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SLAM! Speaks - Readers weigh in on Wrestlemania topics
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Leading up to Wrestlemania, the SLAM! staff weighed in with their thoughts on various topics, including the Hall of Fame, the best and the best of the worst matches in the history of 'Mania. Now, it's the readers' turn to offer their thoughts. Let's see what you had to say.

king9671091 on the best of the worst
For me, it would have to be a match that took place at WM3, which I attended. It was King Kong Bundy/Lord Littlebrook/Little Tokyo vs. Hillbilly Jim/Haiti Kid/Little Beaver. Most of the match was unforgetable until Bundy picked up Little Beaver and slammed him like a WWF wrestling buddy, then delivered an elbow drop. It's a little morbid, but I would have loved to see Bundy splash him, but all the midgets as well as Hilbilly Jim, prevented what Bob Eucher refered to as "marinated mushrooms".

Christopher Kierkus on the best 'Mania match
Absolutely no question about it: Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III. Yes, I know Andre could barely stand without hanging on to the ropes, and I know that Hogan's wrestling skills have always been second rate ... but that doesn't matter. Wrestlemania is all about hype, it's all about larger than life super heros (or super villains) confronting one another. It's all about tens of thousands of fans screaming at the top of their lungs. According to these criteria, there's never been a bigger match. It really was the clash of the irresistable force versus the immovable object and it took place in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Of course, Austin vs. Hart, Michaels vs. Razor Ramon and Benoit vs. anybody were better technical matches ... but that's totally besides the point; Wrestlemania is NOT about technical wrestling.

Kelly Vaters on the best 'Mania match
Iím going with Greg Oliver on this one. The tag title match between the British Bulldogs and the Dream Team at WrestleMania 2 not only gets the nod nearly 20 years later as one of the great WrestleMania matches, observers at the time noted that it stole the show from the much-hyped Hogan-Bundy cage match. The Bulldogs emerged from that match not merely as another pair of aerialists with lightning-quick moves, but as hero-figures capable of absorbing tremendous amounts of punishment and still managing to stay standing and, eventually, prevailing. I know I sound like a mark, but that match stands as a reminder of how good the tag-team scene could be and how much a match could really get a crowd to care about what went on the ring and what it meant.

Jason Skidmore on the best 'Mania match
Without a doubt my favorite is TLC from WM 17. This was just an amazing match. The high flying of E&C and the Hardyz...it was just amazing to watch. Others have tried to re-do this match, but there is no way to do it. 'Nuff said.

Ken Pletz, Jr. on the best 'Mania match
Just read the article where you guys discuss your favorite Wrestlemania matches, and I thought I'd put in my two quick cents.
I actually have two favorite matches. My first is the Steamboat-Savage at Wrestlmania III because it stole the show. This is a match that kept me on the edge of my seat not just then, but many years later when watching it on tape. No real interference or fluff outside, the very little bit of the George "The Animal" Steel - Miss Elizabeth storyline tied in. Both Steamboat and Savage sold this match and without a doubt made Savage's career. This match still holds up today as possibly the greatest match ever.
My other favorite match was the Ladder Match at Wreslemania X. Not only did this introduce the general, "mainstream" audience to specialty matches other than the steel cage and help launch Shawn Micheals and Scott Hall as big time stars, it also stole the show. A bigger reason this is my other favorite match was the following story.
I was watching WMX late one night after the fact (my buddy recorded it) at home when my dad had woken up. He's one of those people that bug the heck out of the true wrestling fan by repeating the whole "You know that's all fake" line. Anyway I was about to turn it off but my dad told me to keep it on. He sat in his chair smoking his cigarette and the Ladder Match was in progress. Shawn had just nailed Razor with the ladder when all of a sudden out of nowhere, my dad simply says "He (Razor) ought to kill that other guy." I was completely shocked to hear my dad say this. He actually got into the match as it went on, almost cheering for Razor the whole match (At least I think that's what it was, I'm still to this day not sure). After the match, my dad headed back to bed and wished me a good night. That's why this is my other favorite match.

Jeff Pinsky on the best 'Mania match
Tough to call! But here's my top three straight-up wrestling matches of Mania (not already mentioned in your article):

1. Bret vs Owen, WM 10
2. Benoit vs Angle, WM17
3. HBK vs Jericho, WM 19


As for innovative matches,
1. Triangle Ladder Match, WM 16
2. TLC II, WM 17
3. Bart Gunn vs Butterbean, WM 15 -- KIDDING!

Alan O'Melia on the best 'Mania match
In this reader's humble opinion, the best match in the history of Wrestlemania had to be from one of the early Wrestlemanias before pay-per-view started and they still had closed circut television. The best in my opinion was Randy Savage versus Ricky Steamboat from Wrestlemania 3. There were so many two counts in that match that I lost track of them. I could be wrong, but if I remember correctly, this was a Pro Wrestling Illustrated match of the year candidate that year. When they were wrestling this match they were both at the height of their respective careers.