Top 10 Favourite Survivor Series Teams

With Survivor Series coming to my home town Toronto and the announcement of 3 Traditional Elimination Tag matches featuring male, female and tag team superstars I figured I’d compile a list of my favourite Survivor Series Teams!

#10 The Berzerker, Skinner, Hercules & Col. Mustafa (1991)20131111_ep_light_lamest-teams_c-homepage

In the words of Gorilla Monsoon upon seeing this team, “Look at these beauties.” You have a viking, an alligator hunter, a bully in a bowler hat and an Iraqi militant who is very clearly the Iranian, Iron Sheik. Big Bully Busick was later replaced by Hercules who did nothing to improve this team’s chances. They were eliminated without much effort but I loved all the awful gimmicks in the 90s so this team had to kick off my list!

#9 The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus & Jack Swagger (2009)sur_11222009mm_532-4101746104

In 2009, Team Miz was compiled of five young, promising superstars. I’d say my admiration is more to look back at this team than being a fan at the time. Seven years later we can examine how successful any of them were. The Miz and Sheamus would hold the WWE Championship and Ziggler, Sheamus and Swagger would be World Heavyweight champions. Drew McIntyre never held a major title and his potential was never really tapped into. in 2016, McIntyre is doing well for himself on the independent circuit and the other visible three men never really returned to main event status and remain in the mid card. Swagger who you can’t see continues to be barely featured on WWE programming.

#8 “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, & The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (1989)89_misc-scan016-2924214903

The Rude Brood as they were titled consisted of Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Raymond and Jacques Rougeau. Four accomplished wrestlers that I would say were  very underrated on the WWE roster in 1989. Each man came out to their awesome theme music to kick off this match. The Rougeaus were more comedic at this time and so they were eliminated first and Rude and Piper did nothing to end their rivalry as both were counted out. Mr. Perfect hit the Perfectplex and picked up the victory for his team making him the perfect survivor!

#7 Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan & Brutus Beefcake (1987)sur_11261987_0061-3801134058

Here we have the first team to win a Survivor Series Elimination Tag match. Given that four WWE Hall of Famers were involved it is easy to see why this team won. Beefcake and Duggan would be eliminated but the there’s no surprise that ring generals Roberts, Savage and Steamboat would be the first ever survivors!

#6 Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Jeff & Matt Hardy (2006)sur_11262006jg_518-935071062

Team DX, I knew you’d come! This team was assembled in 2006 and 10 years later it’s incredible to see where each man is. Triple H is the Godfather of the hot brand NXT. Shawn Michaels has managed to stay retired despite rumours of a return every year. Matt Hardy has taken over the wrestling world with his Broken Matt character. Jeff Hardy never really lost his fanbase. CM Punk participated in his first UFC fight this year and shows no indication of returning to the world of wrestling.

Honourable Mention:
The Wyatt Family & The Shield (2013)raw_1069_photo_254_crop_north

We almost saw this colossal team form at the 2013 Survivor Series. These two dominant factions came face to face in an electric atmosphere in the UK. Eventually they would zone in on their common enemy at the time: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. As the two teams stalked their prey, help would arrive in the form of the Usos and the Rhodes Brothers. Unfortunately, we got this 12-man tag immediately the next week on RAW rather than in a traditional Survivor Series tag match.

#5 The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane & The Big Show (2001)images

The huddle pictured above is Team WWF getting the best pep talk any traditional Survivor Series Team ever received prior to a match. Team WWF, made up of the Big Show, Kane, Undertaker, Chris Jericho and the Rock were in the match that would shape WWF history as they took on the WCW/ECW Alliance in an elimination tag match where the winning brand would be the surviving brand! The match delivered but it was clear that the WWF was going no where as it’s competition never survives!

#4 Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley & Shawn Michaels (2003)team-austin-courtesy-of-wwe-com_

Team Austin was assembled with some of the top talent at the time. In this match, if Team Austin won he would have enhanced power as the RAW GM but if he lost, his career in any fashion would be over in the WWE. Everyone fought gallantly, but as it came down to Michaels and Orton, Batista interfered and power bombed HBK to help Orton pick up the victory. It was an emotional scene as Austin helped up the bloodied Shawn Michaels. This may be the greatest Survivor Series Elimination Tag match and Austin’s team needs to be recognized as one of the best in history!

#3 Rocky Maivia, Marc Mero, The Stalker & Jake “the Snake” Roberts
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I’m really only a fan of this team because it was the debut of Rocky Maivia. He has some colorful team members but he was impressive in his debut match by becoming the ultimate survivor in this one. “Here comes the man” said Jim Ross upon seeing Maivia; 20 years later in 2016, The Rock has proven he is the man!

#2 Savio Vega, Henry O. Godwinn, Fatu & the Undertaker (1995)surser_11191995ng_002-4203107342

Team Darkside made up of the Undertaker dawning a phantom of the opera mask, a farmer, a Samoan giving back to his community and tough Puerto Rican but don’t let that fool you as all these men made up the backstage gang known as the Bone Street Krew!

#1 The Ultimate Warrior, Texas Tornado, Legion of Doom (1990)19901122_warriors

My favourite team because it has all my childhood favourites! I guess you can say I was a fan of face paint and tassles! My all time favourite the Ultimate Warrior with my favourite tag the Legion of Doom already makes this team amazing. The Texas Tornado was another superstar I got to watch in the tail end of his career and in the few matches I saw of him he quickly became one of my favourites. The Team name Warriors fit all as you had the Legion of Doom otherwise known as the Roadwarriors and the Texas Tornado was formerly known as the Modern Day Warrior and of course the ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

Top 50 WWE Theme Songs (50-26)

#50 Jack Swagger

Kicking off our countdown is Jack Swagger’s “Patriot” theme song. It brings to mind a militaristic march. Great instrumentals and really helped get over Swagger’s change in character. As great as the music, it was always made better with Colter, Swagger and the crowd yelling “WE THE PEOPLE!”

