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WrestleMania XII was the twelfth WrestleMania event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It took place on March 31, 1996 at the Arrowhead Pondmarker in Anaheim, Californiamarker.


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: Rage in the Cage 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, losing his match the previous year at WrestleMania XI, being accosted by a group of thugs at a Syracuse, New Yorkmarker 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 by close friend Diesel at a house show at Madison Square Gardenmarker.


The WrestleMania XII logo is a parody of the 20th Century Fox logo. 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 Flair in 2004.


# Results Stipulations Times
The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip) (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas) (with Hillbilly Jim) Tag team match for the vacant WWF Tag Team Championship 05:21
1 Camp Cornette (Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog) (with Jim Cornette) defeated Yokozuna, Jake Roberts and Ahmed Johnson (with Mr. Fuji) Six-man tag team match 12:51
2 Steve Austin (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Savio Vega Singles match 10:00
3 The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) Singles match 01:36
4 The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Diesel Singles match 16:46
5 Roddy Piper defeated Goldust (with Marlena) Hollywood Backlot Brawl
6 Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Bret Hart (c) Iron Man match for the WWF Championship 1:01:52

The tournament was held between February 20 and March 31, 1996. The tournament brackets were:

Other on-screen talent

Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart for the WWF Championship
Spanish commentators
Ring announcer


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