10 Worst WrestleMania Matches of All-Time
With the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII, happening tonight, now is the time
when most die-hard wrestling fans discuss what were the best matches, what event was the
best WrestleMania and so on. Well, today we are going to look at some matches that probably aren’t included in those discussions.
In fact, we want to look back at what were the worst WrestleMania matches of all time. Disasters such as a 7' tall guy wearing a suit with painted on chest hair and a sumo match that was included for reasons we can’t begin to figure out. Not even ‘The Dead Man’ The Undertaker is immune from this list. So let us get this rolling as we present to you the 10 Worst WrestleMania Matches Ever.
The Boogeyman vs Booker T
Yes, there was actually a wrestler named 'The Boogeyman' and he did indeed appear at WrestleMania. Go ahead and picture what you think he looked like, we think you will probably be close. It’s a little sad to think that a legend like Booker T had to have this match on his WrestleMania resume. Not only that, but Booker T lost! While Booker T may be considered a legend and destined for the Hall of Fame, we think this is one career moment he would be happy to have erased from the history books.
Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon
When Bret Hart returned to the WWE in January of 2010, very few would have believed that his return would lead to a match with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI. However, it did indeed happen and as much as we commend “The Hitman” for stepping back in the ring, we can’t overlook how terrible the match actually was. Basically, it went on for what seemed like forever, while Bret beat Vince with a steel chair over and over until we actually started to feel bad for McMahon! "The Excellence of Execution” would go on to win, but not before we started to regret all those “one more match” chants that were sent his way.
The Great Khali vs Kane
When someone thinks of The Great Khali, they don’t usually picture him as a great technical wrestler. At WrestleMania 23, his skills were put on full display as he wrestled ‘The Devil's Favorite Demon’ Kane. Unfortunately for all of us, the match lasted an agonizing five-and-a-half minutes. Kane is capable of putting on some really good matches, but he couldn’t get one out of the 7' ‘Punjabi Nightmare’ Khali.
Akebono vs The Big Show in a Sumo Match
Yes, this actually happened, and it was just as awful as you can imagine. At WrestleMania 21 -- the biggest show of the year -- the WWE decided to treat us to a sumo match that lasted a hair over one minute. We sincerely hope that at least one person was entertained during the contest. Big Show, being the legend that he is, lost in a pretty convincing fashion. At least the match lasted about as long as a hot dog would in front of the massive Akebono, and we were treated to the sight of Show in sumo gear.
The Big Show vs Floyd Mayweather
Poor Big Show just isn’t getting any love. At WrestleMania XXIV, he competed in a boxer vs wrestler match against the always easy to dislike Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Mayweather is over 5' tall, while the Big Show is almost 7'! Yet somehow, Show still managed to lose, which really shouldn't be possible. The match ended with Mayweather putting on gold brass knuckles and knocking The Big Show out and reminding us why it’s better to just stick with wrestlers at WrestleMania and leave the poor attempt at publicity at the door.
Butterbean vs Bart Gunn
This match is almost good just for the sheer hilarity of the WWE thinking it would be a contest. Bart Gunn won the “Brawl For All” tournament that earned him a spot at WrestleMania XV against professional boxer Eric 'Butterbean' Esch, who proceeded to knock Gunn out 30 seconds into the match. The Brawl For All tournament was supposed to add legit tough guy appeal to the participants. However, all it seemed to do was give us something to make fun of all these years.
Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon
At WrestleMania XIX, Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon finally settled their differences in a good old-fashioned street fight. Too bad The Hulkster was way beyond his prime at this point and McMahon was never a wrestler to begin with. The match was 20 minutes of two old guys beating each other up with steel chairs. But, hey, at least it featured 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper in it, and that's worth something. Hogan would go on to win the match with his signature big boot and leg drop combo. But not before reminding us that some things are better left to the imagination.
Jerry ‘The King' Lawler vs Michael Cole
Michael Cole, the ever-annoying announcer and self-proclaimed voice of the WWE, actually had a match at WrestleMania XXVII against Jerry Lawler. Not only did Cole have the match, but after losing to ‘The King’ the decision was eventually overturned and he became victorious. And, to make it even more insulting, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was the special referee and we didn't even get to see Cole get a Stunner! Fortunately, we all got to witness Michael Cole’s horrible tattoos, that fact almost makes up for the match itself.
The Undertaker vs Giant González
It doesn’t seem possible to think The Undertaker has had a bad WrestleMania match, but, unfortunately, that is the case. At WrestleMania IX ‘The Phenom’ went one-on-one with a 7'7" man named Giant González. The most important thing to remember about this match is that González had airbrushed on chest hair; we wish we were kidding. It was really awful watching him try to move around the ring. Obviously, The Undertaker won the match or we wouldn’t have his legendary WrestleMania streak today. Imagine if he had lost; we may never have had his epic WrestleMania encounters with Shawn Michaels.
The Ultimate Warrior vs Triple H
When thinking of possible wrestling dream matches, The Ultimate Warrior vs Triple H is one that should immediately come to mind. Except it already happened at WrestleMania XII. Although, it wasn’t exactly a dream match. Instead Warrior defeated Triple H (Hunter Hearst Helmsley at the time) in precisely 01:36 seconds. Yeah, it lasted about as long as when The Ultimate Warrior went to WCW. It’s too bad these two titans of wrestling never had an actual good WrestleMania dream match, but we can still argue over who would have been the true winner.
Well, that’s all for our list, if there are any matches you feel that deserve to be on this list, feel free to discuss them in the comments below.