Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet with more questionable opinions than Jim Cornette on commentary! WWF
Summerslam 1991 with A Match Made In Heaven as Randy Macho Man Savages marries
Miss Elizabeth while Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior battle the trio of
Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa and General Adnan. Special referee with Sid
Justice as law and order, this will be quite the match. Also, Bret Hart vs Mr.
Perfect for the WWF Intercontinental Championship and much, much more. I
enjoyed Wrestlemania VII so will Summerslam continue to the streak? Let’s find
Power & Glory
& Warlord W/ Slick vs The British Bulldog/Texas Tornado/Ricky The Dragon
An interesting opening match for sure
with the pay per view return of Ricky The Dragon Steamboat teaming with Tornado
and Bulldog against this trio of heels. Piper on commentary again, we shall see
how it goes as the night progresses, I do miss Ventura for sure. Roma and
Steamboat begin, Roma takes down Steamboat with a slam and dropkick. Roma
taunts the fans, Roma is on the middle rope. Roma’s dive is countered for an
arm-drag, Steamboat wrenches the arm. Hook kick to the ribs, arm-wringer again.
Roma grabs the hair, elbows and right hands from Roma. Whip to the buckle,
Steamboat dodges Roma. Deep arm-drag, massive dropkick.
Snap-mare, Roma tags out to Hercules.
Hercules runs into arm-drags before a tag to Tornado. Tornado batters the arm
of Hercules, right hand from Hercules. Hercules cannot ram Tornado into the buckle,
Tornado rams Hercules into the buckle over and over. Ten punches in the corner,
roundhouse right floors Hercules. Hercules tags in Warlord, Tornado tags in
Bulldog. Shoulder blocks and clothesline floors Warlord, massive suplex but
Warlord kicks out at two. Tag to Steamboat, diving brain chop from Steamboat.
Steamboat leapfrogs Warlord before Warlord counters the monkey flip by shoving
down Steamboat. Tag to Roma, running clothesline. Hercules nails Steamboat from
the apron, Steamboat counters a scoop slam for an O Connor roll before Warlord
decapitates Steamboat with a clothesline.
Roma has the front chancery, cutting
off Steamboat’s side of the ring. Snap suplex from Roma for two, rib-breaker
from Roma. Make it two, make it three. Tag to Hercules, Hercules attacks the
spine. Military press slam from Hercules, Steamboat chops back but Hercules
lands knees to the head. Warlord is in, scoop slam to the mat. Tag to Roma,
Roma drops all his weight on the back of Steamboat. Chops from Steamboat, Roma
grabs a headlock and tags in Hercules. Whip from Hercules, Steamboat ducks
under with chops. Stun-gun from Hercules, tag to Warlord.
Warlord clubs down on the spine of
Steamboat, another big scoop slam. Warlord goes to the middle rope, Steamboat
blocks the attack with his boots. Tag to Tornado, right hands from Tornado to
everyone. Hercules and Roma are down, Warlord tries a sunset flip but Bulldog
is the legal man off a blind tag. Bulldog almost pins Warlord off a crossbody,
Roma is caught for The Running Powerslam from Bulldog. Warlord breaks up the
pin, Steamboat lands his Diving Crossbody for the win.
Good opening match, fans are into the
action for sure and they make the right choices throughout the match such as
Tornado coming in for quick flurries and Ricky The Dragon Steamboat getting his
sell on for the heels, Steamboat’s facials alone are almost worth the price of
admission because Steamboat is phenomenal. Finish was a little sloppy with a
little mis-communication but we got there in the end so happy days.
Steamboat over Team Warlord via Diving Crossbody!
Intercontinental Championship Match) Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect © W/ Coach
To be a champion, you have to be
Perfect. Can Bret step up to that level? Let’ see! Hart has the headlock,
Perfect has the hair. Shoulder block by Hart, hip-toss onto Perfect. Perfect is
on the floor, recovering for now. Side headlock with Perfect holding the hair,
crucifix from Hart for two. Another big side headlock takedown, Perfect has a
grip of the hair of Hart. Hart returns the favour with the hair-pull, Perfect
goes back to holding the hair. Hart returns the favour again, knee from Perfect
to escape. Whip with Hart ducking the clothesline for a flying crossbody for
two. Hart is on the floor, sunset flip from the apron for two. Side headlock
takedown from Hart again, Perfect grabs the hair again.
Perfect slaps the taste out of Hart’s
mouth, Perfect tries a boot. Hart catches the boot, leg trip and a stomp to the
mid-section. Right hands from Hart, Perfect whips Hart to the corner, scoop
slam from Perfect but Hart answers with one of his own. Hart clotheslines
Perfect to the floor, Perfect takes a breather. Perfect is taking a walk, Hart
gives chase. Perfect’s singlet is ripped, Perfect is begging for mercy. Perfect
does not want this fight, Perfect is in the ropes. They lock-up, Perfect lands
a cheap right hand to the face. Vicious kick to the ribs from Perfect, Coach is
fired up now as Perfect kicks Hart to the floor.
Perfect sends Hart flying into the
guardrail, Hart slowly re-enters the ring. Hart retaliates with rights, Hart
ducks Perfect off the Irish whip to the corner. O Connor roll for a close two,
Perfect smashes Hart with a right hand to the face. Hart is sent into the
corner, hard Irish whip from Perfect. Snap neck-breaker with jacknife cover for
two, Perfect is irate. Whip with Hart reversing but Hart foolishly ducks his
head, kick to the chest and Perfect dropkicks Hart to the floor. Perfect and
Hart are on the top rope, Perfect knocks down Hart falling into the cover for
Perfect and the referee have words,
frustration is setting in for the champion. Slaps from Perfect, Perfect throws
Hart by the hair. Big sleeper from Perfect, Hart is in deep trouble. Hart
survives though, elbows to the ribs. Crucifix is countered for a Samoan drop,
two for Perfect. Chops in the corner from Perfect, whip with Hart doing his
sternum-first buckle bump. Two for Perfect, Perfect calls for the end.
Perfect-Plex connects, 1..2… Hart kicks out! Shock, Perfect is losing his mind!
Hart fights back with an inverted atomic drop, atomic drop for good measure.
Headbutt from Hart, hair-pull with
Perfect landing groin-first on the ring-post. Snap suplex for two, small
package for two. Russian leg-sweep for two, back-breaker and Bret’s Rope Elbow
Drop. 1…2.. Perfect kicks out! Hart is mad now, O Connor roll from Perfect for
two, Perfect is shoved out of the ring. Hart sends Perfect into the ring-post,
Hart kicks at the leg of Perfect who is doing flips he is being kicked that
hard. Perfect is begging for mercy, Sharpshooter attempt but Coach is here.
Coach is waffled by Hart, Perfect kicks the rope into the groin of Perfect.
Perfect stomps low, Perfect leg drops onto the groin of Hart. Perfect tries it
again but Hart blocks it and applies The Sharpshooter for the win.
Fucking awesome, I could leave it at
that because it was just that good. You need to see this, Bret’s coming out
party with an excellent match. These two are so damn good, Perfect is
antagonizing Hart throughout, slapping him, pulling the hair and why? Because
Bret is the better man and Perfect knows it, Perfect takes the short-cuts and
nails that Perfect-Plex but Bret will not be denied and Perfect’s desire to
cheat ends up costing him as Bret blocks the low blow and turns it into The
Sharpshooter. Perfect put over Bret big time, fantastic match.
Winner: Bret Hart
over Mr. Perfect via Sharpshooter!
Disasters W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Bushwhackers W/ Andre The Giant
So sad to see Andre like this but the
man was dedicated to the business that made him a star, Earthquake attacked
Andre which led us to this confrontation at Summerslam. Typhoon is here, no
longer Tugboat so we have this massive tag team taking on The Bushwhackers with
Andre looking to murder Jimmy Hart.
It starts on the floor with
Bushwhackers thumbing The Natural Disasters in the eyes, hit and run guerrilla
tactics from The Bushwhackers. Butch and Typhoon begin, Butch ducks a right
hand and bites the ass of Typhoon. Earthquake tries to help but ends up hitting
his partner, Bushwhackers whip Typhoon into Earthquake. They use Earthquake as
a battering ram on Typhoon and Earthquake eats a double clothesline. We reset,
Butch is attacked from behind by Earthquake. Earthquake slams Butch into the
corner, Butch dodges the elbow drop from Earthquake. Butch is reaching for the
tag but Earthquake pulls back Butch, elbow drop and tag to Typhoon.
