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WWF WrestleMania X Review

WWF WrestleMania X

20th March 1994

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Announcers: Vince McMahon/ Jerry Lawler

Attendance: 18,065

Buyrate: 420,000

 

The tenth WrestleMania saw the event return ‘home’ to Madison Square Garden, the venue of the first ever ‘mania. The Hogan era was over as Hogan left the WWF last year and would appear in WCW come the summer time. Bret Hart was the face of the WWF’s newest marketing campaign; “The New Generation”. WrestleMania saw two World title matches being advertised; how did that happen? Bret Hart and Lex Luger were declared joint winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble therefore they were entitled to face the WWF Champion, Yokozuna.  A coin toss was won by Luger, so he’d get first crack at Yokozuna whiles Bret would face his younger brother, Owen at the show as well. The Bret & Owen match was added because whoever won between Lex/Yoko had to wrestle twice so it’s only fair Bret wrestled twice too.

Another big match was the Ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon. Shawn Michaels was stripped of the Intercontinental title and suspended for failing a drugs test. Razor won the vacated title in a match against Rick Martel. When Shawn returned, he had his own belt and was claiming to be the real champion as nobody had beat him for the title, so the Ladder match was announced where the winner will be the first person to climb the ladder and retrieve the title. I was 7 years old at the time and had no idea what a Ladder match would be like so I was excited for that as well.

I’ve seen the two great matches thousands of times and I still get great pleasure re-watching them.

 

A video package takes us back in time to 1984, WrestleMania 1, giving us a nostalgic feel. Images of Bret Hart, Lex Luger and Yokozuna appear before giving way to the WrestleMania theme used from 1993-1998. You see the improvement in video packages.

 

Vince McMahon welcomes us to WrestleMania 10, shades of WrestleMania 3 right there. He introduces the crowd to Little Richard who sang America the Beautiful.

 

Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler introduce us to the show. When I was young, Jerry Lawler was an awesome heel commentator. This was Vince’s second attempt as commentator but the first as the main play by play announcer. Vince wasn’t acknowledged as the owner when doing his play by play duties, that would reviled around ’97 time.

 

We get a video recapping how the Bret & Owen match came about. During a Survivor Series elimination match at Survivor Series 1993, Owen accidentally bumped into Bret on the ring apron and was pinned by Shawn Michaels. The rest of his brothers went on to survive the match, and Owen was upset at Bret, blaming him for his own elimination. Bret tried to calm him down but to no avail. Several weeks later, Owen went on WWF Superstars and challenged Bret to a match to find out who the better brother was. The next week, Bret responded and said he would never fight his own flesh and blood. He insisted that “under no circumstances will I ever, absolutely not positively ever face my own brother”. Over the holiday season it seemed that Owen and Bret had reunited. They had a talk over Christmas and patched things up. Owen decided that instead of wrestling his brother, he wanted to team up with him, and his new dream was to win the WWF Tag Team Titles with his brother at the Royal Rumble against The Quebecers. But during that match Bret injured his knee and in a last ditch effort to win it, instead of tagging Owen he tried to apply the Sharpshooter on one of the Quebecers. His own knee collapsed from the pressure, and the referee stopped the match due to Bret’s severe injury. The chance for Owen to win the Tag Titles with Bret was gone, and Owen snapped at what he perceived to be Bret’s selfish actions. Owen screamed at Bret as he struggled to get to his feet, and then, instead of helping him up, Owen kicked his injured knee right back out from under him, leaving Bret helpless in the ring. Owen went on to whine about Bret’s selfishness, and in the weeks leading to WrestleMania cut some excellent promos about how just because Bret was older than him didn’t mean he was better than him. Owen accused Bret of holding him down for years and wants to prove something to his brother and the world at WrestleMania 10.

 

Bill Dunn is the ring announcer for the opening match in place of Howard Finkel, who returns in time for the next one. He announces, “This opening contest is scheduled for one fall. About to come down the aisle, from Calgary,Alberta, Canada” The crowd goes nuts in anticipation of Bret, but Owen’s music starts to play and it’s him that enters first to a lot of boos. Bret, the most over wrestler in the company, enters second, and WrestleMania X is set to get underway.

