Every wrestler dreams to have their WrestleMania moment, with some willing to do whatever it takes to go down in the history books. These superstars in particular showed that they wanted to be remembered above all else, including their own physical well being and the longevity of their careers. There are high spots, there are beatdowns, and there's even an accident thrown in but there's one thing everything on here has in common, they were extremely brutal.
There are a lot of different definitions for brutal, since you can look at it as just being a cringe worthy moment, you can see brutal as someone just getting their asses kicked, or it can be considered something that looked like it could end either guy's career. Looking throughout the history of WrestleMania, there are numerous altercations that could be considered brutal but this is the best of the best, the moments that left all of with our jaws on the floor or our hands covering our eyes. All these situations draw a reaction out of the viewer which is exactly what they were going for, it's just crazy that they were even willing to try some of these.
It's also interesting to see how the brutal moments evolved with the rest of the wrestling world, with not a single entry coming before WrestleMania X as the WWE went away from the big, burly types that could barely move towards younger, faster, more aggressive stars who needed to move out behind the shadows of the stars of the past. They needed to be different in order to keep up with the changing minds of the audience, they needed to be willing to take the bigger risks in order to keep all eyes on them. That's where guys like Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy, and Edge all came from, guys that were going to go above and beyond whatever came before them so they'd be the one's we're talking about today. The brutality these guys inflicted upon themselves and their opponents is truly unreal, and something worth looking back and marveling at today.
20 RKO to Rollins
19 Michaels Rides Ladder Onto Razor
18 Matt Hardy Goes Through Table
17 Punk Drops Taker Through Table
16 HBK Crushes Vince McMahon
15 Cena Takes a Piledriver on Stairs
14 Dean Ambrose Gets Powerbombed Through Ladder
13 Taker Gets Spinebustered Through Announce Table
12 Shane Hits Coast 2 Coast with Garbage Can Assist
11 Shelton Benjamin Crashes Through Ladder
10 Matt Hardy Delivers Chair Assisted Twist of Fate
9 Batista Bomb and RKO to Daniel Bryan
8 Jeff Hardy Swanton Bomb
7 Michaels Misses Moonsault on Flair
6 Austin Passes Out
5 Jeff Takes Out Edge and Himself
4 Edge Spears Jeff Hardy
3 Butterbean KO's Bart Gunn
2 Mick Foley Goes Through Flaming Table
1 Big Boss Man Gets Hanged
By far the most brutal and frankly disturbing thing throughout the history of WrestleMania came at the fifteenth edition of the event after the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and The Big Boss Man. Following The Undertaker's victory, The Brood descended from the heavens to the top of the cell cutting open the roof and passing a noose down to The Deadman. With one end around Boss Man's neck and the other securely tied to the roof of the cell, the structure started to rise up towards the ceiling bringing the Hall of Famer up towards heaven with it.
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