Welcome everybody to this Wrestlemania 11 review! The biggest show of the year coming live tonight from the Hartford Civic Centre in Hartford, Conneticut. There are just seven matches on the card tonight, so let’s see where we stand.
The WWF Champions is still Big Daddy Cool Diesel. He beat Bob Backlund in 8 seconds last November and has successfully defended his title against the likes of Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett and Bret Hart. Now Diesel must defend against the man who won the Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels. There’s a lot of history between Michaels and Diesel, the two men who used to be best friends. Now they go one on one at the grandest stage of them all. But Shawn Michaels has a new bodyguard now, Sid.
Jeff Jarrett is still Intercontinental champion and he defends against the man that he defeated for the gold, Razor Ramon. Jarrett will be joined by The Roadie but this time Ramon is joined by his buddy, The 123 Kid. At The Royal Rumble The 123 Kid and his partner Bob Holly defeating Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the finals of a tournament to crown new Tag Team Champions. The next night on Raw Kid and Holly dropped the belts to the men they replaced in the tournament, The Smoking Gunns. Tonight the Gunns defend their titles against Owen Hart and a mystery partner.
Thr big feud that has been garnering mainstream attention is between Bam Bam Bigelow and American football player Lawrence Taylor. At the Royal Rumble Bigelow shoved Taylor and in the weeks after the event Bigelow challenged Taylor to a match. LT accepted and tonight we have our first wrestler vs. football player. We also have a rematch between Bret Hart and the man who defeated him for the WWF title at Survivor Series, Bob Backlund. Hart and Backlund meet in a submissions match tonight where the loser submits by shouting “I Quit”. That should be the end for this feud.
The other main feud heading into this one is between The Undertaker and King Kong Bundy. Bundy left Undertaker on his back at The Royal Rumble and now the two big men square off. With the Million Dollar Corporation still in possession of Undertaker urn could the dead man win without it? The other match tonight is between British Bulldog and Lex Luger and The Blu Brothers.
We get a highlights video of previous Wrestlemania’s to kick things off, mainly showing the celebrities at each Wrestlemania. Run DMC, Cindy Lauper, McAuley Caulkin etc and then to this years with Pamela Anderson, Jenny McArthy, Salt N Peppa and a load of people I’ve not heard of. Not for a special Olympian to sing America The Beautiful. Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary for this one. A few cliche’s done and it’s time for our opening match.
The Allied Powers (British Bulldog & Lex Luger) vs. The Blu Brothers (Jacob & Eli Blu)
Lex Luger and British Bulldog team up for the first time and what a comedown this is for Luger. Last year he was fighting for the WWF title, losing to Yokozuna. Now they take on The Blu Brothers who are making their Wrestlemania debut, led to the ring by Uncle Zebekiah. Both teams go straight into it and the Allied Powers clean house, taking down the Blu’s with powerslams and clotheslines. Bulldog and Luger were two of the final four in the Royal Rumble, you’d think they would have more for them than the Blu Brothers. Jacob and Eli were in the Royal Rumble too, mostly to make up the numbers. British Bulldog start the match against one of the twins. The Blu Brothers are undefeated up to this point. They do a good job of double teaming The Bulldog. The last Wrestlemania British Bulldog fought at was Wrestlemania 7, 4 years ago when he defeated The Warlord. The Blu’s take him down with a double big boot. Bulldog starts a comeback but Jacob and Eli swap places and it’s back to the big men with the advantage. They get the first near fall of the match.
Jerry Lawler claims that Bulldog has only lost once at Wrestlemania before. Well that’s inaccurate because he lost at both Wrestlemania 3 and 4. He tags in Lex Luger now who takes down everyone! He hits a clothesline and a big powerslam but chooses not to make the cover. He then takes the other twin down before hitting the flying forearm on the main man. The cover is broken up though. All four men get in the ring and the referee manages to retain order but the twins swap places again after some distraction from Uncle Zeb. Bulldog manages a blind tag and comes off the top with a sunset flip as one of the twins tries a powerbomb. Bulldog pins his shoulder to the mat and gets a three count! British Bulldog and Lex Luger get the win as you would expect. Vince McMahon says they’ll be teaming up for a long time. Jim Ross is in the entrance way with Uncle Zeb who says that they pinned the wrong guy.
