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WWE Hell In A Cell 2022 Review

Bianca BelAir(c) vs Asuka vs Becky Lynch | Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match

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IMG Credit: WWE

Bianca BelAir def. Asuka via Pinfall at 18:55

A few mistimings and awkward moments, but this is a very good opening match with some nice exchanges, a nice pace, and the three of them all looked to equally have a chance at winning. A good choice to start the show off with. ***1/4

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Bobby Lashley vs Omos & M.V.P. | 2-on-1 Handicap Match

IMG Credit: WWE

Bobby Lashley def. M.V.P. via Submission at 8:22

Not the best when it comes to in ring action, but it’s a very fun dramatic filled watch with Omos and MVP destroying Lashley before he comes back and outlast the giant and his disciple to a huge pop. **1/2

Kevin Owens vs Ezekiel | Singles Match

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IMG Credit: WWE

Kevin Owens def. Ezekiel via Pinfall at 9:21

These two put on a show for the time they got. A pretty good 50/50 clash with Owens finally getting his redemption against the annoying Ezekiel. And let me talk about my boy Ezekiel! For the 2 months he’s been here he’s become a very good wrestler and I honestly expect him to become an all timer in the next few years! ***

The Judgment Day vs AJ Styles, Finn Balor, & Liv Morgan | 6 Person Intergender Tag Team Match

IMG Credit: WWE & POST Wrestling

Edge def. Finn Balor via Pinfall at 16:01

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Pretty good match here. Fun as well. Some chaos all around. Took a bit to get going, but the second half of the match is pretty intense and the drama towards Balor and Edge’s final exchanges was fun. I’m interested in if they’ll have Rhea interact with the guys in this feud. ***

Happy Corbin vs Madcap Moss | No Holds Barred Match

IMG Credit: WWE & Fightful

Madcap Moss def. Happy Corbin via Pinfall at 11:50

Solid brawl here. Both these guys aren’t exactly the best in the ring, but have a weirdly solid chemistry with each other. Ending spot surprised me as I didn’t think Madcap would get revenge that easily. **1/2

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Theory(c) vs Mustafa Ali | United States Championship Match

IMG Credit: WWE & ITNWWE

Theory def. Mustafa Ali via Pinfall at 10:23

A solid match, but I just couldn’t really care less about it. Ali didn’t have the momentum he should’ve had here and all the build to this match just seemed a bit wasted. **1/2

Cody Rhodes vs Seth Rollins | Hell In A Cell Match

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IMG Credit: WWE & TJR Wrestling

Cody Rhodes def. Seth Rollins via Pinfall at 24:20

This man Cody wrestled with a completely torn pec and still had a great match with almost no problems. That is admirable. The match throughout tells a nice story of Cody overcoming the near unbearable pain Rollins put on his injury. Nice finishing sequences to close the show and end this magnificent trilogy of matches. ***1/2

Overall this show was very good despite the really bad build up. Nothing here was bad, the crowd was very receptional, and it was paced nicely. Probably the 2nd best PPV of the year so far. 7/10

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Should I Review Weekly Programs?

Hello everyone. Having recently reviewed WWF WrestleMania VIII, I come to you today with a different post.

I’ve been asked by readers a few times to add reviews of weekly programs to the blog. My original thought was to wait until I reach January 1993 to introduce them, at a time when WWF debuts Monday Night RAW. About two years after that, I should also introduce WCW’s Monday Nitro.

Would you prefer waiting until then? Or would you like me to start immediately following WrestleMania VIII, reviewing shows such as WWF Superstars of Wrestling? Let me know in the following poll. Thanks!

Thank you for voting!

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AEW Dynamite: Fight For The Fallen July 28 2021 Review (Hangman Page And The Dark Order Take on The Elite For Title Shots!)

Welcome to our first Live Coverage of AEW Dynamite! I am Tanner, known as Viper on YouTube, and I will be your host tonight. Enjoy!

We open with the 10 Man Tag Team Elimination Match Between The Elite and Hangman Adam Page & His Dark Order Buddies!

  • Alex Reynolds Eliminated by Karl Anderson @ 3:40
  • Karl Anderson Eliminated by Evil Uno @ 4:41
  • Stu Grayson & Luke Gallows Eliminated Via Countout @ 11:04
  • Evil Uno Eliminated by Kenny Omega @ 12:22
  • John Silver Eliminated by Matt Jackson @ 18:59
  • Matt Jackson Eliminated by Hangman Page @ 23:56
  • Hangman Page Eliminated by Kenny Omega @ 25:32

This was a very good match here that told a nice story of The Dark Order doing anything for Hangman’s shot and Page giving all he got before The Elite was too much for him. Nice opener [***1/2]

Ricky Starks Celebrates His FTW Title Win

Starks is introduced by Tazz and a band surrounds the ring playing celebration music. He mentions that Will Hobbs is out looking for new recruits. He said that he couldn’t forget that when he broke his neck Brian Cage didn’t check up on him. After Starks rants on Cage, Cage comes out and takes out the band (NOT THE BASE DRUM!!!!!!) and drives Starks out of the ring

On a vignette we get HIROSHI TANAHASHI challenging the winner of tonight’s IWGP United States Title Match. (HOLY SHIT!)

Up Next FTR Take On Santana & Ortiz!

Dax Hartwood pinned Santana after a Brainbuster at 11:27

This was a great match as expected, that got about the amount of time it needed. Maybe a bit of an anticlimactic ending but didn’t take away from this great match [****]

Lance Archer defends the IWGP United States Title Against Hikuleo

Lance Archer pinned Hikuleo after a Blackout @ 7:10

Well this was a bit short, but a solid match. I’m excited for Archer vs Tanahashi [**1/2]

Tommy End and Cody Rhodes engage in a brawl that ends in Tommy taking out both Cody and Fuego del Sol

The Hardy Family Office take on Christian Cage & Jurassic Express

Christian Cage pinned I Honestly Have No Idea after a Frog Splash @ 4:36

Short match here and to be honest I didn’t like it. A couple of botches, a botched suplex to get over with the crowd and an anticlimactic finish. Eh [*]

*Couldn’t get Rosa vs Hart due to internet issues, but I give the match 1 star

Chris Jericho takes on Nick Gage in a No Rules Match

Chris Jericho pinned Nick Gage after a Judas Effect @ (13:00)

This wasn’t really my cup of tea. Sure it was a nice hardcore shit, but just an average match in my view [**1/2]

MJF reveals that Chris Jericho will next face Juventud Guerrera where your finisher can only be made off the top rope. Excited for Juvie!

And that’s the end of the show ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoyed it. I give it a 6.5/10 only because of the rather slower 2nd hour

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NWA/WCW Clash Of The Champions XII: Fall Brawl 1990 Review (Sting Vs. The Black Scorpion)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the 12th NWA/WCW Clash of the Champions, featuring Sting taking on the infamous Black Scorpion for the NWA World Title, Ric Flair challenging Lex Luger for the US Title and more – including a rare ladies title match.

Here is the list of champions in the NWA/WCW heading into this show:

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Sting
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger
  • NWA World TV Champion: Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)

Enjoy the piece!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

The hosts are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
Live from Asheville, NC

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin)(w/ Buddy Roberts) vs. The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers)(w/ ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong)

Cappetta announces this as a six men tag match but then they just do a regular tag match with managers, so I’ll go with that instead. Smothers dominates both Hayes and Garvin with superkicks to set up the usual Freebirds stalling. They come back in to double-team Smothers but Armstrong comes in with a double high crossbody on both heels. And more stalling follows. Smothers dropkicks Garvin until a cheapshot turns things around. Hayes hits a bulldog for two. Smothers comes back with a sunset flip, but Hayes chinlocks him to stay in control. Garvin goes up only to get slammed off and we get the hot tag to Armstrong. He cleans house with dropkicks for a while until Buddy Roberts cuts him off, and then Bullet Bob does the same to Hayes which gets Armstrong two. We get a pier six brawl until suddenly the Boys pin both Freebirds at the same time with a double sunset flip at 8:34.

  • Rating: A short Freebirds match, with the stalling followed by the babyfaces’ comeback. Nothing special but not bad. **
‘Nature Boy’ Buddy Landel vs. Mike Rotunda

Rotunda is accompanied to the ring by the winner of some kind of WCW/Burger King competition. We get a nice armbar reversal sequence to start. Rotunda tries an armdrag but Mike blocks with a clothesline followed by an elbowdrop for two. Landel goes up but Rotunda catches him coming down. Rotunda works a facelock but Rotunda reverses into a backslide for the win at 5:39.

  • Rating: Watchable match albeit short. Nothing wrong with it. *1/2
The Master Blasters (Iron & Steele) vs. Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner

You might know this good looking Steele guy. It’s the official debut of a young gentleman who would later move on to win the World Championship in both the WWF and WCW as Diesel and Kevin Nash, respectively. You might have heard of him! Nash works the arm to start and then so does Iron. And yes I’ll keep calling him Nash during the reviews because it’s much easier. A Nash elbowdrop gets two and so does a powerslam. Nash goes for a sloppy looking elbowdrop that misses and then Iron COMPLETELY botches a headbutt, which misses by a mile and gets a big groan from the crowd. Good lord almighty what the fuck… about a minute later the big guys finish Horner with a flying double shoulderblock at 4:52.

  • Rating: Complete shit. The plan was obviously to make the heels look like badasses, but they left one of the parts at home and instead just looked “bad”. Or “asses”. You decide. DUD
The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags & Brian Knobbs) vs. Terry Taylor & Jackie Fulton

This is one of Taylor’s first matches back in the NWA/WCW, which at least means no more Red Rooster. Finally! Taylor gets in an early swinging neckbreaker on Knobbs for two. A number of quick hiptosses keep the babyfaces in control and Fulton gets the tag. Back to Taylor who sends Sags into the post and a high crossbody back inside gets two. Taylor hits a backdrop suplex but Knobbs takes him down by the hair and allows Sags to jump in with a kneedrop to take over. Taylor gets in a quick sunset flip before making the hot tag to Fulton. He runs wild with bodyslams for both heels and a german suplex on Knobbs gets two. Knobbs reverses a crossbody into a powerslam though, and the Trip to Nastyville elbow puts Fulton away at 7:11.

  • Rating: Another simple match to showcase the Nasty Boys. It was also nice to see Terry back as himself and not as a chicken anymore. That alone earns this an extra quarter star! *3/4
Tommy Rich vs. Wild Bill Irwin

If you look for “filler” in the dictionary there should be a picture of this match there. Irwin hits a high knee but eats a backdrop suplex for two. They exchange headlocks, which is SO what this match needs. Irwin finally goes somewhere with a sideslam, only to get immediately kicked back down. Another sideslam is blocked by Rich and turned into a sleeper, and then an Irwin blind charge misses and Rich hits the Thesz Press for the win at 3:59.

