Open: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage enters the arena, welcoming us to the brand new United Center in Chicago and the premier event, SummerSlam, which brought to you by the New Generation of the WWF.
Match #1: Irwin R. Schyster & Bam Bam Bigelow w/’Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) w/Afa & Captain Lou Albano
Fatu & Bam Bam will get us started, Bigelow rips at the eyes off the opening lock-up shoots Fatu to the ropes for a big shoulder knockdown, hits the ropes for another and then goes to work in the corner with right hands. He whips Fatu to the corner and charges in, Fatu side-steps out of harm’s way, clocks him with a superkick and covers for a count of 2. Fatu looks for a body slam, can’t hold up the weight and The Beast from the East falls on top for a 2 count, Bam Bam quickly drills him with an enzuigiri, heads to the top turnbuckle for the Diving Headbutt, but misses the mark.
Fatu to the ropes and turns Bigelow inside-out with a clothesline, tag to Samu, The Headshrinkers whip him to the buckle, connect with a double superkick off the rebound, lateral press by Samu and he gains a near fall. Big chops to the chest now, Samu sends Bam Bam to the corner, The Beast from the East rebounds out with a high back elbow, tags out and IRS comes in to put the boots to Samu. Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Samu ducks down for a back body drop, Irwin hops over the top of him, turns around and gets planted by a body slam, Samu following up with a hip toss and a superkick for another count of 2.
He goes to shoot Schyster to the ropes, irish whip is reversed, IRS tries a clothesline from the left side that misses, Samu coming back through leaps for a crossbody, but nobody’s home. Irwin looks to take advantage and attempts a crossbody of his own, Samu ducks it, The Tax Man flies over the top rope, spilling down to the floor. Fatu drops down off the apron and drives Schyster head-first into the ring steps, rolls him back into the squared circle, Samu delivers a big headbutt, hooks the leg and gets a 2 count. Tag to Fatu, The Headshrinkers drop Irwin with a double headbutt, Fatu picks him up to whip him to the ropes, it’s reversed, IRS ducks under a clothesline and Bigelow pulls the top rope down on the other side to send Fatu flying down to the floor.
IRS holds the official’s attention for Bam Bam to get in some cheap shots, he rams Fatu face-first into Schyster’s briefcase, tosses him back inside, Irwin drops multiple elbows and gains a near fall. The Beast from the East re-enters and shoots Fatu to the ropes, misses with a wild right hand, both guys go for a clothesline and connect, dropping to the canvas and doubling down. Tags on both sides, Samu fires away with fists to IRS, sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, Bigelow steps in to help out, gets met with punches for his troubles and gets sent to the ropes for a back body drop as well. Samu in total control, cracks both guys with headbutts, executes a body slam to Schyster, climbs to the 2nd rope for a diving headbutt, lateral press and Bam Bam’s there to break the count at 2.
Samu pushes Bigelow to the outside from behind, Fatu comes in and The Headshrinkers hit a double headbutt to IRS, plant him into the mat with a double forward russian leg sweep, Fatu goes up top for the Headshrinker Splash and makes a cover. DiBiase’s on the apron to distract the referee, The Beast from the East breaks up the pinning predicament, notices Captain Lou on the apron and decks him with a big right hand. Afa sees it and comes in after Bigelow with fists and headbutts, the ref finally turns around and calls for the bell.
Winners: Irwin R. Schyster & Bam Bam Bigelow (Disqualification)
- After The Bell: Afa continues hammering Bam Bam, Fatu drops him with a superkick, triple headbutt for The Beast from the East and the brawl spills out into the aisle on the way to the back.
- EA’s Take: Decent opener that was originally scheduled to be for the WWF Tag Team Titles, however The Headshrinkers lost them at a house show the night before to Shawn Michaels and Diesel, which certainly took away from the importance of the contest. Ted DiBiase had returned to the company after retiring from in-ring competition and taking a brief hiatus, now becoming a manager and putting together his own stable, The Million Dollar Corporation, starting out with Nikolai Volkoff and Bigelow before adding DiBiase’s former partner IRS. The group would continue to grow throughout the year, even adding a new member later on this same night, while The Headshrinkers would be briefly down-sized. Samu decided to leave the company shortly after this match to recover from some nagging injuries, however never returned and was replaced by Sione, better known as The Barbarian.
Backstage: Leslie Nielsen is walking around backstage in a segment similar to his Naked Gun movies, trying to solve the mystery of the two Undertaker’s. He would come across a man in a dark hallway that he believed to be The Undertaker, but it’s George Kennedy. George informs Leslie that he’s on the case as well and they take-off to continue their search.
Match #2 for the WWF Women’s Championship: Bull Nakano w/Luna Vachon vs. WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze
Bull offers a handshake which Alundra unwisely takes and gets a kick to the breadbasket for it, Nakano shoots her into the the corner, levels the champion with a clothesline off the rebound and picks her up for a powerbomb. Blayze slips out the backside and hits the ropes, scores with a dropkick, goes back to the well for another, but the challenger swipes her away, then tosses her across the ring by the hair. Bull throws Alundra back across with another handful of hair, slams her by the head to the canvas, flattens her with a clothesline and delivers a leg drop for a count of 2.
The challenger grounding Blayze with a rear chinlock, Alundra works her way to the bottom rope to force the break, Bull pulling her back up and ties her in the ropes, wrenching back on the neck. She grabs another handful of hair and faceplants the champion into the mat, makes an arrogant cover for 2, whips her to the ropes, Alundra hops up into a hurricanrana, sits on top and gets a 2 count. She shoots Nakano to the ropes for a spinning heel kick, sends her back in for another, the challenger ducks it, lifts her up by the throat and drops her down to the canvas. Bull uses her chin across the throat to choke the champion, locks in a Boston crab, Blayze crawls her way to the ropes and again forces the break.
Nakano with clubbing shots to the back, crosses the legs and slaps on Bull’s Angelito, the challenger grabs a handful of hair and the official forces her to release the hold. Bull picks Alundra up and chokes her on the top rope, the referee backs her off, Luna taking the opening to continue choking the champion, Nakano stalks Blayze and gets surprised by a schoolboy for a near fall, but goes to a cross armbreaker off the kick-out. Bull switches to an armbar before letting go on her own accord, shoots the champion to the ropes, Alundra plants her with a reverse bulldog, goes back to the ropes for another, then a third time for a near fall.
She sets the challenger for a piledriver, Nakano counters with a back body drop, delivers a body slam for a 2 count, sends Blayze to the ropes, Alundra swings wildly with a clothesline and missses, Bull flattening her with one of her own. She shoots the champion to the corner and charges in, the champion hops up to the 2nd rope, over the top of the challenger, grabs a backslide and almost puts it away. Blayze goes to the ropes for another hurricanrana, Nakano blocks it, drives her down with a powerbomb, hooks the leg and gains a near fall.
She plants Alundra with a body slam and heads to the high rent district for a leg drop, Luna climbs to the apron as Blayze rolls out of the way, the champion kicks Vachon to the floor, hits the challenger with the Bridging German Suplex and retains.