 

Owen Hart vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart

The bell rings and Bret and Owen look at each other and lock up. They break, and Owen interprets this as a small victory for himself so he woos and raises his arms in celebration. The crowd isn’t impressed. Neither is Bret. They lock up again and Owen takes Bret over with a fireman’s carry, which Bret counters into a headscissors. Owen escapes and is proud of himself, celebrating again. Bret goes to a go behind takedown and Owen gets to the ropes, frustrated. Owen now hooks the waistlock on Bret and Bret does his trademark counter by running towards the ropes and using his leverage to flip Owen off him and onto the floor. That really gets Owen bent out of shape so when he comes back in, he shoves his older brother. Bret shoves him right back and the second he does, Owen slaps him right in the face. As soon as he does, however, Owen realizes he might have made a mistake, as Bret now gets mad for the first time all match and looks as if he’s about to stop taking it easy on his little brother. Bret backs Owen into the corner and Earl Hebner separates them. They lock up again and Bret reverses a hammerlock to one of his own. Owen counters that with a drop toehold and moves into a side headlock, but Bret escapes that by going back to the hammerlock, then applying an arm ringer. Owen yanks Bret’s hair to reverse it, but Bret kips up and reverses that. A whip results in a Bret rollup for two. Bret armdrags him. Owen elbows out and runs the ropes but gets caught with a monkeyflip and is clotheslined out to the floor to a big pop. Owen starts to walk back down the aisle, but Bret pulls him back in the ring. They have another shoving match, but this time it’s Bret that slaps Owen, then gets a quick rollup for two. The crowd has been going nuts for these first five minutes and it’s only about to get better.

Bret goes to the armbar, gets sent off the ropes and tries a crucifix for two. He goes back to the armbar, and Owen throws him off the ropes again, but this time catches him with a roundhouse kick. “Oh no, right in the kisser” Vince says. Owen stomps away on Bret and kicks him out of the ring to the floor. Outside, he rams Bret back-first into the steel post then tosses him back in the ring. Owen whips Bret to the corner, hits a backbreaker and goes to a camel clutch in the middle of the ring. Bret makes it to his feet and elbows out of the hold. He goes off the ropes but gets caught with a perfect Owen belly to belly suplex for a two count. Bret reverses a whip to the corner, so Owen uses the momentum to hop up to the second turnbuckle, jump off and turn around in mid-air for a high crossbody. Bret rolls through for two. Owen regains control and sends Bret to the outside again. He tries to suplex him in, but Bret floats over into a waistlock. Owen is able to reverse that to a german suplex for two. An Owen Hart legdrop gets another two count. Owen headbutts him and goes for a suplex, but Bret reverses into a small package for two. Owen retaliates with uppercuts. Bret gutwrenches him, but Owen reverse that into a tombstone piledriver and connects with it. Unlike the Piledriver used on Stone Cold at Summerslam, Owen lands on his knees rather than his ass. Owen climbs up top to attempt a flying headbutt, but Bret moves out of the way at the last second.

Now Bret unleashes a string of offensive moves, first with an inverted atomic drop, then a clothesline for another near fall. His Russian leg sweep gets two, as do his backbreaker and elbow drop off the second rope. Bret questions Hebner about that last two count, and Owen climbs to his feet. He tries to kick Bret, but the Hitman catches his foot. Owen is left standing on one leg, so he brings his other foot around and the devastating Enziguri connects with the back of Bret’s head. Owen tries to hook his version of the Sharpshooter but Bret wiggles away and tries to hook his Sharpshooter instead. Owen squirms away with the help of the ropes and eye gouges Bret. He uses the leg rollup to sunset over and get a two count. Owen bails to the floor. Bret follows with a pescado over the top, but comes up clutching his knee. Owen is still a bit disoriented, but when Bret limps back in the ring, Owen notices the injury and capatilizes on it. He mocks Bret’s limp, then uses a single leg takedown to segue into a spinning toehold. He does it again, and then hooks on a Figure Four leglock. Bret is clearly in trouble.