  • Rating: It was okay. *

Meanwhile, NWA/WCW announces their top ten contenders lists for both the singles and tags’ World Championships. This should be interesting, let’s take a look:

  • NWA World Championship top ten contenders list: 10) Buddy Landel (good heel) ; 9) Tommy Rich (maybe in 1980) ; 8) Junkyard Dog (oh good god…) ; 7) Brian Pillman (nothing wrong here) ; 6) Stan Hansen (okay) ; 5) Sid Vicious (fine, he’s popular) ; 4) Barry Windham (nothing to say here either) ; 3) TV Champion Arn Anderson (same as Barry) ; 2) Ric Flair (WOOOO) ; 1) US Champion Lex Luger (logical) – the champion is Sting
  • NWA World Tag Team Championship top ten contenders list: 10) Mike Rotunda & Tim Horner (LOL) ; 9) ‘Dudes With Attitudes’ Junkyard Dog & El Gigante (oh please…) ; 8) Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk (former US tag champs, sure) ; 7) ‘Samoan SWAT Team’ Fatu & The Samoan Savage (okay) ; 6) ‘Fabulous Freebirds’ Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin (of course) ; 5) ‘The Southern Boys’ Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong (nothing wrong) ; 4) ‘Midnight Express’ Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (4 is way too low) ; 3) ‘Four Horsemen’ Arn Anderson & Barry Windham (fine) ; 2) ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Express’ Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (way too high for their current momentum) ; 1) US Tag Champs The Steiners (unquestionable) – the champions are Doom

Meanwhile, Stan Hansen doesn’t like his place on the list and promises to beat up people on his way to Sting.

Ladies Professional Wrestling Association Championship: Susan Sexton(c) vs. Bambi

This is my first time watching both of these ladies and I have no idea who either of them are. They get into a wristlock reversal sequence that ends with Bambi catching Sexton in a headscissors on the mat. Sexton eventually gets out of there with a bodyslam but Bambi rolls her up for one. She ends up eating elbow on a blind charge in the corner though, and Sexton drops an elbow for two. Bambi cradles her for two, only for Sexton to roll through into her own for the win to retain at 4:11.

  • Rating: This was a little bit sloppy at times, but otherwise decent and at least brought something different to this show. Not bad but way too short to be anything more. *1/2
The Steiners (Rick & Scott) vs. Maximum Overdrive (Tim Hunt & Jeff Warner)

Hunt runs away from Scott and stalls to start. Wise man. Back in for a wristlock by Scott and back out he goes. I have just about had enough of this show at this point. Finally Scott beats up both dudes and Rick comes in with Steinerlines. And they bail. AGAIN. Scott suplexes Warner and brings in Rick, but a cheapshot allows the jobbers to take over for a while. An elbowdrop gets two. Rick finally makes a comeback with a powerslam and a REALLY VIOLENT lariat followed by the double-team DDT for the win at 6:23.

  • Rating: Super boring and long, specially considering the rest of the card up to this point had been quite dull. One of the worst Steiners matches I can remember. 3/4*
Stan Hansen vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk

After jobbing to the debuting Vader in a few minutes at the PPV, I wouldn’t put money on Mr. Z-Man here. Hansen suplexes poor Zenk and an elbowdrop gets two. Hansen then proceeds to beat the living shit out of Zenk from pillar to post. Zenk tries to make a comeback with a few dropkicks until Hansen nearly takes his head off with the lariat at 3:19.

  • Rating: Short, to the point and effective. *1/4
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Lex Luger(c) vs. Ric Flair

THANK GOD!!! This show is in the heart of Flair Country in the Carolinas and Luger still gets one of the biggest pops of the whole show. This company would have been NUTS not to put the belt on Luger eventually. Shoulder tackle takes Flair down to start but he’s still confident. Flair asks for a test of strength only to cheapshot him and take over. The chops in the corner are no-sold and a Luger press slam gets the crowd on their feet. Flair takes his time getting back inside. He cheapshots Luger once more but the chop still goes nowhere as Flair eats another press slam. Luger follows it up with a clothesline that dumps Flair over the top rope and to the floor, and then meets him outside with a clothesline on the floor. The over the top rope DQ rule was ignored here because it obviously wasn’t the finish. Flair snaps Luger’s throat on the ropes and turns his back to show off to the camera, but Luger no-sells and waits for the showing off to end before press slamming once more! Luger misses an elbowdrop though, and Flair takes this chance to catch his breath. This crowd is HOT for Lex! Flair chops away but eats a clothesline out of the corner. He lands hard on his shoulder though and even asks the referee to forfeit due to injury but… SIKE! A cheapshot turns things around and Flair sends Luger into the railing on the outside. Fantastic!

Flair pounds away back inside as he starts getting more confident. He even dedicates a chop to Ted Turner and Jim Herd. Yeah, I imagine he wanted Herd to be in Luger’s place! Back to the floor they go so Flair can throw Luger into the railing some more. Damn this crowd hasn’t stopped making noise for one second, you love to see it! Flair stomps the knee so you know IT’S TIME TO GO TO SCHOOL WOOOOO!! Flair pounds away on Luger’s leg but Luger fights back as they get into a slugfest. Luger wins that but Flair “accidentally” thumbs Luger in the eye while going down on a Flair flop. Amazing! A Flair hiptoss is block by Luger who powers him into a backslide for two. Flair fights back with chops but Luger slugs away in the corner and blocks an atomic drop with a clothesline for two. And all while selling the leg. Flair snapmares Luger and works the count a number of times to try and run Luger out of stamina. Flair goes up and SHOCKINGLY gets slammed off! Whip into the corner sets up the Flair Flip and Luger meets Flair with a clothesline on the apron. Luger press slam followed by a powerslam and good lord this crowd is SCREAMING for Luger! Beautiful superplex for the win but Flair gets his foot on the ropes. Luger pounds away in the corner until Flair cuts him off with another thumb to the eye. They take the fight to the floor once more and the pissed off #6 contender Stan Hansen is back to destroy Luger for the DQ at 15:28.

  • Rating: Well surprise surprise, these two just saved this show. This is not even close to being the greatest match Flair and Luger ever had, but it’s very fun to watch with an awesome crowd supporting it. Really good match. ***3/4

Meanwhile, The Black Scorpion says he’ll reveal his identity if Sting beats him. Sting says he has to win and know who it is in order to move on.

Main Event – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting(c) vs. The Black Scorpion

HerdMania running wild, baby. They were actually teasing the Scorpion to be the then WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior, with him only revealing that he is Sting’s former partner in California. No shit! To their credit Scorpion’s entrance does get the desired reaction, with the people not taking their eyes off him while he slowly walks to the ring. I’ll call The Black Scorpion “BS”, because that’s what this whole thing is. Slugfest gets things going and BS chokes away on the ropes. To the floor they go where Sting drops BS throat first on the railing. BS takes over back inside with more CLUBBING BLOWS! Sting fights back and tries to take the mask off but BS cheapshots him to stay in control. BS slams Sting on the floor and chokes away. We get it, you can choke. JR again mentions that BS is from California and he’s a man from Sting’s past in 1986. I’m starting to think it might really be Warrior!! Sting faceplants BS back inside and we actually get a CHOKEFEST OF DEATH as both guys try to out-choke each other. This is electrifying. BS takes over near the ropes with… wait for it… wait for it… CHOKING! Sting press slams BS and follows it up with a flying high crossbody for two. BS turns things around with chok… I mean a snapmare. Sorry, I forgot to turn the auto pilot mode off. Actually never mind it’s time to turn it back on because BS CHOKES AWAY!! Sting fights back with a clothesline and the Stinger Splash finishes BS to retain at 8:13. Sting then unmasks BS… but he has another mask. And then the REAL Black Scorpion appears on top of the ramp. So basically Sting didn’t beat the Black Scorpion and didn’t even wrestle him. Let the BS continue!

  • Rating: A complete waste of time. The angle is dumb and the match sucked too. But never mind, just wait until he’s revealed as The Ultimate Warrior! 1/2*

Sid Vicious challenges Sting for the title and beats him up before declaring himself as the next contender for Halloween Havoc to close the show. Nice way to make the top ten lists from THAT VERY SAME NIGHT completely pointless as well. We’re starting to move from the NWA to WCW more and more and that’s not particularly a good thing. At all.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This show was bad and it never got into second gear. Watch the US title match between Luger and Flair but you can burn the rest of this show alive. 3/10 (all for Flair and Luger)

For comments and feedback, e-mail me at cunhatomas2001@hotmail.com

POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Lex Luger3.750.5+1 for retaining a title5.25
Sting0.511+1 for retaining a title 3.5
Steve Armstrong21+0.5 for winning the fall3.5
Susan Sexton1.51+1 for retaining a title 3.5
Ric Flair3.75-0.53.25
Brian Knobbs1.751+0.5 for winning the fall 3.25
Tracy Smothers213
Jerry Sags1.7512.75
Mike Rotunda1.512.5
Rick Steiner0.751+0.5 for winning the fall 2.25
Stan Hansen1.2512.25
Tommy Rich112
Scott Steiner0.7511.75
Steele01+0.5 for winning the fall 1.5
Iron011
Jimmy Garvin2-11
Terry Taylor1.75-10.75
Michael Hayes2-1-0.5 for losing the fall0.5
Buddy Landel
Bambi
1.5-10.5
The Black Scorpion0.5-110.5
Tom Zenk1.25-10.25
Jackie Fulton1.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall0.25
Wild Bill Irwin1-10
Tim Hunt0.75-1-0.25
Jeff Warner0.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall -0.75
Brad Armstrong0-1-1
Tim Horner0-1-0.5 for losing the fall -1.5

That’s all I got for you today. Thank you so much for your time. Make sure you follow the blog so you don’t miss any of the next articles, including my reviews of the NWA/WCW’s Halloween Havoc and the WWF’s Survivor Series pay-per-views. Stay safe everyone!

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #27 Review – 07.28.1990 (This IC Champ Really Is Perfect)

Hi everyone and welcome to my review of yet another edition of WWF’s SNME. This episode features the debut of ‘Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich and the three WWF championships up for grabs – Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the WWF Title, Mr. Perfect vs. Tito Santana for the IC Title and Demolition vs. Rockers for the Tag Titles. Also, Hulk Hogan makes his return after the beatdown by Earthquake.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura
Taped from Omaha, Nebraska

This show is called “wild kingdom” and features Mean Gene & Lord Alfred Hayes in the jungle meeting numerous WWF wrestlers such as Jake Roberts, Bushwhackers, Jimmy Snuka, etc in some cartoonish skits. WWF being the WWF, this is just not for me so I won’t mention this again. Moving on.

WWF Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. Rick Rude(w/ Bobby Heenan)

Warrior throws Rude around from pillar to post with Rude flying all around the ring as usual. Atomic drop for the classic Rick Rude selljob as Warrior continues to run wild. Flying double axehandle sets up the Warrior Splash already, but Rude moves out of the way and hits Warrior with the belt while Heenan distracts the ref. And we take a break.

