- WrestleMania XII
Infobox Wrestling event
promotion=World Wrestling Federation
March 31 1996
attendance=18,853 [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/mania.html#XII|title=WrestleMania XII Results|accessdate=2008-02-26|publisher=Pro Wrestling History]
The main attraction of this WrestleMania was the novelty of the WWF championship match that was guaranteed to last at least one hour. On-screen WWF president "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had announced on an edition of "Monday Night RAW" that reigning champion
Bret Hart, who had retained the WWF Championship against Diesel at WWF In Your House last month, must defend the title against Shawn Michaels, who had won the 1996 Royal Rumble and had defeated Owen Hartat February's In Your House for the right to keep the WrestleMania title shot in the first ever "WWF Iron Man Match"; whereby the winner would be the man with the most decisions over a sixty minute time limit.
The main event was built on Bret Hart wanting to retain the WWF Championship against Shawn Michaels, who had suffered a number of setbacks over the course of the previous year, including, losing his match the previous year at
WrestleMania XI, being accosted by a group of thugs at a Syracuse, New Yorknightclub, forfeiting the WWF Intercontinental Championship at in October 1995 to Dean Douglas, suffering a storyline concussion at the hands of Owen Hart, and being betrayed by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Garden.
The WrestleMania XII logo is a parody of the
20th Century Foxlogo. Portions of the Hollywood Backlot Brawl used stock footage of the LAPD freeway chase involving O.J. Simpson.
WWE Superstars and fans voted the Iron Man match as the greatest match in WrestleMania history in a show hosted by
Ric Flairin 2004.
Other on-screen talent
* [http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm12/ The Official Website of WrestleMania XII]
* [http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm12/factsstats/ WrestleMania XII Facts/Stats]
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