Jake 'The Snake' Roberts vs Tatanka: What a difference a few years makes as Jake returned to the WWF ring in late 1995/1996, looking out of shape and not so over with the crowd. Roberts is usually spot on with his psychology but attempting his DDT half a minute into the match shows his complete dependence on it. Jake eventually lands the DDT after reversing Tatanka's fall-away slam move, pinning him surprisingly easy. I was looking forward to this match the most, lol. 3/10
Monster heel Vader gets interviewed, after power-bombing a referee and squashing poor Gorilla Monsoon (who seemed to sell it very well in the replay).
Razor Ramon vs 1-2-3 Kid Crybaby match: Humiliation stipulations were popular in 1995/1996 WWF and this one means the loser has to wear a nappy. Despite most of his offence being kicks, 1-2-3 Kid does it very well, The Kid's manager Ted Dibiase throws talcum powder in Ramon's eyes giving 1-2-3 Kid the advantage which culminates in a sleeper-hold. 1-2-3 Kid looks too light for Razor to sell the submission but he goes down regardless and hulks up to crotch Kid on the top rope, both dropping to the floor to a referee 10 count. Razor completes his signature throwaway slam off the top rope and Ted tries to interfere again with talcum powder but Razor kicks it in his face and Ted sells it well. Ramon hits The Razor's Edge twice before pinning The Kid. He puts the nappy on 1-2-3 Kid and 1-2-3 Kid does an amiable job of looking peeved off. Okay, has it's slow moments but features some nice booking towards the end. 6/10
Duke 'The Dumpster' Droese vs HHH: A slug-fest starts and Droese looks pretty aggressive, throwing Helmsley around using his hair. Helmsley does a great job bumping around for people at the start of his career, doing the Shawn Michaels flip over the turnbuckles stuff! Both men brawl for a short while outside after Helmsley attempts his Pedigree, hitting steel steps. Droese eventually gets 'The Trash Compactor' but fails to pin HHH, preferring to get his trashcan and lid instead. The referee blocks Droese from bringing his trashcan into the ring but HHH gets hold of the lid and belts Droese over the head with it, almost botching as the lid flings out of HHH's hand almost in view of the ref. HHH gets the pin. Not bad as these things go and pretty aggressive for two gimmick wrestlers. Unintelligent booking ruined things but I am going for a 5/10.
Yokozuna has his first interview since coming to the WWF and nobody seems surprised that he has developed a solid American accent within 3 years...
Yokozuna vs British Bulldog: In all honesty, these big men matches are tough to watch as Bulldog spends a lot of time trying to clothesline the Sumo giant down. Yokozuna teases a Banzai drop but Cornette moves Bulldog to safety (quite funny to see Bulldog helping Yoko along with his feet as Yokozuna drags him to the turnbuckles). Yokozuna has reasonable offence, hitting a nice fall-away slam and a belly-to-belly suplex but it all ends when Bulldog's manager Jim Cornette enters the ring and tries to hit Yokozuna with his redundant tennis racket causing disqualification to Bulldog. Vader comes to the ring, handcuffs Yokozuna and both he and Bulldog beat helpless Yokozuna. Loads of officials come to the ring to make the scene look busy until Yokozuna gets convincingly crazy and clears the ring. 3/10
Shawn Michaels vs Owen Hart: The winner gets to fight Bret Hart or Diesel at Wrestlemania. This I can't quite fathom because Shawn already won his spot for Wrestlemania by winning The Royal Rumble...Oh hum...A nice tag segment starts things off but Shawn gains control attempting some various roll-ups and a nice huricanrana. Owen turns the tables with a belly-to-belly suplex, back-breaker and a neck-breaker for the 2 count. During the match, the chant 'Go Shawn Go' is heard and very cheesy for a match of this calibre. This is because Kentucky was USWA territory and that chant was made in that promotion's matches. Some near falls occur including a lovely landslide cradle type move but only gets a 2. Owen applies the sharpshooter but Michaels struggles and gets to the ropes. Shawn and Owen miss their signature kicks but Shawn lands a super-kick for the pin. After his win, Shawn dances with a little girl in the ring, similar to Springsteen dancing with Courtney Cox in the 'Dancing in the Dark' video. 7/10
Roddy Piper gets interview time being the president while Gorilla Monsoon is recovering and basically states his match decisions for Wrestlemania. Cornette comes to the ring and has a right go at Piper who in turn emphatically tells Cornette to shut up. As these promos go, not bad.
Bret Hart vs Diesel Steel cage match: This is pretty much a slug-fest with Diesel putting his impact moves on Hart (side slam etc...) and Hart attacking Diesel's knees, confirming exactly what I said previously about working with big men. Both Hart and Diesel try to get out of the ring at various points, towards the end it looks like Diesel is going to win but Undertaker bursts through the ring canvas and takes Diesel into the ring, allowing Bret Hart to escape. The synopsis here is short because that is pretty much it. The pace of the match is leaden slow and it all follows a typical steel cage formula. Ironically, I think Diesel produces most of the wrestling moves in the match. Fortunately, the Undertaker ending was still a novelty back before these theatrics became commonplace so it gets over. 6/10
Overall, an innocuous PPV but the average main event drags it down a little. The Michaels and Hart match is a highlight.