With WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 looming, Eric takes a look back at the 2015 edition featuring The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar inside the Cell!
Before you get to Sasha vs Bayley, Roman vs Jey and Drew vs Randy, check out the happenings of the 2015 version of WWE Hell In A Cell, emanating from the Staples Center in Los Angeles!
Kickoff Show Match: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville vs. Rusev, King Barrett & ‘Mr. Money In The Bank’ Sheamus
Stardust & The Ascension are sitting at ringside again with a “Stardust Section” sign. The Man That Gravity Forgot & The Celtic Warrior to kick things off, collar & elbow, Sheamus powers Neville into the corner and goes to the midsection. He whips him into the ropes, Neville slides through the legs and scores with a flurry of kicks, misses a dropkick, then slips out of a slam attempt for an enzuigiri. Cesaro gets the tag, slams Sheamus, goes to all fours and Neville jumps off his back into a corkscrew splash on Mr. MITB that gets 2 for The Swiss Superman. He quick tags back out to Neville, Sheamus sends him hard into the corner and brings in Barrett.
The King fires away a headbutt, quick tags out to Rusev and The Bulgarian Brute pummels The Man That Gravity Forgot. The Celtic Warrior off the tag with more heavy shots, Neville tries to battle back, but Sheamus catches him for a suplex. The Man That Gravity Forgot counters and lands on his feet, gets the tag to Ziggler and he comes in on fire, dropping Mr. MITB with a jumping clothesline. The Show Off splashes Sheamys in the corner, drops him with a neckbreaker and plants an elbow drop to the chest. Dolph knocks Rusev & Barrett off the apron, goes for a Fameasser, The Celtic Warrior catches him into a powerbomb, but Ziggler with a reversal back into the Fameasser for a near fall. Barrett slides in and distracts the ref, Rusev coming in from behind and decapitates Dolph with a superkick, Mr. MITB slides over into a cover and Ziggler kicks out at 2 as we go to break…
The King controls The Show Off with a rear chinlock when we come back, Dolph tries to gain his footing and gets slammed to the canvas by the hair. Barrett maintains control, posting his knee to Ziggler’s spine and wrenching back on the arms. The Show Off powers to a vertical base, gets sent into the corner, tries to hop over a charging Barrett and takes a kick to the midsection for 2. Sheamus off the tag with stiff right hands, The Bulgarian Brute takes a turn and stomps away at Ziggler in the corner. He eggs The Show Off on to make a tag, but unloads with clubbing blows when Dolph reaches out. Rusev scores with a kick to the back for a count of 2, The Celtic Warrior re-enters the match and plants Ziggler with a release vertical suplex before going to a rear chinlock.
Dolph battles to his feet and spikes Sheamus with a jumping DDT, Rusev gets a tag and barely prevents Ziggler from making it to his corner. He props The Show Off up in the corner, runs to the other side to build a head of steam and goes to splash Dolph, but misses and hits the ring post. Barrett gets a tag as Cesaro enters, he drops Sheamus off the apron with a big boot, then unleashes a series of running uppercuts to the King, going from corner to corner. The Swiss Superman levels Barrett with a running big boot, the King reverses a whip into the ropes and Cesaro flips himself out to the apron, lifting a boot to Barrett’s face. The King Of Swing jumps onto Sheamus from the apron with a somersault senton, runs around ringside and unloads an uppercut to Rusev, then back around to deliver one to Mr. MITB.
Cesaro heads to the top rope, connects with a crossbody back in the ring to Barrett, but only gets a 2 count. The Swiss Superman calls for the Cesaro Swing, Rusev slides in to stop it and takes a back body drop. Neville hits the ring, Cesaro tells him to hit the ropes and sends The Man That Gravity Forgot to the outside onto Sheamus & Rusev. Barrett sets for the Bullhammer behind Cesaro, Dolph slides in and hits a superkick, Cesaro puts him in the swing and Neville tags to finish the King with the Red Arrow.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro & Neville (Neville/Red Arrow)
- EA’s Take: GREAT opening contest here, the babyfaces get the win, but Cesaro looks like a million bucks coming out of this. I would have preferred to see the heels win with help from either Stardust at ringside or Tyler Breeze, generally I prefer to advance a story when it comes to who wins matches. Certainly one of the better kickoff show matches I can remember seeing though.
Open: “Hell comes in many forms.” Tonight, Seth Rollins looks to hang on to his WWE World Heavyweight Title, while Kane looks to keep his job as Director Of Operations. After a controversial finish at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar & The Undertaker walk into Hell In A Cell seeking revenge in the final chapter of their rivalry. “It all ends…in hell.”
In The Arena: WWE United States Champion John Cena heads to the squared circle to a chorus of boos. The champ says he had a long winded speech, but it sounds like everyone’s ready to get down to business. The US Open Challenge starts….now. Zeb Colter comes out on a motorized scooter, talking about how some people like Cena and some people don’t. He calls Cena a divider and it’s time for people from all different countries and backgrounds to come together. More importantly, it’s time for John to lose the US Title to this man…
Match #1 for the WWE United States Championship: WWE United States Champion John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Zeb Colter
Collar & elbow tie-up to start, Cena goes to a side headlock, Del Rio pushes him into the ropes and John scores with a shoulder knockdown. They lock-up again, Alberto grabs a side headlock this time, Cena pushes him into the ropes, leapfrogs over and Del Rio with a kick to the leg that forces John to regroup outside. Loud dueling Cena chants as John goes to the striking game, firing away with right hands in the corner, whips Del Rio across, charges in and Alberto side-steps, going into an armdrag and holding an armbar. Alberto goes back to a leg kick, Cena crawls to the 2nd rope, Del Rio attempts a running senton and misses, spilling to the outside. The champ rolls Alberto back inside, charges at him and Del Rio splits him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a count of 2.
