OSR: WWE WrestleMania 10 Review
Back in 1994, the WWE celebrated the 10th Anniversary of WrestleMania. To do this, they returned to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Very much a different show to that of 10 years earlier, the wrestling boom was over. The New Generation was in full swing. With some WWE firsts, here is the WrestleMania 10 Review.
The opening promo featured moments from WrestleMania 1, with no attention being paid to the matches for WrestleMania 10. The commentary team for the event was Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler, as Little Richard opened the show with “America the Beautiful” before the show began.
1. Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart
The history package was shown for Bret and Owen, which dated back to Survivor Series 1993. Owen really excelled himself in the buildup to this, and used the opportunity to be taken seriously. Owen was out first, followed by Bret in what was a very surreal moment.
After some niceties between in the early moments, Owen responded with a stiff slap to the face. They had a really amazing match because the chemistry between them was completely surreal. As brothers, they knew each other really well so they knew what will work and what won’t.
They have an absolute classic of a wrestling match, which to everyone’s surprise Owen was victorious. It gave him that moment he truly deserved, before he headed backstage talking about his big moment but also how proud Stu and Helen would be of him.
Winner: Owen Hart
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon vs. Doink the Clown and Dink the Clown
Both teams made their way to the ring, but in honesty it was abundantly obvious who would win the match from the outset, plus Vince McMahon never really took midget wrestlers seriously. To give them their due, Doink and Dink did really try in the match.
The combination of Dink and Luna in the ring was just weird and difficult to grasp. Eventually, after a washout match Bam Bam and Luna were able to pick up the win in what was an instantly forgettable.
Winner: Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5,0 Stars
3. Falls Count Anywhere: Randy Savage vs. Crush (w/ Mr. Fuji)
Savage made his way out first, receiving an incredible reaction, the pomp and circumstance of his entrance was really great. It made him look important, before Crush began to make his way to the ring but was quickly attacked by Savage.
Savage was quickly unsuccessful though in am early attempt. Despite being a Falls Count Anywhere, after the pin they have 60 seconds to make their way into the ring. So after several near finishes it was no closer to a finish but nothing really happened in the match notable.
Eventually, Savage got a pinfall over Crush and tied him upside down in the backstage area. This allowed Savage to pick up the win in his final televised WWE match ever. Unfortunately, this was very forgettable and Savage deserved something better.
Winner: Randy Savage
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Women’s Championship: Alundra Blayze (c) vs. Leilani Kai
Both women were able to have a very competitive match, where Leilani was actually very dominant and looked quite impressive. Alundra almost had some difficulty in keeping up with her. Eventually, Alundra picked up the win in a surprisingly enjoyable match.
Winner: Alundra Blayze, to retain the WWE Women’s Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
5. WWE Tag Team Championship: The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) (c) (w/ Johnny Polo) vs. Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo)
Both teams made their way to the ring, but sadly there wasn’t very much about this match to maintain a level of interest. It was exceptionally dull. If anyone can name a decent match of Mabel’s, let us know! Eventually, Men on a Mission were successful – thankfully it’s over
Winners: Men on a Mission, via Count out
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Championship: Yokozuna (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornerre) vs. Lex Luger with Special Guest Referee Mr. Perfect
The guest referee was introduced first – Mr. Perfect who received a tremendous ovation, before both Yokozuna and Lex made their way to the ring. Lex tried to exert a level of dominance in this match, but was ultimately overpowered on various occasions by Yokozuna.
Lex was able to mount a comeback and slammed Yokozuna despite interference from Fuji and Cornette. When Lex went for the pin, Perfect attended to both Fuji and Cornette which irritated Lex massively. This leads to Lex shoving Perfect, which ultimately lead to Lex being disqualified.
Perfect then left the ring quickly, but was soon followed by Lex leading to a heated exchange between the pair. This was an okay match, it is what it was, nothing much was expected from it.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
7. Adam Bomb (w/ Harvey Wippleman) vs. Earthquake
As Wippleman was having an exchange with Howard Finkel, Bomb made his way to the ring but was quickly apprehended by Earthquake. In a mere squash match, Earthquake landed the Avalanche for the win. That was a thoroughly pointless match.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
8. WWE Intercontinental Championship – Ladder Match: Razor Ramon (c) vs. Shawn Michaels (w/ Diesel)
There wasn’t any background portrayed for this match, as HBK made his way to the ring first and was soon followed by Diesel. Razor then made his way out for the match to begin. The onset of the match quickly saw Diesel ejected from the arena.
The first half of the match was more a straight wrestling match with virtually no use of the ladder. In the second half, they became slightly more adventurous and began using the ladder in a variety of ways to take down their opponent.
Whilst in the current day, it would be seen as quite timid, for the time this was groundbreaking and unique. After HBK gets caught up in the top rope, Razor was able to regain the title belt. Cracking and enjoyable match, which hasn’t aged well sadly.
Winner: Razor Ramon, to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
9. WWE Championship: Yokozuna (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) vs. Bret Hart with Special Guest Referee Roddy Piper
The history package was shown for the match, which showed the excellence of Bret Hart. The guest referee was Roddy Piper, who came out to an incredible reaction. Both of the competitors made their way to the ring as the match then got underway.
Effectively, Bret took an absolute beating from Yokozuna throughout this match with very little offence. Roddy Piper added a nice dynamic to the match, and got involved physically when he knocked out Cornette.
The end of the match came when Bret pinned Yokozuna after he fell off the middle rope. This was in all honesty a little bit of a weak finish, especially for Yokozuna. The show culminated in a showdown between Bret and Owen, which signified that their feud was far from over.
Winner: Bret Hart, to capture the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
WWE WrestleMania 10 Review
It was difficult to work out what to think of this event, because bar two matches there was nothing really which stands out as overly memorable that would make you want to watch the show. Bret versus Owen was really really good, and made the show worth watching itself. This was arguably the most captivating storyline of 1994. The Ladder match was good, but with 1990s goggles on because if you watch it with the perception of today, it has unfortunately aged quite badly.
Other than that, there is nothing which makes the show stand out because this was truly the beginning of very bad gimmicks. But as said, Bret versus Owen and the story around it made this show worth watching in itself. This can of course be done as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network, that match will make it worth it!