Sunday, March 20th, 1994 – New York City, New York – Madison Square Garden – One of the few WrestleMania’s that, when I was younger, I always went to the video store and rented on VHS to see the Ladder match between Shawn Michaels and the Intercontinental Champion, Razor Ramon. A funny note to that, I always got angry at the finish of the match, hoping that the end would change each time I would go out and rent it.
One thing that I never gave thought to for this year’s WrestleMania, besides being the first Mania to hit double-digits for age, the 1994 WrestleMania was the first time Hulk Hogan won’t grace us with his presence or compete in a match with anyone! It’s odd to know that WrestleMania X was the first WrestleMania without the Hulkster. What an accomplishment!
Knowing that the Bret Hart versus Owen Hart match is a highly regarded technical match and the Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship match is an innovator to the future Ladder matches in WrestleMania history, let’s see how I enjoy both matches and the card in general.
Welcome everyone to WrestleMania X!
WrestleMania X opens with a video package reviewing the history of WrestleMania. We see a few clips from WrestleMania 1, which was held in the same arena this Mania is held, Madison Square Garden! Then we are welcomed by the classic WrestleMania theme song, and the fans going bonkers! Every WrestleMania should open like this!
Once we see several shots of the fans inside MSG, we hear Vince McMahon welcome us to WrestleMania, which, no matter how many times I watch it or hear him say it, it gives me chills to hear Mr. McMahon welcome us to WrestleMania!
Vince was in the ring to welcome Little Richard to sing “America the Beautiful.”
After Little Richard finished singing “America the Beautiful,” McMahon announced that Jerry “the King” Lawler as his color commentator, with the Chairman being the play-by-play man for WrestleMania X!
Vince McMahon tells us the opener for tonight will be Bret Hart versus Owen Hart, brother taking on his brother! With that, we are welcomed to a video package of the build-up with Bret and Owen, were it all started at Survivor Series 1993, where Owen was the only member to lose in the Hart family Survivor Series team.
Bill Dunn opens us to the first match! Let’s do it!
“The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Bret “the Hitman” Hart
When Owen’s theme hit, the fans showered him with boos, and who can blame them? Something that helped Owen to gain more heat was he walked out with a Hitman shades on and once he got to the ring, he ripped them into pieces.
When the Hitman’s theme song played, the crowd jumped to their feet and welcomed Bret to his first match at WrestleMania.
It’s always encouraging to see Earl Hebner as the referee for the opening match at WrestleMania. Along with that, I am in love with the crowd response for the first match in 1994’s WrestleMania! Everyone’s hot to see Bret and Owen grapple with one another!
The Hart brothers have the fans in their hands when they exchange counters and when they chain wrestle. They knew how much they had the fans in their hands, picking up the pace of the match when they needed to and slowed it down for they wouldn’t burn the crowd up rather quickly.
Owen was going to walk out on the match and Bret ran out and brought him back into the ring and asked him something similar to, “Why walk out? Let’s finish what you started!”
A loud “Owe” from the crowd happened when Owen hit a beautiful belly-to-belly suplex and got a two-count on his brother Bret. I jumped to my feet when I saw that belly-to-belly perfectly executed.
Lawler asked McMahon if Bret lost to Owen, would Bret be ashamed to show his face in the main event for the WWF Championship. McMahon said that he might but we wouldn’t know until we finish this match.
Something that I was surprised to see that didn’t finish the match was when Owen hit the Tombstone Piledriver on Bret and neither McMahon or Lawler called it! Owen went to the top rope to hit a flying splash and Bret moved out of the way. Come on! Granted the Undertaker wasn’t on the card either, does that mean you have to kill his finish?
McMahon at the announcers table makes the matches better for me, because when Bret hit the second-rope elbow drop, McMahon counted with Hebner, made it seem that elbow drop could of finish Owen at that moment. Thanks Mr. McMahon for doing play-by-play for as long as you did!
Lawler’s logic made sense when he mentioned that Bret should quit whenever he’s in a submission hold, giving Owen the victory, and more importantly for Bret, be as close to a 100 percent for his title match in the main event than stay in the submission.
