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The 5 Worst Wrestlemania Matches of All Time
As Vince McMahon used to say, "Wrestlemania is a showcase of the immortals." Catchphrase aside, every year since 1985, Wrestlemania was meant to showcase the best of the best. The absolute greatest wrestling the WWE has to bestow. And since its inception, Wrestlemania has fulfilled its obligation at being the most electrifying wrestling event of the year. However, for every celebrated moment that Wrestlemania has birthed, there is also a more embarrassing stepbrother who never gets acknowledged. With the WWE's biggest event of the year Wrestlemania 28 just around the corner, I thought it would be entertaining to look back on some of the worst battles in Wrestlemania history. Here is the five worst Wrestlemania matches of all time.
The Undertaker vs King Kong Bundy
Although The Undertaker had a lot of great moments at Wrestlemania (check out Undertaker's greatest Wrestlemania moments), he's also had some bad. The WWE was in a slump in 1995. Both from a creative standpoint and a financial standpoint, the company was declining. Trying to combat the destruction of his organization, McMahon intended to attract back a few wrestlers from yesteryear to test and re-establish his fan base. One of those men was King Kong Bundy. In the 80s, Bundy was a hellish henchman who managed to become a pinnacle contender to Hulk Hogan's heavyweight title. In 1995 however, the story was a bit contrary. Bundy was ten years older and barely mobile. His match against The Undertaker proved to be one of the most boring matches in Wrestlemania history.
The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzales
The Undertaker seems to have bad luck when it comes to Wrestlemania opponents. In 1993, The Undertaker was saddled with the seven foot four inch wrestler Giant Gonzales. The WWE endeavored to sell the match as an epic carnival-like episode. After all, Gonzales was truly a spectacle. But the end result was a wobbly giant stumbling and fumbling through a showcase event, barely able to create any semblance of a professional wrestling match. The end of the match would have been pretty comical if it weren't so cartoonish. Giant Gonzales smothered The Undertaker with a chloroform cloth, resulting in a loss for Gonzales.
Roddy Piper vs Goldust
The WWE continued with its mid 90s rough patch with the return of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Piper was one of the biggest wrestling draws in the 80s. And McMahon surely thought his comeback would bring a renewed interest to Wrestlemania. Unfortunately, even the talented Roddy Piper could not save the atrocious "Back Lot Brawl" he was involved with. His adversary for Wrestlemania 12 was Goldust, another very talented and skilled wrestler. A singles match between the two probably would have yielded much improved results, as this bout suffered from gimmicks galore. The brawl also featured a clip from the O.J. Simpson car chase scene from a few years prior.
Akebono vs Big Show
In the last few years, Vince McMahon has really tried to tie in some celebrity involvement into his big Wrestlemania events. To his credit, usually it works. Entertainers like Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather and Mickey Rourke have all had gainful moments at Wrestlemania. However, when Vince McMahon promoted a sumo wrestling match between Big Show and Akebono at Wrestlemania 24, even his most trusted "yes" men must've have been scratching their heads. The match was boring and plotting, as you would expect from two overweight behemoths. However, it was a better spectacle than the previously mentioned Undertaker match from Wrestlemania 9.
Razor Ramon vs Bob Backlund
There was a reason Vince McMahon stopped booking Bob Backlund in 1984. He was boring. But it seems McMahon forgot about Backlund's lack of charisma, and in 1993, allowed the former WWE Heavyweight Champion to wrestle a colorful new wrestler named Razor Ramon. From the offset, the two just did not mix. Although the WWE was in a downturn at the time, the wrestling addicts still expected a little pomp and circumstance. Instead they got Backlund in plain dark red trunks, sweeping Razor's legs and throwing hip-tosses. The match is easily the most forgotten about Wrestlemania match of all time. A complete snooze fest.
It's fun to look back and make fun of some of the bad moments at Wrestlemania. But one must remember, to have the good Wrestlemania moments, you must have bad ones. I am sure Wrestlemania 28 will produce a dull moment or two, but with a main event like The Rock versus John Cena, you can expect a few thrilling Wrestlemania moments.
Ryan Drew is an independent pro wrestler from New England. He was trained by former WWE wrestler Spike Dudley. You can follow Ryan Drew on Twitter@OhThatDrew.
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