El Patron heads upstairs, connects with an overhead chop and gains another 2 count before utilizing a rear chinlock. The champion powers to his feet, Del Rio with a kick to the breadbasket and an attempted suplex, Cena blocks and hits one of his own. John climbs to the top, the challenger quickly scales the corner and scores with an enzuigiri, dropping the champion to the canvas for another near fall. Del Rio climbs to the top once more and again hits an overhead chop for a count of 2, then calls for the Cross Armbreaker.
Cena explodes to his feet, flattening Alberto with a clothesline. They exchange right hands, Cena hits his shoulder tackles, plants Alberto with a spinning back suplex and hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. He sets for the AA, Del Rio slips out and cracks Cena with a backstabber, follows with a superkick and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Alberto Del Rio (Superkick)
- EA’s Take: What a surprise return, it takes a lot for me to not see something coming and I was stunned, eventhough I knew there had been talks between Del Rio and WWE about coming back. I’m a little shocked at the way that it happened also though, as I feel like the execution was not as it should have been. Cena has had incredible US Title matches during his reign and successfully defended it, but this match didn’t quite live up to any of those. Great coup for WWE either way, hopefully they can keep the title relevant as Cena is slated to step away until the end of December.
Backstage: The Authority is watching with enjoyment at the start of the show, Seth Rollins comes in and agrees with them. However, Rollins has some thoughts about tonight when Kane interrupts. He tries to apologize, but Seth isn’t buying it and they bicker back and forth. Hunter stops them and says this is a private meeting, Kane’s attendane isn’t required. Kane wishes Seth luck, telling him he’s going to need it.
Match #2 is Hell In A Cell: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
Roman strikes first with a kick to the gut and right hands, drives Wyatt into the top turnbuckle and continues to fire away. Bray takes it right back to Reigns, shoots him into the ropes and The Big Dog explodes with a jumping clothesline, then tosses Wyatt with multiple pumphandle throws. He goes for a Samoan Drop, Bray battles out, but eats a big right hand, crawling to the ropes. Roman to the outside, looks for the Drive-By, Wyatt avoids it, but Reigns comes right back with another right hand, this time hitting the Drive-By. The Big Dog introduces Bray to the cage, sends him into the steps, then rolls him into the ring.
The New Face Of Fear rolls back to the outside, goes to Reigns’ eyes, then pulls out a kendo stick and goes to work, taking control of the match and swinging away at Roman’s back. Wyatt tries to send The Big Dog into the corner, Reigns fights back briefly, but Bray goes to the lower back with the kendo stick again. He clotheslines Roman to the outside using the cane, heads out after him and tosses him into the cage. The Eater Of Worlds finds a chair under the ring, goes to swing at Reigns, changes his mind and instead sits down, whacking Roman with the kendo stick and begging him to fight back. Bray props the chair and cane in the fencing, Reigns with a quick burst of energy, but Wyatt drives him into the cane, splitting it in two.
The Big Dog with another adrenaline rush, hammers Bray with fists and sends him into the chair, then back into the cage. He finds 2 kendo sticks and stalks Wyatt before combining them and unloading to Bray’s chest. Roman seeks out a table and slides it in the ring, then pulls out another and sets it up on the floor. Wyatt throws the other table out of the ring, Reigns notices and connects with another Drive-By, setting the other table up on the opposite side of the ring. Reigns pulls himself to the apron, avoids a charging Bray and hits a series of kicks, goes to suplex Wyatt through the table, but gets put through it himself with a one-arm slam.
The Eater Of Worlds rolls Roman in and covers for a count of 2, squashes him with a running senton for another 2. Wyatt dumps Roman to the outside, rushes at him and squashes him into the side of the cell. He pins Roman’s head up against the ring post, gains some speed and squashes him again. The New Face Of Fear pulls another table out and slides it in the ring, places Reigns in the corner and drives a knee to the head before setting the table up. Bray props The Big Dog on the top turnbuckle, hooks him for a superplex, Reigns blocks, drops down and powerbombs Wyatt through the table for a near fall. Both guys struggle to their feet, Roman unleashes a flurry of clotheslines in the corner, hits the ropes and Bray catches him for Sister Abigail.
Reigns counters into a schoolboy for a count of 2, then comes right back with a Superman Punch, Wyatt kicking out at 2. The New Face Of Fear rolls out to the apron, Roman goes out to meet him, hitting a Spear off the apron to the floor and going through a table. The Big Dog drags Wyatt into the ring, crawls to a cover and still can’t get a 3 count. Roman sets up for a Spear, Bray gets his boot up and plants him with Sister Abigail, but he can’t get the 3 either. The Eater Of Worlds goes to the 2 kendo sticks, delivers a shot to the midsection and hooks them up in the turnbuckles like javelins. Bray goes to drive Reigns into it and he blocks, connecting with kendo stick shots, sends Wyatt into the cane instead, then follows with a Spear to get the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns (Spear)
- EA’s Take: Excellent brawl here with a couple of nice spots. Reigns finally seemingly gains revenge on Bray which makes me wonder if he’ll turn his attention back to the WWE Title. I can’t find much to complain about with the match, however the “No Color Policy” always seems to put a bit of a damper on these kinds of matches. Cage matches are supposed to be brutal, bloody brawls and these kind of matches make me miss those days.