Winner and STILL WWF Women’s Champion: Alundra Blayze (Bridging German Suplex)
- EA’s Take: This is about as good as it gets for women’s matches at this time period, Bull Nakano was the first real competitor that could equal Alundra’s talents in the ring and give her a legitimate threat to the title. While women’s wrestling had nowhere near the level of interest that it has today, this was really the benchmark rivalry in terms of in-ring ability for the WWF. The feud would continue over the next 8 months as Bull would win the title in an untelevised match from Japan in November just three days before Survivor Series, leading to an angle in which Bertha Faye attacked Alundra and “put her on the shelf” for 5 months. In reality, Blayze was taking time off to have some work done on her nose and get breast implants before returning in April 1995.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is joined by WWF Intercontinental Champion & WWF Tag Team Champions Diesel & Shawn Michaels, Shawn stating that collectively the two of them have held the IC Title for 2 years, but they decided that they needed more gold and took the Tag Titles just last night. Big Daddy Cool speaks about his IC Title defense tonight against Razor Ramon, claiming his moniker should be Midas because everything he touches turns to gold. He informs The Bad Guy that he’s had a lot of chances and been unable to come through yet, wondering why Razor thinks it will happen tonight. The Heartbreak Kid claims that when they get finished with Razor and Walter Payton tonight, nobody will be able to recognize them.
Match #3 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion & WWF Tag Team Champion Diesel w/Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon w/Walter Payton
Razor takes his trademark toothpick and chucks it in the champion’s face, ducks under a right hand and scores with heavy punches, then drops the big man with a discus punch, Diesel quickly rolling to the outside to regroup with The Heartbreak Kid. Big Daddy Cool steps back inside, avoids the lock-up and goes to the ribs with a knee, pummels Ramon with elbows to the back of the head and buries forearm shots to the lower back. The Bad Guy fires back with shots of his own, Diesel ducks one, floors him with a short-arm clothesline, measures for a big boot, but the challenger avoids it and lays him out with a clothesline.
He shoots the champion to the corner and follows in, Diesel catches him with a high back elbow, throws him into the corner and uses a boot up under the chin to choke the challenger. Big Daddy Cool takes his eye off the ball for a moment, Razor scores with more fists, whips him to the ropes for a back body drop, the big man simply puts on the brakes and drives Ramon face-first into the canvas. The champion has some words for Walter, sends The Bad Guy to the ropes and locks on a sleeper hold, the challenger slips around, plants Diesel with a back body drop and breaks the hold.
The challenger looks to hit the ropes for a crossbody, Big Daddy Cool side-steps it and and sends him over the top to the floor, Payton comes around ringside to check on Razor, the official is distracted and Michaels climbs to the apron to expose one of the top turnbuckles. Shawn starts taunting Walter and gets stalked around ringside, the official slides out to back Payton off, The Heartbreak Kid takes the opening, runs around to the other side and jumps off the ring steps to deliver a clothesline to the challenger. The Bad Guy just makes it back into the squared circle before the 10 count, Diesel is there to meet him, sends him into the corner for heavy back elbows, buries knees into the breadbasket, looks to whip him into the exposed turnbuckle, but the ref spots it and blocks that corner off.
Shawn climbs up to the apron to argue with the referee, Diesel takes the opening and shoots Razor into the exposed buckle, plants him with a side slam, hooks the leg and gets a count of 2. The champion picks Ramon up over his shoulder, drops him face-first on a top turnbuckle, chokes him over the 2nd rope, builds a head of steam and drops his weight across the back with a seated senton. He pie-faces the challenger down to the mat, drops a big elbow across the lower back for a 2 count, posts his knee into Ramon’s spine and wrenches back on the head. The challenger finds a rush of adrenaline and finds a vertical base, hits the ropes, ducks under a right hand, but Big Daddy Cool clocks him with a big boot coming back through.
Diesel makes a cover and Razor gets a foot on the rope at 2, the champion looks to wear him down some more with an abdominal stretch, uses the ropes for additional leverage out of the official’s view, Walter finally points it out to the referee and he forces the champion to break the hold. Big Daddy Cool keeps his focus on the lower back with forearm shots, shoots him to the ropes to slap on another abdominal stretch, the challenger counters to one of his own, but Diesel powers out of it with a hip toss. He scoops Ramon over his shoulder and attempts to drive him into the exposed turnbuckle, The Bad Guy slips out behind, introduces Diesel to the steel instead, goes to a schoolboy and gains a near fall.
The big man quickly grabs Razor and sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, the challenger counters with a big knee lift, connects with right hands, whips him to the corner and charges in, Diesel gets the boots up, but Ramon slides under to the outside. He sweeps the legs and pulls the champion groin-first into the ring post, climbs back inside, goes to the 2nd rope for a bulldog, nearly putting the match away. The Bad Guy delivers a body slam for another 2 count, Michaels climbs up to the apron and gets dropped to the floor with a big fist, Diesel takes the opportunity to hammer the challenger from behind, misses with a wild right, Ramon props him on the top turnbuckle for a super back suplex, but the champion fights out of it and climbs back down.
Big Daddy Cool calls for the Jackknife, The Bad Guy counters out with a back body drop, says it’s time for the Razor’s Edge, again The Heartbreak Kid climbs to the apron to distract him and Ramon gets clobbered from behind by the champion. Diesel sends him to the ropes for a shoulder tackle, Walter has had enough of Shawn and chases him around ringside, Michaels grabs the IC Title, hops up to the apron, Payton gets his hands on the championship and pulls it away. The referee has some words for Walter as Diesel holds Razor for Michaels to deliver Sweet Chin Music, the challenger ducks it, Big Daddy Cool gets clocked instead, Ramon rolling to a cover and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: Razor Ramon (Outside Interference)
- EA’s Take: While this is certainly no technical masterpiece, the crowd was very hot for this one as Razor wins his 2nd Intercontinental Title in a match that was just as much about the outside antics as it was the action in the ring. This is the first time that there began to be some friction between Shawn and Diesel as the seeds had been planted that there was dissension between the two, which would continue into the fall. The inclusion of Walter Payton was a smart way for the company to give Razor an “equalizer” to Michaels on the outside and obviously played well with the Chicago crowd, adding another layer to his rivalry with The Heartbreak Kid.
In The Arena: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage talks up Razor’s title win and speaks about the possible tensions arising between Diesel & Shawn Michaels.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is in the locker room with Lex Luger & Tatanka before their match, giving the results of a poll that had 54% of people thinking that Lex “sold-out” to Ted DiBiase. Luger tries to explain himself, but The Native American interrupts, stating he’s sick of Lex’s excuses and the people have the right opinion. Tatanka claims that the whole world will know he sold out tonight, reminding us of all the evidence over the past number of weeks before walking off. Lex says that they can show all the footage and “evidence” they want, but he knows deep down that he did not sell out and never even considered it.
Match #4: Tatanka vs. Lex Luger
The official gives the instructions and we’re underway, Tatanka with some words for Luger accusing him of selling out, Lex takes offense to it and the referee gets in between them. They circle around and finally lock-up to a stalemate, another tie-up and they jockey for position, Luger backing The Native American into the corner and the official steps in to force a clean break. A third collar & elbow sees Lex gain a side headlock, Tatanka pushes him away to the ropes, Luger drops him with a shoulder block, but allows him to get back to his feet. They tie back up and this time The Native American goes to a wristlock, Luger reverses to one of his own, Tatanka quickly counters back to the wristlock and hammers away at the left arm before switching to an armbar.
