Wrestlemania returns to the United States of America and this time the whole design of the show is more patriotic than any ‘Mania show, feeling almost like a WCW Great American Bash. It seems as if the WWF was happy to bring the grandest stage of them all back home and they have the American spirit like never before. It’s all because of the main event between Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter where Slaughter’s character betrays his country to be a sympathizing Iraqi red-coat where the Gulf War was taken place at the time of this even. Because of the level of patriotism that America had with the Gulf War and had Hogan to represent their country, it became the running theme of the whole show. But this is one of the first Wrestlemanias where nearly all the matches of the card wasn’t just booked, but had a many storyline in it just to build up this very event. So does this Wrestlemania deliver? Let’s find out!
The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) vs. The Barbarian and Haku (with Bobby Heenan) – Out of the first 7 Wrestlemanias, this match had the best opening match. This is the one tag team match had offered the best out of the Rockers as they’ve gotten better over the years. They’ve gotten so good that they’ve been able to use their flying abilities and athleticism against the bites of The Barbarians. Marty Jannetty offered some of the coolest reversals that we’ve never seen in a Wrestlemania before! Obviously, like every tag match, the whole match drags just waiting for a baby face to make a tag and once Shawn Michaels makes that tag he boomed out with amazing flying moves. The crowd was right behind the Rockers and clearly deserved that victory! Fantastic opening match that does not happen often in Wrestlemania. The match was an example of the tag team formula done to perfection and really set the standard for what would become a tradition of delivering hot opening matches to set the stage for the remainder of the night’s festivities.
Match Score: 5/5
The Texas Tornado vs. Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) – Like every Dino Bravo match, I just can’t stand watching any of his matches and it’s a darn shame that the underrated Texas Tornado had to waste his efforts on this pile of garbage. But what certainly justified what could have been the worst match on the card (because anything from Dino Bravo means shit) Texas Tornado defeated Dino in less than five minutes clean! That’s perfect to bury that piece of shit in his last ever Wrestlemania appearance and that’s a perfect 5 out of 5 score right there!
Match Score: 5/5
The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (with Slick) – It’s really interesting to see that Davy Boy Smith finally breaking apart with Dynamite Kid and continued his career, solo. This match was electrifying when we see the Bulldog in action, but Warlord was more or less like a punching back for Smith. Bulldog obviously carried the match like with amazing athleticism and had the crowd roaring behind him. But whenever the Warlord takes control of the match, it somehow becomes silent – That’s the star power of Davy Boy Smith, here. The right guy won a solid match and it was a decent watch for a mid-card. That finish of the match with Bulldog’s powerslam took the audience’s breath away and that’s why this was a good mid-card match.
Match Score: 4/5
The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (c) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags) (with Jimmy Hart) – The rivalry between the Hart Foundation and Jimmy Hart continues as the Nasty Boys debut in their first Wrestlemania. No doubt was this the best Tag Team match of the show as we got a chance to see the best of Bret Hart and Niedhard as we see them tag teaming for the last time in a Wrestlemania. This was no doubt the best tag team match of the night as it was Tag Team wrestling at its purest. I love the crowd really engaged with what’s going on in this match. Like all Tag Matches, it’s all about a babyface trying to make a tag when the heels are in control. It sure took a while for Bret to make that tag because the Nasty Boys strategized in dirty tactics from their opponents making that tag. Once that tag was made, Neidhart ferociously went full force against Knobs and Sags. This match was too good to have the Hart Foundation when the Foundation made the Hart Attack and then Bret was sent back to his corner because he wasn’t the legal man only to have enough time for the Nasty Boys to knock out Neidhard with Jimmy Hart’s helmet that he was wearing. For the last time we get to see the Hart Foundation in Wrestlemania, it was left to be desired to have them win, but it was so much better than their 10 second match at Wrestlemania IV.
Match Score: 4/5
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Rick Martel – This match was stupid, but it’s that good stupid! If this was a normal match with normal stipulation it would have been another forgettable Wrestlemania mid card match. Instead they put blindfolds on both of them, made this match fun to watch where Wrestlers had a hard time seeing each other and the whole crowd were shouting when they Jake is pointing in the right direction and booing if Rick is pointing in the right direction. It’s so much fun to see how comedic this whole thing was and it’s amazing to see the whole crowd into it, while it’s considered by many as the “worst of all time.” I kinda feel sorry for those who wouldn’t pay attention to fan reaction that is one of the most important aspect of wrestling! The whole time Jake was using the crowd to guide him as he points in his direction hearing them say “No” when he’s pointing where his opponent is not at, and “Yes” if he’s pointing in the right direction to Rick Martel. Though this match took forever to get through, at least Jake Roberts won the match fair and square without any outside interference which we all were expecting from other Wrestlemanias. And unlike the past Wrestlemania events, Jake finally used Damien (his Python) against Rick Martel which he didn’t use in a Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 3, so that saved the whole match from being a disaster. I think everyone is way too hard on this match and should just enjoy how frustrating it is for wrestlers to lose sight of opponents and continue to wrestle. In a matter of fact, this is the best blindfolds match ever because like what Jake Roberts is most known for, he uses phycology in his matches to make it interesting and this one certainly puts it in the test and allow the fans to be very part of it.