Commercial

We’re back with Warrior catching Rude with a reverse atomic drop for more of Rude’s unique selljob. Warrior tries a slam but Rude reverses that and hooks a chinlock. We get the classic pass out finish, but the ref raises Warrior’s leg instead of his arm. That’s rather unique too. Warrior obviously fights out and goes for a clothesline, but Rude blocks and actually catches Warrior with the Rude Awakening. Rude covers but Warrior warriors up at two and he makes the comeback with the usual. The Warrior Splash connects for the win… no, Heenan puts Rude’s foot on the ropes! They go out and it’s a count-out win for Warrior instead at 9:43 and Heenan gets thrown around to end the segment.

  • Rating: It’s weird to see these two wrestling for the title here with the cage match already announced for SummerSlam. As for the match itself, it was fine but nothing memorable at all. Easily one of the less special Warrior Rude matches. **

Meanwhile, we get a nice video of some of Hulk Hogan’s greatest moments including the first title win over the Sheik and the WrestleMania main-events… ending with Earthquake squashing Hogan and putting him out. Not a bad video package if you consider it was done over thirty years ago.

WWF World Tag Team Championship: Demolition (Smash & Crush)(c)(w/ Ax) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)

The exciting babyfaces clean house to start with a number of high flying moves. Michaels hits a hurricanrana only for Crush to cheapshot him from behind and turn things around. Jannetty catches Crush with a bad looking sunset flip for two as the Rockers go back to working over the champs. Eventually another cheapshot to Jannetty knocks him off the apron to the floor as we go to a break.

Commercial

We come back with the Demos still in control. Crush hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker followed by a nice one-handed chokeslam on Jannetty. He ends up being able to escape and manages to reach Michaels for the hot tag. Michaels runs wild coming in, cleaning house with a number of dropkicks and superkicks. He hits a flying fistdrop on Smash but Crush comes in to break up the count. This gets the referee distracted and allows Smash and Ax to pull out the good ol’ switcheroo. Ax knocks Michaels right into the middle of the next decade with a stiff lariat and he covers to steal the win and retain at 9:31. The Hart Foundation and the debuting LOD come out to protest the decision.

  • Rating: Decent match here between two awesome teams designed to get the Demolition’s switcheroo shtick over heading into SummerSlam. You could see Crush was still a bit green and trying to find his footing at times, but it’s not a major issue and it didn’t hurt the match. Good enough match with an even better finish. ***
WWF Intercontinental Championship: Mr. Perfect(c)(w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Tito Santana

Rematch from the episode of Superstars back in May that saw Perfect win the then-vacant title. Perfect takes over with a kick to the gut on the lockup. Tito responds with a hiptoss. Another one and a dropkick sends Perfect flying over the top rope as Perfect bails. Santana follows him outside and chops him at ringside. Back inside for a wristlock reversal sequence followed by a Tito backdrop, but he telegraphs it too much and Perfect kicks him. A clothesline takes Santana down as Heenan reminds Perfect to pace himself since Tito is the one who has to win, not Perfect. Good stuff. Perfect kneelift followed by the greatest dropkick in the wrestling business. In my humble opinion, of course. Santana fights back as they get into a slugfest that ends with a Perfect bodyslam. While Perfect works a chinlock, Heenan asks “you wanna choke him?” before proceeding to distract the ref and allowing Perfect to choke away. Once the ref turns back, Perfect is back with the regular headlock locked in. The chemistry between Perfect and Heenan was on another level! Santana shows that all is fair in love and war by grabbing Perfect’s hair in order to escape the hold, and Perfect ends up eating boot on a blind charge before Santana runs him over with a clothesline. Perfect begs for mercy on his knees à la Flair and that earns him a punch to the face. However, Perfect “accidentally” takes the ref down with the impact as Santana kicks Perfect’s leg from under him for the classic Perfect bump near the ropes. Santana locks in the figure four in the middle of the ring. The crowd is going nuts and Perfect is giving it up but there’s no ref to call it! Santana ends up breaking the hold himself so he can bring the ref back to life. Flying Jalapeno connects! The ref crawls over on one leg – one…….. two…… nearfall! Heenan is losing his mind on the outside. Santana goes up for a flying clothesline that gets yet another delayed nearfall. Finally Santana calls for another referee, which he gets. And we get a break.

Commercial

We come back with Tito hitting a crossbody for two. The crowd is getting hotter and hotter with each nearfall, this is great to see. Perfect cheapshots Santana to finally cut him off. He slugs away and a snapmare sets up the Perfect necksnap before he pauses to let Heenan wipe the sweat off his face with the towel! Perfect stomps Tito right in the skull a number of times which starts up a “Tito” chant. Santana shows some life but a thrust kick puts him back down. Perfect snaps the neck some more and slugs away in the corner until Santana responds and sends him flying. Another chop on the outside is followed by the usual Perfect crotch-first spot on the post back inside. From there Santana smartly hits a couple of atomic drops and a clothesline that literally turns Perfect inside out gets a close two. At this point Heenan doesn’t wanna watch anymore of this and he nearly leaves! This match is so good. Perfect blocks another telegraphed backdrop attempt with the Perfectplex, but Santana reverses with a cradle which then Perfect reverses into his own for the cheap win at 10:11. Heenan then has a huge a smile on his face and is super proud of Perfect, which is another awesome heel touch given he was halfway up the ramp not even a minute earlier!

  • Rating: Hidden gem alert! This match was ridiculously good, I can’t recommend it enough. The action was obviously fantastic like the original Superstars match, but the added storytelling and characters (plus a few more minutes here) took this up a notch. Perfect and Heenan desperately doing anything they could to keep the title was great to watch and seriously put Santana over as a serious threat to the belt. And this was back when Santana was already more than established as a glorified jobber to the stars! The fact that Perfect had to take out the referee during Santana’s comeback was another superb touch, really selling the fact that he HAD to do that to avoid defeat before just barely being able to win and keep his belt. Santana looked great here – the best in YEARS – and showed that he deserved way more than doing five minute jobs to The Warlord on PPV, Heenan was his usual great self and Perfect played the role of the lucky underserving heel champion SO well. Everything clicked and created one hell of an enjoyable bout. Do give this a watch when you have the time, this has to be a match of the year candidate for the WWF. ****

Meanwhile, Earthquake promises he will end Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam.

(Alleged) Main-Event: ‘Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich vs. Buddy Rose

Squash city, population Rose. This is Kerry’s WWF debut match. Rose slaps Kerry on a clean break and he bails. Rose isn’t strong enough to hiptoss Kerry however, who responds with one of his own followed by a couple of bodyslams. Rose gets caught on the ropes à la Andre and Kerry slugs away. Rose rakes the eyes back inside and drops a knee on Kerry’s face. He goes up only for Kerry to slam him off and finish him with the Tornado Punch at 3:09.

  • Rating: Exactly what you would expect. 1/2*

Warrior and Rude promote the cage match at SummerSlam to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: SNME continues to deliver in 1990. The show went from being completely skippable in 1989 (how I DON’T miss the Zeus days…) to a consistently fun show with at least one good match on the card. Nothing here is bad apart from the childish skits in the jungle with Mean Gene and Lord Alfred Hayes. Warrior/Rude is not one of their greatest matches but it’s still okay, Demolition/Rockers was good and Perfect/Santana absolutely rocked the house! Good show here… jungle aside! Low 7/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Mr. Perfect411 for retaining a title6
Smash
Crush
311 for retaining a title4
The Ultimate Warrior20.51 for retaining a title3.5
Tito Santana4-13
The Texas Tornado 0.5112.5
Marty Jannetty3-12
Rick Rude2-0.51.5
Shawn Michaels 3-1-1 for losing the fall1.5
Buddy Rose 0.5-110.5

Thank you all for your time as always. Coming up next here on the blog is SummerSlam 1990, so make sure you don’t miss that! Meanwhile, have a very safe and happy easter everybody!

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NWA/WCW Capital Combat 1990 Review (Flair Vs. Luger And… Robocop)

Hi everyone, I hope you are all safe. Welcome to my review of the first and only Capital Combat pay-per-view event. Featuring Ric Flair putting his World title on the line against US Champ Lex Luger in the main-event, a hair vs. hair match and much much more. Yes, including Robocop. Sigh.

Here is the list of champions in the NWA heading into this show:

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger
  • NWA World TV Champion: Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • NWA US Tag Team Champions: Flyin’ Brian & The Z-Man

Enjoy the review!

Classic Wrestling Review: Capital Combat '90 | CXF | Culture Crossfire |  culturecrossfire.com
IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
Live from Washington, DC

The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) & Norman the Lunatic(w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, Kevin Sullivan & Cactus Jack Manson(w/ ‘Big Kahuna’ Oliver Humperdink)
The Wrestling Insomniac: WCW Capital Combat 1990
IMG credit: WWE

The soon-to-be-departed LOD take turns beating up Cactus like a drum, who flies all over the ringside area as usual. Hawk no-sells a number of stuff before shoulderblocking ensues. Animal dumps Bam Bam with a clothesline and then Foley goes flying as well and nearly kills himself on the floor. And then goes flying into the crowd because he’s funny that way. Or in other words, he’s insane. Norman takes control back in but Cactus manages to make the tag to Sullivan. He turns things around to finally take control, and Bigelow comes in to hit a suplex for two. Back to Foley who actually gets to run wild for a while before he and Norman knock each other out for a double KO spot. Norman makes the hot tag to Hawk and all of a sudden everyone gets in as hell is breaking loose. In the middle of the confusion, Hawk finishes off Kevin with a flying clothesline to give the babyfaces the win at 9:38.

  • Rating: Really hot opener to start. The Road Warriors were always one of the most over acts no matter where they went, and Foley was just determined to bump for everyone and their pets to try and get over. **3/4
Mean Mark Callous(w/ Theodore Long) vs. Johnny Ace
Mean Mark vs Johnny Ace (WCW, 5-19-1990) | Tape Machines Are Rolling
IMG credit: WWE

So yes, this is The Undertaker vs. John Laurinaitis on PPV you’re looking at! Mark pounds away to start, but Ace dumps him and takes him down with a dive. Back in Ace hits a high crossbody for two before going to work on the arm. Mark pounds away some more and that allows him to take control. A suplex gets two. Johnny stops to go after Teddy and Mark catches him with a clothesline. A legdrop gets two more. The elevation by Mark on that legdrop is insane (he went higher than the top rope) and just shows you how athletic the future Undertaker was – specially for a man his size. Johnny rolls him up for two and goes for a dropkick only to miss miserably and fall on his ass. Mark gets two off that. Choking follows. Come on guys, time to go home instead of choking, this is getting a bit too long already. Ace hits a monkey flip from out of nowhere but Mark catches him with a great looking heart punch that knocks Johnny out cold. He follows that up with an insanely athletic ropewalk elbowdrop (just because he can) for the win at 10:41.

