In the months leading up to WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, we'll be taking a look back at the best and worst of WrestleMania's past.
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Venue: Arrowhead Pond (Anaheim, CA)
On Commentary: Jerry "The King" Lawler & Vince McMahon
Main Event: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match
Best: Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart had the best match of this WrestleMania, hands down. There wasn't even a close second. The pace they kept was insane, and they nailed everything. It's one of the best matches ever.
Worst: The Ultimate Warrior was completely gassed just from his entrance. The only caveat in this match is that we get a glimpse of Triple H before he blew up. Who would've thought he'd be the future king of wrestling?
Best: The Ultimate Warrior returned after a several year absence to squash the up and coming Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Generally speaking, I hate squash matches. But, what I hate even more than a regular squash match is one that takes place on PPV. And, I especially hate matches that put veterans over promising new stars. So, there was very little for me to like about this segment.
Worst: The Iron Man match between Shawn Michael and Bret Hart stands out as the best segment of WrestleMania 12. The fluidity and pacing of the match was perfect. It didn't feel like there were any slow or rests points in the action, which is truly impressive for a match that was over an hour in length. I liked that the match had to go into overrun as it was a pleasure to watch Michaels and Hart do what they do best: put on an entertaining and athletic wrestling match. The fact that there was only one fall over the course of match made Hart look strong in defeat.
Vader, Owen Hart, and The British Bulldog defeated Yokozuna, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and Ahmed Johnson in a 6-Man Tag Match (12:51)
Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Savio Vega (10:00)
The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (1:40)
The Undertaker defeated Diesel (16:46)
Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl (12:15)
Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Championship in Overtime of a 60 Minute Iron Man Match (1:01:52)
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