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Old 05-03-2015, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Newbs' WWF/E PPV Review Thread

So being that I have the Network, for the monthly rate of 9.99, and have access to any PPV at any point in time, I thought, why not review these bad boys. So that's what I'm going to do. Now I've started at 1985 and I'm thru Wrestlemania 10 (mind you this has been over quite a few weeks of viewing during my downtime, not binge watching days on end, that might change once my summer break away from the middle school kicks into effect haha) so the PPVs from Wrestlemania 1 thru Wrestlemania 10 will be up pretty quickly over the next few days, everything after will be done after I complete each PPV. I'll sprinkle some vids here and there possibly, I'm really not sure. If you haven't seen any of these PPVs, this is your warning to turn away now. First on deck: Wrestlemania 1! Sidenote: I'm 29 so some of the stuff is new to me as I was not alive in 1985 and some stuff I may have been exposed to, but there is no chance fo me remembering what I saw in 1986 as a newborn child. So my opinions of course may not be agreeable with everyone else.


PPV: Wrestlemania 1
Date: 3/31/85
Location: Madison Square Garden (New York City, NY)


First off, why is Mean Gene singing the National Anthem? Guess they had troubles finding someone adequate enough to sing it, boy has that changed. Anyhow, Mean Gene, def. not National Anthem material. Sadly I can't find a clip of this to post here, so you'll just have to listen for yourself on your own time on the Network.

Afterwards, we get some pre-recorded interviews from Tito Santana and The Executioner (which so happens to be Buddy Rose). Tito says the undefeated man will learn about the big leagues, Executioner says he's going after Tito's injured leg and everyone will soon know who he is. BORING!!

Tito Santana vs The Executioner
We start things off with this match. Executioner does indeed work on the leg during the match like stated in the interview. It was honestly hard for me to even watch this match as I was quite bored throughout. Nothing really stood out here. In the end Tito gets the win with a flying forearm leading to a figure four. Executioner undefeated no more. ARRIBA!!!!

We go to some interviews with Mean Gene. SD Jones is ready to get down and King Kong Bundy warns of the Avalanche that is coming. Yawn....

SD Jones vs King Kong Bundy w/ Jimmy Hart
Blink and you'll miss this one. Bundy wastes no time in disposing SD Jones, winning in "9 seconds" (match lasted like 25 seconds to be honest). My only thought behind this was to make Bundy look like some unstoppable person heading forward.

We go to some more interviews. Matt Borne says Ricky Steamboat is too nice of a guy to beat him. Steamboat comes in, says he's in the WWF looking to build that meaness and it starts with Borne. (sidenote: Matt Borne later ends up being Doink the Clown, what a difference!!)

Matt Borne vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Match wasn't terrible. Seemed to be a match to show off Steamboat more than anything. Steamboat wins it with a flying bodypress, thus sending Borne packing for awhile (as far as PPV appearances) until later down the line when he disguises himself as Doink the Clown.

We go to more interviews. David Sammartino with his dad Bruno and Brutus Beefcake with his manager Johnny Valiant. Not much to speak of here in this segment.

David Sammartino w/ Bruno Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny Valiant
So we have a heel Beefcake at the time taking on the legend's son. I honestly have no clue how I got through this match either. Much too long for something that had little to no action. Had some mat wrestling here and there with some basic lockups, but nothing that was great. All that time for this match to have it end in in a double DQ as both Bruno and Valiant get into it on the outside, which leads to the two getting after inside with Beefcake and David throwing themselves in the mix as well. David would no longer be seen on another PPV, probably due to the beef WWF and Bruno had later on. Not like he was anything special to begin with.

Back to interviews with Mean Gene. Greg Valentine basically says we'll all see why he is the greatest IC champ of all time. Junkyard Dog says something about chewing up Jimmy Hart and getting the title.

Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs The Junkyard Dog for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Notthing to really write home about here. JYD starts it off with the advantage giving us all the thought that maybe he'll come out with the title here. Valentine then gains control, working the leg to set up that patented figure four of his. Eventually, Hart hops on the apron to get after the ref, which in turn makes JYD turn his attention to Hart. Valentine goes to hit JYD from behind, JYD moves and Valentine hits Hart instead. Eventually, Valentine "wins" by using the ropes for leaverage to get the pin. But wait!!! Tito Santana comes out to tell the ref what happened, ref starts the match back up. Valentine isn't coming back to the ring and gets counted out, giving the match to JYD. Valentine isn't too happy with Tito and makes that noted. Another lackluster match.

More interviews with Mean Gene. Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff with Freddie Blassie pretty much claim they are winning the titles. Lou Albano with Rotunda and Windham, they "seem" ready to go, I'm not quite sure.

The US Express (c) w/Captain Lou Albano vs Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik w/Freddie Blassie for the WWF Tag Team Championship
We get the classic Volkoff singing of the Russian National Anthem to get the crwod riled up, perfect! Sheik yelling Russia and Iran are number one gets the crowd more riled up before the champs stroll down the aisle. This match was actually pretty decent, much more exciting than the previous matches before it. Crowd had good heat going against the Sheik and Volkoff which added to the match. All four put on a pretty good show IMO in one of those late 80's USA vs "insert country America hates" deal we always saw. One of those usual tag matches that was seen from that time. In the end, Sheik gets ahold of Blassie's cane and nails Windham with it, allowing Volkoff to pick up the win. We have new champs and nobody in MSG is happy about it as they show their displeasure by thrwoing trash in the ring. I rathered enjoyed this match. In the back with Mean Gene, Blassie laughs it up as the champs gloat in their victory. Sheik says they came and proved that Iran and Russia is number one. Classic Sheik!

More interviews with Mean Gene as John Studd claims he's the only giant in the WWF, carrying a bag of cash. Heenan claims they are eliminating Andre at Wrestlemania, being that Andre would have to retire if he loses.

Andre the Giant vs Big John Studd w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan in the $15,000 Slam Match
Rules are simple, if Studd gets slammed, he loses the money. If Andre can't slam him, Andre retires. Another snoozefest here, what else would you expect with these two working together? Studd tries a slam but fails, however, as fate would have it, Andre is able to slam Studd to win the match and the "15k". Andre tosses the cash to the crowd before Heenan comes from behind to take the bag of money, running away with it. Andre talks with Mean Gene in the back, doesn't really care about the money and isn't retiring like many had assumed.

More recorded interviews as Mean Gene is talking with Richter and Cyndi Lauper. I guess Albano taught Lauper how to be a manager. Kai doesn't care how she beats Richter. Whatever......

Leilani Kai (c) w/ Fabolous Moolah vs Wendi Richter w/Cyndi Lauper for the WWF Women's Championship
One of those Rock N Wrestling deals they had going back in the 80's. I thought I've been exposed to some pretty bad women's matches but this was downright terrible. So many mistakes (terrible suplex execution, some sort of reversal that I think was a reversal but I'm not sure because it looked so effed as it was happening). Richter ends up winning the title on said weirdo reversal of some sort. Lauper and Richter celebrate the win in the ring. Mean Gene meets with them in the back, Lauper says she knew Richter would do it, yadda yadda yadda. I would honestly just skip this match if you were to go and watch it this PPV.

Main Event: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff
We get some special guests for this match. Billy Martin is the ring announcer, Liberace is the timekeeper and Muhammed Ali graces us as the special ref on the outside of the ring. Jimmy Snuka and Bob Orton are out there too, I still have no idea why as that was not really explained and I am too lazy to look into that. At the start, I'm assuming Snuka is backing Hogan and Mr. T and Orton is backing Piper and Orndorff. Jesse Ventura will clear that up with me moments later. Piper gets an entrance accompanied by a host of bagpipe players which was pretty cool, better than those generic just show up from behind the curtain with no music I was seeing from a host of others that came out to their match at this event. Crowd erupts with the Hogan theme blaring. Mr. T looks like a complete athletic monster, just by physique. His mat work isn't great but compared to some of the stuff I had watched before in the other matches, it looked better. Not a bad match to be honest. Heels doing heel things, which got the crowd riled up, classic back and forth tag action. Orton and Snuka decide they want to get some action in, so what better way to do that than start brawling with each other. It is at this time that Orton hits Ordndorff by mistake as he tried to nail Hogan from the top rope with that cast of his, allowing the Hulkster to pick up the win. Crowd is happy, Piper is pissed and knocks out the ref, who happens to be Pat Patterson, and Orndorff gets left behind by his so called buddies.

Back to Mean Gene who meets up with the winners. Mr. T said it was rough and he trained hard for the event hard. Hogan knew Mr. T had it all along throughout his training with him. Snuka loves being there for the ride.

Overall, the show was not all that great. But, as we all know, it kicked off something that has exploded into this huge event every year.

Grade: D (only because the tag matches saved it fom being much worse)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun):
Andre the Giant: 1-0
Hulk Hogan: 1-0
The Iron Sheik: 1-0
Junkyard Dog: 1-0
King Kong Bundy: 1-0
Mr. T: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Tito Santana: 1-0
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 1-0
Nikolai Volkoff: 1-0
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Leilani Kai: 0-1
Paul Orndorff: 0-1
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
Big John Studd: 0-1
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
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PPV: The Wrestling Classic
Date: 11/6/85
Location: Rosemont Horizon (Chicago, IL)


I had no idea that this was a thing until the Network. This PPV had a pretty good premise, throw 16 guys into a tournament and see who comes out on top at the end of the night. To top it off, a viewer from home would win a Rolls Royce!

We start off with a view of the bracket as Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes with some female go over the bracket. They show footage of wrestlers "drawing" the names of their opponents earlier in the day. Steamboat praises his opponent, Davey Boy Smith, Macho Man is upset with drawing Putski and Mr. Fuji warns that Tito Santana is in deep trouble, sweet let's get this show on the road.

Mean Gene interviews President Jack Tunney (BOOOO!!!). Tunney basically explains how the tournament works, as if we don't know how a tournament works. Get outta here with your nonesense Tunney! Win and move on, we get it.

1st Round: Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart vs Corporal Kirchner
Adonis is rocking a leather jacket, something I don't remember him ever wearing out to the ring, I clearly remember the weirdo prancing around like a lady boy Adonis quite well though, sadly. So with only 10 minutes to work for these first round bouts, you gotta figure we are gonna see quick get to the point finishes. This match goes a bit back and forth as Kirchner sets Adonis up for a suplex only for Adonis to turn that into a DDT to pick up the win. Adonis looks like an out of shape slob by the way, geez. Adonis tells Mean Gene in the back he is re-writing wrestling, like as in being a strange weirdo in the near future????

1st ROund: Nikolai Volkoff vs The Dynamite Kid
Volkoff, of course, wants to sing the infamous Russian National Anthem. Dynamite Kid respectfuly allows that to happen as he waits toward the end to head to the top rope, Volkoff turns around and gets met with a missile dropkick as Dynamite Kid picks up the W. Yes, this match was quicker than the Bundy/SD Jones 9 second affair. Volkoff is obviously not too happy.

Mean Gene in the back with the Macho Man. He blames Elizabeth for the draw he got in the first round. He's hyper, ready and nervous hahaha. He also states he is the number one wrestler in the world and is in top shape.

1st Round: Ivan Putski vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Putski looks overly big, as did Dynamite Kid, holy cow! Not a lot of wrestling going on here, quite a few instances where there were just punches and various locks. Macho Man is able to get the pin with an assist from the ropes to move on.

We go to the big bracket that has been updated as Vince and Hayes talk about the action that has gone on. Volkoff interrupts saying he got robbed and how America is disrespectful for loving how he got robbed. Cry me a river, Volkoff

1st Round: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs Davey Boy Smith
This was a rather enjoyable match. Steamboat usually a guy that can put on a show. Pretty decent back and forth action between the two, they did a great job working off each other. In the end, Steamboat dodges a flying bodypress or some dropkick from Smith, thus getting "injured" straddling the top rope. Ref stops the match due to this, allowing Steamboat to move on. Weird finish, wish it would have had a different outcome.

Mean Gene is back with Junkyard Dog. Can't take the Sheik for granted and Chicago is his kind of town, for whatever reason.

1st Round: Junkyard Dog vs The Iron Sheik
Heel tactic as Sheik chokes JYD with his garments. Crowd loving it when JYD gets back on the offensive, why wouldn't they, it is The Iron Sheik he's facing. Looks as if Sheik is under control as he locks in a half camel clutch half Steiner Recliner. Pushes JYD in the corner and pounds away, then JYD gives Sheik one headbutt out of the corner and wins. What the hell!?!?!?!

Mean Gene in the back with Terry Funk, whose got a full mouth of tobacco in. Terry wants a title shot and Jimmy Hart backs that notion. Funk walks off, spitting in the camera. Disgusting!

1st Round: Terry Funk w/Jimmy Hart vs Moondog Spot
Funk comes out saying he doesn't want to wrestle Spot. I have no clue who Moondog Spot is by the way until seeing this event. Funk wants Spot to leave. Funk says he wants to leave too. Match starts and the two look as if they are going to leave the ring. Funk hits Spot from behind and tries to rush back into the ring. Spot tries to stop him and Funk gives a backdrop to Spot that somehow helps him back in the ring as the ref counts to 10. Funk loses and beats up on Spot afterwards. SMH

In the back with Mean Gene talking to Fuji and Muraco. Fuji feels sorry for Santana. Muraco says he has to beat the best, which to him is Santana, the current IC champ.

1st Round: Tito Santana vs The Magnificent Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
Not a bad match overall. Tito Santana looks great. Muraco is out of shape looking, later versions of him he looks as if he loses the belly he has in this match. Some great back and forth action between the two. Muraco looks to have gotten the win after a series that included a clothesline, kneedrop and bodyslam. He picks up the 3 after the slam but the ref sees that Tito had his foot on the rope and continues the match. Muraco gets rolled up in a small package, allowing Tito to move on. At least this match ended in a somewhat normal finish of sorts, not like what we saw in the previous two.

In the back with Mean Gene, who is with Bobby Heenan. Heenan has no guys in the tourney but is scouting. Here is where I learn that there is a bounty of $50,000 on Paul Orndorff that Heenan is ready to pay out for anyone that takes out Orndorff. Interesting....

1st Round: Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff vs Cowboy Bob Orton
We made it to the last 1st round match. Orton still sporting the patented cast on his arm. Not a bad match, the cast played a part in the match as it was a main focus many a time. The two put on one heck of match, great work together as far as flwo went. Went a bit long to me. Fight goes outside the ring for a bit until getting back in. Orton is frustrated and clocks Orndorff with his cast. Goes for the pin, but the ref DQs him, allowing Orndorff to move on. The guy blatantly hit Orndorff with the cast in plain sight of the ref, confusing as hell to me.

We go back to Vince who goes over the bracket with Hayes and whomever the random model is. Funk comes in to whine about getting robbed, claims he can beat Hogan, JYD and Orndorff.

Quarters: Dynamite Kid vs Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart
15 minute time limit now in the quarters. Dynamite Kid plenty of rest since he took care of business quickly. The funny thing to me in this match was that Adonis put Dynamite Kid in a Sharpshooter and for the first time in my life I hear it called a grapevine leglock, never have I known the Sharpshooter as a grapevine leglock, haha. Also, half way through, Jesse ventura bounces to talk with Savage. Any ways, these two put on a decent match. Adonis works on the knee/leg of Dynamite Kid for a few sequences, trying to wear it out. Eventually Dynamite Kid gets rolling nailing a falling headbutt towards the end. Jimmy Hart doesn't like this, so of course, he needs to get on the apron to try to stop the bleeding. This lets Adonis roll up Dynamite kid, only Dynamite Kid gets out, forcing Adonis into Jimmy Hart, who is still on the apron. The two knock heads, which allows Dynamite Kid to get the pinfall to move on. Hart claims Adonis had is foot on the rope to no avail. Adonis proceeds to throw a childish tantrum.

Go to the back with Mean Gene with Jesse Ventura. Ventura clarly behind Savage in the next match and the tourney. 3 heads are better than 2, as he says (him, Savage and Elizabeth). Mean Gene calls Ventura a prejudice commentator, which he takes offense to.

Quarters: Ricky "The Dragon Steamboat" vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Little did we know that these two would put on a display at Wrestlemania later down the line. This match was nowhere near that epic one, but still good. Savage uses Elizabeth as a shield to start things off before going after it. The two battle outside the ring for a bit, getting the crowd into things. Back in the ring some great back and forth action with a mix of great wrestling. At the end Savage is on the outside and Ricky goes to bring him back in with a suplex. Savage, being the shady heel at this time, reaches in his trunks, pulls out what I can only presume to be brass knuckles and drills Ricky with them, allowing Savage to pick up the three count and move on.

Back to Mean Gene, he's with Moondog Spot. Spot does some grunting of some sort, no idea what's going on.

Quarters: Junkyard Dog vs Moondog Spot
So yea, not sure what the heck is going on here but JYD wins with no ref around. JYD counts his own pinfall and somehow that is official. Odd......

Mean Gene in the back with Heenan again. Thinks that Hogan is losing the title tonight and still looking for someone to take out Orndorff.

Quarters: Tito Santana vs Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff
Maybe Tito collects that 50k from Heenan here? One of those matches with a ton of holds, but they worked it off quite well. Not a bad match, both worked off each other well. They seem to be constantly working throughout despite all of the holds. Tito gets his "injured" leg worked on for a bit in the match before both men end up on the outside. the two battle on the outside and get counted out. The double countout allows JYD a bye into the finals, becausem why not??

Go back to Hayes with an update on the bracket.

We go to Mean Gene with Hogan who seems to be ready to defend his title against Piper. Gonna use everything he has to put Piper down. So basically his 3 moves he has.

Hulk Hogan (c) vs Rowdy Roddy Piper for the WWF Championship
Match starts with the two brawling on the outside. Not a lot of wrestling going on as the two just continue to brawl in the ring. Dirty tactics used by Piper to try to gain an advantage. Match goes to the outside a second time where Hogan pushes Piper into the ring post. Back in the ring, Hogan pulls of his moves of doom that include the atomic drop and boot to the face. Piper to his feet and gets charged on but moves out of the way, thus leading Hogan to knock out the ref. Piper grabs a chair, goes to use it but Hogan takes it and uses the chair on Piper then locks in a sleeper hold, because you know, Hogan needs a clean victory of sorts. This leads to Orton coming down and we have a 2 on 1 assault leading to a DQ. Well, since Orton came out, Orndorff probably should make his way down, and he does to help out Hogan. In the end it was pretty exciting, much more than some of the stuff that had been going on during this event.

Back to Mean Gene with Junkyard Dog. JYD has trained for two and half weeks to prepare for this in hopes of winning the tournament. Jimmy Hart busts in just shouting random garbage about getting JYD at some point and time.

Semis: Dynamite Kid vs Macho Man Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
With the time these two had, they put on a great match. I felt like I would be able to watch these two go at it for a long time and be satisfied. Good back and forth battle between the two, both looking pretty crisp working together. In the end Dynamite Kid goes for a roll up of sorts after a superplex, but Savage is able to reverse that, getting a roll up himself to take the win. For me, the best match of the night, despite the short length.

Break in action as they give a Rolls Royce away. Gotta let Macho Man catch his breath.

Main Event: Tournament Finals: Junkyard Dog vs Macho Man Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
JYD has not really wrestled at all yet in this event. Hell, he called his own 3 count in one match! Any ways, Savage goes out the ring to get a chair but JYD takes it and head butts the chair himself. JYD stays on the offensive to start things off, beating up on Savage. The two eventually go back to the outside, this time Savage getting the upperhand. Savage grabs a chair and drills JYD with it, and the ref lets the match go on! WHAT!!!! Any ways, Savage uses the guardrail to his advantage, choking JYD on it. They get back into the ring and Savage heads to the top rope only for JYD to stop anything Savage was going to do. JYD eventually backdrops Savage over the top rope and onto the concrete floor. Savage is counted out, giving the win to JYD. Not that bad of a match, probably second best IMO. Afterwards, Ventura comes in to complain about the outcome but JYD gets him to leave after threatening him.

Grade: C (Potential to be much better if some of the matches got better length and didn't have odd finishes to them. That and getting rid of guys lie Moondog Spot and Kirchner and getting some better sort of talent in there to work with. But not terrible)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun):
Junkyard Dog: 4-0
Hulk Hogan: 2-0
Andre the Giant: 1-0
King Kong Bundy: 1-0
Mr. T: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 3-1
Dynamite Kid: 2-1
Tito Santana: 2-1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 2-1
Adrian Adonis: 1-1
The Iron Sheik: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Nikolai Volkoff: 1-1
Paul Orndorff: 1-2
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
British Bulldog: 0-1
Terry Funk: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Leilani Kai: 0-1
Corporal Kirchner: 0-1
Don Muraco: 0-1
Bob Orton: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
Big John Studd: 0-1
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 0-2
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PPV: Wrestlemania 2
Date: 4/6/86
Location (in this instance 3 locations): Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
Rosemont Horizon (Chicago, IL)
Los Angeles Sports Arena (Los Angeles, CA)


The year of my birth started off with WM2, and I'll just go ahead and say that it was a complete mess before getting into it. A lot of awful, so please, beware if you watch it.

At least they found someone to sing besides Mean Gene to start things off this year, as we get to listen to the great Ray Charles this time around. Amen!

I guess I should break this into 3 parts: First part from NY, 2nd from Chi-Town and the 3rd from LA, as to not confuse anyone as to where each math is taking place.

Part 1:

Before we start the event, we get to see Roddy Piper talk about his boxing match with Mr. T. Says he'll retire if Mr. T knocks him out. Boxing match??? That should go over well.

The Magnificent Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji vs "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
So these two go at it for a couple minutes, before both spill to the outside of the ring, where they both get counted out. How you gonna start WM like that? There is a "b******t" chant that follows.

Afterwards we see Mr. T talking about the boxing match. Forget all the talking and go on and get it.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage w/ Elizabeth (c) vs George "The Animal" Steele for the Intercontinental Championship
Not quite sure what to say about this one. Savage being the great performer in the ring goes up against someone that can't work worth a damn IMO. Steele bites Savage multiple times throughout the match, has this deep infatuation with Elizabeth that enables Savage to get some cheaps shots from behind in. We see Savage grabbing flowers and hitting Steele with them, only for Steele to get pissed and shove the flowers down Savage's throat. Savage eventually grabs the win after using the ropes in the corner to retain the title. I honestly am still not too sure what I watched there, but it was terrible. Savage was probably praising the Lord after the match that that debacle was over.

