According to a majority of fans who have been following wrestling for years, the general consensus is pretty consistent that WrestleMania 11 may be the worst Mania ever seen. Wrestling fans have voiced their displeasure of the WWF trading in the “big fight pay per view feel” that normally encompassed this event with a more moderate pay per view. But in the midst of so much heat and distain that is held on by many people, is it possible that there may be sprinkles of goodness that may exist within it? Whenever a big storm occurs, it’s not the frightening surface that grabs my attention, but it’s the intrigue and beauty of nature itself that captivates me. With this being said WrestleMania 11 wasn’t all that bad.
Compared to WrestleMania 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10, yes it did compare as small potatoes. Venue wise, WrestleMania 11 was taken place in a mall (The Hartford Civic Center was adjacent to The Hartford Center Mall), not to flattering compared to stadiums like its predecessors. And with it taking place in 1995, it did resemble a 3 hour “In Your House” pay per view. But when you really look at the pay per view line up, the matches were not all that bad.
The Intercontinental Championship match between Razor Ramon and Jeff Jarrett was the 2nd longest match of the ppv, behind the main event. That is an example of simple yet effective booking that will always work and maintain the dignity of the belt at the same time. The Undertaker faced a WrestleMania original in King Kong Bundy. Yokozuna and Owen Hart had an exciting match against The Smoking Guns for the tag belts. Bret Hart and Bob Backlund gave us a mini clinic in their “I quit match.” And Shawn Michaels and Diesel told a solid story in the WWF title match. When you take away the whole Lawrence Taylor overload aspect of the show and the celebrity overdrive, wrestling wise WrestleMania 11 was an excellent and enjoyable show.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports