WWE Superstars tell their favorite WrestleMania moments
Triple H: If I had to pick my very favorite WrestleMania moment, it would be winning the Undisputed Championship from Chris Jericho at WrestleMania X8. Not because of winning the championship, or the match, per se, but because it was kind of like the exclamation point on the return from my quad injury -- something that a lot of people thought couldn't be done, and sometimes I even thought couldn't be done. So for me to be able to come back, be part of the main event of WrestleMania, and become the Undisputed Champion, after all that, was really the icing on the cake.
JBL: That would be my first WrestleMania, when Shawn Michaels propelled out of the ceiling against Bret Hart. That was one of the most phenomenal thing's I've ever seen. It was at the pond, and maybe the second or third WWE pay-per-view I'd even been a part of - I wasn't even on the card, but I was there. It was absolutely amazing - the most amazing thing I'd ever seen - especially with me being new in the company, and getting to see something like that for the first time. It's really just something I can't even describe.
Randy Orton: I'm biased, so it would be at WrestleMania XX, which was my first WrestleMania. I had my dad in the stands watching my match, which was the first time he could remember watching as a fan in the audience. Also, because my father was in the first one, and I was in the twentieth -- both in the same building -- there was a lot of history, and a lot of emotions involved.
Big Show: I was always a fan of Hogan vs. Andre at WrestleMania III, because I thought it told a great story, but I think my favorite WrestleMania match I was in was WrestleMania 2000, when I fought Mick [Foley], The Rock and Triple H for the WWE Championship. I got to be in the main event of WrestleMania, so that's my personal favorite moment so far to date.
Eddie Guerrero: The end of WrestleMania XX, with Chris [Benoit] and I in the ring celebrating.
Booker T: My all-time favorite WrestleMania moment would be Savage and Steamboat. I always have thought that that match was one of, if not the greatest match I've ever seen. And I always wanted to top that one day.
Funaki: My favorite WrestleMania moment was Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder Match at WrestleMania X.
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John Cena: Hogan slamming Andre, WrestleMania III -- not even a second thought.
Scotty 2 Hotty: The time when Pete Rose attacked Kane at WrestleMania 2000, and took a Stink Face from Rikishi for his troubles.
Steven Richards: Old-school Undertaker coming back at WrestleMania XX and taking on Kane.
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William Regal: The Iron Sheik walking down to the ring at WrestleMania X-Seven in Houston for the Gimmick Battle Royal. I was laughing hysterically, because I've never seen anyone walk to the ring on their ankles.
Rhyno: Hogan Slamming Andre -- WrestleMania III.
Kurt Angle: It always entails yourself, because being in WrestleMania is the greatest thing in the world, regardless of where you are in the show. But my greatest WrestleMania moment was walking out to that ring against Brock Lesnar. I knew my neck was seriously injured, and a lot of the fans did too, so when I heard all of the people cheering, the neck pain went away -- just for that moment. Since then, the neck pain's been there, but for that one moment, it went numb, and I looked around not believing that I'd finally made it to the main event of WrestleMania, and that's the pinnacle of being a WWE Superstar.
Luther Reigns: It's gonna be when I debut at WrestleMania, that's gonna be my favorite moment.
Mark Jindrak: During the beginning of the WCW invasion, some of us WCW Superstars were sitting in the crowd, watching WrestleMania X-Seven from a skybox in the Houston Astrodome.
Orlando Jordan: The Hollywood Hogan/ Ultimate Warrior standoff at WrestleMania VI, because it was just unreal. I was rooting for the Warrior that night, and was happy when he won. I never liked Hogan as a kid, because I always thought he was the real bad guy. Obviously, I was right.
Danny Basham: When my brother and I made our WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania XX in Madison Square Garden during the Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Doug Basham: I have many favorite WrestleMania moments, but the one that goes to the top of my list is being a part of WrestleMania XX.
Jim Ross: Deciding to wear underwear at WrestleMania IX. But as far as in ring action, I have two; "Stone Cold" vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 in Chicago, and Stone Cold vs. The Rock at WrestleMania X-Seven in the Astrodome.
Jerry "The King" Lawler: Well, one was when Pete Rose dressed like a chicken at WrestleMania XV, and got Tombstoned by Kane. The other was when Pete came back the next year with a baseball bat, tried to attack Kane, and got a Stink Face by Rikishi. Something tells me he learned his lesson after that.
Tajiri: Getting the 619 from Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania XX.
Eric Bischoff: I love them all, each and every one.
Robert Conway: Just being in it. Watching WrestleMania is great, but being in it is a lot cooler.
Sylvain Grenier: Me. When I ran down to the ring at WrestleMania XIX to interfere in the match between Hogan and McMahon. Being in the ring with Hogan in front of all those people was surreal.
Muhammad Hassan: The Hogan/Rock staredown at WrestleMania X8.
Khosrow Daivari: Any "Stone Cold" vs. Rock match, because they were all so interesting to watch. Each of them kicked out of one another's finishers, and that had never been done up to that point. It was amazing.
Nunzio: When I found out I was participating in the Cruiserweight Battle Royal at WrestleMania XX, because it was a place where my father took me to see all the WWE shows when I was growing up, including the first WrestleMania.
Spike Dudley: Without a doubt, the biggest, most inspirational WrestleMania moment for me was WrestleMania III, where Hogan pinned Andre, and Andre lost for the first time. I was a big wrestling fan going into that, and Andre losing was unheard of. So with that match, and more than 90,000 people, it was the turning point in wrestling, and without a doubt, the most electrifying match -- certainly the one that grabbed my attention the most.
Daniel Puder: Mine hasn't happened yet. It will be next year when I win the WWE Championship.
Chavo Guerrero: It was at WrestleMania XX, when I defeated 15 other cruiserweights by myself to retain the Cruiserweight Championship.
Carlito: I'd say the Ladder Match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X, because it was innovative, and the first time I'd seen anything like it. That match, that match was cool!
Akio: Rock vs. Hogan at WrestleMania X8. It was a dream match you never thought would happen, but it did.
Rene Dupree: I have two, Savage vs. Steamboat at WrestleMania III, and the Ladder Match between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X.
Paul London: The match between Giant Gonzales and Undertaker at WrestleMania IX. I thought Gonzales was amazing. Here's this huge guy with a ripped body and perfectly symmetrical body hair -- just incredible. Another of my favorites was Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart the following year. To me, that was the perfect match.
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Rey Mysterio: The first one I was in, which was WrestleMania XIX in Seattle, against Matt Hardy. That match was historic for me, and I was very nervous, and very excited. But once the match was over, I felt like I'd really accomplished one of my dreams.
The Coach: When I started the whole Rock/ Hogan rivalry by interviewing The Rock before his match with Hogan at WrestleMania X8 in Toronto. After my great interview, The Rock went out there and had a great match against Hogan. None of that would have ever happened had it not been for the Coach.
Edge: As a fan, it was Hogan slamming Andre the Giant. As a Superstar, it was the first time Christian and I won the World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2000 in Anaheim, because after we won, we stood on top of that ladder/ tables contraption, and held the titles over our heads. That was special.
Kenzo Suzuki: The Rock vs. Mankind vs. Triple H vs. Big Show, because I was working for New Japan Pro Wrestling, but was training in Calgary. I saw that match, and was so impressed with Foley, that I wanted to be just like him.
Charlie Haas: Wrestling with Shelton Benjamin at WrestleMania XIX. It was our first WrestleMania, and we were victorious, retaining our WWE Tag Team Championship, and realizing a dream come true. Then, as we were heading to the locker room, 60,000 plus were yelling 'you suck,' and Shelton turned to me, grabbed me, and said 'soak it all in, because this is what we've been working for our whole lives.'
Brooklyn Brawler: I'd have to say the match I had before WrestleMania III against Paul Roma. Even though it wasn't televised, competing in front of 93,000 people was amazing, and certainly one of the highlights of my career.
Shannon Moore: The first time I wrestled at a WrestleMania, which was WrestleMania XIX in Seattle. Being in front of 60,000 people, and just being a part of that show was something I'll remember for the rest of my life -- definitely my favorite WrestleMania moment.
Batista: That's easy, Hogan slamming Andre.
Chris Jericho: As a fan, my favorite moment was Owen vs. Bret at WrestleMania X. I was a big Owen Hart fan, and I think that that match was his breakout moment. It was really presented well. Then, my personal favorite moment was my match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIX.
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Shelton Benjamin: When Rhyno Gored Chavo at WrestleMania XIX, allowing Charlie [Haas] and I to win the WWE Tag Team Championship match. Thanks Rhyno!
Christian: Beating Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XX, ‘cause I liked beating Y2J, and I really enjoyed humiliating him afterwards.
Tyson Tomko: Andre the Giant vs. Hollywood Hogan at WrestleMania III. Nothing else compares to that.
Simon Dean: WrestleMania III -- Hogan slamming Andre, Savage vs. Steamboat, and [King Kong] Bundy splashing a midget (Little Beaver).
Gene Snitsky: The return of the original Undertaker at WrestleMania XX.
The Hurricane: Personally, it was when I won the Hardcore Championship from Spike Dudley at WrestleMania X8. As a fan, it was Savage winning the WWE Championship by beating Ted DiBiase in the finals of the tournament at WrestleMania IV.
Rosey: The Headshrinkers double splash on Scott Steiner at WrestleMania IX.
Kane: My first match with Undertaker at WrestleMania XIV.
Val Venis: Besides the two WrestleManias I was involved in -- I was supposed to be in a third, but ended up on HEAT instead -- I would say WrestleMania III with Hogan finally slamming Andre the Giant. I was young then, and I remember sitting at home, watching that show, and feeling the energy of that crowd -- 93,000 plus. Every time Hogan tried to slam Andre, I would go crazy, and he kept trying, and trying, and trying, and then when he finally slammed him, I jumped out of my seat. I just couldn't believe he did it!
Maven: WrestleMania III, Steamboat vs. Savage, of course.
Trish Stratus: Winning the Women's Championship at WrestleMania XIX in Seattle. But then again, any moment with me in it is a memorable one.
Shawn Michaels: I've got a lot of favorite WrestleMania moments, and I'm proud of that. The Ladder Match with Razor Ramon is special, the WWE Iron Man Match with Bret Hart is special. They're special for different reasons. The match with Stone Cold at WrestleMania XIV is special because of my situation with my back. Then my first one back (WrestleMania XIX) against Jericho was special, just because I didn't think I'd be back. So just to be there was special. Being in the main event of WrestleMania XX was special, and this one is also shaping up to be special, I'm blessed to be a part of something special. WrestleMania is a special time, and I've come to a point where I appreciate every show, and I certainly appreciate every WrestleMania.
- Compiled by Anthony Cali
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