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For several years the WWF was struggling in the Monday Night Wars with WCW. Ted Turner's deep pockets were able to lure some of Vince McMahon's top talent away. By the time Wrestlemania 14 rolled around, the pendulum was starting to swing back into Vince's favor. Mike Tyson, Shawn Michaels, and Stone Cold Steve Austin are a big reason why that happened.
In the main event of Wrestlemania 14, Austin challenged the Heartbreak Kid for the WWF title. Michaels was cockier than ever, having scored impressive wins over the Undertaker in the months leading up to Mania. He had also beaten Bret Hart in the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" and fans were still a little bitter to say the least. Austin was the anti hero, who really picked up steam and fan support the year earlier at Wrestlemania 13. Having won his second consecutive Royal Rumble, Austin was the number one contender and going to Mania.
Other talent would soon start rising to the top as a result of the events at Wrestlemania 14. The Rock was the Intercontental champion and successfully defended against Ken Shamrock. The Rock was months away from his own run as the WWF champion too. Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk in a stocking over his head) beat the New Age Outlaws in a dumpster match for the tag team titles, however the decision was reversed. I don't remember what the technicality was, but it happened the next night on Raw. Triple H was successful in defending the European title against Owen Hart. These two had a pretty good feud going on at the time. It was a pleasant surprise.
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Overall, I loved this card. It was the start of a new era in wrestling. I think after a lame Wrestlemania 13, 14 definitely gave the company and the business for that matter a much needed shot in the arm which ultimately ended up changing wrestling forever.
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