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WrestleMania XII

Promotional poster featuring Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diesel and The Undertaker
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Date March 31, 1996
Attendance 18,853[1]
Venue Arrowhead Pond
City Anaheim, California
Pay-per-view chronology
In Your House 6 WrestleMania XII In Your House 7
WrestleMania chronology
WrestleMania XI WrestleMania XII WrestleMania 13

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.

Contents

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 thugs 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 by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Garden.

Production

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

Aftermath

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Reception

WWE Superstars and fans voted the Iron Man match as the greatest match in WrestleMania history in a show hosted by Ric Flair in 2004.

Results

# Results Stipulations Times
Free for All The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) (with Hillbilly Jim) Tag team match for the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship 05:21
1 Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna, Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson (with Mr. Fuji) Six-man tag team match 12:51
2 Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Savio Vega Singles match 10:00
3 The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) Singles match 01:36
4 The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel Singles match 16:46
5 Roddy Piper defeated Goldust (with Marlena) Hollywood Backlot Brawl n/a
6 Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Bret Hart (c) Iron Man match for the WWF Championship 1:01:52

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

Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship
Commentators
Spanish commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

References

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