Bret somehow manages to roll over to reverse the hold, and then they roll over again into the ropes to break it. They get to their feet and Bret continues to limp. Now Owen is no longer mocking Bret and has a mild limp of his own from the time he spent in the Figure Four. Owen again goes for a single leg takedown to target Bret’s knee, but Bret maintains his vertical base, suckers Owen into holding his leg, and hits his brother’s own Enziguri. Bret whips Owen into the corner where Owen does Bret’s trademark chest-first bump. Bret drops his good leg for two, then hits a bulldog. A piledriver gets two more for Bret Hart. He lifts Owen up onto the top rope in the corner and superplexes him. Both men take a hard hit after that one, but Bret manages to cover Owen. All he can get is another two count. All these counts are so close. The crowd has been going nuts the whole match, and with Bret in control it’s only getting louder. They trade punches and Bret puts Owen in a sleeperhold. Owen makes it to the ropes, then lowblows Bret as he releases the hold. He goes for the Sharpshooter and this time he gets it on him for real. Bret struggles to find a way out and eventually reaches back and grabs one of Owen’s feet, takes him down, then pulls himself up and right into a Sharpshooter of his own. Owen makes it to the ropes and Bert is forced to let go. Bret tries to send Owen to the bukcle, but Owen reverses and charges. Bret gets his feet up and Owen eats boot. Owen remains stunned in the corner, with his back to the turnbuckles, as Bret hops up and goes to the top rope. Bret climbs onto Owen’s shoulders and tries to take him over with a victory roll, but in mid-roll Owen stops the momentum, slams him down and traps him in a pinning combination, pinning Bret’s shoulders to the mat for a clear three count to end the match.

Jerry Lawler put this result over as a shock, and it was. Owen has his hand raised, lets Bret know that he beat him fair and square and walks back down the aisle. Bret is left in the ring on the ground a defeated man. He sits up and applauds Owen’s effort before limping out of the ring. Nobody sold injuries like Bret; John Cena should take note of that!

Winner: Owen Hart via pinfall

Rating: *****

What an amazing match. Jerry Lawler put over how this result was a shock, it was! At the time this was a shocking upset. Owen was an awesome talent, but he had never been pushed even as a decent mid-carder prior to this. He was looked at by many as one of the lowest on the card for all of 1993, then started to do alright for himself in early ’94, but he’d never been in the ring with the calibre of someone like Bret, a former WWF Tag Team, Intercontinental, and Heavyweight Champion, before. The original plan was Bret to face Bruce Hart but Bret argued that if he were to have a falling out with any of his brothers, then it would have to be Owen. I remember watching this as a youngster and rooting for Owen because he was the younger brother. I was so happy when he won. It was like the underdog team winning the big one. With this one win Owen Hart leapt out of the shadow that Bret had cast upon him and made a name for himself. Best WrestleMania opener ever.

 

Todd Pettengill interviews Owen Hart behind the curtain. Owen says that after what he did to Bret, and more specifically Bret’s knee, he won’t be able to win any World Title Match later on. Owen just proved that he is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. That’s true!

 

Classic WrestleMania 2 moment: Andre the Giant winning the 20 man battle royal involving a mixture of WWE & NFL stars.

 

Ring announcer Bill Dunn introduces one of today’s guest celebrities, Sy Sperling, President of Hair Club For Men. Sy introduces his latest client, Howard Finkel. Howard Finkel with hair? Oh the comedy.

 

Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna vs. Doink & Dink

This is obviously during Doink’s face run as he has his vertically challenged (as Lawler would say) little buddy with him. Doink and Bam Bam mix it up for a few minutes, then Dink and Luna do their thing. As you might have been able to guess, that part makes things into a comedy match. Dink misses whatever off the top rope and Luna bodyslams him before coming off the top and missing whatever she was going for. Doink gets tagged in, but Bam Bam sends him to the floor. Dink taunts Bigelow and Luna but before they can do anything Doink gets back up and sunsets in on Bam Bam. Bigelow sits down on him, but Doink comes back with a big DDT moments later. He goes for the Whoopie Cushion but misses. Bam Bam knocks Dink off the apron and flattens Doink. A flying headbutt off the top rope finishes. Post -match, the heels worked on Dink. Bam Bam missed a splash, but Luna didn’t miss Dink. I think Vince enjoyed saying “Dink” too much. Doink got back and everybody left. That was an odd post match attack. Somebody messed up there.

Winners: Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna via pinfall

Rating: **

It was an okay match. The Luna & Dink spots were enjoyable though.

 

A Bill Clinton lookalike is sitting in the crowd. He was sitting next to WWF President, Jack Tunney and Irwin R. Schyster was sitting behind him.

