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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. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Ravage
    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.
    I didn't live through that period. That could be why my distaste for the match between the two. Seems to always be overlooked and it wasn't a match I really liked.

    Hogan vs Bruno wasn't really an option. Bruno believes he was asked to come back because Hogan couldn't sell out the garden. He says today, he wouldn't have came back if he knew they were going to do with his son like they did. They wanted a package deal or they weren't going to let Bruno's son wrestle which is why he returned also. Obviously, Bruno didn't respect Hogan obviously in the ring and selling out arenas. You actually believe he would have came back to put over Hogan? I don't believe that. He only came back for WM1 for his son. He got out because he didn't want his name attached the steroids he knew was happening at the time. As far as Bruno/Savage, I figure he respected Savage as far as a in ring competitor more so than he did Hogan.

    Sid vs Hogan ended in DQ I believe than we saw papa shango come out only for Warrior to return. Yea, Hogan vs Flair wouldn't have been better.

    As far as in ring match, Rock vs Cena sucked, but as far as intrigue with the top prize on the line in their 2nd meeting in NY(NJ). People crap on it, but I wanted to see that 2nd match only because I wanted to see Cena get his win back.

    Again, I'm a minority in the fatal 4 way match. The buildup was great leading up to that match. Even having that triple threat WWF title match on Raw, announcing Foley's return after being retired by HHH. I could go on and on about how great the build up was that I enjoyed. People crap on it because McMahons involvement which was only announced that all would be in each corner like the final week before Mania. Buildup from beginning of January to WM2000 was genius. Not everyone likes elimination style matches like I do as they take too long. It could and should have been better, but my heart was in that match where I gave a crap who won and who lost more than just about any main event in the history.

    Brock vs Goldberg would be billed on here if it were in fact the main event of WM20, but it wasn't. Main Event is billed at least in this blog as the last match of the show.
  2. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Nice list. I pretty much agree with it all, with the exception of the John Cena/Miz match being #1 Worst WM Main Event. I don't care about fan reaction because fans are idiots. The build to the match was decent. At the time, WWE lacked top guys...(they still do even though I'm not gonna go there right now)...and it was Miz's turn. He got a decent pop when his music hit and he cashed in. It was one of the better cash ins. The match itself was overshadowed by The Rock, but overall, their match wasn't terrible. I wouldn't even have it on my top ten, certainly not #1. This year's will be #1 if you do this same blog next month.
  3. Richard Becerra's Avatar
    Two that are WAY too high on your list and I question if they belong on this list at all are Triple H vs Jericho (X8) and Randy Orton vs Triple H (25).

    The primary reason you cited for both is that you felt the Hogan-Rock and Taker-HBK matches should have gone on last, and with this I'll respectfully disagree. Not because I'm trying to diminish the importance of those matches, but rather because I do not think that the WWE Championship should be diminished in any way, at the biggest show of the year. I'm an "old school" fan - and so I always have felt that the champion should go on last at Wrestlemania, no matter what else is on the card. I think this would retain the importance of the title, and would (hopefully) keep the title off less worthy performers (yes, Miz, I'm talking to you).

    I don't agree that either match "failed" as the main event because they didn't belong at the top of the card. In hindsight, its easy to point at both Hogan-Rock or Taker-HBK and say they should have gone on last. But at the time, I think the company was giving the proper recognition to the championship.

    Having watched it again recently, I don't feel Jericho-Triple H was a flop by any stretch. The return of Triple H was very well done, as its regularly mentioned as one of the biggest returns in WWE history. Jericho was a top talent at or near the top of his game. The breakup of Triple H and Stephanie was also well done. Her pairing with Jericho was a natural heat magnet. I won't say that they had a 5 star classic, but I thought the match was very good. Triple H hitting the pedigree on Stephanie and winning the title was a nice exclamation point to a good show. I don't recall at all, the crowd being dead or flat for that main event at WMX8. If anything, they were ready for Stephanie to get hers, and they got the payoff.

    I felt then (and even more so since) that putting Hogan and Rock in the main event would have been a mistake. That sends a bad message. WWe would basically be telling the egomaniacal Hogan (fresh off the demise of WCW and the Monday Night Wars), that all he had to do was come back and he would always be in the Wrestlemania main event. The match was certainly a top attraction but it shouldn't have been the main event. Hogan needed to see that he was a part of the show, he was no longer THE show. Nostalgia has its place certainly - but in 2002 - it shouldn't have been in the main event of Wrestlemania.

