Tuesday, 26 November 2013

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XI

AYO! What's popping everybody? Let me get straight to the point - On the 16th of this month, pretty much following straight after the first post of this blog, Rihan and I were having a discussion about something over some tea. Good thing Chris Jericho wasn't around or else we might have been besmirched.

Last week, Anuj and I spoke about the same idea. Why not watch a WrestleMania every weekend until the big one on April 6th? The ULTIMATE Countdown!

After doing some calculations, at this point in time, I figured that if we were to watch a WrestleMania PPV every weekend until WrestleMania XXX, then we would have to start with WrestleMania XI - given the number of weekends we have left. So that's what we did /-) I'm hoping to bring the 'WrestleMania CountDown' post to you guys on Saturday or Sunday every week up until WrestleMania 30. We invite YOU to watch along with us and be part of the journey and join in on the conversation! Again, it won't be a blueprint report of the PPV, and I may not cover every match and segment in these WrestleMania recaps, but it'll be my thoughts on the event, possibly followed by your thoughts in the comments. Lets say this will be similar to the '30 Years of WrestleMania Mode' in the WWE 2K14 video game. Enjoy this countdown with us as we get into the DeLorean, travel back to 1995, all the way through to 2014's WrestleMania in New Orleans!

Date: April 2nd 1995
Venue: Hartford Civic Center
City: Hartford, Connecticut

The opening bout was a tag team contest between The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and The British Bulldog) and The Real Americans of 1995 with Zeb Colter. Luger and Davey Boy pick up the win over the Blu Brothers (Jacob and Eli) but Uncle Zebekiah lives to manage another day. Boy, Dutch Mantel has been around a long while. From managing The Blu Brothers 18 years ago, to currently managing Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. I think Uncle Zebekiah has backed a good tag team horse and I reckon the day will come when The Real Americans, who have yet to gain the tag team gold, will do just that.

The WWF Tag Team Championship changed hands later on in the Pay-Per-View when Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated The Smoking Gunns. Owen Hart came out first and announced that his mystery tag team partner is someone that had accomplished something he himself wanted to do. Defeat his brother Bret 'HitMan' Hart! Yoko and Owen would hold on to those title for just over 5 months, up until September 24th 1995.

Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett in the bout for the Intercontinental championship. By disqualification. See what I did there? Jeff Jarrett would find a way to hold on to the I.C. strap due to The Roadie's interference.

Owen's brother Bret Hart was in a match that night against Bob Backlund. Now correct me if I'm wrong but I'm sure that this was the first ever "I Quit!" match sanctioned in the WWF. I remember this match ending with Bob Backlund never actually saying, "I Quit" but by saying "Yes!". Bret Hart had reversed Backlund's finishing hold, the crossface chicken wing, into his own variation of the move.

Diesel and Shawn Michaels were headlining this year's WrestleMania for the WWF Championship. This was a nice 20 minute plus match, with the heart break kid attempting to win his first WWF Championship. Diesel would end up retaining the championship after landing a Jack-Knife on Shawn Michaels. Diesel continued to hold on to the title until November 19th 1995, resulting in a 358 day championship reign. The longest WWF championship reign of the '90s.

WrestleMania Moment: When Pamela Anderson walked Diesel to the ring! After being mentioned as Shawn Michael's valet for the night, and not being seen, Michaels opted for Jenny McCarthy to walk him down instead. By the end of the match, Big Daddy Cool was left with all the spoils, as he raised arms with Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy! I think Nicholas Turturro and Jonathan Taylor Thomas were there too.

Move of the Night: The Roadie's chock block on Razor. I'll tell you why. It lead to a scuff between Jarrett/Roadie and Razor/Kid. Waltman managed to get some nice spinning wheel kicks in which resulted in some color flowing from the nose of double J. Who knew that somewhere down the line, The Roadie and 1-2-3 Kid would both be a part of one of the most infamous stables in the industry?

Match of the Night: Diesel (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship


If you watched WrestleMania XI, let us know what you thought (and let me know if I was the only one that thought that for someone who was on a NYPD Blue show, Nicholas Turturro was really useless in finding Pamela Anderson..) and fill us in on your favorite moments! Join the blog next weekend as we take a look back at WrestleMania XII from 1996 as a part of the 'WrestleMania CountDown'! You can now also tweet to us from anywhere!
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Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more to come /-)
Mau (26/11/13) 23:30

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