WWF WrestleMania VII: Superstars and Stripes Forever
March 24, 1991
Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Sports Arena
The current WWF Champs were as follows:
World Champion: Sgt. Slaughter (1/19/1991)
Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect (11/19/1990)
World Tag Team Champions: Hart Foundation (8/27/1990)
So much for that 100,000+ sell-out crowd at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Due to low ticket sales and a supposed bomb scare, the WWF had to settle with the MUCH smaller LA Sports Arena that held just over 15,000 people.
Willie Nelson sings the national anthem. Yeah, doesn’t get much more American than a pothead tax evader.
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan!
- The Rockers vs. Haku & Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan)
It’s the Faces of Fear from the FUTURE! While Heenan is managing his boys, all-American Jim Duggan joins Monsoon for commentary. Shawn and Haku start off. Haku catches Shawn trying a leapfrog and slams him spine-first in the corner. Haku whips Shawn from corner-to-corner, but Shawn comes back with a jumping shoulderblock. Jannetty gets a tag for a double-hiptoss, but the Rockers then kip-up into a CRAZY double-clothesline from Barbarian! The Rockers fight back and end up putting the heels out on the floor with STEREO SUPERKICKS. Back in, Jannetty tries a sunset flip, but can’t get Barbarian over. He avoids the punch down on the mat and tries a hurracanrana instead, but Barbarian is too strong. Shawn comes in to help out and dropkicks Barbarian over to execute the move. Delayed cover by Jannetty gets two. Haku tags and Jannetty tries the hurracanrana on Haku this time, but he’s too strong as well. The ref is wise to Shawn’s interference, which just gives Barbarian the opportunity to help out with a running hotshot. WOW! Haku doesn’t cover though and plays to the crowd a little bit. He basks in the glory of how much they boo him. Barbarian tags in for a press slam and tags Haku again. Jannetty ducks a clothesline and gets a desperation crossbody block for 1-2-NO! Haku hits a backbreaker and then holds on for another backbreaker. Awesome. Barbarian tags in for a cover that gets 1-2-NO! Barbarian delivers a clothesline and applies a bearhug. Jannetty fights his way to a corner and then catches Barbarian with his foot off a charge. Jannetty does something REAL stupid like come off the top rope instead of tagging in Shawn and gets caught with a powerslam on the way down. Barbarian doesn’t cover though and goes up top for another stupid mistake. He tries for the FLYING HEADBUTT, but Jannetty rolls out of the way. HOT TAG TO MICHAELS! He freakin’ owns Haku. Jannetty helps out with a clothesline when Michaels can’t get him down off a sunset flip for 1-2-NO! Barbarian saves. Barbarian gets dumped again with STEREO DROPKICKS, leaving Haku all alone with the Rockers. Jannetty hits a nice missile dropkick and then Shawn comes off with a flying crossbody for the 1-2-3. (10:34) Solid formula match even when Barbarian was in there. ***
Gene Okerlund meets up with some of the guest celebrities. We’ve got Regis Philbin, Marla Maples and Alex Trebek. In case you’re not aware, Marla Maples is a model and future Trump wife. They all talk about how great it is to be here.
- Kerry Von Erich vs. Dino Bravo (w/Jimmy Hart)
Heenan’s back on commentary, by the way. Bravo attacks from the get-go and clotheslines Von Erich out to the floor. Back in, Von Erich ducks a clothesline and delivers an atomic drop/clothesline combo. Von Erich whips Bravo into the corner for THE CLAW, but Bravo blocks it and buries a knee in Von Erich. Cross corner whip-reversal by Von Erich fails when he charges into a boot. Bravo hits an inverted atomic drop and a pair of elbows for two. SIDE SUPLEX connects, but Bravo’s too slow to cover and gets 1-2-NO! Bravo comes off the middle-turnbuckle once too often with double-ax handles and falls into THE CLAW. That weakens Bravo enough to set up the TORNADO PUNCH for the win. (3:12) This would basically be it for Dino Bravo. ½*
- The Warlord (w/Slick) vs. Davey Boy Smith (w/Winston the BULLDOG~!)
