If you are a wrestling fan then you obviously know about WrestleMania. It is the Super Bowl in the world of professional wrestling. There have been 34 WrestleManias with hundreds of matches with memorable (and sometimes unmemorable moments). In the spirit of WrestleMania 35 being tonight, I decided to share my 10 favorite WrestleMania matches of all time.

Some of the matches here on not what you expected. The list of 10 is the ones I look back on the most and re-watch from time to time.

10. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Zack Ryder vs. Stardust vs. Sin Cara

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  • Event: WrestleMania 32
  • Stipulation: Seven-man Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship
  • Match length: 15:23
  • Result: Zack Ryder won the Intercontinental Championship

WrestleMania 32 was voted the worst wrestling show of 2016 but the Intercontinental Ladder match opener was a very solid way to open the show.

Kevin Owens was the Intercontinental Champion coming into the match. But had to defend his title against six other superstars with the title hanging 20 feet above the ring. The seven participants here were a combination of WWE veterans (Miz, Ziggler, Ryder) and some then-recent WWE Superstars on the rise (Owens, Zayn) with a lot of high spots that kept the action going.

Some of the spots included Zayn diving through the ladder to take out everyone, Owens frog-splashing Zayn onto a ladder on the floor and Sin Cara falling off the ladder and crashing through a lying Stardust who was lying on a ladder outside of the ring.

Zack Ryder won here in shocking fashion as he was just looked at as someone who was just added to make the numbers. The crowd had a nice reaction to Ryder winning. While he also had the title for one day (losing to The Miz the next night on Raw), it was still a nice WrestleMania moment indeed.

A high-flying non-stop actioned Ladder match that is still rewatchable today. This isn’t the last ladder match you’ll see on here.

9. John Cena vs. Big Show

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  • Event: WrestleMania XX
  • Stipulation: Singles match for the United States Championship
  • Match length: 9:15
  • Result: John Cena won the United States Championship

This match may be shocking to some but this one here is special to me. WrestleMania XX was actually the first wrestling event that I saw after my dad bought the XX DVD for me as a birthday present. John Cena vs. Big Show was the first WWE match that I ever saw. Cena was in his hip-hop phase and me being a huge Knicks fan, I thought it was cool that he was wearing a Patrick Ewing jersey since the event took place at Madison Square Garden.

It was a short match but it was a quality one as Cena overcame the odds to stop the giant in Big Show to win his first championship in WWE. Who knew that this would be the match to kick off the amazing career of John Cena.

Not a favorite or even best WrestleMania match to some but this was a personal selection for me, so it cracks the top 10.

8. Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar

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  • Event: WrestleMania XIX
  • Stipulation: Singles match for the WWE Championship
  • Match length: 21:07
  • Result: Brock Lesnar won the WWE Championship

WrestleMania XIX is one of the more underrated ‘Mania matches and the main event was a great one. Brock Lesnar came into the WWE in 2002 red-hot and was having quality matches on his way to becoming a main eventer.

Outside of the scary shooting star press, Lesnar did during the end, this was a quality match with two of the best in the business.

7. The Undertaker vs. Triple H

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  • Event: WrestleMania XXVIII
  • Stipulation: Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee
  • Match length: 30:35
  • Result: The Undertaker won

Long before Triple H and The Undertaker faced against each other at 2018’s Super Showdown, they faced off in an “End of an Era” match at WrestleMania XXVIII. The Hell in a Cell and Shawn Michaels’s appearance as the referee was a nice tie in with these two legends.

A brutal match indeed that led to one of the most iconic photos in ‘Mania history with all three members hugging it out at the entrance ramp.

6. Edge vs. Christian vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Benoit

  • Event: WrestleMania 21
  • Stipulation: Six-man Money in the Bank Ladder match
  • Match length: 15:17
  • Result: Edge won the Money in the Bank Contract

These six men had no plans for WrestleMania 21 until Chris Jericho came up with an idea for them. All six would compete in a ladder match and the prize was something unique. A chance for a future championship match, anytime, anywhere for the next 12 months.