We go to Mean Gean talking to Big John Studd and Bill Fralic, who played football for some NFL team, not sure who and I don't really want to look it up. Studd doesn't like football players, I guess????

George Wells vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Wells gets after it right off the bat, but that goes for naught as soon thereafter, Roberts gains the upperhand and lands the DDT to end it. I have no idea who Wells is, during commentary, Vince said he played in the CFL. Afterwards, Roberts throws the snake around Wells' neck, and Wells foams at the mouth, because the snake is obviously choking him out.

We see a little background as to why we have a boxing match between Piper and Mr. T, which thank you, for I had no desire to look up why that took place. We then get an interview with Hulk Hogan from Jesse Ventura. Hogan defended the title regardless of the "broken" ribs. Says Mr. T will beat Piper because Piper takes those shortcuts, as a heel should.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper w/Bob Orton and Lou Duva (sp?) vs Mr. T w/Joe Frazier, The Haiti Kid and Jim Connoly in a Boxing Match
So this was scheduled for 10 rounds. I'll get straight to the point with this one. Match gets stopped in the 4th round after Piper decides to slam Mr. T. This brings out a brawl to end it. GARBAGE!!!!

Part 2:

Velvet McIntyre vs The Fabulous Moolah (c) for the WWF Women's Championship
This one had to have lasted under a minute with Moolah avoiding a big splash to retain the title. Let the garbage continue here in Chi-Town.

Nikolai Volkoff w/"Classy" Freddie Blassy vs Corporal Kirschner
So I think flag match and I'm visualizing the flags of each man in opposite corners, grab the flag to win the match. That's the flag match I know. This is not the flag match I know. Winner gets to raise/wave their flag. Really???? Not what I was expecting. Any ways, Volkoff has to sing the Russian National Anthem, because that's his thing, before the match starts. No real wrestling going on, and at one point the ref hits the mat after getting in between the two. Blassie takes the opportunity to throw his cane in, because, why not? Sadly, Kirschner grabs the cane and utilizes it to his advantage and drills Volkoff with it to grab the win. This match was under two minutes, or so it felt like it. Kirschner leaves the match busted open. Where would he have gotten busted open in those less than 2 minutes? Your guess is as good as mine. But hey, America prevails!

20 Man Battle Royale: Pedro Morales, Tony Atlas, Dan Spivey, Hillbilly Jim, King Tonga, Iron Sheik, Ernie Holmes, The Killer B's, John Studd, Bill Fralic, Hart Foundation, Bruno Sammartino, William Perry, Andre the Giant and a few guys that played football that I have no idea on
We got ourselves a good ol; wrestler/NFL battle royale. I'm sure the names were mentioned but I skipped the introductions and was not really paying much attention to names during the commentary. Chi-Town really wanted Perry to take this match. I'm not going to go into too much detail here, not like I will for the Royal Rumbles, but in the end we get Andre and The Hart Foundations left as the last 3. The Hitman and Neidhart try to double the massive giant, to no avail. Andre ends up taking them both out to win. Hart Foundation looks weird in black and blue tights, BTW. First match of the event where I was somewhat entertained while watching. Pretty neat to see some of the football players in there mixing it up with guys that do that stuff for a living, and it didn't look all that bad. Would have been great for the fans if Perry won, but, Vince can't be having a NFL guy top a pro wrestler.........oh, wait for that to come in a few years.

We go to Vince, where he is talking with Piper. Piper making excuses it seems like. Says something about not having to dye himself black, what the hell?? Some racist lines from Piper that I'll leave for you all to watch.

Back to Mean Gene where one of the players says he got cheated by Fralic. Iron Sheik comes in says wrestling is better than football, and some other things I cannot make out.

The British Bulldogs w/Captain Lou Albano and Ozzy Osbourne vs The Dream Team w/"Luscious" Johnny Valiant (c) for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Dream Team consists of Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake for those that do not know. Dynamite Kid and British Bulldog make up, well, The British Bulldogs. Now seeming how the show has been crap up to this point, I was really hoping for some match to wake me up out of the boredom I was being put in, minus that little excitement from the battle royale. Well this tag match had me going. I would say that this was probably the match of the night as both teams put on a heck of a showing here. Great stuff that went back and forth with all four getting decent action in the match. Big surprise to me was the match not being determined due to outside antics from Valiant, which I was for sure thinking it would have some impact. Match ends with Valentine getting knocked cold after British Bulldog tosses him into Dynamite Kid's head, which I thought was a strange ending, but, still a great match. The British Bulldogs become the new tag champs. Afterwards, Mean Gene sneaks a word in with the new champs, they are glad to have won to say the least.

Part 3:

Hercules Hernandez vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Not too bad of a match here, considering Hercules is not that great of a performer. But, you can never go wrong with Steamboat. Steamboat looked good again in this one in a match where I was worried was not going to be good, only because Hernandez was involved and I was never a fan of his. You could obvioulsy see that Steamboat could run circles around Hercules but was able to have a pretty competitive match. Match ends with Hercules trying for a splash attempt that fails. Steamboat then heads to the top rope and lands a flying cross body to get the win.

"Adorable" Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart vs Uncle Elmer
So my hopes are a bit up after the last couple of matches, then this rears its ugly head. Adonis is full of makeup and sweat, wearing a nightgown, maybe? Two awful wrestlers doing who in the hell knows what during the match. Elmer punched Adonis and in the process, fell down himself. Amazing! Eventually Adonis wins with maybe a splash from the rope, or maybe half headbutt and half splash, I haven't a clue. I was just glad that it was over.

We go to the great Alfred Hates, who has a word with Hogan. Calls him Awful Alfred haha, much of the same we heard from when Mean Gene spoke with him earlier.

The Funk Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs The Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana
Terry just plays that crazy dude off so well. Any ways, this ended up being a pretty good match, which I was happy to see. Santana seemed to be a great worker in these early days and he did a great job in this match. Had a nice mix of action from both sides that kept me entertained throughout. Had some great heel action that ended up deciding the match in the end. JYD ends up pulling Hart on the apron, allowing Hart to bring the megaphone into the ring. Terry grabs it to knowck JYD out to grab the win. Entertained throughout the whole match.

Get a little history behind the Hogan and Bundy feud, gotta love showing the lead up to a match, especially since I have no recollection of it. Go to Ventura who is with Heenan and Bundy, Heenan claims Bundymania is gonna run wild. Like Axelmania, right?

Main Event: King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby "The Brain' Heenan vs Hulk Hogan (c) in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship
Old school steel cage for this match. I'm a huge fan of the old school cage. Only way to win is to escape the cage. Bundy, of course, goes to work on the ribs in typical fashion. Looks like Bundy is in control, but as you know, Hogan has got to Hulk up, and that is what happens. Hogan gets Avalanched and we all know when he hulks up, that is pointless. Hogan gains the advantage and climbs out, despite Heenan trying to stop him. Hogan retains the title, yet again. Afterwards, Hogan bullies Heenan around in the cage, to the crowd's pleasure. Was kind of a meh main event, nothing too special, but we are talking about Hogan and Bundy here. I did enjoy Bundy getting busted open though, for whatever that is worth.

Grade: D (Just way too many awful matches on this card to warrant it anything higher IMO. Could easily have been lower if the tag matches were terrible, but those matches somewhat saved it from being the worst thing possible on TV. If I had paid for this back in the day, which I'm sure my Dad did at the time, I'd be pissed.)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Hulk Hogan: 3-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Fabulous Moolah: 1-0
Andre the Giant: 1-0
Dory Funk Jr: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 1-0
Junkyard Dog: 4-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 4-1
Dynamite Kid: 3-1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 3-1
Tito Santana: 2-2
British Bulldog: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
The Iron Sheik: 1-1
King Kong Bundy: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Adrian Adonis: 1-2
Nikolai Volkoff: 1-2
Paul Orndorff: 1-3
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Hercules: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Leilani Kai: 0-1
Velvet McIntyre: 0-1
Bob Orton: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Big John Studd: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 0-2
Don Muraco: 0-2
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 0-2
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 0-3
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PPV: The Big Event
Date: 8/27/86
Location: C.N.E Stadium (Toronto, Canada)


Another event that I had no idea went down. And it is one of those outdoor events, which I like.

The Funk Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs The Killer Bees
Instead of Terry Funk this time around, we get Jimmy Jack Funk alongside Dory Jr. Killer Bees are compiled of B. Brian Blair and "Jumpin" Jim Brunzell, and what may be a very underrated tag team, just throwing that out there. Action goes back and forth a bit before the Bees put on their patented masks, which by the way, for a face team, seems pretty heel-like, but I love it! Any ways, the Bees pull off the switcheroo as Blair, I believe, rolls out of the ring and Brunzell comes in. Hart, being the smart manager he is, is telling Jimmy Jack that the wrong man is in the ring, Jimmy Jack goes for a suplex on the wrong man any ways, only to get rolled up in a small package, giving the Killer Bees the win. Solid opening match to get the crowd going IMO. Not a bad way to start things off.

King Tonga vs Magnificent Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
I guess Tonga was in the process of becoming Haku because he gets referred to both names during the match, which was confusing me. Any ways, not much to write about here. One of those matches where I sat and was thoroughly bored. Most excitement came with Fuji nailing Haku/Tonga with his cane, in typical heel Fuji fashion. Few rest holds here and there. Muraco does some work on the knee throughout. Seemed as if Muraco was the one doing most of the work here in this match, with not much happening from Haku/Tonga. Muraco locks in the figure 4 after work on the knee but it gets broken up. Haku/Tonga eventually lands a crossbody press and has Muraco pinned as the bell rings. Match ends in a time limit draw, WORST!!!!

Ted Arcidi vs Tony Garea
I have no recollection of these 2, most likely due to the fact I was not even a year old at this time, but I feel like I know quite a few of the old school guys, but not these two. And probably for good reason, because I watched a mess of a match between these two. Match ends with Arcidi locking in a bear hug for the win. Very little wrestling here that was complete garbage.

We go to Mean Gene talking with Jimmy Hart. Hart isn't too happy that JYD ripped his pants off on national TV on multiple occasions.

"Adorable" Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart vs The Junkyard Dog
Every match I've seen with Adonis has been downright terrible. He is out of shape and does nothing impressive. The dude is garbage, maybe he had better days earlier in his career, but at this point, he just looks like he does not belong anywhere close to a ring, let alone be performing in one. JYD ends up hitting Adonis with his chain early on. JYD shoves the ref away as he has Adonis on the apron which allows Hart to spray JYD in the face with something, maybe cologne, I dunno. This gives Adonis the upperhand and Hart also begins to hit JYD with the sprayer that he has. All this is happening on the outside and I guess at some point the ref is up and counting to ten. I'm guessing we are getting a double countout but JYD rolls Adonis back in the ring and follows him in. Hart is still trying to get involved as the bell rings. JYD wins by countout. Yes you read that right, JYD wins by countout. How, I do not know, you would think that Adonis wins by countout, since he got rolled into the ring by JYD before JYD came back into the ring. I'm still confused as to what went on there.

Dick Slater vs "Iron" Mike Sharpe
Not too familiar with these two guys here. The crowd booed both of them as they were introduced, so I'm guessing they were nothing to write home about. Nothing sticks out here, Slater hits an elbowdrop to the head to pick up the pin. Boring!!!!

