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Chairshot Classics: NWA Starrcade ’87 – Chi-Town Heat

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The NWA and Jim Crockett Promotions bring us their fourth annual Starrcade from Chicago and we’re no longer on closed circuit, but pay-per-view! JCP has also just recently purchased the Universal Wresting Federation (formerly Mid-South Wrestling) from Bill Watts, so we have a number of new talents including one on our announce team. Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross welcome us to the UIC Pavilion and send us directly to the ring, where the combatants for our first match are on their way out!

Match #1: ‘Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner & Larry Zbysko w/Baby Doll vs. Sting, Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & ‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin w/Precious
Sting and Rick Steiner will get this one started. Steiner blindsides Sting with a lariat followed by a shoulder block. On an attempted 3rd attack, Sting issues a drop toe hold and Steiner stumbles through the middle rope onto the floor. As Steiner gets to his feet, Sting launches over the top rope with a plancha. He rolls Steiner back into the ring, climbs to the top rope and lands a missile dropkick. Zbysko and Gilbert rush the ring but they’re cutoff by dropkicks from Hayes and Garvin. Sting’s team knocks Gilbert’s team into one another with simultaneous Irish whips and they knock the heels to the floor.

Steiner tries slowing things down by taking his time back to the ring. He meets Michael Hayes who goes to work on Steiner’s left arm before a quick tag to Garvin. Jimmy whips him to the rope and delivers a backbody drop. Steiner gives, and crawls to his corner to tag Zbysko. The two lock up and Garvin lands several shoulder blocks before it’s Hayes’ turn again. The Freebird lands an elbow and struts around the ring. The defeated Zbysko tags in Gilbert, but it is all Michael Hayes. Sting is tagged in, climbs to the 2nd rope and delivers an axe handle followed by a clothesline. Gilbert thwarts the offensive attack and comes back with a body slam. He makes the tag to Steiner who is greeted with an arm drag. Sting tags Garvin who goes up for a sunset flip and gets a 2 count. Back to their feet, Steiner is able to work Garvin into his corner and tag in Zbysko.

The “Living Legend” pulls the ref’s attention away so Gilbert and Steiner can take advantage of Garvin in the corner. Zybysko delivers a power slam to Garvin. 2 count. Gilbert is tagged back in. He executes an atomic drop and a back breaker before trying another pin. Another 2 count. Gilbert lifts Garvin for a body slam. He runs the ropes for an elbow drop but Garvin moves. Nonetheless, he is the first one to make a tag and Rick Steiner is back in. The Michigan shooter delivers a power slam for a near-fall. Steiner puts Garvin in a long bearhug. He tries to run Garvin into the corner unsuccessfully. Steiner makes the tag to Zbysko and Garvin is prevented from making his. The crowd is hot for Garvin to make that tag.

Zbysko applies an abdominal stretch on Garvin, but Jimmy is able to reverse out of it and give a hip toss and make that tag to Sting. He is attacked by all 3 heels but is able to get the better of them until finally Zbysko rakes his eyes. The ref is once again distracted by the heels and Gilbert gets some cheap work in before throwing Sting over the top rope. The heels regroup and Gilbert is now the legal man even though I never saw a tag. Gilbert with a vertical suplex to Sting for a near fall. He issues a knee to Sting’s head and tags in Zbysko. Zbysko attempts a vertical suplex twice but Sting reverses and both men are down. Zbysko is the first to make the tag and in comes Rick Steiner. After a few punches and kicks, Sting is locked in a sleeper hold.

There is less than 3 minutes left in the time limit. Sting is able to break the sleeper hold by running Steiner into the turnbuckle, but Sting cannot make a tag yet. Zbysko returns to the ring but Sting reverses his Irish whip to the corner and Larry is down. Near simultaneous tags are made to Hayes and Gilbert and Hayes is first to strike with a back body drop. The heels rush Hayes and the babyfaces respond. All 6 men are in the ring brawling in their respective corners. Hayes hits Zbysko with a huge running bulldog. He appears to get the 3 count, but Zbysko had his leg on the rope.

Desperate for a decision before the time limit, Hayes puts Zbykso into a sleeper, but it’s broken up by Gilbert’s axehandle. A tag is made and Rick Steiner is now the legal man. Hayes is once again in Steiner’s bear hug. Rick flips him for a belly to belly suplex and a near fall. Gilbert is tagged in but Hayes reverses his attempt at a back body drop with a small package for a 2 count as the arena announcer exclaims that there are 15 seconds left. The other 4 men rush the ring as the countdown is on. Hayes executes a sunset flip for an apparent 3 count, but the time limit is hit when the ref gets to 2.
Winners: Time Limit Draw

  • EA’s Take: Unlike any other Starrcade, this year we start off with a bang. The crowd was popping for everything the babyfaces did in this pretty basic 6-man tag team match. It’s strange that Hayes & Garvin are getting cheered since they were primarily known as being heels, but Zbysko & Gilbert make it easy to cheer the future incarnation of The Freebirds. Rick Steiner is one of the UWF stars who has arrived via the sale of the company and is not yet sporting his trademark headgear, as Scott is not around yet. Another guy who we’re used to seeing “on the other side of the fence” so to speak in regards to his heel/face status. Our biggest name in this match is of course The Stinger, who the crowd is wildly into already. This match was used by booker Dusty Rhodes as a means to showcase his young star, because The American Dream saw the writing on the wall. Sting would very soon be pushing for the World Title.

Match #2 for the UWF Heavyweight Championship: UWF Heavyweight Champion ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams vs. NWA Western States Champion Barry Windham
The commentators explain that these two are friends out of the ring and they shake hands as the bell rings. The two run the ropes perpendicularly before Williams hits a hip toss. Williams attempts a gorilla press slam and actually lifts his opponent several times over his head but Windham is able to reverse it, get down, run Williams to the rope and get a near fall. The two start a series of what looks like amateur wrestling and they eventually roll out onto the floor in undramatic fashion. The crowd seems restless and they boo when the two mutually agree to return to the ring. Windham with a headlock that is reversed by Williams into a side suplex.

The two lock up and Windham lands a gutwrench suplex. The two lock up and Williams has Windham in a headlock, turning it into a suplex while maintaining the hold. The headlock is held for a while and I think I can hear random people yelling “boring”. Windham is finally able to free himself and lands a shoulder block. There seems to be a little confusion, followed by the two running the ropes. Windham leaps over a ducking Williams and on the comeback, Williams attempts to leap over Windham and bashes his crotch right into Windham’s head and yelps in pain. Williams is down in what appears to be a legitimate injury.

The ref starts counting but Windham stops the count. Windham is checking on Williams and it takes a while for Williams to get up. Williams is adjusting himself in a way that tells you that bump was not a work. When the action returns, Windham breaks a head-scissors attempt. Williams is limping. Windham takes Williams down with another shoulderblock, then tries a cross body, only to fly over the top rope. Windham climbs back into the ring, but is immediately rolled up for a pinfall.
Winner and STILL UWF Heavyweight Champion: ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams (Roll-Up)

  • EA’sTake: After an opening match that featured some great crowd work and a lot of action, this was frankly boring for two notable stars, even before their big botch. There was absolutely some sort of miscommunication on that leapfrog spot, Williams took a legit low blow, then it just got strange with the finish coming off a surprise roll-up. The son of BlackJack Mulligan is a tremendous worker, so we know that he can do much better than what we got here. Dr. Death comes with a big reputation from the UWF, but personally I never saw his appeal. Total dud.

Match #3 is a Skywalkers Match: NWA United States Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) w/Jim Cornette & Big Bubba vs. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
There is a little bit of hesitancy to climb the ladder from both sides as the teams jaw at each other. The Midnight Express and Gibson from The Rock n’ Roll Express climb up, but before Morton can get there, he is attacked by Big Bubba. Cornette is directing traffic as always. Midnight takes advantage of the 2 on 1 and drives Gibson’s face into the grate. Big Bubba is on his way up the latter to make it 3 on 1, but before he could get there, Morton steals Cornette’s tennis racket and gives him repetitive shots.

