SummerSlam (1991) was the fourth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on August 26, 1991 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
SummerSlam 1991 is remembered for the on-screen wedding of Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, dubbed "A Match Made in Heaven" by announcer Vince McMahon. Savage and Elizabeth had been married in real life since December 1984. WWF personalities shown at the reception afterward included Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, J.J. Dillon, The Undertaker, and Jake Roberts. The last two were uninvited guests. Roberts proceeded to frighten Elizabeth with his snake while Undertaker attacked Savage with an urn.
This was contrasted with "A Match Made in Hell", the main event of the show, which was a handicap tag team match between WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior against Sgt. Slaughter, General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa. It was Slaughter's final on-screen appearance as an Iraqi sympathizer, a storyline fueled by the Gulf War.
Among the other on-screen highlights of the event was The Legion of Doom defeating The Nasty Boys to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. The team became the only tag team in wrestling history to have held the WWF Tag Team Championship, the NWA World Tag Team Championship, and the AWA World Tag Team Championship. Another highlight was Bret Hart winning his first singles championship in the WWF when he defeated Mr. Perfect for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. After winning the match, Hart climbed into the stands to hug his mom and dad Stu and Helen Hart.
Other on-screen talent
Ultimate Warrior controversy
Off-screen, the event involved an incident with The Ultimate Warrior. WWE alleges that Warrior threatened to no-show the event unless he was paid a certain amount of money. Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter discussed the possibility of "dealing with the matter physically" for McMahon, when they became aware of Warrior's threat.
According to Vince McMahon, who didn't want Hogan and Slaughter to get into a physical altercation with Warrior, he paid him that amount, then fired him immediately after SummerSlam. Warrior has since responded on his website to these allegations by stating he was owed money stemming from work performed at WrestleMania VII. McMahon would later state that while he couldn't make a last-minute change in the card due to the fans expecting the match, he "could not wait to fire him" after the pay-per-view.
- ^ The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD