Ten Years In The Making! That would be the lie of a tagline associated with this pay per view. It’s actually nine years since the original Wrestlemania. Besides that allow me to welcome you to my Wrestlemania 10 Review. This is the biggest spectacular of the year, in this case 1994. I can’t believe we’re nine years into reviewing WWF/E PPV. Anyway, what should we expect on this show?
Well at the 1994 Royal Rumble, both Bret Hart and Lex Luger won the 30 man over the top rope match. So how did Jack Tunney sort this mess out? With a coin toss. Both men are going to have a shot at Yokozuna tonight but it’s only fair that both men should pull double duty. So if Bret Hart won the coin toss he’s take on Owen Hart then go on to meet the winner of Lex Luger/Yokozuna at the end of the night. And if Luger won the coin toss then he would take on Crush then go on to meet the winner of Bret Hart/Yokozuna. In any case, Bret Hart won. Which means he’ll take on on his brother Owen in the opener. Their feud has been building since Survivor Series where Owen kicked off at Bret. It would then continue into the Royal Rumble where Owen kicked Brets leg from out of his leg.
The Intercontinental champion is still Razor Ramon and tonight he takes on Shawn Michaels. Michaels never lost the Intercontinental title himself, he was stripped of the belt for not defending it. So he’s back and claiming that he’s the rightful champ when obviously The Bad Guy is. So tonight we find out who the undisputed Intercontinental champion is in the first ever ladder match. The Quebecers are still the tag team champion and tonight they defend the titles against up and coming tag team Men On A Mission. The other champion is Alundra Blaze and she’s champion of the Women’s division. She won the gold in a tournament and tonight she defends the gold against Wrestlemania 1 alumni Leilani Kai.
Tonight we will also see the return of Earthquake as he goes one on one with monster Adam Bomb. Doink teams up with midget Dink to take on Bam Bam Bigelow and his main squeeze Luna Vachon. Also “Macho Man” Randy Savage finally gets his hands on the man that turned his back on him, Crush. So let’s get to it.
We start with a graphic then a look back at Wrestlemania 1. Andre the Giant bodyslamming Big John Studd at Wrestlemania 1 as well as some of the celebrities involved in that event. Then to a montage to familiar music. Serious poses by Bret Hart, Lex Luger and Yokozuna, the three men looking to leave with the WWF title tonight. Vince McMahon then welcomes us to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Little Richard then comes to the ring to sing the National Anthem. Little Richard looks a lot like Marc Mero when he first debuted, probably why they had such a similar nickname. Jerry Lawler then joins Vince McMahon for commentary. This’ll be The Kings first PPV commentated on.
Now to some history on the Bret Hart v Owen Hart match. First back to Survivor Series where Owen was the only brother eliminated in his match, then we see him kick off after the match. We then go to Owen making the challenge to Bret, Bret turning down the challenge then both men going for the tag titles at The Royal Rumble. Bret would get injured and Owen would kick his leg from out of his leg. We then go to an interview with Owen Hart saying that Bret has held him down all of his life.
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. “The Rocket” Owen Hart
Owen is still looking for his first pay per view wins since Wrestlemania 8 where he beat Skinner. That was two years ago now. Wrestlemania 8 was also the last Wrestlemania that Bret won at, as he lost at last years event against Yokozuna. Owen is a total different animal since Wrestlemania 8. Bret is really over when he comes out. Wrestlemania 6 was the last Wrestlemania that Bret wasn’t in a title match. But as we know, Bret will fight the winner of Lex Luger/Yokozuna for the WWF title later. This has a real big match feel to it. Owen has been involved in Brets storylines since Summerslam where he was at ringside for The Hitmans match with Doink the Clown and Jerry Lawler. We get some nice chain wrestling to start the match with Owen mocking Bret. Owen slaps Bret with a lot of impact. Bret gets the first near fall of the match. The crowd are right behind Bret in this one. I don’t mind Bret, he’s nit a favourite of mine but I do like him. I prefer Owen though. He’s an awesome wrestler and fantastic at his gimmick.
We have a pushing match in the middle of the ring which results in Bret slapping Owen this time. Bret locks in an armbar then once again rolls Owen up for the two. It’s all been Bret so far in this one. That is until Owen hits a sweet looking spinning heel kick that essentially knocks Bret to the outside. Bret has been a bit of a spare part since last years Wrestlemania. He won the King Of The Ring then fought Doink the Clown and Jerry Lawler at Summerslam before leading a team against Shawn Michaels and his Knights at Survivor Series. Then at the Rumble he went after the tag titles then won the rumble. There hasn’t been a lot of consistency really. His feud with Owen has been the best feud he’s had in along time. Owen hits a nice high cross body but Bret reverses it into a pin of his own. It’s all Owen Hart now as he hits a german suplex and gets a near fall. Owen then hits a Tombstone Piledriver on Bret Hart but misses with a headbutt off the top. That was the move that would injure Steve Austin.
Both men are down now at the biggest show of the year. It’s Bret with the advantage though hitting a lovely looking clothesline. Bret then starts with his trademark moves, hitting the Russian leg sweep and backbreaker. He then goes up to the second rope and hits his elbow for another two count. Owen soon takes control with a kick to the back of the head, then both men go for the Sharpshooter but no such luck. Owen is the next one to get a two count with a sweet looking pin. Owen then goes to the outside and Bret dives out at him but tweaks his knee. Bret loves selling the knee. Back in the ring and Owen is all over the knee now, locking on a figure four but Bret manages to get out of it. It’s Bret with the bulldog now and Owen kicks out. The Hitman then hits a big piledriver and gets a two. Bret then hitd a big superplex and both men are down! With both men up slugging it out Owen gets the upper hand and locks on The Sharpshooter but Bret reverses it into one of his own! But Owen quickly gets to the ropes. Both men go to the corner and Bret goes for a victory roll but Owen manages to hold Bret to the canvas for a three count!
Owen Hart beats his brother Bret! A huge result for Owen. And a truly fantastic match. Owen is then backstage saying how much of a great moment this is. He doesn’t think we’ll see Bret later in his WWF title match.
Now to a Wrestlemania moment at Wrestlemania 2 where there was a battle royal. Jesus. Now to some bloke from Just For Men showing off what he’s done for The Fink.
Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna vs. Doink & Dink
This feud has been one in the making for a long time too. Bam Bam and Doink have had their problems since Doink turned face not long after Summerslam last year. This one is a mixed tag team match and Bam Bam goes after Doink before the bell has even rung. Bam Bam is looking for his first Wrestlemania win and his first win on PPV since Royal Rumble 93. The Doinkster beat Crush at last years Wrestlemania. These are in ring debuts for Dink and Luna. Doink soon tags in Dink, the midget clown who dances around the ring. Bam Bam tags in Luna and Dink manages to run circles around Luna. Bam Bams main squeeze soon gets the advantage though choking Dink on the ropes. Dink actually gets the first near fall on Luna. Luna soon kicks Dink in the gut though but misses with the elbow. Luna was in Shawn Michaels corner at last years Wrestlemania. She bodyslams Dink then goes up to the top but misses a big splash. Both then make the tag and in comes Bam Bam and Doink, who is in new ring gear.
Bam Bam clotheslines Doink to the outside and whilst he’s down Dink gets in the ring and in a comedy style both Bam Bam and Luna try to squash him but miss. That allows Doink to get back in the ring and he goes for a sunset flip but gets squashed. This is Bam Bams second Wrestlemania having lost to One Man Gang at Wrestlemania 4. Doink has the advantage slamming Doink and going up top but he misses The Whoopie Cushion! Bam Bam accidentally knocks Dink off the apron then he reverses a suplex before going up top and hitting his big headbutt! Bam Bam Bigelow then pins Doink and gets him for the three! Bam Bam wins his first PPV match in over a year and it’s about time. Luna wins on her debut. Dink then gets in the ring and Luna throws him about. Luna then accidentally squashes Dink in a mess of a splash. Big win for Luna and Bam Bam none the less in what was a comedy match.