Morton climbs up with the racket and takes a shot at Lane’s knee with it, followed by a head shot. With Gibson down, Morton attacks Eaton with the racket. As Eaton starts to get up, we see some powder in his hand that he throws in Morton’s face. Morton has a “near fall” if you will. Lane is holding Gibson for Eaton to go to work on, but Gibson moves and Lane is hit. Eaton is once again hit with the racket and a punch. The two go back and forth with some very careful work and attempted shove-offs.

A railing on the scaffold appears to break and Gibson uses it as a weapon on Eaton. Gibson goes for a double team on Lane who is slowly “slipping” from the scaffold to the lower bars. The tennis racket had fallen and Cornette throws it back up to Eaton who is back to his feet and uses it on Gibson. Lane is now underneath the scaffold and Morton is giving chase. Gibson is working over Eaton with the racket up top. Lane tries to monkey-bar his way away from Morton but instead swings a few times and falls to the ring. Cornette is incensed. It’s 2 on 1 and the Rock n Roll express make quick work of Beautiful Bobby, beating him to his stomach, Eaton grabs the bars underneath and falls.
Winners: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express

  • After The Bell: Cornette orders Big Bubba to climb the scaffold and attack the RnR. Gibson had been climbing down one ladder but Morton is still there. Bubba is wielding the racket and the two have a long stare down. Bubba takes off his coat and Morton appears to oblige. Morton distracts Bubba by pointing off in another direction and uses the distraction to hit a low-blow and quickly descends from the ladder.
  • EA’s Take: Like I said during my last Starrcade review, I could really live without the scaffold match. You’ve got two of the better tag teams of all-time and unlike last year with The Road Warriors, all of these guys are workers. Yet, you have them in a match where they really can’t do anything. Honestly, beyond the morbid curiosity of whether or not someone is going to have a horrible accident, what’s the appeal? I get that they were trying to make this almost a signature match for The ME due to Cornette’s fear of heights, but the match doesn’t deliver. It CAN’T. The majority of offense has to be done from your knees since everyone’s forced to be so careful, plus when someone goes to “fall”, they have to do so in a manner that they end up hanging first to make it a controlled fall. Even then, we saw last year a controlled fall can still go haywire. No thanks, I’m cool with the scaffold match.

Backstage: Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes are interviewed by Bob Caudle. They explain that they want to challenge the winner of the NWA Tag Team Championship match and Jimmy Garvin gives a rambling (but decent) promo putting over every babyface on the card. ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams comes in next and speaks about the controversy in his win, comparing it to a recent Oklahoma Sooners football game, then stumbles through a promo about what he’ll do to remain champion.

Match #4 is a Unification Match: NWA Television Champion Nikita Koloff vs. UWF Television Champion Terry Taylor w/’Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert
The two men are showing a lot of animosity with their stare down. The crowd is chanting for Nikita. The two lock up and Nikita powers him off twice. The two jaw in each other’s face. An aggressive lock up is broken in the corner. Another lock up and Taylor with an arm drag but Nikita is up quickly. Nikita applies a headlock and whips Taylor for a shoulder block. The ref breaks up a subsequent lockup. Taylor applies a wristlock to Nikita who is simply taunting him. Nikita reverses the wristlock and turns it into an arm drag. Nikita follows this up with some submission work on the mat. Taylor tries to escape but he is dragged right back in.

Gilbert is barking to the ref, and Nikita taunts him. Nikita continues the submission attack and gets a near fall. Taylor rolls out of the ring to slow it down. Upon his return they are back in each other’s faces and exchange slaps and punches and Taylor can’t keep up. Nikita hits a back body drop and Taylor escapes to the floor. The ref is forcing Taylor to get back into the ring. He rolls in but rolls right back out. Nikita comes over, grabs Taylor by the hair and pulls him back into the ring. Nikita pounding on the head and back of Taylor. Arm bar to the corner. Irish whip. Taylor reverses with a knee to the midsection. Taylor.

Arm bar to the corner. Irish whip. Taylor reverses with a knee to the midsection. Taylor gets a nearfall and before he knows it, he’s back in a hammerlock. Nikita works him up to a half nelson on the mat. Taylor is able to work himself to the ropes. Back to their feet, Taylor rakes Koloff’s eyes. Taylor with some shots in the corner and snapmare but he misses an elbow drop. Koloff right back to work with the arm. Both men back to their feet with the lock still on and Taylor gets to the corner. The ref breaks the hold and Taylor headbutts Koloff. Nikita is enraged and executes the Russian Hammer chokehold. Koloff is up and positioned for the Sickle, but he misses and runs into the turnbuckle instead. Koloff is dangling off the apron and Taylor kicks him to the floor.

Taylor bashes Koloff into the steel rail and runs him into the post. He then uses the post. Koloff is slow to roll into the ring and the crowd is chanting his name. Taylor distracts the ref as Gilbert takes a cheap shot. Snapmare takedown by Taylor followed by a couple knees to the head. Taylor attempts a pin and gets 2. Koloff tries to pull himself up by the ropes but Taylor is back to work on the arm. They run the ropes and Taylor attempts a sunset flip that is reversed by Koloff’s punch to the head. Taylor with a kick to the midsection. Koloff reverses Taylor’s attempted vertical suplex with one of his own. Taylor is still the first on the attack, but after a few punches, Koloff bashes his own head off the turnbuckle and turns around looking fired up. He works Taylor into the corner for 10 punches.

For some reason, Hebner breaks this up and Taylor takes advantage of the pause with an atomic drop. Taylor slowly rolls him for a pin but Koloff’s foot was on the rope. Taylor argues with the ref and Koloff almost catches him with a small package. Koloff reverses an attempted piledriver with a back body drop. Koloff pounds on him until Taylor leaves the ring and runs away. When Koloff follows him back to the ring, Taylor greets him with a knee to the midsection. The ref lectures him on this and Gilbert uses the distraction to cheapshot Koloff on the knee. Taylor stomps on the injured knee and executes the figure four.

A couple near falls when his shoulders are down. Hebner turns around to see Gilbert giving Taylor leverage and the hold is broken. Taylor and Hebner are arguing again and Gilbert tries to take another cheapshot. Instead, Gilbert is dragged up to the apron by Koloff. When Taylor attempts to hit him from behind, Koloff moves and runs into his friend knocking him off the apron. After Taylor falls back, Koloff lands the Sickle for the pinfall.
Winner and Unified NWA & UWF Television Champion: Nikita Koloff (Sickle)

  • EA’s Take: Very solid match to unify the TV Titles where the crowd was hot for Nikita, but there was still a miniscule smattering of boos for him at the beginning. The now-former UWF TV Champion Terry Taylor had left the NWA once, becoming arguably the UWF’s hottest star. It’s funny how things work out sometimes though, as he was obviously brought right back into the NWA with JCP’s purchase of the promotion. Ultimately, this would be a quick trip as the consistently solid Taylor would take off again not long after this match for WCCW.

Match #5 for the NWA World Tag Team Championships: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) w/Paul Ellering vs. NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard w/James J. Dillon
Arn and Hawk start the match. Arn fights off a choke hold, but is sent to the corner by Hawk. Arn reverses with a knee and climbs the ropes. Hawk rushes to the corner and picks him up and a gorilla press. Arn rolls out of the ring and JJ Dillon wants a timeout. The ref demands Arn return to the ring. Arn cautiously approaches Hawk. Arn gets a headlock on but Hawk strengths his way out of it and pulls Arn to the mat. Arn rolls out again. Anderson slow to get in the ring and there is a standoff between Ellering and the Horseman outside.

