Continuing on from the Mania rankings of 1-15, we have the WrestleMania rankings of 16-32!
#17 – WrestleMania 16
The 16th edition of WrestleMania was a rarity in its case. 2000 was without a doubt one of the best years in WWE, especially in terms of roster and storylines. However, having too many multi-competitor matches and the McMahon family involved in each corner during the Fatal 4 Way main event sounded good on paper, but ended up not being what it could have been (which is putting it mildly). However, it wasn’t all bad. The Triple Threats involving Jericho, Benoit, and Angle were very good and the first TLC was also quite enthralling.
#16 – WrestleMania 27
The big problem with WrestleMania 27 was that its primary goal was to build to next years WrestleMania, which is not the point of Mania. The main event alone was John Cena vs The Miz, with the Rock interfering to set up the Cena & Rock showdown the following year(s). HHH vs Undertaker was the bright spot on the card, but it would be done better the following year.
#15 – WrestleMania 32
To be fair, WWE was going through a great plague of injuries at the time with John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Cesaro, Neville, Nikki Bella, and more injured, not to mention Sting and Daniel Bryan having to retire due to injuries. With the show going on for too long with a majority of mediocre to bad matches, this Mania is forgettable. At least Shane vs Undertaker in Hell in a Cell was better than a lot of critics were expecting.
#14 – WrestleMania 29
When Once in a Lifetime ends up becoming Twice in a Lifetime. The issue with this Mania was not that the matches were at all bad, but they were just very bland and felt like something we would typically see at the time. The next night on RAW, though, was definitely a spectacle. At any rate, CM Punk vs The Undertaker was match of the night by far.
#13 – WrestleMania 22
The final Mania to take place in a standard arena. It had a lot of moments, but the matches themselves didn’t deliver how they should have. The Triple Threat for the World Title culminated Rey Mysterio’s tribute to the recent passing of Eddie Guerrero in an epic match against Randy Orton and Batista. The Money in the Bank ladder match and the Hardcore match between Edge and Foley were also high spots for the night, pun intended.
#12 – WrestleMania 26
This was a very stacked roster for a WrestleMania, especially in terms of what fans describe as the PG era. Edge vs Jericho was a great match and Hart vs McMahon was almost a decade-and-a-half in the making, although the match is better left ignored. At the end of the night, we have Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels II in a Streak vs Career match where we saw the boyhood dream come to an end.
#11 – WrestleMania 23
One of the biggest selling points was current US President Donald Trump taking on Vince McMahon in a hair vs hair match… almost. Instead, Trump had Lashley fighting for him, while McMahon had Umaga fighting for him. The Money in the Bank Ladder match, Benoit in his last mania match against MVP, Batista vs Undertaker, and Michaels vs Cena were all very good matches that deserve all the recognition that they get.
#10 – WrestleMania 21
Similarly to WrestleMania 32, this Mania had a lot going against it with injuries and budget cuts a plenty, keeping the roster relatively low. However, when Mania went Hollywood, we got some great matches. Angle vs Michaels was absolutely fantastic and a must-see for any wrestling fan that might have never seen it. Taker vs Orton was also good and the World & WWE title main events delivered, at least in terms of story and developing Cena & Batista into mega stars!
#9 – WrestleMania 24
This WrestleMania is best known for the true end to the legendary career of Nature Boy Ric Flair in his epic showdown with Shawn Michaels, what a way to go out. Edge vs Undertaker was a good match to begin a great feud that would last months and the Money in the Bank ladder match introduced us to how early CM Punk was considered for being a top guy.
#8 – WrestleMania 28
This WrestleMania was built upon by the previous years. Every match delivered in one way, shape, or form (well, maybe not the Maria Menounos match). Fans got to see one of the early instances of the company’s mistreatment of Daniel Bryan. However, the Rock vs John Cena was a battle of epic proportions, which would have been more highly regarded if they didn’t have a rematch a year later. The Hell in a Cell between Triple H and Undertaker was an edge-of-your-seat style of contest and a legendary WrestleMania match that will be talked about for years to come.
#7 – WrestleMania 19
We were still in the first full year of the original brand extension, and it was already proving that WWE’s two-show strategy was making more stars. Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels had a legendary match that would form a basis for their legendary feud 5 years later. The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin had one final showdown in the main event of Mania… for the 3rd time in what would be Stone Cold’s final match. Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle wrestled the final match of the night, both legitimately hurt, for the WWE Championship in a battle between an amateur and Olympic wrestling icons.
#6 – WrestleMania 25
Jericho feuding with legends, Triple H breaking into Ortons house, brothers feuding, and two tag-team titles getting unified were the major points of WrestleMania. In its own category was one of the top 5 Mania matches of all time with Michaels vs Undertaker in a battle between the icons of WrestleMania. The only issue with this mania, was that none of the matches could compare in the slightest to Taker vs Michaels.
#5 – WrestleMania 18
The first moments of Hogan vs The Rock in a staredown alone sum up everything that made this WrestleMania so special. Stone Cold was showing early signs of souring on WWE, and showed just how strong the roster was at the time with names like DDP, Booker T, Edge, Kurt Angle, Stone Cold, Scott Hall, The Rock, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, and Hulk Hogan all delivering in truly great matches.
#4 – WrestleMania 30
The story of an underdog. Daniel Bryan’s immense popularity was off the charts when he defeated ¾ of Evolution on this night, first defeating Triple H to qualify for the main event Triple Threat for the Undisputed WWE Championship against Batista and Randy Orton. Bryan would go on to win this Triple Threat and would receive one of the largest “YES!” chants of all time. We also had a great opening with Hogan, Austin, and The Rock and the very first Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. And in perhaps one of the biggest shockers in WWE history, Brock Lesnar would go on to end the Undertaker’s legendary 21-match winning streak.
#3 – WrestleMania 20
That final moment at WrestleMania 20 when Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit celebrated in the ring together with their WWE and World Championships was very emotional. Both guys were great wrestlers, but they were often held back and nobody thought they would make it, not to mention that by mid-2007, both men would be gone. Guerrero vs Angle and Benoit vs Michaels vs HHH were great matches that all wrestling fans should watch. It’s better to not talk about Lesnar vs Goldberg, but all of the other matches had enough quality to be better alternatives.
#2 – WrestleMania 31
NOBODY IN THE WORLD THOUGHT THIS WRESTLEMANIA WAS GOING TO BE AS GOOD AS IT WAS! The build up to this Mania was quite bad, all things considered. However, the quality of every single match showcased just how good and capable the roster could perform, with every match having someone from NXT in it, with exception to Triple H vs Sting. Still, Triple H is the godfather of NXT. At any rate, Sting and the NWO uniting against D-Generation X was an amazing moment. It is notable for being Daniel Bryan’s last WrestleMania and for Undertaker to win his first WrestleMania match after having his streak end at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Speaking of Lesnar, Seth Rollins’ “Heist of the Century” against Lesnar and Reigns is one of the most memorable moments in modern WWE.
#1 – WrestleMania 17
WrestleMania 17 was an ultimate WrestleMania and what is considered by many a fan as the finale of the Attitude Era. The second Rock and Austin battle occurred, with Austin turning heel and joining Vince McMahon in a shocking turn of events. In addition, every one of the matches was entertaining for one reason or another. Any and all wrestling fans that never watched this event, before, need to watch it in its entirety!