We’ve hit the beginning of the final year of the 1980’s and another new pay-per-view for WCW and the NWA, WrestleWar 1989! After venturing into the month of January in 1988 and being opposed by the inaugural Royal Rumble on cable television, this year WCW waits until early May, just over a month after WrestleMania V where the Mega Powers exploded. A questionable decision to have a PPV on the heels of one of WWF’s most successful? The Magic Eight Ball is telling me it’s likely. Regardless, let’s get to the show!
Open: Jim Ross & Bob Caudle are ringside to welcome us to the show before sending it to the ring. Ring Announcer Gary Michael Cappetta introduces The Oak Ridge Boys for our National Anthem. We go back to Ross at ringside, JR explaining that the NWA has stepped in and disallowed he stipulation of Hair vs. Hair for the US Tag Titles, however we will still see those titles on the line. He then sends us to a video package to run down the entire card.
Match #1: The Great Muta w/Gary Hart vs. Doug Gilbert w/Eddie Gilbert
The Great Muta lures Gilbert in and delivers a kick to the mid section. Another karate kick to the chest from Muta before dumping Gilbert outside. Gilbert is thrown face first into the gate. Back to the ring, and they run the ropes. Gilbert is able to land a high cross body and a clothesline. Muta rolls to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring, they lock up and Muta rakes Gilbert’s eyes several times before landing an aggressive elbow.
Irish whip to the rope, and Muta does a handstand roll and splashes him in the corner. They run the ropes again – Muta looks for a cross body but Gilbert reverses it and slams his face into the mat. Muta reverses the momentum with another eye rake. He goes to the top rope but misses a moonsault. He lands on his feet though and drop kicks Gilbert to the outside. Muta goes flying with a body press and he rolls Gilbert back to the ring. Muta delivers a back breaker. This time he lands the moonsault and gets the pin.
Winner: The Great Muta (Moonsault)
- EA’s Take: Really basic stuff here to begin the show and other than some high-flying from Muta, it’s essentially a squash match. Keiji Mutoh (or The Great Muta) had arrived in WCW less than two months prior alongside Gary Hart, who proclaimed Muta was the son of The Great Kabuki who he previously managed. He immediately embarked on an undefeated streak and gained a push. Doug Gilbert, the younger brother of Eddie…well, that’s primarily all he’s known for. He was a solid worker and we’ll see him make his way around multiple companies like the WWF, USWA and ECW, but really he was another in a long line of people that got into the business because they were related to someone in the business.
Match #2: ‘Hacksaw’ Butch Reed vs. Ranger Ross
Ranger Ross comes to the ring with a color guard. The two men circle – they lock up and break it off. Side headlock takedown by Ranger Ross and he holds the submission on the mat. They work to their feet and run the ropes. Ross can’t move Reed with a shoulder tackle, but he delivers a hiptoss. Reed holds the ropes in the corner but Ross pulls him off. Another side headlock by Ross.
Reed works him to the corner, Ross reverses an Irish whip but Reed comes off the turnbuckle with a clothesline. Snapmare takedown by Reed who follows it with a stomp to the head. Teddy Long is now ringside and scouting the match. Ross delivers a bunch of right hands, but Reed comes off the ropes with a kick to the chest. Snapmare takedown and several heavy elbows by Reed. He applies a lateral press but only gets a 2 count. Reed keeps Ross on the mat with a reverse chin lock and uses the ropes for leverage.
The referee checks the arms but he only gets 2. Back to their feet, and Ross delivers some elbows to the midsection but Reed pulls him back down. The referee finally catches Reed’s foot on the ropes and breaks the hold. Reed stays on him with rights. They run the ropes and Ross is able to get a European take down. 2 huge dropkicks and knocks Reed out of the ring, and Ross gives chase by leaping over the top rope.
Reed is rolled back in the ring, but he catches Ross with a cheapshot as he was trying to enter. Reed delivers a vertical suplex from the apron and goes to the top rope. Ross gets up to his feet but he’s stunned, and Hacksaw flies at him with a shoulder tackle. This is enough to get the pin.
Winner: ‘Hacksaw’ Butch Reed (Shoulder Tackle)
- EA’s Take: Ranger Ross was surely athletic, but it’s funny how Reed had a way to burn match minutes with long reverse chin locks. This is clearly the start of a new managing gimmick for Teddy Long as he scouts the ring from the outside, which there will be more of in the future. Ross obviously comes from a military background and got his start with Continental in Tennessee, but to say he’s not remembered may be an understatement. Reed is fresh off his run with the WWF, but toiled in the mid-card of WCW upon his arrival, which is exactly what he was doing in New York.
Match #3 is a Bullrope Match: ‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton w/Gary Hart vs. ‘Captain Redneck’ Dick Murdoch
The two play tug of war with the rope and Murdoch bests him first. Orton is cornered and Murdoch threatens him with the bell. He swings and misses but he’s able to land some rights with the fist. Orton turns the tables and replies with shots of his own. Orton tries to use the post to his advantage but Murdoch rolls out to the floor to meet him. Orton tries to run away but he’s stopped by the pull of the rope. Muroch rolls into the ring.
Orton tries to get away but he’s pulled in. They two exchange blows but Orton takes control with some kicks and an elbow. Murdoch is down in the corner and Orton stays right on him with knees. Orton is able to land a straight right with the cowbell in hand. Orton continues to stomp Murdoch and he gets a 2 count. Murdoch backs Orton off with a right hand to the midsection but he’s slow to get up. Instead Murdoch takes off his cowboy boot and uses it as a weapon. The crowd enjoys that move. Orton suffers more blows with the boot.
Orton is sent with an Irish whip to the corner and he comes off the turnbuckle and takes another shot with the cowboy boot. Murdoch only gets a 2 count. Back to their feet, Orton stops the hypothetical bleeding and knocks Murdoch down with a couple rights. Orton stomps the back of the head, picks up Murdoch, whips him to the ropes and delivers an elbow. Orton goes to the top rope but Murdoch is up first. He uses the rope to pull Orton down and he immediately hogties him! Murdoch delivers a few elbows before getting the 1-2-3 on the helpless Orton.
Winner: ‘Captain Redneck’ Dick Murdoch (Elbow Drop)
- After The Bell: A complete melee in the ring involving the wrestlers, manager and referee Nick Patrick. Orton is able to get the rope around Murdoch’s neck and he practically hangs him from the apron.
- EA’s Take: These sort of gimmick matches are never scientific and to me all Bullrope matches are the same. The Cowboy made his return to just a month prior and immediately put himself beside Gary Hart, solidifying his heel status from years past. There was some backstory here, as the feud with Murdoch began after getting a cheap win, but it’s obviously a secondary feud on this card. His WCW run won’t last long though and he’d unsuccessfully attempt a comeback to the WWF later in the year, essentially finishing his career.
Match #4: The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace) vs. The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu) w/Paul E. Dangerously
Dangerously introduces himself in a very familiar way and introduces The Samoan Swat Team. The DDs come down to the ring wielding skateboards. All 4 men are in the ring, and Tommy Young demands they pick starting competitors. It’s Ace and Fatu to start. They lock up and let go. The crowd chants Paul E sucks. Ace can’t seem to damage Fatu with some kicks. Fatu misses a clothesline and Ace drives his head to the mat but he’s right back up. Samu rushes the ring but he’s taken down with a bodyslam. Ace delivers an arm drag to Fatu and tags in Douglas. They run the ropes and Fatu thinks Douglas has stumbled outside the ring.
Paul E barks for him to turn around where Douglas is waiting for him with a standing drop kick. The crowd is loud for the Dudes. Samu is tagged in and he immediately takes over on offense chopping ace to the ground. They run the ropes once again and Shane climbs up Samu’s shoulders and flips him down to the mat. Wristlock applied to Samu and Ace is tagged in. The Dudes exchange wrist locks and tags before Ace and Samu work the action to the Samoan side. Ace backs Samu into the ropes and when he goes to whip him to the opposite rope, he didn’t notice that a tag was made to Fatu. He leeps over Samu’s back but he’s met with Fatu’s big right foot.
Both Samoans stomp away and Dangerously brags on the outside. Fatu delivers a barefoot to the midsection. Ace tries to counter Fatu’s hip toss but can’t move the man. Famu clotheslines him down to the mat. Samu is tagged in. Ace tries fighting back but Samu delivers a big chop in the corner. Ace reverses an Irish whip to the corner and Samu runs right into the turnbuckle. Ace delivers kicks to the midsection but Samu catches his leg. Dangerously distracts the ref and the Samoans double team Ace. Johnny is reeling and finds himself in a nerve submission. Tag is made to Fatu and he comes off the top with an axehandle.
Fatu chokes Ace on the mat and Fatu tells off the referee who tries to break it up. A reverse chin lock is applied as Ace tries reaching out for a tag. A vicious headbutt by Fatu, but Ace is able to reverse the Irish whip and hits Fatu with a back body drop. Ace tries following it with a drop kick but he misses. Tag is made to Samu who prevents Ace from getting to his partner. Ace is moved to the corner so Fatu can hold him in place for a punch, but Ace ducks and Samu nails his partner. Ace crawls for his corner but Samu stomps him down. Samu follows it up with a side slam and a 2 count. Dangerously demands the ref count faster.
A tag is made to Fatu and the team delivers double head butts. Ace ducks a clothesline but can’t avoid Fatu’s power slam. Another 2 count as Ace kicks out of a pin. Samu is tagged in once again and they both rake the eyes of Ace. Johnny can’t make the tag. Shane tries to enter the ring which distracts the ref so the Samoans can get another double team in. Samu holds Ace down on the mat with a shoulder submission. Shane gets the crowd behind them. Ace finally fights his way out with elbows to the midsection and driving Samu’s head to the mat. He still can’t make the tag. They run the ropes and Samu catches Ace’s foot.
He works him down to the mat and Samu applies a Boston Crab. Dangerously grabs the mic and taunts Ace. Back to their feet, Ace tries a kick to the midsection but his foot is caught. He hops around before pulling himself to Samu’s torso and flipping him to the mat. Hot tag is finally made to a fired up Shane Douglas. He delivers an Irish whip and a dropkick. Fatu tries to rush the ring but he’s met with a dropkick as well. Samu gets another dropkick . He whips Samu to the ropes but is met by the Samoan’s clothesline.
A tag is made to Fatu who immediately goes to the top rope and lands a huge splash. A pin attempt is broken up by Johnny Ace. Samu knocks Ace out of the ring. Fatu scoops Douglas for a powerslam, but Ace heads for the top rope. He dropkicks his partner on top of Fatu while the referee is distracted by their opponents. The Dynamic Dudes pull off the upset.
Winners: The Dynamic Dudes (Douglas/Assisted Full Body Press)
- EA’s Take: WOW! Tons of energy and tons of action in this one! Fatu was a little smaller than in his Rikishi days and boy does he look like he could be an Uso. I was very impressed with the agility of the Samoans, but I mean, it runs in their blood, right?. Johnny Ace definitely worked 75% of the match before that hot tag. Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat’s rematch is a classic, but this is easily the most underrated match on the card, despite how ridiculous The Dudes’ gimmick is.
Match #5 for the NWA United States Championship: NWA United States Champion Lex Luger vs. Michael ‘P.S.’Hayes w/Hiro Matsuda
Hayes wants Luger to back off so he can strut. The too lock up and Luger powers Hayes to the corner. Nick Patrick breaks it up to the dismay of the crowd. Another lock up and Hayes holds a side headlock. Luger throws him to the ropes but Hayes hits a high cross body press and gets a 1 count. Hayes applies another side head lock and laughs at the crowd. They run the ropes and Hayes escapes a military press attempt, instead hitting Luger with a Russian leg sweep.
Another tie up and Patrick breaks it up in the corner once again. Luger slaps Hayes across the face, and the frustrated Hayes paces outside. Back in the ring, another tie up. Luger blocks a round house and slaps Hayes once again. The two exchange rights before Lex delivers a back body drop. Hayes rolls out of the ring and the crowd taunts him. They go for the tie up, but Hayes kicks him into the midsection. He drives Luger’s head into the turn buckle and flies through the air with a clothesline. Hayes signals it’s time for the DDT but Luger pushes off. Hayes falls on the back of his head and rolls out of the ring once again. Hayes is upset by the “Luger” chants.
