There has been some great Wrestlemania events over its illustrious 34 year history. Many fondly look at shows like Wrestlemania X-Seven or Wrestlemania 3 as the ones that set the standards for years to come. However, with there being 33 of them, there were some that just simply did not deliver on expecations. Here are 5 of what I feel are the worst Wrestlemania events of all time. Did your’s make the list? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
The Good: This had a few moments like the introduction of the modern Woman’s Title. Zack Ryder standing tall with the Intercontinental Title and his Wrestlemania moment. Jericho vs. AJ Styles was passable.
The Bad: The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon was a 30 minute snoozefest aside from one spot that anyone could see was rigged when watching the replay. Triple H vs. Romain Reigns dragged on for 30 minutes and the crowd was never invested in this match to begin with. It was not what Roman needed to break out “The Guy” unfortunately. Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose was a total disappointment. Then there was a weird spot with The Rock & Erick Rowan that many argue hurt The Wyatts more than helped them.
This was just a poor Wrestlemania overall. I really wanted to get invested in it, I just couldn’t.
The Good: The Rock vs. Stone Cold and that’s pretty much it. Triple H had his shocking heel turn this night and a total character change which pretty much stuck with him almost 20 years later.
The Bad: This was pure Attitude Era. Focusing more on storyline than wrestling. It focused way more on swerves than on coherent storylines. People tend to look at the Attitude Era with rose colored glasses. I tell you to show them this Wrestlemania. The biggest mistake was that, for no reason whatsoever, Billy Gunn got moved to the Hardcore Match and Road Dogg got moved to the Interncontinental Title Match. This was even though fans were invested in the opposite for a couple months now. Sable & Tori also had a botchfest beyond all botchfests (arguable the worst Women’s match in Wrestlemania history). The Undertaker and Big Boss Man had the worst Hell in a Cell match in history. Oh yeah, Butterbean knocked out and killed the career of Bart Gunn in less than a minute.
The Good: The Dream Team vs. The British Bulldogs was fairly decent. Also, we always get that highlight footage of Andre the Giant winning the Battle Royal. Hogan vs. Bundy was entertaining by Hogan standards.
The Bad: The rest was terrible. Every match was short. They had guest commentators who were not prepared at all. (“UH OH!”) Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper in a boxing match was incredibly dumb. Most matches were not memorable, lasting around 2 to 4 minutes.
The Good: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels was great, but not great enough to save the show.
The Bad: Bam Bam Bigelow had always been a stellar performer. He did always deserve a higher place at the card, but not at the expense of his own career. Let us face it, after he lost to Lawrence Taylor cleanly at Wrestlemania, his career never fully recovered. Not to mention that the rest of the card was horrible. Bret Hart had what he even says is his worst high profile match ever with Bob Backlund. The rest was all forgettable.
The Good: The Steiner Bros vs. Headshrinkers was pretty decent. Doink the Clown vs. Crush was great Sports Entertainment with a hilarious plot twist. (I still say heel Doink was ahead of his time.)
The Bad: WOW! Where do you begin? The main event of the show was Yokozuna vs. Bret Hart. Naturally Hulk Hogan walked out of that as the World Champion by the end of the night because reasons. Lex Luger vs. Mr Perfect was an absolute mess with a bad ending that never did see a real payoff. Tatanka vs. Shawn Michaels was a decent match but it had a dumb ending because they booked themselves into a corner with Tatanka’s undefeated streak but also wanting to keep the belt on Shawn Michaels. The whole card was just BAD. The Roman Toga theme didn’t really help things either.
But can we take a moment to appreciate Jim Johnston’s genius with the Evil Doink the Clown theme song…