Go to Mean Gene with Bobby Heenan. Claims he is going to win his six man tag match coming up and that Orndorff will be new champion later tonight. Heenan also makes history, self quoted by himself.

The Machines and Captian Lou Albano vs Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan in a Six Man Tag Match
So since I had no idea who these Machines were, I needed to do some research. One of The Machines was a giant of a dude, and I felt he was Andre, which I was right, but I had no clue who the other 2 were. One was Demolition Ax and the other was Blackjack Mulligan, the more you know, unless you already knew that. Any ways, not really much going on here. Heenan comes in to try to rip the masks off but fails and would quickly tag out afterwards. Albano and Heenan do meet up in the ring, why wouldn't they, right? Nothing exciting really happened when the two were in the ring. Andre seems to have had enough of what he was seeing and just destroys everyone, resulting in a DQ and a victory for the Heenan crew. Awful match to say the least.

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts in a Snake Pit Match
My interest is gained back quickly as I find out that Steamboat is next. You can never really go wrong with a Steamboat match. So a Snake Pit match means no DQ pretty much, that's what The Fink explained. And at some point during the match Monsoon states the match is unsactioned. Great action inside the ring that eventually goes to the outside were Roberts slame Steamboat on the floor. Roberts grabs a chair but Steamboat is able to take it from him and drills Roberts with it before going back in the ring. More action inside before Steamboat gets tossed over the ropes and hitting the steps on the way down. Roberts then slingshots Steamboat into the post, and that, of course, busts Steamboat open. Roberts utilizes the rail and bangs Steamboat's head on the floor. Back in the ring where Roberts still has most of the control. Roberts nails some sort of stomach crusher and goes for the cocky pin. This allows Steamboat to reverse the pin and pick up the 3. Yes, just like that. Not the best ending, but this is by far the best match at this point into the show. These two obviously could have did more, especially with the ending, but it was pretty damn good.

Billy Jack Haynes vs Hercules Hernandez
We go from a pretty good match to absolute garbage again. I mean, I guess it is tough to follow up a Steamboat match, but don't give us this crap right afterwards, geez! I enjoy watching a few tie ups to start things off that in turn leads to a head lock, not! Eventually, Hercules goes for a neckbreaker of sorts but Haynes is able to reverse that into a backslide to pick up the win. Nothing too exciting here.

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs The Dream Team
Pretty good match here with plenty of action to go around. All 4 got their fair share in. Great back and forth action throughout. Towards the end, it looks as if The Dream Team is about to pick up the win as Valentine has the figure 4 locked in on Jacques. That gets broken up and all 4 men are now in the ring battling, getting the crowd going. Through all the chaos, Raymond hits a sunset flip on Valentine leading to the win in what was quite the match. Only complaint I have is the ref. The dude looked lost the whole time and it was if he had no idea what he was doing, just take a look for yourself when you get a chance. I've never seen a ref look so bad in the ring like that. It was quite weird to see and kind of took me away from watching the action a little bit at times. Johnny Valiant is none too happy with the result up in the booth, throwing a huge fit.

Pedro Morales vs Harley Race
2 guys that probably need to hang them up already, but whatever, if Flair can keep wrestling well past his prime, why not these two? I honestly do not know what happens at the start of the match as it cuts right to the middle of it, for whatever reason. Morales at one point get tossed on the timekeeper table. Quite disappointed in that the table did not even budge. Eventually, Race uses the ropes in the corner to help guide him to a win as the crowd is chanting "Orndorff". Hahaha!

Main Event: "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff w/Bobby Heenan vs Hulk Hogan (c) for the WWF Championship
Both guys come out to the same music. I have no idea why, any help on that would be great. Any ways, we have a crowd that is obviously pro Orndorff as they are chanting his name to start things off. Orndorff quickly starts things off, trying to gain the upperhand right away. Great heel stuff from Orndorff as he lands a low blow that allows Heenan to give a slap to the bent down Hogan. Match heads to the floor, where Orndorff drops Hogan with a suplex. At one point a can is thrown into the ring and Orndorff bashes Hogan's head with it, I could not stop laughing at that and rewatched it multiple times before going on. Orndorff goes to biting and an eye gouge, before nailing a belly to belly suplex. But, lo and behold, Hogan hulks up at this point. Hogan knees Orndorff and it cause him to hit the ref, both men going down. This allows Heenan the chance to hop in and drill Hogan with a stool. Orndorff goes for the pin as the ref crawls to life, patting Orndorff on the shoulder as the bell rings. Everyone thinks that we have a new champ as Orndorff is celebrating with the belt. Then bad news is given to the crowd as we hear that Orndorff has been DQ'd for hitting the ref! C'mon, Hogan drilled Orndorff which led to him crashing into the ref! So, not the result the people wanted to see but it was a pretty exciting match, which excitement was few and far between with this event.

Grade: C- (Some pretty lousy matches saved by the main event, Steamboat/Roberts and the Rougeau/Dream Team bouts. Not terrible, but could have been better)


Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Hulk Hogan: 4-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Andre the Giant: 1-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
B. Brian Blair: 1-0
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 1-0
Fabulous Moolah: 1-0
Haku: 1-0
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-0
Bobby Heenan: 1-0
Harley Race: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Jacques Rougeau: 1-0
Ray Rougeau: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Junkyard Dog: 5-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 4-1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 4-1
Dynamite Kid: 3-1
King Kong Bundy: 2-1
British Bulldog: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
The Iron Sheik: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Tito Santana: 2-2
Nikolai Volkoff: 1-2
Adrian Adonis: 1-3
Paul Orndorff: 1-4
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Demolition Ax: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Leilani Kai: 0-1
Velvet McIntyre: 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Bob Orton: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe": 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Hercules: 0-2
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 0-3
Don Muraco: 0-3
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 0-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 0-3
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PPV: Wrestlemania III
Date: 3/29/87
Location: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)


Let Aretha Franklin bless us with her voice to start things off.

The Can-Am Connection vs "Cowboy" Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
The Can-Am Connection is made up of Rick Martel and Tom Zenk, for those that are not sure. Not a bad match to get things started here. Quick back and forth action here, as this match was quite short, maybe 5 minutes, if that. We get towards the end of the match and all four are getting involved. Orton is backdropped by Muraco after a mishap. Orton then gets dropkicked out of the ring. Martel comes flying at Muraco with a crossbody to pick up the win. Nice match to start as I said. Crowd seemed to be quite into the match as well.

Get a little recap of what has happened between Hercules and Haynes before going to Mean Gene, who happens to be with Hercules and Heenan. Hercules is the Greek God Hercules, or so he thinks.

Billy Jack Haynes vs Hercules w/Bobby Heenan
If the last PPV match they had was awful, then how is this one going to be any better? I already have a bad attitude going into this match and it only gets worse watching this match. Both go back and forth, each getting an upperhand at various times. Haynes goes for a Full Nelson towards the end but Hercules falls to the outside of the ring to prevent Haynes from getting the upperhand. Haynes follows him out and locks in the Full Nelson there, thus getting both men counted out. Boring!!!! Best part was Haynes chasing after Heenan after the finish of the match, only for Hercules to crush him with his chain, busting Haynes open.

We go to Mean Gene and he interviews Bundy and his little crew, then interviews Hillbilly Jim and his little crew before their match.

Little Tokyo, Lord Littlebrooke, and King Kong Bundy vs. Little Beaver, The Haiti Kid, and Hillbilly Jim in a Six Man Mixed Tag Team Match
I'm a fan of the midget wrestlers, they bring great entertainment and it is fun watching them fly around the ring. Not much wrestling wise going on here but it was rather entertaining. Bundy is punishing Jim and Little Beaver comes in to try and stop the madness. However, Bundy catches him and slams him to the mat, following that up with an elbow drop. Ref DQs Bundy and his team since the big guys are not allowed to wrestle the midgets. It looks as if Bundy is going to give a big splash to the poor guy, but the rest of the midgets and Jim prevent that from happening. Just good, fun entertainment.

Elizabeth, down that aisle! Hahaha, classic Macho Man.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2oP1ugGue4

After that awesome Macho Man piece, we get a little backstory leading up to the Race and JYD match coming up. Mean Gene gets interviews with all involved before heading to the ring.

"King" Harley Race w/Fabulous Moolah and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs The Junkyard Dog in a Kings Crown Match
The loser of the match has to bow down to the winner. Heenan quickly starts out by grabbing JYD's leg that allows Race to get the upperhand. From there we get some back and forth action with a spot on the outside where Race misses with a diving headbutt. Back in the ring and Heenan gets on the apron, trying to distract JYD. Thi allows Race to nail JYD with a belly to belly suplex, allowing him to pick up the win. JYD bows to Race and then nails him with a chair and wears the robe back to the locker room. Match was awful and they both looked like garbage in the ring.

We go to Vince who is with Hogan. Hogan's riled up about the task at hand in the main event. Afterwards we go to Mean Gean who is with The Dream Team. Bravo and Valiant say something in French.

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs The Dream Team w/"Luscious Johnny Valiant and Dino Bravo
Not as good as the match they had at the last PPV, but not terrible. Typical back and forth tag action. We get to the end and Ray is setting Valentine up for a sleeper hold. Beefcake is not cool with that and goes to break that up, but instead nails Valentine. Ref is now preoccupied with Beefcake and Jacques. This allows Bravo to nail a forearm from the top rope that allows Valentine to pick up the win. Beefcake gets left behind in the ring as Valentine, Bravo and Valiant leave without him.

Get a recap of the Adonis/Piper feud that leads to their next match.

"Adorable" Adrian Adonis w/Jimmy Hart vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in a Hair vs Hair Match
Simple, loser has their head shaved. The two slug it out to start things off. Piper has a belt of sorts in his trunks that he uses to whip Adonis with. Adonis uses the belt after Piper chases Hart around. Hart actually gets pretty beat up here in this match, which was fun to see (getting tossed around and thrown into Adonis here and there). The two evetually go to the floor where Adonis rams Piper into a table. Back in the ring and Hart sprays cologone of some sort into Piper's eyes. For whatever reason, probably because it is a hair match, Beefcake comes running down. He helps Piper, who puts a sleeper hold on Adonis to win the match. Beefcake does the honors of cutting Adonis' hair. Adonis is terrible but at least this was entertaining to watch and wasn't hard to get through. Oh, and that was the "last" time we'd see Piper in the ring.........yea right.

The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis w/Jimmy Hart vs The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana in a Six Man Tag Match
The Hart Foundation are the current tag champs here. Danny Davis was a former ref who had been doing some sucpicious officiating, thus not allowing him to ref anymore, so what better way than to stay in the ring than become a wrestler. Davis tags in every now and again, gets a few stomps in before tagging out. That is until Dynamite Kid gets the knees up when Davis is slungshot by Hitman and Anvil. Santana then proceeds to dominate Davis. Bulldog comes in and does the same. Davis is just being dealt punishment left and right, nobody wanting to pin him. Bulldog goes for the running powerslam to finish it off but Anvil breaks it up. This brings everyone into the ring and chaos ensues. Davis manages to get the megaphone from Jimmy and drills Bulldog with it. Ref doesn't see it, Davis picks up the pin on Bulldog. Pretty decent match all around. Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs usually worked quite well together when they met in the ring and they did not disappoint here.