He tells the crowd to shut up. They lock up and Luger holds onto an impressive wristlock. He turns it into an armbar submission on the mat. Hayes fights back and they run the ropes. Hayes can’t get Luger down with a sunset flip and instead Luger goes back to the submission after an arm drag takedown. The two work their way to their feet. They run the ropes and Luger catches Hayes in mid air and puts him down with a back breaker. Back to the wristlock from Luger. Hayes delivers unsuccessful shots to the mid section. They work their way to the corner and Hayes delivers a cheap shot and follows it with some chops.
Irish whip by Hayes and he follows him with a clothesline. Hayes taunts but Luger didn’t go down. Luger catches him with a choke hold and follows it with 10 punches in the corner. They run the ropes and Luger misses a cross body slam and tumbles over the top rope. Hayes opportunistically attacks Luger on the outside and runs him into the ring post. Hayes brings Luger back into the ring with a vertical suplex and gets a 2 count on the lateral press. Hayes stays on Luger and holds him in a reverse chin lock. Luger strengths his way up to a vertical base and delivers elbows. Luger is freed up and they run the ropes. Hayes’ foot is caught, but he breaks it up before Luger can capitalize. Hayes hits Luger with a bulldog and gets another 2 count.
It’s right back to the reverse chin lock by Hayes. Luger works his way up as the crowd cheers. Luger delivers a few blows but Hayes rakes the eyes and sends him outside. Matsuda rams Luger’s face into the railing while the referee is dealing with Hayes. Back to the ring, and Hayes hits a body slam and an elbow. Luger kicks out at 2. Hayes drops fists on Lugers face and taunts the crowd from the 2nd rope. Another reverse chin lock by Michael Hayes. Hayes barks that he’s “got him down”. Referee checks the arms but only gets two.
Luger works his way back to his feet and fights to break the hold. Hayes tries to ram his head into the turn buckle but Luger blocks it. Instead it’s Luger who rams Hayes’ head, but Michael gets a thumb to Luger’s eye. Hayes sets up for a trademarked bulldog, but Luger throws him across the ring. Punches by Luger in the corner followed by a hip toss and clothesline. He can only get a 2 count.
Luger delivers a huge military press and follows it with another! He looks to do it one more time and executes it! Lex is calling for the torture rack. Hayes flips off Luger’s back and nails a DDT. Both met are down and slow to get up. Hayes hits a shoulder tackle and the referee goes down with Luger. Michael Hayes is fatigued on the ropes but Terry Gordy comes down and pushes Hayes on top of Luger as the referee gets up. Nick Patrick calls 1-2-3.
Winner and NEW NWA United States Champion: Michael ‘P.S.‘ Hayes (Outside Interference)
- EA’s Take: These NWA matches have given me a new level of respect for Michael Hayes. He was a superb entertainer, despite his ring work being a bit rough at times. It makes perfect sense to turn him heel since the previous pay-per-view, Starrcade. Luger was red hot at this time, but his short comings could be seen in this one. A mile away in retrospect. He made his living on a good physique and a predictable’ repetitive move-set. This win was short lived as the two continued the feud and exchanged belts a few times.
Match #6 for the NWA Television Championship: NWA Television Champion Sting vs. The Iron Sheik w/Rip Morgan
Sting is led to the ring by a group of running children. The Iron Sheik demands to be introduced as a former world champion. The Sheik takes cheapshots with his flagpole. He takes part of his garment off and chokes Sting. He tells the crowd to shutup. He tries chopping Sting but Sting’s unaffected. Sting with kicks to the midsection and he returns the favor with the choking.
Sting whips Sheik to the rope and delivers a clothesline. The crowd responds to Sting’s yell. The two tie up. Sheik chops Sting and delivers a side salto suplex. Sting is thrown to the ropes and Sheik hits a clothesline. Sting fights back with kicks. Irish whip to the corner and Sting flies for a Stinger Splash! Sting applies the Scorpian Death Lock and the Sheik gives in!
Winner and STILL NWA Television Champion: Sting (Scorpion Deathlock)
- EA’s Take: Well…what can you say about a two minute match? Sting’s clearly a company and fan darling, but did Sheik just need an easy payday at this point? He’s so far beyond his good days, it’s not even funny. Yet, we’ll continue to see him compete over the next few years. It’s really quite strange to think about now, anyone who moved around as poorly as he did in his later years would NEVER be allowed back in a WWE ring. Unless you’re The Great Khali.
Match #7 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat vs. ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
Terry Funk, Pat O’Connor and Lou Thesz are ringside as judges. A tie up and a clean break. Another tie up and Steamboat delivers an armdrag. Flair claims his hair was pulled. They circle and tie up again. Side headlock and shoulder tackle by Flair. Steamboat comes back with a hip toss and a unique arm drag. Steamboat holds the arm but Flair tosses Steamboat to the corner. The two exchange face slaps before Flair falls onto his backside and backs off. Another tie up and Flair takes a cheap shot and big chops in the corner. A straight right from Flair, and the two exchange a flurry of vicious chops. Irish whip and a back body drop from Steamboat.
Flair stumbles out to the floor and he’s slow to return to the ring. The two cautiously square each other up, and Steamboat reverses a side headlock into an overhand wristlock. Steamboat strengths Flair down to the mat and goes into an arm bar. He emphasizes the pain with knees to the shoulder. Flair is reeling and screaming out in paid. Steamboat with elbow drops to Flair’s shoulder without letting go of the lock. They run the ropes, and Steamboat delivers a shoulder tackle and an armdrag before going right back into the armbar.
The two are on their feet and Flair is caught in a hammerlock. Flair reverses it with a drop toe hold, but Steamboat regains control immediately. Steamboat has Flair down in a half nelson. Working back to their feet, Flair breaks it up with more vicious chops. He whips Steamboat to the ropes but Ricky sneaks under his legs and drags Flair right back to the mat and into the hammerlock. Back to their feet, Flair uses Steamboats hair to get to the corner and break the hold. Flair takes a cheap forearm to Steamboat’s head and follows it up with 2 more that knocks the champion down.
More chops as the crowd “Wooos”, Flair with shots to the abdomen and the back but Steamboat gets a 2nd wind and chops Flair back. Flair falls face first on the canvass and Steamboat goes back to the hammerlock. Steamboat flips over Flair to get extra leverage. Back to their feet and Flair lifts Steamboat on his shoulders and sets him on the top turnbuckle. Steamboat leaps off the turnbuckle, chops Flair, delivers a hiptoss and sends him over the top rope with a drop kick. Steamboat goes to the top turnbuckle as the ref pleads with him and gets him down. Flair regroups and re-enters the ring. Flair baits him with a test of strength and kicks him to the mid section.
When they run the ropes, Steamboat delivers another arm drag and hammerlock sequence. Flair is quick to get up this time, but Steamboat maintains the arm bar. They run, and Steamboat delivers a shoulder tackle, but Flair comes back with a hip toss. He takes his time and therefore misses an elbow drop and Steamboat goes back to work on the arm. They work to the corner and Flair uses his shoulder to hit the abdomen of the Dragon. Trademark chops from Flair who mixes it up with some kicks. Through 15 minutes, the judges decide Steamboat is ahead. Steamboat fights back but Flair gets him in the eye. Flair with a football tackle and he tosses the champ out to the floor.
Steamboat is immediately back in and aggressively fights back which includes 10 punches in the corner. Flair is whipped to the opposite turnbuckle and Flair gets caught upside down on it. The Dragon with more offense in the corner followed by a shoulder tackle. When he tries to follow it up, Flair grabs his head and Steamboat goes over the top rope. The referee decides it was not intentional and doesn’t call for a DQ. Now outside of the ring, Flair chops Steamboat over the railing and goes for a chair. The referee stops that before it starts and instead Flair lands an elbow on the throat of Steamboat and re-enters the ring.
Flair gets impatient and heads back to Steamboat and the two exchange more hard chops. Steamboat gets the advantage and he chases Flair back into the ring. Steamboat is quick to the top rope and he delivers a fist to the Nature Boy. Flair is whipped over the top turnbuckle and meets a clothesline on the apron. Steamboat hits a snapmare takedown on Flair and relentlessly goes back to the arm bar. Back to their feet and Steamboat lands a shoulder tackle before leaping for a cross body and stumbling down to the floor. Flair takes advantage with an elbow to the skull while he’s on the apron. He pulls Ricky back into the ring and delivers a knee to the head. More chops by Flair and Steamboat keeps fighting his way to his feet. Flair chokes Steamboat with his boot near the rope. Steamboat tries to fight back but Flair has the upper hand. Belly to back suplex from Flair and he gets about 2 and a half! Flair continues to try to hold Steamboat’s shoulders down but to no avail. Another knee drop to the head from Flair followed with a WOOO!
Flair delivers a butterfly suplex and again, a hair away from getting a 3 count. He backs up again and this time drops an elbow on Steamboat’s neck. Flair barks at Tommy Young after another 2 count. Flair whips Steamboat to the ropes, Ricky ducks a clothesline but on the comeback, Flair catches him and hot shots him on the top rope. He pins Steamboat but it’s too close to the ropes. Flair backs off and he’s met with a chop on his return. Flair drags Steamboat out to the floor and delivers a vertical suplex on the floor. The 2nd round of judges voting is split, but with a 2-1 favor for Flair. Back to the apron and Steamboat reverses a vertical suplex from the apron. He lands on his feet and surprises Flair with a roll up but can only get 2. Steamboat is on the offense and whips Flair to the ropes. Flair ducks a clothesline and goes for a cross body and both men go flying over the top rope.
Flair’s up first and he throws Steamboat back into the ring. Flair goes to the top rope, but as expected, he’s gorilla pressed from the top. Steamboat is feeling the energy of the crowd. Punches from Steamboat in the corner followed by an Irish whip and a back body drop. Flair plays possum before getting a kick to the mid section in. He goes for a side suplex but Steamboat lands on his feet, pulls Flair down and cradles him for a 2 count. Steamboat sets Flair atop the top turnbuckle and hits a massive superplex! Steamboat goes for the double chicken wing but Flair gets his feet on the ropes. Flair’s head is bashed off the top turnbuckle and Steamboat heads for the top rope. He hits a massive chop from the top and he returns to the top rope.
This time, Flair jerks the ropes and Steamboat falls all the way to the floor. As Steamboat tries to re enter the ring, he’s attacked by Flair on the apron who finishes it with a long hold vertical suplex. Flair pulls the leg of Steamboat to weaken it as he applies the figure four. The ref counts as Steamboat’s shoulders drop to the mat but he kicks out. Steamboat fights and tries to get to the ropes. Steamboat gets to the ropes and the hold is broken. Flair uses his knee on Steamboat’s knee in the corner.
Steamboat chops back as Flair holds the champ’s foot. Steamboat breaks the hold by leaping up for a kick to the head. Steamboat pulls Flair up for a body slam, but Flair reverses it into an inside cradle and picks up the win! Ricky Steamboat shows gives a handshake and pays his respect for a great match.
Winner and NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair (Inside Cradle)
- After The Bell: Jim Ross interviews Ric Flair who gives a surprisingly humble interview, complimenting Ricky Steamboat. Terry Funk interrupts the interview and issues a challenge to Flair for the belt. When Flair denies the opportunity due to Funk’s time in Hollywood, Terry attacks him which includes a pile driver on a table.
- EA’s Take: Another fantastic bout between these two and I love how it seamlessly flowed right into Flair’s next feud, which brings us one of my all-time favorite matches at Clash Of The Champions IX. The face turn here for Flair is starting to become needed at this point in time. An incomparable heel, you could see that the crowd was somewhat split and people were getting behind the arrogant character to a certain extent. The booking for Flair/Steamboat over the past few months was superb, giving us three straight instant classics and then a great transition into the Funk rivalry. Some of the best stuff WCW will put together for literally years.
Match #8 for the NWA World Tag Team Championship – Special Referee Nikita Koloff: NWA World Tag Team Champions The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda & ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams) w/Kevin Sullivan vs. The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) w/Paul Ellering
The Road Warriors waste no time in ambushing the Varsity Club right after their entrance and they clear the ring. The Club tries to fight back and there is a 4 man melee in the ring but the Warriors are still in control. We start with Animal and Williams. They lock up and go to the corner. Sullivan immediately gets in the ref’s face and he gets “ejected”! Animal with a shoulder tackle and a clothesline. Animal pursues but Williams gets a foot to the midsection. They fight for position and guest referee Koloff tries to separate them.