#49 Jake “the Snake” Roberts

This theme brings back so much nostalgia which may be why it is remembered with such fondness. Jake is one of the all time great characters in wrestling and the mystique of this theme brings about the unique character of Roberts. I do love the unique instrumentals as well.

#48 Hillbilly Jim

This theme is apart of a cult classic in that it is so wacky that it had to make the list. The WWE in the 80s/90s appeared to have an obsession with “hillbilly” characters. The theme was even brought back when Hillbilly Jim managed the Godwinns in the mid 90s. The theme personifies all things you may associate with “hillbillys” from the fiddles, to the faint washboard and the lyrics telling the story of what will happen to you when you mess with a country boy. .

#47 Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero had various themes from “Latino Heat” and “Viva La Raza” but his last theme song, albeit it brief, was one of my favourites and probably wouldn’t make many lists but I did love how it matched the heel character Eddie was playing at the time. Eddie Guerrero was a gangster (as we’d say in 2005) and this theme captures it!

#46 Hart Foundation

The Hart Foundation theme would eventually lead to Bret Hart’s theme, but I have to say I prefer the original. I believe the whole theme can be played on the electric guitar and I personally love where it builds to that back and forth part around 30 seconds into the theme.

#45 John Cena (My Time is Now)

When this theme debuted in 2005 who knew that “now” would refer to a decade of John Cena’s time. Cena’s legacy speaks for itself but this is a list about theme music. When you hear that intro and those trumpets you either react favourably or with disdain to this man. The trumpets are far to repetitive for me to rank this much higher but it had to make a list of top themes!

#44 Sycho Sid

The more I listen to this theme the more I get a mix of a serial killer and psycho horror. The way it picks up and slows down throughout is a bit unsettling but again like any successful theme song it gets across the character!

#43 Triple H (King of Kings)

SPOILER: Triple H will make this list several more times. He is one superstar who has been gifted with many tremendous theme songs. Motorhead did tremendous theme songs for the WWE and they did a great job with this one. Triple H and WWE had been pushing for “King of Kings” to replace Triple H’s former nickname “the Game” but I don’t think people were going to crown Triple H a king at the time.

#42 Big Bossman

One of my childhood favourite theme songs is Hard Times for the Big Bossman. I believe Jimmy Hart and JJ Maguire were a part of creating this theme song. Jimmy created a lot of theme songs for many of the WWE’s 90s gimmick characters. I love the vocals and that the lyrics basically described the man who was making his way to the ring.

#41 The Rock

Similar to the Hart Foundation, this song gave birth to many remakes of the Rock’s future themes. The intro “Do you Smell what the Rock is cookin'” is so iconic in wrestling now. I love the Rock repeating over and over his famous catchphrases throughout the theme “the Rock says” and “Know your role”.

#40 Mark Henry

The purpose of any theme song is to convey the character making their way out in front of the audience. When Mark Henry’s theme song comes across the speakers you know that, as the title says, “Some bodies gonna get it.” It is an intimidating anthem that equals the man making his way to the ring.

#39 “Double J” Jesse James

The back story on this theme is that Jeff Jarrett, a country singer turned wrestler, performed this song but it was later discovered that it was all a lip sync. It was later revealed that Jarrett’s roadie actually sang the song and became the “Real Double J” Jesse James. Only in wrestling could a wrestler get heat for a lip-sync, leading to a feud. If it actually is him, he does a great job because it’s probably my favourite country song. This song a cult classic as it’s incredibly cheesy but so bad that it’s so good.

#38 Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt is such a strange WWE character but the wrong theme song could make or break his career. If he came out to a cartoony theme song, his arrival would be met with snickering and no intimidation. Thankfully, his theme song matches his character so well. It’s a calm and soothing tune that draws you in and leaves you unprepared for Bray’s attack on your mind, body and soul.

#37 Bayley

If you aren’t in a good mood, I suggest playing this theme song to boost you mood. After all, you may just need a hug! Bayley is a happy go lucky character  and is among the top role models for young female fans of the WWE. Her theme is of the teeny-bopper, pop variety with it’s a child friendly lyrics that kids can get into, much like the character coming out to the song. Additionally, points to the first theme song of wacky, inflatable, arm-flailing, tube men!

#36 John Cena (Basic Thuganomics)

The first John Cena anthem, “Basic Thuganomics”. I think not hearing this one in a while has placed it higher on this list than I would have thought. I have to say Cena spits bars here better than in his current theme. The record scratching  also adds to the pure rap feel of this theme, after all every rapper starts in the underground before going big!

#35 Lita

Lita has a very underrated theme. it’s super high energy and matched the Lita character so well. There is some clouded judgment as to what makes a great theme. Do fans erupt because of the music or the superstar? Does the music make the superstar or the superstar make the music? Regardless of your stance, no one can argue the height of Lita’s popularity and this was the song leading her to the ring!

#34 Kane (Slow Chemical)

Typically, I am not a fan of when a theme is remade with lyrics (e.g. Stone Cold’s theme by Disturbed). Finger Eleven, thankfully, did a masterful job with Kane’s theme song which helped fans identify with the new re-invented Kane. If my timeline is correct, he still had his mask when he first debuted this theme. Once Kane was unmasked, this theme complimented the portrayal of Kane as a tortured soul.

