For the past three decades, WrestleMania has given us some of the greatest matches in history. They call it "the showcase of the immortals" for a reason. The biggest names of all time have put on absolute classics. Just go down the list of names. Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage. Ric Flair. Bret Hart. Rowdy Roddy Piper. Shawn Michaels. Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Undertaker. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
In my mind, WrestleMania is supposed to be the biggest names having great matches on the biggest stage of the year. The problem is that in some instances, that just doesn't happen. I realize that not every card is going to be spectacular, but there are times when I just can't help but wonder what the powers that be were thinking. There have been many times at WrestleMania when titles aren't defended...not a fan of that policy.
But even worse than that sometimes is just the waste of talented performers on a WrestleMania card, and you'll see what I mean as you go down the list. There's a lot of times they get things right, but there's a lot of times they get things wrong. Even some of the biggest names of all time, some of those that I mentioned earlier, find themselves in the unfortunate position of being the worst match on the card. If you can believe it, Bret Hart is actually on this list three times. In fact, there's a lot of guys on this list that usually don't end up on any kind of "worst match" list. But the fact remains that not every WrestleMania match is a good one.
Let's take a look at the worst match from every single WrestleMania.
31 WrestleMania - King Kong Bundy vs. Special Delivery Jones
30 WrestleMania II - Uncle Elmer vs. Adrian Adonis
29 WrestleMania III - Hillbilly Jim, Haiti Kid & Little Beaver vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo & Lord Littlebrook
28 WrestleMania IV - Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo
27 WrestleMania V - Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan
26 WrestleMania VI - The Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks
25 WrestleMania VII - Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel
24 WrestleMania VIII - Owen Hart vs. Skinner
23 WrestleMania IX - Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
22 WrestleMania X - Doink & Dink vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon
21 WrestleMania XI - Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund
As much as I wanted to put Bam Bam Bigelow in the spotlight again, his match versus Lawrence Taylor was not the worst on the WrestleMania XI card. I still don't agree with it being the main event, but that's not why we're here today. The Bret Hart-Bob Backlund "I Quit" match was just really sloppy and really awkward. Trust me, I don't like putting Bret Hart on any kind of "Worst" list, but this was just painful to watch.
20 WrestleMania XII - The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
19 WrestleMania 13 - The Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid
18 WrestleMania XIV-Marc Mero & Sable vs. Goldust & Luna Vachon
17 WrestleMania XV - Bart Gunn vs. Butterbean
16 WrestleMania 2000 - Terri Runnels vs. The Kat
15 WrestleMania X-Seven - Tazz & APA vs. Right To Censor
14 WrestleMania X8 - Maven vs. Goldust
13 WrestleMania XIX - Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio
12 WrestleMania XX - Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
11 WrestleMania 21 - Big Show vs. Akebono
10 WrestleMania 22 - The Boogeyman vs. Booker T & Sharmell
9 WrestleMania 23 - The Great Khali vs Kane
The ECW Originals and The New Breed should send a thank-you note to The Great Khali and Kane. That eight-man tag match wasn't good, but the match between Khali and Kane was just plain awful. I don't know if they were purposely trying to recreate the Hogan-Andre slam from 20 years earlier, but Kane did slam Khali during this match. I think it's safe to say that this match didn't have the same effect that Hogan-Andre had.
8 WrestleMania XXIV - Kane vs Chavo Guerrero
7 WrestleMania XXV - Rey Mysterio vs. JBL
6 WrestleMania XXVI - Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon
5 WrestleMania XXVII - Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole
4 WrestleMania XXVIII - Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
3 WrestleMania XXIX - Mark Henry vs. Ryback
2 WrestleMania XXX - The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws
1 WrestleMania 31 - Triple H vs. Sting
Listen, I know I'm going to take some heat on this one due to the fact that there was the cool moment with the nWo and DX battling at ringside (which actually makes no sense if you really break it down), but the actual one-on-one with Triple H and Sting was absolutely horrendous. The pace wasn't there and Sting just looked like a 56-year-old man. The finish didn't help matters. After all those years, Sting finally gets to the WWE and they immediately bury him. We get it, Vince. You won.
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