Five Wide: My favorite Wrestlemania matches of all time

1. TLC II (Wrestlemania X7)

Hands down, this is my favorite match of all time. This was the second ever Tables Ladders and Chairs match and it still reigns supreme as the best. This match had a little bit of everything. From the 3rd member of each group interfering on behalf of their respective tag team. Seeing Jeff Hardy do a Swanton bomb off the top of a big ass ladder, destroying Spike Dudley and Rhyno. Edge spearing Jeff Hardy off of a skyhook is arguably the most lasting image of this matchup.

2. Edge vs Mick Foley (Wrestlemania 22)

This match is just absolutely brutal but it also turned Edge into the main event star he was over the rest of his career. Early on in the match, Edge speared Foley and it looked like the match might be over but Foley wrapped himself in barbed wire and Edge absorbed all of it when he speared him. Despite that, despite the barbed wire being rubbed against both competitors faces, despite the mandible claw with barbed wire, the most memorable part of the match was the ending where Edge speared Foley through a burning table.

3. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Bret Hart (Wrestlemania 15)

I love this match simply for the fact that the rare double turn occurred. Austin refused to tap out to Bret Hart, falling unconscious instead. Despite the bell being rung to signify he won the match, Hart refused to let go of the Sharpshooter hold. This is one of the biggest moments of Austin's career as it launched him into superstardom.

4. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock (Wrestlemania X7)

The second match in the Stone Cold/The Rock trilogy was by far the best. This match was completely perfect in every aspect. This match was great for a couple reasons. Stone Cold's win at the Royal Rumble ensured his return to the WWF Championship picture. Austin spent the majority of 2000 recovering from being run over by a car that Rikishi was driving (kayfabe). In reality, Austin was actually recovering from a neck injury he received years prior at Summerslam.

The Rock took over in Austin's absence and arguably became a bigger star than Austin was. They were at least on the same level, that's for sure.

This match was beautiful. 28 minutes of bloody, beautiful, greatness. The ending to the match still manages to overshadow. Austin joining forces with Vince McMahon was a really big deal at that time since Austin, was arguably the biggest face in the WWF and he basically beefed with McMahon for the better 2-3 years prior to that.

5. Roddy Piper vs Goldust (Wrestlemania XII)

This much was just weird but it was also hilarious as well. If you skip to about 2:03, you can see Piper punch Goldust so hard that he breaks his hand. Ouch. This match also involved a high speed chase between the two competitors before Piper eventually wins the match in the ring.


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