A tag is made to Blanchard and Hawk strengths him down. Blanchard attacks but is met with a clothesline. Blanchard tries to escape the ring but Animal presses him back to the ring. Blanchard has had enough and goes down the entry way but he is chased down and brought back to the ring. Hawk with a dropkick and lateral press for a two count. Tag made to Animal. Blanchard reverses an Irish whip with a knee to the mid section. Blanchard heads for the top rope but Animal catches him for a body slam from mid air and the crowd explodes. Animal attempts a pin but it’s broken up by Anderson. Animal stares down Anderson who is getting heat from the crowd. Anderson is tagged in and he’s barking for Hawk to back up. Anderson gets the first offensive blows in, but Hawk hits a clothesline following a whip to the corner.

Anderson is back in the ring, standing in his corner and checking on his face. Anderson whispers something to Blanchard. Anderson with some kicks, but is caught in a bear hug that is quickly broken by Blanchard’s interference. Anderson and Blanchard double team Hawk, they whip him to the corner but he comes back with a double clothesline. Hawk pins the legal man but his leg is on the rope. A couple big rights from Hawk and a tag is made to Animal. They double team Blanchard into a big bear hug followed by an atomic drop. Tully is up and he tries to land some chops to no avail. Animal goes to work on Blanchard until he can take no more and from his knees tags Anderson back in.

Anderson with a headlock, the two run the ropes, and Anderson cowardly grabs the rope, rolls out of the ring and runs away. Once back in the ring, Animal with a gorilla press slam to Anderson. Blanchard is tagged back in but is looking at the same fate from Hawk who is now legal. Anderson takes a cheap shot at Animal’s knee before he can do so. Blanchard goes to work on the knee and Hawk looks for a tag. Hawk rolls out of the ring where he is double teamed, with Anderson and Blanchard using the post and a chair to the injured knee. Hawk is rolled back into the ring for a DDT from Anderson. He kicks out at 2. Blanchard is tagged, and tries a figure four but Hawk reverses with a small package. 2 count. Blanchard doing more damage to the leg before Anderson is back in. Anderson attempts a spinning leg lock but Hawk pushes him off. Anderson regroups and prevents Hawk from the tag before Blanchard is tagged in again.

This time, Tully gets the figure four locked in. After a long while, Anderson is tagged in and attempts a couple of pins only getting 2 counts. When Anderson attempts a double knee while Hawk is on his back, his groin is met by Hawks knees. This gives Hawk time to make the hot tag. Animal drop kicks Anderson and fends off the charging Blanchard. When Animal goes to the ropes for a clothesline on Anderson, he is tripped from the outside by Blanchard.

Hawk gives chase to Blanchard around the ring while Anderson tries to take advantage. Running from Hawk, Blanchard rolls back into the ring, runs across and bumps referee Tommy Young out of the ring hard. When Anderson tries to clothesline Animal over the ropes, a dazed Animal ducks and lifts Arn over instead. Inside the ring, the Road Warriors connect with the Doomsday Device. Earl Hebner is now out to the ring and makes a 3 count. The bell sounds for a Road Warrior win. The crowd goes bezerk.
Winners and NEW NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Road Warriors (Animal/Doomsday Device)

  • After The Bell: The original referee returns to the ring, vetoing Hebner’s decision. He says he saw Arn flipped over the top rope, which was grounds for automatic DQ and awards the victory to Arn and Tully.

Winners and STILL NWA Tag Team Champions: Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (Disqualification)

  • EA’s Take: Excellent match here and we get the swerve finish as the hometown boys get screwed over. I think I would have gone the other way here, The Horsemen didn’t need any more heat and the crowd went ballistic for the pinfall. This could have been a great moment, but we know that has always been the WWE’s forte, not JCP or WCW. The air seemed to be let out of the room anyways, so if the goal was more heat on Arn & Tully, it didn’t really work that way. Historically speaking, obviously the big change here is there’s no more Minnesota Wrecking Crew. Ole, who had been kicked out of The Horsemen in early 1987 and replaced by Lex Luger, retired shortly after.

In The Arena: Jack Gregory & Magnum T.A. talk about The Road Warriors getting hosed for the Tag Titles, then run down our next two matches for the US and World Heavy weight Championships. They throw it to Bob Caudle who is standing by with the new Unified TV Champion Nikita Koloff. Nikita goes off in broken English about defeating Terry Taylor and how good he feels to be the only holder of the TV Title, but next one his agenda is the World Championship. James J. Dillon steps in next and speaks about his busy night, stating he’s relieved that Arn & Tully got justice and held onto the Tag Titles. He talks about helping Ric Flair get ready for his match tonight, but admits he’s spent more time focusing on Dusty Rhodes and getting US Champion Lex Luger ready. JJ claims he’s got the perfect athlete and the perfect plan.

Match #6 is a Steel Cage for the NWA United States Championship: Dusty Rhodes vs. NWA United States Champion Lex Luger w/James J. Dillon
The two circle the ring and lock up and tie up in the corner. They back off and restart. Luger lands some kicks and tries to run Rhodes into the cage. Rhodes blocks it and reverses with an elbow. The two circle again and Luger taunts Rhodes with his trademark flex. Rhodes laughs him off and struts to the crowd’s cheer. Another tie up in the corner, they exchange punches before Rhodes rattles off about 8 in a row before another elbow. Rhodes goes for the Weaver Lock but Luger runs to the corner to break the hold. Dillon cheers Luger on as he gets Dusty in a headlock. They run the ropes and Luger hits a shoulder block. On 2nd attempt, Dusty catches him in a sleeper – Luger runs to the ropes again to break the hold.

They lock up, Luger lands a couple punches and a snapmare. Dusty moves when Luger tries to land an elbow and Rhodes is up for an arm submission. Luger is trying to get to the ropes but is caught for a while. Rhodes delivers his patented elbow on the shoulder and continues the hold. Luger is finally able to push Rhodes to the corner, delivers a punch and whips Rhodes to the corner. Rhodes moves and Luger hits the turnbuckle hard. They are back to the mat with Rhodes working that arm. Rhodes lets up and stomps on Luger’s back before pounding on him in the corner. Luger takes advantage of the ref breaking it up with a cheap shot.

This opens up Luger for an attack that culminates in running Dusty into the cage and grinding his head against it. Luger hammers on Rhodes who is now bleeding in the corner. Again, Rhodes is thrown against the cage. Rhodes kicks out of a pinfall attempt at two. Luger pounds him in the corner, delivers a snapmare and an elbow drop. Rhodes kicks out at 2. Luger taunts with another flex. Both on their feet, Rhodes reverses a whip to the rope and hits an impressive (for his size) dropkick. But Rhodes is still too beaten down to take advantage and Luger is back on offense. He signals for his patented torture rack but he can’t get the big man all the way up. He stumbles to the corner and that’s where Rhodes lands.

The frustrated Luger grinds his face on the cage some more, as well as chokes him on the top rope before Hebner breaks it up. Luger applies a wristlock submission, but the crowd is rallying behind Rhodes who gradually rises to his feet. He gets there, but Luger knocks him right back down. JJ Dillon is looking very cocky as Luger is in control. The crowd rallies more and Rhodes is back to his feet, Luger pulls him back down by his hair. A determined Rhodes is up again. Luger works him to the corner and lays in punches and kicks which only seems to be firing Rhodes up. Dusty fights back to the delight of the crowd. He works Luger down to the mat and gets a 2 count.