Williams gives him a hard time and Koloff threatens to “eject” him too. Williams backs off and tags in Rotunda. They run the ropes. Animal gets a shoulder tackle but on the next run, Rotunda lands a drop kick. Rotunda heads for the top body, but his cross body press is reversed by Animal’s body slam. Williams tries to break up a pin attempt and it distracts Animal. Hawk is tagged in. Williams lands the first shots and he scoop slams him. Hawk moves on an elbow drop attempt and power slams Williams instead. He drops a fist on Williams who then rolls out of the ring. Hawk gives chase and clotheslines him off the apron!
Hawk tries a follow up clothesline that misses and Hawk’s arm hits the ring post. The referee is caught up with Animal who is protesting as Rotunda comes over for a cheap shot. Williams goes to work on the outside and then rolls back into the ring. Hawk follows but he’s reeling. Hawk reverses a whip to the ropes but Williams comes back with a clothesline and makes a tag to Rotunda. Before Rotunda can take advantage of the situation, Hawk makes the tag to Animal. He lands an atomic drop and a drop kick.
Huge shoulder block by Animal, but Williams tries to break it up. Another melee in the ring. Rotunda misses a clothesline and tumbles over the top rope. The Warriors set up Williams for the Doomsday Device and execute it. The referee goes for the pin, but Kevin Sullivan and Dan Spivey have run back out and they drag Koloff out of the ring. They attack Koloff and Hawk tries exits the ring to come to his aid.
This leaves a two-on-one situation in the ring for the Varsity Club. Animal is the victim of a double clothesline. Williams joins the attack on the outside while Animal and Rotunda look to face off 1:1. Williams and Hawk roll back into the ring and Hawk hits him with a big boot. Shortly thereafter, the bell rings. There has been a disqualification due to outside interference.
Winners: The Road Warriors (Disqualification)
- EA’s Take: I knew going into this match that the Warriors either had to win or be screwed again and that’s exactly what happened. You really have to question the match order of this card, but I’ll get into that in my finisher later. The Road Warriors’ heel turn didn’t last very long, as the people never wanted to boo them. Varsity Club was arguably the top heel team, so this was the natural progression. They had previously been screwed out of the titles just a little more than a month prior. This one featured lots of brawling (I know…shocker), since Rotunda is easily the best worker of the group.
Match #9 for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship: NWA United States Tag Team Champions Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner w/Missy Hyatt vs. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey)
Sullivan and Spivey waste no time attacking the champs. Sullivan appears to chase Hyatt but he’s interrupted by Gilbert. On the outside, Spivey attacks Steiner with a shoulder block. In the ring, Gilbert and Sullivan go to work. Gilbert with an Irish whip but Sullivan gets his foot up. He tags in Spivey but Gilbert rolls out to the floor. Back to the ring Gilbert ducks clotheslines and they lock up. Spivey delivers rights in the ring while Sullivan cheap shots Steiner on the floor. Gilbert is whipped to the ropes but he reverses the momentum with a right to the face. Spivey rakes the eyes but Gilbert rolls out to the floor.
Sullivan attacks Steiner and rams him into the post as the other two brawl their way back into the ring. Sullivan is tagged back in. Sullivan lands a right and mocks the fact that Steiner isn’t in his corner. More rights and a clothesline from Sullivan before he tags Spivey back into the ring. Spivey holds Gilbert in a choke hold and slams him to the mat. Gilbert is whipped to the ropes and dropkicked.
Gilbert is caught in a a potential back breaker but he reverses it to a small back body drop. Spivey is up immediately though, and Sullivan is tagged back in. Sullivan is on the offensive and he quickly tags Spivey back into the ring. Side slam by Dan Spivey who gets a 2 count. Spivey whips Gilbert to the ropes and lands a big boot. Sullivan takes a cheap shot while the referee is distracted.
Spivey lands a powerslam on Gilbert and tags Sullivan back in. Sullivan slaps Gilbert’s face several times before Gilbert’s able to sneak through Sullivan’s legs and make a hot tag to Rick Steiner. The ref didn’t see the tag and won’t allow it. Spivey attacks Steiner and the ref attempts to redirect him. Sullivan appears to be setting up for a pile driver but while the ref is distracted with Spivey, Rick ‘Steiner-lines’ Sullivan and Gilbert flips over him for a successful pin.
Winners and STILL NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner (Gilbert/SteinerLine)
- EA’s Take: Utter garbage that this is the main event of this show. I don’t think anybody could explain to me any reason this closes things out other than “the faces went over”. With a screwy finish in the NWA World Tag Title Match, plus Flair getting left laying by Terry Funk, you have to think the thought process here is “send ’em home happy”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make any logical sense in the grand scheme of things. This isn’t even your primary Tag Title. Get outta here with that!
Finisher: As Conrad Thompson always says on Something Else To Wrestle, “Who booked this s$%*?”. Not only did Flair and Steamboat make it impossible for anyone to follow them, like I said before, you put your secondary tag titles in the main. What?!? I think it’s entirely fair to wonder, since the man booking the show is in the main event, perhaps that played a part? I can’t say that for sure, but you certainly have to wonder. This card had two real gems in the Flair vs. Steamboat and Dynamic Dudes vs. Samoans bouts, but it was filled out by a ton of sub seven-minute matches that made you wonder what it was doing on the card. Vince’s grip on pro wrestling is at full-strength for sure.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat
2 – The Dynamic Dudes vs. The Samoan Swat Team
3 – Lex Luger vs. Michael Hayes
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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam ’89
It’s the 2nd annual summer spectacular, SummerSlam! With this year’s Summer spectacular just a few months away now, The Chairshot will be bringing you back to look at the history of the event as I team up with a new member to the crew (He’ll be jumping in a few weeks from now). Since we posted the first SummerSlam last week, this time around we bring you the second installment!
For the 1989 event, the WWF looked to capitalize off the movie ‘No Holds Barred’, bringing in the character that played opposite Hulk Hogan in the movie as ‘Rip’. In the film, ‘Rip’ was victorious over Zeus, WWF blending this into their programming as Zeus (‘Tiny’ Lister) came in looking for revenge on Hulk in “real-life”. Zeus would debut in May, attacking the Hulkster before a title defense against Big Boss Man. He would align himself with Hulk’s WrestleMania V opponent in Randy Savage, Hogan forming a tandem with his friend Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake as The Mega Maniacs. Ultimate Warrior also looks to regain the Intercontinental Championship from Rick Rude and Dusty Rhodes makes his WWF debut from East Rutherford, New Jersey!
Open: A video package highlighting the participants in tonight’s event is couple with clips of summer activities.
Match #1: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart) vs. WWF Tag Team Champions The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan
Hitman & Tully will start things off, they lock-up, Tully with a side headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and Bret scores with multiple arm drags. He grabs Blanchard in an armbar, driving the elbow to the shoulder joint, Tully is able to back his way to the corner and tag out. Double A runs in, gets caught in a side headlock, he pushes Hitman off and gets a drop toe hold, grabs a side headlock and Bret counters into a hammerlock. Hitman works over Anderson’s arm now, hooking the arm and slamming Arn before tagging Neidhart.
The Anvil continues punishing the arm with an arm wringer, Arn breaks it with a knee to the midsection, reaches for a tag and Neidhart powers him to the mat, bringing Bret back in. Hitman drops a leg on the arm, wraps it in the ropes and pummels away. The Anvil in, maintaining a wristlock, Arn is able to finally fall back to a tag, but the ref doesn’t allow it. Neidhart forces Anderson back into his corner, Hitman with an arm drag off the tag, Anderson with a headscissors and he finally makes a tag to Blanchard. Tully tries a cheap kick, Hitman catches the foot, tag to The Anvil and he kicks the leg, going back to a wristlock.
Blanchard grabs the beard, sending Neidhart in the ropes for a hiptoss and The Anvil flattens him with a clothesline before going back to the wrist. Hitman tags, The Hart Foundation really doing a number on the shoulder joint, Arn attempts to hit the ring, allowing The Hart Foundation to switch behind the ref’s back. Tully finally gets to his feet, shots to The Anvil that have zero affect and Neidhart drives Blanchard into the corner with a forearm.
He whips Tully sternum-first into the turnbuckle, Bret re-enters and drops an elbow before going to a hammerlock. Blanchard gets to a vertical base, switching out into a top wristlock, taking Hitman to the canvas. Bret bridges to his feet, Anderson comes in for a double team, Hitman flips out of it and sends both of them out to the floor. They take a quick walk, Tully slides back inside and shoves Hart, Hitman unleashing right hands. Blanchard drops to the outside, Hitman gives chase around ringside and back in, Anderson making a blind tag and then blindsiding Bret. He slams Hitman, comes off the 2nd rope for a splash and Bret gets the knees up.
Tully hits the ring, but meets The Anvil and now all 4 men are brawling, The Hart Foundation clearing the ring. The Brain Busters regroup with Heenan on the floor, Tully gets dragged to the apron and brought in the hard way with a forearm. Blanchard reverses a whip into the ropes, Hitman picks the legs and drops a boot to the midsection. Neidhart off the tag, sends Tully into the corner, Blanchard hops to the 2nd rope and gets caught, then driven into the corner. The Anvil unloads with the heavy artillery, Anderson with a shot to the back from behind and Hitman makes him pay.
Neidhart gets sent into the corner by his partner for a splash, Arn pulls Blanchard out of the way and then tags in. Double A stomps away at The Anvil, Tully to the top off a tag, dropping an elbow to the back and grabbing a camel clutch. Neidhart powers up with Tully on his back, Anderson tags in and prevents The Anvil from tagging out. Left hands from Double A, shoots Neidhart in and lands a shot to the midsection for a count of 2. Blanchard back in, lefts and rights in the corner, then a quick tag back out. The Anvil battles out of the corner, gets sent into the ropes and they collide, both men down.
Arn goes to the eyes, stopping Neidhart from tagging, The Anvil reverses a whip, ducks down and Bret with a knee to Anderson’s back from the apron. Tags on both ends, Hitman firing away at Tully in the corner, sends him across and lands a back elbow. He slams Blanchard & Arn, then clotheslines both of them and hits Arn with a dropkick. He slams Blanchard again, comes off the 2nd rope with an elbow drop and follows with a vertical suplex. Anderson is still in the ring, Hitman leaves the cover and all 4 guys are in, paired off in opposite corners.
The Hart Foundation attempt to shoot The Brain Busters into each other, Anderson reverses and Hitman levels Blanchard with a clothesline. The Anvil disposes of Anderson and they exchange on the outside. Back in the ring, Bret with an inverted atomic drop as Neidhart sends Double A into the ring post on the floor, then climbs to the apron. Bret sends Tully into the ropes, then slingshots Neidhart in with a shoulder tackle. Neidhart slams Blanchard, then powerslams his partner into a splash on Tully and covers, but Heenan is on the apron with the ref’s attention. Neidhart goes after The Brain as Anderson drops a double axe handle to Hitman, covers and the referee turns around to make the 3 count.
Winners: The Brain Busters (Anderson/Partner Switch)
- EA’s Take: Pretty good opening contest for this red hot crowd, The Hart Foundation really dominating the majority of the match. The Brain Busters were not the champions when this match was made, thus being the ‘reason’ for it not being a title match. Like it would have mattered with them picking up the victory anyways. This would be the final PPV appearance for The Brain Busters, as Tully Blanchard would fail a drug test on the night of Survivor Series ’89. Blanchard was let go and Arn would follow almost immediately after, heading back to the NWA. Tully’s career would essentially end as a results of the failed drug test. The Hart Foundation would briefly split in late 1989, but then reunite again in early 1990.
Backstage: Joining ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is Dusty Rhodes, who will meet The Honky Tonk Man. Dusty is excited for the night, calling himself the proprietor of the Heartbreak Hotel and the man in the blue suede shoes. Tonight, Honky will get his booty kicked.