Lex shoots him off to the ropes, misses with a clothesline, Tatanka scores with a crossbody for a quick 2 count, looks for a body slam, Luger counters to a small package and gets an early 2 count of his own. Both guys back up fast now and they exchange shots, Lex gets the better of it, whips The Native American into the corner, hip tosses him out and then plants Tatanka with a vertical suplex for a count of 2. He hits the ropes for an elbow drop that misses the mark, The Native American fires away with chops and right hands, shoots him to the ropes for a powerslam, hooks the leg and gets another 2. He starts going into his war dance, hits the ropes for a big overhand chop, goes back to the well for another, lateral press and Luger kicks out at a count of 2.
Tatanka with a vertical suplex of his own now, heads to the top turnbuckle for an overhand chop that’s on target, makes another cover, but again Lex is out before a 3 count. The Native American delivers a body slam, heads back upstairs for a crossbody, Luger side-steps out of harm’s way, levels Tatanka with clotheslines and we see ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase make his way to ringside carrying a duffel bag. Lex shoots The Native American to the ropes for a powerslam, notices DiBiase at ringside with a pile of cash in-hand, Luger’s distracted, Tatanka seizes the opportunity and utilizes a schoolboy from behind to steal the victory.
Winner: Tatanka (Schoolboy)
- After The Bell: Lex is incensed and argues with DiBiase, has some words for The Native American as MDM steps into the ring, Luger turns back to Million Dollar Man and kicks the bag of money out of his hands. Tatanka ambuses Lex from behind, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, plants him with End Of The Trail and continues to pummel Luger before hitting another End Of The Trail, then hugs DiBiase. He continues to put the boots to Lex, finally leaving with MDM after a group of officials are able to pull him off, but he comes back to dole out some more punishment and slaps on the Million Dollar Dream to put Luger out before shoving a $100 bill in his mouth.
- EA’s Take: Nothing spectacular here in terms of the action in the ring, this was much more about the angle surrounding it which saw Tatanka swerve everyone and turn heel. Although Luger never quite reached the level that he maybe should have in the WWF, having The Native American turn here was the right call as Tatanka’s popularity had waned with the fans since the demise of his winning streak after his debut. This isn’t the last we’d see of these two colliding as their rivalry would truck along through the remainder of the year.
Backstage: Gorilla Monsoon is in the WWF Hotline room talking about what we just witnessed, awaiting Ted DiBiase and Tatanka.
Match #5: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett vs. Mabel w/Oscar
Mabel offers a handshake after the bell and Jarrett declines, they lock-up and the big man powers Double J away to the corner, Jarrett tries begging him off, ducks under a big shot and struts away. Collar & elbow tie-up and Double J hooks on a wristlock, Mabel tosses him across the ring to break it, mocks the strut, shoots Jarrett to the ropes, Double J ducks under a couple of shots, then hangs onto the ropes to avoid a big boot and struts again. He turns around and Mabel grabs him by the neck, lifts him into the air, puts him down and hits the ropes, Jarrett leapfrogs over, drops down, the big man puts on the brakes and drops an elbow to the lower back.
He plants Double J with a body slam and clotheslines him over the top to the floor, Oscar gets in Jarrett’s face to talk some trash, but pays for it and gets shoved into the steel steps. Mabel steps over the top rope to go outside after him, Jarrett sweeps the legs, slides into the squared circle and puts the boots to him, then comes off the 2nd rope with a fist drop. He goes back to the 2nd rope and connects with a double axe handle to the back, goes back to the well for another, looks to head to the high rent district for a third double axe, but Mabel catches him in mid-air with a bearhug. Double J rips at the eyes to escape it, scores with uppercuts that have no affect, Mabel whips him to the ropes for a clothesline that’s off-target and Jarrett hops on his back with a sleeper hold.
The big man backs to the turnbuckles and squashes Jarrett to break the hold, Double J jumps right back on him with the sleeper, Mabel squashing him in the corner again to get out of it. Jarrett staggers back to his feet and hits the ropes, The big man flattens him with a spinning heel kick for a count of 2, Abe ‘Knuckleball’ Schwartz is shown in the crowd holding up his “I’m On Strike” sign, meanwhile Double J attempts a running crossbody in the ring, gets caught and then planted with a slam, Jarrett getting his foot on the ropes at 2. Mabel argues with the ref about it, Double J sees the opportunity to rake the eyes, goes outside after Oscar again, but Mabel heads out and grabs him from behind, holding him for Oscar to deliver a slap to the face.
Double J staggers to the ring post, Mabel charges in and crushes him with a splash against the steel, back inside they go and the big man goes to the 2nd rope for a splash, but nobody’s home. Jarrett with a lateral press for a near fall, Mabel whips him to the ropes for a back body drop, Double J counters with a sunset flip, can’t get the big man over and Mabel tries dropping down on him, but again there’s nobody there, Jarrett quickly stacking him up for the win.
Winner: ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett (Seated Senton Counter)
- EA’s Take: Yuck, total filler match here that was billed as a “Rap vs. Country Music” battle. Very strange placement on the card if you ask me, this should have gone on a little earlier in my opinion and I think the Luger/Tatanka match would have worked better in this spot prior to the main events.
In The Arena: Leslie Nielsen & George Kennedy are in the aisle still searching for clues on the whereabouts of The Undertaker, a silhouette of The Deadman appears at the entrance, but when they turn around to look it’s gone.
Video: We take a look back at the sibling rivalry between Bret Hart & Owen Hart, which began last year at Survivor Series. The brothers seemingly made up as they challenged for the WWF Tag Team Championships at Royal Rumble a couple of months later, but The Rocket shockingly turned on The Hitman with an attack after their unsuccessful quest. They would finally meet one-on-one at WrestleMania and surprisingly, Owen defeated Bret, however the night ended with The Hitman getting the last laugh by winning the WWF Championship. The Rocket would equal his brother’s accomplishment from the year before by winning the King Of The Ring, leading us to our title match inside a steel cage tonight.
In The Arena: Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler go around ringside and get some comments from Stu & Helen Hart, then make their way to the other side for statements from The British Bulldog, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart & Bruce Hart.
Backstage: Todd Pettengill is joined by WWF Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, the champion stating he’s going into tonight’s match with one thing in mind and that’s to prove he’s better than his brother and always has been. The Hitman says he doesn’t hate Owen and never did, but the problem is with The Rocket because jealousy is a horrible thing. Bret claims that Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart is likely the man that planted the seeds for all this in the first place, telling us that it breaks his heart things have come to this point, but it has to stop.
Match #6 – Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship: ‘The King Of Harts’ Owen Hart vs. WWF Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
Bret steps into the cage and Owen goes right on the attack, whips him into the corner and unloads with a barrage of right hands, drives the champion face-first into the canvas, sends him back to the corner and goes to the 2nd rope for more fists. The King Of Harts puts the boots to his brother, The Hitman comes right back with an inverted atomic drop, floors Owen with a clothesline, but the challenger recovers first and goes to the eyes to retake control. He chokes the champion using the straps of his gear, attempts to ram him into the cage, Bret puts on the brakes and spikes him with a DDT, then crawls for the door.
Owen stops him and they trade punches, Hitman gets the better of it, delivers a leg drop, starts climbing the cage wall, but The King Of Harts pulls him back down by the foot. Stiff headbutts from Owen, he looks for a kick that gets blocked, brings the other leg around for an enzuigiri and scales the cage to the top, starting to get over, but the champion grabs him by the foot just in time. He brings Owen down to the mat the hard way with a back suplex, The Hitman tries going for the door, the challenger yanks him back in, delivers kicks to the knee and shoots Bret hard into the turnbuckles. The champion sneaks in a kick to the midsection, plants The King Of Harts with a running bulldog, goes for the door again to no avail and they trade-off trying to make it out, neither man successful.