#33 Eric Bischoff

I love this theme song so much! Music is such a beautiful thing in that it can capture elementary emotions like happiness and sadness. In other realms it can capture such specific feelings like deceit, arrogance, distrust. Those same traits can describe the RAW GM character of Eric Bischoff. The first few lyrics of “I’m back” just gets under your skin as you knew he was on his way to deliver some awful news and make life equally awful for one of your favourites. Just masterfully written and fittingly assigned to the character.

#32 Akeem & Slick

Another cult classic here–so bad it’s good. In 2016, there is no way tis song comes out without any scrutiny. A sociology class could have a field day with how this song would plead it’s case that it is using satire as it offensively portrays an African American male (Slick).As a child, everything about this song flew over my head which is why I loved it and that’s the only reason it makes my list.  If you’re sticking around for more offensiveness, this was the theme song for Akeem the African Dream, portrayed by a white, American…billed from deepest, darkest, Africa. Oh, 90s WWE.

#31 “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

This is one song, that without DiBiase’s unique touch, is just a generic 90s theme song. Starting off the song with DiBiase’s legendary laugh is brilliant. Within seconds of hearing this song, fans would boo, as they knew the Million Dollar Man was laughing at their financial status compared to his. His lyrics of “Some might cost a little, some might cost a lot, but I’m the Million Dollar Man, and YOU will be bought” absolutely summed up the character. All the components put together to make a fantastic theme!

#30 Shawn Michaels

I believe this is another Jimmy Hart creation and it has achieved legendary status in wrestling history. In 1992, it was a great theme to convey the character of Shawn Michaels, a cocky stud breaking the hearts of female fans. Shawn Michaels is arguably the greatest in-ring performer and this song has led Michaels to all of his memorable matches from house shows to Wrestlemanias.

#29 Kurt Angle

Another fantastic, purely, instrumental theme song. This song was originally for the Patriot, an American hero character. No one else personified Americana than the man who competed for his country at the Olympics. This song appropriately titled “Medal” was to declare to crowds in arenas worldwide that a legitimate gold medalist was entering their presence. it wasn’t until much later that Edge would point out that during Angle’s song, fans could chant “You suck, you suck” in perfect harmony with the music. I hope to hear this song in a WWE arena in the near future.

#28 The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers

This theme may be ranked way higher than most fans would place it, if they even remember it. This is another Jimmy Hart creation and I think it is full of all the brilliance that made this team incredibly underrated. How else do these French Canadians pledge their allegiance to the USA? They sing of their migration to the US and acknowledge how they’ve acclimated themselves to American culture. What makes this song even better are the French lyrics where if translated you can hear the Rougeaus putting down all things American unbeknownst to English speaking Americans. Yet another cult classic theme!

#27 AJ Styles

I am always skeptical of lists that immediately rank current superstars or in this case music as already an all-time great. Similar to AJ Styles run in the WWE, this theme has already become among one of the best in the wrestling. Styles is currently the champion as of this writing and has proven this calendar year that if his opponents are wise they won’t “want none”. The lyrics also do a great job to describe Styles as a southern boy who has arrived in the WWE to fight!

#26 Kane (Burned)

The main job of any wrestling theme song is to ensure it captures the essence of the character that is making their way to the ring. That is why generic rock tracks rarely ever deliver a big time feel for the guys entering the ring. The organs to lead off almost feel as though they are counting down a demise. Once the drop hits (which is accompanied with flames) there is a hellish, evil feel to the theme. The pace of the music also ensured that Kane could methodically make his way to the ring. Any opponent seeing Kane slowly walk to the ring was always frozen as they couldn’t take their eyes of the monster. The darkness of this theme enabled Kane’s 1997 debut to be one of the great wrestling debuts in history.

Top 50 WWE Theme Songs (25-1)

#25 “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (“Hot Rod”)

There is only one man associated in the world with bagpipes and that is “Rowdy” Roddy PIper. Piper was a top heel in the 80s and could get under the skin of fans with his antics; something bagpipes can easily do too. This second version of PIper’s theme was once he was enshrined as a Hall of Famer and would make sporadic Piper’s Pit appearances. This theme sounds so legendary which is the perfect for a man of Piper’s stature. As I wrote in a tribute, it was a sad day knowing we will never hear the bagpipes again.

#24 Triple H (My Time)

Triple H has shown up again. This was the beginning of Triple H’s rise as a top guy. In 1999 he would win his first WWE Championship. This theme did a great job to separate him from DX and show the edge of the new Triple H character. There were no gimmicks, no stables, just Triple H focused on being the very best every time he made his way to the ring. Upon hearing this theme, I’m sure his adrenaline was through the roof and he was determined to prove it was indeed his time!

#23 Sasha Banks

I had this theme song ranked lower at first than it ended up being. The theme is a mix of hip-hop and pop style lyrics. The hip-hop/rap portions help to legitimize and convey Sasha’s boss character with her swagger as she makes her way to the ring. However, if you listen to the lyrics you hear a story of how Sasha developed that confidence. You hear  the story of a dream come true and all obstacles conquered to be the very best among both male and female wrestlers in the industry today. This has to fuel Sasha every time she enters an arena and proceeds to be the Boss in the ring.

#22 “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Pomp and circumstance, a theme you often hear at graduations. As a wrestling fan, I only knew this song as the theme of the “Macho Man” Randy Savage. At my own graduation upon hearing this song I could only move my fingers in a Randy Savage-like manner and say to myself as I went to receive my diploma “Oooooh yeah!” in the grizzly Macho Man voice. The point of any superstar’s music is for fans to know immediately who is on their way and only a mega superstar like Macho Man could make this theme synonymous with him.