We then have a Bill Clinton look-a-like in the crowd with I.R.S sat behind him, brilliant. Then to a clip from Wrestlemania 3 with Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Crush – Falls Count Anywhere Match
Randy Savage now fighting on his third pay per view in a row looks for his victory since Survivor Series 1992. He runs straight down the aisle and attacks Crush whilst he’s walking to the ring. Crush is in new ring gear and he of course is led to the ring by Mr Fuji. The big man gorilla press slams Savage in the entrance way. He then pins Randy Savage for the three. But the match isn’t over. Bizarrely Savage now has to get to the ring in 60 seconds. Very odd rules. Crush has only won one match cleanly ever and that was when he beat Repo Man at Summerslam 92. He has won one match on PPV since and that was over Shawn Michaels at UK Rampage 93 by countout. He almost beat Savage there. Back in the ring and Crush takes it to Savage with headbutts, then ties him up in the corner. Mr Fuji then gives Crush some salt but Savage sees it coming and throws it in Crush’s face. It’s all Savage now as he comes flying off the top rope with a double axe handle. He then hits his big elbow from the top! He kicks Crush outside of the ring then pins Crush for the three. Crush now has 60 seconds to get back into the ring. And that he does.
Savage has a 6-4 record at Wrestlemania compared to Crush’ 0-2. Both men go to the outside now and Savage clothesline Crush over the guardrail. Crush goes for a piledriver but Savage backbody drops him. Savage then throws Crush through some fire escape doors before pinning him for the three. He then ties Crush’s feet together with some rope and pulls him up some scaffolding. The rope doesn’t hold though and Crush falls down to the floor. I don’t think that was supposed to happen. Savage gets back to the ring though and the referee counts down. Crush gets counted out according to these strange rules and Savage wins in what would be his last ever PPV match in the WWF. Both of these men have passed away now. This was an interesting match, ruined by a ridiculous gimmick.
Todd Pettingill now interviews the Bill Clinton look-a-like. He’s a big fan apparently. Bill says that he and I.R.S have talked about all tax related things. I.R.S then says that Clinton is doing a fine job running the country and he’s glad that Bill has put the taxes up.
Then to a clip of Axxess or whatever it was called then (Fanfest). Hillbilly Jim was there signing autographs, buy a wrestling figure! There was a cool Undertaker set thing though.
Savage is out in the fans now. Speaking of the Macho Man, we now go to highlights of Savage winning the WWF title at Wrestlemania 4.
Alundra Blayze (c) vs. Leilani Kai – WWF Womens Title Match
Leilani Kai being in action means that every PPV since the original Wrestlemania has had somebody wrestling that wrestled at the original Wrestlemania. If that makes any sense. Leilani Kai was the Womens champion going into Wrestlemania 1 when she met Wendi Richter. Alundra Blayze is now the face of the Womens division and she defends against Kai. This is Blaze’s PPV debut. Leilani Kai has lost all 3 of her previous PPV matches. She starts well though, taking Alundra down. Blaze soon gets back into it with a sunset flip. But Kai hits a nice chokeslam and a headbutt to take the advantage. Kai hits a bodyslam and gets a two count. Alundra Blaze hits a hurricanrana and gets a two count. This is one of the best womens matches I’ve seen up to now.
Blaze with the comeback now, hitting a clothesline and spinning heel kick. Lawler makes a joke about Alundra looking like a horse just as she hits a German suplex which is enough for the three! Alundra Blaze wins as the likes of Fabulous Moolah and Nikolai Volkoff look on. Given more time this could have been really good but to be fair it wasn’t a bad match at all.
Now a clip of Wrestlemania 5 and Roddy Piper spraying fire extinguishers.
The Quebecers (c) (Jacques & Pierre) vs. Men On A Mission (Mabel & Mo) – WWF Tag Team Title Match
Another title match now as The Quebecers defend their titles against Men On A Mission. This is Mabel, Mo and Pierre’s first Wrestlemania.
Now we go to Rhonda Shears who is backstage with Shawn Michaels. But then in walks Burt Reynolds who steals Rhonda away.
Anyway, back to the match. I love The Quebecers music, genuinly one of my favourites ever. The champions go straight after the challengers but Mabel soon takes down both men with a clothesline. Mo then officially starts the match with Pierre and takes him down with a cross body. Mo tags in Mabel who hits a big legdrop on Pierre. Mabel then tags Mo back in and they hit a double elbow. As the referee tries to get rid of Mabel Jacques comes in and stomps away at Mo. It does make you wonder why the likes of The Smoking Gunns and The Steiner Brothers aren’t in this match. Men On A Mission seem like the third best face tag team. With Mo on the outside Jacques back body drops Pierre all the way to the outside in a sweet move.