The crowd ate up the figure four leg lock Owen had Bret in and the crowd loved Bret even more when he was able to make it to the ropes, causing Owen to break the leg submission.
Longer and longer that the match goes on, more pain Bret’s in, selling his left knee. Great selling by the Hitman.
Another perfectly executed move that was pulled out was when the Hitman hit Owen with the piledriver! I popped for that move! Great trust between brothers to hit that move.
Vince and the crowd were yelling at Bret after he hit Owen with the top-rope superplex to roll over and cover him. Once Bret did, he only got a two, and McMahon started to question what Bret has to do to put his little brother down for the victory.
Lawler put over the Sharpshooter Owen put Bret in, yelling that Bret gave up, even though he never did. Once Bret reversed it , the fans leaped to their feet, hoping that Owen would give in. Lucky for Owen, he was right by the ropes, which caused a break.
Bret was going for a victory roll on Owen and the Rocket countered and pinned Bret, shocking the live crowd in New York City and making Lawler scream at McMahon, telling Vince and us that Owen is the better brother!
Winner: “the Rocket” Owen Hart and the fans!
Using Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer 5-star system, I have to give Bret and Owen Hart’s opening match a ***** rating! I can’t see how any other opening match at WrestleMania could top this match between the Hart brothers!
McMahon threw it back to Todd Pettengill, who ran into Owen to get a few words from him. Owen told us that he feels great and he’s on cloud nine. Owen said he beat Bret and now he’ll get the recognition that he should get, finally getting out of his older brother’s shadows. Todd asked if Bret would be able to compete in the main event match and Owen told us that he doesn’t want to take anything away from his brother, since he’s a fighter, but after the beating he got from him, Bret has no chance on winning the World title later in the card.
Pettengill showed us a WrestleMania moment, showing us moments from WrestleMania 2!
Bill Done welcomes Sy Sperling, who’s the president of the Hair Club for Men, showing the hair on Howard Finkel’s head. With that, Finkel announced the following contest.
Mixed Tag Team match: Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon vs. Doink the Clown and Dink
I was surprised when the Fink announced the total combined weight when each team entered the arena, knowing that women normally don’t like to announce their weight.
The match started rather fast when Doink rolled into the ring and Bam Bam attacked Doink, enough that Doink’s still in his green jacket.
This mix tag was in no comparison to the last match, but it’s different in a good way, giving the fans inside MSG and the fans who would later watch WrestleMania X a different taste of what the WWF was doing in 1994.
Seemed that the crowd was most into the match whenever Dink and Luna were in the match, which makes me feel bad for Doink and Bigelow, since both competitors were great workers.
Dink was knocked off the apron, which caused Doink to fall off his game, giving Bigelow the upper edge, and scoring with his flying headbutt.
Winners: Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon
This match wasn’t the greatest technical match but it wasn’t built up to be either. I have to give this match a ** and ¼ * match, since the competitors had a tough act to follow and still had the fans into the bigger spots in their match.
We hear the “President’s theme song” and see the United States President, Bill Clinton. After he waved to the fans, McMahon welcomes another WrestleMania moment, which was WrestleMania 3, where we see Hogan and Andre go face-to-face before they began their main event match.
Falls Count Anywhere match: Randy “Macho Man” Savage vs. Crush (with Mr. Fuji)
The rules for this falls count anywhere match isn’t a normal falls count anywhere. Wherever in the building you score the pin (or submission), the wrestler who took the fall has to get back to the ring within sixty seconds. So in a sense, this is a variation of a Texas Death Match.
Before Crush was able to make it down to the ring, Savage ran down and attacked him maybe fifteen feet from the entrance stage.
That didn’t turn out too well for the Macho Man. Crush took control of the brawl and press slammed him into the guard rail and scored the pin. Thankfully for the Macho Madness, he was able to make it back to the ring within a minute.
Macho Man was able to pick up the second fall when he hit the flying elbow and pushed Crush to the floor and pinned him out there. Smart thinking by the Macho King. Mr. Fuji spilt water on Crush’s face to wake him back up to get him back into the ring to continue the match. Great work Fuji!