#21 Goldust

Most superstars use aggressive sounding rock or rap music to lead them to the ring as a way of intimidating opponents. Goldust used what was called “mind games” at the time to get in the heads of his opponents. So his music had to fit that. It can be described as a beautiful arrangement of music as it could be performed by an orchestra. There are the bizarre elements of it because upon hearing it for the first time you may not be able to envision who is on their way out. I think it’s a wonderful piece of music and so I had to rank it relatively high on this list and Goldust used perfect mannerisms to it that make it a memorable one in wrestling theme song history.

#20 Enzo Amore & Big Cass

I may be incredible bias when I’m ranking this song because this is my favourite tag team in wrestling today and I pop weekly when I hear it TV. In fact, you barely ever hear much of the song because once Enzo and Cass are half way down the ramp, Enzo proceeds to deliver a killer promo. These guys are brash, eccentric, urban Italian-Americans and I feel as though all those traits are captured in this theme song! So if you think this isn’t a top 20 theme song, well there’s only one word to describe you…

#19 The Oddities

WWE coming to town is similar to the circus coming to town as you’ll see various colorful characters. The Oddities were a group that portrayed this like no other. Initially, they were billed as a heel group of freaks. Thankfully, their differences were embraced and celebrated rather than vilified thus turning them babyface. This meant that the music would have make sure fans got into their entrance. Insane Clown Posse was the perfect group to perform and join this group’s entrance. The song was so fun as fans would join the Oddities in waving their arms to and fro!

#18 Bobby Roode

The newest song on our list has sky rocketed to the top 20 of the greatest wrestling themes in history. If anything, it is already a cult classic. It has been touted as a Queen rip-off and this song literally had an arena of fans singing along with it this summer in Brooklyn; a sight to behold that made Roode’s entrance, well, GLORIOUS!

#17 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

It was a matter of time before the most popular superstar in WWE history and his theme song made this list. The glass shattering has become iconic but one thing about theme music that hasn’t totally been touched upon yet is the tempo of the music. The manner in which Stone Cold proceeded to the ring was perfect. If this song was any slower or quicker it changes the entrance completely. When they remixed his theme, you could immediately feel the disconnect as Austin was just walking with music playing in the back. Thankfully they flipped the bird to that theme and Austin continues to use this theme to this day.

#16 Dusty Rhodes

Jimmy Hart and company do it again with another fantastic theme song. You can’t help but feel the need to get up and dance with the common man Dusty Rhodes as he made his way to the ring. The funky nature of this song captured the uniqueness that was Dusty Rhodes; there was and never will be a superstar like him again! Long live the dream!

#15 Honky Tonk Man

If you perform your own theme music, you have a strong chance of making this list. This theme was a given, because everything surrounding the Honky Tonk Man character revolved around music and performing. This Elvis impersonator got his heat on believing he was the greatest performer in entertainment, so whether he was an amazing singer or not this theme was going to get over and at #15 on this list it among the greatest of all time!

#14 Mankind (Ode to Freud)

How I’ve compiled a list of the greatest theme songs and not mentioned the wizard Jim Johnston behind most of them may be a travesty. Johnston was so brilliant at ensuring the music captured all essences of the characters. The dreary way this song starts off may fill you with various emotions: sympathy, fear, uncertainty at the person you saw making their way to the ring. Mick Foley also put forward the idea of having outro music. So the latter part of this theme is his outro music which is uncomfortably soothing and calming; an absolute deranged feeling as you see a maniac leave to such beautiful music after decimating his opponent.

#13 Ultimate Warrior

This is such a tremendous theme song. Ultimate Warrior sprinting to this music fit like a glove. Warrior could shake the ropes, pump his arms and look to the heavens and it all fit under this music. Jim Johnston notes it was a simple song to put together but it’s the simplicity of this anthem that makes it ULTIMATE!

#12 Triple H (The Game)

Has any other superstar had a string of amazing themes like Triple H? The Motorhead rendition of “The Game” is Triple H’s best singles theme. They’ve performed this theme live twice at Wrestlemania and Drowning Pool even did a cover. A side note, if your theme has been played live at Wrestlemania it’s probably a tremendous theme song!

#11 The Undertaker (The Darkest Side Remix)

This is my favourite version of the Undertaker’s theme and it appears to be a remix of different themes he had during his career to that point. Originally, the Undertaker had the stereotypical funeral processional song and over time it would evolve. Here we have more than one gong to lead into the organ playing out the funeral theme and eventually you hear brass and string instruments join in to create some beautiful music. I do love around the two minute mark where you begin to hear the crescendo of the organ and how the music beautifully climaxes and leads seamlessly back to the funeral procession. Just beautiful music that helped enhanced the Undertaker’s entrance which is the standard bearer for all entrances.

#10 Evolution

Triple H and Motorhead kick off our top 10! There isn’t much more to say about Motorhead and their Midas touch when it comes to WWE theme songs! This song helped get over the legitimacy of all members in Evolution who all had magnificent careers.

#9 Edge (Metalingus)

Over time, WWE theme songs have transformed from colourful soundtracks based on a cartoonish characters in the 90s to a lot of rock and rap songs accompanying superstars in the 2000s. Typically, the music came across as the superstars’ taste in music. All that to say, I find Edge’s theme to be the perfect balance of an awesome song but still within the confines of the Edge character. When it debuted, Edge was beginning his ascent from the mid-card to the main event and a new theme is always an effective way in telling the audience the superstar is beginning a new chapter in his career.

#8 CM Punk (Cult of Personality)

This is just a great song!

#7 Goldberg

Simply an amazing theme that was both motivating and intimidating. You could see Goldberg feed off the intensity of the music and the drums and horns blaring through the speakers in arenas certainly would leave any opponent standing intimidated as they waited their doom in the form of Goldberg.

