Every WWE superstar has a bad night, yet having a bad night on a WrestleMania will be remembered forever. Today I celebrate those off-nights and look back at the ten worst WrestleMania main-events of all-time.
What constitutes a main-event? For the purposes of this article, I am looking at only the matches that closed WrestleMania events. Anything other than that would be subjective. For some guys that had clunkers on the undercard, they will avoid the dreaded top 10 list. Unfortunately others won’t be so lucky.
Of course this entire list is subjective to my opinion. Agree or disagree? Leave a comment after the blog and let me know.
The Undertaker vs. Psycho Sid for the WWE championship – WrestleMania XIII. The more and more I went through this list, the harder it got to find something worse than this. As bad as L.T. vs. Bigelow was, it was still better than this snoozer. I understand the matchup. On paper, it made sense. Yet in the ring, Vince McMahon couldn’t have booked a worse main-event. How ironic that the same WrestleMania would have both the worst main-event and greatest WrestleMania match in WWE history? Fortunately for these two guys, the show is remembered more for the classic than the dud on top.
Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – WrestleMania XI. The funny thing is that I didn’t remember this match to be nearly as bad as its reputation. Yet after watching it again, I completely sympathize with the haters on this one. L.T.’s knees were completely shot by this point in his life and it showed. Believe it or not, he still put on a better performance than the Undertaker and Sid Eudy did at number 13.
Randy Orton vs. Triple H for the WWE championship – WrestleMania XXV. I still have nightmares over paying $50 to watch this match. The feud didn’t work, the storyline didn’t make a lot of sense, and these didn’t click whatsoever at WrestleMania 25. To be fair, they followed the Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker match in addition to an appearance by Steve Austin which had to be rough. But for whatever reason they could never get the crowd back. It wasn’t pretty and it truly was a low point in WrestleMania main-event history. The result certainly didn’t help this one either.
John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE championship – WrestleMania XXVII. Fortunately for Triple H and Randy Orton, their nightmare is in the past while Cena vs. Miz is still remembered for the train wreck that it was at WrestleMania 27. I don’t know where to begin. They didn’t click and missed spots in the match, something you rarely see from Cena in a WrestleMania main-event. The crowd wasn’t buying The Miz as champion, they hated Cena, and waited impatiently for The Rock to return. He did and even giving Cena the Rock Bottom wasn’t enough to save this disaster.
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWE championship – WrestleMania III. I know that this match is generally remembered as a classic but quite frankly, it was terrible. Andre was old, broken down, and could hardly move at this point in his career. Hogan was good enough to carry a passable match and the storyline helped masquerade the low points in the match. Unfortunately tape still exists of the match, we have all seen it by now, and it comes up real short by the standards of other WrestleMania headliners.
Triple H vs. The Rock vs. The Big Show vs. Mick Foley for the WWE championship – WrestleMania 2000. It really wasn’t that the match was horrible but it was just pure McMahon overkill at WrestleMania 2000. Throw in an out of shape Mick Foley who just retired a few months earlier and you have a main-event that should have never happened. Watching this back with a maximum overdose of McMahon distracted from any of the positives of this match.
Chris Jericho vs. Triple H for the undisputed championship – WrestleMania XVIII. You really have to feel for Chris Jericho here. The result was just way too predictable. The fans knew exactly what was going to happen and didn’t like it. The match also followed The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, which sucked the emotions right out of the building. The dead crowd here is really the difference maker and no matter the reason, a main-event on WrestleMania that grab a crowd is a main-event that deserves criticism.
Bret Hart/Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna for the WWE championship – WrestleMania IX. I know that Bret Hart is remembered fondly for being one of the best of all-time, but he had a bad night in Las Vegas. I am sure the scenario with Hulk Hogan coming out to steal the heat and the title at the end didn’t help, but he wrestled the match like a guy who didn’t give a damn. His match with Yoko was not good, Hogan’s match with Yoko wasn’t that good, and the whole thing just fell flat.
Hulk Hogan vs. Psycho Sid – WrestleMania VIII. This was probably the first time as a teenager that I remember the WWE really starting to pass Hogan by. On an undercard full of promising young talent, Hogan and Slaughter had a match that appeared to be in slow motion. Shockingly the WWE pulled a scheduled Hogan vs. Flair match in favor of this. All in all that wound up being a good thing with Flair and Savage having a classic underneath the main-event.
Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper – WrestleMania I. Listen, I was as big a WWF fan during this time period as anyone but I have to admit, this match was not very good. I have it here at ten so who knows, maybe something will come along to bump it off the list. Paul Orndorff tried his best but not even his greatness could save this from making the bottom of the list.
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