Edge of Philly’s Staff Favorites: WrestleMania Matches

Are you ready to witness the biggest and most electrifying event in wrestling? In just two weeks, WrestleMania is coming to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. The excitement is palpable as the entire city gears up to host this legendary event. Which promises to be filled with awe-inspiring moments. From the moment the wrestlers step into the ring, the atmosphere will be charged with anticipation and excitement. 

Each second of the event will be unforgettable, as wrestling fans eagerly await the unmissable performances that only WrestleMania can deliver. Philadelphia is a city that is deeply passionate about sports, and this upcoming WrestleMania at the Linc is more than just an event. It’s a celebration of athleticism, entertainment, and the unbreakable spirit of Philadelphia. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

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Here at Edge of Philly, we’re buzzing with excitement as WrestleMania comes to our doorstep this year. To add to the thrill, we’ve decided to delve into some of our hosts’ favorite matches from WrestleMania’s storied history. Join us as they reminisce about these unforgettable bouts and why they’ve left an enduring mark over the years\

Al Zaffiri-Wrestlemania 15 Rock vs Austin

At 16 years old I attended WrestleMania 15 in Philly at the First Union Center.  25 years ago I saw Boyz II Men singing America The Beautiful before one of the best WrestleMania’s in the “Attitude Era.”  

Hard Core Matches, Big Show vs Mankind, Triple H vs Kane, The Beginning of Shane MacMahon in ring experience, Hell in the Cell with Undertake and Big Boss Man, and even a boxing match with Butterbean winning.  

The big matchup was the Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin which were the two biggest names in the Era.  An Epic battle that would define the franchise.

Gary Groob & Mike Lauro-Wrestlemania 3 Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage \

Gary Groob-The old school build to the match, you could believe the hatred for each other.  The execution of the match from two extremely sound wrestlers was simply incredible.  It stole the show that night and is still a conversation piece amongst savvy old school wrestling fans worldwide.

Mike Lauro-Due to the fact that I saw this match live in Philadelphia at the historic Spectrum.

Mitch-Wrestlemania 22 the Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Seeing Ric Flair taking a german suplext spot off of the ladder was insane. Shelton Benjamin running up the ladder & jumping off onto the other wrestlers

Pat-Wrestlemania 16 TLC

The first TLC between three upcoming tag teams. The Dudley’s, Hardy boyz Edge and Christian that match stole the show. Crazy spots were being displayed. The most memorable spot of the night was Jeff Hardy hitting his head Swanton Bomb off an 16 foot ladder outside of the ring onto Bubba Ray Dudley

Kris Wrestlemania 13 Stone Cold vs Brett Hart

To me this was the true match that started the Austin era and changed the landscape of wrestling to how we see it today

Hak- Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels WM 24

Classic match between the two Hall of Famers. Both the storytelling and wrestling match were five stars. Props to the bookers for using the “Old Yeller” movie reference to help build the feud, which HBK indicated to Flair that he would take Old Yeller (Flair) out of his misery. Fast forward to the final moment of this match, before Michaels delivers Sweet Chin Music to the Nature Boy, he can be seen uttering “I’m sorry, I love you” before the final blow. Favorite WrestleMania match as well as one of my favorite wrestling matches of all time!! 

Joe-Mick Foley vs. Edge

This match was a clash of styles, pitting Edge’s athleticism and technical prowess against Mick Foley’s hardcore, brawling style. This contrast created an engaging dynamic throughout the match. Also the match had a compelling backstory, with Edge portraying a cocky, up-and-coming star while Foley represented the seasoned veteran willing to push himself to the limit for one more shot at glory. This added emotional depth and investment for the audience. the match featured several memorable spots, including Foley’s use of barbed wire, thumbtacks, and flaming tables, which added excitement and intensity to the bout. These moments solidified the match as a memorable hardcore encounter.

Moreover, both Edge and Foley delivered strong performances, showcasing their ability to tell a compelling story in the ring. Their chemistry and willingness to take risks made for a thrilling and entertaining spectacle for the WrestleMania audience.

Joey Wood
Joey Wood

Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.