TJR WWE WrestleMania Reviews
Updated April 10, 2013
Hey there. In 2012 I wrote detailed reviews of every WWE WrestleMania event. It was originally posted at thejohnreport.net, which became TJRWrestling.com and we brought the archives along during the move.
Below I've provided links to all of my WrestleMania reviews with the event highlights, best match, worst match, most memorable moment and my rating of the show on the 1-10 scale with 10 being the best possible show.
At the bottom of the post I'll rank the WrestleManias from best to worst and also have a listing of the matches I ranked four stars out of five and above.
If you want to keep this page open while you view the article the best thing would be to right click the link and open the review you want to read in a new tab or window.
Event Highlights: Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff
Rating (out of 10): 4.5
Best Match: The Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham - Not a classic by any means, but a quality tag team wrestling match with a lot of heat.
Worst Match: Andre The Giant vs. Big John Studd - It needed to be two minutes tops. Stretching it to five was too long. Both guys were limited. The crowd popped for the bodyslam, but the match made it feel like we were watching something in slow motion.
Most Memorable Moment: The anticipation of the main event was the highlight. They did an excellent job of building up to this match. The match wasn't very good, but the crowd was very excited to see it.
Event Highlights: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
Best Match: British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team - The match with the Funks was good too, but this one told a better story. The finish was unique. It worked very well.
Worst Match: Fabulous Moolah vs. Velvet McIntyre - I don't understand why this was even on the card. It was worse booking than a 2011-12 WWE Divas match. That's how bad it was. Other matches like Orndorff/Muraco, Roberts/Wells, Piper/T, Kirchner/Volkoff and Adonis/Elmer were all really bad too.
Most Memorable Moment: The tag title win by the Bulldogs stands out because it was their only reign as champions. They were chasing the champs for a while, so when they finally won it was a big deal.
Event Highlights: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage
Best Match: Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage - Easily the best match of the night. No question about it.
Worst Match: King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook & Little Tokyo vs. Hillbilly Jim, The Haiti Kid & Little Beaver - Absolutely brutal.
Most Memorable Moment: Hulk Hogan's bodyslam on Andre - The Steamboat/Savage match was incredible, but if you're looking for just one moment then it's all about Hogan on Andre.
Event Highlights: Randy Savage wins the tournament to crown the new WWF World Champion.
Best Match: Greg Valentine vs. Ricky Steamboat - Not an all-time great match or anything like that, but still a very solid match.
Worst Match: One Man Gang vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - A lot to choose from. This was the worst.
Most Memorable Moment: Randy Savage hitting the top rope elbow to win his first WWF World Title. The moment where he first raises his arm up in the air after he realizes Dibiase is down is the one that I've always liked the best.
Event Highlights: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage
Best Match: Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan - Not a classic by any means, but the best match on this show for sure.
Worst Match: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. The Bushwhackers - Painful to watch. Really.
Most Memorable Moment: I'm going with Andre the Giant's face when Jake threw the snake into the ring. Have you ever seen a 500 pound man look like he was going to crap his pants? That was the face. Hilarious.
Event Highlights: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan
Best Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan - No question about it. It was the biggest match, they got the most time and to their credit they delivered the goods. The crowd loved all of it too.
Worst Match: Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo - I don't know what was worse: the match or Hacksaw trying to do a USA chant in Toronto? You decide.
Most Memorable Moment: Ultimate Warrior pinning Hulk Hogan - Nothing on this show can top that. It's one of the most iconic moments in wresting history. It's not as big as Hogan beating Andre, but it's very close.
Event Highlights: The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage Career Match, Hulk Hogan vs. Sergeant Slaughter
Best Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage - An absolute classic in every way. If you haven't seen it do yourself a favor and give it a look.
Worst Match: Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao vs. Demolition - The crowd didn't care. Neither did I.
Most Memorable Moment: Randy Savage reuniting with Elizabeth - The Hogan match was memorable, but nothing topped the reuniting of Randy & Elizabeth. They had people crying in the crowd. It was real emotion. Like I said storytelling doesn't get much better than that.
Event Highlights: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice.
Best Match: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair - Loved this match and the drama involved.
Worst Match: Money Inc. vs. The Natural Disasters - Boring. It's a shame a talent like Dibiase was involved in this one.
