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1* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Ronda Rousey's first match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'' was predicted to be a botch fest from a number of people who didn't think she could translate her skill set to professional wrestling. The match ended up being a contender for match of the night, and many of those detractors enjoyed the match and weren't afraid to admit they were wrong about her. While by no means perfect, it proved Ronda has genuine wrestling talent. * AuthorsSavingThrow: ** The news that the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship match at ''33'' was going to be put on the kick-off show got a huge amount of backlash. The news even prompted ''Website/DivaDirt'' to [[http://www.diva-dirt.com/132510/point-wwes-bias-women-smackdown/ write an editorial]] about WWE's perceived bias against the [=SmackDown=] women's division. WWE quickly moved the match to the main show.** The [[SquashMatch Cena vs. Taker match]] at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'' can be seen as this to the ''incredibly'' negative reception to Taker's match against Wrestling/RomanReigns last year and his initial retirement after losing. Normally it wouldn't be this as people had been clamoring for the Cena/Taker dream match for ''years'', and having it as a SquashMatch is the exact opposite of what they would've wanted; but after Taker's match at ''33'', they were just happy Taker had a chance to redeem himself from that disastrous bout. That, and [[TakeThatScrappy Cena got squashed]], pleasing the many who dislike him almost as much as Reigns.* BrokenBase:** ''[=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 Wrestling/CMPunk vs. Wrestling/TheUndertaker.** 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.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 33'': Triple H vs. Seth Rollins. Was it an awesome display of heart and talent by Seth Rollins, finally averting Stephanie [=McMahon's=] KarmaHoudini status and featuring two of the best talents in the business? Or was it a dull, boring slog that proved both Triple H and the main event style he used should have retired a long time ago, and was far from Rollins' best performance?** ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'': Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns. A finally welcome subversion of the CreatorsPet saga, or [[ArcFatigue dragging out a controversial title reign]] even longer? Even further exacerbated by a match that elicited [[XPacHeat chants of "this is awful"]] at the ''main event of [=WrestleMania=]''.* CriticProof: WWE as a whole is ''not'', as television ratings, attendance numbers and buy rates noticeably rise and drop with fan reception to the product, which reviews increasingly act as a microcosm of as fans themselves get on media platforms as critics. [=WrestleMania=], on the other hand ''is'', as no matter how bad WWE does anywhere else, [=WrestleMania=] numbers tend to stagnate at worst, though they've usually increased over the years (even during years when ticket sales for everything not [=WrestleMania=] dropped off).* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: ** ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' started with Wrestling/ZackRyder (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 [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments WrestleMania Moment]] he always wanted.[[note]] But even this was sadly subverted on the very next night, when Wrestling/TheMiz defeated him for the title[[/note]] This was followed by [[TheBadGuyWins heel after heel winning]], often cleanly.*** Then-WWE Tag Team Champions Wrestling/TheNewDay were beaten by The League of Nations (in a non-title match). When Wrestling/WadeBarrett praised his other three teammates (Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}} and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}) as the best "three Superstars" in the company, cue Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, and Wrestling/MickFoley coming to the ring and beat them up. They then helped the New Day to their feet... and then Austin beat ''one of the New Day'' up (Xavier Woods). While it was nice to see Austin, Michaels and Foley again, this stunt harmed the credibility of both teams, as they were beaten by aging (albeit still respected) has-beens.*** Hot new acquisition Wrestling/AJStyles fought Wrestling/ChrisJericho. Styles was recently hired and paid main event-level money for his contract, and Jericho was for quite some time best used shaping new talent. Jericho won cleanly. *** Wrestling/DeanAmbrose vs Wrestling/BrockLesnar in a "No Holds Barred Street Fight". In the days proceeding the event, both Wrestling/MickFoley AND Wrestling/TerryFunk [[PassingTheTorch gave Ambrose their]] [[WeaponOfChoice signature weapons]] (A barbed wire-wrapped [[BatterUp baseball bat]] and a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], respectively). Not only did Lesnar NoSell 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 [[GroinAttack nut shot]]... [[InTheBack from behind]]. And said momentum lasted less than two minutes before Lesnar [[CurbStompBattle flattened Ambrose]], [[RunningGag cleanly]]. It's considered one of the worst matches of Ambrose's career, although almost everyone puts the blame on Lesnar, who simply didn't give a shit about the match and wasn't willing to work with Ambrose at all to try and make anything of it, a sentiment Ambrose stated to also have felt months after the match.