WrestleMania X: Back on Broadway was the tenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 20, 1994, at the world famous Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Little Richard sang "America The Beautiful."


Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Bret Hart and Lex Luger eliminated each other from the Royal Rumble simultaneously. The match was not restarted, and instead, the two men were declared co-winners. This was the second year in which the winner of the Royal Rumble would automatically get a title shot at WrestleMania, so the decision was made to flip a coin. If it landed in favor of Lex Luger, then he would get the first title shot and Bret Hart would have to wrestle Owen Hart earlier in the night. If it landed in favor of Bret Hart, then he would get the first title shot and Lex Luger would have to wrestle Crush earlier in the night. The coin landed in favor of Luger.
  • Lex Luger beat WWF Champion Yokozuna at SummerSlam '93 by count-out, but a stipulation in that match dictated that it would be the only title shot Luger could get. Lex Luger required special permission from WWF President Jack Tunney in order to participate in the Royal Rumble. Tunney declared that if Luger won the Royal Rumble, then it would supersede the no-compete clause from their SummerSlam contract.
  • Bret Hart teamed with his brothers Keith, Bruce, & Owen at Survivor Series to face King Jerry Lawler (Lawler was pulled from the match and replaced by a returning Shawn Michaels). During the match, Owen Hart was the only member of the Hart Family eliminated, for which he blamed Bret. In a matter of making peace, Bret dedicated his career to a tag team with Owen, and they had a WWF Tag Team title shot at the Royal Rumble against the Quebecers, which they lost. After the match, Owen kicked Bret's bad leg out from under him. Regardless, Bret still won the Royal Rumble after entering at #27.
  • In September 1993, Shawn Michaels was suspended (for testing positive to steroids, which he vehemently denies, and it was never mentioned on television) so he was stripped of the WWF Intercontinental championship, and Razor Ramon won the vacant championship; however, Shawn refused to return the actual title belt to the WWF, so they had a second belt made. When Shawn returned, he continued holding his own title belt. The only way to determine the real champion was to suspend both championship belts above the ring, and the first man to retrieve them with a ladder would get to keep them.
  • For several months, Randy Macho Man Savage and Crush were considered close friends, but as with most friendships in wrestling, things turned sour and Crush attacked Savage. Although Savage had mostly been a commentator for Monday Night Raw at that point, he returned for one night only to have a grudge match at WrestleMania.
  • Doink The Clown began pulling pranks on Bam Bam Bigelow in Autumn 1993, and the two feuded for the next several months with Luna Vachon and Dink seconding them. The rules of the Mixed Tag match were the same for WrestleMania III and WrestleMania VI where only Doink & Bigelow and Dink & Luna could fight.

Additional NotesEdit

  • The card originally featured ten matches for the tenth event. Unfortunately, the tenth match (a 10-man tag match) was bumped due to time constraints, and the match was held 15 days later on Monday Night Raw.
  • Both WWF Championship matches featured guest referees upon which all parties had agreed. Mr. Perfect (who lost to Lex Luger at the prior WrestleMania) disqualified Luger, seemingly out of spite from his prior defeat. Roddy Piper (who lost to Bret Hart at a previous WrestleMania too) called the match in favor of Bret by refusing to disqualify Yokozuna when James E. Cornette physically halted his count.
  • In the "Falls Count Anywhere" match, once a wrestler was pinned, he had a ten-count to get back inside the ring. Fans often mock the rules because it essentially nullified falls inside the ring.
  • There were many celebrities involved (none were at at the prior year's event). For the championship matches, there were guest ring announcers Burt Reynolds and Donnie Whalberg (New Kids on the Block) and guest time keepers Jennie Garth (90210) and Rhonda Shear (USA's Up All Night). Sy Sperling (owner of Hair Club for Men) was featured in backstage vignettes, and as noted earlier, Little Richard opened the show.
  • For the first time since his WWF debut, Undertaker missed WrestleMania. He was given time off following the casket match at Royal Rumble. At this stage of his career, his WrestleMania record was only 3-0.
  • Madison Square Garden, which is often recognized as "home base" for the WWF, hosted the first WrestleMania. This was the second WrestleMania event to be hosted there. WrestleMania would return to MSG another ten years later for the 20th anniversary.

The AftermathEdit

  • After winning the evening's final match, Bret Hart was joined by most fan favorites of the WWF locker room inside the ring. The broadcast ended with Owen Hart watching unapprovingly. The feud between Bret and Owen continued after WrestleMania, leading all the way to Survivor Series when Owen finally cost Bret the title. The highlight of the feud came when the two fought in a steel cage match at SummerSlam '94.
  • Although he lost the Ladder match, Shawn Michaels retaliated by sending his bodyguard Diesel into battle with Razor Ramon. A few weeks after the event, Diesel beat Razor for the title, but (after he and Shawn won the WWF Tag Team titles) he lost the title back to Razor at SummerSlam '94. Friction between Shawn and Diesel started shortly after Diesel won the WWF Intercontinental championship, which culminated the following year.
  • WWF Tag Team champions Quebecers lost the titles to Men On a Mission, but they regained them shortly thereafter. The Quebecers lost the titles to the HeadShrinkers when Captain Lou Albano gave them his guiding light (Albano led Afa, who was the HeadShrinkers' manager, to several tag team titles the previous decade).
  • WWF Women's champion Alundra Blayze continued reigning as champion despite minimal challengers. It was not until a year later that she faced her toughest challenger: Bull Nakano.
  • Randy Macho Man Savage continued to provide color commentary on Monday Night Raw until he left the WWF after his contract expired to join Hulk Hogan in World Championship Wrestling in hopes that he could wrestle more frequently. In WCW, he won four additional World titles.
  • Despite costing him the WWF championship, Mr. Perfect never wrestled Lex Luger after WrestleMania X in the WWF.

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