Head to Mean Gene speaking with Andre and Heenan. Heenan is confident that Hulkamania will be dead.

"The Natural" Butch Reed w/Slick vs Koko B. Ware
Not much to write about here. Not that great of match and luckily the next match after was a classic to get the crowd back into it. Reed grabs the trunks to pick up the win in about 3 minutes, so pretty short and to the point. Slick then comes in to attack Ware with his cane. That brings Santana to the ring to put a stop to all of that.

Get a little recap of what has happened between Savage and Steamboat. Go to Savage, who drops some great stuff before the match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZjUN9sJapU

"Macho Man" Randy Savage (c) w/Elizabeth vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat w/Geaorge "The Animal" Steele for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Words cannot describe the greatness of this match. This match stole the show, even with the huge main event still on tap. I'm just going to post the video and you all can watch for yourself as Steamboat captures the title in one of the best matches ever, maybe the best match ever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WizE010F30

Go to Mean Gene speaking with Jake Roberts. Roberts is none too happy about being hit with a guitar by Honky Tonk Man.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts w/Alice Cooper vs The Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart
Match starts off with a lot of action going on outside, leading to Honky being slammed on the floor. We get a little action in the ring before heading out, this time Honky throwing Roberts into the post. The two struggle for an advantage inside the ring and Roberts goes for the DDT to finish things of. Hart grabs Roberts leg to prevent that from happening, allowing Honky to get the roll up pin with the help of the ropes. Roberts goes to hit Honky with a guitar afterwards but he misses and hits the posts as Hony books it out of the ring. That leaves Hart by himself with Roberts and Cooper who bring Damian out on him. Not too bad, but its gonna be hard to top the match that was before theirs.

Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik w/Slick vs The Killer Bees
Nikolai can't belt the Russian National Anthem out because Jim Duggan comes in to prevent that from happening. This actually ends up being a pretty decent match between the two teams. Was hoping to see the patented masks the Bees use, but that never happened. Towards the end, chaos breaks loose. Brunzell gets knocked out of the ring. Sheik has the camel clutch locked in on Blair and Duggan is chasing Volkoff around the ring. The chase continues in the ring and Duggan decides, "You know what, let me clock Sheik with my 2x4 here." Ref calls for the bell, giving the match to Sheik and Volkoff. Duggan has no cares, he does what he wants, because, AMERICA!

Go to Mean Gene with Andre, Andre says it wont take long for him to come back in the back with the title. We get a video package of the happenings between Andre and Hogan. Afterwards we get last words from Hogan, who is ready to roll.

Main Event: Hulk Hogan (c) vs Andre the Giant w/Bobby Heenan for the WWF Championship
Andre comes down to the ring and trash rains down upon him. Fans all for Hogan coming on top here. The match itself was not great, which was to be expected considering the two in the ring. Andre shos his dominance early on, just crushing Hogan. One point on the outside, Hogan tries a piledriver only to be backdropped by Andre. Of course, Hogan hulks up and the crowd goes wild. He delivers the biggest slam known in wrestling history as the crowd erupts. Hogan follows it up with a leg drop to retain the title. Again, not a good match by any means but it serves as a great historical piece of wrestling and Wrestlemania.

Grade: A (This is what a Wrestlemania should be about. Great action overall with very little bleh moments. A much better showing than the garbage they put out for Wrestlemania 2. And when you have Steamboat/Savage stealing the show like they did, you really cannot go wrong)



Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Hulk Hogan: 5-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Harley Race: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Danny Davis: 1-0
Fabulous Moolah: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Haku: 1-0
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 1-0
Bobby Heenan: 1-0
Hillbilly Jim: 1-0
Honky Tonk Man: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Rick Martel: 1-0
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 1-0
Butch Reed: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 5-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Andre the Giant: 1-1
B. Brian Blair: 1-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jacques Rougeau: 1-1
Ray Rougeau: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Junkyard Dog: 5-2
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 4-2
Dynamite Kid: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 2-2
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-2
British Bulldog: 1-2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 1-2
Tito Santana: 2-3
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 1-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 1-3
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Paul Orndorff: 1-4
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Demolition Ax: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Leilani Kai: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Velvet McIntyre: 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe": 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
Koko B. Ware: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Hercules: 0-3
Don Muraco: 0-4
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PPV: 1987 Survivor Series
Date: 11/25/87
Location: Richfield Coliseum (Richfield, OH)


1987 brings us the first ever Survivor Series. I am a huge fan of the classic survivor series elimination tag matches, really wish they would bring those back where every match is a classic survivor series elimination match. With so much going on in these type of matches I am just going to get to eliminations and how they occured for each of the elimination tag matches, just makes things much easier for me.

We start things off with Honky Tonk Man claiming his team is the best and that Elizabeth is going to get herself a little Shake, Rattle and Roll. We then see Steamboat and Co, who are "survivors" and Macho Man is not too happy with Honky Tonk Man shoving Elizabeth.

Honky Tonk Man, "Outlaw" Ron Bass, "Dangerous" Danny Davis, King Harley Race and Hercules w/Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake w/Elizabeth in a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match
Basic rules of the match: you get pinned, submit, counted out or DQ'd, you are eliminated. Winner is the team with the only survivors left. Honky Tonk Man is the current Intercontinetal champ at this time. First eliminations occur with Race in the ring, Steamboat makes the tag to Duggan. These two have a history with each other at this time, Monsoon mentioned something about Race getting his crown back from Duggan, so that is what I am basing that off of. Duggan charges Race and clotheslines him out of the ring. Duggan follows him and the two get counted out. So we are down to Honky, Bass, Davis and Hercules vs Savage, Steamboat, Roberts and Beefcake. We get to the next elimination as Savage and Bass are in the ring. Savage is able to make a blind take to Beefcake after getting out of a piledriver attempt by Bass. Beefcake drills Bass with a high knee to pick up the pin. Down to Honky, Davis and Hercules vs Savage, Steamboat, Roberts and Beefcake. Next elimination comes with Honky in the ring with Beefcake. Beefcake goes to run off the ropes but Davis trips him up, allowing Honky to hit the patented Shake, Rattle and Roll to eliminate Beefcake. Down to Honky, Davis and Hercules vs Savage, Steamboat and Roberts. Next elimination comes with Roberts backed into the bad guys' corner by Hercules, taking some punishment. Hercules tags Davis in and just like that, Davis gets a DDT from Roberts, getting eliminated in the process. Down to Honky and Hercules vs Savage, Steamboat and Roberts. Next, Hercules is battling with Steamboat. Steamboat hits a bodyslam on Hercules and tags in Savage, who promptly heads to the top rope to land the flying elbow, eliminating Hercules. Down to Honky vs Savage, Steamboat and Roberts. Honky is left to fend for himself against 3 of the top guys at the time. Honky takes his beating by each one of them before deciding he has had enough after getting atomic dropped out of the ring by Savage, and refuses to come back in the ring. He gets counted out, leaving Savage, Steamboat and Roberts as the survivors for the winning team. Overall, a pretty solid match to start the PPV. Again, to save time I'm just getting right to eliminations, but this was a nice match to watch.

Go to Andre's team. Andre is there for Hogan's soul tonight.

Fabulous Moolah, Rockin' Robin, Velvet McIntyre and Jumping Bomb Angels vs Sensational Sherri, Dawn Marie, Dawna Christianello and Glamour Girls w/Jimmy Hart in a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match
For those not familiar with the teams: Jumping Bomb Angels consist of Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki. Glamour Girls consist of Judy Martin and Leilani Kai. At this time Sherri is the Women's champ and the Glamour Girls are Women's Tag champs (yes, that was a thing, women's tag champs). First elimination comes with McIntyre and Christianello battling. McIntyre hits a dropkick and follows it up with victory roll of sorts to eliminate Christianello. Leaves us with Moolah, Robin, McIntyre, and Jumping Bomb Angels vs Sherri, Marie, and Glamour Girls. Moving along where we have Robin and Marie going at it. Robin nails a crossbody block to get the pin over Marie, who is now eliminated. Down to Moolah, Robin, McIntyre and Jumping Bomb Angels vs Sherri, and Glamour Girls. Moving along to Robin getting a bit orked over by the heels. Robin backed up into the heel corner and can't stop the onslaught as Sherri nails a suplex to pick up the pin and eliminating Robin. Down to Moolah, McIntyre, and Bomb Angels vs Sherri and Glamour Girls. Eventually we have Moolah in the ring and the Glamour Girls give her a double clothesline which gets her pinned, Moolah is gone. Down to McIntyre and Bomb Angels vs Sherri and Glamour Girls. Back and forth action leads to Sherri and McIntyre in the ring. Sherri gets herself victory rolled and eliminated by McIntyre. Down to McIntyre and Bomb Angels vs Glamour Girls. Get to a point where Kai and McIntyre are in the ring. McIntyre goes to the well one too many times, trying for another victory roll, but Kai drops her across the ropes and slingshots her in a way, picking up the pin. Down to Bomb Angels vs Glamour Girls. Kai gets dropped with a top rope crossbody from Yamazaki, getting pinned in the process. Down to Bomb Angels vs Judy Martin. Jimmy Hart gets dropkicked of the apron after trying to cause a distraction. Noriyo drills Martin with a clothesline, picking up the pin. Jumping Bomb Angels are the survivors for their team. Not a great match, very boring, minus the Bomb Angels who actually were exciting to watch. Pass on this match, unless you want to see the Bomb Angels in action.

We see The Hart Foundation pumped up for their match, Strike Force and their team is a united bunch, yadda, yadda.

Strike Force, Killer Bees, Young Stallions, Rougeau Brothers and British Bulldogs vs Demolition, Bolsheviks, Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation w/Jimmy Hart, Slick, Bobby Heenan, Johnny V and Mr. Fuji in a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Match
So in this match, if your teammate gets eliminated, the whole team is gone. For instance, if British Bulldog were to get pinned, both he and Dynamite Kid are gone. For those not sure of the tag teams: Strike Force consist of Rick Martel and Tito Santana, Young Stallions consist of Jim Powers and Paul Roma, Bolsheviks consist of Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov, Islanders consist of Haku and Tama, New Dream Team consist of Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo. The other teams I have mentioned in previous reviews or don't need to be explained, I don't think. Any ways, what a cluster of a match, so many people!!! Strike Force are the tag champs at this time. Santana and Zhukov are battling back and forth before the first elimination. Santana is able to hit the flying forearm on Zhukov, eliminating The Bolsheviks. Down to Strike Force, Killer Bees, Young Stallions, Rougeaus and Bulldogs vs Demolition, Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation. Jim Powers is taking a beating at one point before Jacques tags in. Jacques goes for a crossbody on Ax and misses, allowing Ax to pin and eliminate the Rougeaus. Down to Strike Force, Killer Bees, Stallions and Bulldogs vs Demolition, Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation. Move along to Dynamite Kid in teh ring with Smash. Smash able to back Dynamite Kid into the wrong corner and Demolition begin to beat on him. Ref tries to break it up and Smash tosses him aside, resulting in a DQ, eliminating Demolition. Down to Strike Force, Bees, Stallions and Bulldogs vs Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation. Moving on to Santana and Neidhart in the ring. Santana is able to hit his flying forearm and goes for the cover, Hitman comes in and gives Santana an elbow drop to break up the count. This "knocksout" Santana and Neidhart is able to pick up the pin, eliminating Strike Force. Down to Bees, Stallions and Bulldogs vs Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation. Move forward to Haku battling the Bulldogs. British Bulldog able to land a running powerslam but only gets a 2 count. Dynamite Kid comes in and drills his falling headbutt. Haku is able to recover and drills Dynamite Kid with one of his patented kicks to pick up the pin, eliminating the British Bulldogs. Down to Bees and Stallions vs Islanders, New Dream Team and Hart Foundation. Moving forward as we have the Stallions and New Dream Team going at each other. Valentine goes for the figure four on Powers, Powers is able to kick out and get a blind tag to Roma. Valentine tries to lock the figure four in again on Powers, but Roma nails a sunset flip to pick up the pin and eliminating the New Dream Team. Down to Bees and Stallions vs Islanders and Hart Foundation. Moving forward, we have the Bees and Hart Foundation doing a little battle back and forth. Brunzell goes for a powerslam on Bret, but Tama dropkicks him. However, Brunzell rolls through and is able to pin Bret, eliminating the Hart Foundation. Down to Bees and Stallions vs Islanders. Islanders are left to fend for themselves now. Bees and Islanders are battling back and forth, at one point all hell somewhat breaks loose. During this time Blair throws on the patented Killer Bee mask and picks up the pin on Tama, making the Bees and Stallions the survivors of their team. Brunzell needs to hurry to put his mask on so the ref doesn't see what just went down. This was a rather exciting match to say the least. It was at the time when the WWF had some great tag teams and this was a great way to showcase them. No bad words for this match. You would figure the Hart Foundation would be the winners, but we got a couple teams survive that I didn't think would last.