#6 Mr. Perfect

Is it too predictable to call this the perfect theme song? The beating of the drum, the clashing of cymbals and the horns declaring perfection make this theme better than any royal proclamation. Mr. Perfect could slowly make his way to the ring and allow fans to revel as they witness perfection in human form. The greatest orchestra style theme in WWE history!

#5 Shinsuke Nakamura

A theme that debuted in early 2016 ranks as the 5th best of all time must be better than perfect (and based on rankings it is!). The link above isn’t the typical theme but the violinist does such a tremendous job that it helps put this theme over the top. I think it fits Nakamura brilliantly and he shaped all his natural mannerisms to it. I can’t wait until we see a live entrance with numerous violinists performing this at Wrestlemania!

#4 Demolition

Jimmy Hart brought in Rick Derringer on this one for the colourful tag team Demolition and instead of giving them a generic rock song they got this tremendous theme song. The longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history had this magnificent theme making their presence and intentions known for 478 straight days!

#3 Gangrel

Gangrel and the Brood’s entrance was among the top entrances in WWE at the time, but the music is what put it over the top to make it awe inspiring. The faint whispers that are difficult to discern add the horror element and the instrumentals are very dark and mysterious adding to the mystique of Gangrel and his brood. Overall, this theme made the showmanship of the wrestler’s entrance something to behold and is memorable to this day.

#2 DX

The greatest theme song of the Attitude Era would have to be the anthem of a new attitude and no other theme or group expressed that like DX. DX made it cool to be rebellious and not care about the impact of your actions (I speak from experience as a 10 year old at the time). When you hear this song you’re immediately ready to form an X with your arms and tell people you got two words for them!

#1 Hulk Hogan

Here we are at #1, the Immortal Hulk Hogan’s Real American. Hulkamania isn’t the same without this song in my opinion as it put over that Hogan was a true American hero that fans could believe in. Any foe thrown his way he would vanquish. It’s interesting to know that this song wasn’t even intended for Hogan but the US Express tag team. This song is so over the top and pairing it with Hogan’s larger than life persona was genius. The first 3 seconds gets fans on their feet and as someone who neither American or a Hogan fan, I too jump when I hear this song which makes it #1 in my books!

Top 31 Wrestlemania Main Events

With Wrestlemania 32 days away there is speculation as to which match will close the show. Will it be the traditional route of having the Championship match between Triple H and Roman Reigns close the show or the Hell in a Cell match for control between Shane McMahon and the Undertaker. Also how will either match rank among the first 31 main events. Here is a list counting down to the top Wrestlemania main event in history.

#31 Yokozuna vs. Hulk Hogan
(Wrestlemania IX)

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Although the advertised main event was Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna, Hogan showed up at the end of that match and defeated Yokozuna and took the WWE Title he did nothing to earn. A black eye on Hogan and a black eye on this Wrestlemania as it made this Wrestlemania and closing bout the worst of all time.

#30 Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice
(Wrestlemania VIII)

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This was billed as Hogan’s possible farewell match and that was the only reason it was slotted to go on last. The match never ended up being Hogan’s last and Sid Justice never really lived up to main event hype. This led to an incredibly boring match that ended in a disqualification. What made things worse was that the match for WWE Championship was incredible and should have ended the show.

#29 Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan
(Wrestlemania VII)

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In a bit of a controversial angle, it was the American hero Hulk Hogan versus the Iraqi-sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter to imitate the war that had concluded between the two nations. The story could be interpreted to be in poor taste and the match was dull and boring.

#28 Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
(Wrestlemania 2)

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So far I am picking on the biggest WWE star of the late 80s, Hulk Hogan by ranking his main events low. The fact of the matter is that Hogan was the biggest draw and deserved to go on last. That being said, he had another boring bout versus King Kong Bundy in a steel cage. The story being that Hogan was trapped in the cage with the man who crushed his ribs. A simple story and a straight forward match that lacked main event excitement with Hogan retaining.

#27 The Miz vs. John Cena
(Wrestlemania XXVII)

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Remember when the Miz main evented Wrestlemania? In previous Wrestlemania’s, some main events would plant the seeds for the next year’s Main Event (Savage/Hogan or Bret/Yokozuna). Here the champion Miz was absolutely forgotten as the Rock got involved and cost Cena the championship to set up their match at the following year’s Wrestlemania. I believe the Miz worked hard but Cena and Rock were the draw for this Wrestlemania. Also, if ever there was a year to have CM Punk in the main event it was in 2011!

#26 Triple H vs. Randy Orton
(Wrestlemania XXV)

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The first of many Triple H main events to suffer from matches that should have gone on last in hindsight. Shawn Michaels and Undertaker put on a classic but the story here between Orton and Triple H was a bit disjointed. Triple H was the fan favourite champion and an odd stipulation that if Triple H was disqualified he’d lose the title. That stipulation works better in my opinion for a heel who only ever uses underhanded tactics. Triple H would retain to not much fanfare.

#25  Sycho Sid vs. The Undertaker
(Wrestlemania 13)

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My favourite superstar winning the championship in the main event. Unfortunately this was at a time prior to the Undertaker having tremendous matches at Wrestlemania. Like Sid’s match prior, this was yet again a very boring, straight forward match between to giants and Bret interfering leading to Undertaker winning didn’t do Taker any favors. Thankfully, the Undertaker continued to get better at Wrestlemania over the years

#24 Yokozuna vs. Bret Hart
(Wrestlemania X)

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Bret Hart winning the title in the main event at Wrestlemania helps move this match up but again this match wasn’t very good with a goofy ending. The story of the underdog defeating the giant Yokozuna was the story but the execution of this in the match was dreadful. It’s strange because both men are quality workers in their own right. That being said, Bret still had the match of the night in his opening bout on this night.

