Sgt Slaughter has given his take on why WrestleMania 7 headlined by himself and Hulk Hogan was moved from its original outdoor venue.
WrestleMania 7 has been the subject of much conjecture from wrestling fans for many years. The event was originally scheduled for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that could have hosted upwards of 100,000 fans, which would have broken the WrestleMania 3 record for attendance at the time.
In the end, the venue was switched, and instead WrestleMania 7 headlined by Hulk Hogan challenging Sgt Slaughter for the WWF Championship was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena that was adjacent to the Coliseum. In the end, a reported 16,158 fans attended the event to see Hogan win his third WWF Title.
Over the years the switch in venue has been the subject of much discussion. Poor ticket sales have been blamed that forced WWF’s hand into the switch. Security concerns have often been touted as a reason with Sgt Slaughter rumoured to have received death threats over his portrayal of a Saddam Hussein-loving, Iraqi-sympathiser.
“I heard different stories. They didn’t draw, didn’t do this, didn’t do that. Well, we had the biggest pay-per-view for a long, long time and Vince told me that the reason we didn’t do it was because of the security. Because of all the death threats and everything, Vince said he wasn’t going to pay the $3 million that it was going to cost to secure the Coliseum and we were going to go indoors instead.”
“That was the biggest let-down of all, that after all that work and all the things that my family and I went through, to be told that we couldn’t have the opportunity to break the record of Detroit [WrestleMania III], the 93,000, and have 104,000. In our business when they have your name and your opponent’s name, and behind it, or next to it, there’s usually two letters—‘SO’— sold out. If that’s on there, it’s like a badge on your chest. To have sold out the L.A. Coliseum would have been something that went with me to my grave. I would have made sure everybody knew about that the rest of my life because that’s something that has never happened. That was the most disappointing part of it all.”