  • Rating: This was ultimately way too long, about four or five minutes longer than it should’ve gone. Still the work was decent enough and it put Mark’s moveset over, though a quicker win would’ve made a bigger impression. **
The Samoan SWAT Team (Fatu & The Samoan Savage) vs. Mike Rotunda & Tommy Rich
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IMG credit: WWE

The Samoans stall for a reaaaaally long time after the bell to start. The match finally starts proper and… the Samoans bail some more. Oh come on. Rotunda has had enough and nails some dropkicks on the Samoans… until they bail and stall. AGAIN. Ughhhhhhhh. Savage powerslams Rotunda only for Fatu to miss a flying headbutt, allowing Rotunda to take over with restholds. Good lord. A cheapshot turns things around and Fatu works over Rotunda with a chinlock that goes on for nearly FOUR MINUTES because these guys are apparently on a mission to try and make me fall asleep during this incredibly boring match. Rotunda FINALLY escapes that and makes the hot cold tag to Rich. He puts Fatu in a sleeper but Savage comes in with a cheapshot on Rich from behind and Fatu lands on top for the pin to FINALLY END THIS SNOOZEFEST AT A WHOOPIN 17:54.

  • Rating: I think I’ve made my thoughts clear enough. Moving on. *
Hair vs. Hair Match: Paul Ellering vs. Theodore Long
10 Things You Didn't Know About Teddy Long – Page 9
IMG credit: WWE

Teddy Long comes out with ridiculous attire to “protect” himself. Ellering knocks him out at 1:57 and we get through the Long hair-cutting segment in rather quick fashion. They must’ve been having some time issues. Might have had something to do with a seventeen minute match filled with nothing but restholds and stalling. Just saying.

  • Rating: This was what it was. It was too short to rate. N/R
NWA US Tag Team Championship: Flyin’ Brian & The Z-Man vs. The Midnight Express (Stan Lane & Bobby Eaton)(w/ Jim Cornette)
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IMG credit: WWE

This is finally more like it. Cornette has to be locked inside a cage. He doesn’t want to get locked inside of it, so the referee beats him up and puts him in there in a really funny bit. Eaton and Pillman get into a slugfest which ends with the babyfaces doing a slingshot into a flying clothesline to clean house. Off to Lane who also falls victim to the champs’ quickness, until Lane bails and goes to Cornette for some advice. Back in for a great wrestling sequence with Pillman nearly catching Eaton on a sunset flip. Pillman misses a charge and goes flying to the outside though, and Eaton follows him out there for a neckbreaker outside. Lane knees Pillman and he goes flying HARD into the rail. Thankfully those fans in the first row moved out of the way, Pillman took it like a man. Back in for a springboard clothesline immediately followed by a Lane elbowdrop for two. Off to Eaton again for a double-team Lane drop toehold into an Eaton elbowdrop for two. The Midnight Express take turns double-teaming Pillman and beating him up. Pillman goes for a slam off the top but Eaton rams the eyes and hits the Alabama Jam for two. Pillman finally gets a break with a slam and gets the hot tag to Zenk. That ends up going nowhere though, as the Midnights catch Zenk and hit the Rocket Launcher for two. Pillman joins as all hell breaks loose and everyone goes at it, allowing Lane to enziguiri Zenk in the back of the head behind the ref’s back to give Eaton the pin and them the titles at 20:20.

  • Rating: This was finally more like it. One of the greatest tag teams in the entire history of the business and two hungry young wrestlers (particularly Pillman who killed it here) with their working boots on. The result was obviously a really good match. Also, the second great match for the Midnight Express on PPV in 1990… and this is just the second PPV of the year! ***1/2

Meanwhile, Robocop saves Sting from his cage… Thanks Jim Herd. MOVING ON.

Corporal Punishment Match: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
The Wrestling Insomniac: WCW Capital Combat 1990
IMG credit: WWE

Basically there are four straps on each buckle and they’re legal to use as a weapon. Michael Hayes moonwalks and does his shtick to start. The babyfaces soon get tired of it and jump the Freebirds with the straps already. Nice spot with the Express switching places on a chinlock behind the referee’s back while the other Freebird complains with the ref, making the ref miss the other team’s cheating and thus helping them. Soon the Freebirds are able to turn things around and cut the ring in half to work on Gibson. Garvin drops Gibson on the top rope and gets two. He dumps him for a beatdown on the outside. Gibson manages to tag Ricky once he gets back in only to walk into a Hayes cheapshot to start playing Ricky Morton already. Hayes spends too much time in the ring though and the ref misses Garvin’s cover. Hayes works a chinlock, which Morton briefly escapes only to get punched back down. Know your role, Ricky! Elbowdrop gets two and it’s back to the chinlock. Morton again escapes, only for Hayes to quickly transition into a bulldog for two. And now poor Ricky gets his ass handed to him with the strap, which you just knew had to be coming sooner or later. Garvin makes the mistake of going up, which allows Morton to slam him off and go for the tag… in the Freebirds’ corner! Hayes grabs him for a second bulldog, but Ricky shoves him off and heeeeeere’s Gibson! He gets caught and double-teamed as well, with Morton getting a blind tag. Hayes hits Gibson with the DDT and gets all cocky, allowing Morton to come in with a sunset flip for the win at 18:33.

  • Rating: Good match here, as you would expect looking at these two teams on paper. Ricky was the highlight as usual, just by being Ricky Morton and knowing how to get destroyed better than anyone else in history. A more brutal beating would’ve put this on another level, but it was good already as it was. ***1/4
NWA World Tag Team Championship: The Steiners (Rick & Scott) vs. Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)(w/ Theodore Long)
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IMG credit: WWE

Scott shoves the referee in a very babyface-ish move. Scott and Ron to start. A shoulderblock is no-sold. A second one goes Scott’s way and a third one as well. Off to the ropes for a powerslam as now Reed wants some of Scott. That does provide a distraction though and allows Simmons to take over. He pounds away in the corner but a whip into the other buckle is reversed by Scott right into a german as the fans are WAY into it. Off to Reed to show off his biceps. Headlock into a wristlock by Reed who goes to work on Scott’s arm. He twists the arm but Scott blocks it, turns it around, puts Reed down and then just stomps him right in the jaw. Ouch. Off to a stalemate and we get another double shoulderblock spot. Reed asks for another one. Scott obliges and Reed leapfrogs, but Scott is already waiting for him behind his back with a great dropkick right into a backdrop and a Steinerline. Simmons comes in and he eats one as well as Doom bails. Off to Rick for the champs and Reed hesitates. A knee to the gut puts him in control though. Rick tries a Steinerline but he’s the one who goes down and Reed dumps him. Rick gets back in to block a hiptoss, and this time the Steinerline connects. Reed bails yet again but this time Rick meets him there and slams him on the outside before ramming him into the rail.

Off to Simmons and Rick starts with his unique mind games. Ron headbutts him in the gut and pounds away, but Rick blocks a backdrop and turns it into a piledriver immediately followed by a Steinerline that dumps him. Scott meets Ron on the outside and rams his head into the rail in another fantastic classic babyface move! Both guys tag in their partner. A headlock goes into the corner and Scott scores with an armdrag followed by a powerslam right into the buckle and then into a shoulderbreaker for two. Scott works a chinlock but changes his mind and decides to throw some stiff knees to the face instead before tagging Rick back in. Rick pounds away in the corner but Reed grabs him by the singlet and dumps him. Ron gets a couple of shots on the outside and puts him back inside. Rick brings in Scott but Reed catches him with a great high knee to the face. Reed draws Rick in to distract the ref and then throws Scott over the top rope just to be a prick. Simmons rams him into the rail and puts him back in for a Reed clothesline. Ron gets the tag and Doom hits a double-team elbow for two before choking away.

A charge in the corner only finds Scott’s boot though, but Ron manages to tag in Reed to keep the heels in control. Reed hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Reed dumps him and then goes for a suplex back in, but Scott uses his power to block it and hits one of his own. Ron gets the tag though and jumps Scott with a hard knee to the gut that sends Scott all the way to the floor. Teddy gets some shots on Scott and it’s back in for Ron to snap Scott’s throat on the bottom rope. Simmons clothesline gets two. Reed in for a bulldog that gets two more. He hits a piledriver and brings Simmons back in for a great shoulderblock. Scott backdrops him and hits the always awesome Frankensteiner as the crowd goes absolutely bananas. Scott crawls for the tag and Reed gets in as well. Steinerline followed by a powerslam but Simmons breaks up the pin. Scott gets in as well to get rid of Ron and the Steiners hit a double suplex. Doom hits a double-team flying clothesline for two. Ron sends Scott into the post to take him out of the match and then gets back in while Rick is going for an overhead suplex off the top, pulling Rick all the way down to the mat by the hair with Reed falling on top for the win and the titles at 19:14.

  • Rating: Even though this is far from being the greatest match aesthetically, it’s one heck of a fun hard-hitting affair. A violent, brutal, ugly (in the good way), nasty match between four wrestlers determined to go out there and hit each other as hard as they possibly could. A great tag title match as the Steiners continue to be on a roll and Doom are already doing much better than during the stupid masked gimmick. Really good battle of the bulls here. ***3/4
Main-Event – Steel Cage Match – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair(c)(w/ Woman) vs. Lex Luger
IMG credit: WWE

No escape rules here. Also Luger is still replacing Sting here due to injury. Before the match even starts, the ref checks on both wrestlers and then Flair gets all paranoid when he asks to check on Woman. And turns out she had an illegal weapon on her left arm. Very nice touch, I love stuff like this. Hard lockup to start with Flair getting a chop in, which only infuriates Luger as Flair bails already. Back in for a hard Luger shoulderblock and he pounds away. Flair tries to turn things around but Luger comes out of the corner with a nasty clothesline that nearly takes Flair’s head off his shoulders. It gets two. Luger catches Flair trying to run away and gives him a vertical suplex off the apron as Flair bails. Flair comes in asking for Luger to take it easy! They go at it until Luger catches Flair in a gorilla press slam. And a second one as Flair bails yet again.

Flair chops away back in, only for Luger to no-sell it and come out of the corner all fired up. Luger hiptosses him out of the corner and follows it up with a clothesline. Flair again for chops and Luger responds by doing the dancing pecs moves! That humiliates Flair who gets all worked up and starts climbing the cage to run away from this badass monster of a man! Luger tries to meet him there but Flair kicks him away and climbs back down for a nasty chop. The with extra mustard kind. He rams Luger into the cage a few times and throws a few more chops as well. Back in to start working the leg already followed by another chop. Snapmare sets up the classic Flair kneedrop. And he WOOOOOOOOs! Vertical suplex by Flair… is no-sold with Flair showing off to the crowd with his back turned to Luger, who’s waiting for him right behind him as the fans go crazy. Flair turns around and eats a clothesline. Into the corner where Luger pounds away with the people counting along. Irish whip into the other corner, up goes Flair with the Flair flip only to jump into a Luger clothesline. Flair goes down off the Flair flop and he bails. Luger goes after him and once again Flair tries to climb the cage and escape, this time with Luger joining him and ramming Flair’s head into the cage up there. Luger rams Flair’s head into the cage and the post back down and Flair is busted open.