#23 Triple H vs. Big Show vs. Mick Foley vs. The Rock
(Wrestlemania 2000)

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McMahons in every corner was the draw for this main event but the match was pretty average. There isn’t much that can be said of this match other than it was good to see Mick Foley in the main event but the Vince turn on his guy the Rock made this main event more about the McMahons than the competitors in the ring.

#22 “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
(Wrestlemania IV)

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This “main event” was a result of a tournament that took place at Wrestlemania IV. The big draw at the time was seeing a Hogan and Andre rematch. Both men found themselves in the main event in the respective competitors’ corners. Savage and DiBiase had a less than inspiring match with a lot of outside action by the Hulkster and the Giant. Hogan sticks his nose in the match leading to Savage winning, with both men celebrating rather than allowing Randy to relish in this Wrestlemania moment himself.

#21 Chris Jericho vs. Triple H
(Wrestlemania X-8)

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Triple H had just returned from a major injury to a huge ovation. Jericho was the first undisputed champion. The first two sentences already have me rethinking the ranking of this match. Unfortunately, parts of this story were overshadowed by campy soap opera drama and diverted off the main issue that could have made this a straight forward story leading to the match. Once again, Triple H was hurt by the match of the night between Hogan and the Rock which electrified the crowd and left this main event without the usual excitement surrounding the final bout.

#20 Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
(Wrestlemania XI)

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Kicking off our top 20 is a match that at first glance you’d think would be ranked among the lowest. Wrestlemania XI, often criticized as one of the worst Wrestlemanias involved a celebrity football player defeating a pro wrestler. To his credit, Lawrence Taylor exceeded expectation and did his part in achieving a passable match. The coverage, however of this main event helped catapult the WWE in mainstream focus when the WWE was at its lowest point business wise and popularity. Without any celebrity involvement, who knows if the WWE could have survived this down time in its history.

#19 The Rock vs. John Cena
(Wrestlemania 29)

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Wrestlemania 29 was one of the most profitable in the history of the event. By 2013, tickets were no longer being sold on who was on the marquee but by the brand of the WWE and Wrestlemania coming to town. International fans are now booking trips to see the biggest wrestling event of the year prior to any announced matches. The rematch of the Rock and Cena was a bit predictable and it appeared fans were not as enamored at having a part-time champion in the Rock. Their match was boring with an overkill of kicking out of finishers. It was a cool sight to see Rock “pass the torch” as Hogan did for him.

#18 John Cena vs. Triple H
(Wrestlemania 22)

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An electric atmosphere in Chicago for this main event. The crowd heavily booed the hero and cheered the villain. John Cena was now the “face” of the WWE, but older fans did not see him at the level of their previous heroes (Austin/Rock). The match between both men was good and competitive and Cena cemented his legacy as he made “the Game” tap out. It was simply the beginning of what to expect in different arenas as Cena would continue to be the greatest polarizing superstar in the WWE’s history.

#17 Edge vs. The Undertaker
(Wrestlemania XXIV)

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Wrestlemania 24 was indeed a success as far as live crowd attendance, finances and quality matches. Flair and Michaels was match of the night, Floyd Mayweather and the Big Show had a fun match and the main event bout was a solid one to close the show. At first going in to the event, it was perceived that the WWE Championship would be the main event, however with Orton booked to win, the desire was to close the show and send fans home happy. The Undertaker extending his undefeated streak and winning the World Heavyweight title was that sight. Edge to his credit proved to belong in the main event as he was a successful villainous champion that fans wanted to see their revered Undertaker defeat.

#16 Triple H vs. Batista
(Wrestlemania 21)

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Wrestlemania 21 featured many up and coming talents that would carry the WWE for the next few years. Notable features included Edge, Randy Orton, Batista and John Cena. The event set a record for the Staples Centre and did well financially and on pay-per-view not only in the United States but worldwide. The crowd reactions to Batista propelled him to the Main Event and Batista eventually grew into his role as a main event talent and draw, helping making this Wrestlemania one of the better events to date.

#15 Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Mr. Wonderful
(Wrestlemania I)

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The one that started them all, the very first Wrestlemania. It was a unique event and included all the top ingredients for success: there was mainstream appeal with Mr. T, a top hero in Hogan and a top villain in Piper. The match itself wasn’t anything to write home about but it was a remarkable spectacle sold both on sports and entertainment.

#14 “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan
(Wrestlemania V)

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“Macho Man” Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan, two of the biggest names of the late 80s and 90s clashed at Wrestlemania 5 as the Mega Powers exploded. This is one of my favourite Wrestlemania matches and is a kickoff to some great bouts that ended the Show of Shows! To this point in time it was Hogan’s greatest Wrestlemania match and the first time Hogan would win the title at the Grandest Stage.

#13 John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
(Wrestlemania 23)

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Wrestlemania 23 marked the event’s consistent return to big stadiums to fit 70,000 + and the major advertised bout was Battle of the Billionaires Hair vs. Hair involving Donald Trump and Vince McMahon. The bout that closed the evening, however, was a classic WWE Championship match that involved no celebrity or gimmickry. “Mr. Wrestlemania”, Shawn Michaels and John Cena put on a quality wrestling match that does not get the praise that other Wrestlemania matches do. This marked the consecutive year that Cena would force a top talent and former DX member to tap out in a successful title defense.

