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THE 15 GREATEST FEUDS IN WRESTLEMANIA HISTORY!

THE 15 GREATEST FEUDS IN WRESTLEMANIA HISTORY!
The 15 Greatest WrestleMania Feuds of All-Time: Since the beginning of time, feuds have been the biggest and most profitable tool used in professional wrestling. Whether it be Family Member vs. Family Member, Brand vs. Brand, David vs. Goliath, Or a good ol’ fashion Face vs. Heel, Fans have always been more interested in personal conflicts between two people than anything else in sports. A big reason for the WWE early success in the 80’s was mainly due to its biggest superstars feuding with each other from time to time causing fans to always have arguing over who was indeed better between the WWE superstars (Remember the “Ultimate Warrior/Hulk Hogan” argument?). From the 1980’s rise through the “Attitude Era” and now in the “PG Era”, feuds have never been bigger or more profitable than on the road to WrestleMania. In honor of WrestleMania Week!, Kaboom! Magazine will go through some of WrestleMania greatest feuds of all-time and answer the age old question “Who had the greatest WrestleMania feud of all-time?” Kaboom! Countdowns the greatest feuds from No. 15 all the way down to the granddaddy of them all. Kaboom! Magazine Presents the Top 15 Greatest WrestleMania Feuds of All-Time! rumble4 15. Bret Hart/Lex Lugar/Yokozuna (WrestleMania X): Feud Summary: In the greatest finish in Royal Rumble history, Bret Hart and Lex Lugar managed to eliminate each other at the exact same time causing WWE President Jack Tunney to declare both men the winner at the 1994 Royal Rumble match, granting both of them a WWE title match against Yokozuna at WrestleMania X. For the first time ever the WWE title would be defended two times in same night at WrestleMania. After winning the coin toss, Lex Lugar would get first crack at Yokozuna and Bret Hart would take on the winner of that match later on that night. During Lugar/Yokozuna match-up things got alittle fishy when they announced the special guest referee Mr. Perfect, who eventually cost Lugar the match when he disqualified him for putting his hands on him. Bret Hart eventually won the title that night, but many fans will always wonder “What If” Lugar and Hart would of met that night for the title? 229124_206569832715150_135463036492497_528202_4427074_n 14. Hulk Hogan/ Macho Man Randy Savage (WrestleMania V): Feud Summary: No tag team in the late 80’s was bigger or more powerful than Hulk Hogan and The Macho Man Randy Savage aka “The Mega Powers”. Hogan and Savage were the two biggest names in the sport at the time and dominated the tag-team division during their tag-team run. In the winter of 89′, Savage grew annoyed at Hogan and Ms. Elizabeth professional relationship, leading him to turn on Hogan and attack him from behind after a tag-team match. A raged Hogan challenged Savage for the WWE title at WrestleMania V in what many experts titled the match “Mega Powers Explodes”. Savage said he was gonna prove to everyone that he was better than Hogan and Hogan vowed to everyone that he would get his WWE Title back at WrestleMania V. The match was an all-out war as both men tried to destroy one another. With some assistance from Ms. Elizabeth, Hogan was able to win the title from the Macho Man leading to him turning heel again and dumping Ms. Elizabeth. eGJxaHIzMTI=_o_edge-christian-vs-the-dudley-boyz-vs-the-hardy-boyz-p1 13. Edge & Christian/The Dudley Boyz/The Hardy Boyz (WrestleMania XVII): Feud Summary: This was more of an “epic build up” than a feud as these three teams ruled the tag team scene in the early 2000’s. At the 2000 Summerslam, The Hardy Boyz, Dudley Boyz, and Edge and Christian gave us one of the greatest matches in WWE history with the first ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. Now the first match was great, but when the WWE announced that there would be a TLC II; fans were overwhelmed with excitement wondering what could these three crazy teams could possibly come up with to top the first match? This was a match where fans didn’t really care who won the tag team titles, but more about who would actually make it out of this match alive? Even with the great feud, the match was even better and fans still talk about the match to this day as the greatest tag team match of all-time. 04 12. The Undertaker/Kane (WrestleMania XIV): Feud Summary: In the first ever “Hell in a Cell” match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker was well on his way to sending HBK straight to hell. Then all of sudden, the entire arena goes dark and devilish music begins to play. Out of