Match #3 for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von)
Prior to the match, Kofi thanks the WWE Universe for all their support towards Xavier Woods. Big E calls today a sad day, almost as sad because the broken trombone is all they have of Woods. They promise to play the drums with D-Von’s head and Bubba’s belly. Kingston & D-Von kick off the action, Big E provides a distraction and Kofi takes quick control. He sends D-Von into the ropes, D-Von with a jumping back elbow, follows with a diving headbutt and covers for a count of 2. Bubba tags in, The Dudleys with a double shoulder knockdown and double elbow drop for 2, Bubba whips Kofi to the corner and he scales to the top, but gets caught and slammed to the canvas.
New Day collects themselves on the outside, Big E tries to give Kofi another distraction to no avail, Bubba shooting him into the corner for a splash. D-Von back in, The Dudleys go for a double team move and botch it terribly. D-Von whips Kofi into the ropes, ducks his head and eats a kick, Big E tagging in and leveling D-Von with a clothesline. New Day with frequent tags in their corner, taking turns stomping away at D-Von, Big E eventually whipping Kofi into a corner dropkick. Kingston chokes D-Von on the 2nd rope, spikes him with a DDT and covers for a 2 count before going to a wristlock. D-Von battles to his feet, Kofi hits him with a jawbreaker, then drags him to the corner and brings Big E in for a splash that gets a count of 2.
Kingston back in, they set D-Von up for a Wazzup Headbutt, but D-Von kicks Kofi away and crawls to a tag. Bubba with clotheslines to Kingston, elevates him with a back body drop, then scores with lefts and rights to Big E. The Dudleys connect with the Wazzup Headbutt, Bubba is about to call for the tables, but Kofi springboards in the ring, taking them out with a dropkick. He slides out and grabs the trombone, tosses it to Bubba and drops to the mat as if Bubba nailed him with it The ref argues with Bubba and goes to call for the bell, but decides against it because he didn’t see it.
Bubba snaps the trombone in half over his knee, D-Von tags and they plant Kingston with a combination back suplex/neckbreaker for a near fall. Bubba tags back in, they call for 3D, Big E slides in and drills Bubba with the trombone behind the ref’s back, then disposes of D-Von. Kingston scores with Trouble In Paradise to Bubba, makes the cover and retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day (Kofi/Trouble In Paradise)
- EA’s Take: Maybe it’s just me, but the shine of The Dudley Boyz’s return seems to be wearing off already. I’m not sure what move they were going for during the match, but they botched it horribly and couldn’t cover for it. I still believe that The Dudleys will get their 10th title run, but the time just isn’t right. There are not enough heel teams to justify taking the titles off New Day, not to mention the fact that New Day are arguably the hottest heels in the company.
Match #4 for the WWE Divas Championship – Everyone Banned From Ringside: Nikki Bella vs. WWE Divas Champion Charlotte
They lock-up to start, Charlotte backs Nikki into the ropes, the ref forces a clean break and they tie-up again, this time Charlotte backing Nikki into the corner. Nikki doesn’t break clean, charges out of the corner with a clothesline, Charlotte ducks it and scores with a modified neckbreaker. She puts the challenger in the corner, climbs to the 2nd rope and reigns down right hands, Nikki tries to counter to a powerbomb, but the champion reverses with a hurricanrana. Charlotte with more right hands, hits the ropes and the challenger fires a stiff forearm that sends the champion to the outside.
Nikki gives chase, tosses Charlotte out into the crowd, the champion looks to bring the fight back at her and gets caught, Nikki jumping off the barricade with a kick. She drives Charlotte spine-first into the ring post, tosses her into the barricade, then rolls her in the ring for a count of 2. Nikki sticks the point of the knee into the back and pulls back on the champion’s neck, drags her to her feet and hits a snap suplex for another 2 count. The challenger goes for a slingshot suplex, Charlotte lands on her feet, delivers a plate of patented Flair chops, Nikki ducks one and goes to a backslide for a near fall, then turning it into a modified facebuster, but still can’t get 3.
Nikki uses a single leg crab to punish the champion, breaking it on her own accord. She catapults Charlotte off the ropes down on the knees, covers for 2 and then sends the champion into the corner. Charlotte flips around, explodes out and levels the challenger with a big boot for a near fall. The champion tries a suplex, but her back gives out and Nikki keeps control, continuing to pummel the lower back. The champion ducks a right hand, turns around into a spinebuster and Nikki gets another count of 2 before trash talking Charlotte and slapping her in the face. Charlotte comes back with chops, the ref has to seperate them and Nikki takes advantage, looking for a springboard kick and missing, hurting her knee in the process.
The champion takes the opening planting Nikki and then climbing to the top for a moonsault. Nikki sees it coming climbs up with her for a german suplex and Charlotte lands on her feet, splitting the challenger with a spear. She locks in the Figure Eight, but can’t bridge due to her injured back, Nikki crawling to the ropes to force the break. Charlotte charges Nikki and gets dumped to the floor, the challenger following her outside and scoring with an Albama Slam on the apron. She rolls Charlotte back inside, attempts the Rack Attack and the champ counters, locking in the Figure Eight and Nikki’s forced to tap.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte (Figure Eight)
- After The Bell: Paige & Becky Lynch hit the ring to celebrate with Charlotte, raising her hand in victory.