Rib-breaker from Typhoon, slam to the
corner. Argentine back-breaker from Typhoon, Typhoon drops Butch into a bearhug
from the now legal Earthquake. Butch tries to escape but Earthquake lands a back-breaker,
tag to Typhoon. Elbow to the face for two, Luke saves the match. Typhoon holds
Butch, Earthquake clotheslines Typhoon by mistake. Butch tags Luke, rights and
lefts to Typhoon. Flying headbutt and now we have all four men in the ring,
Battering Ram into Earthquake and Typhoon. Typhoon is whipped into Earthquake,
Earthquake is on the floor. Butch is slammed onto the floor, Earthquake smashes
Luke from behind and tags in, Earthquake Splash and it is over.
Not bad, crowd is massive into Bushwhackers
which helps for their matches as usual. Kind of shocked they did not do more
with Andre but then again, Andre The Giant is on crutches and not in great
shape at all. We have LOD scare off The Natural Disasters which is cool, I
would love to see some big man fights. Anyways, the match served its purpose as
a breather and ended before it was bad so no complaints.
Natural Disasters over The Bushwhackers via Earthquake Splash!
Championship Match) Ted Dibiase © W/ Sensational Sherri vs Virgil
Virgil vs Dibiase, the rematch from
Wrestlemania. Not wanting to blow the match early, Dibiase would assault Roddy
Piper at ringside which made everyone want to see Piper vs Dibiase and Virgil
kind of became an afterthought despite that turn at The Royal Rumble. This
starts right away with Virgil destroying Dibiase with right hands, back drop
and clothesline to the floor. Sherri is helping out Dibiase, Dibiase has been
utterly shocked by the assault of Virgil. Jabs and a big right that floors
Dibiase, Dibiase is atomic dropped to the floor.
Sherri tends to Dibiase again, a
furious Heenan returns to ringside after Hogan slammed a door in his face.
Virgil tries a plancha, Dibiase dodges at the last second. Dibiase begins
taking it to Virgil on the floor, Virgil is rammed into the steel steps before
we return to the ring. Big clothesline from Dibiase, fist drops from Dibiase.
Dibiase stomps on the head of Virgil before climbing to the middle rope, axe
handle finds the mark right between the eyes. Cover for two, chops from
Dibiase. Whip to the buckle and a back body drop from the champion for two,
Dibiase is irate. Dibiase calls for the end, Virgil ducks a clothesline and
applies The Million Dollar Dream.
Sherri is losing her mind, Dibiase is
fading fast. Sherri enters the ring and waffles Virgil with her loaded purse.
The referee has decided that Sherri is ejected from ringside and that this
match will continue, the fans are loving this decision. Dibiase and Virgil start
to stir, both feeling the effects of this brawl. Right hand by Dibiase, Dibiase
brings Virgil to the corner but Virgil does not taste the buckle, it’s Dibiase
who tastes the buckle. Virgil is fired up, rights and lefts which rock Dibiase.
Whip to the buckle, ten punches in the corner from Virgil.
Dibiase reverses the Irish whip and whips
Virgil into the corner, crushing the referee who was standing in the way.
Dibiase surveys the scene and decides to trash talk Piper. Suplex from Dibiase,
Dibiase points to Piper again. Another suplex, Dibiase continues to taunt the
fans and Piper. A third suplex flattens Virgil, Dibiase points at Piper while
Dibiase slaps Virgil. Piledriver on Virgil, Dibiase goes to wake the referee
before kicking the official. Piper is furious as Dibiase exposes the buckle,
Dibiase talks trash to Virgil. Virgil sends Dibiase into the exposed buckle
twice, both men are down. Virgil is crawling over to Dibiase, 1….2…..3! Virgil
is your new Million Dollar Champion!
A great pay-off to an angle that had a
lot of steam in the beginning, I still think the fans were invested but the
fans wanted Piper to murder Dibiase so bad, I wanted Piper to murder Dibiase so
bad and I cannot help but think what a wasted opportunity with Piper and
Dibiase not doing battle at Summerslam. It’s a heart-warming moment for sure
and Dibiase was a masterful heel in this match. Riling up the fans, riling up
Piper. Gleefully taking apart Virgil and that finish was so fitting, the tease
and build-up was great.
over Ted Dibiase via Ramming Into Exposed Buckle!
The Mountie W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Big Bossman
The nightstick vs the cattle prod,
Mountie had humiliated Bossman with the prod so we have this match where the
loser goes to jail. Bossman slaps Mountie to begin, they trade blows before
Bossman elbows and splashes Mountie. Headbutt and uppercut from Bossman,
Mountie is choked on the middle rope. Bossman drops his leg across the back,
Bossman tries again sliding out after Jimmy Hart and a smack to the face of The
Mountie. Eye poke by Mountie, middle rope crossbody does not work as Bossman
catches Mountie. Massive spinebuster, Bossman eyes up Jimmy Hart.
Neck-crank from Bossman, Bossman
chases Hart before Mountie shoves Bossman into the steps. Whip off the ropes
and flying reverse elbow from Mountie, fist drop for good measure. Make it two,
whip to the buckle. Bossman collapses down, scoop slam from Mountie. Bossman
reverses a whip to the buckle but Mountie dodges the corner splash, elbow drops
from Mountie but Bossman stays alive. Mountie is on the floor, Bossman is
elbowed from the apron to the floor. Mountie stomps on Bossman who fights back
from his knees, massive haymakers being thrown before Mountie bites Bossman.
Mountie tries a piledriver, it connects beautifully.
Mountie gives a signal to Jimmy Hart,
Jimmy Hart distracts the referee and Mountie has the cattle prod. Massive
uppercut from Bossman who dodged the attack, Mountie leapfrogs Bossman but eats
a massive uppercut. Whip off the ropes, Big Bossman Slam and it’s a close two.
Big confusion there, Mountie sweeps the legs of Bossman. Bossman lands a
massive Alabama Slam to reverse a piledriver and Mountie will be going to Jail
as Bossman wins this one.
Was not awful, it was entertaining at
times. Bossman’s energy is great when he’s allowed to throw people around and
run wild, his selling is good too. However, Mountie is not the ideal opponent
for Bossman. Mountie does not have the connection or the character to pull this
off, have not been impressed since Rougeau came back to the WWF. Wish I was
more positive but Mountie was screwed from the second he died a slow death
wrestling Koko in his debut match on pay per view.
Winner: The Big
Bossman over The Mountie via Alabama Slam!
(WWF Tag Team
Championship Match) The Nasty Boys © W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Legion Of Doom
LOD come rushing to the ring, a brawl
erupts on the floor. Knobbs and Animal are in the ring, Animal boots Knobbs and
we have a powerbomb which Sags breaks up. Hawk pummels Sags, whip off the
ropes. Enzuigiri by Hawk, Sags eats a flying shoulder tackle, Knobbs breaks up
the pin. Animal kicks Knobbs down, Hawk is fighting both behind the referee’s
back, Sags blinds Hawk with some sort of spray to gain control. Sags grabs a
drink tray and smashes in on the back of Hawk, Hawk is booted down by Knobbs.
Nasty Boys double team Hawk in the corner, Hawk is choked with the tag rope as
Knobbs antagonizes Animal. Hawk is bounced off the steel steps as Animal
continues to argue with the referee allowing for double teaming on Hawk.
Hawk starts fighting back, chops to Sags.
Sags brings Hawk to the corner, tag to Knobbs. Shots to the ribs, whip off the
ropes. Elbow takes down Hawk, Knobbs tags Sags. Quick tag to Knobbs, corner
splash squishes Hawk. Tag to Sags, Top Rope Elbow Drop. Animal saves the match,
Knobbs tries a middle rope splash but Hawk boots Knobbs, Hawk tags Animal.
Rights and lefts, clotheslines decapitates both Nasty Boys. Axe handle for
Sags, Powerslam on Knobbs. Match breaks down, Sags dumps Hawk to the floor.
The Nasty Boys double team Animal,
Hart throws his helmet to Sags who decks Animal for two, Animal presses Knobbs
out of the ring to escape the pin. Hawk has Jimmy Hart, helmet to the head of
Knobbs. Sags is waffled with the helmet too, Doomsday Device in the middle of
the ring and we have new champions as The Legion Of Doom capture the WWF Tag
Of Doom over The Nasty Boys via Doomsday Device!
I.R.S vs Greg The
Here comes the taxman, IRS is here to
unleash hell on the world wrestling federation. His opponent is babyface Greg
Valentine, arm-wringer from Valentine but IRS is in the ropes quickly. Side
headlock from Valentine, shoulder block by Valentine. IRS recovers in the
corner, another side headlock. Shoulder block again by Valentine, drop down
from IRS but Valentine reverses the hip-toss and lands one of his own.
Clothesline and IRS is on the floor, IRS lures in Valentine before Valentine
lands a sunset flip for two. Valentine eats some big kicks from IRS who applies
an abdominal stretch while using the ropes for leverage.
Valentine hip-tosses IRS before
missing a knee drop, flying clothesline from IRS and a reverse chin-lock.
