Every WWE WrestleMania, ranked
By Lance Cartelli on
34. WrestleMania 9 (1993)
Debuting in 1985, WrestleMania is the WWE's biggest annual event. Following this year's event, we've decided to rank every single WrestleMania, based entirely on the entertainment factor of each.
We'll start at the bottom: Billed as the “World’s Largest Toga Party,” WrestleMania IX marked the first time the event was held in an outdoor arena. This least-entertaining WrestleMania featured a lifeless card and an underwhelming main event that saw Hulk Hogan win the championship in 22 seconds.
Marquee matchup(s): Money Inc. def. The Mega-Maniacs; Yokozuna def. Bret Hart.
33. WrestleMania 11 (1995)
WrestleMania 11 was a lot of fun for wrestling fans who wanted to see ‘90s mainstays Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. But if you were looking for a good wrestling match, then this event definitely wasn’t for you.
Marquee matchup(s): Lawrence Taylor def. Bam Bam Bigelow; Diesel (with Anderson) def. Shawn Michaels (with McCarthy).
32. WrestleMania 2 (1986)
The second WrestleMania left many people scratching their heads. The event was held on a Monday and spread across three separate venues. To make things worse, the card was a disaster, featuring a boxing match between “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Mr. T and a 20-man battle royal with wrestlers and professional football players.
Marquee matchup(s): Hogan def. King Kong Bundy; 20-man Battle Royal.
31. WrestleMania 32 (2016)
This loooooooong, overbooked WrestleMania featured some “wow” moments like the ‘Taker-Shane McMahon Hell in a Cell matchup. But the Roman Reigns-Triple H main event was underwhelming.
Marquee matchup(s): Chris Jericho def. AJ Styles; Charlotte def. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks; The League of Nations def. The New Day.
30. WrestleMania 13 (1997)
Other than Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s epic submission match that left the Texas Rattlesnake with blood streaming down his face, this WrestleMania was one of the least entertaining of all time.
The event marked the official WrestleMania debut of the Rock (as Rocky Maivia).
Marquee matchup(s): Hart def. Austin; Maivia def. The Sultan.
29. WrestleMania 15 (1999)
With a messy and overbooked undercard, WrestleMania 15 was saved by the no disqualification match between two of the company’s biggest stars ever: Austin and the Rock.
Marquee matchup(s): Austin def. The Rock; Shane McMahon def. X-Pac.
28. WrestleMania 5 (1989)
The fifth annual WrestleMania was headlined by former tag-team partners Hogan and Savage. Hogan ultimately prevailed to win his second WWF championship of his career.
Marquee matchup(s): Hogan def. Savage.
27. WrestleMania 4 (1988)
Held on March 27, 1989, this WrestleMania had a 14-man single-elimination tournament for the vacant WWF Heavyweight Championship as its main event. This bracket-style tournament didn’t exactly live up to its hype as Savage won the vacant title.
Marquee matchup(s): Savage def. Ted DiBiase; Hogan-Andre the Giant double disqualification.
26. WrestleMania 29 (2013)
Hosted at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, this WrestleMania featured The Rock vs. John Cena, a rematch of the previous year’s main event.
The ‘Taker vs. CM Punk matchup turned out to be the clear-cut match of the night.
Marquee matchup(s): Cena def. The Rock; The Undertaker def. CM Punk.
25. WrestleMania 27 (2011)
The Rock returned to host WrestleMania 27, setting up future fights with Cena.
The Undertaker and Triple H put on a grueling match in the Georgia Dome that extended the Dead Man’s WrestleMania winning streak to 19, but nothing else makes this event stand out.
Marquee matchup(s): The Undertaker def. Triple H; Orton def. CM Punk.
24. WrestleMania 21 (2005)
WrestleMania 21, held in Los Angeles, had the makings of a phenomenal fight card, but the event was slightly disappointing. It signaled the rise of Cena and Dave Batista after they defeated JBL and Triple H, respectively.
Marquee matchup(s): Kurt Angle def. Michaels; Cena def. JBL; Batista def. Triple H.
23. WrestleMania 1 (1985)
The inaugural WrestleMania—held at Madison Square Garden in New York—featured some of the biggest wrestlers and celebrities at the time. Not only did wrestling icons like Hogan, Mr. T and Jimmy Snuka appear, but so did Muhammad Ali, as a special guest referee, and Liberace, as the guest timekeeper.
