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It's right around this time of year that many fans fondly look back on WrestleMania as the "Super Bowl of wrestling" and the home of wrestling's greatest and most important matches.
And that's absolutely true; most WrestleManias produce at least one Match Of The Year candidate and moments that will live on forever. But over the years.... they've produced some real stinkers, too.
We tried to look at this objectively. Obviously, the preliminary matches were not expected to be all-time classics, so we ranked them accordingly in a spot closer to # 50 than # 1. But if a match had fairly high profile going into a WrestleMania and still sucked, then it will probably rank quite highly.
And just by way of explanation, none of the 32 main events in WrestleMania history are on this list; they all stood out to varying degrees. And we also disqualified any pre-PPV dark matches, such as the battle royals that took place before the show started.
In compiling a list of the Top 50 Worst WrestleMania Matches, we looked at the following criteria:
Was it expected to be a decent match?
Did fans feel disappointed and/or ripped off afterwards?
Is the match universally known for how bad it was?
Did it do anything to further a wrestler's career?
If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!
This WrestleMania II match featured two of the larger athletes on the WWF roster, and lasted only three minutes due to the relative skill of the hillbilly Uncle Elmer. Despite Adonis (who could actually move around for a man of his size) taking several bumps, he was able to put away Elmer relatively quickly here.
Uncle Elmer vs. Adrian Adonis
One of the most disappointing matches from the iconic WrestleMania III lineup featured hated rivals Junkyard Dog and Harley Race battling in a "Loser Must Bow" match. Race won the match in about three minutes, but JYD refused to bow, rendering the stipulation useless and wasting a disappointing feud.