*** They made a big deal that an "all-new" Women's Championship[[note]]"All-new" because it does not share the same title history as the original WWE Women's Championship that was retired in 2010.[[/note]] was being introduced to replace the Divas Championship.[[note]]Ironically, replacing the original Women's Championship was the reason the Divas Championship was made in the first place.[[/note]] Wrestling/{{Charlotte|Flair}} won a triple threat to win the renamed Women's Championship by having her father Wrestling/RicFlair cheat to help her, just like pretty much every other title defense she'd had since winning the Divas Championship. *** Wrestling/TheUndertaker fought Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon in a match that came with a very confusing storyline beforehand: Shane had returned to WWE for the first time since 2009 to confront his father Vince and sister Stephanie in regards to how they run the company, which alone was seen as a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]]. Vince then made a deal with Shane that he would gain control of ''Raw'' from the much-maligned Wrestling/TheAuthority if he could win a match of his choosing at ''[=WrestleMania=]''. After Shane accepted, Vince named The Undertaker as his opponent. Fans' reaction to Vince's choosing was basically a FlatWhat, given the lack of an alliance between Vince and Undertaker, and the storyline never explained why 'Taker would wrestle a match as the de facto {{Heel}} to help Vince against Shane; despite 'Taker's claims that he worked for no one, he went along with it, while Shane seemed to {{lampshade|Hanging}} it by asking why 'Taker would be one of his father's "puppets." Eventually, Vince added another stipulation; that if 'Taker did not win, it would be "his last ''[=WrestleMania=]''," implying that he'd have to retire, which at least raised some stakes. Then, at ''[=WrestleMania=]'', The Undertaker defeated Shane. So Shane didn't gain control of ''Raw'', right? Wrong. The following night on ''Raw'', Vince, claiming that Shane was supposedly upstaging him with his strong fan support (which, admitedly, Shane has), allowed Shane to run ''Raw'' that night anyway, and Shane was then allowed to continue controlling ''Raw'' for another three weeks after that, basically rendering the whole thing pointless.*** The Wrestling/AndreTheGiant Memorial Battle Royal was won by Wrestling/BaronCorbin, a midcarder {{Heel}} from [[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]], WWE's developmental system. Cleanly. Granted, the fans were more forgiving in this instance, as Corbin was at least a fresh prospect; one may have noticed that most of the heels winning so far are not only heels but also older talent (or involved older talent in the women's title case).*** [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] came out to announce the legitimately record-setting (but still exaggerated) attendance. Then Wrestling/TheWyattFamily 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, Wrestling/JohnCena came out to "rescue" him. [[SarcasmMode Because the last time they threw the Rock and Cena in WrestleMania for no good reason turned out amazing.]] [[TheLastStraw Just ask]] Wrestling/CMPunk![[note]]Ironically, the fans were actually happy to see Cena, and he ended up getting one of the biggest pops of the night. This was for two reasons: 1. Cena had a great 2015, both in wrestling and out of it, and having to deal with Wrestling/RomanReigns while he was out made them more appreciative of him and 2. His appearance meant the segment was almost over.[[/note]]*** Finally, the main event that no one (other than Wrestling/VinceMcMahon) wanted: Wrestling/TripleH vs CreatorsPet Wrestling/RomanReigns. First, they give Triple H an incredible EvilIsCool intro, followed by Reigns... coming down the ramp, 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 by any means, just fell flat, as the outcome couldn't be more obvious if it appeared with flashing captions on the screen, with Reigns winning [[OverlyLongGag cleanly]]. Even if fans had wanted Reigns to be WWE Champion [[XPacHeat (which was the one thing they really,]] ''[[XPacHeat really]]'' [[XPacHeat didn't want)]], they'd be disgusted from the rest of the show. While declaring it the [[WorstWhateverEver worst 'Mania ever]] is clearly hyperbole, it could easily rank in the bottom 20% or so.** The main event of ''33'' between the Undertaker, one of the biggest legends in the industry's history and Roman Reigns, maybe the biggest CreatorsPet in the company's history. Most people knew or at least suspected this would be the Undertaker's final match, and very few people wanted Reigns to be the one to retire him, so when the match ended up having a lot of rough and sloppy points and Taker seemed too old and broken down to keep fighting and was struggling to even get to his feet, the match more than anything would have ended up being a depressing end to a storied career...at least until Undertaker came out of retirement the following year at Wrestlemania 34 and [[SquashMatch squashed]] John Cena.