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WrestleMania Wredux: Wrestlemania I - V

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About a year and a half ago, I reviewed the first 30 WrestleManias in a long and arguably insane effort. Back then, I was a more casual viewer. Now? Not so. Therefore, I'm embarking on a new project to rate nearly every WrestleMania match since WrestleMania I. As per usual when I rate matches, I will be comparing my ratings with those given by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter to see how close or far my ratings are from his.

As per usual, you probably won't agree with some or all of my ratings, but that's the beauty of rating matches: it's all subjective from viewer to viewer, so debate is encouraged. Also, I tried to avoid influence by not referencing Meltzer's ratings until the writing of this post

With that said, let's see how the matches from the first five WrestleManias stacked up. For clarity' sake, the ratings will appear like this: Meltzer's - Bacon's (an example would be something like 2.5 - 2.75). I will also put some comments beside those ratings that I feel merit an explanation and/or snarky comment.

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WrestleMania I

Tito Santana vs The Executioner: 2.5 – 1.5

King Bong Bundy vs Special Delivery Jones: DUD – DUD

Ricky Steamboat vs Matt Borne: 3.25 – 2

David Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake: 2 – 1.25

Junkyard Dog vs Greg Valentine: 0.5 – 0.5

Nikolai Volkoff/Iron Sheik vs US Express: 1 – 2

Andre the Giant vs Big John Studd: 3 - 1

Wendi Richter vs Leilani Kai: -2 - DUD (Bad, but not as bad as Meltzer put on)

Hulk Hogan/Mr. T vs Paul Orndorff/Roddy Piper: Unrated - 1.5 (Difficult one to rate)

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WrestleMania 2

Paul Orndoff vs The Magnificent Muraco: DUD – 1.5

Randy Savage vs George Steele: 1 - -0.5

Jake Roberts vs George Wells: 2 – 1.5

Mr. T vs Roddy Piper: -5 - -5 (Why on earth is there boxing at WrestleMania?)

The Fabulous Moolah vs Velvet McIntyre: DUD – DUD

Corporal Kirchner vs Nikolai Volkoff: DUD – 0.75

Battle Royal: 2 – 1.25

British Bulldogs vs Dream Team: 4 - 3

Ricky Steamboat vs Hercules Hernandez: 3 – 2.25

Adrian Adonis vs Uncle Elmer: 1 - -1

Terry/Hoss Funk vs JYD/Tito Santana: 3.5 – 1.75

Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy: 1.25 - 1.25

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WrestleMania III

The Can-Am Connection vs Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco: 2.5 – 2.5

Billy Jack Haynes vs Hercules: 2.75 – 2.5

Hillbilly Jim and Minis vs King Kong Bundy and Minis: 1 – 1

Harley Race vs Junkyard Dog: 1 – 0.75

The Dream Team vs The Rougeau Brothers: 1.5 – 2.25

Roddy Piper vs Adrian Adonis: 3.5 – 2.5

The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis vs The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana: 2.75 – 2.75

Butch Reed vs Koko B Ware: 0.5 - 2

Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage: 4.5 – 4.75 (the original show stealer)

The Honky Tonk Man vs Jake Roberts: 2.5 - 2

The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff vs The Killer Bees: 1.5 – 1.5

Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant:-4 - -3 (Difficult to rate; terrible match, but so iconic)

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WrestleMania IV

Battle Royal: 0.5 – 1

Ted DiBiase vs Jim Duggan: 1.25 – 2.25

Don Muraco vs Dino Bravo: 0.5 – 1.5

Greg Valentine vs Ricky Steamboat: 1 – 3.5

Randy Savage vs Butch Reed: 2.25 - 1

One Man Gang vs Bam Bam Bigelow: DUD - DUD

Rick Rude vs Jake Roberts: -2 – DUD

Ultimate Warrior vs Hercules: -0.5 - -1

Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant: 0.25 - -1.5

Ted DiBiase vs Don Muraco: 1.5 - 2

Randy Savage vs Greg Valentine: 2.25 - 3

Brutus Beefcake vs Honky Tonk Man: DUD – 2.75

The Islanders/Bobby Heenan vs The British Bulldogs/Koko B Ware: 1.25 – 2.5

Randy Savage vs One Man Gang: 0.5 - DUD

Demolition vs Strike Force: 2.5 – 1.5

Randy Savage vs Ted DiBiase: 2.25 - 2.25

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WrestleMania V

Hercules vs King Haku: 0.5 - 2.5

The Twin Towers vs The Rockers: 1.75 - 1.75

Brutus Beefcake vs Ted DiBiase: 1.75 - 3

The Bushwhackers vs The Fabulous Rougeaus: -4 - -2 (So so so bad)

Mr Perfect vs The Blue Blazer: 2.25 - 3

Demolition vs The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji: DUD - 1.5

Dino Bravo vs Ronnie Garvin: DUD - 1

The Brain Busters vs Strike Force: 2.25 - 3.25

Jake Roberts vs Andre the Giant: -3 - -2

The Hart Foundation vs The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine: 2.25 - 3

Rick Rude vs Ultimate Warrior: 2.25 - 2.75

Jim Duggan vs Bad News Brown: DUD - DUD

The Red Rooster vs Bobby Heenan: DUD - DUD

Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage: 2.75 - 3.5

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Final Observations

I will admit right now that many of the early WrestleMania matches were downright terrible. However, I will also say that some of them were nowhere near as bad as Meltzer rated them. However, this only proves the subjective nature of these ratings, and this is an ongoing theme that we will continue to see as we proceed through this series.

Tune in next time as we hit WrestleMania Vi - X!