Valentine rallies before a rib-breaker from IRS, IRS goes to the top rope. IRS talks trash to the fans which allows
Valentine to get up, Valentine tosses IRS off the top rope. Chops from
Valentine, IRS misses a corner knee as Valentine kicks the legs of IRS for his
finishing hold. Elbow to the knee, elbow drop on IRS. Figure Four in the middle
of the ring, IRS makes it to the bottom rope. Valentine drags IRS to the middle
of the ring, Valentine misses his elbow drop. IRS walks into a shin-breaker
though, headbutt to the groin. IRS reverses the figure four for a roll-up,
using the hair to pull in Valentine.
Well, that cooled off the fans
massively. Can’t say it was not the intention but Valentine and IRS give you
nothing of merit or substance in this match. You think a pay per view debut for
IRS would be a bit more lively but no, this would have been a poor house show
match. Time for Valentine to go, I do not think there is a role for him in the
WWF during this time. Not impressed with IRS, hopefully there is some stellar
work in his future.
Winner: IRS over
Greg Valentine via Roll-Up!
& Hulk Hogan vs The Triangle Of Terror (Sid Justice As Special Guest
Slaughter, Adnan and Mustafa have had
issues with both Hogan and Warrior since The Royal Rumble where Slaughter took
Warrior’s WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan would win the championship
at Wrestlemania but Slaughter would continue to wage war against The Hulkster.
However, there are other factors to this match. That being, The Undertaker who
has tormented Warrior by placing him in a coffin and marched ominously toward a
showdown with Hogan for the WWF Championship. You also have Sid Justice as the
referee, another factor which could go either way. Also, Warrior has been
bitten by a cobra by Jake Roberts, the faction of Undertaker and Roberts could
have quite the effect on this show.
Slaughter is cautious to get in there
with Hogan, we finally get going with Sid large and in charge. Slaughter has
his belt, Sid takes away the belt. Eye rake and clubbing blows from Slaughter,
shots to the chest. Hogan whips Slaughter to the buckle, Slaughter hits the
ring-post hard and is pin-balled between Hogan & Warrior. Hogan takes down
Mustafa & Adnan too, tag to Warrior. Double clothesline and double boot as
Hogan is legal again, Slaughter hits the ring-post hard. Mustafa makes the
save, whip and forearm shot from Hogan. Tag to Warrior, arm-wringer from
Whip and shot to the ribs by Warrior,
Warrior rams Slaughter into Hogan’s boot. Tag to Hogan, middle rope axe handle
before Mustafa pulls the hair of Hogan. Slaughter eats a corner clothesline,
Hogan chokes Slaughter. Sid gets involved, Slaughter eye pokes Hogan. Headlock
and throat punch from Slaughter, tag to Adnan. Eye rake and clubbing blows from
Adnan, back rake from Adnan. Make it two, Mustafa holds Hogan as Adnan is on
the attack. Tag to Mustafa, gut-wrench suplex from Mustafa. Camel Clutch from
Mustafa, Warrior boots Mustafa down. Mustafa tags Slaughter, back-breaker for
two. Slaughter whips Hogan into Sid, the two have words before an axe handle
Tag to Adnan who continues to rake the
back, eye rakes from Adnan. Tag to Slaughter, stomps all over Hogan. Slaughter
climbs to the top rope, Warrior shoves down Slaughter. Warrior receives the
tag, clotheslines to Slaughter before running into Sid. Hogan and Sid have
words again as Slaughter takes down Warrior. Triple teaming in the corner,
Mustafa tries a suplex but Warrior reverses for a suplex of his own.
Slaughter gets the tag, cutting off
Warrior’s tag. Slaughter cheap shots Hogan too, Hogan and Sid have words as
Adnan helps Slaughter double team Warrior. Slaughter kicks at Hogan, whip to
Warrior. Warrior ducks and nails a flying clothesline, both men are down.
Warrior reaches Hogan, Slaughter is backing up big time. Punches, big boot and
Adnan is nailed too. Warrior knocks down Mustafa and Adnan, Hogan rams
Slaughter into the buckle. Warrior chases Mustafa and Adnan to the back, Hogan
blinds Slaughter with powder and lands The Atomic Leg Drop for the win.
Underwhelming is what came to mine
when looking at this match, which is odd considering I am watching a Hogan
match which usually never fail to deliver but I do not know, I simply was not
feeling this match. The three on two handicap was not in the favour of the
heels, Hogan and Warrior never looked in danger throughout the match and it was
so short no? For a main event match, I thought it was very one-sided. However,
this was a criticism I had for Slaughter’s main event run with Slaughter
getting annihilated by everyone he worked with and then just narrowly winning.
Maybe I was never able to buy into Slaughter, this was just there when all was
said and done.
Warrior & Hulk Hogan over The Triangle Of Terror via Atomic Leg Drop!
Macho Man Randy
Savage & Miss Elizabeth’s Wedding
My favourite story of the WWF, an
angle that has ran from Wrestlemania IV all the way to now. Savage and Miss
Elizabeth were meant to be together, Savage had mistreated Elizabeth and
abandoned her due to Savage’s jealousy over Elizabeth’s friendship with Hulk
Hogan. For two years, Savage had Queen Sherri in his corner, trying to capture
the connection and success that was had when Elizabeth was by his side. Savage
slipped and fell time after time, The Macho Man was a shadow of his former-self
but Elizabeth still cared for The Macho Man. It all came to a head at
Wrestlemania where Savage lost everything, Sherri and his career and there was
one person to pick him up, the same woman who always loved it and looked after
him, Miss Elizabeth. Now, they get married at Summerslam, beautiful moment for
sure. That’s all folks!
That was WWF’ Summerslam 1991, a solid
pay per view from the WWF. We kick things off with a big six-man tag with Ricky
Steamboat stealing the show through his selling which leads to a very satisfying
encounter with the babyfaces thwarting the dastardly heels. Things get even
better with Mr. Perfect showing why Bret Hart is ready to step up in the WWF,
these two absolutely steal the show with a match that delivers ten fold in
terms of action and subtle touches, very satisfying as Perfect’s cheating ways ultimately
cost him his championship as Hart outwits The Perfect One. We cool off a bit
with Natural Disasters vs The Bushwhackers, Bushwhackers work the crowd well
and it does not go too long which are both bonuses.
Virgil and Dibiase end their feud in
entertaining fashion with Dibiase reaching cartoon villain levels of evil with
his attacks on Virgil, taunting of Piper and his demise at the hands of his
exposed turnbuckle. Bossman and Mountie was alright, not a fan of Mountie as a
performer and this feud did nothing for him but the shots of Mountie being
jailed were entertaining. LOD and Nasty Boys was fun with LOD slaughtering Nasty
Boys which is what they should do and continue to do while being champions. IRS
died a slow death on his pay per view debut, had no interest in him. Our main
event was underwhelming for me but you have to think about Warrior walking
out/Vince firing him depending on what you believe to be the details. Warrior’s
situation easily could have thrown that match into chaos which makes me see it
in a different light but still not a great main event. So, Summerslam 1991 had
its bright spots that were enjoyable and there were nice breaks between the big
matches so the card was laid out well but I think more could have been done
with the main event. If you want to watch this, check out Bret Hart vs Perfect!
Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!
Hello and welcome to another edition of
Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet
that is in more hot water than Velveteen Dream! It’s time for Saturday Night’s
Main Event and sadly, this is one of the last ones for a while as we won’t be
seeing this until around Wrestlemania. Some have been great, others have been
awful but I would not change viewing them for a second. So what do we have
here? Well, it’s time for a 20-Man Battle Royal as well as The Ultimate Warrior
looking to take out Sgt. Slaughter as well as The Nasty Boys defending their
WWF Tag Team Championships against The Bushwhackers.
Sgt. Slaughter W/
Colonel Mustafa & General Adnan vs The Ultimate Warrior
What has changed? Rematch time as
Slaughter takes on Warrior, Randy Savage is on commentary due to his career
ending. We start with Warrior slamming Slaughter to the mat, clothesline and
back body drop. Slaughter is punched to the floor, massive right in the aisleway.
Back to the ring, Slaughter is begging for mercy. Eye poke by Slaughter,
Slaughter tosses Warrior to the floor. Mustafa attacks Warrior before Slaughter
assumes control, axe handles to the spine. Warrior is rammed into the ring
apron, Slaughter continues to punish Warrior. Gut-buster from Slaughter, whip
off the ropes and Slaughter applies the bearhug.
Mustafa is happy with the work of
Slaughter, Warrior breaks free and lands a scoop slam. Warrior collapses to the
mat in pain, Slaughter goes right to the spine. Bearhug once more, Paul Bearer
comes to ringside with the coffin that Warrior was placed in by The Undertaker.
Warrior breaks free from Slaughter’s grip but Warrior eyes up that coffin as
Bearer stares a whole through Warrior. Warrior is clotheslined to the floor by
Slaughter, Slaughter lands blow after blow but Warrior is shaking it all off.
Right hands and clotheslines for Slaughter, flying shoulder block but Bearer
opens the coffin and Undertaker is inside. Warrior and Undertaker lock eyes,
Slaughter lands a blow on Warrior. Mustafa, Adnan Slaughter and Undertaker
demolish Ultimate Warrior.
Man, they were high on Undertaker from
the get-go, The Man From The Darkside has Warrior and Hogan backing up in fear,
The Undertaker could be taking down two of the strongest forces in the WWF
without so much as breaking a sweat. Warrior lands clothesline after
clothesline on Undertaker and Taker takes it all in, The Undertaker has his
eyes set on Warrior and this could be quite the match.
Warrior over Sgt. Slaughter via DQ!
(WWF World Tag
Team Championship Match) The Nasty Boys © W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Bushwhackers
Butch & Luke have a shot at
winning tag team gold against the newly crowned champions in The Nasty Boys.
Luke and Knobbs, knees by Knobbs in the corner. Elbows and forearms, Luke
dodges and pummels Knobbs before Knobbs cowers in the corner. Boot and right
hands by Knobbs, shoulder thrusts in the corner. Luke reverses an Irish whip,
rights and lefts by Luke. Butch saves Luke from a cheap shot, Knobbs and Sags
are whipped into one another and knocked down with double clotheslines. Sags
poses for the fans as Butch poses too, Sags attacks Butch from behind with a
Sags whips Butch, reversal by Butch.
Knee to the gut and a knee-lift, running clothesline from Luke for two. Knobbs
saves the match, Sags and Knobbs eat Battering Rams as The Bushwhackers are in
firm control. Luke is whipped off the ropes and Knobbs nails Luke with a kick to
the head, Sags steps on the head of Luke. Multiple elbow drops from Sags, tag
to Knobbs who quickly tags Sags who hits a big elbow but Butch makes the save.
Whip to the buckle, Luke dodges Sags.
Luke tags Butch, Sags tags Knobbs.
Rights and lefts, massive clotheslines from Butch to both Nasty Boys. Cover
with Sags saving the match, Luke is with the referee. Sags interferes
illegally, Butch eats a clothesline from Knobbs. Luke saves the match, a
near-fall for Bushwhackers as Luke trips Knobbs. Big brawl before Knobbs trips
Butch and with some help from Sags, The Nasty Boys retain their championships
before The Bushwhackers use their battering ram to knock both Nasty Boys out of
Fun match, Bushwhackers may be limited
to what they can do after years of brawling but they have a gimmick that gets
the fans on their feet and they use it to their advantage because this may be
short but it is entertaining.
Nasty Boys over The Bushwhackers via Roll-Up!
A lot of your top WWF Superstars in a
battle royal because why not, the big angle going into this is Earthquake
squashing Damian, Jake The Snake Roberts’ snake. We have the likes of Hogan and
Mr. Perfect in here too as well as Tugboat, Haku, The Rockers, Warlord,
Barbarian and more. Jake has Lucifer with him, Damian’s big brother. We begin
with people squaring off in corners as Mr. Perfect surveys the scene from the
apron. Roberts goes right after Earthquake, Hogan chops at the behemoth too.
Jannetty and Roma brawl by the ropes, Jannetty eliminates Roma before Roma
returns the favour by pulling down Jannetty.
Not as choreographed as you would
imagine, seems to be no rhyme or reason to who is attacking who. Warlord dumps
out British Bulldog, revenge for his defeat at Wrestlemania. Snuka is gone via
Haku, Tanaka was thrown out beforehand but the camera missed by who. Earthquake
dumps out Roberts, all that build up for that. Roberts brings out Lucifer,
scaring Earthquake and everyone in the process. We restart, Tugboat and Hogan
were brawling before a bunch of heels broke it up. Bodies start being dumped
out, Duggan takes out Warlord. Earthquake takes out Duggan as well as Texas
Tornado, Hogan grabs Earthquake and dumps out Earthquake. Tugboat dumps out
Hogan, that’s a huge elimination but Michaels dumps out Hogan with ease.
Bossman wants Perfect, Perfect and
Barbarian combine to eliminate Bossman as Perfect dropkicks Bossman into
Barbarian who back drops him out. Michaels manages to dropkick Haku out of the
ring, we have Valentine and Michaels as well as Heenan Family members Mr.
Perfect and Barbarian. Perfect and Michaels tear it up, Perfect almost flies
out. Dropkick by Michaels, Michaels is whipped to the apron. Michaels ducks the
first punch but Perfect elbows Michaels off the apron. Valentine is stuck in
there with two Heenan Family members, Valentine knocks down Perfect and chops
away at Barbarian. Perfect aids Barbarian and the beatdown continues on Valentine,
Perfect dropkicks Barbarian by mistake, Valentine dumps out Barbarian.
Vicious chops in the corner by
Perfect, Valentine reverses the hold. Whip to the buckle, chop sends Perfect
flying. Super atomic drop sends Perfect into the buckle, elbow to the head.
Wind-up elbow drop from Valentine, make it two. Perfect is tossed but holds
onto the ropes, Valentine tries valiantly to toss out Perfect but Perfect
reverses the scoop slam to dump out Valentine.
So, this match means nothing until the
last few minutes. What is there to note? Well, Tugboat dumped out Hogan, will
that lead to something? Surely, that is a massive deal. Shawn Michaels makes a
name for himself, they obviously had their eyes on the future Heartbreak Kid.
Valentine gets a crowd reaction that you will not believe unless you see it but
yeah, this battle royal meant nothing seemingly in the long term and it was not
entertaining either so very disappointing to be honest.
Ted Dibiase W/
Sensational Sherri vs Bret Hart
Dibiase beats down Hart to start, Hart
counters with a reversal whip to the buckle and a hip-toss. Multiple
clotheslines and Dibiase is dumped to the floor, plancha from The Hitman. Side
headlock takedown from Hart, Dibiase reverses for a two count. Dibiase eats a shoulder
block, missing a clothesline but Sherri grabs Hart’s ankle. Dibiase knees
Sherri by mistake, O Connor roll up from Hart for two. Shoulder block again by Hart
before a massive stun-gun from Dibiase, piledriver from Dibiase. Two for
Dibiase, whip off the ropes. Dibiase misses a scoop slam, O Connor roll is
countered as Hart is sent to the floor.
Sherri marvels at Dibiase’s work,
Sherri gets in a slap on Hart. Sherri chokes Hart behind the referee’s back,
Dibiase distracts the referee. Dibiase chokes Hart using the ropes, more
attacks from Sherri. Chops in the corner from Dibiase, Hart is whipped into the
buckle sternum-first. Million Dollar Dream is applied, Hart backs Dibiase into
the buckle who hits his head hard. Dibiase is on the middle rope, Hart counters
with a right hand. Right hands from Hart, to the ribs from Hart. Inverted
atomic drop and flying elbow for two, Russian legsweep from Hart for two.
Hart is upset with the call from the
referee, back-breaker from Hart. Bret’s rope elbow drop for two, Hart is
frustrated now. Right hands, Dibiase ducks under Hart. Sherri grabs Bret’s
foot, Sherri backs up. Hart eats an axe handle from behind, Piper has seen
enough. Piper is walking to the ring, Hart slams Dibiase into the mat. Sherri
spots Piper, Piper tells Sherri to get out of here, scaring her off. Piper
looks under the ring, finding a broom saying that Sherri is a witch before smacking
Sherri away. Dibiase rakes the eyes of Hart, Dibiase is after Piper. Hart and
Dibiase brawl in the ramp, the referee calls for the bell as they are counted-out.
So, these two locked up at Survivor
Series for a number of minutes and it was great. They were given more time here
and they killed it again, Dibiase is great and Bret has quickly found his feet
as a singles wrestler. Again, focus is Piper vs Dibiase with Virgil serving as
a back drop, almost an afterthought. I just wonder how this will actually play
out when it is time to do business. Exciting times in the WWF for sure!
The Mountie W/
Jimmy Hart vs Tito Santana
Wrestlemania rematch, they lock-up.
Clean break from The Mountie, Santana decks Mountie with a right hand. Atomic drop
and dropkicks from Santana, Jimmy Hart and Mountie regroup on the floor before
Santana comes out, sending Mountie into the ring apron. Back in the ring,
Mountie goes low with rights but Santana is in control. Rights and lefts from
Santana, Mountie is down in the corner. Whip to the buckle, monkey flip is
blocked by Mountie. Santana holds his head, Mountie stomps away at Santana.
Mountie has Santana in a hold where Santana cannot defend himself, Santana is
bounced off the buckle over and over.
