, Mr. Main Event, and then he blurted out, Mr. WrestleMania. When you look at his WrestleMania resume, it is hard to argue that he was wrong. At WrestleMania X, he and Razor Ramon stole the show during their Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Two years later, Michaels defeated Bret Hart in a 60-Minute Iron-Man match for the WWE Championship. However, the match that solidified his status as Mr. WrestleMania was his match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XIX. Michaels was sidelined for four years with a back injury and this was his first time being back at the granddaddy of them all. On that night many will argue that he and Jericho stole the show. On a night that featured Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (for the third time at WrestleMania) and Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship, Michaels and Jericho found a way to stand out. While Michaels is the undisputed Mr. WrestleMania, there are other superstars who could own that title.
Here are 15 wrestles who could also identify as Mr. WrestleMania.
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15 The Miz
The Miz has retained the WWE Tag Team Championship, the WWE Championship and won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania. The only matches that he has been on the losing end of are Battle Royal bouts. With The Miz being in the prime of his career and granted he somehow finds his way back into the main event picture, Miz can eventually be considered to lay claim to the Mr. WrestleMania title.
14 Rob Van Dam
Mr. Pay-Per-View and Mr. Monday Night were two of many Rob Van Dam nicknames. But he could also be considered Mr. WrestleMania. With a 4-0 record, RVD always found a way to win big. In his WrestleMania debut, he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship. At WrestleMania 22, he added the title of Mr. Money in the Bank when he secured a guaranteed contract for a WWE Championship, which he won later that year from John Cena at ECW One Night Stand.
13 The Ultimate Warrior
When the Ultimate Warrior arrived, he had the "it" factor and everyone knew that he would be the man. To keep his character protected, he was not in the tournament at WrestleMania IV. His most notable WrestleMania match came in Toronto for the sixth annual edition when he defeated Hulk Hogan clean for the WWE Championship. He followed up at WrestleMania VII stealing the show with Macho Man Randy Savage in a Retirement match, which Warrior won.
12 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is box office. When he debuted in the WWE, he was billed as the “Next Big Thing.” In his first WrestleMania match, he won the WWE Championship from Kurt Angle. On this night, Lesnar attempted a Shooting Star Press on Angle and missed which led to him receiving a concussion. His next WrestleMania wasn’t so memorable when he and Goldberg, who were both leaving the company, were booed out of Madison Square Garden.
When Lesnar returned to the WWE in 2012, after leaving UFC, he was a bigger box office attraction than he was when he debuted. At WrestleMania XXX, Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable; he ended The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at 21. The next year, Lesnar entered WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and it was on this night where he introduced Roman Reigns to Suplex City. Unfortunately for Lesnar, he would not leave the champion, despite never getting pinned.
11 Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is one of those Superstars who the WWE Universe adores. The only thing he has done wrong was not be Daniel Bryan at the 2014 Royal Rumble (Mysterio was actually booed that night). While he won his first World Championship at WrestleMania 22, Mysterio would be considered Mr. WrestleMania simply for his outfits. From the Flash, to Avatar, to Captain America, to the Joker, Mysterio always has the audience anticipating whom will he look like when enters the arena.
10 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has always been a student of the game. He has gone on record saying that he memorized the match between Ricky Steamboat and Macho Man Randy Savage at WrestleMania III. This match stole the show from Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. With this being Jericho’s favorite match, his mentality was to go out and steal the show at every WrestleMania. While WrestleMania X8 was the first time he main evented the show, his match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIX was a match of the night candidate. It is also Chris Jericho’s brain that has puts him in consideration for being Mr. WrestleMania. At WrestleMania 21, he introduced the Money In The Bank Ladder match. In this match, the winner receives a contract that they can cash in at anytime for a World Title Match. This match would be a WrestleMania tradition until it received its own Pay-Per-View in 2010. Whether he's in the main event or on the undercard, Chris Jericho matches are always entertaining at WrestleMania.
9 Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots. With his amateur background, Angle had no problem adjusting to the sports entertainment side of professional wrestling. Angle’s WrestleMania debut was not the easiest task. At WrestleMania 2000, he had to defend both his European and Intercontinental Champions against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit respectively without getting pinned. His first time in the main event was his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XIX, where Angle wrestled despite being severely injured. The two still went out and put on a 5-star match. Angle proved that he could entertain you at WrestleMania with his matches against Eddie Guerrero and Shawn Michaels in back-to-back years. On both of these nights, a Kurt Angle match would leave the wrestling world talking.
