February 21, 2010
March 24, 1991
L.A. Sports Arena
Los Angeles, California
Celebrities in order of appearance: Willie Nelson, Regis Philbin, Marla Maples, and Alex Trebek
Fun Fact: The event was to originally take place at the LA Colesium, but was moved to the Sports Arena for security reasons.
1. Koko B. Ware defeated the Brooklyn Brawler.
We see the opening video for Wrestlemania VII.
Willie Nelson performs “America the Beautiful”
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan comes out to fill in for Heenan for the first match.
Sean Mooney interviews the Rockers, who put over their opponents but call themselves tag team specialists and promise to come out on top.
1. The Rockers defeat Haku and the Barbarian (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) when Shawn Michaels pins Haku with a crossbody off the top at 10:33.
Analysis: Our opening contest is a very solid match. All four men are very motivated and that leads to an exciting contest. Barbarian and Haku have been teaming up recently, but sadly this was their last match with Bobby Heenan as their manager. Heenan would retire as a manager and be a commentator. The Rockers are still rolling and are heading for their own interesting plot over the course of the year. Nice match and good way to open the show. Grade: 3
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the celebrity guests, who are all excited to be there.
Duggan leaves the table and Bobby Heenan joins Gorilla.
2. “The Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich pins Dino Bravo (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) with a discus punch at 3:11.
WM Debut: Kerry Von Erich
Farewell: This is Dino Bravo’s last PPV. He would stick around until 1992 before retiring. Sadly, Dino Bravo was murdered on March 11, 1993 in what many believe was a Mafia hit due to Bravo’s alleged role in illegal cigarette smuggling. He was only 43 years old.
Analysis: A pretty bad match as it is a basic filler match. Von Erich has fallen considerably far since becoming IC champion, though he was still very popular with the fans. Sadly, his personal demons prevented him from reaching the heights he was at. On the other side, this is the end of the line for Bravo. He has been a solid mid-carder, although many felt his shelf ended back in 1990. It is creepy watching this knowing what would happen to these men a few years later. Anyway, Von Erich wins and Bravo is finished. Grade: 1.5
Sean Mooney interviews Warlord and Slick, who promise to “fix” the Bulldog, putting over the Full Nelson.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the British Bulldog, who promises to break the Full Nelson and Powerslam the Warlord.
3. The British Bulldog pins the Warlord (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) with the Running Powerslam at 8:14.
The Buildup: Warlord challenged Bulldog to break his Full Nelson, then assulted him when Davey Boy almost did. Bulldog then claimed his Powerslam was better and the match was made.
Analysis: A pretty good power match between these two. Warlord could always bring a good power game and many thought he could have been a main eventer. Smith has been rising in the midcard but has to wait awhile before getting a big push. These two pound the hell out of each other before Bulldog puts Warlord away with the Powerslam. Good match, but this would not be their only PPV encounter this year. Grade: 3
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart, who promise to win the tag team titles claiming it’s their time and they will crack the Foundation.
Sean Mooney interviews the Hart Foundation, and they say the Nasties are scum on the bottom and they don’t have heart.
4. The Nasty Boys (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) defeat the Hart Foundation when Brian Knobbs pins Jim Neidhart at 12:10 to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.
Debut: The Nasty Boys are Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags. They got their start in the AWA and Championship Wrestling from Florida, winning the tag titles in the latter promotion five times. They got their big break in WCW feuding with the Steiner Brothers before coming to the WWF in late 1990. This is Sags’s PPV debut as Knobbs appeared in the Royal Rumble match in January.
WM Debuts: The Nasty Boys
The Buildup: The Nasties won a tag team battle royal to become the number one contenders.
Temp. Farewell: This is the Hart Foundation’s last PPV until 1997 and Jim Neidhart’s last PPV until 1992.
Analysis: Our first title match ends in a shocker. Many thought the Harts would breeze through the Nasties, but the Nasties get the surprise win and the titles. It was done for two reasons, 1. to get Bret Hart ready for his big solo push, and 2. so the LOD had heel challengers and the Nasties were the fresh team. The match is really good as the Nasties could bring a sloppy, but good brawl and the Harts could get down and dirty with anybody. The Nasties steal the win with the helmet and they are the champs. The Foundation is done as Neidhart would go off camera and Bret was about to start on the second part of his great career. Grade: 3
We see the buildup between Jake Roberts and Rick Martel.
5. Jake “The Snake” Roberts pins “The Model” Rick Martel with a DDT at 8:33.
The Buildup: During the summer of 1990, Martel blinded Roberts with his fragrance, Arrogance. These two would tangle here and there before this match was made.
Stipulation: Both men had to wear black hoods and be blindfolded.