Santana blocks a splash with his
knees, Flying Forearm from Santana. Jimmy Hart is in the ring with the cattle
prod, Flying Forearm to Jimmy Hart. Hart dropped the prod to Mountie though,
the referee does not see it and either does Santana. Cattle prod to the throat
with cheesy electric sound effect and Mountie steals the win. Yeah, it was
grand and short.
Mountie over Tito Santana via Cattle Prod!
An alright edition, a good showcase
for Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. All those three men look
great, I want to see Taker vs Warrior. Not sure about Hogan vs Tugboat, will it
lead to anything? Will we get Piper vs Dibiase? More questions than answers,
not always a bad thing though. Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another
Hello and welcome to another edition
of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the
internet that is ready for Asuka! It’s WWF Wrestlemania VII, considered a great
mis-step in WWF history as poor ticket sales led to the changing of venues for
the biggest show of the year and well, the WWF just was not firing on all
cylinders as it had in the years gone by. Sgt. Slaughter defends his WWF
Championship against Mr America himself Hulk Hogan, we also have Ultimate
Warrior vs Randy Macho Man Savage in a Career vs Career Match, another big
matches include Virgil challenging Ted Dibiase. Sweet mother of God, there are
15 matches on this card and Jim Duggan is on commentary? I think I have lucked
out, I do not think 1991 is going to be a banner year for the WWF but the show
must go on, let’s do this!
The Rockers vs
Haku & Barbarian W/ Bobby The Brain Heenan
Haku catches Michaels, Michaels is
caught in the bearhug and thrown to the corner. Michaels slips out of a
powerslam, leapfrogs all over before a massive shoulder block for two.
Arm-wringer with Haku going to the throat, elbows and chops. Haku misses a
clothesline, tag to Jannetty. Double hip-toss and elbow drop before Barbarian
clotheslines both Rockers. Barbarian tries whipping Haku into The Rockers but
they dodge and they superkick Barbarian. Regroup time, Barbarian vs Jannetty
now. Barbarian knees and chops Jannetty, massive headbutt knocks Jannetty to
Stomps from Barbarian, Jannetty is
dazed on the apron. Jannetty slides under the ropes, sunset flip attempt but
Barbarian misses the right hand. Jannetty tries the hurricanrana, Michaels aids
Jannetty with a dropkick as Jannetty nails the hurricanrana. Jannetty wants to
maintain control but Barbarian rakes the eyes, tag to Haku. Double headbutt,
chop by Haku. Jannetty tries for the hurricanrana again but the referee catches
Michaels, Barbarian comes in for the stun-gun on Jannetty. Back elbow by Haku,
tag to Barbarian. Whip by Barbarian, military press slam from Barbarian.
Michaels is nailed on the apron, the referee is with Michaels as Haku &
Barbarian choke Jannetty.
Whip by Haku, Jannetty ducks the
clothesline and lands the crossbody for two. Haku is up first, whip to the
buckle sends Jannetty down. Back-breakers by Haku, tag to Barbarian. Cover for
two, bearhug from Barbarian. Jannetty battles back before being whipped to the
buckle once more, Barbarian whips Jannetty again before Jannetty kicks back
Barbarian. Jannetty goes to the middle rope, Barbarian counters the crossbody
for the powerslam. Barbarian climbs to the top, falling headbutt misses as
Jannetty rolls out of the way. Jannetty crawls and crawls, reaching Michaels.
Right hands to Haku, flying reverse elbow.
More right hands, ten punches in the
corner. Michaels dives onto Barbarian with a crossbody, Haku eats a
neck-breaker for two. Eye poke by Haku, whip with Michaels looking for a sunset
flip counter, Jannetty helps with a clothesline. Barbarian eats a double
dropkick to the floor, Haku eats a double clothesline. Missile dropkick by
Jannetty, diving crossbody by Michaels and this match is over, The Rockers are
Well, the crowd is loud for sure. I
appreciate the fans in the arena for this one, they react huge to the powerful
moves of Haku and Barbarian and they get behind The Rockers big time in this
match. A fun opening match made better by the crowd, The Rockers have to be
near the top tag team in the WWF. Kudos to all four involved, you have given me
a great start.
Rockers over Haku & Barbarian via Diving Crossbody!
The Texas Tornado
vs Dino Bravo W/ Jimmy Hart
Bravo jumps Tornado, Tornado starts
throwing bombs back before Tornado is clotheslined to the floor. Rights by
Bravo, Tornado tastes the apron. Tornado ducks a right hand, atomic drop with a
clothesline. Whip to the buckle, claw attempt from Tornado but Bravo blocks,
big chops in the corner. Whip to the buckle reversed by Tornado, Bravo stops
Tornado with a boot. Inverted atomic drop and leg drops from Bravo for two,
whip by Bravo. Tornado ducks the clotheslines before running into the Sidewalk
Slam but Tornado kicks out. Bravo is on the middle rope, diving chop by Bravo.
Throat thrust by Bravo, stomps from
Bravo. Another diving chop goes wrong as Tornado clamps on The Texas Claw.
Bravo fades and goes down to one knee, Bravo is back up on his feet though.
Tornado lands his massive Spinning Tornado Punch and this match is over.
Nothing special but thankfully short,
that finishing stretch was odd. It felt like Tornado was supposed to block the
first chop and then the Claw went on and on, the crowd were just reacting to it
like a sleeper rest hold. Odd one for sure but another win for Tornado, The
Modern Day Warrior Kerry Von Erich has some steam coming into the new year.
Tornado over Dino Bravo via Spinning Tornado Punch!
Bulldog W/ Matilda vs The Warlord W/ Slick
The Full-Nelson vs The Powerslam, both
big men who can throw down. Warlord scores with a knee and a clubbing blow,
shoulder tackles with neither man going down before Bulldog brushes down
Warlord. Slick talks strategy with Warlord, it is back on. Gut-kick and elbows
by Warlord, whip with Bulldog dodging the clothesline. Crucifix does not work,
Samoan drop by Warlord. Elbow drops by Warlord, three in quick succession. In
the corner, gut punches and a bearhug by Warlord. Bulldog breaks free and ducks
a clothesline but a stun-gun ends Bulldog’s comeback. Two for Warlord, clubbing
blow to the back of the head. Bulldog blocks the forearm, the two trade shots
before an eye rake from Warlord. Belly to belly suplex from Warlord, reverse
chin-lock from Warlord.
Bulldog escapes and rams Warlord into
the buckle, diving fist drop and flying crossbody for two. Warlord goes low,
whip and ducks the head. Bulldog boots Warlord, piledriver attempt from
Bulldog. Bulldog looking for the sunset flip, Warlord sits down for a pin, two
with Bulldog countering for two. Bulldog whips Warlord to the buckle, boot
counter by Warlord. Warlord calls for his full-nelson, Warlord clamps on The
Full-Nelson! Bulldog uses the cheers of the crowd to break free of the hold,
Bulldog slips out of a slam. Running Powerslam from Bulldog connects, Bulldog
walk away with the win.
I am always partial to a big hoss
fight, these are two big meaty bastards clubbing the life out of one another
and I am all for it. Could have it been tighter and prettier? Of course but
that’s not it is about and it was glorious cheese when Bulldog escaped and
Warlord looked at his hands in utter shock as his inescapable hold was broken
before our very eyes. Very fun, shocked by how fun this Mania has been so far.
British Bulldog over The Warlord via Running Powerslam!
(WWF World Tag
Team Championship Match) The Hart Foundation © vs The Nasty Boys W/ Jimmy Hart
To think that we had that amazing two
out of three falls match between The Hart Foundation and Demolition only months
prior and now, we have The Nasty Boys challenging for the tag team
championships. Knobbs did well being one of the final competitors in the rumble
though, I must give him that. Sags and Bret to start, lock-up with Bret pushing
Sags to the corner. Cheap shot by Sags, right hands to the head. Sags kicks
Bret in the ribs, whip by Sags. Bret ducks the clothesline, thesz press by Bret
who pummels Sags. Inverted atomic drop for Knobbs, Sags is on the apron. Bret
pulls him in over the top, arm-wringer from Bret.
Sags tries a big boot, Bret catches
it. Trip from Bret and stomp to the mid-section, Sags tags in Knobbs. Knobbs
wants a piece of Neidhart, Bret tags in The Anvil. Lock-up, Knobbs has Neidhart
in the corner. Neidhart turns the tide, massive right hands and a hip-toss
before a shoulder block sends Knobbs to the floor. Arm-wringer by Neidhart,
Knobbs backs Neidhart to the corner. Sags grabs the singlet of Neidhart, Knobbs
nails big right hands. Sags tags in, whip and Sags lowers his head. Neidhart
slams Sags’ head to the mat, tag to Bret. Russian legsweep and Bret’s rope
elbow from Bret, Knobbs interferes and eats right hands before Knobbs clubs
Bret from behind.
