it took me many years to admit it, i’m a wrestling fan. in only a few days time, it’s the big day – wrestlemania! since 2003 i have stayed up until 4 or 5 in the am to watch the christmas of wrestling. this year is the first year in 15 of them that i won’t be carrying on the tradition, because i’m an adult and i have work. i’m also off to see drake on monday. to celebrate 35 years of the grandaddy of em all, here are my fav 5 moments and fav 5 matches from those long nights. here we go…
5. vince gets his head shaved
we live in a world where the president of the united states was once part of a wrestling storyline. donald trump and horrible boss vince mcmahon faced off in a hair vs hair match. vince finally got his comeuppance after years of being the baddie. and the best bit of all was when the potus got hit with a stone cold stunner. i still can’t believe this.
4. shane jumps
shane mcmahon is one crazy sob. he made a habit of getting beaten up and jumping off stuff. after a surprise return before the big show, he faced undertaker in a hell in a cell match (a big scary cage). after breaking out of the cell and laying his opponent on a table, he climbed to the top – about 20 feet high and went for the classic elbow drop and missed. holy smokes.
3. hardy boyz return
after being away for almost 10 years, my fav childhood tag team – the hardy boyz made a comeback. it was time for a tag team ladder match that the hardyz made famous. they were announced last minute and everyone lost their minds. even better, they won the tag titles for a feel good moment.
2. ric flair retires
the absolute legend that is ric flair retired in 2008 after losing a retirement match to his friend shawn michaels. wooooooooooooooooo. it was emotional to say the least! enough said.
1. the streak ends
the most shocking moment in wrestling ever! undertaker never lost at wrestlemania, he won 21 times, brock lesnar was the 1 in 21-1. after having some great matches late in his career, this stunk up the joint. the streak couldn’t end on such a bad match surely? well it did and ruined everyone’s childhood.
5. chris jericho vs shawn michaels
after 4 years away shawn michaels made his triumphant return against someone who idolised him as a kid, chris jericho. it was a technical masterpiece and shawn picked up the feel good win. jericho played sore loser after the match and kicked shawn in the balls
4. john cena vs the rock
finally the rock came back and fought the top dog, after 7 years rocky was back and this match was made – once in a lifetime. the most hyped wrestling match ever. they both had entrances accompanied by famous pop stars in front of a hometown crowd who loved rock and hated cena. luckily the rock picked up the victory.
3. brock lesnar vs roman reigns
we couldn’t hate roman reigns enough. he challenged brock lesnar and we all thought he would win. cut a long story short, brock beats the crap out of roman much to everyone’s delight and then seth rollins with his money in the bank contract came in at the end and stole the match. giving us one of the more unusual ends to wrestlemania.
2. batista vs daniel bryan vs randy orton
daniel bryan is one of the best! he is smaller than your average wrestler and wasn’t given a chance. fans hijacked every wrestling show they went to, eventually the wwe had to listen and put him in the main event of wrestlemania. despite all the odds, he won to become the wwe champion.
1. shawn michaels vs. undertaker
the best of the best against the best of the best! two veterans that could sleepwalk through a match and still put on a better show than most. the famous streak was on the line and this was the closest it had ever come to being broken. shawn michaels had us all believing that this was the end. amazingly, after a rollercoaster match undertaker won.