TOP 10 WWE | WrestleMania Performers
The Grandest Stage of the All, the Showcase of the Immortals, the Super Bowl of Wrestling, the Show of Shows – however you want to label WrestleMania, I think we can all agree it's an event truly like no other. Sure, it might run a bit too long these days, with certain matches that don't quite live up to expectation, but for the most part, it consistently delivers fantastic performances from equally fantastic performers. With that in mind, I'm Matt from Inside Wrestling, and here is the Top 10 WrestleMania performers of all time...
Number 10. Edge
Edge might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of WrestleMania performers, but that's probably because you've forgotten his many incredible feats at the Show of Shows. Not only did he help innovate Ladder and TLC Matches back to back, doing so alongside the Hardys, the Dudley Boyz, and tag team partner Christian, but he also won the inaugural Money in the Bank, tried his hand at conquering the Undertaker's impressive undefeated Streak, competed for the World Heavyweight Championship four years in a row, all before retiring in 2011, having successfully defended his title against Alberto Del Rio.
Number 09. The Rock
These days, The Rock is more akin to lighting his very name on fire than competing at a WrestleMania. And even when he does lace up his boots for a one on one encounter, he's pinning the likes of Erick Rowan in less than eight seconds! Believe it or not, however, the Great One was once a prolific performer, so much so that he's competed in nine WrestleMania events, four of which were for the WWE Championship. He was also the first ever competitor to face, and defeat, Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and John Cena at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Number 08. Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Bret “The Hitman” Hart once competed in 12 consecutive WrestleMania events. Enough said, really. But if you want more evidence as to why he deserves the number eight spot on today's list, then you'll be pleased to know he became the first man to ever challenge for or defend the Intercontinental Championship, the Tag Team Championship, and the WWE Championship at the Grandest Stage. Still not convinced? Just go watch his match with brother Owen Heart, or his bout with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 12.
Number 07. John Cena
You had to know John Cena would make this list at one point or another. After all, he was the poster boy of the WWE for over a decade. In this time, Mr. Hustle, Loyalty and Respect wrestled a slew of legendary superstars at the Showcase of the Immortals, including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Edge, Randy Orton, and The Rock. Cena also first appeared in the opening match of WrestleMania XX, where he defeated the Big Show for the United States title. Only one year later, he captured his first of, believe it or not, thirteen WWE Championships.
Number 06. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Randy Savage remains, to this day, the only performer to have competed in four matches at a single WrestleMania. Doing so in the one-day tournament at WrestleMania IV, the “Macho Man” defeated Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang, and Ted DiBiase to capture his first ever WWE Championship. One year prior, of course, he and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat put on one of the greatest matches in not just WrestleMania history, but wrestling as a whole.
Number 05. Triple H
Simply put, no one has competed in more World Championship matches at WrestleMania than Triple H. I wonder if that has anything to do with the woman he's married to. Ah, who am I kidding?! It's probably just a coincidence! Whether it was becoming the second ever Undisputed Champion, defeating three other superstars in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match, challenging the Undertaker's Streak on three separate occasions, or main eventing WrestleMania a total of six times, the so-called COO of the WWE has one of the greatest records at the Show of Shows.
Number 04. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin sure knew how to stomp a mud hole on the Grandest Stage of them All, whilst also giving us some of the event's most memorable moments. Against Bret Hart, for example, the Texas Rattlesnake, with blood streaming down his face, refused to tap out to the legendary Sharpshooter. Such resilience instantly turned him from heel to babyface and truly cemented his name in the main event scene. Main eventing three WrestleManias, as a result, “Stone Cold” also had legendary bouts with The Rock, Shawn Michaels, and Mike Tyson, just to name a few.
Number 03. Hulk Hogan
One of the biggest stars in wrestling history, if not the biggest, WrestleMania would not be the colossal success it is today without Hulk Hogan. Hell, the pay-per-view might have never existed in the first place if his match with Mr. T had flopped or failed to pull in any significant mainstream publicity. Having helped to successfully launch the annual tradition, though, the Real American went on to compete in seven of the first eight WrestleManias. It's also worth mentioning his bodyslam against André the Giant – because, well, it's one of the most talked about wrestling moments of all time!
Number 02. Shawn Michaels
Whether it be the Showstopper, the Heartbreak Kid, or the Sexy Boy, Shawn Michaels has performed under a number of different monickers throughout his legendary career. However, none will ever quite compare to his most famous nickname, “Mr. WrestleMania”. Earning the title through innovate Ladder and Iron Man Matches against Razor Ramon and Bret Hart respectively, HBK has performed at 17 WrestleMania events, making his name synonymous with the Show of Shows. If this was any other list, if Shawn Michaels was competing against anyone other than the man in our top spot, then he would of course be crowned the greatest superstar in WrestleMania history. But as things stand, Mr. WrestleMania himself will have to make do with number two!
Number 01. The Undertaker
Before losing to Brock Lesnar in shocking fashion, The Undertaker possessed the greatest undefeated streak in WrestleMania history. Even now with a couple of blemishes on this otherwise remarkable record, it's difficult to imagine anyone coming close to, let alone topping his astonishing twenty-four wins. Let's also not forget that many of these matches, like the one he had with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25, were utterly fantastic. WrestleMania without The Undertaker? Forget about it!
Know of any more noteworthy WrestleMania performers? Let me know in the comments below. I've been Matt from Inside Wrestling, thanks for reading!