Wrestlemania I-XXX Series. (7/30)

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 Wrestlemania VII (1991)“Superstars and Stripes Forever”

(This Has Been Edited: It Originally Included Promos, But They Were Broken A While Ago, So I’ve Decided To Keep Them Out And Keep The Text. Disregard The Mentions Of These Interviews)

Wrestlemania VII drew 16,158 fans to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on March 24th, 1991. The event was originally scheduled to take place in the coliseum, however WWF decided to move it to the Sports arena instead. WWF stated they did this for security reasons (due to the Sgt. Slaughter gimmick), but the real reason was their poor advanced ticket sales, meaning they were unlikely to fill the 100,000+ seats.

Gorilla Monsoon provided commentary for the event, alongside Bobby Heenan. When Heenan was needed at ringside, guest commentators filled in. They included Jim Duggan, Lord Alfred Hayes and Regis Philbin. The two main rivalries leading into the event included “Macho King” Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior (in a career ending match), and Sgt. Slaughter vs Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. Sgt. Slaughter was playing an Iraqi Sympathizer during the time of the Gulf War, so the event was heavily patriotic, American flags were hung all over the arena and the ring apron and banners were colored red, white, and blue. Willie Nelson opened the show with a rendition of “America The Beautiful”.

Match #1 – The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) vs. The Barbarian and Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – The Rockers cut a backstage promo before the match. I was looking forward to this one, as The Rockers are 0-2 at Wrestlemania so far, and I predicted they would win after Barbarian/Haku were announced in the ring with no entrance. As always, The Rockers knew how to work an exciting tag team match, and this was a solid opener. The match was fast paced with some nicely timed spots. It highlighted how far The Rockers had come over the past few years. They thoroughly deserved a victory here. Continuing with the HBK Wrestlemania win-loss record, this was his first win at Wrestlemania. (1-2)


Match #2 – The Texas Tornado vs. Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) – I was happy to see Kerry Von Erich make his Wrestlemania debut, but I was much more disappointed with this match. Dino Bravo looked out of shape and unwilling to excite an audience. The fans were going crazy for Von Erich. This was the first match I noticed the sheer volume of the L.A. crowd, and the excitement continued throughout the night. Despite their excitement, this match is rather morbid to fans who look back on this and know of the circumstances of both men’s deaths. Both Von Erich and Bravo died from being shot, (suicide for Kerry, murder for Bravo) and both died less than one month apart in 1993. Kerry did a “gun” gesture after the match as well, just to add to the coincidences.


Match #3 – The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (with Slick) – I was surprised by this match, as I have never seen a good showing by the Warlord. He worked well, and Bulldog managed to fill in the blanks. Warlord controlled much of the match, but he was the heel so that was expected. Bulldog proved how great he was, and I believe this was the first time he had won at Wrestlemania since The Bulldogs tag team championship victory many years prior. This was the first singles victory for Davey Boy Smith at Wrestlemania.

Match #4 – The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) (with Jimmy Hart) vs. The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) – WWF Tag Team Championship – I was unaware of this, but this would be the end of The Hart Foundation. Also I have never been a big fan of The Nasty Boyz work, but damn … they were good in this match. I absolutely loved this tag team match, and by the end of it I didn’t care who won, it was just a pleasure to watch. The crowd in attendance were hot for this as well.

Match #5 – Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel – Blindfold match – We saw the back story before the match, and another awesome (and short) promo by Roberts. So the point of this match was to prove that snakes have a “sixth sense”, and can catch their prey in the dark. Both men were forced to wear black bags over their heads and work a match. And I absolutely loved it, it was really funny. Jake got the audience involved by pointing across the ring towards Martel. If he pointed away from Martel, the fans would boo and chant “No!”, but whenever he pointed directly at Martel, the fans would go crazy and chant “Yes!”. Although the match did drag on in places, it was different, funny, and the point was proven in the end. Snakes really do have a sixth sense, and Martel played the part of the prey really well.


Match #6 – The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) vs. Jimmy Snuka – I knew it was coming, the first match in the legendary Wrestlemania streak. And although I have seen this before, I didn’t mind seeing it again. The Undertaker’s cold stare has been with him since the beginning. The kids in attendance looked scared and confused. Superfly didn’t stand a chance, as The Undertaker no-sold more than a Hulk Hogan/John Cena match. He was invincible, powerful, agile (he performed a wicked aerial clothesline with serous height and force), mysterious, and the result was inevitable after a tombstone. Wrestlemania streak 1-0. Paul Bearer was pleased.


Match #7 – The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) – Retirement match – Back story aired before the match. Miss Elizabeth was seen in attendance with a concerned look. And this match was great, arguably the best match Warrior ever had. This is probably the reason to watch Wrestlemania VII, it was one of the best matches of the night. As both men were fighting for their careers, the intensity was constant. Nearing the twenty-minute mark, Savage hit Warrior with FIVE (not kidding) elbow drops in a row, and Warrior KICKED OUT! Warrior managed to make a comeback and win the match. The fans were loving this, but it soon turned sour when Sherri took her frustration out on Savage and began attacking him! Miss Elizabeth jumped the rail, ran down to the ring, and threw Sherri out of the ring! She tried to console Savage but he kept lashing out, as he was down and was unaware it was her.

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