- EA’s Take: Finally a good Divas match for the main roster. Not anything on par with what Sasha Banks & Bayley have been doing down in NXT, but I really enjoyed this one. The Divas Division has been begging for a 1 on 1 match like this and while it won’t change things overnight, WWE keeps making steps in the right direction. Too bad they couldn’t have taken those steps at the beginning of the ‘Divas Revolution’.
Backstage: Sitting in the locker room is Roman Reigns when Dean Ambrose comes in offering congratulations on finishing things with Bray Wyatt. Dean talks about them knowing what’s next, but Reigns wants to talk about that tomorrow. Ambrose agrees because tonight they’ll celebrate.
Match #5 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – If Kane Loses, He’s No Longer Director Of Operations: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Kane
The champion has some harsh words for the challenger at the bell, pushes him and ducks a right hand, delivering a series of his own. He shoots Kane into the ropes, ducks his head and The Devil’s Favorite Demon spikes him with a DDT, following with a low dropkick. He knocks the champion to the floor with a right hand, goes out after him and drives him head-first into the announce table. The challenger clears the spanish announce table, Rollins tries to scurry away into the ring, hits the ropes for a suicide dive and gets caught, then planted on the floor. Kane rolls him back inside, whips Seth into the ropes and hits with a flapjack.
The Director Of Operations heads to the top, The Architect sees it and drops Kane to the apron, then hangs him on the top rope, dropping Kane to the floor. Seth flies to the outside with a somersault plancha, places The Devil’s Favorite Demon on the apron and drives elbows to the throat. Back in the ring, Seth scores with a sling blade that only gets a 1 count, chokes The Big Red Machine on the 2nd rope, then plants him with a neckbreaker that barely gets 2. The champion goes to a rear chinlock, Kane attempts to battle up and Rollins with a kick to the chest. He scales the top turnbuckle, jumps down and meets a big right hand, but side-steps a big boot in the corner.
Seth splashes him and stomps away, runs to the other side to build momentum and scores with a running forearm. The Architect goes to the well again and gets leveled with a clothesline, but again avoids a charging Kane in the corner. Seth climbs up top, Kane catches him with a right hand and then connects with a superplex. The Big Red Machine hits multiple corner clotheslines, attempts a tilt-a-whirl slam, Rollins lands on his feet, hits the ropes and runs into a big boot that gives Kane a 2 count. The Devil’s Favorite Demon goes to the top again, the champion runs up the turnbuckle to meet him, gets pushed off and Kane scores with a top rope clothesline. He grabs Seth for a Chokeslam, Rollins slips out and hits an enzuigiri, tries to follow with the Pedigree, the challenger powers out and plants the champion with a Chokeslam, but only gets 2.
He calls for the Tombstone, The Architect slips out and retreats to the outside, Kane in pursuit to drive the champion spine-first into the apron. Kane drops Rollins back-first on the announce table, clears it off and tosses Seth over it. He drags Rollins up, Seth slides out and powerbombs the challenger on the spanish announce table, but it doesn’t break. Rollins rolls in the ring and the ref starts his count, Kane making it back in at a count of 8. The Architect goes for another Pedigree, gets tossed to the apron, Seth scores with an enzuigiri, then comes off the top with a flying knee.
The champion goes back up and connects with another flying knee, then lands two superkicks to finally drop the challenger. Seth goes up once more and hits a frog splash, but still can’t put The Devil’s Favorite Demon away. The champion can’t believe it and seemingly has a conversation with himself, goes back over to The Big Red Machine and he gets Seth by the throat. Rollins delivers a kick to the breadbasket, drives Kane into the canvas with a Pedigree and picks up the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins (Pedigree)
- EA’s Take: I’m not certain that I’d call this match good or not. I wouldn’t say it was bad, but it went exactly the way I figured it would go. There was never any doubt in my mind that Seth wouldn’t retain, so this didn’t do a whole lot for me. I am glad however that they allowed Rollins to win clean. They’ve done a good job of weening Seth off of the tainted wins which will serve his character well (not to mention whoever finally beats him) in the long run.
Match #6 for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Ryback vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens
The bell rings and The Big Guy goes right at the champion, Owens trying to retreat to the outside, then back in and catching Ryback with boots. KO hits the ropes and runs into a big shoulder, the challenger powers Owens into the corner and drives shoulders to the midsection, lifting him and tossing KO with a back body drop. The Big Guy goes for a military press, the champion slips out, attempts a suplex and Ryback counters into one of his own. He charges KO in the corner, Owens side-steps and Ryback goes shoulder-first into the ring post. The champion looks to take control, Ryback uses his power again and plants Owens with a powerslam, KO rolling to the apron and getting blasted to the floor with a clothesline.
Ryback tosses Owens back inside, puts him in the corner and reigns down rights from the 2nd rope. The champion escapes out, crotches the challenger on the 2nd turnbuckle, following with a running senton for a 2 count. Owens sets his sights on a Cannonball, The Big Guy pops to his feet and catches him in a spinebuster, then puts Owens in his crosshairs for the Meat Hook. KO ducks it, but can’t avoid Ryback’s powerbomb and the challenger gains a near fall before climbing to the top. Owens has it scouted, dropping the challenger to the apron and then connecting with a superkick, spilling Ryback to the floor.