#12 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
(Wrestlemania XXVI)

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How fitting that Shawn Michaels would finish his career in the main event to which he received his second surname. Michaels and Undertaker had a daunting task of replicating their classic from the previous year. Both men went out there and battled hard but it was a bit predictable that the Undertaker would remain undefeated and Shawn Michaels would head off into the sunset as he wrapped up a legendary career.

#11 Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit
(Wrestlemania XX)

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Although, I don’t often go back to re-watch this match due to Benoit’s involvement, it cannot be denied that this was a great triple threat match and an awesome crowning moment for what to that point had been a tremendous wrestling career.

#10 Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins*
(Wrestlemania 31)

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Brock Lesnar is such a remarkable attraction and draw in the present era of wrestling. Lesnar was a part-time superstar and made sporadic appearances, so you could be sure that one of his appearances would be in the main event of Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns had a unique match up with the live crowd being very into all that took place in the match. They paid to see Lesnar destroy his opponent and Lesnar did not disappoint. Reigns held his own and did what he could to take down the beast. Seth Rollins, timed his Money in the Bank cash-in perfectly and capitalized on the punishment in this match. This match had brutality and excitement making it a top 10 main event!

#9 Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
(Wrestlemania XIX)

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An awesome wrestling exhibition should be the main event of a spectacle called Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle went out after several other classic matches and kept the crowd’s attention and delivered another classic on this night. This main event included two tremendous amateur wrestlers with different attitudes and when it was all said and done and a new champion crowned, both men could only exchange a handshake and hug in celebration of an awesome match.

#8 Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
(Wrestlemania XII)

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Once again we find an awesome wrestling exhibition to close out Wrestlemania. This was an incredible athletic spectacle that took more than an hour to conclude. An Ironman match is a tough one for the live crowd because fans are awaiting those final minutes to see who will come out victorious. As far as a box office draw, wrestling was in the infancy of its upswing and there was going to be a shift in attitude but it cannot be denied the quality of a wrestling match put together by two of the best at that time Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.

#7 Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior
(Wrestlemania VI)

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The first international Wrestlemania and it drew nearly 60, 000 in Toronto. Hogan was the biggest name to date at the time and the Warrior was a close second. Both men put forward a great effort and it was a better match than anticipated with the Warrior defeating Hogan. The crowd was split with fans of both men on the edge of their seat unsure who would come out on top. Add in the fact that this Wrestlemania did well financially for it’s time ranks this among the top main events.

#6 Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan
(Wrestlemania XXX)

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The Superdome showcased one of the greatest sights in WWE and Wrestlemania history with 60,000 + chanting YES! YES! YES! Everyone in attendance wanted to see Daniel Bryan become the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Only a hero like Daniel Bryan could revive the crowd after they witnessed the end of the Undertaker’s undefeated streak. The triple threat match was great like all of Bryan’s matches and given that Bryan is now retired, I am grateful he was able to experience this tremendous moment in his career.

#5 Shawn Michaels vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
(Wrestlemania XIV)

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The moment the Austin Era began was when Steve Austin won his first WWE Championship in this main event. Shawn Michaels was on his way out with a back injury and still held his own in this match to live up to a main event standard. The added involvement of Mike Tyson brought more mainstream attention to the WWE which was beginning to show more attitude in it’s product and more and more fans were drawn to Steve Austin and would tune in and pay to see their rebellious hero finally be crowned champion.

#4 The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
(Wrestlemania XV)

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Imagine the first encounter between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the Rock for the WWE Championship. There is only one place and one event for that to happen and that’s the main event of Wrestlemania. This was their first encounter of three at Wrestlemania and it did not disappoint. the WWE was at the height of it’s popularity and the two most popular wrestlers left it all in the ring but fans paid and wanted to see Austin overcome the Corporate champion and for the second consecutive year, Austin won championship gold in the main event.

#3 The Rock vs. John Cena
(Wrestlemania XXVIII)

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The dream match that was believed to only ever happen “Once in a Lifetime”. The Rock is not only perhaps the most famous pro wrestler but among the top celebrities in the world today. He returned to Wrestlemania in 2012 to square off against the top draw in the company, John Cena. You could feel the animosity and you knew old wrestling fans who had fallen away would be tuning in to see if the Rock could still go. It was an electric atmosphere and a tremendous match. The main event often reserved for the title was the only place to have two legends from their respective eras square off. Once again, the Rock proved that whether it’s an action movie or Wrestlemania he remains a successful box office draw.

#2 Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
(Wrestlemania III)

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The slam heard around the world took place at Wrestlemania 3 in the main event in front of what was declared 93, 000. Regardless of the fact that it wasn’t exactly 93, 000, the Pontiac Silverdome was indeed packed to see the Immovable Object square off against the Irresistible Force. Hogan was the biggest wrestling draw at the time and his championship reign was being brought into question against the undefeated, colossal Andre the Giant. The match was not a wrestling classic like another match on that night, but Wrestlemania 3 was sold because of these two names on the marquee. As Hogan’s title looked to be in jeopardy, Hogan summed up the strength to lift Andre off his feet, slam him, hit the leg drop and retain his title in what has become an image synonymous with Wrestlemania.

#1 The Rock vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
(Wrestlemania X-Seven)

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Wrestlemania X-Seven is often viewed as the greatest Wrestlemania of all time. From top to bottom it was a pretty stellar card. So that being said, the top match should make #1 on our list. In 1999, Steve Austin and the Rock were already reaching heights of their popularity so tt’s incredible that two years later fans would gather in the Astrodome and purchase on pay-per-view to see these two rivals go to battle once again. The criticism of Austin turning on the fans to end this match can be discussed as to how it impacted future business but we are here to examine this main event. Rock and Austin left it all in the ring as they threw all they had at one another. At times, it appeared this match would not end because neither men would accept leaving without the coveted WWE Championship. Finally, Austin resorted to heinous tactics and as mentioned sold his soul to the devil to win this match. Two of the all time greats in a tremendous fight for the World title in front of millions live and at home makes this the greatest Wrestlemania main event of all time.

