Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are in the booth, starting a new television taping in Orlando, Florida. Piper is on crutches because of a motorcycle accident. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on February 18 and drew a crowd of 9,000 fans.
Non-Title Match: The Hart Foundation (WWF Tag Team Champions) (4-0) beat Pete Sanchez & John Martin when Bret Hart pins Martin after the Hart Attack at 2:21:
In the split screen, the Nasty Boys and Jimmy Hart say that they are going to take the tag team titles. The Foundation beat on the jobbers for several minutes, with McMahon and Piper putting over their viciousness as a skill needed to take down the Nasties at WrestleMania.
Gene Okerlund’s Update segment hypes Virgil’s match with Ted DiBiase at WrestleMania. DiBiase feigns sadness for Piper’s recent accident and says that a “cripple” will not do anything to help Virgil in Los Angeles.
The Mountie (w/Jimmy Hart) (6-0) beats Danny Brazil via submission to a nerve hold at 1:22:
Tito Santana does an insert promo about how the Mountie will not push him around at WrestleMania. The Mountie only needs a few moves to put Brazil away. After the match, the Mountie handcuffs Brazil and gets on the house mic to read Brazil his rights. He shocks him with the cattle prod and slaps him across the face with his gloves.
WrestleMania VII promos with Sean Mooney! Demolition and Mr. Fuji tell Tenryu and Kitao that they stand no chance because they are the toughest team in the WWF. The Warlord and Slick vow to put the British Bulldog out of wrestling for good with the full nelson. The Bulldog rebuts that the Warlord will eat a powerslam after he fails to beat him with the full nelson.
The Big Bossman (8-0) defeats the Brooklyn Brawler with a spinebuster at 1:31:
Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect and Bobby Heenan do an insert promo about how the Bossman does not understand that being perfect is part of being a champion. The layout of this squash is weird as the Bossman hits the Brawler with a spinebuster in less than third seconds and then proceeds to beat him down some more before finishing with a second spinebuster a minute later. After the bell, the Bossman handcuffs the Brawler to the ropes and runs to the locker room.
Okerlund does an interview with WWF Champion Sergeant Slaughter and General Adnan. Slaughter hypes himself as a “bad motherscud” that is going to be tough for Hulk Hogan to knock down. To end the segment, Slaughter burns a “Hulk Rules” muscle shirt, which burns much easier than the poster of Hogan several weeks ago.
Jimmy Snuka (2-1) pins Shinji after a piledriver at 1:34:
Shinji was Shinji Sasazaki, who was trained in a New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo and made his debut in 1984. During his career he worked for New Japan, All Japan, Stampede, and Memphis.
Shinji manages to suplex Snuka, but Snuka recovers after tossing Shinji off the top rope. The Undertaker and Paul Bearer warn Snuka in the split screen that if he tries to go to the top rope at WrestleMania he will find himself buried six feet under. Snuka decides to win this match with a piledriver instead of the Superfly Splash, disappointing parts of the crowd. After the bell, Snuka tosses Shinji to the floor.
More WrestleMania promos with Mooney! Rick Martel says he will find Jake Roberts in the blindfold match by smelling his stench. Roberts warns Martel that he can expect the worst at WrestleMania because the fans will help point him in the right direction.
Okerlund does the WrestleMania Report. Hulk Hogan says that Sergeant Slaughter torching his shirt is just like burning the American flag and Hulkamania will live forever. Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri warns the Ultimate Warrior that he signed his death warrant and WrestleMania will be his Waterloo. The Warrior rebuts by saying that a piece of Savage’s scepter was sewed into his skull after The Royal Rumble. The Queen Elizabeth impersonator says that WrestleMania will be lights out for the British Bulldog. Marla Maples talks about how she will be in high society with WWF superstars.
Haku & the Barbarian (w/Bobby Heenan) defeat Randy Hunter & Dale Wolfe when Haku pins Hunter after an inverted atomic drop-thrust kick combination at 3:21:
This match serves as some token hype for the Rockers-Haku & Barbarian match for WrestleMania. The Rockers do an insert promo about how Heenan’s men will get a frontal lobotomy in Los Angeles. Hunter does a weird bit when he is tagged in of throwing some blows at Haku and then refusing to be taken to the turnbuckle. However, he is promptly beaten down by the heels and pinned after an odd-looking atomic drop-thrust kick combination. The problem for this new team is that Haku and the Barbarian are working in their own orbit and need to show off more double teams.
One last round of WrestleMania promos with Mooney! Greg Valentine tells Jimmy Hart that he is not stupid and he will make Earthquake feel his wrath. Earthquake and Hart rebut that Valentine will feel the quake and be knocked out of professional wrestling. The Legion of Doom promise to knock Power & Glory off in front of the whole world.
Tune in next week to see the Texas Tornado, the Nasty Boys, the British Bulldog, and the Undertaker! Also, there will be a special interview with Hulk Hogan!
The Last Word: Aside from the usual WrestleMania hype, this show did not have a lot to offer. Sergeant Slaughter’s segment seems like an effort to get better footage of him burning something precious to Hulk Hogan since the poster incident several weeks ago was not as telegenic. However, this feud has lost any political relevance because the Gulf War ended on February 28 so now the WWF is trying to move Slaughter away from Saddam Hussein to keep heat on the program.
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