In looking at the big picture of WrestleMania, we decided to turn our attention to the people themselves -- anyone who had an on-screen contribution that helped to make WrestleMania the sports entertainment juggernaut it is today.
At first, we considered something that was purely done on a win-loss record standpoint, but there are many flaws for being that scientific about it. Could you argue, for example that Rob Van Dam's 4-0 WrestleMania record is better than The Undertaker's 24-2 because RVD has technically suffered fewer losses? Probably not.
Plus, a lot of the important people involved with Mania aren't just the wrestlers. There are the managers, the announcers and many other non-wrestlers that were just as important to the event as the in-ring competitors.
In ranking the Top 50 WrestleMania All Stars, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
How closely is this person associated with the term WrestleMania?
How many big WrestleMania matches (e.g. main event or equivalent) have they been involved with, either as a wrestler or non-wrestler?
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Ready? Here we go!
The Miz has three wins and five losses to his credit at WrestleMania. Most importantly, the A-Lister defeated John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII. He's also teamed with partners including John Morrison, The Big Show and battled Shane McMahon.
Davey Boy Smith
Davey Boy Smith, along with his British Bulldogs partner Dynamite Kid, won the WWF Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania II and then lost six-man tag matches at both WrestleMania III and IV. The British Bulldog had three wins, no losses and one draw.
Becky Lynch has only a middling record at WrestleMania, with two wins and three losses. However, her biggest win was in the main event of WrestleMania XXXV, defeating both Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey to capture both sets of Womens Championships.
While WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart has never wrestled at a WrestleMania (probably a good thing!), he had a prominent role in the first nine events, representing clients such as The Hart Foundation, Adrian Adonis, The Rougeau Brothers, Earthquake, The Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine and Hulk Hogan.
Think of some of the most epic calls in WrestleMania history, including "The irresistable force meets the immovable object" and "The Hulkster has taken one giant step towards immortality" and chances are WWE Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon was behind them, with roles at the first nine WrestleManias.
WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero had a mixed experience, defeating Test for the European title and Kurt Angle for the World Title and having three losses (Too Cool & Chyna, Team Angle and Rey Mysterio). Still, the sight of he and Chris Benoit closing out WrestleMania XX was a huge moment for both men.
Rey Mysterio has four WrestleMania wins to his credit. The Master Of The 619 defeated Chavo Guerrero, Randy Orton and Kurt Angle, John Bradshaw Layfield and CM Punk. In addition, Mysterio has suffered four losses, including to Matt Hardy, Chavo Guerrero, Cody Rhodes and most recently to Samoa Joe.
CM Punk has three wins at WrestleMania (back-to-back Money In The Bank wins and a WWE Championship victory over Chris Jericho) and four losses (another Money In The Bank, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and The Undertaker) and yet almost all of those were big-match scenarios for The Straight Edge Superstar.
Whether competing as Mankind, Cactus Jack or himself, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley had two wins at WrestleMania (New Age Outlaws and The Big Show), three losses (Triple H, Edge and Evolution) and a draw (British Bulldog and Owen Hart). In addition, Foley has been a guest referee and authority figure.
For a tag team, Demolition members Ax and Smash had a tremendous amount of success, winning three straight WrestleMania matches (Strike Force, The Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji and The Colossal Connection). By WrestleMania VII, the team was Smash and Crush, and they lost to the team of Tenyru and Kitao.
Charlotte Flair has three wins and two losses at WrestleMania. She won a Triple Threat Match at XXXII over Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch; Asuka at XXXIV; and Rhea Ripley at XXXVI. She also lost a Fatal Four Way to Bayley at XXXIII and lost her championship to to Lynch in the main event of XXXV.
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has four big wins at WrestleMania, including over Chris Benoit, Kane and Shawn Michaels and in a tag team with Ronda Rousey, but he's also suffered six losses, including to Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio and in a retirement match to Baron Corbin.
WWE Hall of Famer "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase had four wins at WrestleMania (Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Magnificent Muraco, Jake Roberts and the team of Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake) and three losses (Randy Savage, Virgil and The Natural Disasters), as well as a draw with Beefcake at WrestleMania V.
WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna won twice at WrestleMania (Bret Hart, The Smokin' Gunns) and lost three times (Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and the trio of Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Vader), although it's worth noting Yokozuna also had one of the fastest rises to main event status in history.
WWE Hall of Famer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan managed some of the biggest names in WrestleMania history, including Andre The Giant, Mr. Perfect, Ravishing Rick Rude and The Brain Busters. He has also wrestled twice at the event, and The Brain even announced matches at WrestleManias IX and XVII.
