Saturday, April 4, 2009

Top Five Saturday: Top Five Non-Main Event Wrestlemania Matches

Remember yesterday, when I said there'd be two updates? Yeah, I lied. But now you get an update today! This list ignores the main events, and goes to the oft-ignored undercard of Wrestlemania. They are presented in chronological order.

-"Macho Man" Randy Savage (c) vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship, Wrestlemania III This is a total no-brainer. Savage and Steamboat had the best match of the first three Wrestlemanias, and by a country mile. If you haven't seen this match, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

-"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Wrestlemania VI Two of the greatest wrestling minds in history go for 12 minutes of pure old-school psychology. Every movement has a reason. One of the all time greats.

-"Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Bret "The Hitman" Hart in a Submission Match, Wrestlemania XIII This is the match the rocketed Steve Austin to superstardom, and with good reason. The entire match is steeped in psychology, with each man trying to outdo the other, and ends with a finish that puts both guys over.

-The Undertaker vs. Triple H, Wrestlemania XVII The Undertaker's undefeated streak has it's ups and downs, but in my opinion, this is the biggest up (mostly likely until tomorrow night). This 20 minute brawl with Triple H (who was reportedly suffering from the flu) is one of 'Taker's best matches, period. It's a go anywhere donnybrook, that climaxes with Triple H being chokeslammed off of a scaffold.

-Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho, Wrestlemania XIX Shawn Michaels is Mr. Wrestlemania, and that's no joke. Every Wrestlemania match he's been in is at least watchable (not even the Undertaker can lay claim to that), but most are great. This one is the best (possibly until tomorrow night), and the finish laid the groundwork for even greater matches to come.

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