Not a great start to the night, it was a sloppy match between four big men. Not a memorable match for any of these guys.
Gorilla Monsoon is backstage with Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett is confident but Monsoon tells him that he’ll be losing tonight. Jarrett then says that aint they great!
Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Razor Ramon – Intercontinental Championship Match
This is a rematch from the Royal Rumble but this time it’s Jarrett defending the title. Jeff has The Roadie in his corner whilst Ramon is accompanied by The 123 Kid. Razor is so popular. He gets a big pop as he comes out. Kid is wearing some sort of Japanese jude suit. Razor is looking to become a three time Intercontinental champion tonight. Razor rushes Jarrett before the bell. This is Ramons third Wrestlemania, he’s previously defeated Bob Backlund and Shawn Michaels so he’ll be looking to make it three from three. Jeff makes his Wrestlemania debut in this one as his match was dropped from last years event due to time constraints. Ramon takes down Jarrett with a slap and gets a near fall. It’s all Razor in the early going as he clotheslines Jeff to the outside. 123 Kid ha s a little big of history with Jarrett having defeated him in the King Of The Ring Quater Final in 1994. Jeff takes Razor down from the outside then slides back in. Razor slaps Jarrett into Roadie who was up in the apron then gets another near fall. Ramon then goes for the Razors Edge but Roadie pulls Jarrett down. Lots of boo’s for that one. Jarrett then makes a beeline for the locker room but The 123 Kid prevents him.
Razor gets another near fall before Jarrett gets back into the mat. Roadie gets involved but it soon backfires with Razor taking him out of the match then launching Jarrett onto his own man! There are a lot of photographers around the ring. Mainly getting in the way. Jeff hits a neckbreaker and a couple of dropkicks before strutting across the ring. Razor has been in every Intercontinental title match on PPV since Summerslam 93. Either Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon have been in every IC title match since Summerslam 92. Jarrett locks on a sleeper hold now as the crowd get behind Razor. Razor only lost one of his seven pay per view matches in 1994 and that was to Owen Hart in the King Of The Ring final. He collides head on with Jeff and both men go down. Both men get up and it’s Razor with some hard right hands before he hits his trademark fallaway slam for a two count. 123 Kid then gets involved but Jarrett kicks him into the railing. That’ll teach him. Ramon then attempts to come off top but Jarrett got out of the way.
Jeff targets the weak knee of Razor Ramon now and locks on his figure four! The Roadie helps Jeff Jarrett, grabbing his arms for extra leverage. Razor manages to turn Jeff over though, reversing the hold! Kid once again tries to get involved but the referee sees it and this allows Jarrett to get out of it. He can’t maintain the advantage though and Jeff hits a back suplex off the top. Razor motions for the Razors Edge now, let’s see if he can do this with his bad knee. He gets Jarrett up but The Roadie gets involved, attacking Razors knee from behind! The bell rings for disqualification and The 123 Kid gets involved, attacking The Roadie! Jarrett takes out The Kid though and all hell has broken loose as Jarrett locks on the figure four on Kid! Razor wins his third Wrestlemania match in a row but he doesn’t go home with the title. Jarrett leaves with a bloody nose and the Intercontinental title. Back to back wins for the faces so far tonight.
Backstage now to some bloke from NYPD blue who is hanging out in the green room. The Million Dollar Corporation are present with Jenny Mcarthy. Michaels body guard Sid is also around and they seem confident that they’ll be beating Diesel later on.