Marquee matchup(s): Hogan and Mr. T def. Piper and Paul Orndorff; Andre the Giant def. Big John Studd.
22. WrestleMania 16 (2000)
Although injuries to Austin and the Undertaker hindered the card at WrestleMania 16, the event still had some memorable matches.
The best bout of the night wasn’t the fatal four-way main event, though—it was the epic triangle ladder match between the Dudley Boyz, the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian that stole the show.
Marquee matchup(s): Triple H def. The Rock, Mick Foley and Big Show; Edge and Christian def. The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz.
21. WrestleMania 33 (2017)
From John Cena’s marriage proposal to Nikki Bella to the shocking Hardy Boyz return, WrestleMania 33 had a solid card from top to bottom, but it was missing a marquee matchup.
The most noteworthy moment was clearly the Undertaker’s (probable) last ride. After losing to Roman Reigns, the Undertaker retired his attire in the middle of the ring.
Marquee matchup(s): Reigns def. The Undertaker; Lesnar def. Goldberg.
20. WrestleMania 23 (2007)
In the "Battle of Billionaires," Donald Trump's Bobby Lashley defeated Vince McMahon's Umaga, earning our future president the right to shave McMahon's head.
The Trump vs. McMahon match was highlighted by Austin giving Trump the Stunner.
Marquee matchup(s): Lashley (with Trump) def. Umaga (with Mr. McMahon); Mr. Kennedy def. CM Punk, Randy Orton, Finlay, Matt Hardy and King Booker; Cena def. Michaels.
19. WrestleMania 8 (1992)
WrestleMania 8—hosted in Indianapolis—was a mixed bag. While the main event—Hogan vs. Sid Justice—was extremely underwhelming, the event was saved by two undercard bouts: Bret Hart vs. Piper and Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair.
Marquee matchup(s): Hart def. Piper; Hogan def. Justice; Savage def. Flair.
18. WrestleMania 7 (1991)
The seventh WrestleMania had a lot going for it: Hogan returned to defeat Sergeant Slaughter, the Ultimate Warrior faced off against Savage in a retirement match and the Undertaker made his WrestleMania debut.
Marquee matchup(s): Hogan def. Slaughter; The Ultimate Warrior def. Savage; The Undertaker def. Snuka.
17. WrestleMania 6 (1990)
While many best remember Hogan body slamming Andre the Giant in WrestleMania 3, he also had a WrestleMania moment when he lifted the Ultimate Warrior above his head in the main event.
However, in the title-for-title tilt, Warrior ended up defeating Hogan to win both the Intercontinental and the WWF championship.
Marquee matchup(s): Ultimate Warrior def. Hogan; The Hart Foundation def. The Bolsheviks.
16. WrestleMania 34 (2018)
WrestleMania 34—held in New Orleans—was highlighted by Ronda Rousey's in-ring WWE debut. The former UFC champion looked like a natural as she locked in her famous armbar submission Stephanie McMahon to win her first professional wrestling match.
Marquee matchup(s): Rousey and Kurt Angle def. Triple H and McMahon; Brock Lesnar def. Roman Reigns.
15. WrestleMania 30 (2014)
Yes, WrestleMania 30 started with The Rock, Austin and Hogan in the middle of the ring for an incredible moment, and it ended with Daniel Bryan finally winning the title. But all anyone will remember is the end of The Streak, where Lesnar finally beat Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Marquee matchup(s): Lesnar def. The Undertaker; Bryan def. Triple H; Bryan def. Batista and Orton.
14. WrestleMania 25 (2009)
The 25th WrestleMania had a card that should’ve made it one of the best in the PPV’s history. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the hype. The incredible Michaels-Undertaker bout ended up making this event one of the best in recent memory.
Marquee matchup(s): Triple H def. Orton; The Undertaker def. Michaels.
13. WrestleMania 12 (1996)
In what is arguably the greatest WrestleMania match ever, Michaels and Hart met in a legendary Iron Man match that ended in a scoreless stalemate. The bout then went into sudden death where the Heartbreak Kid escaped with a victory and the championship belt.
Marquee matchup(s): Michaels def. Hart; Ultimate Warrior def. Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
12. WrestleMania 14 (1998)
With special enforcer Mike Tyson in DX's corner, it was all set for Michaels to defeat Austin and retain the WWF championship at WrestleMania 14. But the former heavyweight champion made his presence felt by betraying the Heartbreak Kid and awarding the title to Stone Cold.
An irate Michaels then caught some heavy hands when Tyson knocked him out.
