The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania, is just a few months away. The anticipation for the extravaganza is sky high. With two high profile matches already set for the big stage, the expectations couldn't be any higher.
The World Heavyweight Title was one of the most prestigious championships of World Wrestling Entertainment. The title was held by legends like The Undertaker, Triple H, Batista, John Cena, and Shawn Michaels.
WrestleMania has seen countless classics over the past three decades, and plenty of those matches were fought for the World Heavyweight Title.
With another WrestleMania around the corner, I have decided to take a look at various classic matches. Some of them have already been posted, so be sure to check them out.
Here are my top 3 matches for the World Heavyweight Title at the Grandest Stage of Them All.
#3 The Undertaker vs Batista, WrestleMania 23
Arguably one of the best matches in WrestleMania history took place in its 23rd edition as Batista went up against the Undertaker. Batista had recently returned from an injury and had not wrestled with the same stamina since he had been back in the ring, not until he stepped in the ring during this match against The Undertaker.
In a match that should have played as the main event, Batista and the Undertaker went from the mat, through the ropes, and through a table.
Back in the ring, Batista hit the Batista Bomb, but couldn't hold The Undertaker for the pin-fall. Fans were treated to a repeat performance of The Undertaker's big move from WrestleMania 22, a suicide dive over the top rope. This time he landed on Batista instead of Mark Henry.
Batista put up a fight, but in a match in which many fans felt short-changed due to its length and billing as the fourth match, it wasn't much of a surprise that The Undertaker walked away with another victory.
#2 The Undertaker vs Edge, WrestleMania 24
The Undertaker was once again fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. This time it was against the Rated-R Superstar, Edge.
The early portion of the match was slow-paced, and both superstars countered the signature maneuvers of each other.
Near the end, Edge hit Undertaker with a television camera while the referee was knocked down. When he proceeded to deliver a Tombstone Piledriver on the Undertaker, the latter countered it into his own version and successfully delivered it to Edge for a two-count.
The Edgeheads (Hawkins and Ryder) came to Edge’s aid, but the Undertaker took them out. The duo provided enough distraction for Edge to hit a spear on Undertaker, but the ultimate opportunist was unable to make it a pin attempt.
When Edge delivered another spear to the Undertaker, the latter caught him in his Hell’s Gate submission hold and forced Edge to tap out to become the new World Heavyweight Champion and extend his WrestleMania winning streak to 16–0.
This match is truly underrated for the value of good wrestling, story-telling, and how much it legitimized Edge’s career as a top-tier main eventer.
#1 Triple H vs Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 20
Whether the internet hates Triple H or not is irrelevant, but when it comes to WrestleMania - Triple H always produces a great match, throw in the best mat wrestler of the era and the guy who had more matches on this list than anybody, and you've got yourself a slobber knocker.
The main reason I love this match is how much they put over Chris Benoit. They could've let him have his title match on SmackDown by beating Brock Lesnar in a less meaningful match, but they brought Chris Benoit over to Raw and let him beat the man, Triple H.
Finally, after years and years of being the best wrestler in the world and being underappreciated every step of the way, Chris Benoit finally won what belonged to him, the World Title.