My Fab Five; Most Underrated Wrestlemania Matches In History
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As we continue to embark on this adventurous road Wrestlemania 33, I want you to make a pit stop to my memory diner called My Fab Five; Most Underrated Wrestlemania In WWE History.
When we reminisce on historic matches though out Wrestlemania’s thirty-three year history. There are a plethora of well-documented matches that always stand out.
Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior in the first ever Title vs. Title at Wrestlemania 6, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat stealing the show and setting the foundation for the “false finish” at Wrestlemania 3. Bret Hart putting his technical skill aside to go to war with Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13 or Shawn Michaels with his endless show stealing matches from Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania 10, to winning the WWE Title at Wrestlemania 12.
Who could forget his highly emotional finish with Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24? We could talk about those moments and much more, but I want to salute those unsung heroes. The ones that can easily be considered 4-star matches. I’m going to just give you five out of the selected few diamonds in the rough.
So here we go, My Fab Five; Most Underrated Wrestlemania Matched in WWE History.
5) The British Bulldogs Vs. The Dream Team (c) (Wrestlemania 2)
This WWE Tag Team Title match was so intense, two referees were needed to maintain control. The British Bulldogs accompanied by their manager “Captain” Lou Albano and Rock Legend Ozzy Osborne battled the team of Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake with their manager “Luscious” Johnny Valiant.
This feud had been brewing for months with the Bulldogs winning a non-title match several weeks prior was finally coming to a head at Wrestlemania. Davy Boy, known for his brute strength and Dynamite Kid for his speed and technical prowess versus Valentine’s and Beefcake’s bruiser style blended with technical finesse. One thing these two had in common was they could both were hard hitting and showed great tag team continuity.
This was a great story told of the clash of styles, good versus evil, the young pups against the wily veterans; and with the Bulldogs getting the victory this was truly the precursor for tag team wrestling.
4) Eddie Guerrero Vs. Test (c) (Wrestlemania 17)
The Test and Eddie Guerrero match got my vote because these men put on a great match for the WWE European Title in just 8 minutes.
With that year’s Wrestlemania already having such an explosive card, Guerrero and Test put on a very strong and fast paced title performance that had the fans totally invested. Test, in my opinion, had his best match in a WWE ring with the aid of one of the greatest of all time Guerrero. Even when Test made the error of getting his leg caught in the ropes, Guerrero tied it so well into the match it not only helped the story but it enhanced it.
The match was capped off with Eddie winning the title in his first singles Wrestlemania competition leading to a stellar Hall Of Fame career.
3) Bret Hart Vs. Owen Hart (Wrestlemania 10)
This match touched me in a personal way, me being the baby brother and looking up to my elder brother. It was moving to see Bret give his youngest brother Owen the perfect rub to catapult his career in WWE.
Bret already being a main eventer was set to face Yokozuna that very same night for the WWE Title.
A classic feat with Bret’s being a mat specialist against Owen’s fast paced and agile abilities. Both brothers showed great counter moves which canceled out each other’s strengths.
The match came down to will instead of skill with Owen digging deep to surprisingly defeat his possibly distracted older brother.
2) Cody Rhodes Vs. Rey Mysterio (Wrestlemania 27)
Cody Rhodes already had the pedigree and the skill for greatness and this match against Mysterio was truly his coming out party.
There isn’t any secret to the abilities of Rey Mysterio he was already well established, being a former World Champion. Mysterio, with all his accolades, did not have to carry the second generation Rhodes. Both combatants displayed superior ring generalship in what was a high octane match. Rhode didn’t get the victory over the savvy veteran Mysterio but the performance led Rhodes to the WWE Intercontinental Championship the next month.
1) Randy Orton Vs. Seth Rollins (Wrestlemania 31)
The big Wrestlemania moment was Seth Rollins cashing in his Money In The Bank suitcase and winning the WWE World Title. For some reason, people seemed to forget the highly competitive match between him and Randy Orton.
This is a story of the New Era vs. the Ruthless Aggression Era, NXT against OVW if you will.
Most of all it was a match to see if Rollins had what it took to become a main eventer. Although Rollins came up short, Seth was truly ready for the spotlight of not only being champion but the future of the WWE. Orton, on the other hand, displayed a passion that hadn’t been seen in quite some time. Randy pushed himself above and beyond to show not only Rollins but the WWE Universe that he was still the Apex Predator.
There you go guys, my five most underrated overlooked matches in Wrestlemania history!
Now, I’m sure you guys have your opinion on this matter. Some of you may agree with my picks, some you may not. Give me your thoughts on some matches or even Wrestlemania moments.
Until then, I’m Danny Finn of Pop Culture Pipe Bomb I’ll be back with another Pro Wrestling Beat. Cause what? You already know, the beat goes on and on…DIG IT!!!