* DiscreditedTrope: ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'' featured Wrestling/BretHart vs. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in a No Holds Barred Match. In the late 1990s, 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 [[LighterAndSofter new PG rating]]. Just about all of Vince's best-received matches were entertaining 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.* EndingFatigue:** ''32'' managed to find time for a completely pointless Rock segment that managed to push the show into overrunning the 6 hour timeslot on its own, and then Triple H and Roman Reigns both got elaborate entrances, by which point the show was 10 minutes over and the main event hadn't even started yet, and would go on for 27 minutes. The crowd was already irate after half of them missed the first 4 matches due to issues getting into the building, but the obnoxiously stretched out ending pushed them into outright revolt.** ''34'' was the longest Mania ever, even more so because they actually got all the fans into building for the pre-show this time. And almost everyone is united in believing ''it was just too damn long''. Several superstars actually complained about it, with the crowd during the highly anticipated Shinsuke vs AJ match near dead, and in open revolt by the time of Roman vs Brock.* FanonDiscontinuity: As far as many fans are concerned, ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' never happened. Considering how the event is effectively meaningless in the long run and reviled by a large amount of fans, to the point that even the company seems to be ignoring it, helps matters.* GirlShowGhetto:** [=WrestleMania=] is often a bad time for women's wrestling fans. As the "Diva Era" took off, WWE began favouring {{Fanservice}} matches or else quantity over quality. Multi-Diva tag matches or Lumberjill matches became the norm - with predictably very little time given. The Divas Championship was introduced in 2008 and not defended at a [=WrestleMania=] until six years later, because of WWE's fondness for clusterfuck matches. 29 was especially terrible, where the only match featuring women was a mixed tag match that got cut from the broadcast at the last minute. Things do seem to be changing as of 31 but time will tell.** Heavily averted by XIX, 22, 32, 34 and (to some) [=X8=] - as they featured some of the more beloved women's matches in the event's history (quite a lot of people think Wrestling/{{Charlotte}} vs [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]] was the best match of the night at 34). XX zig-zags this--while the women's match was viewed as a disappointment, the resulting moment of Wrestling/MollyHolly having her head shaved was viewed as a highlight of a disappointing event.* GrowingTheBeard: After two somewhat underwhelming installments, it was [=WrestleMania=] III that put 'Mania on the map to become the spectacle it is today. * JustHereForGodzilla: 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 was any indication, it seems that The Streak being broken hadn't slowed it down, either.* HarsherInHindsight: ** Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero 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 Wrestling/TripleH tap to the Crippler Crossface in a Triple Threat with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Benoit's post-match celebration with Guerrero - then the WWE Champion - was a sight many smarks cried tears of happiness over. Then RealLife 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 [[CanonDiscontinuity pretend Chris Benoit never existed]].** The sight of Wrestling/RomanReigns getting bloodied by Wrestling/BrockLesnar during the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'' becomes this after Reigns revealed many months later that his leukemia[[note]]For those who don't know, it's cancer in the blood cells[[/note]] resurfaced (he beat the disease eleven years prior).* HilariousInHindsight: ** Due to taking place in Los Angeles, ''[=WrestleMania=] 21'' had a heavy Hollywood gimmick around it. The event is best known for, among other things, cementing Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/{{Batista}} as main eventers, who would later go on to have successful film careers in the mid-to-late 2010s in the style of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]]. This is made even more hilarious when once considers the commercials for the event, which featured wrestlers doing parodies of famous films; Batista, alongside other wrestlers, took part in a ''Film/TaxiDriver'' parody by doing impressions of the film's "YouTalkinToMe" line, and Batista was ultimately the only one to nail it (albeit not before some confusion resulted in a WhosOnFirst routine). Eventually, he even worked alongside ''Taxi Driver'' star Creator/RobertDeNiro in ''Heist''.** Any time Beth Phoenix has competed at the event, she has been the higher ranking star in her match and come out to someone else's music. At 24, she was Women's Champion and came out to Melina's. At 26 she was the top face but came out to Eve Torres's. And at 28 she was the Divas' Champion and once again came out to Eve's.