WrestleMania is the biggest show and night ever WWE and wrestling calendar and has been since its inception in 1985.
As a result, many of the biggest matches, feuds and rivalries in the history of the industry have taken place on “The Greatest Stage of Them All”. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Stone is rockHulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart to name a few.
One would think that all the biggest matches that WWE can and have produced have taken place in ‘Frenzy, even if they’ve been on low pay-per-views or on episodes of Raw or SmackDown.
Taking this into account, GiveMeSport Walks you through 10 WWE matches that weirdly didn’t happen at WrestleMania…
10. Edge vs. Christian
Introduced as storyline “brothers” and real-life best friends, Edge and Christian have stood side-by-side and opposite each other over the course of their long careers. However, they only wrestled as a tag team at ‘Mania, unlike their archrivals The Hardy Boyz. It seems like a missed opportunity and perhaps the only minor regret of the men’s career.
9. John Cena vs Brock Lesnar
After leaving the company in 2004, Cena became the No.1 man in the company. After their return in 2012, the two megastars clashed at several major events, most notably at SummerSlam 2014 when Lesnar shockingly defeated Cena. This is surprising Vince McMahon This marquee match at “The Showcase of the Immortals” was never held.
8. John Cena vs CM Punk
Another entry for Cena (there were a few), Cena and Punk battled for the WWE Title for two straight years between 2011 and 2013, with Punk being the champion for 434 days.
However, this coincided with The Rock’s return to wrestling and back-to-back WrestleMania main events with Cena. The snub contributed to Punk’s abrupt departure from the company in early 2014.
7. Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Hogan was the ultimate babyface. Piper is the perfect heel foil. The two were integral to WWE’s boom period in the 1980s and faced off in the main event of WrestleMania 1. But in a tag team match, Hogan defeated Mr.
Hogan later faced Andre, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior at Mania but never his greatest WWE rival. The two finally met at Starrcade 1996, WWE’s equivalent of WCW.
6. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
Best friends in real life and for most of their WWE careers, the two had a long on-and-off feud in the early to mid-2000s after HBK returned to the ring. They met in their first match and a series of gimmick matches over the next three years – Three Stages of Hell, Last Man Standing, Hell in a Cell.
However, he was never defeated in a singles match at WrestleMania. He reached WrestleMania 20 in 2004 when he competed in a World Heavyweight Championship triple threat match won by Chris Benoit. This is an odd omission from their CVs.
5. John Cena vs Edge
Both Cena and Edge have credited the other with helping make them the biggest babyfaces and heels they could be in the mid-2000s. They were indeed a perfect match, as highlighted in recent WWE Rivalry series.
Despite countless title matches, including Edge’s first WWE Championship and an epic TLC match at Unforgiven 2006, the two legends never met at ‘Mania. The Game and HBK, including The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 25, are as close as a triple threat.
Cena is rumored to be back at WrestleMania 39, could they close out their rivalry with one last match?
4. The Rock vs. Triple H
The career and rise to the top of The Great One and The Game are intrinsically linked. They first feuded over the Intercontinental Championship before graduating to main event status in the late 1990s. With Stone Cold injured, the two engaged in a lengthy feud over the WWE Title in 2000.
The clash between Royal Rumble winner Rocky and the WWE Champion is the obvious main event of WrestleMania 16. Triple H. Big Show and Mick Foley were foolishly put into a McMahon-centric Fatal Four Way. Epic singles matches took place at both Backlash and Judgment Day, two pay-per-views.
3. Shield Triple Threat
This match-up is one of the biggest missed opportunities in modern WWE history and is unlikely to happen again given Jon Moxley’s place in AEW. When he was Deem Ambrose, WWE ran it, but on a C-list pay-per-view in the form of Battleground 2016.
This continued from Money in the Bank, where all three members of the iconic group became WWE Champions within five minutes. With Reigns, Rollins and Moxley all now industry mainstays and champions, the idea of that ‘manic main event’ is even more exciting.
2. John Cena vs Randy Orton
No one has faced John Cena more than Randy Orton, and vice versa. They both graduated from OVW “Class of 02” and feuded with each other for the next 15 years. They’ve won a combined 30 world titles and fought each other in almost every match you can think of. And eight pay-per-views in the main event.
It’s strange that two of the faces of WWE in the late 2000s and early 2010s never faced off in a singles match at WrestleMania. Similar to Cena with Edge, WrestleMania 24 was a triple threat involving Triple H.
Again, like Edge, could the closing chapter of this rivalry be written at WrestleMania 39?
1. Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
The two biggest stars and two wrestlers of the 1980s and most of the 1990s were placed on many people’s Mount Rushmore. Hogan is the face of WWE, Flair of NWA/WCW. It was an honest dream match that never happened. That was until Flair joined WWE after a feud with WCW’s Booker.
It seemed certain that the two biggest names in wrestling would collide in the main event of WrestleMania 8, and that was the original plan. After a series of house show matches, Vince McMahon changed the plan, pairing Hogan with Sid and Flair with Savage. The reasons for this are their different wrestling styles, their egos and the reactions at said house shows.
The pair clashed countless times in WCW, including Hogan’s first match with the company, at which point both men were older. He finally had his WWE title match on an episode of Raw in 2002. A major missed opportunity for all involved.