Ranking all 35 WrestleMania endings
The ending of a WrestleMania goes a long way in in effecting how fondly that particular edition of the Show of Shows is remembered. That makes sense. Last impressions matter a lot. Now that it's been the better part of a week, we can more clearly see how the most recent ending stacks up with the other 34.
Much like the Showcase of the Immortals and WWE in general, WrestleMania endings have had their ups and downs through their 35 years of existence. Some have become icons of everything that is good about professional wrestling. Some have been the exact opposite, living on in infamy.
Which were the worst? Which were the best? Let's take a journey through time and see what we can find.
#35 Lesnar's reign continues (WrestleMania 34)
For a year, we knew that WWE was building to this match. It wasn't a match anyone was looking forward to, but it just felt like an inevitability, like something we just couldn't stop, so we needed to sit and bear it. Vince McMahon was finally going to do what he wanted to at WrestleMania 31, where he chickened out at the last second. Roman Reigns would "slay the beast." At least the Universal Championship would be back on television again, we all thought.
And then, after a match that the fans in New Orleans loudly rejected, Vince chickened out again. The audience was shocked, but not in a good way. Nobody wanted to see Lesnar's reign continue. It's just that nobody was really interested in seeing Reigns end it, either.
It was a recipe for disaster, and disaster is what we got. Brock Lesnar walked out to little enthusiasm. A battered Roman Reigns walked out to no sympathy. Recency bias might be a factor here, but I simply can't find another alternative - this was easily the worst WrestleMania ending of all time.