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Chairshot Classics: NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988

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Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA make their first foray into more pay-per-view events with the inaugural and only Bunkhouse Stampede! There were four Bunkhouse events, but this is the lone one to be broadcast as JCP follows in the WWF’s footsteps of adding to their PPV schedule. The match itself is another Dusty Rhodes creation to headline the show, however the WWF would fire back yet again with JCP in their stomping grounds of Uniondale, New York. After running the inaugural Survivor Series up against Starrcade ’87, Vince McMahon would do it again here with the first Royal Rumble event broadcast. Not on PPV mind you, but on the USA Network in an attempt to stop people from buying JCP’s product. Let’s see how it plays out as our opening match gets ready to begin, but first…

Ringside: Bob Caudle & Jim Ross run down the card for the night which consists of three title matches, plus the finals of the Bunkhouse Stampede.

Match #1 for the NWA World Television Championship: NWA United States Tag Team Champion ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton w/Jim Cornette vs. NWA World Television Champion Nikita Koloff
A big pop for Koloff at his ring announcement. The two lock up and quickly release. Eaton immediately checks in with Cornette. They lock up a few more times and Eaton works Koloff into the corner before another clean break. The next lock up features brief chain wrestling before Eaton breaks it up in the ropes. At the next lockup, Eaton works Koloff into the corner and delivers punches that wake Koloff up. Nikita responds with a shoulder tackle. They lock up again and Koloff wins a test of strength. Koloff applies an arm bar followed by repeated blows on the back. Koloff works Eaton to the mat with a wristlock submission.

Back to their feet, Eaton breaks the hold with an elbow to the nose and kicks Koloff who stumbles through the middle rope to the floor. Some brawling ensues on the floor before Eaton rolls Koloff back into the ring. Eaton attempts to knock Koloff into the turnbuckle but Nikita reverses. They slow it down and both men are squaring up back in the ring. Eaton with a take down off of a side headlock and he maintains a headlock on the mat. Cornette is constantly barking at the referee. Koloff slowly makes his way back to his feet with the headlock still on. He whips Eaton to the rope but is hit with a shoulder tackle. They run the ropes after this and Koloff is able to land a power slam. Eaton regroups with Cornette at the side of the ring.

The two lock up again and Eaton hits another side headlock take down. Koloff rolls from the lock and attempts a pin but only gets 2. Eaton maintains control with the headlock on the mat. Back to their feet, Eaton once again powers Koloff to the concrete floor. He follows Nikita and lands some punches before Koloff throws him off and into the ring post. Koloff follows up with a hip toss on the concrete floor. More brawling happens on the floor before Koloff is pushed back into the ring. Eaton delivers a snapmare takedown followed by a standing elbow drop. There is a pin attempt and a 2 count. Eaton applies a hammerlock submission on the mat. Cornette plugs his ears as the crowd cheers for Koloff to get up.

The crowd loudly cheers “Cornette Sucks!”, Koloff slowly works up to his knees and finally stands, delivering 2 elbows and a shoulder tackle before Eaton gets a knee up in defense. Eaton climbs to the top rope and lands a missile dropkick. Pin attempt for a 2 count. Eaton applies another hammerlock submission. The crowd is really giving it to Jim Cornette. After a hammerlock that feels like forever, Tony Schiavone announces there are 5 minutes left in the time limit over the loud speaker. Koloff is back to his knees but he is still trapped in the hammerlock. Koloff finally breaks the hold with a few elbows and hits Eaton with a half-hearted Russian Sickle that hangs him up in the ropes.

They get to their feet at approximately the same time and Eaton has another arm submission takedown. 3 minutes remain. Koloff refuses to submit, and Eaton puts his knee into his opponents back. 2 minutes remain. Koloff back to his feet, with elbows to the stomach but Eaton responds with some kicks of his own and a modified arm bar take down. More submission work on the mat. 1 minute remaining. Koloff strengths back to his feet. They exchange stiff punches. Eaton begs for mercy. Koloff drives Eaton to the corner and delivers 6 punches before an Irish whip to the other corner. Koloff lands a solid Russian Sickle, but there’s not enough time for a pin.
Winner: Time Limit Draw

  • After The Bell: Cornette is in the ring, but he loses his tennis racket in a terrified jump. Eaton attacks Koloff from behind and ‘Sweet’ Stan Lane of the Midnight Express runs in to make it a double team. The partners kick Koloff out to the concrete.
  • EA’s Take: These two solid NWA stars delivered quite a stinker here. If I ever re-watch the match, I’m getting a stop watch out and timimg how many of these twenty minutes were simply spent laying on the mat in a hammerlock submission. JR did his best to make sense of the “strategy”, but there was no logic or strategy here. If the crowd wasn’t so interested in heckling Jim Cornette, you probably could have heard some snores. After Cornette claimed Eaton & Lane were respectively going after singles titles, that leads to our match tonight. Eventually, Nikita will team with Dusty (the champion Lane went after) to evolve the feud, but I don’t get the finish here. To me, Nikita goes over here, lays claim to a title shot due to the victory, THEN pairs up with Dusty to switch the focus to the US Tag Titles. That’s how this should have gone down.

Match #2 for the UWF Western States Championship: Larry Zbysko w/Baby Doll vs. UWF Western States Champion Barry Windham
Zbysko argues with the ref while Baby Doll argues with Windham. The ref finally demands Baby Doll get out of the ring. The two lock up and have a clean break. Windham gets the better end of the next lockup, powering Zbysko to the mat. Windham applies a head lock, runs the ropes and delivers two shoulder tackles and a hiptoss. A frustrated Zbysko consults Baby Doll outside the ring. He takes his time getting back in. Zbykso hits a single leg take down and a short leg submission.

Back to their feet, Zbysko is complaining that Windham is illegally pulling his hair. Windham applies another headlock. The two run the ropes and Windham stops short causing Zbysko to miss a dropkick. They lock up and Windham reverses a hammerlock into a fireman’s carry take down. The two work their way to the turnbuckle and they exchange right hands. Zbysko attempts a martial arts kick but Windham catches his foot. Zbysko is back to the concrete again, very frustrated.

Baby Doll appears to be trying to distract Windham, but to no avail. Zbysko is back in and hits another single leg take down. Zbysko tries to work on the seemingly injured leg but Windham breaks the hold by yanking on Zbyskos face. The two run the ropes. Zbysko hits a shoulder tackle, followed shortly by a drop toe hold. Zbysko is applying what looks like a modified half-crab submission. He turns Windham over into a toehold submission. Windham works his way to one foot and breaks the hold with a kick to the head. They regroup, run the ropes and Windham delivers a power slam followed by a 2 count. Windham to the top rope but misses his jump. Zbysko goes right back to work on the vulnerable knee. Windham is back up and hopping on 1 leg but Zbysko maintains the hold until Barry finally lands a few punches. Zbysko delivers sloppy bodyslam and a lateral press for a 2 count.

Zbysko puts a head lock on, but Windham reverses it with a 1 armed belly to back suplex. Windham can’t build off the momentum as Zbysko hits another drop toe hold and goes back to that half-crab. One back to their feet, the two exchange hard rights until Windham lands 3 in a row and Zbysko goes down on his back. A whip into the ropes and Windham lands a dropkick. Windham with a vertical suplex and another 2 count. Windham with a side solto suplex and another 2 count. He whips Zbysko into the ropes and grabs him in a sleeper hold. Zybysko breaks the hold by stumbling to the ropes and he rolls out to Baby Doll. Windham has none of the attempted slow down and follows him out.

Some brief brawling before Zbysko rolls into the ring first. 15 minutes have expired. Zbysko walks toward the apron and Windham grabs his ankles dropping Larry on his back. Windham pulls him over for a low blow against the post. Windham re-enters the ring. Zbysko is whipped to the ropes but ducks down on the comeback. Windham attempts a massive lariat and his momentum takes him through the middle rope and back to the floor. He’s able to take control when Larry follows though, and Zbysko is smashed face first on a nearby table. As Windham slowly gets to the apron, he hits a shoulder to Zbysko’s stomach and attempts a sunset flip. This is countered by Zbysko’s right hand. Zbysko attempts a neckbreaker but Windham reverses it into a backslide for a 2 count.

Zbysko sets up for a piledriver but it is reversed into a back body drop. Back to their feet, Zybysko is whipped into the ropes. The two collide in the middle of the ring and they both drop to the mat. Slowly to their feet, Windham moves on an Irish whip to the turnbuckle. Windham steps up to the 2nd turnbuckle and the crowd counts the punches off. On the following Irish whip to the opposite turnbuckle, Zbysko collides with the referee. Windham has Zbysko rolled up into an apparent 3 count, but the ref is down. Windham celebrates but then realizes the situation. He checks on the ref and Zbysko appears to hit him from behind with a foreign object. Zbysko gets the pinfall win.
Winner and NEW UWF Western States Champion: Larry Zbysko (Foreign Object)

  • EA’s Take: This is definitely better than our first match, but that wasn’t hard to accomplish. As I stated in my Starrcade ’87 review, Barry’s being setup for a push towards the top so losing the non-prestigious Western States Title is a good thing. Zbysko would take off from the NWA the following year still as the champion and it was subsequently retired, so that shows how “revered” it was. It wouldn’t be but a couple of months later that Windham will turn heel and join The Horsemen, possibly the most recognizable incarnation of the group in its history.

Match #3 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Road Warrior Hawk w/Paul Ellering vs. NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair w/James J. Dillon
The two lock up and Hawk quickly powers Flair down. Flair takes his time contemplating his next move. Hawk with a side headlock. Flair works Hawk into the corner for a chop, but Hawk just stares him down. Flair walks out to the apron and paces, baffled by his opponent. The two lock up again, Flair delivers a knee and chop to the midsection. Flair attempts a shoulder tackle that doesn’t even move Hawk. He goes for a 2nd shoulder tackle and instead Hawk catches him in a gorilla press slam.

JJ Dillon tries to call timeout but the ref won’t have it. Yet another gorilla press from Hawk. Flair is backing up on the mat screaming “no”. Hawk delivers a barrage of kicks to Flair’s midsection. Flair with plenty of theatrics after this attack. Hawk pulls him up and lands a standing dropkick followed by a blow to the head. Hawk relentlessly pulls Flair up for a hiptoss. Flair rolls out of the ring and Dillon tries to give him some encouragement. Hawk meets him at the apron upon his return and vertically suplexes Flair back in. Flair is whipped into the rope and is caught in a bear hug. Hawk works Flair’s shoulders down to the mat for a two count. Flair is back to his feet and lands more useless chops. Flair is whipped into the ropes and Hawk lands a shoulder block.

Flair rolls out of the ring and around on the concrete while Ellering stares down Dillon. Hawk joins Flair on the floor who is able to rake the eyes. This only makes Hawk angry and he stalks Flair around the ring. Once back in the ring, Hawk muscles Flair to his knees and Ric finally gets some offense with a low blow. Flair with seemingly more effective kicks, chops and an eye rake after this disruption. The crowd is chanting for Hawk. Flair with a snapmare take down followed by a knee to the head. He covers Hawk for a 2 count. Flair pulls Hawk up and throws him through the middle rope and onto the floor. Flair follows him out and whips Hawk into the steel gate twice. Hawk stumbles back toward the ring as Flair taunts the crowd.

Flair climbs the turnbuckle and hits a double axe handle and another knee to the head. Lateral press from Flair for a 2 count. Flair whips Hawk to the rope who surprises Ric by reversing it into a neck breaker. Hawk to the turnbuckle but misses his attempt at a knee drop. His left knee is apparently injured so Flair takes advantage and works it over in a variety of ways. Outside, Ellering is stalking Dillon to make sure there is no funny business. Flair taunts Hawk yelling “Come on, tough guy” as he delivers more blows to the injured knee. Flair with some chops followed by a belly to back suplex. Flair pulls Hawk to the ring post and swings the injured knee into the metal. Back in the ring, Flair successfully applies the figure four leg lock and uses the ropes for leverage when he can. Hawk refuses to quit. Hawk starts an attempted reversal as Schiavone’s voice is heard saying 15 minutes has expired.

The crowd cheers loudly as Hawk completes the submission reversal. Flair is screaming in pain before breaking the hold at the ropes. Both men are slow to get up. Flair hits an elbow to the head and goes to the top rope. Hawk beats him to the punch and Flair takes his patented gorilla press bump from the top. Hawk with chops in the corner. Flair turns him around and sends him to the opposite side with an Irish whip. Hawk comes off the turnbuckle strong and lands a clothesline but he accidentally hits the ref as well. The two run the ropes. Hawk ducks a clothesline and comes back, sending Flair over the top rope with a clothesline of his own. Outside the ring, Hawk runs Flair face first into the post twice. Flair is bleeding.

They work their way back into the ring where Hawk delivers a power slam. Flair cowers into the corner and Hawk lands some rights, followed by an Irish whip and a clothesline. Somehow, Flair climbs to the top turnbuckle but Hawk meets him there. Hawk superplexes Flair, and there is plenty of time for a successful pinfall but there is no conscious ref. JJ Dillon enters the ring and hits Hawk with a chair. This barely phases Hawk who gets up and stalks Dillon down. Flair picks up the chair and delivers a headshot when Hawk turns around.

