November 12, 2008
Alexander Settee

Wrestlemania VII, March 24, 1991, Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Announcers: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

So here one day removed from the 90th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, we have the WWF’s version of a wartime Wrestlemania. Except by this point Iraq had already surrendered and the Gulf War was over. Kind of makes the idea of our top heel being a supporter of that regime look kinda lame, doesn’t it? But anyways, we still have that amazing atmosphere generated by over 100,000 fans packing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, right? Oh wait, that didn’t exactly work out either. Bomb threats (which somehow got no media coverage whatsoever) forced them to move the show to the LA Sports Arena, which doesn’t quite hold 100,000. The 80,000 or so people who purchased tickets but then found out that they were unable to attend were obviously cool with it. I know I’ve never heard so much as one person complaining. All kidding aside though, the folks that are here are in a really hot and patriotic mood, making for a great atmosphere regardless of crowd size, so let’s get on with Wrestlemania VII.

Opening Match: The Barbarian & Haku (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. The Rockers

Jim Duggan comes out for guest commentary here while The Brain is managing. Considering his gimmick, it’s kind of odd that he of all people wouldn’t be booked on the show. Shawn and Haku start out with Haku grabbing a side headlock. He gets fired off with Shawn trying a leapfrog, but getting caught and driven to the corner. Corner whip sees Shawn getting caught again trying to go over, but he slips out. He can’t get a rollup though. Haku comes off the ropes, but Shawn catches him with a shoulderblock. To a wristlock, but Haku pokes the eyes to escape and nails a headbutt. Shawn ducks another shot and gets the tag to Marty and the Rockers get a double hiptoss and drop a double elbow. Barbarian comes in and gets both of them with a double clothesline. Rockers recover to send Barbarian back out with a double crescent kick and the heel team regroups. Back in with Marty and Barbarian legal, so Barbarian gets a chop and headbutt. Marty gets sent off the ropes and tries a sunset flip, but can’t get it. He does avoid a fistdrop from Barbarian and goes for a rana. Shawn comes in and dropkicks him over to complete the move and Marty gets 2 from it. To a wristlock, but Barbarian gets him with a headbutt and tags Haku. Irish whip has Marty slide through the legs and try the rana again, but this time the ref puts Shawn out and that distraction allows Barbarian to come in and drop Marty on the top rope. Heels control now with Haku getting an Irish whip and elbow, followed by a tag to Barbarian who gets a press slam. He takes a shot at Shawn, which ties up the ref putting him out so that they can double team more. Haku is back in and he gets a couple of backbreakers. Tag back to Barbarian who comes in and covers for 2. Clothesline leads to a bearhug, followed by a corner whip, but Marty gets his boot up. Marty goes to the 2nd rope, but gets caught coming off and powerslammed. Barbarian goes up top, but misses a headbutt. He crawls and tags Haku, but then Marty also gets to his corner and makes the hot tag to Shawn. Shawn gets an Irish whip and elbow, followed by punches in the corner, and a leap onto Barbarian when he comes in. Neckbreaker on Haku gets 2, followed by an attempted sunset flip, which has Marty come in and clothesline Haku over to complete the move for 1 as Barbarian has to save. Rockers send Barbarian to the floor with a double dropkick. Marty then goes up and nails a top rope dropkick on Haku, followed by Shawn getting a flying bodypress which gets 3 at 10:33. Good, and relatively fast paced opener to kick off the show. **1/2

Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Kerry Von Erich

Heenan joins us on commentary now, and is off to a good start thanks to his anger at the result of the last match. Dino jumps Kerry on the way in and clotheslines him out to the floor where he rams him to the apron. Back in the ring, Kerry ducks a shot and gets Dino with an atomic drop and clothesline. Corner whip leads to a claw attempt, but Dino blocks it and comes back with a chop. Corner whip is reversed, but Dino gets his boot up. He gets his own atomic drop and drops some elbows for 2. Irish whip, and Kerry ducks a couple of times, but runs into the side suplex. That only gets 2 though, so Dino goes to the 2nd rope and drops an elbow. He goes to the 2nd rope again, but gets caught in the claw for a bit, which then sets up the Tornado Punch giving Kerry the win at 3:11. Not much going on here. DUD