No one would know yet but this was the starting point for what is now of the most highly anticipated matches in the WWE.

A combination of young and veteran superstars, this match had all the makings of a perfect ladder match. Edge won the first Money in the Bank, which was a perfect kickstart to his Hall of Fame career.

5. Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

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  • Event: WrestleMania 32
  • Stipulation: Triple Threat match for the inaugural Women’s Championship
  • Match length: 16:03
  • Result: Charlotte Flair won the inaugural Women’s Championship

This was the start of what the women’s has become in WWE. Charlotte Flair came in as Divas Champion but the title was ultimately retired and replaced with the new WWE Women’s Championship.

Women’s matches were normally under 10-minutes back in the day. It was a nice change of pace to see the women’s division finally shine.

4. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

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  • Event: WrestleMania XXV
  • Stipulation: Singles match
  • Match length: 30:44
  • Result: The Undertaker won

The first of two Taker/Michaels matches (the next one taking place at WrestleMania 26.) This one was better in my opinion.

Two legends putting on a 30-minute match? Nothing better. Undertaker was at the height of his famous WrestleMania winning streak while Shawn Michaels was doing whatever he can to defeat The Dead Man. An instant classic.

3. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit

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  • Event: WrestleMania XX
  • Stipulation: Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship
  • Match length: 24:51
  • Result: Chris Benoit won the World Heavyweight Championship

A match that the WWE will never acknowledge due to the Chris Benoit situation and that is 100% understandable.

Putting that aside, this is still one do the best WrestleMania main events in its history. Michaels and Triple H were still in their heated rivalry while Benoit was starting to receive a push as a main event wrestler.

There was a great story here as HHH and Michaels were doing whatever they can to put away Benoit in the match and have it between them.

It is hard to watch it now but there was no doubt that at the time, this was considered one of the best matches ever.

2. The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

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  • Event: WrestleMania X8
  • Stipulation: Singles match
  • Match length: 16:23
  • Result: The Rock won

Icon vs. Icon. Most will put this as their favorite WrestleMania match of all time. Hulk Hogan recently came back to the WWE as a member of the famous nWo and The Rock was still at the height of his popularity.

The crowd was loving this match from the start and while Rock was a face and Hogan was a heel going in, the crowd fell in favor of Hogan towards the end of the match.

Another thing I found interesting in this match was that both men had an idea of what to do in the match but changed things up on the spot due to the crowd reaction. It really goes to show how well these two worked together and able to put on an instant classic on the spot.

1. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) vs. Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy)

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  • Event: WrestleMania X-Seven
  • Stipulation: Triple Threat Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWF Tag Team Championship
  • Match length: 15:47
  • Result: Edge & Christian won the WWF Tag Team Championship

Simply put. I love this match. I find myself watching this the most out of all the matches on the list. I have always been a fan of Tag Team wrestling and these three teams were the pioneers of tag wrestling the 2000s.

The Dudley Boyz 3-Ding Christian through a table, Jeff Hardys Swanton Bomb off the ladder and Edges famous spear off the ladder onto (Jeff) Hardy, this was a car crash of a match. It was also the stepping stone of the tables, ladders, and chairs match stipulation that is still popular to this day.

If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend watching this match. It is simply incredible.


  1. I am honestly shocked Bret/Owen, Austin/Rock, Savage/Steamboat or Bret/Austin are not here. No disrespect and it is your opinion but as good as some of these were and the impact they had on you personally, there’s no doubt these are some of the best matches ever. Particularly Bret/Austin, creating one of wrestling’s biggest stars ever.


    • Those were great matches no doubt. The list was just matches in recent memory that I still enjoy today. The ones you mention were no doubt great and made huge impacts. Some of them I mentioned may be random to some but I liked them. Thank you for checking out the list!


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