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 Vince McMahon when they became aware of Warrior's threat.
According to McMahon, who didn't want Hogan and Slaughter to get into a physical altercation with Warrior, he paid Warrior the 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.