The Warlord (w/Slick) vs. The British Bulldog

This was your standard power wrestler feud centered around who is the stronger of the two. They lockup and Warlord shoves him off. Lockup again with Warlord hammering away and sending Bulldog off the ropes. Bulldog comes off with a shoulderblock, but no one moves. A few more shoulderblocks however are enough to send Warlord to the floor. Back in the ring, Bulldog tries a crucifix, but ends up getting slammed. Warlord then drops three elbows for 2. He hooks a bearhug, but Bulldog fights out. Bulldog charges, but runs into a stungun for 2. Slugfest breaks out, which Warlord brings to an end by hitting a belly to belly suplex. Snapmare leads to a rear chinlock, but Bulldog comes back with elbows, a headbutt and a dropkick. He rams Warlord to the buckle, nails a forearm from the 2nd rope and then hits a bodypress for 1. Warlord backdrops out of a piledriver attempt, leading to Bulldog trying a sunset flip, but Warlord drops to his knees and gets 2. Bulldog then hooks the shoulders and finishes his flip for 2. Warlord gets the boot up on a corner whip and applies the full nelson. It’s not hooked properly though, so Bulldog is able to power out and break it. He then picks Warlord up and nails the running powerslam for the 3 count at 8:15. Next! ˝*

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys (w/Jimmy Hart)

The Nastys won a tag team battle royal on Superstars to becomes number one contenders here with help from Power & Glory (more on that later) and so they get their shot here. They were a hot new team freshly stolen away from WCW, where they had received a huge push without having signed a contract. Seeing that he had a void on the heel side of his tag ranks, and always one to stick it to the competition, Vince promptly signed them up. Bret and Sags start out with Bret backing him to the corner where Sags takes a cheap shot and hammers away. Irish whip, but Bret ducks and comes off with a Thesz Press and some punches, followed by an atomic drop on Knobbs when he runs in. Sags goes to the apron, so Bret slings him back in, then trips him down and delivers a stomp to the gut. Sags makes the tag to Knobbs, who wants Anvil, so Bret obliges and makes the tag as well. Knobbs gets him back to the corner, but Anvil reverses position and ends up getting a hiptoss to send Knobbs to the floor. The Nastys regroup, and when Knobbs gets back in he hooks an armbar and tags Sags. Irish whip sees Sags put the head down and Anvil slams him to the mat. Tag to Bret who comes in and nails some shots in the corner, followed by a Russian legsweep and 2nd rope elbow. Knobbs is in, so Bret nails him, but he ends up caught from behind with a clothesline. Sags sends him to the floor, and then gets him back in and hits a backbreaker for 2. He goes to a rear chinlock, from which Bret makes it to his feet, but Knobbs drops him back down and hammers him. Tag to Sags, who gets a neckbreaker and goes to his own rear chinlock. Bret fights up and gets his own neckbreaker. Tag back to Knobbs, who nails Anvil to prevent the Harts from tagging. He then drops some elbows on Bret before going right back to that rear chinlock. Bret picks him up on his back and gets a sort of Electric Chair Drop, but can’t tag as Sags runs in and knocks Anvil out. While the ref is putting Anvil back on the apron, the Nastys double team Bret. They whip him to the buckle, but when Knobbs gets whipped into him Bret moves and then comes out with a clothesline on Sags. Tag to Anvil, but the ref is now busy putting the illegal Nasty Boy out and doesn’t see it. Now the ref has to put Anvil out again, so that allows the megaphone to be thrown in, but Bret ducks the shot and Sags takes it instead. Bret gets the real tag to Anvil now who comes in as the house afire, nailing both guys with clotheslines. Elbow and another clothesline get 2 on Knobbs, as does a powerslam after Sags makes the save. Bret takes Sags out and a big chase around ringside leads to the Nastys colliding. They hit the Hart Attack on Knobbs and Anvil covers, but while the ref is getting Bret out, Jimmy Hart tosses the motorcycle helmet to Sags. He nails Anvil and gets Knobbs on top for the pin to win the Tag Team Titles at 12:09. This was a pretty good and pretty heated match which I liked a bit better than the opener in spite of the downer ending. ***

Blindfold Match: “The Model” Rick Martel vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

This was a major feud that began about seven months ago when Martel blinded Jake with the Arrogance. Jake spent several months recovering and attempting to extract revenge, but never quite could. So he finally tricked Martel into a match where his blinded condition would be simulated and Martel would have nowhere to hide. As good as the feud was, this match was really not that great of an idea. I mean, these guys could have probably had a really good match on their own, but instead they get handicapped by a gimmick that belongs if not at the top, certainly in the top five of dumb match ideas of all time. There’s very little action at all. Mostly Jake tries to point out Martel, with the crowd cheering as he gets closer, but Martel manages to move out of the way at the last minute. Martel eventually catches Jake in the Boston Crab, but Jake kicks him off and hits the DDT for the pin at 8:34. -**