Flair once again tries to run away, but he has no energy and Luger just puts him back inside the ring. The bloody Flair asks for mercy on his knees in the corner, and Luger responds by unloading on the cut with punches in the corner. Flair tries to block that with an atomic drop out of the corner, which Luger blocks by landing on his feet and hits a clothesline instead for two. At this point Flair’s hair has turned red. He tries to run away from Luger yet again, only for Luger to meet him up there yet again and ram his head into the cage once more. Flair chops away back down and tries to ram Luger’s head into the cage this time, but Luger blocks it and reverses. Good lord what a beating! Flair tries to fight back with chops back inside. He goes for a flying forearm but he’s the one who goes down while Luger just stands there looking like a million bucks. Luger picks Flair up and puts him on the top rope. Luger hits a superplex but hurts his right knee on the way down. Oh no, you better get ready to be taken to school Luger! And indeed Flair is back up and all over that injured knee. He stomps away on Luger’s right knee. Snapmare into a Flair kneedrop to the knee. Now Flair is more confident. To the bottom rope for an assdrop on the knee. And another Flair kneedrop to Luger’s injured knee. Flair pounds away some more before taking Luger down with a backdrop suplex. It’s figure four time as poor Luger just tries to hang on while Flair gets some illegal rope assistance. The ref eventually catches him and forces the hold to be broken, and the Andersons join us at ringside. The Andersons manage to raise the cage a little bit but here comes Sting to even the odds and beat them up. Poor Luger can barely walk but he starts making his big comeback… and suddenly the returning Barry Windham sneaks in and beats up Luger for the DQ at 17:21.

  • Rating: Once again, much like at WrestleWar, I can understand the finish. The company was booked against a corner not because of dumb/illogical/lazy/stupid booking, but because Sting got injured when he was already feuding with Flair and Luger is nothing but a substitute. Though he’s too valuable to be doing clean jobs and a champion as well, so you get this finish. The match itself is your usual great Flair vs. Luger bout, though not quite as good as either WrestleWar or StarrCade 89. Still a great main-event with a lame (yet understandable) non-finish. ***3/4

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Even though not at the level of the pay-per-views the NWA was delivering in 1989, this was still a pretty good show. The opener was solid, the next three matches were a bit boring (the Samoans’ match was just plain awful) and it looked like the show was going downhill, it picked right back up afterwards. There’s plenty of stuff on this event that are worth your time, particularly Flair Luger – be warned for the finish – and above all Doom Steiners. Good show overall. 7/10

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POINT SYSTEM

You can read about how my point system works here.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Butch Reed3.7510.5 for winning the fall
2 for winning a title
7.25
Bobby Eaton3.510.5 for winning the fall
2 for winning a title
7
Ron Simmons3.7512 for winning a title6.75
Stan Lane3.512 for winning a title6.5
Ric Flair3.75-0.511 for retaining a title5.25
Lex Luger3.750.515.25
Ricky Morton3.2510.5 for winning the fall4.75
Robert Gibson3.2514.25
Hawk2.7510.5 for winning the fall4.25
Animal
Norman the Lunatic
2.7513.75
Fatu110.5 for winning the fall2.5
Jimmy Garvin3.25-12.25
The Samoan Savage112
Michael Hayes3.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.75
Cactus Jack
Bam Bam Bigelow
2.75-11.75
Kevin Sullivan2.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.25
Paul Ellering11
Scott Steiner3.75-1-2 for losing a title0.75
Flyin’ Brian3.5-1-2 for losing a title0.5
Rick Steiner3.75-1-2 for losing a title
-0.5 for losing the fall
0.25
The Z-Man3.5-1-2 for losing a title
-0.5 for losing the fall
0
Mike Rotunda1-10
Tommy Rich1-1-0.5 for losing the fall-0.5
Theodore Long-1-1

Thank you so much for your time reading. Don’t miss the next review, which will be an edition of NWA/WCW Clash of the Champions. Following that, The Great American Bash. Also from the WWF’s side of things, SummerSlam is the next PPV. Stay safe!

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Point system

Here’s the regular point system:

  • 1/2 point (0.5): a win via DQ or count-out; extra for falls in stipulation matches (ie: iron man matches, elimination tag matches, steel cage match, etc)
  • 1 point: main-eventing the show; winning via pin or submission (in a tag team match, the person getting the winning fall will get an EXTRA 1/2 point); winning a stipulation match; successfully retaining a title
  • 2 points: capturing a title
  • The star rating: the exact star rating a match gets will be considered points for all the participants
  • Vice-versa for those wrestlers who get pinned or drop titles, as the exact same number of points will be TAKEN from said wrestlers
  • In case there’s a draw, those two (or more) wrestlers involved will be untied by a) number of victories; b) the overall number of main-events; c) direct confrontations between each other; and d) the number of appearances, as I will give the edge to the wrestler who appeared less times on the reviews and managed to get as many points as someone with more appearances
  • For an elimination scored in a regular battle royal = 0.25 points

There are always changes when necessary, such as in “unique” gimmick matches (ie: the WWF/E’s Royal Rumble match, etc) – I will let you know at the beginning of the particular show’s review.

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WWF The Main Event II Review (The Mega Powers Explode)

Welcome everyone to the review of the second edition of The Main Event as we get closer and closer to WrestleMania V. There’s only one edition of SNME to go before the big event, with a Clash of the Champions and Chi-Town Rumble from the NWA happening before ‘Mania as well.

These were the champions at the time:

  • WWF Champion: Randy Savage
  • Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)
  • Women’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin

The hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

The Mega Powers (Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan)(w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. The Twin Towers (Akeem & The Big Bossman)(w/ Slick)

Both heels took turns attacking the Mega Powers on different editions of the Brother Love show to get us here. Meanwhile, the babyfaces have obviously not been getting along so well during the last few months mostly due to Savage being paranoid over Elizabeth and Hogan being an asshole. Bossman and Savage start but Bossman wants Hogan. Savage brings him in so it’s Hogan starting instead. Hogan obviously dominates and forces the heels to regroup while generously allowing Savage to get some shots in. Man, could anyone ask for a better tag team partner than the Hulkster!? Savage gets in with an axehandle to the African Dream before getting Hogan back in. However, the heels corner Hogan to take over with Bossman hitting a piledriver. Hogan tries to fight back only to walk right into a Bossman spinebuster for two. Hot tag Savage for a high cross that gets two, but Macho quickly finds himself playing face-in-peril and getting dominated by both Twin Towers after Slick gets a shot in. Akeem then sends Savage flying right into Elizabeth, knocking her down and out. Now the famous story and turn begins, as Hogan tends to Elizabeth and takes her all the way to the back while Akeem brings a visually jealous Savage by the hair back in. We go to break with Hogan worried about Elizabeth in the back.

Commercial

Back from break as Savage continues to get destroyed by both heels while Hogan is still in the back worried with Elizabeth. Liz wakes up from her coma and (rightfully) tells Hogan to go back to the ring and help Randy once she finds out the match is still going on. I mean he’s a wrestler, not a doctor. Which means not only would he not do anything to help Elizabeth, but he’s also leaving his partner alone in the ring at the same time and not doing anything to help him either. That’s a DOUBLE useless asshole move! With Hogan finally back on the apron Savage drops the axehandle on Bossman as Hogan desperately wants to get in but Savage ignores him and tries to win the match by himself. I mean, to be fair, Savage has been there alone for the last five minutes so why would he tag Hogan in now that he’s finally in control? Hogan keeps on crying in the corner so Savage finally has enough of him and brings him in the hard way with a slap to the face. Savage proceeds to grab his belt and now he’s the one leaving. Fair enough. If you’ve never watched any Hogan match in your life you might be thinking he’s in serious trouble at this point, now that he’s alone with the two baddest heels on the roster at the time. For those who have, you know what comes next. Hogan finishes both Akeem and Bossman with the Usual like they’re nothing, with Akeem taking that big leg and the pinfall at 22:00.

  • Analysis: This is not an easy match to rate as it was more of an angle to sell WrestleMania V than a wrestling match per say. The story, however, was fantastic and this was a pleasure to see. I feel all characters involved are right in some wau and everyone’s actions are justified, so it’s no secret why this feud worked so well. Just a normal tag match with your typical Hogan comeback to finish, but an all-time great angle and segment that people still remember today that has to elevate the rating. **

– Meanwhile, all three are in the back and Savage finally explodes in Hogan’s face letting him know everything that has been running through his mind. Hogan ignores him and turns his back to ask Elizabeth “please talk some sense into him” so Savage hits him with the belt in the back of the head to FINALLY turn heel and the beating is on. Savage even shoves the injured Elizabeth out of the way to make sure everyone knows he’s a bad guy now. Brutus Beefcake comes in to rescue Hogan but he too takes a shot as Savage leaves alone with his title. AWESOME.

(Alleged) main event: Ted DiBiase(w/ Virgil) vs. Hercules

Let’s be honest right about now… who gives a crap about this after that? These two have been having a decent feud, but there’s no way they can follow the EXPLOSION and everyone knows it. Hercules fights out both DiBiase and Virgil to start with a gorilla press slam on DiBiase. DiBiase cheats to get Hercules outside of the ring, and back in the million dollar fistdrops get two. So does a flying elbow. Hercules tries to come back with a suplex but ends up running into a boot for two. Hercules hits a powerslam to get back in control, though, and Virgil wraps Herc’s chain around the turnbuckle. DiBiase is the one who ends up eating it for a nearfall. Another whip into it sets up the torture rack, but with the ref busy trying to remove the chain, Virgil gets involved and allows DiBiase to get a roll-up with a handful of tights at 7:12.

Analysis: Decent enough and watchable but like I said before, who cares? *1/2

– Hulk Hogan does not want to comment about what happened today and he tries to find Savage as we fade to black.

END OF THE SHOW

FINAL THOUGHTS: What a great show to sell WrestleMania. The whole Mega Powers storyline was terrific and is still remembered by fans these days. You obviously should not go into this show expecting to see spectacular wrestling matches, as this was about building up Hogan vs. Savage for WrestleMania V. It did that and then some. I won’t even talk about DiBiase/Hercules because there’s literally no point. 9/10

Here are the points for the show:

  • Hulk Hogan: 3.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for winning + 0.5 for winning the fall)
  • Ted DiBiase: 3.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for winning + 1 for main-eventing)
  • Randy Savage: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for winning)
  • Hercules: 1.5 point (1.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for losing)
  • Big Bossman: 1 point (2 for star rating – 1 for losing)
  • Akeem: 0.5 points (2 for star rating – 1 for losing – 0.5 for losing the fall)

As always, thank you so much for your time. We’re getting close to WrestleMania V and the legendary Hogan vs. Savage main-event, but we still have a few stops before getting there. Up next is my very first review of an NWA show, Chi-Town Rumble. And if you want to talk about legendary.. Flair vs. Steamboat! Until next time.

