WrestleMania X : My First And Still My Favorite

Jabroni Journal

March 30, 2018

We’re officially in that sweet spot for wrestling fans worldwide. As the WWE announcers say, “We’re on the road to WrestleMania,” and with just 10 days left until the big event, we’re finally in that home stretch. This year’s card looks incredibly stacked, with 4 or 5 matches that could easily headline the evening’s card. Next week I’ll be taking a look at the entire lineup and making my predictions, so for now I’m gonna wax nostalgic for a bit.

The first “Granddaddy of them all” I watched as a kid was WrestleMania X held on March 20, 1994 at Madison Square Garden. I wasn’t fortunate enough to watch it live, as the full pay per view price was a bit beyond the budget my weekly allowance could afford. I relied heavily on the wrestling VHS collection at Video Update in Kent. That wall of tapes was where I did my schooling. Long before the WWE Network and YouTube, I sucked up any bit of knowledge I could retain from that tape collection – it’s where I first saw Hogan slam Andre, where I learned about a man called Sting and where I watched the build up to this very WrestleMania. 

Upon reflection, there are many wrestling events that don’t hold up well to my well-worn 2018 eyes. Matches I could have sworn were 5-star mat classics aren’t always the best when I revisit them today. But I still stand by WrestleMania X as one of the finest in the companies history, and due to a fair amount of nostalgic love (“it used to be better, damnit!”) my personal favorite Mania of all time. 

There are two landmark matches of the event that are considered classics by many. The night started out with a bang as brother faced brother in an incredible display of technical wrestling. In an upset victory, Owen Hart pinned his big brother Bret Hart – the same brother who would later go on to pin Yokozuna.This match could easily steal any show. Any show that doesn’t have the first ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon, that is. As soon as I finished this match, I knew it was my favorite thing I had ever seen inside the confines of the squared circle. The story was awesome, the unique use of the ladder stipulation had me amazed, the athleticism was unreal and the finish was perfect, as I was a devoted Razor Ramon fan at the time. 

But enough reminiscing, it’s time for me to stop typing and indulge in a yearly tradition. It’s time to go into the archives, sit back and enjoy my annual viewing of my personal favorite – WrestleMania X.