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Ok, here is a different spin on the threads here people seem to like, but I wanted to talk about an actual PPV this time, rather than an individual wrestler, just to make it that little bit different.

I wanted to start with Wrestlemania VII, simply because this one is very special to me, it was the first ever WWF/E showing I EVER saw, the first match being The Rockers Vs Haku and Barbarian being the first ever WWF/E match I watched, from that point I was hooked!!

So what I will do, is go through the matches, which you guys can also review each match too if you would like, then at the end of the post, I'll add a few questions, for you to give some vibes on this PPV for you personally, so here goes.




Match Card

The Rockers Vs Haku & Barbarian

This was, as mentioned above, the first ever match I saw of WWF/E wrestling, so I'd pretty much say that it was this match that started it all for me and got me hooked, I found this match to be an absolute solid tag team match, where both teams performed exceptionally well, I instantly loved The Rockers after seeing it, I think it was to do with how a lot of things they did were so in sync that got me on this one, I remember them both being clotheslined too, by I think The Barbarian, and I can pretty much remember everything within this match when I watch it back, such a great match and a great start up to a PPV, the Barbarian and Haku were strong as ever, Barbs performing some great top turnbuckle moves also, loved this match and thought both teams did an excellent job on this one, without a doubt!!!

Texas Tornado Vs Dino Bravo


I remember this being a pretty good match, though it was of course just one of those filler matches within the PPV, not a bad match, but nothing to overly rave about either, it did it's job on the PPV nicely.


British Bulldog Vs The Warlord


I actually really enjoyed this match, I think that both these guys worked the match well, I remember The Warlord putting on his big full nelson and Davey Boy breaking out of it, later to give him the running powerslam within the match, I thought this was a good, good match, despite the fact that people often seem 50/50 in regards to The Warlord ring ability, everything was set in place and right and the match was a pretty solid match I thought personally, great match!!!!

Nasty Boys Vs Hart Foundation


So this was the first time I saw the heels win the tag team belts, of course with the help of a megaphone and a manager in the name of Jimmy Hart, again, this was also another good solid match, with both teams performing really well within the match, I thought The Hart Foundation were cool straight away and The Nasty Boys were also an interesting team, again a great match on the PPV which was for the tag team titles.

Jake 'The Snake' Roberts Vs Rick 'The Model' Martel


Ok, so the concept of this could be seen as being pretty silly, specially if you didn't know the storyline previously to this (Martel blinding Jake with his arrogance etc...) but both Jake and Rick, really made this match work well, using crowd participation to it's best, the crowd went crazy once Jake hit Martel with the DDT, one of the most memorable feuds from the history this seems to be, and was the first time I ever saw Rick Martel also, which as you can tell, this guy is the bee's knee's I think and way way too under appreciated in the wrestling world (though he is getting there), again, a great solid match, with a difference too and it worked well in the end.

The Undertaker Vs Superfly Jimmy Snuka


This is where it all started in regards to The Undertaker and his Wrestlemania streak (I wonder if they knew at this point they were going to do this?) .... it was an ok match, but seemed to me a little like the Tornado/Bravo match up on the card, The Undertaker was new to the WWF/E at the time, after Dibiase introduced him at The Survivor Series, but was an ok match none the less and had it's right place on the card also.

Ultimate Warrior Vs Macho King Randy Savage


This turned out to be an AWESOME match, the sweat that was given into this match was unreal, Savage performed exceptionally well and carried the match in my opinion, a lot can be said about this match but it really was one of the greats, under appreciated maybe in the all time great matches rankings, but none the less, this was a good, good match and one of the best on the card!

Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao Vs Demolition

Nothing more than a filler match, however this did introduce me to Demolition, although I saw to prefer them as Ax and Smash, I do remember thinking these guys were awesome, nothing outstanding on this one though, however was a nice little match to see, none the less.

Big Boss Man Vs Mr Perfect

Two great workers together in a match, which worked out really well also, The Boss Man getting the win after a great match up, but both these guys have gone on to be fan favourites to this day, which says it all really in regards to these two, great match up on the card.

Earthquake Vs Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine

Filler match, nothing special, with Earthquake squashing Valentine for the win, nice little filler that served it's purpose really.

Legion Of Doom Vs Power & Glory

Now, this turned out to be a great match also I thought, two very good and very dominant teams in their own right, LOD coming in as they do just made you go wow, everything they did was spot on with these guys and Power & Glory actually worked well together when Roma and Hercules teamed up with each other, probably should have had a longer run in the WWF/E at the time maybe, however this match turned out to be a good solid match on the card, great match up between the teams.

Virgil (with Piper) Vs The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase

This was one of the matches building up towards when Dibiase put his Million Dollar Belt on the line at Summerslam 91 (which of course Virgil won), it turned out to be a great match also (what Dibiase match doesn't?) .... but I really loved and enjoyed this match too, Piper was great throughout the whole feud, bigging up his friend Virgil within this and this also turned out to be a greta match, which of course lead up to the Summerslam match too, which again, was a great great match!!!

The Mountie Vs Tito Santana

This was a very very short match, which looking back, I would have liked to have seen these guys have more time on the card with a much bigger and longer match, but it served it's purpose, The Mountie getting the win quickly after shocking Tito with his cattle prod, as short as the match was, both these guys, as always, performed really well, however it was just a short filler match really before the main event started.

Hulk Hogan Vs Sgt Slaughter

I thought this match was really good, I was never a fan of Hogan, and never really became a fan of him either, despite the fact he was the popular choice for kids, but none the less I thought this match turned out to be a great match, Slaughter playing the role that he did, at the time that he did too took some serious guts, I commend him so much on this and I do feel he should get a lot more credit for this than he seems to get, burning the American flag to a very patriotic country, supporting the gulf war at the time during the whole thing going down, was madness looking back on it, I can give him nothing but praise for this, I feel that Slaughter also really sold the match well too, he took some bumps, he made Hogan look good (no offense to Hogan by the way) ... and I thought it turned out to be a great main event match, quality and solid throughout and it ended the PPV nicely.

So yeah, those are my thoughts in regards to Wrestlemania 7, all in all I thought it was solid PPV, and one of my favourite PPV's of all time (alongside the 1991 Royal Rumble too, which I also love!!), of course I have the whole side where it was the first thing I ever saw in regards to WWF/E in my favour, but none the less, I loved this PPV and thought it was a great and solid PPV throughout, so add your thoughts and vibes in regards to this also, as well as some of the following questions you may want to consider :

1. How would you rank this PPV over all?

2. Favourite match from the PPV?

3. Most memorable moment from the PPV?


Thoughts and enjoy :)
 

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Re: A discussion about Wrestlemania VII

Kudos for the effort you've put in.

Might watch this again during the week when I get a chance so I can give a more informed post, but from what I can remember:

- Warlord and Bulldog was surprisingly decent for being a battle of the Roid-monsters
- Jake Roberts and Rick Martel had no right to have a good match with that stipulation, but they somehow made it work and it was a lot of fun
- Warrior versus Savage is an absolute classic (Warrior looks phenomenal in that picture, think Wrestlemania 7 was the best Warrior's ever looked in my opinion)
- Main Event was pretty meh, a huge downgrade on the previous year's but it was always gonna be a struggle to top that.

