Which WWE wrestler holds the record for the most WrestleMania main events?

Which WWE wrestler holds the record for the most WrestleMania main events?

Kevin Omuya
March 18, 2024 at 1:26 PM

The WrestleMania main event is the most entertaining match in professional wrestling. Most WWE icons have attended "The Showcase of the Immortals" competition. This article delves into more details on who holds the record for the most WrestleMania main events.

Roman Reigns, Hulk Hogan and Triple H
Roman Reigns in 2023 in Texas(L), Hulk Hogan in 2019 in Los Angeles(C), and "Triple H" in North Hollywood in 2018 (R). Photo: Alex Bierens, Jerod Harris, Valerie Macon/Getty Images
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WrestleMania is an annual WWE event often held in the spring, but some years have witnessed two WrestleMania events. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced WrestleMania 36 to be held over two nights. The competition attracts some of the best WWE superstars.

Who has the most WrestleMania main events?

Legendary Hulk Hogan holds the record for the most events, with eight. Only ten wrestlers have held the top spot in the events for longer. Sports Brief breaks down wrestlers with the most central events based on information from Wrestling Inc., Knel Now, and other reliable sources.



Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, The Big Show, Seth Rollins, and Drew McIntyre


Randy Savage, Edge, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Batista


Bret Hart


Shawn Michaels


Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, TheRock, Shawn Michael


Roman Reigns, Triple H


Hulk Hogan


10. Bret Hart (3)

Bret Hart during the Smackdown Live Tour in South africa
Special guest referee Bret "The Hitman" Hart during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011, in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Steve Haag
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According to the Sportster, Hart won five World Championships with the WWE during his first 13-year career. He headlined WrestleMania IX, X, and XII but won only one.

Hart lost his first event (IX) to Yokozuna before winning his second one (X) after defeating Yokozuna. His third and final appearance ended with a defeat to Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute Iron Man match.

  • Full name: Bret Sergeant Hart
  • Date of birth: 2 July 1957
  • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
  • Nationality: Canadian-American
  • WrestleMania wins: 1

9. Stone Cold (4)

Stone ColdSteve Austin during WrestleMania XXVII
Wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin during WrestleMania XXVII in 2011 (L) and attended the UFC 170 event in 2014. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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Most people hail "Cold Stone" Steve Austin as the best professional WWE wrestler ever. He has, however, only participated in four matches, three of which were during his peak. Austin's match run lasted only five years, from 1998 to 2003, missing nearly two years due to injury. Austin is the only wrestler to have never lost in the competition.

  • Full name: Steve Austin
  • Date of birth: 18 December 1964
  • Birthplace: Victoria, Texas
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 4

8. Shawn Michaels (5)

Shawn Michaels at news conference as a WWE personality
WWE personality Shawn Michaels appears at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES on January 8, 2014. Photo: Ethan Miller
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Shawn Michaels ranks among the greatest WWE wrestlers but lost all five WrestleMania events. He has one of the worst records in the competition. Shawn faced his friend and former bodyguard Diesel in his first-ever event, the WrestleMania XI, but the game was called off, as reported by the WrestleCrap.

The WWE superstar won his first Mania main event at Mania XII, but HBK and Bret Hart were awarded the title.

  • Full name: Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
  • Date of birth: 22 July 1965
  • Birthplace: Chandler, Arizona
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 0

7. The Rock (5)

The Rock in the ring during a WWE RAW event
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, enters the ring to talk smack about his upcoming opponent, John Cena, during the WWE Raw event at Rose Garden Arena on February 27th, 2012. Photo: Chris Ryan
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The Rock had five attempts at WrestleMania main events but only won once. He lost twice to Steven Austin (WrestleMania XV and X), Triple H, Mick Foley and The Big Show (WrestleMania 2000 XVI), and John Cena (WrestleMania XXIX). His only win was against Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII.

  • Full name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
  • Date of birth: 2 May 1972
  • Birthplace: Hayward, California
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 1

6. John Cena (5)

John Cena in Hollywood during WrestleMania in 2023
John Cena during WrestleMania Goes Hollywood at SoFi Stadium on April 01, 2023, in Inglewood, California. Photo: Ronald Martinez
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The iconic wrestler won the hearts of many fans because of his skills and entertaining nature. John Cena faced some of the best WWE stars and won three out of five Mania main events he participated in. He defeated Triple H at WrestleMania 22 and Shawn Michaels at Mania 23.

