March to Mania · Pro Wrestling

MARCH TO ‘MANIA: The top of the 10

For the 10th Wrestlemania, the WWF returned to to Madison Square Garden. So where does this one rank?

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Wrestlemania 10 (Results)

Date: March 20, 1994

Arena: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)

Attendance: 18,065

SUMMARY: The Royal Rumble produced a controversial finish (watch it and see how well Lex Luger and Bret Hart time their fall to both hit the floor simultaneously). The two men both earned a Wrestlemania title shot, and a coin flip decided that Lex Luger would get the first crack at the champion, while Bret Hart would have to face his brother Owen in a match earlier in the night to make it’s fair that both men had to wrestle two matches in one night. Elsewhere, Razor Ramon won the Intercontinental title, but Shawn Michaels, who never really lost the title in the ring, staked claim to the belt, setting up the ladder match.

MY ENJOYMENT RATING: A

FAVORITE MATCH: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart. I kept switching back and forth on which match I liked more between this and the ladder match. I enjoyed both a ton, but I went with the straight wrestling match over the famed ladder match because the match was put together in such an intelligent manner. There was very little wasted time in a 20-minute match. The ending with the failed victory roll into a pin was such a great moment and essentially set the tone for the rest of the night.

THINGS THAT MADE ME NOD IN APPROVAL: It’s like night and day with Wrestlemania X and Wrestlemania IX. It’s like the WWF watched Wrestlemania 9, and said “We can’t have another Wrestlemania like that one.” The idea of two title matches was a great concept. The falls-count-anywhere match with the 60-second refresh was an entertaining brawl. I’ve already noted how much I loved the opening match, but let’s get to to the match everyone remembers from the card: Men on a Mission vs. The Quebecers. I kid, of course. The “first” ladder match on pay-per-view was a tremendously booked match. I liked that the match built to the usage of ladder as a weapon. Once the ladder became apart of the match, it wasn’t overdone. One detail that really goes unnoticed in the match was Shawn Michaels’ ability to get his foot trapped in the ropes, followed by his arm to set up a wonderful finish where HBK had no chance of chasing down Razor Ramon. It was easily my second favorite match behind the Hart Brothers.

THINGS THAT MADE ME LOWER HEAD IN SHAME: While the show itself was full of matches that I enjoyed, there were a few matches I could have done without, such as Bam Bam & Luna vs. Doink and Dink and the Earthquake vs. Adam Bomb match. While I didn’t enjoy them, I do understand that they serve a purpose and helped the crowd recover from some highly emotional matches. The Lex Luger-Yokozuna match was uneventful. Looking back, knowing that Yokozuna had to work two matches in one night, the pace made more sense. The second title match was better that the first, but the end of the Yokozuna-Bret Hart match had me miffed for a little bit. The match was solid, considering Yoko’s mobility, but the slip off the second rope trying to deliver a finishing move he had delivered a million times before seemed weak, and I wish they had another way to end the match instead of the fall on the back of the head into a roll-up finale for the main event.

RANDOM THOUGHT: “It’s awfully refreshing not to worry about Hulk Hogan being around.”

MY ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA CARD RANKING: Easily by far the best Wrestlemania card of the first decade. There isn’t even a question. The card moved along quickly, and didn’t feel like it took three hours. The matches intended to cool down the crowd served their purposes, setting up the big matches well. Now, if only all of them could be this good.

  1. Wrestlemania 10
  2. Wrestlemania 7 (Review)
  3. Wrestlemania 5 (Review)
  4. Wrestlemania 6 (Review)
  5. Wrestlemania 3 (Review)
  6. Wrestlemania 2 (Review)
  7. Wrestlemania 4 (Review)
  8. Wrestlemania 8 (Review)
  9. Wrestlemania 1 (Review)
  10. Wrestlemania 9 (If you must)
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