We get to see an awesome "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase vignette where we just see DiBiase being a total douche. Take a look for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiIxBEVgWmY

We then get an interview with Honky Tonk man saying he is the best Intercontintal champ of all time and wants to take on Hogan in a title vs title match. Afterwards, we go to Mean Gene with Hogan and his team, they are all pretty hungry, according to their statements.

Main Event: Hulk Hogan, "The Rock" Don Muraco, Ken Patera, Bam Bam Bigelow and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff w/Oliver Humperdink vs Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, One Man Gang and "Natural" Butch Reed w/Bobby Heenan and Slick in a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match
Hogan is still the WWF champ at this point, shocker! We'll start it off with Reed in the ring with Orndorff. Reed reverses an irish whip but Orndorff is able to aviod whatever was about to go down and tags Hogan. Both he and Hogan hit Reed with a double clothesline that is followed with a leg drop for the pin, eliminating Reed. Down to Hogan, Muraco, Patera, Bam Bam and Orndorff vs Andre, Bundy, Rude and Gang. Some back and forth action before setting up with One Man Gang and Patera. One Mang Gang has a facelock on Patera trying to wear him out. Patera escapes with a rake of the eyes and goes to town on One Man Gang. That doesn't last long as One Man Gang drops him with a sort of sidewalk/Bossman slam like move to eliminate Patera. Down to Hogan, Muraco, Bam Bam and Orndorff vs Andre, Bundy, Rude and Gang. We get to a point where Rude and Orndorff are in the ring. Sidenote: Rude is one of my favorites and he had the best tights anyone has ever worn, I loved seeing what he would come out in next. Any ways, Orndorff sets Rude up for a piledriver, but Bundy comes in and drills him, allowing Rude the ol' fashioned schoolboy pin to get rid of Orndorff. Down to Hogan, Muraco and Bam Bam vs Andre, Bundy, Rude and Gang. Sadly for Rude, he is taking out quickly after as all three opponents let loose on him with Muraco delivering a powerslam to Rude, eliminating him. Down to Hogan, Muraco and Bam Bam vs Andre, Bundy and Gang. Muraco stays in the ring and takes his beating. One Man Gang tosses Muraco into Andre's big head and on the return delivers his 747 Splash to get rid of Muraco. Down to Hogan and Bam Bam vs Andre, Bundy and Gang. We get to a point where finally Hogan and Andre are in the ring together. Hogan goes to work on Andre with punches and elbow smashes, getting the crowd riled up. He goes to come off the ropes but Bundy drags him out of the ring where he and One Man Gang are. Hogan slams Bundy and One Man Gang on the outside, but in all of that mess, the ref made a 10 count, and Hogan is now gone. Down to Bam Bam vs Andre, Bundy and Gang. Who would have thought Bam Bam would be alone with no Hogan! Bundy and Bam Bam now going at each other. Bundy tries for an Avalanche, but Bam Bam gets out of the way and nails a slingshot splash of sorts to get rid of Bundy. Down to Bam Bam vs Andre and Gang. Well, that means One Man Gang is going to come in to work on Bam Bam. Bam Bam gets laid out as One Man Gang tosses him into a huge Andre boot. One Man Gang heads for the top rope to finish Bam Bam, but Bam Bam moves out of the way. Bam Bam drapes an arm over One Man Gang to pick up the pin. Down to Bam Bam vs Andre. Well, sadly for Bam Bam, this is where he hits the end of the line. Andre comes in works him over after Bam Bam tried his best to get the upperhand, drills Bam Bam with a buterfly suplex to pick up the win, Andre is the survivor for his team. Hogan rushes the ring and drills Andre with the belt, ruining the man's celebration. Typical Hogan, can't help but the spotlight be on him. At the end of the show Andre tells Hogan he wants a rematch for the title. Not a bad match here. I was expecting something quite less since not many in the match could work that well in the ring, but I was proven wrong. Nice way to end the show.

Grade: B- (could be a solid B, but that women's match was a drag and hurt the grading. Otherwise, for a brand new thing, it was not too bad. It was something fun and exciting to watch.)



Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Rick Martel: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Bobby Heenan: 1-0
Hillbilly Jim: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
One Man Gang: 1-0
Jim Powers: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Rockin' Robin: 1-0
Paul Roma: 1-0
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Noriyo Tateno: 1-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 6-1
Hulk Hogan: 5-1
Andre the Giant: 2-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Harley Race: 2-1
Jacques Rougeau: 2-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Haku: 1-1
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Honky Tonk Man: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Junkyard Dog: 5-2
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 5-2
Dynamite Kid: 4-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
British Bulldog: 2-2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 2-2
Tito Santana: 3-3
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 2-3
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 1-4
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-1
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Dino Bravo: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Demolition Smash: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Judy Martin: 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ken Patera: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Tama: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
Koko B. Ware: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Boris Zhukov: 0-1
Demolition Ax: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Hercules: 0-4
Don Muraco: 0-5
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PPV: 1988 Royal Rumble
Date: 1/23/88
Location: Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario)


The WWF debuts the Royal Rumble in what would end up being the kick off to Wrestlemania season later down the line. For Royal Rumbles, I'm probabyl just going to be somewhat brief when writing about the match itself, maybe go into more details once it is down to the final four. Away we go!

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs "Ravishing" Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan
Two of my favorites going at it here, but I was rather disappointed with the match as a whole. It was not terrible but I was hoping for more here. The two worked a pretty long match here. Gotta love Rude posing to the crowd after doing something to dispose of the opponent for a brief moment of time. There was a moment of sloppy action when the two did a series of pin reversals. Not sure what happened there, but it is what it is. Steamboat goes for a crossbody, but Rude puts the ref in between himself and Steamboat. Rude gets in a submission of sorts as the bell rings. Rude thinks he has won, his music is playing but the ref as DQ'd Rud, giving the win to Steamboat. Lackluster ending, but I enjoyed it since I'm a big fan of the two.

Next we get a segment with Dino Bravo. He is attempting to set some sort of world benchpress record of 705 lbs. I was under the impression that he was gonna have the 705 on the bar and then go for the record, but Dino increases the weight after each rep he does, I guess to get warmed up. Dino also asks for silence while he lifts, crowd does not oblige. Any ways, Jesse Ventura is spotting him and helps him cheat his way to the record. Heels doing heel things.

The Glamour Girls w/Jimmy Hart (c) vs The Jumping Bomb Angels in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship
This match is actually watchable, the Bomb Angels were ahead of the time here and did an outstanding job here. Now the Glamour Girls, they are not as exciting, but here they are, the tag champs. Angels start off the match on fire nailing a vast array of moves. Eventually, Judy Martin simply bashes Yamazaki's head into the mat and finishes that up with a facebuster to pick up the first fall. Glamour Girls up 1-0 and looking to retain the titles. All four eventually get in the ring and the Glamour Girls go to clothesline each of the Angels. The Angels get out of the way and the Glamour Girls clothesline each other in the process. Martin is able to gain some control again, trying another facebuster, only this time, Tateno flis it into a cradle, picking up their first fall. All tied up 1-1, and the crowd are behind the Angels from what I gather. Some back and forth action, with the Angels looking much better in the ring than the other two. Tateno nails a butterfly suplex on Leilani Kai. Kai, for whatever reason, feels she needs to argue with the ref. In doing so, she gets double dropkicked by the Angels getting pinned in the process, we have new women's tag champs. Lke I said, the Angels looked quite good in the ring and outstanding. Not that bad of a match, way better than that Survivor Series match that involved these four.

We get a recap of the happenings between Hogan and Andre before getting into the contract signing for the Wrestlemania 3 rematch. Andre is with Ted DiBiase and Virgil, since DiBiase (DiBiase has hired Andre to get the belt from Hogan) In the end, Andre tips the table onto Hogan after knocking him down. Your typical contract signing shenanigans.

Royal Rumble Match
So this was just a 20 man rumble, instead of the typical 30. Rules are simle, you are eliminated by being thrown over the top rope and both feet hit the floor. So for these I will post the order of entrance, then quickly rundown eliminations to the final four, then get into more details.

Entrance Order:
1. Bret Hart
2. Tito Santana
3. Butch Reed
4. Jim Neidhart
5. Jake Roberts
6. Harley Race
7. Jim Brunzell
8. Sam Houston
9. Danny Davis
10. Boris Zhukov
11. Don Muraco
12. Nikolai Volkoff
13. Jim Duggan
14. Ron Bass
15. Brian Blair
16. Hillbilly Jim
17. Dino Bravo
18. Ultimate Warrior
19. One Man Gang
20. Junkyard Dog
So we got that out of the way. To start, Santana gets tripled team by the Hart Foundation and Reed. That is until Roberts comes in to get rid of Reed. Nobody is eliminated until after Sam Houston comes in, at that point Santana is disposed of by the Hart Foundation. No eliminations until Muraco comes in, Zhukov is then disposed of. After Bass comes in, Volkoff tosses Brunzell. Hillbilly Jim comes in and gets rid of Neidhart. Warrior comes in and right after, Hitman is eliminated. One Man Gang comes in and rids us of Blair and Roberts. JYD is last in. Duggan takes out Volkoff. Hillbilly Jim gets knocked out by Gang. Duggan gets rid of Davis while Gang and Bravo get rid of Warrior. Bass and Gang then take out JYD. We have a final four of Duggan, Bravo, One Man Gang and Muraco. Muraco goes to work on the baddies. Bravo's, manager, Frenchy Martin then distracts Muraco. Bravo is then able to hold on to Muraco as One Man Gang comes in for a clothesline that eliminates Muraco. The two try to do the same to Duggan, but Duggan is able to duck the clothesline from One Man Gang. Bravo gets met with the clothesline and he is eliminated. One Man Gang charges at Duggan, but Duggan pulls the ropes down and One Man Gang's momentum sends him over the top rope, making Duggan the first Royal Rumble winner. Not a bad first go around of this kind of a match, I mean, there have been much better ones, but it serves its purpose.