 

Classic WrestleMania 3 moment: Hogan & Andre stare-down. Andre passed away in January ’93.

 

Falls Count Anywhere Match

Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Crush /w/ Mr Fuji

Randy gets a great pop from the crowd. Well deserved. Savage was the biggest legend in the company at the time and the MSG crowd showed him a lot of respect. The rules for the match were that you had to pin your opponent and then your opponent had 60 seconds to get back into the ring. Savage enters first, then jumps Crush in the aisle during his entrance. Crush fights back, presses Savage, and drops his throat across the guardrail, something which he did in an attack on Savage on Monday Night Raw leading up to this. Crush covers and scores a fall less than a minute into the match. Savage has sixty seconds to make it back into the ring. He does so, but not before Mr. Fuji tries to take him out with a flagshot. Savage is still hurt, and Crush dominates. He tries to toss salt in Macho’s eyes, but Randy blocks it and somehow it backfires into Crush’s eyes. Savage comes back with a double axehandle off the top rope. Savage slams him, heads upstairs and connects with the Flying Elbow. Savage gets the three count and rolls Crush to the floor so that the sixty second count can begin. Fuji revives Crush by pouring a pitcher of water on his face. Crush struggles back into the ring with two seconds to spare. Savage charges, but Crush dips his shoulder and Savage takes the big backdrop bump to the floor. Crush follows to the floor, where Savage introduces his head to the steel post and steps. They brawl into the crowd, where Crush hits a big crescent kick. Savage reverses a piledriver attempt and backdrops Crush on the floor. Savage rams Crush’s head through a door as they find themselves in some backstage room on the floor level of the Garden near the MSG auxilary entrance. Savage pins Crush and ties him upside down in some sort of contraption in the room. Savage heads back to the ring, and since Crush is all tied up, he can’t make it back to beat the count. Savage takes the win.

Winner: Macho Man Randy Savage via pinfall

Rating: * ½

On paper, it sounds good but the execution wasn’t there. They worked hard though. The fans loved Savage and I thought the finish was unique. This would prove to be the final WrestleMania Randy Savage would ever compete in.

 

Todd Pettengill is with the fake Bill Clinton. Clinton is congratulated by IRS for raising the taxes.

 

Highlights of WWF Fanfest are shown. This was the precursor to what is known as Axxess today. Todd does the voiceover, and what do you know, at the Fanfest there’s a WPLJ banner. Good to see that Todd found a way to plug the radio station he worked for (and still does to this day).

 

Classic WrestleMania 4 moment: Randy Savage drops the elbow on Ted Dibiase and becomes the WWF Champion.

 

WWF Women’s Championship

Lelani Kai vs. Alundra Blayze ©

This is the WWF’s attempt to rekindle women’s wrestling. Leilani Kai was the Women’s Champion at the first WrestleMania. Kai hits a few moves and Alundra tries a victory roll and a sunset flip to no avail. Kai continues to dominate; Alundra hits a desperation hurracanrana but Kai stays on top. Leilani hits a butterfly suplex but misses a clothesline. Alundra comes back with a clothesline and a leg clothesline. Blayze hits a German suplex for three.

Winner and STILL WWF Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze via pinfall

Rating: *

A basic match to put the focus on Alundra as the face of the Women’s division. It didn’t last long. Alundra would reappear in WCW and famously trash the Women’s title live on Nitro.

 

Classic WrestleMania 5 moment: Roddy Piper sprays Morton Downey Jr down with the fire extinguisher.

 

Todd interviews “celebrity” guest Rhonda Shear. Shawn Michaels interrupts, trying to get some, but a real celebrity guest (barely), Burt Reynolds, verbally punks him out and ridicules his chest hair.

