Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 8
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (WrestleMania VII, 1991)
The feud between the two eccentric former WWE champions came to a resolution in a match in which the loser had to retire. Retirement matches hadn’t been overdone yet back in ’91, so many fans truly believed that one man’s career was going to end with this match. Savage was a tremendous performer in the ring, and on this day, the Warrior rose to the occasion as well.
They battled back and forth for over 20 minutes before the Warrior ultimately prevailed, scoring a clean pin on the “Macho Man.” As exciting as the match was, however, it was the aftermath that truly was unforgettable. Savage’s manager, Queen Sherri, was furious with him for losing. Savage still was shaken up and had yet to get up off the mat when Sherri began kicking him and screaming at him. At that point, Elizabeth – Savage’s ex-manager and former flame who had been estranged from him – charged into the ring, grabbed Sherri by the hair and tossed her out of the ring.
When Savage got back on his feet, he saw Elizabeth, who had tears in her eyes. After a few tense moments of indecision, Savage and Elizabeth embraced and the crowd went wild as “Pomp and Circumstance,” Savage’s entrance music, played. The camera panned the crowd and showed a few women – and even one young man – crying. The emotional reunion of Savage and Elizabeth had completely overshadowed the Warrior’s big win. “What a woman, and what a man!” commentator Gorilla Monsoon shouted.