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WWF Royal Rumble 1989 Review

Hello everyone. Welcome to the review of the very first PPV of 1989. This is the second ever edition of the Royal Rumble, the first to be broadcast on PPV – Rumble ’88 was televised. Considering this is a PPV with a very unique match, there will obviously be some changes to the point system. As far as all the regular preliminary matches go, I will use the regular point system, which works like this:

  • 1/2 point (0.5): a win via DQ or count-out; extra for pinfall/submission falls in stipulation matches (ie: iron man matches, elimination tag matches, steel cage match, etc)
  • 1 point: main-eventing the show; winning via pin or submission (in a tag team match, the person getting the winning fall will get an EXTRA 1/2 point); winning a stipulation match; successfully retaining a title
  • 2 points: capturing a title
  • The star rating: the exact star rating a match gets will be considered points for all the participants
  • Vice-versa for those wrestlers who get pinned or drop titles, as the exact same number of points will be TAKEN from said wrestlers
  • In case there’s a draw, those two (or more) wrestlers involved will be untied by a) number of victories; b) the overall number of main-events; c) direct confrontations between each other; and d) the number of appearances, as I will give the edge to the wrestler who appeared less times on the reviews and managed to get as many points as someone with more appearances

As far as the Rumble match itself goes, every elimination made will be worth 0.5 points. Getting eliminated will cost the wrestler 1 point. As for winning the whole thing, it will earn the victorious wrestler 5 points. Enjoy the review!

The hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

Two Out Of Three Falls Six Men Tag Team Match: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) & Jim Duggan vs. The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond Rougeau) & Dino Bravo(w/ Jimmy Hart & Frenchy Martin)

Neidhart starts things off with Dino for the Vince McMahon favorite – THE BATTLE OF THE BIG SWEATY MEN. Bravo briefly wins that but misses an elbow, which allows Anvil to bring in Duggan and Bravo wants none of him. Raymond tries his luck only to get slammed as Duggan tags in Bret. The Hitman goes after Raymond’s arm and the two quickly get into an exciting pinning sequences, with Bret scoring two off a small package, sunset flip and finally a crossbody. Raymond has enough of that and brings in Jacques, with the two sharing a hug for moral support. The crowd gets they’re doing this to slow down Bret for a while and it draws good heat. The Rougeaus have been a pleasure to see since their much-needed heel turn. The heels end up having a taste of their own medicine, though, as Bret stacks the three of them in the corner and Neidhart comes in running everyone down like a truck. However, the Rougeaus end up sending Bret to the floor to kill the momentum dead. Back in, Bravo with a side suplex and Le Bombe Des Rougeaus give the heels the first fall at about 5:30.

Bravo & Rougeaus 1-0 Duggan & Harts (Raymond over Bret)

Winner and loser of the previous fall have to start the next fall as per the rules, so it’s back to Raymond and Bret. Gutwrench suplex puts Bret down as Jacques gets in to add an elbow for two. Dino Bravo tags in and gets two off the classic Bret Hart turnbuckle bump. Atomic drop gets two more. Double-team knee by the Rougeaus earn the heels another nearfall. Back to Bravo for a bearhug, with the crowd cheering Bret on while chanting ‘USA’. Kinda funny considering one of Bret’s best work was as the Canadian hero who hated America. Jacques goes really old school (even for ’89) with the camel clutch, while the Rougeaus add some nice heel shenanigans behind the ref’s back. Bravo comes in for a sloppy forearm that looked really bad. The way Bravo tags out of the match is really stupid, you have to see it to understand. Back to the Rougeaus for an abdominal stretch and more cheating, as poor Bret has been playing Ricky Morton for the entire second fall so far. Bret briefly reverses a Raymond slam by landing on top of him for a nearfall, but the heels quickly cut the ring in half and bring him back to their corner for more heat. Simple and effective formula that always works in tag team wrestling. Jacques tries a monkey flip but Bret finally has the distance he needs to bring in Duggan for the hot tag. And I do mean HOT tag, as the crowd goes nuts for it. Duggan runs wild on anything and everything that moves. He slingshots Neidhart into Raymond for two, but then he does the same with Bret and that ties things up at almost 14:00.

Harts & Duggan 1-1 Bravo & Rougeaus (Duggan over Raymond)

Duggan goes after all the heels to start the third fall, only to quickly be caught and dominated by them. Choking follows and a Bravo elbowdrop gets two. Bret comes in again with a backbreaker on Bravo and he goes up only for Raymond to shove him off. That draws everyone in and it quickly is BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA. Bret rolls up Bravo in the middle of the confusion for two and a shot by Duggan with the 2×4 behind the referee’s back gives Bret and the babyface team the winning pin at 15:42.

Harts & Duggan 2-1 Bravo & Rougeaus (Bret over Bravo)

  • Analysis: Even though it’s arguable that they missed the peak of the match by three or four minutes, this was a very enjoyable tag team bout that was (smartly) left in the hands of the more technically sound Hart Foundation and Rougeaus for the most part. It was smartly worked with the heels doing a terrific job of cutting the ring in half while Bret played the Ricky Morton role to perfection as usual. The hot tag to Duggan at the end of the second fall is an example of how effective he was in that role. Good opener. ***

– Meanwhile, a confident Ted DiBiase picks his entry number for the main-event. His confidence dies as soon as he looks at the paper though, and he quickly calls Slick to talk some business. The Honky Tonk Man is next and he is not impressed with his number. The Bushwhackers are like whatever and switch their numbers anyway because .. being stupid is their gimmick. Bad News Brown no-sells his entry number and just says he has bad news for everyone. Finally, The Rockers are just happy to be in the match. I always enjoy these segments and I have no idea why they’re not done anymore.

WWF Women’s Championship: Rockin’ Robin(c) vs. Judy Martin

This is the first female match on PPV in the WWF since Survivor Series 1987 by the way. They are also rarely on TV. The former champ Sensational Sherri joins us on commentary for this one. Martin misses a blind charge to start and Robin quickly takes over with a slam. Robin wants to follow with a Boston crab but gets small packaged for two instead. Martin misses an elbow but ends up hitting a slam of her own for two. Backslide gets two. Robin gets her own nearfalls with a boot to the face as well as a small package. Robin fakes a flying high crossbody to distract Martin before hitting it the second time for the win to retain at 6:24.

  • Analysis: Nice little finish, but apart from that this was nothing more than a glorified bathroom break between two characters who rarely appeared on TV and were therefore not over whatsoever with the audience. Easily the least important thing on this show. 1/2*

– Meanwhile, Sean Mooney confronts Slick about the meeting with DiBiase. Slick says he hasn’t been with Ted DiBiase for over a month, but when Mooney brings up the meeting from earlier, Slick says he was talking about a different Ted DiBiase – the one who shines his shoes. Funny stuff!

Posedown: The Ultimate Warrior & Rick Rude

This is a posedown with the winner (Warrior, duh) to be decided via crowd reaction. The four rounds are: “the double bicep pose”, “best abs”, “most muscular” and “posing medley”. Warrior obviously wins all four before Rude attacks him in the back of the head with his metal workout bar. This was entertaining enough thanks to Rude and Heenan’s ridiculous antics such as Heenan putting oil on Rude’s abs before the abs round while Warrior was Warrior as usual. Plus it set up their fantastic feud over Warrior’s IC Title. Thumbs up.

– Meanwhile, Miss Elizabeth has thought about each and every possibility in the Rumble match. Except for a showdown between Savage and Hogan. She doesn’t even want to think about that. Great facials and character work by Liz, she was just awesome at it.

Battle For The Crown: King Haku(w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Harley Race(w/ Bobby Heenan)

After the then-King Harley Race took a sabbatical due to injury in early 1988, Heenan replaced him with Haku as the new King. Race returned in late 1988 with intentions of winning back his crown despite still being a heel. The big selling point here was to see who Heenan would eventually side with. A bunch of local workers carry Haku on the throne and Race brings him out of there the hard way. Race whips him into the post and hits a suplex back in for two with Heenan cheering him on. Race ends up running into the post as Heenan now cheers for Haku, but goes back to Race’s side after he hits an atomic drop. Haku dumps Race to the outside before (obviously) winning the battle of the headbutts. Rule number one in wrestling: never headbutt a Samoan. Race hits a piledriver for two. Haku with a suplex gets two. Race with a suplex of his own as he tries another piledriver, this time on the floor, but Haku backdrops out of it. He ends up hitting it on the floor anyway, though. Race gets two off a kneedrop back in, with Haku missing his own knee. Race follows it up by going for a flying headbutt (again, remember rule number one in wrestling…) only to miss and for Haku to finish with the thrust kick at 9:01.

  • Analysis: The whole Heenan soap opera on the outside was great, while the match itself was not. It was just kinda there. Heenan obviously left with the winner in typical Heenan fashion. *1/2

– Meanwhile, we get final comments from the participants before the Rumble match, which is up next. This time Ted DiBiase is much more confident about his number than he was before. One can only wonder why, HAHAHAHAH!

Main-event: Royal Rumble Match

Number one goes to Ax while number two goes to… Smash. They immediately go at it to get the first ever 30-man Royal Rumble match underway. A slugfest is won by Smash but he misses a charge and Ax hits a clothesline and goes to work on his partner. Ax tries to eliminate Smash but can’t to do it, and in comes Andre the Giant at #3. The tag champs obviously team up to take on Andre and proceed to choke him in the corner before Mr. Perfect comes in at #4. He goes after everyone while Andre puts Smash out for the first elimination. Now Perfect and Ax go to work on Andre, but they can’t get along as well and Ax turns on Perfect which allows Andre to take over. Ronnie Garvin is #5 to go after Andre as well. Andre ends up cleaning house anyway with Perfect standing out as he literally flies off Andre’s punches before Greg Valentine joins the gang at #6. It’s still not enough to take down Andre, however, and Garvin ends up getting eliminated by Andre instead. He proceeds to choke out Ax in the corner and Jake Roberts is finally in at #7. He ends up choking Roberts to absolute death in the corner and dumps him out like he’s nothing as a bald Ron Bass joins at #8. It’s back to Andre vs everyone while the others just kick and punch each other in the corner with Shawn Michaels entering at #9, years before being a contender. Meanwhile, Ax is finally thrown out (long after Smash) by Perfect. He dumps Michaels too, but Michaels pulls a Steamboat and skins the cat to stay in. He dropkicks Perfect out but he too gets back in and stays in the match. Bushwhacker Butch is #10 while Roberts comes back in with the snake, causing Andre to eliminate himself. L A M E. Absolutely lame. The whole point of the first third of the match was to put over how tough Andre is, only to have him run away because of his fear of snakes. Plus not to mention that Roberts (the babyface might I add) was fairly eliminated by Andre and just came back looking like a sore loser who couldn’t get the job done when it counted. I absolutely hate this feud.