* HolyShitQuotient:** Of course, [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar the end]] of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's then-undefeated streak at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''.** Between Wrestling/RomanReigns challenging Wrestling/BrockLesnar for the WWE title, and Wrestling/{{Sting}} wrestling his first WWE match, the last thing on people's minds at ''[=WrestleMania=] 31'' was Wrestling/SethRollins cashing in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank briefcase and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.** Most people were aware that Creator/RondaRousey was going to be attending ''[=WrestleMania=] 31''. Nobody knew she was going to be involved in an angle.** Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon going up to the top of the Hell in a Cell against Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''. 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 an elbow drop on a downed Undertaker, who got out of the way'' stunned everybody.* MemeticBadass: Nicholas, the ten year old kid that [[ItMakesSenseInContext won the RAW Tag Team titles with]] Wrestling/BraunStrowman.* MemeticMutation: ** [[http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/screen-shot-2014-04-07-at-12.07.14-am-650x364.png The shocked fan]] wearing a [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] "Just Say Yes" shirt[[note]]His name is [[http://www.wwe.com/videos/shocked-undertaker-guy-ellis-mbeh-meets-his-hero-triple-h Ellis Mbeh,]] by the way.[[/note]] 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.** Everything having to do with the RAW Tag Team Title match at 34. * MisaimedFandom: ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'''s "dream match" between Wrestling/HulkHogan (in his "[[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder Hollywood]]" persona) and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson 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 [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] in mid-match, and then turned back once the match was over.* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: A very common trope for any ''[=WrestleMania=]'', but the return of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/MickFoley, and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' deserves extra mention.* NewerThanTheyThink: The Hall of Fame was originally held before the ''Wrestling/KingOfTheRing'' event in its first two years, and ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries'' in its third. It wasn't turned into a ''[=WrestleMania=]'' tradition until 2004 (the twentieth show).* RootingForTheEmpire:** Wrestling/TripleH has gotten this twice while main eventing this event as a {{heel}}. The first time was against Wrestling/JohnCena at ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'', when Cena was at his most hated. The second time was ten years later at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' against Cena's company-chosen successor, Wrestling/RomanReigns, who somehow managed to become more hated than Cena ever was. Unfortunately for the fans, he lost both times.** Several fans had this reaction for 31's Divas tag team match featuring the {{face}} team of Wrestling/AJLee and Wrestling/{{Paige}} against the heel Wrestling/BellaTwins. If it happened a year or so before, the former team would have been clearly the heroines, being fan favorites, while the latter at that time were seen as everything that was wrong with the Divas division. However, by the time of 31 the former team came across as {{Designated Hero}}es in their promos, claiming they were automatically better than the twins because they weren't [[RealWomenDontWearDresses girly]], while the Bellas had ''massively'' improved. It was also very hard to sympathise with AJ, who had taken many months off, stopped working house shows and not done any of the additional PR work that talent usually did (that the Bellas and Paige had done). One promo from Nikki was even rumored to be a WorkedShoot calling AJ out for her lack of interest in the division. This was underlined in [[https://cewshreviews.com/2015/06/22/wwe-wrestlemania-31/ Cewsh Reviews]]:--->'''Cewsh:''' Two of the people here have been carrying this division on their backs for over a year now, and have grown so much in that time that they have to be among the premier female talents on the main roster right now. Their matches have been consistently high quality, their feuds have generated more than cursory interest from a fanbase who usually doesn't give Divas the time of day, and they have really shown that they may be the cream of the crop for this generation of Divas. [[BaitAndSwitchComparison The other two are AJ and Paige.]]"* ShockingSwerve:** ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'' had the twist ending to the show's main event, where Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] and teamed up with longtime rival and WWF owner Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to defeat [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and win the WWF Championship for the fifth (and penultimate) time.