10 Most Disappointing WWE WrestleMania Matches

Let's embark on a journey through the realm of the ten most disappointing WWE WrestleMania matches.

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By Blesson Daniel | May 29, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

WrestleMania, the grandest event in WWE, has thrilled audiences worldwide with its unforgettable matches and captivating moments. However, not every bout at WrestleMania lives up to the immense expectations placed upon it. In this compilation, we will delve into ten matches from past WrestleMania events that have divided fans with their perceived disappointments. It’s crucial to remember that opinions on these matches may vary, as what may leave some disappointed could still bring joy to others. Let’s embark on a journey through the realm of the ten most disappointing WWE WrestleMania matches.

1. WrestleMania IX – Bret Hart vs Yokozuna

The saga of WrestleMania IX remains etched in the annals of WWE history, primarily due to the controversial finale of the WWE Championship clash between Bret Hart and Yokozuna. The abrupt conclusion of the match, with Yokozuna snatching the title in a matter of seconds, left fans bewildered and dissatisfied.

2. WrestleMania XI – Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow

While WrestleMania primarily serves as a showcase for professional wrestlers, WrestleMania XI took an intriguing turn by placing NFL star Lawrence Taylor against the formidable Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event. Despite Taylor surpassing expectations, some fans believed that the match lacked the captivating storytelling and technical prowess typically associated with a WrestleMania headliner.

3. WrestleMania XXVII – The Miz vs John Cena

The main event of WrestleMania XXVII witnessed The Miz, then the reigning WWE Champion, defending his coveted title against the charismatic John Cena. Regrettably, the match failed to ignite the anticipated spark, with many viewers feeling a lack of excitement and a dearth of a compelling narrative during the in-ring action.

4. WrestleMania XXVIII – The Rock vs. John Cena

The collision between two titans of WWE, The Rock, and John Cena, at WrestleMania XXVIII left certain fans yearning for more. Although the match had its awe-inspiring moments, it garnered criticism for leaning more towards spectacle than technical brilliance, ultimately leaving some viewers craving a more enthralling encounter.

5. WrestleMania XXIX – The Undertaker vs. CM Punk

The Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania stood as a cherished tradition in WWE lore. However, the clash between The Undertaker and CM Punk at WrestleMania XXIX failed to meet the lofty standards set by previous streak matches, despite the immense talent possessed by both competitors.

6. WrestleMania 32 – Triple H vs. Roman Reigns

The grandeur of WrestleMania 32 was tinged with disappointment for fans during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Triple H and Roman Reigns. The encounter struggled to resonate as anticipated, as some viewers found the pace sluggish and yearned for the emotional investment and excitement that befits a main event on the grandest stage of all.

7. WrestleMania 33 – Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton

The clash between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33 left fans underwhelmed. The match was marred by pacing issues and a lack of a captivating storyline, failing to fully unleash the potential of these immensely talented performers.

8. WrestleMania 34 – Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns

The Universal Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 struggled to live up to the sky-high expectations of the audience. The encounter suffered from a slow and predictable pace, resulting in a lackluster response from the passionate crowd.

9. WrestleMania 35 – Triple H vs Batista

The No Holds Barred match between Triple H and Batista at WrestleMania 35 faced criticism for its excessive length and indulgence. While the contest had its shining moments, certain fans felt it relied too heavily on weapons and gimmicks, overshadowing the essence of storytelling and in-ring excellence.

10. WrestleMania 36 – Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman

Originally set to face Roman Reigns, Goldberg defended the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman at WrestleMania 36. Unfortunately, the encounter was brief and lacked the intensity and excitement one would expect from a high-profile championship clash, leaving fans yearning for more.

It is essential to recognize that professional wrestling is subjective, and while some may perceive these matches as disappointments, others may find enjoyment in them. WrestleMania has gifted us with countless cherished battles throughout its storied history, and even the matches that fall short of expectations are integral to the tapestry of this extraordinary event.

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