The champion with an elbow drop to the back of the head, climbs up the cage, The King Of Harts reaches up to stop him, then slams him all the way back down to the mat and makes the climb himself. Owen gets to the other side of the cage before Bret grabs him by the hair to bring him back in, they pummel each other with punches on the top rope and The Hitman gets knocked to the canvas, the challenger coming off the top with a dropkick. He kips back up and leaps up the cage, the champion gets his hands on him to pull him back over, Bret gets caught straddling the top of the cage and they exchange fists.
The Hitman rams Owen spine-first into the steel to knock him down, both guys fall to the mat, Owen recovering first and he sets for a piledriver, Bret countering out with a back body drop. He gains a side headlock on his brother, The King Of Harts pushes him away to the ropes, drops down, Bret comes back through and they collide heads, both guys going down. The challenger crawls for the door and doesn’t make it, Hitman with a clubbing shot to the chest, drives an elbow drop to the sternum, scales to the top of the cage, Owen yanks him back down and the champion gets crotched on the top rope. The King Of Harts tries escaping out the door again unsuccessfully, Bret drags him back in, drops a headbutt to the lower abdomen, goes to the 2nd rope for an elbow drop, but Owen sees it coming and rolls out of harm’s way.
The challenger starts to climb up, Hitman grabs him by the head and hangs him over the cage, pulls him back into the ring and slams him off the top rope to the mat. The champion scales the steel once again, The King Of Harts pulls him back in, puts Bret on his shoulders and plants him with a Samoan drop. The challenger makes his way to the top of the cage before Hitman gets him by the leg to bring him in, Owen wants to ram the champion into the cage, but gets sent into the steel himself. Bret pulls himself to his feet and makes it just over the top of the cage, The King Of Harts gets a handful of hair to stop him from dropping to the floor, plants him off the top rope into the mat with a back suplex and both guys struggle back to their feet.
Owen spikes The Hitman with a piledriver, crawls over the cage wall to climb up, the champion drags him back inside, gets dropped to the canvas by right hands, The King Of Harts loses his balance and crotches himself on the top rope, spilling to the mat. Bret inches his way to the door and gets stopped, rolls back in to unleash a flurry of fists, the challenger fires back with shots of his own, reaches for the door, Hitman drags him to the middle of the ring and catapults him into the steel. The Excellence of Execution pulls himself back to the door, Owen leaps to grab his leg and hold him in, shoots him hard into the turnbuckles, Hitman recovers first, looks for a body slam, The King Of Harts slips out behind to ram him into the cage, but the champion ducks down and Owen hits instead.
The Hitman’s knee hits the cage in the process, he struggles to his feet and heads up the cage, gets both legs up and over, but Owen gets him by the hair, drags him down to the mat, sends him to the ropes and connects with a spinning heel kick. The challenger ascends up the cage wall, The Excellence of Execution just gets him by the hair to keep him from winning, Owen with heavy right hands on the top rope, Bret delivers a big kick to the jaw and The King Of Harts falls flat on his back to the mat. Owen’s able to pull his brother back down and delivers European uppercuts, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, the challenger ducks a wild right, they collide heads and both go down again.
The King Of Harts climbs the corner and gets up and over the top of the cage, Bret quickly scales up to meet him, sets him for a superplex and both guys crash down to the mat. The champion scratches and claws his way to the door, Owen’s able to get ahold of his foot, yanks The Hitman to the center of the ring and slaps on the Sharpshooter. The Excellence of Execution grabs Owen’s foot, reverses into a Sharpshooter of his own, releases it, starts climbing up the cage, The King Of Harts sees it and quickly gets up to pull him in by the hair, scores with a right hand and both men fall to the canvas.
The challenger crawls over the his brother and starts to scale the cage, Hitman’s up to grab him, both guys step over the top of the steel to the outside, Owen gets rammed face-first into the cage, his leg gets caught between the bars and Bret falls to the floor.
Winner and STILL WWF Champion: Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
- After The Bell: Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has hopped over the barricade behind The British Bulldog & Diana Smith, clotheslines Davey Boy in the back, The Bulldog bumps Diana and they both fall over the barricade to the floor. Neidhart starts pummeling The Hitman and chokes him with his t-shirt, Owen joins in and they roll Bret back into the cage, stepping inside and locking the door behind them. Bruce, Smith & Ross Hart all try to climb up and into the cage to help Bret along with Bulldog, but Owen and The Anvil keep kicking them off to keep them out. Davey Boy finally cracks Owen with right hands and gets in, Owen & Neidhart climbing out the other side and WWF officials use boltcutters to break the door open. Todd Pettengill catches up with Owen & The Anvil backstage for a word, The King Of Harts incensed that Bulldog was cheering for Bret eventhough he’s his family too, Neidhart warning The Hitman that he will waste him if he gets in either his or Owen’s way.
- EA’s Take: A lot of people remember this match and recall it being a “classic”, but I’d have to disagree. There was a lot of realism in seeing the combatants constantly try to escape as that’s the whole point of the match, but it made for quite a boring watch to be honest. Dave Meltzer actually gave this contest a five-star rating, but I just don’t see it. Although it’s one of the best matches on the card, I’d call it decent at best with the repetition of continuously trying to escape the cage to no avail. Bret gets his win back from WrestleMania here, but Owen yet again gets the last laugh. Side note: if you watch the replay of Bulldog and Diana flipping over the barricade, she actually smashes her face into the steel bars, so she may have been legitimately hurt there.
Video: Earlier this year at Royal Rumble, The Undertaker lost a Casket Match to Yokozuna and hasn’t been seen since. Following his disappearance, people from all across the country claimed to have seen The Deadman, most notably Ted DiBiase who claimed he would be the man to bring Taker back to the WWF. Paul Bearer would deny DiBiase’s statements, but The Million Dollar Man would introduce him on an episode of Shawn Michaels’ Heartbreak Hotel, claiming to have control over him. Bearer would try to regain control of The Phenom with the urn, but DiBiase’s money would lure him back, leading Paul to believe it was not the same Undertaker we all know. On an episode of The King’s Court, Taker would grab Bearer by the throat at DiBiase’s direction, but the lights would start to flicker out, when they come back on Paul had escaped and proclaimed he found the real Undertaker.
Match #7: The Undertaker w/’Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer
The bell rings and the two Takers go face-to-face, Undertaker gives the “Rest In Peace” sign, The Imposter looks to deliver a right hand, but it’s blocked and Taker scores with kicks and shots to the throat. He shoot The Imposter to the ropes for a clothesline, The Imposter ducks under it, attempts a shoulder block, but The Deadman doesn’t budge and they go face-to-face again. Big rights from The Imposter now, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Phenom drops down, leapfrogs over, scores with a big boot and sends The Imposter outside with a shot to the throat.
DiBiase climbs up to the apron, The Imposter starts stalking Bearer on the outside, Taker reaches over the top rope, grabs him by the hair to pull him up to the apron, then suplexes him back into the squared circle. The Deadman grabs him by the throat and throws him over the top to the floor, Taker drives The Imposter face-first off the ring apron, rolls back in, reaches out and drags him back to the apron with a handful of hair. The Imposter drops Taker throat-first across the top rope, connects with a couple of fists, grabs a wristlock and starts to climb to the top rope. The Deadman gets him by the neck and slams him down to the canvas, Undertaker now goes to a wristlock of his own, scales to the top rope, walks to the middle and drives a clubbing blow across the back.
Irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Imposter elevates The Phenom and drops him throat-first on the top rope, fires away with right hands, hits the ropes for a clothesline, then back in for another and he finally drops Taker. The Imposter hits the ropes for an elbow drop that’s off-target, The Deadman hits the ropes to deliver a clothesline of his own, scores with heavy punches, staggers him near the ropes, gets a running start for another clothesline, but gets elevated over the top rope and falls to the floor. The Imposter goes out in pursuit and drives Taker into the ring post, rams him face-first off the steps, slides back into the ring and The Phenom rolls in behind him. More big shots from
The Imposter in the corner, Undertaker seemingly absorbs the blows, whips The Imposter to the ropes for a clothesline, The Imposter ducks it ad plants him with a Chokeslam. He drops to his knees to make a cover, The Deadman sits up, The Imposter picks him up, spikes him with a Tombstone and drops down to cover again. The Phenom sits back up, The Imposter sets for another Tombstone, Undertaker reverses and hits one of his own. The Deadman picks him back up, plants him with a 2nd Tombstone, hauls him back up for a 3rd and covers for the 1-2-3.
Winner: The Undertaker (Tombstone)
- After The Bell: DiBiase runs away to the back, The Deadman rolls The Imposter into the casket and the druids wheel him away.
- EA’s Take: McMahon kept saying during commentary that the crowd was silent because they were “in disbelief”, but that’s not why. This match was brutal, that’s why the fans were so quiet. All the pomp and circumstance surrounding The Undertaker’s return was a cool touch, but as far as the action it was very sloppy. The Deadman had taken some time off to heal a legitimate back injury and while this was a good idea at the time to bring him back, The Imposter, played by Brian Lee, didn’t do it any favors. The angle was actually supposed to continue and see a couple more matches between these two, however the company must have noticed it was a dud and subsequently dropped it. Lee would move on to ECW for the next couple of years, but would return to the WWF eventually using a different gimmick.
Backstage: Leslie Nielsen & George Kennedy come across the casket that had The Imposter in it, open the lid and there’s nothing there. They notice a briefcase on the floor, Nielsen picks it up and George says the case is closed, they solved the mystery.
EA’s Finisher: Another in a long line of “duds” for the WWF’s pay-per-view line-up throughout the mid 1990’s. There was very little that stood out to me. The Undertaker’s return was big, but the match was rough at best and should not have main evented the show. Bret/Owen has been lauded by some as a great match, but I didn’t see it that was personally. It felt like all they did was take turns trying to escape the cage which logically makes sense, but was a bit boring to watch and didn’t provide much for entertainment value. In terms of in-ring work, the Women’s Championship match was arguably the best on the card eventhough women’s wrestling didn’t have anywhere near the popularity it has today.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
2 – Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano
3 – Razor Ramon vs. Diesel
Chairshot Classics: WCW Slamboree 1995 – A Legends’ Reunion
Our weekly Chairshot Classics WCW PPV series continues with Slamboree ’95!
Following a brutally cheesy inaugural Uncensored event in March, what would WCW do to follow-up? Let’s not waste any time and get to the action!
Match #1 for the WCW World Tag Team Championships: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs & Jerry Sags) vs. WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) w/Sister Sherri
Jerry Sags makes his way down to the ring by himself at the open. Brian Knobs was previously injured and they’re not sure what his status is. The “Nasty” chants break out for Sags who is by himself. Booker T will start it off for Harlem Heat. He lectures the chanting crowd and rounds the ring. They exchange slaps and strikes, Sags takes the advantage and hits an inside out clothesline. Booker eats turnbuckle, Irish whip and Sags comes in with another big lariat. Stevie rushes the ring, but Sags takes it to both champions with a double DDT.
Sherri is on the apron and she eats a right from the Nasty Boy. Sags sets up a pumphandle slam on Booker and lands it. He makes a cover and Booker kicks out at two. Sags pursues in the corner, but Booker lands a right. The champs double team Sags and Stevie is tagged in. He tries an elbow, but Sags moves. Double leg takedown by Sags and he hits a low blow head butt. Sags sets up again and he drops a leg across the mid section. He makes a cover and Booker T comes in for the save. Scoop slam by Sags and he heads up the turnbuckles. Double ax from the top rope and Booker is forced to make the save once again. Sags tries a cover but Sherri pulls his leg.
Jerry pursues the valet who baits him into a beat down from Stevie Ray. The ref pulls him off and Sags rolls to the floor, where he’s double teamed by Booker and Sherri. Stevie heads out, drives him into the steel and rolls him back into the ring. Double team in the ring by the champs and Booker grabs a reverse chin lock. Back to vertical, Sags tries to go to the eyes but Booker stays in control. He misses an elbow, but with a spin-a-roonie comes back to his feet and hits a heel kick. Tag is made to Stevie, Sags is sent for the ride and he eats a drop kick. Side slam by Stevie and Sags is set up for a senton by Booker. He’s slow to make a cover and Sags gets his shoulder up.
A quick tag is made back to Stevie who lands a leg drop and a big forearm. Another fast tag back to Booker who lifts Sags and sends him to the ropes. Sags reverses a back drop into a piledriver, and finally from the back, here comes a taped up Brian Knobs. Sags makes the hot tag and Knobs cleans house. Scoop slams and back elbows for both. He hits a bulldog on Booker and back drops Stevie over the top. Sherri climbs to the top rope and leaps but Knobs catches her out of the air and drops her hard on the canvass before dumping her to the floor. Knobs tags in Sags, hits a powerslam, Jerry hits a top rope elbow and we have new champs!
Winners and NEW WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Nasty Boys (Sags/Top Rope Elbow Drop)
- After The Bell: The Blue Bloods are standing at the top of the ramp in suits, looking disgusted with the new champions. They seem to want a piece of them, but they shake their heads and head to the back. The Nasty Boys join Eric Bischoff after, and if The Blue Bloods want an opportunity, they’re going to get one.
- EA’s Take: Very good opening match between two teams who are no strangers. The story of Knobs escaping from the back after being kayfabe injured was a nice touch and it popped the crowd when he came rushing down. I continue to respect Sherri’s bumping as a valet. The introduction of The Blue Bloods (Regal and Eaton) will help a pretty thin tag team division.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is joined by Kevin Sullivan. He’ll be facing the man formerly known as The Butcher. He told him not to show up, and he hasn’t slept in the last 5 days. The problem is that ‘The Man With No Name’ still believes in Hulkamania, and he heads for the ring after some deranged musings.
Match #2: Kevin Sullivan vs. The Man With No Name
A brawl breaks out immediately, and a big knee lift sends Sullivan to the floor. TMWNN follows him immediately and continues his assault. Back in the ring, a countoff series of rights is delivered to Sullivan and he gets his eyes rakes. Uppercut by TMWNN and Sullivan eats turnbuckle. A whip to the ropes and TMWNN locks in a sleeper, Sullivan drops to the mat to reverse it and dumps him to the floor. TMWNN hits the steel and they exchange chops. Sullivan is rolled back into the ring, TMWNN takes position in the corner with a splash. Sullivan has a knee driven his neck and gets an eye rake, but he fights back with chops.