nowhere, a masked monster walks down to the ring and rips the steel door off of the cell and tombstone piledriver The Undertaker to hell causing him to lose the match. We would later learn that the person that attacked The Undertaker was indeed his long lost brother Kane. Even though Kane cost him the match, The Undertaker vowed to his parents he would never fight his brother. After Kane locked The Undertaker in a casket and set it ablaze, The Undertaker told the world that he went to hell and told his parents that he would have to break his vow to them and would fight Kane at WrestleMania XIV. Many felt that this would be The Undertaker greatest challenge ever as Kane seemed to be far more superior than “The Deadman” in every way. The Undertaker did win the match, but Kane did leave a lasting impression on the WWE. wrestlemania-10-owen-hart-bret-hart_2069700 11. Bret Hart/Owen Hart (WrestleMania X): Feud Summary: After being the only member of the Hart family to be eliminated during the 1993 Survivor Series, Owen Hart confronted his older brother Bret Hart about causing him to get eliminated in the match. After the confrontation, Owen Hart became frustrated with Bret causing him to attack him from behind after a match at the 1994 Royal Rumble. Bret Hart earned a title shot with Yokozuna at WrestleMania X, but he also agreed to face his brother Owen that same night in a “Brother vs. Brother” match. Owen wanted to prove to the world that he was the best wrestler in the Hart family and finally get out of Bret’s shadow. The match was the best technical matches in WrestleMania history as Owen showed that he could actually be in the same ring as his older brother. The most shocking part of the match was the ending in itself as Owen defeated Bret for the first time in his career. Owen may have one the match, but the night still belonged to Bret as he won the WWE Title later that night. Razor-Ramon-Vs-Shawn-Michaels-Ladder-Match-for-the-Intercontinental-Championship-Wrestlemania-10 10. Razor Ramon/Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania X): Feud Summary: “Say Hello to the Real Champ!” WWE President Jack Tunney stripped Shawn Michaels of the Intercontinental belt for not defending the title enough. One man loss is another person gain, as Razor Ramon gained the title after winning the invitational battle royal. Eventhough he was stripped of the belt, Shawn Michaels still walked around with his intercontinental belt and refused to acknowledge Ramon as the true intercontinental champion. WWE president Jack Tunney decided to put Michaels and Ramon in a match that would determine once and for all who is the true intercontinental champion by hanging both belts high in the air in a ladder match. No one had ever really seen a ladder match before, let alone thought it was actually a good idea. But we were all surprised to learn that a ladder does indeed has a place in a wrestling ring and that it can do a lot of damage. Both men used the ladder to their advantage and pulled off what some may say was the best ladder match ever with Razor Ramon coming out on top and with two intercontinental championships. wrestlemania-11 9. Lawrence Taylor/Bam Bam Bigelow (WrestleMania XI): Feud Summary: NFL Hall of Framer Lawrence Taylor was a special VIP guest of Vince McMahon at the 1995 Royal Rumble. After losing in the finals of the tag-team tournament, Bam Bam Bigelow was getting laughed at and made fun of by WWE fans causing him to get very angry. In mist of his anger, Bam Bam notice Taylor sitting at ringside and began to talk smack to LT. When LT began to respond back, Bigelow pushed LT down into his seat and challenged him to a wrestling match. Angered that Bigelow put his hands on him, Taylor accepted the challenge setting up a one of a kind match between the NFL star and WWE Wrestler. The build-up for the match was a media hit as everyone from ESPN to Regis & Kathy Lee was talking about the bout. 1341972443_5946141.jpg 8. Stone Cold Steve Austin/Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XIV): Feud Summary: In 1998, Stone Cold Steve Austin was in the prime of his career winning the Royal Rumble setting up a WWE title match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV. As if the main event didn’t have enough star power, Vince McMahon added the baddest man on the planet boxing icon Mike Tyson to the match as the special enforcer. As soon as McMahon announced Tyson’s involvement in the match, Stone Cold came down to ringside and challenged Tyson highlighted by two middle fingers in his face. Tyson was totally offended by Austin gestures and pushed Austin causing an all-out riot. Tyson and Austin encounter only encouraged Iron Mike to side with Shawn Michaels and DX. With DX and Mike Tyson in his corner, Michaels seemed untouchable and poised for another WrestleMania victory, but a rattlesnake is deadliest when back into a corner. 