Essential Seven Wrestlemania Moments

Hogan and Mr. T

Reviewing the Wrestlemania XXV DVD put me in a WWF nostalgia mood. I was a hardcore fan of wrestling starting in the early 80’s. I remember the excitement I had of watching my favorite stars battle it out on pay-per-view every year. So this weeks Essential Seven list is my Essential Seven Wrestlemania Moments. This list is a bit biased. I haven’t seen every Wrestlemania, but can the newer ones be as good as they were in the 80’s and 90’s? I don’t think so!


7) The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (WrestleMania VII, 1991)
Let’s be honest here. Even if a wrestler loses a retirement match, you know they are going to return. They always do.  For 20 minutes Savage and the Warrior battled back and forth with the Ultimate Warrior prevailing. The Macho Man would have to retire. At the end of the match, Queen Sherri was irate that Savage lost. She began kicking and screaming at him. Elizabeth ran into the ring and put Sherri in her place. Savage and Elizabeth embraced, changing his status as the heel to the face. His retirement didn’t last that long. One year later he would be the champion for a second time.


6) Randy Savage vs.  Ric Flair (Wrestlemania VIII)
Miss Elizabeth was always a pain in the ass to Randy Savage! For some reason one year later she was snuggling up to the Nature Boy Ric Flair. Savage was pissed, challenging him to a bout for the WWE title. The match was all over the ring with Savage cheating for the win, and the title. In the end, Savage had Elizabeth at his side once again. Why?


5) Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania XII, 1996)
The 60-minute Iron Man Match was one of the most technical proficient battles in WWE history. The winner of the match was the man who scored the most pinfalls in 60 minute time period. Neither man was able to secure a fall heading into the final minute. Hart locked Michaels into the sharshooter. Michaels refused to submit and waited out until the time limit expired. The officials determined that the match needed a winner, so the match went into overtime. A few minutes later, Shawn knocked out Bret with a sidekick for the win.


4)  Bret Hart vs Steve Austin (Wrestlemania 13, 1997)
The WWE was in transition in the late 90’s. The heels were becoming fan favorites with the babyfaces despised. Stone Cold’s popularity had began to slowly grow as did the hatred of the Hitman. These men had been at each others throats for months. The result was a bloody brutal match. In the end Bret Hart won the match, but Steve Austin won the crowds approval.


3) The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania X-8)
The return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE was a big deal. Wrestling The Rock was even bigger. In a match that nobody though would happen Hulk Hogan and the Rock fought at Wrestlemania X-8 (18). The nostalgic factor overwhelmed the fact that the match was not technical. Even though Hogan was the heel, the crowd was fully on his side. The Rock won the match, but Hogan turned face after the match returning to the Hulkamania that we all love.


2) The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania VI, 1990)
A Wrestlemania where Hulk Hogan didn’t win was very hard to believe in the early years.  When it was announced that The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan would square off, I was expecting Hogan to win. Of course, what I didn’t know was that Hogan scheduled to begin filming Suburban Commando, and needed the time off. The match is still one of my favorites. Then came the big moment, when The Ultimate Warrior Gorilla Press slammed Hogan for the win. Hogan had lost by pinfall. This was big. Hulk hadn’t lost by pinfall in over ten years.
After the match, Hogan handed Warrior the belt  and proclaimed The Warrior the new champ. At the time it felt like the Ultimate Warrior was the successor to the Hogan throne. Until Hogan finished filming his crappy movie.


1) Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (Wrestlemania III, 1987)
The biggest
Wrestlemania of all time is still Wrestlemania III. Ninety Three Thousand people watched the main event between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. The event was hyped for months. Andre proclaimed to be undefeated with nobody able to slam the giant. The match was not the most interesting match to watch until Hulk Hogan bodyslammed the 500 lb Andre for the win.

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