Am I right in thinking 7 absolutely bombed in terms of ticket sales and they made up some bs excuse about a terrorist plot causing them to move to a smaller arena?
 

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Re: A discussion about Wrestlemania VII

Kudos for the effort you've put in.

Might watch this again during the week when I get a chance so I can give a more informed post, but from what I can remember:

- Warlord and Bulldog was surprisingly decent for being a battle of the Roid-monsters
- Jake Roberts and Rick Martel had no right to have a good match with that stipulation, but they somehow made it work and it was a lot of fun
- Warrior versus Savage is an absolute classic (Warrior looks phenomenal in that picture, think Wrestlemania 7 was the best Warrior's ever looked in my opinion)
- Main Event was pretty meh, a huge downgrade on the previous year's but it was always gonna be a struggle to top that.

Am I right in thinking 7 absolutely bombed in terms of ticket sales and they made up some bs excuse about a terrorist plot causing them to move to a smaller arena?
Thank you ... it took ages but I know people seem to like them (the majority) .. so it's worth doing for me!

Yes, you're right about everything you mentioned there, the main event did have the Warrior/Hogan thing to compete with the previous year, but with the storyline and everything they put in ... at that time too, I feel it seemed like a lot of effort and thought and build up was put into it.

And yeah you're right, there was a move of buildings at the last minute I believe.
 

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I really enjoyed the Dibiase/Virgil feud. My friend I wondered for a while if Virgil knew how to wrestle and when he finally stood up to Ted it was a great moment. Truly a high point for me when looking at Bibiase's heel work and that is saying a whole lot. The match went much better than I expected.

I had an extremely hard time taking Slaughter serious as champion and my lack of understanding as to why they did it at the time made me seriously question him beating Warrior. To me is seemed a foregone conclusion that Hogan would get the belt back. Looking back now I see how great Slaughter's heel work in this feud really was, but for the most part I just hated him for beating Warrior. The match went as expected for me and I walked away with no complaints

Warrior and Savage stole this show. Savage's best heel work bar none. The hate between these guy was palpable and the matched delivered much more than it was given credit for. Warrior kicking out of 5 Savage elbows was awesome. I was watching it thinking it was over and my jaw just hit the floor when he kicked out and equally surprised when Savage kicked out of the Press Slam/Splash combo considering the splash pinned Hogan. I found myself wondering how they were possibly going to end it, but I didn't want it to stop. Brilliant in ring work to get a match this good from Warrior.

As great as all that was though, when I saw this thread the first memory that came back was Elizabeth coming over the rail and then attack Sherri.
 

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Re: A discussion about Wrestlemania VII

I really enjoyed the Dibiase/Virgil feud. My friend I wondered for a while if Virgil knew how to wrestle and when he finally stood up to Ted it was a great moment. Truly a high point for me when looking at Bibiase's heel work and that is saying a whole lot. The match went much better than I expected.

I had an extremely hard time taking Slaughter serious as champion and my lack of understanding as to why they did it at the time made me seriously question him beating Warrior. To me is seemed a foregone conclusion that Hogan would get the belt back. Looking back now I see how great Slaughter's heel work in this feud really was, but for the most part I just hated him for beating Warrior. The match went as expected for me and I walked away with no complaints

Warrior and Savage stole this show. Savage's best heel work bar none. The hate between these guy was palpable and the matched delivered much more than it was given credit for. Warrior kicking out of 5 Savage elbows was awesome. I was watching it thinking it was over and my jaw just hit the floor when he kicked out and equally surprised when Savage kicked out of the Press Slam/Splash combo considering the splash pinned Hogan. I found myself wondering how they were possibly going to end it, but I didn't want it to stop. Brilliant in ring work to get a match this good from Warrior.

As great as all that was though, when I saw this thread the first memory that came back was Elizabeth coming over the rail and then attack Sherri.
Yeah, Virgil wasn't actually that bad at all really was he, he does get a hard time now but I think that's cause of how he's been when people have met him at signings etc.. lol

I was the same about Slaughter, however I was never a fan of Hogan, so him holding the belt over Hogan (at the time), didn't bother me, this was also the first PPV I saw, so I didn't know the history in regards to Warrior and Slaughter (at the time), until I watched back on more old school wrestling (which I LOVE!).

You're right about the Warrior/Savage thing, I know I've mentioned this before but this is one of the reasons why Ravishing Rick Rude gets a lot of credit, for his lengthy work with Warrior, people credit him for doing what he did with him.
 

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Awesome job! One of my favorite events, as well the first Wrestlemania I saw on PPV. a few notes:

Earthquake vs. Valentine didn't serve it's purpose. That match was supposed to bring back Beefcake. The match was changed last minute when they decided not to clear Brutus.

Slaughter's anti-American work at the time was some of the best heel work ever.

Savage vs. Warrior is one of the best performances in the history of wrestling.

Demolition was my favorite team at the time and Tenryu and Kitao are Japanese legends. Some build up for the match would have been great.

Bossman really established himself in that feud/match.
 

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Awesome job! One of my favorite events, as well the first Wrestlemania I saw on PPV. a few notes:

Earthquake vs. Valentine didn't serve it's purpose. That match was supposed to bring back Beefcake. The match was changed last minute when they decided not to clear Brutus.

Slaughter's anti-American work at the time was some of the best heel work ever.

Savage vs. Warrior is one of the best performances in the history of wrestling.

Demolition was my favorite team at the time and Tenryu and Kitao are Japanese legends. Some build up for the match would have been great.

Bossman really established himself in that feud/match.
Thank you!!! I don't mind putting in the effort, as long as people get involved and allow the thread to be a good, lengthy discussion etc... while people enjoy them, I enjoy doing them :)

Was the Beefcake thing to do with his boating accident?
 

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If memory serves me right then yes.
It was good how they brought that back in to storyline later, when Hogan teamed up with him for the Mega Maniacs.

This here :

 

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1. How would you rank this PPV over all?

I guess it was alright. I don't have the best memory when it comes to these early 90s PPVs. Like I remember particular matches, but not the shows where they took place. And I always think 'filler' when I think about this era of WWF PPV. Savage/Warrior is epic and a bunch of the undercard matches were perfectly acceptable wrestling. But there is a lot of filler too. Demolition getting squashed by two 'unknowns' who were rarely, if ever, seen again was weird as a kid and it seems even weirder now.

2. Favourite match from the PPV?

Savage vs. Warrior. Nothing else comes close.

3. Most memorable moment from the PPV?

Warrior talking to his hands is one of the greatest things ever. So is the Savage/Elizabeth postmatch reunion. It was like Pride and Prejudice comes to pro wrestling.....or something.
 

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I'm not going to lie, I love Wrestlemania 7. I always have. The crowd was hot pretty much all night long & I think that really helped set the tone of the card & helps make it enjoyable.

1. The Rockers vs. The Heenan Family was a really good tag team match. Classic fast tag team get beat down by a more physically imposing team. Marty sure could sell a beating.

2. Von Erich vs. Bravo? Yeah, it was filler. I've always thought that it was placed on the card near the last minute to give them paychecks instead of just tacking that time onto other matches.

