10 Years of Wrestlemania and the company took center stage in Madison Square Garden to create so many great moments that are still played out to this day.
10 years in the making and the WWF put on arguably one of the best Wrestlemania's to date. This was the first installment without Hulk Hogan, and it was also the last televised match for Macho Man Randy Savage. This to me started to signify the changing of the guard for the company. And I must say, the
TIE - Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon
You simply can not say enough about these two matches, so I'm breaking my own rule and putting them both as the best match. Owen and Bret simply put on a wrestling clinic. And the fact that Bret put Owen over to be the star in the opening match of Wrestlemania X is awesome. They were at two very different points in their career. Bret had been WWF Champion already, and Owen was solidly in the mid-card. The storyline was pretty basic: brother vs. brother. However, they made it seem real, and that's a tribute to both of these performers. Absolutely stellar job by Owen and Bret. Then, you have the match that set the bar for ladder matches. HBK and Scott Hall tore the freaking house down. HBK sold like a champ. He's obviously one of the best of all time at making other talents excel, but this match is still talked about for a reason. Razor, who I knew mostly from his later work, was motivated and inspired to put on a fantastic match, and they did just that. So you know what? Yes, I went against my own system of only picking one match, but it's my review and I do what I want to. Deal.
Cornette calling Todd Pettengill "Petting Zoo."
Reminds me of current day Corey Graves on commentary. Childish but still awesome.
Burt Reynolds playing Mr. Steal Your Girl with Shawn Michaels
Absolutely hilarious. An example of using star power in the correct manner.
Razor pulling HBK's tights down and exposing the Heartbreak Kid's butt.
Shock value alone, I think the risk was worth the reward in this case. I certainly didn't see that coming.
Randy Savage vs. Crush was solid
Definitely not the best Macho Man match, but it was pretty good considering he was going against Crush. Not the highest of notes for him to leave on, but passable.
Adam Bomb vs. Earthquake
What a waste of time. 35 seconds of nothing? Earthquake didn't look any stronger than he already was, and Adam Bomb looked useless. No need for this stuff at Wrestlemania (at least not in this day and age. They weren't quite at the point where burying a talent in Daniel Bryan-esque fashion could create a Yes-Movement of sorts. Adam Bomb just floundered because of this).
Luger vs. Yokozuna ending
It made no sense. I understand why they did it, but it simply made no sense. Seemed like a waste of an opportunity to build both wrestlers, and take the easy way out in anointing Bret at the end of the show. In my humble opinion, which is never wrong, you have to give the fans a conclusion. Someone wins and someone loses at Wrestlemania. Anything else feels wrong.
Alundra Blayze vs. Leilani Kai suffered from constraints
Another instance of the women needing more time. Definitely could have been solid with 10 minutes rather than 3.
Men on a Mission vs. The Quebecers bad ending
I didn't hate the wrestling what so ever, but ending in a count-out cheapened the match at Wrestlemania.
Final Thoughts: This Wrestlemania from start to finish was very solid. Owen vs. Bret is one of the best matches of all-time. The same can be said for Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon. Both were that good back then, and both are that good now. Lex Luger and Yokozuna ended rather pathetically but was a good setup for Bret vs. Yokozuna. It's amazing how well this card played out when it wasn't centered around one man and making sure he posed at the end.
Would it Hold Up in 2018?
I think this one would play out emphatically in 2018. The double duty thing for Bret Hart reminds me of Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX. Different circumstances but the same idea of overcoming the odds. Ladder matches have arguably become a bit more involved, but HBK vs. Razor would likely be cheered regardless. None of the matches were absolute duds aside from Adam Bomb vs. Earthquake. This would be passable in 2018 for sure.
See below for a roundup of those already up: