I haven’t seen all 25 of the prior  Wrestlemanias, but I have seen most of them live for the past 18 years.  WWE.com gave their list of the top Wrestlemania moments, and a list of the unheralded Wrestlemania moments.

Here’s my list.  It contains the moments which have been most memorable to me.  They’re in a relative order of importance / memorability, but it’s not exact.

  • Stone Cold passes out during his Submission Match with Bret “Hit Man” Hart – WrestleMania 13
    In one moment, I watched as Bret Hart inflicted so much punishment on Steve Austin that the fans who cheered Bret going into the match were now finding themselves favoring Austin, who showed that he was so tough he’d rather pass out from blood loss than to submit to the Sharpshooter.  I wasn’t one of the fans who changed allegiances, but it was an unforgettable match which shows the power of a huge moment on the biggest stage.
  • Owen Hart gets the best of his brother Bret – WrestleMania X
    When Owen Hart beat Bret in the opening match of Wrestlemania X, it was the catalyst for my realization that wrestling is controlled by the writers, and sometimes the storylines can be complex.  I watched as Bret and Owen did a wrestling storyline equivalent of leapfrog, whereby Bret Hart gained the #1 contenders spot at Royal Rumble, Owen Hart beat him at Wrestlemania X in a grudge match, then Bret Hart went on to defeat Yokozuna that same night to win the World Championship.  As I saw Owen Hart pin Bret after a reversal to the Victory Roll to open the tenth flagship event in WWE history, I knew I was watching something different than I had seen before.
  • Ultimate Warrior comes to the aid of Hogan – WrestleMania VIII
    As Hulk Hogan was on the verge of defeating Sid Justice, Papa Shango (one of my favorite mysterious, dark characters) showed up to put the beatdown on Hogan.  Even though I was never a big fan of The Ultimate Warrior, I did get excited when I heard the speakers play The Warrior’s theme music and I cheered as he rushed down the isle to help Hogan.
  • Hogan defeats Yokozuna for the WWE Championship – WrestleMania IX
    The ending to Wrestlemania IX was one of the best (and worst) endings to an event I had ever seen.  From a storyline standpoint, I wasn’t happy to see what transpired, but I was amazed to watch it transpire.    When Mr. Fuji threw salt in Bret Hart’s eyes to stop him from imminent defeat of Yokozuna, it was the first time, on a huge stage, that I remember seeing a manager screw a champion out of their belt.  Then I watched as Hulk Hogan appeared to come to Bret’s aid, taking on Yokozuna immediately thereafter and emerging as champion after out-smarting Fuji and Yokozuna.
  • Falls Count Anywhere Match – Randy “Macho Man” Savage def. Crush w/ Mr. Fuji
    Though most likely remember Wrestlemania X for the Intercontinental Title match and the situation involving the World Championship.  I remember the culmination to a very heated feud between Crush and Randy Savage in the form of a Falls Count Anywhere Match, the likes of which I had never seen before. Though it’s far from the best wrestling in a match I’ve ever seen, it is one of the most enjoyable.
  • Hogan hands Ultimate Warrior the WWE Championship – WrestleMania VI
    It was to be the end of an era when The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the World Championship, and at the time, it really felt like it.  I actually thought, at the time, that Hulk Hogan  might retire at that moment.  I was wrong, but I wouldn’t know that for years to come.
  • Ric Flair goes berserk in an interview after Randy “Macho Man” Savage defeats him for the WWE Championship – WrestleMania VIII
    The entire feud between Ric Flair and Randy Savage was hugely heated and continues to be one of my favorite feuds of all time.  It was very heated and personal and both Hall of Fame participants made you feel their involvement in it, including the fact that Ric Flair bled during the match, which was the first time I had seen that.   It was also very interesting to me because after this very heated, anticipated, bloody match was over, the feud wasn’t over, it just shifted gears.
  • Intercontinental Championship – Bret “Hit Man” Hart def. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to become new champion
    Going into that match, I had no idea why it was happening.  There was a brief promo by Bret Hart and Roddy Piper – together – earlier in the show.  It was a great match and at the end, you get the first time I’ve ever seen a character show their uber-heel side (as Piper considers hitting Bret Hart with the ringbell) and then shows their humanity, as he decides rather to go for the sleeperhold – which ends up being his undoing in one of my favorite match endings in Wrestlemania history, as Bret Hart counters the sleeperhold directly into a pinfall attempt.
  • The Rock and Hollywood Hogan go one on one – WrestleMania X8
    I don’t remember anything about this match aside from the incredible encounter when the crowd was electric, some of them pulling for The Rock, but most of them pulling for Hulk Hogan – who came into the match as the heel.  It was an unbelievable moment for me to watch, especially because it was Hogan standing in the ring with The Rock, two focal points of different generations, in a match I never thought would occur.
