Please note: Much like Ranking The 10 Worst WrestleManias, this is a completely subjective list, based on our experiences watching and re-watching different WrestleManias over the years. Having watched each event at least twice from beginning to end (and in many cases, a half-dozen times), we're just as qualified as anyone to rank them.

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10) WRESTLEMANIA XVIII - MARCH 17 2002

This one is here largely for sentimental reasons - I was part of the audience in Toronto watching it happen alive - though in the interests of full disclosure, I was also at WrestleMania VI and that one didn't make the cut in this ranking.

Of course, the main attraction here is The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan, where the crowd turned on The Rock and began organically cheering the heel Hogan. While impressive to see on TV, you truly had to witness it in person to appreciate the magnitude of what that felt like.

In addition to Rock-Hogan (the true main event), the show was officially headlined by Triple H vs. Chris Jericho which, while I didn't love it, gets much better on subsequent viewings. There's also The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair (the official beginning of The Dead Man referencing his WM streak), Kurt Angle vs. Kane, Edge vs. Booker T and an amusing show-long storyline over the Hardcore Championship.

9) WRESTLEMANIA X - MARCH 20 1994

Although it seemed a little odd at the time, the tournament-style main event for the WWF Championship makes a ton of sense in hindsight, as it set up a few different storylines for the year ahead. On one side, you had Bret Hart losing his first challenge of the evening against his brother Owen Hart (something virtually no one saw coming at the time), and on the other, you saw guest referee Mr. Perfect screwing Lex Luger out of his final shot at Yokozuna (while nothing really came of it after WrestleMania, it was a nice callback to their year-earlier WM match). An of course, we had Bret Hart defeating Yokozuna for the WWF Title in the main event - a redemption story of sorts in the famed Madison Square Garden.

On top of that, you had the legendary Ladder Match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels and an underrated Falls Count Anywhere Match between Randy Savage and Crush.

8) WRESTLEMANIA VIII - APRIL 5 1992

While the Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice main event was disappointing (DQ finish, interference by Papa Shango and The Ultimate Warrior), there were two fantastic matches at WrestleMania VIII.

On one hand, you had a rare face vs. face match between Bret Hart and Rowdy Roddy Piper for the Intercontinental Championship; rarer yet given Piper did a pinfall job. And the WWF Championship match between Randy Savage and Ric Flair had the tremendous "she was yours before she was mine" angle to it, which only helped make the bout that much more intense. Throw in some underrated matches like Tatanka vs. Rick Martel and it's not a bad show.

7) WRESTLEMANIA XXXI - MARCH 29 2015

WrestleMania XXXI signified a changing of the guard in many ways - at least one person from every match had cut their teeth in the NXT developmental system. The main event saw Roman Reigns attempting to dethrone Brock Lesnar, only to find Seth Rollins cashing in Money In The Bank to make the bout an impromptu Triple Threat Match.

Beyond that, you had a very good undercard match featuring Rollins and Randy Orton, a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title won by Daniel Bryan, and a dream match-type meeting between Sting and Triple H - which gave nostalgia junkies a nice fix of what it would have been like had D-Generation X ever faced off against the new World order.

6) WRESTLEMANIA XIX - MARCH 30 2003

The featured match for WrestleMania XIX was the long-running grudge match between Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon, which was fine for what it was, but the show had so much more to it.

Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho was an easy Match Of The Year candidate (and won that honor in many circles), and botched finish aside, the main event of Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle was really enjoyable. You also had what would be the final match in the WrestleMania trilogy of The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin and a fun Triple Threat match for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

5) WRESTLEMANIA XX - MARCH 14 2004

One year later, WrestleMania XX managed to top its predecessor with a host of strong matches, "Where It All Begins... Again." While watching it back may not be the most popular chore in the world, Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H was as solid a main event as one will get, with great wrestling and a storybook ending (at least, in 2004).

On top of that, you had a great WWE Championship match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle, Victoria vs. Molly Holly in a title vs. hair match, the second WrestleMania meeting between The Undertaker and Kane, and a very underrated bout between Chris Jericho and Christian that saw Trish Stratus turn heel at the conclusion.

4) WRESTLEMANIA XXX - April 16 2014

A full decade after it all began again, WrestleMania XXX put on an amazing show, with a handful of memorable contests. 

 

Daniel Bryan received his ultimate WrestleMania Moment, not only defeating Triple H in the evening's opening bout, but also Batista and Randy Orton to end the night as WWE Champion. And let's not forget The Undertaker's famous WrestleMania streak shockingly ending at the hands of Brock Lesnar.

3) WRESTLEMANIA III - March 29 1987

The tag line of WrestleMania II was "Bigger. Better. Badder." and to that end, the event certainly lived up to the hype.

Of course, there was the iconic main event featuring Hulk Hogan against Andre The Giant which will be used in video packages until the end of time. But there was also Ricky The Dragon Steamboat vs. Randy Macho Man Savage, one of the greatest matches of its (or any other) era. Add to that Rowdy Roddy Piper's "retirement" match and a highly-enjoyable bout featuring The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana vs. The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis, and you have an event that withstands the test of time.

2) WRESTLEMANIA XXI - APRIL 3 2005

WrestleMania XXI doesn't always get its just due. Hopefully this high ranking on our list will help restore that love people should have for "WrestleMania Goes Hollywood."

On one hand, the two World Championship matches signaled a changing of the guard, with both John Cena and Batista going over John Bradshaw Layfield and Triple H strongly in their respective matches. You also had the first-ever Money In The Bank match (won by Edge), Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle in an all-time classic, The Undertaker vs. Randy Orton and even a fun Piper's Pit segment featuring Rowdy Roddy Piper and Stone Cold Steve Austin trading insults and slaps.

1) WRESTLEMANIA XVII - APRIL 1 2001

WrestleMania XVII (better known as WrestleMania X-Seven) featured the best all-around wrestling show of the modern era, with a bit of something for everyone.

In terms of marquee matchups, The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin was brilliantly set up and featured a shocking finish. You also had The Undertaker vs. Triple H which may not match up to their later 'Mania encounters, but was still really good. On top of that, you had the first TLC match at WrestleMania between Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz which is still talked about today, a complex father vs. son match with Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon and a Gimmick Battle Royal that injected some much-needed fun in the show.

 

Go back and watch it today and you'll see that X-Seven still very much holds up.

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