With Andre gone it’s now down to nothing but midcarders kicking and punching in the corner. Honky Tonk Man joins the match with #11, forming a partnership with Valentine and Tito Santana is #12. Same thing, gets to run wild for all of fifteen seconds before it’s back to kicking and punching in the corner. Apart from that nothing is really going on. Bad News Brown joins at #13 while Tito sends Honky back to Memphis. Valentine manages to survive, though, and he teams up with Bass to choke out Tito only for Michaels to save him. Valentine almost puts him away but he hangs on as fellow Rocker Marty Jannetty enters at #14. A double dropkick by the Rockers put Bass out. Randy Savage is in at #15 and hopefully it’s time to start cleaning house. Nope, he just gets worked over in the corner like everyone else. Arn Anderson enters at #16 to eliminate Michaels alongside Savage, who then goes after Bad News. These two were in a feud over the title but I think they never had a meaningless match over it, as instead Brown lost his undefeated streak in a match to Hogan. Yeah, I’m shocked too. Tully Blanchard is #17 to join Anderson, and they get rid of Jannetty. Here comes Hulk Hogan at #18, and you better believe now it’s time to clean this house. Perfect falls victim to the power of Hulkamania and goes flying to the floor. He tries to slam Bad News out, but Bad News turns that slam into a guillotine in a pretty sweet reversal. Tito gets thrown out by the Brain Busters. Then all the heels team up to go after Hogan, but Savage is distracted fighting with the Bushwhacker in the other corner and doesn’t save him. Bushwhacker Luke is #19 but his cousin is quickly eliminated by Brown. More heat on Hogan while Savage is busy with Brown this time and Koko B. Ware is #20. Nice little story between the Mega Powers going on at this point. Arn goes to the top only to get slammed off by Hogan. Koko stays true to his Birdman name and goes flying out at the hands of Hogan. The remaining Bushwhacker is out as well. Both Brain Busters go via Hogan too. Warlord is #21 and he’s immediately clotheslined out by Hogan after two seconds. He then clears the whole ring by coming up from behind to eliminate both Brown and SAVAGE. Uh oh.. Savage, having done nothing to Hogan, comes back in and is rightfully pissed off but they end up talking and shaking hands before Savage leaves the ring. The Big Bossman is #22 and the crowd goes insane over this confrontation. Hogan drops some elbows but ends up taking a piledriver and Akeem is #23 to make this even more interesting. Now Hogan is in there alone against both Twin Towers. Don’t put your partner out from behind like a dick next time, Hulkster. The Twin Towers take advantage of their (legal) numbers advantage to eliminate Hogan, who then obviously throws a tantrum and gets back in to eliminate Bossman. This Hulk Hogan would SO not work these days. First of all the fact he ended up in a disadvantage against Akeem & Bossman was all because of his stupidity, had he not eliminated Savage it would’ve been two-on-two, plus he was cleanly eliminated and then came back just because his strategy ended up not working. How is that supposed to be anyone’s fault but his!?

We’re now down to Akeem and entrant #24 Brutus Beefcake. Akeem dominates Beefcake quite easily and Red Rooster comes in at #25 only to get slammed by Akeem. Barbarian is #26 and hopefully he does better than his partner. He’s already been there for over two seconds, mission accomplished. With the whole Mega Powers/Twin Towers storyline gone, this now goes back to midcarders kicking and punching each other in the corner while waiting for the next guy to come in. Meanwhile Akeem gives Rooster the 747. The returning Big John Studd is #27. Nothing happens and Hercules comes in next at #28. Rick Martel is #29, him too making a return after getting injured by Demolition shortly after ‘Mania IV. The crowd couldn’t care less, though, and he ALSO joins the corner slugfest. Finally, who else but Ted DiBiase comes in at #30. He immediately dumps Rooster but Hercules gets in his face. Beefcake jumps Hercules from behind with a sleeper, though, which allows DiBiase to dump both over the top rope at the same time. And we’re down to…

  • Final five: DiBiase, Akeem, Studd, Barbarian & Martel

Barbarian goes up with a flying headbutt on Martel only to then miss a charge and get eliminated by Martel with a dropkick. Martel gets all excited with his elimination and starts running wild on the heels before Akeem catches him quite easily and puts him out with a slam. DiBiase makes Akeem an offer to double-team Studd and they do, only for Studd to pull DiBiase in front of him on a corner splash by Akeem. Studd proceeds to eliminate Akeem and we’re down to Studd and DiBiase. Studd hits a double-arm suplex while DiBiase asks for mercy and gives him some money, but Studd refuses and eliminates him to win the Rumble.

  • Analysis: This is a pretty hard one to rate, so let’s go in parts. The first third of this match was all about Andre, and I absolutely hated how they finally eliminated him. His feud with Jake Roberts continues to suck and is only killing the mystique of Andre. At the prior year’s Royal Rumble, for example, Andre was having a big contract signing with Hulk Hogan for their epic rematch at The Main Event weeks later, which would be seen by 30-something MILLION people! Here, one year later, he’s afraid of snakes. The second third of this match was all about the Mega Powers storyline. Despite some of my comments earlier about how the Hogan persona wouldn’t work today, remember that I was talking about TODAY, here in 1989 it worked and the teases with Savage are only getting more and more interesting. The final third of this match was about DiBiase and his money, and it would be nice to actually see him win a big match at least once. His character work is ridiculously great anyway, but his record in big matches is basically losing to the Mega Powers and now losing the Rumble to Studd. It would help him and the company make even more money if he won important matches here and there to piss off the fans. Plus, as you probably know now, Studd’s win ended up not meaning much, as Studd quietly left and retired a few months after this anyway. Too much kicking and punching in the corner between these stories didn’t help either. This was the first 30 man Rumble match and is therefore special for that. Overall, I’d say it had its moments but it was a struggle to get through at times. I’d put this right at the middle of the scale at **1/2.

END OF THE SHOW

  • Final thoughts: I’d say this ended up being an enjoyable show, apart from the nothingness that was the women’s match as well as some dead spots in the Rumble match. Apart from that there was always something going on. The match of the night in my opinion is the opening six men tag match with two out of three falls rules between the teams of the Hart Foundation & Jim Duggan and the Rougeaus & Dino Bravo. I’d give the show 6/10.

The points for this show:

  • Big John Studd: 9.5 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 1 for two eliminations + 5 for winning)
  • Hulk Hogan: 7.5 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 5 for ten eliminations – 1 for losing)
  • Jim Duggan: 4.5 points (3 for star rating + 1 for winning + 0.5 for winning a fall)
  • Andre the Giant: 4.5 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 2 for four eliminations – 1 for losing)
  • Bret Hart: 4 points (3 for star rating + 1 for winning + 0.5 for winning one fall – 0.5 for losing a fall)
  • Jim Neidhart: 4 points (3 for star rating + 1 for winning)
  • Savage & DiBiase: 4 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 1.5 for three eliminations – 1 for losing)
  • Arn Anderson, Akeem & Barbarian: 3.5 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 1 for two eliminations – 1 for losing)
  • Mr. Perfect, Michaels, Butch, Santana, Brown, Jannetty, Blanchard, Bossman & Martel: 3 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 0.5 for an elimination – 1 for losing)
  • Ax, Smash, Garvin, Valentine, Roberts, Bass, Honky , Luke, Koko, Warlord, Beefcake, Rooster & Hercules: 2.5 points (2.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for losing)
  • Rockin’ Robin: 2.5 points (1 for pinfall win + 1 for successfully retaining a title + 0.5 for star rating)
  • King Haku: 2.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for pinfall win)
  • Raymond Rougeau: 2 points (3 for star rating + 0.5 for winning a fall – 1 for losing – 0.5 for losing a fall)
  • Jacques Rougeau: 2 points (3 for star rating – 1 for losing)
  • Dino Bravo: 1.5 point (3 for star rating – 1 for losing – 0.5 for losing a fall)
  • Harley Race: 0.5 points (1.5 for star rating – 1 for pinfall loss)
  • Judy Martin: -0.5 points (0.5 for star rating – 1 for pinfall loss)

As always, thank you for your time and support. Don’t miss the next review of WWF’s The Main Event II, a show in which something historic happens. Something along the lines of an explosion! Until next time.

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #19 Review – 01.07.1989

Hey there everyone. Welcome to the very first review of 1989. We kick things off with an edition of SNME, which features a hair match as well as a SummerSlam rematch between Warrior and Honky Tonk Man, and much more. Plus, the point system to determine the 1989 wrestler of the year starts here as well, with the NWA/WCW joining the party from this year going forward. Here’s how the point system works:

  • 1/2 point (0.5): a win via DQ or count-out; extra for pinfall/submission falls in stipulation matches (ie: iron man matches, elimination tag matches, steel cage match, etc)
  • 1 point: main-eventing the show; winning via pin or submission (in a tag team match, the person getting the winning fall will get an EXTRA 1/2 point); winning a stipulation match; successfully retaining a title
  • 2 points: capturing a title
  • The star rating: the exact star rating a match gets will be considered points for all the participants
  • Vice-versa for those wrestlers who get pinned or drop titles, as the exact same number of points will be TAKEN from said wrestlers
  • In case there’s a draw, those two (or more) wrestlers involved will be untied by a) number of victories; b) the overall number of main-events; c) direct confrontations between each other; and d) the number of appearances, as I will give the edge to the wrestler who appeared less times on the reviews and managed to get as many points as someone with more appearances

There will of course be some special exceptions to these rules in some particular matches, such as the Royal Rumble or Survivor Series, but I will mention that at the time. Finally, the champions in the WWF at the time of this show:

  • WWF Champion: Randy Savage
  • Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)
  • Women’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin

Enjoy the review!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura as usual

‘Outlaw’ Ron Bass opens the show with a promo on Brutus Beefcake. Bass says typical heel things while Mean Gene sells the presence of Miss Betsy.

Brutus Beefcake is next. They show a recap of the feud, which started all the way back in the summer when Bass brutally attacked Beefcake and cost him his IC title shot at SummerSlam, which opened the door for Warrior. Beefcake wants revenge.

Hair vs. Hair: Brutus Beefcake vs. Ron Bass

Bass chokes away using Betsy before Beefcake can even enter the ring. Beefcake escapes the attack and steals Betsy from him, which makes the Outlaw bail while Brutus taunts him. Beefcake gets it away, and Bass is back in to get things going. Beefcake catches him with a high knee and sends Ron all the way to the floor. He keeps trying to get back up to the apron, but Beefcake keeps knocking him back down as the crowd is pretty much into it. Back in, a slugfest is won by Beefcake and the crowd counts along as he pounds away with punches. The confident Beefcake struts. Into the corner, where Bass finally gets something going by catching Brutus with a reverse atomic drop out of the corner. Bass proceeds to work over the midsection, with repeated knees and rights to the gut. He stays on it, adding an elbow, a forearm and a kick. Ron grabs Brutus’ head and arrogantly slams it into the mat to get heat. And back to the midsection he goes, with more of the same kicky punchy stuff. Ron with a piledriver, but he doesn’t want the pin yet. He proceeds to snap Beefcake’s throat on the top rope, but he still hasn’t had enough fun. Clothesline and he finally covers, but it only gets a nearfall. Now Bass is pissed, who argues with the ref. That allows Beefcake to block a second clothesline, and the sleeper puts Bass (and his hair) away at 7:40.