The third and deceive fall came when Macho Man brought Crush to the backstage somewhere where construction was taking place and Savage tied Crush’s legs to the scaffold. After hanging him upside down, Savage ran back to the ring for he can celebrate the victory!
Winner: Macho Man Randy Savage and his future rap career!
To be honest, this wasn’t a technical match, which is my favorite kind of match, but like the mix tag before, all three matches on the card were different and that helped this match. I have to give this match a ** and a ½ *’s because of the creative ways each fall took place.
Todd Pettengill was with the Presidential box and talked to “President Clinton.” Clinton said that he wouldn’t miss WrestleMania X for anything in the world. IRS was sitting behind Clinton and they shook hands. IRS congratulate Clinton for raising taxes for all those tax cheats in American couldn’t run away from paying their taxes.
Pettengill threw us to a video package, showing the fan fest from the weekend of WrestleMania. I guess you were able to get into the ring and have a match with one of your friends and meet a lot of wrestlers. What an awesome experience!
McMahon shoots us to another WrestleMania experience and we see clips of the Macho Man defeating four different men to become the new Undisputed World Wrestling Federation Champion!
Women’s Championship: Leilani Kai vs. Alundra Blayze (Champion)
When Blaze made it to the ring, her pyro went off, and McMahon got excited for it. Great work McMahon on putting over your women’s division!
Leilani Kai sent Blayze to the ropes and when Alundra came running back; Kai ran towards her and knocked her over, screaming. What a heel foreigner, trying to do damage to a pretty American.
A WrestleMania fact that McMahon mentioned was Leilani Kai was at the first WrestleMania. So the twice Kai made it to WrestleMania, both happened at MSG.
The finish came when Alundra Blayze hit the German Suplex bridge and scored the victory.
Winner: Alundra Blayze, still the WWF Women’s Champion!
The crowd didn’t care at all for this match and I had a hard time paying attention for the match. So judging by those two things, it appears that either the WWF didn’t care much about the women’s division in 1994 to give them much television time or the fans weren’t invested into the match, so I have to give this match a * for their effort.
McMahon brought us back to WrestleMania V for another WrestleMania moment. In this clip, we seen Roddy Piper put the “fire” known as Morton Downey, Jr. during a “Piper’s Pit” segment at WrestleMania V!
WWF Tag Team Championship: Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo with Oscar) vs. the Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre – champions – with Johnny Polo)
After Oscar rapped Mabel and Mo to the ring, McMahon sends us to the back with Todd Pettengill, who’s with Rhonda Shear from ‘Up All Night.’ Before Pettengill got to any of his questions, Shawn Michaels came to get a picture taken with her, and then Burt Reynolds showed up and ran the Heartbreak Kid off. When we came back, the Quebecers were in the ring. We couldn’t have had that interview before the match?
One of the bigger pops from the match came when Mabel came in and leg dropped Pierre. If I were Pierre, I would have asked to be on my stomach to receive the leg drop as well, because I would have been scared to watch that huge leg coming down across my neck.
The crowd got into the match when Mo was getting his backside handed to him by the Quebecers. Great way to get heat to the babyfaces and great tag work.
A spot that surprised McMahon and the crowd was when the Quebecers got Mabel up for a double-suplex. Being as big as that guy was back in 1994, that was a big spot, even now in 2013.
Men on a Mission got the victory when they did their tag finishers on the Quebecers on the outside, causing a count-out.
Winners: Men on a Mission, yet still tag champions, those darn Quebecers.
I have to give this match * star. Wasn’t too involved with the match and didn’t really get much out of it (as noticed in the amount of notes I wrote for it). The four tried their best but the crowd wasn’t involved that much into it – neither was I.
McMahon sent us to another WrestleMania flashback, to WrestleMania VI, and the clip we saw was from the main event, where the Intercontinental Champion, the Ultimate Warrior, defeated the WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan, proving, in words of Gorilla Monsoon, that “no one is unbeatable.”
The Fink brought out some celebrities, Rhonda Shear, who was our guest time keeper and Donnie Wahlberg, who was our guest ring announcer, for our first-of-two WWF Championship matches.
Wahlberg announced who our special guest referee for this main event, Mr. Perfect! The crowd popped for his return, as does Mr. McMahon, telling us that he won’t take any of Yokozuna’s crap and Lawler questions how Luger got Perfect as the referee.
WWF Championship: Yokozuna (WWF Champion with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) vs. Lex Luger
When the WWF Champion came out, Vinnie Mac put over how large Yokozuna was at the time of the 1994 WrestleMania. That is true, this man was large.
When Lex Luger’s theme hit and was announced, the crowd popped and Vince went wild for him. Vince seemed more thrilled that Luger might walk out as the new WWE Champion and may take us into the new generation. In other words, Vince McMahon was excited that Lex Luger might be the new Hulk Hogan.
Vince put over that no one knows who’ll walk into the last match as WWF Champion, to face Bret Hart. This being the only WrestleMania were the WWE title was defended twice made this card super special to me, even though I was never much of a Luger, Hart, or Yokozuna fan.
The match rolled to the outside and the fans seemed into the brawl. Once Luger got the huge WWE Champion into the ring, he flew off the top rope and nailed the champ with a cross body, Perfect went down to count the fall and after the slap of two, Yoko kicked out by stopping Perfect’s hands (which I’m surprised the announcers didn’t catch that).
When Yokozuna had Luger in a rest hold, I saw a sign in the crowd saying “LEX LOSER.” Made me chuckle to myself, I guess there were fans in 1994 who knew that Luger wasn’t that great of a wrestler.
Also during the rest hold that I was describing in the paragraph above, the fans tried to get Luger motivated to get out of the hold with chanting “USA!” but that didn’t work. Sorry Luger, try Hulking up, maybe the fans would be into your comebacks.
Luger did somewhat Hulk-Up but Yoko threw a few fists and got Luger back down on the mat and put him in another rest hold. Great job Yokozuna!
Lawler makes me laugh, I wish he would play heel color guy again like he did for this show. During this match, Lawler was ripping on Perfect for his “slow counts” towards Yokozuna and his “fast counts” for Lex Luger, trying to put over that Perfect were in favor for screwing Yoko out of the WWF title.
One thing I appreciate about Yokozuna was how beautiful his belly-to-belly suplexes were, and how beautiful he was able to pull off on Lex.
After Luger hit his running forearm finish, Fuji and Cornette came into the ring for distraction, and Luger pulled them into the ring and beat them up. After their beating, Luger covered Yokozuna and Perfect didn’t go for the count. Lawler and McMahon were in confusion on why Perfect didn’t count for Luger and crown him the new champion.
Perfect went to the Fink and walked out, saying that Luger was disqualified for putting his hands on the managers and putting his hands on him, the official.
Winner: Yokozuna, by disqualification, and STILL WWF CHAMPION! GREAT WORK LUGER, YOU’RE NO HULK HOGAN!
Something I’ve been saying for this whole blog is, this WrestleMania featured a different style of match every match we had, and I really enjoyed that. I know both workers can put on a great match, depending on who they work with, and to my surprise, since I hadn’t watched this card in years; I was entertained by Yokozuna defeating Lex Luger. I have to give this match a *** and ¾ * rating.
After Perfect got to the back, Luger was in the ring, irate on what happened, and the New York crowd was chanting “bull****!” Looking back now, I am surprised that chant made it on WWE television in 1994! I guess the fans wanted to see Luger as WWE Champion, which surprised me. Considering it now, I am surprised the WWF didn’t pull the trigger on him back then.
Pettengill ran into Perfect backstage and he explained that since Luger put his hands on the official referee, he got himself disqualified. Luger came back and Perfect told him that and since he threw the managers into the ring and punched them, which gave Perfect more of a reason to disqualify Luger. The fans booed the decision and explanation, pooping all over the decision.
McMahon sends us to another WrestleMania memory, going back to WrestleMania VII, showing us the blind fold match, having Jake Roberts taking on Rick Martell.
