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Top 10: Worst Main Events in WrestleMania history!

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Wrestlings Super Bowl, Wrestlemania, the biggest event yearly since 1985. Every show has a main event to end a show. We all know that is the last match which is the match everyone wants to see. This year we have WM30, which looks to be a bad main event which got me thinking. Is it the worst Wrestlemania main event of all-time? Which got me looking back at the main events of the biggest show, Wrestlemania have bad main events? It is true, here is the top 10 worst:

10.WM1: Hulk Hogan & Mr.T vs Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff-I know everyone is going to attack me because celebs helped get eyes on Wrestlemania. Hell, this match is being discussed to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. However, 1 can certainly argue the main event should have been Roddy Piper vs Hulk Hogan for the WWF title. Since everyone paid to see Hogan like he claims and Piper had no part in selling tickets at WM1....main event change would have made no difference. Still waiting for TNA to run wild on WWE. Everything he touches is gold....bs!
9.WM7 WWF title: Sgt.Slaughter(C) vs Hulk Hogan-I know how much heat Slaughter had during this period, but come on.....when you look back you are not going to sit there and tell me it is one of the great Wrestlemania main events of all-time. WM7 was not a good Mania either from top to bottom. I know some enjoyed Savage vs Warrior, but I didn't.
8.WM2 WWF title: Hulk Hogan(C) vs King Kong Bundy-A match with another big man that was defeated by Hogan led by Bobby Heenan. WM2 was in 3 different locations, I enjoyed the other main events on the show a helluva lot more. Whether it be the battle royal with NFL players vs WWF talent or Piper vs Mr.T boxing match which I enjoyed the most to be honest. Had the moment of the show when Piper body slammed Mr.T as fans chanted for Roddy as he left the ring.
7.WM13 WWF title: Sycho Sid vs Undertaker-97 main event was just thrown together. You look at the history of the event, you wonder how the hell the main event came about. Sid and Taker didn't hate each other. More so they were overshadowed. Stone Cold won the Royal Rumble that year while HBK won the WWF title from Sid in hometown at the Royal Rumble. Only for HBK to lose his smile and vacate the championship which was rumored to be a rematch with Bret vs HBK with Shawn doing the same finish Austin had. However things changed and before the match began, Bret came out and told Shawn about his fake injury which overshadowed both monsters. On paper looks great, but in reality it was 1 of the worst main events in Wrestlemania history.
6.WM25 WWE title: HHH(C) vs Randy Orton-1 could and probably should argue it should be in the top 5 because how many damn times HHH faced Orton in the past. Orton was on top of his game, a time when he was was the best in the company. The feud with McMahons was very good. Not going to question that, I question the position it had on the card. What match should have went last? HBK vs Undertaker in arguably the best match in Wrestlemania history. No one could have topped that performance. The following year, gave them the main event slot and couldn't top it themselves as performers. Based on how many times they faced is the main reason I wouldn't have put it on last.
5.WM18 WWF Undisputed title: Chris Jericho(C) vs HHH-Everything, I repeat everything failed for this match. From the babyface return of HHH, to the alliance of Jericho/Stephanie, to going on last to a silent crowd. Not even with the added "undisputed" to make the title have more prestige even didn't help this match. Jericho and HHH claim to know they shouldn't have went on last as us wrestling fans do. Rock vs Hogan obviously should have been the last match. That is the match everyone paid to see, 1 could argue the biggest match booked at Mania. Certainly a match everyone looks back at and still talks about. I even wondered what was left after the match was over watching it live. Need I say more?
4.WM8: Sid Justice vs Hulk Hogan-Wrestlemania 8 is a a Wrestlemania a lot of wrestling fans talk about as the match that didn't happen. The match that should have happened. A dream match that was years in the making. The current WWF champion coming off a win at the Royal Rumble to win the strap Ric Flair vs the Immortal 1 himself for the top prize in the sport. Both the man in their respective company's, always talked about the "real" worlds champion. There was no better set up for that match, but it didn't happen because WWF didn't feel Ric was accepted by the WWF audience which is why they did the audible. Hell, True Story of Wrestlemania DVD even talks about it when they talk about WM8 portion.
3.WM9 WWF title: Bret Hart(C)/Hulk Hogan vs Yokozuna-Yokozuna was pretty well unknown at the time, he was just a monster undefeated that won the Royal Rumble. Looked at as an unstoppable force with his debut at Survivor Series prior to that Rumble. Bret was the champion, but he wasn't looked as the man yet. The following year however, he was, but not at this time which is probably why Hogan was featured in the undercard. To the surprise to everyone, Hogan came out and battled for less than a minute for the top prize in the WWF at the time vs an undefeated Yokozuna. Won the title after Fuji salt toss, but lost the belt in like 30 seconds to Hogan. Only for Hogan to drop the championship back to Yokozuna at King of the Ring. 1 of the worst sights to end a Wrestlemania was Hogan holding up the WWF title after that and sporting that black eye. Which was caused by Macho Man according to rumors, but Hogan says those rumors are false.
2.WM11: Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow-The WWF title has been part of virtually every Mania main event match. Why was Diesel and HBK not finishing the show? Story of friendship made the match have more intrigue. Instead, got a football player in the main event of the biggest show of the year. This is different because, WM1 had top guys involved. Piper and Hogan were the top guys in the company at the time. Bam Bam wasn't the top heel, which is why when I first watched WM11 I wondered why that was the main event. All these football players vs Ted Dibiase and his terrible stable of jobbers. LOL! Hell, why isn't this ranked #1 on my list?
1.WM27 WWE title: Miz(C) vs John Cena-We can sit here and argue all day about what main event should be #1 worst Wrestlemania main event of all-time. Hell, I have no problem with someone saying WM11 main event was the worst. However, the reason I have it ranked #1 because how overshadowed the main event was. The fans didn't even want this match to happen or care if it happened. The lead up to the biggest event of this particular Wrestlemania was all about the trash talking between The Rock/John Cena. No one even knew the Miz existed during this period even though he tried to get us fans to take notice. Like some little kid in the corner, "hey, look at me I'm over here!" Everyone wanted to see Rock vs Cena, but got Miz vs John Cena instead. Rock gave John Cena a Rock Bottom which allowed Miz to pick up the victory. Still Miz reminds us, "I main evented Wrestlemania" no one cared when you did nor do they care now. Which is why you are where you are today.

