WrestleMania Rewind: : Hart topples Yokozuna (WM10)
By FRANK ZICARELLI - Toronto Sun
It was bedlam on Broadway yesterday as the WWF brilliantly and
carefully choreographed WrestleMania X, the annual Super Bowl of suplexes and
In the end of this three-hour made for pay-per-view television event,
Calgary-born Bret (Hit Man) Hart, the squared circle's excellence of
execution, survived the mayhem in Manhattan by winning his second WWF
Hart, who earlier in the card lost to younger brother Owen (Rocket) Hart in
a 20-minute mat classic by a clean pinfall, toppled the mighty Yokozuna to
claim the coveted belt.
Hart begins his second reign as the WWF's undisputed king of the ring and
the federation's flag bearer and marquee personality.
After yesterday's tiring exercise, Hart is worthy of the acclaim.
"I'll take on all challengers,'' proclaimed Hart at a post-Mania news
"My motto has always been that I'm the best there was, the best there is
and the best there will be. Whoever president Jack Tunney picks, I'll
Even if one of those wrestlers is brother Owen, who is turning heads in the
WWF as a heel?
"I'd relish the opportunity of wrestling Owen again,'' said the older
Hart, "when my mind isn't cluttered.
"Owen is a good wrestler. He can beat me one out of 10 times, but never
twice in a row.''
Hart, who has won all three jewels in the WWF's triple crown series, first
won the heavyweight title on Thanksgiving Day two years ago in Saskatoon in a
memorable bout against Ric (Nature Boy) Flair. Hart lost the strap to Yoko in
a controversial ending at WMIX in Las Vegas.
A sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd of 20,000 stood in admiration as a
procession of WWF superstars embraced Hart in the wild aftermath of his
Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Parkdale pugilist, threw his support to Hart by
serving as guest ring official.
Piper, whose only ring loss in the WWF was to Hart at WMVIII, knocked out
manager Jim Cornette with a right uppercut and then counted the pinfall as
Hart lay on top of the 550-pound Yokozuna, who tripped on the top rope in the
middle of his monster "banzai'' move.
Hart's win capped a near flawless afternoon by the WWF, the masters of
mayhem who began the Mania legacy 10 years ago at MSG.
One of the catalysts behind the Mania's multi-million-dollar success is
Piper, who appeared in the main event 10 years ago with Hulk Hogan.
While wrestling is usually an afterthought on most Mania shows, yesterday's
showcase had its share of technical moves and high-risk attempts.
Jacques and Pierre of the Quebecers actually suplexed 580-pound Mabel of
Men on a Mission in their tag-team title defence.
For creative impression, Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon turned a ladder
into the ring's biggest foreign object since the days of Abdullah the
Michaels is taking a much-needed ring rest. After his bout with Ramon, the
time away is well-earned.
Owen and Bret opened the afternoon with a technical display of ring moves,
counter moves and the occasional blow below the belt.
As expected, Lex Luger, who was groomed by WWF boss Vince McMahon as the
heir to Hogan, was a flop.
The fans booed Luger in his bout with Yokozuna, who was awarded the victory
by disqualification by guest official Mr. Perfect.
But on this day, the perfect handle could easily apply to Bret Hart.
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