I’m guessing Matilda has retired to Florida. I really liked this match for what it was. Davey Boy wins a shoulderblock-off to start and sends Warlord scurrying out to the floor. Back in, Davey Boy tries a crucifix, but Warlord falls back on him to take over. He whips Davey Boy from corner to corner and then applies the bearhug. Davey Boy punches out, but Warlord catches him coming off the ropes and gives Davey a hotshot. That gets two. They trade blows, but Warlord stops that with a belly-to-belly suplex. Warlord hits the chinlock, but Davey Boy fights up with a standing dropkick. Turnbuckle smashing ensues before Davey Boy puts Warlord down with a crossbody for 1-2-NO! Davey Boy wants a piledriver, but Warlord’s too big and backdrops out. No! Sunset flip by Davey Boy! Warlord drops to his knees and poses, so Davey Boy hooks the arms with his legs and pulls him down for 1-2-NO! Davey Boy whips Warlord into a corner, but runs into a boot. Warlord’s going for the win with his FULL NELSON. Davey Boy starts to fade away, but he gets his adrenaline going and powers out. Davey Boy slips out of a slam, turns Warlord around and hoists him up for the RUNNING POWERSLAM for the 1-2-3. (8:16) Good back-and-forth power match. **½
- WWF World Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart)
Funny how the Nasties were feuding with the Steiners over in the NWA for the US tag straps and six months later are in a high profile WWF tag title match at WrestleMania. Jimmy Hart is wearing a motorcycle helmet out to the ring, which becomes important later in the match. When the bell sounds, the camera pans over to Macaulay Culkin in the audience. The poor guy couldn’t afford a front row seat? Bret and Sags kicks things off. Sags sneaks in a cheap shot in the corner, but Bret comes charging back with a Thesz press complete with punches! So that’s where Austin got that from. Bret cleans house on Knobs and then stomps Sags in the lower abdominal region. Both men switch and Neidhart puts Knobs on the floor with a shoulderblock. Back in, Neidhart grabs an armbar but gets stuck in the Nasties corner. Sags ducks low off a whip and pays for it. Bret tags and delivers some ten-count corner punches followed by a Russian legsweep. Flying vertical elbow drop comes after that. Knobs sneaks in and nails Bret from behind before Sags clotheslines him out to the floor. Neidhart chases Jimmy Hart around the ring while Knobs sends Bret into the guardrail. Back in, the Nasties take turns working over Bret’s back with modified camel clutches. When Bret tries to escape, they give him a reverse neckbreaker and return to the rest hold. Bret counters into one of his own, but Knobs cuts off the tag to Neidhart. The Nasties try a double-swing splash into the corner, but Bret avoids and clotheslines Sags to set up the HOT TAG TO NEIDHART! Ha, not really. It’s a false tag spot. Jimmy Hart tosses in his megaphone, but we’ve got heel miscommunication and Sags takes the megaphone to the face. I’m sorry, here’s the real HOT TAG TO NEIDHART! Neidhart kills the Nasties with clotheslines and hits the STANDING POWERSLAM on Knobs for 1-2-NO! Pier-six brawl erupts and the Nasties run into each other. HART ATTACK to Knobs! Neidhart covers, but the ref is trying to get Bret out of the ring. Meanwhile, Jimmy Hart tosses in the one hard thing left on him: the motorcycle helmet. Sags beams Neidhart with it and Knobs rolls over on top for the 1-2-3. We’ve got NEW tag champs. (12:09) The Nasties really busted their nasty rumps in there. As for the Hart Foundation, this was pretty much it for them as both guys would go solo by the end of spring; thus ending one of the greatest tag teams ever. ***
Roberts/Martel promo or “the events that led up to this match” video. Whichever you prefer.
