OSR: WWE WrestleMania 7 Review (1991)

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OSR: WWE WrestleMania 7 Review

The Countdown to WrestleMania continues once again as we go back to 1991. With the Gulf War tensions at boiling point, Iraqi Sympathiser and WWE Champion Sgt Slaughter was set to collide with the American Hero Hulk Hogan. Here is the WWE WrestleMania 7 Review…

Back at the beginning of 1991, the WWE was set to enter the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with over 100,000+ in attendance. Fast forward to March 24 1991, WrestleMania 7 was held in front of 16,158 in the Los Angeles Sport Arena. 

The opening promo for the show was a Star and Stripes themed which showcased the main event between Sgt Slaughter and Hulk Hogan. The show opened with Willy Nelson singing “American the Beautiful” before the show was then underway.

1. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) vs. Haku and The Barbarian (w/ Bobby Heenan)

Both team made their way to the ring, with Haku and The Barbarian being initially dominant. Jannetty was eventually able to tag in Michaels who was able to fight back. The Rockers were ultimately successful in a passable opening match, but could have been better with quicker opponents.

Winners: The Rockers

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. Dino Bravo (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. “The Texas Tornado” Kerry von Erich

Bravo was already in the ring, as Kerry made his way to the ring. Despite an initial blip, Kerry was able to maintain control until a kick in the face from Bravo gained him the upper hand. Eventually, Kerry locked in the Iron Claw to pick up the win in a credible match which was a bit too short.

Winner: “The Texas Tornado” Kerry von Erich

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

With both men in the ring, the match got underway which saw The Warlord dominating the action. Bulldog eventually broke a power hold by The Warlord, and nailed him with an impressive power slam to pick up the win in an average match really.

Winner: The British Bulldog

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. WWE Tag Team Championship: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) vs. The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags and Brian Knobbs) (w/ Jimmy Hart)

Both teams made their way to the ring, where The Hart Foundation received a nice reaction. The match soon got underway with The Nasty Boys in control of the action. Bret was on the receiving end of the punishment.

He eventually was able to tag in Neidhart, and it looked like The Hart Foundation were set to retain their championships. However, the referee got distracted which allowed Neidhart to be hit with the megaphone allowing The Nasty Boys the win in a credible outing.

Winners: The Nasty Boys, to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

The history package for the match was shown, which demonstrated the great charisma from both men. It also shown the intensity which Roberts could create. The match got underway, with both men blindfolded and attempting to find one another which provided some amusement.

Eventually, they are were able to find one another which saw Martel having the majority of the offence. Roberts was eventually able to nail a DDT for the win in a thoroughly disappointing match. This would have being better as a straight wrestling match.

Winner: Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

Snuka was in the ring, as The Undertaker made his way to the ring with his manager Paul Bearer. He literally obliterated Snuka in what was essentially a squash match. This match did wonders for establishing The Undertaker character, even if the match was pretty rubbish.

Winner: The Undertaker

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

The history package was shown for this match, at which point Heenan drew attention to the fact Miss Elizabeth was in attendance. Savage then made his majestic entrance to the ring, and was soon followed by The Warrior who uncharacteristically took his time and walked to the ring.

Warrior was able to show his power over Savage. The match had a very strong electricity to it, and both men really took it to one another with a series of close calls. Eventually, The Warrior was able to pick up the win in probably one of his best matches.

Afterwards, Sherri berated Savage before she started to attack him as Elizabeth watched on. As this continued, Elizabeth soon rids the ring of Sherri and went to aid Randy.

They soon embraced one another, as the crowd went crazy in one of the Greatest WrestleMania moments of all time. It was exceptionally heart warming to see. An amazing match with an equally amazing aftermath.

Winner: The Ultimate Warrior

Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

9. Demolition (Ax and Smash) (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao

The match quickly got underway but there was a massive level of difficulty in maintaining an interest in this match. The competitors were credible in what they did, but their styles didn’t complement one another. Eventually, Tenryu and Kitao picked up the win in a forgettable match.

