Curtain Jerker 3/14/13: Underrated WM Matches

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In your mind, what is the most underrated match in WrestleMania history? It could be a midcard match that you feel doesn’t get the credit it deserves, or perhaps even a match that others dump on that you find better than its criticism.

Personal pick: JYD/Santana vs. The Funks from WM2. Folks say that Bulldogs vs. Dream Team is the best match of that show, but to me, it wasn’t even the best tag team match on the card.

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20 Responses to "Curtain Jerker 3/14/13: Underrated WM Matches"
  1. DDD says:

    I say Undertaker/Batista from Mania 23. Really impressed by Batista in that match.

  2. Eric Scanna says:

    Two weird matches or me which I thought were good. I actually enjoyed the time limit draw between Rick Rude and Jake Roberts from WMIV. It was fairly entertaining. However, for me, when Brutus Beefcake pinned Mr. Perfect at WMVI I thought that match was a lot of fun being Perfect’s first pin fall loss on “TV”.

    • The Gold Standard says:

      Have to agree on Beefcake vs. Perfect. Shows just how good of a worker Perfect was…he pulled out probably the match of Beefcake’s life and it was another day at the office for Perfect.

  3. Joseph S. Hasan says:

    I LOVE the Blindfold Match from WM VII. Love it. It had lots of funny spots, and was a great payoff to a feud from an era when they gave feuds more time.

    • hobu0 says:

      Yes, agreed! I always thought that match is unfairly universally hated.

      I mean sure, a straight 1 on 1 match between Roberts and Martel prob would’ve been much better. It wasn’t about that though. Everyone wanted to see The Model get DDT’d. So they just cut out the middle man and built solely to that moment. The wrestlers did cheesy spots to get the crowd into it, and the best part was the Brains AWESOME commentary.

  4. Nimarx says:

    Kane vs big show vs raven for the hardcore championship,i think it was WM 17,i really enjoyed it with!!it was kinda funny too,with them breaking through the walls and all…

  5. Mr. #2derful says:

    Still mark out for Rockers v Twin Towers at V. Also, my boy X-Pac v Vince’s boy Shane at XV.

  6. Justin Ballard says:

    Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Goldust at ‘Mania 13 – really well-worked match that took me completely by surprise, especially since going into the show I had very little interest in it.

  7. bret_owen99 says:

    Hulk vs. Warrior WM6. I know, it was a fan’s dream come true at the time, but nowadays, people bag on it for being a horrible match, but the truth is, it isn’t. This was a match where both Athletes were used to only using 5 moves in a match (imagine a John Cena vs. John Cena match). Hogan and Warrior pulled off a match that made both of them look good, and left you guessing at the end. Goldberg vs. Lesnar was garbage, but Hogan/Warrior does not deserve to be anywhere near that comparison.

  8. Nick Nutter says:

    To name but a few:
    Demolition VS Strike Force (WMIV)
    The Orient Express VS The Rockers (WMVI)
    The Steiner Brothers VS The Headshrinkers (WMIX) This was shockingly good. A gem in a sea of coal.
    Taka Michinoku VS Aguila (WMXIV). Maybe the only good Light Heavyweight Championship Match WWF ever had.

  9. Muta Mark says:

    Punk vs Mysterio and Punk vs Orton are recent underrated matches. Also Hardy vs Hardy WM 25
    Orton vs Undertaker WM 21
    Sable/Mero vs Goldust/Luna WM14.Doesnt get any credit.Sable was super over here and it helped the match and the PPV.
    Steiners vs HeadShrinkers WM9. Doesnt get mention cause it was at WM9.
    Test vs Eddie Guerrero WM17

  10. Peter says:

    Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio from 2 years ago. It was a World title match that was made an opener, but it was a major Wrestlemania moment that we didn’t know about at the time, that being Edge’s final match. It should’ve been higher on the card regardless. It was a solid match, and I don’t think history will do it justice when looking back on Wrestlemania matches in the upcoming years.

    I also agree with Steiners/Headshrinkers too. In fact, that match was on a “Best Wrestlemania Matches” tape I have (I think the tape only goes to WM IX at the time).

  11. Alan says:

    I enjoyed the 20 man battle royal at WMIV, where Bret Hart turned face. Also, the very first match in WM history between Tito Santana & The Executioner was another good one. Ricky Steamboat & Matt Borne had a decent match at WM1 as well.

  12. Ed says:

    Test vs. Eddy Guerrero at WM17. People seem to remember the undercard of this show as being underwhelming (especially when they try and say WM17 isn’t the best WM), but this match was quite good, perhaps Test’s best match ever. Easily a ***, and it could’ve been higher if not for the leg in the ropes botch and Perry Saturn’s hat.

    Triangle Ladder match at WM 2000. Yes, the TLC matches outshine this one, but on a card where nearly everybody looked lethargic and left a lot to be desired, those six guys put on a hell of a show for an (let’s face it) underserving Anaheim crowd. Jam packed with insane spots, and some classic WM shots. Far and away the best match on the card.

  13. Rebel Coyote says:

    Undertaker vs Nash from Wrestlemania 12. Enjoyable match and what made it worth watching every time that these two NEVER had a rematch. Now think about it.

    Arn/Tully vs Strike Force where Martel turned heel. Given the time they went at it full force

  14. hobu0 says:

    I loved Bret vs. Yoko from Mania 9. As a kid, I figured Bret had no chance to even budge the scary monster Yokozuna, so I had no idea what would happen. I loved how Bret took it to him right off the bat, and I fricken LOVE when Bret fights larger guys and ties their legs up and stuff like that.

  15. Jeff LupPlace says:

    In trying not to mention the great matches that have been said. WM 17 match between Angle and Benoit. I was a big Benoit fan at the time and this match was great. If I remember correctly I think they were going to do a submission match but then changed it to a regulare match. Still it was quite good. Also WM 17 opened with Jericho and Regal for the IC belt. It was a great match and perfect for kicking off the pay-per-view. I was impressed that Regal was able to keep up with the faster Jericho. I got to go to 17 and it was a awesome show from top to bottom.

  16. Adam Marin says:

    I know I’m a little late getting here for this topic but, Christian vs. DDP at WrestleMania X8 was good. Probably the best match on the card. I thought that was a horrible WM.

  17. twilite_rider says:

    So if you look on Wiki, it has each Wrestlemania by year and the results of each match starting from match 1 to the last match including who interfered and/or who was at ringside. I’m going to go through each wrestlemania and pick my favorite match.

    WM1: Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd (this was a time when Andre was still feeling good and wasn’t hurting. It was said at this point when he bodyslammed John, that Brain knew he needed Andre in his stable.)

    WM2: Ricky Steamboat vs. Hercules (say what you want about Hercules but I’ve always been a big fan of his and he and Ricky had a great match at this one.)

    WM3: Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (While I hate Hogan, I have to pick his match. It’s like how Gorilla Monsoon described it: The Irresistable Force meets the immovable object. And this was at a time when build up for feuds took more time to boil and simmer than they do today.)

    WM4: This was the tournament to get the World Heavyweight belt that Andre vacated months before. So in it, the last match was Savage vs. Dibiase. Andre was in Dibiase’s corner and Hulk came out to help Savage. I liked this match because this was the start of the Mega Powers.

    Wm5: Demolition vs. Twin Towers (too really good tag teams during a time when tag teams were given a great push and had names and before the Legion of Doom came to the WWF.)

    Wm6: Hogan vs. Warrior (Yep I’ll be like everyone else and say this is how and why I started watching wrestling in the first place. Later viewings I would to tie this with the Boss Man vs. Akeem match)

    Wm7: Undertaker vs. Snuka (Taker’s first ever WM match and the start of his winning streak. Sorry, I’m a huge Taker fan.)

    Wm8: Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper (There were other great matches in this one that seemed to overshadow this match but at the end of it I have to pick Hart vs. Piper. There two were great competitors but the real winners were the fans watching. They even shook hands with each other at the end of it. True sportsmanship. They put on a clinic in there and it was a fun match to watch.)

    WM9: Yokozuna vs. Bret Hart (someone mention this one above and I completely agree with him on it)

    Wm10: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (This was the WWE’s first ever ladder match and it turned out epic)

    WM11: Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund (This one was more awesome than the main event. Two technical wrestlers going at it in the ring. They put on a clinic and I was impressed with what I saw.)

    WM12: Undertaker vs. Diesel was good but I have to give this one to Piper vs. Goldust. A Hollywood backlot brawl. While Goldust came out the worst for wear, you could tell he had been in these before in his days when he was in WCW. I love falls count anywhere matches like this.

    WM 13: Taker vs. Sid (this was a straight up no holds barred match and it was one of Sid’s better ones. There were days when Sid looked like he couldn’t wrestle at all, he just looked mean but this was a good day for him and Taker made him look good.

    WM14: Taker vs. Kane (Gotta love a good family feud)

    Wm 15: Shane vs. X Pac (This probably wasn’t the best match on the card but it was the first time I ever saw Shane do his Coast to Coast and I must say I was very impressed when I saw it)

    WM 16 (2000) The Hardy’s vs. Dudley’s vs. E&C tie with the Benoit vs. Angle vs. Jerico match. (The first one was a fun match to watch, the second one was a clinic and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time)

    WM 17: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit (These two were hella hard workers and they put on a good show. Individually they were awesome. Together they were awesome xs 2)

    WM 18: Jazz vs. Trish vs. Lita (There were better matches on the card and this wasn’t the first women’s match to have existed but this one got my attention as to how the ladies worked just as hard as the men. I’m huge women’s wrestlers fan and all three were awesome wrestlers back in the day.)

    WM 19: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jerico (Both are great wrestlers and like the Hart vs. Piper match years before, these two put on a clinic. They didn’t like each other but they still shook hands because they respected the other one.)

    WM 20: There were several good matches on this card: Kane vs. Taker, Victoria vs. Molly Holly, Eddie Guerrero vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels.

    WM 21: Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels (These two were hella hard workers and the result was the fans were the winners)

    WM 22: Rey Misterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle (the best match of the night. It showed me that even lightweights could hold the Heavyweight Title. This was MIsterio’s year and he shined all year long.)

    WM 23: Taker vs. Batista (This was a straight up brawl as these two men had no love for each other. I loved watching this one.) Melina vs. Ashley (I’m a HUGE Melina fan and this was her first WM appearance.)

    WM 24: Taker vs. Edge (Not much to be said. This was a great match to watch as well as the beginning to a great feud)

    WM 25: Taker vs. Shawn (Not their first match together but definitely a thrilling and memorable one)

    WM 26: CM Punk vs. Rey MIsterio (I particularly like this match because these two are phenomenal athletes and both were evenly matched so I was on the edge of my seat the whole time)

    WM 27: Taker vs. Triple H (the only match on the card that wasn’t garbage.)

    WM 28: Taker vs. Triple H (The card this year was only a bit better. Is that saying anything?)

    WM 29: Taker vs. Punk tie with Triple H vs. Brock Lesner

    And there you have my choices.

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