Warning this is a “wacky” list and I’m sure you hate at least half of these matches which makes it even better! I picked matches that I never hear mentioned from Wrestlemania undercard past that I enjoyed in some way. I only judged from WM 9 to WM 28 as I can’t get a full grasp on shows before I was old enough to remember it clearly. Here we go……
10. World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Los Guerreros vs. Chris Benoit and Rhino WM 19
I view Wrestlemania 19 as being near to Wrestlemania 17 as the best Wrestlemania of my wrestling fandom lifetime. I’ve always thought the only flaw at 19 was that this match went very short and Triple H vs. Booker T ran VERY long and felt even longer. Pretty good match that could have been even better with a little more time. Everyone in this match was awesome. It is kind of sad looking at these guys today. Obviously the Benoit story. Eddie’s unfortunate death. Funnier part is Haas, Benjamin, Chavo are among the top hated wrestlers on the internet these days, a turnaround from ten years ago. Wow just realized it’s been ten years typing this. Aging is the god damn worst.
9. Hardcore Battle Royal WM 16
This was a fucking mess. And I loved it. I always get a laugh and good time out of watching. Mean Street Posse fighting Kai En Tai and Viscera. Tazz falling from ending Kurt Angle’s undefeated streak in his WWF debut to……. this match. Crash Holly being Crash Holly. And the end coming via JR’s candy bowl. I wish it was a yearly tradition for the jobbers of the roster to have a hardcore match with these rules at WM. Please watch this match just for Joey Abs hitting Tazz with a cookie sheet until he falls.
8. Owen Hart and British Bulldog vs. Mankind and Vader WM 13
Always dug this one. Maybe it’s because I tried to do this match with my action figures a few months prior but my motherfucking Vader figure broke within days of purchase. The match was fun and it’s damn cool looking back seeing these four matching up at a Wrestlemania.
7. Steiners vs. Headshrinkers WM 9
The Steiners brothers are among favorite tag teams of all time with Edge & Christian and The Motor City Machine Guns. In their short WWF tenure as a team, I loved this match as a kid and thought it was the best thing on this show aside from Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan in togas. We should also mention the Steiners WWF theme music is to be listened to many times in ones lifetime.
6. Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka WM 25
Jericho and Steamboat were awesome. The few minutes they had after Piper and Snuka were eliminated were my favorite minutes of Wrestlemania 25 excluding the Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker classic. Jericho and Steamboat went on to have another good match on the PPV following. Steamboat showed he’s still better than 70% of the roster. Just think ROH fans…. if not for Ric Flair, CM Punk vs. Ricky Steamboat would have happened in ROH.
5. DDP vs. Christian WM 18
Cool to see DDP’s sole Wrestlemania match as he was one of my favorite wrestlers growing up. His WWE run was an all time bust due to WWE’s horrible use of him. From stalking Undertaker’s wife to being booked as a borderline jobber during the Invasion to a wacky motivational worker gimmick. The last gimmick worked enough to get the crowd to be into the Wrestlemania match vs. Christian big time but I always thought that happened because Canadian WWE crowds are hardcore wrestling fans and loved DDP based off his past work. Either way he and Christian had a nice little feud and off the top of my head, this was my second favorite match at WM 18 after Hogan/Rock.
4. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio WM 27
This match was the definition of putting someone over. Going into this feud, I thought Cody Rhodes was a mediocre talent at best. Then this match happened and I realized how good he was. Rey requested a WM storyline with Cody while Cody was working his niche midcard ceiling gimmick of “Dashing” and the story was Rey broke Cody’s nose so Cody wanted to take Rey’s mask. Added a serious dimension to Rhodes and the match was wonderful and Cody actually got the win. While it isn’t in his classics vs. Eddie Guerrero or Chris Jericho or Edge, I usually view this among the top matches of why I consider Rey Rey a legend and a treasure in the wrestling world that’s unfortunately on his last legs. No pun intended.
3. Christian vs. Chris Jericho WM 20
It would make total sense that Christian and Jericho would appear multiple times on a list featuring the best midcard or undercard matches. More than any, these two carried the undercard on WWE PPVs for a long time. This one between the two that I loved. Wrestlemania 20 had two great main events and the spectacle of the Undertaker’s return but the undercard was quite forgetful aside from this one. I actually enjoyed this match as a whole more than Angle vs. Guerrero. I’d rank this second among my favorite Jericho WM matches after the classic one vs Shawn Michaels. Matches being second to HBK seem to be a normal occurrence on here.
2. Kane vs. Raven vs. Big Show WM 17
Admitting this may be losing a lot of my internet wrestling “cred.” Fuck that shit. Kane did a leg drop off the stage! People went through glass windows. There was a god damn golf cart. Two WWE mainstays facing off with Raven for the hardcore title. Everything about this is beautiful. Whenever re-watching the best ever ever ever Wrestlemania X7, it’s sometimes overbearing seeing some of the great matches again in full knowing you remember every move. This match, I NEVER fast forward. My only wish was that Raven won this match so it would be even more enjoyable. Seriously though, Kane did a fucking leg drop off the stage. In a pointless undercard match! Magic.
1. Randy Savage vs. Crush WM 10
One of my favorite memories. I attended the closed circuit showing of Wrestlemania X across the street from Madison Square Garden. As a 5 year old, I remembered this much more than anything else on the show. Even more than the ladder match or Bret winning. On a side note, I hated Bret as a kid so Owen winning was also a great memory. Anyways, Randy Savage was probably my first favorite as I remember having his shirt first. Everyone loved Macho Man. But weirder, I enjoyed Crush. I always have. From the early 90s blonde haired Crush to the NOD Crush to his NWO B list debut in WCW to Kronik so this added to it. At the time, of course, hardcore stipulations were very rare and so this was one. The gimmick was where you’d have to get up in a ten count and as a kid, you’re always wanting your favorite wrestler to not only impress you athletically or with his charisma but you root for him to do something ridiculous but intelligent like the finish to this match. If you don’t recall, Savage tied up Crush so he couldn’t stand by the ten count. It was so cool and still is. Another personal memory was Savage coming over to the closed circuit showing right after the match and me losing my shit.
As always, thanks for reading and feel free to tweet me a favorite WM match of yours similar to the ones on this list!