Analysis: This is a very interesting match. The gimmick itself seems very hokey, but it actually is pulled off very nicely. They were going for the psychology in this match and it works masterfully. Jake would get the crowd to help him and Martel gets frustrated when the crowd gets against him. In the end, Jake gets the DDT on Martel and gets the win. He then unleashes Damien on Martel. Martel moves on and Jake would go into another feud. Grade: 2
Marla Maples interviews the Hart stable, who are celebrating the Nasties’ tag team title win.
6. The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) pins “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka with the Tombstone at 4:19.
Debut: Paul Bearer got his start in FCW, WCCW, and USWA as Percy Pringle. He came to the WWF earlier in the year to replace Brother Love as the Undertaker’s manager. His character is a play off his real life degree in mortuary science.
WM Debuts: Undertaker and Paul Bearer
Undertaker’s WM Streak: 1-0
Farewell: Aside form his sporadic appearances, this is Jimmy Snuka’s last PPV. He would jump to Eastern Championship Wrestling and be their first world champion before semi-retiring. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996 by Don Muraco.
Analysis: A quick match that is used to build up a new star and begins a great legacy. Snuka was still very popular, but lays down here for the new heel. Taker was gaining momentum and was starting to get face pops as he prepares for his push to the main events. Taker wins easily and moves on to another feud. Grade: 1.5
We see the buildup to the retirement match.
We see Elizabeth is in the crowd.
7. The Ultimate Warrior pins “Macho King” Randy Savage (w/ “Sensational Queen” Sherri) with three flying shoulderblocks at 20:46.
The Buildup: After Savage cost Warrior the WWF Title, this match was made.
Stipulation: The loser would have their career ended.
Analysis: What a great match, from the psychology down to the in-ring action. Both Warrior and Savage put everything out on the table with both careers on the line. Both men throw everything at each other, including Savage hitting 5 elbows off the top and Warrior kicking out, and Savage kicking out of the big splash. Warrior thinks he lost his powers, until he gets the advantage and wins the match, ending Savage’s career. After the match, Sherri assults Savage until Elizabeth, who was in the crowd, saves Savage. The two then reconcile in one of the most heartfelt moments in WWF history. It is almost bittersweet as the first couple reunite, but Savage’s career is over, for now. Warrior’s goes on, but his days will be numbered too. For now, he wins, Savage is back with Elizabeth and is a face again, and the fans love every minute of it. Grade: 4.5
We see previews of the upcoming matches.
We see the opening theme for Wrestlemania VII.
Gorilla and Bobby hype the card, specifically Virgil/Dibiase and the two title matches.
Regis Philbin interviews Undertaker and Paul Bearer, who measures Regis for his death suit.
Alex Trebek interviews Demolition and Mr. Fuji, who debukes Trebek and puts over their manager, Mr. Fuji.
Regis Philbin interviews Tenryu and Kitao, who don’t understand Regis until he talks about Toyota and Columbia Pictures until they talk about Kathie Lee.
Alex Trebek interviews Jake Roberts, who says Damien is a big Jeopardy fan and scares Alex out of the locker room.
8. Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao defeat Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji) when Tenryu pins Smash at 4:43.
Debut #1: Tenryu began his career as a sumo wrestler before being trained in pro wrestling by the Funks. He would gain virtually all of his success in Japan and also worked in the NWA briefly. He would also appear at the 1993 and 1994 Royal Rumble matches.
Debut #2: Kitao also started in sumo and attained the rank of yokozuna in 1986. He turned to pro wrestling in 1990 and makes his only PPV appearance here. He would toil in MMA for a while before becoming a sumo coach.
WM Debuts: Tenryu and Kitao
Farewell: This is the last PPV for Demolition. Crush would not be seen again until 1992 and Smash was taken off TV for repackaging.
Analysis: A pretty nothing match that is best remembered for Gorilla and Bobby’s commentary. Tenryu and Kitao are big names in Japan and impress here against a fading team. Demolition was on top of the world a year ago, but their day has come with several new teams entering, they have become dated, especially since Ax left. They job here and are out the door. Kitao doesn’t see PPV again, and Tenryu would make a few appearances here and there. Grade: 1.5
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Big Bossman, who vows to get revenge for the insults towards his mother and will win the Intercontinental Title.
Sean Mooney interviews Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan, who insults the LAPD and guarantees victory against the Bossman.
Lord Alfred Hayes joins Gorilla at the commentary booth.
9. The Big Bossman defeats Mr. Perfect (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) by disqualification at 10:45. Perfect retains WWF Intercontinental Championship.
