MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE ‘MANIA MATCHES


WrestleMania 37 is Saturday and Sunday (two nights) at Tampa. 

One bout stands out: Universal Champion Roman Reigns defending his title in a three-way match against Edge and Daniel Bryan. Excellent build.

Otherwise, both cards are meh. 

Nothing figures to live up to my two favorite ‘Mania matches ever: The submission match between Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13 in 1997, and the career-threatening match between Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24 in 2008. 

The former ended in a masterfully orchestrated double turn, with Hart going heel and Austin switching babyface. The latter was the final match of Flair’s WWE career. All the performers were brilliant, as was the announcing: Jim Ross on both calls, of course. He was joined by Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler for Hart-Austin and by Lawler for Flair-Michaels. 

Wrestling isn’t all about five-star matches, though Hart, Austin, Flair and Michaels are all-time greats, undisputed masters of their craft. It’s also about build, story and emotion. Those elements are what put these two matches over the top. 

Watch and enjoy!

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