March 23, 1991
From the Orlando Arena in Orlando, FL
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper
This week, we have a special interview with the Ultimate Warrior. In action are Legion of Doom, Ted DiBiase, Jim Duggan, and Earthquake.
Legion of Doom vs. Chris Sullivan & Keith Steinborn
The LoD immediately attack their opponents. We hear from Power & Glory as they tell LoD not to hurt themselves before WrestleMania because they can do the job for them. The LoD stay in control until they put Sullivan away with the Doomsday Device (2:17).
Thoughts: There really has not been much hype for the LoD/Power & Glory WrestleMania match except through insert promo. Funny thing, or not so funny in reality, was Power & Glory were both hurt right before the WrestleMania match and it effected what was originally planned.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. We are shown clips of Sgt. Slaughter attacking Hulk Hogan at the Road to WrestleMania VII special plus the comments from both men afterwards.
Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Scotty Williams
Piper wants to know how long Earthquake can last in the ring because Valentine can last an hour in the ring. Earthquake is staggered a bit after getting dropkicked but responds with a dropkick of his own. Earthquake beats on Williams as the crowd chants for Hogan then Earthquake hits a sit-down splash for the win (2:01).
Thoughts: Interesting that they played up Valentine’s gimmick of taking forever to warm up in the ring on commentary and how that could factor the match. I’ll have more about that in my WrestleMania VII recap.
The Viking w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Danny Brazil
The Viking clotheslines Brazil as we hear from Mr. Fuji saying he is the only person able to control him. Viking hits a dropkick then a few chops before catching Brazil with a big boot. He then ties Brazil up in the ropes for a few more boots to the face then throw him outside and gets the win via countout as Vince says we’ve never seen Viking pin anyone (2:37). Viking then hits Brazil with a plancha and starts pacing around the ring.
Thoughts: The Viking still is not getting over here. I don’t think 1991 WWF fans were ready for this type of gimmick.
Okerlund welcomes the Ultimate Warrior to the interview platform. He asks Warrior about his career being on the line at WrestleMania. Warrior says he is not about to leave behind his career and talks about Savage cracking him in the head with his scepter at the Royal Rumble. Warrior says he will destroy Savage’s career. Okerlund brings up how The Undertaker & Paul Bearer said they will be at WrestleMania to sprinkle the ashes on his career but that Savage will require their services because he is going to get buried. They really did telegraph the finish of Warrior/Savage on TV with all the Warrior/Undertaker comments that took place during the hype. And it did make sense Undertaker would be mad since Warrior destroyed Brother Love.
An ad for the WrestleMania VII hotline airs. It costs $1.49 per minute.
Kevin Greeno vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
DiBiase beats on Greeno as Piper talks about Virgil gaining confidence and they became friends due to the fact they were both underdogs. We get a mild chant for Virgil as DiBiase stays in control. Virgil now appears at ringside as DiBiase is pissed. DiBiase heads out and jaws at Virgil but manages to get counted out as Vince laughs (2:21). DiBiase is pissed as Piper is ecstatic and says this is part of their gameplan. Virgil then invites DiBiase to come inside but after some posturing DiBiase opts to leave.
Thoughts: Virgil continues to play mind games and frustrate is old boss to give him an edge heading into their WrestleMania match. And the man, the myth, the legend Kevin Greeno gets a victory on TV too.
WrestleMania VII Report with Gene Okerlund. Its the final installment.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Alan Reynolds
We get some USA chants as Duggan takes control. Reynolds gets tossed outside as we hear from Duggan in an insert promo telling Hogan to bring back the WWF Title to American. Duggan hits a slam then uses the Three Point Stance for the win (2:03).
Thoughts: Duggan remains the head cheerleader for Hogan.
The Hogan/Slaughter video from Road to WrestleMania airs.
Final Thoughts: A show before a PPV was not going to give you much other than generic last-minute hype so it was about what I expected. The PPV looks good on paper at least and will take place in just one day
Here is my schedule for the next several days:
Tuesday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/24/91
Wednesday: WWF WrestleMania VII
Thursday: WWF Prime Time Wrestling 3/26/91
Friday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 3/30/91
Saturday: Mid-South Wrestling 6/30/83
Sunday: SWS/WWF Wrestle Fest 3/30/91
Monday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 3/31/91