Analysis: This is the high point of Bossman’s current run. He and Perfect go toe to toe for 10 minutes. Bossman plays the face in peril for a good portion of the match while Perfect is just that, Perfect. We even get a nice surprise as Andre the Giant comes down to help Bossman. In the end, Perfect gets DQ’ed when the Family comes down. The end is a little disappointing as many of the fans wanted Bossman to get the strap, but he didn’t. Maybe he didn’t need it as he was way over. Either way, Perfect escapes with the strap and Bossman will deal with another member of a different type of law. Grade: 2.5
Hayes leaves the booth and Bobby Heenan rejoins Gorilla.
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Donald Trump, Chuck Norris, Henry Winkler, and Lou Ferigno, who are all thrilled to be at Wrestlemania.
10. Earthquake (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) pins Greg “The Hammer” Valentine with the sit-down splash at 3:17.
Analysis: A quick harmless squash. Valentine had just turned face and was nearing the end of his run. Quake was beign rebuilt after his feud with Hogan and was about to enter a new feud. Here, he wins easily over the Hammer and we move on to the next match. Grade: 1.5
Sean Mooney interviews Legion of Doom, who promise to get revenge for Power and Glory costing them the title shot, then send a message to the Nasty Boys that they’re next.
11. The Legion of Doom defeat Power and Glory (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) when Hawk pins Paul Roma at :58.
The Buildup: P&G cost the LOD a tag team battle royal to the Nasty Boys which led the Nasties to earn the title shot at the Hart Foundation.
Analysis: Holy squashes, the LOD do a murder job on P&G which is reminiscant of their AWA days. Roma and Hercules were a solid team, but are now nothing since the Nasties usurped their spot. The LOD run through P&G and now have the Nasties in their sights. Grade: 1
We see the buildup to the match between Virgil and Ted Dibiase.
12. Virgil (w/ “Rowdy” Roddy Piper) defeats “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase by countout at 7:37.
Analysis: After finally splitting from his former master at the Rumble, Virgil gets his big match with Dibiase. The match is not that great as Dibiase spends most of his time jawing with Piper as Virgil tries to keep up with him. Dibiase gets counted out, but puts a hurting on Virgil until Piper assists. This brings out Sherri who assists Dibiase, gaining her a new meal ticket after Savage lost. Virgil gets the win, but his issues with Dibiase are just beginning. Grade: 2
Sean Mooney interviews Sgt. Slaughter and Gen. Adnan, who insults Hogan and continues to proclaim that these are his rules, and we see highlights of Slaughter assulting Hogan.
13. The Mountie (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) pins Tito Santana by using the cattle prod at 1:20.
Analysis: One last quick squash before the main event. Tito once again does his job by putting over a new heel. Mountie continues his little push in the mid card and would begin his biggest feud in the coming months. For now, he wins quick with the prod and we move on to the main event. Grade: 1
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan, who vows that Slaughter won’t get the last laugh and will win the WWF Championship.
Howard Finkel introduces Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, and Marla Maples.
14. Hulk Hogan pins Sgt. Slaughter (w/ Gen. Adnan) with the legdrop at 20:23 to win the WWF Championship.
WM Debuts: Sgt. Slaughter and Gen. Adnan
Fun Fact: The heat for this match was so huge that this match was one of the reasons for the event to move to a different venue. Slaughter has mentioned that he was asked to burn the American flag, but flat out refused. He would eventually burn one of Hulk’s T-Shirts to build even more heat.
Fun Fact #2: Hogan became the first man to win the WWF Championship three times.
Analysis: A suprisingly good match to end the show. It was certainly right place, right time for Slaughter which gave him a nice little world title run to transition the belt back to Hogan from Warrior. Both Hogan and Slaughter give each other a good beating, even a nice blade job from Hogan. Slaughter has the match in hand, until he places the Iraq flag over Hogan, which turns the table. Hulk makes his comeback, drops the leg and wins the strap for the 3rd time. Slaughter would never get this close to the belt, although his issues with Hogan are not finished. Hulk wins and sends the record crowd watching at home very happy. Nice match to end a great PPV. Grade: 3.5
Hulk poses with the belt and the American flag as the show closes.
Final Analysis: The string of solid PPVs of 1991 continues. There are some great matches, great moments, and two title changes. Sadly, the continuing trend of filler matches keeps this event from being a top 10 Wrestlemania, but it is certainly a top 15 Wrestlemania. The filler matches would be eliminated by the next Wrestlemania. Hogan is back on top, Mr. Perfect continues to rule the mid-card, and the Nasty Boys are on top of the tag division. The right guys went over and new feuds would start shortly after this event. Overall, a very solid PPV and the trend would continue by our next event. Final Grade: B+