YMMV / WrestleMania

  • Base Breaker: WrestleMania 29 got this hard. It was either a fun event with enough action to keep you entertained, or an incredibly disappointing mess laden with predictable outcomes, video packages and generally mediocre main events. Most of the matches in the event itself were this, too. In fact, the only match that was near-universally praised was CM Punk vs. The Undertaker.
  • Broken Base: Post-WrestleMania XXX, fans are heavily fractured over the streak ending. Adding onto that, Brock Lesnar being the one to do it broke the base even further. It didn't help that the match itself wasn't the best, especially when Undertaker faced CM Punk the previous year in a match that, while a lot of fans of both wrestlers agree wasn't the best of either men's careers, was absolutely amazing by comparison.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: WrestleMania 32 started with Zack Ryder (who was respected by the fans, but wasn't remotely in the title hunt) winning the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match, giving him the Wrestlemania Moment he always wanted. This was followed by heel after heel winning, often cleanly.
    • The New Day was beaten by The League of Nations (in a non-title match), only for them to call out "any three Superstars" to face them, only for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and Mick Foley to show up and beat them up, killing the credibility of both the League (who were beaten by out of shape (though respected) has-beens) AND the New Day (who were trounced by the League, who were just discredited).
    • Hot new recruit AJ Styles fought Chris Jericho. Styles was recently hired and paid main event-level money for his contract, and Jericho was getting on and was best used shaping new talent. Jericho won cleanly.
    • Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar in a Street Fight. In the days proceeding the event, both Mick Foley AND Terry Funk gave him their Weapon of Choice (A barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat and a chainsaw, respectively.) Not only did Brock Lesnar No Sell all Ambrose's attacks, but the only time the match was even remotely going in Ambrose's favor was when he hit Lesnar with a nut shot... from behind. And said momentum lasted less than two minutes before Lesnar flattened Ambrose, cleanly.
    • They made a big deal that the Women's Championship was being revamped and replacing the Diva's Championship (ironically, the Diva's Championship was made to replace the Women's Championship). Charlotte, Ric Flair's daughter, won a triple threat to retain the renamed Women's Championship by having Ric cheat to help her... just like pretty every other title defense she'd had since winning it.
    • The Undertaker fought Shane McMahon with the stipulation that if Shane won, he'd take control of Raw from the much maligned Authority, and if 'Taker lost, he'd have to retire. This seemed obvious that Shane should win, as 'Taker no longer had his legendary streak, and this seemed to be a great place to stop, but no.
    • The André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was won by Baron Corbin, a midcarder Heel from NXT, WWE's Development show. Cleanly.
    • The Rock came out to announce the legitimately record-setting (but still exaggerated) attendance. Then Wyatt Family comes out to essentially heckle him, only for him to beat Erick Rowan in literally 8 seconds. When the somehow still supposed-to-be intimidating Wyatts surround Rocky, John Cena came out to "rescue" him. Because the last time to threw the Rock and Cena in Wrestlemania for no good reason turned out so well, didn't it, CM Punk?
    • Finally, the main event that no one (other the Vince McMahon) wanted: Triple H vs Roman Reigns. First, they give HHH an incredible Evil Is Cool intro, followed by Reigns... coming in from the crowd as he always does, followed by a special effect to the ring that was supposed to look like it "shattered", but they botched the timing. The match itself, while not terrible and had a cool spot here and there, just fell flat, as the outcome couldn't be more obvious if it appeared in flashing captions on the screen, with Reigns winning cleanly. Even if we wanted Reigns to be WWE Champion, we'd be too disgusted from the rest of the show to care. While declaring it the worst 'Mania ever is clearly hyperbole, it easily ranks in the bottom 20% or so.
  • Discredited Tropes: WrestleMania XXVI featured Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match. A decade ago, this might have actually been an interesting confrontation; in 2010, with Vince in his 60s and Bret in no shape to actually wrestle (thanks to the combined effects of his career-ending concussion and a stroke he suffered a few years later), what we got was Bret and the Hart family giving Vince an over-ten-minute beatdown. Bret delivered 12 chairshots to a downed Vince (one for every year he was out of WWE following the Montreal Screwjob) before finally putting Vince in the Sharpshooter like everyone wanted. The match was widely panned by wrestling critics, especially for its length, depriving other matches of ring time. Another handicap was the new PG rating. Just about all of Vince's entertaining matches are just because he's willing to let the other guy do anything to him. Without the option to all but murder Vince, it's infinitely harder for him to pull off an entertaining fight.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many, many wrestling fans have gotten to the point where they only watch WrestleMania for the Undertaker's Streak match - and it doesn't help that every WrestleMania since WrestleMania XXV (the first Undertaker / Shawn Michaels match for WM) have had his match considered the best match of the night (and at times the only match worth watching). If the reception for his match with Bray Wyatt is any indication, it seems that The Streak being broken hasn't slowed it down, either.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero came out on top at WrestleMania XX as World Heavyweight and WWE Champions. After nearly twenty years of trying to reach the pinnacle of his profession, Benoit made Triple H tap to the Crippler Crossface in a Triple Threat with Shawn Michaels. Benoit's post-match celebration with Eddie Guerrero - then the WWE Champion - was a sight many smarks cried tears of happiness over. Then Real Life stepped in: the next three years ruined the image forever. It was harkened back upon positively after Guerrero's death in 2005. But after Benoit's double murder-suicide in 2007, WWE has attempted to pretend Chris Benoit never existed.