“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)

Interesting to see that Undertaker already gets a pretty good crowd reaction here. Snuka turns around for some reason and that allows Taker to jump him from behind. He puts the boots to Snuka in the corner and chokes him down. Irish whip sets up the flying clothesline, which gets another good reaction. Corner whip is reversed, but Taker gets the boot up and sends Snuka to the floor. Taker suplexes him back in, but misses an elbow which allows Snuka to fire away with some shots to no effect. Irish whip is reversed, Snuka ducks and when he comes back off he leaps at Taker, but Taker moves and Snuka crashes to the floor. He headbutts Taker from the apron, but when he tries a springboard press, Taker catches him. It would appear he was supposed to turn that into a Tombstone, but he can’t hold Snuka up, so he puts him down, and then picks him up again for it, which finishes Snuka off at 4:20. At the time this was nothing more than an innocent looking semi-competitive squash for that cool new Undertaker character. Little did we know that it was the first step on what has become his legendary Wrestlemania winning streak which now consists of sixteen matches over a span of eighteen years. This match however, is just a DUD.

Career vs. Career Match: “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ Sensational Queen Sherri) vs. The Ultimate Warrior

So the idea is that the loser here will retire from wrestling. The feud began back in the Fall with Savage making his intention to win the WWF Title known. At the Royal Rumble, Warrior refused Savage any further Title matches which led to Savage interfering in his Title defense against Sgt. Slaughter, and ultimately costing him the belt. So they have now come to this final match to end it all. Heenan points out that Miss Elizabeth is here in the crowd to watch the match. They stall for a bit by playing to the crowd. First lockup leads to a clean break. Second one sees Warrior shove him down. Savage gets him with a knee and hammers away, but when he gets sent off the ropes Warrior gets him with a shoulderblock. Savage bails and uses Sherri as a distraction which allows an attack from behind. Sent off the ropes again, and Warrior gets him with a clothesline, followed by a chokeslam and a couple of atomic drops. He lifts him up in a choke again as Sherri runs in, so Warrior tosses Savage at her and she goes down and out. Warrior keeps working him over until he puts the head down on an Irish whip and gets kicked. Savage nails a clothesline and goes up, but Warrior catches him coming down. Instead of doing anything though, he just puts Savage down and slaps him. Savage bails and throws a chair in, which distracts Warrior long enough for another attack from behind. Warrior comes back though and puts the boots to Savage, but misses a charge and ends up going out to the floor. Sherri works him over out there followed by Savage dropping the double axhandle from the top. Sherri goes after him again, but he recovers and even shoves her down, but that lets Savage attack and send him to the post. Back in, Savage gets a slam and drops a knee for 2. Neckbreaker is tried, but Warrior counters to a backslide for 2. Savage bails and tries to use Sherri for distraction yet again, but this time Warrior sees it coming and nails him with a clothesline. Warrior runs the ropes and ends up jumping at Savage on the mat, which misses giving Savage a 2 count. He goes to a rear chinlock, but Warrior fights up and comes off with a shoulderblock and a couple of clotheslines. He gets a small package, but Sherri is distracting the ref. When he finally gets over to count, Savage kicks out at 2. Warrior argues this with the ref, but Savage knees him from behind and the ref gets bumped. Savage holds him so Sherri can come off the top with her shoe, but Warrior moves and Savage takes it instead. Warrior stalks Sherri now, but she lures him into position for Savage to get a rollup for 2 from the recovered referee. Savage sends him to the buckle and drops him on the top rope. He then does his jump over the top to the floor and clothesline the guy spot. Bodyslam gets 2, and then he goes up and drops the Flying Elbow. Then he does it again, and again, and again, and then once more for five in total, but Warrior still kicks out at a close 2.5. Savage is stunned as Warrior starts Warrioring Up. He nails three clotheslines, followed by the Gorilla Press and big splash, but now Savage kicks out at 2. Warrior has no idea what to do, and it appears he’s considering that it may be his destiny to lose. As he thinks about walking away, Savage recovers and attacks. He drapes Warrior on the barrier and goes to drop the double axhandle again, but Warrior moves and Savage hits instead. Warrior gets him back and, and then shoulderblocks him back out to the floor. He then does that a second time, and then a third. After all that, Savage is dead, so Warrior covers him with one foot and gets the 3 count at 20:49. Really good match, probably the best one of Warrior’s career as it had good action and the perfect amount of drama. ****