The ref rolls back in the ring shortly after this as Flair has a lateral press on Hawk but only gets a 2 count. Flair delivers a massive vertical suplex but is shocked to see Hawk is right back to his feet, completely unphased. Flair begs for mercy but Hawk climbs to the 2nd turnbuckle and the crowd counts off the 10 punches. Flair stumbles and falls in the middle of the ring. Flair retreats back to the turnbuckle but sneaks in a knee to the midsection and rushes to get the chair. He hits Hawk with the chair across the back and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner: Road Warrior Hawk (Disqualification)

  • EA’s Take: Classic Flair here as Hawk looks like a million bucks. Lots of no-selling from one of of The Road Warriors and Naitch sells the crap out of the offense, so while I don’t care for screwy finishes, I don’t know how else you keep the belt on Flair while accomplishing the overall goal. It was interesting to see Hawk going for a singles title, which adds to my intrigue in the match. I have always been of the opinion that Hawk could have been a singles star had he wanted it and had his head screwed on straight. Animal? I’m not so sure, Hawk just always seemed to have much more charisma and was certainly a better promo. They would always come back together however, as we all know.

Match #4 is a Steel Cage Bunkhouse Stampede: Arn Anderson vs. The Barbarian vs. Tully Blanchard vs. Ivan Koloff vs. Road Warrior Animal vs. The Warlord vs. Dusty Rhodes vs. Lex Luger
Everyone takes a dance partner and goes to work. Arn Anderson and Dusty double team Ivan Koloff. Dusty almost eliminates Tully Blanchard immediately through the door. Luger and Warlord exchange blows as Dusty changes his attention back to Koloff. He goes for another elimination but Koloff holds on. Anderson and Blanchard try to double team Luger out of the cage to no avail. Koloff, Rhodes and Barbarian are all up on the top rope in one corner exchanging blows.

Barbarian tries to send Dream over but can’t get the big man over. Animal is stalking Tully Blanchard as they tight rope walk across the top rope. Animal grinds Blanchard’s face on the cage. Arn is being pursued by Dusty for an elimination but is saved when Koloff hits Dream from behind. Luger is up on the 2nd turnbuckle delivering blows to the head Barbarian. Rhodes throws Blanchard head first into the cage, where back in the center, Luger hits an atomic drop on Koloff. Arn Anderson is bloody and getting his face grated on the cage. Barbarian and Warlord double team Animal. Barbarian bites the bridge of Animal’s nose.

Luger is going crazy throwing rights to all comers and the crowd pops as Rhodes uses a strap on everyone else. The Barbarian is able to pull the strap away from Rhodes and uses it against him in the corner. Luger’s momentum slows and Arn Anderson delivers some rights. Animal has Dusty’s strap now and uses it on Koloff before giving it back to Rhodes. Dream whips Koloff who really seems outmatched. The Warlord and Barbarian with a double team clothesline on Animal. Arn Anderson has removed one of his boots. Koloff steals the strap and uses it against Rhodes’ bleeding arm. Luger takes the boot away from Arn Anderson and threatens to use it on Blanchard. Animal saves Rhodes from Koloff.

Luger is driven into the cage by the Warlord and receives a set of double team chops from he and Barbarian. We see Anderson being close to thrown over by Animal while partner Blanchard now has the strap around the neck of Koloff at the door. Anderson fights it off and is back in the ring delivering a double axe handle. Rhodes’ arm is a bloody mess. Ivan Koloff is eliminated over the top of the cage by Animal. Back in the ring, Luger rakes Barbarian’s eyes over the top rope. Barbarian fights back with some chops, but is met with an attack from Rhodes. At the door, the Warlord is hanging on tight as Animal is punching him out.

Animal is attacked from behind by the Barbarian and they both go out at the same time. Road Warrior Animal & The Warlord have been eliminated.The Horsemen and Rhodes and Luger team up and go at it. Power slam from Luger on Blanchard and he gets Tully into a brief torture rack submission. Barbarian takes over with Rhodes while Anderson tries to save his partner. Luger tries to fight both of them off but can’t overcome the double team. Barbarian is biting the bloody arm of Rhodes while the Horsemen carry Luger to the door. Luger fights back. Blanchard goes to the top rope, but Luger knocks him off.

All 3 men are battling at the door. Anderson hovers over a punching Luger on the apron. Blanchard is using his feet to slide Luger out but Anderson is father outside than Lex. All 3 men simultaneously fall out to the concrete. Arn Anderson, Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard have been eliminated. Only Dusty Rhodes and The Barbarian remain in the ring. Rhodes delivers some bionic elbows near the ropes but Paul Jones sneaks a foreign object into Barbarian’s hand. Barbarian wastes no time to use it.

Paul Jones cheers him on as Dusty is on his back in the middle of the ring. Barbarian goes to the top rope and delivers a diving headbutt. Barbarian drags Rhodes to the door. Both men are slowly out to the apron. Dream appears to be in trouble but comes back with more bionic elbows. Back in the ring, Rhodes whips Barbarian and hits an elbow. Both men to the turnbuckle and both men climb to the top rope. Rhodes lifts Barbarian to a seated position atop the cage. A first bionic elbow knocks Barbarian to the outside of the cage. A 2nd elbow knocks him to the floor.
Winner: Dusty Rhodes

  • EA’s Take: Kind of like the scaffold matches, this gimmick match is visually interesting, but conceptually nonsensical. Granted, five of the competitors were eliminated at the door which is at least a realistic sell, but over the top of the cage? It meant there were a lot of spots where multiple wrestlers were up on the top turnbuckle and walking across the top rope in a way they never would in a normal match. Most of the time, the wrestlers were simultaneously climbing up the ropes willingly and unprompted. If your goal is to avoid being thrown over the cage, why would you put yourself in a more dangerous spot? It made as much sense as someone in a modern Royal Rumble choosing to jump over the top rope and fight guys off from the apron. Being eliminated at the door is more realistic, but the door eliminations weren’t very exciting. The guys gave a good brawl in the ring, but I think they would have been better off with a traditional battle royal concept.

EA’s Finisher: This two hour event leaves a lot to be desired and quite frankly, that would be reflected in the number of buys it would gain. It was widely ridiculed by the pundits, primarily because Dusty booked himself to win all four Bunkhouse Stampedes. Was it justified? Who am I to say? I think it may have helped had the dark match been on the main card, which was Sting & Jimmy Garvin vs. The Sheepherders, better known as The Bushwhackers. With only four matches, there was no reason that couldn’t be part of the broadcast. While many on this card are beloved Hall of Famers, none of these matches were exactly Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart putting on a technical clinic that captivates our attention for a long period of time. JCP will be back at it as they go to a whopping THREE PPVs in 1988, with The Great American Bash up next in June. It’s refreshing to cover an event other than Starrcade and JCP does have talent, but unless you are interested in seeing what this Bunkhouse Stampede match is all about, you should avoid this one.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Ric Flair vs. Road Warrior Hawk

2 – Bunkhouse Stampede
3 – Barry Windham vs. Larry Zbysko


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In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede

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We take a random trip down memory lane to the In Your House series and today we are in “The Heart of the New West” Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede was the fourth pay-per-view the WWE had hosted at the time and was well received, drawing an attendance at the Canadian Airlines SaddleDome of 12,151 making 228K at the gate and an additional 60K in merchandise. This would break all revenue records at the time. The fans were pumped up on July 6, 1997 to hear Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Vince McMahon call this short card. The feature match had the feuding self proclaimed, “Canadian Hero” Brett Hart, leading a team of Owen Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Brian Pillman and The British Bulldog, facing off against Stone Cold Steve Austin and his group of outcasts. (Goldust, Ken Shamrock and the Legion of Doom). It was an interesting PPV as the rest of the world viewed The Hart Foundation as a Heel faction but in their home of Canada they were viewed as Baby Faces.

The opening vignette, done in black and white, is well put together and does a good job recapping the events that led to Canadian Stampede. The Narrator starts by telling us “We no longer live in a world of black and white, but gray rather”. He goes on to have some cool lines like “renegades receive a heroes embrace”, as the video shows Stone Cold pounding Steve-weisers. The video shows us Brett’s heel turn, including the iconic shot of Austin bleeding profusely as The Hitman applies the Sharpshooter at WM13, the creation of The Hart Foundation and the events leading to today. The segment ends with the Canadian Stampede logo flying through the dessert and pyro on the entrance stage. The crowd is popping as Vince introduces the event. Check these outfits out.

The first match on the card we see a future WWE Hall Of Famer and a already inducted WWE Hall Of Famer square off. The 2013 inductee, Mick Foley, as his Mankind persona, will meet the founder and producer of NXT and current executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative at WWE, Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Hunter would be joined, by his real life girlfriend at the time, “The Ninth Wonder of the World”, Chyna. Who would of thought that these two men would combine for a total of 17 Heavyweight Titles. Foley with four, if you count the TNA Title, and Triple H with 13, which is third all time, behind Flair and Cena. Oh, hindsight.

The 1997 King of the Ring winner, Hunter Hearst Helmsley enters the arena first, accompanied by Chyna, to a negative response. We see a vignette that compares Triple H’s “Blue Blood” upbringing to Mankind’s, which includes a clip from the early Dude Love promos Foley made as a teen. They are worth a look for any fan of the business. The video goes on to show highlights from there King of the ring match, that was full of outside interference from Chyna, in which Mankind took blows from both the Scepter and the Crown and a Pedigree through an announce table. Most likely the Spanish one. Mankind is on his way down next and I can’t forget how deranged and creepy I thought this was a kid. I Mean the dude would yank his own hair out for fun.

Triple H waste no time going for Mankind as soon as he hits the ring but he doesn’t take long to get back in the fight. Mankind hits the double armhook DDT and taunts Hunter with his own curtsy. The bumps are hard early and don’t slow down one step throughout. Mankind sends Helmsley over the top rope and hits his famous elbow drop from the apron. They continue up the ramp where Hunter takes a solid suplex and JR calls Mankind “The Prime Minister of Parts Unknown,” something I noticed and enjoyed. The crowd is really popping at this point and they are really into it early, understandably so. Mankind goes for an early finisher, The Mandible Claw, but this is where we get our first interference from Chyna. This leads to his really first offensive move of the match, Irish whipping Mankind to Chyna for the scoop slam into the steel stairs. Vince is quick to point out that Mankind hit his lower, left leg on the stairs. A statement that would prove to be Triple H’s work for the match. He waste no time going to work on the leg of mankind, a chair shot amongst other ways.

After some wear down, Hunter applies a figure four and uses the ring ropes for leverage behind the refs back, in perfect heel fashion. The ref breaks the hold after he catches Hunter in the act. This leads to Mankind countering a Pedigree with what Jim Ross calls an “inadvertent low blow. The King Continues with “now Chyna wont be happy about that”. Now there is a rib I am surprised Stephanie didn’t edit out. Mankind hits a brutal looking pull piledriver that shows exactly why the move isn’t in use much today. A double clothesline from Mankind sends both men over the top rope for yet another hard looking bump.  Mankind soon goes for a chair shot of his own but Chyna interrupts giving way for Helmsley to counter with a chair shot to Mankind’s injured leg. He goes for a second attempt that the referee foils but leaves a moment for Chyna to land a jarring clothesline on Mankind. Back in the ring Mankind counters Triple H’s attempt at a highspot and locks in the Mandible Claw. Only to have it spoiled by Chyna grabbing the leg and hitting a spread eagle low blow into the ring post. The match continues outside and into the crowd and before long, and obviously not ten seconds, we hear the bell sound. As the fight continue through the crowd we hear Howard Finkel announce a double count out. Soon thereafter Mankind slams Hunter in to the home team’s, The Calgary Flames, penalty box. Helmsley comes out of the box spotting some crimson on his face and the brawl continues with referees and Chyna in the mix until they can be separated.

Going into this match and watching Foley perform, I was expecting the hard bumps to fall on Mick. After watching it back i can say that Hunter took the hardest ones here but Foley didn’t disappoint. This match was amazing and watching it back I can see why these two Superstars went on to have the careers they did. It’s a shame things turned out the way they did with Chyna because she was also great here. I wish I could I have started this segment with TWO current Hall of Fame inductees and one future inductee.

There is a quick promo next for the Calgary Stampede that is taking place the same weekend as the Canadian Stampede. “The Greatest Outdoors Show On Earth”, The Calgary Stampede is a ten day, annual rodeo festival that the WWE modeled this event around. The promo shows the annual parade, which featured Miss Calgary 1997 Diana Smith, The wife of The British Bulldog, and The Hart Foundation.  Doc Hendrix, in his best FM radio DJ voice, would tell us that Brett Hart spent the whole day signing every last autograph. Bruce Pritchard would confirm this, on his podcast Something to Wrestle, saying that it was in fact true because someone never cut the line off and Brett didn’t want to disappoint someone who had waited. We also get to see a few bits of the Tug ‘O’ War match versus the local Calgary fire department. The only thing about this that I liked is they didn’t put the firefighters over on this charity event and beat them. This promo ends with The Hitman making an appearance at the Calgary Stampede to a great pop, of course. This leads us to Doc Hendricks, AKA Michael P. Hayes, interviewing The Hart Foundation.