Sags nails a clothesline to the floor,
Bret is really hurting at this time. Neidhart is distracted by Jimmy Hart,
back-breaker in the ring by Sags. Knee to the back, camel clutch from Sags.
Sags drops his weight on the back of Bret and applies the hold once more, in
comes Knobbs. More attacks to the spine, camel clutch from Knobbs. Tag to Sags,
neck-breaker from Sags. Camel clutch clamped on again, this is a lot of
rest-holds in quick succession. Bret manages to wriggle to his feet,
jaw-breaker from Bret. Knobbs is tagged in and levels Neidhart, elbows to the
spine of Bret. Sweet fuck, another clutch. Bret stands up and drops back,
crushing Knobbs. Sags attacks Neidhart again, Bret dodges a corner splash on
Knobbs and tags in Neidhart but the referee was with Knobbs.
Knobbs has the megaphone, Bret ducks
and Knobbs nails Sags. Neidhart receives the tag, scoop slams and The Nasty
Boys eat a clothesline. Elbow smash and clothesline for Knobbs, two for
Neidhart. Anvil Flattener with Sags making the save, in comes Bret. Bret and
Sags run around the ring, Knobbs is whipped into Sags in the ring. Jimmy hart
eats a right hand, Hart Attack on Knobbs. Referee is getting Bret out of the
ring, Sags nails Neidhart with the megaphone and Knobbs covers for the win.
So, at times this was very exciting
with the fans going nuts and continuing to be the stars of this show but once
those camel clutches began, we were in trouble. It just dragged on, 4 or 5 in a
row. The hot-tag would have been great had Neidhart really going but that
finish was hot for sure. The Hart Foundation’s reign was definitely not what I
expected after that great match at Summerslam but they will recover for sure. I
do like the idea of The Legion Of Doom destroying The Nasty Boys though!
Nasty Boys over The Hart Foundation via Megaphone!
Jake The Snake Roberts vs Rick The Model Martel
To say I would be disappointed about
how this feud will end is an understatement, this was a really violent feud for
WWF considering the nature of the angle. The grotesque looking eye of Roberts,
Martel blinding him it seemed far more intense than anything else on WWF at the
time. So, we have a blindfold match which would make sense that Roberts would
want Martel to experience what he went through but still, it’s such a silly
gimmick match. Plus, Martel was getting over strong as an annoying prick that
everybody wanted to see murdered, the rumble was a showcase of what sort of
heat that Martel could generate.
Roberts stumbles into Martel’s foot,
Martel squirms away before choking Roberts. Irish whip, Martel looks for the
back-drop. Roberts runs away, they bang asses before missing one another once
again. More comical dodges and the crowd screaming to tell Roberts where to go,
scoop slam from Martel. Martel misses an elbow drop, more swimming through the
air looking for one another. Martel is on his knees, Roberts edges closer and
misses him again. Roberts claps to alert Martel, Roberts fools Martel. Roberts
grabs Martel, Martel is in the ropes.
They are separated once more, loud DDT
chants. Martel is freaking out, Martel touches the snake by mistake, Roberts is
in pursuit again. More trying to find one another, Roberts and Martel collide
with a shoulder block. Roberts is on the floor, Martel is on the floor now too.
Martel has a chair, Martel stabs at the air over and over. Martel feels the
ring-post, smashing it by mistake. Roberts pulls in Martel, Martel counters
with a back-breaker. Boston Crab from Martel, Roberts shoves off Martel. Martel
stumbles backwards in Roberts, DDT and this match is over.
While it was not the murderfest I
would have preferred, I have to give it to the two for selling the shit out of
the gimmick. They never gave up on it, Martel was comedic and his timing was
perfect for the match. Roberts kept the fans interested in this match, good
interaction with the fans. A success for sure, not my choice for a match type
to a feud that was very serious in tone but they worked it and it was
Winner: Jake The
Snake Roberts over Rick Martel via DDT!
The Undertaker W/
Paul Bearer vs Jimmy Superfly Snuka
The man! The Undertaker took out a lot
of The Dream Team at Survivor Series in his debut, Undertaker was a force to be
reckoned with in the rumble before LOD had to combine to get him out, The
Undertaker is a big deal and Snuka is in big trouble. Snuka locks eyes with
Taker, Taker is unmoved. Paul Bearer is here as Brother Love has been discarded
as the manager, Snuka turns his back on Taker and Taker smashes Snuka. Into the
buckle, throat thrust from Taker. Choke against the top rope, whip and flying
clothesline from The Deadman. Taker rips at the face of Snuka, corner choke
Whip to the buckle reversed by Snuka,
Taker knees Snuka to the floor. Bearer is very happy, Snuka is on the apron.
Suplex into the ring from Taker, Taker misses an elbow drop, Snuka rallies.
Headbutt and chops, whip with Taker reversing. Snuka ducks the clothesline but
misses the crossbody with Taker dodging at the last second. Snuka headbutts
Taker on the apron, Snuka tries a springboard but Taker lands a big right hand
and it’s Tombstone Piledriver time.
Impressive showing from Taker, an
extended squash with Snuka trying to stagger The Undertaker but Undertaker has
a presence and charismas that simply sucks you in, it’s great to see how the
Undertaker over Jimmy Snuka via Tombstone Piledriver!
(Career vs Career
Match) The Ultimate Warrior vs Macho King Randy Savage W/ Queen Sherri
Savage wanted a title match, Warrior
refused. An enraged Savage attacked Warrior on Saturday Night’s Main Event
before costing Warrior his WWF Championship against Sgt Slaughter due to a
sceptre strike to the head. Both men risk their career and what makes this even
more crazy for Savage is who is in the crowd tonight but the lovely Miss
Elizabeth. Savage’s descent into Madness started with Savage turning his back
on Elizabeth, Elizabeth could never replace her but he tried with Sherri,
anytime Elizabeth was there, Savage failed. At Summerslam 89, at Wrestlemania
VI, Elizabeth was there and even though, Savage goes into a rage anytime he
spots her, Elizabeth is here for Savage. Why am I saying all this? Because this
is so crucial to this match and what I consider one of the best long-term
angles in wrestling. Another nice touch is Warrior walks to the ring, Warrior
knows how much is on the line here.
Both men cautious before a lock-up,
clean break from Savage. Warrior shoves down Savage, knee by Savage. Elbows and
clubbing blows, side headlock but Warrior knocks down Savage. Savage is on the
floor, regrouping as Sherri distracts Warrior. Warrior counters though with a
clothesline, two-handed throat toss from Warrior. Inverted atomic drop for
Savage, atomic drop from Warrior. Two-handed throat toss with Sherri entering
the ring only to be knocked down by Savage, Warrior has Savage tied up in the
ropes. Shot to the ribs by Warrior, whip off the ropes. Warrior lowers his
head, Savage nails a kick. Running clothesline by Savage, Savage climbs high.
Diving crossbody but Warrior catches Savage, Warrior slaps Savage.
Savage is on the floor, regrouping
once more. Sherri is on the apron, Savage flings a chair in the ring and
attacks a distracted Warrior but Warrior responds with big right hands. Corner
kicks from Warrior, Elizabeth is watching the action at ringside. Savage is
knocked down again by Warrior, whip to the buckle with Savage dodging Warrior’s
splash. Sherri slaps Warrior, Savage dives off the top rope with an axe handle.
Knee from Sherri, eye rake from Sherri. Back rake before Warrior shoves down
Sherri, Savage makes the save with an axe handle. Warrior is rammed into the
ring-post, scoop slam and knee drop from Savage. Neck-breaker is countered for
a backslide, two for Warrior.
Savage spits on Warrior and bails to
the floor, Sherri is on the apron again. Warrior catches Savage, clothesline.
Warrior misses a flying tackle, Savage slams Warrior’s face into the mat,
reverse chinlock from Macho King. Warrior is rallying, elbows to escape.
Shoulder blocks before both men knock one another down with a clothesline,
Sherri wakes Savage. Sherri is arguing with the referee, Warrior clamps on a
small package but the referee is distracted. Only two, Warrior is rammed into
the referee. Savage has Warrior, Sherri has her high heel. Sherri dives,
nailing Savage by mistake. Warrior corners Sherri, Sherri rolls into the ring
but Warrior has her, Savage rolls up Warrior for two.
Warrior knocks down Savage with right
hands, Savage pulls Warrior into the buckle. Top rope guillotine from Savage,
Savage runs Warrior into the rope. Clothesline to the back of the head, scoop
slam from Savage. Two for Savage, Savage climbs high. Diving Elbow Drop, Savage
scores with five elbow drops into the heart of Warrior. 1…2.. Warrior kicks
out! Axe handle to the head, Warrior is shaking it all off. Warrior lands a
right hand, make it three. Clotheslines, Military Press Slam into The Ultimate
Splash. Savage manages to kick out of the splash, Warrior looks to the heavens
confused by this turn of events. Warrior is conflicted for sure, Warrior is on
the apron. Warrior asks for guidance, Sherri is cheering on Savage.
