A Five Count In Nine Seconds
At the inaugural WrestleMania, the massive King Kong Bundy did battle with journeyman S.D. "Special Delivery" Jones on the undercard. While it was no surprise that Bundy won, the victory in came in just "nine seconds" (actually 24 seconds), with Bundy getting his patented five count on Special Delivery.
With WrestleMania rapidly approaching, it's easy to look at dozens, if not hundreds of memories -- whether it's the interviews, the entrances, the matches themself.... even memories as a fan of either attending the events live or watching them in awe.
So how can anyone possibly choose the best among all those so-called "WrestleMania Moments"?
Moreso than any of the other Top 50 lists produced on this site to date, this list is based on one fan's opinion -- mine. Your opinions may differ. Heck, I would fully expect them to differ because different fans look at different moments differently. Some of you CBW readers may not even remember certain moments I've listed, and vice versa.
In selecting the Top 50 WrestleMania Moments, I looked at the following criteria:
Whether it was a match, a sequence within a match, an interview or any other aspect, how memorable was it (or will it be) years later?
Did it have an impact on the WWE or the business altogether?
How likely are we to see it replayed in highlight reels or WWE documentaries for years to come?
Because it's WrestleMania, would you consider it a major wrestling happening overall?
As I said, this list is highly subjective (more than others we've done here), so I expect quite a bit of feedback. In fact, I'm hoping for it! Leave a message below or hit me up @CanadianBulldog on Twitter.
Oh, and because WrestleMania is..... well, it's WrestleMania, look for one more Top 50 list next week looking at a different aspect of The Grandaddy Of 'Em All.
Ready? Here we go!
At WrestleMania XXIV, an unusual matchup took place in one of the main event slots: The Big Show against boxing's Floyd "Money" Mayweather. The no-disqualification match was a complete spectacle, with boxing, wrestling and more than a bit of brawling. Mayweather pinned Show after a brass knuckles shot.
Here Comes The Money
At the first WrestleMania, Andre The Giant and Big John Studd decided to settle their grudge, which had been going since Studd and Ken Patera cut Andre's hair. Andre vowed to retire if he lost the bodyslam challenge and when he won, Studd owed him $15,000. Andre shared the bag full of cash with the audience.
At WrestleMania XXVII, World Heavyweight Champion Edge (with Christian in his corner) defended his title against the 2011 Royal Rumble winner Alberto Del Rio (with Brodus Clay and Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner). Edge won, but surprisingly it would be his final wrestling match due a retirement the next night.