3. Davey Boy vs. Warlord was good. They were two big, jacked up powerhouses who worked well together. If they hadn't been so juiced, I would liked to have seen them go a few more minutes. (just timed the match, it was about two & a half minutes from bell to bell) I've thought that Warlord should have gone over Davey Boy to continue the feud through Summerslam.

4. The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys...Such mixed feelings here. It's a good match. Hell, it's a really good match. Easily the best match the Nasty's ever had, but they're in there with (In my opinion) the greatest tag team of all time. Bret & Jim really carried Knobbs & Saggs.
It was the last match Bret & Jim had as the Hart Foundation & I couldn't stand seeing the Nasty Boys go over them.

And as time has gone & information gets out, it bothers me to know that the original plan was for Power & Glory to challenge the Hart Foundation at WM7 & go over them to become the tag team champions.
The only reason why the Nasty's got the spot was because Hogan used his influence to get his buddies the spot & the titles. It bothers me that two untalented & undeserving pieces of crap like the Nasty Boys went over the Hart Foundation & took a spot away from a more deserving tag team.

But as I wrote, a really, really good match.

5. Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel. I wrote in the thread OldSchoolsCool put up regarding Rick Martel that only Jake Roberts & Rick Martel could pull off that match.
Every blindfold match, except for theirs, sucks. Only two men with the psychology they had/have could make such a terrible idea into an entertaining match.
The little moves they do throughout the match makes it. (I'm actually watching it as I type this)

6. Undertaker vs. Jimmy Snuka. Filler. It served the purpose of establishing Undertaker as a threat. Who knew that Undertaker would still be wrestling 22 years later & undefeated at Wrestlemania?

7. Warrior vs. Randy Savage. Unbelievable. Easily the greatest match that the Warrior ever had. One of the best matches I've ever seen. I hate the Warrior, but he proved that when he was in there with the best, he could become a better wrestler.

8. Tenryu & Kitao vs. New Demolition. Sad. Just sad that Demolition had been reduced to jobbers. The team was never the same without Ax, but they could have been so much more. But it did help me get into Japanese wrestling.

9. Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect. Highly underrated match. To me, this match was the turning point with Boss Man as he showed what a good wrestler he was. Kind of surprised that Boss Man didn't win the title from Hennig. Not upset that Hennig retained the title however.

10. Earthquake vs. Greg Valentine. A throwaway match. I liked seeing Earthquake get the win (Vancouver!) However I can't help but feel that Valentine deserved better.

11. Road Warriors vs. Power & Glory. Hercules & Roma deserved their spot against the Hart Foundation & it should have been the Nasty's getting squashed in under a minute.
But the Road Warriors still looked awesome.

12. Virgil vs. Ted Dibiase. Whenever I've watched WM 7, I've wondered how much better the match would have been had it been Piper vs. Dibiase instead. But it isn't a horrible match. In fact, I quite like it. Virgil was limited, but damn that crowd was behind him! Dibiase really put Virgil over & Piper yelling instructions made the match so much better than what it could have been.

13. Jacques Rougeau vs. Tito Santana. Tito's losing streak at Wrestlemania continues. It was a short filler match, but enjoyable. I think if the Tornado vs. Bravo, Earthquake vs. Valentine & Road Warriors vs. Power & Glory (Nastys) had been cut & their time given to Jacques & Tito, it could have been a great match.

14. Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan. I like the match because Slaughter enters the event as the champion & he looked good in the match. Slaughter knew how to sell & bump.
(*Disclaimer: Kayfabe*) Hogan shoves the ref a couple of minutes into the match. That should have been a blatant disqualification & Slaughter should have won the match & retained the title, but he was screwed! It was a conspiracy by the ref & that incompetent Jack Tunney to take the title off of Slaughter by any means necessary!
 

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I'm not going to lie, I love Wrestlemania 7. I always have. The crowd was hot pretty much all night long & I think that really helped set the tone of the card & helps make it enjoyable.

1. The Rockers vs. The Heenan Family was a really good tag team match. Classic fast tag team get beat down by a more physically imposing team. Marty sure could sell a beating.

2. Von Erich vs. Bravo? Yeah, it was filler. I've always thought that it was placed on the card near the last minute to give them paychecks instead of just tacking that time onto other matches.

3. Davey Boy vs. Warlord was good. They were two big, jacked up powerhouses who worked well together. If they hadn't been so juiced, I would liked to have seen them go a few more minutes. (just timed the match, it was about two & a half minutes from bell to bell) I've thought that Warlord should have gone over Davey Boy to continue the feud through Summerslam.

4. The Hart Foundation vs. The Nasty Boys...Such mixed feelings here. It's a good match. Hell, it's a really good match. Easily the best match the Nasty's ever had, but they're in there with (In my opinion) the greatest tag team of all time. Bret & Jim really carried Knobbs & Saggs.
It was the last match Bret & Jim had as the Hart Foundation & I couldn't stand seeing the Nasty Boys go over them.

And as time has gone & information gets out, it bothers me to know that the original plan was for Power & Glory to challenge the Hart Foundation at WM7 & go over them to become the tag team champions.
The only reason why the Nasty's got the spot was because Hogan used his influence to get his buddies the spot & the titles. It bothers me that two untalented & undeserving pieces of crap like the Nasty Boys went over the Hart Foundation & took a spot away from a more deserving tag team.

But as I wrote, a really, really good match.

5. Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel. I wrote in the thread OldSchoolsCool put up regarding Rick Martel that only Jake Roberts & Rick Martel could pull off that match.
Every blindfold match, except for theirs, sucks. Only two men with the psychology they had/have could make such a terrible idea into an entertaining match.
The little moves they do throughout the match makes it. (I'm actually watching it as I type this)

6. Undertaker vs. Jimmy Snuka. Filler. It served the purpose of establishing Undertaker as a threat. Who knew that Undertaker would still be wrestling 22 years later & undefeated at Wrestlemania?

7. Warrior vs. Randy Savage. Unbelievable. Easily the greatest match that the Warrior ever had. One of the best matches I've ever seen. I hate the Warrior, but he proved that when he was in there with the best, he could become a better wrestler.

8. Tenryu & Kitao vs. New Demolition. Sad. Just sad that Demolition had been reduced to jobbers. The team was never the same without Ax, but they could have been so much more. But it did help me get into Japanese wrestling.

9. Big Boss Man vs. Mr. Perfect. Highly underrated match. To me, this match was the turning point with Boss Man as he showed what a good wrestler he was. Kind of surprised that Boss Man didn't win the title from Hennig. Not upset that Hennig retained the title however.

10. Earthquake vs. Greg Valentine. A throwaway match. I liked seeing Earthquake get the win (Vancouver!) However I can't help but feel that Valentine deserved better.

11. Road Warriors vs. Power & Glory. Hercules & Roma deserved their spot against the Hart Foundation & it should have been the Nasty's getting squashed in under a minute.
But the Road Warriors still looked awesome.

12. Virgil vs. Ted Dibiase. Whenever I've watched WM 7, I've wondered how much better the match would have been had it been Piper vs. Dibiase instead. But it isn't a horrible match. In fact, I quite like it. Virgil was limited, but damn that crowd was behind him! Dibiase really put Virgil over & Piper yelling instructions made the match so much better than what it could have been.

