There is no bigger stage in professional wrestling than the main event of WrestleMania. It's where Superstars turn into stars by leading the way for their peers and headlining the biggest event of the year. Only the best of the best have gotten a taste of that spot as it is reserved for the faces of the company.
Being booked as a headliner is no guarantee that the outcome of the match will be favorable. There are some Superstars who shine when the lights are on, while others fail to deliver on the biggest stage. With today's list, we rank the last ten WrestleMania main events from best to worst.
10 WrestleMania 33: Roman Reigns Vs The Undertaker
Rumors suggested that The Undertaker was bound to hang up the boots following WrestleMania 33, which was only made more evident by the finish of the match against Roman Reigns. It seemed like the passing of a torch as the latter picked up a win, while Taker left his gear in the ring in the aftermath.
Not only did Taker end up returning within a few months to tarnish the story behind the main event, but the match itself was filled with missed spots. It became more evident that The Deadman was no longer able to keep up with younger Superstars at the highest level.
9 WrestleMania XXVII: The Miz Vs John Cena
When a main event is booked for the sake of building up next year's headlining match, it is bound to be a disaster. That's exactly what happened when The Miz defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXVII, thanks to an assist from The Rock. Not only was the match lacking in action, but The Miz wasn't quite ready to main event WrestleMania just yet. Given The Rock's involvement in the storyline, it diminished The Miz's stature, especially as it became evident that the company was using this rivalry as a transitional one. To this day, it remains one of the lowest rated main events in WrestleMania history.
8 WrestleMania 32: Roman Reigns Vs Triple H
The WWE Universe was completely drained by the time the 27 minute long main event finally came to an end. The show had been running for more than five hours and the headliners didn't make matters any better for the audience.
It certainly wasn't worthy of being the main event of WrestleMania as the match lacked back and forth action. It's no wonder that fans were booing throughout the contest with some leaving their seats prior to the finish. WrestleMania 32 was undoubtedly one of the most underwhelming events in recent history, so it was befitting to have such contest headlining it.
7 WrestleMania 35: Becky Lynch Vs Ronda Rousey Vs Charlotte Flair
The main event of WrestleMania 35 seemed to be as good as any on paper to be the first women's match to headline the event. Unfortunately, the talented ladies couldn't deliver a memorable match that night that was worthy of such spot. The rollup finish took away from the epicness of the bout as the audience expected a far better conclusion to the bitter three way rivalry. That's not to mention that Ronda Rousey's shoulders were up on the mat, making the finish only that much worse. The only saving grace ended up being Becky Lynch picking up the victory, so at least fans didn't go home completely underwhelmed.
6 WrestleMania 34: Brock Lesnar Vs Roman Reigns
It was evident from WrestleMania 33 that the company was building up Roman Reigns against Brock Lesnar for the event, which didn't exactly thrill fans. Given how lengthy the feud had been, fans were hoping for different names in the mix. The match only proved all doubters to be right as both Superstars couldn't improve any further on what they had already done in the past. And given how quiet the crowd was throughout the contest, it should speak volumes about the quality of the match. By then, this feud was already well past its expiration date and it showed.
5 WrestleMania 29: The Rock Vs John Cena
Given the buzz generated from the the first edition of John Cena versus The Rock, it's no surprise that Vince McMahon rolled with a repeat for WrestleMania 29. The main event was solid for the most part although clearly a notch below the previous year.
It didn't benefit from going shortly after the highly renowned battle between The Undertaker and CM Punk, as they stole the show that night. However, it did hold a significant place in WWE history as Cena going over The Rock was seen as the passing of the torch, much like Hulk Hogan had done for the latter in 2002.
4 WrestleMania XXVIII: The Rock Vs John Cena
Promoted as a "Once in a Lifetime" match, it's easy to see why the WWE Universe was buzzing about this contest. Although The Rock had been away from the squared circle for eight years, he proved to have plenty left in the tank as he defeated John Cena in an impressive showing from both Superstars. The match had been built up since the previous WrestleMania, so expectations were as high as one could imagine. Given the circumstances, most fans would agree that it lived up to the hype as one of the more memorable WrestleMania main events from the 2010s.
3 WrestleMania 31: Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins
With the amount of times that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns have competed against each other in recent years, it's understandable as to why very few fans have interest in revisiting the main event of WrestleMania 31. But there is no doubt that they delivered that night with a truly memorable contest that had the perfect finish. Lesnar proved that he is still one of the company's best performers when he turns it on, while Reigns displayed his full potential. However, it was Seth Rollins' moment to shine as he shockingly cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
2 WrestleMania XXX: Daniel Bryan Vs Batista Vs Randy Orton
The only viable criticism of the main event of WrestleMania XXX is that it ran too long. At 23 minutes, some of the fluff could've been trimmed to make it an even better match, but that didn't stop Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Batista from stealing the show. The former finally rose to the top of the mountain with a big payoff following a lengthy build up for this match. It has become an iconic moment in WWE history that has paved the way for many other Superstars to follow suit. Not only was the in-ring action exciting from start to finish, but it also kicked in a new era.
1 WrestleMania XXVI: The Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels
Following an epic battle at WrestleMania XXV, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels had plenty to live up to as far as hype goes. It was a rare occasion in which the sequel surpassed the original edition with the two Superstars putting on an instant classic. Everything was on the line from The Undertaker's undefeated streak at the event to Michaels' career, making the stakes immensely high. The veterans were at the top of their game that night in what is now considered to be one of the greatest matches in wrestling history. Nine years have passed by since the event and this main event is still celebrated by every fan of the WWE.