Match #2: The Honky Tonk Man w/’Colonel’ Jimmy Hart vs. ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes
Honky Tonk Man & Dusty exchange dance moves, collar & elbow tie-up and Rhodes backs Honky into the corner, breaking clean and dancing some more. HTM rushes out into a back body drop, ducking out of the ring to avoid The Dream’s elbow. Back inside, Rhodes grabs a wristlock, feigns dropping the elbow on the shoulder joint and instead messes up Honky’s hair.
HTM misses with a right hand, Dusty with an atomic drop and then finally hits an elbow. He mounts the 2nd rope, reigning down fists in the corner and drops Honky Tonk to the mat. The Dream grabs a heel hold, applying pressure to the foot and knee joint, HTM using the other foot to break it. He scores with right hands to Dusty, Rhodes blocks one and fires back with shots of his own. The Dream with a side headlock, Honky pushes him off into the ropes and Jimmy Hart grabs Dusty’s leg. Rhodes chases Jimmy around ringside then into the ring, HTM grabs the megaphone and goes to the midsection behind the ref’s back, covering for a count of 2.
Honky Tonk keeps on the midsection with boots, distracts the referee which allows Jimmy to get in a choke on the apron. He grabs Dusty in a rear chinlock, Rhodes battles to his feet, breaks the hold and hits the ropes, but takes a knee to the midsection. HTM goes back to the hold after a couple of double axe handle shots, taking The Dream down to the canvas. The referee checks the arm, Dusty holding it up on the 3rd try, breaking the hold once more and slamming Honky Tonk. He tries to drop the elbow, HTM rolls out of the way and then gets the rear chinlock again. Rhodes is able to get to his feet and back Honky into the corner, driving the shoulder to the midsection and Honky Tonk goes to the eyes.
He hammers The Dream with right hands that have little affect, Dusty combatting it with lefts and rights, dropping HTM with a final blow. The Dream sends Honky Tonk into the corner and follows him in, Honky side-steps it, then sends Rhodes into the referee, knocking him down. HTM with boots to the head, he directs Jimmy to grab the guitar and he does so, hopping to up to the apron. Honky Tonk holds Dusty, The Dream moves out of the way and Jimmy lays HTM out with a guitar shot. Rhodes drops the big elbow, the ref comes to and that’s it.
Winner: ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes (Bionic Elbow)
- EA’s Take: Dusty was super over with the people upon his arrival to the WWF in the summer of 1989, even if he was wearing yellow polka-dots (which was always thought to be a rib on Rhodes for all his years competing against his new employer). Rhodes had been fired from the NWA/WCW following Starrcade ’88 for a segment he was a part and the perpetrator of. Turner Broadcasting didn’t want blood on their television station, so Rhodes ran an angle out of anger that saw The Road Warriors go after his eye with a spike from their shoulder pads, blood everywhere. According to Dusty, Vince was able to sign Rhodes on the premise of having no office responsibilities and just “having fun”.
Backstage: Joining ‘Mean’ Gene is Demolition & ‘King’ Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Ax states that they’re going back to basics against The Twin Towers & Andre The Giant tonight, going back into the dungeon for their gameplan. Smash claims they’ve been lifting cars in the parking lot in preparation for their meeting with the three giants. Duggan calls all three of them kings, saying Demolition has taught him how to destroy and that’s what they’ll do tonight.
Match #3: Mr. Perfect vs. The Red Rooster
Perfect sticks his finger right in Rooster’s face, there’s pushing and shoving, Perfect grabs a side headlock and backs The Rooster into the corner, slapping him in the face. The Perfect One with an arm drag off the lock-up, another tie-up and Perfect with a hiptoss. He mocks Rooster’s strut, takes him down with a fireman’s carry and does it some more, The Rooster delivering a slap to the face.
Perfect with a side headlock again, pushed into the ropes, back and forth they go, Perfect with a slam attempt and Rooster slides out for one of his own and Perfect falls on top into a cover for 2. The Perfect One with a knife-edge chop, boots to the face and a standing dropkick that sends The Rooster to the outside. He rolls back in the ring, Perfect with clubbing shots to the back, Rooster fights back and goes to the eyes. He throws Perfect outside and goes after him, The Perfect One unloading with right hands before heading back in the ring. Perfect has had enough, connects with the PerfectPlex and gets the 1-2-3.
Winner: Mr. Perfect (PerfectPlex)
- EA’s Take: The ‘Perfect’ record rolls on and the days as an enhancement talent continue for Terry Taylor, AKA The Red Rooster. Not a whole heck of a lot else to not here.
Backstage: With Gene Okerlund this time around is ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. Rude talks about Warrior’s promise to win back the IC Title tonight, stating that they’re made to be broken along with arms, legs and necks. He will prove tonight that Warrior is “the ultimate liar” and he’s “the ultimate champion”. Heenan says the other thing meant to be broken are rules and they’ll do what they need to do to retain the title.
Match #4: The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & Tito Santana vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) & Rick Martel w/Slick & Jimmy Hart
Santana & Jacques will get us started, Jacques tries to shake hands, but Tito doesn’t buy it. Collar & elbow tie-up, Jacques backs Santana into the ropes, no clean break, Tito reverses a whip into the ropes, The Rockers enter and hit a double hip toss followed by a double elbow drop. Raymond & Martel hit the ring, Rockers send Tito into them with a crossbody and clear the squared circle with dropkicks for everyone. Order is restored, Jannetty & Jacques are legal now, Jacques scores with boots and clubbing blows.
Marty reverses a whip into the corner, Jacques hops to the 2nd rope and fakes-out Jannetty, then jumps off and meets a left hand to the midsection. Raymond comes in from behind for a distraction, allowing Jacques to attack Marty and take control. Raymond off the tag with a savat kick to the midsection before tagging Martel, Martel unloading with right hands in his corner and The Rougeaus with a double team behind the ref’s back. Martel drives Jannetty head-first into the turnbuckle, Marty reverses a whip across, Martel hopping over and he dhoes some showboating.
Jannetty makes him pay with a dropkick, tag to Tito and Martel quickly tags Raymond to avoid facing his former partner. Santana grabs a side headlock, Raymond pushes him off into the ropes, misses a clothesline and Tito scores with one of his own for a count of 2. He goes back to the side headlock, pushed into the ropes again and Jacques grabs the leg, allowing his brother to hit Tito with a knee to the back for a quick 1 count. Jacques re-enters the match, The Rougeaus with a double knife-edge chop, Martel back in and they drop Santana throat-first across the top rope.
Martel pummels his former partner with stomps near the ropes, Jacques off the tag with a beautiful dropkick. Tito fires back to the midsection, makes a push towards his corner, but Jacques stops him, backing him into the wrong part of town. Here’s Martel again with big right hands, Tito comes back with some of his own, but Jacques gets involved from the apron to thwart the comeback. Martel sends Santana into the corner, driving the shoulder into the midsection, charges in and Tito hops up into a sunset flip for a 2 count. Martel goes into a choke on the mat, splits Santana with a backbreaker and brings in Raymond for a Boston crab.
The Rockers try to get in the ring, distracting the ref and allowing Jacques to come in and drop a knee on Tito. Raymond covers for another 2, tag to Jacques and he locks Santana in an abdominal stretch, using Martel for leverage on the apron. Tito breaks the hold with a hiptoss, but Martel had made a blind tag and he comes in to drop an elbow on Santana. Tito fires shots to the midsection, but can’t get to his corner as Martel goes to the throat. Into the ropes they go, Tito hangs onto the ropes, Martel rolls through it, but here’s Santana with right hands.
Raymond grabs Tito’s hair from the apron, again thwarting the comeback attempt and Jacques comes back into the match. He sends Santana into the ropes, Tito ducking a back elbow and landing a crossbody for a count of 2. Jacques stomps a hole in Tito, coaxes The Rockers to come back into the ring, tag to Raymond and Jacques whips Santana into Raymond’s double boots for a near fall. Raymond whips Tito into the ropes, ducks down and Santana with a sunset flip for 2, again being stomped on to keep him from tagging. Raymond utilizes a rear chinlock to wear Santana down some more, Jacques makes the tag and scores with a flying back elbow for another near fall.
Raymond back in, holding Tito up for Jacques who misses with a knee, hitting his own brother instead. Both men crawl to tags, Martel and Michaels hit the ring, Shawn unleashing a fury of right hands and elevating Martel with a back body drop. Michaels hits a dropkick, Martel reversing a whip into the ropes, ducks the head down and Shawn has it scouted, turning it into a vertical suplex. Michaels heads to the top, drops the fist and tags Marty in, pressing Jannetty over his head into a splash on Martel.
Jacques comes in to break the count at 2 with an elbow, Jannetty sees it and rolls out of the way, Jacques hitting his partner Martel instead. All 6 men are in the ring now, The Rockers whipping The Rougeaus together and sandwiching Martel in the center of the ring. Tito drills Martel with his flying forearm, spilling him out to the floor. Marty gets his hands on Jimmy Hart, dragging him to the apron, but taking a Jacques dropkick from behind. Marty counters a roll-up from Jacques, Martel hits the ring and levels Jannetty with a clothesline, makes the cover and gets the pinfall for his team.
Winners: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers & Rick Martel (Martel/Clothesline)
- EA’s Take: Rick Martel’s solo heel run is just getting underway and his partnership with manager Slick would be short-lived. Soon he would drop The Slickster and find his own footing, using his good looks and introducing his own ‘arrogant’ fragrance that would help him win matches. As The Rockers’ run in the WWF was just seemingly beginning, The Rougeaus’ clock is ticking and wouldn’t last much longer as the chronic back pain Raymond was in would end his career in a few short months.
Video: The heated rivalry between ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior began back at the Royal Rumble, when Rude viciously attacked Warrior from behind with his workout bar during their posedown. Bobby Heenan helped his man Rude effectively ‘steal’ the Intercontinental Title from Warrior at WrestleMania V, involving other members of his Heenan Family including Andre The Giant to try and dispose of The Warrior.
Backstage: The Ultimate Warrior is standing by with ‘Mean’ Gene, talking about his collision with Rude tonight. Warrior claims Rude will surrender to the Gods above and he will get the win…1-2-3.
Match #5 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. The Ultimate Warrior
Warrior stalks Rude, The Ravishing One trying to stay away, plants a kick to the midsection that doesn’t phase the challenger. Rude lands rights and lefts that have no affect, Warrior reverses a whip into the ropes, ducks a clothesline and sends the champion to the apron with one of his own. The Ravishing One drives a shoulder to the midsection, hops back in with a sunset flip and Warrior holds his ground before dropping down on Rude.
He presses the champion over his head, dropping him all the way out to the floor, following outside to drive Rude’s head into the apron. Warrior drags The Ravishing One around ringside, sending the champion into the barricade and then drives the IC Title down into the back, but no disqualification is called for. Warrior suplexes Rude on the floor, rolls him back in the ring, then tosses him back out and gives chase. He slams Rude on the floor, back inside again and Warrior heads to the top rope, scoring with a double axe handle for a near fall.
Warrior whips the champion hard into the corner multiple times, slams The Ravishing One and covers for another count of 2. The challenger plants Rude with a vertical suplex, the champion kicks out at 2 again, then hits an inverted atomic drop and mocks The Ravishing One. Warrior elevates Rude and drops him on his backside, climbs the corner again and The Ravishing One sees it, crotching the challenger on the top turnbuckle. Rude finally gets to go on offense, driving the forearm into the lower back, connects with a snap suplex and gets a 2 count.
The Ravishing One continues to work the back, pulling up on the Warrior’s head with a camel clutch. Warrior attempts to power up, but the champion drops himself onto the lower back, drops a forearm and covers for another 2. He drags the challenger to his feet, looks to finish with the Rude Awakening and Warrior powers out, tries a clothesline, Rude ducks it and jumps on the back with a sleeper hold. Warrior breaks the hold with a jawbreaker, grabs a side headlock, Rude pushes him into the ropes, back and forth they go, colliding heads and taking out the referee in the process.
The Brain tries to revive The Ravishing One, the champion gets his bearings back and Warrior slowly comes to. Rude with heavy shots that have no affect, Warrior firing back, then sending the champion into the ropes for a back body drop. He unloads with clotheslines, sends Rude to the ropes again and plants him with a powerslam, covers and the ref is still down. The challenger revives the ref, spikes The Ravishing One with a piledriver, the ref crawls to make a count and Rude gets his foot on the rope after 2. Warrior drives Rude into the mat with a running powerslam, tries to follow with a splash and the champion gets the knees up.
The Ravishing One sets up for and spikes the Warrior with a modified piledriver for a near fall, Rude scales the corner and connects with a fist for another 2 count. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper makes his way to ringside, in the ring Rude scores with another piledriver that only gets 2, The Ravishing One sees Piper at ringside and exchanges words with Hot Rod. Roddy moons the champion, Rude berating him from the 2nd rope, Warrior comes from behind and delivers a german suplex. He hits the ropes, lands a shoulder tackle, presses The Ravishing One over his head, dropping him and following with a splash for the victory.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior (Combination Military Press-Splash)
- EA’s Take: The rise of the Warrior marches on, as he showed that with the right partner he could put on a watchable match. The fans came completely unglued for the title win, giving the WWF all the ammo they needed to strap the jetpacks on The Ultimate One. His rivalry against Rude and The Heenan Family would continue, mainly focusing on Andre The Giant for the time being and cementing Warrior as a bonafide main eventer.
Backstage: Mr. Perfect has joined Gene Okerlund to talk about his win tonight. Perfect calls The Red Rooster a perfect example of how he sees everyone in the WWF, merely a stepping stone. He did exactly what he said he was going to do and that’s win. Everybody needs to remember, nobody beats Mr. Perfect…nobody. Perfect leaves and Gene brings in ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, speaking about how he can get ‘Rude’ with the best of them. Hot Rod warns Heenan & Rude that everybody’s got to pay the Piper. Roddy says of course it’s his fault that Rude lost the IC Championship, taking all the blame. Next in is ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin wearing a tuxedo. He says tonight he has a special job, but won’t give Okerlund any details. Bobby ‘The Brain Heenan storms in, irate that Roddy Piper was allowed to be at ringside. ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude claims he had Ultimate Warrior beat until Piper showed up at ringside. Rude vows to get his title back, no matter who has to go through. Heenan wants the match to be restarted right now, absolutely beside himself still.
Video: On the set of ‘No Holds Barred’, the animosity built between Hulk Hogan & Zeus. The big Zeus would make his presence felt on Saturday Night’s Main Event, attacking the WWF Champion prior to a cage match against Big Boss Man. Randy Savage would officially introduce Zeus with ‘Sensational’ Sherri on The Brother Love Show. They’d lay the challenge down to Hogan & Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake, Hulk & Brutus quickly accepting it.
Match #6: The Twin Towers (Akeem & Big Boss Man) & Andre The Giant w/Slick & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. Demolition (Ax & Smash) & King Duggan
Hacksaw & The African Dream kick the action off, some jawing back and forth to start, Duggan blocks a right and unloads with lefts. He sends Akeem into the corner, catches him with a big right off the rebound, then grabs a wristlock and tags Ax in. Ax pummels The African Dream, brings in Smash and they both pound him into the canvas. Smash with a tag back to Hacksaw, working over the shoulder and driving it into the top turnbuckle. Ax back in, Akeem goes to the eyes, whips him into the corner and follows in, running into a back elbow.
Ax delivers more shots to the shoulder, Akeem goes to the throat and tags Boss Man. He walks into a right hand to the midsection, Ax with more clubbing shots before tagging Smash for a flurry of right hands. Smash gets a wristlock, Boss Man backs him into the corner, doesn’t break clean and fires away with rights of his own. Smash fights his way out of the corner, Boss Man goes to the eyes, Smash returns the favor and tags The King. Duggan keeps a wristlock, pounds on the shoulder, Ax back in and he hooks a front facelock.
Boss Man punches out of it, Andre with a cheap shot from the apron before getting the tag. The Giant utilizes his body weight to squash Ax, grabs a nerve hold and then chokes him with the bottom rope. Andre pushes Ax out to the floor, drags him back inside and Boss Man tags in for a headbutt. He rams Ax’s head into Akeem’s boot, The African Dream gets the tag, sends Ax into the corner and misses a splash. Smash off the tag with heavy rights, Boss Man hits the ring and eats some too, Smash whipping them into one another and then slamming them both.
The Giant hits the ring now and drops Smash with one shot, Boss Man dropping an elbow and covering before all hell breaks loose. Ax & Boss Man battle on the outside, Akeem slams Smash while the ref deals with Andre, The African Dream with a 2nd rope splash and Duggan hammers him with the 2×4. Smash rolls over and drapes the arm to get the 1-2-3.
Winners: Demolition & King Duggan: (Smash/Foreign Object)
- EA’s Take: The addition of King Duggan wearing facepaint that looked like an American flag was probably the best part of the whole match. Demolition would finish off their feud with the aid of ‘Hacksaw’ here, in a match full of punches. Andre’s health is pretty rough at this point and he can only be showcased in tag team matches (for the most part), which certainly doesn’t help the quality of the contest.
Backstage: Standing by is ‘Mean Gene’ with ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Virgil. The MDM laughs about his competition tonight, Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka. Tonight he will prove that he’s not only the wealthiest, classiest man, but Snuka is merely a primitive native. He’ll end up just like Jake Roberts, another sorry statistic and victim.
Match #7 – Special Ring Announcer ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin: Hercules vs. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart
Garvin really cuts up Valentine during his introductions, the bell rings and The Hammer is giving it right back, Garvin hops back in the ring and feigns a punch, but Hercules ambushes Valentine instead. He drops clubbing blows to the back, lefts and rights, then sends The Hammer into the ropes for a back elbow and a count of 2. He whips Valentine back in for a slam and another 2, The Hammer slides to the outside to take a breather. He slides back in and has his attention on Garvin, Herc with a schoolboy for a near fall before Valentine rolls back outside, getting in Garvin’s face.
Hercules drops an elbow to the back from the apron, tosses The Hammer back inside and gets caught with a knee coming back in. Valentine drops elbows, looks for the Figure Four and Herc kicks him off. Snapmare to Hercules, Valentine climbs up top and takes a right hand to the midsection on the way down. The Mighty One with lefts and rights, irish whip and he ducks down, Valentine sees it and clubs the back. He attempts a suplex, Hercules counters into one of his own and The Hammer tries to beg Herc off. Valentine with a double leg takedown in the corner, props his legs on the ropes for leverage and covers for a 3 count.
Winner: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (Double Leg Takedown)
- After The Bell: Garvin announces Hercules as the winner in his mind, the referee directs him to announce The Hammer as the winner and he announces Herc as the winner by DQ. Valentine clobbers Garvin, then exchanges shots with Herc in the ring. Garvin comes back in and levels Valentine with a right hand, Jimmy Hart grabs his guy and heads for the exit.
- EA’s Take: After defeating ‘Rugged’ Ronnie in a retirement match, this was another way to get Garvin involved and keep the rivalry going with The Hammer. Garvin would continue to needle Valentine until he and Jimmy Hart demanded that Garvin be re-instated, continuing their feud in the ring through the fall and winter of 1989.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene joins ‘Sensational’ Sherri, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and his partner for tonight, Zeus.They’re gathered around a cauldron, Sherri calling it the ‘Cauldron of Madness’. When she looks in it she sees Hogan & Beefcake lying flat on their backs. She wonders where Miss Elizabeth is, Savage agrees with Sherri’s visions, but he sees Hogan & Beefcake in pieces. Macho warned Hulk that this was the end of the road, with Zeus who’s impervious to pain in his corner, the possibilities are endless.
Match #9: Million Dollar Champion ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase w/Virgil vs. ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka
DiBiase tries to attack Superfly before the bell, Snuka sees it coming and makes him pay with right hands and a headbutt, sending DiBiase out to the floor. Virgil gets on the apron to cause a distraction, Snuka gets ahold of him, MDM charges and Superfly side-steps it, dropping Virgil to the floor. More hard shots from Snuka, he ducks a clothesline and hits an atomic drop that again sends DiBiase to the outside. MDM heads back in, collar & elbow and DiBiase gains a side headlock. Snuka pushes him into the ropes, leapfrogs and they botch it, Superfly driving DiBiase head-first into the top turnbuckle.
MDM comes back with a boot to the midsection, delivering clubbing shots to the back of the head and right hands in the corner. Superfly reverses a whip across, back body drop to DiBiase and MDM tries to beg Snuka off. Jimmy with a side headlock, gets shoved into the ropes and scores with a shoulder knockdown, back into it and DiBiase drops him throat-first across the top rope. MDM punishes Superfly with rights to the midsection in the corner, plants him with a vertical suplex and gets a 2 count. DiBiase drives the knee into the spine, splits Snuka with a backbreaker and again only gets a count of 2. He slams Superfly, goes to the 2nd rope and misses a falling back elbow.
Snuka fires away with chops and a headbutt, DiBiase tries to beg off once again and Superfly slams him, then comes off the 2nd rope with a flying headbutt. He heads to the top for the Superfly Splash, Virgil gets to the apron again and Snuka drops down, chasing him around ringside. He grabs Virgil and fires away with right hands, MDM recovers and drills Superfly with a double axe handle off the apron. He drives Snuka into the ring post, rolls in the ring and the ref’s count reaches 10.
Winner: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase (Count-Out)
- After The Bell: Snuka climbs to the apron and connects to DiBiase & Virgil with a springboard clothesline. He sends MDM to the outside, whips Virgil into the ropes and flattens him with a double chop, then splits him with a backbreaker. He heads to the top once again, connecting with the Superfly Splash.
- EA’s Take: After returning from 4 years away, Superfly never really regained his spot he had once enjoyed. At this time in his career, Snuka was primarily used to put over younger, up and coming talents following this count-out loss to DiBiase.
Backstage: Standing by with Gene Okerlund is Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake & WWF Champion Hulk Hogan. The champion talks about riding Harleys with Beefcake and their being a traffic jam on their way to the arena, claiming they parted the river like Moses. Brutus talks about the titanium steel blades on his clippers, warning Savage that he will make them apart of him. Hogan implies that he has a secret weapon for tonight, describing a woman.
In The Ring: It’s poem time, so here’s The Genius. He recites a poem describing tonight’s main event, clearly favoring Randy Savage & Zeus.
Match #10: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage & Zeus w/’Sensational’ Sherri vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake & WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
Hogan whispers something to our ring announcer Howard Finkel and he introduces Miss Elizabeth. The bell rings, Zeus & Savage charge at Hogan & Beefcake, Brutus tosses Macho to the outside, Hulk’s punches having no affect on Zeus at all. Hogan rakes the eyes, goes for a slam and Zeus clubs him in the back, then chokes him on the apron. The Barber comes into the ring, comes off the 2nd rope for a double axe and Zeus catches him in the air with a bearhug. The Hulkster with a shot to the back that merely gets Zeus’ attention, Hulk hitting the ropes for a shoulder and running into a wall.
Zeus locks him in a bearhug, Macho comes off the top with a double axe to the back and they drive the champion back into the corner. Savage takes the ring, slams Hulk and goes up top for another double axe handle. He delivers a knee to the back, sending Hogan into the corner, then flattens him with a clothesline off the rebound for a count of 2. Macho grabs a rear chinlock, Hulkster fades to the canvas, then fires back up to his feet. He breaks the hold with elbows, hits the ropes and knocks Macho down with multiple shoulders.
Hogan into the ropes again, Zeus with a knee from the apron, allowing Savage to send Hulk into the corner with a hard irish whip. Zeus tags in, sends Hogan across and puts him in the bearhug again off the rebound. The champion fades, Zeus taking him to the canvas, Hulkster battles back to a vertical base and Zeus rams him into the corner. Savage off the tag, hanging Hogan throat-first across the top rope and planting the champion with a back suplex for a near fall. Macho tries a seated senton to Hogan on the 2nd rope, misses and Hulk avoids elbow drops to finally get the tag to The Barber.
Beefcake with a clothesline for Macho, following with a high knee and gaining a count of 2. He whips Savage in, Macho ducks a right hand and gets caught coming on the other side with a Sleeper Hold. Macho charges at the corner, driving Brutus into the turnbuckle to break the hold and bring Zeus back in. Beefcake rakes the eyes, jumps on the back and gets Zeus in the Sleeper Hold. Savage draws Hogan into the ring, the ref prevents Hulk from coming in and it allows Macho to nail Beefcake with Sherri’s purse, breaking the hold. Savage tags in and covers, but Hulk breaks it up at 2.