** The shocking swerve, arguably, above all other shocking swerves in wrestling history, happened at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''.--->'''Justin Roberts:''' Ladies and Gentlemen, [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable the winner]] [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker of this match]], [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar BROCK LESNAR]]!* SignatureScene: Every ''[=WrestleMania=]'' has had one, or rather a Signature Match:** ''[=WrestleMania=] I'': Wrestling/HulkHogan and Creator/MrT vs. Wrestling/RoddyPiper and Paul Orndorff.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 2'': Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/KingKongBundy.** ''[=WrestleMania=] III'': Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/AndreTheGiant (most notably the pre-match staredown and Hogan scoop-slamming Andre) and Wrestling/RickySteamboat vs. Wrestling/RandySavage.** ''[=WrestleMania=] IV'': Wrestling/RandySavage vs. Wrestling/TedDiBiase.** ''[=WrestleMania=] V'': Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/RandySavage: The Mega-Powers explode!** ''[=WrestleMania=] VI'': Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior: The Ultimate Challenge!** ''[=WrestleMania=] VII'': Wrestling/RandySavage's reunion with Wrestling/MissElizabeth after losing his retirement match with Wrestling/UltimateWarrior.** ''[=WrestleMania=] VIII'': Wrestling/RandySavage vs. Wrestling/RicFlair.** ''[=WrestleMania=] IX'': Its unique Roman theme is probably what it's best remembered for, sadly. Or Wrestling/HulkHogan's controversial title win.** ''[=WrestleMania=] X'': Wrestling/BretHart vs. Wrestling/OwenHart and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs. [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] (particularly Michaels' splash onto Ramon off the top of the ladder).** ''[=WrestleMania=] XI'': Wrestling/BamBamBigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XII'': The Wrestling/BretHart-Wrestling/ShawnMichaels Iron Man match, especially the HBK zipline entrance. The returning Wrestling/UltimateWarrior [[NoSell no-selling]] [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]]'s [[FinishingMove Pedigree]] also gained infamy.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'': Wrestling/BretHart vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin (especially the ending).** ''[=WrestleMania=] XIV'': Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XV'': [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin I.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 2000'': The Triple Threat ladder match with Wrestling/{{Edge}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{Christian}}, the [[Wrestling/MattHardy Har]][[Wrestling/JeffHardy dys]], and Wrestling/{{the Dudley|Boys}}s. Or Wrestling/TripleH becoming the first Heel to walk out of ''[=WrestleMania=]'' as WWF Champion.** ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'': [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin II: Austin's heel turn. Also, Wrestling/{{Edge}} spearing Wrestling/JeffHardy from the top of a ladder whilst Jeff was hanging from the tag team titles.** ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'': [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XIX'': Wrestling/BrockLesnar's botched shooting star press onto Wrestling/KurtAngle; [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin III: the final chapter; Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs Wrestling/ChrisJericho.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XX'': Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero celebrating in the ring ([[CanonDiscontinuity Or not.]]); Wrestling/TheUndertaker returning as the Deadman; Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin giving stunners to both Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 21'': Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/{{Batista}} winning their first world titles; Wrestling/ShawnMichaels facing Wrestling/KurtAngle; Wrestling/{{Edge}} becoming the first Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank Ladder Match winner.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'': Wrestling/{{Edge}} spearing Wrestling/MickFoley into a flaming table. Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}, and Wrestling/JohnCena's special entrances. Wrestling/CMPunk's [[EarlyBirdCameo cameo]] riding a gangster car in Cena's entrance.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 23'': Wrestling/VinceMcMahon getting his head shaved followed by Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin stunning UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump; Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Wrestling/TheUndertaker for the World Heavyweight Title; Wrestling/JohnCena vs Wrestling/ShawnMichaels for the WWE Title.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXIV'': Wrestling/ShawnMichaels retiring Wrestling/RicFlair.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXV'': Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'': Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels II: Streak vs. Career.