The Big Guy makes it back in the ring at the ref’s count of 9, charges into the ring and gets dropped throat-first across the 2nd rope, KO grabbing him in a schoolboy for a near fall. He sends the challenger into the ropes for a Pop-Up Powerbomb, Ryback counters with a Meat Hook, then lifts him for Shellshocked. KO grabs the ropes to get out of it, goes out to the apron and rakes the eyes, following with the Pop-Up Powerbomb to finish it.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens (Pop-Up Powerbomb)
- EA’s Take: It’s officially time for both of these guys to move on. I’ll be honest, I completely forgot this match was even on the card and it appears as if most everyone else did too. It shows how much the company really cares about this feud, as they’re given the spot between the WWE Title match and the main event. Generally, this spot on the card is the one that gets time taken away from it or cut completely. This rivalry has done nothing for either of these guys.
Match #7 is Hell In A Cell: Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker
They meet face to face in the ring, Taker giving Lesnar the throat-cut sign and the bell rings. Lesnar uses his quickness to duck right hands, looks for a german right off the bat, but Taker hangs onto the ropes. The Beast goes to the midsection, drives shoulders into the breadbasket in the corner, The Deadman reverses a whip across and follows in with a clothesline. The Conqueror buries a knee to the ribs, hooks The Phenom for a german suplex again and Taker sends him flying to the outside. Undertaker follows, delivering right hands, Lesnar countering a whip into the cage and he elevates Taker for an F5. The Demon Of Death Valley slips out of it, pushes Brock face-first into the ring post and he’s been busted open.
The Phenom uses the cell to his advantage, driving Lesnar face-first into the cage, then pulls a chair out and heads back inside. The Beast is there to meet him, planting Taker into the mat with a double leg, getting his hands on the chair and smashing it into The Deadman’s back. Brock falls into the corner and the ringside doctor comes in to check on Brock’s cut, cleans him up a little bit and Lesnar takes the chair again, smashing it into Undertaker on the floor. The Conqueror tosses Taker into the cage again, attempts a suplex on the floor and The Phenom blocks, delivering one of his own. The American Badass has been cut now, rolls Lesnar inside, props the chair under his throat and slams down on it, covering Brock for a count of 2.
Undertaker hammers away at Lesnar’s cut, shoots him into the corner, Brock rebounds out and ducks a right hand, snapping off a german suplex. The Beast scores with a couple more, elevates Taker and connects with an F5, but The Deadman kicks out at 2. The ringside doctor comes in the ring again to check on both guys, Lesnar tosses the doctor aside and plants The Phenom with another F5, but still can’t get 3. The Conqueror goes out to grab the steel stairs, tosses them in the squared circle and clobbers The Deadman for a near fall. He takes the steps again, attempts to slam them on Taker’s leg, but he’s able to roll out of the way. The Beast goes for it again, Taker kicks him away and the stairs land on Lesnar’s head, cutting him open again.
The Deadman locks in Hell’s Gate, Brock fires off lefts and rights and pounds Taker into the mat to break the hold. Lesnar notices a rop in the ring mat, tears it open and exposes the boards underneath, allowing The Phenom time to get to his feet, grab Brock and plant him with a Chokeslam on the wood. Taker powers Brock up, spikes him with a Tombstone, covers and The Conqueror kicks out at 2. The Deadman calls for another Tombstone, Brock goes with a low blow, delivers an F5 on the exposed boards and finally ends it.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (F5)
- After The Bell: Lesnar gets help getting to the back from Heyman, leaving Undertaker in the ring alone. It takes a couple of attempts for him to be able to sit-up, but he finally does to a loud “Thank You Taker” chant. Undertaker makes it to his feet, but the lights go out and The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring. They surround the ring, step-up to the apron and go on the attack with Bray watching. Strowman, Harper & Rowan hold The Deadman up for Bray and he continues the beatdown, mocking The Phenom in the process. They carry Taker out of the arena as the show comes to an end.
- EA’s Take: What an absolute war and rightfully so, the end to this rivalry needed to be done justice and this match provided it. I’m left wondering about the “No Color Policy” I spoke about earlier, as both men get busted open here. I completely understand why they do it, but nobody can sit there and tell me with a straight-face that it didn’t add to the drama of this match. This was one of the few times where the match lived up to all of the hype and now we have another classic Lesnar/Taker Hell In A Cell match to go back and watch on the WWE Network.
EA’s Finisher: This PPV is one of those “in-betweeners” for me, there were some decent matches and some nice moments, but it was not the greatest thing WWE has ever produced either. The return of Alberto Del Rio was a great surprise and choice to hold the US Title while Cena’s away, as long as WWE can capitalize on Del Rio’s return. Both HIAC matches delivered to me, especially Taker/Brock as it was an absolute war, the likes of which we don’t see enough of at this point in time. The Divas stepped up to the plate tonight finally as well, but the other 3 title matches were nothing to write home about. Owens/Ryback was completely forgettable, the tag match was basic at best and the WWE Title match went exactly how I pictured it would.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker
2 – Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
3 – Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte
Chairshot Classics: WWE TLC (2015) featuring Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
As we approach the 2020 edition of WWE TLC, we look back at one from the past featuring a very different Sheamus against a very different Roman Reigns!
