It seems like with every good WrestleMania, we get two pretty bad ones. Last year’s show was surprisingly entertaining, and hopefully despite the lack of depth to this year’s show, WrestleMania still pulls through with another decent card.
WrestleMania is all about showcasing the best the WWE has to offer. Who can forget some of the greatest main events we’ve ever seen, which included wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, just to a name a few. Unfortunately, it’s not always the best. The WWE has a weird sense of humor sometimes throwing in some of the most idiotic concepts at its fans. To make matters worse, we’ve seen examples of this at the WWE’s biggest stage, WrestleMania. Let’s now take a look at some off the less glamorous WrestleMania moments. Here are 10 of the worst wrestlers to ever main event WrestleMania. Enjoy!
10) Roman Reigns: WrestleMania 31
The debate wages on, wrestling fans are extremely divided when it comes to Roman Reigns as the face of the company. Don’t get me wrong, the guy has talent and plenty of charisma, however, the general consensus is that Roman was brought up way too fast. To put it in perspective, Reigns headlined WrestleMania after being a part of the active roster for less than three years. It took him less than 5 years to main event WrestleMania since having signed his first contract with FCW, pretty remarkable stuff to think about. His charisma and talent isn’t to be doubted, as it’s very much apparent. The question remains, was it too early to have Reigns headline WrestleMania after less than 3 years with the company? Well, the debate wages on.
9) Big Show: WrestleMania 2000
Certainly the Big Show can’t be faulted for what a lackluster WrestleMania this one was. The card was rather dull, but the show was saved by a “Triangle Ladder Match” featuring the Hardy’s, Dudley’s and Edge & Christian. Big Show is a decent draw for the company, but he truly never was a WrestleMania main event type of guy. It seems like the WWE just threw wrestlers into the main event that year. The match ended with the heel Triple H, retaining the championship in front of a crowd of 20,000 fans in the Arrowhead Pond. It truly was an odd WrestleMania.
8) Batista: WrestleMania 21
Batista in the main event was intended to be a passing of the torch type of match, and according to several wrestling critics Batista failed to do so on the biggest stage of them all. His match with Triple H was regarded as an absolute flop. Michaels and Angle absolutely stole the show that night. The WWE was going for a feel good type of moment with Batista winning the championship to close off the show, similar to the WrestleMania the year before which saw the late Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit capture the titles. This time however, you didn’t get that same type of feel following the match.
Almost a decade later, Batista was slated to once again main event WrestleMania. This time however, the crowd did not approve and vocalized their displeasures with Batista headlining the show again. Ultimately, Daniel Bryan was added to the mix making it a triple threat match. Bryan would go on to capture the championship in the main event match-up.
7) Sgt. Slaughter: WrestleMania VII
WrestleMania VII was an odd event which featured 15 matches on the card. As you might expect, most of the bouts weren’t longer than ten minutes. The event took place in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and the attendance was one of the lowest in WrestleMania history in front of just over 16,000 fans. The main event saw Sgt. Slaughter drop the WWE Championship to Hulk Hogan. Slaughter’s draw value hurt the main event of the show, most fans were more excited to see The Warrior take on Randy Savage in a retirement match as opposed to the main event of the night. It’s not the first nor the last time another match which is not the main event steals the show.
6) King Kong Bundy: WrestleMania 2
Wrestling critics claim WrestleMania 2 was the worst WrestleMania in the company’s history. The three different venue theme was an absolute fail and caused confusion and disorganization more than anything. Thankfully, the WWE made up for this awful WrestleMania the following year with one of the greatest WrestleMania moments of all time, with Hogan slamming Andre. None the less, WrestleMania 2 was awful across the board. The main event featured Hogan and Bundy in a steel cage match. Hulk retained the championship. The match was 10 minutes long and felt like a Saturday Night’s Main Event type of match. This was a forgettable WrestleMania.
5) Kevin Nash: WrestleMania XI
Nash co-main evented WrestleMania XI. The show was in front of a small crowd of 16,305 fans in Hartford, Connecticut. The show has been called the worst WrestleMania of all time. The co-main event saw Nash retain the championship against Shawn Michaels. This however wasn’t the worst part of the night. The main event was an absolute joke, but we’ll have more on that match and the competitors involved in it a little later in the article.
4) Mr. T: WrestleMania 2
WrestleMania 2 saw Mr. T co-main event the show. It was the second consecutive time Mr. T was involved in a main event match. Thankfully, it would also be the very last time. Mr. T alongside Joe Frazier and Haiti Kid defeated Rowdy Piper in a boxing match. T won the bout by disqualification. The match was the longest of the night out of the 12 other bouts, if you can believe it.
3) Sycho Sid: WrestleMania 13
How Sid managed to main event two WrestleMania events, I’ll honestly never know. WrestleMania 13 was met with horrible reviews, as it was the first ever WrestleMania to not have been a sell-out. Wrestling critics called the main event match-up one of the worst in WrestleMania history. Some however argue that this WrestleMania gave birth to the Attitude Era of the WWE. Regardless, Sid in the main event was a disaster. According to rumors, Sid actually defecated in his pants following a tombstone by The Undertaker. It just doesn’t get much worse than this, does it?
2) The Miz: WrestleMania XXVII
Horrifying to think that The Miz headlined WrestleMania, and to make matters worse, he retained the championship in the main event of the show against John Cena. The Canadian Online Explorer gave the main event match a 3 on 10, the lowest rating of the entire card. The WWE spent way too much time looking ahead at a Cena/Rock match that they forgot to produce a quality main event for that year. This is definitely a main event wrestling fans will want to forget about.
1) Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow: WrestleMania XI
Not sure when the WWE will figure out that wrestling fans don’t really care for celebrity involvement. McMahon has been obsessed with this motto since the very first WrestleMania, as Vince loves to create a buzz outside of the wrestling business and into the entertainment world. This celebrity cameo however, was an epic fail. The 11 minute main event match was uncomfortable to watch and just plain awkward. This main event is regarded as the worst in WrestleMania history. No surprise that there were only 15,000 on hand in Hartford to witness this train wreck main event match-up.