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In my opinion it was from wrestle mania 17 to 24.The overall cards was soiled in all of them, the money in the bank matches, dream matches ,hulk vs rock and mr McMahon , classics like Austin vs rock , hbk vs y2j , angle vs Benoit , undertaker streak get noticed , news stars like cena, Batista, and orton make their names , brutal hardcore match between edge and foley , the wwe champion and world champion meant something during that time, it's a time where wrestlers from all past generations was involved.before 2001 and after 2008 , most wrestle manias were a hit and a miss , what do think guys?will wrestle mania have a streak of good years in a row again?
 

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Those WrestleMaina's you mentioned 17-24 were mostly Ruthless Aggression era... which I feel was a pretty well booked era overall for WWE. WrestleMaina usually reflects the current product in most cases... The product will have to be in a very good position to have a streak of Maina's that compete with those.
 

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I've always thought the same thing, OP. It's no coincidence that RA is my favorite time as a WWE fan. WMs 17, 19, and 22 are my top three. 21 would be top 10 and maybe higher because of the excellent undercard (Angle vs. HBK, Orton vs. Taker, Guerrero vs. Mysterio, MITB first ever). Very few duds with very high quality matchups as well as high on spectacle.

It's hard to get into the earlier marathon Manias, and the Manias from New Gen had one maybe two matches going for it and that's it.

Post-WM24 wise, WM26 is probably the only one I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. WM30 was great in spectacle but it disappointed on match quality so it's knocked down a few points.
 

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I've always thought the same thing, OP. It's no coincidence that RA is my favorite time as a WWE fan. WMs 17, 19, and 22 are my top three. 21 would be top 10 and maybe higher because of the excellent undercard (Angle vs. HBK, Orton vs. Taker, Guerrero vs. Mysterio, MITB first ever). Very few duds with very high quality matchups as well as high on spectacle.

It's hard to get into the earlier marathon Manias, and the Manias from New Gen had one maybe two matches going for it and that's it.

Post-WM24 wise, WM26 is probably the only one I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. WM30 was great in spectacle but it disappointed on match quality so it's knocked down a few points.
25 was great too..Taker/Michaels, EPIC match, Matt vs Jeff.
 

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I liked the late golden early new era mania's. They seemed to focus more on wrestling and less on Hogan, even though he was still part of the show.
 

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25 was great too..Taker/Michaels, EPIC match, Matt vs Jeff.
It was good but not great IMO. Taker/Michaels certainly made that WM but without it I would see it as quite mediocre. Triple threat was pretty good. Enjoyed the Hardy match as well. MITB was pretty good. Extremely let down though by the 20 something second JBL/Mysterio match and the underwhelming main event.

I liked the late golden early new era mania's. They seemed to focus more on wrestling and less on Hogan, even though he was still part of the show.
What are some of the best in your opinion? I've heard lots of good about WM 8. Haven't watched the whole thing but managed to see Bret/Piper. Massive Bret fan here. I see Savage/Flair on the card as well.

I assume you would include WM 6 and 7 in that as well? I've heard about some great matches on those cards like Savage/Warrior, Warrior/Rude, etc.
 

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Wrestlemania 17 and 18 weren't Ruthless Aggression Mania's, they were Attitude era Mania's.

The Golden Age of Wrestlemania was 1-8.
 

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It was good but not great IMO. Taker/Michaels certainly made that WM but without it I would see it as quite mediocre. Triple threat was pretty good. Enjoyed the Hardy match as well. MITB was pretty good. Extremely let down though by the 20 something second JBL/Mysterio match and the underwhelming main event.



What are some of the best in your opinion? I've heard lots of good about WM 8. Haven't watched the whole thing but managed to see Bret/Piper. Massive Bret fan here. I see Savage/Flair on the card as well.

I assume you would include WM 6 and 7 in that as well? I've heard about some great matches on those cards like Savage/Warrior, Warrior/Rude, etc.
I'll start at 7. Warrior vs. Savage WM7. Bret Hart vs. Piper WM 8. Savage vs. Flair WM 8. Tatanka vs. HBK WM 9. Owen vs. Bret WM 10. Razor vs. HBK WM 10. Bret vs. Yoko WM 10. Savage vs. Crush WM 10.
 

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I'll start at 7. Warrior vs. Savage WM7. Bret Hart vs. Piper WM 8. Savage vs. Flair WM 8. Tatanka vs. HBK WM 9. Owen vs. Bret WM 10. Razor vs. HBK WM 10. Bret vs. Yoko WM 10. Savage vs. Crush WM 10.
Thanks for the recommendations! Razor/HBK and Owen/Bret are GOAT WM matches that I've seen over and over so I will have to freshen up with some of these other matches.
 

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Wrestlemania 17 and 18 weren't Ruthless Aggression Mania's, they were Attitude era Mania's.

The Golden Age of Wrestlemania was 1-8.
Well said!