Marquee matchup(s): Austin def. Michaels; The Undertaker def. Kane; The Rock def. Ken Shamrock.
11. WrestleMania 22 (2006)
On any other night, the Michaels-McMahon fight would’ve stolen the show at WrestleMania. But then the Mankind-Edge brawl stole the show, becoming the match of WrestleMania 22.
Marquee matchup(s): Michaels def. Mr. McMahon; Edge def. Mankind; Rey Mysterio def. Orton and Kurt Angle.
10. WrestleMania 26 (2010)
After ending Flair’s career two years prior, Michaels put his career on the line in the squared-circle again. This time, it was in a “Streak vs. Career” match with the Undertaker. It was a proper send-off for the Heartbreak Kid, who has not suited up since losing to the Phenom in 2010.
Marquee matchup(s): The Undertaker def. Michaels; Jericho def. Edge.
9. WrestleMania 28 (2012)
After eight years away from the ring, The Rock triumphantly returned to battle with Cena in an iconic match. Even though it was billed as a “once in a lifetime match,” the two would meet again at WrestleMania 29.
Following a rocky start to the event, the Triple H-Undertaker Hell in a Cell bout energized the crowd for this top-10 WrestleMania.
Marquee matchup(s): The Rock def. Cena; The Undertaker def. Triple H; CM Punk def. Jericho.
8. WrestleMania 31 (2015)
The first WrestleMania at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara had a bevy of unforgettable WrestleMania moments like NWO vs. DX, Sting's WWE debut, The Rock and Ronda Rousey against The Authority and, of course, Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank to win the title.
Marquee matchup(s): Rollins def. Reigns and Lesnar; Triple H def. Sting.
7. WrestleMania 24 (2008)
WrestleMania 24 was full of great matchups. CM Punk became a star by winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, and the Orton-Triple H-Cena triple-threat match was great. But the best (and worst) part of the night was the Michaels-Flair “career-threatening” match.
The Heartbreak Kid hit the Sweet Chin Music to officially end the Nature Boy’s distinguished 35-year wrestling career.
Marquee matchup(s): Michaels def. Flair; The Undertaker def. Edge; Orton def. Cena and Triple H.
6. WrestleMania 10 (1994)
Back at Madison Square Garden, WrestleMania 10 was the first iteration of the event that did not feature Hogan. The night kicked off with a sibling rivalry: Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart. The Hitman—who worked double duty—lost to his brother in the fantastic matchup. Bret ended up winning the championship later that night.
Marquee matchup(s): Hart def. Yokozuna; Razor Ramon def. Michaels;
5. WrestleMania 20 (2004)
The 20th anniversary of WrestleMania was one of the most historic in the 30-plus events. After Cena made his ‘Mania debut by beating the Big Show, Eddie Guerrero conquered Kurt Angle in a crowd-pleasing moment.
The main event, featuring one of the best triple-threat matches ever, ended with Chris Benoit winning the championship.
Marquee matchup(s): Benoit def. Triple H and Michaels; Guerrero def. Angle; Christian def. Jericho; Goldberg def. Lesnar.
4. WrestleMania 18 (2002)
The final WrestleMania under the WWF moniker featured an “Icon vs. Icon” match between two legends: The Rock and Hogan. The Great One outlasted Hogan in what can only be described as the most electrifying match.
Marquee matchup(s): The Rock def. Hogan; Triple H def. Jericho; The Undertaker def. Flair.
3. WrestleMania 19 (2003)
Other than the pair of Limp Bizkit performances, the first WrestleMania under the WWE name did not disappoint. The Michaels-Chris Jericho match was one for the ages, while the Austin-Rock trilogy finally ended with a Rock victory after three Rock Bottoms.
Marquee matchup(s): Michaels def. Jericho; The Rock def. Austin.
2. WrestleMania 3 (1987)
Ricky Steamboat and Savage put together one of the best wrestling matches of all time in front of 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. In the main event, Hogan body slammed the 500-pound Andre the Giant in one of the most iconic WrestleMania moments ever.
Marquee matchup(s): Hogan def. Andre the Giant; Steamboat def. Savage.
1. WrestleMania 17 (2001)
WrestleMania 17 was voted the greatest WWE PPV of all-time, and it's no surprise why. Rock vs. Austin II and HHH vs. 'Taker go down as two of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
Marquee matchup(s): Austin def. The Rock; The Undertaker def. Triple H; Edge and Christian def. The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz.