- ====WrestleMania XI was the eleventh annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on April 2, 1995, at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT, near the WWF headquarters. Kathy Huey sang "America The Beautiful" (although it was misreported in WrestleMania: The Official Insider's Story that Salt-N-Pepa performed the song).====
WWF HAS A STATION WITH WWE
WCW CHRIS BENOIT DEFEATED REY BY SUBMISSION
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE HEADBANGERS DEFEATED THE APA
WWF UNITED STATES CHAMPION HARLEY RACE DEFEATED GOLDUST
WCW CHAMPION BOOKER T DEFEATED STING
DUSTY RHODES AND HULK HOGAN DEFEATED HARDCORE HOLLY AND BOB HOLLY
CHRIS ANGELS DEFEATED X-PAC
CHRIS ANGEL'S INTERVIEW
THE DUDLEY BOYZ DEFEATED THE OUTSIDERS
ECW CHAMPION MIKE AWESOME DEFEATED TAZZ
SABU DEFEATED FLO RIDA
JOEY MASON DEFEATED THE ROCK
EDDIE GUERRERO VS. STONE COLD ENDED IN A NO CONTEST
ECW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS JACK AND SAUL DEFATED MILLER AND KING ROCK
BRET HART DEFEATED WWF INTERCONTIAL CHAMPION SHAWN MICHAELS
WWF CHAMPION DIESEL DEFEATED TRIPLE H
Road to WrestleManiaEdit
- During the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, the 1-2-3 Kid pinned Bam Bam Bigelow to win the tag team titles. After the match, the crowd cackled at Bigelow for the loss, including NFL great Lawrence Taylor. Taylor attempted to apologize for his laughing, but Bigelow pie-faced him to the ground. The next night, Bigelow was forced to apologize publicly, but Bigelow's apology became a challenge to a match. Taylor accepted and the most reported WrestleMania main event was scheduled.
- Shawn Michaels won the 1995 Royal Rumble match to earn the WrestleMania title shot at the WWF Championship, which was held by his former-bodyguard Diesel. To show how Diesel was inferior as a bodyguard, Shawn Michaels recruited Sid as his new bodyguard for the match.
- During his second title reign, Bret Hart beat Bob Backlund in a match on WWF Superstars. After the loss, Backlund snapped as he slapped Bret across the face and applied his Crossface Chickenwing. As his feud with his brother was winding down, Bret's issues with Backlund began to heat up. They crossed paths at the 1994 Survivor Series when Owen convinced his parents to throw a towel in for Bret Hart, thus costing him the championship. That weekend, Diesel beat Backlund for the championship but the issues between Bret and Backlund were unsettled. They came to a head in an "I Quit" match.
- After Shawn Michaels & Diesel forfeited the WWF Tag Team titles, there was a tournament held to crown the next champions. The Smoking Gunns (Bart Gunn & Billy Gunn) were unable to compete in the tournament, so Bob Holly & the 1-2-3 Kid replaced them. After winning the tournament, the new champions defended against the Smoking Gunns, and the Gunns won the title. Due to the manner in which they won the titles, the Gunns vowed to defend the titles against every team in the tournament to prove themselves as champion. Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart were one of the teams, but Jim Neidhart left the WWF shortly after losing the match, so Owen had no partner. He was permitted to select a partner for the title match at WrestleMania XI. His choice was Yokozuna, and he and Yokozuna won the titles.
- Razor Ramon lost the WWF Intercontinental championship to Jeff Jarrett at the 1995 Royal Rumble after the Roadie interfered. Razor got his rematch with Jarrett at WrestleMania XI and the 1-2-3 Kid accompanied him to nuertalize the presence of the Roadie.
- For years, an urn seemingly empowered The Undertaker. After returning at SummerSlam '94 to vanquish the Million Dollar Man's Undertaker, Undertaker engaged in a long-running feud with members of the Million Dollar Corporation. After beating Irwin R. Schyster at the 1995 Royal Rumble, King Kong Bundy stole his urn. Undertaker's match with King Kong Bundy was also an attempt to reclaim the urn.
- Hartford, CT, served as the location for the International Special Olympics, so WrestleMania XI was the official kick-off for the events. Between coverage from the sports media for Lawrence Taylor's involvement and for its involvement with the Special Olympics, WrestleMania XI was the most widely covered WrestleMania since the inaugural event. As such, there were a number of celebrities invited, including Pamela Anderson (accompanying Diesel to the ring), Jennifer McCarthy (accompanying Shawn Michaels to the ring), Jonathan Taylor Thomas (time keeper for WWF Championship match), Nicholas Turturro (ring announcer for WWF Championship match), Salt-N-Pepa (performing a live rendition of "What a Man" as Lawrence Taylor's entrance music), Steve Mongo McMichael, Carl Banks, Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton, Chris Spielman, Reggie White (serving as LT's All-Stars to counteract the Million Dollar Corporation), and Larry Young (MLB umpire officiating Taker/Bundy).
- Rowdy Roddy Piper served as the guest referee for the "I Quit" match between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund, marking the second year in a row that Piper served as the referee for Bret Hart at WrestleMania.
- Immediately after losing the WWF Championship match, Shawn Michaels challenged Diesel to a rematch due to the controversy surrounding the slow count after Sweet Chin Music. The next night on RAW, Diesel accepted the challenge for the first In Your House stating that Sid did Shawn more harm than good, suggesting that Shawn should give Sid the night off when they had their rematch. In the closing segment of that night's RAW, Shawn responded to Diesel's suggestion and agreed to give Sid the night off. Sid snapped, attacking Shawn and giving him the Powerbomb three consecutive times before Diesel made the save. The incident reunited Shawn & Diesel, now known as Two Dudes with Attitudes.
- Ironically, Shawn Michaels did not get another shot at the WWF Championship until WrestleMania XII, which he earned by eliminating Diesel from the 1996 Royal Rumble.
- After suffering the humiliating loss to a football player, Bam Bam Bigelow challenged WWF Champion Diesel on Monday Night Raw in an attempt to salvage his career, but he lost. After the match, Ted DiBiase fired Bigelow but Diesel made the save, leading to a tag team match between Diesel & Bigelow against Sid & Tatanka in June 1995.
- Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett in a non-televised ladder match on May 19, 1995, to become the first three-time WWF Intercontinental champion, but he lost the title back to Jarrett in a non-televised match two days later. Jarrett, the second three-time WWF Intercontinental champion, then lost the title in July 1995 to Shawn Michaels, who became the third three-time WWF Intercontinental champion.
- As WWF Tag Team champions, Owen Hart & Yokozuna seemed unbeatable until September 1995 when the Two Dudes with Attitudes won the titles in a Triple Header match where three championships were at stake. The night of that match, Owen Hart was MIA so Yokozuna was permitted to select a one-night-only partner, choosing Davey Boy Smith. During the match, Owen Hart ran to the ring and Diesel pinned him with the Jackknife. The win was met with great controversy since Owen was neither a competitor in the match nor a champion when he was pinned. The titles were returned to Owen & Yokozuna, but their non-title match with the Smoking Gunns was changed into a title match on RAW. The Gunns regained the titles from the same men that beat them at WrestleMania XI.