It only wakes up TMWNN and he fires back with rights. A big chop between the eyes knocks Sullivan down and he gets a two count. TMWNN sets up for and hits a piledriver. TMWNN is slow to cover and Sullivan barely escapes. He pursues but Sullivan goes to the eyes. TMWNN is smashed into the turnbuckle and dumped outside for a shot on the ring post. Sullivan rakes his back and rolls him back in. TMWNN blocks a chop and fires back. To the ropes they go, TMWNN hits a big lariat. He tries a running splash, but Sullivan moves out of the way. Sullivan sets him up for the tree of woe and he hits a running knee. Double stomp by Sullivan and we have a winner.
Winner: Kevin Sullivan (Devil Stomp)
- After The Bell: A strange voice starts yelling and an image of a creepy man appears on the big screen. He summons Sullivan, but Kevin bails out through the crowd.
- EA’s Take: How many monikers has the man best known as Brutus Beefcake had? Clearly the post-match is planting the seeds for the proper Dungeon of Doom and things are about to get even MORE weird. Hard to imagine after Uncensored, eh?
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined by WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage & Jimmy Hart. They were late showing up tonight because Macho Man was dog paddling from the beach, his dad Angelo was doing the backstroke, and he wishes that he ran into Vader and Flair in the parking lot. With all the power on their side, there is no way they’re making it out alive. Savage says the monster maniacs will not be denied, nothing is raining on their parade. Whatcha gonna do? Ooohhh Yea!
Match #3: Dick Murdoch vs. Wahoo McDaniel
Gordon Solie has joined commentary for this legends match. Both men measure and lock up, McDaniel takes position in the corner and it’s a messy break. Another collar and elbow, McDaniel with an arm drag. A third tie up and McDaniel scores another arm drag. Murdoch blocks a strike and drops an elbow on the head. Murdoch charges into the midsection on McDaniel and grabs a wristlock. McDaniel fires back with a slap across the face and Murdoch falls on the canvass. Collar and elbow tie up, Murdoch hits some knee lifts and a big elbow. McDaniels fights back and chops Murdoch between the eyes. McDaniels gets the top wristlock, he takes position in the corner and the ref calls for a break.
Murdoch doesn’t oblige, he hits some short range rights but McDaniels strikes back and Murdoch falls to the mat. Murdoch’s head hits the turnbuckle multiple times and he eats another chop. Murdoch almost buckles but he hits some knees and stomps. Murdoch bails to the floor and lays an elbow across McDaniel’s throat on the apron. Irish whip by Murdoch, he climbs to the top rope and he hits a modified bulldog. McDaniels is sent for the ride, he eats a back elbow and an elbow drop for a two count. Big elbows across McDaniel’s forehead. Wahoo reverses a whip to the ropes, hits a backhand chop across Murdoch’s throat and that’s good for 3.
Winner: Wahoo McDaniel (Backhand Chop)
- EA’s Take: I get the whole legends thing, but broadcasting the match in black and white was a little cheesy, in my opinion. I love Solie’s voice, though. Due to both men’s age and old style, this match was obviously slow. I fear the modern crowd with their boring chants and ability to get more fired up by beachballs wouldn’t give legends like this the respect they should get if WWE did something like this now.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined at this time by Big Bubba Rogers. He recognizes that Sting is one of the best wrestlers in the world today, but he is one of the few who has a pinfall victory over him. What people don’t know is that when the referee counted 1-2-3, he knows the faith in him disappeared. He plans to do it again because he’s big enough, bad enough, and because he can.
Match #4 for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion The Great Muta
The “Paula” chants inevitably come out and Mr. Wonderful takes it out by yelling at Nick Patrick. The official blows right back up to him and let’s him know who is in charge. Muta backs him up swinging with some kicks, Orndorff wants space. Collar and elbow tie up, they reverse wristlocks and Muta takes advantage. Drop toe hold by Orndorff but he can’t grab a headlock, Muta reversing with a hammerlock by Orndorff is on the ropes. Muta motions that he’s going to kill him and Orndorff tells him where to stick it. Collar and elbow, chain wrestling with Orndorff into a hammerlock. Muta flips out with a single leg and a stomp and both men back up and feel each other out.
Collar and elbow, side headlock by Muta, they hit the ropes and Muta hits a shoulder tackle. He ducks a clothesline and hits a spin kick, Orndorff rolls out. Muta teases a leap from the top rope but Mr. Wonderful sees him and walks away. Collar and elbow hookup, Muta with the side headlock and a takeover. Orndorff counters with a roll up, Muta kicks out and gets back in control. Orndorff escapes and wrestles his way into a hammerlock. He drives the knees into Muta’s shoulder and really cranks the arm. Back to vertical, it’s knee lifts and rights from Orndorff. Muta is on the receiving end of a short clothesline but Muta moves away from an elbow drop, scores with a dropkick, a snapmare, and a theatrical elbow drop.
Another snapmare and Muta goes into a reverse chin lock. Orndorff works back to vertical, tries a reversal but it’s quickly countered by Muta with a head scissor. Orndorff rolls to his knees, Muta tries cranking back and he strikes Wonderful in the eyes. Desperation belly to back suplex by Orndorff and he’s slow to get up. Stomps to the back of the head by Orndorff and he dumps Muta to the floor. He follows and chokes the IWGP champ with a camera chord. He returns to the ring and poses as the crowd boos. He pulls Muta back to the apron and hits a vertical suplex. He comes in with an elbow drop and cranks on Muta’s chin.
He keeps the knee at the top of the back for leverage. The crowd gets behind Muta as he works his way to his feet. He hits some body shots, breaks the hold and knocks Orndorff down with rights. To the ropes, Muta tries a dropkick but Orndorff puts on the brakes. Wonderful drops an elbow across the back and tries a front facelock. They’re on their feet, Orndorff hanging on. Muta counters by lifting with an inverted atompic drop. Short clothesline by Muta, he heads for the 2nd rope and drops an elbow but Orndorff moves. Wonderful hits some forearms and drives Muta’s head into the mat.
Vicious kicks by Orndorff and he hits a snapmare before driving a fist between the eyes, Muta kicks out at two. Orndorff wants a piledriver but it’s reversed with a backdrop. They exchange rights before Muta hits a spin kick. Big back elbow in the corner by Muta and he follows with a bulldog. Muta with a lateral press and Orndorff kicks out. Shoulder block by Muta and he follows with a side breaker. Muta scores with a moonsault from the top rope and he retains the title.
Winner and STILL IWGP Heavyweight Champion: The Great Muta (Moonsault)
- EA’s Take: Great to see Muta again. He’s a guy who deserves to go in the Hall of Fame, but I’m not sure if or when that will happen due to his lack of WWE ties. Just a solid, smart match by two pros here. You had to know the New Japan champion was retaining, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. You also will get a new appreciation for Orndorff through all of these Chairshot Classics as well, as unfortunately he’s almost remembered more for his injury and weak arm than anything else.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene gets a word with WCW World Television Champion Arn Anderson, ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Vader. What The Enforcer is going to do tonight is going to show Alex Wright why people his age call him Mr. Anderson. Flair is already planning to celebrate his and Vader’s victory, Hogan and Savage have run roughshod long enough. When Hogan looks at Vader, he’s looking at the most powerful wrestler in the world today. He can run, but he can’t hide because it’s Vader time.
