Headlining Wrestlemania is one of the ultimate goals of all WWE wrestlers. When you are involved in the match to close out the biggest event of the year it says you have reached the top. Through three decades of existence, only three matches have ever closed out Wrestlemania more than once.
Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna
In 1993 at Wrestlemania 9 the scheduled main event was Bret Hard defending the WWE Title against the massive Yokozuna. This was the first Wrestlemania in years where Hulk Hogan was not scheduled to be involved in the main event. Yokozuna won the title from Hart only for Hogan to come out and challenge for the title. Yokozuna’s manager Mr. Fuji accepted and Hogan walked out of Wrestlemania once again with the title around his waist.
The next year at Wrestlemania 10 Hart would once again face Yokozuna, this time with Hogan nowhere to be found. Both had already wrestled earlier in the night, Hart losing to his brother Owen and Yokozuna defending his title against Lex Luger. Yokozuna’s defense against Hart was not as successful. Hart won the WWE Title from Yokozuna, finally getting some redemption.
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
There may be no feud greater in wrestling history than Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. Two stars that rose up during the Attitude Era, they faced off for the first time at Wrestlemania 15 for the WWE Title. Austin got to this point by winning the Royal Rumble and The Rock was already the reigning champion. Austin would win this first matchup and the WWE Title.
Only two years later they would face each other again under the same circumstances, The Rock with the title and Austin as the challenger. This time around the ending was a little different. Mr. McMahon came out at the climax of the match appearing like he was about to help The Rock win, only to swerve and give Austin a steel chair. It was a double-turn that didn’t quite go over well with the fans due to how much they wanted to continue cheering for Austin.
These two would have a third match at Wrestlemania 19, but it did not headline the show. Only Brock Lesnar against Kurt Angle for the WWE title received a higher billing.
John Cena vs. The Rock
A match we never thought we would see brought a legend from one era back to face the top star of modern day. After hosting Wrestlemania 27, The Rock came out of retirement to feud with John Cena and get back in the ring. Their first match against each other at Wrestlemania 28 was hyped for a year and it lived up to expectations. The Rock defeated Cena and cemented his legendary status.
The Rock was not quite done with his wrestling career after his victory over Cena. He would eventually win the WWE Title from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble. That same night Cena won the actual Royal Rumble match and used his title match against The Rock at Wrestlemania. The result from this second battle was far different with Cena leaving Wrestlemania as the victor and as the champion. A third match between the two is highly unlikely and even more unnecessary.