- Jake Roberts (w/Damien the SNAKE~!) vs. Rick Martel – Blindfold Match
So Martel sprayed perfume in Roberts’ eye which caused him to go blind. Roberts got all mad about it, so now to make it fair, both men have to wear hoods on their heads. They can clearly see through these hoods, by the way. Roberts uses his crowd support to his advantage by having them direct him to where Martel is at. Martel runs into the ropes a couple times and falls down to make the crowd laugh. Martel whips Roberts into the ropes for a backdrop, but Roberts steps aside and Martel wonders what happened to Roberts. Both guys grab the referee, but realize its not their opponents because he has a shirt on. They go out to the floor where Martel takes a chair and starts jabbing at the air in front of him. He backs into the ringpost and takes a swing with the chair and jams his hand. Roberts heard the smack and finds Martel and brings him back in the ring. Martel gets the BOSTON CRAB, but Roberts powers out and hits the DDT. He takes a second to find him and finally does for the 1-2-3. (8:34) A psychological battle for sure, but hardly any ring work. Roberts busts up the Arrogance spray can and whips out Damien to scare Martel away. It won’t be long now before Earthquake introduces Damien to his backside. *
In the back, Marla Maples meets up with the new tag champs as they are guzzling the champagne.
- The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Jimmy Snuka
This is the battle of the phenoms and Undertaker’s WrestleMania debut. I’ll admit it; he used to scare the crap out of me. Snuka has the goatee going on, but I don’t think this signals any legit heel turns for him. Taker hits the awesome jumping lariat. It seems so commonplace today, but then it was something to behold. Some corner choking leads to Snuka being knocked out to the floor. Taker gives Snuka a suplex back in from the apron. He misses an elbow drop, but NO-SELLS it and then ducks a crossbody which causes Snuka to fly out to the floor. Snuka comes back with a headbutt on the apron, but gets caught trying a springboard crossbody into the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER for the 1-2-3. (4:19) There’s WrestleMania win #1 for the Taker and still going strong in 2007. ½*
- “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/Queen Sherri) vs. Ultimate Warrior – Retirement Match
OH MY! Elizabeth is in the audience! That couldn’t mean anything, could it? Neither man look ready to give it up, but Sherri and her dress tell a different story. Warrior doesn’t run down to the ring for this match. He took his time getting to the ring to show how focused he is on this match. He doesn’t want to make any mistakes that might cost him his career. Already, it’s a great story. They do a corner pose-off to start. Savage gets overwhelming boos and Warrior gets overwhelming cheers. Of course, Savage tries to jump Warrior during his moment, but Warrior saw it coming. Warrior shoves Savage back, so Savage goes to the eyes. Savage gets nailed with a shoulderblock as he comes off the ropes, so he takes a breather. Sherri distracts Warrior to cause a distraction for Savage to take over. Warrior comes back with a clothesline and some atomic drops. Sherri slides in the ring, so Warrior delivers a choke-lift on Savage and throws him into Sherri to get her out of the ring. Savage gets tied up in the ropes, but nails Warrior as he telegraphs a backdrop. Savage hits a clothesline and tries a flying crossbody, but Warrior catches him in mid-air. Instead of giving him a slam of sorts, he sets Savage on his feet and slaps him one good time. Savage takes a walk and tosses a chair in the ring for another distraction and nails Warrior from behind. Warrior fights back with punches and stomps Savage a whole bunch down in the corner. The big mistake comes when Warrior misses a corner splash and falls out to the floor. Sherri gets in a slap before Savage leaps off the top with a double-ax. Savage rolls back in