246. WWE Championship: John Bradshaw Layfield vs. John Cena

Timeline: WrestleMania 21 April 3, 2005 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA It’s always been strange to me how a career midcarder would go from competing with his long-running tag team at WrestleMania to winning the World Championship in mid-summer and collecting wins over Hall of Famers like The Undertaker and Eddie Guerrero (from whom he…

249. The Undertaker vs. A-Train & The Big Show

Timeline: WrestleMania XIX March 30, 2003 Safeco Field Seattle, WA This was supposed to be a tag team match, but on Heat, A-Train and Big Show, with the help of Nunzio, lured Undertaker’s would be tag team partner Nathan Jones in to a locker room where they laid him out with a chair, making him…

251. Hercules vs. Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart)

Timeline: WrestleMania VI April 1, 1990 SkyDome Toronto, ON Shockingly, this is not a squash match. Even more surprisingly, Hercules is still in a singles match at WrestleMania VI. Hercules puts up a fight, even bloodying Earthquake’s mouth. But just when it looks like he might have a chance, he tries a backbreaker that leads…

253. One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth)

Timeline: WrestleMania IV March 27, 1988 Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall Atlantic City, NJ Just like Savage’s first two matches of the night, Savage is overpowered in his semifinal match in the World Title Tournament. This time though, Savage is truly physically outmatched. Gang’s brutal beating of Savage is punctuated by a beating with Slick’s…

255. Tag Team Championship: Money Inc. (Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Shyster) (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Timeline: WrestleMania VIII April 5, 1992 Hoosier Dome Indianapolis, IN A very traditionally worked face/heel tag team match. Nothing too special goes on until a double tag brings I.R.S. and Earthquake in to the ring at the same time. Earthquake takes advantage and gets I.R.S. set up for the Earthquake Splash. Before he can deliver,…

256. Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather (w/ Mayweather Promotions Entourage)

Timeline: WrestleMania XXIV March 30, 2008 Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL Some disclosure before we get in to this one. I have a heavy personal investment in boxing. That said, I despise Floyd Mayweather while simultaneously acknowledging that he is without much question the best pound for pound boxer of the last decade. But Mayweather’s…

257. Bad News Brown vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Timeline: WrestleMania VI April 1, 1990 SkyDome Toronto, ON Roddy Piper makes his WrestleMania return after three years, but he’s dressed in half black face. In something that no one has ever been able to figure out exactly what is going on, Piper painted half of his body jet black for his match with Bad…