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What All 31 WrestleMania Main Events Should Have Been

WrestleMania season has arrived. As WWE prepares for their biggest show of the year, the WWE Universe is preparing to critique every single move they make leading up to this year's event in Dallas on April 3. No, that's not a knock on the entire internet wrestling community, but as wrestling fans, we often think we know what's "best for business" as The Authority would put it. We say that this guy should wrestle that guy or that team should wrestle this team and often won't listen to anybody else's argument no matter how rational it may or may not be. But man, it's still fun to do.

When it comes to the main event of WrestleMania, we tend to get even more stressed out when it comes to the booking. Roman Reigns, anyone? Sometimes we think that a certain guy should be in the WrestleMania main event, even when sometimes it's the right call to put that guy on the undercard or a guy that's on the undercard should be in the main event.

Now, when I say main event, I'm talking about the final match of the night. There have been a few WrestleManias that have been advertised as having multiple main events (especially when the brand split was going on), but in my eyes the real main event is the last match of the night. It's the match that WWE feels is the biggest attraction on the card and uses RAWSmackdown, and the pay-per-views leading up to WrestleMania to promote that match the most.

Now, in 31 WrestleManias, there have been a lot of times where I think they got it right, and as I go down my list, I'll explain why I think that is. However, there are also times when I think they missed an opportunity or were just out of their mind (see WrestleMania XI).

Obviously, this is simply one man's opinion and you're bound to disagree with me somewhere in here, so I encourage you to give me your thoughts on what you think I got right and what I got wrong at the bottom of this page. It's just part of the fun of fantasy booking, which is something we all love to do. Enjoy.

31 WrestleMania - Hulk Hogan vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

via telegraph.co.uk

Actual main event: Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs Rowdy Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff

30 WrestleMania II - Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff

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Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy

29 WrestleMania III - Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant

via bleacherreport.com

Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant

28 WrestleMania IV - Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase

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Actual main event: Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase

27 WrestleMania V - Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage

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Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage

26 WrestleMania VI -  Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior

via betweentheropes.com

Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior

25 WrestleMania VII - Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior

via tjrwrestling.net

Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter

Now, I know what they were trying to do with Hogan and Slaughter. The Gulf War was happening and with Hogan being the "Real American", they wanted to put him back in the main event to take down the now-Iraqi sympathizer. I get it. I really do, but they did not need the title for that storyline, and I'm one that thinks that the title needs to be defended in the main event.

24 WrestleMania VIII - Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair

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Actual main event: Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice

23 WrestleMania IX - Hulk Hogan vs. Bret Hart

via wwe.com

Actual main event: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna/Hulk Hogan vs Yokozuna

22 WrestleMania X - Bret Hart vs. Randy Savage

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Actual main event: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna

I'm sorry. I just never saw Yokozuna as worthy of headlining WrestleMania. Maybe that's all they had to go with at this point, but I just wasn't into it. It was a better match than they had the previous year, but it still wasn't all that great. Bret and Owen stole the show with the first match of the night, but that wasn't ready to be a main event of a WrestleMania yet. So it's more of a process by elimination that I arrived at Bret Hart vs. Randy Savage.

21 WrestleMania XI - Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart

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Actual main event: Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor

I almost just wrote "Anything but that", but that might have been a bit too vague. A lifetime mid-carder and an NFL player should not headline WrestleMania. PERIOD! After their epic encounter the previous year and the classic cage match at SummerSlam, Bret and Owen Hart proved that they could put on five-star matches and should have been given an opportunity to do so in the main event of WrestleMania XI. Yes, HBK and Diesel put on a good match, but I don't think their match needed the title. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart for the WWE Championship would have been amazing. Neither Bret or Owen had memorable matches at this 'Mania, with Bret having possibly the worst match of his career against Bob Backlund and Owen winning the tag titles alongside Yokozuna.

20 WrestleMania XII - Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels

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Actual main event: Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels

19 WrestleMania 13 - Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Actual main event: The Undertaker vs Sycho Sid

18 WrestleMania XIV - Stone Cold vs. Shawn Michaels

via wwe.com

Actual main event: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels

17 WrestleMania XV - Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock

via wrestlingnewspost.com

Actual main event: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock

16 WrestleMania 2000 - Triple H vs. The Rock

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Actual main event: The Rock vs Triple H vs Mick Foley vs Big Show

Wrestling is all about timing. Look, I'm all for Mick Foley getting the chance to main event a WrestleMania, and if they wanted to go that route, they could have just pushed back his feud with Triple H a couple of months. The matches between these two were amazing. On the other hand, The Rock and Triple H had some great battles over the years and with Austin out, these two could have easily headlined WrestleMania 2000. It's a shame these two never met in a one-on-one contest at a WrestleMania.

15 WrestleMania X-Seven - Stone Cold vs. The Rock

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Actual main event: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock

14 WrestleMania X8 - Hulk Hogan vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Actual main event: Triple H vs Chris Jericho

13 WrestleMania XIX - Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle

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Actual main event: Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle

12 WrestleMania XX -  Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit

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Actual main event: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit

11 WrestleMania 21 - Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels

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Actual main event: Batista vs Triple H

10 WrestleMania 22 - Triple H vs. Kurt Angle

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Actual main event: John Cena vs Triple H

9 WrestleMania 23 - John Cena vs. The Undertaker

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Actual main event: John Cena vs Shawn Michaels

8 WrestleMania XXIV - Edge vs. The Undertaker

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Actual main event: Edge vs The Undertaker

7 WrestleMania XXV - John Cena vs. Edge

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Actual main event: Triple H vs Randy Orton

6 WrestleMania XXVI - Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker

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Actual main event: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker

5 WrestleMania XXVII - John Cena vs. Randy Orton

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Actual main event: John Cena vs The Miz

4 WrestleMania XXVIII - CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho

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Actual main event: John Cena vs The Rock

3 WrestleMania XXIX - John Cena vs. CM Punk

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Actual main event: John Cena vs The Rock

2 WrestleMania XXX - Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk

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Actual main event: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista

1 WrestleMania 31 - Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

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 Actual main event: Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar (vs. Seth Rollins at the end)

I know this isn't the popular choice, especially with the reception that Roman Reigns got after winning the Royal Rumble (and with how the WWE Universe is treating him now), but this was the right call. Reigns is one of the only guys that can physically match up with Brock Lesnar and make it look believable. And the match was pretty solid and very physical. These two really took it to each other and the inclusion of Seth Rollins at the end was a stroke of genius.

Neither Reigns nor Lesnar ended up looking weak and Seth Rollins became the best heel in the company. My only other option here would have been a triple threat with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship...but I still think we'll get that match someday.

Okay, let the arguments begin.

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