Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Our next round of Manias have advanced to the single elimination bracket! Looks like fortune favored the favored in this one. Check it out!

Group B Results


#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#3 def. #6

#4 def. #5

Group C

Which 4 Manias will join them? Take a look at our breakdown of Group C and see if you can predict the winners!

#1 WrestleMania XXX (2014)   #8 WrestleMania 2 (1986)
April 6, 2014 Date April 7, 1986
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
(New Orleans, LA)
Venue Nassau Veterans Coliseum
(Uniondale, NY)
Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL)
Los Angeles Memorial Sport Arena
(Los Angeles, CA)
75,167 Attendance 40,085
Daniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton
Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
Roddy Piper vs. Mr. T
The British Bulldogs vs. The Dream Team
Mark Crozer
Rev Theory
Special Guests Robert Conrad
Susan St. James
Joan Rivers
Mr. T
Ray Charles
William Perry
Ozzy Osbourne
2.9 Observer Rating (Average) 1.1
The beginning of a new era required a huge WrestleMania, and the 30th edition more or less didn't disappoint. The new People's Champion, Daniel Bryan, fought off three opponents over the course of the night to finally win the elusive WWE World Heavyweight Championship, though some might say his huge win was overshadowed by an even larger shocker: the end of The Undertaker's vaunted WrestleMania streak to Brock Lesnar. Arrivals by past generational stars like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock, together in New Orleans, helped make WrestleMania XXX a turning point, and tent pole, in WrestleMania history. Hot Take How do you expand upon the unprecedented success of a first-of-its-kind live event, one year later? You hold it in 3 separate places. Doi! (Stupid idiots, all of you!) Actually, no, don't do that. The WWF already tried that formula with WrestleMania 2 and, while it was a daring effort, the gimmick simply couldn't hide all sorts of glaring technical and problematic issues that naturally came about. L.A. got the big main event of Hogan vs. Bundy, for instance, while Uniondale had to suffer through an ill-advised boxing bout, and Rosemont got a homer battle royal filled with more weird and unsatisfying components than a Chicago dog.

#2 WrestleMania III (1987)   #7 WrestleMania 2000 (2000)
March 29, 1987 Date April 2, 2000
Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI) Venue Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
(Anaheim, CA)
93,173 Attendance 19,776
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat
Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis
Headliners HHH vs. The Rock vs. Mick Foley vs. The Big Show
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle
Aretha Franklin
Alice Cooper
Bob Uecker
Mary Hart
Special Guests Pete Rose
1.7 Observer Rating (Average) 1.3
In 1985, Vince McMahon risked everything on his first sports entertainment spectacle. Just two years later at WrestleMania III, his vision was finally realized when he filled the massive Pontiac Silverdome with more than 90,000 fans (give or take a few ten thousand), all behind the promotion of one match they never thought they'd see: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship. The rest of the card was pretty bogged down and rather forgettable, save for one Macho Man vs. Ricky Steamboat battle for the Intercontinental Championship that stood as the greatest WrestleMania match for over twenty years. Hot Take WrestleMania 2000 had all the ingredients in place to bake a delectable five course meal. It was the WWF at their creative peak, filled with an immensely hot Rock, Triple H in his prime, and The Big Show at his most...over-pushed? Chef McMahon began by serving up an under-cooked appetizer of The Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan vs. The Godfather & D-Lo Brown. Luckily the triangle ladder tag team match served as a delicious palate cleanser. However, Terri Runnels and The Kat gave many patrons food sickness. It was one strange meal that should have been an all-time great. It's almost a shame that Y2K didn't wipe this event out.

#3 WrestleMania 22 (2006)   #6 WrestleMania VIII (1992)
April 2, 2006 Date April 5, 1992
Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL) Venue Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN)
17,159 Attendance 62,167
John Cena vs. HHH
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice
Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper
Michelle Williams
William Perry
Special Guests Reba McIntire
Ray Combs
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 0.9
WrestleMania 22 was like a puzzle with all the pieces in the wrong place. Shawn Michaels' incredible talent was wasted on Vince McMahon. The Undertaker's Streak was defended against a lukewarm Mark Henry. And The Boogeyman squashed Booker T in a surprise move that never paid off. Still, aging gunslinger Mick Foley came to work to deliver a spectacle against Edge, Rey Mysterio got his feel-good moment (which sadly ended up as an all-time dud) and John Cena firmly established himself as the undisputed top star by slaying the mighty Hunter. It was the beginning of a new era in a way, and it set the tone for the company all the way to WrestleMania XXX. Hot Take By WrestleMania VIII, it was clear the landmark show was beginning to lose steam. It was the first year the World Championship match didn’t main event, instead being replaced by a Hogan/Sid match nobody really asked for. In that title match, Ric Flair fought Randy Savage in a decent bout—but it wasn’t the dream Hogan/Flair match everyone was counting on. Fans did get to see the dawning of a “new” generation with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart starting out their singles career, including a standout match with Hart vs. Piper. Ultimate Warrior attempted a valiant return by the night’s end, but like a Papa Shango run-in, it was too little…too late.

#4 WrestleMania 31 (2015)   #5 WrestleMania 13 (1997)
March 29, 2015 Date March 23, 1997
Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, CA) Venue Rosemont Horizon (Rosemont, IL)
76,976 Attendance 18,197
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
HHH vs. Sting
Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
John Cena vs. Rusev
Headliners Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid
Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Ronda Rousey
Aloe Blacc
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Special Guests  
3.4 Observer Rating (Average) 2.2
After the classic main event in New Orleans a year earlier, fans were left a bit underwhelmed by the prospective Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar title fight at WrestleMania 31. Perhaps HHH vs. Sting in a classic WWE vs. WCW match could save the show…or not. Maybe Undertaker and Bray Wyatt could remove the sting that came with the loss of Taker’s streak…nah, not really. Another Cesaro-like winner in the Battle Royal? Oh…guess not. It was looking like a rough night, until the unlikely and unprecedented Money in the Bank cash-in by Seth Rollins made 31 a bit more memorable, and gave fans that WrestleMania moment that was almost M.I.A. Hot Take No matter which bodily fluid you most remember from WrestleMania 13, it’s clear that the event was a tale of two shows. On one hand you had a main event marred by limited wrestling abilities and constant distractions, even for a No-DQ match. On the other hand you had two masters of their game, going toe-to-toe in a match that birthed the era of Stone Cold. It’s one of the lowest-rated cards by Dave Meltzer, despite the submission match being voted Observer Match of the Year. And it’s the only WrestleMania that didn’t sell out, even though the fans in attendance were some of the most rabid, especially compared with today.

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