Match #5 for the WCW World Television Championship: ‘Das Wunderkind’ Alex Wright vs. WCW World Television Champion ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
Collar and elbow tie up, they jockey for position and Wright hits an arm drag. They lock up, Wright grabs the headlock, Anderson throws him to the ropes but he puts on the brakes and drops down to re-grab the headlock on the mat. Back to vertical, they hit the ropes again, Wright confuses Anderson by flipping around, hits a drop kick and goes back to the headlock. Anderson tries countering with a roll up but Das Wunderkind stays in control. Back to their feet, Anderson powers into position on the ropes and drives his shoulder again.
Wright reverses a whip, Anderson catches the boot but Wright hits an enzigure. Back to the mat with the headlock and he cranks away. Left hand body shots by The Enforcer, he grabs the leg but Wright hits a backflip and a dropkick. European uppercut and a side headlock takeover by the kid and he hangs on. Back to vertical, Anderson lifts the knee and lays in a punch. He sends Wright for the ride, Wunderkind grabs a boot, Anderson tries an enzigure but misses and Wright moves into complex crossface submission. Anderson pulls himself to the ropes to break the hold and he bails out for some regroup. He takes too long and Wright hits him with a baseball slide before flying over the top rope with a crossbody.
He fires in some rights, Enforcer fights back but Wright makes him eat the ring post. Back in the ring, Wright tries hyperextending the arm and he works down to the mat for some submission work. With leverage, Wright drives his knees into Anderson’s arm. Up to their feet, Anderson is trapped in a hammerlock but breaks it with an elbow to the side of the head. Some kicks and a headbutt by Arn before dragging Wright’s eyes across the top rope. Wunderkind fights back with European uppercuts. Anderson misses with an atomic drop, but the vintage spinebuster is on point. Double ax handle by Anderson and he stomps away before slingshotting Wright into the bottom rope.
Blatant choke by The Enforcer and the ref has to call for a break. He uses the ropes for leverage to drop the boot across Wright’s throat. Anderson cranks with a wrist lock and works over the shoulder. Single leg sweep by Anderson, he appears to try a Figure Four but Wright boots him away. From the 2nd rope, Wright counters with a right to the midsection. Snap suplex by Wright and he heads for the top. He leaps with missile dropkick and Double A is forced to kick out. They hit the ropes, Anderson grabs a front facelock and they exchange inside cradles. On their feet, Anderson pokes the eyes, Irish whip but Anderson runs into elbows. Wright ducks a punch, but Anderson takes advantage of the positioning and scores a DDT out of nowhere to retain his belt.
Winner and STILL WCW World Television Champion: ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson (DDT)
- EA’s Take: I was looking forward to this one as soon as I did the template. It’s also the first time I remember hearing the Arn music, later adapted in general 4 Horsemen matches. I love how many clean finishes there are in this show so far. As Scott Hall has explained, that’s ‘Curt Hennig Booking — if you’re going to make someone, make them and take their finish”.
Chairshot Classics: WWF Royal Rumble ’90 – Every Man For Himself
Our road to the 2019 Royal Rumble continues with a look back at one from the past!
It’s the third annual Royal Rumble, for the first time ever the January WWF tradition would play a major part in the buildup to WrestleMania. The concept of giving the Royal Rumble winner a title shot at WrestleMania hadn’t been introduced yet. However, this would mark the first time the Rumble match would be used to advance and begin feuds heading into the big event, thus you could call this show the inaugural Road To WrestleMania! It’s every man for himself in the Royal Rumble, so let’s head back to the Orlando Arena in 1990….
Open: Vince McMahon voices over a video running down tonight’s Royal Rumble participants, in addition to the great singles matches we have tonight.
Match #1: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)
Butch & Raymond will kick off the action, Raymond offers a handshake, then goes to the midsection with a boot and delivers right hands. Jimmy Hart jumps on the apron to distract the ref, Jacques hops in the ring for a double team, but Luke comes in to thwart the attempt. Butch shoots Raymond into the ropes, Raymond grabs a sleeper, Butch driving him into the turnbuckle to break it and biting him on the backside. Butch bites the ref now, Jacques comes in after him and Luke follows suit, delivering a double clothesline to Raymond. The Bushwhackers go for the Battering Ram on Jacques, he rolls outside to avoid it and The Rougeaus have a pow-wow with Jimmy on the outside.
Order is restored, Jacques takes the ring as Luke tags in, Jacques with right hands and some words for the crowd. Luke fires back with lefts and rights, biting Jacques on the bridge of the nose. Jacques reverses a whip into the ropes, leapfrogs over, Luke hangs on, Jacques taunting him and Luke charges, missing Jacques with a clothesline, but hitting Raymond on the apron. Butch comes in from behind Jacques, drops him with a clothesline and The Rougeaus convene with Jimmy on the floor again. Jacques taunts Butch on the apron, drawing the referee’s attention, Raymond clobbers Luke from behind and Jacques takes the advantage.
He drives Luke into the corner, goads Butch into the ring again, allowing Raymond to choke Luke with the tag rope. Jacques covers for a count of 2, tags in Raymond and he connects with a savat kick for another 2 count. Raymond unloads right hands to the breadbasket, sends Luke into the corner with a hard irish whip, then dumps him on the outside and distracts the ref. Jacques hops off the apron, sends Luke spine-first into the ring apron, prompting Butch to march after Jimmy on the outside. Luke rolls back inside, Raymond gets a 2 count, Luke with more biting of the leg and Jacques steps in to stop it. Raymond with a shot to Butch on the apron, preventing the tag, more double teaming from The Rougeaus and Raymond gets another count of 2.
Jacques back in, hits a jumping back elbow out of the ropes, then kips up to a chorus of boos. Quick tags from The Rougeaus, driving Luke back-first into the turnbuckles multiple times, again Butch steps in and distracts the ref, allowing The Rougeaus to press Luke and drop him throat-first across the top rope. Raymond snapmares Luke over, grabs a rear chinlock, Luke fights to his feet, biting the nose to break the hold. Jacques gets the tag and drops Butch off the apron again, puts Luke in the wrong part of town and locks in an abdominal stretch. Raymond offers a hand for leverage from the apron, tags in and fires a right hand to the breadbasket before going back to a chinlock.
Tag back to Jacques, Raymond slams Luke and Jacques looks to follow with a splash, but Luke gets the knees up. Butch gets the tag, unloads with lefts and rights, shoots Jacques into the ropes and buries a right hand to the midsection. Raymond steps in and immediately gets dropped, Butch with a knee lift for Jacques, covers, then bails out to go back after Raymond. Butch with a flurry of lefts and rights, all 4 men in the ring now, they pair off in opposite corners and The Bushwhackers whip The Rougeaus into one another. They set for the Battering Ram, Jimmy Hart grabs Luke’s leg, Butch lays Raymond out with a clothesline and Luke gets ahold of Jimmy.
They go for a wishbone split on the Mouth Of The South, The Rougeaus slide in with double dropkicks, Jacques with a schoolboy on Butch and he gets a 2 count. Raymond puts Butch in a Boston crab, Jacques hits the ropes and Luke trips him from the outside. Raymond breaks the hold, checks on Jacques and The Bushwhackers hit them from behind with the Battering Ram, Butch covering Jacques and getting the count of 3.
Winners: The Bushwhackers (Butch/Battering Ram)
- EA’s Take: Lots of sloppy shenanigans as is generally the case with The Bushwhackers, but a fairly entertaining match only because of the characters involved. The crowd was hot for The Bushwhackers, which I remember them being over when I was a kid, but not THAT over. This would mark the finale of their almost year-long feud with The Rougeaus, after defeating them now 4 consecutive times on PPV/TV. Raymond’s time was winding down quickly and would ultimately come to an end a little later in the year.
