WrestleMania XII

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WrestleMania XII
Promotional poster featuring Razor Ramon (who did not compete on the card), Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Diesel and The Undertaker.
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Sponsor(s) 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.


Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship

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.


No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1F The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. Godwinn and Phineas I. Godwinn) (with Hillbilly Jim) Tag team match for the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship Unknown
2 Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with James E. Cornette) defeated Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts and Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji) Six-man tag team match 13:08
3 Roddy Piper defeated Goldust (with Marlena) Hollywood Backlot Brawl Unknown[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) 60-minute 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.

Tournament bracket[edit]

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
Stone Cold 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 Winner Decision Notes Times
1–0 Shawn Michaels Pinfall Shawn Michaels won the fall using a Sweet Chin Music 1:01:52


  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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