Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #6 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (Retirement Match, WWE Wrestlemania VII)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31356293/?contentId=31356293&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

Don’t get me wrong; I love this match. It’s easily The Ultimate Warrior’s greatest match, and would be on the Top 10 matches of Randy Savage’s career. However, I don’t think it belongs in the Top 10 of the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. Top 20, maybe. But including it in the Top 10 is pushing things. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the match. Savage works well with Warrior’s limitations to produce something great. But too much outside interference from Sensational Sherri and a silly finish stunt my enjoyment of it.

Like most top tier WrestleMania matches, this match had been building for a long time. The feud had started in winter 1990, when  Savage attacked savagely attacked Warrior. Savage wanted a shot at the WWF Championship; Warrior repeatedly denied it to him. At the Royal Rumble 1991, Savage caused Warrior to lose the Championship to Sergeant Slaughter. At WrestleMania, they decided to settle the feud…and put their individual careers on the line.

Of course, even without spoiling the outcome, you’d know that neither man retired. Knowing that may spoil your suspense over the outcome. But then again, how many retirement matches stick to their stipulation? In my memory, I can only think of Shawn Michaels keeping his word. But watching it live, you’d be none the wiser about the stipulation being ignored afterwards. You’d only think that either the Warrior or Savage would lose their career if they were pinned for the three count. From that point of view, every pinfall attempt would have you biting you fingernails (depending on which wrestler you preferred).

Let there be no doubt about it: this was the real main event of WrestleMania VII. Hulk Hogan vs Sgt. Slaughter may have finished the show and fought over the WWF Championship, but no one wanted to see that. Warrior was a top babyface, Savage was a top heel. That’s where the money match would be. It’s a great story about a cowardly heel using every underhanded tactic to gain the advantage over the bigger and stronger babyface. I dislike the overuse of Sensational Sherri as a distraction, but I understand why it’s overused. She as much a part of the match as the wrestlers are.

Should we ever believe in a WWE retirement stipulation?

The Ultimate Warrior wasn’t known for his in-ring ability, but here Savage guides him with aplomb. I’ll always remember Warrior catching Savage in mid-air and simply standing Randy on his feet, rather than slamming him. Warrior knows he has the size advantage and flaunts it. Savage knows he can’t win a fair one-on-one battle with Warrior. During their feud, he injured Warrior’s neck. He does target it during this match, but not enough for it to mean anything. That’s another little niggle of mine. Wouldn’t you put all your focus on your opponent’s injury?

However, one of the main reasons why I reckon it’s placed this highly on the 100 Best Matches…List is the emotional aftermath. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s one of the classic WrestleMania moments. Apart from that, I do think it deserves a place on the List. It’s well-wrestled, with a clear story and moments of subtle psychology. However, Sherri interferes far too often and spoils the flow of the match. Warrior’s injury isn’t exploited like it should be. Plus, the actual finish of the match is silly. But I’m probably just nitpicking!

VERDICT: 8/10. Without a doubt, this is The Ultimate Warrior’s finest in-ring showing. It’s in the Top 10 list of Randy Savage matches as well. However, there are a few niggles that really, really bug me, such as the continued interference of Sensational Sherri.

Does this match belong in the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die? Leave your comments below!

Click here for my review of #7 Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog (WWE Intercontinental Title, WWE Summerslam 1992)

Click here to view my list of reviews of the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die

2 thoughts on “Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #6 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (Retirement Match, WWE Wrestlemania VII)

  1. Peter W September 14, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Perfect drama for people of all ages in this match. Probably the Warrior’s best WWE match, in my mind.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammy Reviews September 15, 2017 / 3:40 am

      Easily his best match! And the post-match bit…just beautiful!

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