Backstage: Joining Gene Okerlund is ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase with his bodyguard, Virgil. DiBiase doesn’t look very happy, as there was added security this year when it came to drawing entry numbers in the Royal Rumble. Last year, DiBiase paid somebody off for a better number and that wasn’t going to be allowed this year. MDM shows Okerlund his number, which is #1. DiBiase just says that means he’ll be the first man in the ring and the last to leave.
Match #2: The Genius vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake
Brutus stalks The Genius, backing him into the corner and Genius hops to the outside to get away. Back inside they lock-up, Beefcake backs Genius into the corner and we get a clean break. The Barber mocks The Genius, Genius with a front handspring and they taunt each other. They tie-up again, Brutus backs Genius into the corner and gets his eyes raked. The Genius takes control with heavy right hands, goes back to the eyes and chokes The Barber in the corner. Beefcake powers out and hits The Genius with an inverted atomic drop, Genius taking a time-out on the floor.
He regroups and flips back into the ring, they tie-up once again and Genius goes back to the eyes, delivering right hands and driving Beefcake into the top turnbuckle. He shoots Brutus into the corner, charges in for a dropkick and The Barber avoids it. They lock knuckles in a test of strength, Beefcake with the clear power edge brings The Genius to his knees and drops an elbow on his head. Genius tries to bail out over the top, Brutus stops him and he gets crotched on the top rope, jumping to the outside again to take a walk. He climbs back inside, they lock-up and Genius backs Beefcake into the corner, driving shoulders to the midsection and delivering a flurry of boots. He sends Brutus into the ropes, ducks his head and The Barber with a kick.
Genius fires out of the corner with a kick, shoots Beefcake back into the ropes and scores with a dropkick for a count of 2. Genius with more right hands and a rake of the eyes, gets a schoolboy for a 2 count, then slams Brutus and climbs to the 2nd rope. Beefcake buries a right hand to the breadbasket, catching The Genius coming down, sends him into the ropes for another right hand to the midsection. The Barber slams Genius, whip into the ropes and he locks in the Sleeper Hold. The Genius reverses, grabs a side headlock, Beefcake pushes him off and the referee gets knocked to the floor.
More stiff right hands from Genius, Brutus reverses an irish whip and gets him in the Sleeper Hold again, The Genius fades out. Brutus motions for his scissors, grabbing them at the timekeeper’s table and then cutting Genius’s hair. Mr. Perfect hits the ring and unloads on Beefcake, plants him with a PerfectPlex and the bell rings.
Winner: Double Disqualification
- After The Bell: Perfect grabs a chair, The Genius holds Brutus up and Perfect drives the edge of the chair to the breadbasket, then delivers another shot before a bevy of refs get involved.
- EA’s Take: I had completely forgotten just how flamboyant The Genius was, that character was very light in the feet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Genius is the younger brother of Randy Savage, but was more known for his promos that were poems than his in-ring work. He wrestled sparingly and would gain his most notoriety after being paired with Mr. Perfect as his ‘executive consultant’ and occasional tag partner. Beefcake and Perfect’s rivalry would lead them into WrestleMania.
Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, Haku, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & Andre The Giant as they get ready for the Royal Rumble. Heenan tells Mooney it’s not every man for himself, but every family for themselves. Mooney wonders what happens if Rude & Haku are the last two left, Rude saying he’ll do what he has to do to win. The Brain tries to argue with them that they need to stick together, but they can’t seem to get on the same page.
Match #3 is a Submission Match: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin
Valentine leaves the ring at the bell, complaining to the ref about Garvin’s shin guard, then having words with Jimmy Hart. Rugged Ronnie jumps him from behind, firing away with right hands and rolling The Hammer back inside. Valentine tries to beg off, but Garvin’s not having any of it, dropping The Hammer with chops. He drives Valentine’s head into the top turnbuckle, The Hammer turns the tables and serves a plate of chops of his own. They exchange shots, Garvin connects with a big right hand and Valentine slides to the outside to grab a breather.
Back in the ring now, Rugged Ronnie with more punches, tries to pick the leg and The Hammer prevents it, drops elbows until Garvin rolls away from one. Valentine drops a headbutt to the breadbasket, scores with left hand jabs, Rugged Ronnie fights his way out of the corner, hits a headbutt and both men drop to the canvas. Garvin recovers first, sets for a piledriver, Valentine flips him out of it, Rugged Ronnie hanging on for a sunset flip, but this is a submission match. Collar & elbow tie-up, The Hammer backs Garvin into the corner, unleashes a flurry of chops, Rugged Ronnie pushes Valentine into the ropes and collide heads. Valentine looks for the Figure Four, Garvin kicks him off into the turnbuckle and gets a schoolboy, but again there are no pinfalls.
The Hammer comes right back with a back elbow that drops Rugged Ronnie, locks in the Figure Four and it has no affect due to Garvin’s shinguard. Valentine immediately goes back to the chops, elevates Garvin in a modified torture rack, releases and attempts the Figure Four again, getting kicked off and going into a choke. Garvin gains his footing, connects with lefts and rights in the corner, takes Valentine down with a drop toehold and goes into an indian deathlock. The Hammer gets to the bottom rope to force the break, rolls out to the floor and regroups with Jimmy Hart. Valentine drags Rugged Ronnie to the outside, they exchange chops, Garvin sets for a piledriver and again The Hammer flips Garvin over.
Back inside, Valentine drives his shoulder into the midsection in the corner, Garvin reverses a whip across, follows in and gets caught up in the tree of woe. The Hammer delivers punishment as the ref untangles Rugged Ronnie, grabs a headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and they collide heads again. Jimmy Hart removes Garvin’s shinguard, Valentine with a backbreaker and goes back to the Figure Four. Rugged Ronnie battles through the pain, rolls over to counter and Valentine flips back over, grabbing the ropes for leverage. The ref forces him to break, The Hammer going right to work on the damaged knee. Valentine goes for the Figure Four again, Rugged Ronnie counters into a small package to avoid it, but immediately gets dropped by a Valentine right hand.
The Hammer heads to the top, Garvin sees it coming, hopping on one leg and slamming Valentine to the mat. Rugged Ronnie removes The Hammer’s shinguard now, Valentine with a schoolboy, but they didn’t get the memo that this is a submission match. The Hammer shoots Garvin into the ropes, Rugged Ronnie ducks a clothesline, lays in a right hand and ties Valentine up in the ropes. He gets The Hammer’s shinguard, Jimmy Hart to the apron to break Valentine loose, Rugged Ronnie grabs him and brings him into the ring the hard way. Garvin stalks Jimmy with the shinguard, The Hammer comes up from behind with Garvin’s shinguard, Rugged Ronnie turns around and decks Valentine with it, locking in a sharpshooter and Valentine submits.
Winner: ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin (Sharpshooter)
- EA’s Take: The big blow-off to this long-running rivalry fell flat, in my opinion. This seemed like more of a boxing match with countless amounts of punches being thrown. The idea of guys going for numerous pin attempts in a submission match is a bit absurd in and of itself also. This would mark the end for Garvin’s WWF run and essentially his career, after setting up a feud with Rick Martel to follow, nothing ever came of it and Rugged Ronnie would only work indies on a semi-retired basis. The Hammer’s days of being a singles star were numbered as well, forming an alliance with another of Jimmy Hart’s clients The Honky Tonk Man.