The 40 Greatest Superstars in Wresltemania History (35-37)
by, 05-30-2012 at 09:02 AM (2530 Views)
Hello everyone! I am back with another blog. This time, a blog about the 40 Greatest Superstars in Wrestlemania History.
We all think of Wrestlemania as the biggest event of the year. The time where the feuds are better than the rest of the year and the event where the matches and the moments will be remembered and go down in history.
But which Superstars have been the best at giving us these feuds, these matches and these moments, that we all remember? I have done my best to make a good list of 40 of these Superstars.
The list thus far have looked like this
40. CM Punk
39. Rey Mysterio
38. Tito Santana
If you wanna read about the Wrestlemania career of these superstars, you can go to this link: http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/community/entry.php?41820-The-40-Greatest-Superstars-in-Wresltemania-History-(38-40)
Now lets move on with the list, as we take a look at the spots from 35 to 37
37. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Once again we have a Superstar, with a Wrestlemania career, that goes all the way back to the very first Wrestlemania in Madison Square Garden.
Valentine's first match was actually a championship match, as he defended his Intercontinental Championship against Junkyard Dog.
This match was quite disappointing, and didnt really do much, as Greg was busy feuding with Tito Santana at the time. While Tito did get involved in the finish, the finish of the match was quite bad and so was the match. Not the best start for Greg Valentine at Wrestlemania.
At Wrestlemania 2, it did get a lot better for Valentine though. As he teamed up with Brutus Beefcake as The Dream Team, to take on The British Bulldogs, Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid. This match was for the WWF Tag Team Titles and was the main event of the part of Wrestlemania, which took place in Chicago. This was a great match, and quite possibly, match of the night (by that I mean the entire Wrestlemania 2). While it will mostly be remembered for The Bulldogs performance, and their victory, Valentine and Beefcake still had their part in making this great tag team match.
Next year, at Wrestlemania 3, Valentine took a step back from the great match last year. Once again he teamed up with Brutus Beefcake as The Dream Team, this time they faced off against The Rougeau Brothers. This match was pretty short and there wasnt really that much going on in the match. It will probably be remembered the most, for Valentine and Dino Bravo turning on Brutus Beefcake, after the victory.
At Wrestlemania 4, Valentine once again went back to singles competition, as he competed in the WWF Championship tournament. In his first round match, he faced off against none other than Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. And once again, we had a candidate for match of the night, as these two pulled off a very good match. Some people were quite disappointed, that we didnt get the rematch of Steamboat vs Savage, but that doesnt make this match any less good in my opinion.
As you have probably figured out at this point, Valentine's opponent in the quarter finals was Randy Savage.
Once again, a really good match, for the time it was given. This time, Valentine lost, but he could go home, thinking to himself, that he possibly had match of the night and actually delivered two really good matches.
Once again, it was time for Tag Team action for Greg Valentine. Yes. At Wrestlemania 5, he teamed up with The Honky Tonk Man, to take on Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, The Hart Foundation. This match was mostly used to put over The Hart Foundation, as they were rising to the top, and the match itself was pretty average.
While Valentine didnt compete at Wrestlemania 6, he took his last Wrestlemania run at WM 7, and for the first time at Wrestlemania, he was a face. This time he was back in singles action, competing against Earthquake. This match was pretty much a filler, to put over Earthquake, and there wasnt much to it. Not the brightest moment in Valentine's Wrestlemania career. But even though Valentine's matches at Mania, had their ups and downs, he can especially look back at Wrestlemania 2 & 4, as his best performances.
36. "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
At the 36th spot we have none other than the legendary British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith. Smith's Wrestlemania career doesnt quite go as far back as Valentine and Santana's, but almost.
To find Smith's first performance at Wrestlemania, we have to go back to Wrestlemania 2, where he teamed up with The Dynamite Kid, to take on Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, The Dream Team. As you have probably already read in this post, a great match, where Bulldog and Dynamite Kid really shined, with their Mexican / Japanese style moves. Great match overall, and possibly match of the night.