  • Holy Shit Quotient:
    • Between Roman Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE title, and Sting wrestling his first WWE match, the last thing on people's minds was Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
    • Most people were aware that Ronda Rousey was going to be attending WrestleMania 31. Nobody knew she was going to be involved in an angle.
    • And of course, the end of The Streak.
    • Shane McMahon going up to the top of the Hell in a Cell against The Undertaker. Several minutes of "What is he doing?" reactions from the fans watching him ascend the cage was one thing, but seeing Shane make the Sign of the Cross on himself before trying to drop an elbow on a downed Undertaker who got out of the way stunned everybody.
  • Memetic Mutation: The shocked fan wearing a Daniel Bryan "Just Say Yes" shirtnote  who witnessed Undertaker's defeat at WrestleMania XXX. Ironically, he was rooting for Lesnar to win, meaning he was shocked for a totally different reason.
  • Misaimed Fandom: WrestleMania X8's "dream match" between Hulk Hogan (in his "Hollywood" persona) and The Rock. Despite being a heel, Hogan got more cheers from the crowd than The Rock. Rock turned this to his advantage, as he decided not to fight it, and basically turned heel in mid-match, and then turned back once the match was over.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: A very common trope for any WrestleMania, but the return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania 32 deserves extra mention.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • WrestleMania X-Seven had the twist ending to the show's main event, where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin turned heel and teamed up with longtime rival and WWF owner Vince McMahon to defeat The Rock and win the WWF Championship once again.
    • The shocking swerve, arguably, above all other shocking swerves in wrestling history, happened at WrestleMania XXX.
      Justin Roberts: Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your winner, BROCK LESNAR!
  • Signature Scene: Every WrestleMania has had one, or rather a Signature Match:
    • WrestleMania I: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
    • WrestleMania 2: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy.
    • WrestleMania III: Hulk Hogan vs. André the Giant (most notably the pre-match staredown and Hogan scoop-slamming Andre) and Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage.
    • WrestleMania IV: Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase.
    • WrestleMania V: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage: The Mega-Powers explode!
    • WrestleMania VI: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Challenge!
    • WrestleMania VII: Randy Savage's reunion with Miss Elizabeth after losing his retirement match with Ultimate Warrior.
    • WrestleMania VIII: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair.
    • WrestleMania IX: Its unique Roman theme is probably what it's best remembered for, sadly. Or Hulk Hogan's controversial title win.
    • WrestleMania X: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (particularly Michaels' splash onto Ramon off the top of the ladder).
    • WrestleMania XI: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor.
    • WrestleMania XII: The Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels Iron Man match, especially the HBK zipline entrance.
    • WrestleMania 13: Bret Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (especially the ending).
    • WrestleMania XIV: Shawn Michaels vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
    • WrestleMania XV: The Rock vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin I.
    • WrestleMania 2000: The Triple Threat ladder match with Edge/Christian, the Hardys, and the Dudleys. Or Triple H becoming the first Heel to walk out of WrestleMania as WWF Champion.
    • WrestleMania X-Seven: The Rock vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin II: Austin's heel turn. Edge spearing Jeff Hardy, from the top of a ladder whilst Jeff was hanging from the tag team titles.
    • WrestleMania X8: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan.
    • WrestleMania XIX: Brock Lesnar's botched shooting star press onto Kurt Angle. The Rock vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin III: the final chapter.
    • WrestleMania XX: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero celebrating in the ring. Or not.
    • WrestleMania 21: John Cena and Batista winning their first world titles. Alternatively, Shawn Michaels facing Kurt Angle.
    • WrestleMania 22: Edge spearing Mick Foley into a flaming table. Triple H, Rey Mysterio, and John Cena's special entrances. CM Punk's cameo riding a gangster car in Cena's entrance.
    • WrestleMania 23: Vince McMahon getting his head shaved.
    • WrestleMania XXIV: Shawn Michaels retiring Ric Flair.
    • WrestleMania XXV: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels.
    • WrestleMania XXVI: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II: Streak vs. Career.
    • WrestleMania XXVII: Finally...The Rock...has come back....to WWE!