Both men are back to their feet, Luger whips Rhodes to ropes, Dusty ducks a clothesline and Rhodes applies the Weaver lock. A distressed JJ Dillon knocks out Johnny Weaver and takes the key. Hebner won’t let him in. Instead, Dillon throws a chair over the cage top as Luger bashes into Hebner to break the lock. Luger reaches for the chair but as he does, Rhodes catches him bent over and lands a DDT on the chair. He gets the pin for the win. Rhodes and Weaver embrace as Rhodes exits.
Winner and NEW NWA United States Champion: Dusty Rhodes (DDT)

  • EA’s Take: The relative upstart champion surprised me here. We all know Luger was definitely more of a “look” guy than a worker, but he managed to hold his own. However, he was also led by and opposite one of the all-time greats. Dusty’s workrate wasn’t stellar in his later years, but he could still lead the right horse to water AND make him drink it. Two years into the business and less-than one year into his JCP tenure, Luger comes from Florida and was immediately thrust into The Horsemen when Ole chose to retire. He quickly took the US Title from Nikita Koloff in July, building to tonight where the seeds were planted for his departure from The Horsemen.

Match #7 is a Steel Cage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair w/James J. Dillon vs. NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ronnie Garvin
The two lock up and have a clean break. Ric Flair gives a taunting “Wooo”! They exchange chops and lock up again. More exchanges of chops and slaps before Garvin hits a hip toss. Flair cowers again. Garvin with a side headlock, and whips Flair into the corner for a shoulder block. Garvin with more chops to Flair in the corner and Ric walks away with his patented fall on his face. Back body drop from Garvin followed by an armbar submission. He leads Flair around the ring and into the corner. Garvin with a series of rights to the head as the crowd counts to 10. Garvin with an Irish whip into the corner and another back body drop.

The crowd cheers as he delivers the Garvin Stomp. Flair is back up and they have a vicious exchange of punches, chops and slaps and Flair hits the mat first. Garvin tries pulling him back up but Flair hits a low blow. Flair methodically back to his feet and he lifts Garvin for an atomic drop. The crowd responds to his “Wooo!” Flair with more chops and punches in the corner followed by a kick to the midsection and a snapmare. Flair backs up and hits his patented knee to the head for a near fall. Flair uses the bottom rope to work on the left leg of Garvin. Flair intimidates Garvin as he pulls him to his feet. Flair drops Garvin on his knee and turns it immediately into the Figure Four leg lock. Garvin is struggling.

Flair uses the rope for leverage each time the ref is not looking. Garvin’s shoulders drop for a couple near falls. Garvin is trying to turn the hold and the crowd cheers. He is successful but Flair immediately grabs the ropes. Flair is up to his feet first. Flair delivers an elbow the head and a kick to the knee. Garvin is taking a lot of punishment right now. Flair tries to use the cage as a weapon but Garvin is able to block all of his attempts. Garvin reverses a whip to the ropes and instead throws Flair head first into the cage. Garvin rubs Flair’s face on the cage and he is bleeding. Garvin bites Flair’s head and the Nature Boy tries to escape by climbing over the top of the cage. Garvin stops him and both men are up on the turnbuckle.

Garvin bashes Flair several times into the top of the cage and he tumbles back to the mat. Garvin slaps Flair in the corner. Flair fights back with some kicks and goes to the top rope but Garvin is up too soon and hits him with a gorilla press slam. Garvin tries to use Flair’s move against him and puts him in the Figure Four! A couple near falls as Flair yelps in pain. Flair finally works his way to the ropes to break the hold but Garvin continues to work on Flair’s right leg. More exchanges of chops in the corner before Flair tries to throw Garvin into the cage, but again Garvin blocks it. He instead reverses it, knocks Flair to the mat and heads for the top rope. Garvin lands a cross body block from the top rope and gets a near fall. Garvin attempts a backslide, once again for a 2 count.

Flair’s head is raked against the cage some more and is slapped around on the apron. Flair tries to escape again and Garvin follows him to the top turnbuckle. Garvin bashes his head on the top of the cage and delivers a headbutt. Flair falls groin first onto the top rope and back in the ring. Garvin sets up for a sunset flip but he can’t get Flair on his back. Flair sits on Garvin’s shoulders for a pin but the ref notices he’s holding the top rope and breaks it. Garvin rolls Flair back over again for a 2 count. Garvin goes for 10 punches in the corner but Flair carries him across the ring to the other corner, hitting the ref along the way. Garvin bounces off and hits Flair with his knockout punch. Tommy Young is delayed getting over there and Flair kicks out at two. The two run the ropes, Garvin leaps up and is caught by Flair who uses the momentum to drive him into the cage. Flair pins him 1-2-3.
Winner and NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Cage Shot)

  • EA’s Take: I think I would have rather seen a screwed finish than that one because it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. First of all, why is Garvin jumping into Flair like he wanted to be caught in a bearhug? Secondly, the first and only time Garvin’s head touches the cage, he’s out cold? It would be sold better if Flair hadn’t been abused by the cage all match, taking probably a dozen similar shots. It’s pretty unusual seeing Garvin come in as the champion in a feud that started over Flair’s lusting after Precious, the wife of Ronnie’s kayfabe brother Jimmy. However, she wasn’t referred to as such on television. Also, Ronnie Garvin was the legit stepfather of Jimmy Garvin. What is this, Jerry Springer?!?

EA’s Finisher: JCP no longer has the roster depth to give us a 12-match card, making this a shorter show, but it seemed more star-studded. The main event is easily the weakest of all the Starrcade events to date and unless you were up on the angle, you probably didn’t care. Then again, it felt that way in ’86. At least your undercard is loaded with young talent. Again, this is vital with the ongoing battle against the WWF, which continued tonight. Vince McMahon would run the first Survivor Series on the same night as Starrcade and do better numbers, just one of many shots in the back-and-forth between the promotions. JCP does beat the Fed on adding affects for wrestler entrances like smoke and colorful lighting, but if this is supposed to be their version of WrestleMania after the WWF put 90,000-plus in the Silverdome, there’s just no comparison.

Top Three To Watch
1 – The Road Warriors vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard
2 – Gilbert, Zbysko & Steiner vs. Hayes, Garvin & Sting
3 – Nikita Koloff vs. Terry Taylor


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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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Chairshot Classics: WCW The Great American Bash ’89

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The war between NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and Terry Funk heats up at The Great American Bash 1989! The WWF ‘s grasp of the mainstream attention remains, where WCW continues quietly bringing in foreign and young talent alike, while keeping themselves going with legends like Flair and the Funker. Turner’s organization has yet to get too silly, which we’ll see in the coming years, but this card has a load of names so let’s get to it!

Match #1 is a Two-Ring King Of The Hill Battle Royal: ‘Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert, Terry Gordy, Scott Hall, ‘Wild’ Bill Irwin, ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman, Ranger Ross, Sid Vicious, Mike Rotunda, Ron Simmons, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Dan Spivey, ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams & ‘Gamesmaster’ Kevin Sullivan
RULES: All participants begin in ring #1. You may only eliminate your opponent in this round by throwing them over the top rope and into ring 2. This ring becomes a traditional battle royal in which any top rope is in play for elimination. The winners of ring 1 and ring 2 will have a match for $50,000. Sid Vicious and Brian Pillman are the final remaining participants in ring #1. The out-sized Pillman attempts a cross body, but Vicious ducks and Flyin’ Brian leaps over the top rope. Sid is the winner of ring #1.

Dan Spivey, Steve Williams and Mike Rotunda are the final participants in ring #2. Williams is fired up and wants to take on both heels. He whips Rotunda to the ropes for a power slam. Williams pulls his opponent up and Rotunda reverses a 2nd whip to the ropes. He tries to clothesline Williams over but misses and tumbles to the floor and is eliminated. Spivey wastes no time to capitalize on Williams, but Dr. Death reverses his Irish whip and hits him with a clothesline. Williams can’t seem to knock the big man over the top rope though.

