Wrestlemania 10 Review

Times has changed. No longer where we in the Golden Age of Wrestling where Rock n Wrestling Collection was around. This new era of Wrestling was the New Generation Era where new stars had more showmanship than the old and were there to bring in new style of wrestling that departed out of the old WWF. This means no more Hulk Hogan overshadowing the spotlight no more, instead we got wrestlers like Bret Hart, Yokozuna, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, and so many more now passed down the torch to bring in a more physical and sportsman like wrestling. Though it was never as big as Rock n’ Wrestling, it was definitely a step up to the times, despite how bad they’ve became in the later years. After having 10 years of success, you know Vince McMahon had to make it a good show in celebrating the biggest show for that long. So how did Wrestlemania X deliver? Find out!

Bret Hart vs. Own Hart – This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one on one in a great brother feud and they both delivered the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. I mean it when this match was very good and it deserved to last long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. Bret Hart didn’t have a match this good since his match with Piper in Wrestlemania VIII and this was a whole ‘nother level of wrestling. I love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X!
Match Score: 6/5

Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon vs Doink the Clown and Dink – Any match that deals with Doink the Clown is an automatic shot in the foot, but what I hate about this match as it was a mixed tag team with a woman and a midget clown Dink. There was so many botches and awkward moments in this match that did not amuse me. I wanted this match to just be over with because no way could a legendary beast like Bam Bam Bigelow could ever be humiliated with jokes like these two. I also feel sorry for Luna because this was her only Wrestlemania match and she was teated like nothing in this match. At least Bam Bam won this match, but if he wasn’t a heel, he would have really squashed this match and made it short. One thing that shouldn’t be done was to bring more fight in after the match because as soon as Luna and Bigelow was about to double squash Dink, they were supposed to miss the little guy, but Luna hit him and shoved him away. What a botch. When this match as over, it should stay over and move on to the next! Doink an Dink doesn’t deserve this much air time, especially at a Wrestlemania.
Match Score: 2/5

Randy Savage vs Crush (with Mr. Fuji) – It saddens me to see that this was Randy Savage’s last wrestling match. I really don’t think this match was that bad, especially for a Falls Count Anywhere Match. But the rules here in this match was stupid where if a pinfall was made outside of the ring, the looser had to make it in the ring in 60 seconds. Crush just Guerrilla pressed Savage on a bar and pinned him. Moments later, Randy made it back in the ring and the fight continued. After Savaged knocked Crush sand out of his hand, Savage started the adrenaline. Back and forth Randy and Crush kept pinning each other out of the ring and have to continuously wait for the opponent who’s been pinned to get back in the ring. I was surprised to see the bumps that these two took that really look like it hurts like Savage tossed out of the ring and had the fight brought right in the audience’s side to the backstage. That’s something that doesn’t happen often in the New Generation Era. After he pinned Crush out of the ring, he tied Crush up in the rope just to make sure he doesn’t comeback in the ring and it was a creative finish towards a nice brawl like this one! It was a nice moment of Savage’s career and I’m happy that he won this one!
Match Score: 4/5

Alundra Blayze (c) vs. Leilani Kai – How long long has it been since we had a women’s wrestling match in a Wrestlemania? This is why we needed to get back into the New Generation Era to establish the women’s wrestling again, but it this match was an unmemorable match where Madusa was getting squashed by the monstrous Kai and struck back to her victory. I liked that Madusa made it in a Wrestlemania card and she deserved this victory! I can see that the WWF wanted to resurrect the women’s wrestling but if only they put more effort in this devision, Madusa could have been a big star.
Match Score: 3/5

Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo) (with Oscar) defeated The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) (c) (with Johnny Polo) by countout – It’s kinda sad to see that this is your tag title match of the show and this Wrestlemania just didn’t’ have that great tag team match that we were all expecting. I wasn’t a fan of Men on a Mission or the Quebecers but this match was quite fun to watch. But for what it was, it was an okay squash match. It’s one of those basic tag matches where the whole match just drags for a tag for the babyface just to have the heels get squashed. But as we’re waiting for Mo to make that tag for Mabel, I was surprised to see some of the bumps that Mo took to make the Quebecers look like a legit tag team. Though this match was left underwhelmed with a countout, it was a decent match overall
Match Score: 3/5

