WrestleMania is a magical event for wrestling fans all around the world. The “showcase of the immortals” creates legends and stunning memories that live on forever in WWE history. Some WrestleMania moments can be so shocking that fans are left watching on in a state of disbelief. The phrase “anything can happen in the WWE” is a very true statement, especially accurate when it comes to the grandest stage of all, WrestleMania.
Here are the top 5 most shocking WrestleMania moments of all time.
5. Triple H Betrays D-Generation X And Joins The Corporation – WrestleMania XV
At WrestleMania XV, Triple H joined forces with Chyna and it seemed as if D-Generation X was a well-oiled machine once again. Later in the night, D-X member X-Pac battled Shane McMahon for the European Championship while corporate stooge Test lurked at ringside. Triple H and Chyna came out to possibly even the odds. But when X-Pac seemed prime for victory, Chyna distracted the referee and Triple H dropped X-Pac with a Pedigree. Shane retained the European Championship.
Triple H had effectively betrayed his boys from D-X. The New Age Outlaws ran out to retaliate and back-up the beaten down X-Pac, but they were struck down as well.
When I first found out that Triple H had betrayed D-Generation X and joined the Corporation, I literally cried and my mom had to call my dad at his job. I was seven years old at the time, so give me a break (Lulz). This is how shocking the moment was, it literally reduced a little boy to tears.
4. Seth Rollins Shocks The World At WrestleMania 31
Roman Reigns seemed destined for victory against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, and many fans hated it. Ever since Reigns won the 2015 Royal Rumble, the WWE Universal universally turned on “The Big Dog.” The vocal audience at Levi’s Stadium visibly rejected Reigns from the moment he walked through the curtain at WrestleMania 31. Fans might have rioted if “The Big Dog” prevailed and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Therefore, WWE officials obviously went with a more acceptable alternative: insert Seth Rollins.
The crowd erupted when Rollins’ music hit. No one had ever cashed in their Money In The Bank contract at WrestleMania or during the middle of a match. This move was both shocking and satisfying to the WWE Universe. Rollins curb-stomped his way to victory and into the history books.
3. “The Slam Heard Around The World” – Hulk Hogan Body-Slams Andre The Giant At WrestleMania III
Hulk Hogan struggled throughout much of the match as he wrestled a true mountain of a man. Andre dominated the Hulkster, but he couldn’t suppress the power of Hulkamania. Hogan overcame the might of the giant and pulled off the near impossible, taking Andre down with what would be called “the slam heard around the world,” which is considered the first big-time WrestleMania moment.
The match had been advertised as “the irresistible force” WWF Champion Hulk Hogan going up against an “immovable object” Andre The Giant. Hogan was not only able to move The Giant, but the WWE Universe as well. Together, Andre and the Hulkster made a truly unforgettable WrestleMania moment. Andre was also reportedly undefeated for nearly 15 years going into the event, which definitely added a lot of hype and prestige to the match.
Hogan took Andre down with the body-slam and then finished off this legendary encounter with an Atomic Leg Drop. That’s one for the record books!
2. Stone Cold Steve Austin Sells His Soul To The Devil At WrestleMania X-7
Stone Cold’s feud with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon revolutionized the entire company, becoming the cornerstone of the Attitude Era. That’s why it was so shocking to see these two guys, who were constantly at each other’s throats, joining forces and shaking hands.
Austin was the bad-ass rebel, while McMahon was the billionaire boss. Together, the two made a diabolical duo dead-set on screwing The Rock out of the WWF (now WWE) Championship.
WWE play-by-play commentator Jim Ross remarked that Austin had sold his soul to Satan himself by joining forces with the nefarious Mr. McMahon. Austin had officially turned to the dark side.
1. Brock Lesnar Ends The Streak – WrestleMania XXX
The Undertaker had an unprecedented two decades of dominance at WrestleMania with a streak of twenty-one consecutive victories until he went one-on-one with “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar. A wave of disbelief fell upon the crowd after the three count was called by the referee. The fans in attendance couldn’t believe what they had just witnessed. The fabled streak of The Undertaker had evaporated before their very eyes by three F-5s from the conquer himself.
It’s still hard to accept that the streak was devoured by The Beast Incarnate. Since knocking off The Undertaker at WrestleMania, Lesnar has risen to the very top of food chain, systematically dominating the main event scene of Monday Night Raw.
Lesnar may have beaten the old lion in The Undertaker, but can he put down “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34? Both have defeated The Deadman at ‘Mania, but only one man will come out on top this Sunday.