August of 1990, the United States of America declared war on the country of Iraq due to their invasion in Iran. President George HW Bush addressed the nation on Aug 8th 1990 about the crimes of then dictator Sudam Hussein. During this time a sense of unity came across Americans to stand side by side in supporting our troops who were fighting for our country. For the first time in many years, Americans from coast to coast took stance in solidarity when it came to standing behind all that was Red, White and Blue. With this being said, when opportunity knocks, answer and how perfect of an opportunity was this for the World Wrestling Federation?
With newly turned Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter now holding the WWF Championship (that he captured from The Ultimate Warrior), it would take a real American Hero to bring the WWF back into the light. The walking symbolism of American pride could only be one man to restore hope and that would be Hulk Hogan.
Hogan would be the man to put the pride of all of America on his back. WrestleMania 7 would be the battlegrounds of redemption and the WWF title would be the prize. With this being a time of war, America needed that visual escape to bring some sort of joy and life back into their reality. Slaughter was unfiltered when it came to his notable actions and venomous rhetoric of how “anti-American” he was. The type of heat that he generated was unlike anything ever seen, since it came to a point where Slaughter would have to travel with extra security in “real life”.
The end result of such a heated and emotional storyline would be Hulk Hogan defeating Sgt. Slaughter to become a three-time World Wrestling Federation Champion. As Hogan stood in the middle of the ring waving the American flag with the championship around his waist, the nation stood up in pride as this would be a symbolic win for the United States of America.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports