Stream Police: Wrestlemania Rewind Edition

Posted in The Screening Room by - March 21, 2016

In two very short weeks, the “Super Bowl” of sports entertainment, Wrestlemania will descend on the state of Texas where for its 32nd edition. While much can be said about the build up to this year’s Wrestlemania, once the event is here, it’s very easy to forget all of the shortcomings and lose yourself in the grand spectacle.

Personally, I’m convinced that this year’s show is going to be among the best simply based on the card. However, a strong roster isn’t necessarily always a recipe for success. It’s important to understand that for all the history, pomp and circumstance surrounding this year’s show, a program of this caliper can either become famous or infamous at the blink of an eye.

In preparation for one of the biggest sporting events of the year, here are five fantastic editions of Wrestlemania, for better or worse, currently available on the WWE Network.

Wrestlemania XII

Featuring one of the greatest main events of all time in Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart’s legendary 60 minute Iron Man match, Wretlemania XII stands as the gate from the old guard to the most popular period in professional wrestling: The Attitude Era. Rounded out by the return of The Ultimate Warrior and Roddy Piper, XII a solid view for any casual wrestling fan.

Wrestlemania IX

Widely considered by many to be the worst Wrestlemania of the series, IX is a must watch for any fan, hardcore or casual. Featuring lackluster booking, a confusing and underwhelming main event and a dead crowd, Wreslemania IX is an example of how quickly a show can leave the rails and find itself in a situation where it is nearly impossible to right the ship.

Wrestlemania XXV

Featuring what many in the internet wrestling community consider the greatest match of all time in Shawn Michales vs The Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXV is one of my personal favorite editions of the program, despite a few bumps in the middle of the broadcast. Containing Edge vs Big Show vs John Cena, Triple H vs Randy Orton and a shocking performance by the legendary Ricky Steamboat, this is a must watch show for any fan.

Wrestlemania XXX

Where this event is notable is in it’s execution of one of the greatest blunders in WWE creative history. Up to this point in history, The Undertaker had been undefeated at Wrestlemania. Creative saw fit to remedy that by pitting The Dead Man against Brock Lesnar. Coupled with an ending that has to be seen to be believed, few programs contain the unbelievable heights and cavernous lows that this edition presents.

Wrestlemania XXIV

Featuring a heartbreaking storyline and tear jerking end to a match, XXIV is a bell to bell classic. Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels produce a match that will never leave your mind once you’ve seen it. In rare fashion, even the celebrity segment featuring Floyd Mayweather is actually an entertaining bout, even if Mayweather is a colossal dickhead.

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