This is where the New Generation Era started to have their identity, however that’s a bad thing considering that this ‘Mania is all over the place and didn’t deliver a sudden impact that we all hoped for. In my Wrestlemania X review I said what “Wrestlemania 9 wasn’t, Wrestlemania 10 was” and now what Wrestlemania 10 was Wrestlemania 11 wasn’t. Though it wasn’t bad as Wrestlemania 9, however it was a horrible wrestlemania that goes back to the bad direction where 9 went. We’re talking about 1995, where it’s the worst history of the WWF in terms of fan satisfactory, business, and overall interest. This is where the WWF was certainly out of touch with mainstream and is stuck in the past. WWF is still recovering from the Steroid allegations, Pat Patterson sex scandal, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, and other big stars left for WCW and had so many wrestling fans tuning out of the WWF, and the Kliq making the booking decisions that made wrestlers in the locker room feel abused. The WWF was hurting in a bad way and it was a bad time in the company and this Wrestlemania really shows this!
The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and The British Bulldog) vs. The Blu Brothers (Jacob and Eli) (with Uncle Zebekiah) – I really wanted to like this match because we’re talking about The British Bulldog making an excellent team with Leg Luger, but the match was just there because there was no story, stipulation, or any significance towards this match because how much of a joke the Blu Brothers really are. The Allied Powers had an awesome theme song and chemistry, but for the fact that this tag team was so short lived and Luger not really caring for the company shows how meaningless it has become. If Luger really did care for this tag team, then why did he leave the WWF for WCW later in this year. Easily this team could have gone their way to Tag Team Champions instead they were just… there and so is this match.
Match Score: 1/5
Razor Ramon (with The 1–2–3 Kid) vs Jeff Jarrett (c) (with The Roadie) – Honestly, this is the most exciting match of the whole card because the rivalry between the four men were really good and the match that Razor and double J had was tremendously well executed. You can see how much Razor really wants that Intercontinental Championship the way he wrestled in this match. I loved the fact that Jarrett played as a great heel where him and Roadie (known as the Road Dogg) did every dirty trick to win this match, but at times it backfired having Jarrett and Roadie getting the best bumps of the night. Many times Jarrett wanted to run away from this match but 123 Kid always made sure that he doesn’t leave and puts him right back in to fight Razor some more. Though the finish was pathetic having Roadie interfering the match and caused a disqualification, it was really fun to see the riot that these four men continued to build up the feud. Those this Wrestlemania should have been the climax of their rivalry, it was the most exciting thing in this whole show, and that’s not even a good thing
Match Score: 3/5
The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs King Kong Bundy (with Ted DiBiase) – By all means this was a much better wrestling match than Undertaker’s last Wrestlemania match with Giant Gonzalez, but this shows how low Bundy’s credibility really is. His wrestling style is so behind the times that it really dragged Undertaker matchup in the ring. Bundy knew how to drop well, but his size was too much for Undertaker that he couldn’t really do any “wrestling” moves that we want to see in this match. All it was was a list strikes and having Bundy take it like a bitch. The finish of the match should have been a chokeslam since he was too big for a Tomb Stone Piledriver, but beating Bundy with a flying closeline showed that Bundy has nothing left to offer in the wrestling world.
Match Score: 1/5
Owen Hart and Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) vs. The Smoking Gunns (c) (Billy and Bart) – I’ll be honest here that this is actually the best match of the night. We’re talking about my favorite underrated tag teams of all time, Owen Hart and Yokozuna. This is where Owen relieved that Yokozuna is his mystery parter and what a chemistry these two had and for being the first time in this show that they’re wrestling together shows how good they are. It certainly a fun matchup with the Smoking Guns. I loved seeing Yokozuna and Owen being used like punching bags in the beginning of this match, but they struck back with Owen’s cleverness of wrestling technically and whenever a job needs to be seriously be done, it’s Yoko’s turn to take care of business. It has been a tactic between the two throughout their partnership. I love the fact that Yokozuna and Owen Hart really creamed Billy Gunn and pinned this one for victory after that Banzai drop. They both deserved that Tag Team Championship after all the accomplishments they’ve made in Wrestlemania 10 to get something this special. Nobody remembers their matchup and the chemistry between the two, but they deserve the tag team championship more so than any tag team at the time and everyone in the audience loved it! Pretty much, this is the only satisfying thing that came from this card.