At Wrestlemania 3, Smith once again teamed up with The Dynamite Kid, but this time, they also had Tito Santana on their team, as it was a 6 man tag team match, where they competed against The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis. Once again a pretty damn good match, not quite as good as the year before in my opinion, but quite close.
Once again, at Wrestlemania 4, Smith competes in a 6 man tag team match, this time him and Dynamite Kid, teams up with Koko B. Ware, to take on Haku and Tama, The Islanders as well as Bobby Heenan. This match was pretty good, and it kept the crowd quite excited, as it was mostly a filler match. Once again we can say this about Smith's match: Not as good as last year.
Smith didnt compete at Wrestlemania 5 & 6, as he took a break from WWE at that time, to compete in Japan, but he made his Wrestlemania comeback at Wrestlemania 7, and for the first time, he was in singles action, as he fought against The Warlord.
The match itself was okay, but the most important part of it, was to get Smith over as a singles wrestler, and that worked quite well, as he got a nice ovation from the crowd.
After this, Smith was released by WWE once again, and for that reason he missed a few Wrestlemania's. But he came back at Wrestlemania 11, where he teamed up with Lex Luger, as The Allied Powers, to take on The Blu Brothers. This match was quite bad to be honest, the ending was bad as well and it was really sloppy.
At Wrestlemania 12, Smith was back to 6 man tag action, as he teamed up with Owen Hart and Vader, as Camp Cornette, to take on Jake Roberts, Yokozuna and Ahmed Johnson. This match worked better than last years match, as an opener, and everyone had their spots, where they could bring something to the table. Much better than last year at least.
At Wrestlemania 13, Smith once again teams up with Owen Hart, this time they take on Vader and Mankind, for the WWF Tag Team Titles. This match was pretty tough, hard hitting and stiff. But entertaining as well, which is the most important thing. What ruined the match though, was the ending, which was a double countout.
This was Smith's last Wrestlemania, in what, overall, was some really nice Wrestlemania matches.
35. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
At the 35th spot, we have Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who is a pretty underrated wrestler in WWE history, in my opinion.
His first Wrestlemania match, was at Wrestlemania 2, against George Wells.
In other words, a new heel vs some random jobber. Jake wins. Yay.
Next year, Jake was in a match, which was a bit more important. This time he faced off against The Honky Tonk Man. This match had a hard time, as it went on right after the awesome match, which was Steamboat vs Savage. But this match did pretty well for itself, it had some good moments, but was also slow at times.
At Wrestlemania 4, it got even better for Jake, as he was a part of the WWF Championship tournament. In the first round he faced off against Rick Rude, in a match that ended in a time limit draw. This match wasnt awesome by any means, but it was pretty good and had some nice mat wrestling, and it was pretty exciting overall.
At Wrestlemania 5, Jake had a biiig opponent, in Andre The Giant. This match had some cool mind games, but other then that, not really entertaining. Andre was looking pretty bad with his health, and Jake couldnt get a good match out of him.
Now it was finally time for a Championship match! Well kinda .. At Wrestlemania 6, Jake fought against Ted DiBiase, for the Million Dollar Title. But lets forget about the title for a moment. This match was great! These guys had some great chemistry, as they went back and forth in this match. Definately one of the best matches of the night. This is one of those underrated matches in WWE history, that people kinda forget about, but I would recommend that you watch it!
Okay guys listen! Jake Roberts vs Rick Martel .. Sound exciting right? Jake Roberts vs Rick Martel in a Blindfold Match .... Not as exciting. Nonetheless, this was what was gonna happen at Wrestlemania 7. At the time, this concept was quite original, and Jake and Martel actually made it work quite well! It was a pretty fun match. Yes a blindfold match folks. Jake made that work too.
At Wrestlemania 8, Jake became the 2nd victim of the streak, as he lost to The Undertaker. Not that good of a match (good matches was a rarity from The Undertaker at that time). But the match was pretty short, and it put over Taker as it was designed to do.
This was Jake's last Wrestlemania match, in what was definately a memorable run in WWE.
I hope you enjoyed the 2nd part of this blog, remember to rate the blog, leave a comment and read the 3rd part when that one comes out