 

WWF Tag Team Championship

Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo) /w/ Oscar vs. The Quebecers© (Jacques &  Pierre) /w/ Johnny Polo

Vince: “Somebody’s going to rock the house, I can tell you that”. That’s McMahon’s way of being hip I guess. Johnny Polo become more well known as “Raven” whiles Mabel is better known as “Viscera”. Oscar says “Oh yeah” a lot in between many made up words as he “raps” Men On A Mission to the ring. The Quebecers’ manager, Johnny Polo, is far superior of course. Mo and Mabel had “Whoomp There It is” on their outfits. It was a saying in those days. The 90s were fun, kids. The Quebecers control Mo with a lot of their cool double team stuff to get several two counts. He makes the not so hot tag to Mabel and the Quebecers provide a highlight by double suplexing the massive rapper. They hit their cannonball finisher, but it only gets a two count. Mabel comes back with an avalanche on Jacques in the corner, then an avalanche against the post on Pierre on the floor. Johnny Polo, thinking man extraordinaire, sees that Pierre is in no condition to make it back in the ring, and Jacques is reeling, and drags a lifeless Jacques out of the ring. MOM wins the match via countout.

Winners: Men on a Mission via countout.

Rating: ½ *

It was a bad match; the fans didn’t care for it until Mabel got the hot tag. The timing seemed to be a bit off at times too. Bit of irony here as this is Mable’s first WrestleMania appearance and this review has been posted a day after his death. RIP Mable, thank you for the memories.

 

Classic WrestleMania 6 moment:  The Ultimate Warrior makes history by becoming the first person to hold both the WWF and Intercontinental championships at the same time.

 

A recap video of Lex Luger is shown. On July 4, 1993 he turned face by showing up on the U.S.S. Intrepid to do what no one else could: bodyslam Yokozuna. At Summerslam in August he got a shot at Yoko’s WWF Title, but won the match via countout and didn’t come away with the Title. Jim Cornette, Yoko’s spokesperson, had written a clause into the Summerslam contract that stated that this would be Luger’s only Title shot against Yoko. Now Luger was screwed and unable to earn a rematch even though he held a bodyslam and a victory over the WWF Champion. His alternative was to enter the Royal Rumble, the winner of which automatically earns a WWF Title shot at WrestleMania against whoever the WWF Champion is. Luger, along with Bret Hart, was a co-winner of the Rumble and after a coin toss on Monday Night Raw, it was determined that Luger would be first to challenge Yokozuna here at WrestleMania 10.

 

Rhonda Shear is the guest timekeeper and the guest ring announcer is Donnie Wahlberg. He brought out Mr Perfect as the guest referee. He got a good reception from the NYC crowd.

 

WWF Championship

Special Guest Referee: Mr Perfect

Yokozuna © /w/ Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Lex Luger

Vince was yelling as Luger made his way to the ring. The Lex Express gimmick didn’t work but they sure as hell tried their hardest though. Luger starts out on fire with a flying crossbody off the top rope(!) and a big elbow drop but soon Yoko’s size starts to dictate the pace, as a Luger bodyslam attempt ends with Yoko collapsing on him. Yoko goes to a two minute long nerve hold to kill time, then goes back to it. Yawn. He keeps putting it back on Luger, and seven minutes after the hold was first applied, Luger hulks up and starts to make his comeback, then gets caught with a big belly to belly suplex. Luger mounts an offense for real now and slams him. He pulls down his forearm band and nails Yoko with his illegal forearm. Cornette hops up on the apron and Fuji sneaks in the ring. Luger nails both of them, then covers an unconscious Yokozuna. Perfect doesn’t want to count. He instead tends to both managers. Luger shoves Perfect to get his attention, so Perfect calls for a disqualification and walks away.

Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Yokozuna via DQ

Rating: ½ *

What a boring match this way. Fans were chanting “bullshit” after the ending , don’t blame them, it was crap! You could tell that Yoko wanted to take it easy as he was wrestling twice. The last 2 minutes are the only good thing about this match but wasn’t enough to save it.

 

Todd talks to Mr. Perfect behind the curtain. Perfect explains that Luger was DQ’ed because he touched the official and the managers. Luger rushes the scene and claims “That’s bogus!”

 

Classic WrestleMania 7 moment: highlights of the Jake Roberts/ Rick Martel blindfold match.

 

Prior to the next match, manager Harvey Wippleman ripped on ring announcer Howard Finkel. Fink shoved Wippleman down. Adam Bomb ran down to the ring. Earthquake showed up. Match began.

 

Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb w/Harvey Wippleman

Earthquake was the face here. Quake hit a belly to belly suplex followed by a power slam. He hit the big splash for the win. Yes, it was that short!

Winner: Earthquake via pinfall

Rating: NR

Filer. Nothing else.

