The Granddaddy of them all WrestleMania XXVIII is just around to corner. For the first time Paddy Power is offering match betting on the main events this Sunday! We thought for the week that’s in it we would take you on a spandex-clad trip down memory lane – here’s Over The Line’s Top 5 Wrestlemania matches of all time.
5. Stone Cold v The Rock, WrestleMania XVII
This is one of the more memorable WWE rivalries of the last 30 years. When one thinks of the best matches, this is one that automatically springs to mind. It featured two wrestlers at the peak of their careers but this No Disqualification Match turned ugly quickly. The match went back and forth with blood being spilled on both sides until WWE owner Vince McMahon came to the ring. He foiled a Rock pin attempt and allowed Steve Austin to win back the coveted WWE Championship belt for the fifth time. The Rock is even money to beat John Cena 8/11 in his return to the ring at Wrestlemania this Sunday!
4. The Undertaker v Kane, WrestleMania XIV
The Undertaker put his undefeated record at WrestleMania on the line against his brother, The Big Red Monster, Kane who he was fighting for the first time. It was a match that will go down as one of the most brutal brawls in WWE history with The Undertaker finally taking out his brother with an unprecedented THREE Tombstones! The video is worth watching for the entrance alone. With The Undertaker’s path to ring lined with druids carrying torches it’s probably one which you’ll remember as if it was yesterday.
3. Hulk Hogan v Andre the Giant, WrestleMania III
This is the match that put professional wrestling on the map, two iconic figures of wrestling going head-to-head in an old school slobberknocker! Hulk Hogan was an underdog for the first time and up against his old friend, the 540-pound Andre the Giant. To finish the match Hulk somehow summoned his strength to body-slam the Giant, then finished him off with his signature Hogan leg drop to walk away with the WWE Championship.
2. Razor Ramon v Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania X
This was the first televised WWE Ladder Match and one of the reasons why Shawn Michaels acquired the nickname ‘Mr WrestleMania.’ The Heartbreak Kid had lost his Intercontinental title to Razor Ramon in controversial circumstances having been suspended from the WWE and returned to fight for the belt which he believed was rightfully his at WrestleMania X. At the end of a brutally physical encounter, Ramon knocked Michaels from the ladder landing him crotch first onto the ring ropes and whilst HBK writhed in agony climbed back up the ladder to become the undisputed Intercontinental Champion.
1. Stone Cold v Bret Hart, WrestleMania XIII
This, to our our mind, is what WWE wrestling is all about. A submission match with a rivalry taken to a new level with non-stop physical action and a special guest referee in UFC legend Ken Shamrock to keep an eye on proceedings. Both men hit their special moves and continuously beat each other to a pulp with items from outside the ring such as cables and the ring bell. While never actually saying the words, ‘I quit’, Stone Cold, who was bleeding prefusely from his head, eventually passed out through exhaustion and loss of blood allowing Shamrock to declare ‘The Hitman’ the winner. ‘The Rattlesnake’ may have lost the match but won a place in the heart of wrestling fans for years to come!