13. Jacques Rougeau vs. Tito Santana. Tito's losing streak at Wrestlemania continues. It was a short filler match, but enjoyable. I think if the Tornado vs. Bravo, Earthquake vs. Valentine & Road Warriors vs. Power & Glory (Nastys) had been cut & their time given to Jacques & Tito, it could have been a great match.

14. Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan. I like the match because Slaughter enters the event as the champion & he looked good in the match. Slaughter knew how to sell & bump.
(*Disclaimer: Kayfabe*) Hogan shoves the ref a couple of minutes into the match. That should have been a blatant disqualification & Slaughter should have won the match & retained the title, but he was screwed! It was a conspiracy by the ref & that incompetent Jack Tunney to take the title off of Slaughter by any means necessary!
What a great post!!!!! I have to say I agree with pretty much everything you have written in this, truly.

I had no idea about The Nasty Boys situation, in regards to Power & Glory supposed to be facing The Hart Foundation for the titles, in fact, I think that would have been great too and I do think that Power & Glory would have looked good with the belts also, they'd have carried them well I think.
 

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I wrote a review of the event earlier this year when I did one for every WM:

WrestleMania VII

WrestleMania Goes American! Gulf War, Slaughter a turn coat, Hogan the real American hero, you get the idea. WM was going to be held in some huge arena in an attempt to create a new attendance record... but ticket sales sucked so they have to move. Then claimed it was because Slaughter had numerous threats on his life and they were afraid something might happen in the other arena. But they were safe in a small arena... ok.

Match 1 - The Rockers Vs Haku & Barbarian - This should be fucking FUN. Faces of Fear (their WCW name) Vs The Rockers. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. No Ventura on commentary :(. Instead... Hacksaw Jim Duggan? How... random. Then again, the whole American theme for WM... makes a little sense. Awesome clothesline from Haku to take out both Rockers, then nice double superkick to him when he tries again and they counter! Nice contrast of styles, with the 2 power wrestlers against the 2 high flyers. I like how The Rockers use double team moves all the time just to take down one guy, and I like how they try again but it backfired and FoF get a double team move in of their own and murder poor Marty. Oh, and LMFAO at Barbarian reacting to a punch that didn't happen. Marty hits a quick jab during a comeback attempt, and Barb thinks he's going for another so he feeds his head in then snaps back... meanwhile Marty hits a kick to the gut LOL. Nice hot tag, nice finishing stretch. Rockers get the win. This is a good tag match and a boat load of fucking fun. ***

Match 2 - Kerry Von Eric Vs Dino Bravo - Kerry has that stupid Texas Tornado name going, which for a time they would ONLY refer to him as that, but here they announce him as KVE too. This one gets off to a chaotic start, kinda like a... twister... no that's not right. Whirlpool? Bah, who cares. Bravo just fucking creams Von Eric. Really takes the fight to him... then slows the match down to a snails pace. Yey... Bravo hits his awesomely lame finisher (side slam) and OMG Kerry kicks out. Little back and forth, Kerry hits the big discus punch after applying THE CLAW and it's over. Short. Starts off good, slows down for about a minute then goes to a finish. Nothing bad. Nothing good. Too short to be anything really worth seeing, but being so short means you won't feel like it was a waste. 1/2*.

Match 3 - The Warlord Vs The British Bulldog - Warlord looks like a roided up Steve Austin. Yeah, I've said it a bunch of times before. Get over it. It's still true dammit. Slick managing Warlord seems... odd. They don't fit tbh. Slick should have cocky, sleazy heels or dancing fools like Akeem, not some muscle bound monster. Still, better than being managed by a dog. Match is all about whether or not Bulldog can escape the Full Nelson. He can. Warlord looks shocked. Bulldog hits the powerslam. And it's over. Short match. For the best I guess. 1/4*.

Match 4 - The Nasty Boys Vs The Hart Foundation - I remember this being really good. Hope it holds up! Macaulay Culkin is in the audience and we see him on camera before this match starts. Oh man, they should have done a Home Alone where the Nasty Boys were trying to break into his house. WOULD HAVE BEEN EPIC I TELLS YA! A somewhat lengthy babyface shine period to begin with, but some double team cheating and the Nasty's are in control and really take the fight to Bret while The Anvil goes fucking insane on the apron desperate to get in there. Some real fucking sweet comeback attempts from Bret and cut off spots from the Nasty Boys, and plenty of tags made by Bret that didn't officially happen because the ref was out of position to see it. Real nice basic tag 101 stuff, done in a way that is far from basic. They tease a finish with the megaphone when it backfires on the Nasty Boys, as well as the Nasty Boys having some miscommunication spots, but in the end the megaphone finally puts away the Hart Foundation and we got us some new tag champs! Great tag match. I'm liking this WM so far! Nasty's and Jimmy Hart losing their shit because they won the gold is amazing. ***1/2

Match 5 - Rick Martel Vs Jake Roberts - Blindfold match! Great story behind this one, and if anyone can pull of a match where both guys are blindfolded, its Jake fucking Roberts. Incredible Jake promo before the match. Short, but intense as fuck. People aren't going to like this match, no doubt. Some will, but I'd bet most won't. They can't see. They don't do fancy sequences and holds and whatnot. They just wander about, listening to the crowd (they help Jake but not Martel which is cool), and try to find each other. And the crowd are eating this shit up, which makes it entirely watchable and somewhat fun too. Can you imagine them trying it today? The fans would probably be so fucking quiet it would kill the match lol. DDT from Jake and thankfully this is kept nice and short. It's unique and somewhat works, but not something I'd point to as a good Jake Robert match or anything haha. *.

Match 6 - The Undertaker Vs Jimmy Snuka - The beginning of The Streak. The Undertaker had been with the company for less than 6 months, but was already featured in a match at the biggest event of the year against an extremely popular babyface, and someone who was involved in the main event of the FIRST ever WrestleMania 7 years prior. Not only was this The Undertaker’s first WrestleMania, it was also his first singles PPV match! As The Undertaker makes his way down to the ring, with Paul Bearer and the urn in front, I am very surprised by the rather HUGE pop The Undertaker gets when his music hits, and his name his announced! The guy is supposed to be a heel lol. But then again, who can honestly boo such awesomeness? The Undertaker just stands and stares at his opponent, not moving a muscle until he sees a chance to attack Snuka from behind while he tries to climb the ropes and play to the crowd. It’s all downhill from that point on, with The Undertaker constantly on the offense, including landing his soon to be signature leaping lariat. Again, I am surprised at the pop for The Undertaker, this time as he lands a massive suplex to his opponent! Snuka finally gets an opening for some offense, but a spring board cross body results in a Tombstone Piledriver! 1-0 for The Undertaker! There isn’t much to this match really. It’s short, and seemingly has no feud to it either. It’s basically an aging superstar being squashed by a newcomer who would eventually become one of the absolute biggest legends in the history of the industry. *.

