Ranking the five best WrestleMania matches of all-time

Undertaker and Shawn Michaels during their epic WrestleMania 25 match

WrestleMania 35 is now just three days away, as the seven-hour extravaganza comes to New York City.

80,000 people will cram into Metlife Stadium, where for the first-time-ever, females will main event the Show of Shows, as Ronda Rousey defends her Raw Women's Championship against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

But lets reminisce on some past classic matches on the Grandest Stage of Them All as we take a subjective look at the top five 'Mania matches of all time.

Honourable Mentions

Obviously it was hard to narrow the selections down to five, but there's a few bouts that need to be given special praise despite not making it into the elite.

One of the early 'Mania matches which captured the imaginations of everyone was the Intercontinental Championship match between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 3, which was a technical masterpiece.

Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage put on a technical masterclass at WrestleMania 3

In a match that made history at WrestleMania 10, the first-ever Ladder Match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, again for the Intercontinental Championship, makes our top 10 but just falls short of the top five.

Two of the other three matches also include 'Mr. WrestleMania' himself, as HBK's matches against Kurt Angle in 2005 and his 'retirement match' against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 were also top 10 material.

The final match that just fails to break into the best five is the WrestleMania 30 Triple Threat main event, where Daniel Bryan turned WrestleMania into YEStleMania by defeating Batista and Randy Orton.

5. Bret Hart [c] v Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship in an Ironman Match - WrestleMania 12

In a match very rare for its time in 1996, 'The Hitman' put his title on the line against Michaels in the main event of WrestleMania in a 60-minute Ironman Match.

In what is still the longest match at 'Mania, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had a 60-minute classic

Ironman bouts in the modern day WWE are usually full of falls but this one only needed a sole pin, and it was after the time limit had expired.

The match went into overtime and Michaels hit Sweet Chin Music to capture his first WWF Title. A technical classic.

4. Bret Hart v Steve Austin in a Submission Match - WrestleMania 13

A year after his loss to HBK, Hart found himself against the newly-rebellious 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, who had been on a roll since winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament.

Bret Hart may have won the match, but Steve Austin became a huge star off the back of this defeat at WrestleMania 13

Their 'Mania match though would set the tone for the next few years and would see a move that would end up shifting the Monday Night Wars in WWF's favour.

With Austin locked in Hart's Sharpshooter finisher with a blood-stained face, the Texas Rattlesnake passed out, and with the Canadian continuing with the beatdown post-match, it saw a double turn with Hart becoming an anti-American heel and Austin becoming a crowd favourite - where he ended up becoming one of the greatest superstars of all time.

3. The Dudley Boyz [c] v The Hardy Boyz v Edge & Christian for the WWF Tag Team Championships in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match - WrestleMania 17

The 2001 edition of WrestleMania featured not one, but two classic matchups, and in a rematch of the inaugural TLC match from No Mercy 2000, Edge and Christian defended their Tag Team titles.

Edge's Spear off a 20-foot ladder to Jeff Hardy at WrestleMania 17 was an iconic moment

This match included the ridiculous death-defying spots such as Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb off the top of a 16-foot ladder and Edge's Spear from four feet higher.

There was such a fluidity to the match that you don't see in many TLC matches in recent years, with the moves pulled off by Hardy and Edge just adding onto a fantastic bout.

2. The Rock [c] v Steve Austin for the WWF Championship in a No Disqualification match - WrestleMania 17

A rematch of their WrestleMania 15 showdown, this was a simply iconic bout for a number of reasons, one of them being the epic 'My Way' promotional package that was created in the lead-up.

The Rock and Steve Austin went through a WrestleMania trilogy, but their second match was undoubtedly the best

Minutes before the match got underway, the match was altered to a No Disqualification match, and shenanigans would ensue after a hellacious battle.

It saw the heel turn of Austin, who aligned himself with his nemesis, Mr McMahon, becoming a hate figure for the first time since 1997.

Some say this signalled the end of the Attitude Era, others suggest it came a year later, but Austin destroying The Rock with a chair and shaking hands with McMahon was one of the most spellbinding moments in WWE history.

1. Shawn Michaels v The Undertaker - WrestleMania 25

HBK and Undertaker had been rivals for since 1997, but with The Deadman's WrestleMania streak increasing by the year, 'Mr. WrestleMania' wanted to be the one to take it from him.

Undertaker and Shawn Michaels went at it for the first time at WrestleMania in 2009

Whilst the build-up to the match didn't scream 'Match of the Year' contender, the action inside the squared circle certainly delivered.

From Undertaker's dangerous over-the-top-rope dive onto a camera man, to Taker's face when Michaels kicked out of the Tombstone, it really had everything you'd want from a WrestleMania match.

The ending had Michaels go for a Moonsault, only to be caught in mid-air and hit with another Tombstone for a win for Taker, and it would be the catalyst for their rematch a year later, where HBK would go on to retire.

Disagree with our list? Let us know in the comments who you would have in your top five!

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