Friday, February 17, 2017


Our first few Manias are moving on to the single elimination bracket! Scope out the victors below.

Group A Results


#1 def. #8

#2 def. #7

#3 def. #6

#5 def. #4

Group B

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

#1 WrestleMania X-Seven (2001)   #8 WrestleMania IX (1993)
April 1, 2001 Date April 4, 1993
Reliant Astrodome (Houston, TX) Venue Caesar's Palace (Paradise, NV)
67,925 Attendance 16,891
Austin vs. The Rock
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Headliners Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez
Mega Maniacs vs. Money, Inc.
Motörhead Special Guests Diahann Carroll
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 1.4
Judged by some to be the best WrestleMania of all time, the 17th edition was a surprising show in the landmine that was post-Invasion WWE—and not just because of the controversial and “stunning” conclusion. The competition was fierce, the crowd was electric, and even the Gimmick Battle Royal was entertaining by way of being mercifully short. The second-ever TLC match between Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz, and the Dudley Boyz is often regarded as the best one ever. When Dave Meltzer considers a WWE show as “The Best Major Show for 2001”, then you know how well it fared with critics of every fold. Hot Take After a highly-publicized steroid scandal for the WWF, this was the Wrestlemania we got in 1993. WrestleMania IX had a clown fighting a Hawaiian surfer, and a giant ape-man chloroforming The Undertaker for perhaps the biggest blemish to his vaunted WrestleMania streak until Brock Lesnar. Instead of getting new vs. old generation in Bret Hart vs. Hulk Hogan, who was at Cena Wins LOL levels of fatigue by this point, the show ended the same way it had for the previous eight years: Hogan celebrating in the ring. For most, this conclusion came with the same foul stench as Yokozuna’s bathroom after an all-you-can-eat buffet.

#2 WrestleMania XX (2004)   #7 WrestleMania XV (1999)
March 14, 2004 Date March 28, 1999
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) Venue First Union Center (Philadelphia, PA)
18,500 Attendance 20,276
Shawn Michaels vs. HHH vs. Chris Benoit
Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Headliners Austin vs. The Rock
Kane vs. HHH
Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn
Pete Rose Special Guests Butterbean
Pete Rose
Chuck Wepner
Boyz II Men
2.2 Observer Rating (Average) 1.1
The 20th anniversary of WrestleMania had a lot of hype to live up to. Billed as “Where it all begins…again”, fans were itching to see how WWE was going to turn the page to a new chapter in the company. While some stars like John Cena and Randy Orton were indeed created or enhanced, there were a few experiments that flopped, like Brock Lesnar and Goldberg fighting on their way out of the company. What the show will be remembered for most, perhaps, is a moment that WWE won’t allow us to remember (and probably for good reason)—the embrace of two unlikely champions, and the last great moment in their lives before ending in terrible tragedy. Hot Take While many remember The Attitude Era being more like 1998’s WrestleMania, it was generally more along the lines of WrestleMania XV one year later. Austin and The Rock competed in the top spot as usual, preceded by a long line of dud matches and cringe-worthy storylines. The Undertaker built on his young Mania streak by defeating The Big Boss Man, though for some reason hung him by a noose at the end. There were about 13 total double-turns by faces and heels (if I’m remembering correctly), and the Women’s Championship devolved into a botch-fest, saved only by a female bodybuilder. Oh yeah, and the show’s subtitle was “Ragin’ Climax”. Long live the Attitude Era!

#3 WrestleMania XXVIII (2012)   #6 WrestleMania (1985)
April 1, 2012 Date March 31, 1985
Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) Venue Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
78,363 Attendance 19,121
The Rock vs. John Cena
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
HHH vs. Undertaker
Headliners Hogan/Mr. T vs. Piper/Orndorff
Wendi Richter vs. Leilani Kai
Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd
Flo Rida
Sean "Diddy" Combs
Maria Menounos
Machine Gun Kelly
Special Guests Mr. T
Cyndi Lauper
Muhammad Ali
Billy Martin
The Rockettes
2.3 Observer Rating (Average) 1.3
Basically built around one match, WrestleMania XXVIII still emerged as a rather solid event. The Rock vs. John Cena ruled the day after being built up for over a year, but the WWE Championship match between Chris Jericho and CM Punk was the wrestling clinic fans expected, and The Undertaker’s rematch with Triple H in a Hell in a Cell took fans on an emotional ride. Each match was strong enough to overshadow the poorly developed storylines and matches, like Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan in only 18 seconds—though, admittedly, it was a conclusion that started the groundswell for a story that paid off at WrestleMania XXX just two years later. Hot Take The grandest stage of them all was, at one point, just a grand experiment, and the first WrestleMania didn’t quite have the identity that its successors would establish. While it broke new ground for sports entertainment, and was jam-packed with A-list entertainers, the matches left a bit to be desired—whether it was an unending Brutus Beefcake/David Sammartino affair that ended in a double-count-out, a forgettable Intercontinental Championship match, or the plodding main event itself, the first WrestleMania was a clear showcase in style over substance, perhaps remembered fondly by those who haven’t watched it since it first aired in 1985.

#4 WrestleMania 21 (2005)   #5 WrestleMania VI (1990)
April 3, 2005 Date April 1, 1990
Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA) Venue SkyDome (Toronto, ON, Canada)
20,193 Attendance 67,678
John Cena vs. JBL
Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
Mick Foley vs. Edge
Headliners Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior
Dusty Rhodes/Sapphire vs. Randy Savage/Queen Sherri
Ted DiBiase vs. Jake "the Snake" Roberts
Motörhead Special Guests Steve Allen
Robert Goulet
2.5 Observer Rating (Average) 1.7
When WWE went Hollywood for WrestleMania 21, they promoted the event with some of the most entertaining vignettes in its history. Putting superstars in famous movie scenes provided plenty of opportunities to show off WWE's sports entertainment chops, though whether or not the event itself succeeded is a mixed bag. John Cena won his first WWE Championship in a satisfying manner, however the main event match between HHH and Batista was decisively mediocre. While Big Show enjoyed one of many Mania embarrassments in a sumo match with Akebono, Angle/Michaels and Undertaker/Orton did their best to pick up the event’s slack. Hot Take WrestleMania VI was built upon the biggest main event in 3 years, featuring an upstart Ultimate Warrior against the gold standard of 1980s WWF, Hulk Hogan. For many, the babyface vs. babyface match was set to change the identity of the WWF in the 90s. Hindsight tells us a vastly different story, however, and also puts WrestleMania VI at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to match quality and sustained entertainment. While claiming historic value in crowd size and the attendance of future superstars, Edge & Christian, the show continued the late-80s trend of a drawn-out card featuring rushed, low-quality matches among aging superstars.

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