The Quebecers make quick tags now as they wear down Mo who eventually hits a cannonball in the middle of the irng to take down Pierre. Jacques comes in and makes sure Mabel doesn’t get tagged in but a mistake by The Quebecers means Mo does tag in Mabel. Mabel takes down everyone moving, hitting a sideslam on Jacques and missing an avalance on Pierre. Both Quebecers try for a double suplex on Mabel and take him over which gets a good reaction from the crowd and Johnny Polo who is at ringside for The Quebecers. The champions then hit their big finisher off the top where Pierre comes flying off but Mabel kicks out! The referee has lost control now but Pierre accidentally nails Pierre and Mabel takes down both men. Mabel then tags Mo who goes up top and both he and Mabel flatten Pierre! Johnny Polo gets involved though and drags his men to the outside. The referee then counts them out! Men On A Mission win but The Quebecers hold onto their titles! A good spot or two in this match but really it lacked in quality.
Now to our Wrestlemania 6 moment and Ultimate Warrior beating Hulk Hogan.
It’s Luger and Yokozuna up next so let’s see how this one came about. Luger bodyslammed Yoko on the US Interpret then got his title shot at Summerslam where he beat Yokozuna by count out. We then go to The Royal Rumble where Luger and Bret Hart both won the Royal Rumble. A coin toss would then decide who fought Yokozuna first tonight.
Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger – WWF Title Match
Well we have Rhonda Shear as the special guest timekeeper and some matey from New Kids On The Block as the ring announcer. He gets boo’d until he announces Mr Perfect as the special guest referee for this one! Perfect gets a good reaction. We’ve not seen him on pay per view since Summerslam last year where he lost to Shawn Michaels. Both men fought at last years Wrestlemania in matches where Lex Luger defeated Mr Perfect and Yokozuna beat Bret Hart then lost to Hulk Hogan. Lex Luger is actually undefeated on pay per view. The only time he hasn’t won was when he drew with Tatanka at King Of The Ring 93. Luger gets a good pop. He’s got new entrance music too. Yoko looks bigger than ever. Both men slug it out to start with and Lex hammers Yokozuna to the outside. Back in the ring and Luger comes flying off the top with a high cross body to get the first near fall of the match. Yokozuna has been the champion for nearly a year now. He squashes Luger as the challenger goes for a powerslam. With Jim Cornette distraction Mr Perfect, Yokozuna take the turnbuckle off the ringpost.
This is the first match in a long time that we’ve seen a repeat of a previous pay per view match. Crush and Shawn Michaels at UK Rampage 93 & King Of The Ring and Tatanka and Rick Martel at Wrestlemania 8 and Survivor Series 92 are the only other examples I can think of right now. Mr Fuji hasn’t had a good night so far, his client Crush couldn’t beat Savage earlier on. Yokozuna locks on some sort of deathgrip which keeps Luger grounded. The USA chants help Luger get up to his feet but Yoko soon brings him back down. The champion then chops away at Luger before applying the deathgrip to his shoulder. Yokozuna then throws Luger to the outside as Mr Fuji watches on. Yokozuna continues to dominate Lex at a slow pace now, wearing him down. Everytime Luger tries for a comeback Yokozuna hits him back down. Yoko then goes to slam Lex’s head off the exposed ringpost but Luger reverses it and smashes the champion off the metal! Luger hits some big clotheslines to get Yoko off his feet then bodyslams him!
Luger then comes flying off the ropes and nails Yokozuna with his bionic elbow! Jim Cornette then comes into the ring and Mr Fuji and Luger nails them both! Lex then pins Yokozuna but Mr Perfect is too busy trying to get the managers out of there. Luger shoves Perfect and tells him to make the count and Perfect calls for the bell! Howard Finkel then makes the announcement that Yokozuna wins the match by disqualification! Yokozuna retains after some dodgy refereeing from Mr Perfect. The crowd then break out in a “bullshit” chant. Backstage to Todd now with Mr Perfect. Perfect says Luger can’t put his hand on the referee. Luger then catches up with Perfect and they go back and forth.
