Place to Be Nation’s Ultimate WrestleMania Draft: Round 4

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 4:

Pick #49: Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch (WrestleMania 32) – Selected by Jennifer Smith

I definitely knew I wanted a good women’s match so I consulted PTBN’s WrestleMania List-a-Mania from 2017 and drafted the #1 on the Best WM Women’s Match list. Plus, all of these ladies are easy on the eyes.

Pick #50: John Cena vs Batista (WrestleMania 26) – Selected by JT Rozzero

I continued to target underappreciated big time matches, as I feel this one doesn’t get the love it should. It was really good, filled with big bombs and a fun storyline, plus heel Batista at his best.

Pick #51: John Cena vs The Rock (WrestleMania 29) – Selected by Tim Capel

It would seem that I continue to feast on Stacey’s scraps. Unlike Shawn vs. Taker II, this admittedly does feel more like settling for the lesser match. Unwanted though the rematch was by seemingly everybody at the time, Rock and Cena still bring an iconic, big match feel – and with the title on the line to boot. I still admire their efforts in going absolutely nuts with the false finishes to deflect from the foregone conclusion. No regrets here.

Pick #52: CM Punk vs Chris Jericho (WrestleMania 28) – Selected by Chad Campbell

At this point with my top three matches secured, I was looking for best available. I feel like this is an underrated gem that gives you a workrate style main event match with some nice star power that don’t have too many Mania gems elsewhere.

Pick #53: John Cena vs Triple H (WrestleMania 22) – Selected by Brian Bayless

As one era ended in Rock vs. Austin, another begun with Cena winning his first World Championship. Despite the crowd being pro-HHH, Cena showed he belonged in the main event and stayed on top of the company for a very long time.

Pick #54: The Undertaker vs Triple H (WrestleMania 17) – Selected by Scott Criscuolo

The first of a trilogy of Mania matches for these two. On a show already stacked these two could just go out and have a nice tidy brawl all over the Astrodome.

Pick #55: Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow (WrestleMania 11) – Selected by Neil Trama

Here we get the greatest WrestleMania celebrity match of all time coupled with tons of pomp and circumstance. Plus it puts me on my way to fulfilling JT Rozerro’s prediction that I would draft the entire Wrestlemania 11 card.

Pick #56: Trish Stratus vs Mickie James (WrestleMania 22) – Selected by Aaron George

So I want the full UNEDITED version. With the grabs, the licks, and the audience losing their fucking minds.  There’s a moment where Mickie drops Trish’s throat on the top rope as she falls to the outside, she throws her hands in the air and laughs while the crowd goes ballistic. In that moment I knew I was watching the best women’s match in WrestleMania history. It was then, it is now. It’s legit special, the vibe, the work and the atmosphere are top-notch.

Match time:    9 Mins

Show Time :   48 Mins

Pick #57: Andre the Giant Battle Royal (WrestleMania 30) – Selected by Jordan Duncan

Another aspect I considered was to try to ONLY consider the matches, not the long term results. If you look at this match and it’s long term effects, it failed to make Cesaro a singles star. But on THAT night? He seemed poised to break out as a huge deal. A really fun battle royal with a great finish.

Pick #58: Triple H vs The Big Show vs The Rock vs Mick Foley (WrestleMania 16) – Selected by Steven Ferrari

This match is often overlooked, I think, as a really fun WrestleMania main event. But it has a couple fun storylines, a lot of great action and Rock hitting the People’s Elbow on Stephanie for another classic moment.

Pick #59: Ahmed Johnson & The Legion of Doom vs The Nation of Domination (WrestleMania 13) – Selected by Andy LaBar

Andy Pick: #4    Overall Pick: #59

I know this match isn’t for everyone, but all things considered, this is honestly one of my very favorite WrestleMania matches of all time. It could be part nostalgia, or part HOLY SHIT, but having never seen ECW when this match happened, nor much other hardcore wrestling, the brawl that this match is truly blew my mind. Everything is a weapon, and Road Warrior Hawk is king. Truthfully I almost picked this match with my third pick, and was super happy it fell to me at #59, with my fourth pick. From a card perspective, this match marks where shit is gonna pick up and get really real. We are going to let up ONLY ONCE in these last handful of matches, and we are gonna see spectacle after spectacle. Some say this match may drag on too long, and it may, but it’s fun as hell.

Pick #60: Chris Jericho vs Christian (WrestleMania 20) – Selected by Nick Duke

There were only a few must haves in my mind coming into this, freeing me up to pretty much go with what I felt was the best available match throughout. That came into play here, as Jericho vs Christian is severely underrated and often forgotten in my opinion. Plus, heel Trish. I believe the term is “hache mache.”

Pick #61: Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 17) – Selected by Greg Phillips

I believe firmly in variety in wrestling. So far I’ve drafted an all around classic, a Ruthless Aggression era epic, a Hell in a Cell/Attitude Era Brawl match, and now a technical exhibition between two of the finest scientific wrestlers of all time. This match is exactly what it needs to be to fill this niche on the card.

Pick #62: Money in the Bank (WrestleMania 24) – Selected by Stacey O’Louglin

I desperately wanted a Money in the Bank ladder match. While the first couple are more famous and a lot of them run together, I think IV might just be the highest quality match in a vacuum. It’s a crazy balls out spotfest with a litany of reckless and stupid ladder spots, an awesome run in, and a fun surprise winner.

Pick #63: Triple H vs Sting (WrestleMania 31) – Selected by Todd Weber

Sting is one of my top-5 all-time favorite wrestlers, and getting him on this card was a must for me, even if this is a pretty basic and predictable match. Also, this was one of my favorite matches from the first WrestleMania I ever watched live in person! The nWo and D-X run-ins are my favorite part-the stadium rocked!

Pick #64: The Undertaker vs Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21) – Selected by J Arsenio D’Amato

Any dream Mania Card has to have an Undertaker match and this is one of his best.












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