1218065238072_f 7. Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XII): Feud Summary: The Hitman was in the mist of another WWE title regin when he came across and heartbreak kid with a boyhood dream. Bret Hart wants to retain the WWE title against Shawn Michaels, who had suffered a number of setbacks over the course of the year, including: losing his WWE title match the previous WrestleMania only to win a 2nd royal rumble match to have one more shot at reaching his life-long dream. Rowdy Piper added more magic to this match making this a 60 min ironman match. 26takershawn 6. The Undertaker/Shawn Michaels II (WrestleMania XXVI): Feud Summary: At WrestleMania XXV, Shawn Michaels was unsuccessful in defeating The Undertaker and ending Undertaker’s undefeated streak at the event. When the match won the 2009 Slammy Award for Match of the Year, Michaels told in his acceptance speech that he could still defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and challenged him to a rematch. A month later, The Undertaker, then the World Heavyweight Champion, made his reply and refused a rematch. The refusal saw Michaels more obsessed about facing the Undertaker at the event, attacking referee Charles Robinson and SmackDown general manager Theodore Long respectively after failing his title match opportunities in the Royal Rumble match and Elimination Chamber qualifiers. At the Elimination Chamber event, Michaels sneaked into Undertaker’s Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship and performed a Sweet Chin Music on The Undertaker, enabling Chris Jericho to defeat The Undertaker and win the World Heavyweight Championship. On the following night, The Undertaker changed his mind and accepted the rematch but with one condition, that if Michaels loses, he would have to retire. Michaels accepted, noting that if he can’t end the streak, there’s no reason why his career should continue. th 5. Hulk Hogan/Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania VI): Feud Summary: A week after Hogan and Warrior crossed paths in the 1990 Royal Rumble Match, Hogan put forth “The Ultimate Challenge” to the Ultimate Warrior. Hogan had to know whether “HulkaMania” or “The Power of the Warrior” was the strongest force in the WWE. The match was officially announced as the main event of WrestleMania VI by WWE President Jack Tunney. Tunney announced that both the WWE Championship and Intercontinental Championship would be on the line for the first-time ever during the match. Fans entered uncharted territory as fans were forced to choose sides between two face wrestlers. andre-hulk-wrestlemania-3 4. Hulk Hogan/Andre The Giant (WrestleMania III): Feud Summary: This feud began when Hogan was presented with a trophy for being the WWE Champion for three years, and André, his good friend, came out to congratulate him. Shortly afterwards, André was presented with a slightly smaller trophy for being “undefeated in the WWE for 15 years” and Hogan came out to congratulate André, but ended up being the focal point of the interview. Annoyed by this, André walked out during Hogan’s congratulation speech and not long after that, on an edition of Piper’s Pit, Bobby Heenan, a long-time Hogan adversary, announced himself to be André’s new manager. André then challenged Hogan to a title match at WrestleMania III and attacked Hogan, ripping off Hogan’s T-shirt and crucifix necklace. Hogan eventually accepted the challenge and slayed the giant at the most famous match in WrestleMania history. WM18_Hogan_Rock_edit 3. The Rock/Hollywood Hogan (WrestleMania XVIII): Feud Summary: The Rock’s involvement with the NWO started after his win over The Undertaker at No Way Out, when a photo request from Hogan for his son turned into a trade of insults. On the following episode of Raw, The Rock interrupted Hogan’s address to the crowd and challenged Hollywood Hogan to a match at WrestleMania XVIII. When Hogan accepted and the two shook hands, The Rock kept the hold onto the handshake and hit the “Rock Bottom” on Hogan. Before The Rock could leave the arena, Hall and Nash ambushed Rock and spray painted the NWO initials on The Rock’s back. With medics attending to The Rock injuries and loading him into an ambulance van, the NWO furthered the attack by chaining up all possible exits and driving a monster truck through the van with The Rock trapped inside. The Rock made his