We go to an interview with Hogan. He's heated about what Andre did earlier in the night. He can't wait to get his hands on Andre.

Main Event: The Islanders vs The Young Stallions in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match
Hmm, two tag matches on the card that are 2 out of 3, that's odd. We get some back and forth action going on to start. Powers gets doubled at one point before tagging in Roma. Roma charges at Haku, but Haku pulls the ropes down and Roma topples over the top, landing akward on the knee on the outside. The "injury" prevents him from getting back into the ring before the count of 10 and The Islanders are up 1-0 to start things off. Roma gets taken away to get med assistance and returns with his knee in a wrap of sorts. Of course that is just putting a bulls eye on something and Tama goes to work on the bum knee right away. Roma hurts the knee more as he brings his knees up to counter a splash, what an idiot! Powers makes a tag but Haku takes care of him before Roma makes the tag. Haku just kicks Roma's leg from under him and Tama splashes on it before Haku locks in a half crab to end the match, taking the match 2-0.

Grade: C- (wasn't overly good, would have loved a better match from Rude and Steamboat. Rumble could have used more big name wrestlers than what they put out there. Not quite sure why a tag match was the last match and not the rumble itself, but it is what it is. Not a bad start to a new concept.)



Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Rick Martel: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Bobby Heenan: 1-0
Hillbilly Jim: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
One Man Gang: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Rockin' Robin: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-1
Hulk Hogan: 5-1
Andre the Giant: 2-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 2-1
Haku: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Harley Race: 2-1
Jacques Rougeau: 2-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Honky Tonk Man: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 1-1
Jim Powers: 1-1
Paul Roma: 1-1
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Tama: 1-1
Junkyard Dog: 5-2
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 5-2
Dynamite Kid: 4-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
British Bulldog: 2-2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 2-2
Tito Santana: 3-3
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 2-3
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 1-4
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-1
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Dino Bravo: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Demolition Smash: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ken Patera: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
Koko B. Ware: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Boris Zhukov: 0-1
Demolition Ax: 0-2
Judy Martin: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Hercules: 0-4
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PPV: Wrestlemania IV
Date: 3/27/88
Location: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (Atlantic City, NJ)


This is one of my favorite WMs because it involves a tournament for the vacant WWF title. I have no idea why I like the concept of a one night tourney, but I think it to be awesome.

Great singing from Gladys Knight to open the show.

20 Man Battle Royal featuring The Hart Foundation, The Young Stallions, Sika, Danny Davis, The Killer Bees, Bad News Brown, Rougeau Brothers, Ken Patera, Ron Bass, JYD, The Bolsheviks, Hillbilly Jim, Harley Race, George Steele
Winner gets a giant trophy. What a cluster this thing was. Guess they decided since these guys were not doing anything else, just throw them into a match all together. For some reason Steele is starting this thing on the outside, what in the world? I'll just get to the final four where we have Roma, Brown, Hart, and JYD. Roma is quickly tossed by Brown. Hart and Brown team up on JYD. The two are able to get rid of JYD and the two celebrate, as any two heels would, go home and split the win, right? NOOOOOOOO! Brown nails the Hitman with the Ghetto Blaster and eliminates him. Hart doesn't like this and he comes in and attacks Brown from behind. Hitman has now become one of the good guys in the process. Nothing all that great here, guess they needed something to open the show.

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/Andre the Giant and Virgil
These first round matches were somewhat quick and to the point, which is expected for one night tourneys. Nothing much happens between the two here early on. DiBiase uses heel tactics quite well in order to gain the edge here. Duggan able to gain the upperhand towards the end and sets up DiBiase for his 3 point stance move, but Andre grabs Duggan's leg. Duggan turns his attention to Andre, allowing DiBiase to hit Duggan with a knee in the back followed up with a fistdrop to get the win and move on in the tourney. Not all that bad considering the time given here, about 5 minutes.

We go to Mean Gene, who is with Beefcake. Beefcake is getting ready for his match against Honky Tonk Man for the IC title. Mean Gene very infatuated with Beefcake's clothing, akward. Beefcake warns Jimmy Hart could get his hair cut if he gets in the way.

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: Dino Bravo w/Frenchy Martin vs "The Rock" Don Muraco w/"Superstar" Billy Graham
This match was pretty damn awful. These guys just look terrible in the ring and there was some poorly executed moves during the short time they were in the ring. Muraco goes for a flying forearm and Bravo grabs the ref and puts him between himself and Muraco. Ref gets laid out. Bravo then hits a side suplex and goes for the pin but the ref calls for the bell, giving the match to Muraco via DQ. Skip this match by all means.

We go to Bob Uecker who is with Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart. Honnky says he is keeping the title, not in those exact words.

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Can't really go wrong with a Steamboat match. This was a pretty good one here with both he and Valentine working with each other quite well. Great back and forth action. Valentine goes for the figure four but Steamboat doesn't allow for it to happen. In the end, Steamboat heads to the top rope and connects on a flying crossbody. However, Valentine is able to roll through it, grabs the tights and gets the pinfall to move on. Pretty solid match in which we don't see Steamboat in a WWF for a few years after this, as he heads of to NWA where he has his great battles with Ric Flair.

Go to the back where Mean Gene is with the British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware. They Bulldogs have a certified weasel dog for weasel hunting. Haha!

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: "The Natural" Butch Reed w/Slick vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Reed manhandles Savage for the whole match here. Very limited offense from Savage. Reed heads to the top rope rope and has some words for Elizabeth. This gives Savage the opportunity to slam him from the top rope and nail the flying elbow to pick up the win. Maybe with what was about to happen throughout the night, they wanted Savage to do very little here to save up. Sorry if I may have just ruined it for you as to what might happen later on. So not a great one, but the match serves it purpose. Have Savage take a beating and barely survive, giving the fans the thought that maybe he won't be able to get through the next round. Well, that's what I'm calling it at least.

In the back with Uecker, this time with Heenan and The Islanders. Heenan has not time for insults from Uecker and is very little worried about Matilda.

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: One Man Gang w/Slick vs Bam Bam Bigelow w/Oliver Humperdink
Not much to write home about here. Bam Bam dominates for the most part before heading to the top rope. Slick pulls on the rope, and Bam Bam crashes down to the floor. Bam Bam is on the apron and Gang keeps beating him down, not allowing Bam Bam back in the ring. Ref counts to 10, and Bam Bam has been counted out in a pretty odd finish to a match.

Mean Gene is in the back with Hogan. Hogan promises to slam Andre through the ground, causing a fault line. Hogan will, however, save everyone from peril afterwards.

WWF Championship Tournament 1st Round: "Ravishing" Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
I'm a Rude fan, but this match was terrible. I felt like Rude had a chinlock on Roberts for over half of this match and it seemed like the crowd had enough of it as well. Eventually Roberts is able to break the marathon chinlock and gets a bit of an advantage. Eventually, the two clothesline each other and they are both out on the mat. Rude finally goes for a cover, using the ropes as leaverage, but the bell rings. Match is a draw as it went to the 15 minute time limit. Awful, awful, awful. I guess that is whay there was a chinlock clinic being put on by Rude, in order for this thing to end in a draw, at least they could have done something else to get to the draw then a rest hold for half the match.

Hercules w/Bobby Heenan vs Ultimate Warrior
Hercules is terrible, which I have said numerous times. Warrior wasn't any good either in the ring, but at least he got somewhat better as the years went on. I was still a fan of Warrior, even though his in ring skills were a bit bleh. I'm glad he didn't fall down the stairs as he ran to the ring. Any ways, both start off not being fazed by anything they do to each other, the whole power on power thing being played. A little action outside as Warrior tosses Hercules into the steps before going back in the ring. Hercules able to lock in the full nelson, but Warrior uses the corner to push back into him, with a double pin in effect. Warrior gets his shoulder up as the ref counts 3, getting the pin over Hercules. Not a very good match, but some good filler. Hercules tries to choke Warrior out with his chain but Warrior is able to take it and starts whirling it around like a maniac.

We get a recap of Hogan/Andre feud

WWF Championship Tournament Quarters: Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant w/Virgil and Ted DiBiase
Another somewhat of a garbage match. Andre attacks right off the bat before the bell rings. Hogan rallies back, taking out DiBiase as he gets on the aprong to try to cause a distraction. Andre gets back in control with a nerve hold of sorts. Hogan able to get out, of course, and that gets Virgil distracting the ref while DiBiase attacks Hogan with a chair. DiBiase gets run out by Hogan and both Andre and Hogan trade chair shots, getting a double DQ called. Hogan knocks out Andre with a chair and goes after DiBiase. DiBiase throws Virgil to Hogan, who gets a suplex for his troubles. Hogan goes back in the ring and slams Andre. Nothing else much to talk about for the match, served its purpose in letting the winner in the quarters get a bye into the finals, wonder whose getting that bye into the finals???

Go to the back with Mean Gene, who is with Savage and Elizabeth. Hogan is a cheated man, according to Savage.

WWF Championship Tournament Quarters: "The Rock" Don Muraco w/"Superstar" Billy Graham vs "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
Winner of this match conveniently gets a bye into the finals. Muraco starts off by dominating here. DiBiase goes to the outside to regroup, but Graham forces him back in. DiBiase gets an advantge with some heel tactics but Muraco is able to overcome that. Muraco nails a shoulderblock and comes off the ropes only to be hit by a stun gun from DiBiase, allowing him to pick up the win. How odd that DiBiase, who had a hand in getting Andre and Hogan DQ'd gets a free ride to the finals. Hmmmmmmm??? Not that bad of a match here when all is said and done.

Uecker is with Demolition and Fuji. Demolition ready to take out Strike Force and bring home the gold.

WWF Championship Tournament Quarters: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Pretty decent back and forth match here. Valentine starts on the offensive and has Savage where he wants him. A little action on the outside with Valentine delivering chops followed up by throwing Savage into the railing. Valentine tries for a figure four but Savage is able to get to the ropes to prevent that from going down. Savage makes his comeback which prompts Hart to cause a distraction. Savage caught with a fist as he goes to the top rope after delivering a suplex. Valentine thinks Savage is out and goes for the figure four, but this time Savage rolls him up in a small package to get the win and move on. Pretty solid match for the short time it was given. Great work here.

The Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart and Peggy Sue (c) vs Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Beefcake with the early advantage to start things off. Honky then grabs the advantage with help from Hart as Hart chokes Beefcake as Honky distracts the ref. Honky goes for the finisher but Beefcake grabs onto the ropes. Beefcake able to lock in the sleeper in the middle of the ring. Hart gets up on the apron and drills the ref with the megaphone. Honky is out cold and Beefcake goes to get his clippers to cut his hair. However, Hart takes the supplies and tries to get away, only Beefcake grabs him and starts cutting Hart's hair. Honky gets water tossed on him by Peggy so he can get himself out of there. For some reason I feel as if Honky always gets DQ'd to keep the title. Beefcake grabs the win, but no title.

We go to Uecker who is with Andre who gives him that famous choke we have seen numerous times.