He enters the ring and chases Savage around ringside, Macho grabbing Elizabeth and Hogan prevents anything from happening. Macho hops back in the ring for another 2 count, Zeus re-enters the match and chokes The Barber on the top rope, then again on the mat. Zeus lifts The Barber to his feet, holds him the air with a choke, then chokes him some more in the corner. He taunts Hogan, drops Beefcake throat-first on the top rope and Savage tags in. Brutus reverses a whip into the ropes, Savage ducks a shot and they both hit clotheslines, doubling down.
Beefcake crawls toward his corner, kicks Macho off with both feet and makes the tag to the champion. Hogan unloads with right hands, whips Macho into the corner and follows him in with a back elbow before giving Zeus a right hand on the apron. He sends Savage into the ropes, connects with the big boot and Macho spills to the outside. Hulk drags him to the apron by the hair, suplexes Macho back in, Sherri tripping the champion and allowing Savage to fall on top for a 2 count.
Macho levels Hulk with a clothesline, makes a tag, then scales the corner and lands the elbow drop, Hulk immediately getting right to his feet. He hits Macho with an atomic drop that sends him to the floor, Zeus comes in and they circle each other. Hogan with right hands that stagger the big man, he hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline and lands on of his own, dropping Zeus to a knee. More heavy shots from the Hulkster, Sherri is on the apron screaming and bouncing on the ropes, Elizabeth tripping her up and Sherri falls in the ring. Savage grabs the purse, looks to come off the 2nd rope with it and Beefcake is there to thwart his efforts. Hogan gets the purse behind the ref’s back, drilling Zeus with it and slamming him to the mat. The champion follows with the leg drop and covers for the win.
Winners: Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake & Hulk Hogan (Hogan/Leg Drop)
- After The Bell: Sherri comes into the ring too late to break up the 3 count, Hulk feigns a right hand and instead hits her with an atomic drop. Elizabth follows with a purse shot, Hulkster grabs Beefcake’s clippers and they cut chunks of Sherri’s hair out before celebrating.
- EA’s Take: Zeus is absolutely brutal in the ring and never really had much business even being in there. As expected Macho had to do all the heavy lifting and could be seen instructing Zeus on what to do numerous times. Zeus would go on to form an alliance with Ted DiBiase to continue his rivalry with Hogan heading into the fall. Macho Man would continue to meet Hogan going into the winter, remaining opposite of his former manager Miss Elizabeth.
EA’s Finisher: This was all about the undercard to me, as the main event was about as good as you could hope for when one of the main players is greener than goose crap. The tag contests early on really delivered and were the best matches of the night, while other younger up and comers would continue to emerge as stars (Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect). I’m sure there was some satisfaction for Dusty Rhodes, performing for the “big boys” and getting to stick it to his former employers in any fashion he could. We are transitioning into the 1990’s and along with the decade change would come changing opinions on what the fans would begin to clamor for, but not just yet.
Top Three To Watch
1 – The Brain Busters vs. The Hart Foundation
2 – Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior
3 – The Rockers & Tito Santana vs. The Rougeaus & Rick Martel
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 3 (9/18/95)
Here we come to the fallout episode after Fall Brawl 1995. The show saw Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) and Brian Pillman go nearly 30 minutes, DDP claim the WCW World Television Championship from The Renegade, Harlem Heat win the WCW Tag Team Championship from Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater, Arn Anderson defeat Ric Flair after a 20 minute bout and The Dungeon of Doom lose to Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Sting and Lex Luger in WarGames. Let’s see where the show goes forward!
Monday Nitro Episode 3
September 18, 1995
The show opens to an ambulance pulling up, with Taskmaster and The Giant exiting. The Giant talks about choking out Hulk the night before, sending him to the hospital.
The American Males vs. The Blue Bloods
This match doesn’t even start as Harlem Heat jump The Blue Bloods and give The American Males a title shot for some reason. Funny that the tag teams are in opposite corners from WWE as it relates to the hard camera position, it threw me off for a bit. Booker hits an Axe Kick on Scotty Riggs and Riggs opted to try and flip over to sell the kick, but he landed right on the back of his head, scary spot. The Colonel comes to ringside and takes Sherri in his arms, which causes a distraction for Bagwell to reverse a pump handle into a crossbody on Booker T to win the match via pin. In less than 24 hours, Harlem Heat lose the Tag Team Belts. I am surprised to see this, considering it was basically Harlem Heat dominating that match. It worked in a sense because Booker and Stevie still look strong off the distraction, but it did seem a bit telegraphed once the Harlem Heat just through down a title shot with no explanation behind it.
Winner: The American Males (new champions) via Bagwell pin on Booker T
Mean Gene is in the ring and welcomes down the 11 time (as of 1995) World Champion, Ric Flair. They recap the previous night and the possible collusion between Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Ric is upset that someone outside of the Four Horsemen was brought in to intervene. Ric throws a warning to Brian Pillman for the main event and then to Anderson himself for after the match.
“Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Johnny B. Badd
Mr. Wonderful’s music and entrance are just awful….and it’s perfect. Johnny got pyro on his entrance, I didn’t expect that, but I don’t know what his gimmick is exactly. Johnny is wrestling with 9 stitches in his eye (per Eric Bischoff) from the night before. Major clash in styles and work pace here. Johnny B. Badd keeps wanting to move faster but is seemingly always waiting for Mr. Wonderful to be ready for the transition. It makes the match very difficult to watch. Johnny tries to roll up Paul, but is reversed for the pin. This match was not good, it seemed so clunky. It makes me wonder what Johnny would have been like in today’s era with the faster pace.
Winner: Mr. Wonderful via pin
We see a video from the “set of Baywatch” where Macho man is bench pressing while the girls cheer him on. Kevin Sullivan comes and attacks him before Flair breaks it up. Back in the ring, Gene welcomes Savage to discuss the events. Randy expresses his displeasure for Sullivan and says he’s going to cut his head off. He addresses the “cheap shot” from Luger the night before and says people are either with him, or against him. Luger comes out to the ring and accuses Savage of being jealous and wanting the WCW Heavyweight Championship. Savage challenges Luger to a match but Mean Gene cuts to commercial to prevent that. Savage is just amazing to listen to on the mic.
We go to a video from before Fall Brawl that sees Mean Gene talking to Hogan after he rolled up on his motorcycle. A monster truck comes up and runs down Hulk’s bike and we see The Giant is driving and laughing as he does it. Then during the WarGames match, The Giant comes out and chokes Hogan and makes a motion as if he twisted his neck.
Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair
Early on, Flair actually came off the top rope to the floor to hit a double ax handle on Pillman. How many times did he do that in his career? Flair tries to come off the top rope, but Brian hits him with a nice looking dropkick for a near fall. Pillman works Flair’s arm around the ring post and ringside barricade but there is no further selling, Ric just goes right back to using it as if nothing happened. Not exactly the best storytelling by one of the greatest of all time. Ric Flair locks on the Figure 4 and Pillman taps out pretty quickly.
Winner: Ric Flair via submission to Figure Four Leglock
Flair stays in the ring and is calling out Arn Anderson. Anderson doesn’t come out but Flair says he’ll get him next week.
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Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam ’88
The WWF continues to add to its pay-per-view line-up and add the pressure to their main competition with the inaugural Summerslam! Jim Crockett Promotions was having success, but they were bleeding out money at twice the rate they were making it. Vince McMahon’s creation of this summer event would help put the nail in JCP’s coffin and soon, Crockett would be forced to sell his company to Ted Turner. Summerslam would continue to keep momentum rolling, after the original plan of getting Ric Flair to jump ship and face ‘Macho Man’ fell through, they again capitalized on the continuation of WrestleMania’s main event rivalry. Let’s get to it….
Open: In the arena, our commentary team of Gorilla Monsoon & ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham. Superstar talks about the return of Hulk Hogan tonight, as The Mega Powers take on The Mega Bucks in our main event. Let’s go to the ring.
Match #1: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) vs. The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith) w/Matilda
The bell rings and The Rougeaus try a handshake that doesn’t work. Davey Boy goes after Jacques, driving his head into the top turnbuckle over and over again. Davey tossses Jacques into his corner, allowing Raymond to make the tag. They lock-up, jockey for position in the corner, Davey backs up Raymond who doesn’t break clean. Right hands from Raymond, irish whip into the corner and a monkey flip attempt, Davey cartwheels out of it and gets him with an armdrag. Dynamite off the tag, double headbutt and he gets a side headlock, getting pushed into the ropes and scoring with a shoulder knockdown.
Dynamite with an armdrag, grounding Raymond with an armbar. Raymond to his feet, shooting Dynamite into the ropes, Kid puts the breaks on and hits a diving headbutt. He goes back to the armbar, tag to Davey and he comes off the top with a shot to the arm. Raymond reverses an irish whip, ducks down and a sunset flip from Davey for 2. Another armdrag and Raymond is in an armbar again. Jacques tries to get in the ring and The Bulldogs switch behind the ref’s back. Dynamite with an irish whip and a clothesline, Davey in for a back body drop, Raymond with a sunset flip for a 2 count, Davey with a bridge for a near fall of his own.
Kid tags, going back to work on the shoulder joint. Davey in, double forearm shot and he covers for a count of 2, gets a side headlock, into the ropes and Jacques trips him from outside. Raymond finally tags out and Jacques works over the legs of Davey Boy with a toe hold. Davey kicks him off for a monkey flip, but Jacques counters and tags his brother Raymond, making a wish with Davey’s legs. Raymond contines the punishment on the leg, Jacques tags and hits a seated senton to the knee. Jacques delivers a shot to Dynamite on the apron, allowing Raymond to come in without a tag and apply more pressure to the left leg. Davey kicks him off, gets sent into the ropes and Raymond with a back body drop, tagging out. Jacques with a spinning toe hold, Davey grabs a small package out of it for 2, but is unable to tag out.
Raymond back in, maintaining the pressure to the leg, Davey gets up on one foot and monkey flips Raymond, finally getting the tag to Dynamite. Kid comes in on fire with headbutts, a snap suplex and a falling headbutt for a 2 count. Back suplex for Raymond, cover and he’s too close to the ropes. Dynamite tosses Raymond out to the floor, Jacques there to meet him and now Davey gets involved, driving Raymond into the steel barricade. Jacques helps his brother to his feet and back in the ring, Dynamite is there to meet them and drive Raymond into Davey’s boot before tagging out. Davey Boy sets for the running powerslam and hits it, covers and Jacques breaks it up.
Dynamite comes in behind the ref’s back, climbs the 2nd rope for right hands and Jacques grabs him from behind for a back suplex. Both men are down, Raymond crawls to a tag, Jacques comes in with a slam and drops a knee for a near fall. Double team tactics by The Rougeaus behind the ref’s back. Raymond tags in and drops Dynamite onto Jacques’ knee for a gutbuster. Jacques back in, irish whip and he gets Dynamite in an abdominal stretch. Davey Boy rushes in the ring to break it up, Raymond steps in without a tag and puts Dynamite back into an abdominal stretch. Kid powers out of it, Raymond with right hands, Jacques tags and hits a splash for 2.
Jacques grounds Dynamite again with a camel clutch, Kid powers to his feet, but Raymond comes in with a cheap shot to knock him back down. Jacques gives up the hold, Raymond tags and goes back to it. Kid once again powers up, ramming Raymond into the corner to break the hold and crawl to his corner. Jacques tags first and stops it, delivering a shot to Davey Boy on the apron. Davey distracts the ref, who turns around to see Dynamite has Jacques in a small package for a count of 2. Jacques with an abdominal stretch, Raymond tags in and hits a kick to the midsection for a count of 2, then goes into a front facelock.
Dynamite finally makes a tag, but the ref was distracted by Jacques and Davey has to go back to the apron. Rougeaus with more double teaming, Jacques comes in and covers for a count of 2. Dynamite with a headbutt to the breadbasket, getting the tag to Davey Boy who misses a dropkick, but scores with a military press, dropping Jacques on the top rope. He covers, Raymond drops an accidental elbow on his brother and now all 4 men are in the ring. Davey launches Dynamite into a diving headbutt and the bell rings as time has expired.