Match 7 - Randy Savage Vs The Ultimate Warrior - Retirement match time! This match gets some major pimpage from a lot of people, especially those whose opinion I value when it comes to wrestling. However, it's never been a match I've thought was that great. Will this watch change my mind? We shall see! Oh, and who happens to be in the audience? Why, it's Miss Elizabeth! Savage dumped her last year and became the MACHO KING and joined forced with Sensational Sherry. Warrior puts over the importance of this one by simply not running 100 miles an hour down to the ring. He takes his time, saves his energy, because he knows he's gonna need it all for this one. Savage gets destroyed right from the start. Sherry tries to help out, but the first distraction leads to nothing and the second time she gets involved sends her crashing to the outside. Oh man, Warrior KNOWS how dominant he is right now. He catches Savage coming off the ropes and holds him there, then just puts him down and slaps him right in the face, telling Savage to FIGHT LIKE A MAN dammit. Ironically it's Warrior that takes himself out of this match, going face first right into the steel post. Sherry attacks him on the outside, and just bends right over in front of the camera, and well, he outfit isn't very long and... yeah, nice view haha. Then she gets on the apron and bends over again lol. Guess she likes showing off? Warrior is hard to keep down for long though, as he keeps making comebacks. Sherry comes off the ropes trying to nail Warrior in the head with her shoe, but of course he moves and Savage gets taken out. Warrior is far too concerned with taking out Sherry to cover Savage, allowing Savage the time to recover. Both guys are exhausted, but Savage still has a little left in the tank. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. KICK OUT. LOL. Savage cannot believe that someone not only kicked out of his finisher... but FIVE? This is how much Warrior's career means to him. Nothing is going to stop him. Warrior begins to Warrior Up, hits the Press Slam, the Big Splash and this one is... NOT OVER!SAVAGE KICKED OUT! SAVAGE KICKED OUT! And this is where we get that awesome moment of Warrior looking to the heavens, asking them what he has to do, wondering if he can in fact do it. He begins to doubt himself. Maybe it's his time to go. Maybe he's no longer the ULTIMATE Warrior. Warrior begins to walk away, believing that he's done, but Savage doesn't want that. He wants to BEAT the Warrior and END his career for real. Nice callback to the Savage feud, trying to crush his throat on the guardrail, but the Warrior has a change of heart, and realises that his time is NOT over yet! Like Savage went overkill with the Elbow Drops, Warrior goes overkill with running Shoulder Blocks, sending Savage out of the ring after each, then finally letting it all end and pinning Savage. Warrior wins, and Savage's career is OVER! Sherry is pissed and turns on Savage afterwards, leading to Miss Liz coming to his aid and reuniting them! Incredible match. Loved this way more than before that's for sure. ****1/2.

Match 8 - Koji Kitao & Genichiro Tenryu Vs Demolition - TENRYU AT WRESTLEMANIA!!! LMAO I on't think he even cares about his tag partner, who gets attacked from behind before the bell... and Tenryu just stands on the apron not even attempting to help. Mr Fuji hits Koji with his walking stick. Tenryu continues to not give a fuck lol. Oh man, imagine if they shuffled things around a bit and we got TENRYU Vs The Rockers? Eeeeee Tenryu got tagged in. Unfortunately he's the one taking a beating. Bah. He should have just grumpily kicked people then tagged out and let Koji take the offence. FUCK ME. Tenryu POWERBOMB'S one of Demolition! And this match is over! TENRYU WINS AT WRESTLEMANIA. This WM is really shaping up to be fucking awesome. Shame this match wasn't that good though lol. But I liked it because of TENRYU. *.

Match 9 - Mr Perfect Vs The Big Bossman - IC Title on the line! Oh man, Perfect takes the GOAT bump from a slap EVER. You know when people turn inside out on a clothesline? Well Perfect does that for a SLAP. On the floor. This could be a ton of fun with Bossman tossing Perfect around, Perfect bumping all over the place, then going into a cool finish or something. Hope we don't get TOO LONG with Perfect controlling or anything tbh, even if he is the heel and it's kinda his job to control the match. DAMN, Bossman's bump into the steel steps looks vicious. Actually thought he hurt himself for real. Maybe he did. ANDRE! ANDRE THE GIANT IS HERE! For some reason Andre walks around with the IC title... then smashes it into Perfect's face! Bossman is down though after going head first into an exposed turnbuckle, not too long after the stairs bump. Perfect is in real trouble of losing his title, so Faces of Fear come down and cause a DQ. More awesome bumping from Perfect as he takes a shot from ANDRE, who helps Bossman run off the heels. Fuck me this was fun. **.

Match 10 - Earthquake Vs Greg Valentine - Guessing Valentine turned on HTM and Jimmy Hart at some point lol. Last year he was dressed live Elvis and playing guitar. This year he has to face the monster Earthquake. Valentine tries to take down the big Earthquake, and the crowd pop when he finally does. Attempts a Figure Four, but between the thick legs of 'Quake and Jimmy Hart constantly distracting him, Valentine eventually falls to the extreme weight of his opponent. They kept it short so I can't say anything bad about this tbh lol. 1/4*.

Match 11 - The Legion of Doom Vs Power & Glory - LMFAO, Paul Roma; early 90's version of Garrett Bischoff! Do P&G stand ANY chance of winning? Of course they fucking don't Roma is SQUASHED in like a minute. For that reason alone, it avoids the dud rating LOL! 1/4*.

Match 12 - Ted DiBiase Vs Virgil - They make a bigger deal out of Piper being in Virgil's corner than they do out of Virgil LOL. And rightfully so. Virgil takes a while to come out. Guess he was in a subway trying to sell his merchandise! Virgil is dressed like a boxer, and basically boxes DiBiase at the start. DiBiase is of course pissed that he's being shown up by his former "slave" for lack of better term (though that's really what this angle was all about), so when he gets the chance he starts to "wrestle" his former employee and starts to beat him down once he has control. Piper is using a crutch since he was recently involved in a car crash and injured his knee. DiBiase pushes him and he falls back and cracks his knee on the chair. Not sure if it was suppose to happen like that or not, but it looked NASTY. So Piper retaliates by using his crutch to pull down the ropes, and DiBiase ends up on the outside going after Piper... and gets counted out! Virgil wins his big revenge match, but DiBiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream and takes out his former employee before Piper can stop him. Then Sherry shows up and Piper gets beat down too! Virgil eventually manages to make the save. This wasn't too long, Virgil gets the win, DiBiase gets to look strong in defeat... all in all good stuff for the time it got. *.

Match 13 - Tito Santana Vs The Mountie - First and only match on the card I'm saying no to. NO.

Match 14 - Sgt Slaughter Vs Hulk Hogan - WWF Title on the line. America Vs Iran? Iraq? Hogan Vs Slaughter. That's all that matters. A STEEL CHAIR IN THE HANDS OF SLAUGHTER. It's clearly wood with a padded seat. LOL. Man, some awesome stalling and heel schtick from Slaughter here. They barely fucking touch for like 10 minutes, which is half the match. Slaughter has plenty of heat, then Hogan gets great reactions when he begins to dominate Slaughter who is a tremendous bumper for someone his size. Slaughter finally DOES use a steel chair... and uhhh... is this No DQ? Because the referee is watching this whole thing. Slaughter even chokes Hogan out with a cable. And the ref just does the 10 count because they are out of the ring. Ok. Slaughter does a real fucking great job of beating down Hogan, and Hogan sells everything tremendously. He's a great seller for the most part, he just forgets about it all when he Hulks up, hits the big boot and leg drop lol. But before all of that (guessing that's the finish anyway lol), he sells awesomely. Getting some colour adds to it too. Hulk Up comeback is actually done pretty nicely, with Slaughter covering him in the... flag that he supports now lol... and Hogan kicks out, realises what was covering them, tears it up and hits the big boot and leg drop to vanquish the evil and win back the WWF Title. Good match! ***.