  • Jake “The Snake” Roberts stalks “The Model” Rick Martel in a Blindfold Match – WrestleMania VII
    There was nothing great about this match, but it was extremely memorable because I have always enjoyed the work (in and out of the ring) of Jake Roberts, and the angle was interesting – Martel had blinded Roberts with his “Arrogance perfume” and because of that the was being punished by being put into a match where Roberts’ blindness handicap was being neutralized.
  • WrestleMania IX: Double Doinks
    I don’t care what people say, I enjoyed the Doink character.  He was an evil clown, a great mid-card heel.  Most people wanted Crush to defeat Doink at Wresltemania IX, but I didn’t, and I loved it when a second Doink showed up and knocked out Crush with a fake arm.  Brilliant.
  • Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart – Iron Man Match – WrestleMania XII
    I had never seen an Iron Man match before Wrestlemania XII, but it was better than I could’ve imagined.  Sure, I didn’t enjoy the ending because I severely dislike Shawn Michaels and I’m an avid fan of Bret Hart, but having the match end without either person getting a fall, forcing overtime, was brilliant.
  • Stone Cold joins forces with Mr. McMahon – WrestleMania X-Seven
    I never would’ve thought Stone Cold would join forces with Vince McMahon, which is why the outcome of Wrestlemania X-Seven was so memorable.  Those two guys sharing a beer was surreal, but you could understand why he would do it, given the prize involved and the high caliber opponent.
  • WrestleMania XX: No love for Goldberg or Lesnar
    Having seen all of Goldberg’s matches up to that point, it was amazing to me to see him at Wrestlemania, and inside the same ring as Steve Austin, the man whom he had been compared to the entire time he was in WCW?  Amazing.  It was also surreal to watch him battle Brock Lesnar, who seemed to be the next coming of Goldberg.  At the end of the match, it became apparent that the NYC fans in Madison Square Garden weren’t going to allow it to be a regular match, as they had turned on both Lesnar AND Goldberg, both of whom were reported to be leaving WWE.  To watch Steve Austin give Stunners to both competitors after the match was just amazing to watch.
  • Benoit / Jericho / Angle on a ladder
    I don’t know which Wrestlemania it was on, but there was a three-way ladder match where Kurt Angle entered as European Champion AND Intercontinental Champion, and he left without either of the belts.  There was an incredible spot in the middle of the match where all three competitors were involved in a ladder-top submission hold – which I believe was Benoit using a crossface on Angle, while he was in Jericho’s Liontamer.   I’ll never forget it, even if WWE tries to erase it from history due to the tragedy involved with Benoit.
  • Chris Benoit celebrates his World Championship win with Eddie Guerrero as confetti fills Madison Square Garden – WrestleMania XX
    As a big fan of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero from their days in WCW, it was surreal when Wrestlemania XX ended with Benoit and Guerrero both standing in the ring, confetti falling from the rafters at Madison Square Garden, each with a World Championship belt.
  • Chris Jericho vs Christian – WrestleMania XX
    Watching the build-up over the span of months of Christian taking shots at Jericho and Trish Stratus, I had no idea what would come.  I watched as Jericho tried to stand up for the honor of Trish, only to have the wool over his eyes ripped away as Trish slapped him, helped Christian win and then we saw that it was, in fact, Christian and Trish Stratus who were the romantic couple.  There were no title belts on the line, but the unofficial prize was potentially more important.
  • Owen Hart & Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette def. Smoking Gunns to become new champions
    In one of the greatest signs of disrespect, Owen Hart selects his brother’s greatest nemesis to be his tag team partner.  It was a huge surprise and fully cemented Owen as a heel the year after Yokozuna lost the championship to Bret at Wrestlemania X.
  • Brock Lesnar tries a Shooting Star Press – Wrestlemania XIX
    I had never seen someone the size if Brock Lesnar attempt a Shooting Star Press, and in the process of doing it on the biggest stage of the year, Lesnar nearly killed himself.  The rest of the match was great, but it was that moment which made it memorable.
  • Edge & Mick Foley battle in a hardcore match
    As Foley and Edge approached that match, I couldn’t remember a Wrestlemania moment for Mick Foley, and he vowed to give us one.  When Edge dove through the ropes to spear Foley through a flaming table, it’s a sight I’ll never soon forget.
  • ECW Originals (RVD, Dreamer, Sandman, Sabu) defeat New Breed (Elijah Burke, Matt Striker, Marcus Cor Von, Kevin Thorn)
    Not that it was a great moment, but to watch RVD, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman stand in the ring victorious at Wrestlemania, I could hardly believe it.  Those four guys made their names wrestling in Bingo Halls in Philadelphia, televised only on local stations you could pick up only if you had satellite, and here they were, victors on the biggest stage of the year, pushing on as the figureheads of the ECW brand, now run by WWE.
  • Jeff Hardy hits the Swanton off the giant ladder – WrestleMania 2000
    I know wrestling is fake and I knew that Jeff Hardy was going to survive the plunge from the big ladder, but for a moment, I thought he had a death wish and I held my breath until I saw he had survived the big drop.
  • WrestleMania XV: Triple H goes Corporate
    Just as when Stone Cold joined Vince McMahon two years later, I was first shocked when Triple H turned his back on his Degeneration X stable mates to join the corporate team.
  • Donald Trump & Bobby Lashley shave Vince McMahon’s head
    I knew Donald Trump wasn’t going to have his head shaved, so I knew the fate was ultimately Vince McMahon’s, but it was surreal to watch as he took the seat in the barber’s chair to have his signature quaff buzzed off.
  • WrestleMania XII: The Ultimate Warrior returns
    This match was really only significant when looking back on it, as The Ultimate Warrior’s stay in WWE didn’t last beyond that night, and the man he beat at Wrestlemania XII was Triple H.
  • Rey Mysterio defeats JBL in a very short match, and JBL quits
    I thought we were going to get a decent match, but Rey Mysterio took care of business quick, and a “shocked” JBL then shocked us all for a second time in the span of 10 minutes by quitting, never to return.
  • Shawn Michaels ends the career of Ric Flair
    I would’ve personally chose a different fate in WWE for Ric Flair, but it was a big moment to watch as Ric Flair was “retired” by Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24.
  • Mike Tyson knocks out Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XIV
    DX brought Mike Tyson to Wrestlemania XIV to help ensure Shawn Michaels beat Steve Austin, and I was happy when the tables were turned and Iron Mike knocked out the Heartbreak Kid
  • Floyd “Money” Mayweather knocks out Big Show
    This moment was just memorable because of how big of a name Floyd Mayweather was, and the visual of him knocking out Big Show, whose fist is legitimately as big as Mayweather’s head.
  • Kane Tombstones Pete Rose – WrestleMania XIV
    I’ve laughed every time I’ve seen Pete Rose involved in Wrestlemania, but to see him get taken down with a Tombstone was the ultimate moment.
  • WrestleMania X-Seven: Hardcore Golf Carts
    Seeing Raven in a hardcore match at Wrestlemania?  Priceless.  It might’ve been treated like a joke by WWE, but it still leaves a lasting impression for me.
  • Shane goes Coast to Coast against Mr. McMahon – WrestleMania X-Seven
    On one hand, it was amazing to see another huge spot by Shane McMahon – the boss’ son who, by all rights, shouldn’t be taking such risks.  On the other hand, I hated watching as Shane McMahon basically stole the move that Rob Van Dam created, just for a cheap spot on a grand stage.
  • Lawrence Taylor pins Bam Bam Bigelow – WrestleMania XI
    I didn’t like the fact that the main event on Wrestlemania XI was a FOOTBALL PLAYER fighting a mid-carder, but it was a pretty big occurrence, and I’ll never forget the huge European Uppercut by one the NFL’s best linebackers of all time
  • Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat pins Randy “Macho Man” Savage – WrestleMania III
    I didn’t watch this match as it happened live, otherwise it might be higher on my list.  It is one of the best Wrestlemania matches in the history of the event, and the way it ended was perfect.
  • Shawn Michaels gets caught in the ropes at the end of the Ladder Match against Razor Ramon – WrestleMania X
    Personally I liked Wrestlemania X for reasons other than the Intercontinental Title Ladder match, but this list would be incomplete without it.  I thought the way the match ended was perfect.
  • Hogan bodyslams Andre the Giant – WrestleMania III
    Such a hugely iconic moment, it’s surprising that it comes from a bodyslam.
  • Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels in an epic match
    If it weren’t for Undertaker taking on HBK again this year at Wrestlemania, last year’s match would be remembered as a great match, but it wouldn’t really seem like a huge Wrestlemania moment.  Because HBK is using that match as the catalyst to put his career on the line, it becomes a significant spot.
  • Andre throws the money he won in the Bodyslam Challenge against Big John Studd to the fans – WrestleMania
    I thought it was cool how WWF tried to make Andre the Giant more fan-friendly by having him take the $25,000 he won by beating Big John Studd and throwing it to the fans.  The image of Andre standing there with fists full of dollars will be just as indelible as any victory by Hulk Hogan.
  • Bad News Brown turns on Bret “Hit Man” Hart at the end of a Battle Royal – WrestleMania IV
    I also didn’t see this live, but when I went back to watch it, I found it to be an interesting storyline.  Apparently Bret Hart (a heel at the time) had made a pact with Bad News Brown to ensure both of them got to the final pair in the Battle Royal, but Bad News Brown screwed Bret over by eliminating him.  After the match, I very much enjoyed watching Bret Hart destroy that trophy.
  • The Mega Powers Explode – WrestleMania V
    Hogan vs Savage?  Now THAT was a main event.