But if that wasn’t good enough for you there’s more greatness to come. Sherri starts berating Savage over his loss, and even starts putting the boots to him. Finally, Elizabeth has seen enough, so she runs in and tosses Sherri out of the ring. Savage keeps brushing her away until he turns around and realizes who it is. After teasing for a bit that he’s not sure what to do, he hugs her and they finally reunite after two long years apart. There are people in the crowd literally crying over this. The professional writers they use today have never come up with a storyline that generated 5% of the emotion that this one did. Just a great job all around. In another symbolic moment, Liz goes to hold the ropes open for Savage like she always used to, but Savage says no way, and he holds them open for her instead. The crowd, which was booing him out of the building 30 minutes ago, is now going nuts for him. All in all, this is one of the greatest, if not the greatest angle in the history of this company.

Demolition (w/Mr. Fuji) vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao

Fortunately for these guys, they took an intermission after the last match to let the crowd calm down a bit. That would have been an impossible act to immediately follow, and even here it’s tough but that’s why they created filler matches in the first place. Tenryu and Kitao are here as part of the WWF’s working agreement with the short-lived Super World of Sports promotion out of Japan. Very little of that relationship was acknowledged in North America, but they did co-promote several shows together in Japan and WWF talent was frequently sent over there as well. The Demos attack with Crush and Kitao starting out. Kitao comes back with some knees and forearms, but Smash comes in and provides the distraction necessary to let Fuji use the cane on him. Demolition makes a few tags and controls Kitao in their corner. Crush gets a double axhandle from the top rope, and a slam before tagging Smash who chokes him on the ropes. Couple more tags put Smash back in and he whips Kitao to the corner, but Kitao comes out with a clothesline and makes the tag to Tenryu. He comes in with some chops for Smash and a dropkick for Crush. Slam on Smash and he goes up, but misses a back elbow. Smash nails a clothesline and tags Crush who comes in and nails a spinning backbreaker. Tag to Smash who gets a back suplex and they setup for the Decapitation, but Kitao is in and Crush goes at him instead. Crush eventually makes it back in to position, but Kitao is back and shoves him out to the floor. Smash nails Kitao now, but that lets Tenryu nail him with an ensiguiri. Powerbomb then finishes Smash off at 4:47. This was kind of a sad ending for Demolition considering how big the gimmick had been previously. ˝*

Intercontinental Championship Match: Mr. Perfect (w/Bobby Heenan) vs. The Big Boss Man

Boss Man began a feud with Ravishing Rick Rude back in the Fall with the basis of it being Rude’s comments about his Mother. Rude left before the feud could really go anywhere though, so Boss Man ended up facing off with the Heenan Family in general instead. By now, he’s on the last leg and the crown jewel of the family, Mr. Perfect, hence this match. Lord Al Hayes joins Monsoon on commentary here while Heenan is managing. Boss Man starts by smacking Perfect with the towel and spitting on him. Perfect responds with a slap and tries to bail, but Boss Man catches him and gets him back in. He swings Perfect around by the hair, which couldn’t have felt good. Corner whip is reversed, but Boss Man slides out under the ropes, goes around the post, comes back in and nails Perfect with a clothesline. He then tosses Perfect to the floor. Back in, he whips Perfect to the corner, but misses a charge. Perfect chops him, but the his own corner whip is reversed and he does a flip sell off of it on to the ropes. Boss Man then gets him with a rope straddle, followed by using his belt as a whip. The ref gets it away, but the Perfect gets a hold of it, wraps it around his fist, and nails Boss Man. They trade shots until Perfect gets him down and hooks a rear chinlock. He then switches to an abdominal stretch, but ends up letting go and nailing a dropkick for 2. Snapmare leads to a jumping necksnap, but Boss Man manages to counter the Perfect Plex with a small package for 2. Perfect comes back with another jumping necksnap, but this time going in the opposite direction, and gets 2 from it. He goes up but comes down on to a boot. Boss Man takes him down, and pulls him groin first to the post, followed by an uppercut that sends him to the floor. He stalks the Brain, but that allows Perfect to come from behind and run him to the stairs. Heenan puts in some shots for good measure, so now Andre the Giant does a walk in to even the odds. Perfect gets a turnbuckle pad off while Andre stalks Heenan and grabs the IC belt. Perfect rams Boss Man to that exposed buckle and then confronts Andre about the belt. Andre just clocks him with it, putting both guys out. Boss Man recovers first and goes for a pin, but Perfect kicks out at 2, and seconds later Haku and the Barbarian run in and attack, which draws the DQ at 10:47. Boss Man wins, but Perfect holds on to the Title. He and Andre then clean house on the Heenan Family and celebrate together. Good match with a crap finish, but I guess they were stuck between wanting Boss Man to win the big blowoff of the feud, and not wanting Perfect to lose the Title. **