And overall I place it at #11 as far as WM events go.
 

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I've got a real soft spot for Wrestlemania 7. Although Survivor Series 1991 was the first wrestling I ever saw, this was the first wrestling tape I ever owned and I watched it every day. Looking back, it works as a great introduction to professional wrestling; I mean, as an event it covers all the bases. The undercard is stacked with short, squash type matches with very basic and simple storylines. For example, Warlord had his unbreakable Full Nelson and British Bulldog vowed to break it. During the match, Warlord got the hold on and, true to his word, the Bulldog broke it. Or, Rick Martel blinding Jake Roberts, leading (naturally) to a blind fold match, to level the playing field so that Roberts might get some retribution. There are half a dozen matches that last less than five minutes, and this made it very exciting to watch as a ten year old. I didn't want chain wrestling clinics, I wanted fast paced action.

My favourite wrestlers were Ultimate Warrior and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and their match was always my favourite as a kid. I loved the fact that Savage dropped about a thousand elbows onto Warrior and then he just stood up. The guys who criticize that kind of no-selling have probably forgotten how exciting and superhuman it seemed to a little kid. The big finale with Elizabeth was my first ever Wrestlemania moment, and I loved it. I thought that wrestling was always going to be like that; full of big payoffs and memorable moments. Before the match they show a clip from the Royal Rumble where Savage blasts Warrior over the head with the sceptre. I used to rewind that bit and watch it over and over again. Whenever my parents told me that wrestling was fake, I used that clip in wrestling's defence. You actually see it shatter. It looks so fucking painful.

There's a moment in Wrestlemania VII that always made me look away. After the Virgil vs Ted DiBiase match, back when people sort of gave of fuck about the V-man, DiBiase attacks Roddy Piper's broken leg. That always made me feel sick. I used to have to fast forward that part.

The main event is an overlooked match, I think. Sure, it's not exactly a clinic, and it does the typical Hogan by numbers thing, but Slaughter got mad heat in that match, and the blood gave the match such an intense atmopshere (you rarely saw it back then). Hogan was the man at the of the night - waving that flag around like a boss! I thought that every main event match would have that kind of intensity. The Summerslam 1991 main event should have been Warrior/Hogan II, as far as I'm concerned. Are we doing that one next?
 

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I wrote a review of the event earlier this year when I did one for every WM:

WrestleMania VII

WrestleMania Goes American! Gulf War, Slaughter a turn coat, Hogan the real American hero, you get the idea. WM was going to be held in some huge arena in an attempt to create a new attendance record... but ticket sales sucked so they have to move. Then claimed it was because Slaughter had numerous threats on his life and they were afraid something might happen in the other arena. But they were safe in a small arena... ok.

Match 1 - The Rockers Vs Haku & Barbarian - This should be fucking FUN. Faces of Fear (their WCW name) Vs The Rockers. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. No Ventura on commentary :(. Instead... Hacksaw Jim Duggan? How... random. Then again, the whole American theme for WM... makes a little sense. Awesome clothesline from Haku to take out both Rockers, then nice double superkick to him when he tries again and they counter! Nice contrast of styles, with the 2 power wrestlers against the 2 high flyers. I like how The Rockers use double team moves all the time just to take down one guy, and I like how they try again but it backfired and FoF get a double team move in of their own and murder poor Marty. Oh, and LMFAO at Barbarian reacting to a punch that didn't happen. Marty hits a quick jab during a comeback attempt, and Barb thinks he's going for another so he feeds his head in then snaps back... meanwhile Marty hits a kick to the gut LOL. Nice hot tag, nice finishing stretch. Rockers get the win. This is a good tag match and a boat load of fucking fun. ***

Match 2 - Kerry Von Eric Vs Dino Bravo - Kerry has that stupid Texas Tornado name going, which for a time they would ONLY refer to him as that, but here they announce him as KVE too. This one gets off to a chaotic start, kinda like a... twister... no that's not right. Whirlpool? Bah, who cares. Bravo just fucking creams Von Eric. Really takes the fight to him... then slows the match down to a snails pace. Yey... Bravo hits his awesomely lame finisher (side slam) and OMG Kerry kicks out. Little back and forth, Kerry hits the big discus punch after applying THE CLAW and it's over. Short. Starts off good, slows down for about a minute then goes to a finish. Nothing bad. Nothing good. Too short to be anything really worth seeing, but being so short means you won't feel like it was a waste. 1/2*.

Match 3 - The Warlord Vs The British Bulldog - Warlord looks like a roided up Steve Austin. Yeah, I've said it a bunch of times before. Get over it. It's still true dammit. Slick managing Warlord seems... odd. They don't fit tbh. Slick should have cocky, sleazy heels or dancing fools like Akeem, not some muscle bound monster. Still, better than being managed by a dog. Match is all about whether or not Bulldog can escape the Full Nelson. He can. Warlord looks shocked. Bulldog hits the powerslam. And it's over. Short match. For the best I guess. 1/4*.

Match 4 - The Nasty Boys Vs The Hart Foundation - I remember this being really good. Hope it holds up! Macaulay Culkin is in the audience and we see him on camera before this match starts. Oh man, they should have done a Home Alone where the Nasty Boys were trying to break into his house. WOULD HAVE BEEN EPIC I TELLS YA! A somewhat lengthy babyface shine period to begin with, but some double team cheating and the Nasty's are in control and really take the fight to Bret while The Anvil goes fucking insane on the apron desperate to get in there. Some real fucking sweet comeback attempts from Bret and cut off spots from the Nasty Boys, and plenty of tags made by Bret that didn't officially happen because the ref was out of position to see it. Real nice basic tag 101 stuff, done in a way that is far from basic. They tease a finish with the megaphone when it backfires on the Nasty Boys, as well as the Nasty Boys having some miscommunication spots, but in the end the megaphone finally puts away the Hart Foundation and we got us some new tag champs! Great tag match. I'm liking this WM so far! Nasty's and Jimmy Hart losing their shit because they won the gold is amazing. ***1/2

Match 5 - Rick Martel Vs Jake Roberts - Blindfold match! Great story behind this one, and if anyone can pull of a match where both guys are blindfolded, its Jake fucking Roberts. Incredible Jake promo before the match. Short, but intense as fuck. People aren't going to like this match, no doubt. Some will, but I'd bet most won't. They can't see. They don't do fancy sequences and holds and whatnot. They just wander about, listening to the crowd (they help Jake but not Martel which is cool), and try to find each other. And the crowd are eating this shit up, which makes it entirely watchable and somewhat fun too. Can you imagine them trying it today? The fans would probably be so fucking quiet it would kill the match lol. DDT from Jake and thankfully this is kept nice and short. It's unique and somewhat works, but not something I'd point to as a good Jake Robert match or anything haha. *.

