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WWE: WrestleMania XII – March 31, 1996 Results

Date: 31st March, 1996
Venue: Arrowhead Pond
City: Anaheim, CA
Attendance: 18,853
Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry “The King” Lawler
Theme Song: “WrestleMania (Instrumental)” by WWF Superstars

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Background

WrestleMania XII promotional poster
WrestleMania XII promotional poster. “Iron Man”

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 must defend the title against Shawn Michaels 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. Michaels had earned the opportunity to face Hart by winning the 1996 Royal Rumble, and had also defeated Owen Hart at In Your House 6 for the right to keep the WrestleMania title shot

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: failing to win Diesel’s WWF Championship the previous year at WrestleMania XI, being accosted by a group of Marines at a Syracuse, New York nightclub, forfeiting the WWF Intercontinental Championship at In Your House 4: Great White North in October 1995 to Dean Douglas, suffering a storyline concussion at the hands of Owen Hart, and being betrayed in storyline by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Garden.

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Match Results

Six Man Tag Team Match
Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna, Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson (withMr. Fuji) (06:51)

Stone Cold Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Savio Vega (10:00)

The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) (01:40)

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel (16:46)

Hollywood Backlot Brawl
Roddy Piper defeated Goldust (with Marlena) (12:15)

WWF Championship
Iron Man Match

Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Bret Hart (c) (1:01:52)

(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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