Actual results: Dark Match: Koko B. Ware def. Kato 1. Six-Man Tag Team Match: The British Bulldog, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich def. Power & Glory and The Warlord (w/ Slick) 2. Intercontinental Championship: Bret "Hitman" Hart def. Mr. Perfect (c) w/ The Coach 3. The Natural Disasters (w/ Jimmy Hart) def. The Bushwhackers (w/ Andre the Giant) 4. Million Dollar Championship Match: Virgil def. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (c) w/ Sensation Sherri 5. Jailhouse Match: Big Boss Man def. The Mountie (w/ Jimmy Hart) 6. Tag Team Championship Street Fight: Legion of Doom def. The Nasty Boys (c) w/ Jimmy Hart 7. Irwin R. Schyster def. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine 8. Handicap Match feat. Sid Justice as special guest referee: Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior def. Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa and Gen. Adnan I personally felt this was a rather weak follow up to WrestleMania VII. The main event much more than the undercard. How were the odds supposed to feel like they were stacked up against Hogan and the Warrior going up against Slaughter, a repackaged Iron Sheik and a manager? The only mystery was if Sid Vicious may or may not align himself with Slaughter, but even at 10 years old, I don't remember there being much anticipation. Jake Roberts and The Undertaker being left off this card is mind boggling to say the least, though they did crash the reception for Randy and Liz. The wedding segment could have just as easily been part of a Saturday Night's Main Event, but I won't complain too much there as the "match made in heaven/match made in hell" billing was pretty clever actually. As everyone knows, Warrior was fired immediately following this event after more or less taking the show hostage by threatening Vince McMahon that he would not appear if not paid the half a million dollars he claimed McMahon owed him. It's a shame because a great feud was in the works between Warrior and Jake Roberts where Roberts had just turned heel. Unfortunately, Ric Flair couldn't be a part of this show as he had just signed with WWE a month later. What a great addition he could have been, either in a 1-on-1 with Roddy Piper or teaming up with Mr. Perfect to face Piper & Hart? Just a thought. Much like WM7, there are only a few matches I would leave as they were. Here are the many changes I would make to what had the potential to be the greatest SummerSlam of all-time. Rewriting SummerSlam 1991 1. Tag Team Championship: Legion of Doom (c) def. Jake "The Snake" Roberts & The Undertaker *by disqualification* For those who read the last episode of this series, Rewriting WrestleMania VII, you know that this was set up when the LOD made the save when Andre was being double teamed by Taker and a newly turned heel in Roberts. The options for booking Jake and Undertaker are wide open here. They could have faced Warrior, Hogan, and Justice (who was originally supposed to be on the receiving end of the famous cobra bite) in any combination of singles or tag team matches. I have no doubt that those would have all turned out fine, but in the end I decided to go other routes for those superstars and put them in what would have certainly been a great opener for SummerSlam. Marty Jannetty def. "The Model" Rick Martel With The Rockers officially going their separate ways, Jannetty would go on to find midcard success. A great recovery win here at SS after losing to his former partner at WM7. 3. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat def. "The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich Upon returning to the WWE as a heel in February (in my rewrite), Steamboat could have had some terrific show stealers with the likes of the Tornado, Davey Boy Smith and even Bret Hart. I know some might think I'm crazy with this one and could never picture Steamboat as a heel, but it sounds like it would have likely kept him happy and less likely to leave in the fall of '91. 4. Demolition def. Power and Glory With the Hart Foundation and The Rockers splitting, I would have turned Demolition face to fill that void and I'm certain they could have had great matches with the likes of Hercules and Roma, Natural Disasters, the Nasty Boys, or even the Powers of Pain again. I nearly gave them another match with the LOD with a stipulation of some sort (street fight, 2 out of 3 falls, etc.), but in my rewrites they had been feuding for nearly a year now so a change is in order. Demolition gets the win to rejuvenate them as their first big match in their new role. 5. Million Dollar Championship: "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (c) def. Virgil I'd still put these 2 together for this match, just a different result. With some help from Sherri, DiBiase hangs onto his million dollar belt (which he would eventually regain with some help from Repo Man anyway). If it were up to me, Repo Man would have never existed as I would've kept Demolition together, but that's a whole other story. 6. Bret "Hitman" Hart def. Mr. Perfect Don't get me wrong, I loved this match, but there are some things I would change looking back. For starters, it wouldn't have been for the IC Title as I had Hennig lose it to the British Bulldog at Mania. This was Bret's first ppv match as a singles competitor, so even if he had paid his dues as a veteran that was a bit soon for my taste to give him a championship on his own. Secondly, why did Earl Hebner call for the bell so early? This really bothered me. Bret hadn't even fully locked in the sharpshooter yet before he signaled for the end of the match. It was nearly identical to the Montreal Screwjob. I'm not saying this wasn't supposed to happen, I'm just wondering why they didn't let Curt hang in there for a few moments to keep the fans guessing if he would submit or not. And finally, get rid of The Coach. Mr. Perfect didn't need a manager, but if you're going to give him one, it should be Heenan or nobody. 7. Jailhouse Match: Big Boss Man def. The Mountie Absolutely nothing needs changing here. It was a clever stipulation and the segments in the cell were hilarious. If you've never seen it, I suggest you watch on the Network. "Don't you just love the way leather feels against your body?" Hahaha, wow. 8. Intercontinental Championship: Shawn Michaels def. The British Bulldog (c) Although I love Davey Boy Smith, unfortunately at this point he would have only been a transitional champion between Perfect and Michaels. I always felt he should have been an IC or even WWE Champ for a substantial amount of time in the following years, but the timing just wasn't right here. Shawn Michaels would be pushed to the moon, although his old partner Marty Jannetty would still be looming over his shoulder, in no hurry to forget how he sent him through the barber shop window. 9. Flag Match: Sid Justice def. Sgt. Slaughter This could have just as easily been "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in this spot, but in Sid's first big match with WWE, I would have done more than just throw a striped shirt on him. In my rewrite series, Slaughter was never WWE Champion, so I feel no obligation to give him a win especially in a match that doesn't require you to be pinned or submit. 10. The Nasty Boys def. The Natural Disasters These teams would begin a feud when disagreeing over which of Jimmy Hart's teams deserved to be the #1 contenders and face the Legion of Doom for the tag team gold. Nasty Boys remain heel and move into the spot previously occupied by Demolition, while Earthquake and Typhoon go babyface after firing the mouth of the south. 11. WWE Championship: Hulk Hogan def. The Ultimate Warrior (c) There a lot of ways you could go for the main event of SummerSlam. Warrior vs. Taker, Warrior vs. Roberts, Warrior & Hogan vs. Taker & Roberts. But how about this for the rematch of the century? Nearly a year and a half after their monumental showdown at WrestleMania VI, the Warrior would grant Hogan a rematch out of respect and you could completely justify SummerSlam '91 being the first to have a better buyrate than it's corrulating WrestleMania. Of course with Warrior no longer being on the WWE roster after the match made in hell, there's not much choice but to give Hogan the win, but I'm not sure I wouldn't regardless. Having them tied 1-1 would have made their rubber match in WCW that much more interesting. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment and/or post your changes to this card.