So I didn’t actually think I’d be getting this far with these blog posts.. But why stop now?! Here’s WrestleMania 12 for you guys!
Venue: Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
This card was actually pretty stacked with some big names in ever match. I have high expectations here..
Goldust vs Roddy Piper
This is probably one of my favourite matches ever! Just how weird it was was amazing for me! Goldust turns up in an all gold Cadillac! Roddy Piper smashes up the car with his baseball bat and hits him with a lot hard fists. Goldust manages to find some space to get back in his car, runs over Roddy Piper and then speeds off. Roddy Pipper hops in another car and chases after him.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin vs Savio Vega
This was a fairly solid match, nothing too much to write about. It was Steve Austin’s WrestleMania debut and he came into it the Million Dollar Champion, but the belt was not on the line here. The referee was down so Ted DiBiase and Steve Austin beat down Savio Vega with the Million Dollar belt. Stone Cold managed to apply a sleeper hold, and Savio was unable to respond so the match was over. A solid match, but nothing special. One thing I did like was the updates of Roddy Piper and Goldust!
Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs The Ultimate Warrior
This was also Triple H’s WrestleMania debut and The Ultimate Warrior’s WWF return. You’d think this would’ve lasted a while, but it seemed to be a squash match! The Ultimate Warrior completely no sold a pedigree from Hunter, and did his typical Warrior finish with the Big Splash.
Diesel vs The Undertaker
At this point, The Undertaker was 4-0 at WrestleMania. Diesel probably had one of the best chances of beating The Undertaker out of all of his previous opponents. The Undertaker’s entrance was just spine tingling! Him and Paul Bearer were a fantastic partnering together, they both just enhanced one another! This match is just proof that he is one of the best talents the WWE has ever seen, and to still be going to this day is extremely impressive! This strong match ended with The Undertaker hitting a perfect Tombstone Piledriver to Diesel to extend his streak to 5-0, something they did not even pick up on yet!
Goldust and Roddy Pipper return
These two come speeding back into the arena’s car park from off of the main road. This one finished with Piper stripping down Goldust.. I think I’m going to think of the first half of this encounter the next time someone reminds me of these two..
Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart in an hour Iron Man Match for the WWF Championship
This match is majorly over hyped by many, but also majorly under appreciated by others as well. Yes, this match was pretty boring for the most of it, but to be able to entertain for the majority of an hour and to be able to perform as well as they did for over an hour is pretty damn impressive! With 40 seconds left, Bret Hart had Michaels in the Sharpshooter, but HBK held in and did not tap.
Bret Hart assumed this meant that he retained the title, so he left the ring with his Championship. Howard Finkel then announced that these two would have to continue the match under sudden death rules. A pissed of Hart came back into the ring then and started hitting hard blows to Shawn Michaels. The Heart Break Kid hit a superkick out of nowhere to Bret Hart, and then as both me got back up, he hit another one. After 1 hour 1 minute and 52 seconds, Shawn Michaels pinned Bret Hart to win his first ever WWF World Heavyweight Championship. This match was by no means perfect, but I applaud these two performers for being able to survive that long in the ring together, and still put on a good show!
This was a much better WrestleMania than the year before! It was good to see a lot more household names coming onto the card now with the likes of Steve Austin and Triple H making their debuts here. It was just very entertaining for me, as it had a lot to offer everyone. Thanks for reading this one guys! I’ve really being enjoying these lately, and I really cannot wait for WrestleMania 32 this year now! Stay tuned for my Look Back at WrestleMania 13 blog post tomorrow!