WrestleMania has become bigger than anyone could have imagined. WWE’s yearly mega-show is now on par with the Super Bowl among the biggest attractions of the year with various cities battling it out with sales pitches to earn the rights to have WrestleMania take place in their stadiums. The power of the event brings many tourists and boosts the local economy in a big way. It would have been nearly unbelievable years twenty years ago to imagine a pro wrestling show having such a cultural impact but WWE has branded it perfectly. Casual fans, diehard fans, talent, stockholders and everyone involved views WrestleMania as the biggest weekend of the year.
Pro wrestling gets its own special weekend with various events running to give the fan base the chance to take in the experience over multiple days. The show itself is also pretty great. Wrestlers work all year to get to the honor of participating in WrestleMania. Considering wrestling is scripted by those in charge of the company, the ultimate payoff for their work is getting the chance to showcase their talent in front of tens of thousands in the venue and millions at home. WWE stars get to work in front of large audiences often but this is a special difference and the wrestlers try their best leave an impact with a “WrestleMania moment.”
As we’ll see on this list, there are a few wrestlers that have used WrestleMania to create their legacy with storied matches and memorable moments. The show has seen wrestlers become superstars with crowning moments and guys lower on the card catapult themselves into a bigger role with a clutch performance. Everyone has the goal of stealing the show and we’re going to look at those that actually did it. Over the thirty-one WrestleMania shows up to this date, one talent has stood out as the best performer of the night. We’ll break down each specific show and select the MVP of each WrestleMania in WWE history now.
31 WrestleMania 1: Vince McMahon
30 WrestleMania II: Hulk Hogan
29 WrestleMania III: Ricky Steamboat
28 WrestleMania IV: Randy Savage
27 WrestleMania V: Randy Savage
26 WrestleMania VI: Hulk Hogan
25 WrestleMania VII: Randy Savage
24 WrestleMania VIII: Bret Hart
23 WrestleMania IX: Bret Hart
22 WrestleMania X: Shawn Michaels
21 WrestleMania XI: Bam Bam Bigelow
20 WrestleMania XII: Bret Hart
19 WrestleMania 13: Bret Hart
18 WrestleMania XIV: Steve Austin
17 WrestleMania XV: Steve Austin
16 WrestleMania 2000: Jeff Hardy
15 WrestleMania X-Seven: Steve Austin
14 WrestleMania X8: Hulk Hogan
13 WrestleMania XIX: Shawn Michaels
12 WrestleMania XX: Eddie Guerrero
11 WrestleMania 21: Kurt Angle
10 WrestleMania 22: Edge
9 WrestleMania 23: Shawn Michaels
8 WrestleMania XXIV: Shawn Michaels
7 WrestleMania XXV: The Undertaker
6 WrestleMania XXVI: Shawn Michaels
5 WrestleMania XXVII: The Undertaker
4 WrestleMania XXVIII: The Undertaker
3 WrestleMania 29: The Undertaker
2 WrestleMania XXX: Daniel Bryan
1 WrestleMania 31: Brock Lesnar
Roman Reigns was the #1 contender entering WrestleMania 31 and no one wanted to see him get crowned in the main event of the huge show. Does that sound familiar?
The fear was fans hijacking the match with negative chants similar to Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania XX due to both hatred of Reigns and rumors of Lesnar leaving WWE once again for UFC. Lesnar announced days prior to the show that he would be re-signing with WWE and it added a new dynamic to the match. The fans were completely into the idea of Lesnar decimating Reigns until Seth Rollins cashed in his MITB title shot to become WWE Champion. All three men were money but Lesnar’s dominance provided an outstanding main event no one could have expected heading into WrestleMania 31.
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