OSR: WWE WrestleMania 11 Review
Back in 1995, the eleventh edition of WrestleMania took place from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. At a time the WWE was floundering, this edition of WrestleMania saw an explosion of NFL talent onto the scene. The main event pitched Lawrence Taylor taking on Bam Bam Bigelow. Recall the events of 1995 in the WWE WrestleMania 11 Review.
The opening promo looked at moments of previous WrestleMania’s. The commentary team for the event was Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler who welcomed everyone to the show. With a classical rendition of “America the Beautiful”, Special Olympian Kathy Huey opened the show.
1. The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and The British Bulldog) vs. The Blu Brothers (Jacob and Eli) (w/ Uncle Zebekiah)
The Allied Powers made their way to the ring first and are soon joined by The Blu Brothers. The match got underway, but it was exceptionally basic because Bulldog didn’t have a lot of scope to work with unfortunately.
Nevertheless, Bulldog and Lex remained in control for the majority of the match despite an interference attempt from Uncle Zebekiah. Eventually, The Allied Powers were able to pick up the win in a thoroughly pointless opening match.
Winners: The Allied Powers
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
2. WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Jarrett (c) (w/ The Roadie) vs. Razor Ramon (w/ 1-2-3 Kid)
Both men made their way to the ring, with reference being made to the history between the pair from Royal Rumble 1995. The match quickly got underway and despite interference attempts from The Roadie, Razor was able to remain in control of the match throughout the early moments.
Jeff was exceptionally gifted and solid in the ring, but also showed a great cockiness about him. Jarrett was able to mount a comeback and used a variety of moves to remain in control of the match.
Ultimately, Razor was able to mount another comeback and nearly scored the victory, until he was attacked by The Roadie. This caused the disqualification victory for Razor in a good match, which really could have being much better.
Winner: Razor Ramon, via Disqualification
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
3. King Kong Bundy (w/ Ted DiBiase) vs. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) with Special Guest Referee Larry Young
Both men made their way to the ring, as a brief video was shown highlighting their feud. However, even more so it highlighted the issues which has being apparent between The Undertaker and Ted DiBiase going back to the summer of 1994.
The match quickly got underway as Bundy attempted to get the victory over Taker quickly but was unsuccessful. This allowed Taker to really take it to Bundy takes the action to Bundy. Bundy soon enough took Taker to the outside, and used this opportunity to retrieve The Urn from DiBiase.
At this point, Kama made his way to the ring and attacked Bearer, once again retrieving the urn. Bundy remained in control of the match, until Taker nailed him with a flying clothesline to pick up the win. Honestly, that was an absolutely awful match with a horrific finish.
Winner: The Undertaker
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. WWE Tag Team Championship: The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn) (c) vs. Owen Hart and Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette)
Owen made his way to the ring first, and introduced us to his mystery partner Yokozuna who made his way to the ring. They were quickly joined by their opponents for the match, The Smoking Gunns.
Both Owen and Yoko were initially the dominant forces in this match, but Billy and Bart were able to regain some momentum. However, when Billy was left with Yokozuna, this saw him nailed with a Banzai drop.
After getting rid of Bart, Owen was tagged in and picked up the win to become the new champions. Owen was quite excited, as he and Yoko really clicked as a tag team when they shouldn’t. Owen shielded the weaknesses of Yokozuna, in what was an enjoyable match.
Winners: Owen Hart and The British Bulldog, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
5. “I Quit” Submission Match: Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund with Special Guest Referee Roddy Piper
Strangely there was no promotional video for this match, there was more hype over the guest referee than anything else. This was disappointing because both Bret and Bob did fantastically well with their feud in late 1994, including their sterling match at Survivor Series.
This match was really good and had a great technical prowess about it, but was in all honesty not on the par of their match at Survivor Series. There was a whole variety of submission moves used by both men to try and make the other quit but it was ultimately Bret who is successful.
Backlund quit to his very own chicken wing cross face. He played the character of the deranged Mr Backlund exceptionally well and made himself relevant in The New Generation. The match was still very good, but needed more time as it could have been breathtaking.
Winner: Bret Hart
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
6. WWE Championship: Diesel (c) (w/ Pamela Anderson) vs. Shawn Michaels (w/ Sid and Jenny McCarthy)
Going into this match, it was really difficult to know what to expect. Whilst HBK was good, he was still evolving as a performer and wasn’t in the position of ring general he assumed later in his career. Diesel was an okay performer, based on the provision he dictates the pace of the match.
This seemingly went out the window in this match because it because it failed to capture the imagination from. The match, from what can be recalled was a mediocre pace which went far to long. This should have been a quick and shortish match rather than the dragged out encounter it was.
HBK didn’t look bad in the match by any stretch of the imagination but he has certainly looked a lot better. Anyhow, Diesel was able to pick up the win and retain his championship to continue his reign of “dominance” throughout 1995.
Winner: Diesel, to retain the WWE Championship
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
7. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ The Million Dollar Corporation) vs. Lawrence Taylor (w/ Ken Norton Jr, Chris Spielman, Cark Canks, Rickey Jackson, Reggie White and Steve McMichael) with Special Guest Referee Pat Patterson
This was quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated contest on the card. Arguably the presence of The Million Dollar Corporation and Pat Patterson was to try and mask any potential weaknesses or botches that may have being encountered with Taylor.
But, to his absolute credit Bam Bam set the style and tone of the match. He was able to carry Taylor well, so they were actually able to produce something not that bad. Bam Bam was another very agile big man who worked well with the smaller opponents.
He sold the moves Taylor did really well and made them look really convincing. In the end, Lawrence Taylor picked up a convincing victory much to the dismay of Ted DiBiase.
Winner: Lawrence Taylor
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
The legend of WrestleMania 11 can tell you not to expect a lot from this event. However, it was nowhere near as bad as the legend makes it out to be. Granted, there was an over focus on celebrities. This spoiled it very slightly, and granted there was some stinker matches. The thing that can be taken away is that even that bad match had a little bit about them in the storyline throughout the event which aided in making it relevant.
The true moment of the night was Bob versus Bret despite it needing more time but also Special Olympian Kathy Huey singing “America the Beautiful” was very humbling. Honestly, you should watch this event asthere have been better but definitely been worse. This show gets a bad rap, so use your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network to change your opinion. If not, your missing out!
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