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Sunday, March 11, 2018

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Eyes On WWE: Ranking The Last 6 Wrestlemanias

By @TrueGodImmortal

Wrestlemania is here. Well, not exactly, but close enough. We are on the final stop on the Road to Wrestlemania and the show is just weeks away. The rumored card is a bit disappointing, as usual, but this leads us to look back at the last few Mania events and rank them from worst to best. Where does Wrestlemania 30 rank? 31? 29? Let's take a look.

6. Wrestlemania 32 

-A lot of people give this a pass, but it doesn't deserve it. The WWE decided to stick with the horrible idea of Triple H vs Roman Reigns and while that might have been a good idea to them a year before, it wasn't a good idea at all. In addition to that, we got a really lackluster card that was the result of injuries and some bullshit booking. Nothing felt special here. The Undertaker returned for a pointless match with Shane McMahon, AJ Styles and Chris Jericho had a solid match with a bad outcome, and the best moment for me was watching Shawn Michaels (in his gear), Mick Foley, and Stone Cold Steve Austin fighting against the League of Nations. Other than that, the IC Title Ladder match was decent enough, but the Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose match was a huge disappointment. Overall, it was a card that didn't have much potential and the outcome reflected that.

5. Wrestlemania 29

-I don't have fond memories of this event, but it does have some solid matches and one classic. The main event wasn't the best of course, and the three biggest matches featured two rematches that no one wanted to see, but the undercard was actually pretty good. The best match of the night should have headlined the show and that's CM Punk vs The Undertaker. This is the highlight of the entire show. As Punk and Taker put on a show, the rest of the card struggled to keep up, as Triple H and Brock Lesnar put on a subpar match and The Rock vs John Cena 2 was the most unnecessary title match ever. The Shield vs Orton, Sheamus, and Ryback was solid, Jericho vs Fandango was solid, and so was the tag team title match, but otherwise, this event was on par with the poor quality of WM32. You could flip a coin and either choice is correct. That's how bad it was.

4. Wrestlemania 33

-Last year was decent. It wasn't the best, it wasn't the worst, but the low moments would be pretty low. The main event was one of the worst in Mania history, with Roman Reigns and The Undertaker putting on one of the worst matches I've witnessed in Mania big match situations. The Brock vs Goldberg match wasn't terrible, but it wasn't that good and it was mostly just excitement over an actual match, but despite that, the high points did come during this event. For one, Seth Rollins vs Triple H gave Triple H his best Mania match since Daniel Bryan. AJ Styles and Shane McMahon put on a good show as well, and I liked the Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens match. However, the Smackdown Women's Title match, the Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton match, and the mixed tag team match were all awful and I mostly ignored this during my watch of the show. My memories of WM33 aren't too fond or too bad, they are right in the middle. It is a decent event, but of course, nothing special.

3. Wrestlemania 28 

-I loved this Mania when it first happened. Repeat viewings have been decent, but for the most part, Wrestlemania 28 is known mostly for the triple main event that really made this a must see show. Sure, the Undertaker vs Triple H rematch wasn't built the right way, but it was the match of the night IMO and one of the most fun matches in a while. In addition to that, The Rock vs John Cena was actually a pretty damn good match, and CM Punk vs Chris Jericho is an underrated battle for Mania history. Aside from the women's tag team match and the Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus 18 seconds debacle, this is a solid Mania and deserving of this spot.

2. Wrestlemania 31 

-If I was being honest, this could have been no. 1, but it just misses the mark due to the main event. I'll be honest, I was not sold on Brock vs Reigns and I still don't understand why this match was made. It was boring to me up until Seth Rollins cashed in and etched his name in Wrestlemania history. The man who should have faced Brock, Daniel Bryan, would end up winning the IC Title in a solid ladder match, along with Seth taking on Randy Orton as well. While The Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt was mediocre, it did feature some interesting moments in the match. Triple H vs Sting was solid and nostalgic fun and I didn't mind the Cena vs Rusev match despite the outcome. Overall, this was a very good Mania with only a few small mishaps, which includes a segment with The Rock, Ronda Rousey, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon that was foreshadowing what we see today, but it was fun at least. Mania 31 is still a very good show that I watch pieces of from time to time.

1. Wrestlemania 30

-The truth is, this has the best ending of just about any Mania. This might be the best ending of Mania besides 20 really. I mean, how often is it that WWE does the right thing? Not often at all. Well, with that, the truth is, WWE was forced to do so this go round and the result ended up being one of the best Manias in a long time. Aside from Cesaro winning the battle royal, Brock ending the streak, and the Hogan, Austin and Rock segment to open the show, there were two excellent Daniel Bryan matches that showcased why he was the best in the world. Bryan vs Triple  H was a classic and the triple threat main event gave us the happy ending that Mania desperately needed. The show was given enough time for all the matches and wrestling wise, it was a solid show, and because of what this show means, it has to be no. 1 on the list. It has to be.



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