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YMMV: WrestleMania
See also the WrestleMania main page, Moments of awesome at WrestleMania, and Wall Bangers.

Wrestlemania YMMV Tropes:

  • 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 were this. In fact, the only match that was near-universally praised was CM Punk vs. The Undertaker.
  • Broken Base: Post Wrestlemania 30, fans are heavily fractured over the streak ending. Adding onto that, Brock Lesnar being the one to do it broke the base even further.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: The signature WrestleMania Moment, Hulk Hogan bodyslamming André the Giant at WrestleMania 3 in front of the largest crowd for an indoor sporting event in American history. This is the Crowning Moment Of Awesome that all other Crowning Moments in pro wrestling are measured against, and is widely considered the apex of the wrestling boom of The Eighties.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny: WrestleMania 18's "match" where the Hardcore championship (Under the 24/7 rule) changed hands from Maven, Spike Dudley, The Hurricane, Mighty Molly, Christian and back to Maven over the course of the pay-per-view.
    • Wrestlemania 24 was billed for months as "The Biggest Wrestlemania Under the Sun", because it was in Florida with an open arena. When it finally happened...it was cloudy.
      • They probably shouldn't have tested their luck, as the only other outdoor Wrestlemania at that point was the much-maligned Wrestlemania IX.
    • The Boogeyman vs Booker T and Sharmell at WrestleMania 22 was one of the high points of Boogeyman's WWE tenure. The frightened reactions of Booker and Sharmell were classic. Booker being given advice by none other than Goldust backstage before the match was another funny moment.
    • The Wrestlemania Rumble.
  • Discredited Tropes: WrestleMania 26 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.
  • Fan Nickname: Combined with Fun with Acronyms, the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX is being called the André Roussimoff Memorial Battle Royal - or ARMBAR.
  • 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 WM 25 (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). Many are even starting to think that it should headline WrestleMania regardless of the opponent and whoever's on the card.
  • Growing the Beard: WrestleMania 3.
  • Heartbreaking In Hindsight: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero came out on top at WrestleMania 20 as World Heavyweight and WWE title winners. 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: The shocked fan wearing a Daniel Bryan "Just Say Yes" shirtnote  who witnessed Undertaker's defeat at WrestleMania 30. Ironically, he was rooting on Lesnar to win, meaning he was shocked for a totally different reason.
  • Misaimed Fandom: WrestleMania 18'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.
  • Shocking Swerve: WrestleMania 17 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 30.
    Justin Roberts: "Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your winner, BROCK LESNAR!"
  • Signature Scene: Every WrestleMania has had one, or rather a Signature Match:
    • WrestleMania 1: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
    • WrestleMania 2: Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy
    • WrestleMania 3: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (most notably the pre-match staredown and Hogan scoop-slamming Andre) and Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage
    • WrestleMania 4: Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase
    • WrestleMania 5: Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage: The Mega-Powers explode!
    • WrestleMania 6: Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Challenge!
    • WrestleMania 7: Randy Savage's reunion with Miss Elizabeth after losing his retirement match with Ultimate Warrior
    • WrestleMania 8: Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
    • WrestleMania 9: Its unique Roman theme is probably what it's best remembered for, sadly
    • WrestleMania 10: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (particularly Michaels' splash onto Ramon off the top of the ladder)
    • WrestleMania 11: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor
    • WrestleMania 12: The Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels iron-man match
    • WrestleMania 13: Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (especially the ending)
    • WrestleMania 14: Shawn Michaels vs. Steve Austin
    • WrestleMania 15: The Rock vs. Stone Cold I
    • WrestleMania 16: The triple-threat ladder match with Edge/Christian, the Hardys, and the Dudleys
    • WrestleMania 17: Steve Austin's heel turn. Edge spearing Jeff Hardy, from the top of a ladder whilst Jeff was hanging from the tag team titles.
    • WrestleMania 18: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan
    • WrestleMania 19: Brock Lesnar's botched shooting star press onto Kurt Angle. Stone Cold vs. Rock, the final chapter
    • WrestleMania 20: Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero celebrating in the ring.
    • WrestleMania 21: John Cena and Batista winning their first world titles.
    • WrestleMania 22: Edge spearing Mick Foley into a flaming table.
    • WrestleMania 23: Vince McMahon getting his head shaved.
    • WrestleMania 24: Shawn Michaels retiring Ric Flair
    • WrestleMania 25: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
    • WrestleMania 26: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II: Streak vs. Career
    • WrestleMania 27: Finally...The Rock...has come back....to WWE!
    • WrestleMania 28: 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.
    • WrestleMania 29: Cena-Rock II, or Undertaker vs CM Punk.
    • WrestleMania 30: Daniel Bryan's triumph, or Undertaker's defeat.
  • 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 24 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 27 had a WWE 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 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 & the 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 on retiring anyway.
      • Which also lead to a case of What Could Have Been: Edge's belief that he had one more year involved his desire to have his retirement match at WM 28, against his best friend Christian. Had they known prior that that was going to be Edge's last match, preferably long before WM...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.

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