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March 23, 2008

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.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 4:21 AM | | Comments (5)
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I'm not so sure that I would have had this match ranked this high but a good match none the less . I was an early fan of Warrior going back to early cable days of "World Class" when he wrestled as the "Dingo" . Does anybody really know what caused his premature exit from wrestling ? I know he had a rift with Kevins dad McMahon . Today he's known as an uber-conservative "motivational speaker" . If you haven't heard any of his views , they are way over the top socially, politically etc. .....RIP Scary Sherry & Liz .

forgot - RIP Gorrilla Mon so on .

What a legendary match. Savage got jobbed

This was entertainment at its best. Not today's WWE or TNA could match it.

I still love this match. I'm a much different fan now than I was then, at 9 years old (safe to say we all are). But still now, watching this match and the Macho/Liz reunion can make me mark out like a baby.

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