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'': Finally...[[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]...has come back....to the WWE! Alternatively, Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs Wrestling/TripleH - No Holds Barred.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVIII'': Wrestling/JohnCena vs. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], or alternatively the conclusion to the "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell Match between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/TripleH. And, for all the wrong reasons, "[[Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} 18]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson seconds]]."** ''[=WrestleMania=] 29'': [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]]-[[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Rock]] II, or Wrestling/TheUndertaker vs. Wrestling/CMPunk.** ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'': [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]'s [[EarnYourHappyEnding triumph]], or Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeat]] (and the subsequent camera shot of "Shocked Undertaker Fan"). Or [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hogan]], [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Rock]], and [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Austin]] in the ring together.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 31'': Wrestling/SethRollins cashing in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank in the middle of Wrestling/BrockLesnar vs. Wrestling/RomanReigns to become the new champion. Wrestling/RandyOrton's mid-air RKO to Seth, prior to that. Also, the Creator/RondaRousey segment. Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s first and only Mania match might also qualify.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'': Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon becoming the first man to ''willingly'' [[https://youtu.be/bWI2l4ZbdA4 launch himself from the top of the Cell to try elbow-dropping Taker]]. He turned the HolyShitQuotient up so high that, while the crowd reacted when he jumped, it was quickly followed by a StunnedSilence out of genuine concern that he may have killed himself. Alternatively, The League of Nations (Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}}, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and [[Wrestling/WadeBarrett King Barrett]]) getting their asses handed to them by Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/MickFoley, and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin; OR [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] confronting Wrestling/TheWyattFamily alongside a returning Wrestling/JohnCena.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 33'': Wrestling/TheUndertaker's last ride ([[TenMinuteRetirement for a little while, anyway]]), Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} and Wrestling/BrockLesnar's thirteen year Mania rematch and wild brawl or The [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]] returning and winning the Raw Tag Team Championships.** ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'': Wrestling/TheUndertaker's comeback and dominance of Wrestling/JohnCena, the brutality of Wrestling/BrockLesnar's successful Universal title defense against Wrestling/RomanReigns, [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]] vs. Wrestling/CharlotteFlair and the former's 2-and-a-half year undefeated streak in the WWE being broken, and the WWE debut of Creator/RondaRousey. ** ''[=WrestleMania=] 35'': Wrestling/SethRollins winning the Universal Championship from Wrestling/BrockLesnar in the first match on the card, Wrestling/KofiKingston finally winning his first WWE Championship after 11 years in the company by beating Wrestling/DanielBryan and celebrating his victory with the rest of Wrestling/TheNewDay and his family in the middle of the ring, and in the first women's main event in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, Wrestling/BeckyLynch going over both Creator/RondaRousey and Wrestling/CharlotteFlair to win the Raw and [=SmackDown=] Woman's titles, dealing Ronda her first loss in her WWE career. * SignatureSong: There are some common ones for any event. For rock songs, it's likely either "[[Music/LimpBizkit My Way]]" (X-Seven) or "Ladies and Gentlemen" (23). For rap songs, it's [[Music/FloRida "Wild Ones" and "Good Feeling"]] (28). "[[Music/KidRock Celebrate]]" became this for both (XXX and 34, coincidentally both were in Louisiana).* SoBadItsGood: ** Wrestling/TheUndertaker's match with Giant Gonzalez at ''9''. Sure, Gonzalez was quite the FashionVictimVillain and basically an UpToEleven predecessor to The Great Khali... But the idea itself (a 7-foot monster vs. an 8-foot monster) was still epic, and we did get quite the memorable {{Narm}}[=/=]NarmCharm from it.