Match 6 - The Undertaker Vs Jimmy Snuka - The beginning of The Streak. The Undertaker had been with the company for less than 6 months, but was already featured in a match at the biggest event of the year against an extremely popular babyface, and someone who was involved in the main event of the FIRST ever WrestleMania 7 years prior. Not only was this The Undertaker’s first WrestleMania, it was also his first singles PPV match! As The Undertaker makes his way down to the ring, with Paul Bearer and the urn in front, I am very surprised by the rather HUGE pop The Undertaker gets when his music hits, and his name his announced! The guy is supposed to be a heel lol. But then again, who can honestly boo such awesomeness? The Undertaker just stands and stares at his opponent, not moving a muscle until he sees a chance to attack Snuka from behind while he tries to climb the ropes and play to the crowd. It’s all downhill from that point on, with The Undertaker constantly on the offense, including landing his soon to be signature leaping lariat. Again, I am surprised at the pop for The Undertaker, this time as he lands a massive suplex to his opponent! Snuka finally gets an opening for some offense, but a spring board cross body results in a Tombstone Piledriver! 1-0 for The Undertaker! There isn’t much to this match really. It’s short, and seemingly has no feud to it either. It’s basically an aging superstar being squashed by a newcomer who would eventually become one of the absolute biggest legends in the history of the industry. *.

Match 7 - Randy Savage Vs The Ultimate Warrior - Retirement match time! This match gets some major pimpage from a lot of people, especially those whose opinion I value when it comes to wrestling. However, it's never been a match I've thought was that great. Will this watch change my mind? We shall see! Oh, and who happens to be in the audience? Why, it's Miss Elizabeth! Savage dumped her last year and became the MACHO KING and joined forced with Sensational Sherry. Warrior puts over the importance of this one by simply not running 100 miles an hour down to the ring. He takes his time, saves his energy, because he knows he's gonna need it all for this one. Savage gets destroyed right from the start. Sherry tries to help out, but the first distraction leads to nothing and the second time she gets involved sends her crashing to the outside. Oh man, Warrior KNOWS how dominant he is right now. He catches Savage coming off the ropes and holds him there, then just puts him down and slaps him right in the face, telling Savage to FIGHT LIKE A MAN dammit. Ironically it's Warrior that takes himself out of this match, going face first right into the steel post. Sherry attacks him on the outside, and just bends right over in front of the camera, and well, he outfit isn't very long and... yeah, nice view haha. Then she gets on the apron and bends over again lol. Guess she likes showing off? Warrior is hard to keep down for long though, as he keeps making comebacks. Sherry comes off the ropes trying to nail Warrior in the head with her shoe, but of course he moves and Savage gets taken out. Warrior is far too concerned with taking out Sherry to cover Savage, allowing Savage the time to recover. Both guys are exhausted, but Savage still has a little left in the tank. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. ELBOW DROP. KICK OUT. LOL. Savage cannot believe that someone not only kicked out of his finisher... but FIVE? This is how much Warrior's career means to him. Nothing is going to stop him. Warrior begins to Warrior Up, hits the Press Slam, the Big Splash and this one is... NOT OVER!SAVAGE KICKED OUT! SAVAGE KICKED OUT! And this is where we get that awesome moment of Warrior looking to the heavens, asking them what he has to do, wondering if he can in fact do it. He begins to doubt himself. Maybe it's his time to go. Maybe he's no longer the ULTIMATE Warrior. Warrior begins to walk away, believing that he's done, but Savage doesn't want that. He wants to BEAT the Warrior and END his career for real. Nice callback to the Savage feud, trying to crush his throat on the guardrail, but the Warrior has a change of heart, and realises that his time is NOT over yet! Like Savage went overkill with the Elbow Drops, Warrior goes overkill with running Shoulder Blocks, sending Savage out of the ring after each, then finally letting it all end and pinning Savage. Warrior wins, and Savage's career is OVER! Sherry is pissed and turns on Savage afterwards, leading to Miss Liz coming to his aid and reuniting them! Incredible match. Loved this way more than before that's for sure. ****1/2.

Match 8 - Koji Kitao & Genichiro Tenryu Vs Demolition - TENRYU AT WRESTLEMANIA!!! LMAO I on't think he even cares about his tag partner, who gets attacked from behind before the bell... and Tenryu just stands on the apron not even attempting to help. Mr Fuji hits Koji with his walking stick. Tenryu continues to not give a fuck lol. Oh man, imagine if they shuffled things around a bit and we got TENRYU Vs The Rockers? Eeeeee Tenryu got tagged in. Unfortunately he's the one taking a beating. Bah. He should have just grumpily kicked people then tagged out and let Koji take the offence. FUCK ME. Tenryu POWERBOMB'S one of Demolition! And this match is over! TENRYU WINS AT WRESTLEMANIA. This WM is really shaping up to be fucking awesome. Shame this match wasn't that good though lol. But I liked it because of TENRYU. *.

Match 9 - Mr Perfect Vs The Big Bossman - IC Title on the line! Oh man, Perfect takes the GOAT bump from a slap EVER. You know when people turn inside out on a clothesline? Well Perfect does that for a SLAP. On the floor. This could be a ton of fun with Bossman tossing Perfect around, Perfect bumping all over the place, then going into a cool finish or something. Hope we don't get TOO LONG with Perfect controlling or anything tbh, even if he is the heel and it's kinda his job to control the match. DAMN, Bossman's bump into the steel steps looks vicious. Actually thought he hurt himself for real. Maybe he did. ANDRE! ANDRE THE GIANT IS HERE! For some reason Andre walks around with the IC title... then smashes it into Perfect's face! Bossman is down though after going head first into an exposed turnbuckle, not too long after the stairs bump. Perfect is in real trouble of losing his title, so Faces of Fear come down and cause a DQ. More awesome bumping from Perfect as he takes a shot from ANDRE, who helps Bossman run off the heels. Fuck me this was fun. **.

Match 10 - Earthquake Vs Greg Valentine - Guessing Valentine turned on HTM and Jimmy Hart at some point lol. Last year he was dressed live Elvis and playing guitar. This year he has to face the monster Earthquake. Valentine tries to take down the big Earthquake, and the crowd pop when he finally does. Attempts a Figure Four, but between the thick legs of 'Quake and Jimmy Hart constantly distracting him, Valentine eventually falls to the extreme weight of his opponent. They kept it short so I can't say anything bad about this tbh lol. 1/4*.

Match 11 - The Legion of Doom Vs Power & Glory - LMFAO, Paul Roma; early 90's version of Garrett Bischoff! Do P&G stand ANY chance of winning? Of course they fucking don't Roma is SQUASHED in like a minute. For that reason alone, it avoids the dud rating LOL! 1/4*.

Match 12 - Ted DiBiase Vs Virgil - They make a bigger deal out of Piper being in Virgil's corner than they do out of Virgil LOL. And rightfully so. Virgil takes a while to come out. Guess he was in a subway trying to sell his merchandise! Virgil is dressed like a boxer, and basically boxes DiBiase at the start. DiBiase is of course pissed that he's being shown up by his former "slave" for lack of better term (though that's really what this angle was all about), so when he gets the chance he starts to "wrestle" his former employee and starts to beat him down once he has control. Piper is using a crutch since he was recently involved in a car crash and injured his knee. DiBiase pushes him and he falls back and cracks his knee on the chair. Not sure if it was suppose to happen like that or not, but it looked NASTY. So Piper retaliates by using his crutch to pull down the ropes, and DiBiase ends up on the outside going after Piper... and gets counted out! Virgil wins his big revenge match, but DiBiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream and takes out his former employee before Piper can stop him. Then Sherry shows up and Piper gets beat down too! Virgil eventually manages to make the save. This wasn't too long, Virgil gets the win, DiBiase gets to look strong in defeat... all in all good stuff for the time it got. *.