 

Todd Pettengill is in the locker room with Yokozuna, Fuji, and Jim Cornette. Corny rants at length in typical James E. fashion. BANZAI!!!

 

Classic WrestleMania 8 moment: Undertaker walking down the aisle. Not exactly a moment is it?

 

Up next is the Ladder match. I was excited for this because I didn’t know what to expect. There have been Ladder matches on house shows but this was the first time that it had ever been on a big stage.

 

WWF Intercontinental Championship

Ladder Match

Shawn Michaels /w/ Diesel vs. Razor Ramon ©

They start with a quick wrestling sequence which ends with Razor on the floor. Diesel, Shawn’s bodyguard, takes him out, so referee Earl Hebner removes Diesel from ringside to make it a fair one-on-one fight. Razor clotheslines Shawn to the floor. He tears the mats up to reveal the concrete floor, but Shawn seeks refuge in the ring before he can take advantage of the situation. Razor follows him back in and charges him, but Shawn backdrops him out right onto the concrete floor that Razor himself exposed. Oh well, it’s his own fault. Shawn approaches the ladder, which is positioned in the middle of the aisle. Razor beats him to it and tries to slide it into the ring under the bottom rope, but Shawn climbs in, runs off the ropes, and baseball slides the ladder right into Razor’s chest and ribs. Shawn beats on him with the ladder, then tries to climb for the belts, but Razor yanks him down by the tights, giving the ladies the obligatory ass-shot of Shawn. Shawn pulls his trunks back up and set the ladder up in the corner. He climbs it and splashes Razor off the top, in a famous spot. Shawn tries to climb to the belts again, but Razor knocks the ladder over and Shawn hits the top rope. Shawn sets up the ladder in the corner and tries to whip Razor into it, but Ramon reverses. On the floor, Razor rams the ladder into Shawn twice, then props it up against the apron and slingshots him into it. Back in the ring, Razor swings the ladder and knocks Shawn clear over the top rope with it. Razor starts to climb, but Shawn goes to the top rope, jumps off and nails Razor off of it. Both men are down as the ladder teeters, then falls on Shawn. They both set up the ladder and climb up opposite sides. They have a slugfest on the top of the ladder. Razor finally slams Shawn off, but falls off himself in the process. By now the ladder is all mangled and twisted. Razor starts to go up again, but Shawn dropkicks the ladder to knock him off, then drops the ladder on top of him as well. Shawn whips Razor into the ropes and catches him with the yet to be named Superkick. Shawn gives the signal for the Razor’s Edge, Ramon’s own pattered finishing manoeuvre. Instead of Edging him, Shawn piledrives him. He goes to the top rope and rides the ladder down, driving it into Razor’s injured ribs. Shawn sets the ladder up with Razor under it and starts the long climb. Razor shakes him off, and Shawn falls crotch first onto the top rope. His leg gets caught between the ropes. He fights to grab the ladder, but Razor pulls it away and climbs towards the belts. He grabs both of them as Shawn wildly struggles free seconds too late. Razor Ramon is declared the undisputed WWF Intercontinental Champion.

Winner & STILL WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon.

Rating: *****

If I were to do a list of matches you must watch before you die, this would be near the top of the list. Seriously, some of the stuff they did in this match was lightyears ahead of its time and their chemistry was top class. I guess we’re pretty much used to most of the extreme bumps but it was all unique at the time. The booking was equal with both guys getting the advantage at different points of the match. Shawn’s bumping was outstanding and Razor was great too. He kept up the pace with Shawn. The Ladder was used in a lot of different unique ways and both guys were selling the Ladder as if it was the most painful thing they’ve ever experienced. Shawn & Razor had another Ladder match at Summerslam ’95 but I always prefer this one because it was so innovating and something that I’d never experienced before. Simply put, this Ladder match will forever be known as one of the best/ iconic matches in company/wrestling history.

 

The 10 man tag was due to take place but got cut due to lack of time. They showed a backstage segment where the heel team; Jeff Jarrett, IRS, Rick Martel and the Headshrinkers were arguing about who the team captain should be and that lead to the match being cut. Rick Martel said in a shoot interview that Macho Man was furious with Shawn & Razor for going over in their match. Shame, could have been a good match.

