June 2, 2007
March 20, 1994
Madison Square Garden
New York City
Guests in order of appearances: Little Richard, Sy Sperling, Rhonda Shear, Donnie Wahlberg, Jennie Garth, and Burt Reynolds
The Heavenly Bodies defeated the Bushwhackers at 7 minutes
Little Richard performs “America the Beautiful”
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler
We see a video package detailing the build up to the family feud between the Harts
1. Owen Hart pins Bret Hart with a roll up reversal at 20:21
The Buildup: At the Survivor Series, Bret and Owen were on the same team and a miscue got Owen eliminated. He took it personally and challenged Bret to a match. The two worked it out and teamed to face the Quebecers at the Royal Rumble, but the match was stopped due to Bret’s injured leg. Owen blamed Bret for the loss and turned on him after the match. This match was set when Bret lost a coin toss as will be described later on.
Analysis: Wow, probably one of, if not, the greatest opener to Wrestlemania or any pay per view of that year. The Harts went balls to the wall for 20 minutes going hold for hold. One of the best things was the return of the King and you can hear his despise for Bret. This match definitely made Owen a star. He matches Bret on every level when many thought he couldn’t. Bret sells the knee injury like a pro. Big props to both men for the effort and you add the hot crowd and you got a classic in the making. This match is definitely in the top 20 greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. Bret moves on to the final match. Final Grade: *****
After the match, Owen claims to be the best there is, was, and ever will be and says Bret will not make it to the title match.
We see highlights from Wrestlemania 2 and the battle royal.
The announcer announces Sy Sperling to the crowd and he introduces the Fink with his new hair.
2. Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon defeated Doink and Dink the Clowns in a mixed tag team match when Bigelow pinned Doink after the flying headbutt.
The Buildup: Doink threw a bucket of water on Bam Bam last fall to start the feud. This is the closer of the feud.
Analysis: After the hot opener, they need to spell the crowd and this did the trick. Bam Bam in my opinion was always one of the most underrated big men in wrestling. The moves he did were very impressive. Doink’s character has run its course and he would be gone by early next year. Bigelow and Luna would stay together until the power of money came around in mid-94. OK match, but it should have just been Doink vs. Bigelow one on one. Well, at least the right man went over. Final Grade: **
We then see the Bill Clinton imposter in the sky box at the Garden.
Vince preps up the WWF Hotline and we see Bret Hart being interviewed.
We see highlights from Wrestlemania 3 with the record crowd and the staredown between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.
3. “Macho Man” Randy Savage defeated Crush (w/ Mr. Fuji) in a falls count anywhere match.
The buildup: Savage and Crush had a summit to try to patch up differences between the two. However, Crush betrayed Savage and dropped him with a vicious Hot Shot across the guardrail.
Analysis: This would be the swan song for the Macho Man in WWF. His tenure has been up and down, but he has had his share of moments during his time. He is no doubt one of the biggest legends in the business. He would stay around until the fall when he would go to WCW. As for Crush, he would stick around for several years with different variations of his character, but never reach the heights of his time now. As for the match, it was a pretty decent match with unique rules. Good match and it gave Savage one more moment in the spotlight. Final Grade: ***
Todd Pettingill talks with the Clinton imposter and IRS.
We then see highlights of WWF Fanfest 1994.
We go to the Paramount and Savage is there celebrating, which leads to the highlights of Wrestlemania 4 and Savage’s run to the WWF Title.
4. Alundra Blayze pins Lelani Kai with a German bridge to retain the WWF Women’s Title.
Wrestlemania debut: Alundra Blayze
Analysis: Just a quick filler match to showcase the jewel of the women’s division, Alundra Blayze. Kai was the champion ten years ago and lost to Wendi Richter. It’s only been ten years, but Kai looks like she’s aged more than that. I think many knew Kai had no chance of regaining the title. Blayze goes through her and is on to a better feud. Final Grade: **
We see highlights from Wrestlemania 5 and highlights from Piper’s Pit with Rowdy Roddy Piper, Brother Love, and Morton Downey Jr.
5. Men on a Mission (w/ Oscar) defeated the Quebecers (w/ Johnny Polo) by countout. The Quebecers retain the WWF Tag Team Titles.
Wrestlemania debuts: Men on a Mission, Pierre, and Johnny Polo
Analysis: Not a great tag match, not really worthy of a Wrestlemania match. I think the Quebecers were very underrated as a tag team and they do some nice double team moves on Mo. MOM are not really great wrestlers with very limited ability, especially Mabel. Yet Vince thought Mabel would be a great main eventer, but the jury is out on that move. This would be the last pay-per-view appearance of the Quebecers until Wrestlemania 14 and the last appearance of Johnny Polo until he would show up later as Raven. MOM did not know of the rules since they thought they won the titles by countout. Shows how smart they were. Pretty weak match. Final Grade: *1/2
We see highlights of Wrestlemania 6 and the encounter between Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.
6. Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) defeated Lex Luger by disqualification to retain the WWF Title.
The buildup: Lex bodyslams Yoko on July 4th and wants a title shot. He gets it at Summerslam and wins by countout. He then is a co-winner of the Royal Rumble with Bret Hart, so there is a coin toss to see who will face Yokozuna first. Lex wins and we get this match and the classic between the Harts.
Wrestlemania debut: Jim Cornette
Guest timekeeper and ring announcer: Rhonda Shear and Donnie Wahlberg
Guest referee: Mr. Perfect
Analysis: Oh god, what a dreadful match on all levels. Mr. Perfect adds very little and can only work so many miracles. Secondly, they sit on that nerve hold for a good 5-10 minutes, which drags the crowd down. Finally, that awful DQ ending. I know why they did it to get Perfect heel heat, but it didn’t come to fruition. It’s so bad the crowd is chanting “Bullshit”. You got to love that NYC crowd. Yoko is so limited to what he can do because of his size, and they wanted to have enough energy to get to the last match. The Lex Luger experiment has officially ended with a thud. He is a poor wrestler with very little charisma, and if he had not been shoved down our throats by being Americana, the fans would have turned on him long ago. He is shoved down the card where he belongs. Yoko moves on to the final match. Horrible match. Final Grade: *
Mr. Perfect and Luger have an argument regarding the decision.
Once again they hype the WWF Hotline and show Owen Hart being interviewed.
We see highlights from Wrestlemania 7 and the blindfold match between Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “The Model” Rick Martel
We have an in ring scuffle between Howard Finkel and Harvey Wippleman.
7. Earthquake pinned Adam Bomb (w/ Harvey Wippleman) with the Earthquake splash.
Wrestlemania debut: Adam Bomb
Analysis: Another time filler match to spell the crowd after the debacle of the last match. I think this match should not have happened, because Quake’s original opponent, Ludvig Borga, was injured. Plus, it had to get cut short due to time constraints. Not long enough to grade. Final Grade: N/A
Interview with Yokozuna and company.
We see highlights of Wrestlemania 8 and the arrival of the Undertaker.
8. Razor Ramon defeated Shawn Michaels in a ladder match to become the undisputed WWF Intercontinental Title at 18:49.
Wrestlemania debut: Diesel
The Buildup: After a fallout with Vince, Shawn was stripped of the title, and Ramon won a battle royal to compete for and later win the vacant title. When Shawn returned, he brought HIS belt with him claiming he was still the rightful champion. After numerous run-ins, this match was made.
Analysis: What can you say about this match that hasn’t been said. It has been described as the second greatest I-C title match at Wrestlemania behind Savage-Steamboat at WM 3. I feel it’s on the same level as that match. Razor and Shawn are two of the greatest athletes at the time. You add a ladder to the match and it’s a classic in the making. On paper, a ladder match may seem boring, but when you consider the moves these two do on and with the ladder, it makes the match more exciting. I think also because these two were best friends backstage made it even better. Big props to both men for their efforts in this classic. Final Grade: *****
***There was supposed to be a 10-men tag featuring IRS, Rick Martel, Jeff Jarrett, and the Headshrinkers against Tatanka, Bob Holly, 1-2-3 Kid, and the Smoking Gunns, but it was cancelled due to time constraints.***
Todd Pettingill talks with the Clinton imposter and the Million Dollar Man.
We see highlights from Wrestlemania 9 and the closing of the Bret Hart-Yokozuna match.
We see a promo for the 1994 King of the Ring.
We then see highlights of both Bret Hart and Yokozuna.
9. Bret Hart pins Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) after a failed Bonzai Drop to win the WWF title.
Guest timekeeper and ring announcer: Jennie Garth and Burt Reynolds
Guest Referee: Rowdy Roddy Piper
Analysis: This was not that bad as Bret carries Yoko to a decent match. Bret was due for justice after putting up with the antics of last year’s Wrestlemania and he gets it tonight. Just another example of the great legacy that Bret left behind. At the end of the day, Bret comes through for the company and remains the professional he is. Big props to Bret and to Yoko for a good end. Final Grade: **1/2
After the match, all the faces and celebrities celebrate with Bret and we see Owen in the aisle looking at what Bret has done as we close the show.
Final Analysis: On paper, this seemed like a weaker show than many Wrestlemanias, but it’s not all about what’s on paper. You have a hot NYC crowd, the aura of the tenth anniversary, the right amount of celebrity talent, two 5 star matches, the last great WWF moment of Randy Savage, and the crowning moment in Bret Hart’s legacy. These all add to a great show that will be remembered as one of the greatest Wrestlemanias of all time. Final Grade: A+