Running down WrestleMania history
ORLANDO -- As WWE champion
"Well, my dad was in the first 'Mania at Madison Square Garden, and my first 'Mania match was 20 years later in the same building, and he was in the back watching so that's pretty cool," said Orton Thursday while at the THQ Superstar Challenge, an annual video game tournament before WrestleMania. "Being a part of the legacy that my father and grandfather started is a big deal to me and my family."
Before Randy can start thinking about raising the next-generation Orton to main event status at WrestleMania, he seems intent on making his mark on "the Super Bowl of professional wrestling" on Sunday when he closes out the sold-out show at the Citrus Bowl.
"I know how it's going to be at the end of the night when I'm in the ring," said Orton. "I have a good idea and that amps me up. It's going to be the best match I've ever had."
While Orton's best match might not equate to a WrestleMania classic, he would admit that simply being in the same class as some of the memorable matches that have taken place over the past 23 years of the event would surpass his wildest expectations.
"I know I got three moves, but that's OK," said Orton. "For some reason I can have a 30-minute match and make it interesting with those three moves. That's why I think I'm the champion."
In preparation for Sunday's WrestleMania XXIV, let's look back at some matches that featured more than a couple moves and run down the 24 best matches in WrestleMania history. (Click the match to re-live each one in all its YouTube glory.)