WWE: WrestleMania VII
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Sgt. Slaughter has turned his back on America, and a stars & stripes clad Hulk Hogan looks to reclaim the WWE Title and defend the honor of his country. Undertaker arrives and defeats Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka to begin his incredible undefeated streak.
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I'll go on record saying this is the most controversial WrestleMania of all time that had a "Superstars & Stripes Forever" theme complete with the Mania logo in red & white & blue colors with American flags hung around the arena but originally set to take place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum only to be moved to the L.A. Sports Arena as WWE decided to do an angle playing off the current Gulf War that turned off & offended viewers to the point where they claim the move was due to death threats made towards the company while the other story was that it was moved due to lack of ticket sales due of the storyline. Various celebrities involved include Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, and Marla Maples while various celebrities were in the crowd as well with Willie Nelson singing "America The Beautiful." This event also featured the WrestleMania debuts of various superstars & legends like Sgt. Slaughter, Kerry Von Erich, Nasty Boys, japanese superstars Tenryu & Kitao, and one other superstar who I'll get to later.
The WWE Championship was defended by Sgt. Slaughter with General Adnan against Hulk Hogan in the controversial angle where former patriot Slaughter denounced America in favor of being an Iraq sympathizer causing Hogan to take the role of the American hero while Slaughter made it clear that he was playing under a new set of rules where he admitted that he had no problems getting disqualified or counted out because that meant that he still remained champion. The other attraction match on this card was Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match that has gone down as one of the greatest matches in their careers but also very memorable for the aftermath that made this not only my favorite WrestleMania moment of all night to this day but was so emotional that you saw audience members in the crowd crying tears of joy. Another match that wasn't memorable at that time but is now looking back in time was not only the WrestleMania debut of The Undertaker vs. Jimmy Snuka but also the beginning of what has gone down in history as "The Streak". Other matches include Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation vs. Nasty Boys, Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect vs. Big Boss Man, Ted Dibiase vs. his former bodyguard in Virgil who had Roddy Piper in his corner, Jake Roberts vs. Rick Martel in a Blindfold Match, Tito Santana vs. Mountie, Legion Of Doom vs. Power & Glory, Greg Valentine vs. Earthquake, British Bulldog vs. Warlord, Texas Tornado vs. Dino Bravo, Rockers vs. Haku & Barbarian, and Demolition vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Koji Kitao in what was a crossover appearance for an upcoming tour of Japan was being co-promoted with WWE.
This was the first WrestleMania I can recall where a majority of the matches from the main events to the undercard had a buildup to it as all the matches were solid while others did their job along with giving us some WrestleMania moments that still stand out to this day. In the end, this is one Mania that if you can get past the entire Gulf War angle & controversy surrounding this event that I would definitely add to the collection.