    As for WM25 - I was in a unique position, cause I was actually in Reliant Stadium for this show. The Taker-HBK match was obviously an instant classic and certainly among the best Wrestlemania matches of all time. But at that time - going INTO that event - I don't think anyone could have guessed that it would be THAT good.

    Still, the Orton-Triple H match had a much, much better build than Taker-HBK. In fact, that was one of the better main event builds I can recall in a long time. The story with Orton and the McMahons was extremely well done and compelling, and it made the story more dramatic, even though we'd seen them face off in the past. What hurt that match was the stupid gimmick of Triple H losing the title if he got DQ'd. This story was so well built, that what the payoff should have been, was a physical match that turned into an all-out brawl between these two. It would have generated the payoff we wanted, which was to see Orton get his ass kicked once and for all. So the creative of that actualy did it no favors, it was poorly constructed. But that entire second half of the show was affected by the brilliance of the Taker-HBK classic.

    The crowd was exhausted. It was such an emotional roller coaster and had us all on the edge of our seats. By the time it was over, the crowd was drained. And every match that followed it suffered in comparison. I remember walking out and everyone was still talking about Taker-HBK.That was a unique, once in a lifetime moment that nobody could have predicted. We all expected them to have a great match, but I don't think anyone felt going in, that it would be what it was. Its easy to say that in hindsight now, but not on that day.

    Some of your choices are fairly obvious no-brainers, but I don't agree with those 2 matches being amond the "worst" main events of all-time. They were in unique positions for sure, having to follow two extremely popular matches, but they were where the WWE championship should always be - the main event.
    Updated 03-17-2014 at 06:27 PM by Richard Becerra
  4. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DK Wrestling Savior
    Nice list. I pretty much agree with it all, with the exception of the John Cena/Miz match being #1 Worst WM Main Event. I don't care about fan reaction because fans are idiots. The build to the match was decent. At the time, WWE lacked top guys...(they still do even though I'm not gonna go there right now)...and it was Miz's turn. He got a decent pop when his music hit and he cashed in. It was one of the better cash ins. The match itself was overshadowed by The Rock, but overall, their match wasn't terrible. I wouldn't even have it on my top ten, certainly not #1. This year's will be #1 if you do this same blog next month.
    That is why it is ranked so high. Rock overshadowing the match because no one wanted to see Miz/Cena. They wanted Rock/Cena. The fact Miz won the match with The Rock giving Cena a rock bottom should say enough about my thoughts on it. I was a Miz fan during the period. The fact the build towards it was more back and forth with Rock/Cena during promos with Miz coming out every week telling us not to forget about him. Even Miz dressing up as The Rock 1 night just to get attention. It isn't about just in ring, it is about the buildup also along with the reception from the crowd.
  5. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Becerra
    Two that are WAY too high on your list and I question if they belong on this list at all are Triple H vs Jericho (X8) and Randy Orton vs Triple H (25).

    The primary reason you cited for both is that you felt the Hogan-Rock and Taker-HBK matches should have gone on last, and with this I'll respectfully disagree. Not because I'm trying to diminish the importance of those matches, but rather because I do not think that the WWE Championship should be diminished in any way, at the biggest show of the year. I'm an "old school" fan - and so I always have felt that the champion should go on last at Wrestlemania, no matter what else is on the card. I think this would retain the importance of the title, and would (hopefully) keep the title off less worthy performers (yes, Miz, I'm talking to you).

    I don't agree that either match "failed" as the main event because they didn't belong at the top of the card. In hindsight, its easy to point at both Hogan-Rock or Taker-HBK and say they should have gone on last. But at the time, I think the company was giving the proper recognition to the championship.

    Having watched it again recently, I don't feel Jericho-Triple H was a flop by any stretch. The return of Triple H was very well done, as its regularly mentioned as one of the biggest returns in WWE history. Jericho was a top talent at or near the top of his game. The breakup of Triple H and Stephanie was also well done. Her pairing with Jericho was a natural heat magnet. I won't say that they had a 5 star classic, but I thought the match was very good. Triple H hitting the pedigree on Stephanie and winning the title was a nice exclamation point to a good show. I don't recall at all, the crowd being dead or flat for that main event at WMX8. If anything, they were ready for Stephanie to get hers, and they got the payoff.

    I felt then (and even more so since) that putting Hogan and Rock in the main event would have been a mistake. That sends a bad message. WWe would basically be telling the egomaniacal Hogan (fresh off the demise of WCW and the Monday Night Wars), that all he had to do was come back and he would always be in the Wrestlemania main event. The match was certainly a top attraction but it shouldn't have been the main event. Hogan needed to see that he was a part of the show, he was no longer THE show. Nostalgia has its place certainly - but in 2002 - it shouldn't have been in the main event of Wrestlemania.

