|LT vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (WWE)|
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By the time the eleventh installment of Wrestlemania rolled around, the WWF had a different look. Top stars like Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and the Ultimate Warrior were long gone. The company was banking on guys like Diesel, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart to carry the torch and take the WWF to the next level.
While these guys were in some cases still proving themselves, there were no bonafide top tier guys like we'd seen with Hogan and Savage and Warrior (at least in my view). So the WWF looked outside the ring and to the gridiron for that push. They found it in Lawrence Taylor. The NFL linebacker found himself in the main event of Wrestlemania 11, facing off against Bam Bam Bigelow. For what it's worth, this was probably one of the better celebrity matches I've seen. LT and Bam Bam told a great story, especially when you consider Taylor hadn't wrestled before. I take my hat off to Bigelow for agreeing to the match and putting over a non wrestler. It could have really hurt him in the long run, and while I don't think it necessarily helped him, it certainly showed he's a team player. It was a gamble making the match the main event, behind the world title match between Diesel and Michaels and Hart's match with Bob Backlund (not that I would consider it a main event)
|HBK vs. Diesel (WWE)|
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In what may have been the biggest case of "look what a difference a year can make" Lex Luger appeared in the opening match with partner British Bulldog as the pair beat the Blu Brothers (not to be confused with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd). It was a light card for sure, but this was a time when talent was jumping ship to WCW and the WWF was doing what it could to stop the bleeding. I think Wrestlemania 11 may be one of the more "plain Jane" manias in the rich history of the event. They used a little star power from LT and brought in Pam Anderson and Jenny McCarthy to be in Diesel and Shawn Michaels' corners respectively.
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