A Ranking Every WrestleMania In Texas From Awful To Awesome
Wrestlemania has been the home to many incredible matchups, shocking returns & huge upsets. Since 1985, many cities have hosted Wrestlemania. We've already talked about the time where Arizona hosted a Wrestlemania; now it's time to talk about Texas. As of 2023, there have been a total of 4 Wrestlemanias hosted in the Lone Star State.
Let's start with the one that was...not so good; 4. Wrestlemania 32 (2016):
Wrestlemania 32 was held April 3rd 2016, at AT&T Stadium. While some will say this was one of the worst Wrestlemanias in history, there WERE some positive moments from this showing. The most memorable match was the Intercontinental Championship Ladder match; where Zack Ryder won the title. Without a doubt this was the feel good moment of the entire show.
Also Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels & Mick Foley making a surprise appearance was also a memorable moment from the show; resulting in a HUGE pop from the crowd.
Sadly many of the matches on the card couldn't really deliver; most of the audience was either bored, or flat out booed during the show. So without a doubt, this is the low point on this list. But things DO improve greatly as we go on.
3. Wrestlemania 25 (2009):
The 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 25 happened on April 5th, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Over 72,000 screaming wrestling fans saw classic matches like:
- CM Punk winning the 6 man Money in The Bank match
- Matt Hardy beating Jeff Hardy in an Extreme Rules match
- The Undertaker beating Shawn Michaels (their first matchup)
- and John Cena winning the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat match.
While this Wrestlemania DID have some great moments, the problem was... the good matches were in between matches that just killed the momentum. Overall the consensus for Wrestlemania 25 is: it's not a bad one, but it was a little disappointing at times.
2. Wrestlemania 38 (2022):
The most recent Texas Wrestlemania was also held at AT&T Stadium, taking places over 2 nights: April 2 & 3, 2022. In total, Wrestlemania 38 lasted 6 hours over both nights. This Wrestlemania was considerably better than Wrestlemania 32; with matches like:
- Cody Rhodes vs Seth Rollins
- Bianca vs Becky Lynch
- Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey
- Stone Cold vs Kevin Owens, with Stone Cold getting a HUGE pop from the home crowd
And that's just night one. Night two saw:
- Edge vs AJ Styles
- The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match in a Fatal Four Way tag match
- The Triple Threat WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match
- and of course Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns
Overall this was considered a very good Wrestlemania. It wasn't the best, and despite being very long, there were some very enjoyable matches. But there's still one more. The one that wrestling fans hold with VERY high regard...
1. Wrestlemania X7 (2001):
For many, this is THE Wrestlemania; the peak of Wrestlemanias. April 1, 2001 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston was the one of Wrestlemania X7 (or Wrestlemania 17). This is widely regarded as one of the best, if not, THE best Wrestlemania ever. From the high energy of the crowd, to the wrestling, there was a lot to like.
There's so many highlights to choose from; like the Tables, Ladders, Chairs match between the Dudley Boyz, the Hardys & the team of Edge & Christian, giving us one of the most iconic spots in wrestling.
Vince McMahon vs Shane McMahon was just a joy to watch,
Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit gave a truly excellent singles match,
Undertaker vs HHH
and of course the main event: The Rock vs Stone Cold. And that unbelievable ending.
While it wasn't perfect, it's no surprise that when you think of the best Wrestlemania to ever occur in Texas, it has to go to Wrestlemania X7. And that statement is verified with the reviews of Wrestlemania X7 online too.
We'll see when Wrestlemania comes back to Texas; hopefully we can see another truly amazing showing.