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WWF Wrestlemania X was a 1994 professional wrestling event put on by the World Wrestling Federation. It was the 10th annual Wrestlemania event, the second event of 1994, and the 56th event overall in the alternate WWF timeline. The show took place in Madison Square Garden, which was also the site of the first ever Wrestlemania in 1985. The main event was a WWF Championship match between Yokozuna and former champion Bret "The Hitman" Hart, who also wrestled his brother Owen Hart in the first match of the night. Other matches include a ladder match between Razor Ramon and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels to determine the undisputed Intercontinental Champion, a match between "The Narcissist" Lex Luger and "Macho Man" Randy Savage and a tag team title match between The Quebecers and Men on a Mission.

5 superstars were inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame once again. They were "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Stan "The Man" Stasiak, Killer Kowalski, "Soulman" Rocky Johnson and former manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie. It was later learned that Bruno Sammartino was asked to be a part of the festivities of Wrestlemania in the Garden, but turned it down due to ongoing tensions between him and WWF management. This would also be the last Wrestlemania to feature "Macho Man" Randy Savage, as he would leave the company by year's end.

Prelude

Since Bret "The Hitman" Hart had lost the WWF Championship at the previous year's Summerslam, he had been preoccupied with matters involving his family moreso than a quest to regain the championship. This first took effect in his feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler, and then morphed into his ongoing issues with his younger brother Owen. After winning the Royal Rumble, Bret was determined to both win the championship and settle his feud with Owen. asking WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter to allow him to wrestle twice at Wrestlemania. First against Owen (granting his younger brother the request of a one on one match with him) and then in the main event against Yokozuna for the title. For his part, the champion attacked the challenger through an intermediary, namely Mr. Fuji's new "disciple", Dr. Death Steve Williams (also going by the name of "Hakase", which means Doctor in Japanese).

In September, "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels had been suspended (in kayfabe it was for actions detrimental to the WWF, but in reality it was for a failed drug test) and stripped of the Intercontinental Championship, which eventually found its way to Razor Ramon by year's end. However, when Michaels returned at the Survivor Series, he still wore the Intercontinental Title belt he had before his suspension, insisting he was the real Intercontinental Champion. This would continue throughout the winter, with Razor defending his title and Michaels insisting he was still the champion (even going so far as to have Diesel threaten ring announcer Howard Finkel to call him the "real" Intercontinental Champion during his ring entrances). The matter would be settled at Wrestlemania X in a unique match, the Ladder Match. Both titles would be suspended above the ring, and the only way to get them would be to climb a ladder and remove both belts. There were no other rules otherwise.

The issue between Bam Bam Bigelow and Doink the Clown (who was now played by Steve Keirn as opposed to Matt Borne, due to the latter's firing at the end of 1993) had not been settled by their match at the Royal Rumble, as Doink was now accompanied to the ring by a smaller clown named Dink to perpetrate his pranks. A match was set at Wrestlemania between the two, with Dink joining his partner Doink against Bigelow and his girlfriend Luna Vachon in an attempt to quell the issue between the two once and for all.

At the Royal Rumble, former 2 time WWF Champion "Macho Man" Randy Savage had crossed paths with "The Narcissist" Lex Luger, with the strongman eventually eliminating the future Hall of Famer from the Rumble match. This was followed up by Luger winning a match against Savage on Raw (albeit with help Adam Bomb). The two were thus set for a match at Wrestlemania as Savage tried to prove that he "still had it."

Event

The event started with an opening match of brother vs brother, as Owen Hart attempted to step out of the shadow of his older brother Bret. If The Hitman was trying to end the match quickly and hold something in reserve for the main event than he certainly didn't show it. The two brothers had a back and forth affair with neither man giving an inch to the other. At different points in the match, Owen or Bret had the other locked in the Sharpshooter, though neither could achieve victory. In the end, Bret went for a Victory Roll off the top rope, but Owen countered it and scored the surprise pinfall to upset the Hitman and win the match. When Bret tried to shake Owen's hand after the match, Owen just smirked at him and slapped it away before walking off in celebration.

The next match saw Adam Bomb take on Crush in a battle of huge men, stemming from their collision at the Royal Rumble. Adam Bomb took the early advantage on account of interference from his manager, Harvey Whippleman. However Crush eventually pulled through and, after catching Adam Bomb with a huge tilt-a-whirl slam, locked him in the Cranium Crunch. This drew in Harvey Whippleman who attempted to intervene. Crush brought him into the ring and then locked the Cranium Crunch on him, only for Adam Bomb to grab a nearby steel chair and drill Crush in the back with it, earning the disqualification, though standing tall over the victor in the end. The next match was the Mixed Tag Match, and it was a more comedic affair as, on the occasions when Dink and Luna would get into the match, Dink did his best to escape the former Women's Champion's grasp. The bulk of the match though took place between Bam Bam and Doink, and the former TV champion was mauled throughout most of the match, with Bam Bam winning after a top rope headbutt and pinning the Clown.

The next match was for the tag team titles as the Quebecers took on Men on a Mission. From the early onset the goal was to keep Mabel out of the ring for as long as possible, using quick tags to isolate Mo in their corner. For their part, the Men on a Mission dominated the early part of the match, only fading as The Quebecers plan took effect. Mabel eventually got the hot tag in from Mo, cleaning house of the champions and even taking Johnny Polo out of the equation. However in the frackas, Jacques drilled Mabel's ankle with Johnny Polo's mallet, causing the big man to collapse to the mat. Pierre then climbed the top rope and hit a huge cannonball splash, picking up the three count. The next match was a battle of the Figure-4, as "Double J" Jeff Jarrett took on Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. The grizzled veteran dominated much of the early going of the match, but Double J used underhanded tactics to clip the knee of the Hammer and lock on his version of the Figure-4 first. Valentine reversed the hold and then locked on his version, but Jarrett managed to get to the ropes. Another back and forth followed before Jarrett took out the knee again, locking on the hold a second time and getting the submission victory.

The next match was for the television title as Marty Jannetty challenged IRS. Despite having Ted DiBiase on the outside trying to run interference, Jannetty gave Irwin everything he could handle. The former IC Champion used high flying offense to throw off the ground based offense of the tax man, and eventually hit a high crossbody off the top rope to score the pinfall and win the television title. The next match was a six man tag as "Dr. Death" Steve Williams teamed with the team of Well Dunn to face Earthquake and The Smoking Gunns (who were a last minute replacement for the Steiner Brothers, due to a severe neck injury suffered by Scott Steiner just prior to Wrestlemania.) The tag teams didn't figure into the match except at the end when all six men were in the ring brawling, as the match mostly focused on Dr. Death facing the former WWF Champion in Earthquake. Despite Earthquake throwing his weight around, Dr. Death utilized more martial arts strikes in addition to his freakish strength, and eventually got Quake up for his Oklahoma Stampede (renamed the Okinawa Stampede) to finish off the Natural Disaster.

The Ladder Match to determine the undisputed Intercontinental Champion was next as Razor Ramon took on Shawn Michaels. HBK looked very confident in the before the match, despite the fact that it was a first ever for the WWF. However that confidence was shaken when Diesel was thrown out from ringside by WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter, to ensure that the match would remain one on one. What followed was one of the more iconic matches in WWF history, as both men gave it everything they had to become the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. Both men began using the Ladder as a weapon in order to wear down their opponent before attempting to climb up and grab the belts. Inevitably though the other man would interrupt, knocking them off the ladder. After nearly 20 minutes, Shawn became tied up in the ropes, allowing Razor just enough time to climb up and gather both belts, becoming the Undisputed Intercontinental Champion. The next match was between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "The Narcissist" Lex Luger, as Savage tried to prove that he still had "it." Luger played hard to get for the first part of the matchup. He frustrated Savage with this, causing the Macho Man to make a mistake and then taking control of the match. After a Powerslam, Luger posed to the crowd and appeared ready to finish off the legend. However Savage kicked out at two and then rallied his reserves, returning to the high flying offense he was known for in his heyday. He eventually dodged a Forearm Shot from Luger and hit a powerful bodyslam, before climbing to the top rope and hitting the Elbow Drop to pick up the win, proving he was still a force to be reckoned with in the WWF.