Now to a Wrestlemania moment, this one at Wrestlemania 7 and the blindfold match between Rick Martel and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Adam Bomb vs. Earthquake
Before the competitors come out Harvey Wippleman rips into The Fink. Wippleman rips The Finks pocket but Finkel pushes Wippleman to the floor. Adam Bomb then comes out and intimidates the ring announcer but here comes Earthquake! He attacks Bomb, powerslams him then hits the earthquake splash! And that’s it! Earthquake returns to PPV and defeats Adam Bomb in less than a minute! Bomb still looks for his first PPV victory. I heard that Bomb replaced Ludvid Borga in this one.
Backstage now to Todd Pettingill who is waiting for Yokozuna. And here he is. Jim Cornette walks in flapping his gums. He says that it’s a question whether Bret Hart can leave this arena on his feet. Cornette gives us an awesome speech on how Yokozuna will defeat Bret Hart. That one is up later.
Wrestlemania 8 moment now and they’ve chosen The Undertaker. No mention of his opponent that night Jake Roberts, just The Undertaker.
Razor Ramon (c) vs. Shawn Michaels – Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title
This is the first ever ladder match on WWF PPV. Shawn Michaels still think he’s the champion as he was stripped of the title for not defending it. Razor Ramon is technically the champ after he won the vacant title fair and square. Michaels comes out with his bodyguard Diesel who could be the difference maker in this one. Michaels has a 2-3 record at Wrestlemania and is looking to even that out tonight and get his first PPV victory since beating Mr Perfect at Summerslam. Razor Ramon made his Wrestlemania debut at last years event, beating Bob Backlund. This is Michaels 13th PPV in a row that he’s wrestled on. Unbelievable. These two guys seem a perfect fit for each other. We are treated to some chain wrestling to start the match in which Razor gains the advantage with a chokeslam. It’s back and forth for a while though until Michaels sends Ramon out to the floor. That allows Diesel to get involved hitting a big clothesline on the Bad Guy. The referee isn’t happy with that though and ejects Diesel from ringside!
On the outside and Razor pulls up the mats exposing the concrete but Michaels though Ramon back in the ring. Razor goes for a Razors Edge to the outside but Michaels back body drops the champion over the top onto the exposed concrete! The ladder is now introduced into the match and Michaels dropkicks it into Ramons gut! Michaels then uses the ladder smash into Razor and even chucks it at him in a move that looks very painful! Michaels is then the first man to climb up the ladder to reach the belts but the bad guy pulled down his tights! With his arse out, Shawn lands a flying elbow on Razor. Shawn then sets the ladder up in the corner and in one of the most replayed moments of all time, the heartbreak kid comes flying off the top of the ladder hitting a big splash on the (official) champion. Both men continue to use the ladder on one another but neither man can climb up and get the titles. The crowd go nuts as Razor climbs the ladder. Michaels comes flying off the top rope and smashes him off it though. We get a cool moment when both men fight on top of the ladder, Razor throws Shawn off then Razor falls off himself.
The ladder is clearly mangled now and doesn’t look like it could hold either man! I’m sure they’ll have a spare. Shawn fires Razor off the ropes and hits the superkick! He then motions for the Razors Edge but instead hits him with a piledriver. We’ve seen plenty of those tonight. Micahels sets the ladder up over Ramon and climbs up it but Razor barges the ladder over. Michaels goes flying and gets his foot caught up in the ropes! This gives Ramon free access to climb up the ladder and grab the belts! Razor Ramon wins in one hell of a match!
Rating: 8.5/10* Match Of The Night
Backstage now to I.R.S, Double J, Rick Martel and The Headshrinkers who are all fighting over who should be captain of their team! And then Vince McMahon announces that match isn’t going to happen because they can’t decide on a captain!
Todd is up with Bill Clinton again who has a new guest in his box, Ted Dibiase. Everybody has a price for the million dollar man.
Wrestlemania 9 now and we see a bit from Yokozuna beating Bret Hart.
And now to some clips of Bret Hart doing his thang. And now Yokozuna squashing people.
Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart – WWF Title Match
Burt Reynolds is out as the special guest ring announcer. And he announces our special guest referee who is non other than the returning Rowdy Roddy Piper. Great to see him back, I marked out! The last time he was in ring was at Wrestlemania 8 when he took on and lost to Bret Hart. They were friends though so he won’t be looking for revenge. Or will he?! I can’t see this match going on too long. Both men will be shattered. It’s funny how this has come full circle. Yokozuna has been though Hogan, Luger and Undertaker but he can beat the man he originally beat for the title? Hart is limping still. He sells that leg like no other. Yoko attacks him before the bell and looks to make quick work of Hart. Bret is a safe pair of hands if they’re looking for a champion for the next few months. Jim Cornette gets involved but Roddy Piper soon sees him off. Yokozuna misses a splash on Hart which should make for the start of a comeback. Madison Square Garden always has a distinctive look for shows. Hart knocks Yoko down with a headbutt but he does himself some damage. You shouldn’t headbutt a Samoan. Erm, I mean Japanese man.
Bret hits some right hands and then knocks down the champion with a double axe handle. Bret then covers him but Cornette drags Piper out of the ring! Piper shrugs and levels Cornette with a right hand, that’ll show him. Yokozuna has the advantage back in the ring though and he hits his trademark legdrop on the challenger. This is Yokozunas fourth Wrestlemania match in two years, so far he’s won 2 and lost one. He throws The Hitman to the outside and Piper starts his count. Bret gets back in and Yokozuna Irish whips him before missing the avalanche in the corner. Bret thinks quick and nails a bulldog off the second rope. He then hits his trademark elbow off the second rope. It’s advantage Bret Hart now after a near fall he nails his Hart Attacks clothesline which earns him another near fall. Bret comes off the second rope but gets caught with a belly to belly suplex. Yokozuna then motions for his Banzai Drop. The fans break out in a “Let’s go Bret” chant but the champion goes up to the second rope but loses his balance! Bizarre, I’m not sure if Piper was supposed to knock him off but he clearly didn’t! Hart hooks his leg and Piper counts the three! Bret Hart wins! We’ve got a new champion and it couldn’t go to a better man. Yokozuna chases Piper to the back as Hart gets up to his feet.
It was a short match as expected but it was decent for what it was. Obviously it wasn’t the technical affair that Bret vs. Owen was earlier but it was a good David vs Goliath match. Lex Luger is out in the ring now and he shakes the champions hand. Roddy Piper then comes back out and then some of the faces pour out from the back, guys like Razor Ramon, the 123 Kid, Sparky Plugg and Tatanka. Burt Reynolds and Rhonda Shear also celebrate in the ring then out comes Randy Savage. Happy scenes in the ring as it fills up with guys like Gorilla Monsoon and Pat Patterson. Owen Hart then comes out and just stares at his brother. Vince McMahon is also in the ring now. There’s no commentary at this point. Owen shakes his head and leaves and we’re left with the scenes of Bret Hart celebrating his WWF title win.
Wow, that was Wrestlemania 10. No less than 5 title matches, more than any pay per view in history before this. Only one change though and that was the biggest of them all. Bret would start the night in a match against his brother Owen. On nearly any other pay per view this would have been match of the night but on this night it takes second. It would have been very easy for Bret to win this match then go on to win the title but instead Owen won in a true breakout moment for The Rocket. The second match was the mixed tag match with Bam Bam, Luna, Doink and Dink. The feud between Bam Bam Bigelow and Doink seemed to come to a close tonight in what was a light hearted fun match. I don’t know if it was his new ring gear or the fact he was teaming with a midget but Doink seemed really tall in his match tonight. None the less, I think Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna were the right winners for this one.
The third match of the night was between Crush and Randy Savage. This match was ok but I think the gimmick ruined it. Just have a singles match between the two. This was Randy Savages last PPV match in the WWE so ‘m glad he went out on a high. Crush is looking better than ever so I hope he can grow some momentum. I can definitely see him moving on to a feud with Bret Hart for the title. The next match was the first title match of the night between Leilani Kai and champion Alundra Blaze. Blaze is the new face of the womens division and Leilani Kai is the grizzled veteran and the only person to wrestle on this card who wrestled at the original Wrestlemania. Blaze won in a good match actually, a huge improvement on womens matches in the past.
Then we had the tag team title match where The Quebecers retained their titles, losing by countout to Men On a Mission. I would have had the Quebecers win cleanly but this is the way it went down. Men On A Mission were probably the third most over team behind The Steiner Brothers and Smoking Gunns so there was no rush to get the belts on them. And The Quebecers are so awesome, why have them drop the belts? A forgettable match followed by an average one in Yokozuna and Lex Luger. I think at one point Luger was scheduled to win the WWF title but due to whatever circumstances it wasn’t to be. Mr Perfect was obviously the wildcard and he turned his back on Lex Luger and the fans much to everyones suprise. Luger should still keep a spot in or around the main event probably feuding with Perfect.
