The 10 Worst Post-Wrestlemania PPV Main Events
WrestleMania has served as the apex of storylines for the WWE. Afterward, new feuds and matches would start and often new characters would make their debuts or old ones would return.
The PPV after WrestleMania has been cycled through many times over the years including Backlash, Extreme Rules, and Money In The Bank. While we’ve seen some classic matches, The Rock vs. Triple H at Backlash 2000 for example, there have also been a fair amount of disappointments. Sometimes the main events of post-WrestleMania PPVs simply cannot live up the hype, producing flops in the process.
102019 – Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
The 2019 Men’s Money In The Bank match was a great way to showcase some of the up-and-coming stars in the WWE including Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, and Andrade, not to mention Superstars such as Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre, and Finn Balor.
As usual for these chaotic ladder matches, there was great action in the match. The finish, however, saw Brock Lesnar make his way out at the end and walk up the ladder and grab the briefcase.
92017 – Roman Reigns Vs Braun Strowman
The Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman feud dominated Monday Night RAW during the first half of 2017, with Reigns ending Strowman’s undefeated streak in February at the Payback PPV.
After Reigns battled The Undertaker in a less than stellar WrestleMania main event, Strowman defeated Reigns in the main event of Payback. This was the peak of WWE’s attempts to make The Big Dog its biggest babyface and the match wasn’t anything fans hadn’t seen before.
82013 – Triple H Vs Brock Lesnar
The Triple H vs Brock Lesnar feud overall was a pretty good one, but many fans were left scratching their heads when The Game, by then a part-timer, defeated the company’s most pushed Superstar at WrestleMania 29 the previous month.
Ultimately, Lesnar defeated HHH in a Steel Cage rematch at Extreme Rules, but it mostly was The Beast having his leg worked over and then needing a low blow from his manager Paul Heyman to overcome The King of Kings in an unneeded main event.
72001 – Steve Austin & Triple H Vs The Undertaker & Kane
Many people say that WrestleMania X-Seven was the official ending of the Attitude Era, but looking at this main event, that doesn’t appear to be the case. After the unwise heel turn of Steve Austin, he was paired with his hated rival Triple H as the Two Man Power Trip.
Despite having all three major titles on the line and four of the biggest Superstars of the 90s, it just felt like the WWE didn’t have any fresh ideas coming out of the year’s biggest show.
62014 – Kane Vs Daniel Bryan
Speaking of not having fresh ideas, after Daniel Bryan’s monumental night at WrestleMania XXX where he defeated Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista in the same night in two matches, his first challenger was …. Kane.
By 2014, the thought of a masked Kane using his magical powers to create walls of fire to trap Bryan and his wife Brie Bella on the ramp was played out. The Extreme Rules match had a few cool moments including Bryan performing a flying headbutt from a forklift and Kane taking a fall through a flaming table. But sadly, this was Bryan’s only title defense before he was forced to retire early in 2015.
52011 – John Cena Vs John Morrison Vs The Miz
John Cena vs. The Miz at WrestleMania 27 is remembered as one of the worst and least anticipated main events in the history of the WWE”s showcase event. Only the insertion of The Rock into the storyline might have saved it from being the worst ever.
The next month, Cena and Miz were once again in the main event with John Morrison included as the third man in a triple threat Steel Cage match. The match was marred by interference from R-Truth, who attacked both Cena and Morrison. However, Cena recovered and pinned The Miz to win the title.
42003 – Goldberg Vs The Rock
After getting off to a good start with Goldberg spearing The Rock almost out of his boots, this dream feud didn’t do much to help the former WCW Champion get over with the WWE Universe.
For the most part, the crowd was solidly behind The Rock despite all his efforts to be a heel, and also Goldberg understandably had a lot of ring rust after not wrestling much since the death of WCW in 2001.
32020 – Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE was forced to do something different for its post-WrestleMania PPV last year, and different it was. For the first time, entrants in the Money In The Bank ladder matches had to fight their way into the arena to get up the ladder.
The match was absolutely ridiculous with Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black falling off the building (or not, as we found out later). The match also featured a random run-in from Elias, and Otis, a mid-card tag team wrestler at best, winning the briefcase.
21995 – Diesel Vs Sid
In the middle of WWE’s so-called “New Generation,” Diesel was halfway through his year-long title run when he was put into a feud against Sid, the former bodyguard of Shawn Michaels, who had attacked HBK after Wrestlemania XI.
The match was plodding and outside of a few moments, boring. After Diesel hit Sid with a powerbomb, Tatanka ran into the ring causing a DQ. The newly turned babyface Bam Bam Bigelow made the save, leading to another lackluster PPV main event.
12002 – Triple H Vs Hulk Hogan
On paper, considering the career accomplishments of both men, this would be looked at as a dream match. Hogan was riding a wave of popularity after his match with The Rock at WrestleMania X8, and Triple H had returned recently from a quad injury that kept him on the shelf for a year.
While it was a no-brainer for WWE to cash in on Hogan’s popularity, the match was horrible and the decision to put the title on the nearly 50-year-old Hulkster proved to be a mistake, and for almost once in his career, Triple H looked very weak.