Daniel Bryan has five wins at WrestleMania, including the main event at XXX featuring Randy Orton & Batista, and a ladder match victory at XXXI. The three blemishes on his record were his 18-second loss at XXVIII to Sheamus; a loss to Kofi Kingston at XXXV; and a loss to Sami Zayn at XXXVI.
Batista has three wins at WrestleMania, including against The Rock and Sock Connection, Triple H and Umaga. The Animal has also suffered four losses, against The Undertaker, John Cena and Daniel Bryan and his retirement match at WrestleMania XXXV against Triple H.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge has an impressive WrestleMania record, with seven wins (The Dudley Boyz and Hardy Boyz twice each, Booker T, Money In The Bank, Mick Foley, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton) and four losses (MITB, The Undertaker, John Cena and Chris Jericho).
WWE Hall of Famer Bret "Hit Man" Hart had eight WrestleMania wins, including victories over Rhythm & Blues, The Bolsheviks, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Yokozuna, Bob Backlund, Steve Austin and Vince McMahon, and six losses, including to The Nasty Boys, Yokozuna, Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels.
Andre The Giant
WWE Hall of Famer Andre The Giant competed in the first six WrestleManias, with two wins (Big John Studd and a Battle Royal), three losses (Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts and Demolition) and a draw (Hogan). He's so closely associated with WrestleMania that an annual battle royal is now named after him.
The Ultimate Warrior
WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior racked up wins against four opponents (Hercules, Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Hunter-Hearst Helmsley). In fact, the only blemish on his record occurred at WrestleMania V, when Bobby Heenan conspired to help Rick Rude topple him.
WWE Hall of Famer Randy "Macho Man" Savage has won seven matches at WrestleMania (George Steele, Butch Reed, One Man Gang, Greg Valentine, Ted DiBiase, Ric Flair and Crush), and has two losses, losing to Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan and the team of Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire.
Triple H has ten huge WrestleMania wins, including Owen Hart, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Brock Lesnar, Sting and Batista. That compares with and 13 losses, including The Ultimate Warrior, Kane, Chris Benoit, Batista, John Cena, The Undertaker, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns.
John Cena has ten massive wins at WrestleMania, including The Big Show, JBL, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge and Big Show, Batista, The Rock, Bray Wyatt and Rusev, compared to five losses (Randy Orton, The Miz, Rock, The Undertaker and The Fiend). Cena has been a staple of WrestleMania for well over a decade.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan had eight wins at WrestleMania (Rowdy Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, Andre The Giant, Randy Savage, Sgt. Slaughter, Sid, Yokozuna and Vince McMahon) and three losses (Ultimate Warrior, Money Inc. and The Rock). In many respects, Hogan is WrestleMania.
Owen Hart has an impressive WrestleMania record, with five wins (Skinner, Bret "Hit Man" Hart, The Smokin' Gunns, the trio of Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts and Yokozuna and the team of D-Lo Brown and Test), two losses (Mr. Perfect and Triple H) and one draw.
While it's true Michael Cole has a 1-0 record at WrestleMania (courtesy of a reverse decision win over Jerry Lawler at XXVII), Cole has also been a part of The Showcase of the Immortals ever since WrestleMania XV, either as a backstage announcer or play-by-play announcer.
Ravishing Rick Rude
WWE Hall of Famer "Ravishing" Rick Rude was a star of the early WrestleMania events, holding victories over two Hall of Famers (The Ultimate Warrior and "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka) and wrestling to a 15-minute time limit with anoth (Jake "The Snake" Roberts).
While WWE may not brag about Chris Benoit's exploits today, the fact remains that he won the World Title in the main event of WrestleMania XX and holds victories over Kurt Angle and MVP. On the losses side, he's been defeated by Team Angle, John Bradshaw Layfield and he failed to win Money In The Bank.
Kane has a storied history at WrestleMania, with nine wins including Triple H, Randy Orton and The Big Show. Although he has also suffered 12 losses over the years, The Big Red Machine has captured the Hardcore, ECW and Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania and even handed out a few beatings to Pete Rose!
John Bradshaw Layfield
John Bradshaw Layfield had three wins (The Right To Censor, Chris Benoit and Finlay) as well as nine losses (The Headbangers, losses in three straight battle royales, Billy & Chuck, Too Cool, John Cena and Rey Mysterio) and several WrestleManias where he worked as an announcer.
While AJ Styles doesn't exactly have a 'Phenomenal' record at WrestleMania, he does hold impressive wins over Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton. He's also been on the losing end of two Mania matches - against Chris Jericho and The Undertaker in a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania XXXVI.
WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus has three wins at WrestleMania (against Victoria and Jazz, Christy Hemme and Dolph Ziggler and LayCool) and two losses (Jazz and Mickie James), most of which were Women's Title matches. She was also a manager or in someone's corner at WrestleManias XVI, XVII and XX.
Kofi Kingston definitely has more losses than wins at WrestleMania. He's lost seven including two Money In The Bank matches and a handful of tag team affairs. However, his biggest of two wins occurred at WrestleMania XXXV, when he beat Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship.
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has two wins at WrestleMania (The Rock and Mick Foley, and a dark match against Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms) and four losses (Randy Savage, The Undertaker, Money In The Bank and Shawn Michaels). The Nature Boy has also managed Triple H, Charlotte and others.
Chris Jericho has had thirteen matches at WrestleMania, including big wins over AJ Styles, Edge, Kevin Owens and the trio of Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka. He's also suffered big losses to the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Christian, CM Punk and Fandango and in Money In The Bank over the years.
The Big Show
The Big Show has five WrestleMania wins (tag team bouts against Carlito & Chris Masters, John Morrison & R-Truth and The Corre, as well as Cody Rhodes and a battle royal win). Show also has 12 losses (including to Mankind, Triple H, Kane, The Undertaker, John Cena - twice, Akebono, Floyd Mayweather and The Shield.
Although he only began announcing at WrestleMania IX and was on most of the annual events until WrestleMania XXVII, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is widely accepted as the voice of WrestleMania due to classic calls involving "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and many others.
WWE Hall of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat has three WrestleMania wins (Matt Borne, Hercules Hernandez and Randy "Macho Man" Savage) and two losses (Greg Valentine and Chris Jericho). However, the match with Savage is widely considered to be the single-greatest match in WrestleMania history.
Miss Elizabeth never wrestled at WrestleMania (or on any other major show, now that we think about it), but her moments with or against Randy "Macho Man" Savage were a huge part of WrestleManias II through VIII. Most notably was the emotional reconcilliation following Savage's VII match.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper won twice at WrestleMania (Adrian Adonis and Goldust), lost four times (Hulk Hogan & Mr. T, Mr. T, Bret Hart and Chris Jericho) and drew once with Bad News Brown. In addition, he's been a manager, announcer, referee and the host of "Piper's Pit" at two WrestleManias.
Seth Rollins has six victories at WrestleMania (two tag team matches, a Triple Threat, Triple H and two separate wins over Brock Lesnar. The only losses were to Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXXI and to Kevin Owens at WrestleMania XXXVI.
Randy Orton boasts six victories at WrestleMania, including over The Rock & Sock Connection, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, The Legacy, John Cena and Triple H. The Apex Predator also has 10 losses on his record, including to The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Triple H, Kane, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan.
Vince McMahon is more than the mere creator of WrestleMania - he's also been a host, a commentator, a heel authority figure, an attempted special referee (he was overruled), a competitor (losses to Shane McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart) and the recipient of a haircut by Donald Trump.
Brock Lesnar has five huge wins at WrestleMania over Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bill Goldberg and when he ended The Undertaker's streak at XXX. The Beast Incarnate has also had five losses (Goldberg, Triple H, Seth Rollins twice and Drew McIntyre), making him a perennial top draw at WrestleMania.
Roman Reigns boasts five victories at WrestleMania, including a pair of tag team matches, Triple H, Drew McIntyre and a rare defeat of The Undertaker. The Big Dog has only lost twice (both times in the main event): once to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania XXXI, and once to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXXIV.
The Rock has six wins at WrestleMania (The Sultan, Ken Shamrock, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena and Erick Rowan) and five losses (Stone Cold Steve Austin twice, Triple H, Evolution and John Cena). He was also the host for WrestleMania XXVII and has made many cameo appearances.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has five wins at WrestleMania (Savio Vega, Shawn Michaels, The Rock twice and Scott Hall) and only two losses (Bret "Hit Man" Hart and The Rock). Since retiring, Austin has served as a special referee more than once and has made numerous cameo appearances.
Known as Mr. WrestleMania, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has six wins (Haku & The Barbarian, Tito Santana, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Vince McMahon and Ric Flair) and 11 losses (Twin Towers, Orient Express, Tatanka, Razor Ramon, Diesel, Steve Austin, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, John Cena and The Undertaker).
The Undertaker has 25 wins at WrestleMania (including Superfly Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Giant Gonzales, King Kong Bundy, Diesel, Sid, Kane, Big Boss Man, Ric Flair, Triple H, The Big Show and Albert, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon, John Cena and AJ Styles, and two losses (Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns). If that doesn't define an All-Star.... what does?