Wrestlemania #3: Best Opening Match In Wrestlemania History?

Can-Am Connection vs. Orton/Muraco.  This is going to sound strange but I think it might have been.Now before everyone pelts me with bottles and rotten vegetables, think about this for a minute.  The point of an opening match is to get the crowd fired up but not to be too flashy.  This is something that WWE has changed in modern Wrestlemanias: the show’s opener is usually a big match, last year even being for the world title.  With this one though, you get a quick match that has nothing significant to it, but it’s well put together with power vs. speed and good vs. bad.  It’s a fine example of how to open a show and the crowd is warmed up for the main courses now.  I’ll likely get ripped apart for this, but I think it might be the best opening match ever at this PPV.  Note that I said best opening match, not best match that opened the show.  Two different things.




  1. Blue Chipper says:

    You did not name the match that you’re referring to.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I thought the title saying Wrestlemania 3 implied the opening match from that show.

    Blue Chipper Reply:

    Yes. Sorry. I didn’t notice last night.

    I read it as “This is going to sound strange but I think it might have been (insert match here)”. Last night, I thought you accidentally omitted the match name, but stupidly I forgot about the title.

  2. The Killjoy says:

    No love for Owen vs Bret?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    That’s part of what I was getting at. I’m not saying this one is the best in ring matches because it certainly isn’t. I’m not talking about the in ring stuff but rather what the match does for the show. See, with Bret vs. Owen, other than one match which is a huge rarity, nothing on the card comes close to it. To me, an opener is supposed to get people warmed up, but not to be the best match on the show.

    DOes that make sense?

    The Killjoy Reply:

    I I think I get it. Owen vs Bret was a main event match that kicked off the show. Can-Am vs Orton/Muraco was placed for the sole purpose to get the crowd to wake up, right?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Yeah exactly.

  3. Wayne says:

    Considering what this match does for this show, it could very well be the best opening match in Wrestlemania history based on that fact ALONE, but it does have some other contenders as well.

  4. Adam Doling says:

    I still remember this match. I was 9 years old and this was my first Wrestlemania. Awesome show. The crowd during this match was electric, popping like crazy for everything the faces did and booing the heels like crazy. Good match, great atmosphere!