When we came back, the Fink introduced Harvey Wippleman. Harvey insulted the Fink on how he looks and started to rip his tux apart. After shoving Wippleman down, Adam Bomb came out to defend his manager against the Fink, and that brought out Earthquake.
Adam Bomb (with Harvey Wippleman) vs. Earthquake
The bell rings and the match begins! Earthquake made short work of Adam Bomb, body slamming him a few times and hitting him with his finish, the running sit down splash, ending the match in around 30 seconds.
I have to give this match * and ½ * for rating, simply because it was short and saved us from a possible horrible match that would of happened if it was any longer. Thanks to Earthquake for attacking Adam Bomb from behind, saving the Fink!
We go backstage with Todd Pettengill, trying to interview Yokozuna, and Cornette walked in and told Pettengill that Yokozuna still has the title and that’s the only thing that matters. Cornette felt that Mr. Perfect did a great job on being the referee and both him and Yokozuna chose Perfect to be the referee, so he can’t be upset on how he called it. Cornette brings Bret Hart up, saying that all the history with Owen and his family might cloud his vision when he faces Yokozuna later in the night for the title, and with all that he’s going thought, might hinder him more on being unable to defeat Yoko.
We get another WrestleMania flashback for WrestleMania VIII and that Mania marks an experience of the Undertaker!
Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: Shawn Michaels (with Diesel) versus Razor Ramon (WWF Intercontinental Champion)
This clouded history always interested me when I was younger. I never knew why Michaels was stripped of the Intercontinental title until I read his book. He failed a drug test (and claims he never did any drugs to fail the test) and the title was put up in a Battle Royal where the last two fought the week later and Razor won the vacant title. When Michaels came back from suspension, he gunned Ramon down, wanting his rightful Intercontinental Championship back.
After both men entered the arena and the ring, Lawler mentioned that in his eyes, Shawn Michaels is the rightful and undisputed Intercontinental Champion and Razor was “Johnny Come-Lately” on being the champion. I wished McMahon and Lawler would of explained on the feud between the two when they walked out or had a video package explain why those two are fighting for the two title belts.
Shortly after the match started, Michaels threw out Razor to the outside and Diesel closelined him down, giving Michaels more of the advantage. Because of this, Hebner threw Diesel out for his interference, wanting it to be fought evenly. Can’t blame him, the cards should be decked evenly.
When Razor got back in the ring, he got the upper hand and closelined Michaels outside of the ring, facing the hard camera. Razor followed and pulled the ring mats up and exposed the concrete floor. McMahon and Lawler mentioned it.
Both men went back to the ring and brawled a little more and Razor was going to throw Michaels out of the ring, to the concrete floor with the Razor’s Edge, but Michaels countered with a backdrop, dropping Ramon onto the cold, hard floor.
Once Ramon was out, Michaels walked and grabbed the ladder and brought it most of the way down, until Razor stopped him. Michaels was thrown into the ring and Ramon was about to throw the ladder into the ring, then Michaels baseball slide into the ladder, which made contact with the Bad Guy’s ribs, softening them up for more damage.
After the baseball slide, the Heartbreak Kid had the upper hand, using the ladder to inflict damage to the champion, weakening Ramon for he wouldn’t be able to climb up the ladder and capture the two championship belts.
Michaels set up the ladder and started to climb and Razor distracted him, pulled his trunks down, showing off a full moon inside MSG. Michaels kicked Ramon in the face, knocking him back to the floor, and dropping the elbow off the ladder.
With some set-up, Michaels pulled Ramon to the center of the ring and put the ladder in the corner, the Heartbreak Kid climbed up the turnbuckle and dove over the top of the ladder and splashed Ramon, making sure he’s unable to get back up.
Michaels moved the ladder to the center of ring and started to climb up the ladder again, trying to capture the two belts. Before he got up, Ramon got to his feet and pushed the ladder over, teaming with gravity and the top rope, closelining Michaels, having both men on the mat below.
Both men got up and exchanged some blows, and Michaels got the upper hand when he nailed the Bad Guy with the Sweet Chin Music (which wasn’t the Sweet Chin Music at the time, just a super kick that Michaels used once in a while for the hell of it). The men caught their breath, giving them a breather, and the fans. Man, what a beautiful story these two men are telling us inside that ring!