 

Todd once again joins “Bill Clinton” in the presidential box to get his take on the festivities thus far. Ted Dibiase is now in the box with him.

 

Classic WrestleMania 9 moment: “World’s largest toga party”.

 

A video package plays highlighting the careers of Yokozuna and Bret Hart so far. They introduced Burt Reynolds as the ring announcer and Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills 90210 was the guest timekeeper. The special ref for the match was Roddy Piper. Piper was a babyface ref here. The crowd loved him, popping huge for the Hot Rod. It was one of the biggest pops of the night for sure.

 

WWF Championship

Special Guest Referee: Rowdy Roddy Piper

Yokozuna © /w/ Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart

Bret still sells the knee injury, as he limps down the aisle and into the ring. It’s all boiled down to a rematch from last year’s WrestleMania when Yokozuna cheated Bret out of the Championship. Will this be Bret’s sweet revenge? Yoko has his way to start with punches and bodyslams. Bret manages a dropkick, but misses a second. Piper admonishes Yokozuna and Cornette. Yoko misses a splash on Bret. Bret hits a headbutt and Yoko goes down, but Bret is shaken up by the blow too. Bret hammers Yoko down to the mat and covers him. Corny pulls Piper away from the fall at two, so Hot Rod punches him in the face and knocks him out cold with one shot. Yoko comes back with the big leg drop on Bret. The pace slows significantly since Yoko has wrestled for about twenty minutes tonight. Not an easy feat for someone that weighs 568 lbs. Yoko throws Bret to the floor and Piper starts to count him out of the ring. Bret makes it back in and dodges a Yoko avalanche in the corner. Bret scores with a second rope bulldog for the closest two count you’ll ever see. Bret’s second rope elbow drop gets 2 and 99/100 again. A big Hart clothesline gets another near fall. Cornette starts to come to his senses. Bret jumps off the second rope but Yoko catches him with a huge belly to belly suplex. He drags him to the corner with hopes of finishing him off with the Banzai Drop. Yoko, completely fatigued, falls off the second rope, Bret moves, and hooks the leg. Thank God Bret moved out the way. Piper counts three and awards Bret the WWF Title.

Winner and NEW WWF Champion: Bret “Hitman” Hart via pinfall

Rating: ** ½

Yoko was legit tired and Bret was selling a leg injury so the pace of the match was very slow. The response when Bret won the title was pretty awesome which made up to the poor match.

 

Yoko and Cornette chase Piper to the back, and Bret is left alone in the ring with his music playing, flat on his back, the WWF Championship Belt laying on his stomach. He makes it to his feet, raises the Title for all to see, and fireworks go off. Vince declares a new era in the World Wrestling Federation.

 

Lex Luger makes his way back to the ring and does the stare down with Bret before offering a handshake that Bret accepts. Piper runs back out to ringside, and all the babyfaces in the locker room follow, a kind gesture that Bret was not told about in advance if I remember correctly. Tatanka, Razor Ramon, the 1-2-3 Kid, and Bob Holly all congratulate Bret, as does Burt Reynolds. Randy Savage, the veteran, comes down and gives him a big hug. Gorilla Monsoon joins the party and Vince McMahon takes off his headset and gets in the ring to congratulate Bret as well. Everyone lifts Bret onto their shoulders and Savage climbs the turnbuckles and salutes him in a moment that could give anyone goose bumps. The crowd is going insane the whole time. Owen Hart suddenly appears in the aisle, staring at Bret. Savage invites him into the ring, but Owen stays put and stares a hole through Bret. He watches Bret with all his friends, and more importantly, the WWF Title. On the same day that Bret became the WWF Champion, Owen had defeated him, pinned him cleanly in the centre of the ring. Everyone honours Bret while he stands alone despite the fact that he had proved he was better than Bret just hours before. The viewer can see all the jealousy and tension and hatred come right back to Owen right then and there. He had erased his shadow just two hours ago, but now Bret was the Champion, and all the attention was on him once again instead of on Owen. If Bret won the Title, this must be his best day, which means that Owen Hart beat Bret Hart on his best day. But nobody cares. All the accolades are going to Bret. WrestleMania 10 began with Bret and Owen Hart, and it ends with Bret and Owen as well. This was perhaps the defining moment of the legendary Bret/Owen storyline.

