February 16, 2004
Iron Man Match highlights WrestleMania 12WrestleMania History
Date: March 31, 1996.
Place: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California.
WWE Company Line: "On the East Coast one year, on the West Coast the next, the WWE brought WrestleMania to "Hollywood": the Arrowhead Pond at Anaheim, California, on March 31 1996. An all-time venue attendance record of 18,853 fans packed the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. They witnessed the dreams of a 12-year-old boy from San Antonio, Texas, become the destiny of a man, when Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart for the Federation Championship belt. Included in the WrestleMania XII weekend events were the 1996 Slammy Awards and Celebrity Softball Game to benefit Cystic Fibrosis."
Celebrity Appearances: None.
SLAM! Wrestling Review: By JOHN POWELL
If it were not for the once-in-a-lifetime performances by Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, this WrestleMania would've tanked hard too. Nothing on the card really mattered barring the timeless Iron Man Match which made up most of the pay-per-view anyway. That being said, you have to judge this WrestleMania a little bit different from the others as this is essentially a one-trick pony, an awe-inspiring one-trick pony nonetheless. The Iron Man match will go down as one of the only bouts worth the price of an entire pay-per-view to witness. That's how truly good it was. Like them or hate them, there is nobody who can deny that Michaels and Hart set a new milestone as far as a work rate is concerned. Rest hold aside, they took each other to the limit of their abilities and us along for a magnificent ride.
Favourite Moments: The Iron Man Match. Ultimate Warrior beating Hunter-Hearst Helmsley in no time flat.
Least Favourite Moments: Shawn Michaels winning the Iron Man Match.
WRESTLEMANIA 12 STORIES
|1. Vader / The British Bulldog / Owen Hart vs Yokozuna / Ahmed Johnson / Jake "The Snake" Roberts||Vader / The British Bulldog / Owen Hart.|
|2. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs Goldust (Hollywood Backlot Match)||"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.|
|3. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs Savio Vega||"Stone Cold" Steve Austin.|
|4. The Ultimate Warrior vs Hunter Hearst-Helmsley||The Ultimate Warrior.|
|5. The Undertaker vs Diesel||The Undertaker.|
|6. Shawn Michaels vs Bret "Hitman" Hart (World Title - Iron Man Match)||Shawn Michaels.|