The WWE has come a long way since its inception in 1952. It has gone from a small professional wrestling promotion to becoming the largest promoter in the world as well as a more diverse billion dollar company. Throughout the decades, the WWE has produced thousands of hours of in-ring competition both on and off television, content that has spanned multiple eras, including the important Golden Age that included wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, and Andre the Giant, and the incredibly important Attitude Era which included the likes of Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock. No matter what era a person is a fan of however, there is one thing that everyone can agree upon: that there is nothing in all of professional wrestling that compares to the event that is WrestleMania.
WrestleMania is the event every fan waits for each year, primarily because it has a long-standing track-record of showcasing matches that often times go down as some of the best in the company’s history. One of the most popular and endearing aspects of WrestleMania, that had endured for over two decades, was the undefeated streak of The Undertaker. He managed to go a whopping 21-0 at WrestleMania until he was finally defeated at WrestleMania XXX two years ago. The entire wrestling world was in disbelief when Undertaker’s streak ended, primarily because nearly everyone believed that he would end his career remaining undefeated. Although The Undertaker was unable to accomplish this feat, there have been other individuals, including some non-traditional ‘wrestlers’, who did manage to go undefeated at the “Grandest Stage of Them All”. Here is a list of 12 Wrestlers You Never Knew Were Undefeated at WrestleMania.
12. Diamond Dallas Page
Diamond Dallas Page, or DDP as he was also commonly referred to, spent most of his career with WCW where, for a time, he was undeniably one of that company’s top superstars. When Vince McMahon and the WWE bought WCW, Page came along for the ride, but unlike in WCW, the time he spent with the WWE was quite forgettable; unless you count the terrible story-line that involved him stalking The Undertaker’s wife. His terrible usage by the company however, did stop him from ending his career undefeated at WrestleMania. In his lone appearance at the event, DDP, who at the time was in the middle of a gimmick that saw him play a motivational speaker, defeated Christian to retain the European Championship. Later that same year, Page left the company, but at least he took with him an accolade that so few superstars are able to achieve when their time with the WWE is up, finishing their career undefeated at WrestleMania.
Sable, who for many can be considered as one of the first “Divas,” was actually not that bad in the ring; and has an impressive 3-0 undefeated record at WrestleMania to show for it. In Sable’s first WrestleMania match at WrestleMania XIV, she partnered with Marc Mero to fight Goldust and Vachon in a mixed tag team match; which ended with Sable pinning Vachon. The next year at WrestleMania XV, she defeated Tori in order to retain her Women’s Championship. She would later go on to quit WWE and sue the company for unsafe working conditions and sexual harassment; but she would then return in 2003. That following year saw Sable return to WrestleMania, where she teamed up with Torrie Wilson and defeated the team of Stacey Keibler and Jackie Gayda at WrestleMania XX. Sable is undeniable proof that it is not only male superstars who can go undefeated at the “Grandest Stage of Them All”.
10. Hawk & Animal: The Legion of Doom
The Legion of Doom, who looked like an awesome pair of face-painted Mad Max warriors, were for a time, one of the most popular tag teams in the WWE; and are to this day possibly one of the most iconically recognizable duos in the company’s history. The team of Hawk and Animal made their WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VII, where they easily defeated the team of Power and Glory in under a minute. Their next Wrestlemania match took place at WrestleMania XIIV where they teamed up with Ahmed Johnson and faced the group known as The Nation of Domination, defeating them in a Chicago Street Fight to go 2-0 at WrestleMania. The very next year at WrestleMania XIV (which would be their final appearance at the event), the Legion of Doom came out the victors of a 15-team battle royal to ultimately go 3-0 at WrestleMania. It seems only fitting that a team as popular and respected as the Legion of Doom, is one of only a few teams to remain undefeated after multiple appearances at WrestleMania.
9. Michael Cole
As a commentator, Michael Cole has been the voice of the WWE for many years now, but he also happens to be undefeated at WrestleMania. His one and only WrestleMania victory came over ten years ago at WrestleMania XVII back when Cole was a heel; and if people think he could not have possibly been more annoying than JBL is now as a heel commentator, than those people either were not around or do not remember the annoying experience that was heel Cole. Nevertheless though, Cole still managed to win his match against fellow commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler, even if it was a scandalous finish. Lawler had actually won the match after he got Cole in an ankle lock and made him tap, however the anonymous Raw general manager at the time overturned the decision and named Cole the winner via disqualification. The disqualification was considered ‘justifiable’ due to the perceived bias special-guest referee“Stone Cold” Steve Austin had against Cole. It may not be the best way to lay claim to an undefeated record at WrestleMania, but least it is a claim that Michael Cole is fully allowed to make.
At first glance, Ax, along with his group known as Demolition, look like a poor man’s version of the Legion of Doom, but aside from the similar look, Ax shares another thing with Hawk and Animal: like them, he is also 3-0 at WrestleMania. All of Ax’s wins came in consecutive years while competing in tag team action with his Demolition partners; he also happened to be the one to pick up all three of his team’s decisive pins, Ax’s first victory came at WrestleMania 1V where he and his partner Crush defeated Tito Santana and Rick Martel for the tag team belts. The next year, that same duo retained their titles at WrestleMania V after defeating The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji. Then the year after that at WrestleMania VI, Ax and Demolition regained their titles after beating Haku and Andre the Giant. WrestleMania VII though, saw Demolition lose for the first time at the event, Ax though, thanks to Demotion being told that only two members of their group could participate in the match, stepped aside prior to the match and allowed fellow team member Smash to take his place in the match. As he was not legally part of the actual match, the loss his team suffered is not technically a notch in his own loss column; which is why he himself is undefeated at WrestleMania while the rest of his teammates are not.
