Friday, 6 December 2013

WrestleMania CountDown: WrestleMania XII

AYO! What's popping everybody - Let me get straight to the point - first off, I have to apologize for doing this post a few days later than it should have been out. #BadNewsBarrett

The good news is that Rihan, Anuj, Anil and I were able to go to Tidal Championship Wrestling promotions' 'Tidal Wave' Tour 2013 over the last weekend where I got a few words in with Colt Cabana, 'Party' Marty Scurll and 'Wonderkid' Jonny Storm! As a bonus we got to jump around in the ring after the show but we'll get to that, as I'll be posting that night's highlights very soon. So let's get to it: WrestleMania XII!


Date: March 31st, 1996
Venue: Arrowhead Pond
City: Anaheim, California

The opening bout was a 6-Man tag team contest which pit Camp Cornette (consisting of Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) against the team of Yokozuna, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and Ahmed 'Pearl River Plunge' Johnson. The build-up for this one was that Yokozuna had turned face against Jim Cornette and Owen Hart prior to this matchup and the stipulation was, (if I remember correctly) that if Yokozuna's team picked up the win, Yoko would get Cornette in the ring for 5 minutes. This however was not the case. Jake hits the DDT on Owen and Cornette gets into the ring and causes enough of a distraction, that Jake gets run down by Vader and then the Vader Bomb follows suit. Camp Cornette picks up the 'W'.

Gold Cadillac. That ring any bells? It was the beginning of the 'Hollywood Backlot Brawl' that would continue throughout the PPV in the fashion of a car chase between Goldust and then authority figure, Rowdy Roddy Piper. But we'll get back to that /-)

The next match would be Stone Cold Steve Austin's first WrestleMania match against Savio Vega. Austin at the time was the Million Dollar champion and was accompanied to ringside with The Million Dollar Man himself, Ted DiBiase. The prelude to the match was Austin's refusal to tag himself into a match where he and Vega were unlikely tag team partners that past weekend on WWF Superstars. Not once, but twice! Twice Austin had refused to get himself tagged into the match which led to Vega clocking Austin while he was on the apron. I guess it's not Austin's best build-up to a WrestleMania match by far but, there we are. Maybe there was more to it before that tag match? The match itself was a great contest with Austin showing a more technical side of his arsenal, in comparison to the brawling style used more in the latter part of his career. The finish would see Austin dropping off the apron and crashing the Million Dollar championship right across the back of Vega's head, whose head was dangling outside the ring under the bottom rope. Stone Cold would put an already knocked out Vega to sleep, officially with the Million Dollar Dream.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Ultimate Warrior returns. Triple H hits the pedigree. Warrior gets up. Right hand. Clothesline. Clothesline. Clothesline. Shoulder tackle. Taunt. Gorilla press drop. Running splash. 1-2-3 count. Warrior wins. If you go to the pro-wrestling dictionary, and search for "squash match" - The results are likely to read: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. The Ultimate Warrior @ WrestleMania 12.

Diesel would be victim number 5 of the infamous streak, upheld by The Undertaker. Kevin Nash actually gave us a little insight into this match when we'd gone to the UK Take Over Tour in late November, and you can read what he had to say about some events prior to this match, which you can check out right here: nWo UK Take Over Tour. Diesel went down but not without a fight, Big Daddy Cool would hit 2 Jackknifes on the deadman (possibly because Nash was calling the match /-D Again, you need to check out the nWo UK Take Over Tour post earlier in this blog if you haven't already). This would be Nash's last WrestleMania appearance until WrestleMania X8 in 2002, where he accompanied Scott Hall to the ring in a match against Stone Cold Steve Austin. The curtain call for this match came when The Undertaker would plant Diesel with a chokeslam and follow up with a thunderous tombstone piledriver. The Undertaker was 5-0 at WrestleMania XII.

The Hollywood Backlot Brawl would resume after the last match, as Goldust and Piper made their way, crashing through back into the arena, and into the ring. This brawl got physical after Goldust planted Roddy Piper with a kiss. Piper was fuming and beat Goldust down and tore off his outfit, revealing the bizarre one's... undergarments. Goldust would end up retreating with Marlena covering his backside. The history books (and Wikipedia) state that 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper defeated Goldust in the Hollywood backlot brawl, although there was no pinfall or submission. I'm assuming that Piper was determined the winner after stripping Goldust down and forcing him to retreat. Had we just witnessed our first WWF/E Bra & Panties match? *shudders*

The Iron Man match. There's only a few good ones that I remember. One of them being from SmackDown when Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle would square off. Lesnar would end up defeating Angle in that match on SmackDown in 2003 to win the WWE Championship. In my estimation there aren't too many pro-wrestlers who can go for 60 minutes and can still captivate the audience and keep their attention by retaining a certain level of awesomeness. These however, are two that can. Bret Hart was set to face his nemesis Shawn Michaels in a grueling 60 minute Iron Man match where we would find out who the best truly was, and the victor would emerge WWF Champion. The match went the distance and then some. One way to look at this one was that there were no losers, and the real winners were the fans watching because these two put on an absolute clinic. The time limit would expire with neither man scoring a fall, which would lead them into sudden death over time. Michaels would strike with not one, but two Sweet Chin Music super kicks and that would be the deciding factor in this bout.

WrestleMania Moment: Vince McMahon's infamous line, "The Boyhood Dream, has come true for Shawn Michaels!"

Move of the Night:  Triple H's pedigree on Ultimate Warrior. No sold that like a m-----f-----.. Despite the length of the match itself, the crowd were coming unglued!

Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels in a Iron Man match for the WWF Championship.


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Thanks for taking the time to read,
There's plenty more to come /-)
Mau (06/12/13) 23:53

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