There is a shoulder tackle from Williams, but on his 2nd attempt he is tripped by Rotunda who is standing on the floor. When Williams gets up, he’s distracted by Rotunda and is hit from behind. Steve Williams is eliminated and Dan Spivey wins ring #2. Outside of the ring, Teddy Long comes down with a microphone in hand explaining that he’s not stupid enough to let his tag-team partners fight. They will split the $50,000
Winners: Sid Vicious & Dan Spivey

  • EA’s Take: So this is a pretty unusual way to start the show, seeing as only a couple of guys in this match aren’t pulling double-duty tonight. It featured a cluster of eliminations in a quick timeframe, but hey, a hearty welcome to a steroid-bound, mustachioed version of Scott Hall! This was also the pay-per-view debut for Pillman, Simmons and Scott Steiner (in-ring).

Match #2: ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. ‘Wild’ Bill Irwin
Irwin wastes no time in attacking Pillman into the corner. He sends him with an Irish whip to the opposite corner, but Pillman uses the turnbuckle and leaps over his head. Pillman delivers a hip toss and follows it with a drop kick. He grabs Irwin with a side headlock and uses the turnbuckles for momentum to whip his opponent down to the mat. Irwin tries to reverse and roll him over for a pin, but Pillman hangs on to the lock and gets him back into position. The two men work to their feet and power to the corner.

Irwin delivers a few forearm shots. He whips Pillman to the opposite corner, but again Pillman lifts himself up from the middle turnbuckle and catches Irwin’s head. Irwin is flung out of the ring to the floor with a head scissor take down. When Irwin tries to stand up, he is hit by Pillman’s baseball slide. Irwin returns to the ring, and Pillman executes a few hip tosses and keeps him down on the mat with an arm bar submission. They work back to their feet, they run the ropes but it’s Irwin who regains control with a hiptoss. He tries to follow it with an elbow but Pillman moves.

Pillman is back to his feet and uses an arm drag and another arm bar submission. Irwin works his way back up once again and breaks the hold. They run the ropes, but he is hit by Pillman’s cross body tackle and it’s followed by another armdrag/armbar combo. Once the hold is broken, they run again. Pillman leaps over Irwin the first time but is caught by a side slam the second. Irwin follows it up with a vertical suplex and he taunts Pillman. Irwin throws Pillman through the middle rope taunting his desire to “fly”. Back to the apron for Pillman, and he’s met with Irwin’s forearm.

Irwin continues to bully Pillman. He slams Pillman into the turnbuckle, and follows it with a snapmare take down and into a reverse chin lock. The crowd begins clapping for Pillman who is struggling while trapped in the chin lock. Pillman works to his feet, but Pillman delivers shots to the side. Pillman comes back with shots of his own, but the momentum is stopped when he’s kicked on an attempted back body drop. Irwin delivers a vicious clothesline and gets a near fall.

He ties Pillman up on the middle rope, and Irwin lands a massive knee to his back. Irwin chokes Pillman on the rope until the referee gets him off. Pillman is once again thrown through the middle rope and Irwin continues to vocalize. Pillman comes back into the ring, dazed, and Irwin puts him right across the middle rope again. Irwin attempts another running knee to Pillman’s back but Pillman moves and Irwin bounces off the rope. Flyin’ Brian lands two drop kicks, and he whips Irwin to the ropes for a flying clothes line and a big splash.

Pillman covers for 2. Pillman chops Irwin to the mat and heads for the top rope. He misses a flying drop kick and lands on his back. Irwin stomps Pillman’s head and pulls him back to his feet. Side salto suplex by Irwin who only gets a two count. He pulls Pillman back up and throws him from ring #1 to ring #2. The referee stops Irwin from following him and Irwin begins to argue. Pillman gets up on the top rope of ring #2 and lands a flying cross body into ring #1 which is good enough for the pin.
Winner: ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman (Top Rope Crossbody)

  • Off The Top: Here’s a great example of how WCW is upping the athleticism and youth on its roster, as Pillman really shines here. Coming out of Stampede Wrestling and a product of the famous Hart Family, this former Cincinnati Bengal brought something to WCW that we’ve really only seen out of Muta to this point. ‘Flyin’ Brian will always be remembered for his ‘Loose Cannon’ persona much later on, bu this version of Pillman was a pioneer. His “Goon” of an opponent is the veteran from Mid-South and WCCW, Bill Irwin, who only saw his real success in those promotions. If you didn’t get my Goon reference, spoiler alert; he ends up being The Goon.

Backstage: Paul E. Dangerously explains that he saw Jim Cornette fall off the scaffold in 1986 and he plans to target the knee.

Match #3: The Skyscrapers (Sid Vicious & Dan Spivey) w/Teddy Long vs. The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas)
Spivey and Ace start the match. They lock up and Spivey takes several shots to the midsection. Johnny Ace hits him with a dropkick off the ropes, but Spivey is unaffected. Spivey delivers huge forearm shots and follows it with a clothesline. Ace tries to run at him, but he’s powered down by Spivey’s shoulder block. Ace is back to his feet, and he baseball slides under Spivey. Douglas comes into the ring untagged and they hit Spivey with a double drop kick. This is followed by a double Irish whip and a double monkey flip.

Douglas whips his partner into Spivey, but when he himself runs at him for a clothesline he is knocked down by Spivey’s big boot. Douglas ducks a clothesline when he is whipped to the rope. He spins over Spivey’s back while Ace heads for the top rope. Johnny hits a cross body as Douglas trips him from behind. The Dudes get a 1 count. They slow it down, and it’s still Ace and Spivey. They lock up, Spivey delivers straight lefts, Irish whips him to the corner and hits a clothesline. Vicious is tagged in and he delivers a double axe handle before a huge chop. Ace can’t fight back and Spivey is tagged back in.

Another huge clothesline delivered to Ace followed by a body slam. Ace moves on Spivey’s elbow and Douglas is tagged in. Douglas tries his best to go on the offense, but they run the ropes and he is caught with a side slam. The crowd chants “We Want Sid!”. Spivey lifts Douglas up for a powerbomb. Douglas is pulled back up, whipped to the ropes and is knocked out of the ring with a big boot. Teddy Long takes some liberties. Douglas is hit with a vertical suplex to re-enter the ring. Spivey gets a 2 count and Sid is tagged back in. The crowd pops for him.

Vicious delivers a big clothesline and soaks up the fans’ cheering. He chokes Douglas into the corner and knocks him down with an Irish whip. Vicious holds Douglas down on the mat, squeezing his lower back. He tags Spivey back in and the crowd boos. Side slam by the big Dan Spivey. Douglas attempts a cross body but he’s caught and put into a back breaker. Spivey goes to the top rope but misses a diving head but. Douglas escapes Spivey and a tag is made to Ace who goes to work with kicks to the midsection.

Johnny hits a flying clothesline from the top. He goes for the pin, but Vicious breaks it up. Douglas attacks Vicious, but Sid rakes the eyes and tosses him out to the apron. The Skyscrapers stand in opposite corners as Ace gets up to his feet slowly. They go for a double clothesline, but Ace ducks and the big men hit each other. The Dudes double drop kick Vicious and hit Spivey with a double hip toss. The ref demands Douglas leave the ring and while he’s distracted, Vicious pulls Ace to the mat hair first when he is set up for Spivey’s powerbomb. The ref turns back around and Spivey goes for another powerbomb. It’s very sloppy but it’s enough for the win.
Winners: The Skyscrapers (Spivey/Powerbomb)

  • EA’s Take: It’s still really early in his career, but the crowd was infatuated with Sid, likely for his unique size and look. He looked like a monster, but he wasn’t really involved much in the match and it seemed to disappoint the crowd. Unfortunately, he was only two years into the business after a chance encounter with Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo, so he was probably being protected here, which was the whole point of putting The Skyscrapers together.

Backstage: Jim Cornette explains that he doesn’t care if Dangerously breaks his leg, he’ll crawl and keep fighting. He accuses Dangerously of stealing all the tricks of his trade.