Match 13 - Tito Santana Vs The Mountie - First and only match on the card I'm saying no to. NO.

Match 14 - Sgt Slaughter Vs Hulk Hogan - WWF Title on the line. America Vs Iran? Iraq? Hogan Vs Slaughter. That's all that matters. A STEEL CHAIR IN THE HANDS OF SLAUGHTER. It's clearly wood with a padded seat. LOL. Man, some awesome stalling and heel schtick from Slaughter here. They barely fucking touch for like 10 minutes, which is half the match. Slaughter has plenty of heat, then Hogan gets great reactions when he begins to dominate Slaughter who is a tremendous bumper for someone his size. Slaughter finally DOES use a steel chair... and uhhh... is this No DQ? Because the referee is watching this whole thing. Slaughter even chokes Hogan out with a cable. And the ref just does the 10 count because they are out of the ring. Ok. Slaughter does a real fucking great job of beating down Hogan, and Hogan sells everything tremendously. He's a great seller for the most part, he just forgets about it all when he Hulks up, hits the big boot and leg drop lol. But before all of that (guessing that's the finish anyway lol), he sells awesomely. Getting some colour adds to it too. Hulk Up comeback is actually done pretty nicely, with Slaughter covering him in the... flag that he supports now lol... and Hogan kicks out, realises what was covering them, tears it up and hits the big boot and leg drop to vanquish the evil and win back the WWF Title. Good match! ***.

And overall I place it at #11 as far as WM events go.
GREAT review, BUT .. you give WAY too much credit to Jake (very valid!) and not to Martel in the blindfold match haha

I've got a real soft spot for Wrestlemania 7. Although Survivor Series 1991 was the first wrestling I ever saw, this was the first wrestling tape I ever owned and I watched it every day. Looking back, it works as a great introduction to professional wrestling; I mean, as an event it covers all the bases. The undercard is stacked with short, squash type matches with very basic and simple storylines. For example, Warlord had his unbreakable Full Nelson and British Bulldog vowed to break it. During the match, Warlord got the hold on and, true to his word, the Bulldog broke it. Or, Rick Martel blinding Jake Roberts, leading (naturally) to a blind fold match, to level the playing field so that Roberts might get some retribution. There are half a dozen matches that last less than five minutes, and this made it very exciting to watch as a ten year old. I didn't want chain wrestling clinics, I wanted fast paced action.

My favourite wrestlers were Ultimate Warrior and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and their match was always my favourite as a kid. I loved the fact that Savage dropped about a thousand elbows onto Warrior and then he just stood up. The guys who criticize that kind of no-selling have probably forgotten how exciting and superhuman it seemed to a little kid. The big finale with Elizabeth was my first ever Wrestlemania moment, and I loved it. I thought that wrestling was always going to be like that; full of big payoffs and memorable moments. Before the match they show a clip from the Royal Rumble where Savage blasts Warrior over the head with the sceptre. I used to rewind that bit and watch it over and over again. Whenever my parents told me that wrestling was fake, I used that clip in wrestling's defence. You actually see it shatter. It looks so fucking painful.

There's a moment in Wrestlemania VII that always made me look away. After the Virgil vs Ted DiBiase match, back when people sort of gave of fuck about the V-man, DiBiase attacks Roddy Piper's broken leg. That always made me feel sick. I used to have to fast forward that part.

The main event is an overlooked match, I think. Sure, it's not exactly a clinic, and it does the typical Hogan by numbers thing, but Slaughter got mad heat in that match, and the blood gave the match such an intense atmopshere (you rarely saw it back then). Hogan was the man at the of the night - waving that flag around like a boss! I thought that every main event match would have that kind of intensity. The Summerslam 1991 main event should have been Warrior/Hogan II, as far as I'm concerned. Are we doing that one next?
Great post, I think you hit the nail on the head with that response there, I also used to watch that royal Rumble clip a lot, still to this day that sticks in my mind lol
 

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Of course I give most of the credit to Jake. It's fucking JAKE ROBERTS! :p As good as Martel was during periods of his career, he doesn't touch Roberts, especially when it comes to storytelling/physcology in the ring (though that says way more about Jake than anything, because hardly ANYONE gets close to Jake).
 

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Of course I give most of the credit to Jake. It's fucking JAKE ROBERTS! :p As good as Martel was during periods of his career, he doesn't touch Roberts, especially when it comes to storytelling/physcology in the ring (though that says way more about Jake than anything, because hardly ANYONE gets close to Jake).

Jake Roberts was an absolute MASTER when it comes to in ring psychology, honestly, I don't think anyone cut promo's the way that he did, he was very unique, sure you get great mic talkers in the business, but Jake had that uniqueness that I don't think anyone else ever had, he also knew how to use it in the ring too (little things like how he'd sit in the corner), and he could also work a crowd!!

Martel, was an incredible worker, his endurance was such high caliber, the way he would bump and sell a match was unreal and he'd always make other talent look good, he also had charisma and a lot of creativity, as well as incredible agility too, like JR says he is way way too underrated and was silky smooth in the ring, one of the best workers in wrestling history without a doubt!

This is what I think is so special about this match, because I'm not sure anyone else would have been able to make that match work so well, the way that these two did, the match should have been a failure considering it's concept, but it actually turned out to work really well, obviously fit in with the storyline that was built up towards this, which again, I'm not sure that many talents would have been able to pull it off.

Both guys should be in the Hall Of Fame, there is no question about it!
 

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I'll be honest, even though I DO like Martel, I believe Jake could have had that match with pretty much ANYONE and it would have turned out just as well, maybe even better depending on the opponent :p.
 

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I'll be honest, even though I DO like Martel, I believe Jake could have had that match with pretty much ANYONE and it would have turned out just as well, maybe even better depending on the opponent :p.
I'm not too sure, look up some of Martel's interviews on youtube about this and watch his shoot also, he talks about how they did this and put it together.
 

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Gah you've got me wanting to rewatch all the mania's now. I'm kind of hit and miss on Wrestlemania 7, it is a decent PPV but stuck between two really good Wrestlemania's.

Jake vs Martel in the blindfold match is one of my favourite mania matches, Jake pointing to the crowd and getting them to care so much about a damn blindfold match is genius, I also have a sort of guilty pleasure for this whole feud, it is on the same level of awesomeness as Martel vs Michaels when they didn't hit each other in the head, haha.

Warrior vs Savage is easily match of the night and even though Savage is my all time favourite I can't help but mark out when Warrior kicks out of the elbow drops. Also, Savage/Liz is easily the best relationship angle I've ever witnessed in wrestling.

Hogan vs Slaughter was very meh for me, Slaughter was doing some excellent heel work, but the whole program with Hogan never really got me interested like Hogan/Andre, Hogan/Savage or Hogan/Warrior.

I enjoyed all the tag matches, simply because I liked at least one of the tag teams in each match, in particular the opener was very good.

Decent Wrestlemania that probably gets lost in the shuffle due to the greatness of 6 and 8. Nonetheless 6,7 and 8 was a very good string of Mania's.
 
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