Those early Mania cards STILL can't be topped for atmosphere and electricity. It started to fall off at WM 8 when it seemed like Hogan, Flair, and Savage were on their last legs as Hart, UT, and HBK seemed like stars on the rise.

The Mania with the stadiums or domes are basically modernized version of the early Mania cards. This is what I mean:

WM 17 for example is patterned after WM VI

Rock vs. Austin two top babyfaces going at it is Hogan vs. Warrior!
UT vs. HHH is the second biggest marquee match that turned to a brawl which was similar to Piper vs. Bad News Brown. Benoit vs. Angle is the technical match that Rockers vs. Orient Express. TLC was the special gimmick match like Dusty/Sapphire vs. Macho/Sherri was. Jake vs. Dibiase was the injury comeback match like Chyna vs. Ivory.

WM 21 was basically WMX in terms of having HBK and Hart become the two hottest young guys in the business. WM 8 was sort of like WM 19 with a new crop of guys just starting to shine, while guys like Rock, Austin, Hogan, and HBK still drew at the top in the closing of their careers.

WM 23 was trying to be the modern day WM 3 and so on.
 

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Yeah I don't know if any wrestlemania ever could live up to the pomp and circumstance of WM 3. I guess for me WM 1-6 would be the "Golden Age of WM".

The loss of Hogan to Warrior seemed like the end of something. I understand most people do not think Hulkamania ended in 1990, but to me it did.

If we are going to start placing Wrestlemanias in era's, which I suppose was bound to happen since we do this with everything now.

I am certain some of you sharper posters will come up with better names or re-define the periods, but here is my best effort.

WM 1-6 The Hulkamania Years (I have a hard time calling it the Golden Age, 50's wrestling gets robbed enough)
WM 7-12 The Bridge Years (Meaning these 6 WM's may all have been great but will probably be viewed as simply the bridge from Hulk to Austin)
WM 13-20 The Cultural Revival (The re-birth of wrestling relevance brought on by Austin, Rock, and the AE)
WM 21-now The Convention Era (While WM has always been a destination and spectacle, since WM 21 no one star or movement has captured an era, and the product of WM itself has become more like a convention for fans rather than a supercard on many levels.)

just my thoughts
 

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Yeah I don't know if any wrestlemania ever could live up to the pomp and circumstance of WM 3. I guess for me WM 1-6 would be the "Golden Age of WM".

The loss of Hogan to Warrior seemed like the end of something. I understand most people do not think Hulkamania ended in 1990, but to me it did.

If we are going to start placing Wrestlemanias in era's, which I suppose was bound to happen since we do this with everything now.

I am certain some of you sharper posters will come up with better names or re-define the periods, but here is my best effort.

WM 1-6 The Hulkamania Years (I have a hard time calling it the Golden Age, 50's wrestling gets robbed enough)
WM 7-12 The Bridge Years (Meaning these 6 WM's may all have been great but will probably be viewed as simply the bridge from Hulk to Austin)
WM 13-20 The Cultural Revival (The re-birth of wrestling relevance brought on by Austin, Rock, and the AE)
WM 21-now The Convention Era (While WM has always been a destination and spectacle, since WM 21 no one star or movement has captured an era, and the product of WM itself has become more like a convention for fans rather than a supercard on many levels.)

just my thoughts
There was an article online about why WM 3 was and still is the greatest. I always think WM III is the Godfather of all because each WM copies it in some form or fashion. It's the blueprint. I remember reading newspaper article after newspaper article before and after the event. It simply can be copied, but never duplicated. It's like that saying lightning only strikes at one place in a lifetime. It's not rose colored glasses either because I see how WWE patterns WM till this day after it and for good reason.

You are right Hulkamania really did end at WM VI and so did the boom. Not a knock on Warrior, but things were literally and physically not the same for the WWF after it. I always saw everything Hogan did in the WWF after that as nostalgia running wild as fans just wanted to relive the original run. If Hogan had retired in Los Angeles as some said was the original plan for WM VII I'm pretty sure even some his harshest critics wouldn't deny his greatness.

WM VII always was a weird one to me. It seemed star packed, but it just wasn't WM like compared to before. Warrior vs. Savage in all honesty was the only match that compared to other huge Mania matches that were done prior. It had the spectacle to it, but after seeing promos for breaking 100,000 fans into LA Coliseum for months never occurred it just came off flat.

I think WM 12 was actually the only event that sort of felt like those WM 1-6 events with Hart vs. HBK mirroring Hogan vs. Warrior and then Warrior's comeback. I would say WM 8 - WM 13 came off like New Generation as at WM 7 you could see the likes of Warrior and UT kind of being the guys that had that Hogan dominant factor to them to take over. It didn't pan out as guys like Bret rose eventually.

WM 14-20 I could see being grouped together and then the last decade with Cena reigning from WM 21-30.
 
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