Match Score: 4/5
The Undertaker vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – This is actually the start of the Undertaker’s wrestlemania streak and to start that undefeated stream with a legend like Snuka shows how special Undertaker’s career is as a whole. This was the beginning of Taker’s career to really kick off and out of all the guys to begin the streak, it had to be the legendary Jimmy Snuka. Though Snuka has never won a Wrestlemania, Undertaker showed his dominance right from the beginning. His character as a walking corpse that’s impervious to pain made it hard to defeat. This was a one man match where Snuka was used as a crash-test dummy and it was all ‘Taker. Snuka didn’t have the chance, but it was great to watch this match just to see what came to be a legendary undefeated streak!
Match Score: 3/5
Macho King Randy Savage (w/ Queen Sherri) vs. The Ultimate Warrior – The rivalry between these two wasn’t as big as Hogan vs. Warrior in Wrestlemania 6 or Hogan vs. Savage or Wrestlemania 5, but I can easily say that this was no doubt the best Wrestlemania match of both of their careers. Yes, I said it! This match was better than Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat vs. Savage at Wrestlemania 3 and Warrior vs. Hogan at ‘Mania 6! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.
Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.
But the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in Wrestling at Summerslam 1991. This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of all time because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!
Match Score: 6/5
Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao vs. Demolition (Crush and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji) – This was a very mediocre wrestling match where everyone is trying to settle down from the last match, but nobody remembers Tenryu and Kitao because Demolition deserved a better tag team to face than these two forgettable teams. It also ended in a weak finish of a basic roll up and it didn’t leave any impact, but we needed a boring match to recharge from that excitement from the last match.
Match Score: 2/5
Mr. Perfect (c) (with Bobby Heenan) vs. The Big Boss Man – Two of my favorite classic wrestlers from the golden age of wrestling makes it here for the Intercontinental Championship. It was a solid match where a technician goes up against a big brawler and I was impressed to see great energy from Boss Man that we don’t get everyday. For a man who took it personally that had his opponent making fun of his mother, you can see how personal this match really was. Boss Man was so mad that he even used his own belt to whip Kurt Henning in the back. This shows how talented Big Boss Man really is as he was able to keep up with Mr. Perfect with his tactics and athleticism. It sure was the best brawl of the night and it ended pretty well with a surprising return of Andre the Giant making his last ever appearance in Wrestlemania by interfering against Mr. Perfect. He came back for unfinished business against Heenan from the last Wrestlemania. It was legendary to see Andre hit Mr. Perfect with the Intercontinental Belt just so he can get Heenan back. Of course, the match was too good to be true as the Barbarians interfere the match, making Boss Man win by disqualification but since he didn’t pin or submit Perfect, he didn’t win the belt. I’m fine with the result because we never seen Big Boss Man to have a match this good and Andre came back for action. I loved it!
Match Score: 5/5
Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine – Of course we had to continue the show after another fantastic match and to let the audience charge up from a great match, they had to just give a squash match between the two. It was nice to finally see Valentine to finally be a babyface and do what he does best in his wrestling ability. However, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, you cannot take down someone as awesome and as powerful as Earthquake. Once ‘Quake jumps and sits on you, it’s the end!
Match Score: 3/5
The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) (with Slick) – The one thing that I agree with Animal is that they deserved a Tag Team title shot with the Hart Foundation because that’s something that could have been better for the best tag team of all time! Power and Glory was a complete waste of time for the Road Warrior as Hawk and Animal completely squashed those two men in just a minute. But we had a great squash with Animal catching one of the opponents to a powerslam that leaves to a death device that declared Legion of Doom the victory
Match Score: 3/5
Virgil (with Roddy Piper) vs. Ted DiBiase – I’m very sad to say it, but even though Virgil had Piper as a manager and broke free from being Ted DiBiase’s manager to start a solo career, he just doesn’t have the potential to show that he can be a big star. If only Piper didn’t have a knee injury, he would have had a great match with DiBiase. It shows because DiBiase put so much attention on Piper and Virgil’s wrestling ability was so lackluster that Ted forgot that he was wrestling his former manager, which is why he lost in a countout. It was definitely the weakest match of the card and nobody really was looking forward for anything from Virgil except to see DiBiase getting his ass kicked. And to prove that Virgil has no star power, Piper had to rescue Virgil from DiBiase’s dirty attack with his Million Dollar Dream submission hold. The only thing that was memorable was Sensational Sherri came back to the ring to help Ted DiBiase from Piper that even overshadows Virgil more than it needed to be. One more thing, someone take away the microphone from him because it’s not helping that he’s asking Piper to get on his feet from a broken leg… The only thing that was significant was to know that Sherri is DiBiase’s new manager… nothing else, sadly.