Savage clotheslines Warrior, Warrior
is on the floor. Sherri holds Warrior on the guard-rail, Savage climbs to the
top rope. Savage wants to break the neck of Warrior, Warrior shakes off Sherri.
Savage slams into the guardrail, Warrior drags Savage to the ring. Warrior has
his second wind and his confidence back, flying shoulder tackle leaves Savage
on the floor. Another flying shoulder tackle, Savage is on the floor. Another
shoulder tackle on Savage, Warrior places a boot on Savage and wins the match.
Sherri is heartbroken and begins attacking Savage which leads to Elizabeth
making the save, saving the very man who cursed her since the day she let him.
They embrace and it’s fucking beautiful!
What a match, this one was packed full
of drama. Warrior walking to the ring, that’s never happened before, you feel the
weight of the match on his shoulders. Then, this was not Savage being pinned by
Warrior but Warrior destroying Savage. For every trick that Savage had, every
move in his arsenal, Warrior had a counter. Warrior battered Savage and
completely annihilated The Macho King, Savage was broken by the end of the
match. It was just pure emotion backed into the match, the five elbow drops was
a lot but it worked in an odd way, it adds to the narrative of Warrior being
better than Savage in every way due to Savage losing his way and going down
that dark path. The only person who could save Randy Savage was Miss Elizabeth,
the heart and soul of Savage had been ripped from him. Seeing her saving him
from Sherri made Savage realize what he had been missing, Savage may have lost
his career but by God, he can proudly call himself a man once more. The icing
on the cake, Savage carries Elizabeth just like he did when he won the championship
and opens the ropes for her. 10/10
Ultimate Warrior over Randy Macho Man Savage via Flying Shoulder Tackle!
Demolition W/ Mr.
Fuji vs Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao
Bit of an odd match for Mania, this is
a case of a partnership as the WWF is partnering with SWS, Tenryu is considered
Mr. Puroresu and was one of Giant Baba’s big stars in AJPW before leaving
abruptly to start SWS and later start Wrestle and Romance. Kitao is considered
a shithead and famously gets knocked out by Nobuhiko Takada via brutal head
kick. It seems Demolition are working heel, no Ax in sight. Kitao is battered
by Crush before Smash tags in, Fuji lands a cane shot. Back suplex by Smash,
axe handles before a tag to Crush.
Diving axe handle from Crush, scoop
slam too. Tag to Smash, choke using the first rope. Tag to Crush, headbutt
before a tag to Smash. Kitao is whipped to the corner, explosive clothesline
out of the corner. Tag to Tenryu, chops and dropkicks. Scoop slam and diving
elbow drop misses, lariat from Smash. Tag to Crush, back-breaker from Crush.
Tag to Smash, belly to back suplex. Demolition Decapitator is blocked as Crush
and Kitao brawl briefly, Crush throws Kitao out of the ring but Kitao shoves
Crush to the floor. Tenryu nails his enzuigiri, Powerbomb Pin from Tenryu for
Well that did not work at all, Kitao
was battered very boringly I might add before Tenryu comes in for a sloppy
hot-tag. We get to the end but it was not the most exciting, the perfect comedown
from the last match. But boring to watch as a reviewer, wish I could have went
to the bathroom.
Winners: Team SWS
over Demolition via Powerbomb!
Intercontinental Championship Match) Mr. Perfect © W/ Bobby Heenan vs The Big
Perfect throws his towel at Bossman,
Bossman wipes his ass with the towel. Bossman spits on Perfect, Perfect slaps
back. Bossman slaps Perfect on the floor, Bossman has gone through most of the
Heenan Family. This would be sweet for Bossman to win the championship, Perfect
is pummelled in the ring. Bossman outsmarts Perfect, boot and a clothesline.
Bossman tosses Perfect to the floor, right hands in the ring from Bossman
before Perfect dodges a corner splash. Bossman reverses an Irish whip with
Perfect flying across the ring, Bossman smashes Perfect with his legs before
taking off his belt.
Bossman whips Perfect before glaring
at Heenan, Perfect grabs some sort of tape and whacks Bossman in the ribs. They
are trading rights, Perfect wins the war. Hard Irish whip from Perfect to the
corner, reverse chin-lock with the ropes for leverage. Stomps to the spine,
Bossman is caught in the abdominal stretch. Perfect releases the hold,
beautiful standing dropkick for two. Hard chops from Perfect, Bossman
retaliates but snap-mare and neck-snap from Perfect. Perfect-Plex but Bossman
blocks for a small package, two for Bossman. Another neck-snap from Perfect,
two for the champion.
Perfect climbs to the top rope,
Bossman blocks with his foot. Heenan is in shock, Bossman rams Perfect into the
buckle. Biel across the ring before Bossman pulls Perfect groin-first into the
ring-post. Rights and lefts with a huge uppercut sends Perfect to the floor,
Bossman threatens Heenan before Perfect sends Bossman crashing into the steel
steps. Heenan gets in some cheap shots behind the referee’s back, Andre The
Giant is here. Heenan says Andre, Perfect exposes the buckle. Andre has the
championship, Perfect is not happy. Stalking Heenan, Andre is in pursuit.
Perfect tells the referee about Andre, Perfect is not happy.
Heenan is edging closer to Andre,
Perfect tries taking the championship. Andre waffles Perfect with the
championship, both men down. Heenan is still running from Andre, Bossman is
stirring. 1…2… Perfect kicks out at the last second. Here comes Barbarian and
Haku for the disqualification, Andre knocks down Perfect.
How nice to see Andre The Giant again
thwarting Heenan who treated him poorly, this was an entertaining match with
Perfect and Bossman really going after one another in this match. Bossman
proving to be a very valuable asset to the WWF during his babyface run, Andre
puts over Bossman and I suppose the finish was the correct one because I did
not see Bossman as an Intercontinental Champion and Perfect is so damn good, it
is simply not fair. Heenan selling shock throughout the match was tremendous,
nobody could touch Heenan at ringside, I am going to miss him when his run is
Bossman over Mr. Perfect via DQ!
Jimmy Hart vs Greg The Hammer Valentine
Babyface Valentine, how brave you are
WWF. Earthquake brings Valentine to the corner, shoulder thrusts and a running
powerslam. Earthquake poses, two for Earthquake. Whip to the buckle, Valentine
dodges the splash. Rights and chops from Valentine, elbow to the head. Multiple
elbows, whip attempt from Valentine but Earthquake reverses, another whip but
Earthquake lowers the head. Elbow from Valentine, rights and chops from The
Hammer. Earthquake is shaking, middle rope for Valentine. Elbow knocks down
Earthquake, elbow drop and now, headbutt to the groin. Jimmy Hart distracts
Valentine, Valentine is clubbed in the back, Valentine is down on the mat.
Massive elbow drop and Earthquake Splash ends this one. Seems like the end for
a lot of the older stars in the WWF, Snuka, Bravo and Valentine all eating
losses on the show. It’s been a long time coming and it makes sense.
Earthquake over Greg Valentine via Splash!
Legion Of Doom vs
Power & Glory W/ Slick
You could not pay me to be Power &
Glory on this night, LOD are out for blood. Roma & Hercules jump LOD, Hawk
is whipped off the ropes but ducks both clothesline attempts. Clothesline by
Hawk, Hercules dumps Hawk to the floor. Roma is with Animal in the ring, Roma
tries a diving crossbody but Animal nails a powerslam. Doomsday Device and this
match is over, right call and LOD do what made the special.
Winners: LOD over
Power & Glory via Doomsday Device!
