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.
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.
The tournament was held between February 20 and March 31, 1996. The tournament brackets were:
Iron Man Match
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.
||Shawn Michaels won the point using a Sweet Chin Music
Other on-screen talent
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship