Seven WrestleMania Botches WWE Wishes You Never Saw

Published 03/31/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


WrestleMania is the time for wrestlers to prove they’re worthy of being called the best. From Hulk Hogan to Stone Cold Steve Austin, from John Cena to Roman Reigns, superstars young and old have made a name for themselves at the Show of Shows. However, there are certain superstars who wish certain moments never took place at the PPV.

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Jack Swagger’s WrestleMania fumble

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At WrestleMania 26, Jack Swagger climbed the ladder of success and pulled down the Money in the Bank briefcase. He cashed in the contract on Chris Jericho the following night to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

Despite the celebratory moment, the events leading up to it were hilarious. Swagger struggled for almost thirty seconds before unhooking the briefcase. Fans watching at home and in the arena instantly realized the All American could not unhook the clasp, leading to a flat ending to a great match.

Undertaker botches his iconic dive: WrestleMania 25

At WrestleMania 25, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels put on one of the best matches in WWE history. This match had it all, from incredible wrestling, great character work, believable near-falls, and a hot crowd. Despite the amazing wrestling, the match suffered a blow because of a mistimed spot.

With HBK on the floor, Taker attempted his signature suicide dive to the outside. HBK was supposed to pull the cameraman into the way who would catch Taker safely. Instead, HBK pulled the cameraman too late and Taker landed square on the top of his head. Former WWE superstar and the son of the legendary Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Sim Snuka, played the cameraman.

Both Taker and HBK were fortunate that the fans thought they planned the spot, and it wasn’t actually a botch. Taker continued to wrestle for another fifteen minutes and still put on one of the best matches of all time.

Is it the Silverdome or Superdome?

WrestleMania 30 was a historic night for the WWE, featuring some significant moments. Daniel Bryan’s title win, Undertaker’s Streak ending, and the amazing opening segment lifted the PPV to legendary status.

One moment that wasn’t so legendary, but absolutely hilarious, was Hulk Hogan calling the Mercedes Benz Superdome the Silverdome. It took Hogan a good twenty seconds before realizing he messed up.

Even Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, who joined Hogan in the ring, joked about the hilarious botch.

Papa Shango arrives late for the party

Speaking of Hulk Hogan, WrestleMania VIII was a rather unfortunate event for him. He missed out on challenging for the WWE Title after losing the Royal Rumble match, but faced the man who eliminated him, Sid Vicious.

Both Sid and Hogan put together an awful match that paled in comparison to Randy Savage and Ric Flair’s WWE Title match. A factor that played into the awfulness of the match was Papa Shango’s botch.

The legendary Charles Wright played the spooky character who relied on his voodoo abilities to hurt his opponents. In the main event of WrestleMania VIII, Shango was supposed to run to the ring and break up the pinfall after Hogan’s big leg drop.

However, Shango missed his cue, forcing Sid to kick out of the move. Sid’s manager Harvey Wippleman climbed the apron, and the referee threw out the match. Had Ultimate Warrior not returned at the end, WrestleMania VIII would’ve ended in utter chaos.

Historic main event ends in horrible botch

At WrestleMania 35, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey made history by being the first women to main event WrestleMania. With this honor came great pressure, and the three superstars handled it well until the end.

During the match, Rousey suffered a broken arm, forcing an improvised finish. With Lynch up for Piper’s Pit, Becky reversed it into a crucifix pin, and the referee made the three-count. Despite the pinfall being counted, fans in Met Life Stadium and fans watching at home saw Rousey’s shoulder off the mat.

It was a shame Rousey’s last match and the first women’s WrestleMania main event ended in a botch.

Roman Reigns’ botches the Tombstone: WrestleMania 33

Roman Reigns receives a ton of hate which isn’t even warranted. He’s a terrific wrestler and a genuinely nice guy, but there’s one moment for which he deserves to get booed.

At WrestleMania 33, Reigns tried to carry a weary and helpless Undertaker to his final main event, but his attempts failed horribly. Reigns countered the Tombstone Piledriver by reversing it into his own Tombstone. However, his legs could not support Taker’s weight and he crumbled on the canvas.

The boos grew louder as Reigns tried again to lift Taker up, only to give up and hit a Superman Punch to put the Deadman down.

Brock Lesnar’s Shooting Star Press: WrestleMania 19

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Certain botches are hilarious while some are cringeworthy. However, this one is absolutely terrifying. This botch is proof that a near 300-pounder should never try a high-flying move, unless his name is Keith Lee.

At WrestleMania 19, Brock Lesnar battled Kurt Angle with the WWE Championship on the line. After hitting a second F5, Lesnar climbed to the top rope and attempted a terrifying Shooting Star Press.

Although Brock perfected the move in OVW, he botched it horribly at WrestleMania. He missed Angle by quite a distance and landed square on his head and neck. The Beast suffered a broken neck after that match, and that moment will always be remembered more than the actual WWE Title win.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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