#1 Shawn Michaels

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Wrestlemania V: lost to the Twin Towers in a Tag Team Match w/Marty Jannetty
Wrestlemania VI: lost to the Orient Express by CO in Tag Team Match w/Marty Jannetty
Wrestlemania VII: defeated Haku & the Barbarian in a Tag Team Match w/Marty Jannetty
Wrestlemania VIII: defeated Tito Santana
Wrestlemania IX: lost to Tatanka by CO in an Intercontinental Championship Match
Wrestlemania X: lost to Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match
Wrestlemania XI: lost to WWE Champion Diesel
Wrestlemania XII: defeated WWE Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart
Wrestlemania XIV: lost to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in a WWE Championship Match
Wrestlemania XIX: defeated Chris Jericho
Wrestlemania XX: lost to Chris Benoit in a World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Matc
Wrestlemania 21: lost to Kurt Angle
Wrestlemania 22: defeated Mr. McMahon in a Street Fight
Wrestlemania 23: lost to WWE Champion John Cena
Wrestlemania XXIV: defeated Ric Flair in a Retirement Match
Wrestlemania XXV: lost to the Undertaker
Wrestlemania XXVI: lost to the Undertaker in a Retirement Match

Championships
Retained Intercontinental Championship
Won WWE Championship
Lost WWE Championship

Main Events: Wrestlemania XII, Wrestlemania XIV, Wrestlemania XX, Wrestlemania 23 and Wrestlemania XXVI

Shawn Michaels re-invented the ladder match at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels proved to be the Ironman and won the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels returned from four years of injury and turned back the clock at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels had an instant classic versus Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels defeated the evil Mr. McMahon in an awesome Street Fight at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels ended Ric Flair’s historic career at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels challenged the Streak at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels finished his career at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels, the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event has done EVERYTHING there is to do at Wrestlemania.

#1 on this list could only be the man the WWE recognizes as Mr. Wrestlemania!

#2 The Undertaker

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Wrestlemania VII: defeated Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Wrestlemania VIII: defeated Jake “the Snake” Roberts
Wrestlemania IX: defeated Giant Gonzalez by DQ
Wrestlemania XI: defeated King Kong Bundy
Wrestlemania XII: defeated Diesel
Wrestlemania 13: defeated WWE Champion Sycho Sid
Wrestlemania XIV: defeated Kane
Wrestlemania XV: defeated Bossman in a Hell in a Cell Match
Wrestlemania X-Seven: defeated Triple H
Wrestlemania X-8: defeated Ric Flair
Wrestlemania XIX: defeated Big Show & A-Train in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match
Wrestlemania XX: defeated Kane
Wrestlemania 21: defeated Randy Orton
Wrestlemania 22: defeated Mark Henry in a Casket Match
Wrestlemania 23: defeated World Heavyweight Champion Batista
Wrestlemania XXIV: defeated World Heavyweight Champion Edge
Wrestlemania XXV: defeated Shawn Michaels
Wrestlemania XXVI: defeated Shawn Michaels
Wrestlemania XXVII: defeated Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match
Wrestlemania XXVIII: defeated Triple H in a Hell in a Cell Match
Wrestlemania 29: defeated CM Punk
Wrestlemania XXX: vs. Brock Lesnar

Championships
Won WWE Championship
Won World Heavyweight Championship (2)

Main Events: Wrestlemania 13, Wrestlemania XXIV and Wrestlemania XXVI

The Undertaker is 21-0, soon to be 22-0, twenty-two matches and no losses…enough said!

#3 Hulk Hogan

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Wrestlemania I: defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in a Tag Team Match w/Mr. T
Wrestlemania 2: defeated King Kong Bundy in a WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Wrestlemania III: defeated Andre the Giant in a WWE Championship Match
Wrestlemania IV: Double DQ versus Andre the Giant
Wrestlemania V: defeated WWE Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Wrestlemania VI: lost to Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior in an Intercontinental & WWE Championship Match
Wrestlemania VII: defeated WWE Champion Sgt. Slaughter
Wrestlemania VIII: defeated Sid Vicious
Wrestlemania IX: lost to Money Inc. by DQ; defeated WWE Champion Yokozuna
Wrestlemania X-8: lost to the Rock
Wrestlemania XIX: defeated Mr. McMahon in a Street Fight

Championships
Retained WWE Championship (2)
Won WWE Championship (3)

Main Events: Wrestlemania I, Wrestlemania 2, Wrestlemania III, Wrestlemania V, Wrestlemania VI, Wrestlemania VII and Wrestlemania VIII

Without Hulk Hogan there would be no Wrestlemania. Hogan was in the first 3 Main Events as WWE Champion. Hogan drew the crowds in with each passing Wrestlemania like he did when he squared off against Andre the Giant in front of 93, 000. Throughout Hogan’s career he would main event a total of 7 Wrestlemanias and fans would go wild for Hulkamania. Hogan would be apart of the first 9 Wrestlemanias and only once did he not compete for the WWE Championship. After WCW’s demise, Hogan returned to Wrestlemania in his nWo attire losing to the Rock. The following year would be the clash of two men who we as fans have to thank for Wrestlemania. Now at the 30th Wrestlemania, Hogan returns to host the event he helped build. Who knows what the Hulkster has in store but as he has done in all of his Wrestlemanias, he will leave a lasting impression!