As we approach the 2020 edition of WWE TLC, we look back at one from the past featuring a very different Sheamus against a very different Roman Reigns!
As we get closer to closing the book on 2018, we’re approaching WWE’s December pay-per-view TLC, so today we’re looking back at one from the past with TLC 2015! After cashing in Money In The Bank on Roman Reigns after a grueling tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus must now face Reigns fair and square in a TLC Match! Let’s get into the action…
Kickoff Show Match: Sasha Banks w/Naomi & Tamina vs. Becky Lynch
Collar & elbow tie-up to kick things off, Sasha with a side headlock, Becky counters into one of her own, Banks attempts to roll her away, but Lynch hangs on. The Boss reverses an irish whip to the corner, charges in and scores with a monkey flip into a cover, celebrates a little early and Becky rolls her up for a quick 2. Banks tries to pick the leg, Becky counters and gains a side headlock, Sasha pushing her to the ropes and scoring with a shoulder knockdown for a count of 2. Back to the ropes they go, The Boss tries a leapfrog, Lynch hooks the leg and Banks faceplants into the canvas, The Lass Kicker looking for the Dis-Arm-Her, but Sasha squirms to the ropes to escape.
Lynch tries to slingshot The Boss to the mat, Sasha lands on her feet and connects with a big forearm, rushes in and gets caught in an armbar. She pushes Becky off to the ropes, follows in and Lynch with an armdrag, going right back to the armbar. Banks attempts to roll her away, Becky maintaining the hold, ducks a right hand and rolls Banks up for multiple 1 counts, then slaps the armbar back on. The Boss creates some separation with stiff forearms, sends Lynch to the corner and charges in, The Lass Kicker hopping up and over, controlling Sasha with another armbar. The Boss backs her into the corner using the hair, briefly breaks clean and tries to sneak in a forearm, Becky avoids it and connects with a springboard kick.
Naomi climbs to the apron and gets dropped back down for her troubles, Lynch turns back to The Boss and rushes in, Sasha side-steps and Becky hits the ring post shoulder-first. Banks planks her across the middle rope and drops down the double knees, taking control as we head to a break….The Boss chokes Lynch on the bottom rope when we come back, Tamina with a cheap shot behind the official’s back. The Lass Kicker tries to battle back with forearms, sends Sasha to the ropes for a clothesline, Banks counters into a tilt-a-whirl and cracks her with a backstabber. She rolls through, crosses Becky’s arms across her faces and wrenches back, grinding Lynch down to the canvas.
The Lass Kicker powers to her feet with Banks on her shoulders The Boss turns it into a victory roll for a near fall, Becky with a roll-up off the kick-out and she gets 2. She catches Banks rushing in with another roll-up for 2, drops The Boss face-first on the 2nd turnbuckle, then builds momentum with a flurry of clotheslines and a heel kick. She drops a leg, tries for another and Sasha avoids it, planting her with a cross-arm neckbreaker, covering numerous times and only getting 2 counts. The Boss slaps Lynch in the face, Becky comes back with a heavy shot, pushes Sasha to the ropes and throws her with a LassPlex, Banks grabbing the bottom rope at a count of 2.
Sasha kicks her way back to her feet, Becky takes her down with an armwhip, slaps on a cross armbreaker, The Boss tries to roll her way out and Lynch hangs on for the Dis-Arm-Her. Banks switches the momentum into a roll-up for 2, The Lass Kicker hangs onto the arm on the kick-out, going right back to the Dis-Arm-Her, Tamina getting to the apron to distract the referee, allowing Naomi to sneak in and kick Lynch in the face. The Boss takes the opening and scores with the backstabber, rolls through into the Bank Statement and Lynch is forced to tap.
Winner: Sasha Banks (Bank Statement)
- EA’s Take: Solid showing on our Kickoff match from both ladies, The Boss getting the big win in her hometown with help from the unity of Team B.A.D. Becky’s in an odd spot right now, seemingly playing the 3rd wheel between her former Team PCB members, Paige & Charlotte. With performances like this it will be very difficult to keep Becky & Sasha near the bottom tier of the Divas division for much longer, especially if the “We Want Sasha” chants continue.
Open: After Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase at WrestleMania, Roman Reigns’ luck as it pertains to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has been less than stellar. He finally reached the mountaintop at Survivor Series, winning a tournament to gain the vacant title, only to have Sheamus cash in his Money In The Bank and steal the championship. Tonight, Roman looks for revenge with tables, ladders and chairs.
Match #1 – Triple Threat Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) w/Xavier Woods vs. Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey)
Xavier joins commentary for this match, the bell rings and the brawl is on, Jimmy & Sin Cara send Big E to the ropes, Jimmy drops down and Sin Cara scores with a dropkick. Jey, Kalisto & Kofi attempt to bring ladders in, Big E clears the ring, pushes back on Kalisto & Jey, then pulls Kingston’s ladder inside. New Day stand it up and start to climb, The Usos are there to meet them, toss Kofi outside and then pair-off with Big E & Sin Cara. Kingston & Kalisto climb up opposite sides of the apron, springboard into the ring and land on their feet on the ladder.