King Kong Bundy vs. The Undertaker
King Kong Bundy wrestling means that every pay per view since the first Wrestlemania has featured somebody wrestling that wrestled at the first Wrestlemania. Bundy wrestled at the first three Wrestlemania’s, winning at the first but losting at the next two. Bundy actually main evented Wrestlemania 2 against Hulk Hogan. The Undertaker is wrestling his fourth Wrestlemania having previously defeated Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts and Giant Gonzalez. This feud goes back to the Royal Rumble where King Kong Bundy got involved with The Undertaker after his match with I.R.S. Bundy also tried to get involved in Undertakers match at Survivor Series against Yokozuna. Ted Dibiase is the cornerman for King Kong whilst Paul Bearer is ever present for The Undertaker. American League umpire Larry Young is the referee for this one. Undertakers last PPV loss was at Royal Rumble 94 when he lost to Yokozuna over a year ago. Undertaker starts well with his throat thrusts then hits his clothesline from the top rope. He can’t get Bundy off his feet though. It takes a number of clotheslines to do that.
Undertaker gets distracted by Ted Dibiase who holds Undertakers urn and the Dead Man swipes it from Dibiase and gives it Paul Bearer which gets a huge reaction from the live crowd. Three of Undertakers last four PPV matches have been against Million Dollar Corporation members. Dibiase then calls down another one of his men, Kama! Kama runs down and grabs the urn of Paul Bearer which distracts The Undertaker again. Kama then runs to the back with the urn! Jim Ross catches Kama in the entrance way and Kama says that he’s going to melt down the urn into a chain for his neck. Back in the ring King Kong Bundy takes Undertaker down. He powerslams Undertaker to the canvas and gets a two count before locking on a sleeper. Paul Bearer does such a good job of being creepy on the outside. Bundy then avalanches Undertaker in the corner, which I believe is his finisher. Undertaker has a second wind though and hits a powerslam on Bundy before hitting a huge clothesline. And that’s enough for the three count! Undertaker defeats King Kong Bundy, making it back to back PPV wins in 1995, four PPV wins in a row and four Wrestlemania victories. This match was ok, plenty of drama in and out of the ring, it looks as though Undertaker with take on Kama next.
Back to the bloke from NYPD blue who is spreading rumours that Pamela Anderson has left. Some of Lawrence Taylors mates turn up including Steve McMichael and they all call out different members of the Million Dollar Corporation. NYPD matey then bumps into Bob Backlund who is playing chess with some young boy. The boy defeats Backlund then passes Backlunds quiz. Strange backstage segment!
Now to Gorilla Monsoon who is backstage with Paul Bearer. Bearer is devastated that they lost the urn again. Undertaker then joins up and says he’ll take down everyone in the Million Dollar Corporation until he gets the urn back.
The Smoking Gunns (Bart & Billy) (c) vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna – Tag Team Title Match
Well for this one, Owen Hart has a suprise partner. It would have been disappointing if Owens partner was Jim Neidhart. Owen says that he picked the man that once defeated his brother for the World Heavyweight title, Yokozuna. To be fair Yokozuna got a pretty good pop. Yokozuna is looking bigger and more bearded since the last time we saw him. Owen gives Yoko a big hug. Billy and Bart are suprised by Yokozuna but they reckon they’ll be leaving as tag team champions tonight. The Smoking Gunns recently beat The 123 Kid and Bob Holly for the tag team titles but how will they fair tonight. This is their Wrestlemania debut as their match was dropped from last years card. Owen Hart has previously beaten Bret Hart and Skinner at Wrestlemania but lost to Mr Perfect. Owen Starts the match with Billy Gunn. Gunn slaps Owen Hart and tags in Bart who doesn’t have as much success. Owen tags in Yokozuna who slams Bart down but misses with an elbow. Owen is tagged back in. You’d have to go back to King Of The Ring 94 to find a PPV win from any of these guys.
The Smoking Gunns double team Owen Hart with quick tags, getting their first near fall of the match. Bart sends Hart face first into the corner for another near fall. We then get a nice double team move from The Gunns. A sidewalk slam/legdrop. Owen tags in Yoko and they hit a nice drop toe hold/legdrop move which sends Billy to the outside. Out there Owen rams Billy into the ring post. Billy tries for a comeback but fails. Yokozuna then locks on a hold, wrapping his hand around Billy’s traps. Both Owen and partner Yokozuna faced Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 10 with Owen defeating his brother. Yokozuna then holds Billy and Owen comes off the top with a dropkick but Billy moves and Owen nails his partner! Billy tags Bart now and Bart disposes of Hart before taking down Yokozuna! Bart tags Billy and they go for a double team but Owen pulls the ropes down and Bart goes flying over the top rope. Yokozuna then hits Bart with a bully to belly suplex then drags him over to the corner and hits The Banzai Drop! Bart comes back in but Yokozuna disposes of him. Yoko then tags Owen and Owen thinks about going for the Sharpshooter but instead pins Billy for the three!