Match #4 is a Tuxedo Match: Paul E. Dangerously vs. Jim Cornette
Enormous pop for Jim Cornette’s entrance – better than any wrestler so far in the show. Cornette clocks Dangerously in the face and rips off his coat. Dangerously throws a powder substance in Cornette’s face and uses his phone to beat Jim’s knee. Cornette has lost his jacket. Paul E. with a right hand and delivers stomps to the bad knee. Paul E. wraps Cornette’s leg around the middle rope to apply more pressure before Cornette slaps him off. Paul E. uses his cumber bun to choke Cornette.

Jimmy delivers a low blow to break it up. He chokes Dangerously with his own cumber bun. Paul E. breaks it up in the corner. Cornette tries a kick as he’s struggling to stand and Paul E. spits in his direction. Cornette rolls out to the floor and Dangerously continues to strike the knee. Cornette is rammed shoulder first into the post and Dangerously rolls into the ring and taunts confidently. Cornette rolls back into the ring, but Paul E. slaps him down to the mat. Paul E goes for an elbow but Cornette rolls out of the way.

Paul E uses straight rights to Cornette, but Jim gets a burst of adrenaline and turns the momentum on him. Dangerously is pounded down to the mat with a series of right hands and he strips Dangerously of his shirt. Dangerously is whipped into the ropes, and the two men collide in a ridiculous shoulder tackle attempt. Dangerously appears to get more powder in his hand to throw at Cornette. Instead Jim kicks his hand and the plan backfires. Cornette rips off the pants and Dangerously sprints back to the locker room.
Winner: Jim Cornette

  • EA’s Take: I know Bra & Panties matches were popular during the Attitude Era, but the concept of two un-athletic dudes ripping each other’s clothes off is a strange draw in my book! Especially when Bob Caudle is saying things like, “OK, let’s see some clothes come off!”. Whatever melts your butter, Bob.

Backstage: Gary Hart is backstage explaining that the Great Muta isn’t doing an interview so he is not distracted. He reminds Sting that Muta is undefeated.

Match #5 is a Texas Tornado Match: The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda & ‘Gamesmaster’ Kevin Sullivan) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) w/Missy Hyatt
The teams waste no time to get the action rolling. Rick and Sullivan head for the floor while Scott hits a back body drop and clothesline. Rick is hit with a chair but it doesn’t effect him. He turns the table and hits Sullivan with it. The two continue to trade blows and Rick is hit with an atomic drop on the gate. Rick and Sullivan bash each other with a table while Rotunda gets a nearfall in the ring. Rick and Sullivan continue their back and forth shots while Scott has turned the momentum.

Scott with 10 punches to the head of Rotunda before launching him across the ring with a hip toss. Rick is rolled back in the ring as Scott is tossed to the floor. The Varsity Club take advantage of the 2:1 with a clothesline to Rick. Rotunda holds Rick for Sullivan but Scott is back in the ring so Rotunda redirects his attention. Sullivan hits Steiner with a clothesline off the middle turn buckle while Scott reverses Rotunda’s attempt to run his head into the far turnbuckle. Rick fights back against Sullivan and hits him with a belly to belly suplex. At the same time, Scott lifts Rotunda up and hangs him upside down at the far turnbuckle and delivers kicks to the midsection.

Rick hits Sullivan with a power slam and manages a 2 count. On the other side of the ring, Scott rolls Rotunda up into a small package and he also gets 2. Rick stands on the middle turnbuckle to deliver rights to Sullivan but he’s tossed over the top rope. Rotunda has also turned momentum and hits Scott with a snap suplex. Sullivan stomps Rick’s face from the apron while Rotunda holds Scott in place until he and Sullivan can deliver a double clothesline. The Club gets a 2 count. Sullivan attempts a back body drop which Rick tries to reverse into a sunset flip. When he can’t Rick uses his head for a low blow.

Rick hits Sullivan with a Steiner-line but Rotunda ties him up after. Scott Steiner sneaks behind Rotunda for a small package and a 2 count. Rick Steiner is tossed through the middle ropes by Sullivan. The Varsity Club hits Scott with a double back body drop. Rick Steiner rolls back into the ring with a chair but Sullivan steals it and hits him on the head with it while Rotunda tosses Scott out of the ring. The Club whip Rick to the ropes for a double clothes line. Rick ducks and Scott is on the apron and he pulls down the rope.

Rotunda tumbles over the top rope but Sullivan hits Rick with a clothesline on the way back. Sullivan pulls up Rick for a body slam, but Scott is on the top rope and he lands a crossbody. With both Steiners on top of him, Sullivan can’t kick out.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers (Scott/Top Rope Crossbody)

  • EA’s Take: It was pretty cool to see the start of one of the greatest tag teams to ever step into the ring, The Steiners. Scotty had been working previously, but only was in his 4th year as a pro by the time he hit WCW, starting off in some singles matches before pairing up with Rick. You could see early on, despite the fact that he did a lot of work with a guy who could help him along (Rotunda), Scott had a lot of potential.

Match #6 for the NWA World Television Championship: NWA World Television Champion Sting w/’Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert vs. The Great Muta w/Gary Hart
The two men are in opposite rings and Sting does a flying plancha from ring 1 into ring 2. Stings rolls out to the floor to enter ring 1, where their match is supposed to take place. While he does this, Muta heads for the top rope to greet him with a judo chop. Another chop from Muta and he whips Sting to the turnbuckle and delivers a power elbow. A backbreaker from Muta, but Sting moves on the follow up moonsault. Muta misses a spinning kick, but hits Sting with his follow up kicks and Sting tumbles to the floor.

A flying crossbody over the top rope to Sting by Muta. Sting gets back up to the apron and meets Muta with a kick to the midsection and a clothesline. Sting goes for the top rope, lands a flying clothesline and gets a 2 count. Sting delivers a standing drop kick and Muta rolls out to the floor. Sting leaps over the top rope to the floor, but Muta isn’t there and Sting lands on his feet. Some rights from Sting before Muta rolls back into the ring. A body slam from Sting but he can only get a 1 count. Muta reverses a vertical suplex and applies an oriental sleeper hold on Sting.

Sting works out of it, but he’s still caught in a reverse chin lock. Sting gets to the ropes, but Muta stays right on him. Sting reverses a whip to the ropes and hits Muta with a military press. The Great Muta moves on Sting’s elbow attempt. Instead, Muta lands one of his own and he goes into a seated reverse chin lock with his knee on Sting’s spine. Sting strengths his way to his feet but Muta moves the hold into an abdominal stretch. Eddie Gilbert tells the ref that Muta is using the ropes for leverage. Muta rolls him down to the mat and gets a 2 count.

Muta hits an elbow to Sting’s neck and dumps him to the floor but the Stinger is immediately back into the ring ready to fight. Muta slows the momentum by getting his fingers in Sting’s eyes. Kicks to the midsection by Muta He attempts another Irish whip/elbow combination but Sting moves. Sting with tons of energy hits a series of clotheslines and completes it with a bulldog. Another standing dropkick by Sting and Muta rolls to the outside temporarily. They run the ropes. Muta attempts to spray his red substance into Sting’s face.

Sting ducks and it instead hits referee Nick Patrick. Sting grabs Muta, but Muta moves on the Stinger Splash. Snapmare take down by Muta who lands his moonsault. Referee Tommy Young is down to replace Patrick, but the delay results in only a 2 count. Sting ducks a kick and catches Muta in belly to back suplex. Sting gets the 3 count and ends Muta’s undefeated streak. Gary Hart is questioning whether or not Sting had his shoulders down as well. The referees consult and Hart gives Muta the belt. The two head back to the locker room with it as the confused crowd chants “Bullshit”.
Winner and STILL NWA World Television Champion: Sting (Bridging Back Suplex)

  • EA’s Take: Don’t mind my Sting bias, but this was really a great match. The Stinger is clearly a big part of the company’s future, but they really did him a disservice in the last two pay-per-views. This was a nice change after the previous 6 minute match with Butch Reed (which I swear featured 3 minutes of reverse chin locks) and the 2 minute match with The Iron Sheik. This was a nice showcase for the young Sting, who got to show he could go with someone other than Flair. The highly skilled Muta posed a different kind of challenge that fans here in the States had yet to see Sting face.