Earthquake (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine

Valentine had an issue with Jimmy Hart after quitting his stable and Earthquake had nothing better to do in between feuds, so here ya go. Quake backs him top the corner, nails some elbows and then gets him with a powerslam for 2. Corner whip, but the charge misses and that allows Valentine to get in some shots. Quake sends him off, but puts the head down and gets elbowed. Clothesline still can’t take Quake down, but an elbow from the 2nd rope does. He headbutts the groin and goes for the figure four, but stops to go after Jimmy Hart for no apparent reason. Now he goes for it again, but this time Hart is on the apron to properly provide the distraction and that lets Quake get him from behind. He slams Valentine down, drops an elbow and then hits the Quake Splash for the pin at 3:18. Just a squash. DUD

Power & Glory (w/ Slick) vs. The Legion of Doom

So in that tag team battle royal for the number one contendership, LOD eliminated P&G, and looked to be on their way to winning it when Roma and Hercules came back illegally to eliminate them and give the win to the Nastys. Hawk and Animal were of course not to happy about it, so they got this match here for revenge. They’ve already issuing threats to the Nasty Boys during the pre-match interview, so that shows how much of a chance P&G has here. Herc and Roma enjoy a brief advantage by jumping LOD, but that ends quickly with a Hawk double clothesline. Roma slams Animal and goes up while Herc and Hawk fight on the floor. Animal catches Roma coming off with a powerslam. Doomsday Device finishes Roma off at 0:59. Just a squash to put LOD over on their road to the belts. DUD

Ted Dibiase vs. Virgil (w/Rowdy Roddy Piper)

This was a feud years in the making as Virgil is, of course, Dibiase’s former bodyguard. Roddy Piper helped him see that he didn’t have to settle for a life like that though, so Virgil did a face turn on Dibiase and that naturally set up this match here. Piper hobbles out on a crutch, with the story being that he was in a motorcycle accident, to be in Virgil’s corner. Dibiase starts out jawing with Piper, and that allows Virgil to use his apparent boxing skills to nail Dibiase. Again, Virgil keeps catching him with some jabs and then knocks Dibiase down, so he bails. Back in, Dibiase tries to adopt a boxing strategy of his own, but that fails and Dibiase goes out again. He threatens Piper, but nothing comes of it and Dibiase ends up getting slung in by Virgil, and then he gets clotheslined right back out. Virgil chases and gets him in again, but now Dibiase catches him with a kick and a clothesline. Off the ropes Dibiase runs into an elbow and that gets 1 for Virgil, so Dibiase bails yet again. Back in again, now Virgil looks to outwrestle him by going behind and taking him down, but Dibiase counters with a drop toehold and rams Virgil to the mat. He gets some chops, followed by an elbow and a clothesline. Piledriver only gets 2 as does a suplex. Gutwrench suplex gets a third 2 count and now Dibiase tosses him to the floor. He nails some chops and gets Virgil back in, but then he stops t shove Piper down to the floor. In the ring, he gets a powerslam, but when he runs the ropes Piper has recovered enough to pull them down and send Dibiase crashing to the floor. Dibiase nails Piper now, but spends too much time taunting him and ends up getting counted out giving the win to Virgil at 7:43. Another lame finish. Dibiase gets back in and puts the Million Dollar Dream on Virgil, but Piper makes the save with his crutch. He goes to nail Dibiase again, but Sensational Sherri comes out as Dibiase’s new manager and makes the save. They work over Piper’s injured leg until Virgil recovers and chases them out. He then tells Piper to be a man and get to his feet before helping him out of the ring. Obviously the feud would continue, and would culminate with Virgil taking the Million Dollar Belt at Summerslam in a much better match. ˝*

