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March 20, 2008

Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 11

Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WrestleMania III, 1987)

The Hulk Hogan-Andre The Giant WWE title match was the box-office draw for this event, but the Intercontinental title bout between rivals Steamboat and Savage perhaps stole the show. This match between two of the best workers of their era is considered by many not only to be the greatest match in WrestleMania history, but the greatest match ever in WWE.

Steamboat and Savage kept the fans on the edge of their seats with a thrilling contest that had 13 near falls in the final six minutes. In the end, Savage’s attempt to leap off the top rope and hit Steamboat with the ring bell was thwarted by George “The Animal” Steele, who was in Steamboat’s corner. Seconds later, Steamboat caught Savage in a small package to win the match and the Intercontinental title.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 12:35 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Top 20 WrestleMania moments


That match between Randy Savage and Ricky steamboat is still one of my all time favorites. Even though I was a "MACH"fan back then...I was not at all upset with the outcome of the match. They put on a dazzling display of talent and showmanship. Heck...I need to find a dvd copy of WM3!

Kevin, this is the match I consider the best match in professional wrestling history. To see these 2 go back and forth and 1 move after another that we have never seen them do before, it was so much fun watching. To this day I still watch it. Going into the match I wanted Steamboat to win but as the match progressed it really didn't matter. From a fan's eyes, it came down to may the best man win. Even after the match, I don't think Savage could be dissapointed after the way he fought. Just a great match between 2 of the best competitors of all time.

I remember seeing this match at the Towson Center on the big screen. My mom was a great Steamboat fan, and when he won, she was jumping up and down, and beating me, my wife, and 2 friends that were with us on the arms, head, everywhere. It was the best Wrestlemania match I ever saw.

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I watched it at the Towson Center as well.

I've been reading your blog for a while now. Pretty good stuff :)

As far as this match goes, I've read on various sites that Savage was known to be a stickler for detail and made sure to rehearse this match with Steamboat. Whereas nowadays, most guys tend to do their matches on the fly.

Just a shame that Savage may never get into WWE HOF because Vince don't like him.

If Savage never gets into the WWE HOF, it's because Savage doesn't want to be there. Vince likes anyone who can make him money and put butts in seats.

No doubt, the best match in WrestleMania history! #11 on this list seems a bit low, not even in the top 10??
i was 16 at the time and me and 2 friends went to see it on the big screens! all huge macho man fans we literally had tears in our eyes when he lost. seems silly now but we were really into the match! INDUCT SAVAGE IN THE WWE HALL OF FAME!

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I agree that it might have been the best match, but to me there were bigger "moments," if that makes sense, A list of the best matches at WrestleMania would be different from this one. Again, this is all in the eye of the beholder.

I saw this match at the Towson Center as well. Ricky was my favorite wrestler at the time and I was going crazy when he won. I only wish they didn't book it so George Steele factored in the final pinfall. I would have much rather such a great match have ended with a clean pin.

I am still bitter that they had Ricky drop the strap to the Honky Tonk Man a few months later. Kevin - is there any inside scoop on why that happened? Was Steamboat in the dog house or injured? And why Honky Tonk of all people?

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: If I remember correctly, Steamboat asked to spend more time at home, as his wife was having a baby.

i saw WM3 at the Baltimore Convention Center on the big screen, and that was the best match of the night.

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