Most Memorable Moment: Ultimate Warrior returns - The main event was awful, but Warrior's return was a great moment. His return didn't even last a year, though.
Event Highlights: Highlights? No. More like lowlights. WORST. WRESTLEMANIA. EVER.
Best Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka - The work was okay. Finish could have been better.
Worst Match: Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez - Tough to pick just one. That was the worst, though.
Most Memorable Moment: When this show ended. I was relieved. Does that count as a moment? It does now.
Event Highlights: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon are both five star matches. Also Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna in the main event.
Best Match: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels - I hate picking only one of the two great matches, but if I have to pick just one I'd say this one was better.
Worst Match: Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna - I honestly think that Yoko had him in that trapezius nerve hold for about 8 minutes. So boring.
Most Memorable Moment: Bret Hart's World Title win - I could have picked Owen's upset win, Shawn's splash off the ladder or Razor's win after Shawn got tied in the ropes, but I went with Bret's win because he put on such a great performance the whole night.
Event Highlights: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels, NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow.
Best Match: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels - It's no surprise that Shawn had a great match. I give credit to Diesel for doing a very good job as well. It was one of his better matches.
Worst Match: Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy - The good news for Undertaker fans is that the matches would get better.
Most Memorable Moment: Taylor pinning Bigelow - Big moment. Got the company a lot of press. When I was watching this as a 14.5 year old my favorite moments were any time Anderson & McCarthy were on camera. The thing about cleavage is it holds up well over time. Yes there are so many other comments I can make. How about one more word? Damn!
Event Highlights: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart in a 60 minute Ironman match.
Best Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart - Easy decision.
Worst Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Triple H - Squash city.
Most Memorable Moment: Michaels wins the World Title - My favorite wrestler ever winning the World Title for the first time. Of course I'd pick that.
Event Highlights: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin in a Submission Match. My favorite match ever for many years.
Best Match: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin - Obviously. The best WrestleMania match ever up to this point. Maybe ever? We'll see about that.
Worst Match: Undertaker vs. Sid - I gave the Rocky/Sultan match the same rating, but this one gets the honor (or dishonor?) because it was the main event.
Most Memorable Moment: The image of Stone Cold fighting while in the Sharpshooter is one of the most iconic moments in WWE history.
Event Highlights: Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson counting the final pinfall.
Best Match: Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels - Not the classic they could have done if they were both healthy, but you have to respect them for the effort they showed.
Worst Match: The 15 Team Battle Royal - Too many people in the ring at once.
Most Memorable Moment: Austin hitting the Stunner on Michaels leading to Tyson counting the pin. The right finish to a very good match.
Event Highlights: Steve Austin vs. The Rock in the first of their three WrestleMania matches.
Best Match: Steve Austin vs. The Rock - Only that match plus Shane/X-Pac were anywhere close to good. They'd have better matches down the road, of course.
Worst Match: Undertaker vs. Big Boss Man - One of the worst ten minute matches you will ever see. I hate that I had to re-watch it. As bad as I remembered.
Most Memorable Moment: Austin's title win - Nothing comes close to topping that.
Event Highlights: Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys vs. Dudley Boys in a ladder match, Triple H vs. The Rock vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley
Best Match: Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Titles: Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. Matt & Jeff Hardy - They put on a show and woke up the crowd after the first part of the show was pretty boring.
Worst Match: Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. Test & Albert - Between this, the Hardcore Battle Royal and the divas "match" there was a lot to pick from. This was a very poor example of tag team wrestling.
Most Memorable Moment: Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb off the ladder through the table - An iconic moment that would be replayed for many years.
Event Highlights: Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys vs. Dudley Boys (TLC), Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit, The Undertaker vs. Triple H, Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon
Rating: 10 (The only 10 out of 10 I've ever given.)
Best Match: Steve Austin vs. The Rock - I gave it five stars. I also gave the TLC match five stars.
Worst Match: Chyna vs. Ivory - The crowd didn't care. Obviously Chyna didn't care either. At least it was only three minutes.
Most Memorable Moment: Steve Austin shaking Vince McMahon's hand after winning the WWF World Title - There were a lot of moments you could pick on this show. Not many things can top the Austin/McMahon handshake.