Stone Cold would interrupt the interview at the start and be held back by Pat Patterson. Brett Would say “what’s it gonna prove if we beat up Steve Austin back here. It’s gonna prove he got beat up 5 on 1. That’s not what we want, we want 5 on 5.” This was different, as Brett has been a Heel in recent months in the WWE but would try to be made out as a Face in this promo.

The next match would start by Vince saying “some of the greatest athletes you’ll ever feast your eyes on, the light heavyweight division”. The match would feature The Great Sasuke squaring off against Taka Michinoku. This was an interesting match as it was different than what the WWE was accustomed to. This was a way to promote what would be a new title, The Light Heavyweight Championship. They really wanted Taka here but Michinoku felt like he owed one to Sasuke, as he was the owner and founder of Michinoku Pro Wrestling where Taka had gotten his start, so he came along for this match but would be gone soon after. The WWE would send Undertaker, Sunny and Chris Candino to Japan as part of the deal with Sasuke for a short tour. Enough of the setup and back to the mat.

Taka Michinoku would enter the arena first and The Great Sasuke would follow. When Sasuke enters Howard Finkels say “and also from Japan”. I found that entertaining as most of the commentary in this match is, as it is something different than what they normally call. The biggest take away from the commentary is that it seemed as only Jim Ross would know the names of the different moves used in this match.

The debut of these two Superstars is interrupted before it can begin as it is revealed that Hunter Hearst Helmsey, with Chyna still in hand, and Mankind still continue to brawl from the back and through the crowd. Hunter still wearing a “Crimson Mask”. This is another spot, like the lightweight guys, that is not familiar territory for the WWE at the time and is something, in my opinion, they acquired from watching ECW’s gaining steam.

After the interruption ends, the bell sounds and we are off to a slow start, but soon picks up and doesn’t miss a beat from there. After a few early 2 counts, off from some roll maneuvers, we get our first pop from the crowd with a nice roundhouse kick to Taka’s chest. The crowd is starting to really feel the match after some dropkicks, on Sasuke from Taka, that leads to a counter that sends Michinoku to the outside. The first big highspot comes when, off the top turnbuckle, Sasuke hits the face of Taka with, as JR would say, “a Martial Arts kick”. I expected a “what a maneuver” from Vince here to no avail. We get some more quality back and fourth that leads, to what I think is the biggest pop of the match, a springboard pancha from Taka off the top rope to the outside. Then we see our first false finish after Michinoku hits a hurricanrana on Sasuke. The next highspot would be a springboard moonsault from Sasuke off the second rope on the outside. More Pop. His momentum wouldn’t last long after a missle dropkick from the top turnbuckle is landed by Taka. He would follow up with a devastating Michinoku Driver, his finish, but would only get another two count. Michinoku would soon find himself in trouble when his highspot is countered with a dropkick to the midsection. The Great Sasuke would follow up with a “Razor’s Edge” type powerbomb and would get the three with a double armhook suplex/pin combination.

This match would show the level of the product that came from Japan at the time and that they still continue to produce until this day. I was entertained throughout the entire match and the high spots were amazing. The brutal kicks these two men took to the face were either amazing works or extremely dangerous. The crowd loved the match, as did I. This bout between The great Sasuke and Taka Michinoku is must see “Sports Entertainment”.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Mankind are at it again and this time outside in the back lot. Mankind bangs Hunter’s head off a bus before Chyna could grab hold of his arms. Helmsley soon unleashes a few punches on Foley that don’t appear to be pulled. Hunter would throw Mankind into some beer kegs before breaking a shovel over his back. They would find them self on top of some solid wood boxes and Triple H’s Pedigree would be countered. Mankind would ring Hunter’s head off a bus one more time before he is taken away by Gerald Brisco. The segment would end with a nice shot at Helmsley’s bloodied face. The way they continued this fight through the show was well done and would set them up for a steel cage match at SummerSlam 1997.

Vince and the boys would explain to use how Ahmed Johnson was originally supposed to get a Title shot here but succumbed to a knee injury in a tussle between the Nation of Domination and the biker gang themed, D.O.A. Vince was really pushing the gang angles here as they would be ever present in the coming months. I always liked Ahmed as a kid and it seemed like the company did too. Its a shame he was so injury prone.

Next we get a Vader promo where Doc asks, a strawberry blonde, Paul Bearer about the allegations of Undertaker killing his parents. Some strange shit I know. Bearer would go on about Taker murdering his whole family and some other nonsense about a mirror. This promo is the and goofy storyline is the only downside I found to this whole event thus far. We are introduced to the events leading to this match starting at The Royal Rumble. This is where we see Bearer betray The Undertaker with an urn shot to Taker’s head. Vader would land the Vader Bomb next and get the three count.

The challenger, Vader, makes his way down the aisle, accompanied by Paul Bearer first. This is the first real heat we are hearing here as Vader enter the arena and ring. The crowd goes nuts though when the bell sounds and The Heavyweight Champion, The Undertaker’s theme begins to play. This is a classic Taker entrance with the smoke, slow walk to the ring and purple lights. I found myself enjoying the whole mystique it presented, just as much as I did as an eleven year old watching this. When The Phenom hits the stairs and raises his arms “making” the lights come on, Vader has a truly spooked look on his face. Bearer is shown cowering in fear as Taker hands the title over and the bell sounds.

The Undertaker is first out of the gate with his lariat punches, a big clothesline and a leg drop, of the Hulk Hogan variety, for our first two count. The Deadman hit a big splash soon after that draws a positive reaction from the fans. Take goes to the top rope for his famous tight rope chop that if I don’t see in a Taker match, I am definitely disappointed. Another two count. Vader starts to gain some momentum after a splash, that Undertaker does his trademark sit-up from, but Vader is all over him with punches that are certainly making hard contact. It is been said by many Superstars that Vader didn’t pull his punches and when he hit you, he hit you. We see a sidehead lock applied by Vader next that is the only dull spot in the match and was probably used to regain their breath. The crowd rally behind Taker and he wiggles free and misses a big boot, that Vader still sells. I think he realized he had missed because he lands the next one and it sends Vader crashing over the ropes to the outside.

Vader reverses Undertaker’s Irish whip to the stair and Paul Bearer is done being scared and is now talking trash. We get some good back and forth but the crowd is electric and committed to the fight anfter Taker comes off the top rope for a clothesline. Another two count. For a 400 plus pound man, Vader takes another hard hump off an uppercut that sends him over the top rope and crashing to the outside. We get another trademark Undertaker move next, His backflip ring exit. He goes after Paul Bearer with his patented slow walk but Vader uses it to his advantage to blindside Undertaker. As the ref is telling Vader to re-enter the ring, Bearer goes to work on Taker with his shoe. Jim Ross would say “if the heel don’t get him the smell would”. Good ole JR. Vader and Bearer are getting great heat at this point when Vader hits a Vader Bomb for his first false finish. As Undertaker starts his rally back the camera is visibly shaking and the noise is at an insane level. Vader goes to work with some more of those big punches but Taker counters and is unloading some of his own punches. Watching these punches one thing is for sure, Undertaker didn’t sell a punch like Vader did, most likely because there was nothing to sell with Vaders, as they were real. The Phenom goes for a chokeslam but Vader counters with a low blow kick. Vader comes off the rope but is scooped into the Tombstone position. The spot next is a botched reversal from Vader on the Tombstone that ended up looking better than what the original called spot would have. The place is again shaking as Vader is on the ropes for another Vader Bomb but Taker lands a low blow of his own and that sets up for a chokeslam off the second rope. 1,2… kick out. Another chokeslam and another false finish that has the crowd on their toes. We see the “Throat Slit'” from The Undertaker with his thumb next and we get a successful Tombstone Piledriver on Vader this time and the classic Undertaker cover for the pinfall. This was another great match on the card and it didn’t disappoint at all. Vince tells as Taker is celebrating that we may see Undertaker’s brother at SummerSlam. I usually enjoy the bad matches, as its always fun to point out flaws, but this match, along with the PPV so far, have had few if any. Maybe the main event will have some…

There is a quick clip of more praise, from the Canadian fans, for the Hart Foundation along with more talk of a mile long line to meet Brett. Next is a quick promo vignette show the gang-style warfare, that has been present at the time. It starts, “The events surrounding the squared circle of late have made chaos and mayhem” an continues to show the feud between Crush’s DOA, Farooq’s Nation and the Savio Vega led, Los Baricuas. It would end with “nothing pales in comparison to the feud between Steve Austin and The Hart Foundation”. They hype the Canadian versus USA angle here, rightfully so as it created great crowd heat, and show the event leading to this match. Another great promo.

Doc has a quick spot with Austin’s stable were every gets some microphone work in. But when the mic comes to Stone Cold he just walks out and Finke introduces us to The Farmer’s Daughters, who will be singing the Canadian National Anthem. The Farmer’s Daughters best charting song was titled “Cornfields and Cadillacs”. By the title alone I’m sure it’s terrible. This was well done as it created heat with the people tuning in in the States. We are introduced to The Premier of the Providence of Alberta, Ralph Kline. No idea here. Next are The Hart Family matriarch and patriarch, Stu and Helen. The place pops for the Founder of Stampede Wresting, a promotion that was a Canadian staple until Vince bought it in 1985.

Goldust makes his way to the ring first and receives mostly boos from the crowd. Ken Shamrock, who’s next, receives some decent pop but the Legion of Doom get an even better response from the fans. But when we hear that glass break and Stone Cold Steve Austin enters the arena for the first time, the place is on fire with heat from the crowd. As he hits each turnbuckle the temperature surely rises. As Brian Pillman enters, waving his arms to pump the crowd, the buzz starts to gain. As Vince would say, “The Big Nasty Rhyno”, Jim Neidhart enters next and as each member enters the arena the rumble grows and grows in anticipation of their hero, “The Hitman”.  European Champion The British Bulldog, With Miss Calgary in hand, follows and Owen Hart is next, with his Slammys in hand and his IC belt around his waist. When the high pitch squeal of Brett Hart’s music comes on the place is electric.. This kind of response you will be hard pressed to find and is something you should watch as a wrestling fan. They make their way to the ring led by Brett, as they waited on the ramp for each other. Brett would put his glasses on his mother, a nice gesture from the heel.

Austin and Brett are on the ring first and are having a nice stare off. Here we hear JR mention that there are camera crews filming ringside for an upcoming Hitman documentary. This would go on to become Wrestling With Shadows. I would recommend this to any fan of from wrestling at the time as it offers some inside going-ons of the time. Brett would have to pick his spots in this fight as he was recovering from knee injury and his first one would set the pace for the fight. Austin lands some blows and is soon stomping a mudhole in the Hitman. If you listen carefully, you can hear Austin say “Fuck Off” to the Canadian fans. The crowd is giving the heat right back.

Everyone gets a chance to make an in ring appearance next, as the tags are spread around to give all the guys some spotlight. They go back and forth here shifting momentum and the crowd is reacting to every move, be it a suplex or a knee to the midsection. When Pillman comes into the ring we hear Jim Ross mention his run with the CFL team, The Calgary Stampeders. Every move Pillman does in the match is some kind of cheat tactic. Be it an eye rake, spiiting in someones face or breaking up a pinfall. He does an amazing job selling the fact that he is “The Loose Cannon”.  We get some more hot tags and momentum shifts. The crowd delivers their first dose of “Austin Sucks” chants that rumble the place. The first gang fight breaks out after the Hitman hangs Goldust in his corner and the boys go to work with their boots. When the fight breaks out the crowd is on their toes and the place is electric. The crowd is in this match 100 percent and erupts once again when Owen nails the missle dropkick from the top and does a kip up. His hype is cut short when the Legion of Doom about take his head off with the vicious Doomsday Device. Anvil stops the count ans our second gang fight breaks out. Austin is going to work on the knee of Owen, as he is pelted by ten dollar beers from the fans, when Bruce Hart grabs him from the crowd and exchange blows. The crowd heat is at an all time high and the “Austin Sucks” chants are in full effect.

Owen is led to the back as the match continues. Austin hits his first Stunner on Pillman soon after but Brett grabs his foot and leads him to the ring post were he goes to work with a fire extinguisher before applying a hanging figure four. The referees soon force Austin to the back and the back and fourth continues with some pop and nothing really worth noting, except a Powerslam from Davey Boy of the top turnbuckle that looked jarring. He gets the 2 as we see Austin limp back. We get a double hot tag next from Brett and Austin. The pair go back and fourth before Hart has the Sharpshooter applied and Animal breaks it up. This has the place shaking again. I cannot emphasis enough how much the crowd was into it. Must see stuff here. Austin applies a Sharpshooter of his own when we see Owen Hart limp back out to save his brother. Owen makes the hot tag but Austin sends him tumbling outside with a clothesline over the top rope and landing in front of his family. The top comes off the place when Stone Cold grabs Stu Hart but Bruce interrupts and is soon over the barrier brawling with Steve. Another battle breaks out as Austin gets back in the ring. But Owen makes the roll up, using Austin tights and keeping them Heels by doing so, ang gets the three. At this point the place just explodes. There is another tussel with all member in the ring, Hart family included, before the police break it up. Austin goes ballistic before he is cuffed and escorted out. The show goes off air with a nice moment of all the Hart family in the ring. This would be a highlight of the family as they are all here at this time.

