Wrestlemania is the biggest highlight in every wrestling fan’s calendar. This long-running event holds so many moments that we all cherish and will remember for as long as we live. So as we gear up for this year’s show of shows in Orlando, I’m looking at all of the various different aspects that make the biggest PPV in wrestling so special.
When the big show (not Paul Wight) rolls around every spring, WWE pushes the boat out in every way possible to ensure the entire Wrestlemania experience is as spectacular as it possibly can be, and the entrances are no exception. That simple walk to the ring is pumped full of theatre, showmanship and spectacle to ramp up our excitement levels before the in-ring action even begins. But out of all the memorable walk-ins over the years, which have been the best? Well, let me educate you. Here are the Top 10 Wrestlemania Entrances.
10. Randy Savage and Bobby Heenan – Wrestlemania 9
Wrestlemania 9’s match card had the same level of quality as David Otunga’s commentary. In many fans’ opinions, it is without doubt the worst show of shows that’s ever happened. The one redeeming aspect of this event though was the entrance of Macho Man and Bobby Heenan. Elephants, Llamas, Roman outfits, Savage’s purple and gold suit complete with signature matching cowboy hat and glasses, one of the greatest managers and commentators ever struggling to ride a camel backwards – this entrance had it all. Unfortunately though, the show went downhill massively downhill from there.
9. Everyone – Wrestlemania 3
Those miniature rings were so cute! Bring those back!
8. JBL – Wrestlemania 21
As a kid, I was a typical childish wrestling fan – booed all the bad guys, loved all the good guys. But for some reason, there was something about JBL that I was fascinated by. Whether it was his amazing clothesline or his ridiculous sense of grandeur and wealth, I was drawn to the former APA member. A big part of his appeal for me was his entrance, especially when he made his way into the Staples Centre at Wrestlemania 21. Dollar bills printed with Bradshaw’s smug grinning face cascaded from the ceiling as his signature longhorn limo entered the building complete with escort. While the match that followed wasn’t exactly one to remember, this entrance was so spectacular, it could only be suitable for a wrestling god.
7. Triple H – Wrestlemania 17
Whilst the entrance itself isn’t anything too flashy, it earns a place on the list for one reason only – Motorhead. It really doesn’t get much more badass that striding down to the ring to the tune of Lemmy’s live legendary vocals.
6. Rusev – Wrestlemania 31
He rode a fucking tank to the ring – need I say more?
5. The New Day – Wrestlemania 32
One of the most entertaining tag teams in WWE history? Check. Dragon Ball Z references? Check. A gigantic, building-sized box of gluteus-themed cereal tipping over, complete with oversized O’s spilling out? Check. What doesn’t this entrance have?!
4. Bray Wyatt – Wrestlemania 30
Although Bray’s musical accompaniment wasn’t quite as well known or as iconic as the likes of Motorhead, the atmosphere this entrance created was truly stunning. A band donning Marty Scurll-esque bird masks played Wyatt’s incredible entrance theme live as the family slowly walked throughout the blacked-out arena towards the ring. I seriously envy anybody that got to experience this live.
3. CM Punk – Wrestlemania 29
Not only is Cult of Personality by Living Colour possibly the greatest piece of entrance music in WWE history (I’ve got a list about that here), it also just happens to be one of my favourite songs of all time. So when Justin Roberts announced that Living Colour were in Metlife Stadium at Wrestlemania 29, it was a wonderful surprise. This amazing tune played live to the world as Punk walked down to the ring, accompanied by Paul Heyman holding up Undertaker’s stolen urn. It was an amazing visual paired with an even more amazing soundtrack. You may not agree, but for me, this has got to be the greatest ever live musical performance at a Wrestlemania, and the third best entrance over the past 33 years.
2. Sasha Banks – Wrestlemania 32
Now, having a legendary band or singer perform as you walk down to the ring is a sure-fire way to ensure a great, memorable Wrestlemania, but how do you take that to the next level? Well, Sasha Banks managed to do that when she had freshly inducted Hall of Famer (and cousin) Snoop Dogg rap a custom verse written especially for The Boss as he walked down to the ring with her. As a shower of pink confetti rained down on one Hall of Famer, and a possible future one, it was obvious that this entrance would go down as one of the greatest of all time, and was the perfect fit for a boss.
The Shield – Wrestlemania 29: Although they didn’t exactly do anything different, watching Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns enter through a crowd that size was extremely cool.
The Undertaker – Wrestlemania 14: This entire list could have been dedicated to Taker’s grand walks to the ring. If you ever needed an example of a quintessential Undertaker entrance, here it is.
John Cena – Wrestlemania 25: John Cena running past dozens of John Cenas. What a strange but brilliant sight.
Bray Wyatt – Wrestlemania 31: Wyatt’s entrance is always breath-taking, but add in a few creepy scarecrow zombie type things, and it’s even more wonderful.
Charles Robinson – Wrestlemania 24: The longest and most awkward run to the ring in history.
1. The Undertaker – Wrestlemania 29
I could have made an entire list of just Undertaker entrances. The Deadman knows how to make his into an arena unlike anybody else – the music, the darkness, the slow walk, the atmosphere, the flames, the smoke, everything about it is utterly perfect every single time. At Wrestlemania 29, as CM Punk waited in the ring, Taker slowly made his way down to the ring, when suddenly a sea of arms rose from the ground, surrounding the demon, whilst flames shot into the sky in the background. The entrance was classic Undertaker with a simple addition, and it was a perfect visual that I doubt will ever be topped.
What is your favourite entrance in Wrestlemania history? Let me know in a comment below or tweet me @hairywrestling.