10 Worst Wrestlemania Matches EVER
By CHRIS SCHRAMM -- For SLAM! Wrestling
What matches were the best of the best at Wrestlemania? Who cares?
What matches are the best of the worst? Wrestlemania is
often considered the epic of wrestling and sports pay-per-views.
Although epic, Wrestlemania has put out some matches that should have
never taken place.
10. Wrestlemania X: Luna Vachon and Bam Bam Bigelow
vs. Doink and Dink.
What happened at the booking for
this bout? "Okay, Vince, we have a dwarf and a freaky
woman, and we will put them in a match against each
other." The whole Doink thing was about the worst idea
ever, and I have yet to hear who takes credit for the
idea. Bigelow and Vachon won this bout, but unfortunately
did not put Doink out of permanent commission.
9. Wrestlemania I: Tito Santana vs. Executioner.
No, this was not one of the legendary Executioners fans
had seen in the past. This was fat Buddy Rose under a mask.
What a great way to start off
the first Wrestlemania. McMahon knew he had to put Santana on the card.
Santana was young, electric and popular with the fans.
Rose was never seen before or after under the mask, and that is a good
thing. Santana should have been given a better opponent.
8. Wrestlemania I: King Kong Bundy vs. S.D. Jones.
I guess the match was used to show the domination and size of Bundy. Does it really take size to show
domination over the infamous jobber Jones? Bundy would have been
better off fighting a handicapped match. The high point of the bout
was that is lasted all of nine seconds.
7. Wrestlemania XV: Butterbean vs. Bart Gunn.
This boxing match was the chance for Gunn to make a name
for himself. He shocked everyone in the wrestling
world the year before by winning the "Brawl for All"
toughman contest the WWF put on. Gunn was never seen
in a North American ring after this debacle.
Butterbean smashed Gunn in the time it took for me to
eat a Twinkee. It looked like Butterbean was eating the same
6. Wrestlemania VI: Bolsheviks vs. Hart Foundation.
I guess someone realized after they booked this one that
it was a mistake before. By the time I got back from
getting a soda, the match was over. The Hart
Foundation shut down the Russian team in about 30
5. Wrestlemania II: George Wells vs. Jake "The Snake"
Roberts was a new employee of the WWF, and
they rushed him into the Wrestlemania bout. George Wells
was a former football player who had not had great luck in
his short WWF stay. So why not throw these guys into a
Wrestlemania bout? Wells was squashed, and he was not
heard from again. Even the drooling Wells at the end of the bout
could not save this match.
4. Wrestlemania II: Velvet McIntyre vs. The Fabulous
Planning for this match was non-existent. Every
move seemed awkward and poorly executed. The
only reason why this match is even remembered is
because McIntyre almost lost her top trying a move off
the ropes. Moolah won, but the fans lost in the long
3. Wrestlemania XII: Goldust vs. Roddy Piper.
match was shown intermittently throughout the pay-per-view. Dubbed a
"Hollywood Backlot Brawl," most of the match was
pre-taped. Following the real life O.J. Simpson chase
on the highway, the WWF did an exact rip-off with a
helicopter watching it all. Finally, the two met for
the live part of the match. Maybe they should have
taped this part too because they would have had time
to edit out seeing Dustin Rhodes' in a thong.
Welcome to the greatest wrestling event of the year,
now welcome the fat butt of Goldust. This match broke a
record for the most people that threw-up during a
2. Wrestlemania VII: Demolition vs. Koji Kitao and
Let's take the most dominant heel
team in the WWF over the last four years and put them
against some Japanese wrestlers. McMahon was thinking
hard when he put Demolition against these unknowns (to most
American fans). Oh, it gets better. Demolition
lost. Great way to bury one of
the most profitable wrestlers at the time.
1. Wrestlemania V: The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan.
The Red Rooster
Nothing is better than seeing Terry Taylor dress up in a
red mohawk to wrestle a fat, out of shape manager. Luckily
this match only lasted a minute, and we were
spared of what undoubtedly would have been a true snorefest.
Oh, the Brooklyn Brawler was there to help manage Bobby
Heenan. Without him, the match would have undoubtedly been better.
Well, I hope the WWF learned from the past. Let's hope they do not
make these mistakes again, but I doubt they will. Let's pray they do not
offer some lame gimmick match facing Rikishi's big ass against Pat
Patterson's stained undies.