10 WrestleMania Matches That Surpassed All Expectations

The times the fans got it wrong.

There's been plenty written over the years about the WrestleMania matches that failed to live up to their billing. If you've spent even five minutes reading about WWE history, then you know that Brock Lesnar and Goldberg went out on a whimper in 2004, and that Triple H and Randy Orton stunk the whole place up five years later.

But comparatively little is said about the matches that surpassed pre-show expectations; the ones that fans went into fearing the worst (or, at the very least, skeptical that things would work out on the night) only to be surprised by show-stealing performances they never in a million years saw coming.

To be fair, in a lot of cases, you can't really blame the fans for moderating their expectations in the run-up to the show. Many of the WrestleMania matches that have gone into the surprisingly good category have featured non (or sporadic) wrestlers, who have a somewhat sketchy reputation, like Mr T and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi.

On those few occasions that they have managed to leave us eating humble pie, however, we have to take our hat off and pat them on the back...