John Cena returned to WrestleMania 27 and lost to The Miz before losing to The Rock in WrestleMania 28. He won his third against The Rock in Mania 29.

  • Full name: John Felix Anthony Cena
  • Date of birth: 23 April 1977
  • Birthplace: West Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 3

5. Brock Lesnar (5)

Brock Lesnar battles Undertaker in WWE 2015
Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015, in New York City. Photo: JP Yim
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Brock Lesnar equalled Cena's record of three wins. He bagged his first title at WrestleMania XIX against Kurt Angle and his second at Mania 31 against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

Lesnar’s third event victory was at WrestleMania 34, where he defeated Roman Reigns. He lost his two events to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36 and Roman Reigns at Mania 38.

  • Full name: Brock Edward Lesnar
  • Date of birth: 12 July 1977
  • Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 3

4. The Undertaker (5)

Undertaker at WWE SummerSlam 2015
The Undertaker during his fight with Brock Lesnar at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015, in New York City. Photo: JP Yim
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The Undertaker has a lengthy winning streak and competed in five main WrestleMania matches, winning four and losing one in the main event. He defeated The Edge at WrestleMania 24 and Shawn Michaels twice at WrestleMania 25 and 26. Roman Reigns defeated The Undertaker at Mania 33 before the dead man overcame AJ Styles at Mania 36.

  • Full name: Mark William Calaway
  • Date of birth: 24 March 1965
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 4

3. Triple H (7)

Triple H poses before a WrestleMania Revenge Tou in 2016
US wrestler Paul Michael Levesque, or Triple H, poses before attending a show at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris as part of the WrestleMania Revenge Tou on April 22, 2016. Photo: Thomas Samson
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WWE legend Triple H has appeared in seven of the competitions, the second-most in history. He won three consecutive main events, defeating The Rock, Big Show and Mick Foley at Mania 2000, Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 18, and Randy Orton at Mania 25.

Triple H lost to Chris Benoit at WrestleMania 20, Baptista at WrestleMania 21, John Cena at WrestleMania 22, and Roman Reigns at Mania 32.

  • Full name: Paul Michael Levesque
  • Date of birth: 27 July 1969
  • Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 3

2. Roman Reigns (7)

Roman Reigns shows his belt before battling Brock Lesnar in Universal Championship match
Roman Reigns in the ring with his belt before the Universal Championship match vs Brock Lesnar at Barclays Center. Brooklyn. Photo: Rob Tringali
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Roman has won the most WrestleMania main events in a row, including seven WrestleManias (31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, and 39). In 2016 and 2022, he ranked first on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's annual PWI 500 list of the top 500 singles wrestlers.

The WWE superstar received widespread praise and successfully defended the championship twice in Mania's main events against Edge and Daniel Bryan and then against Brock Lesnar.

  • Full name: Leati Joseph Anoa'i
  • Date of birth: 25 May 1985
  • Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 6

1. Hulk Hogan (8)

Hulk Hogan in Washington DC during a Susan G. Komen DC Race in 2015
WWE Legend Hulk Hogan attends the 2015 Susan G. Komen DC Race for the Cure at The National Mall on May 9, 2015, in Washington, DC. Photo: Kris Connor
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Who has the most WrestleMania main events? Unsurprisingly, The Hulk has made prominent event appearances since featuring in the inaugural main event. He teamed up with Mr T against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndoff in WrestleMania 1 and won the first event.

Hogan also defeated King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania 2, Andre The Giant at Mania 3, and Randy Savage at Mania 5. He also beat Sgt. Slaughter at WrestleMania 7 and Sycho Sid at Mania 8. His only defeat came against Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania 4.

  • Full name: Terry Gene Bollea
  • Date of birth: 11 August 1953
  • Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia
  • Nationality: American
  • WrestleMania wins: 7

Frequently asked questions

WrestleMania's main event is a highly competitive wrestling match. Many wrestlers have competed in multiple matches, but only a few have won at least one event.

Who has been in the most WrestleMania main events?

WWE legend Hulk Hogan has fought in the most events (eight), followed by Roman Reigns and Triple H with seven main events.

Who has the most wins in WWE WrestleMania main events?

Hulk Hogan also has the most event wins (seven), followed by Roman Reigns (six) and The Undertaker (4). Shawn Michaels has zero wins despite featuring in five events.

Final word

Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan has the most WrestleMania main events (8). He featured in the first edition of the main event, cementing his place as one of the most recognisable characters in professional wrestling history.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.