WrestleMania XII

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WrestleMania XII
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Promotional poster featuring Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diesel and The Undertaker
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Date March 31, 1996
City Anaheim, California
Venue Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Attendance 18,853[1]
Sponsor(s) Tyco R/C: Maximum Heat!
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WrestleMania XII was the twelfth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on March 31, 1996, at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

In the main event, Bret Hart lost the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute Iron Man match. In his return to the company after a four-year hiatus, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The event featured the WWF debut of rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW) mainstay Marc Mero, who had just left WCW a few weeks prior. Roddy Piper had his first match since 1994, after which he left for WCW. Singer Vic Damone performed a rendition of "America the Beautiful" to open the show.

Storylines

Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship

The main attraction of this WrestleMania was the WWF World Heavyweight Championship contested in an Iron Man match; whereby the winner would be the man to win most falls over sixty minutes. Michaels had earned the opportunity to face reigning champion Bret Hart by winning the 1996 Royal Rumble, and had also defeated Owen Hart at In Your House 6 for the right to keep the WrestleMania title shot.

The main event was built on Bret Hart wanting to retain the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Shawn Michaels, who had suffered a number of setbacks over the course of the previous year, including: failing to win Diesel's WWF World Heavyweight Championship the previous year at WrestleMania XI, being accosted by a group of Marines at a Syracuse, New York nightclub, forfeiting the WWF Intercontinental Championship at In Your House 4 in October 1995 to Dean Douglas, suffering a storyline concussion at the hands of Owen Hart, and being betrayed in storyline by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Garden.

The secondary feud heading into WrestleMania was between the returning Ultimate Warrior and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Helmsley made his debut in the WWF in May 1995 has a rich snob born with silver spoon in his mouth. He went on a winning streak throughout the year. The Ultimate Warrior meanwhile had left the WWF in 1992 after failing a drug test. His last match was on the November 8th 1992 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, where he and "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeated Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster in a tag team match. WWF officials later signed on a match between Ultimate Warriror who re-signed to the WWF in an attempt to increase ratings and the undefeated Helmsley for WrestleMania XII.

Reception

WrestleMania XII received generally positive reviews from critics, who aimed praise particularly at the main event. Rob McNew of 411mania called the opening match "really good," and gave it 3 and 1/4 stars (out of 5 stars). However, he called the match between Helmsley and The Ultimate Warrior the worst of the night, going on to call it the "funniest squash ever, considering that HHH is now arguably a bigger star than Warrior was." He gave the main event the highest score of the night, with 4 stars. However, he says the match "isn't for everyone." Continuing, he says, "It's about a three star match for the first 40 minutes, the last 20+ are an easy five stars." He gave the entire event a score of 7 out of 10.[2] In 2015, Ryan Dilbert of Bleacher Report called it the 16th greatest of the first 30 WrestleMania events.[3]

Results

No. Results Stipulations Times[4]
1F The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn) (with Hillbilly Jim) Tag team match for the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship 05:22
2 The British Bulldog, Owen Hart and Vader (with Jim Cornette) defeated Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts and Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji) Six-man tag team match 13:08
3 Roddy Piper defeated Goldust (with Marlena)[Note 1][5] Hollywood Backlot Brawl 16:47
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Savio Vega Singles match 10:05
5 The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) Singles match 01:39
6 The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel Singles match 16:46
7 Shawn Michaels (with José Lothario) defeated Bret Hart (c) 1-0 in sudden death overtime 60-minute Iron Man match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 1:01:52
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • F – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Free for All

WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament

The WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide new WWF Tag Team Champions after former champions The Smokin' Gunns had to vacate the titles due to Billy Gunn suffering a neck injury,[6] the tournament was won by The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip).[6]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
The Bodydonnas Pin
The Bushwhackers
The Bodydonnas Pin
The Ringmaster and Savio Vega
Razor Ramon and Savio Vega Pin
The 1-2-3 Kid and Tatanka
The Bodydonnas Pin
The Godwinns
Owen Hart and the British Bulldog Pin
Hakushi and Barry Horowitz
Owen Hart and the British Bulldog
The Godwinns Pin
The Godwinns Pin
The New Rockers

Iron Man match

Score Winner Decision Notes Times
1–0 Shawn Michaels Pinfall Michaels pinned Hart after a Sweet Chin Music 1:01:52

Other on-screen personnel

Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship
Commentators
Spanish commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

Notes

  1. ^ Taped parts of the match were shown intermittently throughout the pay-per-view, with the live part of the match occurring just before the main event.

References

  1. ^ Powell, Jason. "Iron Man Match highlights WrestleMania 12". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "WrestleMania XII Review | 411MANIA". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  3. ^ Dilbert, Ryan. "WWE WrestleMania 2015: Power Ranking Every Card in PPV's History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  4. ^ Keller, Wade. "WWE WrestleMania Countdown - 1996 PPV Report (WM 12): Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart Iron Man match, Ultimate Warrior vs. Triple H". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ "10 Worst Wrestlemania Matches EVER". Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "The Bodydonnas' first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-05-24.

External links

  • The Official Website of WrestleMania XII
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