7. Shane McMahon
As most wrestling fans know, Shane McMahon has returned to the WWE after a lengthy absence which saw him explore other business ventures, and help in the raising of his three children. The son of Vince Mcmahon, also commonly referred to as Shane O Mac, is currently at the forefront of a storyline between himself, his sister, and his father. The climax of this storyline will take place at this year’s WrestleMania, where Shane will fight The Undertaker inside Hell In a Cell, where if he wins, Shane will take over Raw and “presumably” run the company. With this match quickly approaching, it just feels right to mention that Shane (for the time being) is himself undefeated at the event. Shane is in fact 2-0 at WrestleMania, with his first win coming against X-Pac at WrestleMania XV. Two years later, at WrestleMania XVII Shane earned his second victory against his very own father, in a Street Fight where Mick Foley served as the special guest referee; a match that saw him leap across the ring off the top rope to kick a trash can into his dad’s face. Should Shane actually go 3-0 at WrestleMania this year, hopefully he will do so while leaving us just as entertained as he did in his last WrestleMania appearance.
6. Terry Funk
Even for those who may have never seen him wrestle, Terry Funk is a legend in his own right, and he will always be remembered not only as one of the biggest names during his own era, but also as one of the biggest names in the entire company’s history. He made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania II where he competed alongside his brother to beat Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana in a tag team match. In 1998, following a multi-year departure from the company, Funk returned to the WWE with a new gimmick called Chainsaw Charlie (yes there was an actual chainsaw involved). He and his new gimmick would go on to partner with Cactus Jack and defeat The New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania XIV for the tag team titles in the first ever “dumpster match”. It is true that his two WrestleMania matches never produced any true “WrestleMania moments”, but at least he has an undefeated record at the event to pad his Hall of Fame career.
5. Rob Van Dam
Now that The Undertaker’s streak is gone, the current longest undefeated WrestleMania streak now belongs to ECW hardcore legend Rob Van Dam with a 4-0 record. Van Dam, or RVD as he is commonly refereed to as, got his first win at WrestleMania XIIX when he beat William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship. Two years later at WrestleMania XX, RVD and Booker T managed to remain Tag Team Champions after coming out the victors of a fatal four way. His next win came at WrestleMania XXII where he won the second ever Money in the Bank ladder match. His last WrestleMania win came the following year where he and other ECW legends Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, and Sandman defeated the heel group called The New Breed. It is interesting to point out however that RVD actually does have a loss at Wrestlemania, it just does not actually count as one. He and Kane lost their Tag Team titles at the pre-show of WrestleMania XIX to Lance Storm and Sean Morley; but since this match occurred on the pre-show instead of the official WrestleMania card, his record remains intact.
4. Mr. T
Granted, Mr. T is not actually a wrestler, but since he participated in and won two WrestleMania matches, it is worth acknowledging his 2-0 record. The A-Team and Rocky III star, competed in both the first and second WrestleManias, with both wins coming against the late and great“Rowdy” Roddy Piper. At the first ever WrestleMania, Mr. T partnered with Hulk Hogan and beat the team of Piper and Paul Orndorff (Mr. Wonderful). At the second WrestleMania, he and Piper fought one-on-one in a boxing match. The bout lasted four rounds and ended in Mr. T winning by disqualification after Piper illegally bodyslammed him. Several celebrities, have in fact competed and gone undefeated at WrestleMania, but no one aside from Mr. T has had multiple wins, and it is that accolade that helped him earn his place in the WWE Hall of Fame as a celebrity inductee.
3. Rick Rude
Out of everyone on this list, the “Ravishing” Rick Rude is the only person to have not won all of his WrestleMania matches, yet still remain undefeated at the event. In his first WrestleMania match at WrestleMania IV, Rude faced off against Jake “the Snake” Roberts for fifteen minutes, and the match ended in a draw. The next year at WrestleMania V, he beat The Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Championship; then the following year saw him quickly defeat Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka at WrestleMania VI. Rude’s WrestleMania record ended at 2-0-1, and even though it does not look as glamorous as a 3-0 record, at least he still remains undefeated.
Much like Virgil, the wrestler known as Tatanka did not have a highly noteworthy and memorable career; but just like Virgil, Tatanka went on to go undefeated at WrestleMania with a 2-0 record. Prior to his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VIII, Tatanka had been undefeated in televised matches, a trend that continued at the “Grandest Stage of Them All” where he defeated Rick Martel. Incredibly, Tatanka would go on to remain undefeated on television the following year as well, including at WrestleMania IX. In that match, he faced Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship, which he would ultimately win via countout. He may not have won the title, but at least he retained and improved upon his perfect WrestleMania record.
Virgil might not be an iconic figure within the history of the WWE, but that reality does not negate the fact that he is indeed undefeated at WrestleMania. For a number of years, Virgil served as The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s personal assistant, but the two would eventually separate and feud with one another, which culminated in Virgil defeating DiBiase at WrestleMania VII via countout thanks to inference from“Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The next year at WrestleMania VIII, Virgil would improve his WrestleMania record to 2-0 after teaming up with Sgt. Slaughter, The Big Bossman, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. The group would go on to defeat the team of The Mountie, The Nasty Boys and Repo Man. with Virgil getting the decisive pin in what would be his final appearance at WrestleMania.