to get the ref’s attention so Sherri can claw on Warrior’s face until Warrior has enough and shoves her down. Savage comes by to save her though and tosses Warrior face-first into the steel ringpost. Back in, Savage hits the jumping knee drop for 1-2-NO! Savage wants a reverse neckbreaker, but Warrior counters into a backslide for 1-2-NO! Savage backs away in the corner and spits on Warrior and then decides to bail like any good heel would do. Sherri climbs up on the apron for another distraction, but Warrior doesn’t fall for it this time. Warrior runs the ropes for the Jumping Shoulderblock, but Savage avoids and slams Warrior to the mat for 1-2-NO! Savage goes to the sleeper hold for the first rest period of the match. Warrior elbows out, but a double-KO follows. Sherri does all she can to wake up the Macho King by grabbing and shaking Savage from the apron. She gets up on the apron to argue with the ref while Warrior has Savage rolled up. She finally gets down and the ref counts 1-2-NO! Warrior’s not happy with the ref either and takes a running knee from Savage as a result, which also gets the ref knocked down. Sherri climbs up to the top rope while Savage holds Warrior. She comes down for a double-ax handle, but Warrior moves and Savage gets nailed. Sherri gets chased in and out of the ring while the ref and Savage regroup. Once he finally grabs Sherri, Savage is there to pull him down to the mat by his tights for 1-2-NO! Savage pulls Warrior into the corner and drops him throat-first on the top rope. Savage delivers the running hotshot for 1-2-NO! Savage goes for the kill with the MACHO ELBOW DROP! It connects! He goes for another one. Direct hit! A third one? Yes! He wants another one? Why not! Will number five be Savage’s lucky number? No problem. Surely this will do it for Warrior. Cover, 1-2-NO! Savage can’t freakin’ believe it and I can’t say I blame him. Warrior starts to WARRIOR UP and hits some clotheslines. He calls for the GORILLA PRESS SLAM and delivers. WARRIOR SPLASH! Cover, 1-2-NO! OH MY GOSH! Only Hulk Hogan had kicked out of that, which is pretty big stuff. Warrior starts “summoning his gods” on what to do next. He starts talking to his hands and everything. His hands are telling him to leave apparently. As he’s communicating with his hands on the apron, Savage knocks him to the floor. Savage drapes Warrior across the guardrail to give him the Ricky Steamboat treatment. He even has Sherri try and hold him down, but she’s not strong enough for the Warrior. He breaks loose and nails Savage in the gut on the way down, sending him crashing into the guardrail. Back in, Warrior hits a Jumping Shoulderblock. It knocks Savage to the floor, so Warrior brings him back in for another one! The same thing happens, so Warrior brings him back in for one more Jumping Shoulderblock. That should do it! Warrior drags Savage to the center of the ring and places his foot on Savage’s chest for 1-2-3. (20:48) Definitely a match of epic proportions. The story told was brilliant and showed a side of the Ultimate Warrior that the WWE doesn’t want you to see in 2007. Ultimate Warrior always thrived in the big match situations and this was no different. Believe the hype; this match rocks. ****½
It’s not over yet. An irate Queen Sherri throws the ref out of the ring while Savage lays face down on the mat. She starts kicking and clawing on Savage, obviously turning on her meal ticket that now was “history”. Next thing you know, Elizabeth hops the rail and pulls Sherri off of Savage and tosses her to the floor. Unaware of what just happened, Savage slowly gets to his feet and turns around not to see Queen Sherri, but his old girl Elizabeth. Savage is obviously confused, but he takes Elizabeth in his arms anyway. Oh my gosh, people are crying. Even some nerd holding up a Ultimate Warrior doll is crying. What’s that about, man? TOUGH IT UP! Nah, it’s a pretty emotional moment if you think about it. Let me grab a tissue, so I can blow my nose.
- Demolition (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. (Genichiro) Tenryu & (Koji) Kitao
I’d say this is just to showcase some Japanese guys against some WWF guys for the upcoming WWF/SWS show that went down on March 30. Plus, LA has a lot of Japanese people living there too. This is pretty much the swan song for the Demos, as Smash and Crush would go their separate ways soon enough. Real bland match here. Kitao gets double-teamed and beat with Fuji’s cane. After a couple minutes of Demolition in control, Kitao breaks free with a clothesline and tags in Tenryu. He cleans house on Crush and goes for a reverse flying back elbow on Smash, but totally misses. Kitao tries to break up the DEMOLITION DECAPITATION, but Smash continues to hold on to Tenryu in the backbreaker while Kitao gets dumped. Kitao still saves Tenryu by shoving Crush to the floor off the top rope. Tenryu saves Kitao with an enziguri and gives Smash a POWERBOMB for 1-2-3. (4:44) Sayonara Demolition. CRAP
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. Big Bossman
In case you’re wondering, Lord Alfred Hayes joins us for commentary. This is the final blowoff to the Bossman/Heenan feud. Heenan’s tired of talking about Bossman’s momma and he’s ready to just let it go. Bossman wipes his butt with Perfect’s towel and then throws it back in Perfect’s face. We have a spit-off! That leads to a slap from Perfect, who then runs for cover out on the floor. Bossman follows suit and slaps Perfect REAL good down on the floor. Back in, Bossman twirls Perfect around by his hair and then dumps Perfect out to the floor. Back in again, Bossman misses a corner splash but reverses a corner whip for a beautiful Perfect flip sell. That sets up the Bossman Straddle. Bossman pulls out his belt and starts whipping away at Perfect. Shouldn’t he be DQ’ed for that? They trade blows until Perfect whips Bossman hard into the corner. Perfect grabs a reverse chinlock and uses the ropes for a moment. Abdominal stretch follows, but Bossman won’t give it up. Perfect pounds on Bossman and then delivers a standing dropkick for 1-2-NO! Perfect catches Bossman with the running neck snap and wants the PERFECTPLEX, but Bossman’s too big! Bossman counters into an inside cradle for 1-2-NO! Bossman gets to his knees, so Perfect gives Bossman a REVERSE running neck snap. OUCH! That gets two. Perfect goes up top, but comes down on Bossman’s foot. Bossman drives Perfect’s face into the turnbuckle for another perfect flip sell. Some hair slinging gets Perfect crotched on the ringpost. Bossman punches Perfect into the corner and then a big right puts Perfect out on the floor. Bossman goes after Heenan, but that’s just so Perfect can run up behind and send Bossman into the steel steps for a nice bump. Heenan’s just minding his own business as Andre the Giant comes down to ringside to prevent any Heenanfoolery. Back in, Perfect exposes a turnbuckle and nails Bossman. For some reason, Andre has the IC belt? Perfect tells the ref Andre has his belt, but there’s not much the ref can do about it apparently. While the ref is busy with Heenan, Perfect sticks his head through the ropes to grab at Andre and gets popped in the face with the belt. Bossman, who’s been down for a long time, crawls over and covers for 1-2-NO! Here comes Haku and Barbarian out to attack Bossman for the DQ. (10:47) This was good stuff until Andre showed up. Andre and Bossman clean house on the Heenan family to end this feud for good. Not the best way to wrap it up, but this is what we got. **¼
- Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg Valentine
Valentine turned face and dumped Jimmy Hart a few months back, so now Earthquake is here to shut him up. Earthquake slows Valentine down with his fat early on and delivers a powerslam for two. Valentine fights back with chops and elbows. He actually puts Earthquake down on his back with a flying elbow. He wants to put Earthquake in the FIGURE-FOUR, but c’mon. Those legs are TOO BIG. Valentine gets distracted by Jimmy Hart and the EARTHQUAKE SPLASH puts him away. (3:14) That was short. So much for that push, Valentine. CRAP
- The Legion of Doom vs. Power & Glory (w/Slick)
Power & Glory is Hercules and Paul Roma. Ric Flair is jealous of Paul Roma, by the way. Power & Glory cost the LOD the tag titles shot during the big battle royal on an episode of Superstars in February, so now they want their revenge. Match lasts no time as LOD put Hercules out to the floor and finish Roma with the DOOMSDAY DEVICE. (0:59) I bet Ric Flair is jealous of this WrestleMania performance. Right, Paul? CRAP
DiBiase/Virgil video package.
