Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Top 5 Favorite WrestleMania Moments

It’s WrestleMania season so it’s only right I share some WrestleMania content. Before you read, make sure you check out the latest episode of Break It Down With Brian H. 

5. The Rock passes torch to Cena 

The Rock returned to the WWE in 2011. He declared he was home. His first role was to host WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta. But before he got there he addressed an issue he had with John Cena. Cena who challenged The Miz for the WWE Championship was not successful after being on the receiving end of a Rock Bottom. This led to him challenging the Rock to a once in a lifetime match the next year in Miami. The Rock would go on to defeat Cena at WrestleMania 28. The Rock would go back to Hollywood and work at the WWE part-time which is still more than he had done in the previous 8 years but he returned in January to win the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble. That night, Cena won the Rumble setting up the two at WrestleMania 29. This wasn’t just your ordinary WrestleMania main event. It was a night where Cena was seeking redemption. He had not held the title in nearly two years nor had he defeated one of the biggest stars in the business. Cena would finally get over the hump, defeat The Rock and receive the ultimate validation from the People’s Champion at the end of the night. 

4. Shawn Michaels wins Title at 12

In 1996, the boyhood dream came true. Shawn Michaels finally reached the top of the wrestling world when he defeated Bret Hart for the WWE Title. The year before, Michaels came up short in the WWE Title match against Diesel after winning the Royal Rumble as the number one entrant. One year later, in a 60-Minute iron match (that went into overtime) Shawn Michaels became the WWE Champion. 

3. Undertaker loses to Reigns

The Undertaker and WrestleMania have been going hand and hand since 1990. Until WrestleMania 30, he was undefeated, where he lost to Brock Lesnar. But Taker stuck around and his matches was still relevant. At WrestleMania 33 in his 25th match at the granddaddy of them all, Taker was defeated by Roman Reigns. After his match, the Undertaker broke character by removing his hat and coat and walked out. The moment left many people leaving Orlando in tears. 

2.Hulk Hogan vs The Rock

If you were a fan of WWE in the 80s, you knew who Hulk Hogan was. If you were a fan in the late 90s early 2000s, you knew who The Rock was. At WrestleMania 18, we saw these two icons collide. We never got to see Mike Tyson take on Muhammad Ali, but on this night we saw Hulk Hogan take on The Rock. This match was not the main event but it clearly stole the show. Everyone forgets that Triple H won the WWE Title that night because this was a night we saw a dream match. 

1. Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Title

The movement began in 2012. In the opening contest of WrestleMania 28, Daniel Bryan the World Heavyweight Championship lost in 18 seconds. Obliviously the fans were not pleased and they began chanting YES throughout the night. During the summer of 2013, Bryan found himself in the main event of Summerslam against John Cena. After defeating Cena to win his first WWE Title, Triple H pedigreed him and allowed Randy Orton to cash in his Money In the Bank contract to win the title. Triple H maintained his beliefs that Bryan was a b-plus player and not a champion that should represent the company. As much as the company tried to hold him back the people pushed for it. The Yes Movement began and was in full effect. So much they pushed Triple H to accept a match with Bryan at WrestleMania. With The Game in the palm of his hand, Bryan made a stipulation  that put him in the WWE Title match if he defeated Triple H. 

Bryan would go on to defeat The Game but was attacked after the match. Going into the title match with an injured shoulder, he was beaten brutally by both Batista and the Champion Orton. If that was enough Triple H came to ringside and got some more of Bryan. With all this happening, Bryan still willed his way to victory and turned WrestleMania 30 into Yestle-Mania!

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