Place to Be Nation’s Ultimate WrestleMania Draft: Round 5

The Basics: 

16 individuals drafted every main show match in WrestleMania history (along with Neville vs Austin Aries from WrestleMania 33 to keep things even). This gives each person a total of 20 matches selected. The draft was conducted snake style so the individual that had the 16th pick in the draft also had the 17th pick to start round two. Each round will have an individual post leading up to WrestleMania 34 and the draft will culminate in our own Mel Kiper (Brad Woodling) giving his opinions and draft grades for how each person did overall. Place to Be Nation will also be able to vote on their favorite draft overall.

Round 5:

Pick #65: Bobby Lashley vs Umaga (WrestleMania 23) – Selected by J Arsenio D’Amato

Does anyone else’s card contain the current #1 heel in the World getting physical with Vince McMahon?

Pick #66: Demolition vs The Colossal Connection (WrestleMania 6) – Selected by Todd Weber

At this point in my draft I tried to load up on “memorable Mania moments,” and Andre’s last hurrah is a big one for my childhood. I’m also a big mark for Haku, and I’ll never apologize for that. Heenan getting whooped and bouncing around the ring also never disappoints. Technically breaking my rules for repeating a tag title match, but I’ll live if it means I get Andre’s last moment of glory.

 Pick #67: Triple H vs The Undertaker (WrestleMania 27) – Selected by Stacey O’Louglin

I love all of the End of an Era Streak matches, this one especially as it continues the story laid out by the Shawn matches so beautifully. Shawn put Flair down, Taker put Shawn down, now Hunter *thinks* he’s going to put Taker down. The nearfall he gets off the Tombstone is probably the greatest nearfall in wrestling history and Hunter selling it is the best 15 seconds of his entire career.

Pick #68: IC Ladder Match (WrestleMania 31) – Selected by Greg Phillips

I wanted Daniel Bryan on my card, and this was his last great moment, a tremendously paced ladder match with some of the best young talents in the company, for the traditional workhorse championship.

Pick #69: Chris Jericho vs Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper & Jimmy Snuka (WrestleMania 25) – Selected by Nick Duke

Going to start to see a theme here, as Jericho has been in a lot of good to great Mania matches that really lend themselves to be strong middle round picks. Plus with this one, you get one of the last great performances by Ricky Steamboat in addition to the post-match bit with Mickey Rourke.

Pick #70: Shawn Michaels vs Diesel (WrestleMania 11) – Selected by Andy LaBar

Andy Pick: #5    Overall Pick: #70

Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy and Jonathan Taylor Thomas – this is about as mid-90’s as you can get on the celebrity front, and all are involved here. What a trip. For what it’s worth, this is a pretty great match, not the best between the two (Good Friends, Better Enemies!), but a perfectly competent and sometimes excellent match between two dudes at the peak of the promotion, when the promotion was anything but peaking. Sid gets involved, which is what it is, I’m happy to have Sid on my super Mania, but this match serves it purpose as a well fought World Title match with a handful of big spots here and there. It feels like a main event, but doesn’t have quite the impact of a couple of matches after it here, so it doesn’t quite main event.

Pick #71: Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (WrestleMania 10) – Selected by Steven Ferrari

The Hitman’s second WWF Title win may not be his best WrestleMania match, but it’s fun and offers another of those classic WrestleMania feel-good moments to close out the show.

Pick #72: The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 30) – Selected by Jordan Duncan

By this point, all the great Taker matches are gone. I didn’t feel like I HAD to have a Taker match, but this match provides maybe the most stunning result in WrestleMania history. A so-so match (that’s generous) that is remembered for its historic finish.

Pick #73: The Rockers vs Haku & Barbarian (WrestleMania 7) – Selected by Aaron George

By this point in the draft I wanted a legit opener. The Rockers were at their peak as a team and the teams perfectly fit into the big team/small team dichotomy.  Haku and Barbarian are awesome and this also gets Shawn Michaels on my card. If nothing else the show is going to open up hot.

Match time:    11 Mins

Show Time :   59 Mins

Pick #74: The Hart Foundation vs The Nasty Boys (WrestleMania 7) – Selected by Neil Trama

I would have never predicted going in that I would have to draft this weak of a tag title match this early in the draft in order to get a decent one, but here we are. Don’t get me wrong, I really like this match and I’m happy to have it as my tag title match, it’s just that I had it pegged as a round 8-10 type of pick. Still, I think the pick was worth it, since it was also my last chance to get a good Bret Hart match.

Pick #75: Team Angle vs Los Guerreros vs Rhyno & Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 19) – Selected by Scott Criscuolo

A forgotten match on a show that history almost forgot but couldn’t because of how great the show ends up being. All three teams are at the top of their game and put on a solid sprint.

Pick #76: Roddy Piper vs Adrian Adonis (WrestleMania 3) – Selected by Brian Bayless

I love this match. Piper’s entrance was awesome (neglecting to take the motorized cart to the ring) and it was an unforgettable sendoff for one of the biggest WWF stars. Plus, it helped launch the “Barber” gimmick for Brutus Beefcake. I thought telling a story on a show like this was important, which is why I also chose the Dream Team vs. Rougeaus match.

Pick #77: The Ultimate Warrior vs Rick Rude (WrestleMania 5) – Selected by Chad Campbell

Perhaps the GOAT tights in Rude’s Warrior portrait plus Bobby’s first title win. This match pales in comparison to the SummerSlam 89 encounter but is still really damn good and displayed the undeniable chemistry these two have with each other.

Pick #78: Shawn Michaels vs Vince McMahon (WrestleMania 22) – Selected by Tim Capel

Kind of a guilty pleasure. WrestleMania somehow feels less representative without a Vince garbage brawl, and this is a worthy runner up after the one I was gunning for (Vince/Hogan) went out so quickly. And I mean, it’s still Shawn at WrestleMania.

Pick #79: Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton (WrestleMania 22) – Selected by JT Rozzero

This match is criminally short and wasn’t given much of a fair shake, especially given the shaky build and how Mysterio’s title reign was handled. That said, for the time they are given, it rocked from bell to bell with all three guys wrestling like they had chips on their shoulders. It was a gift to get it at this point and I couldn’t leave it lingering any longer.

Pick #80: Chris Jericho vs Edge (WrestleMania 26) – Selected by Jennifer Smith

This match didn’t make the actual list but got in the mentions for List-a-Mania Hidden Gems. Also, I kinda feel like Edge would tie you to the bed and leave you there. Fear the Spear, indeed.

 

 

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