- Ted DiBiase vs. Virgil (w/Roddy Piper)
Virgil finally got sick of being treated like a slave by DiBiase. It took him FOUR YEARS, but he turned on DiBiase at the Royal Rumble. Why is Roddy Piper here? Well, he had been cheering and encouraging Virgil to dump the Million Dollar Man all along on commentary. Piper’s coming out on crutches though due to a recent motorcycle accident, but he’s still here to be in Virgil’s corner. Big “Virgil” chant to start. He’s bopping and weaving like a boxer for some reason. Oh I see, his strategy is box DiBiase to the mat and show his blackness all at the same time. Virgil embarrasses the crap out of DiBiase in the first several minutes with jabs and back elbows. That is until DiBiase suckers Virgil into a drop toehold and gets chopped on in the corner. DiBiase hits a piledriver and gets two. Suplex gets two. Gutwrench suplex gets two. Instead of taking Virgil to school anymore, DiBiase throws him out of the ring. After some guardrail action in front of Donald Trump, DiBiase tosses Virgil back in and then shoves the one-legged Roddy Piper down. Back in, DiBiase hits a powerslam as Piper struggles to get to his feet. DiBiase comes off the ropes, but Piper manages to pull down the top-rope with his crutch to send DiBiase flying out to the floor. DiBiase doesn’t like that one bit, so he beats on Piper until he gets counted out to give Virgil a WrestleMania win. (7:38) Not a whole lot of wrestling in that one, which made Virgil’s weaknesses evident. DiBiase gets the MILLION DOLLAR DREAM on Virgil anyways. Piper crawls in the ring and blasts DiBiase in the back to save. Next thing you know, Sherri is in the ring to save DiBiase. They do a number on Piper’s knee until Virgil comes to and chases them off. *
Hogan/Slaughter buildup video clips.
Sgt Slaughter interview: He points out to the Pukeamaniacs that he might get DQ’ed or counted out just to keep the title away from the Hulkster.
- The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Tito Santana
Two WrestleManias have passed since Strike Force last was a team and he STILL has his Strike Force. He should really see a psychiatrist about that, or at least go back to Mexico and become a matador or something. Tito nails Mountie with the FLYING JALAPENO almost immediately, but Mountie wisely rolls out to the floor. Santana follows him out and dishes out a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER before heading back in the ring. Mountie holds on to the bottom rope and gets handed the cattle prod unbeknownst to the ref. Tito gets it in the stomach for the 1-2-3. (1:20) CRAP
More Hogan/Slaughter recap clips
Hulk Hogan interview: He just interjects himself into the lyrics of the American national anthem, brother.
Alex Trebek is our guest ring announcer, Marla Maples is the guest timekeeper and Regis Philbin joins Monsoon & Heenan on commentary.