Owen Hart and Yokozuna win the belts and Owen jumps up and down in celebration! I’d love to see Owen Hart and Yokozuna against British Bulldog and Lex Luger in the future, especially with all the history between the four men. This match wasn’t too bad. Yokozuna has been in five title matches in 3 Wrestlemanias and won three of them.
We see some footage from the WWF Fanfest which looked like good fun. Loads of wrestlers there and gun things to do.
Now to Todd Pettingill who is with Bam Bam Bigelow. We go back to The Royal Rumble where Bam Bam shoved Lawrence Taylor. Bam Bam is confident and he doesn’t want to be known as the man who loses to Lawrence Taylor at Wrestlemania.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Bob Backlund – I Quit Match
They call it a submissions match but it’s an I Quit match. We have a suprise referee for this one and it’s none other than “Rowdy” Roddy Piper! He referee’d Bret Harts match last year at Wrestlemania too, a match Hart won. Bret is damn popular. This is the first Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 6 that Bret Hart hasn’t been in a title match. Hart goes straight after the match that defeated him at Survivor Series. It’s all Hart in the early going, you almost feel sorry for Backlund. In three of the last four Wrestlemania’s Roddy Piper has been involved in Bret Harts matches. Piper keeps asking Bob if he submits. Bret goes for the Sharpshooter but fails. Bret then locks in the figure four. “WHAT DO YOU SAY” “WHAT DO YOU SAY” is all you hear from Piper. Backlund turns over the figure four and WHAT DO YOU SAY Bret? Nope, nobody quits yet. Hart goes back to bullying Backlund.
Eventually Bob gets the advantage and as Piper once again puts the microphone in Harts face Hart swipes it away. Bob then goes for the crossface chickenwing but Bret avoids it. Piper is ruining this match. I think Bret is genuinley getting annoyed. Bob has an armlock applied and the crowd cheer on Bret as Piper keeps saying WHAT DO YOU SAY!? to Bret. Bret eventually gets out of it and slams Bobby. He then hits a backbreaker and his trademark elbow from the second rope. Bret then sets up for the Sharpshooter but he can’t get it tied on. Bret misses an elbow on Backlund and goes straight into the ring post. Bob then motions for the crossface chickenwing and gets it locked on! Bret reverses it though and locks on his own crossface chickenwing! Piper shoves the mic in Backlunds face and he definitely says no but Piper reckons he said yes and the bell rings! Hmmm, that was awful. Really hard to watch. Bret gets the win back from Survivor Series though.
Backstage to NYPD blue who says Pamela Anderson has left the building and there have been some celebrity changes. At this point you’d probably think she hasn’t even turned up.
Todd Pettingill backstage with Diesel now says that he’s played Sids roll before and he knows Sid will get involved but tonight Diesel will be taking home the title.
Diesel (c) vs. Shawn Michaels – WWF Title Match
All the various celebrities including young chess playing boy and NYPD come out to be special guest ring announcers and time keepers. We’ve had five matches so far and four of them have been won by the babyfaces. Shawn Michaels comes out first with Sid and Jennifer Mcarthy. Michaels gets a pretty good reaction. Diesel gets a bigger reaction though but you can tell both guys are over. Diesel comes out with Pamela Anderson! And she looks good. Diesel quickly cleans house, taking Michaels out. Once again the WWF title match doesn’t close the show. Wrestlemania 10 is the only PPV to have had a WWF title match to close the show in the last 18 months. It’s a quick start to the match with Michaels running back and forth but getting clobbered by Diesel. Diesels only pay per view win came at King Of The Ring 1994 and he won that by disqualification. He’s still looking for his first clean PPV victory. Diesel throws Michaels outside of the ring and Michaels angry at one of the photographers throws him away from the ring.
