March to Mania · Pro Wrestling

MARCH TO ‘MANIA: Destined for disappointment

Wrestlemania 11 had an unenviable task of following up one of the greatest Wrestlemanias in history. Could it deliver? It had more casual fan than Wrestlemania X with Lawrence Taylor, but how does it rate?

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Wrestlemania 11 (Results)

Date: April 2, 1995

Arena: Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, Conn.)

Attendance: 16,305

SUMMARY: Shawn Michaels earned his Wrestlemania title match after pulling off an incredible feat: winning the Royal Rumble from the No. 1 spot. The win gave Shawn Michaels his first Wrestlemania WWF title match, and the right to take on his former employee, Diesel, in the main event. At the same Royal Rumble, we saw Lawrence Taylor, who was sitting at ringside, get shoved by Bam Bam Bigelow, leading to a match that also featured a bevy of great football players.

MY ENJOYMENT RATING: C-plus

FAVORITE MATCH: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow. I love workrate. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a masterpiece nor is it something you want to show young wrestlers. But let’s give credit to Bam Bam and Lawrence for putting on a solid match, that shouldn’t have been a main event, but rightfully earned its spot on the card. I can’t fault a first-time wrestler for working hard in an high-profile spot.

THINGS THAT MADE ME NOD IN APPROVAL: Lawrence Taylor. Look, here’s a guy wrestling his first match ever in the main event and on the biggest card of the year. He actual puts on a passable performance. It’s quite admirable. I also earned a ton of respect for Bam Bam Bigelow. Here is a guy who did a job to a non-pro wrestler and helped him to a decent match. Credit should also go to  Pat Patterson for serving as the referee and keeping the match flowing. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels shine in their respective roles, and it serves a glimpse of things to come. I also like crazy Bob Backlund. There is something cool about that gimmick. It was also the shortest Wrestlemania at 2 hours and 25 minutes.

THINGS THAT MADE ME LOWER HEAD IN SHAME: Truthfully, there was nothing overly embarrassing or bad about this card. I mean, the cuts to Nicholas Turturro giving us “updates” on where Pamela Anderson is was pointless. I also could go without Roddy Piper constantly yelling at the two competitors, “What do you say?” It got a little redundant and distracted from the match itself at moments. The football players and pro wrestler battling on the outside didn’t bother me as much as you would think. I mean, it added an element of spectacle to the show, but it didn’t do much for me.

RANDOM THOUGHT: “Guess they didn’t the performance rights to Salt N Pepa.”

MY ULTIMATE WRESTLEMANIA CARD RANKING: It’s not looking pretty for this Wrestlemania, ranking in at No. 9 out of the first 11 Wrestlemanias. Look, it’s not an awful show. It’s quite passable, but when you’re coming off of watching Wrestlemania 10, the bar is raised a significant amount.  I’ve read that some people consider this to be the worst Wrestlemania of all time. I guess they haven’t watched Wrestlemania 9 again recently. The lack of a marquee, standout match was truly felt on this card and its ranking is more indicative of that.

  1. Wrestlemania 10 (Review)
  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 11
  10. Wrestlemania 1 (Review)
  11. Wrestlemania 9 (Do you really want to?)
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