After the three title matches we had a quick squash between Earthquake and Adam Bomb. To me, this didn’t make any sense. Earthquake was past his best and returned for whatever reason but he wasn’t going to get the big storylines that he used to. He should have returned to put over the up and comers. Adam Bomb is by far one of the coolest guys on the roster and a solid mid carder so I don’t understand why he lost like this. Meh, this is probably the biggest disappointment of the night. But that was followed by the highlight of the night. Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon in the first ever ladder match. An absolute classic that set the bar for these matches in the future. Razor wins and retains the Intercontinental title in what seems like the beginning of a feud. Just an incredible match with some amazing spots.
Sadly the ladder match overrun which meant that a ten man tag match between Tatanka, Sparky Plugg, The 123 Kid and The Smoking Gunns and I.R.S, Rick Martel, Jeff Jarrett and The Headshrinkers. It would have been nice to see those ten guys on the show. Especially the likes of Tatanka who was one of the biggest babyfaces in the company at the time. We then had the main event between Bret and Yokozuna which was relatively short because of both men pulling double duty. Hart wins the title though which allows Yokozuna to take some time off due to his increase in size.
The ladder match and Bret/Owen were the obvious highlights of this show and are the main reasons that this PPV is ranked second in my ranking of Wrestlemanias up to this point. It was the last PPV match of the great Macho Man. What’s significant is the amount of wrestlers on this show that are no longer with us. Guys like Savage, Crush, Yokozuna, Mabel, Doink, Bam Bam Bigelow, Luna, Mr Perfect and Earthquake.
Overall Rating: 54/100 (Ranked Joint 11th out of 38)
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Six things I’d like to point out:
1.Doink really lost his entire luster when Matt Borne left and Ray Apollo took over. Fans were cheering, but I was very sad that the mean jokes and sick entrance music were gone.
2.Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb was originally supposed to have been Earthquake facing off against Ludvig Borga, who had been off TV due to his ankle injury two months earlier.
The WWF kept plugging Borga’s presence until about one week before the PPV, when they finally realised he would not be ready in time and thus slipped Bomb into his spot.
3.Either the Steiner Brothers or the Smoking Gunns would’ve been better opponents for the Quebecers.
4.The urban legend that Luger was scheduled to win the World Title here and spilled the beans about it the night before at an NY bar is completely false, because Luger was actually in Conneticut with his family, as they were visiting some friends the night before.
Also, Vince was smart enough to listen to the mega-sized pop that Bret got from the Providence fans at the Royal Rumble, as well as the boo’s that Luger received from that same crowd.
5.The New Kids on the Block lad was Donnie Wahlberg, older brother of Mark Wahlberg. Also appearing at this PPV was Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills 902010 fame.
6.Right after the Shawn/Razor ladder match, there was supposed to be a ten-man tag-team match pitting Tatanka, The 1-2-3 Kid, Bob Holly, & the Smoking Gunns against IRS, Jeff Jarrett, Rick Martel, & the Headshrinkers.
However, the match was scrapped due to the ladder match running longer than expected thanks to Shawn and Razor ignoring timekeeper Mark Yeaton’s instructions.
In fact, Holly recalls in his book “The Hardcore Truth” how Macho berated Shawn and Razor backstage for allowing their match to go on *WAY* over their alloted time:
“[Macho] ripped [Shawn and Scott] a new asshole and called them selfish motherfuckers. He told them that they had disrespected the other boys by taking their TV time and their spot on WrestleMania in order to go over their time allowance. Randy felt it was a ‘screw you’ to everyone else, that Shawn and Scott thought that their match was going to be so good that they could screw 10 guys out of a WrestleMania appearance and a payday.”
On the plus side, the ten-man tag match was taped the next night, and was shown on the April 4th edition of Raw, with Team IRS getting the win when IRS pinned the Kid after Kid hit the corner. This match was included on the UK-exclusive WWF Mania VHS tape, which was hosted by Johnny Polo.