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Top Five Worst WrestleMania Moments

Hello loyal readers and welcome back for yet another WrestleMania countdown article. Yes, spring is in the air, the snow has melted away, birds are singing, and the internet is full of articles counting down every kind of WrestleMania list imaginable. Best matches, worst matches, top moments, etc. Well, never being one to miss getting on the bandwagon, I have compiled my own list.

Every year there are those special matches that you just can’t wait to see at WrestleMania. Maybe it’s the culmination of a feud that has been simmering for months or maybe a long gone star has returned to the spotlight. Of maybe there is even a historic first ever clash between two icons of the sport. Whatever the situation, there is always immense hype surrounding the biggest event of the year. But sometimes the moment doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Sometimes the wrestlers can’t deliver on the expectations of the fans. Here are the top five worst WrestleMania moments that had a lot of potential, but for one reason or another missed the mark, in my opinion.

5 -WrestleMania XXVI – Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon

This was it. The moment wrestling fans had waited over ten years to see. Bret Hart back in a WWE ring. And not only in the ring, but taking on the man that had basically ruined his life. Bret would finally make Vince pay for the “Montreal Screw Job”. Any even though Bret did get the win, it somehow felt empty to me. It just didn’t feel like McMahon suffered enough for all the pain he caused Bret.

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And there was also this little devil in my ear wondering if Vince would have the stones to screw Bret again. Even though everyone wanted to see Bret come out on top, a small part of me was hoping for some kind of double cross again. Now that would have been a moment.

4 –WrestleMania XXV – Triple H vs. Randy Orton

I know what you’re thinking, “Who was looking forward to this match”. Well even though these two have fought about 100 times over the years now, this match actually had some decent build up to it. In the months leading up to the match, Orton had attacked both Vince and Shane McMahon, Triple H’s father-in-law and brother-in-law. While that alone wasn’t enough to generate enough heat, when he RKO’d Hunter’s wife Stephanie and then kissed her in the ring, which sent “The Game” over the edge. This was a personal feud along the lines of Savage & Flair at WM VIII. But the crowd had seen this match up too many times before. And following an epic battle between HBK vs. The Undertaker, this match never stood a chance. This just ended up being another routine match for these two, and a lost opportunity for us.

3 – WrestleMania X – Yokozuna vs. Lex Luger / Yokuzuna vs. Bret Hart

This had so many possibilities to it. The unstoppable champion Yokozuna against Lex Luger, with the winner to face the former champion Bret Hart. Back when there was only one World title, a double main event title match was huge. Throw in the match up of Bret having to face Owen also and this had the chance to be really special. The night started off great with a true classic between the Hart brothers. Then Luger finally gets another chance at the title, against the monster he body slammed ten months before. The set up was there for a stirring win and then a battle between the two men who eliminated each other together at the Royal Rumble. Instead we get a screw job finish by Mr. Perfect that was intended to start a feud that never happened. The match between Yokozuna and Hart was okay, the image of Bret celebrating and Owen fuming is classic. But since this was such a unique scenario, a DQ win for Yokozuna over Luger didn’t ring true for me.

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2 – WrestleMania IV – WWF Title Tournament

Talk about wasted potential. One year after the epic WM III main event, the WWF needed to up the ante. What better than a tournament to crown a new champion where anything could happen. And it did, just not in a good way. Rick Rude and Jake Roberts boring the fans for 15 minutes and ending in a time limit draw. The long awaited rematch between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant ends in a double DQ. The One Man Gang gets a bye to the semi-finals. What kind of tournament is this? The 1995 King of the Ring bookers must have watched this tape the night before the show (Mabel vs. Savio Vega in the finals…UGH). The end result, with Macho Man winning against Ted Dibiase was a nice touch. But the ends couldn’t justify the means in this case.

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1 – WrestleMania XX – Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar

Talk about an all time stinker. Here was a matchup of two monsters that turned out to be a matchup of two kittens. Say what you will about Goldberg, but I found him damn entertaining in WCW. I loved that he would just come to the ring and steamroll people. And even though he looked like Stone Cold I never considered him a rip-off because there styles were so different. And Brock Lesnar could actually wrestle in addition to being a total beast. Unfortunately for both men, word leaked out that this was the last match for both in the WWE. The crowd was against them from the start.

Throw in the fact that neither was all that interested in getting hurt in their final match and this turned into a glorified pillow fight. The two could have done some epic damage to each other but instead wound up getting booed out of the arena. The only saving grace was the presence of Austin as the referee. But not even Stone Cold could save this all time turkey.

So there you have it. Do you have any WrestleMania moments that didn’t quite meet your expectations? Or maybe you feel I missed the mark on one of my selections? Leave me a comment; I would love to know what you think.

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Vince DeHoratus lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. He has been a life long wrestling fan and he has passed that love onto his son. Though not quite yet "middle aged and crazy", he is fast approaching it.
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      • I thought it was cool when Triple H and Orton both did their finishers in the first two minutes of the match. I had never seen that happen before. If WWE could do it again, I think they would make that match No Holds Barred and throw out that stupid "Triple H loses the title if he's DQed" rule. I didn't think it was a bad match, but it was not what I was expecting and the only thing keeping me interested was finding out who was going to leave as the champ. I wouldn't call it one of the worst moments, but they ended up having better matches on RAW and the match was a big disappointment after that awesome build-up.

          • I got that match…I wouldn't mind watching it too. I'm doing a WrestleMania and I'm trying to watch as much WrestleMania stuff as I can. I'm planning on watching Taker-HBK II, Rock vs. Cena I, the Mania of WrestleMania documentary today. I also might watch Lesnar vs. Triple H from SummerSlam.

    • My intention with this article was to list the worst moments that had the most hype, moments that people were really looking forward too but didn't deliver.

      Of course there were moments that were worse than the ones I listed, well maybe not Brock vs. Goldberg. But those other bad moments had no buildup and nobody was looking forward to them, like Mrs. Wrestlemania or Undertaker vs Big BossMan for example.

      But thanks for reading the columns at CCB. Even the stupid ones. 🙂

  1. WWE are lucky Brock Lesnar came back to WWE after the way the fans treated him and the added insult of being buried by Steve Austin after the match. Say what you want about Lesnar or Goldberg's "unprofessionalism", they never walked out on the company, breaching their contract and beat up their spouse, making their company look bad like Steve Austin did. Lesnar and Goldberg could have had a good match if the fans stopped being marks for themselves.

  2. Yep, I read somewhere that someone dressed as Hulk Hogan decided to entertain his fellow fans and started posin like the Hulkster, until he heard someone challenging him a few rows down, and there was a fan dressed like Randy Savage. I think if you watch the match you can actually hear the duling chants of "Hogan!" and "Savage!"

  3. You do know all this stuff is fake right? Just a great big "trailer park soap opera". May I suggest you try watching UFC or some other MMA format, that is of course, unless you enjoy watching steroid riddled white trash rolling around together while dressed in leather and spandex? And if that's your bag I'm sure you can find plenty of gay porn online. Come on America, haven't we suffered through "wrastlin'" crap long enough?

  4. If I remember correctly, a couple fans got bored with the Lesnar/Goldberg fight and started a fake match in the crowd. That's why the crowd suddenly popped at one point in the match. I could be remembering something else though.

  5. Orton Triple H belongs no where near any list of worst wrestlemania moments. It wasn't even near the worst of that wrestlemania. You had the dubious Mrs. Wrestlemania battle royal, The one minute intercontinental title match and a Hardy Boyz match that underwelmed.

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