|Iron Man match (WWE)
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By the time Wrestlemania 12 rolled around you just knew that Shawn Michaels was going to win the WWF heavyweight title from Bret Hart. The two were scheduled for a 60 minute Iron Man Match, and when the bout ended after an hour with no one scoring a victory the crowd wondered what was going to happen. Bret Hart, who had been through one helluva match grabbed his championship belt and headed back to the dressing room. I guess he assumed the match would end in a draw (I know he really didn't think that). The champ was met by then WWF President Gorilla Monsoon in the aisle who informed him the match must continue.
|Sweet chin music (WWE)
Shawn's victory was impressive, but like I said, you knew it was coming. The WWF had gone through great lengths producing video packages documenting Shawn's quest to fulfill his boyhood dream. Sure enough on March 31, 1996 the kid from San Antonio, Texas did just that. One thing I was really impressed with was his zip line entrance, in fact I found it so cool I tried to convince my then fiancé to have our church set one up for to enter our wedding ceremony. My request was denied.
|Warrior returns (WWE)
The Undertaker kept his streak alive by soundly beating Diesel. But as I mentioned he was on his way out, so this outcome came as no surprise. The Bodydonnas won the tag team titles in a Free for All match before the pay per view. This was a tournament final, but honestly I can not remember why the previous champs were stripped of the belts or lost them in the first place. I do remember they beat the Godwins, again this was a lean time for talent in the WWF.
Notably missing from the card, former IC champ Razor Ramon. The 123 Kid (Sean Waltman) was also not on the show. I don't know if the two had been suspended or were hurt, as I remember them both being on the following month's pay per view prior to their departure for WCW. So not only would the company lose Ramon, Kid, and Diesel, but Bret Hart ended up taking a hiatus for several months after Wrestlemania 12. It was truly a time for developing new talent, and the returns of Warrior and Roberts just didn't cut it. We saw a minor push for Vader, Johnson, and Mero who debuted right after the event.
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