Road Map To The Grand Stage: A Definitive Ranking Of The Greatest Roads To WrestleMania

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Shane McMahon is back, Brock Lesnar has been uncaged and Roman Reigns is heading into another title match nobody wants to see him in, which can all mean only one thing – we’re once again knee-deep in the road to WrestleMania. The period between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania is, traditionally, the best time of the year to be a WWE fan. It’s the time when the company gets their crap together and actually tells those stories they like to brag about. Of course, not all roads to WrestleMania are created equal.

Make sure you’re packed, gassed-up, and ready to go, because here are the 10 best roads to WrestleMania ever…

10) WrestleMania XIX

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As typically happens with trilogies, the final Rock vs. Austin WrestleMania match was probably the least interesting of the bunch. Most of the genuine emotion of their previous encounters was gone, replaced with a more generic immortal vs. immortal set-up. But hey, it was still Rock vs. Austin at ‘Mania – saying WrestleMania XIX was the least great of their matches is like rating orgasms. The ranking starts at “best thing possible” and goes up from there.

The undercard was also damn solid, with the generally fantastic Paul Heyman-booked Smackdown putting together Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle as its top match, and Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho building an underrated, emotional feud. Of course, the road to WrestleMania XIX also featured the awful, needlessly racially-charged Triple H vs. Booker T feud, so even with a lot of great stuff, this one only just cracks the top 10.

How Did the Show Turn Out?

A rock-solid, if slightly soulless show, with most of the matches delivering. Really, the only blight was Triple H vs. Booker T, which wasn’t a shock given Triple H’s out-of-control ego and sluggish-ass wrestling around this time.

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