When in a relay race, one simple rule that must always be respected is when the baton is passed to you, you are to never drop it. Dropping the baton is disastrous for the entire race. This example can be used as a metaphor for life, but also a metaphor of what took place at WrestleMania 10.
WrestleMania 10 was a polished and excellent pay per view, which gave us Mania classics such as Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “The Rocket” Owen Hart and when “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels battled Razor Ramon. Those two matches are the measuring sticks as to what a WrestleMania match should entail. However, the outcome may’ve been different, as the WWF Championship match was not originally going to be what it was.
Due to the complex ending of the 1994 Royal Rumble, both Bret Hart and Lex Luger earned a WWF Championship match at WrestleMania. Luger won a coin flip so he got the first WWF Title match against champion Yokozuna and the winner would face Bret Hart (Hart would have a match earlier in the night, so all men would be equal in the closing match). Luger would be disqualified against Yokozuna and Yoko would face Bret in the closing match and lose to Hart. However, it was supposed to be Lex Luger winning the WWF Championship and finally facing Bret Hart one on one in the closing match.
So why the change? The night before the show, Lex Luger was at a bar with WrestleMania celebrity guest Burt Reynolds and after a few drinks Luger let the finish slip. Luger tells Reynolds that he is supposed to win the WWF Championship at the show and leave Madison Square Garden the champion. While Luger was pillow talking, a WWF official was nearby in the bar and overheard the conversation. This then got back to Vince McMahon and immediately plans were scraped. At this time, the WWF was very strict on outsiders knowing inside information about the business, and due to this Luger was to be punished.
Not only would Luger not win the WWF title, but he would never win any championship titles during the rest of his time with the World Wrestling Federation. Luger would only last in the WWF for another year and a half and deflect back to WCW in September of 1995. The WWF had big plans for him, but once he dropped the baton, he created a disaster.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports