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We Ranked Every WrestleMania Opening Match In History (1985 – 2019)

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Over the course of 34 years, the opening match at WrestleMania has seen it all.

Four ladder matches, two Battle Royales, six Intercontinental Championship defenses, two WWE World Heavyweight Championship defenses, numerous tag team matches, one Belfast Brawl, and three appearances from the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels, all many years before he would adopt the well-earned moniker of “Mr. WrestleMania”.


The opening match sets the tone for the rest of the night, and is perhaps the single most important piece of the lineup apart from, of course, the main event itself. We have seen every level of performer and performance grace the opener through the decades, from abysmal Battle Royales to the epic battling of brothers. On the following pages, you will see our ranking of every single opening match in WrestleMania history, from the very worst to the very best.

Note: For this list we are only including matches that took place on the main card of WrestleMania. The lost dark matches of the early days, and the modern Kickoff Show matches are not factored in.

Note: This listicle was first created in 2019 prior to WrestleMania 35, and has since been updated to include last year’s opening match. That is also why, as you will find below, each of the links are off by one number.

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WWE NXT RESULTS – LIVE NOW: FIGHT PIT II, WOMEN’S DUSTY CLASSIC BEGINS!

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WWE NXT Results
January 20, 2020
Orlando, FL

Live coverage begins at 8PM ET, provided by PW staff writer Matthew Wilkinson (@MC_Wilkinson1). Follow @prowrestlingcom on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Top Smackdown Star At Capitol Wrestling Center For Tonight’s WWE NXT

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It would appear that former Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley is currently backstage at the Capitol Wrestling Center for tonight’s episode of WWE NXT on the USA Network.

Bayley sent out of a selfie on Twitter this evening posing in front of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy. Tonight’s show will feature two more first round matches in the men’s tournament, as well as the start of the first ever women’s Dusty Cup.


While it’s possible that she is just there observing her future competition, WWE has largely kept the NXT and main roster talent separate during the pandemic.

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Official NXT Fight Pit Weigh-In Nearly Leads To Wild Brawl (Video)

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The Fight Pit returns tonight as the black-hearted “Psycho Killer” Tommaso Ciampa steps inside against the only remaining member of the WWE NXT roster actually familiar with the dreaded structure, Timothy Thatcher.

NXT General Manager William Regal hosted an official weigh-in earlier today ahead of the highly anticipated battle. Ciampa hit the scales first followed by his opponent, but things very quickly got out of hand when the two came face to face.


Thatcher competed in the first ever Fight Pit, scoring an upset victory over the “Original Bro” Matt Riddle shortly before the later moved up to the main roster.

Check out the footage below. Join us for live coverage of WWE NXT tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

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