The Usos playing defense, everyone takes a turn climbing up with no success. Big E & Kofi get thrown outside, climbs to the 2nd rope on the apron and fly with synchronized moonsaults to New Day. The Usos grab the ladder in the ring, knock The Lucha Dragons off the apron with it, then throw it outside, New Day & Luchas catching it in the air. The Usos hit the ropes and take flight with crossbody planchas onto the ladder, taking all 4 of their opponents out. They head back in and set the ladder up under the titles, Kingston slides in, hops through the middle of the ladder for a dropkick, gets his feet caught and The Usos dump him over the top to the floor. Big E rolls in behind them, pushes the ladder into The Usos and sends Jimmy flying outside.
Kofi smashes him with a ladder as Big E stomps a hole into Jey in the corner, Kingston comes in and they sandwich him behind the ladder. Big E whips Kingston in for a basement dropkick, Jimmy rolls inside and gets caught, E tossing him onto the ladder with an overhead belly to belly suplex. The Dragons are back in the ring and clock Kingston with another ladder, attempt to smash Big E, but he powers them back to the corner. Kalisto climbs to the top, hops through the ladder and lands on Big E with a seated senton, Kofi gets to his feet and drills him with a superkick. Sin Cara goes to the 2nd rope with the ladder, Kingston scales up to meet him, gets knocked down and Sin Cara rides the ladder down into a splash on him.
He takes The Usos out on the outside with a baseball slide into a ladder, hits the ropes and jumps onto the ladder on the floor with a somersault senton on Jimmy & Jey. Kalisto spears Big E with a ladder back inside, sets it up over his prone body and starts the climb up, Big E benchpressing him up, but Sin Cara hops on it to bring it back down. E benchpresses it again with both Luchas on it, Sin Cara falls and gets hanged on the top rope, The Usos slide in and Kalisto jumps off with a crossbody. Jimmy & Jey catch him in the air, Jey plants him with a spinning side slam, then they drop Big E with a double superkick. The Usos prop him in the corner and sandwich him with a ladder, Kingston comes in for a save and gets leveled, Jimmy & Jey charging into the corner with a dropkick to the ladder.
Kofi comes to and elevates Jimmy to the outside, Jey pulls a smaller ladder into the ring, slams Kingston on it then heads up top. Kingston crotches him on the top turnbuckle, climbs up and gets sent back down, getting his foot caught in the ropes and hanging in the tree of woe. Jimmy passes a ladder to Jey and he hammers Kingston, holds it in front of Kofi and Jimmy charges in with the hip attack. The Usos are alone in the ring now, stand a ladder up, The Dragons are their to meet them and we get a staredown before everyone takes a shot at climbing. Sin Cara assists Kalisto into a senton on Jimmy, they place a ladder over his body and Sin Cara flips his partner into a 450 splash on top.
Lucha Dragons now holding the ring and starting to ascend the ladder, Kofi’s back in to lay them out with forearms, then planks another ladder between the ropes and the standing ladder. He attempts to drive Kalisto into it, Kalisto slides under, pushes the ladder into Kingston’s ribs, springs off of it with a hurricanrana and Kofi hits the ladder head-first, spilling to the floor. Kalisto heads up after the titles, The Usos hit the ring climbing up opposite sides, Sin Cara pulls Jimmy down to the canvas as Kalisto is sent down as well. Kalisto springs back up, climbs over Jey, hooks him for Salida Del Sol and they both go crashing through the planked ladder. Sin Cara climbs upstairs and follows with a somersault senton.
Kalisto & Jimmy drag themselves up the ladder and reach for the championships, Kalisto gets knocked down and Jimmy’s all alone. Big E hits the ring to make the save, pulling him down and pushing the ladder over, looks to toss Jimmy to the floor, but he turns tables and E is sent outside. Jimmy attempts a suicide dive and runs into a forearm, E grabs a ladder to bring into the ring and Jimmy hits with a baseball slide. He looks to the corner, scales to the top rope and jumps to the floor onto the ladder, squashing Big E with the Uso Splash. Kalisto stirs around in the squared circle and drags himself up the ladder, Woods leaves commentary, grabs the trombone and throws it into Kalisto’s back, Kingston quickly sliding in and flipping him off the ladder to the mat. Kofi climbs up, unhooks the titles and The New Day retains.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day
- EA’s Take: Wow, the tag division just spat on the rest of the roster and proclaimed “Follow that!” with this match. Amazing high-spots and some pretty innovative stuff here, Kalisto’s Salida Del Sol being the showstealer. This is going to be very difficult for anyone to measure up to the rest of the night and we’re just getting started. I think it’s a little odd that New Day retained, they’re starting to run out of babyface challengers at this point after running through everyone for the majority of 2015. Unless someone’s getting called up from NXT, they may end up having to turn themselves.
Match #2: Rusev w/Lana vs. Ryback
Rusev jumps Ryback right at the bell, clobbers him in the back and whips him to the ropes, The Big Guy hanging on and catching Rusev coming in with a back elbow. He sends The Bulgarian Brute to the outside after a shoulder tackle, follows him out and drives Rusev into the barricade before rolling him back in. The Big Guy heads up top and scores with a double axe handle, presses Rusev over his head, drops him face-first and follows with a splash for a count of 2. He rams The Bulgarian Brute back into the corner and fires away, climbs to the 2nd rope for right hands, Rusev powers him out and drops him on the ropes with a hot shot.