Backstage: Lex Luger demands that this match not be no DQ, or there won’t be a match.

Match #7 is No Disqualification for the NWA United States Championship: NWA United States Champion Lex Luger vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat
The ring announcer verifies that this is a no-DQ match. Luger protests and demands Steamboat waive it or he will not get a chance at the belt, giving him 30 seconds. Steamboat obliges reluctantly. The two tie up aggressively and Luger shoves him off twice. The third tie up and Luger tries to take a cheap shot. Steamboat ducks the attempt and rolls up Luger for a 1 count. Back to their feet, they run the ropes Steamboat reverses a back body drop with an inside cradle. Steamboat hits Luger with 2 drop kicks and follows it up with some vicious chops.

Irish whip to the corner and Steamboat lands a back body drop. He chops Luger to the ground and Lex tries to escape to the floor. Steamboat gives chase and continues his chops and hits Luger with an atomic drop. Back on the apron, Luger slows the momentum with a knee with the midsection. Luger kicks Steamboat back out to the floor, follows him and delivers an axe handle followed by a clothesline. Steamboat fights back as they circle the ring. Steamboat hits Luger’s head off the commissioner’s table and rolls Lex back in. Steamboat attempts to come off the top, but Luger punches him in the stomach. Luger follows it with a side back breaker.

The Total Package works over Steamboats back with big fists. Luger with straight rights to Steamboat’s face before throwing him over with a military press. Luger continues to work on the back, this time with knees. Lateral press by Luger but he can only get 2. Luger argues with the referee, and Steamboat rolls him over for a surprise pin. Luger comes back with a few tough clotheslines and Steamboat fights to stay up but cannot. Luger pursues Steamboat and hot shots him off the top rope. Steamboat tries fight back with more chops. Referee Tommy Young stops Steamboat’s hand when Luger hits the corner and the Package takes a cheapshot while he’s tied up.

Powerslam by Luger and he gets a 2 count. Steamboat ducks Luger’s clothesline and delivers a cross body but cannot get 3. Luger lifts Steamboat for an inverted atomic drop and then taunts the first row of fans. Steamboat reverses an attempted back body drop with a swinging neck breaker. Steamboat lifts Luger up, but Lex lands on his feet behind him. He runs at Steamboat who hits the mat and Luger tumbles over the top rope to the floor. Back on the apron, Steamboat delivers straight rights to a frazzled Luger.

Steamboat pounds Luger’s chest. He attempts to lift Luger back into the ring with a power slam but Luger falls on top of him and gets a count of 2 and a half. Irish Whip by Luger but Steamboat jumps to the middle rope. He leapfrogs over Luger, but Lex gets his boot up to prevent Steamboat from attacking. Luger heads for the top rope, but Steamboat is up to his feet and delivers a military press. Luger works his way to his feet and Steamboat lands a big chop from the top rope. He covers him and gets a near fall. Luger pulls himself up.

Steamboat goes in for a clothesline but instead Luger hits a back body drop from ring 2 into ring 1. Luger follows him into ring 1, but he goes to the floor and finds a chair. The referee tries to stop him but can’t and he’s thrown out of the way. Steamboat grabs Luger by the legs and whips him into the turnbuckle which uses the chair against him. Referee Tommy Young comes back seeing Steamboat attempting to use the chair on Luger and demands that he doesn’t. Steamboat lightly shoves him out of the way which earns him a DQ.
Winner and STILL NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Disqualification)

  • After The Bell: To the fans’ delight, Steamboat attacks Luger with the chair, eventually chasing him all the way up the entryway.
  • EA’s Take: There was no way the match wasn’t going to end in a DQ after a big stink was made about it by Luger, so the obviousness of the finish hurt a little. This means no matter what, Luger was keeping the belt. I was incorrect on how I thought it would play out, as I just thought Luger would do something cheap, Steamboat would win and that’s how he’d keep it. It was surprising to see Steamboat, who is carrying the squeaky clean image, be the one who not only earned the DQ, but aggressively pursued Luger after. It did really pop the people though!

Match #8 is the War Games: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal), The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams w/Paul Ellering & Jim Cornette vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin, Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & Terry Gordy) & The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu) w/Paul E. Dangerously
Jimmy Garvin and Bobby Eaton will start the preliminary 5 minute round. The two lock up and exchange rights. In the corner, Garvin delivers knees, but Eaton fights back. They exchange Irish whips and Eaton hits a neckbreaker. He misses an elbow drop and Garvin takes over. Body slam by Garvin. The two run the ropes and Eaton catches him with an atomic drop. More back and forth offense before Garvin tosses Eaton face first into the cage. Terry Gordy pulls on Eaton’s hair from outside of the cage while Garvin stomps.

On their feet, Eaton reverses an attempt to hit his head on the turn buckle. He slaps Garvin and delivers a snap mare. He throws Garvin to the ropes but Jimmy outstrengths him on the shoulder tackle. Garvin holds Eaton on the rope in a reverse chin lock while Michael Hayes taunts him from the outside. Garvin hammers Eaton’s head. Eaton rakes the eyes and delivers a backbreaker on Garvin. A couple rights from Eaton and another back breaker. Eaton has the upper hand with a body slam as Garvin’s team is about to send another member in. Eaton locks in a Boston Crab and the bell rings.

Terry Gordy rushes the ring and takes Eaton down with a right. Gordy throws Eaton into the cage and the teammates take advantage of the double team. Eaton is completely incapacitated and is on the receiving end of a double elbow. The two Freebirds just mercilessly punch and stomp Eaton down on the mat. Garvin holds Eaton upright but Bobby ducks a punch and Jimmy is clocked. The 2 on 1 is too much though and Eaton is again double teamed into the cage. The bell rings and Steve Williams enters and heads right up the turnbuckles. He’s met quickly by the Freebirds. They brawl before Williams clotheslines both of them.

Gordy and Williams enter the other ring and Williams does reps with him in a military press. Garvin chokes Eaton between the rings and Gordy hits Williams with a clothesline. Eaton and Gordy exchange rights and Williams comes back with a clothesline of his own on Gordy. The clock counts down and Samu is the next to enter the ring. He immediately goes after Williams with an impressive karate kick. His teammates join in on the stomping. Samu and Gordy take turns elbowing Williams on the back as Garvin rips at Eaton’s face. A head butt from Samu on Eaton who is being held by Garvin. A double snap suplex is delivered on Williams as time is running down.

Animal is the next to enter the ring. The crowd is loving it and he immedaitely goes after Samu. He tosses Samu out of the ring and delivers two clotheslines to Gordy. Animal follows Samu into ring #2 and he delivers a series of rights. He throws Samu back into the other ring and follows him with a diving shoulder tackle. Eaton helps Animal deliver a vicious clothesline on Garvin. He does the same for Williams’ sake. Michael Hayes is outside of the ring instructing Fatu to “kill” when he gets in there. Animal holds Samu for Eaton and vice versa. The clock counts down and here comes Fatu.

He goes right after Animal and both Samoans head butt him in the corner. The Samoans double clothesline animal and stretch his hamstrings on the mat. Animal is getting stomped on the mat and the crowd is screaming for Hawk. Gordy holds Williams in a choke over the ropes, but Williams reverses it into a side slam. Garvin rakes at Eaton’s face, but Eaton fights back with punches to the kidneys and a head butt. The clock is counting and here comes Stan Lane. Lane comes in on fire, and slams all 4 of his opponents head first into the cage. This helps his teammates get the upper hand and the 8 men brawl. Michael Hayes realizes he has to go next and he sounds disappointed. Williams and Animal take turns with clotheslines on Fatu. Eaton uses the cage to swing and take a kick at Gordy.