Winners: Time Limit Draw
- After The Bell: The Rougeaus offer a handshake to The Bulldogs, then sucker punch them and run out as The Bulldogs chase them out of the arena.
- EA’s Take: Tremendous tag team contest to open the night, but the finish was really weird. Behind the scenes, real heat was building between these 4 men. Pranks had gone a little too far, one of which was done by Curt Hennig with the blame being put onto Dynamite Kid. This led to Dynamite punching Jacques a few times, with Jacques eventually knocking out a few of Dynamite’s teeth with a fistful of quarters. The beefs would continue into the fall, with Dynamite planning to get his revenge at Survivor Series 1988.
Video: Brutus Beefcake had his match won this past weekend on Superstars Of Wrestling. ‘Outlaw’ Ron Bass would attack from behind with his whip, viciously assaulting The Barber and tearing at his face with a boot spur. Due to this, Brutus Beefcake is unable to compete tonight against The Honky Tonk Man for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
Match #2: Bad News Brown vs. Ken Patera
Bad News jumps Patera as he enters and the bell rings, Brown with right hands and a slam, then dropping an elbow. Patera still has his ring jacket on, Brown with an irish whip into the corner and runs into a clothesline. Patera firing back with rights, into the ropes and he scores with a back elbow. The former Olympian with a slam, attempts an elbow drop and Bad News rolls out of the way. Brown with more right hands, choking Patera on the apron and clubbing him back in the ring.
He drives Patera’s head into the top turnbuckle, irish whip and a back knife-edge chop. More choking, into the ropes again and Patera with a kick to prevent a back body drop. He takes Bad News over into a cover that only gets 1, clothesline and an elbow drop for a 2 count. Patera with a backbreaker for another 2, then a small package that only gets 1. He locks in his patented bearhug, Bad News goes to the eyes to break it and Patera attempts the full nelson now.
Brown gets to the ropes, Patera to the 2nd rope with a right hand and he calls for the full nelson again. Once more, Bad News gets to the ropes to cause a break, Patera with a back body drop attempt and Brown has it scouted. Bad News tries to reverse an irish whip into the corner and they botch it. The go into the same spot, Bad News avoids a charging Patera and he hits his shoulder into the ring post. Brown follows with the Ghetto Blaster and covers for a 3 count.
Winner: Bad News Brown (Ghetto Blaster)
- EA’s Take: Brutal. Neither one of these guys are known for their workrate and it really showed here. Patera’s skills were really declining at this point and his WWF run would come to an end later on in the year.
Video: For some reason there’s a promo for the Leonard/LaLonde fight at Caesar’s Palace. Weird.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is with The Mega Powers, who will take on The Mega Bucks in tonight’s main event. Hulk Hogan can feel Madison Square Garden rumbling already, together as one they are the strongest force in the universe. Macho can feel the electricity, saying Elizabeth is their secret weapon tonight. Hogan says the 24 inch pythons are loaded and The Mega Bucks will get the ‘kiss of death’ tonight.
Match #3: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. Junkyard Dog
Rude attacks before the bell, JYD reverses an irish whip and hits a back body drop, then headbutts and Rude falls out to the floor. Heenan converses with Rude, The Dog grabs Rick by the hair and pulls him back in the ring. Into the ropes, JYD to the midsection and he drops Rude with a big right hand. Rude avoids a falling headbutt, clothesline to The Dog and Rude comes off the top with a double axe handle. Clubbing blows to JYD, snapmare and Rude with a rear chinlock to wear out The Dog.
The Ravishing One with a choke behind the ref’s back, Heenan providing the distraction. Rude back the rear chinlock, JYD battle out of it, irish whip into the corner and he runs into Rude’s boot for a count of 2. Rude utilizing the rear chinlock again, trying to drain JYD’s energy. He switches to a wristlock, tries drive his backside onto the shoulder joint and crotches himself. JYD to his feet as Rude tries to beg off, no mercy from The Dog with right hands and a big headbutt.
Heenan to the apron, allowing Rude to attack from behind and score with a russian leg sweep. Rude heads upstairs once more, exposes a 2nd pair of tight with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts’ wife’s face on them and connects with a fist drop. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts slides in the ring from behind, attacking The Ravishing One with lefts and rights, causing the bell to ring.
Winner: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (Disqualification)
- After The Bell: Roberts is unloading on Rude, sending him flying out to the floor and the ref stopping him from giving chase.
- EA’s Take: Really not much of a match here, as the story was really between Rude & Roberts. This would be Junkyard Dog’s final PPV for the WWF, as he would jump ship to the NWA and WCW just before Survivor Series. The Rude/Roberts saga continues, but it was odd that they weren’t matched up here tonight. They’d meet again at Survivor Series, where the rivalry would see its conclusion.
Backstage: This time, ‘Mean’ Gene is with WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man & ‘Colonel’ Jimmy Hart. Jimmy’s happy that Brutus Beefcake won’t be competing tonight. Honky Tonk knew Beefcake wasn’t man enough, but he’s willing to take on anyone tonight. Gene is about to tell HTM who the challenger will be, but he wants it to be a surprise. He doesn’t care who it is because he can handle whoever the WWF throws his way.
Match #4: The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff) w/Slick vs. The Powers Of Pain (The Barbarian & The Warlord) w/The Baron
They rush the ring and the bell goes off, all 4 men battling. The Bolsheviks attempt to whip The Powers Of Pain into one another, Warlord reverses and Barbarian with a back elbow. Things settle, Boris & Barbarian stay in the ring, Barbarian hits the ropes and Volkoff trips him from the outside. Boris misses an eblow drop, Warlord comes in and they level him with a double clothesline. Boris rolls outside for a breather, Nikolai slides in and The Powers Of Pain double team him with a thrust to the throat.
The Bolsheviks huddle outside, Boris finally heads back in the ring and gains a side headlock. Barbarian pushes him into the ropes, they hit shoulders and there’s a stalemate. Boris back into the ropes, Barbarian ducks down and hits a back chop, covering and Nikolai breaks it up. Boris takes the advantage with strikes, Barbarian reverses a whip into the corner and walks into a kick. Zhukov sends him across, ducks his head and eats a kick, Warlord tagging in and driving Boris into the top turnbuckle. He drops a fist, Nikolai breaks up the cover again and Zhukov goes to the eyes.
Irish whip, Warlord ducks a clothesline and hits a belly to belly suplex and Volkoff distracts the ref from the count. Slick to the apron, getting Warlord’s attention and allowing Nikolai to tag in and attack from behind. Boris chokes Warlord behind the ref’s back, double team tactics and Warlord tries to fight out of the corner. Zhukov tags, choking Warlord across the top rope and then stomping him in the wrong part of town. Warlord fights out again, Nikolai with a tag and more stuff behind the ref’s back.
Boris back in, snapmare and a rear chinlock to finally get Warlord off his feet. Warlord to a vertical base, but too close to the corner and Nikolai’s back in. Warlord with more rights, Volkoff with a roundhouse kick and Boris comes in for a double back body drop attempt. Warlord scounts it, gets the tag to Barbarian and he nails Boris with a karate shot, slams Nikolai and a thrust kick to Boris. Big boots to both, Volkoff is sent to the outside and Warlord tags. Double shoulder tackle by the Powers Of Pain, Warlord with a running powerslam, Barbarian tags and follows with a top rope diving headbutt for the win.
Winners: The Powers Of Pain (Barbarian/Top Rope Diving Headbutt)
- EA’s Take: Again, not much technicality here as these guys are brawlers and powerhouses. The Bolsheviks are nothing more than a bottom of the card tag team and losing to more established tandems and up and comers. The Powers Of Pain were brought in from the NWA, after they refused to do scaffold matches for the promotion. They aligned themselves with Tito Santana at first, feuding with Demolition after they had (kayfabe) injured Santana’s tag team partner, Rick Martel. The Baron, better known as Baron Von Raschke was put with them for the first time at this event, but would be released shortly after.
In The Ring: Brother Love is out with his message of ‘love’. He speaks about this being a special night due to him being here, but he has a very special guest this evening. This person needs to learn the lesson of love and that is ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan. Hacksaw is here for two reasons, to share this with everybody and to tell Brother Love what a phoney he is. Brother Love says he sees a man who has no love in his heart when he looks at him, stating he needs to learn about it. There are Superstars here that know about love, like Dino Bravo who loves his country. Duggan tells him not to question his patriotism, saying his blood flows to help keep this country free. Brother Love talks about Duggan’s 2×4 being a weapon, saying it’s not used for love. Hacksaw wants Brother Love to understand this is the WWF, not Sunday School. Duggan says it needs policing, but Brother Love disagrees. Duggan says if Brother keeps talking the way he is, he’ll take the 2×4 and put it where the sun doesn’t shine. He has until a count of 5 to get out of the ring. Brother Love tries to talk his way out of it, but ends up skirting out of the ring before Hacksaw gets to 5.
Match #5 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man w/’Colonel’ Jimmy Hart vs. ???
HTM grabs the microphone and pleads for anybody to come out, he doesn’t care who it is. The Ultimate Warrior makes his way out and the crowd erupts, rushing in the ring and going right after HTM before he can get his jumpsuit off. The bell rings, Warrior levels HTM with a shoulder tackle and a clothesline, following with a splash and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior (Splash)
- EA’s Take: Just like that, Honky Tonk Man’s record breaking IC Title reign is over and the fans go berzerk. Warrior’s mix of a bulked up physique, high energy and unique look with the facepaint and neon colors really was capturing the attention of WWF fans. Vince McMahon would take notice, pushing the Warrior less than a year after his debut. HTM would never get back to the success he had during his IC Championship reign, slowly moving back down the card.
In The Arena: Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan interrupts the commentary team with some news. Heenan reports that The Mega Bucks & Mega Powers are up to. He says Andre is reading the Wall Street Journal while Ted DiBiase is counting suitcases of money. According to Heenan, The Mega Powers have blocked off their door so nobody can enter.
Match #6: ‘The Rock’ Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo w/Frenchy Martin
Heenan stays on commentary for this match, a lot of posturing before they lock-up, neither guy getting the edge. Another tie-up, jockeying back and forth and they break clean again. A 3rd collar & elbow, Muraco with a side headlock, Bravo pushes him into the ropes and The Rock with a shoulder. Hits the ropes again, back and forth and Muraco thwarts a monkey flip attempt. A hip toss, slam and then an armdrag to Dino, forcing him to go to the outside and take a stroll.
Back inside, Muraco with a wristlock, gets back into the corner and Dino with shots to the midsection. The Rock reverses an irish whip, hip tossing Bravo out of the corner, monkey flip and then an armdrag, grabbing an armbar. He sends Bravo hard into the corner, shots to the gut, Dino reverses a whip across and sends Muraco face-first into the turnbuckle. Heavy artillery from Dino, hits an inverted atomic drop and celebrates a little before dropping an elbow for a 2 count.
He sends The Rock in for a back body drop, Muraco countering with a side russian leg sweep, then avoids an elbow drop. Muraco fires back with lefts and rights, back body drop to Bravo and then a right hand for Frenchy on the apron. He lifts Dino for a slam, the ref goes down for a second and Bravo takes advantage, planting The Rock with his Side Slam for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Dino Bravo (Side Slam)
- EA’s Take: A better match than Patera/Bad News for sure, as these two powerhouses (especially Muraco) can actually work a little bit. Dino Bravo with a bit of an upset, but behind the scenes Don Muraco’s run was coming to an end. This would be his final PPV appearance for the WWF, being fired leading up to Survivor Series for unknown reasons.
Backstage: Sean Mooney is alongside the referee for tonight’s main event, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura. Jesse has accepted money from Ted DiBiase, but Ventura says this was the only good decision Jack Tunney ever made. The Body asks Mooney if he’s a fool and wouldn’t accept money. Jesse says if someone wants to give him money, he’s going to take it.
Match #7 for the WWF Tag Team Championships: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart vs. WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) w/Mr. Fuji & ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart
Ax & The Hitman to start it off, lock-up and Ax shoves Bret off like he’s nothing. Ax goes to the body, dropping Bret to the mat and clobbering away, following with a slam, but missing an elbow drop. Right hands from Bret, one for Smash on the apron and a shot to the gut for Ax. Hitman with a roll-up for a count of 2, Smash tags in and runs into a couple of armdrags. Neidhart enters, coming off the 2nd rope to the arm and maintaining a wristlock. Smash goes to the midsection, Neidhart into the ropes and he ducks a right, leveling smash and going back to the wristlock. Neidhart drops Smash with a shoulder off the ropes, back into the ropes and Ax with a kick from the outside behind the ref’s back.
Ax tags in, pounding The Anvil down and then quick tagging Smash for more clubbing blows. Ax is in, irish whip and Neidhart scouts a back body drop attempt, then gets the tag to Hitman. Bret with rights sending Ax outside, Smash comes in without a tag and Bret with a dropkick for him. Smash reverses a whip into the corner, sending The Hitman shoulder-first into the steel post and Demolition has control again. Neidhart chases off Jimmy Hart outside, Ax working over Bret’s arm, tying it up in the ropes.
He rams Bret’s shoulder into the turnbuckle, stomping away and then sending him into Smash’s boot. Smash off the tag, shoulderbreaker to Hitman and then he wrenches at the shoulder joint. Ax coming in, maintaining the hold, more double team tactics from Demolition and Ax kicks Bret to the outside. Smash sends Bret shoulder-first into the post, then tags in as Hitman is in pain on the floor. Smash merely lands a right hand, brings Ax back in and he sends Bret into the ropes. Hitman ducks a right and hits a flying clothesline, making the tag to Neidhart, but it was behind the ref’s back.
Smash comes in illegally, driving Bret into the turnbuckles and charging right into a boot. Bret finally gets the tag to The Anvil, coming in with rights for Smash, a dropkick to Ax and then slams for both of them. He sends Smash careening into his partner, then clotheslines Smash out to the floor. Bret slingshots The Anvil over the top with a shoulder tackle to the floor, rolling Smash back inside for a powerslam and a near fall. Hitman off the tag, Neidhart is whipped into a spear in the corner and Bret covers for a count of 2. Bret splits Smash with a backbreaker, Ax breaks it up and now all 4 men are in the ring. Fuji takes rights from Neidhart, distracting the referee. Bret goes for a piledriver, Ax delivers a megaphone shot and Smash makes the cover to retain.
Winners and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax/Foreign Object)
- EA’s Take: I almost like this match better than the opening tag contest just because there was a clear cut winner. The Hart Foundation started their babyface turn back at WrestleMania IV and are on their way to becoming one of the most popular tag teams in WWF history. Demolition’s association with Jimmy Hart was only to play off the split between himself and The Hart Foundation, as they were only ever accompanied by Mr. Fuji at this point. They’re still fresh in their run and would soon undergo a change of heart with the fans themselves, battling another painted-up tag team.
Backstage: ‘Mean Gene’ is back in the locker room with some heels and former Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man. HTM says he’s been ripped off and robbed by the WWF. He said he’d wrestle anybody, but he didn’t say he’d wrestle the Warrior, claiming the title is his and he’ll get it back. HTM is furious.
Match #8: Big Boss Man w/Slick vs. Koko B. Ware w/Frankie
The bell rings, Slick’s still in the ring distracting Koko and Boss Man clobbers him from behind. He tosses Koko out to the floor, postures for the crowd and Koko hops back in, connecting with right hands. Irish whip, Koko ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick, tying Boss Man up in the ropes in the process. Koko with a big splash, hammers away at the big man who unties himself.
The Birdman sticks and moves, gets caught in a front facelock and then driven to the mat. Boss Man with a big headbutt, sends The Birdman into the corner and squashes him. Boss Man with knees to the back, then levels Koko with a clothesline, covers and pulls up after a 2 count. He tortures Koko, grabbing the arms and wrenching back, The Birdman flips out and kicks to break it. Boss Man right back on him though, using all his weight to the back. Stiff right hand and a slam, Boss Man heads to the top and misses a splash, kind of. Boss Man whips Koko into the corner, tries a splash and misses.
The Birdman gets the blood flowing, landing a succession of punches, then a missile dropkick off the top and a splash for a near fall. Koko gets caught by Boss Man, gets dumped out on the apron, then brought back in for a Boss Man Slam to finish it.
Winner: Big Boss Man (Boss Man Slam)
- After The Bell: Boss Man drills Koko in the midsection with his nightstick, sending him spilling out to the floor.
- EA’s Take: Essentially a glorified squash match, as Big Boss Man had just entered the WWF in June via the UWF. Formerly, he was known as Big Bubba in the NWA and would use the moniker again, much further down the road. This character would by far be his most successful, as he would jump right into a big time feud against Hulk Hogan.
Backstage: Sean Mooney is with the new Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior in the babyface locker room. Warrior says he thought it was something out of a comic book, but this is real life. Warrior rose to the challenge and conquered it. If HTM wants a piece of him, he’s not hard to find. He’ll be on the next spaceship to Parts Unknown.
Match #9: Hercules vs. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts w/Damien
Hercules has a problem with Damian being on the apron, the ref makes Jake move it and Hercules makes a failed attempt to attack from behind. Jake with lefts and rights, sends Hercules into the corner and charges right into a knee. Heavy rights from Herc, into the ropes and Jake stops a back body drop try with a kneelift, then calls for the DDT.
Herc slips out of the ring to avoid it, taking a stroll to regroup. Back in the ring Hercules wants to throw hands, The Snake blocks them all, ducks a clothesline and slams Hercules, then grabs a side headlock. Herc tries to push him off unsuccessfully, hits a back suplex and The Snake hangs onto the hold. Hercules gets the ropes to force the break, headbutt to the midsection of Jake and Hercules with a big right hand. He drops elbows, snapmare and puts Roberts in a rear chinlock to drain his energy.
The Snake to his feet, but gets clotheslined multiple times for a count of 2. Herc goes back to the rear chinlock, Jake battles to a vertical base, but catches a back elbow and it sends him out to the floor. Herc with rights to The Snake on the apron, Roberts grabs Hercules and pulls him over the top to the outside. Herc hangs Roberts on the top rope from the apron, heads inside and goes to the chinlock again. Jake gets out with a jawbreaker, lefts and rights, dropping Hercules and hitting a short-arm clothesline.
The crowd wants it, Jake goes for the DDT and Hercules flips Roberts over, then side-steps a kneelift in the corner. The Mighty Hercules with control, slam and an elbow drop, Jake kicks out at 2. Herc argues with the ref, goes for another slam, Roberts gets out and spikes him with the DDT, rolling into a cover for to get the W.
Winner: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts (DDT)
- After The Bell: Jake unveils Damien and sticks him right in Hercules’ face, much to the delight of the MSG crowd.
- EA’s Take: A lot of Hercules offense in this one, which isn’t exactly pretty. Jake always would get his ass kicked for a while, then hit a quick DDT for most of his wins. I still think it would have made much more sense for him to face Rick Rude 1 on 1. Hercules’ current manager (although not part of this match) Bobby Heenan, would sell his contract to Ted DiBiase, leading to a turn for The Mighty One. Jake’s rivalry with Rick Rude continues into Survivor Series.
Video: The feud between The Mega Powers and The Mega Bucks is chronicled, starting with a 2 on 1 attack to WWF Champion Randy Savage while Elizabeth was forced to watch. Savage would issue a tag team challenge, not yet announcing who his partner is. Bobby Heenan would accept on Andre & DiBiase’s behalf, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura would be announced as the special referee to their delight. ‘Macho Man’ announces his tag team partner, the returning Hulk Hogan. Brother Love would accuse Ventura of being afraid of Andre, but The Body says he could step in the ring tomorrow and be champion if he wanted. Heenan & Company would make their way out, The Giant warning Jesse to pay good attention. DiBiase would stick money in Jesse’s pocket, saying it pays off to pay attention to him.
Match #10 Special Referee – Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura: The Mega Bucks (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Andre The Giant) w/Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan & Virgil vs. The Mega Powers (WWF Champion ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan) w/Elizabeth
Savage & Andre kick it off, The Giant pushing Macho into his corner and DiBiase tags. They circle each other, The MDM says he wants Hogan and gets it. Collar & elbow, Hogan catches the foot and hits an atomic drop, playing back and forth with Savage in their corner. Into the ropes and Hulkster with a clothesline, Macho tags, double back elbow and double elbow drop. Heenan & Virgil get to the apron, Savage drives DiBiase into the top turnbuckle and brings Hulk back in. Ventura gets Heenan & Virgil down, more turnbuckle shots for MDM and Macho back in, off the top with a double axe handle.
He drops a knee, Ventura gets to the count slow and only gets 1. Hulkster in, double big boot and a count of 2, Hogan with a slam and elbow drops. He goes after Andre and gets caught, Macho in to argue with The Body and The Giant hits the ring as well. Elizabeth to the apron, getting berated by Ventura as DiBiase tags in Andre, squashing Hulk with all his weight. He rams Hogan into his boot, then grabs a nerve hold to wear out the Hulkster, taking him down to the canvas. The Giant uses his trunks to choke Hogan, Macho jumps in, allowing DiBiase and Andre to double team. MDM tags in, right hands to Hulk and a clothesline out of the ropes for a 2 count. DiBiase with fist drops for another 2, then a rear chinlock to ground Hogan.
Hulkster to a vertical base, but gets dropped to his knees again by the hair. Ventura checks the arm, Hulkster keeping it up on the 3rd attempt and getting to his feet to break the hold. He hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline and they both connect with one, both men doubling down and crawling to their corners. Hogan makes it to Macho, right hands for DiBiase, hard irish whip into the corner and a back elbow. Back body drop by Savage, he hangs DiBiase across the top rope, then heads upstairs and connects with a double axe handle. He charges MDM in the corner and misses, but retakes control with a crossbody for a count of 2.
DiBiase levels him with a clothesline, then tags in The Giant to change the pace. Andre dominates the champion in the corner, squashing him with his backside and delivering rights and headbutts. MDM off the tag, vertical suplex and Savage kicks out at 2. DiBiase with a backbreaker, heads to the 2nd rope and misses a falling back elbow. Macho crawls to the wrong corner, kicks DiBiase off and then dives to tag the Hulkster. Hogan with a flurry of right hands in the corner, irish whip and a corner clothesline, followed by a vertical suplex.
He catches Andre with a clothesline entering the ring, Savage to the top, Andre sticks up the boot as Hogan has DiBiase in a sleeper. The Giant grabs Hogan from behind with headbutts, tossing the Hulkster outside. Elizabeth gets to the apron, distracting Ventura who turns around to see Heenan & Virgil up also. Elizabeth removes the bottom of her dress to reveal a bikini bottom, everyone is distracted now.
Hogan & Savage shake hands on the floor, Savage to the top with a double axe to Andre, Hogan slams DiBiase and Macho follws with the top rope elbow drop. Hulkster drops the leg, Ventura counts to 2 and Savage forces him to make the 3 count.
Winners: The Mega Powers (Hogan/Leg Drop)
- After The Bell: The Mega Powers celebrate, posing for the crowd together and raising Elizabeth on their shoulders to end the show.
- EA’s Take: Definitely the most entertaining bout of the night. There was very little of Andre in the match, as he couldn’t do near as much. DiBiase was allowed to carry the majority of the workload for his side, crowd was very hot for this, as expected. The feud between Hulk Hogan & Andre The Giant is finally over, but they’d still see more of Ted DiBiase. The Mega Powers would continue to team together into the fall and early part of 1989, until tensions began to rise between the partners. The Mega Bucks team would be short-lived, as this would be the last time Andre & DiBiase would pair up.
Finisher: Other than the main event and a match here and there, this is really a forgettable show for the first Summerslam. Ultimate Warrior winning the IC Title and Elizabeth’s disrobing at the end were the only big moments that really stood out. The opening contest was good, but the time limit draw finish detracts from it. The Tag Title contest was good, but nothing special. Jake Roberts should have taken on Rick Rude instead of them having insignificant singles matches with other guys. The main event did deliver however, the addition of Jesse Ventura into the fold helped to keep this long-running feud going just long enough.
Top Three To Watch
1 – The Mega Powers vs. The Mega Bucks
2 – The Hart Foundation vs. Demolition
3 – The Rougeaus vs. The British Bulldogs