Ah, WRESTLEMANIA 12…everybody say it with me. “the boyhood dream has come true for Shawn Michaels!”
The main event for this show was special and it still stands out today. The Ironman match format is still a rare thing in WWF/WWE history especially on PPV. Having someone win their first WWE or World title is still not a common thing at Wrestlemania. And having a babyface vs babyface match especially the main event is not common for any card in McMahon-land much less Wrestlemania.
I also kind of look at this match as a tribute to an old-school main event wrestling style that those two performers both admired but that was soon going to be replaced by a new WWE “attitude” and new WWE styled main event match. And as an HBK fan, seeing him have the best match/performance in the last two Manias only to lose both times, it was nice to see him finally get his big win.