The Heartbreak Kid got up to his feet first and he grabbed the ladder and set it up in the corner and Irish Whipped Ramon to it. Well, Ramon countered, sending Michaels into it, and Michaels flopped over the top rope and landed on the concrete floor below.
After that, Ramon followed suit and brawled with Michaels outside, making sure Michaels took a beating too.
Moments later, Ramon was climbing up the ladder to grab the belts and Michaels jumped off the top turnbuckle to knock Razor off, Razor did, and the ladder crashed on top of the back of the Heartbreak Kid, which had to hurt.
Both men got back up and climbed the ladder, and Ramon suplexed Michaels off of it, giving us a faint “Holy ****” chant from the crowd. Razor fell off too, but he got back up, set the ladder back up, and climbed it again. Michaels got to his feet and dropkicked the ladder, causing Ramon to fall on the mat below, in pain. Michaels was in pain too, and it took him about 30 seconds to get the energy to come over and push the ladder on top of Ramon.
Michaels got up and pulled Razor to his feet, Irish Whipped him and nail another super kick, knocking Ramon out. After that, he gestured for a Razor’s Edge on Razor, put executed a beautiful piledriver on the champ! Michaels grabbed the ladder and climbed the turnbuckle, driving his body and the ladder into Ramon, trying to drive Ramon into the mat!
The Heartbreak Kid set the ladder up over the Intercontinental Champion and started to climb. The challenger didn’t get far up the ladder when the Bad Guy got back up. Razor started to shake the ladder, then ran to the ropes and booted the ladder, forcing Michaels to fall off and somehow get his feet tied up into the top and middle rope, letting Ramon to climb up the ladder and capture the two Intercontinental titles.
Winner: Razor Ramon, retaining the title, and being billed as the Undisputed WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
Wow! What a match! Never thought this match would have been has hard to blog as it was for me, simply because I wanted to type out every spot that they hit on each other! Because this match was the match that I grew up on and caused me to fall in-love with the industry and it set up many of future ladder matches, I have to give this Intercontinental Championship Ladder match the ***** rating. Two five-star matches on one WrestleMania in the early days is amazing!
If you never watched this match before, what’s wrong with you! Go out and watch this match! I know it’s on the Ladders 2 DVD set that the WWE put out (and that’s on Netflix). If not, it might be up on YouTube, check it out.
McMahon sends us backstage and there was supposed to be a ten-man tag match and the heels couldn’t agree on who the captain of their team should be, so we never got that match at WrestleMania. According to Wikipedia, so take it for what it’s worth, but I guess the match got kicked off the card for time constraints. Thankfully McMahon didn’t decided to shave off time from the Owen vs. Bret match, the Ladder match, or the two WWF Championship matches, since those four matches were the four main events people bought the card on pay-per-view and bought tickets to see.
McMahon sent us back to Todd Pettengill to the Presidential Box and the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase met President Clinton. DiBiase said that everybody has a price and Clinton said he doesn’t want to talk politics and wants to enjoy the show. That made me laugh. Pettengill sent us to another WrestleMania video package!
This WrestleMania moment was WrestleMania IX, where we see how Yokozuna screwed Bret Hart out of the WWF Championship. So, indirectly, we have the WrestleMania IX rematch for the main event at WrestleMania X, all wrapped around the WWF Championship!
WWF Championship match: Yokozuna (WWF Champion with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) vs. Bret Hart
Before the competitors came out, we see a video package of Bret Hart looking the only way he can look, giving us a brief history of his wrestling career. The package also included highlights of Yokozuna, showing his greatest moments of his WWF career. I enjoyed how the video put both guys over.
Burt Reynolds was our guest ring announcer and the guest time keeper was Jennie Garth.
The fans jumped to their feet when it was announced that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was announced to be the special guest referee for the second WWF Championship match! A great guy to be the referee for the main event for WrestleMania X at Madison Square Garden, where he main evented the first WrestleMania at the same arena!