Winners: Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

Boss Man made his way to the ring first, and was followed by the incredible Perfect and Heenan. The match began with the competitors spitting and slapping one another which caused Perfect to bail quickly.

He was apprehended by Boss Man who went after him. Perfect gained the control and used a variety of his signature wrestling holds to ground Boss Man. As Perfect continued his dominance with the aid of Heenan, Andre the Giant made his way to ringside to keep Heenan at bay.

Eventually, Perfect ended up being disqualified when members of the Heenan Family interfered. That was an okay match which was quite enjoyable in places. However, you cannot help but think Andre looked in a lot of pain here.

Winner: The Big Boss Man, via Disqualification

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

11. Earthquake (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg Valentine

Earthquake made his way to the ring first and was soon followed by Valentine. The match got underway and was essentially a squash match with Valentine having very little offence. Earthquake eventually picked up the win in a match, which should not have been on the card.

Winner: Earthquake

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

12. The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) (w/ Slick)

Both teams made their way to the ring. This was another squash match, which saw Power and Glory obliterated in under a minute. The Legion of Doom were quickly successful in a match that was not memorable in the slightest.

Winners: The Legion of Doom

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

13. Ted DiBiase vs. Virgil (w/ Roddy Piper)

DiBiase made his way to the ring first and shown what a great character the Million Dollar Man was. Piper then made his way to the ring and received a great reaction. Virgil then made his way to the ring and quickly took it to DiBiase with a series of fists.

DiBiase used his experience to gain control of the match, but this backfired when he got cocky and attacked Piper at ringside, which lead to him being counted out, with Virgil picking up the win. Afterwards, DiBiase attacked both men with the aid of Sherri. Credible match, which had great intensity.

Winner: Virgil, via Count-out

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

Both men made their way to the ring, and the match god underway with Tito initially in control. Soon enough, The Mountie jabbed Tito with the Cattle Prod to pick up the win in another squash match. Both Tito and The Mountie deserved better than this instantly forgettable match.

Winner: The Mountie

Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars

15. WWE Championship: Sgt. Slaughter (c) (w/ General Adnan) vs. Hulk Hogan

The history package was shown for the match, which showed the amount of heat and intensity generated towards Slaughter as a result. Whether you agreed with the gimmick or not, it certainly was memorable and had a lasting impression on the audience. But it also made Hogan look like God.

Both men made their way to the ring, with Slaughter getting even more heat for the presence of the Iraqi flag. Hogan then came comes out to a thunderous reaction. The match got underway and was essentially a typical Hogan match with some minor tweaks to fit around the storyline.

A notable part saw Hogan busted open following a chair shot which was virtually unheard of for the time. Slaughter had the majority of the offence, and did it very well making the match very solid. But ultimately, Hogan kicked out when the Iraqi flag was placed over him.

He then ripped it apart. He then nailed Slaughter with the big boot and leg drop to become the new WWE Champion. A match which was more enjoyable than memory serves, it definitely told a compelling story on all accounts and accomplished what it needed to.

Winner: Hulk Hogan, to capture the WWE Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WWE WrestleMania 7 Conclusion

In all honesty, there were far to many matches on this card for anything to try and have a chance of being memorable. The main match which stood out on the card was The Ultimate Warrior versus Randy Savage. Going in, there wasn’t much to expect a lot from. However, it was actually really good and the aftermath with Miss Elizabeth was just amazing (yes, being quite sobby there). The card in all honesty was acceptable for the time in how it was portrayed and laid out.

However, in all seriousness, in 2016 it would not be acceptable. As a show, it has aged quite badly. It isn’t the easiest of cards to watch, but the retirement match is certainly worth watching. Deep down, you cannot help but think what it would have looked like as a show inside the Coliseum, that would have being truly unique. But like as said, watch it for that one match which of course can be done as part of the 9.99 Subscription fee to the WWE Network!

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