The Quietest WrestleMania Ever: WrestleMania XI

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IFebruary 18, 2009

WrestleMania XI was in the Civic Center in Hartford, Conn., on April 2, 1995. The Main Event was not a title match. It was Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow in a Lumber-jack match that was the Main Event.

That was the only bright spot out of WrestleMania XI because the card was blank as in not much potential. The WWE title match was Diesel vs. HBK as Diesel would win in probably HBK's worst WrestleMania match and it really wasn't his fault.

That card was short and bleak and it was at a time were WCW was taken off and WWE was going down slowly.

The year before WrestleMania X was in MSG and the Main Event was Bret Hart vs Yokozuna were Bret Hart won but HBK stole the show in the ladder match against Razor Ramon.

Why didn't HBK steal the show at WrestleMania XI it was probably because in the prime of his career they decided to let Bam Bam get the spotlight I have nothing against to Bam Bam (God rest his soul) but HBK should have went to WCW after the slap in the face by Vince by not putting him in the Main Event at WrestleMania and even if that meant put HBK vs. Taylor that would have been more entertaining for the fans.

The WWE missed a lot of opportunities for WrestleMania XI as it would be the quietest one since WrestleMania IV and especially VII, so do you think that WrestleMania will ever have a quiet WrestleMania again?

This was the card for WrestleMania XI:

Lex Luger & British Bulldog def. Eli & Jacob Blu w/ Uncle Zebekiah

Intercontinental Championship

Razor Ramon w/ 1-2-3 Kid def. Jeff Jarrett w/ The Roadie by DQ

Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer def. King Kong Bundy w/ “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

World Tag Team Championship
Owen Hart & Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji and Jim Cornette def. Smoking Gunns to become new champions

I Quit Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart def. Bob Backlund

WWE Championship
Diesel def. Shawn Michaels to retain

Main Event
Lawrence Taylor w/ Ken Norton, Jr., Carl Banks, Rickey Jackson, Steve McMichael, Chris Spielman & Reggie White def. Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Million Dollar Corporation

Facts About WrestleMania XI:

For his match against Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI, football star Lawrence Taylor enlisted help in the form of his “all-pro team” - football players Ken Norton Jr., Carl Banks, Rickey Jackson, Steve McMichael, Reggie White and Chris Spielman.

Owen Hart promised a mystery partner at WrestleMania XI for his World Tag Team Championship match against the Smoking Gunns. That partner turned out to be Yokozuna.

After competing for the WWE Championship just one year earlier at WrestleMania, Lex Luger competed in the opening match of WrestleMania XI.

Bret Hart defeated Bob Backlund in an I Quit Match at WrestleMania XI, with Roddy Piper serving as guest referee. It was the second consecutive WrestleMania event at which Piper was the guest referee for Bret Hart’s match.

WrestleMania XI aired just one month before the first-ever “In Your House” pay-per-view event.

With baseball players on strike, American League umpire Larry Young stepped into the ring, as the referee for the match between the Undertaker and King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania XI.

WrestleMania XI was the second consecutive WrestleMania event at which Razor Ramon competed in an Intercontinental Championship match. The year before, he and Shawn Michaels competed in their legendary Ladder Match, and at WrestleMania XI, he challenged Jeff Jarrett for the title.

WrestleMania XI was the only WrestleMania held in Connecticut, the home of WWE corporate headquarters.