This way an amazing PPV and was record breaking in all revenue. Dave Meltzer would rate the event high with the matches receiving 3,4,3.25 and 4.25 star ratings. I actually agree with Dave here, but think the last match could of gotten a 5 based of crowd heat alone. I would highly suggest watching this event.

Next week we will be taking a look at Badd Blood: In Your House that took place on October 5, 1997 with Shawn Michaels taking on the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match!


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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam ’91

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Match #1: Power & Glory (Hercules & Paul Roma) & The Warlord w/Slick vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich & The British Bulldog
The Dragon will kickoff the action with Roma, they lock-up to a stalemate, Roma strikes first with a kick, then a slam, following with a dropkick. He climbs to the 2nd rope, Steamboat pulls him off with an armdrag, hangs on with a wristlock, Roma backs him into the corner and lands rights to break it. Irish whip across, Roma charges in, Dragon side-steps it and hits another arm drag, then a dropkick of his own. He snapmares Roma over, Roma slides to his corner and tags out, Hercules rushing in and getting flung with multiple arm drags.

Steamboat brings The Tornado in, he exchanges wristlocks with Herc, The Mighty One goes to the eyes and attempts to ram Tornado head-first into the top turnbuckle, but it’s blocked. Hercules meets the turnbuckle numerous times instead, Tornado climbing to the 2nd rope and delivering a flurry of right hands. He gains control with another wristlock, Herc back to the eyes and Warlord gets the tag as Bulldog comes in on the other side. Davey Boy hits the ropes and collides shoulders with Warlord, hits the ropes again, ducks a shot and staggers the big man with a clothesline, back to the ropes for another to drop him.

The Bulldog plants Warlord with a delayed vertical suplex, covers for a count of 2 and tags out, The Dragon coming in from the top with an overhand chop. He serves more chops in the corner, The Warlord reverses a whip across, Steamboat jumps to the 2nd rope, then over a charging Warlord. The Dragon with a monkey flip attempt, Warlord hangs onto the ropes to avoid it, makes a tag and Roma jumps off the top with a fist to the ribcage. He levels Steamboat with a clothesline and has some words with Tornado on the apron, Hercules with a cheap shot and Roma looks to follow with a slam.

Steamboat slips out, pushes into the ropes and gains a roll-up, Herc hits the ring to stop the count and distract the official, Warlord stepping in and flattening Dragon with a clothesline. Roma rakes the eyes, hits a snap suplex for a count of 2, then cracks Steamboat with multiple backbreakers before tagging out. Hercules re-enters and hammers away at the lower back, presses The Dragon over his head and slams him to the canvas. Warlord gets a tag and delivers a slam, tags out, Roma hitting the ropes and scores with a seated senton to the back. Herc comes in and sends Steamboat to the ropes, The Dragon slides between his legs and fires away with chops, attempts to send The Mighty One to the ropes and it’s reversed.

Herc drops The Dragon across the ropes with a hot shot, brings Warlord back in, clubbing blow to the back followed by another slam, Warlord to the 2nd rope and he jumps down to double boots to the face. Von Erich gets a hot tag and unloads with stiff rights, Hercules comes in and eats one of his own, then another for Roma on the apron. The Tornado shoots Warlord in for a back body drop, Warlord tries a sunset flip, Von Erich reaching out and making a tag.

Bulldog comes off the 2nd rope and gets caught in the air, Tornado assists in toppling Warlord over, Davey Boy falls on top and gets a 2 count. Roma tags in and rushes the ring, instantly gets caught on Bulldog’s shoulder and planted with a Running Powerslam, but only gets a count of 2. The Warlord tries to come in and is stopped by the referee, Steamboat heads up top and connects with a crossbody to Roma, covers and gets the 3 count without being tagged in.
Winners: Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich & The British Bulldog (Steamboat/Top Rope Crossbody)

  • EA’s Take: A bit of a continuation here from WrestleMania between The Warlord & Bulldog, again with Davey Boy coming out on top. Slick’s stable of talent had really fallen off and was mainly undercard characters by now. Power & Glory would split soon after SummerSlam, Roma skipping off to WCW and oddly enough, becoming a member of the Four Horsemen. This would leave Hercules to jump back into singles competition, but without Slick at his side. The notable part here is the return of Ricky Steamboat who was simply billed as ‘The Dragon’. He had left WCW in 1989 over a contract dispute, deciding to wrestle in Japan instead. He would return on an episode of Superstars in early March, but was treated as a new character with very little reference to his previous run in the company. The comeback wouldn’t last as he would quit the company again as we head towards Survivor Series, supposedly because he was booked to be squashed by The Undertaker and didn’t want to do it.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is in the locker room with WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect & Coach. The champion talks about his opponent tonight Bret Hart, stating the title says champion on it and to be a champion you have to be perfect. Bret Hart may be excellent, but he’s not perfect.

Match #2 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect w/Coach
Collar & elbow at the start to a stalemate, they lock-up again and Bret with a side headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and scores with a shoulder knockdown. Back into the ropes, Perfect tries a hiptoss, The Hitman blocks and hits one of his own, the champion sliding to the outside to regroup. Back in the ring now, Hart with another side headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and puts The Perfect One in a crucifix, gains a count of 2 and takes the champion to the mat with another side headlock.

Perfect grabs a handful of hair to get to his feet, tries to push the challenger away and Bret turns the favor with a handful of hair to maintain the hold. The Perfect One finally breaks free, backing Hart to the ropes to bury a knee to the midsection, shoots Hitman to the ropes and is hit with a crossbody for another 2 count. The Hitman flies to the outside off the kick-out, quickly pulls himelf to the apron and drives a shoulder to the breadbasket, sunset flips in and gets another near fall, then takes Perfect back down with a side headlock.

The champion uses the hair once again to break the hold, whips Bret to the ropes for a boot, Hitman catches the foot and takes him down with a double leg, stomping away at the chest. The Perfect One reverses a whip to the corner and slams the challenger, Bret kicks up with both feet and returns the favor, then gets caught by a Perfect kick-up. Hart trips the champion and clotheslines him over the top, Mr. Perfect collects himself and then starts to take a walk to the back. The Hitman is out after him, rips his tights and rolls the champion back in the ring, Perfect seeking refuge in the corner and the ref steps in between.

They tie-up and Hart backs the champion into the corner, the official attempts to create a break and Perfect delivers a cheap shot to take control. He sends Hitman to the outside with kicks to the ribs, Hart pulling himself to the apron, only to get dropped back down. He pulls himself up again, Perfect pushes on the ropes and the challenger is sent into the barricade at ringside. Hart pulls himself into the ring and fires away with right hands, the champion reverses a whip to the corner and charges in, Bret hopping up and over for a roll-up that gets a 2 count. The Perfect One quickly goes to the eyes to stop the momentum, shoots The Hitman hard into the turnbuckles and covers for 2.

He hits his trademark neck snap for another count of 2, Hitman reverses a whip to the ropes for a back body drop, the champion has it scouted and delivers a kick, then a dropkick and Bret falls to the outside. Mr. Perfect gives chase, scales the corner and The Hitman is up to meet him, they trade punches, the champion gets the better of it, Hart falls to the mat and Perfect uses the ropes for a 2 count. He tosses the challenger across the ring by the hair, sends him into the ropes and locks in a sleeper hold, grinding Bret down to the canvas. The Hitman fights to his feet, hits the ropes for another crucifix, Perfect blocks it and plants Hart for a near fall.

The Perfect One serves up chops in the corner, shoots the challenger sternum-first into the turnbuckles and gains another count of 2 before calling for the finish. He delivers the Perfect-Plex, but still can’t get a 3 count, Hart building momentum with right hands to the midsection. He hits an atomic drop, then an inverted atomic drop and tosses Perfect by the hair, the champion attempts to slide out under the bottom rope and crotches himself on the ring post. The Hitman with a snap suplex for a near fall, gets another off a small package, then one more after a side russian leg sweep.

He splits the champion with a backbreaker, connects with an elbow drop from the 2nd rope and still can’t put Perfect away. Hitman has words with the official, allowing the champion to score a roll-up from behind, Hart kicks out at 2 and Perfect is sent to the outside off the kick-out. Bret rolls to the floor to get him, whips The Perfect One into the ring post, back in they go and he goes to work on the knee. The challenger drags Perfect to the middle of the ring for the Sharpshooter, Coach hops up on the apron and gets a right hand for his troubles, but gives the champion the opening for a low blow. The Perfect One drops a leg on the lower abdomen, tries it again and Hart catches the foot, counters into the Sharpshooter and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart (Sharpshooter)

  • After The Bell: The new champion tears the rest of Perfect’s ring gear away. ‘Lord’ Alfred Hayes is in the crowd with Stu & Helen Hart, Bret makes his way to them and celebrates the win with his parents.
  • EA’s Take: Fantastic match here between two of the best workers in the company. Bret finally gets his big moment as a singles competitor, thus launching himself into Superstar status with the fans. The contest almost never happened, as Perfect was severely injured back in May with the affects still showing in this match. A broken tailbone and bulging discs actually forced Perfect to retire, only coming back for this one match to put over his friend The Hitman. You could tell he was hurting too, as we didn’t see the usual high energy from the former IC Champion. As Bret’s star would continue to grow brighter and brighter, Perfect would spend the next year-plus recuperating from his injuries, taking on the role of manager for a legendary performer who would soon come into the company.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is joined in the interview area by The Bushwhackers & Andre The Giant. The Bushwhackers are worked up as usual and looking for revenge on The Natural Disasters after Earthquake attacked Andre’s knee with Jimmy Hart’s megaphone. They say when they’re done with them, Andre can feed on the rest, The Giant stating now is the time for revenge.

Match #3: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) w/Andre The Giant
The Disasters go to the outside and have words with Andre, Bushwhackers come up from behind and tap them on the shoulder, then deliver eye pokes before rolling into the squared circle. The bell rings and The Disasters give chase, Bushwhackers rolling back out to enjoy a laugh with The Giant, order finally being restored with Butch & Typhoon starting off. Typhoon powers Butch into the corner off the lock-up, Butch ducks a big right and sinks his teeth into the big guy’s backside. He fires away with lefts and rights to the breadbasket, Earthquake steps in for a splash, Butch sees it coming and Typhoon gets squashed.

Luke comes in to lend a hand, they send Quake into the opposite corner, they shoot Typhoon into him, then use Earthquake’s head as a battering ram to take down his partner. Earthquake is dropped by a double clothesline, The Bushwhackers clearing the ring and marching around to the fans delight. Earthquake slides back in and levels Butch from behind, drives him spine-first into the turnbuckles and snapmares him over for an elbow drop. Butch avoids it, reaches for a tag, Quake prevents it by grabbing Butch’s foot and hammers the lower back with an elbow drop. Heenan leaves the announce position and heads to the back during this time, hearing that Hulk Hogan is rifling through his locker room.

Typhoon with a backbreaker off the tag, drives Butch’s back into the turnbuckles, then lifts him over his shoulder and makes a tag, Earthquake taking Butch off his hands into a bearhug. Butch breaks the hold with forearm shots, Quake cracks him with a backbreaker, Typhoon re-enters the match and gets a 2 count off of a back elbow, Luke making the save. The referee gets Luke back to the apron, Earthquake steps in for a right hand, Typhoon holding Butch up, but Butch slips away and Typhoon gets decked. Butch is able to crawl to a tag, Luke delivering forearms that stagger Typhoon, finally taking him down with a headbutt.

Earthquake tries to intervene and is cut-off by Butch, The Bushwhackers stagger Quake with the Battering Ram, then one for Typhoon. They knock Quake to the outside by whipping Typhoon into him, Luke gets a count of 2 as Earthquake hits Butch with a backbreaker on the outside. Andre has words with the ref, Quake stepping into the ring behind Luke’ s back and squashing him. Earthquake tags in now, flattens Luke with an Earthquake Splash and gets the win.
Winners: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake/Earthquake Splash)

  • After The Bell: The Disasters turn their attention to Andre and stalk him on the outside, The Legion Of Doom make their way out to step in, chasing them off with Butch.
  • EA’s Take: Per usual with a Bushwhackers match, organized chaos is the perfect term to describe the action. It’s never pretty and even with the best working opponents (which isn’t the case here), the entertainment value of the characters is relied upon for their segments. Tugboat had previously joined The Bushwhackers in a 6 Man Tag against Earthquake & The Nasty Boys, but turned on them and joined up with Quake, renaming himself Typhoon. The brief feud would end after tonight, as The Bushwhackers would again be used to elevate a new up-and-coming team while The Natural Disasters would remember LOD’s interference tonight. For Andre The Giant, this would be his final WWF PPV appearance. On January 27th, 1993 while in Paris to attend his father’s funeral, Andre would pass away from congestive heart failure. This legendary Superstar would become the first ever WWF Hall Of Fame inductee that same year, entering as the only member of his class.

Backstage: Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan leads a cameraman to Hulk Hogan’s dressing room, knocking on the door to deliver a message from the ‘real world’s champion’. Ric Flair would like to challenge Hulk for anytime and anyplace, but Heenan gets the door shut in his face.

