Career Threatening Match
Wrestlemania VII - 03/24/91
This rivalry started because the "Macho King'' Randy Savage felt entitled to a WWE Championship shot against the Ultimate Warrior because he wanted to regain the title he lost at Wrestlemania 5. Savage even had Queen Sherri get down on her knees to beg Warrior for the opportunity in a very suggestive manner. Regardless, The Ultimate Warrior repeatedly rejected Randy Savage's challenges, which led to Savage finding a different solution. When Warrior was defending his championship against Sgt Slaughter at the Royal Rumble, Randy Savage would interfere at the opportune moments to hurt Warrior's chances of winning. The second time Savage appeared, he struck Warrior in the head with his royal scepter as Slaughter kept the referee's attention, knocking the champion unconscious. Slaughter became the new WWE Champion. The moment Warrior became aware of what Savage had done, he ran to the back, trying to find Savage for revenge. Following this incident, The Ultimate Warrior challenged the Macho Man to a match at Wrestlemania 7, where they would both put their careers on the line, which Savage accepted. Personally, this is my favorite Macho Man Randy Savage match, considering it may be the match I watched the most growing up. It was two of wrestling's biggest, loudest, most colorful, flamboyant, and charismatic legends going toe to toe with high stakes. The Warrior and Savage were those two superstars that captured your imagination because they were larger than life and such unique over-the-top personalities.
The Macho King made his grand entrance, carried to the ring with Queen Sherri by his side. The Warrior didn't run to the ring for a change, and Heenan questioned if this symbolized Warrior doubting himself for the first time. There was a buzz in the air, and you could feel the energy when the two were just facing off before the match started. Warrior was dominant, but Savage, with Sherri by his side, found ways to outsmart him to gain the advantage time and time again. An overconfident Savage being the mad man, he was hit five Flying Elbows in a row, and the Warrior kicked out. It was rare for anyone to kick out of one Flying Elbow, but Warrior kicked out of five. Savage then kicked out of the Gorilla Press, followed by a Splash which was Warriors finishing maneuver. The near falls and kicking out of finishers was still a fresh spot in this era, therefore really effective in showcasing the desperation to win for both men. This was when the Warrior started looking up to the Gods, wondering if it was for him. The idea was that he was looking for an answer to know if this was the end of his career. It wasn't long after this that Warrior gained the upper hand again after Savage hit his throat on the guardrail, missing a flying double ax handle to the floor. Warrior hit three big shoulder blocks that sent Savage out of the ring before pinning him in the center of the ring with his foot on his chest for the win ending the Macho Man's career.
Throughout the match, the camera would cut to Miss Elizabeth, who was in the crowd, foreshadowing that she could somehow get involved in this match that had huge implications. Still, she didn't get involved at all even though she showed concern on her face when Savage was losing. Following the loss, Sherri turned on Savage by attacking him for losing and taunting him for costing them their careers. This led to Elizabeth sprinting to the ring to help Randy by grabbing Sherri by the hair and tossing her out of the ring. When Savage realized what had just happened, he embraced Elizabeth, and they reunited for the first time in two years. There were actually fans crying in the crowd who were ecstatic to see the Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth back together. It was a beautiful moment following a great match. I will stand my beliefs that Savage gave Warrior his best match, that both superstars walked out victorious regardless of the match outcome and this match, along with the post-match drama, told the perfect story of love and war.