return and immediately challenged Hogan for a fight. Nash and Hall held Hogan back, leaving Hall to challenge for a match instead. Rock’s match with Hall ended in a three-on-one attack by the NWO. The NWO’s attack was stopped by Stone Cold, who saved The Rock with the aid of a steel chair. Rock and Austin took on the NWO in a Handicap match, resulting in Hogan pinning The Rock after a leg drop. The Rock would get the last laugh at WrestleMania XVIII as he took it to Hollywood on the big stage and was able to take down the wrestling icon in a “Passing of the Torch” match. th (1) 2. Bret Hart/“Stone Cold” Steve Austin (WrestleMania XIII): Feud Summary: Hart and Austin’s rivalry began after Austin won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament and began taunting Hart, who was inactive at the time. Austin insulted Hart in his speeches and challenged Bret to a match. Hart returned in October and accepted Austin’s challenge, with the two facing each other at Survivor Series 1996 where Hart defeated Austin. Their rivalry continued as Hart and Austin were the final two participants in the 1997 Royal Rumble match. Hart had originally eliminated Austin from the match but Austin’s elimination was considered unofficial as the officials didn’t see it because they were busy in a brawl between eliminated wrestlers. They were participants in a Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF Championship at Final Four, which Hart won. The next night on Raw, Austin cost Hart the WWF Championship against Sycho Sid when Hart had applied the Sharpshooter on Sid, Austin nailed Hart with a steel chair followed by Sid power bombing Hart for the win. A furious Hart called out Austin and challenged him to an “I Quit” match at WrestleMania XIII. Austin had no problem accepting Bret’s offer and said he would give him the worst beating of his life and vowed that he not say “I Quit”. UFC/MMA star Ken Shamrock was brought into be the special referee, but not even Ken Shamrock could control the chaos that would go on during the match. Bret Hart showed everyone a truly different side to him as he was more ruthless and cold hearted than at any point of his career. Even Hart’s change in wrestling style, Stone Cold proved without a shadow of a doubt that he was the world’s toughest S.O.B. Hart put the then bloody Austin into his trademark “Sharpshooter” in the center of the ring. True to Austin word, Stone Cold would not say “I Quit” even though he was losing a lot of blood causing him to pass out. Noticed that Austin was out cold, Ken Shamrock called to ring the bell and declare Bret Hart the winner of the match. Bret may have won the match, but Stone Cold was the real winner as fans began to cheer for him ushering in the WWE’s “Attitude Era”. john-cena-vs-the-rock-wrestlemania-28 1. The Rock/John Cena (WrestleMania XXVIII): The greatest feud in WrestleMania history actually took one whole calendar year to make. After a 7 year absence from the WWE, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned to be the host of WrestleMania XXVIII. The main event that night was John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE Championship. The match went off without a hitch and was supposed to end in a double count out. But that all changed when The Rock demanded that the match be restarted and with No DQ’s. When the match restarted, The Rock “Rock Bottomed” John Cena and allowed The Miz to pick-up the victory. The night after WrestleMania XXVIII, an angered Cena called out The Rock an challenged him to a fight. The Rock gladly accepted the fight but said if they were gonna fight, it could only happen at the Grandaddy of them all, setting up for a Rock/Cena bout at WrestleMania XXVIV. The WWE pulled out all the stops for this once in a lifetime bout as cameras followed both The Rock and John Cena around for a whole year capturing every moment of their lives. Both wrestlers also went to social media to continue their feud and had fans on the edge of IPhones just waiting to see what Cena and The Rock would say next. The build-up was like nothing any wrestling fan you or old had ever seen before and the match defiantly lived up to the enormous hype. Both men would not give up as Cena looked determined and The Rock looked like he had never left. Both men wrestled a near perfect match, until John Cena made a fatal mistake that The Rock capitalized on and ended the match with a signature “People’s Elbow”. Do you think we got it wrong?, Do you think one feud should be higher on the list?, or just wanna talk more about your favorite feud? Voice your opinion right now at the bottom on www.kaboom-magazine.com