He takes control and chokes Ryback on the bottom rope, rams him head-first into the top turnbuckle and drives shoulders to the solarplexes, flattening The Big Guy with a short-arm clothesline. Rusev grabs the neck with a nervehold to ground Ryback, The Big Guy fights to a vertical base, gets clubbed in the back and The Bulgarian Brute hooks him for a vertical suplex. Ryback blocks and they trade suplex attempts back and forth, The Big Guy finally plants Rusev and starts to build a head of steam with multiple shoulder blocks. He squashes The Bulgarian Brute in the corner, Rusev reverses a whip across, charges in and runs into a boot, Ryback following up with a 2nd rope dropkick that gets a 2 count.
The Big Guy’s ready to finish it, picks Rusev up and gets driven into the corner, The Bulgarian Brute attempting a splash, but Ryback side-steps and goes to the top rope. He connects with a crossbody that gains a near fall, drops the straps and sets Rusev in his crosshairs for a Meat Hook. The Bulgarian Brute wisely rolls out of the ring and walks off with Lana at his side, Ryback giving chase up the aisle and brings him back by the hair. Rusev breaks the grip with a back elbow, he pushes The Big Guy and he falls back, running into Lana and sending her down. Ryback is distracted, turns around and gets clocked by a superkick, Lana springing to her feet and celebrating after deceiving The Big Guy.
The Bulgarian Brute rolls Ryback in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for The Accolade, but The Big Guy blocks it, powering to his feet with Rusev on his shoulders for Shellshocked. Rusev slips out of it, scores with a roundhouse to the head, locks in The Accolade to a knocked out Ryback and the official calls for the bell.
Winner: Rusev (The Accolade)
- EA’s Take: Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that this was a bad match. It’s just that…who cares? The story was a little absurd heading into it and both of these guys have really fallen off the map in comparison to where they were at the height of their WWE runs thus far. Ryback is still missing something, it’s tough to put my finger on exactly what it is. It’s certainly not his ability, which you can also say about Rusev as well.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose warms up for his match when Roman Reigns comes in. He tells Dean he was just speaking to The Usos and it’s down to them tonight to hold it down for the family. Reigns is excited for tonight, describing how good it will feel to regain the WWE Title and put a hole in Sheamus’ head with a ladder. Win, lose or draw, tonight’s about making a statement. Ambrose says he had a different vision and that’s for both of them to be standing in the ring later as champions.
Match #3 – Chairs Match for the WWE United States Championship: WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
Ringside is littered with set-up chairs, both guys slide out to the floor after a chair at the bell, roll back in and the duel is on. They drop the chairs and Swagger hits a clothesline, the champion rolls to the outside, The Real American in pursuit and Del Rio tries to drive him into the post, only to get rammed into the steel instead. The challenger bounces Alberto’s head off a chair multiple times, back into the ring they go and The Real American looks for the Swagger Bomb, El Patron sticking a chair up and catches him in the throat. The champion scores with a clothesline that gets 1, sends Swagger sternum-first into the turnbuckles, then rams the chair to the ribs and smacks it over his back.
He props the chair flat between the ropes in the corner, the challenger firing away with right hands, Alberto reverses a whip into the chair, The Real American puts on the brakes to avoid it, but Del Rio makes him pay with a backstabber for a count of 2. El Patron hammers the challenger in the back with a chair, sets his sights on a superkick, but Swagger is able to throw the chair in his face to avoid it. He ducks a clothesline, hits the ropes for one of his own, follows with another, then connects with two more in the corners. The Real American wants the Swagger Bomb again, Del Rio gets the feet up, Swagger catches the foot and goes for the Patriot Lock, but the champion is able to kick him away. Swagger rushes right back in and is split with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall, tosses The Real American out to the floor, then throws a pile of chairs onto him.
He sends the challenger back in the squared circle and covers for 2, calls for the Cross Armbreaker, Swagger counters out and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post, follows with a roll-up and nearly gets the 3 count. The Real American pounds Del Rio’s back with a chair, wraps his ankle in it and slaps on the Patriot Lock, the champion crawling to grabs the apron, but there’s no breaks in this match. El Patron works his way out of the ring using the ring skirting, Swagger ducks his head out to grab the champion and takes a chair shot to the breadbasket. Alberto heads upstairs with a chair-in-hand, The Real American catches him coming down with a slam, finally hits the Swagger Bomb and Del Rio kicks at 2.
The challenger slides to the outside and sends a handful of chairs into the ring, pummels Alberto in the back again, then props him on the top turnbuckle and climbs up. The champion pushes him away, picks the arm and hangs over the ropes with the Cross Armbreaker, releasing the hold on his own accord. He heads back inside and unleashes a barrage of chair shots to the back in the corner, stacks the chairs up under Swagger, climbs up top and delivers tree of woe double stomp for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: Alberto Del Rio (Tree Of Woe Double Stomp)
- EA’s Take: Brutal, physical match between two of the better technicians in the company, showing they can also deliver a good brawl. The chairs were really used to perfection and were a real focal point of the match, which is what you’d expect from a chairs match. I get that Swagger & Del Rio have a history, so it only makes sense for The Real American to be one of the first challengers to Alberto’s title. I just don’t like that I’m supposed to take Swagger as a serious contender after months and months of being relegated to Superstars, most of the time on the losing end.
Chairshot Classics: WWF SummerSlam 1989
Eric’s look back at WWF SummerSlam 1989, featuring The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and ZEUS! Focus on that tremendous undercard…
Eric’s look back at WWF SummerSlam 1989, featuring Rick Rude vs. The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Savage and ZEUS!
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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