    As for WM25 - I was in a unique position, cause I was actually in Reliant Stadium for this show. The Taker-HBK match was obviously an instant classic and certainly among the best Wrestlemania matches of all time. But at that time - going INTO that event - I don't think anyone could have guessed that it would be THAT good.

    Still, the Orton-Triple H match had a much, much better build than Taker-HBK. In fact, that was one of the better main event builds I can recall in a long time. The story with Orton and the McMahons was extremely well done and compelling, and it made the story more dramatic, even though we'd seen them face off in the past. What hurt that match was the stupid gimmick of Triple H losing the title if he got DQ'd. This story was so well built, that what the payoff should have been, was a physical match that turned into an all-out brawl between these two. It would have generated the payoff we wanted, which was to see Orton get his ass kicked once and for all. So the creative of that actualy did it no favors, it was poorly constructed. But that entire second half of the show was affected by the brilliance of the Taker-HBK classic.

    The crowd was exhausted. It was such an emotional roller coaster and had us all on the edge of our seats. By the time it was over, the crowd was drained. And every match that followed it suffered in comparison. I remember walking out and everyone was still talking about Taker-HBK.That was a unique, once in a lifetime moment that nobody could have predicted. We all expected them to have a great match, but I don't think anyone felt going in, that it would be what it was. Its easy to say that in hindsight now, but not on that day.

    Some of your choices are fairly obvious no-brainers, but I don't agree with those 2 matches being amond the "worst" main events of all-time. They were in unique positions for sure, having to follow two extremely popular matches, but they were where the WWE championship should always be - the main event.
    The fact HHHH/Jericho and the majority of wrestling fans would tell you what match should have went on last. Pretty much speaks for itself. Jericho/Steph combo was unsuccessful as Jericho said in his documentary. Jerichos work with The Rock during 01 certainly helped elevate him to main event status. However, I believe the main reason for him winning the undisputed title and being in the main event at Mania was because he injured HHH in the first place. The spot was originally, HHHs, but he wasn't yet ready to return. That Jericho acknowledged in the past.

    Ah yes, the great return of HHH that is still talked about today. In yet, his babyface turn lasted all, but how many months? HHH wasn't ever on the level of a babyface that Austin, Rock, or Taker ever was. At the time he wasn't either. Neither was the top heel or babyface in the company which is another reason it is where it is on the list. Hell, Jericho wasn't even the top heel in the match(steph). Shouldn't the top guys be in the main event. What match does everyone talk about when looking back at WM18? Want to talk about the build? The build was Jericho injured H in the first place so many months ago. Steph became partners with Jericho. Why? H was through with her after the prego lie. She could help him because she saw the X-rays of the knee stacking the deck against H. Rock/Hogan had build, but it didn't need any. No matter the story they tried to tell with the promo, no match on the card should have went after Hogan/Rock. You said the build was all about H getting his hands on Steph and giving her the pedigree. You looked more forward to that then Rock/Hogan 1? You gotta be kidding me.

    Championship argument "it should go last". How many times has the title not go last not only in the last few years, but in history of Mania? What hurts the match everyone is looking most forward to going last? Classic faceoff of Hogan/Rock, Andre/Hogan, ect. Shouldn't that be in the main event.

    You put Taker/HBK two Texans to faceoff for the first time since their casket match in 98. That along with the fact Mania is in the state of Texas. Not in the main event? Following year is being in Arizona? Whats up with that? The fact that they faced so many times in recent years.....I didn't care to see the match. Granted, it was a great story.....I looked more forward to see Mr.Wrestlemania challenge the streak. Some folks feel MR.Wrestlemania should be Taker's nickname not HBKs. Two of the biggest superstars this business has ever seen(actually are according to top 50 list which I don't agree with). re in
  6. CandieLand's Avatar
    I am on board with all your choices and understand the reasons you gave; although, like Richard Becerra, i also think the WWE title should be the focal point and should main event every WrestleMania. That being said there has been clear examples of that falling on its face as you have mentioned.

    The one match that i think belongs there (as Sandy Ravage pitched) was The Rock vs Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29. The match was incredibly dull and i had no interest in it whatsoever. I thought the first encounter was lackluster and didn't want to see it again. I was hoping for Punk to be thrown in the mix, but of course he ended up stealing the show with Taker.

    That is the only addition i would make; good list and enjoyed the read TheGreatOne.
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