Backstage: In the locker room is Sean Mooney with his guests ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & ‘Sensational’ Sherri. Mooney reminds DiBiase of all the demeaning tasks he used to put Virgil through, The MDM saying the look on Virgil’s face during those jobs is nothing compared to the look he’ll have after tonight. DiBiase says they’re in a city full of gutters and Virgil can have his pick of which one he’s left in.

Match #4 for the Million Dollar Championship: Million Dollar Champion ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase w/’Sensational’ Sherri vs. Virgil
Virgil hits the ring and catches MDM jawing at the crowd on the 2nd rope, he pulls him down and we’re underway, Virgil delivering heavy rights in the corner. He sends DiBiase across and elevates him with a back body drop off the rebound, delivers multiple clotheslines and sends the champion over the top to the floor. Virgil jumps outside and drives The MDM’s head into the steps, rolls him in and drops him with lefts and rights, DiBiase flying back to the outside after an atomic drop.

The Brain returns to commentary as Virgil goes for a slingshot crossbody to the outside, MDM side-steps it, collects himself and tosses the challenger into the ring steps. Virgil’s head meets the steps once more, the champion throws him back in, sends him to the ropes and decapitates him with a clothesline. Patented fist drops from The MDM, he heads to the 2nd rope and connects with a double axe handle right between the eyes for a count of 2. DiBiase whips Virgil into the corner, hits a back body drop of his own off the rebound and gains another 2 count. Irish whip to the ropes, Virgil ducks a clothesline and uses DiBiase’s Million Dollar Dream against him, Sherri sliding into the ring and clobbers Virgil with her purse to break the hold, causing the official to call for the bell.

The referee explains that Sherri is ordered to the back and that the match will continue. WWF Officials escort The Sensational One to the locker room, both guys struggle to their feet back in the squared circle. The MDM looks to ram Virgil into the top turnbuckle, it’s blocked and the challenger introduces DiBiase’s head into it instead. Virgil with a flurry of lefts and rights, whips the champion into the corner and reigns down punches from the 2nd rope. MDM reverses a whip across, doubles Virgil back, the referee gets squashed in the corner and goes down.

DiBiase has some words for Piper at ringside, hits a vertical suplex, follows with another, then a third. The champion spikes Virgil with a piledriver and covers, but the official is still out of it. DiBiase exposes a turnbuckle and looks to bash the challenger’s head into it, Virgil turns the tables and the champion is introduced instead, both men doubling down. The ref comes to and starts the count, Virgil crawls to a cover and gets the 1-2-3.
Winner and NEW Million Dollar Champion: Virgil (Exposed Turnbuckle)

  • EA’s Take: When you add all the bells and whistles such as Sherri & Piper on the outside with the referee bump, this was a very entertaining match. Virgil’s in-ring skills are lacking and even with an opponent like DiBiase, it’s hard to put on a good match without the extras as evidence by their WrestleMania bout. By far the highlight of Virgil’s career, the feud would continue into the fall where The MDM would ultimately regain his Million Dollar title just before we get to Survivor Series.

Backstage: In the parking lot with The Mountie is ‘Mean’ Gene, with NYC Corrections Officers behind him. The Mountie promises to beat Boss Man tonight and see him off to jail for the night, berating the officers to not treat Boss Man like a New York cop, but a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Sean Mooney has Big Boss Man in the interview area, Boss Man stating The Mountie has the wrong idea. Instead of talking to NYC’s finest, he should be on his knees praying to the good lord above.

Match #5 is a Jailhouse Match – Loser Must Spend 24 Hours In Jail: The Mountie w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. Big Boss Man
Mountie hands off his Shock Stick to Hart and here we go, has some words for Boss Man and gets layed out by a stiff right hand. The Mountie fires back with fists of his own, Boss Man sends him to the ropes and scores with a back elbow, following with a splash for a 2 count. He maintains control with headbutts, puts The Mountie over the 2nd rope throat-first, then lands on his back with a running senton. He slides to the outside and nearly gets ahold of The Mouth Of The South, turns and delivers another right to Mountie before rolling back in.

The Mountie goes to the eyes, climbs the 2nd rope and gets caught in the air, Boss Man planting him with a spinebuster, then utilizes a chinlock. Jimmy provides a distraction from the outside, Boss Man takes the bait, Mountie rolling out and pushes him into the steel steps. The Mountie tosses Big Boss Man back in, shoots him to the ropes and hits a jumping back elbow, drops fists between the eyes, then whips him hard into the corner. He slams Boss Man for a count of 2, Boss Man reverses a whip to the corner, charges in for a splash and The Mountie ducks out of the way.

He snapmares Boss Man over and drops multiple elbows for another 2, scores with a dropkick and again can only get a near fall, getting sent to the outside off the kick-out. Mountie drags Big Boss Man out and rolls inside, Boss Man rolls in and tries to build momentum with right hands, The Mountie stopping the comeback by biting the forehead. He spikes Boss Man with a piledriver, Hart grabs the referee’s attention on the apron, The Mountie gets his Shock Stick and looks to zap his opponent.

Big Boss Man avoids it and connects with an uppercut, Mountie sends him to the ropes, leapfrogs over and eats another big uppercut. The Boss Man shoots him to the ropes, plants him into the canvas with a Boss Man Slam, Mountie barely kicking out at 2. The Mountie brings Boss Man down with a leg sweep, hooks him for another piledriver, Boss Man powers to his feet and drives him to the mat with a spinebuster, makes the cover and picks up the victory.
Winner: Big Boss Man (Spinebuster)

  • After The Bell: Big Boss Man calls for the police, two officers come down to the ring and cuff The Mountie, dragging him off to the back. They pull him through the hallway and load him into a paddywagon, Boss Man slamming the doors and sending him off to the clink for the next 24 hours.
  • EA’s Take: I’d only call this match ‘decent’, a little underwhelming considering The Mountie is a good worker and for his size, Boss Man is too. This was the first time anybody had really gotten the better of The Mountie since his debut, the company really playing off the law enforcement vs. law enforcement gimmicks with this stipulation. This is the only Jailhouse Match in company history because it was the only time it really made sense for a storyline. Both guys would quickly move on to new opponents shortly after.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is in the locker room when he’s interrupted by ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & ‘Sensational’ Sherri. DiBiase is going off about tonight being the biggest rip-off in WWF history that shouldn’t have happened, claiming Virgil stole the title. In the interview area is new WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart alongside Sean Mooney. The Hitman talks about this being the greatest day for him, waiting a long time to show Mr. Perfect that perfection doesn’t exist. Back to Gene in the locker room with The Natural Disasters & Jimmy Hart. Typhoon warns Legion Of Doom they will chew them up and spit them out, Earthquake stating they stuck their nose in where it doesn’t belong. To the interview area again where Big Boss Man is with Sean, telling him the only bird that can’t fly is a jailbird which is what The Mountie is now. He promised everyone that he’s the law and order in the WWF and now it’s a fact. ‘Mean’ Gene heads into a private locker room to get a word with ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, but Savage is busy on the phone. Gene tries to sneak over and get a word with Elizabeth, but Macho stops him and says he can hangout with him.

On Location: The paddywagon pulls up to the correctional facility and The Mountie is dragged inside, kicking and screaming that he doesn’t belong there.

Backstage: Sean Mooney welcomes in WWF Tag Team Champions The Nasty Boys & Jimmy Hart. Jimmy is still beside himself over The Mountie, but it’s going to have to go on the backburner for now. Sags warns The Legion Of Doom that they’re on their way to Nastyville, Knobbs calling it the final ride. Gene Okerlund has The Legion Of Doomin the interview area, Animal speaking about no count-outs and no disqualifications being right up their alley. Hawk thinks The Natural Disasters bit off more than they could chew earlier, but they’ll get to them down the road. First and foremost, it’s about the championships tonight. Sean Mooney is still in the locker room, this time with Sgt. Slaughter, General Adnan & Colonel Mustafa. Mooney alludes to them being outnumbered tonight, but Slaughter thinks it’s the other way around for Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan. Warrior & Hogan aren’t at 100% and things will be easier for them than they thought, promising another surprise for their match. Back to Gene in the interview area with the special ref for tonight’s main event, Sid Justice. Sid speaks about being asked over and over about where he stands tonight, but the answer is that he’s a man who stands alone. Okerlund shows some footage of earlier where Slaughter and his men tries to recruit Justice, but Sid disputes that he got stopped in the hall and hasn’t promised anything to anybody.

Match #6 is a Street Fight for the WWF Tag Team Championships: WWF Tag Team Champions The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
The brawl is on quickly with both teams still sporting their entrance attire, LOD clears the ring and drops their pads, then heads outside. They pair-off, Animal & Knobbs on the inside, Animal delivers a kick to the midsection and plants Knobbs with a powerbomb, Sags breaking it up at 2. Hawk slides in and takes the ring with Sags, tries a kick and gets his foot caught, swings the other around and scores with an enzuigiri. He shoots him to the ropes and hits a shoukder tackle for a 2 count, Knobbs climbing in to get involved and Animal is there to drop him.

The official gets Animal back to the apron, Hawk with right hands for Knobbs, Jimmy Hart tosses in a can of spray paint to Sags and he sprays it in Hawk’s eyes behind the ref’s back. Hawk is blinded and moving around wildly, falls to the outside, Sags gives chase and decks him with a drink tray to the back. Back inside now, Knobbs tags in for a double boot to the breadbasket, he coaxes Animal into the ring and Sags chokes Hawk with the tag rope. Knobbs kicks Hawk under the bottom rope to the floor, Sags drops down and drives him head-first into the steps, tagging in and antagonizing Animal by spitting at him.

Knobbs with cheap shots to Hawk on the floor, Hawk drags himself into the ring and is driven into the top turnbuckle. Knobbs back in with rights, shoots Hawk in for a back elbow and covers for a count of 2. He brings Sags back in, frequent tags now and they work Hawk over in their corner, Sags whips Knobbs into a corner splash, Sags then drops an elbow from the top. Animal makes the save after a 2 count, Knobbs gets the tag and comes off the 2nd rope, jumping down into Hawk’s foot. He crawls and gets the tag, Animal with clotheslines for both Nasty Boys, delivers fists to Knobbs from the 2nd rope, sees Sags coming up from behind and gets him with a double axe.

He whips Knobbs to the ropes for a powerslam, Sags breaks the count after 1, Hawk hits the ring after him and gets dumped outside. The Nasty Boys with the double team on Animal now, Jimmy tosses in his helmet and Sags nails Animal in the back. Knobbs is only able to get a near fall out of it, gets sent outside off the kick-out, Hawk wrestles the helmet away from Hart and lays Knobbs out. He hops to the apron and hits Sags with it in the back of the head, LOD calls for the finish, connecting with the Doomsday Device, Animal covers and we have new champs.
Winners and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: The Legion Of Doom (Animal/Doomsday Device)

  • EA’s Take: You almost have to put The Nasty Boys in street fight matches to explain the sloppyness of their work. A lot of stuff that didn’t make sense here such as The Nasty’s double teaming behind the official’s back. It’s a street fight, this is supposed to be no disqualifications. After disposing of Demolition, LOD was set to be the next face of the WWF’s tag team division, completing the championship trifecta with this win. The LOD would be the only team in history to hold the tag titles of the three biggest companies (WWF, NWA, AWA), solidifying themselves as arguably the greatest tag team of all-time. For The Nasty Boys, their title run was more transitional.

Match #7: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine
IRS with a wristlock off the tie-up, Valentine counters into one of his own, Schyster gains the ropes and they break clean. They lock-up again, The Hammer with a side headlock, IRS pushes him off to the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder, seeking a break in the corner. Valentine with another side headlock off the collar & elbow, gets shoved to the ropes again, The Hammer with another shoulder knockdown and Schyster complains to the official. Once again we go back to the same spot, this time IRS tries a hiptoss out of the ropes, Valentine blocks and hits one of his own, Schyster sliding to the floor to rethink his strategy.

Back in the squared circle now, Schyster buries a knee to the ribs, sends Valentine to the ropes for a back body drop, The Hammer counters with a sunset flip for 2, slams IRS and again he heads outside. Valentine gives chase this time, tosses Schyster in, but gets caught sliding in with kicks to the breadbasket. IRS locks in an abdominal stretch, uses the ropes for more leverage, the ref finally catches it and The Hammer with a hiptoss to break the hold. He can’t capitalize and gets leveled by a flying clothesline, Schyster drops an elbow and hooks the leg for a 2 count. He looks to ground Valentine with a rear chinlock, The Hammer gets to his feet to break it, but IRS cracks him with a backbreaker and heads up top.

The Hammer is there to meet him, slams him down to the canvas, fires away with heavy shots in the corner, IRS reverses a whip across and charges in for a knee. Valentine avoids it, works to soften up the knee and slaps on the Figure Four, Schyster reaching the bottom rope to force the break. The Hammer looks to drop an elbow and misses, IRS can’t take advantage and is hit with a kneebreaker, Valentine following with a headbutt to the abdomen. He tries for the Figure Four again, Schyster grabs a handful of hair to gain a small package and steals the victory.
Winner: Irwin R. Schyster (Small Package)

  • EA’s Take: Pretty standard stuff here, nothing overly exciting. Greg Valentine continues to put over up and coming and new characters to the company, this time doing it for the returning Mike Rotunda. Returning in April of 1991 and acting as a former tax collector, IRS was the character Rotunda had been searching for to combine with his technical prowess. This third run in the WWF would end up being the longest and most successful for Rotunda.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is standing by in the interview area with Ultimate Warrior & WWF Champion Hulk Hogan. The champion says that Madison Square Garden is the appropriate place for ‘The Match Made In Hell’, stating he’s been searching for the feeling he has since defeating The Iron Sheik in 1984. Warrior talks about the strike of a cobra not being enough to keep down him or his Warriors. Hogan thinks they’ve got the momentum, claiming that the cobra’s bite lit a fire into The Warrior’s veins.

