31 WrestleMania’s in 31 Days: WrestleMania VII

Los Angeles played host to WrestleMania VII as Hulk Hogan looked to claim the WWE Championship away from Sgt Slaughter, while we also saw the birth of an iconic streak.

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Date: March 24, 1991
Location: The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 16,158

Results

1. The Rockers df Haku & The Barbarian

2. Texas Tornado df Dino Bravo

3. British Bulldog df The Warlord

4. Nasty Boys df Hart Foundation to become new WWE Tag Team Champions

5. Jake Roberts df Rick Martel in a Blindfold match

6. Undertaker df Jimmy Snuka

7. Ultimate Warrior df Randy Savage in a Retirement match

8. Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao df Demolition

9. Big Boss Man df Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect by DQ

10. Earthquake df Greg Valentine

11. Legion of Doom df Power and Glory

12. Virgil df Ted DiBiase by countout

13. The Mountie df Tito Santana

14. Hulk Hogan df Sgt. Slaughter to become new WWE champion

Gallery (all images credited to wwe.com)

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5 Facts about WrestleMania VII

1. While WrestleMania VII saw the lowest attended WrestleMania of all time with just 16, 158 in the LA Sports Arena. The event was originally meant to take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with potentially 100,000 in attendance but WWE said they moved the arena over safety fears for Sgt. Slaughter – whose character portrayed an Iraqi sympathiser at a time where USA were at war with Iraq . However, it is reported that the event was actually moved to the arena due to poor ticket sales.

2. WrestleMania VII also saw the Wrestlemania debut of The Undertaker, who defeated Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka. This would mark the beginning of an iconic WrestleMania streak which came to a shocking end 23 years later at WrestleMania XXX when Brock Lesnar became the first man to pin The Undertaker at the showcase of immortals.

3. Bruce Prichard claims that Tugboat was once considered for the role of the Iraqi sympathiser and would face Hulk Hogan in the main event at WrestleMania VII after beating Ultimate Warrior for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. He would perform under the name ‘Sheik Tugboat’ but after Vince McMahon persuaded Sgt Slaughter to come back to the company, Slaughter was given the role instead.

4. Despite losing a retirement match to Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage would compete at a further two WresteMania’s, including winning the WWE Championship for a second time a year later at WrestleMania VIII.  Savage was meant to be actually retiring but after Ultimate Warrior was fired and Hulk Hogan embroiled in controversy by the end of summer 1991 and Savage eventually agreed to return as WWE was in desperate need of a top baby face. This event also saw the reunion of Savage and Miss Elizabeth, who would go on to marry at SummerSlam later in the year.

5. While the British Bulldog competed at seven WrestleMania’s, British Bulldog’s win over The Warlord was his first and only singles match at WrestleMania. British Bulldog and Warlord faced off at all five pay-per-views in 1991.

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