With WrestleMania being the biggest show in WWE’s calendar year, the company does whatever they can to make it memorable. One of the ways they do that is by creating an over the top entrance area.
We have seen plenty of fantastic stage designs at The Show of Shows. Some referencing to where in those particular years WrestleMania was located. With 34 Manias to choose from here is my list of the 10 best WrestleMania stage designs of all time.
10. WrestleMania 21
With the Staples Center in Los Angeles being the location for the 2005 show, it was fitting that the theme for it would be, “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood.”
The arena may have been small but WWE did what they could with the design here. The screen has the movie theater feel to it along with the red carpet going down the aisle. The previously mentioned “WrestleMania Goes Hollywood” slogan is proudly put up next to the screen.
Another cool thing they added along the opposite side of the Hollywood sign was a theater time screen where the titles changed to announce what matches were about to happen.
9. WrestleMania XXX
WWE went big with their 30th WrestleMania but the idea was still simple at the same time. With the roman numeral 30 being a simple XXX, it is clearly displayed nicely front and center. It should be also noted here that this is the last time roman numerals have been used in the WrestleMania logo.
Sometimes, simple designs can be the best ones.
8. WrestleMania 33
WrestleMania 33 took place in Orlando, Florida so it only made sense that a theme park was the theme here. The roller coaster in the back was a good addition and WWE made a good choice by not adding a bunch of other rides in the background.
Add in the globe above the entrance with bright lights surrounding it, and it showed that WrestleMania really is the show of shows.
7. WrestleMania X7
X-7 is considered by many one of the best WrestleManias of all time and the stage itself can be considered a huge part of that.
This was the first ‘Mania to have a legit big-time stage design and graphic for each match shown on the screen bottom which ties it all together nicely.
6. WrestleMania XIX
It is hard to find a picture with the older WrestleManias so this was the best that I could do. WrestleMania XIX, in my opinion, is one of the more underrated ones and the stage is great here.
The tall rectangle screens were simple but the main focus was the long diagonal walkway which has been rarely used since. Having a wrestling event in a baseball stadium can be hard, mainly due to its size and shape, but WWE made it work here.
5. WrestleMania IX
WrestleMania IX is in the conversation for being one of the worst ‘Manias of all time but the stage itself is the part that really stood out.
Set in Caesars Palace outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, the theme here was a Roman Empire complete with a stage and pillars surrounding the ring to fit with that theme. It was also the first ‘Mania to be held outdoors.
4. WrestleMania XXIV
One of the tallest designs in WrestleMania history, XXIV took a simple office building and added two giant screens on the side complete with two palm trees.
It was simple but it worked here.
3. WrestleMania 31
The first WrestleMania to not include a number next to the name. The WWE online streaming network was in full swing here so instead, they added a play button underneath to advertise that WWE was heading into the digital age.
The circular play button was front and center with WrestleMania being proudly displayed right above it. Nice design here, especially during the day time where you can see everything.
2. WrestleMania 34
New Orleans seems to have a great track record when it comes to WrestleMania stage designs. With New Orleans being the location for the most recent show of shows, the Mardi Gra theme was used. The giant Mardi Gra mask is displayed perfectly here with WrestleMania directly over it.
It is big, bright and simply beautiful.
1. WrestleMania 29
To me, 29 was home to the best WrestleMania stage design we have ever seen. The location was Metlife Stadium so it made sense to add a lot of historic landmarks here. The Brooklyn Bridge is across the stage with the Empire State Building proudly behind it.
Add the Statue of Liberty right above the ring and you have the greatest stage design in WrestleMania history. Let’s hope this year’s event at Metlife can compete.