In the barren wasteland of steroid trials, dwindling crowds, and the long road to recovery from a wrestling boom gone bust, WrestleMania 10 was truly an oasis. While the event itself wasn't enough to solve WWE's myriad of problems during its several hours of duration, it did end up serving as a monument to the sorts of trump cards Vince McMahon can pull from hidden orifices when backed against the wall.
How often does WWE stage an event with two genuine five-star matches, let alone one? The fans were spoiled when Bret and Owen Hart enthralled them with twenty minutes of expert wrestling intertwined with well-spun sibling rivalry. More than ninety minutes later, Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon equaled the preceding greatness by putting ladder matches on the map to stay. Even before the fans' choice of Bret Hart reclaimed the WWE Championship at the end of the night, it was abundantly clear that WrestleMania 10 had overachieved.
It was the first WrestleMania without Hulk Hogan. It was the last one with Randy Savage. When McMahon grunted that WWE would "blast off into the next decade" with Hart as champion, he was stating what had been plainly obvious for some time: this wasn't the WWE you were used to, nor could it really be.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.