8 The Rock
The Rock is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. When WrestleMania season comes around, so does The Rock. Once he entered the main event at WrestleMania XV, every match he was apart of, whether it was last on the card or not, was a draw. No one else in history can say they defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, and John Cena at WrestleMania. Such a victory list definitely qualifies Rock for the title of Mr. WrestleMania.
7 Stone Cold Steve Austin
During the height of the Attitude Era, WrestleMania was always built around Stone Cold Steve Austin; he won the WWE Championship three times on the big stage during this period. At WrestleMania XIX, his final WrestleMania, he and The Rock put on a classic curtain call to end the rivalry. But before Austin arrived in the Main Event, he and Bret Hart stole WrestleMania 13, in which Austin went in a heel and left a face. It was on this night when fans realized that it was only a matter of time before Stone Cold would be the face of the company.
6 Bret Hart
Bret Hart’s career is one of the most prolific in WWE history. Watching every WrestleMania in succession, fans are able to see the development of Hart’s career. At WrestleMania VIII, Hart made his singles debut and won the Intercontinental Championship from Rowdy Roddy Piper. As he transitioned into the main event, WrestleMania was built around him. At WrestleMania X, he and his brother Owen opened the show, but it was Owen who was able to pull of the upset. Later that night, Hart would go on to win the WWE Championship. At WrestleMania XII, Hart and Shawn Michaels would put on 60 plus minutes of a masterpiece as they squared off in an Iron Man match that went into overtime. The two were supposed to wrestle again the following year, but Michaels was unable to compete. Hart would go on to wrestle Stone Cold Steve Austin in a match that led to Austin propelling to the main event.
Edge made his in-ring WrestleMania debut when he and Christian stole the show at WrestleMania 2000. That night they won their first WWE Tag Team Championship defeating The Hardyz and The Dudley Boyz in a Triangle Ladder match. The match was so great that they did it again the following year as Edge and Christian would once again win the match which was now known as Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
Edge won the very first Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania 21 which led to him winning his first WWE Championship some months later. He remained undefeated at WrestleMania until he faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIV. Edge wrestled his final match at WrestleMania XXVII where he successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio.
4 Triple H
Outside of The Undertaker, no other WWE Superstar has been on the roster longer than Triple H. Like a true veteran, he constantly finds ways to evolve. Each year, his entrances steal the show. Whether he is sitting on a throne or dressing up as the terminator, Triple H knows how to let everyone know that he means business during the biggest show of the year. Anyone in a match with Triple H is guaranteed an opportunity to have the match of the night, because on that night, he consistently proves that he is The Game.
3 John Cena
John Cena is the main event man in WWE and has shined at WrestleMania. Whether or not he was last on the card, John Cena knows what is expected from him at WrestleMania and he never fails to deliver. Like Triple H, he also knows how to make an entrance. While he has many matches in the main event, one of his notable matches was with The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII. The match was booked one year in advance, something that has never been done before. John Cena is the only man on today’s WWE roster who could pull this off.
2 Hulk Hogan
For the first eight WrestleMania events, the show was built around Hulk Hogan. With the exception of WrestleMania IV, Hogan headlined every one of them. At WrestleMania III he and Andre the Giant filled the Pontiac Silverdome with over 93,000 people. Even at WrestleMania IX, he found his way to the main event and win the WWE Championship from Yokozuna minutes after he beat Bret Hart. After a nine year hiatus, he would return to the WWE at WrestleMania X8 where Hogan and The Rock would steal the show in their epic clash of generations.
1 Macho Man Randy Savage
While Hulk Hogan was main eventing WrestleMania, Macho Man Randy Savage was stealing the show. At WrestleMania III, IV, V, VII and VIII, he arguably had the best match on the card. While Hogan and Andre the Giant were the headliners in front of 93,000 at WrestleMania III, Savage and Ricky Steamboat put on what many people still call the greatest WrestleMania match in history. At WrestleMania VII, he fell short to The Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement match, but in that match, fans saw Warrior have perhaps the greatest match of his WWE career thanks to Savage. Macho Man Randy Savage is the true Mr. WrestleMania.
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