WrestleMania XII

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WrestleMania XII
WrestleManiaXII.jpg
Promotional poster featuring Razor Ramon (who did not compete on the card), Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diesel and The Undertaker.
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Sponsor Tyco R/C: Maximum Heat!
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: Good Friends, Better Enemies
WrestleMania chronology
WrestleMania XI WrestleMania XII WrestleMania 13

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

Background[edit]

The main attraction of this WrestleMania was the WWF Championship contested in a Iron Man match; whereby the winner would be the man to win most falls over sixty minutes. Michaels had earned the opportunity to face reigning champion Bret Hart by winning the 1996 Royal Rumble, and had also defeated Owen Hart at In Your House 6 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: failing to win Diesel's WWF Championship 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.

WrestleMania XII also marked the return of The Ultimate Warrior, who had last performed for the WWF in late 1992.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1F The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I. Godwinn) (with Hillbilly Jim) Tag team match for the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship N/A
2 Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart, and The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) defeated Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts and Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji) Six-man tag team match 13:08
3 Roddy Piper and Goldust (with Marlena) fought to a no contest Hollywood Backlot Brawl N/A[Note 1][3]
4 Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Savio Vega Singles match 10:05
5 The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) Singles match 01:39
6 The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel Singles match 16:46
7 Shawn Michaels (with José Lothario) defeated Bret Hart (c) Iron Man match for the WWF Championship 1:01:52
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • F – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Free for All
  1. ^ Taped parts of the match was shown intermittently throughout the pay-per-view, with the live part of the match occurring just before the main event.

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  
   Steve Austin 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 The British Bulldog
   The Godwinns Pin  
 The Godwinns Pin
   The New Rockers  

Iron Man Match[edit]

Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Championship. It was a draw after 60 minutes, but WWF President Gorilla Monsoon ordered for sudden death overtime.

Score Point Winner Decision Notes Times
1–0 Shawn Michaels Pinfall Shawn Michaels won the point using a Sweet Chin Music 1:01:52

Other on-screen talent[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, Jason. "Iron Man Match highlights WrestleMania 12". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Keller, Wade. "WWE WrestleMania Countdown - 1996 PPV Report (WM 12): Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart Iron Man match, Ultimate Warrior vs. Triple H". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "10 Worst Wrestlemania Matches EVER". Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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