- WWF World Champion Sgt. Slaughter (w/Gen. Adnan) vs. Hulk Hogan
Operation Desert Storm was already over a few weeks prior to this show, so the ending should be a foregone conclusion. I’m sure Hogan not having the belt has something to do with it too. Bunch of stalling and trash-talking during all the “Hogan” chants to start. Slaughter doesn’t have the pointy-toed boots tonight, which is a plus. Hogan’s on a roll here as he owns Slaughter in the opening minutes of the match. Adnan gets involved down on the floor, so Slaughter brings a chair over just like he did to Duggan at the Main Event, but Hogan NO-SELLS and chases Slaughter back in the ring. He begs away, but it’s all just to sucker Hogan in for a thumb to the eye. Some turnbuckle smashing leads to a back elbow from Slaughter. Meanwhile, Heenan points out to Regis why he’s for Slaughter in this match. Not necessarily because he cares about Slaughter, but because he’s anti-Hogan. Good stuff. Slaughter misses an elbow drop, which sets up a Hogan comeback. He nails Slaughter with a clothesline and then nails Adnan off the apron. Atomic drop from Hulk gets two. Running elbow from Hulk gets another two. Hogan drives Slaughter’s face into the top of the ringpost and then gives him a backdrop. Here comes the catapult into the top of the ringpost. Slaughter probably should’ve bladed there. Ten-count corner punches get two for Hulk. Hogan delivers some elbow drops and then decides to head up top, but Adnan is there to slow him down long enough for Slaughter to slam Hulk down. Slaughter puts Hogan out on the floor and sends him into the ringpost. Another chairshot to Hulk, but this time he sells it. He starts to choke on Hogan with some camera cables before tossing him back in the ring. Slaughters begins to soften up the back for the eventual Camel Clutch. Boston crab is applied, but Hogan’s too close to the ropes. Slaughter stomps on the back some more and then comes off the top for the SUPER stomp to the back. Slaughter has Hogan pinned, but for some reason Adnan is up on the apron with the ref. Once he gets down, its too late because Hogan kicks out at two. Slaughter goes to the floor and (sort of) blasts Hogan with the steel chair with the ref’s back was turned to open up Hulk. The camera gets all up in that blade job too. Cover, 1-2-NO! CAMEL CLUTCH is next! Hogan fights it and stands up out of the hold just like he did to Sheik back in ’84, but then Slaughter shoves him off into the corner. Adnan hands Slaughter the Iraqi flag, covers Hogan with it and then covers Hogan for 1-2-NO! Hogan sees the Iraqi flag and rips it up. That’s all the motivation Hogan needs to HULK UP, hit the three punches, Big Boot and the LEG DROP to win his third WWF World title. (20:26) Hogan saves America again! Not a bad main event as everyone involved seemed super motivated to make this match great. ***
Final Thoughts: All that you loved from the ’80s such as the tag teams like the Harts, Rockers, Demolition – they were all basically finished at this show. Roberts and Martel would never again be much of a threat, Snuka gets squashed by the new guy, Savage and Warrior’s drawing power would never be the same, and Hogan’s boring title wins meant that all the steam the ’80s had created had all but faded away around this time period. It’s a transitional show for the WWF and even though it has a few good matches (one great match), the star power is still severely lacking. The WWF is dying for a REAL superstar to come along. I guess I’ll go with thumbs in the middle for WrestleMania VII.
Posted on March 8, 2008, in WWE and tagged Alex Trebek, Barbarian, Big Bossman, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brian Knobbs, Davey Boy Smith, Demolition, Demolition Crush, Demolition Smash, Dino Bravo, Earthquake, Elizabeth, Gen. Adnan, Genichiro Tenryu, Greg Valentine, Haku, Hart Foundation, Hercules Hernandez, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Jerry Sags, Jim Duggan, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Snuka, Kerry Von Erich, Koji Kitao, Legion of Doom, Marla Maples, Marty Jannetty, Mr. Perfect, Nasty Boys, Paul Bearer, Paul Roma, Power & Glory, Randy Savage, Regis Philbin, Rick Martel, Road Warrior Animal, Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warriors, Rockers, Roddy Piper, Sgt. Slaughter, Shawn Michaels, Sherri Martel, Slick, Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, Tito Santana, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, Virgil, Warlord, Willie Nelson, WrestleMania. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
I’ve always enjoyed the opening match between the Rockers and Haku & Barbarian, ***1/2 affair there. The Harts/Nasties match was good, as it was the end of an era for the Hart Foundation (the way I saw it). I didn’t have a problem with Roberts/Martel like most people do (and still do today). The best part of that match was the crowd participation. Man, Taker buried, figuratively of course, Snuka and got a noticable face pop as a result. Best match of the show hands down goes to Savage/Warrior, which produced Warrior’s best match ever, clocking in at ****1/2. The buildup, the story told during the match, and the post match is one of the best booked storylines during this period. Hogan/Slaughter wasn’t that bad, but it isn’t anything special either. Overall, this was a very good Wrestlemania, with its share of filler I might add.