Yokozuna (c) (with Mr. Fuji vs. Jim Cornette) defeated Lex Luger – What’s great about this match is that Mr. Perfect is the special guest referee in this match. Yokozuna has to defend his title against Luger and Bret Hart, but the problem is that in Royal Rumble 1994, both Hart and Luger won that match which is why Yoko has to defend his WWF Championship title twice. I love the fact that Yokozuna was taken more seriously in Wrestlemania than he was last year because Yoko is the best oversized wrestler ever. As for the match goes, it was again a decent match that really shows the potential Yokozuna has over Luger. This was a match that’s all about powerhousing and squashing, but Yokozuna was able to use his size against the amazing strength of Luger. Though this match took a while to get good, Luger was able to pick himself back up and struck at Yoko with an impressive closeline strike and ended up knocking out both Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette in the process. Though the finish of this match was a bit lackluster having Luger to be disqualified by pushing Mr. Perfect, it left Kurt Henning to call a disqualification and let Yokozuna hold the Championship for his later match. It’s a good decision considering Luger doesn’t deserve the WWF Championship title and we need a better match between Yokozuna and Bret Hart than in Wrestlemania 9.
Match Score: 3/5

Earthquake defeated Adam Bomb (with Harvey Wippleman) – I’ll be honest here, this match wasn’t anything special as it lasted under 5 minutes, but it’s nice to see a wrestler from the Golden Age of Wrestling to actually show his awesomeness and I’ll say it again, you cannot handle the awesome power of the Earthquake as he squashes you. But I’m sadden that Adam Bomb didn’t get a good booking because he had to team up with Harvey Wippleman (worst manager of wrestling period) and his heel persona just overshadows his potential.
Match Score: 2/5

Shawn Michaels (with Diesel) vs. Razor Ramon – Ladder match –
This match was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV and probably the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. The reason why is because this match made Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania and this really showed that he was ready for the main event! This was the first night he stole show and he never looked back after it! No matter how many times they used the ladder against each other, each of them kept coming back after each other and punish each other some more. I’ll never forget that ingenious finish at the end where Shawn Michaels got caught up on the ropes as he struggles to free himself as Razor climbed on the ladder to reach the Intercontinental Championships. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion, a fine finish to some of the most talented and appealing wrestlers in the WWF. This was the very match that embodies the New Generation Era. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.
Match Score: 6/5

Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna (c) (with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) – Yokozuna has only one man to take care of and it was his last year opponent, Bret Hart and as atrocious as last year’s Wrestlemania was, this one here is so much better! Both of these men both had a match earlier and they both are wrestling for twice in one night in a single Wrestlemania and to see that these two men had the stamina to keep up to the main event is outstanding. However you can see how tired and hurt both men are as this match continued. Yokozuna was squashing injured Bret as he continues to punish “The Hitman” who’s not willing to give up. Yokozuna was a huge monster and for someone as seriously overweight as him is impressive to see him withstand such pain and stamina. More or less, this match was all brawls and trying to avoid any serious maneuvers that can seriously damage one another making it look like it’s impossible to see a serious impact move. The bumps that these two made were really effective as they continue to beat each other. I love the finish of this match were Yoko caught Bret Hart from mid air into a belly-to-belly suplex and was about to go for the banzai drop, until he slipped and had Bret Hart to win the WWF Championship by pinfall. Though I would have preferred it if he used the Sharpshooter and it was not as good as Bret’s earlier match with Owen, but this was the match that established Bret Hart as the big name in Pro Wrestling. It took him many years of wrestling to make it this far, but it was a huge celebration for our Hitman win the 10 years of Wrestlemania with many of my favorite babyfaces like Macho Man, 123 Kid, and Razor Ramon (except for Owen) to come in and celebrate Bret’s victory! However the brother feud still continues as Owen came in the ringside and looked at Bret in shame that he won it instead of him, even despite the fact that he bead Bret in the opening match. The feud continued after Wrestlemania that later culminate and settle the score in SummerSlam ’94 in a Cage Match. But on a performance level, business level, and even a story level, the finish at Wrestlemania X was great!
Match Score: 4/5

So was ten years in the making worth it all? Well the card had an awesome beginning, boring middle, but an awesome finish towards the end. We didn’t need a Hulk Hogan to make a Wrestlemania great, instead we had to get at least one classic match, and we got two! The opening match between Owen and Bret was the best opening match ever in any major show and the Ladder Match between Shawn and Razor was so outstanding. It’s amazing that we got two 6 out of 5 wrestling matches in this very show and it’s worth coming back to again and again. People has debated which of those two matches were better, however despite which of the two were great, we must remember that they both made Wrestlemania X special! It seriously makes up for it the horrid Wrestlemania IX and had a much better main event  rematch with Bret and Yoko. Bret and Yoko were two of the best New Generation Era wrestlers and we had them wrestle in two matches in this show, which I’m still very satisfied that they’ve done. Though there are aspects of the show that could have been better like making that mid-card of the show much better, like having an Undertaker match, make the tag team championship more exciting, and thoss out that Doink and Dink match, but for only having Owen vs. Bret and Michaels vs. Razor in this card showed that we don’t need Hogan to carried out the Wrestlemania legacy. I really love this Wrestlemania and it still continues to give me a warm feeling each time I watch it!

The Top Lister’s Score for Wrestlemania X:

                   5/5

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