Match #8 – Special Referee Sid Justice: Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa & General Adnan vs. Ultimate Warrior & WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
The champion and Sarge start our main event, Slaughter has his belt in hand and Sid rips it away from him, tossing it away from the ring. We finally get going and Slaughter goes to Hogan’s eyes, hammers him in the corner, Hulk reverses a whip into the corner and scores with a right hand. He plays back and forth with Warrior on the apron, unloads on Adnan & Mustafa, then tags The Ultimate One in for a double clothesline on Sarge. The Warrior with an inverted atomic drop, Hulkster gets the tag and they connect with a double boot out of the ropes, the champion then driving Slaughter head-first into the top turnbuckle.

Mustafa is in to break Sid’s count at 2, Hulk shoots Sarge to the ropes and drvies a point of the elbow to the head before tagging out. Warrior tags in for a kick to the abdomen off the irish whip, rams Sarge into Hogan’s boot and tags back out, Hulk scoring with a double axe from the 2nd rope for another count of 2. The champion sends Slaughter to the corner and charges in with a clothesline, chokes him and Sid steps in to create the break. Hogan goes back to it and again Sid admonishes him, this time Sarge taking the opening and driving the champion into Mustafa’s boot.

He looks to hit Warrior with a cheap shot on the apron and misses, tag to Adnan and they double team Hulk, Adnan delivering overhand chops and raking the back. He works the champ over in his corner, Mustafa tags and hits a gutwrench suplex, then locks in the Camel Clutch. The Ultimate One delivers a boot to the back of the head to break it up, Sarge tags in and splits Hulk with a backbreaker for a 2 count, then chokes him in the corner. Sid asserts his authority and steps in to stop it, Slaughter sends Hogan across, doubles back and Hulkster and Justice collide, neither man budging. They exchange words and Sarge clubs Hogan from behind, Adnan comes in with eye rakes and bites the face, brings Slaughter back in and he climbs upstairs.

Warrior comes around and pushes Sarge down to the mat, Hogan crawls to his corner and gets the tag, The Ultimate One unloading with clotheslines out of the ropes and shoulder knockdowns. He hits the ropes again, Slaughter ducks down and The Warrior collides with Sid this time, they jaw back and forth, Hulk gets involved and Sarge takes control by going to the eyes. Sarge tags out, Adnan with chops in his corner, brings Mustafa in and he hooks for a vertical suplex. The Ultimate One blocks and hits one of his own, Slaughter gets a tag and delivers a cheap shot to Hulkster on the apron, Adnan coming in for a double team behind Sid’s back.

Sarge flattens The Warrior with a short-arm clothesline, shoots him into the ropes for another clothesline, Warrior ducks it and scores with one of his own. He crawls over and gets the tag to the champion, Hulk with heavy rights to Sarge, then sends him into the ropes for the big boot. Adnan & Mustafa hit the ring and are met by The Ultimate One, he clears them out and chases them both to the back with a chair in hand, leaving the ring to Hulk & Slaughter. Hogan tosses a handful of powder in Sarge’s eyes as Sid is distracted, drops the big leg and gets the 3 count.
Winners: Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan (Hogan/Leg Drop)

  • After The Bell: Hulk does his usual celebrating in the ring for the crowd, calls to the back and Sid comes back out. The champion invites him into the ring and tears away his referee shirt, both of them doing The Hulkster’s signature poses for the fans.
  • EA’s Take: Lots of behind the scenes to get to regarding this match, so I won’t go into how basic and predictable this was. So Mustafa is The Iron Sheik, returning to the company after a 3 year absence during which time he worked in Japan and WCW. Sid Justice is better known as Sid Vicious, previously working for WCW and debuting in May and instantly being placed near the top of the card due to his size. Initially, it was portrayed that nobody knew Sid’s intentions in the WWF, thus putting him as special referee for this match before ultimately siding with Hulk Hogan. Sgt. Slaughter would soon realize the error of his ways, splitting from Mustafa & Adnan and pleading for his country back. Behind the scenes, a major controversy was going down between the company and Ultimate Warrior. In early July, Warrior sent a letter to Vince McMahon demanding changes to his contract and more specifically a $550,000 payment for his performance at WrestleMania. In the letter The Warrior stated he would not make any appearances including the SummerSlam main event. McMahon would give in to the demands in order to keep his advertised main event, but would would suspend The Warrior indefinitely immediately following the match. Warrior attempted to give his resignation over the incident, but the company wouldn’t accept it as he was under contract until September of 1992, leading to a long hiatus from the WWF.

Video: After weeks of coaxing and going back and forth, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage finally built up the courage to drop to a knee and ask for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. She’d answer with an “Ohhh Yeeeah” of her own, then a special musical tribute is played dedicated to the history between the couple.

In The Arena: It’s time for ‘The Match Made In Heaven’, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage making his way down to start the proceedings. Elizabeth comes out to a rousing ovation. The wedding goes off without a hitch, balloons falling from the ceiling as Randy & Liz seal it with a kiss.

  • EA’s Take: The WWF’s first love story (that people really remember, sorry Uncle Elmer) closes out the night with a happy ending, the last time a WWF wedding went off without any troubles. In reality, Savage & Liz had been married for years with the company never acknowledging it until now. Oddly enough, by this time their real-life marriage was very rocky to say the least, seperating the following summer.

EA’s Finisher: My favorite SummerSlam produced by the WWF thus far and my favorite when I was a kid, I remember renting this numerous times from my local video store. Bret Hart & Mr. Perfect stole the show with arguably one of the greatest matches of all-time, while the rest of the card showcased the change that would start to takeover the company. The Warrior controversy put the WWF in a tight spot, forcing them to drop and alter angles that were already taking place such as the Warrior/Jake Roberts/Undertaker storyline. Sid seems to be someone that they could build around for the future and the company clearly noticed by putting him in a prominent role here and moving forward. Unfortunately, Sid would suffer a biceps injury that would force him to miss Survivor Series. This would lead to more storyline changes with Justice unable to return until January 1992.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect
2 – Virgil vs. Ted DiBiase
3 – Slaughter/Adnan/Mustafa vs. Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan


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‘The Heat Returns’ with WWF’s SummerSlam 1990! We’re off and running with the new WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior looking to cement himself as the top name in the company, while a familiar foe has his sights set on putting the belt around his ‘Ravishing’ waist. As for the former champion, he’s got the 400+ pound Earthquake in his crosshairs, forming an alliance with an old heated rival to even the odds. Mr. Perfect defends his Intercontinental Title against a replacement for Brutus Beefcake and The Hart Foundation looks to regain tag gold in a 2/3 falls match. Let’s get to the action!

Match #1: Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules) w/Slick vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
The Rockers go after Slick on the outside during their entrance, Power & Glory go outside to meet them, Hercules taking Michaels out at the knee with his chain, Roma rolls Jannetty inside and the bell rings. He pummels Marty in the corner with clubbing shots, Jannetty reverses a whip across, charges in, Roma hops up and over, charges in himself and misses. Marty with a hip toss, catches Hercules with one too, Roma hits the ropes for a crossbody, Jannetty ducks and Herc catches his partner, Marty connects with a double dropkick.

He rams them together with a double noggin knocker, continues to fight them both off, but the numbers catch up to him. Power & Glory hammers away as Slick has the ref distracted, they whip Jannetty in for a double back body drop, he hits Hercules with a kick and rolls Roma with a small package that the referee doesn’t see. The ref turns around and counts 2, Herc breaks it up with an elbow drop, Marty dumps him over the top rope and Roma takes the advantage as Shawn finally pulls himself to the apron, only to get dropped by Hercules. Roma whips Jannetty hard into the turnbuckle, fires away with right hands, shoots Marty in for a back body drop, Jannetty with a sunset flip and Roma reaches back to tag out.

Michaels pulls himself to the apron only to get dropped again, Hercules planting Jannetty with a military press slam for a count of 2. Herc goes for a slam, Marty counters into a small package, Roma tagging himself in and he splits Jannetty with multiple backbreakers for a near fall. Jannetty reverses a whip into the ropes, plants Roma with a powerslam, hits Hercules off the apron with a superkick, then climbs to the top for a fist drop. He covers and Hercules comes in to break the count, Roma reverses a whip in, Marty slips out of a slam, pushes into the ropes and Hercules scores with a clothesline from the apron.

Power & Glory now with a double team, sending Jannetty into the ropes and elevating him high in the air for a flap jack. Herc takes the ring and takes Marty’s head off with a clothesline, props him on the top turnbuckle and makes the tag to Roma. Power & Glory combines to hit Jannetty with the Power-Plex, Roma puts a boot on Marty’s chest and gets the victory.
Winners: Power & Glory (Roma/Power-Plex)

  • After The Match: Roma rolls Michaels in the ring for the first time, Power & Glory pounding away at the injured knee until a gang of referees come out to restore order. The EMTs come out to the ring and they stretcher Shawn out of the arena.
  • EA’s Take: Paul Roma & Hercules were kind of thrown together as a team and weren’t ever meant to amount to much. This match would serve as the most significant moment they’d ever really have. After a beatdown of The Rockers, Power & Glory looked to use them as a stepping stone in the tag team division. Their victory here seems a bit odd and out of place, especially the way that it went down with Michaels not even getting involved in the match. In reality, Shawn was legitimately suffering from a knee injury and this story was used to give him some time off. Upon his return, The Rockers would seek revenge on Roma & Herc

Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. Perfect talks about accepting The Texas Tornado’s challenge just 10 days ago, but for a perfect man like himself, he doesn’t need a lot of time to prepare. The Brain says if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. He believes The Texas Tornado has his head in the clouds, which means his feet aren’t on the ground.

Match #2 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich
Collar & elbow to start, Tornado with the power edge shoves Perfect into the corner, the champion immediately going to the outside to convene with Heenan. Back inside they lock-up again, The Perfect One with an armdrag and he soaks in the accomplishment. Another tie-up and Perfect with a hip toss this time, The Brain wiping the sweat from the champion’s brow. Another collar & elbow, the champion backs Tornado into the corner, Tornado reversing a whip across and he hits Perfect with a hip toss coming back out.

He slams Perfect, clotheslines him over the top to the floor and the champion takes a breather. Back inside now, Tornado goes to a wristlock and works over the shoulder joint, Perfect breaking the hold with a clothesline and he takes control with right hands. He snapmares the challenger over, hits his patented neck snap, shoots Tornado into the corner and locks in a sleeper as he rebounds out.

Perfect breaks the hold on his own, placing Tornado in the corner and unloading with right hands while berating him. The challenger with an adrenaline rush, catapults Perfect into the corner, grabs him with the Iron Claw, then lays him out with the Tornado Punch and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich (Tornado Punch)

  • EA’s Take: In an unlikely turn of events, Mr. Perfect’s IC Title reign comes to an end rather abruptly. Originally, Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake was scheduled to be the challenger, but suffered a legitimate brutal injury to his face in a boating accident and missing nearly 2 years of ring time. The Texas Tornado is Kerry Von Erich is a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a Texas wrestling legend and the most promising talent of the famed Von Erich family. After the fall of his father’s promotion WCCW, Kerry would stay in Texas for another year and a half before arriving in the WWF in July of 1990. Interestingly enough, Kerry wrestled from 1986 on with a prosthetic right foot that not many people knew about until years and years later. His foot was amputated following a devastating motorcycle crash that nearly took his life.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is set to interview Sapphire, but she has yet to arrive to the building. Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan & Mr. Perfect barge in, Heenan beside himself and claiming The Texas Tornado broke every rule in the book. The Perfect One claims he has a lump on his head from the ring post, vowing to be back to claim what’s rightfully his.

Match #3: Queen Sherri vs. Sapphire
Sapphire’s music plays and she doesn’t come out, they play it again, but still no Sapphire. Somebody comes out from the back and gives Howard Finkel some info, The Fink announcing that Sapphire only has 30 seconds to get to the ring or she’ll be forced to forfeit. Sapphire still doesn’t show and Sherri is awarded the match.
Winner: Queen Sherri (Forfeit)

  • After The Bell: Gene Okerlund is in the locker room with ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes to shed a little light on Sapphire’s whereabouts, but he doesn’t know. Dusty states they arrived to the building together, but she disappeared 10 minutes later and nobody’s seen her. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan walks in to inform The American Dream there’s still no sign of her, but everyone’s still looking. Rhodes talks about his concern with the lavish gifts Sapphire has been receiving lately, but he’s tried to stay out of it because it’s made her happy.
  • EA’s Take: Usually when I say “Move along, nothing to see here” that means the match wasn’t very good. This time, there is literally nothing to see here. This is all storyline as Sapphire has started to become corrupt due to the lavish gifts she’s been receiving. In reality, Sapphire would leave the WWF shortly after this. Rumor has it that she was such a Dusty Rhodes mark that when she was told they’d be splitting, she broke down and no longer had a desire to work for the company.