There you have it!! The WORST Wrestlemania Main Events in Wrestlemania history!! Agree or disagree? Did I miss any? Miz vs John Cena at WM27 the worst? What is the worst Wrestlemania of all-time? What does your top 10 look like? Leave that and more in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!!

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  1. Nick Piers's Avatar
    With the exception of Hogan/Slaughter, I'd say you're pretty spot on. While Hogan/Slaughter certainly didn't break the mould, I thought it was a pretty solid Hogan match. Plus, the super hot crowd made it much more entertaining.

    I don't see how you couldn't have enjoyed Savage/Warrior, though. That was one of the best matches that both men have ever been in. Certainly one of Warriors best.
  2. Kajmere's Avatar
    Although it was the most iconic, the worst "wrestling" ME match at WM will always undoubtedly be Andre vs Hogan for me.
  3. Sandy Ravage's Avatar
    Hogan vs. Bundy in the cage was a great match, particulary considering it was 1986. Still to this day it's the only main event at WM in a cage. I am a Bundy fan, I will admit, I'm biased somewhat, but everything about that match for me was a win (again, you have to remember it was 1986). I loved Jesse and Elvira doing the commentary too. And yes, King Kong Bundy is a Hall of Famer. Everyone lavishes Wrestlemania 1 for being the revolutionary show hat started the franchise, people forget, had Wrestlemania 2 failed there wouldn't have been a 3, 4, 5, etc. as well. Wrestlemania 2 was booked (I mean the literall bookiing of the arenas here) perhaps as bad as any WWF show has ever been booked, with the three separate venues... terrible idea. But the idea of seeing Hogan taking on Bundy in the cage during the golden era of the apexing Hulkamania craze of the mid 80s, which reached its zenith the moment Hogan slammed Andre at WM 3, was a hot ticket no way would it fail -- and the match lived up to the hype.

    Hogan vs. Piper would have been the ideal main even at 1, yeah, maybe. But for Vince's vision to materialize a celeb needed to be included, and Hogan and Mr. T will still riding the wave that was the monumental success whih was Rocky III in early 1985. Roddy Piper could have squared off against Mr. T one-on-one at WM 1 in a boxing match, which was exactly what they did at WM 2, and it still would have been a success ... but the ideal main event at WM 1 for me, if I could re-write history, would have been: Hulk Hogan vs. Bruno.

    Bruno was at the show, he seconded his son in his match against Brutus. Bruno still had a few more years in the tank ... he was still main eventing cards against Randy Savage in 1987. It would have been the most iconic match imaginable - Hogan vs Bruno at the Garden. As a wrestling fan I get the shivers just thinking about it. But, oh well, business is business.

    LT vs. Bam Bam was pretty lame, I'll have to admit it.

    The Sid-Hogan match wasn't that bad.

    The second Rock vs Cena match last year was pretty bad. That should be on the top 10.

    The fatal 4 way main event in 2000 with Big Show-Mankind-HHH and The Rock was a dud.

    But the lamest WM main event ever, imo, has to be the Brock vs. Goldberg match at WM20. It was double-billed with the Benoit-HHH-HBK co-main event match, but as big of a Brock Lesnar fan I am, that match was terrible. and for a plethora of reasons. The dumbest part of the whole debaccle was the best part, when Austin stunned both Billy and Brock. Pretty awful.
    Updated 03-12-2014 at 11:39 AM by Sandy Ravage
  4. Kajmere's Avatar
    Brock-Goldberg sucked, but this blog was clearly referring to the final matches of the show.
  5. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kajmere
    Although it was the most iconic, the worst "wrestling" ME match at WM will always undoubtedly be Andre vs Hogan for me.
    It certainly is up there for wrestling terms. The hype, build, and so forth is what I'm going by. I mean look at Hogan/Sting 97. No match since I began to watch pro wrestling as a kid I was more pumped and ready to see than that Starrcade match. Yet, the match didn't exactly wow anyone when they clashed at the ppv inside the squared circle.
  6. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Piers
    With the exception of Hogan/Slaughter, I'd say you're pretty spot on. While Hogan/Slaughter certainly didn't break the mould, I thought it was a pretty solid Hogan match. Plus, the super hot crowd made it much more entertaining.

    I don't see how you couldn't have enjoyed Savage/Warrior, though. That was one of the best matches that both men have ever been in. Certainly one of Warriors best.
    The 5 elbows really just pissed me off. LOL! I was thinking, are you kidding me? Not doubting being one of the best Warrior had because his ring work speaks for itself. Such a huge Savage fan to see that use of him just to make Warrior look even stronger. Just made me roll my eyes.

    Now if you are talking crowd reaction and stuff.....yea it was great. I knew some wouldn't like the idea of that match being on the list based on the heat it got from death threats and everything else. Just wasn't a huge Slaughter fan. When you talk about Mania, Slaughter vs Hogan just isn't a match or WM7 in particular I'd go back to and say what a great event/match.
  7. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kajmere
    Brock-Goldberg sucked, but this blog was clearly referring to the final matches of the show.
    Thank you!
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