** Wrestling/BraunStrowman's tag team title match with Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro]] at ''34'', in which he chose a ten-year old fan from the stands named Nicholas as his partner and subsequently won the titles with him. Normally this would have smarks decrying the devaluing of the RAW Tag Team Titles (and make no mistake, there were still a few who reacted like this, most notably Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin), but the majority, including the live crowd, [[ActuallyPrettyFunny actually found the situation]] ''[[ActuallyPrettyFunny hilarious]]'', mainly due to how seriously the wrestlers took the match (at one point Cesaro even started trash talking Nicholas); for those watching at home, the hilarity was doubled thanks to the commentary, in which Wrestling/MichaelCole, Jonathan Coachman, and ''especially'' Corey Graves [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the absurdity of the entire situation. Nicholas eventually would gain MemeticBadass status from this alone.* SpecialEffectsFailure: 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 [[note]]piledrivers can cause serious injury [[FatalMethodActing or even death]] if not performed properly[[/note]], the camera angle could have done a better job of covering that up.* SophomoreSlump: ''[=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 [[SpecialGuest celebrity power]] and many viewers who [[LuddWasRight didn't fully understand]] the product, led to an overall bland show. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And Susan St. James saying "Uh-oh..."]] to the point where it became a VerbalTic for her.* ToughActToFollow:** [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan proved to be this. Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/TripleH even pushed for that to go on last, feeling it was the true main event. ** Wrestling/MickieJames vs Wrestling/TrishStratus at 22 was this to the women's match at 23. Featuring what would end up becoming the final 'Mania appearance of a veteran star (Trish) and the crowning of a new era star (Mickie), a match involving [[Wrestling/AshleyMassaro a Playboy cover girl]] and a woman who had only [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} just started being treated like a serious wrestler]] (after having become mostly known for her {{Fanservice}}-ladden ring entrance) was just not going to cut it, especially since it only lasted about three minutes.** To the surprise of many, the mixed tag match between Creator/RondaRousey and Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon and Wrestling/TripleH was this for 34. It was one of the best matches of the night (with the only other match even close to its quality being the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship match between Wrestling/CharlotteFlair and [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]]). Even [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] felt that the rest of the show couldn't live up to her match.* UnexpectedCharacter: While Wrestling/JohnCena himself at ''[=WrestleMania=] 35'' wasn't that unexpected, the fact that he brought back the Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick was a pleasant surprise to everyone to the point where there was a very noticeable pop when his "Basic Thuganomics" music started playing.* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: 34 has gone on record to be one of, if not ''the'', weirdest [=WMs=] of all time. The event had a mixture of genuine surprises ([[spoiler:the end of [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]]'s undefeated streak, Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura's heel turn, Wrestling/RomanReigns ''losing'' his title match against Wrestling/BrockLesnar]]) and just plain ''strange'' occurrences, including Wrestling/JohnCena getting squashed by Wrestling/TheUndertaker in under three minutes,[[note]]Not to mention that beforehand, Cena appeared at the event as an ''audience member'', after him calling out 'Taker the previous weeks received no answer.[[/note]] Wrestling/TheNewDay's entrance, which involved midgets dressed up as pancakes doing the worm outside the ring, and Wrestling/BraunStrowman winning the RAW Tag Team Titles with a ten year old child. * WTHCostumingDepartment: As this tends to be the event where stars go all out with their ring gear, there has been many a fashion faux pas:** [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]]'s infamous bodysuit from XV. She had intended to make it look like PaintedOnPants, and knew she had bombed when she saw The Rock gawking at her from backstage.** Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} usually busted out some fun cosplay type gear. At 26 he went for a Na'vi from ''{{Film/Avatar}}'', which looked incredibly awkward to say the least.** Wrestling/TripleH has been routinely mocked for both his Conan the Barbarian-inspired costume for his entrance at 22 and his hideous Terminator getup at 31.** Giant Gonzalez donned a ghastly singlet with sprayed on muscles and abs for IX.** Goldust at XIV came out wearing ill-fitting silver pleather, red face paint and a woman's negligee on. This was during his "Artist Formerly Known As Goldust" phase, where he was a FashionVictimVillain.** For 28, Wrestling/BethPhoenix came down with a bizarre hawk-like headdress on.----

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