Match #4: The Warlord w/Slick vs. Tito Santana
Tito with a side headlock out of the lock-up at the start, Warlord lifts him in the air and throws him across the ring to break it. They tie-up again, Warlord pushes Santana into the corner, Tito fires out with right hands and goes to a wristlock, Warlord shoots him into the ropes and ducks down, Santana drops an elbow. Tito scores with multiple dropkicks to take the big man down, Warlord rolling under the bottom rope to the outside to huddle up with Slick.

He slides back in and Tito goes back to the wristlock to work over the shoulder joint, Warlord scoops Santana up and slams him, but misses a follow-up elbow drop. Santana hits the ropes, jumps onto Warlord’s shoulders and fires off right hands, taking him to the canvas in a pinning predicament for a 2 count. Santana gets tossed to the outside on the kick-out, Slick distracts the referee and Warlord hops outside, ramming Tito back-first into the ring post.

Warlord slides inside and takes the ref’s attention, Slick tries to sneak around ringside to nail Tito with his shoe, the referee stops him and Warlord hops out to bring Santana back inside. He clobbers away at the back of Tito, buries right hands to the breadbasket in the corner and whips him across. Warlord rushes into a Santana boot, Tito levels him with a clothesline and covers for 2. He fires off right hands, Warlord reverses a whip into the ropes, Santana ducks a right hand and connects with the Flying Forearm, hooks the leg and Warlord gets a foot on the rope at 2. Tito looks for a monkey flip in the corner, Warlord powers out of it, plants Santana with a running powerslam for the 1-2-3.
Winner: The Warlord (Running Powerslam)

  • EA’s Take: Thanks to Tito Santana, this match was at least watchable. The Warlord is nothing more than just a big guy with a good look and can’t work a lick. He was able to hide his deficiencies somewhat when he was in a team, but not so much during his singles run. Both of these guys have pretty well been relegated to the lower portion of the card by this time.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition. Ax talks about their opponents not knowing which two members will defend the titles against The Hart Foundation. He explains that’s the advantage they have and The Hart Foundation will be demolished.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is in the locker room with The Hart Foundation, Hitman talking about how confusing it’s been to not know which members they’ll face-off with. Gene wonders what Neidhart thinks, but he doesn’t get paid to think. It doesn’t matter to him which two it is, he doesn’t care. Bret states it’s like Phil Collins says, they’re two hearts beating as one.

Match #5 is 2/3 Falls for the WWF Tag Team Championships: WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Smash & Crush) vs. The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)
Bret & Smash to kickoff the action, some posturing to start, Smash grabs Hitman by the hand and pulls him towards his corner. Crush looks to enter the ring, the referee thwarts the attempt, allowing Neidhart to come in for a double back elbow on Smash. He counters an irish whip into the ropes, looks for a slam, Hitman slips out and rolls Smash up for a quick 2 count, then takes him over with an armdrag and grabs an armbar. Bret hammers at the shoulder joint, The Anvil with the tag and he maintains the hold. Smash shoots Neidhart into the corner, charges in and misses, The Anvil going back to the shoulder and tags Bret.

Hitman comes off the 2nd rope with a shot to the lower back, takes Smash over with an armwringer and drops a leg, going back to an armbar. Smash powers to his feet, slams Bret to break the hold and tags out. Crush with a slam, tries a follow-up knee drop and misses, Hitman attempts to work over his shoulder, gets sent into the ropes, Bret ducks a clothesline for a crossbody, but gets caught and slammed again. Crush works over Bret in the corner, whips him across, charges in and meets boots to the face. Hitman with a schoolboy for a 2 count, Smash & Neidhart tag in, The Anvil with a side headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and knocks him down with a shoulder. Back into the ropes he goes, Crush with a cheap shot from the apron and Smash takes control before tagging out.

Crush whips The Anvil into the corner, rushes in, gets laid out by a clothesline and we get tags on both sides. Bret with heavy right hands, irish whip into the ropes and he drops Smash with a clothesline, then catches Crush coming in with a dropkick. Hitman gets Smash in the corner, climbs to the 2nd rope to fire off right hands, sees Crush coming from behind and jumps on him, taking him to the canvas with punches.

He hits Smash with an inverted atomic drop, he whips him into his own partner, then plants him with a side russian leg sweep for a near fall. Bret splits Smash with a backbreaker, drops an elbow from the 2nd rope and covers, but Crush drops a leg to break it up. Smash tags out, they connect with the Demolition Decapitation and Crush makes the cover for the first fall.
First Fall: Demolition
Demolition double teams Bret as the referee gets Neidhart out of the ring, order is restored, Crush whips Hitman into the ropes and drives him to the mat by the throat. Smash tags in, plants Bret with a back suplex for a count of 2, then tags back out. Crush snapmares Hitman over and goes to a chinlock, Bret gains a vertical base, but gets dropped by a right hand and Smash re-enters. He drives Bret into the top turnbuckle, irish whip for a right hand, Hitman ducks it and scores with a clothesline.

He crawls to try and tag, Smash hangs on to prevent it, but Bret makes it and The Anvil comes in like a house of fire, laying out both of the champions. He levels Smash with a back elbow out of the ropes for 2, shoots him in again and plants him with a powerslam for another near fall. Bret tags in, The Hart Foundation with a double team spear in the corner, they hit Smash with the Hart Attack, Hitman covers and Crush jumps on the referee to stop the 3 count, but causes a disqualification.
Second Fall: The Hart Foundation
The Hart Foundation celebrate the pinfall, Crush ambushes Bret from behind and he goes spilling to the outside. Neidhart goes to the floor to check on him, Demolition holds the ref’s attention and Ax comes running out from the back, hiding himself under the ring.

Smash pulls Bret to the apron by the hair, Hitman with a shoulder to the midsection, slingshots in with a sunset flip and gains a 2 count. He hits an inverted atomic drop, The Anvil comes in for a double team move, Smash ducks away as Crush tries to enter the ring, distracting the referee. Neidhart lays Smash out with a clothesline, lifts Bret in a reverse powerslam and powers Hitman onto Smash with a splash for a count of 2. Hitman sends Smash to the outside with a right hand, Ax switches out behind the referee’s back and slides into the ring, clubbing away at Hitman. Bret battles back, shoots Ax into the corner and charges in, but gets flattened by a clothesline.

He slams Bret for a 2 count, plants him with a side russian leg sweep for another 2, then whips Hitman sternum-first into the turnbuckles, Neidhart breaking the count at 2. Crush switches out illegally as the ref gets The Anvil out of the ring, he cracks Hitman with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and Neidhart’s had enough. The Anvil tussles with Crush in the ring as Ax & Bret battle outside, Smash comes out from under the ring and they double team Hitman, swapping out again. Smash throws Bret back inside and hangs him on the middle rope, the ref finally gets Crush to the apron as The Legion Of Doom make their way to ringside, pulling Ax out from under the ring.

Crush & Smash set-up for the Demolition Decapitation again, Hawk trips up Crush on the top while the ref is busy with Animal. Smash turns his attention to The Legion Of Doom leaving Crush all alone, The Anvil slingshots into the ring with a shoulder tackle, Hitman with the trip and he covers Crush for the win.
Winners and NEW WWF Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation

  • EA’s Take: No contest as to what’s been the match of the night so far, very entertaining and it was great to involve Ax & The Legion Of Doom. Demolition added Crush as their 3rd member after Ax began having health issues, Crush was eventually to replace Ax full-time. When The Legion Of Doom (the team Vince supposedly created Demolition in the mold of) arrived in June of 1990 after leaving WCW due to heat with Jim Herd, it was an obvious choice for their first rivalry. This would be the 2nd go-around for The Hart Foundation with the tag titles.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is back in the locker room with The Legion Of Doom. Animal talks about challenging Demolition week after week, he hopes they have their attention now. Hawk states Demolition have been running over everybody, but they’re here to run them over. The Hart Foundation come in, Bret claiming they won’t hide behind the titles and will take on all comers.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is outside Demolition’s locker room where there’s a mighty commotion going on. Mooney reporting that Demolition’s anger isn’t directed at The Hart Foundation, but Legion Of Doom.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is now in the interview area with Queen Sherri. The Queen states that Sapphire has been seen throughout the day, but she may be smart to not show up to their match. Sherri has heard some rumors, but she won’t spill the beans for Okerlund. On the other side of the intermission, Gene welcomes in Big Boss Man. Boss Man talks about upholding the law in the match between Jake Roberts & Bad News Brown. He states that he’s not afraid of snakes or rats and will see justice prevail.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is joined by Nikolai Volkoff & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan in the locker room. Duggan talks about presenting Nikolai with the American flag a few weeks ago, but tonight he’s proud to have him as a partner. Volkoff is happy to be joined by Hacksaw and calls him an idol, looking forward to meeting The Orient Express tonight.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is with Earthquake, Dino Bravo & ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart. Quake claims there will be a disaster here tonight at SummerSlam, last time he was face to face with Hulk Hogan, Hulkster got carried out on a stretcher. Tonight, Hogan makes the most foolish decision of his career by stepping into the ring with him. He wonders where Hulk’s friend Tugboat is, reminding us he squashed him with an Earthquake Splash. Dino ensures Earthquake that he will handle Big Boss Man, Jimmy warns that Hogan & Boss Man will be carried out on stretchers side-by-side.

Backstage: Sean Mooney welcomes Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in the locker room, wondering if he’s afraid of rats. Roberts states that he’s not afraid of rats and Damian is hungry. He wants to know how hungry Bad News Brown is, stating that hunger is what seperates a man like him from a mouse like Brown.

Match #6 – Special Referee Big Boss Man: Bad News Brown vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts
Bad News attacks Jake from behind while Boss Man makes his entrance and the bell rings. He whips The Snake into the corner, charges in and Roberts side-steps him, looks for an early DDT and Bad News escapes under the bottom rope. Back in the ring, Jake with an armbar, Bad News breaks it with a right hands, whips Roberts into the ropes for a hip toss, then drops a leg and makes a nonchalant cover for a 2 count.

Brown argues with Boss Man about the count, Roberts gets to his feet behind him and attempts the DDT again, but Bad News rolls outside. The Snake goes out after him, Bad News with a right hand, grabs a chair and spears Jake in the breadbasket with it. Boss Man hops outside to restore order, Brown tosses Roberts back into the ring and whips him hard into the corner. He shoots Bad News hard into the opposite corner, then continues to punish The Snask with right hands, another hard irish whip to the turnbuckles and he follows with a clothesline.

Brown to the 2nd rope for a fist drop, Roberts rolls out of the way, gets sent into the ropes for a back body drop and scores with a knee lift. Jake drops Bad News with a short-arm clothesline, calls for the DDT, but Brown with a back body drop to counter it. He kicks The Snake under the bottom rope to the floor, grabs the chair and again rams it into Jake’s ribs, Boss Man calling for the bell.
Winner: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (Disqualification)

  • After The Bell: Bad News argues with Boss Man about the decision, Boss Man hops outside to check on Jake and Brown grabs the bag containing Damian. He tries too drop a leg on Damian, Boss Man pulls the bag out of the way and Brown ambushes him from behind. Jake slides in the ring, unveils Damian from the bag and chases Bad News out of the ring.
  • EA’s Take: This was pretty rough right here, none of it really made much sense to me. The feud here was pretty brief and rightfully so, it was made to be about Jake’s snake Damian vs. Bad News Brown’s ‘Harlem sewer rats’, although we never got any kind of appearance from the supposed rat. Bad News would leave the WWF following SummerSlam after a dispute with Vince McMahon, claiming Vince never came through on his promises to Brown. Roberts would turn his attention to an ‘arrogant’ Superstar, looking to deflate his over-blown ego.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is joined by Demolition, who are still hot over losing the tag titles. They claim The Hart Foundation didn’t play fair, needing The Legion Of Doom to defeat them. They vow that LOD will regret the day they walked in Demolition’s shadows.

In The Ring: The red carpet has been rolled out in the squared circle for Brother Love. He talks about when the fans were all snot-nosed kids that were told what to do by their parents. Now that they’re all adults, they still need someone to boss them around because they are soft. Brother Love introduces his guest and just the man to give the orders, Sgt. Slaughter. The Sarge shakes Brother Love’s hand and gives him a big hug, stating there are only two reasons he came to Philadelphia. In his search for the one man deserving of the ‘Sgt. Slaughter Great American Award’, he Slaughter found that America had become weak. He presents the award to Brother Love, Brother talks about Nikolai Volkoff receiving a much smaller award previously. Slaughter says he’s declared war on Volkoff and is not happy that America has accepted ‘that commie’ into their hearts. Sarge warns that America having his back won’t help him as Nikolai is soft like the USA has become. Just like Saddam Hussein will kick the US’s butt, he will kick Volkoff’s. “And that’s…an order.”

Backstage: Joining Sean Mooney in the locker room is The Orient Express & Mr. Fuji. Fuji talks about the ‘superpower’ of the US and Russia joining together to face-off with Japan tonight. He warns Nikolai Volkoff & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan that they will show no mercy and will clock Duggan so hard that he has two cross-eyes. Mooney interrupts for some breaking news and sends us to Gene Okerlund outside of a locker room as Sapphire enters, then shuts the door in his face.