Match Score: 2/5
The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) vs. Tito Santana – I’m sad to see Tito continue to deal with these mid-carders and have nothing to gain in his career and to have him loose against a forgettable name like The Mountie, shows how downhill Tito went.
Match Score: 2/5
Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) – Sgt. Slaughter was a big name in the wrestling world because he was a true patriot and a character in the G.I. Joe cartoon and to have him to become a Sadam Musane sympathizing Iraqi turn-coat was given as much heal heat as Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkov. It was great booking to have Sgt. Slaughter to be such a big heel that had more heat than any wrestler. It was great to have a traitor vs. an American patriot for the WWF Championship, which is the reason why this whole Wrestlemania event used the red, white, and blue patriotic theme in the show. However, this match was poorly worked… and I mean REALLY poorly worked! Slaughter just was a very slow paced wrestler who doesn’t have a wrestling ability or the physique as anyone like Hulk Hogan which makes it problematic when Hogan oversells a move that looses its believability. However when Slaughter sells, it perfectly matches the effect Hogan makes. Plus there were a lot of dumb moments where it didn’t be needed in the mach like Slaughter hit Hogan with a chair on front of the ref (should have been a disqualification), a stomp on Hogans hand that missed like four inches, General Adnan holds on Hogan’s leg and then let’s him go when Hogan was on the second ropes on the corner, the same spot on the corner was repeated just so Slaughter can flip Hogan over, and it was just a poorly done match. Out of the 7 Wrestlemanias up to this point, this one had the worst main event. The only saving grace was the fan’s desperation to have Hulk Hogan win out of patriotism and their hatred of Sgt. Slaughter’s patriotism for Sadam Musane. Obviously, this match had to end with the country’s hero by giving him the traditional Hogan finish of Hogan’s wake up, couple of punches, big boot, and leg drop. There was so surprise or any intensity. I wouldn’t be this underwhelmed if only this match would have been half as good as Hogan’s previous wrestlemania matches before this one. But I’m still able to say that this was better than the poorly done Andre vs. Hogan at Wrestlemania IV, but to have a mess of a match like this is something to be desired. The only positive I can give this match is that the right person won this match and it left the USA fans happy that their American hero won the championship for their country.
Match Score: 3/5
So what we have here is a show that had a great start and middle but a predictable and pretty underwhelming finish at the end. But I’ll give this Wrestlemania a ton of credit, there were a lot more going on in this show than just the main event like the past Wrestlemanias that relied on the main event to become the main attraction. So many mid-card matches like Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation vs. Nasty Boys, British Bulldog vs. Warlord, The Rockers vs. The Barbarians, Undertaker starting is undefeated streak by beating Snuka, and especially Warrior vs. Savage kept the show entertaining. If there weren’t any of those great matches in the mid-card and relied heavily on a main event that turned out to become a disappointment could really made this the worst Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 2. I think we expected the main event to be so good because Wrestlemania 6’s main event was so spectacular. But easily, the match that COMPLETELY stole the show was Ultimate Warrior-Randy Savage match. It was a prime example of a babyface vs. heel match-up that was classic, leaving fans everywhere to keep guessing who’s going to retire after that match. Even though Savage lost the match and his manager, he reunited with Miss Elizabeth that all WWF fans long awaited for! The finish of that match was some of the best of professional wrestling at it left the loser of the match to feel like a winner to have a face turn and leave with his lover like a classic Rocky movie. I will never forget how special that moment in Wrestlemania 7 was that should just be the highlight of the whole show! Sure the patriotic theme can get quite annoying because there are international fans that wants to watch wrestling instead of being hammered down how USA is the best country in the world, but this is the Wrestlemania that started making mid-card matches to be as good as the main event and it’s something that future Wrestlemanias start to take note that it shouldn’t be the main event that must be the only thing to look forward to because every wrestler in the WWF that’s booked for Wrestlemania should give their damnedest to give out a great show! I can say the this is the Wrestlemania that learned its lesson in remembering that just incase if the main event goes terribly, makes sure the mid-card is strong. No doubt that this is the best mid-card ever in the Golden Age of Wrestling before the New Generation kicked off the following year. That’s why Wrestlemania 7 is a great show! This is the only Wrestlemania that I reviewed that absolutely had no 1 out of 5 match while everything was 2 and higher and the Warrior vs. Savage match was the first one to get a 6 out of 5 match (my highest score). This was a fine event and probably some of the most underrated Wrestlemania ever.
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