The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Tito Santana

They lockup with Tito getting sent off and sort of hitting the Flying Jalapeno to send Mountie to the floor. Tito chases and gets the double noggin knocker on Hart and Mountie. Back in he gets an atomic drop, but Mountie holds on to the apron before Tito can follow up. While the ref pulls Tito back, Hart hands Mountie the shock stick, which he uses and that gets the pin at 1:21. Let’s get to the main event already. DUD

Main Event, WWF Championship Match: Sgt. Slaughter (w/General Adnan) vs. Hulk Hogan

So here we are with the Iraqi sympathizer against the American hero in our big main event. Slaughter had declared coming in here that he would be playing by a new set of rules. Specifically that he was going to do whatever it took to hold on to the belt, even if it meant getting disqualified or counted out, because the most important thing for him was to make sure that Hogan let down his fans by not winning the belt. Hogan also came in with a different than usual attitude, promising to do whatever it took to counter Slaughter’s tactics and walk out with the gold. Hogan tries going right after Slaughter, but the ref keeps the apart long enough to get off to a clean start. They do an intense lockup to start and when the ref tries to get between them, Hogan shoves him down. Hogan goes to a side headlock, and gets fired off, but nobody moves on a shoulderblock. Hogan comes off again, and this time a shoulderblock sends Slaughter to the floor. Hogan chases and gets nailed by Adnan, which has no effect, but draws the challenger’s attention long enough for Slaughter to nail him with a chair, but even that has no effect. Back in, Slaughter begs off, but lures Hogan in for an eye rake. He takes Hogan down with an elbow and drops a knee, but misses dropping an elbow. Hogan comes back with a clothesline, then sends him to the corner and follows him in with another clothesline. Atomic drop gets 2 as does an elbow off an Irish whip. He rams Slaughter to the buckle, whips him to the other corner and follows up with a backdrop. Another corner whip sees Slaughter take his face first bump, and the Hogan gives him a high knee to send him to the corner again. Hogan slingshots him to the post and then gets him with another corner clothesline. Hogan has controlled most of the match so far and really given Slaughter nothing, which even the announcers note is unusual for him. Another shot to the buckle leads to a cover for 2. Hogan goes to the 2nd rope and comes off with a shot. He slams Slaughter and drops an elbow. He then goes up, but Adnan grabs his foot and that lets Slaughter slam him off the top and clothesline him to the floor. On the floor, Slaughter runs Hogan to the post and uses a chair a couple of times, which now has an effect. He then chokes him down with a cable. In the ring, Slaughter works over the back. Backbreaker gets 2, and next he goes to a Boston Crab, but hooks it right by the ropes. Guest commentator Regis Philbin questions why Hogan doesn’t just grab them for the break. Hogan struggles for a bit, but eventually does decide to take Regis’ advice and get the rope break. Slaughter goes to the top rope now and jumps right on to Hogan’s back. Adnan distracts the ref for now apparent reason as Slaughter goes for the cover and gets a phantom pinfall, but when the ref finally gets there, Hogan kicks out at 2. Slaughter gets the chair again and nails Hogan, but he just can’t manage to get himself disqualified. It gets 2 and he then goes back to working on the back as we see that Hogan has been busted open. Short clothesline sets up the camel clutch. Hogan fights it and eventually makes it to his feet, but Slaughter runs him to the turnbuckle. Slaughter grabs the Iraqi flag, drapes it over Hogan and goes for a cover. Hogan kicks out at 2, and it’s Hulk Up time which he kicks off by ripping up the flag. Three punches, Irish whip, big boot and the legdrop finish Slaughter off and make Hogan a three time WWF Champion at 20:26. This is actually a pretty good match, and may be somewhat underrated since you never really hear anyone talk about it in that context. The war angle is usually cited as being pretty tasteless, but I don’t think it was really that bad. The worst part of it all was the top heel supporting such a loser country, but he did the best he could with it. ***

Alright, so that’s Wrestlemania VII. A pretty good card, but my biggest complaint would have to be that there was just too much filler. Fourteen matches makes for a pretty long and at times boring show. Biggest highlight is Warrior/Savage plus the aftermath, but unlike Wrestlemania VI the year before, which I referred to as a one match show, this one at least had its best match get some good support from the main event, the Tag Title match as well as the opener. Obviously there’s only one must see thing here, but I think that the rest drags it up to a thumbs in the middle. And unlike my previous review of Wrestlemania 22, which got the same thumbs in the middle, but a poor recommendation, this one I do feel has much better rewatch value if for no other reason than the nostalgia factor.

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