With WrestleMania 36 just nine days away, the anticipation is building amongst wrestling fans, despite it going ahead behind closed doors.
Huge matches like Randy Orton against Edge and Drew McIntyre versus Brock Lesnar will still be happening, but there will be no live audience, and they will all be pre-taped.
If there’s one thing that WWE do good when it comes to WrestleMania though, regardless of whether there is fans in the arena or not, it’s promo packages.
WWE have some of the best editors in their ranks, and they’ve been able to make any match on paper look like a blockbuster event by packaging together the best bits of a feud – so let’s see which WrestleMania packages are the best of the best.
Special shout-outs go to The Miz’s WrestleMania 27 hype job before his main event with John Cena, which was accompanied by Nas’ ‘Hate Me Now’ song, and also The Rock against Hollywood Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania 18, which ended up being the real main event of the show.
Let’s look at our actual top five WrestleMania promo packages of all time though!
5. UNDERTAKER v KANE – WRESTLEMANIA 14
This came before the time of special effects and whatnot for promos – this was five minutes of flashbacks from the past year of a simply sensational storyline.
It was Attitude Era storytelling at its finest, and it told you everything you needed to know about the origins of the story to how Taker and Kane got to their WrestleMania match.
From the sounds of ‘O Fortuna’ at the start to classic commentary from Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, the promo for the first of two Undertaker v Kane WrestleMania matches makes our top five!
4. JOHN CENA v BRAY WYATT – WRESTLEMANIA 30
WrestleMania 30 was arguably the best pay-per-view of the 2010’s, and the first of two promos to make this list from that event appears here.
In 2014, John Cena was still a bonafide main eventer, but Bray Wyatt was the up-and-coming star at the time, and there was hope within the WWE Universe that the Eater of Worlds would defeat the top star of the company.
And whilst that didn’t happen in the end, the package with Eminem’s ‘Legacy’ song painted the picture perfectly – that Wyatt was an unstoppable monster and a serious threat to Cena’s career.
We all know it didn’t turn out that way, but enjoy the package anyway.
3. DANIEL BRYAN v TRIPLE H – WRESTLEMANIA 30
WWE fans were so invested in Daniel Bryan’s rise to the top that Vince McMahon changed his WrestleMania plans in 2014 to cater towards the leader of the YES Movement.
And the promo that documented his rise through the company to become a main eventer, backed by Imagine Dragons’ ‘Monster’ has been heralded as one of the greatest promos EVER.
WWE got it very right with this one, but it’s just a shame that Bryan’s first proper run with the WWE World Title didn’t last very long due to injury.
2. THE UNDERTAKER v SHAWN MICHAELS – WRESTLEMANIA 26
Their match the year before at WrestleMania was good, but the rematch in 2010 was arguably even better.
And it had higher stakes too, with Taker proposing that the Heart Break Kid had to retire should be not be able to break The Streak.
The promo package for the match documented HBK’s struggles to get over the loss and not being able to challenge The Deadman once again, and the tune of Placebo’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ is symbolic.
It’s seen as one of WWE’s most iconic packages ever – but it can’t be number one.
1. THE ROCK v STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN – WRESTLEMANIA 17
WrestleMania X7 was arguably the best Mania of all time, with one of the best heel turns we’ve ever seen when Stone Cold Steve Austin finally joined forces with Mr McMahon.
But before that, we were given the best promo package that WWE has ever seen.
Limp Bizkit’s ‘My Way’ is really only known for one thing to this very day, and it’s the song that hyped up Stone Cold and The Rock’s second WrestleMania main event.
Relive it in all its glory below.
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