Virgil W/ Roddy
Piper vs Ted Dibiase
Dibiase had always abused his loyal
servant Virgil but Virgil had enough at the Royal Rumble, Virgil struck Dibiase
with his own Million Dollar Championship which leads us to this match. Piper in
Virgil’s corner adds another dynamic to this match. I do love The Hot Rod and
super happy that he is not on commentary because I believe Piper is too much on
commentary. Loud Virgil chants in the arena, Dibiase is mocking Virgil. Big
slap to the face, Dibiase is jabbed over and over again. Dibiase is throwing
big kicks and missing, Virgil continues to strike and bamboozle The Million
Virgil continues to block everything
Dibiase throws, Dibiase is knocked to the floor in frustration. Dibiase and
Piper lock eyes, Dibiase is talking trash. Virgil pulls Dibiase into the ring,
clothesline and Dibiase is on the floor once more. Dibiase is tossed back into
the ring, Dibiase lands a boot and a clothesline. Virgil recovers for a back
elbow for two, Dibiase is on the floor again. Virgil takes down Dibiase with
ease, Dibiase is livid. Drop toehold by Dibiase, Virgil is rammed head first
into the canvas. Chops by Dibiase, whip into a back elbow. Dibiase talks trash
to Piper, another whip with a clothesline. Loud Virgil chants again, piledriver
Two for Dibiase, Dibiase delivers a
beautiful suplex for two. Gutwrench suplex from Dibiase for two, Virgil is
dumped to the floor near Piper. Dibiase talks trash, Dibiase shoves down Piper
who has a crutch and cannot defend himself. Powerslam on Virgil, Piper pulls
himself up using the steps and apron. Dibiase tries to run the ropes but Piper
lowers the rope, Piper eats a right hand to the face. Dibiase is counted out as
he attacked Piper, Dibiase is irate. Dibiase attacks Virgil, applying The
Million Dollar Dream before Piper makes it to the ring with his crutch in hand
and Dibiase is walloped from behind. Sherri is here, saving Dibiase. Dibiase
whacks Piper in that injured knee over and over, Virgil makes the save but the
damage has been done.
Not much of a match, a lot of stalling
from Dibiase but the angle afterwards was some great stuff. Could we be seeing
Dibiase vs Piper, that could be quite the fun match. Sherri is an interesting
dynamic too, I like where this is going.
over Ted Dibiase via Count-Out!
Tito Santana vs
The Mountie W/ Jimmy Hart
Oh no Tito is going to have to put another
person over? This actually breaks my heart considering when given the chance,
Tito absolutely smashes it. Mountie and Santana lock-up, side headlock from
Santana. Leapfrogs before Mountie eats a Flying Forearm. Mountie rolls to the
floor to Jimmy Hart, their heads are banged together by Santana. Atomic drop
and a massive right, Hart hands Mountie his prod. Santana is stabbed in the
ribs and Mountie steals the win, another new star going over an established
Mountie over Tito Santana via Cattle Prod!
Heavyweight Championship Match) Sgt. Slaughter © W/ General Adnan vs Hulk Hogan
Exploiting the very real war taking
place at the time, Slaughter came to the WWF adopting an Iraqi Sympathizer
gimmick with General Adnan at his side. Slaughter has been booked questionable
despite the heat generated by the gimmick, Slaughter would win the championship
from The Ultimate Warrior thanks to Macho King Randy Savage before Jack Tunney
announced Hogan would be the new number one contender to Slaughter’s
Loud USA Chants, we have a stand-off
as Hebnar gets rid of Adnan from the ring. Looks like we have stalling, lots of
finger-pointing which is bizarre considering how deep we are into this show.
Come on, start killing one another already! Finally, a lock-up. They jockey
around the ring, Slaughter is in control. Hogan and Slaughter trade control
again, the referee is being knocked around these two. Hogan pushes down
Slaughter, Slaughter complains about a hair-pull. Side headlock from Hogan,
shoulder block with neither man going down before Hogan shoulder blocks
Slaughter down hard. On the floor, Slaughter eats an axe handle as Adnan looks
on before attacking Hogan from behind.
Hogan grabs Adnan, Slaughter cracks a
chair over Hogan’s back but it has no effect! Hogan brings Slaughter back into
the ring, Slaughter is begging for mercy. Eye rake by Slaughter, massive rights
by Slaughter. Whip off the ropes and a massive back elbow by Slaughter, headlock
into a right from the champion. Knee drop to the face, make it two. Elbow drop
misses for Slaughter, Hogan rallies with right hands. Axe Bomber from the
challenger, Adnan is on the apron. Right hand for Adnan, Hogan has Slaughter in
Corner clothesline from Hogan, atomic
drop from the challenger for two. Back rake from Hogan, whip and clothesline
from Hogan for two. Slaughter bounces off the buckle multiple times, off the
ring-post at the end. Whip to the buckle, back body drop from Hogan. Another
hard whip into the buckle, running knee to the spine and a catapult into the
buckle. Mounted right hands to Slaughter, Slaughter cannot defend himself. Whip
to the buckle and a corner clothesline from Hogan, ten punches in the corner.
Slaughter is rammed into the buckle again for two, Hogan climbs to the middle
rope. Adnan grabs Hogan’s foot, a momentary distraction before Hogan lands a
scoop slam and elbow drops to Slaughter.
Hogan climbs to the top rope, Adnan
grabs the foot again. Slaughter throws Hogan off the top rope, Slaughter
clotheslines Hogan to the floor. Slaughter chokes Hogan with a camera cable,
axe handles to the spine from Slaughter. Back-breaker from Slaughter for two,
Slaughter stomps on the back of Hogan. Boston Crab from Slaughter, Adnan adds
extra pressure with Hogan struggling to break the hold. Hogan has the ropes,
Slaughter holds onto the hold for as long as possible. Knees to the spine from Slaughter,
Slaughter climbs to the top rope. Diving Foot Stomp from Slaughter, Adnan is distracting
the referee at the wrong time.
Two for Slaughter, Slaughter slides to
the floor for a chair while Adnan distracts the referee. Chair to the head for
two, Hogan is bleeding everywhere as Slaughter continues to keep down The
Hulkster. Short-arm clothesline, Camel Clutch from Slaughter in the middle of
the ring! Slaughter breaks the hold to stomp the back more, another Camel
Clutch. Hogan is on his feet, Slaughter shoves Hogan into the buckle.
Slaughter spits on Hogan and covers
Hogan in the flag for a two count, Hogan powers out and rips up the flag.
Slaughter’s right hands are having no effect on Hogan, Hogan is Hulking Up.
Right hands from Hogan, whip off the ropes. Big boot and An Atomic Leg Drop and
we have a new WWF Champion and it is Hulk Hogan!
Credit to Hogan and Slaughter for an
entertaining main event, I believe we were spoiled with Hogan vs Savage and
Hogan vs Warrior at the two years before this but Hogan manages to keep the
fans invested in this one despite a few hiccups here and there. I think Adnan
blew his spots a few times, appearing on the apron several times before his cue
to do so, we also had a rather odd part of the match where Hogan decimated Slaughter
which seemed to stretch on and on, Slaughter must have hit that turnbuckle at
least 8 times during that beatdown but we get what you came for as Slaughter
takes control and cheats every way he can, with camera cables and a chair.
Hogan a bloody mess but That Immortal Hulk Hogan comes back and everyone goes
home happy, a job well done.
Winner: Hulk Hogan
over Sgt. Slaughter via Atomic Leg Drop!
That was WWF Wrestlemania VII,
arguably my favourite Mania up to this point. It is the most memorable? Certainly
not but there are some good decisions made on this show and some very memorable
moments. One of the things this show absolutely nails is the killing off of a
lot of established acts that was needed, you had the likes of Valentine, Snuka,
Dino Bravo and Santana all putting over newer stars which is important for the
continued growth of the business. Granted, all the names I named could still
have a good match and especially with Santana, I think it was a wrong call to
use him in such a role but we need to keep the ball rolling with new acts like
Undertaker, Texas Tornado, The Mountie and Earthquake. With such a long card, it
was nice to see such matches take place at a quick pace and not overstay their
welcome, very much appreciated when reviewing this pay per view.
Onto the big matches, The Nasty Boys vs
Hart Foundation was a great tag team match, the fans were very into The Hart
Foundation and the shenanigans leading to the finish led to great heat for The
Nasty Boys and you just know LOD are coming to destroy them which will be so
entertaining to watch when that day comes. Roberts vs Martel delivers also, not
a fan of the light-hearted stipulation compared to the serious nature of the
angle but Martel and Roberts play their part working the gimmick which leads to
the always satisfying DDT in the middle of the ring. Savage vs Warrior is hard
to come up for words with, they make you feel like this is truly the end of everything.
Savage throws everything at Warrior and Warrior weathers the storm and destroys
Savage, leaving Savage a broken man, his career over and Sherri kicking salt in
the wounds. Until Elizabeth, the woman who Savage feels caused his downfall
makes the save for him despite his hatred and all his horrible acts towards
her. Understanding what he was missing all along, Savage embraces Elizabeth and
can ride off into the sun knowing he’s made the right choice, perfect stuff.
Virgil vs Dibiase, tough one to judge.
I can see why they would assume it’s too early for Virgil to defeat Dibiase but
this angle made me want to see Piper murder Dibiase as opposed to what I should
be originally invested in, I hope they can win me back to being interested into
the original angle. Hogan vs Slaughter has some faults but ultimately,
Slaughter cheats and infuriates the fans until they are crying out for Hogan to
comeback and overcome the Iraqi Sympathizer and it’s great, we were definitely
spoiled by the prior two main events. So it might be my favourite Wrestlemania
up to this point due to the booking decisions made throughout the show and
matches like Savage vs Warrior. Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always