WrestleMania’s Most Iconic Storylines Since 2009

WrestleMania’s Most Iconic Storylines Since 2009

The first ever WrestleMania took place live from Madison Square Gardens, airing in 1984 on July 23. Since then, it has amassed millions of fans from around the world who tune in to watch the event that takes place annually. What makes WrestleMania so captivating to watch are the storylines between fighters — they hook you in and make the fights so much more fun to watch as you cheer on your hero to defeat their opponent. Below, we will unpack the most iconic WrestleMania storylines from the last 15 years.

Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar

Up first on this list is Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar, who fought for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33. Including this fight in this list might be somewhat confusing for some, as the fight didn’t even last five minutes. So, what made it iconic? The short answer is the history and storyline between Goldberg and Lesnar.

They met for the second time in 2016 at Survivor Series, where Goldberg swiftly defeated Lesnar; this helped remove the disappointment fans felt after their first meeting at WrestleMania XX. Brock Lesnar’s defeat left him and his fans with a taste for revenge at the upcoming WrestleMania 33, where the two would meet again.

The fight kicked off with a bang, with the two fighters giving their all. Both Lesnar and Goldberg were throwing an array of different moves to try and take down the other. From suplexes and a scintillating spear, the fight was full of fantastic action and a spectacle to watch. Ultimately, Brock Lesnar took the victory over Goldberg, securing himself his first-ever universal title. This fight had everyone on the edge of their seat and is precisely what makes WrestleMania so exciting to watch. The storylines between fighters garner so much attention from fans of both sides, with supporters choosing to bet live online and enjoy cheering on their favorite fighter.

The Rock vs. John Cena

Up next on this list is the storyline between The Rock and John Cena, who fought back in 2012 at WrestleMania XXVIII as the main event. Fans of wrestling had been dreaming of the day these two would go head to head, but many people didn’t think it would ever happen. That was until 2012, when the fight was booked, and many fans’ dreams became a reality.

 There was a significant history between John Cena and The Rock at the time. They had trash-talked each other but had also come together and formed an alliance. The announcement of this fight meant that these friends turned into enemies once more — and they wanted nothing more than to destroy each other in the ring.

 Both fighters had tremendous support in the run-up to the WrestleMania XXVII, where the two were scheduled to fight. However, because the event was in Miami, there was a slight bias towards fans cheering on The Rock. The atmosphere was electric but tense on the big night as fans wondered who would come out on top. As the fight began, it was clear that both fighters would give all they had to try and win. However, despite being in fantastic form, The Rock hadn’t fought one-on-one in almost a decade.

 John Cena looked like he was gaining more confidence with every round, leading him to try a People’s Elbow move to finish The Rock. However, this was abruptly met with a Rock Bottom move, knocking Cena down for good. The Rock’s victory was something many people had not predicted, and the final moment of John Cena sitting on the edge of the ring contemplating his loss has stuck with fans ever since. This match-up was undoubtedly one for the history books and is regularly brought up by WrestleMania fans when discussing the best storylines in the event’s history.

The Undertaker vs. Triple H

This list is not complete without mentioning the storyline between The Undertaker and Triple H, who fought back in 2011 — one decade after their previous meeting. The Undertaker was in great form after winning WrestleMania for two consecutive years. It wasn’t clear who his next opponent would be until Triple H stepped up and agreed to the fight. Suddenly, it made sense —a redemption match from a fight almost a decade ago. Triple H was determined to claim victory, pulling out everything in his arsenal — from his signature sledgehammer move to using steel chairs. In the end, Triple H’s efforts weren’t enough, and The Undertaker took the victory once more with a rare submission.

WrestleMania Is As Exciting As Ever Before

Over the years, there have been some amazing WrestleMania events with fantastic storylines, making it impossible for fans to miss the big night. This excitement is still very real, and this year’s WrestleMania will be no different, set to take place on April 7. Get ready to clear your calendar and sit down for an unforgettable night of amazing fights and drama that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Graham Douglas