WrestleMania: The Complete History

WrestleMania VII

The two main feuds entering WrestleMania in 1991 were between Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter and The Ultimate Warrior and “Macho King” Randy Savage, and in a way both were intertwined.

Date: 24th March, 1991
Venue: Los Angeles Sports Arena
City: Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 16,158
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

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Background

WrestleMania VII promotional poster

WrestleMania VII promotional poster. “Superstars and Stripes Forever!”

The two main feuds entering WrestleMania in 1991 were between Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter and The Ultimate Warrior and “Macho King” Randy Savage, and in a way both were intertwined.

The Ultimate Warrior had defeated Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania a year earlier and entered 1991 as the champion. In the meantime, Sgt. Slaughter had returned to the WWF near the end of 1990 after spending five years wrestling in the American Wrestling Association. When he returned his character was changed to become aligned with Iraq, which coincided with the United States entering the conflict in the Middle East that led to Operation Desert Storm, and he became a contender for Warrior’s title. At the same time, Savage was also vying for the title that he had lost to Hogan at WrestleMania V, and began prodding the Warrior to give him a title shot. Warrior refused and instead Slaughter received the shot. At the Royal Rumble in January 1991, interference from Savage and his valet Sensational Queen Sherri cost Warrior the title as Slaughter defeated the champion by pin after Savage hit him with a scepter. Warrior left the ring to chase after Savage following his loss and over the next few weeks their feud began to build, which hit a climax when Warrior challenged the Macho King to a retirement match at WrestleMania which Savage accepted.

Meanwhile, Hogan entered the Royal Rumble match and won it for the second consecutive year. After the match, while giving an interview to Gene Okerlund, Hogan was informed that Slaughter and his manager, General Adnan, were defacing the American flag. Hogan then promised to stand up for his country and take the title from Slaughter as soon as possible, and was later named the #1 contender for the WWF title which he had not contended for since losing the title to the Warrior at WrestleMania VI.

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Match Results

The Rockers defeated The Barbarian and Haku (with Bobby Heenan) (10:41)

The Texas Tornado defeated Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) (03:11)

The British Bulldog defeated The Warlord (with Slick) (08:15)

Tag Team Championship
The Nasty Boys (with Jimmy Hart) defeated The Hart Foundation (c) (12:10)

Blindfold Match
Jake Roberts defeated Rick Martel (08:34)

The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) defeated Jimmy Snuka (04:20)

Retirement Match
The Ultimate Warrior defeated Randy Savage (with Sensational Queen Sherri) (20:47)

Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao defeated Demolition (with Mr. Fuji) (04:44)

Intercontinental Championship
The Big Boss Man defeated Mr. Perfect (c) (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification (10:47)

Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Greg Valentine (03:14)

The Legion of Doom defeated Power and Glory (with Slick) (00:59)

Virgil (with Roddy Piper) defeated Ted DiBiase by countout (07:41)

The Mountie (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Tito Santana (01:21)

WWF Championship
Hulk Hogan defeated Sgt. Slaughter (c) (with General Adnan) (20:26)

(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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Aftermath

The event marked The Undertaker’s WrestleMania debut. The Undertaker has never lost a match at WrestleMania.

Virgil and Ted DiBiase feuded with each other until November of 1991, including facing off at SummerSlam 1991 when DiBiase lost his Million Dollar Belt to Virgil. After DiBiase won his belt back in November with the help of The Repo Man (formerly Smash of Demolition), their feud ended at the This Tuesday in Texas PPV when DiBiase and Repo Man defeated Virgil and Tito Santana in a tag team match.

Genichiro Tenryu and Kōji Kitao were on loan from the Japanese promotion Super World of Sports. The WWF co-promoted several cards in Japan with the group, including two Tokyo Dome shows on March 30 and December 12, 1991. Although SWS folded in June 1992, Tenryu’s follow-up promotion, WAR, co-promoted the WWF’s first Japanese tour in 1994.

After WrestleMania VII, The Hart Foundation disbanded. Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart went into single competition. Bret Hart went onto singles success, defeating Mr Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1991, and later in 1992 would win the World Championship when he defeated Ric Flair in his fathers home town of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. Neidhart would later in 1991 form a tag team called “The New Foundation” with Hart’s younger brother Owen.

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