WrestleMania. It simply doesn’t get any better than this event, whether you’re a fan or a wrestler. For those performing on the grandest stage, whether you win or lose the experience of it all is the best part. Although, picking up a win would certainly be a bonus and give a huge boost to a wrestler’s career. Some have won, while some of the most talented in-ring performers have lost a lot more than they have won. Some notables who were left off this list include Ric Flair who went 1-4, the Dudleys who have yet to pick up a win at 0-4 and Triple H who has only 9 victories in 19 WrestleMania bouts (9-10). Tito Santana also possesses one of the worst Mania records of all time at 1-7.
Not everyone has a bad record at WrestleMania; some good omissions include the Road Warriors who are 3-0 (the only undefeated Tag Team), Daniel Bryan who is 4-1 and The Ultimate Warrior who also went 4-1.
This article will take a look at some of the most noticeable win/loss records on the biggest stage. Here are 5 of the worst and 5 of the best WrestleMania win/loss records of all time. Enjoy!
5) Dolph Ziggler: 1-5
Despite putting on some fantastic matches, the 35 year old has a pretty lopsided WrestleMania record, picking up only one victory in his last 6 matches on the big stage. Ziggler made his WrestleMania debut in a tag match taking on Trish, Snooki and John Morrison, but Ziggler picked up the loss. Dolph’s only Mania victory came the following year when Ziggler won a tag match as a part of Team Johnny. The former World Heavyweight Champion’s most recent loss came last year when Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental Championship ladder match. Like Shawn Michaels, despite his obvious in-ring abilities, wins haven’t come easily for the show off.
4) Shawn Michaels: 6-11
Remarkable to think that HBK has been featured in more than half of the WrestleMania events, but despite his nickname of Mr. Wrestlemania, Michaels is more known for putting on a great match and stealing the show as opposed to picking up a victory. Believe it or not, Shawn’s first two WrestleMania matchups were loses as a Tag Team wrestler. The Rockers were on the losing side of things at WrestleMania V and VI. Shawn enjoyed some instant success as a singles star winning at WrestleMania VIII against El Matador. Following a mix of wins and losses it became clear that Shawn’s goal wasn’t to win a match but to steal the show. Michaels put on some of the greatest matches in WrestleMania history that were met with a loss. Some of these classic matches were against the likes of Razor Ramon, Kurt Angle, John Cena and The Undertaker. His performance in some of these loses proved why Michaels is regarded as the greatest in-ring performer of all time.
3) Big Show: 4-10
Despite his dominant size, Big Show actually possess a pretty bad WrestleMania record. Disregarding his 40% victory ratio, the former WWE Champion has been involved in some pretty high profile matches which includes a match against Floyd Mayweather, a young John Cena and a main event Fatal-4-Way match at WrestleMania 2000. Show was finally able to pick up a victory at this past WrestleMania winning the 2nd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. At the age of 44, it looks like this record won’t have enough time to be saved.
2) Vince McMahon: 0-5
You figure the creator of WrestleMania would at least have one victory on the grandest stage of them all. McMahon has lost all 5 of his matchups at WrestleMania, loses included matches against his son Shane McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Despite a rough in-ring record, McMahon created a global phenomenon dating all the way back to March 31st, 1985. This was the birth of WrestleMania I which took place in one of the WWE’s favorite venues till this very day, Madison Sqaure Garden. Only two years later at WrestleMania III, the WWE would set an attendance record that is still not broken today of 93,173.
1) Jeff Hardy: 0-5
Like Michaels and Ziggler, despite his obvious talent, Hardy has found himself on the losing side of things one too many times. In fact, Hardy has never won a WrestleMania match, going 0 and 5. Jeff has dazzled crowds during various Tag Team matches which included a ladder match and a TLC match. Jeff also picked up a one on one loss to his brother Matt on the grandest stage. Matt also hasn’t fared all that well going 2-6 at the event. Jeff admitted he would love to perform at another WrestleMania in the near future. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeff at next year’s WrestleMania.
5) Rob Van Dam: 4-0
Move over Undertaker, RVD currently hold an undefeated streak of 4-0. With Van Dam leaving the company on bad terms, it looks like this record will stay unblemished. Van Dam made his debut at WrestleMania X-8 successfully defeating William Regal and capturing the Intercontinental Championship. RVD’s biggest victory came at WrestleMania 22 when Van Dam won the Money in the Bank Ladder match. What made this victory even more special was the fact that this was the first ever Money in the Bank matchup. Ten years later, the concept is still going strong, just ask Seth Rollins.
4) Stone Cold Steve Austin: 5-2
Austin picked up a victory in his WrestleMania debut defeating Savio Vega in a strap match. It was actually a loss on the grandest stage of them all that put Steve on the map. At WrestleMania 13, Austin and Bret Hart stole the show in a classic submission match with Ken Shamrock as the special referee. Hart picked up the victory after Austin passed out from blood loss while in Bret’s sharpshooter. After the match, Austin went from heel, to one of the company’s top baby faces. He would go onto defeat Shawn Michaels and capture the WWE Championship at the next WrestleMania. Austin would win his next four WrestleMania matches. Ultimately, WrestleMania XIX would be Austin’s last appearance in a losing effort to The Rock. It remains to be seen if the Texas Rattlesnake will ever lace up his boots one more time.
3) Rey Mysterio: 7-4
Rey Mysterio holds one of the most underrated WrestleMania records of all time picking up some huge victories. No victory was bigger than the one from WrestleMania 22 when Mysterio shocked the world picking up the victory for the World Heavyweight Championship against Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. Rey also once again shocked the world at WrestleMania XXV, defeating Intercontinental Champion JBL in 21 seconds. This victory was particularly special because it meant that Mysterio would become the 21st Triple Crown Champion in WWE history. It’ll be interesting to see if Rey has one more WrestleMania match left in him.
2) John Cena: 9-3
You just knew this guy was going to be a star way back in 2004 when Cena successfully captured the US Championship in his WrestleMania debut against Big Show. Cena would go on to enjoy a 4 match win streak defeating some high profile names including JBL, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. His first loss came against Randy Orton and Triple H in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 24. Out of his 12 matches, Cena has lost only twice in one-on-one matches which included a loss to The Miz (ouch) and another loss the following year against The Rock. If not for the whole Cena/Rock saga, John could have potentially still been undefeated in singles competition at the biggest stage of them all.
1) The Undertaker: 22-1
Dating all the way back to WrestleMania VII in 1991, The Streak will forever be known as The Undertaker’s legacy on the grandest stage of them all. The list of names that have fallen to Taker is absolutely remarkable; this list includes, Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Giant Gonzalez, King Kong Bundy, Diesel, Syscho Sid, Kane, Big Bossman, Triple H, Ric Flair, Big Show and A-Train, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk and Bray Wyatt. Despite Lesnar ending the streak, this WrestleMania record will live on forever as the greatest in all of sports and entertainment.