Event Highlights: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, Triple H vs. Chris Jericho, The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair
Best Match: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan - Not great from a technical standpoint. However, it was great in terms of being a memorable, iconic wrestling match with moments we will never forget.
Worst Match: Maven vs. Goldust - Nothing else was that bad, really.
Most Memorable Moment: Hulk Hogan shaking The Rock's hand after the match - That was the "passing of the torch" moment.
Event Highlights: Steve Austin's last match (The Rock was his opponent), Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar, Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Best Match: Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle - It got the highest rating of the three that got over four stars. I wouldn't argue with anybody that picked Michaels/Jericho or Rock/Austin, though.
Worst Match: Undertaker & Nathan Jones vs. Big Show & A-Train - How many worst matches for Undertaker at WM so far? Not his fault. Blame the booking. And the opponents.
Most Memorable Moment: Brock Lesnar's missed Shooting Star Press - Huge fan of his. Was very worried for him. There were so many other moments that I will remember, but whenever I think of WM19 I always think about him missing that SSP.
Event Highlights: Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle
Best Match: Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Michaels - One of the best triple threat matches ever. No doubt.
Worst Match: Goldberg vs. Lesnar - Bad for many reasons. Crowd was fun, though.
Most Memorable Moment: The Benoit/Guerrero embrace to end the show.
Event Highlights: Batista vs. Triple H, Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels
Best Match: Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels - One of the best matches ever.
Worst Match: Akebono vs. Big Show - An awful sight in more ways than one.
Most Memorable Moment: Michaels tapping out to the Ankle Lock - The drama towards the end of the match was great.
Event Highlights: John Cena vs. Triple H, Edge vs. Mick Foley, Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus.
Best Match: Edge vs. Mick Foley - Awesome brawl. Just ahead of Cena/HHH for best match.
Worst Match: Boogeyman vs. Booker T - What the hell was this? Pillow fight sucked too, but at least the girls were nice to look at.
Most Memorable Moment: Edge spearing Mick Foley through the flaming table. Epic spot.
Event Highlights: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels, Battle of the Billioners (Trump & McMahon)
Best Match: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels - One of the better matches in Cena's career to this point.
Worst Match: The Great Khali vs. Kane - I am not a fan of Khali matches.
Most Memorable Moment: Jeff Hardy putting Edge through a ladder - Crazy spot. It was amazing that neither guy wasn't seriously hurt from that one.
Event Highlights: The Undertaker vs. Edge, Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair in Flair's last WWE match.
Best Match: Undertaker vs. Edge - I think Michaels/Flair is more memorable, but this one was better.
Worst Match: Beth Phoenix & Melina vs. Maria & Ashley - Crowd didn't care. Snoop was high. That was it, really.
Most Memorable Moment: "I'm sorry…I love you." - A little cheesy, but touching too.
Event Highlights: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels. Maybe the best match ever? I think so. Also Triple H vs. Randy Orton
Best Match: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels - Easy choice for the best match.
Worst Match: Divas Battle Royal - What a mess.
Most Memorable Moment: Undertaker's face when Michaels kicked out of a Tombstone - I could have picked many moments. That one stands out the most.
Event Highlights: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in the last match of Shawn's career. Also John Cena vs. Batista and Chris Jericho vs. Edge.
Best Match: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – Two years in a row. Only time that’s ever happened.
Worst Match: Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon – The end was fun at least.
Most Memorable Moment: The Undertaker/Michaels hug at the end of the show – Two legends showing respect. Great moment.
Event Highlights: The Miz vs. John Cena with The Rock at ringside. Also The Undertaker vs. Triple H and Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio in Edge's last televised match.
Best Match: Undertaker vs. Triple H - Nothing was really close to it.
Worst Match: Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler - Awful.
Most Memorable Moment: Rock hits Cena with the Rock Bottom - Set the stage for what was to come the next year.
Event Highlights: The Rock vs. John Cena "once in a lifetime." Or not.
Best Match: The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Worst Match: Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve
Most Memorable Moment: When Undertaker kicked out of the Triple H Pedigree, which followed a Michaels' superkick.
Event Highlights: The Rock vs. John Cena in the main event for the second year in a row. Also The Undertaker vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.
Best Match: The Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Worst Match: Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Most Memorable Moment: The Undertaker's match with CM Punk and all the thrills they gave us during that classic matchup.