Welcome to my new mini-series. In this six part series, I will notate five points of interest that are unique to every individual WrestleMania during it’s three decade run. These are moments, matches, or facts that help that year’s WrestleMania stick out from the rest. For the third entry in the series, I will cover WrestleMania 11 through WrestleMania 15.
WrestleMania 11 (April 2, 1995)
- Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett via disqualification in their Intercontinental Championship Match. This would mark the last match Scott Hall would have at WrestleMania under the name Razor Ramon.
- Bret Hart faced Bob Backlund in an I Quit Match. Bret Hart may have won the match, but he has gone on record stating that he personally believes that was the worst match of his career.
- Shawn Michaels fought his former tag team partner Diesel for the WWF Championship. In the end Diesel would come out on top, conquering his former employer and tag team partner.
- This would be the first time that former co-holders of the tag titles faced off for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania.
- The main event was Bam Bam Bigelow vs. NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The rivalry started over an argument at Royal Rumble. Lawrence Taylor beat Bam Bam Bigelow, and Bigelow was kicked out of the Million Dollor Corporation for the loss.
WrestleMania 12 (March 31, 1996)
- The WrestleMania pre-show was The Huckster vs. Nacho Man with Billionaire ted as the special guest referee. These terrible characters were clear parodies of Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and Ted Turner. An example of the rivalry between WWE and WCW.
- This is the WrestleMania debut of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H.
- Roddy Piper beat Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl. Footage of the OJ Simpson car chase was used in the Roddy Piper-Goldust car chase portion of the match.
- This is the WrestleMania that the Ultimate Warrior returned to the WWE after a 3 year absence.
- The main event was Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF CHampionship in an Iron Man Match. The match went a full hour with no scores for either wrestler. The match went into overtime, and Shawn Michaels managed to secure the victory.
WrestleMania 13 (March 23, 1997)
- This is the only WrestleMania in history not to have been a sell-out. The arena held 18,197 seats, but only 16,467 paid. The remaining 1,737 tickets were free to fill in space.
- Steve Austin battled Bret Hart in a No Disqualification Submission Match. The iconic bleeding Austin visual is from this match, and is considered by many the beginning of a new era in WWE. This match also caused a double turn: with Austin turning face and Hart turning heel.
- In February, World Champion Shawn Michaels vacated the title in his infamous “lost my smile” speech. This speech put the Bret Hart and Steve Austin feud in motion, as well as establishing that year's WrestleMania main event.
- Undertaker beat Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship. This continued his winning streak and gave Undertaker his second WWF Championship reign.
- This was Sycho Sid’s last WrestleMania. He only competed in two and closed out both shows.
WrestleMania 14 (March 29, 1998)
- The scratch logo that was famous during the Attitude Era, made its first WrestleMania appearance at this event.
- The Legion of Doom would return after an extended hiatus as a special guest tag team with their new valet Sunny.
- The hysterical Kane and Pete Rose feud began at this event.
- Kane's WrestleMania debut would be against his brother Undertaker, in a bitter grudge match over the death of their parents from a fire that Kane survived. Undertaker would win, but this would be a feud that would be on and off for years to come.
- The main event featured Shawn Michaels vs. Steve Austin for the WF Championship with Mike Tyson as the Special Guest referee. Steve Austin would win his first WWF Championship, and Shawn's back injuries would take him out of action for the next four years.
WrestleMania 15 (March 28, 1999)
- This is the first WrestleMania to be put on DVD after its initial airing. All other WrestleMania events had to be released on home video.
- This is the first time the Hardcore Championship was defended at WrestleMania. Bob Holly won the title in a Triple Threat Match against Al Snow and then champion Billy Gunn.
- The winner of the real life boxing tournament Brawl For All, Bart Gunn, was rewarded with an actual boxing contest against legitimate boxer Butterbean. The match lasted 35 seconds in the first round.
- The Hell In A Cell was first featured at this year's WrestleMania. Big Boss Man fought Undertaker, but the dead man retained his undefeated streak. The aftermath of the match saw Big Boss Man getting hanged from the cell as it rose back to the ceiling.
- The final match on the card was The Rock vs. Steve Austin for the WWF Championship. This is the first of three occasions that these two would compete against each other in singles competition. Austin would win the match, the belt, and become the only man to win the WWF Championship consecutive years at the grandest stage of them all.
I hope you enjoyed the third part of my six part series. If you have any other moments or facts you believe should be shared or mentioned in this article, put them in the comments below, I know I missed some of your personal favorites. As always, have a good day.