Wrestlemania XXX has a similar feel to Wrestlemania X

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LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2014 — WrestleMania XXX is this Sunday, April 6. The culmination of a year, well, maybe a couple of months of a well-planned out angle involving Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, former wrestler turned Hollywood actor Batista, semi-retired wrestler turned WWE Vice President Triple H, his wife Stephanie McMahon, and current most popular wrestler in the (WWE) universe Daniel Bryan. Two of the matches for this year’s WrestleMania are Randy Orton defending his titles against Batista and Triple H and Daniel Bryan looking to beat the holy hell out of each other.

While Daniel Bryan is most deserving of a title shot in the main event, Triple H has seen fit to blockade him from reaching that goal. Though, a ground swell of support for Daniel Bryan by the fans has forced the WWE’s hand. A stipulation has been added that states if Daniel Bryan defeats his tormentor, Triple H, he will be inserted into the main event title match, thus making it a Triple Threat for the Undisputed Championship. As predicted, Triple H added that if he beats Daniel Bryan, it will be Triple H who is inserted into the main event match. This is starting to sound like the makings of a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

Meanwhile, 20 years ago, WrestleMania X experienced a similar predicament. The winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble would be guaranteed a World Championship title match at WrestleMania. As luck would have it, the Rumble ended when Lex Luger and Bret “The Hitman” Hart simultaneously eliminated each other. This was something that had never happened in the Royal Rumble before and referees were flabbergasted on how to award a winner. Eventually, both Luger and Hart were named co-winners of the Rumble and both would receive title shots at WrestleMania X.

WWF (it was still WWF at the time) President Jack Tunney made a ruling that while both men would receive title shots at WrestleMania, in the interest of fairness, both men would have to fight two matches at the event. The ensuing coin toss revealed that Lex Luger won the chance to face WWF Champion Yokozuna first. Bret Hart was then required to wrestle his brother Owen in the opening match at WrestleMania.


WrestleMania X’s matches can be described as “The Great, the Bad, and the downright Ugly”. The opening match of Bret vs Owen is considered to be the Greatest WrestleMania Opening Match and was rated by IGN as the fourth best WrestleMania match of all time. Later in the night, Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels battle each other for the Undisputed Intercontinental Championship in THE Ladder Match. Yes, the Ladder Match which became the blueprint for Hardcore matches, “TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs” matches, and many other main event style brawls. This groundbreaking Ladder Match is also considered to be one of the greatest matches and WrestleMania matches of all time.

If you would like to listen James Ryan’s review of the other “Great, Bad, and downright Ugly” WrestleMania X matches, click here.

James Ryan’s podcast, “Time Limit Draw,” reviews retro wrestling pay-per-views. Time Limit Draw is found exclusively on iTunes under “Monday Night Flaw” and on the Flawedcast Network website at www.flawedcast.net/MNF. Please follow on twitter @TheTLDPodcast where James Ryan and his broadcast colleague Michael Watson tweet current episodes, famous and infamous matches, and general wrestling talk.

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