    • WrestleMania XXVIII: John Cena vs. The Rock, or alternatively the conclusion to the "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Triple H. And, for all the wrong reasons, "18 seconds."
    • WrestleMania 29: Cena-Rock II, or Undertaker vs. CM Punk.
    • WrestleMania XXX: Daniel Bryan's triumph, or Undertaker's defeat (and the subsequent camera shot of "Shocked Undertaker Fan"). Or Hogan, Rock, and Austin in the ring together.
    • WrestleMania 31: Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank in the middle of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns to become the new champion. Alternately, the Ronda Rousey segment.
    • WrestleMania 32: Shane McMahon becoming the first man to willingly launch himself from the top of the Cell to try elbow-dropping Taker. He turned the Holy Shit Quotient up so high that, while the crowd reacted when he jumped, it was quickly followed by a Stunned Silence out of genuine concern that he may have killed himself. Alternatively, The League of Nations (Sheamus, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio and King Barrett) getting their asses handed to them by Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin; OR The Rock confronting The Wyatt Family alongside a returning John Cena.
  • Signature Song: There are some common ones for any event. For rock songs, it's likely either "My Way" (X-Seven) or "Ladies and Gentlemen" (23). For rap songs, it's "Wild Ones" and "Good Feeling" (28).
  • Special Effects Failure: At WrestleMania XIV, Kane's iconic tombstone of Pete Rose actually very clearly just has Kane falling to his knees with Rose's head never touching the apron. While that was understandable, the camera angle could have been better.
  • Sophomore Slump: WrestleMania 2 was just as experimental as its predecessor, being simulcast in three cities: Los Angeles, CA; Uniondale, NY; and Rosemont, IL. Weak matches with sub-par workers (a few which lasted less than fifteen moves) and cheap finishes, combined with an overreliance on celebrity power and many viewers who didn't fully understand the product, led to an overall bland show. And Susan St. James saying "Uh-oh..." to the point where it became a Verbal Tic for her.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • WrestleMania XXIV saw Ric Flair's career come to an end with defeat to Shawn Michaels in a "Career Threatening Match" - Michaels, with tears in his eyes, inaudibly tells Flair "I'm sorry, I love you" before reluctantly hitting Sweet Chin Music and ending Flair's career... of course, it didn't. It was at least partially a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. Most insider sources claim that, yes, Flair did in fact plan on retiring for good after his match to Shawn, at most making one or two guest spots without really much ring-work. But a lifetime of bad financial planning (namely, he owed millions in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service) loomed over him, and after tacking progressively more frequent "one-time only" appearances in different companies around the world, he settled for a longer-termed contract with TNA.
    • To some, the Undertaker's undefeated streak coming to an end at WrestleMania XXX counts as one.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • WrestleMania XXVII had a World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Edge, but it was inexplicably scheduled first on the card - Edge retired 8 days later, with his final WrestleMania main event bout (and last match ever) wasted on a card opener. Rumor has it that if WWE had known the situation, they would've made a bigger deal out of the match; Edge and WWE were aware he was suffering problems with his neck once again, but no-one was aware of how serious it was until his MRI scan the next day revealed that a bad bump could potentially leave him in a wheelchair or worse - Edge has stated that he thought he had at least one more year in him, at which point he was planning to have his retirement match at WrestleMania XXVIII, against his best friend Christian. Had they known prior that that was going to be Edge's last match, preferably long before WrestleMania... well, Del Rio probably wouldn't have been the number one contender for the WHC that year.
    • The general consensus of WrestleMania 29. Admittedly a lackluster WrestleMania, everyone has gone on to say that the only match that was worth watching was CM Punk vs the Undertaker - the best match of the night by far, and would have had the status of show stealer had there actually been a show worth stealing.
    • WrestleMania 32 had the problem of not only having most of the matches won by heels, but the majority of the finishes were either bland and predictable or unpredictable for all the wrong reasons: Zack Ryder's Intercontinental Title win is negated when he lost it the next night, AJ Styles losing his WrestleMania debut to Chris Jericho, who gained nothing by it, the League of Nations and The New Day being embarrassed by a group of retired wrestlers, Dean Ambrose's match with Brock Lesnar ending up being extremely underwhelming, as it played out like a Raw match and the over-the-top weaponry like chainsaws and barbed wire baseball bats that were brought out were casually thrown away by Lesnar and forgotten without being used for anything, Baron Corbin's win in the André the Giant Memorial battle royal is translated into a feud with Dolph Ziggler that led to matches at the next two pay-per-views... pre-shows, that is, the Wyatt Family being buried (even further) by having Erick Rowan get squashed by The Rock in just six seconds, then beaten up by him and John Cena afterward, and Roman Reigns winning in the main event, which was so predictable that even the casual fans knew it would happen months before the show even took place, and which most fans were not too happy with anyway.

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