The main event followed, and The Hitman came out somberly, possibly still stinging from his opening match loss to his brother Owen. Before the match began though, the dynamic was changed when Commissioner Slaughter announced that former WWF Champion "Rowdy" Roddy Piper would serve as the Special Guest Referee for the match (much to Jim Cornette's dismay). Bret tried a similar strategy to the one he had used at Summerslam, Hanging off the ropes and trying to wear down the champion through attrition rather than confronting him directly. However the champion was ready for this, and Yokozuna hit a few big moves early on that made it look like the champion would easily dispatch him. After chasing The Hitman outside, Yokozuna tried to headbutt him against the ringpost, only for Bret to duck and for Yokozuna to knock himself silly. Cornette tried to tell the champion to stay down, but Piper refused to count, waiting for Yokozuna to get back in the ring. When Cornette confronted the referee, Piper through him out of from ringside, sending him to the back. This distraction though caused Fuji to try and throw salt into Bret's eyes, only for the Hitman to duck and dispatch Fuji, knocking him off the apron. Yokozuna however came back and again attacked the Hitman's ribs, returning back to control of the match. Bret attempted to make a combeack on two or three occasions, always attacking Yokozuna's head and trying to keep his equilibrium off. The end came when Yokozuna, his head still ringing from all the shots he had taken, climbed the second rope for a Banzai Drop. However he lost his balance and fell backwards. This was the opening Bret needed to lock the champion in the Sharpshooter and amazingly get Yokozuna to tap out, regaining the WWF title. The show ended with all the babyfaces coming out to celebrate with Bret in front of a raucus MSG crowd. However, Owen stopped at the entryway, glaring at his brother and ignoring the invitation to join in the celebration, before storming off as the show came to an end.

Results

No. Results Stipulations Time
1 "The Rocket" Owen Hart d. Bret "The Hitman" Hart by Pinfall Singles Match 15:00
2 Crush d. Adam Bomb w/Harvey Whippleman by Disqualification Singles Match 13:22
3 Bam Bam Bigelow & Luna Vachon d. Doink & Dink the Clown by Pinfall Mixed Tag Team Match 12:00
4 The Quebecers [Jacques & Pierre] w/Johnny Polo (c) d. Men on a Mission [Mo & Mabel] w/Oscar by Pinfall Tag Team Match for the WWF Tag Team Titles 9:54
5 "Double J" Jeff Jarrett d. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine by Submission Singles Match 8:31
6 Marty Jannetty d. Irwin R. Schyster w/Ted DiBiase (c) by Pinfall Singles Match for the WWF Television Title 7:58
7 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams & Well Dunn [Timothy Well & Steven Dunn] w/Mr. Fuji & Harvey Whippleman d. Earthquake & The Smoking Gunns [Billy & Bart Gunn] by Pinfall Six-Man Tag Team Match 8:00
8 Razor Ramon (c) d. "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels w/Diesel Ladder Match for the WWF Intercontinental Title 19:12
9 "Macho Man" Randy Savage d. "The Narcissist" Lex Luger by Pinfall Singles Match 7:30
10 Bret "The Hitman" Hart d. Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette (c) by Submission Singles Match for the WWF Championship 15:00


Aftermath

The Bret-Owen feud would continue for the rest of 1994 and into 1995, culminating in a match between the two at the following year's Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels would suffer a knee injury in early April that would keep him out of action for three months, however during that time Diesel would go on to become a star in his own right, while the neck injury suffered by Scott Steiner prior to Wrestlemania would prove to be one that would keep him out for more than a year, by which point both Steiner Brothers would have been released by the company.

Crush would enter a feud with Randy Savage in the summertime, mostly over the idea that Savage had "sold out" to the Million Dollar Man for Ted DiBiase's managerial services.

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