WWE 2K14 launches today, and one of the biggest selling points of that game is a chance to relive Wrestlemania history over the last 30 years. That’s 46 matches that feature men bigger than the Springbok rugby squad blikseming one another. Here’s ten of the best such matches to get you pumped up for it.
WrestleMania III: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
If there were two titans in sports entertainment that defined the WWE, it would have to be Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. Having started the mother of all feuds with Hogan, Andre led the main event for Wrestlemania 3 into Madison Square Garden to a chorus of boos.
Hogan entered shortly after, and the two heavyweights began a tussle with neither man gaining an advantage until later in the match, when Hogan finally scoop-slammed his behemoth rival. Andre weighed a staggering 235 kilograms in that match, but Hogan felled the giant with that slam and his patented leg drop to win the match and retain his WWF Championship belt.
WrestleMania 10: Shawn Micheals vs. Razor Ramon
When it came to using a ladder for something other than its intended purpose, it didn’t get better than this match between Mr Wrestlemania himself Shawn Michaels and one of the best heels in the business, Razor Ramon.
From an opening salvo of choke-slams through to neck-breakers, neither man was willing to lie down and accept defeat as the battle raged on. Even with some ringside assistance from Big Daddy Diesel, Michaels still had a hell of a match ahead of him as Ramon countered everything that was thrown at him.
After a gruelling fight that went on for almost 19 minutes, it would be Ramon who would emerge triumphant after he used Michaels own ladder tactics against him, securing the Intercontinental championship and making history.
WrestleMania 14: The Undertaker vs. Kane
There’s no bad blood like the kind that is spilled between brothers, and pal, there was plenty of it when it came to the Undertaker and Kane. Having finally met his match in the form of his own pyrotastic flesh and blood, the Undertaker agreed to face Kane at Wrestlemania 14 and finally put an end to the destruction that he had wrought on the WWE so far.
No quarter was given in this epic match, as the two brothers tore through one another, trading blows and slams and almost destroying the ring in the process with their sheer brutality. Kane was almost unstoppable in this match, and it took three tombstone pile-drivers from the dead man to keep his masked brother down for the three count, letting the Phenom leave the arena with his Wrestlemania streak intact.
WrestleMania 15: The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
The most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment, the Rock. The rattlesnake, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Two of the most charismatic, yet opposing forces finally collided on the grandest stage of them all at Wrestlemania 15, starting a trilogy of matches between the two icons of the Attitude era.
It was a brutal and gritty match, with most of it taking place outside the ring, as Austin and the Rock used everything but the kitchen sink in that anything goes fight. Taking the Rock to hell and back, Austin drive him through the what must be uninsurable by now Spanish announcers table, before the Rock managed to reverse Austin into a Rock Bottom.
It was a match for the ages, with both men pulling every single trick they had out of their book but in the end, it would be Austin standing triumphant over the great one after he countered another Rock Bottom into the Stone Cold Stunner, claiming the WWF Championship belt.
WrestleMania 19: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
There’s a reason why Shawn Michaels is known as Mr Wrestlemania, as the showstopper entertained like no other superstar could at the showcase of the immortals. If there was one man in the industry who could carry that legacy on, it would be the ayatollah of rock ‘n rollah himself, Chris Jericho.
Two of the greatest superstars to ever grace a Wrestlemania went back and forth instead ina deeply personal match, with Jericho quickly gaining an advantage at the start of the match.
The Walls of Jericho would prove to be no match for the ring-savvy skills of Michael however, as their titanic tussle eventually ended with Michaels rolling Jericho up into a pin and a show of respect between two of the greatest performers of all time.
WrestleMania 23: Batista vs. The Undertaker
During his career, the Dead man has faced plenty of opponents. He’s gone one on one with sumo giants, his own brother and hardcore legends, but for the first time ever, he faced an animal when he challenged Batista to face him at Wrestlemania 23.
And to call it a fight would be an understatement. What went on in that ring was savage to say the least, as Batista rampaged all over the Undertaker. Taker would eventually power on through the match, attempting to tame the Animal with choke-slams and heavy blows, but Batista was having none of it, kicking out of every single pin attempt.
Batista would eventually begin to dominate again, attacking Taker with a spine-buster that that was felt in the stands, followed by a Batista bomb that should have been impossible on someone as big the Undertaker.
Still, despite those attacks, Batista could not pin the dead man, and the match eventually ended with worn and defiant Undertaker finishing off Batista with his trademark Tombstone Pile-driver and becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion that night.
WrestleMania 24: Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H
The worst kind of match that a champion can go into, is one where the odds are stacked against him. Orton had a 33% chance of retaining his WWE Championship against the combined might of Triple H and John Cena in a Triple Threat match.
And for a while, it looked like Orton might not survive Wrestlemania 24. All three men were on fire that night, with Attitude Adjustments, Pedigrees and RKO’s making multiple appearances. Orton would somehow find the strength to win that match though, taking advantage of an inattentive Triple H after he finished Cena off, punting his former Evolution comrade in the head and stealing the pin.
WrestleMania 25: Edge vs. John Cena vs. the Big Show
A year after losing to Randy Orton and Triple H in a Triple Threat match, Cena would once again tempt fate when he faced Edge and the Big Show in the exact same match type.
The Spear met the Attitude Adjustment and the big choke-slam in this slobber-knocker, with the momentum constantly shifting and neither superstar coming out on top. Leaking to outside the ring, Edge, Cena and Big Show would take the match even further into more ruthless territory before they tussled their way back into the ring.
But at the end of the night, it would be Cena that was triumphant, when he hoisted both the Big Show and Edge onto his shoulders, and laying down a double Attitude Adjustment and winning the match.
WrestleMania 26: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
After decades of in-ring action, the Heartbreak Kid had done it all. He’d fought the best in the business and had the championships and scars to prove it. But there was one match he’d been longing for. Shawn Michaels wanted to end the streak of the Undertaker, a feat that was seen as impossible to do.
And impossible it was. Despite laying everything on the line. Michaels was unable to beat the Phenom, with their epic fight going the distance and ending the only way that it could. With Michaels down for the three count, and the Undertaker victorious, having claimed another Wrestlemania soul.
WrestleMania 29: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
Between Brock Lesnar and Triple H, there was plenty of bad blood, and at Wrestlemania 29 that feud would carry on in a no holds barred match. With his career on the line, Triple H took Lesnar back to the mat, fighting every single MMA strike thrown at him with textbook moves from his arsenal.
It was a match that could not be contained in the ring, spilling outside into the arena as both men pummeled one another to hell and back. In the end, Triple H would prove just why he was known as the King of Kings as he used Lesnar’s own Kimura lock to force him to tap out, and then switching to his signature Pedigree finisher to seal the deal on the steel stesp and remind his opponent why no one wanted to play the Game.
With that trip down history lane done, it’s time to get you all dressed up in some ring gear. We’ve got a bundle of WWE branded accessories to give away, as well as five shirts from Megarom. Want to stand a chance at winning? It’s easy!
All you have to do, is cut a promo below and tell us why in the comments you deserve the prize. Whether you’re as charismatic as the Rock or have a bottom line to spell out like Stone Cold Steve Austin, type it out below and we’ll pick the best one next week.
We’ll also pick five random comments to each win a T-Shirt, so go ahead and give it your best shot. Big thanks to Megarom for running wild all over us with these Hulkamaniac prizes. Entry is only open to people with a valid South African address.
For everyone else, WWE 2K14 is out now on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. And that’s the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!
Last Updated: November 1, 2013