The Samoans gang up on Animal until Eaton breaks it up. The countdown is on and Michael Hayes enters the ring. Hayes goes around and lands his DDT on several of his worn down opponents. He goes to the other ring to strut. He taunts Hawk before stomping on Animal more. The crowd chants “We Want Hawk!”. A few wide shots as the team of heels is in control. Stan Lane is able to reverse Hayes’ momentum with a spinning kick to the mid section and follows it by bashing his head off the turn buckle. Terry Gordy snaps Williams’ head back with a clothesline.

The countdown is on and here comes Hawk. He goes right to the top turn buckle and double clotheslines the Samoans. He hits a clothesline on Michael Hayes and heads for the other ring. He beats on Terry Gordy on the ropes, whips him to the opposite rope and Williams helps Hawk lay him out. He lifts Garvin over his head and hot shots him on the top turn buckle. In the other ring, Eaton hits a DDT on Michael Hayes. He follows it with a DDT on Samu. Hawk dives into the opposite ring with a shoulder block.

Eaton drives Hayes head first into the cage. Samu tries to get Dangerously’s phone but it won’t fit through the cage. Action happening all over with the babyface team in control. Michael Hayes is thrown into the cage again by Eaton while Hawk works on Garvin in the corner. Animal is alone in the ring with Gordy until Hawk joins him and they call for the Doomsday Device. Jimmy Garvin rushes over to break it up. Instead, Hawk hits Garvin with a flying clothesline. Animal hits shots on Gordy and the two work over and into ring 2. Hawk delivers a neck breaker on Garvin and then puts him in the hangman’s neck breaker. Garvin can’t take it and he gives up.
Winners: The Road Warriors, The Midnight Express & ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams (Hawk/Hangman’s Neckbreaker)

  • EA’s Take: I know I’m not alone in saying that the War Games concept might be the coolest thing NWA/WCW ever did and I always found myself enjoying them, no matter how much of a Gong Show they could turn out to be. The people are really clamoring for Hawk here, which is why I think he could have been a big star on his own had he A: wanted to be and B: had his head on straight. A lot of great foils here as well, one who really stood out to me was Terry Gordy.

Backstage: Ric Flair gives an uncharacteristically quiet interview and they discuss the condition of his neck. Funk injured Flair’s neck and they discuss the fact that he hasn’t even had a warm up match before going back out there. Flair says he requested matches, but they were not granted. Nonetheless, he feels ready.

Match #9 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: NWA World Heavyweight Champion ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk w/Gary Hart
Funk and Flair start by brawling on the outside. Flair gets the upper-hand and struts in the ring. Funk is frustrated and he pulls at the railing. Funk is distracted by a fan and Flair jumps off the apron with an axe handle. Back into the ring for Flair as Funk whips a chair in the ring. Flair backs the ref off and the two men finally tie up in the ring. Funk takes control with physical chops, but Flair returns the favor and chops him over the top rope and to the Flair. The champ delivers another axehandle from the apron. Funk lures him in and runs Flair into the ring post.

Funk is up on the apron kicking Flair in the face. Flair holds onto Funk’s foot; Funk punches him off. Funk is in the ring, and Flair is on the apron. Funk slaps Flair’s around before delivering a vertical suplex back into the ring. There is a 2 count. Funk cannot get Flair up for a follow up suplex. He holds Flair temporarily in a front face lock, but Flair rolls out to the floor. Back to the apron for Flair, and Funk delivers shots to the back of the neck. Flair fights back and sets up for a suplex to the floor. He gets Funk over but it’s sloppy.

The two exchange hard chops on the outside. Funk tries to roll back into the ring but Flair doesn’t let him. More chops before Funk rakes the eyes of Flair. They rolls back into the ring. Funk sets up for a DDT, but Flair lifts him for a back body drop outside of the ring. Flair gives chase and delivers a snapmare take down on the outside. Flair works over the neck of Terry Funk as Gary Hart looks on. They roll back into the ring and Flair is relentless on Funk’s neck. He drops a big knee on the back of Funk’s neck twice. Flair rolls him over for a lateral press but he can only get 2.

Flair lifts Funk and delivers a pile driver of his own. The crowd cheers as Flair does it again. Terry Funk falls backward out of the ring and crawls down the entry way. Flair gives chase and twists Funk’s neck once again. Flair rolls Funk back into the ring and slaps him in the face. Funk tries to fight back but the Nature Boy delivers a huge forearm. A belly to back suplex from the champ and he looks for the figure four. Flair locks it in. Gary Hart throws a branding iron into the ring and then gets the refs attention.

The ref doesn’t see the foreign object and Funk breaks the hold with its use. Flair is reeling and bleeding. Funk delivers a series a lefts to Flair’s head and sets up for a pile driver. He executes it and goes for the pin but Flair’s foot is on the rope. Funk goes to the floor and lifts the pad to expose the concrete. Funk unrolls the tape from his wrist and chokes Flair on the apron. He shoves Tommy Young away from him and sets up for the pile driver on the concrete. Flair reverses it into a back body drop. They’re both slow to get up and Funk is the first to return to the offense.

They roll back into the ring and Funk swings Flair over for several neck breakers. Funk yells for Flair to “SAY IT”. Funk pulls Flair up to his knees and hits him with more lefts. At the turnbuckle, Funk tries to use the branding iron again but Flair grabs it and hammers it on his head. Funk tumbles out to the floor and Flair slowly gives chase. Funk is rammed face first into the post before Flair pulls him back into the ring. Flair gets up on the middle turnbuckle to deliver a ton of rights and now Funk is bleeding. Funk falls backwards onto the mat and Flair stays on him.

More rights and elbows from the champ. Flair tries a big knee in the corner but Funk moves. Funk moves in for his spinning toe hold. Flair reverses it and pulls Funk down to the mat for the figure four. Funk reverses that maneuver into an inside cradle, but Flair pulls another reversal and pins Funk with an inside cradle of his own.
Winner and STILL NWA World Heavyweight Champion: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair (Inside Cradle)

  • After The Bell: The Great Muta runs into the ring and blinds Flair with a spray to the eyes. Muta attacks Flair and holds him for Funk. Funk goes for a pile driver on a chair and it’s temporarily broken up by Doug DellingerSting rushes the ring to save Flair. They attempt to double team Sting, but Flair is back to his feet and they each choose a dance partner. Sting and Flair clear the ring. It seems like it’s over but Funk and Muta throw a chair into the ring and the 4 brawl in the entryway. Jim Ross attempts to give final thoughts but they’re not done yet, brawling behind them. Flair has the branding iron and Muta takes a beating with it.
  • EA’s Take: This sort of match makes you realize that Flair was quite adaptable. Terry Funk is a hardcore legend and this featured a lot of unconventional brawling, but Flair stood toe-to-toe. The Muta run-in was confusing at first, but when Sting got involved, the 4-man brawl made for a particularly fun ending to the show. Plus, Funk and Flair are just getting started and will continue battling into the late-fall.

EA’s Finisher: As we get closer to wrapping up 1989, this may be the promotion’s best show yet. The production quality was SO much better (thanks Billionaire Ted!), there really wasn’t a dull match and they did some unconventional things not yet seen in what was a seemingly more conservative company. I did take notice that Ricky Steamboat was the only babyface to lose (you could argue that the Dynamic Dudes also qualify, but the crowd was loudest for Sid in that match and gave a satisfied pop when the Skyscrapers won). WWF continues to have the larger-than-life characters, but it does seem that the better ring work still resides in WCW/NWA.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Sting vs. The Great Muta
2 – Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk
3 – The Steiners vs. The Varsity Club


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