Match #7: The Orient Express (Sato & Tanaka) w/Mr. Fuji vs. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Nikolai Volkoff
Hacksaw & Nikolai sing ‘God Bless America’ prior to the match, the whole crowd singing along with them. The bell rings and Hacksaw sends out his thoughts to the troops in the Middle East. The Orient Express with an attack from behind, Nikolai & Duggan turn the table and hit atomic drops on both of The Express, bumping them into one another and then booting them out of the ring. Order is restored, Nikolai & Tanaka take the ring, collar & elbow tie-up and Volkoff uses his power advantage to toss Tanaka aside.

Tanaka hits the ropes and runs into a big shoulder, runs into the them again, ducks a clothesline and gets caught attempting a crossbody. Sato climbs to the top rope and delivers an overhead chop to Nikolai from behind. The Orient Express double team Volkoff in their corner, Duggan tries to help, but distracts the ref and Fuji delivers a cane shot. Sato tags in and delivers strikes, tags out to Tanaka who hits the ropes for a splash and misses. Hacksaw gets the tag and unleashes lefts and rights, gives one to Sato coming in, The Express attempts a double team move by shooting Duggan into the ropes and they get leveled by a double clothesline.

Hacksaw with a series of lefts and rights to both, rams them together with a double noggin knocker and drops them with clotheslines. Volkoff enters the ring, they whip The Express into each other from opposite corners, Nikolai disposes of Sato and Hacksaw goes into the 3 Point Stance and flattens Tanaka with a clothesline for the 3 count.
Winners: ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Nikolai Volkoff (Duggan/3 Point Stance)

  • EA’s Take: Complete squash match victory for the new team of Duggan & Volkoff. Nikolai had a change of heart following the fall of the Soviet Union and adopted the storyline of being a liberated Lithuanian. He and Hacksaw would enter into a feud with the retuning Sgt. Slaughter, who had done the opposite of Volkoff and denounced America. The duo would continue to see The Orient Express in competition into late 1990, as The Express sided with Slaughter.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is standing outside Sapphire’s locker room as Dusty Rhodes pounds on the door for her to let him in. The American Dream doesn’t understand what’s going on with her, he needs her in his corner, but he has to head to the ring for his match.

Match #8: ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes vs. ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage w/Queen Sherri
‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase is on a microphone on the other side of the arena with Virgil, talking about how everyone has a price for him. DiBiase states that his money can buy anybody or anything, tonight it has purchased Dusty’s humiliation. He introduces Sapphire who comes out wearing a fur coat and expensive jewelry. She has a bag full of money and The MDM explains that he’s been showering her with gifts. It’s not Sapphire’s fault, she had her price. Rhodes tries to make his way after DiBiase, but gets ambushed from behind by Savage in the aisleway.

The bell rings and Macho tosses Dusty back inside the ring, climbs to the top and drops down with a double axe handle. He chokes The Dream, Sherri delivers a cheap shot behind the referee’s back and chokes him some more. Macho King unloads with stiff left hands in the corner, the ref forces Savage out and it gives Dusty an opening to turn the tables. He delivers a series of shots himself, drops elbows on the top of Savage’s head and then sends him to the outside with a dropkick.

Rhodes goes to the floor after him, Macho puts Sherri in between them and the ref steps out to break it up. Sherri hands Savage a foreign object before sliding in the ring to get Dusty’s attention, Macho clocks The Dream with something behind the officials back, covers and gets the W.
Winner: ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage (Foreign Object)

  • EA’s Take: A pretty disappointing match that should have been a lot better, especially considering the greatness of the workers involved. It’s too bad that the finale of this rivalry ended this way, as it was seemingly only used to transition Rhodes into his next feud with DiBiase. Dusty would drop the polka-dots after Sapphire’s departure and a new generation of The Rhodes Family would be introduced in the coming weeks to help his father battle the crooked Ted DiBiase. For ‘Macho King’, he’d look to gain back the company’s top prize as we head towards the new year.

Backstage: Sean Mooney tries to get a word from Ted DiBiase, Virgil & Sapphire, he explains that there’s nothing his money can’t buy. Dusty Rhodes runs to the back, but DiBiase & company load into a limousine and quickly take-off.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is standing by with Hulk Hogan & Big Boss Man. The Hulkster remembers what it felt like when Earthquake crushed his ribs and the way Dino Bravo & Jimmy Hart enjoyed it, but most of all he remembers the outpouring of support he received from all his Hulkamaniacs. They may have taken out his buddy Tugboat, but tonight he has Boss Man watching his back. This match is dedicated to the ‘Tugster’. Another chapter in American history will be written tonight, as they chop Earthquake down like George Washington chopped down the cherry tree.

Match #9: Earthquake w/Dino Bravo & ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. Hulk Hogan w/Big Boss Man
Collar & elbow tie-up and we have a stalemate, they lock-up again and Earthquake powers Hogan to the mat. Hulk charges into another tie-up and gets pushed back to the canvas, yet another lock-up and Hulk grabs a side headlock, Quake pushing him into the ropes and knocks Hulkster down with a shoulder. Hogan rolls under the bottom rope and has a conference with Boss Man, heads back inside and goes to right hands. Hogan attempts a slam, Quake blocks it and hammers down on the back with double axe handles. Earthquake whips Hogan hard into the turnbuckles, shoots him back across and runs in, meeting a boot to the face.

Hulkster with a clothesline, fires away with chops and right hands, but can’t get the big man off his feet. Dino & Hart hop on the apron, Hulk drops them with fists and finally puts Quake on his backside with a big right hand, Bravo & Jimmy get dropped off the apron again and Quake rolls out to take a break. The Hulkster doesn’t allow them to regroup, hops outside and goes to work alongside Boss Man. They rolls Dino & Quake into the ring, whip Bravo into the ropes and hit a double big boot, then the same for Earthquake. The referee tries to get Big Boss Man out of the ring, Dino attacks Hogan from behind and hits a double slam with Earthquake, the big man follows with an elbow drop for a count of 2 as order is restored.

Quake climbs to the top rope and comes down with a club to the back, then proceeds to stomp on Hogan’s hands before locking in a Boston crab. The Hulkster gains the bottom rope to force a break, falls to the floor and Dino delivers a slam behind the referee’s back, Boss Man arguing with the official on the apron. Bravo tosses Hogan back inside Earthquake with a slam, but misses a follow-up elbow drop. Hogan gets back to his feet and attempts a slam, can’t hold the weight and Quake falls on top for a 2 count. He puts Hulk in a bearhug, Hogan starts to fade, but finds a rush of adrenaline and breaks the hold with right hands.

He hits the ropes for a shoulder block, then another and he gets the big man reeling, hits the ropes for a crossbody, but Earthquake catches him in the air and plants Hogan with a powerslam. He makes an arrogant cover for a 2 count, then hits the ropes and delivers an Earthquake Splash, but doesn’t go for the cover. Earthquake connects with another, gets a count of 2 and Hogan gets another adrenaline boost, Hulking up. Quake’s right hands have no affect, Hogan fires off right hands, shoots Quake into the ropes and connects with a big boot.

He finally slams the big man off his feet, drops the big leg, but Dino is on the apron with the ref’s attention. Jimmy jumps in the ring and breaks up the cover, Hulk gets ahold of him and presses him over his head, tossing Hart onto Earthquake and they go to the outside. Boss Man disposes of Dino and they brawl, Quake drags the Hulkster to the floor, holds him for Jimmy to deliver a megaphone shot, but Hulk side-steps and Earthquake gets nailed. He slams the big man on a table, slides into the ring and the ref’s count reaches 10.
Winner: Hulk Hogan (Count-Out)

  • After The Bell: Dino & Earthquake hop in the ring as Hulk is celebrating and ambush him from behind, Boss Man slides in with a chair and clocks The Canadian Strongman. Quake holds Hogan in the air with a choke, Boss Man delivers multiple chair shots to the back and Quake finally relinquishes the hold. Dino & Earthquake surround Boss Man, but he pulls out his nightstick and they quickly retreat.
  • EA’s Take: Hulk gains a small measure of revenge after Earthquake (kayfabe) put him out of action with an injury. The fire that raged between these two was really just getting started, as they’d continue to do battle through the end of the year and into 1991 with Dino & Boss Man involved.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. Rude demands to be called the next WWF Champion, then speaks about Philadelphia being full of history. The story of Rocky vs. Apollo Creed was Hollywood and this is reality, a steel cage is his kind of match. When the door is slammed on the cage, it will symbollically shut the door on Ultimate Warrior’s title reign. The Brain reminds us that Rude has beaten Warrior for a title before, the only difference is this one’s in a cage.

Backstage: Dusty Rhodes is with ‘Mean’ Gene in the locker room, The Dream is overflowing with emotion. He’s fine with Sapphire taking the money, but she paid him back in scorn. The people may be wondering when he’s going to get mad and get even, that time has come. If DiBiase thinks everyone has a price, he’s about to pay a heavy one.

In The Arena: Lord Alfred Hayes is at ringside to give us the details on the steel cage as it’s being constructed. The crew is looking to beat their time for putting it together in about 8 minutes.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is now in the interview area and welcomes in Hulk Hogan, the Hulkster stating the only thing left to do is ride up to WWF President Jack Tunney’s office to inform him that Hulkamania is alive. Hogan vows to defeat Earthquake across the country until Tunney makes him the #1 Contender to the WWF Championship. Hulk states there’s now 4 demandments; training, saying your prayers, eating your vitamins and now believing in yourself. He plans to ride the “title wave” straight back to the top of the WWF.

Backstage: In the locker room is Sean Mooney, surrounded by an irate Earthquake, Jimmy Hart & Dino Bravo.Quake vows that he’s not finished with him and the war has just begun, including Boss Man. Earthquake shows off the marks on his back from the chair, next time Hulk won’t be walking out on his own power. Dino talks about Boss Man needing a nightstick and a chair, but still couldn’t stop the Earthquake.

Backstage: WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior is with Gene Okerlund, Warrior cracking a joke about Rude, Heenan and the Liberty Bell. He talks about doing what our fore fathers did, stepping into a new frontier when he steps inside the steel cage. He’s prepared to make the sacrifice and has no fear of the unknown.

Match #10 is a Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior
Rude climbs up the cage, Warrior climbs up from the outside and they meet, exchanging right hands, Warrior drives Rude into the cage and he falls to the canvas. The champion comes off the top with a double axe handle, rams The Ravishing One into the cage numerous times, charges in for a splash and tastes the steel himself. The challenger is busted open, scales the side of the cage, Warrior grabs a foot and gets kicked away, Rude coming off the top with a double axe.

The Ravishing One sends the champion into the cage over and over making Warrior bleed, they exchange right hands and Rude gets the better of it. He grinds The Ultimate One’s face on the steel, the champion tries to fight back, but takes a boot to the breadbasket. The challenger attempts the Rude Awakening, Warrior powers out and flattens him with a clothesline, looks to follow with a splash, but Rude gets the knees up. He connects with the Rude Awakening, climbs to the top of the cage and comes down with a right hand to the head.

Heenan pleads with Rude to leave the ring, The Ravishing One heads to the top of the cage again, but this time takes a right hand to the ribs on the way down. Warrior crawls for the door, The Brain grabs it and slams it on the champion’s head, Rude crawls to a cover and gets a near fall. He grabs a side headlock, The Ultimate One pushes him off into the ropes and they collide heads, both going down. The challenger crawls towards the door, Warrior grabs his foot as Heenan tries to pull Rude out, getting pulled into the cage himself.

The Ultimate One drops Heenan with a big right hand, sends him flying out of the cage with an atomic drop, but turns around into a clothesline from The Ravishing One. The champion with a rush of adrenaline, Rude’s blows have no affect and Warrior scores with multiple clotheslines. He presses Rude over his head and drops him, climbs over the cage and mocks the challenger as he drops to the floor.
Winner and STILL WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior

  • EA’s Take: We’ve definitely seen better out of these two in their previous rivalry, which is odd because Warrior is actually somewhat bearable in the ring by now. His previous encounters with Rude & Hogan have really helped him make his matches smoother, provided he has the right opponent of course. The champion would take part in a rivalry including other “brothers in paint” heading into the fall and later stages of the year, while this would serve as the final PPV match in the WWF for ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. He’d take some time off and work a light independent schedule before returning to WCW in the fall of 1991.

EA’s Finisher: Meh. That would describe the entire event. You had matches that served little purpose or were meant to get over talent that had very little…well, talent such as The Warlord. Matches that could have and in all seriousness should have been, much better than they were. Perfect & The Texas Tornado could have given us a much better effort had they been afforded more time, the drama surrounding Sapphire far overshadowed the finale between Dusty Rhodes & Savage. I’d imagine Macho was probably not happy about that one as he was notorious for being a stickler when it came to the quality of his matches. Hulk got a little revenge on Earthquake, but it was a count-out victory and the Warrior/Rude match also seemed to be the victim of time. The only match that delivered tonight was by far the 2/3 falls, overall a most forgettable pay-per-view in the annals of history.

Top Three To Watch
1 – The Hart Foundation vs. Demolition
2 – Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude
3 – Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake


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