From the End of The Undertaker’s Streak to Becky2Belts, Ranking the Best WWE WrestleMania Moments of the Last Decade

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December 30, 2020 9:32 pm

As 2020 ends, so will the decade. We will officially enter a new decade and fresh faces will emerge on the pro wrestling scene. This decade had some extravagant moments throughout, especially at the Grandest Stage of them all – WrestleMania. Gear up for the Road to WrestleMania 37 as we look back at the best WrestleMania Moments of the past decade!

The Undertaker retires Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania XXVI

In what we can consider as a Match of the Decade, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels met for the second consecutive time at WrestleMania, but this time with Michaels’ career on the line. It was an extraordinary match between two legends of the business that delivered big time.

There was no better way for ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ to say goodbye to the ring than writing his final chapter with The Undertaker. The moment will forever be fresh in every wrestling fan’s memory. A true end of an era match.

‘Once in a lifetime’ The Rock vs John Cena- WrestleMania XXVIII/Mania 29

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson and John Cena in action during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

‘The Great One’ made his triumphant return to the ring, winning a dream match pitted by many at WrestleMania XXVIII. The rivalry didn’t end there, as The Rock and John Cena faced each other again at the following year’s WrestleMania. This time the stakes were a little higher as it was for the WWE Championship, and Cena prevailed.

It was a great passing of the torch moment from one face of the company to another. Seeing ‘The People’s Champ’ tear it in the ring against Cena was really once in a lifetime, and we’re glad we could see this iconic rivalry that once seemed like a dream match.

The Streak is over – WM XXX

Brock Lesnar, who had just returned a couple of years earlier, conquered The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak! The Undertaker’s streak is one highlight of WrestleMania. No one expected The Undertaker to lose, but as they say – never say never in the WWE.

It was a shocking moment for everyone in the arena and for people watching at home too! There was dead silence as the referee counted the 1-2-3. A legendary streak finally ended at the hands of the ‘Beast Incarnate’.

Was it necessary? Definitely not. But if The Undertaker didn’t have issues, why should we, eh? Either way, it was a shocking moment that will forever be remembered.

The perfect underdog story – WrestleMania XXX

Daniel Bryan’s story to the top of the mountain in WWE is only because of two things – his determination and the support of the fans.

Daniel Bryan connected with the fans in such a way that they became his No. 1 advocates and promoters. Daniel Bryan fought a tough battle against Triple H to open WrestleMania XXX.

After defeating ‘The Game,’ he competed for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event against Randy Orton and Batista.

Original backstage plans had him facing Sheamus, but the fan support turned the tables for the ‘Leader of the Yes! Movement’. His victory gave a real good feeling.

Heist of the Century – WrestleMania 31

This one has to be the best of the lot. This was in all ways the perfect use of the Money In The Bank contract too! As Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns battled for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ‘The Architect‘ found the opportune moment to come down and cash in his MITB contract.

The match instantly became a Triple Threat that saw Rollins pin his former SHIELD brethren Roman Reigns to win his first-ever World Championship. This is truly a WrestleMania moment that will live on for generations!

‘The Great One’ becomes ‘The Fast One’ – WM 32


The Rock came out to address the crowd at WrestleMania 32 as The Wyatt Family came out and surrounded the ring. It led to an impromptu match between The Rock and Erick Rowan that ‘The Great One’ won in a record 6 seconds! If this was a Beat The Clock challenge time to beat, no one could do it.

Shane O’Mania! – WrestleMania 32


Shane McMahon made his return to WWE in 2016 to a huge reception. He wanted control of Monday Night Raw, and his father Vince McMahon set him up for a Hell In A Cell match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. If Shane were to win, he would gain control of Monday Night Raw.

Being the crazy man he is, Shane O’Mac climbed on top of the hellacious Hell In A Cell structure as The Undertaker laid on the announcer’s table.

Shane then jumped off the top and crashed through the announcers’ table as The Undertaker moved away. We’ve seen Shane take some crazy bumps throughout his career, but this was astounding given his age!

Hardy Boyz Return! – WM 33


Oh my god, this moment made fans erupt! It was one of the most well-planned returns executed at a time everything comes out on the internet.

Just as the Hardy Boyz music hit, fans erupted in joy and disbelief. It had been over 8 years since the Hardy Boyz had been in the WWE fold and they made their picture-perfect returns at WM 33, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships.

KofiMania – WrestleMania 35

Kofi Kingston got his due in the WWE when his fans rallied behind him after impressive performances back to back. Kofi got into the title picture with the champion Daniel Bryan as they headed into Mania.

Women Make History! – WrestleMania 35

From swimsuit contests to main eventing WrestleMania – the status of women in WWE elevated significantly in this decade. The stamp on that fact was when 3 women main evented WrestleMania. Yes, 3 women – Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Ronda Rousey.

The feud was strong going into WrestleMania, and Becky Lynch won the first-ever Women’s main event at a WrestleMania. Not just that, but she also became Becky2Belts, winning both Ronda Rousey’s Raw and Charlotte’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. These three women wrote history that night.

Welcome to the Boneyard – WrestleMania 36

WrestleMania 36 was the first WrestleMania in history to have no fans in attendance. All thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But WWE made most of it as The Undertaker geared up to clash against AJ Styles at the show of shows. With the crowd not being a factor, WWE tested new waters with a Cinematic match.

The Undertaker and AJ Styles faced off in an epic Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36 that really impressed everyone. It was so perfect that ‘The Deadman’ was very happy with his performance and decided for it to be his last match.

WWE’s first-ever cinematic match delivered big time at the Grandest Stage of them all. Are there any other great WrestleMania moments from this decade that we’ve missed? Discuss in the comments below!

Ishan Chavan

Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at Essentially Sports. He writes out of Mumbai and is a former Digital Copywriter. A Media Graduate from the University of Mumbai, he also has extensive experience in the Media Production Industry. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho. Ishan once cut a better promo than Ric Flair (Charlotte Flair approved), danced alongside The New Day, and has performed with Matt Hardy!

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