Event: WrestleMania X
Date: March 20, 1994
Place: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Singer: Little Richard (best singer of the first ten WrestleMania shows)
If you read yesterday's review for WrestleMania IX, you would know that that show was an absolute shitfest that included a gaudy theme, shitty matches, and circus animals, among other things. It definitely has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst wrestling shows ever. After this, there was nowhere to go but up.
Was WWF able to gain redemption after last year's travesty? Ohh yes they were, and in a huge way. WrestleMania X was not only the best WrestleMania show of the first ten (yes, even better than VIII), but it is certainly in the short list of best wrestling pay-per-view shows period. Everything on this show was amazing, save for two matches which were rather boring (for obvious reasons that will become obvious). This show also marked yet another change in the commentary department, which included Vince McMahon and Jerry "The King" Lawler in his first WrestleMania role. Lawler did an absolutely fantastic job at playing the heel commentator, with some of his statements being genuinely hilarious (where is this Lawler now?). Also, Pimp Bill Clinton was in attendance.
Onto the matches!
Owen Hart defeats Bret Hart
Good god where do I start with this one? This match is recognized not only as one of the best WrestleMania matches ever, but probably the best opening match to a wrestling pay-per-view ever. EVERYTHING in this match was perfect, and it certainly lives up to the hype that it still receives to this day. If you haven't seen this match, WATCH IT NOW!!!
Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon defeat Doink the Clown and Dink
When I first saw that this match was on the card, I didn't have much confidence toward it. However, it was much more entertaining than I was expecting. The antics of Doink and Dink were pretty entertaining.
Randy Savage defeats Crush (with Mr. Fuji) in a Falls Count Anywhere match
This was the first Falls Count Anywhere match at WrestleMania, and it was a decent match with a very creative ending.
Alundra Blayze defeats Leilani Kai
This match was a legitimately good women's match with both getting in plenty of offense. Two miscellaneous things to mention: Blayze had pyro, which was pretty interesting. Also, Mike Chioda had a killer mullet.
Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo) (with Oscar) defeat The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) (with Johnny Polo) via count out
This marked the first WrestleMania appearance for the late Mabel (real name Nelson Frazier Jr.). As for the match, it was actually pretty fun to watch, but the ending was complete garbage.
Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) defeats Lex Luger via DQ (Mr. Perfect as guest referee)
Before the match, Yokozuna was announced to be weighing 560 pounds, which ultimately led to this match being pretty boring. There were a lot of rest holds which sucked the life out of this match. The ending of the match generated a "Bullshit" chant from the crowd, so there's that.
Earthquake defeats Adam Bomb (with Harvey Whippleman)
Before the match, Harvey Whippleman and Howard Finkel got into a bit of an altercation. As for the match, the word you're looking for is "Squash."
Razor Ramon defeats Shawn Michaels in a Ladder Match
If you were to pick up the wrestling dictionary and turn to the definition of "ladder match", a picture from this match would be beside the definition. This was the first ever ladder match at WrestleMania, and both men absolutely tore the house down. In fact, this match can be considered pornography in some circles due to it's epic nature. It was quite brutal for the time, and it still maintains that quality to this day. It remains one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time as well as one of the best, if not THE best, ladder match of ALL time. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave this match a five star rating, and you know that he rarely gives those out, especially for non-Japanese matches. If you haven't seen this match, then you aren't a true wrestling fan.
Bret Hart defeats Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette) (Roddy Piper as guest referee)
BURT FUCKING REYNOLDS IS THE RING ANNOUNCER!!! Now that that's out of the way, this was another pretty boring match due to Yokozuna's size. Roddy Piper was awesome as a referee, especially when he left the ring and clocked Jim Cornette in the face.
END OF MATCHES
Without a doubt, WrestleMania X remains one of the best wrestling pay-per-view shows of all time. It keeps your attention from beginning to end, and the matches are excellent. In fact, there are two Matches of the Night for this show: Owen Hart v. Bret Hart and Razor Ramon v. Shawn Michaels. You seldom get matches better than those two even today.
My grade for WrestleMania X, if it wasn't already obvious, is an A+. You almost never have wrestling shows better than this one. If you haven't seen this one, you need to watch it!
Stay tuned for WrestleMania XI!