Michaels spits at Diesel which gets the big man riled up. The champion lifts Michaels high into the air but Shawn slips down and tries for a suplex but Diesel reverses it. Diesel then hits a big running knee which knocks Michaels to the outside. There has never been a heel leave Wrestlemania as WWF Champion. Michaels is looking to be the first. Sid distracts Big Daddy Cool allowing Michaels to regain his composure. Diesel picks Michaels up and drops him on the ropes. Michaels clotheslines Diesel out of the ring, skins the car then hits a high cross body to the outside from the top. Michaels hits a baseball slide on the champion. Diesel attempts an elbow on Michaels but the challenger gets out of the way and Diesel goes into the ringpost/a photographer. A “Sid” chant breaks out which was quite unexpected. It’s all Michaels now who is in a title match for the third Wrestlemania in a row. He hasn’t won either of the previous two. Back in the ring and Michaels hammers away at Diesel. He comes off the second rope with a bulldog which gets him a two count.
Michaels hits an elbow which gets him another two count. A “Lets go Shawn” chant breaks out which shows how over he is at this point. Michaels goes up top and hits an beautiful elbow but that only gets him a two count. Vince McMahon tries to sell Diesel as the underdog but I’m not having that. Diesel fights out of Michaels DDT attempts. Shawn manages to lock on a sleeper though. Diesel is in it a while until he fights his way out of it. Diesel starts a comeback now with Irish Whips and clotheslines. He almost pulls Michaels tights down both at the front and back. He hammers Shawn down to the outside where both men hammer away at one another. The referee jumps down to get Sid away and twists his ankle! Michaels and Diesel get back into the ring where Michaels hits his crescent kick. He pins Diesel for more than a three but the referee isn’t in position! Sid throws the ref back in but he only counts the two! The crowd boo, showing that they are right behind Michaels. Sid then cuts off the turnbuckle, I bet Michaels face will be going into that.
Michaels goes up to the second rope but Diesel catches him and hits a sidewalk slam. Diesel then slingshots Michaels across the ring but they are miles away from the corner and Michaels ends up going into the second buckle instead of the exposed top turnbuckle. Diesel hits a big boot which gets a mixed reaction then motions for the Jackknife. It’s amazing how mixed this crowd is. Diesel hits the Jackknife which gets the three coun! Big Daddy Cool gets a decent pop for winning. He then celebrates with both Pamela Anderson and Jenny Mcarthy! This wasn’t a bad match to be fair. It didn’t feel like a Wrestlemania main event but it was good. This is the first Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 3 where the WWF title hasn’t changed.
Rating: 7/10* Match Of The Night
Michaels is backstage and not happy that he didn’t win. He had Diesel covered for the three and the referee was nowhere to be seen. Sid also isn’t happy and says that Michaels isn’t finished with Diesel.
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor
The Million Dollar Corporation members come out first. King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, Nikolai Volkoff, Kama, Irwin R Shyster and Ted Dibiase. They all jog out, time must be short. Dibiase hasn’t had a great night with Bundy losing early on so he’ll be hoping for a win in this one. Some American Football players come out next. Suddenly all hell breaks out with the Football players and the Million Dollar Corporation all going at it! Bam Bam comes out and scared Salt N Peppa who are on a stage at ringside. I assumed they would sing Lawrence Taylor in, but they didn’t. With only one match having heel winners tonight, surely Bigelow will defeat this American football player? The two men start face to face. Pat Patterson is the referee for this one. He explains the rules and Taylor slaps Bigelow and follows it up with a tackle which gets the crowd going. Taylor then clotheslines Bam Bam outside the ring! A big “LT” chant breaks out in the arena. Back in the ring and Taylor hits a bulldog! He follows it up with a hiptoss! This has not been a good start for Bam Bam Bigelow.