Match Score: 4/5
Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund – I Quit match – These two had a feud that lasted from Survivor Series 1994 and they an incredible match back then that told an incredible story, but unfortunately the same can’t be said here in this match. This match didn’t work because the whole matchup between the two in this I Quit match was not good. This is the second time in a row where Rowdy Roddy Piper special guessed referee in Bret’s Wrestlemania match. However, I didn’t really like the whole idea where Piper held the mic throughout the match and when there’s a submission he had to shout “What do you say?” and you couldn’t really hear any of the wrestlers as they grunt. It was really annoying to hear that throughout the night. Everything that this Survivor Series match was, this match here in Wrestlemania 11 was not. It was awkward seeing Backlund loafing around in a submission hold making it look like a poor job. Bret Hart tried to save this match by showing how painful it was to see him get hurt, but I was getting fed up with hearing Piper ask what do you say and kept everyone say “No” throughout. I mean Bob Backlund tried to keep up with his in-ring match with Bret and it was impressive to see him reverse the sharpshooter, but he was doing so much awkward facial expression that made him look like a goofball. When Bret used Bob Backlund’s Crossface chickenwing, and was asked if he quit, he was grunting… there for he didn’t say “I Quit.” So how did this match end without him saying “I Quit?” What a poor way to finish the match, but the only redeeming quality of this match was to see how overblown Mr. Bob Backlund’s facial expression was whenever he’s trying look like he’s in pain & in awe and he kept making funny noises when the mic is on his mouth. It was quite funny, especially that aftermath interview withJim Ross saying “I saw the light!” lol
Match Score: 2/5
Diesel (c) (with Pamela Anderson) vs. Shawn Michaels (with Sid and Jenny McCarthy) – WWF Championship –This is the match that everyone says it’s the match that saved the night, quite frankly, it really wasn’t. Instead it was a really overrated match. I mean, the rivalry between HBK and Big Daddy Cool was a great feud but they had better matches together after this Wrestlemania, like “In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies” The only highlight of the show was the valets that came with Diesel and Michaels because they were mainstream’s biggest sex symbols at the time and they were used to make this match have some attention, perhaps too much attention. We’re talking about having too many photographers in the ringside that got Shawn Michaels pissed that one of them got in the way and got shoved. There was one instance where Shawn was supposed to fall over the top ropes, but couldn’t get over and got his feet caught in the mid ropes, only to have Diesel to push him out of the ring (what a botch!) There was another instance where Shawn Michaels got up in a photographers face because he was too close and almost hit him. Another botch was when Diesel catapulted HBK to the turnbuckle that’s supposed to hit the metal part of the turnbuckle, but ended up hitting the middle rope. This match was slow, had too many things going on at the same time nothing much is happening, and this match was just so dried. The finish of this match was very lackluster where another botch occurred when Diesel screwed up the Jackknife powerbomb for Shawn Michaels where Shawn slipped and landed on his ass and feet instead on his back. For those who said that this was the match that saved the show, you’re nuts. This was a meaningless main event for the WWF championship and Diesel continued his year long reign with the WWF Championship making the rest of 1995 worse and worse as the company continues to fail the interest of many. Kevin Nash has always been and always will be an overrated wrestler and this match is incredibly overrated and poorly worked. Too much celebrity involvement got the photographers in the way too much and it was just too crowded to have anything done well. Talk about a clusterfuck.
Match Score: 2/5
Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (with Ted DiBiase) – This match is infamous for being one of the worst Wrestlemania main events of all time, but I give credit for not being the really worst Wrestlemania main event. Lawrence Taylor actually knew how to make Bigelow, as big as the guy really is, to fly around like a punching bag. Bam Bam sold the whole match like crazy and the audience loved it. Other than that, this match really had no business of being the main event other than having more mainstream press and publicity from the sports crowd to watch this Wrestlemania. Lawrence Taylor does have the credibility to be a big star because he was one of the best defensive players in the National Football League, which they needed it. Another credit I give is that this was a signature achievement for Bam Bam Bigelow considering how much credit that he doesn’t get in the wrestling world. The match sure was fast paced and exciting, but the problem however is almost the same as the last match where there are too many people at ringside taking too much space for these two wrestlers to breathe, not to mention a lumberjack style wrestling match where WWF Stars and NFL stars are at ringside cheering for their guy to win. Another problem is that Bam Bam oversold this match too much that he doesn’t sell it to anyone like this except for Taylor. It’s really sad to see that an NFL guy is actually burying a WWF guy when he had no business of begin there and was then later used as a joke, except when he wanted to apply that moonsault that he didn’t do very well. Sure the finish was a big lackluster where Taylor used a flying shoulder block to pin Bam Bam for the victory, but it was a meaningless victory that made one talented star loose credibility to a professional football player… how sad really. I do agree that this match had no business of being the main event, but I sure did enjoy this match slightly better than the HBK vs Diesel match. For those who complain that this is the worst match in Wrestlemania history, you haven’t seen anything as bad in other Wrestlemanias that featured better performers and better build, that was far worse than what was seen in this match. Trust me, this match wasn’t that bad, it just ruined Bam Bam’s credibility.
Match Score: 2/5
Wrestlemania 11 was almost as bad as 9, but this show sure was horrible. Part of the problem is that there are just too many celebrity involvement that wasn’t anywhere as memorable or as special as the celebrity involvement in the first Wrestlemania. Pamela Anderson, Lawrence Taylor, Jenny McCarthy, and all the other celebrities where there for publicity rather than really helping the company out. What’s even horrible was the fact that there were a lot of technical difficulties happening in this wrestlemania where backstage interviews were on mute (Jenny McCarthy and Diesel), smallest matches in this card that didn’t have much of a significance on who wins or lose, there was a moment coming in live where the show was in standby, there were too many photographers at ringside getting in the way of the match, and it was too crowded at ringside. Wrestlemania 11’s production value made Wrestlemania 2’s production value look like professional in comparison. This was a really poor show! This didn’t even feel like a WrestleMania. The action wasn’t as terrible, however, being held in a shopping complex (The Hartford Civic Center), with D-listers like Nick Turturro and baseball umpire Larry Young just killed much of the event’s luster and prestige. The only accomplishment that this show has made was to gain publicity to save the company, but it didn’t have a single Wrestlemania moment and there was nothing satisfying came out of this major show (except for Yokozuna and Owen Hart).
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