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WrestleMania XII was the twelfth WrestleMania event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It took place on March 31, 1996 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

Background

The main attraction of this WrestleMania was the novelty of the WWF championship match that was guaranteed to last at least one hour. On-screen WWF president "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had announced on an edition of Monday Night Raw that reigning champion Bret Hart must defend the title against Shawn Michaels in the first ever "WWF Iron Man Match"; whereby the winner would be the man with the most decisions over a sixty-minute time limit. Michaels had earned the opportunity to face Hart by winning the 1996 Royal Rumble, and had also defeated Owen Hart at In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage for the right to keep the WrestleMania title shot

The main event was built on Bret Hart wanting to retain the WWF Championship against Shawn Michaels, who had suffered a number of setbacks over the course of the previous year, including, losing his match the previous year at WrestleMania XI, being accosted by a group of Marines at a Syracuse, New York nightclub, forfeiting the WWF Intercontinental Championship at In Your House 4: Great White North in October 1995 to Dean Douglas, suffering a storyline concussion at the hands of Owen Hart, and being betrayed in storyline by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Garden.

Production

The WrestleMania XII logo is a parody of 20th Century Fox's famous 'Searchlights' logo. Portions of the Hollywood Backlot Brawl used stock footage of the LAPD freeway chase involving O. J. Simpson.

Reception

WrestleMania XII received generally positive reviews from critics, who aimed praise particularly at the main event. Rob McNew of 411mania called the opening match "really good," and gave it 3 and 1/4 stars (out of 5 stars). However, he called the match between Helmsley and The Ultimate Warrior the worst of the night, going on to it call it the "funniest squash ever, considering that HHH is now arguably a bigger star than Warrior was." He gave the main event the highest score of the night, with 4 stars. However, he says the match "isn't for everyone." Continuing, he says, "It's about a three star match for the first 40 minutes, the last 20+ are an easy five stars." He gave the entire event a score of 7 out of 10. In 2015, Ryan Dilbert of Bleacher Report called it the 16th greatest of the first 30 WrestleMania events.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Tag Title Tournament

The tournament was held between February 20 and March 31, 1996. The tournament brackets were:

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
   The Bodydonnas Pin  
 The Bushwhackers  
     The Bodydonnas Pin  
     Razor Ramon and
Savio Vega
 
 Razor Ramon and Savio Vega Pin
   The 1-2-3 Kid and Tatanka  
       The Bodydonnas Pin
     The Godwinns
   Owen Hart and The British Bulldog Pin  
 Hakushi and Barry Horowitz  
     Owen Hart and
Davey Boy Smith
     The Godwinns Pin  
 The Godwinns Pin
   The New Rockers  

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

External links

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