WrestleMania, from its inception, has been the event to end all events. Once a year, WWE puts its best foot forward and blows the roof off whatever arena -- although lately, the promotion has run stadiums -- it decides to hold the show at. Only the biggest and brightest are given center stage.
Naturally, some rivalries have developed over the years and played themselves out in the best way at the "Showcase of the Immortals." WWE.com is back with another top 10 list in advance of WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013, in New Jersey, and this one breaks down the greatest rivalries in the history of the big event.
Let's get 'em:
10. Undertaker vs. Kane
They first met at WrestleMania 14 a few months after Kane debuted at Badd Blood. It wasn't a bad match but was probably more notable for Pete Rose getting tombstoned. They also shared the big stage at WrestleMania 20 but the less said about that encounter the better, although it did bring "The Deadman" character back from a multi-year exile.
9. Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper
This is here for impact more than anything else. They met at the first two WrestleManias, a tag match in the first and a boxing match in the second. The work was shit but it did wonders for business and helped make WWE the superpower it would become.
8. Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian
It's only right these three teams made the list. They tore the house down with a triple threat tag team ladder match at WrestleMania 16 before coming back a year later at WrestleMania 17 and stealing the show with the second tables, ladders, and chairs match.
7. Kane vs. Pete Rose
This is dumb but they mixed it up at WrestleMania 14, 15, and 16, and Rose getting tombstoned has become a funny plot point for Kane's current character.
6. Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage
They became friends at WrestleMania 4 but by WrestleMania 5 they were embroiled in a heated feud over the lovely Miss Elizabeth. The match wasn't all that great but it was a big enough deal at the time.
5. John Cena vs. The Rock
WWE began planting the seeds for this feud a long time before the two ever got together in the ring. The Rock cost Cena the WWE championship in the main event of WrestleMania 27 before setting up a match at WrestleMania 28 the very next night. A full year later, "The Great One" beat him in a solid affair and now, yet another year after, the two will once again headline the biggest show of the year, only this time the WWE championship is up for grabs.
4. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
This is an all-time classic rivalry without their two four-and-a-half star encounters at WrestleMania 25 and WrestleMania 26, respectively, but those two matches land them here. Michaels became obsessed with ending the streak at the tail end of his career and used "The Deadman," perhaps his second greatest rival, to send him sailing off into the sunset.
3. Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Of course this rivalry would land here. Their match at WrestleMania 3 alone is enough to put them in this spot, as it provided what was quite possibly the greatest moment in WWE history when Hogan slammed Andre with what seemed like a million cameras flashing in the background.
2. Undertaker vs. Triple H
These two had three incredible matches at WrestleMania 17, WrestleMania 27, and WrestleMania 28. One thing they managed to pull off was to outdo themselves each time. The first match was great, the second was even better, and the third was a smashing success, though it was assisted by Shawn Michaels turning in a strong performance as special guest referee.
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
A natural choice for number one, the two biggest stars of the Attitude Era squared off on the grandest stage on three separate occasions, WrestleMania 15, WrestleMania 17, and WrestleMania 19. Austin went over in the first two, winning the WWE championship both times, before doing the job for Rock in their final match on his way out as an active wrestler. The second match was the best of the three but the quality isn't as important as what they represented.
Thoughts on the list, Cagesiders?