To see Bret with the WWF Title again after enduring a year of mistreatment and under appreciation is a very special moment. It’s one of the greatest and most validating moments in the history of wrestling. After one long year, Bret “Hitman” Hart is back on top where he belongs. Once again, all is right with the world.

Random thoughts

  • The Ladder match was a breath of fresh air. It was unlike anything the WWF had ever done before, and quite honestly, they needed to do something new for their ‘new generation’ era. Whenever I re-watch this match, I learn to appreciate it more and more.  This was the match that really made people take notice of Shawn Michaels. In a year’s time, he was facing Kevin Nash for the WWF title. It also raised Razor’s star power too, which really helped him when he jumped ship to WCW.
  • The Yoko/Luger match just didn’t feel like a major title match. You could tell Yoko wanted to take it easy and the finish didn’t help things either.
  • I’m so glad that Owen beat Bret clean. A shady finish would have harmed the match so it was important for Owen to step out of Bret’s shadow and get a clean victory over him. This isn’t the only 5* match they’ll have, their cage match at Summerslam is also
  • Did it hurt the show not having Undertaker on the card? Not really but the question is, who would he face? I guess that he could face Jeff Jarrett as he was one of the many guys who interfered during his title match at the Royal Rumble.
  • The original plan was for Lex Luger to win the title. However, Luger got drunk the night before and gave away the results so everything had to be changed. I was a Luger fan at the time so I’d be happy with that but now, not so much. Bret’s original title win wasn’t aired so this felt more legit and gave Bret his WrestleMania moment.
  • In his book, Bret mentioned that he was set to make his MSG debut back in the 70’s but when he arrived at the arena, he was told that he’d been replaced because “he wasn’t a big enough star”. The man who replaced him was Vince McMahon jr. Fast forward to 1994, he’s the new WWF Champion!
  • The crowd was awesome. The New York fans are some of the best and they really do add to the show. There’s something about having WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, personally I think WrestleMania 30 should be held in the Garden but with the increase of revenue you could get from a Stadium, you’re not going to turn that down right?

 

Best match: Shawn Michaels v Razor Ramon & Bret Hart v Owen Hart – I cheated and picked two. I honestly couldn’t decide between the two. Both matches are the best in the company’s history.

Worst match: Yokozuna v Lex Luger – A flat out bore-fest.

WrestleMania moment: Shawn’s splash off the top of the Ladder. Never seen anything like it before in my life.

 

Top 5 Superstars

1. Shawn Michaels – Truly became the showstealer on this night.

2. Bret Hart – Got his WrestleMania moment.

3. Owen Hart – Best night of his career. I was so happy when he won.

4. Razor Ramon – Shawn brought out the best in him. Best match of his career.

5. Macho Man – Not his best but this was his final ever WrestleMania and he deserves the recognition. OH YEAH DIG IT!!!

 

Updated rankings chart:

Macho Man Randy Savage – 29pts

Hulk Hogan – 25pts

Bret Hart – 17pts

Ricky Steamboat – 10pts

Shawn Michaels – 9pts

Ultimate Warrior/ Roddy Piper – 7pts

Dynamite Kid/Rick Rude/ Ted Dibiase – 5pts

Terry Funk- 4pts

Tito Santana/Andre the Giant/ Ric Flair/ Mr Perfect/ Owen Hart- 3pts

Greg Valentine/ Scott Steiner/ Razor Ramon-2pts

Sgt Slaughter/ Gorilla Monsoon/ Bobby Heenan – 1pt

 

Overall Show Rating (Out of 10): 8

After a poor show in WrestleMania 9, WrestleMania 10 was a step in the right direction. I’ll be honest, I loved this show; sure some matches stunk but not anything on par with Undertaker/ Giant Gonzalez. Two matches truly did deliver and for that reason, WrestleMania 10 receives a solid 8 out of 10.

 

WrestleMania Rankings so far:

WrestleMania 10 – 8

WrestleMania 8 – 7

WrestleMania 3 – 7

WrestleMania 7 – 6.5

WrestleMania 6 – 6

WrestleMania 1 – 4.5

WrestleMania 5 – 4

WrestleMania 4 – 3.5

WrestleMania 2 – 3

WrestleMania 9 – 0.5

 

Up next: For the first time since the first WrestleMania, a celebrity is in the main event of WrestleMania XI

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