Welcome back to my Road to WrestleMania! Sorry that it is up a day late, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Owen Hart vs Bret Hart
My word, what a match to kick off WrestleMania! This has gone down as one of the finest wrestling matches we’ve ever seen. Coming into this one, Bret Hart and Lex Luger were both announced as winners of the Royal Rumble, and so they would both face Yokozuna for a chance for the WWF Championship, but in two different matches. Lex Luger was to face Yokozuna first, with Bret having his shot in the main event.
The early stages were full of wrestling holds from both guys, with neither being able to take a real advantage. Owen was the first to move on his brother, Bret, and hit a piledriver. He went to the top rope, but missed with the connection, allowing Bret some breathing space. This didn’t last too long however as Owen Hart would work on the left leg of Bret Hart.It was soon Bret’s turn to hit a piledriver on his brother, and then he executed a crisp superplex from the top rope, only to have Owen kick out. The finish came when Bret Hart was looking to hit a victory roll on Owen, but Owen countered by dropping Bret on his shoulders and covering him for the win.
This was probably the greatest ever opener to WrestleMania in history, and you won’t see much better than this in the opener at WrestleMania for years!
Lex Luger vs Yokozuna for the WWF Championship with Mr Perfect as the special guest referee
Special guest referees always wear black and white stripes of some sort, but Mr Perfect decided to go one better by wearing a striped top, and trousers. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it? I found this match a little bit boring however. Most of it seemed to be taken up by Yokozuna keeping Luger in a hold. Jim Cornette and Mr Fuji tried to interfere in the match, but Lex Luger stopped them in their tracks, and went for the pinfall on the champion. Mr Perfect focused on making sure they were okay instead of counting the fall. Lex Luger took anger to this and put his hands on Mr Perfect. The guest referee had no choice but to disqualify Lex Luger from the match.
Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship
Now if you have never seen this match before, what is wrong with you? Go watch it now! Shawn Michaels was stripped of the belt because he did not defend it that much. Razor Ramon won a Battle Royal to become champion, however Shawn Michaels still decided he was the true Intercontinental Champion.
No piece of writing will truly be able to capture how god damn good this match was. We saw all sorts of high risk maneuvers from Shawn Michaels using the ladder. However he managed to get caught up in the ropes, which allowed Razor Ramon to capture both belts. Many ladder matches fail to be anywhere near as good as this one was, and a lot of people put that down to the use of too many ladders. This match was so simple with having two men and a ladder, but it shows that it is way more effective than what we normally see these days.
Bret Hart vs Yokozuna for the WWF Championship
In the main event of the evening, we saw a rematch from the year before. The difference was that we had Roddy Piper as the special guest referee. Both had already featured on the card, but Yokozuna certainly showed no sign of any fatigue from his earlier contest. This match was much better than the one we saw from Yokozuna earlier in the night. It’s surprising how agile he is for such a big man!
The WWF Champion however lost his balance on the middle rope whilst attempting the Banzi Drop and fell to the mat. Bret Hart climbed on top of him to become the new WWF Champion. The broadcast finished with Lex Luger, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Razor Roman and a very young 1-2-3 Kid celebrating with Bret. Owen Hart came back out to show his annoyance at his brother winning the Championship, despite losing their match earlier on the card.
I actually really enjoyed this WrestleMania! It had two of the finest matches we’ve ever seen in wrestling history, so it needs to be ranked high because of that! Thanks for reading again guys, and my WrestleMania 11 review will be up later today!