I caught on rather quickly that Yokozuna was announced first for both WWF title matches and that caught me off guard, since it’s been tradition that the champion always was announced last. Unless that tradition didn’t start until after this WrestleMania, or they wanted to change it up for this card, to throw all those marks off rather fast.
Before Bret made it through the ropes, Yokozuna didn’t waste any time and attacked the Hitman, taking advantage of his challenger before his challenger had a chance to throw a punch.
One thing that I noticed too a few minutes into the match was the crowd seemed burnt out from the card. Can’t blame them since they already seen these two men twice and already seen two amazing matches and this match won’t live up to the other two great matches.
A move that made me laugh and cringe at the sight was when Hart headbutted Yokozuna, since knowing firsthand how painful headbutts can be, and how Hart sold it like he hurt himself to punish the champion, I appreciated the move attempt, until Yoko fell on his butt from the move, which showed me that the headbutt worked.
Jim Cornette distracted Piper and pulled him out of the ring when he was counting Hart’s pinfall attempt. So what does Piper do? He nailed Cornette with a fist, which laid him out. Lawler was irate over it, claiming it was favoritism, but McMahon said that Cornette got what was coming to him.
A few minutes later, Yokozuna allowed Hart to get to his feet, which I found to be silly, since that let Bret to catch his breath. Yoko sent Bret sailing to the outside of the ring, causing a ten-count to start, but before being counted-out, Bret got back into the ring, and rolled into more punishment from the champ.
Both men exchanged having control of the match, both times the pace of the match slow, since both were still tired and wasn’t able to recover fully from their matches from before.
A dumb move Bret tried to do was jump from the turnbuckle at Yokozuna, since Yoko caught Bret and hit the belly-to-belly suplex. When Yokozuna pulled Bret to the corner for the Banzai Drop. Before being able to execute the move, the champ’s footing slipped and fell backwards, giving Hart the opportunity to roll over and cover for the victory, giving us a new champion!
Winner: Bret “the Hitman” Hart, the NEW WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION CHAMPION!
Since it was both of their second match of the night, I can’t rip on them for being a slow paced match, which as a whole, was smart coming after the Ladder match, and the crowd seemed burnt out from that match. But for ratings, I have to give this match a ** and ¾ * match, since it seemed average. It lasted around ten minutes, which was a positive for it, since if it ran much longer than fifteen minutes, it would of hurt it, and I don’t think both men were able to last that long.
When Bret was celebrating with the belt, Lex Luger came out and raised Bret’s hand, congratulating him on his win. Piper, Ramon, and all the faces came out to celebrate with the new WWF Champion at the end of the night! Savage showed up, and after, McMahon took off his headset and joined the party in the ring.
Moments later, Owen Hart walked out from the stage, shocked that after the beating he gave his brother, he still pulled this out, beating Yokozuna and capturing the WWF Championship, once again.
As a whole show, I really enjoyed this WrestleMania. Like said during the review, I rented this card on VHS during the ‘90s and I was reminded with each match why. Every match was different from each other, which made that match stand out on the DVD, and for me, in my review as well. You can tell which matches weren’t as great at others by how many notes I took down for it. I can relate to the fans live on why they weren’t too into the Yokozuna/Hart match since I, too, was burnt out from watching this show. But using Dave Meltzer’s five-star rating, I have to give this card a **** star rating. I could of done without the Adam Bomb/Earthquake stuff, even though the match itself was less than a minute, and I would rather see Doink and Bam Bam Bigelow have a one-on-one match instead of the mix tag that we see.
Overall, if you haven’t seen WrestleMania X, what’s the matter with you? Go out and watch it! It’s worth the two and a half hour watch. If you have seen it, watch it again, it’s fully worth the revisit, each and every match. To my surprise at the start of the blog and before starting the show, Vince McMahon, the WWE, and WrestleMania, didn’t need Hulk Hogan for future WrestleMania’s here-on-out. Yes, the first few Hogan were needed to help get WrestleMania on the map as the Super Bowl of professional wrestling and the Super Bowl of the World Wrestling Federation.
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