~Commercial~

– Back from break, ‘The Barber’ goes to work on the haircut to end the segment.

  • Analysis: As a match, it was very basic with lots of punches and kicks. There was some psychology(?) over Beefcake’s midsection, but no big deal was made out of it, and I never once saw Beefcake sell it like it could cost him the match. Neither did it factor in the finish. However, I will say it was nice to see them actually having a winner and delivering on the promised stipulation, unlike the whole Roberts/Rude deal. So props to them on that. **

– Mean Gene is in the back with Slick and The Twin Towers (Akeem & The Big Bossman). Akeem has a match with Hogan next, and Gene wants to know what is the Bossman doing there. Slick says it’s to keep things fair since Hogan likes to break the rules here and there.

Hulk Hogan & Miss Elizabeth are next. Gene is worried about how Hogan has everything against him. Hogan disagrees, saying that he always has Lady Luck on his back with Liz by his side. Randy Savage (the 1988 wrestler of the year) shows up to even the odds for the babyfaces.

Hulk Hogan(w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. Akeem(w/ The Big Bossman & Slick)

Savage stays in the back watching the match with Mean Gene, while Liz goes to ringside with Hogan. Akeem misses a charge to start, with Hogan sending Slick flying into Akeem. Poor Akeem even gets Hogan’s attire in his mouth (literally) as Hogan pounds away and takes out all the heels. Hogan mocks Akeem’s dance before going for a bodyslam, and if you’ve watched at least one Hulk Hogan match in your life you know what happens here. Akeem takes control from there, only to miss another corner charge and get his head rammed into the turnbuckle repeatedly. A clothesline doesn’t take Akeem down, but a second one does and Bossman gets to take a bump for Mr. Superman too. That does open the door for a distraction, though, which allows Akeem to grab Hogan by the hair right into a wristlock. Hogan obviously punches his way out of that one, once again taking Akeem down after two clotheslines. Akeem goes flying into The Bossman, and he finally pleads for mercy on his knees. I know this is Hulk Hogan, but after all that concern by Mean Gene earlier, it would be nice to see the heels actually get something going. Otherwise, what was that concern all about? Has Mean Gene never seen a Hulk Hogan match like ever? Hogan of course mocks Akeem’s dance a bit more, so Akeem pulls the ref in the way of a Hogan corner charge. With the ref down and out, the usual heel beatdown follows. We cut backstage where Savage is watching the match alongside the still worried Okerlund. Savage is not going out there, he believes in Hogan. “GO HULKSTER!” Unlike Mean Gene, Savage has seen Hogan matches in the past, there’s nothing to be worried about. Meanwhile, we return to ringside with Akeem hitting Hogan with the 747 numerous times as the ring starts to get filled with garbage. I miss kayfabe! Liz has finally had enough, and she goes to the back to ask Savage for help. And we take a break.

~Commercial~

We come back with Akeem going up only to miss a flying splash. Meanwhile, Liz wants Savage to go to ringside, but he insists in staying. He has faith in Hogan. Akeem pounds away as Elizabeth returns to ringside. Not long after that Hogan is hulking up, thus proving Savage was right all along. The 24 INCH PYTHON CLOTHESLINE OF DEATH leaves Akeem seeing stars, which gives Hogan enough time to beat up both Bossman and Slick on the outside. Back in, the big boot still doesn’t put Akeem down, but the bodyslam does. It’s time to follow with the big leg, but Bossman hits Hogan in the back with the nightstick for the DQ at 8:06.

– Bossman joins for another beatdown, still no Savage. They turn their attention to Elizabeth to finally cross that line, as Savage runs in with a chair in hand to send the heels to the back. However, Liz is concerned with Hogan which Savage doesn’t appreciate. He argues with Liz, but she pretty much ignores him and walks away with the injured Hogan while Savage follows them yelling “ELIZABEEETH” to end the segment.

  • Analysis: I won’t even talk about the match itself, it was literally every basic Hulk Hogan TV match ever. Akeem hit his finisher numerous times and was still a victim of the deadly Hulk Hogan comeback like he was nothing, so that is clearly a down after all the hype. With that out of the way, I know this existed for one reason and one reason only: to build up The Main Event II and the inevitable feud between the Mega Powers. They were effective when it comes to that. I am very excited to see what comes next between these two. *1/4

– Meanwhile, Mean Gene is in the back with The Honky Tonk Man & Jimmy Hart. Honky says he’s the greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time and he’s taking it back tonight. He adds he’s going to be the first wrestler to regain said belt. Apparently Don Muraco never existed? What is a Pedro Morales? Nice heel promo by Honky.

The Ultimate Warrior is up next. Mean Gene questions his strategy in accepting this rematch, considering Honky has had time to study him unlike at SummerSlam. Warrior ignores him and instead punches his cheeeeeest a loooooooooot before saying (or yelling)… something. I’m sure it was effective.

WWF Intercontinental Championship: The Ultimate Warrior(c) vs. The Honky Tonk Man(w/ Jimmy Hart)

But not before a break.

~Commercial~

We come back with Honky trying to run away from Warrior. That is before Warrior catches him and puts him back inside the ring with a gorilla press slam. Meanwhile, the clock surpasses the 00:30 mark, therefore meaning Honky has already done better than at SummerSlam. Way to go Honky! Warrior hits a big boot back in, and cracks Honky and Jimmy’s heads after the latter climbs up on the apron. Warrior spears Honky in the corner but a second one finds nobody. Hart distracts the ref allowing Honky to use the megaphone to take control. Hart even gets his little shots in while Honky distracts the ref, and the crowd hates it. Honky follows with some knees to the back, which are ultimately no-sold by Warrior but he misses an elbowdrop. Honky thinks about ramming Warrior’s head into the turnbuckle (seen that a lot on this show), but ends up eating that himself instead. Warrior splash finds knees for two. Warrior clothesline and the shoulderblock does it at 5:07.

  • Analysis: This was what it had to be. Despite being (way) longer than their SummerSlam bout, this was still smartly kept short so it wouldn’t expose the Warrior too much as they usually did. Honky got in some heat at least, so good for him. But at the end of the day, this was still nothing more than a glorified Ultimate Warrior squash. *

– Meanwhile, Mean Gene is once again in the back with Slick & The Twin Towers. Slick is happy for the beatdown, before questioning the Mega Powers’ relationship and saying his stable is like a family.

– Jesse Ventura interviews Bobby Heenan & The Red Rooster. Heenan and Ventura completely ignore Rooster and mock him for being rubbish, saying the only good thing about him is Heenan’s brain. I guess Terry Taylor really missed working marathons with Ric Flair over the NWA World title at this point in his career. I certainly can’t blame him.

The Red Rooster(w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Tito Santana

This match is totally pointless, as it’s totally about Heenan and Rooster constantly fighting. Mat sequence to start, Rooster backs off and Heenan gives him advice. He ends up running into a dropkick anyway. Rooster stomps away, hitting a jawbreaker to create some distance before choking away. Santana with a takedown and he pounds away. Rooster turns the tables and tries a sunset flip, but Santana holds on and drops a right hand to Rooster’s jaw. Head meets the turnbuckle (again!) followed by a backdrop. Tito wants the figure four, but Rooster grabs the hair to escape. Heenan pushes Rooster off the ring to abuse him, and Rooster finally has enough and shoves him back.

~Commercial~

We come back to Santana hitting a suplex for two. Rooster comes back with a Flair kneedrop for two. Backbreaker gets two more. Rooster tries a suplex that Santana turns into a small package for two. Backslide gets two. Santana charge finds boot and a piledriver gets two. Out of all the matches to use the piledriver for a nearfall… this one? No wonder why the piledriver is more than dead nowadays and has been for years. Santana takes control but Rooster goes to eyes and stunguns him. Figure four is blocked and Santana dumps Rooster with a clothesline. Heenan puts him back inside the ring himself, and Santana follows with a quick roll-up from behind for the win after 7:27. Rooster finally snaps and attacks Heenan afterwards to turn face.

  • Analysis: Technically solid but this was way too long for what it truly was, filler. The Heenan/Rooster drama was the focus of this whole thing and it went a little bit too long. Still, the match was good enough. **

Mr. Perfect interview. It’s his first appearance on SNME, so it’s nothing more than a basic promo to introduce the characters to those watching him for the first time. He basically likes to say the word ‘perfect’ a lot.

Main-event: Mr. Perfect vs. Koko B. Ware

Fast wrestling sequence gets things going, which ends with Koko dropkicking Perfect all the way to the outside. Perfect takes over back inside. Koko armdrags him and they go into another fast sequece off a lockup that ends with Perfect running into another Koko armdrag. Perfect (prepare to get shocked) rams him into the turnbuckle before Koko tries to do the same to Perfect only to eat an elbow. Dropkick sends Koko flying. Back in, Koko catches him with a clothesline but misses a charge and the Perfectplex ends things at 3:10.

  • Analysis: A squash, but fast paced and exciting while it lasted. *1/2

The Mega Powers are backstage. Hogan says when you mess with one of them, you mess with both. They are as one. Savage adds they all feel the pain together and celebrate glory together. Elizabeth is the power that keeps them going.

– Vince & Jesse promote The Main Event II to end the show. Make sure you don’t miss my review of that show too.

END OF THE SHOW

  • Final thoughts: Nothing out of this world, but easily the best edition of SNME in over a year. ‘The Main Event I’ aside, this is the best SNME since the one featuring Savage/Bret all the way back in late ’87. The matches were not great as usual, but the show did a great job of putting an end to the Warrior/Honky and Beefcake/Bass feuds as well as making people invested in the Hogan/Savage promo and their inevitable feud. 6/10

The points for this show:

  • Mr. Perfect: 3.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for pinfall win + 1 for main-eventing)
  • Brutus Beefcake: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for submission win)
  • The Ultimate Warrior: 3 points (1 for star rating + 1 for pinfall win + 1 for successfully defending a title)
  • Tito Santana: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for pinfall win)
  • Hulk Hogan: 1.75 point (1.25 for star rating + 0.5 for DQ win)
  • Koko B. Ware: 1.5 point (1.5 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for pinfall loss)
  • The Red Rooster: 1 point (1 for star rating – 1 for pinfall loss)
  • Ron Bass: 1 point (2 for star rating – 1 for submission loss)
  • Akeem: 0.75 points (1.25 for star rating – 0.5 for DQ loss)
  • The Honky Tonk Man: 0 points (1 for star rating – 1 for pinfall loss)

That’s it for the very first review of 1989. Don’t miss the next review, where I’ll cover the first PPV of 1989, Royal Rumble.