Bam Bam soon turns it around though and he takes it to LT. Taylors selling isn’t the best, he doesn’t stay down for long enough. Can’t expect too much though. Bigelow powerslams Taylor but misses with a headbutt. Bam Bam keeps the advantage wearing Lawrence down slowly. Bigelow goes for a Boston Crab but LT blocks it for a few seconds before getting locked in. Eventually LT gets out of it and he hits a big belly to back suplex! His advantage doesn’t last long as Bigelow slams him down, hits a legdrop then goes up top and hits a moonsault! Surely it should be over but Bigelow rolls off Taylor holding his knee. Bigelow looks hurt but he rolls back over to Taylor and covers him but just gets a two count. Lawrence then hits a powerbomb on Bigelow for a two count. A powerbomb! Unbelievable. Bigelow hits a big kick to get back into the match. Bam Bam goes up top again and hits the headbutt from up there! Taylor kicks out though! He’s hit all of his big moves but can’t put LT away. Taylor then finds a second wind and hits a 3 point stance in Bigelow not once but twice!
Taylor then goes to the second rope and hits another 3 points stance. He hooks the leg of Bigelow and gets the three! Lawrence Taylor wins the match! Unbelievable. The other footballers hold Taylor up whilst Jim Ross catches up with Ted Dibiase. Dibiase is shouting at Bigelow saying that he embarrassed him and the Million Dollar Corporation! Another big babyface win. I really don’t like that Lawrence Taylor not only kicked out of the moonsault and flying headbutt but he won the match. Ridiculous.
And that was Wrestlemania 11. It was quite a concise card with only a few matches. It seemed like less matches than any previous Wrestlemania. The show started with British Bulldog and Lex Luger taking on the Blu Brothers. With Men On A Missions heel turn it’s a wonder why The Allied Powers didn’t fight them instead. In any case Bulldog and Luger two main eventers in their own right beat Jacob and Eli in a pretty straight forward match. Secondly was the match between Razor Ramon and Jeff Jarrett. This was of course a rematch from Royal Rumble but the quality wasn’t as good. Jarrett is getting quite the push at the moment and although he didn’t win the match he is still champion.
Undertaker and King Kong Bundy met in a battle between two monsters. I love Undertakers look at this stage in his career. His feud with the Million Dollar Corporation continues here and certainly doesn’t end. If the match with I.R.S at the Rumble was to set this match up then this one was used to set up a match between Undertaker and Kama. Undertaker wins this one and continues his undefeated Wrestlemania streak. The Smoking Gunns defended their tag team titles against Owen Hart and his mystery partner next. The mystery partner turns out to be Yokozuna and the two men beat The Gunns fairly easily. I like the Smoking Gunns as tag team champions but then I would love to see a feud between Owen & Yokozuna and Bulldog and Luger.
Up next was Bret Hart against Bob Backlund. The match was pretty awful and as much as I like Roddy Piper he ruined this one. Their match at Survivor Series wasn’t great but this one was worse. I’d be glad to see the back of this feud. I’m not sure where this leaves Bret Hart as he isn’t needed in the World title picture. Maybe he’ll get involved in the Million Dollar Corporation feud. Hart vs. Bundy could be half decent. Michaels and Diesel were up next in the World title match. Continuing the trend of WWF title match before the end of the show. This was a good match and should’ve ended the show. Diesel is the first man to retain his WWF title at a Wrestlemania in 8 years. I think this was the right result, Michaels will have his chance but not yet. Finally Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow. I hate that result. Bam Bam should’ve won but this will probably lead to a Bigelow face turn.
Overall this was an ok show. Match quality wasn’t the best but all of the big names were in the show. The match results were right for the most part although I would have had Bigelow win and possibly the Smoking Gunns. The show didn’t have the Wrestlemania feel to it like a lot of others but the WWF is about to enter a new era of monthly pay per view so it’ll be interesting to see how things develop.
Overall Rating: 50/100 (Ranked 20th out of 43)
Best Match Of The Night: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels
Worst Match Of The Night: Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund
Suprise Of The Night: Yokozuna returns as Owen Harts partner
Worst Booking Of The Night: Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow
Wrestler Of The Night: Diesel
Wrestlemania 11 Will Be Remembered For: Lawrence Taylor winning a wrestling match