Place to Be Nation’s 15 Worst Matches in WrestleMania History

10. Mr. T vs Roddy Piper — Wrestlemania 2

32 points, ranked by 3 of 10 voters, highest ranked by Nick Duke at No. 2
Piper's realistic defensive stance really added to the authentic feel of the match.
Piper’s realistic defensive stance really added to the authentic feel of the match.

Jordan Duncan: Bringing in Mr. T for the first WrestleMania and hiding him in a tag match to make him look good was a brilliant idea.

Having him come back for the second Mania, only putting him in a gimmicked boxing match and thus not being able to do any real creative booking to make him, OR Piper, look good? Not so brilliant.

What does it say about this match that in 1986, when Mr. T was a MEGASTAR and Roddy Piper was perhaps the biggest heel in all of professional wrestling, that they have a “match” that is so utterly forgettable that most people don’t even know it happened?

It’s hard to even call this a bad match, because again, IT WASN’T A WRESTLING MATCH! It was boxing! And it was all kinds of stupid. In their defense, they went all out to try to make it legit – they brought in Lou Duva and Joe Frazier, they had a straight up boxing match…..but that’s actually the problem. It was a boxing match, on WrestleMania.

If that isn’t enough to turn you off from it, how about the fact that they booked a SCHMOZZ FINISH in a GIMMICK NON-MATCH that was already designed to protect everyone involved? Would Piper have suffered from getting knocked out? No, fans would have loved it. Would it hurt Mr. T’s drawing power to get TKO’ed? Who cares, he’s not a wrestler? Instead, how about we end it with a bodyslam so NOBODY looks good!

9. The Great Khali vs Kane — WrestleMania 23

33 points, ranked by 5 of 10 voters, highest ranked by Wayne Maye at No. 3
A match so bad the Internet didn't even keep any high-quality stills.
A match so bad the Internet didn’t even keep any high-quality stills.

Glenn Butler: How is this match horrible? Let me count the ways. For one thing, The Great Khali appears before his face turn, and is therefore useless. It’s billed as the Brand Split Interpromotional Match, a gimmick that also produced Batista-Umaga and Goldberg-Lesnar (and, in contrast, Angle-Michaels). It comes right at the tail end of Kane’s mini-push surrounding his terrible movie See No Evil. Indeed, Kane retrieves the hook and chain from his horrible movie, and instead of swinging it around or making Khali bleed to add SOME drama, it’s only used for a half-sold crotch shot. Khali spends some considerable time gripping Kane’s trapezius muscle, which is not nearly as dramatic as crushing a person’s skull. The ECW Monster Mash Battle Royal notwithstanding, it’s typically a bad sign when Kane is the most spry and agile competitor in a match. Khali picks up the win to bolster his championship run later in the year. You know what, don’t think about this match too much; go watch something on the Best Matches list to clear your mind.

8. Boogeyman vs Booker T & Sharmell — WrestleMania 22

34 points, ranked by 4 of 10 voters, highest ranked by Ben Morse at No. 3
Charles Robinson doing Charles Robinson things.
Charles Robinson doing Charles Robinson things.

Ben Morse: I won’t deny that the Boogeyman had a certain charm as a character in WWE. Never spectacular in the ring, but certainly a spectacle of an attraction, and you can’t say Marty Wright didn’t fully inhabit the persona. I never minded him coming out and doing something quick and goofy to pop or gross out a crowd; he had his place in the big picture.

Squashing Booker T in under four minutes on the biggest show of the year was not that place.

In 2006, after five years of languishing to some degree in WWE with multiple turns between heel and face, cooling his heels as part of temporary tag teams and being looked over for main event runs, Booker T had gained some traction as one part of a “love to hate them” entertaining on-screen duo with real life wife Sharmell. After missing WrestleMania altogether a year earlier, this talented veteran and burgeoning top-level bad guy deserved a marquee spot this go around.

Instead, he and his lady both got fed to the Boogeyman.

The match itself doesn’t really warrant much discussion; Boogeyman did his deal, menaced Sharmell with worms, then put Booker away handily with his two-handed chokeslam. If it had been somebody else on the receiving end of the abuse at another event, I would have had no issue with it, but wasting Booker T—and Sharmell—on such a marquee show for this just rubbed me the wrong way.

Booker and Sharmell would bounce back quickly, gaining the King and Queen gimmick in a couple of months, with him winning the World title not long after; today, Booker’s a WWE Hall of Famer; Boogeyman is an eccentric footnote in WWE lore.

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong people.

7. The Undertaker vs Sid — WrestleMania 13

37 points, ranked by 5 of 10 voters, highest ranked by Chad Campbell at No. 4
Poop jokes.
Poop jokes.

Todd Weber: Sometimes bad WrestleMania matches are made worse by their placement on the card. This crap-tacular extravaganza is very bad by its own merits; but when compared with Hart/Austin from earlier in the show, Sycho Sid versus The Undertaker from WrestleMania 13 is truly abysmal. Over-long, over-booked and under-worked, this toilet bowl of a match is offensive in nearly every way. Sid clearly phoned it in on his way out, and ‘Taker was years away from mastering the art of well-put together ‘Mania matches (arguably, his first good one wasn’t until X-Seven). THEN, there’s a ridiculous sequence featuring a pathetically whining Bret Hart (apparently Vince wanted to make sure that the marks got that he’d turned heel) running in and making this match that much worse. This match belongs in the diaper bin. In fact, this match truly stinks.

6. Triple H vs Randy Orton — WrestleMania XXV

55 points, ranked by 7 of 10 voters, highest ranked by Glenn Butler and Wayne Maye at No. 5
Clearly, HHH knew what the crowd wanted to see. In fact, they were so happy with the main event, they left early to start celebrating outside!
Clearly, HHH knew what the crowd wanted to see. In fact, they were so happy with the main event, they left early to start celebrating outside!

Jordan Duncan: Here’s the thing about WrestleMania: Sometimes things deliver when you aren’t expecting them to at all. I’m sure not many people expected a really GOOD match from Hogan-Warrior at 6, but we got it. Similarly, sometimes stuff that SHOULD be good? Falls apart.

Such is the case with HHH-Orton. It was already a bit fishy when HHH went in AS the champion, but could still be overlooked because of the build, which I enjoyed. Orton was a lunatic, punting more than the Detroit Lions on a typical Sunday. He attacked Vince, he attacked Shane and he went after Stephanie. HHH wanted revenge. The formula seemed SO simple: HHH makes Orton bleed and avenges his fallen wife (and father and brother-in-law I guess), and reigns victorious. It should have been violent and wild, not unlike Bret vs. Austin. So what did they do? Throw in a stupid stip where a DQ costs HHH the title which reigns in the violence that this match SO DESPERATELY CALLED FOR and we got the HHH special.

This is the epitome of a TURD match.