The Islanders and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware
Heenan looking quite ridiculous with an attack dog suit on. Pretty fun match to watch. The faces take control early able to hold the oppostition down. Heenan gets in and gets a couple shots before tagging out real quick. Eventually, Heenan is in the ring with Ware and Ware does a number on him. Islanders and Bulldogs then come in and chaos breaks out. Ref gets the Bulldogs back into their corner which allows The Islanders to take out Ware and then splash Heenan on top of him for the win. Some good back and forth action leading to the Weasel himself getting a pin out of the deal.

WWF Championship Tournament Semis: One Man Gang w/Slick vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Not much going on here. Gang dominates the majority of the match, punishing Savage. Outside, Slick goes after Elizabeth, leading Elizabeth to hop on the apron. This causes the ref to be preoccupied with Elizabeth and Gang uses Slick's cane on Savage. Sadly for him, the ref turned around in time to see this, calling for the bell and giving the match to Savage. Savage nails a double axehandle after, causing Gang to land on Slick. Nothing more than something to get Savage into the finals. Savage been taking a beating since the start of the tourney, which could play into DiBiase's favor.

Demolition w/Mr. Fuji vs Strike Force (c) for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Pretty good back and forth battle here in what ends up being a prety good match. Both teams trade getting the advantage over one another. In the end, Martel is able to dropkick both Ax and Smash. Ax is sent out to the floor and Martel locks in the Boston Crab to Smash, looking to retain the gold. Ax goes to break it up but Santana chases him off with a flying forearm. Fuji gets on the apron and Santana chases him off, but during that ordeal, Fuji drops his cane in the ring. Ax grabs the cane as the ref is dealing with Fuji and Santana, smashes the cane over Martel allowing Smash to pick up the 3 count, crowning new tag champs. The Demolition era is upon us.

Main Event: WWF Championship Tournament Final: "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/Andre the Giant vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
Savage goes on the offensive first, but Andre grabd his leg from the outside. Andre does this a couple times, and it is obvious DiBiase has paid for him to be out there to help him out. Some good back and forth battling between these two in what was a pretty good match. Savage is able to knock DiBiase out of the ring and heads to the top rope to complete a move, but Andre stands between DiBiase and Savage, preventing him from doing anything. At this point, Savage tells Elizabeth something and she heads to the back. DiBiase gets the upperhand and suddenly Elizabeth is back with Hogan. Andre goes to interfere again and Hogan puts stop to it. DiBiase begins to take care of Savage, and heads to the top rope, however, Savage recovers and slams him. Savage goes for the elbow drop but misses. DiBiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream and Andre pulls the ropes back so Savage cant break the hold. The ref is now busy getting Andre to stop what he is doing, allowing Hogan to come into the ring and drill DiBiase with a chair. Savage heads to the top and lands the elbow, picking up the win. Not a bad match, I feel they could have done a lot more if they didn't have a few matches before this one. Overall though, I was satisfied.

Grade: C- (Even though I like the one night tourney thing, maybe they could have cut down on how many people were in it so we could get some more solid matches instead of quicker ones. Some guys had no business being in the tourney, but that is how it goes. An 8 man bracket with longer matches and no double DQs that allowed byes would have been perfect)



Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Bobby Heenan: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Hillbilly Jim: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Rockin' Robin: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Haku: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 2-1
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Rick Martel: 2-1
One Man Gang: 1-1
Harley Race: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Jacques Rougeau: 2-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 9-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Hulk Hogan: 5-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Dynamite Kid: 4-3
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-1
Demolition Smash: 1-1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 1-1
Jim Powers: 1-1
Paul Roma: 1-1
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 1-1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Andre the Giant: 2-2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 2-2-1
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 3-3
Demolition Ax: 1-2
Honky Tonk Man: 1-2
British Bulldog: 2-3
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Tito Santana: 3-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Don Muraco: 1-6
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ken Patera: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Boris Zhukov: 0-1
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
Dino Bravo: 0-2
Judy Martin: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Koko B. Ware: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Hercules: 0-5
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PPV: Summerslam 1988
Date: 8/28/88
Location: Madison Square Garden (New York City)


It is the debut of Summerslam! Let us get right into it.

The British Bulldogs vs The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
The Rougeaus are now heels. I like how they are announced as soon relocating to the USA. The Bulldogs come out firing on all cylinders early on. Rougeaus are getting heat playing as cowards, so to speak in the ring. Rougeaus do a great job as heels here, sneaking up on nailing moves while the ref isn't looking and making fake tags. Pretty well worked match here. The Bulldogs are able to nail Jacques with their finisher but the bell rings, time is up and we have a draw to open the show. I loved the match, hated how it ended, especially for an opener. Would have liked to see a winner of some sort here.

We get shown a recap of Bass taking Beefcake out, thus not allowing him to compete for the IC title.

Ken Patera vs Bad News Brown
What a stinker this match was. I'm not sure why Patera was still getting booked because the dude is garbage at this time and does nothing that warrants being put and TV. Brown pretty much takes care of business here, guess this was a way to get him over in a way. Patera tries to gain an advantage only for Brown to nail the Ghetto Blaster to end it, thank God.

Mean Gene in the back with the Mega Powers. Hogan and Savage are ready to roll against the Mega Bucks. Elizabeth is their secret weapon.

"Ravashing" Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan vs Junkyard Dog
JYD looks to have gained some not so good weight at this time. Any ways, JYD does a good job of dominating Rude for the majority of the match with is patented headbutts. Rude comes back after surviving the onslaught by JTD, giving him a series of fist drops, followed by a chinlock. He goes to the top and lands his fist drop. From here Rude drops his tights, showing another pair of tights with a female on them. I quickly learn that the lady is Jake Roberts' wife, so cue up Roberts running down the aisle. He attacks Rude, resulting in a DQ that gives the win to Rude. A match that led to nothing but furthering Rude/Roberts it looked like. Roberts apologizes to JYD for getting involved.

Head to Mean Gene with Honky Tonk and Jimmy Hart. Honky tells the WWF to give him anybody to defend his title against. He doesn't even want to know who his opponent might even be. Honky is very confident in himself.

The Powers of Pain w/The Baron vs The Bolsheviks w/Slick
Pretty much a squash match here. All Powers of Pain here as Warlord nails Boris with the powerslam and Barbarian follows that up with a flying headbutt to finish it off. I'm still confused as to why Slick was managing The Bolsheviks, that makes no sense to me at all.

Great, we get The Brother Love Show after the match. His guest is Jim Duggan. Love says Duggan has no love in his heart after being called a phony. Dino Bravo, however, is full of love, according to Brother Love. Duggan gets Brother Love out of the ring threatening him with the 2x4 to end the filler segment.

Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart (c) vs Mystery Opponent for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Well, Beefcake was the opponent, and we all know that is not happening. Honky comes to the ring and awaits the opponent. He has no cares in the world who his opponent is. Suddenly the Ultimate Warrior's music hits and he comes sprinting to the ring and destroys Honky in a matter of seconds. Warrior becomes the new champ.

"The Rock" Don Muraco vs Dino Bravo w/Frenchy Martin
Sweet! A rematch from WM, where I already said how much that match sucked. This one was no different, just two roided out dudes who lack any wrestling ability. Best part of this match was listening to Heenan on commentary, as he decided to come to the booth at this point of the show. Muraco goes for a slam towards the end, but the ref gets hit on accident as Muraco was lifting Bravo for the slam. Bravo slips out of the slam and gives a sideslam to Muraco to pick up the win. Skip this match by all means, or just listen to Heenan be hilarious!

To the back where Jesse Ventura talks about himself being the special ref for the main event, despite taking money from DiBiase.

Demolition w/Mr. Fuji and Jimmy Hart (c) vs The Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Start off with Hitman getting pummeled by Demolition for a bit. Anvil gets the tag and gets the momentum back on the Hart Foundation's side. Pretty good action back and forth with these two teams. Foundation performs a nice slingshot move, where Hitman slingshots Anvil into the ring as he takes down the opponent. Hart Foundation decides they want to get some double team moves in and that leads to a whole sort of mess. Jimmy uses this to his advantage and tosses the megaphone in to Ax. Hitman gets clobbered by Ax with the megaphone, Ax makes the cover and Demolition retain the titles. Very solid match from start to finish.

To Mean Gene with Honky, Honky is upset. Said he got ripped off and robbed tonight. Said he'd wrestle anybody, but not a Warrior. Claims to be the greatest of all time and that the belt is still his.

The Big Boss Man w/Slick vs Koko B. Ware
WWF PPV debut for Boss Man here. That only means we have a squash match on our hands here. Ware gets s little offense here and there, nailing a missile dropkick at one point. Early on he hit a dropkick that got Boss Man tied up in the ropes. Other than that, that was all for Ware. Boss Man hits an avalanche and ends it later on with the Boss Man Slam to get the win. Nothing more than a match to put Boss Man over and was to the point. Boss Man nails Ware with his nightstick after getting the win to add to the punishment already dealt out.

Go to the back where Ultimate Warrior is pumped about his win. Warrior gave his usual, "What the hell is he talking about" speech. Something about the spaceship in parts unknown. Classic stuff.

Hercules vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
This match seemed like it took FOREVER!!! This thing should have lasted 5 minutes top, because Hercules is garbage and nothing he does warrants him being booked for anything. I've stated my dislike for Hercules, but it keeps growing every time I see him in something. Roberts nails the short clothesline and goes for the DDT, but Hercules gets out of it and goes for a slam. Roberts is able to slip out of that and nails the DDT to pick up the win. Skip to the end of this match unless you want to be bored.

We get a recap of what has happened between The Mega Bucks and Mega Powers before heading into the main event.

Main Event: "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan w/Elizabeth vs "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Andre The Giant w/Virgil and Bobby Heenan, Special Ref: Jesse Ventura
Billed as The Mega Powers vs The Mega Bucks. DiBiase gets beat down by Hogan and Savage to start things off here. Heenan is going nuts at the double teaming that is going on, because how dare a team double up on someone, especially when your known to have teams that do the same thing! Hogan goes for Andre and Andre just chokes him out, as Andre does to anyone. Back and forth action before the heels clear the ring. Ventura starts a fast count and then the Mega Powers unleash the secret weapon. Basically, Elizabeth gets up on the ring and rips her skirt off, I mean I thought it to be sexy, but back in those WWF days, that was borderline taboo. Andre and DiBiase are in shock, Andre gets knocked out of the ring, give the leg drop and elbow drop on DiBiase. Ventura doesn't want to count, being anti-Hogan, but Savage grabs his hand and forces the 3 count giving the Mega Powers the win. Savage and DiBiase carried this match and did a great job in doing so. Overall, a decent match.

Grade: D- (Too many squashes or matches that just sucked, main event and the other tag matches save it from getting a F)



Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Bobby Heenan: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Ultimate Warrior: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
The Barbarian: 1-0
Big Boss Man: 1-0
Bad News Brown: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Hillbilly Jim: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Rockin' Robin: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
The Warlord: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Haku: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 2-1
Demolition Smash: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Rick Martel: 2-1
One Man Gang: 2-1
Harley Race: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Jacques Rougeau: 2-1-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-1-1
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 2-1-1
Tama: 2-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 10-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Hulk Hogan: 6-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 3-2-1
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 4-3-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Jim Powers: 1-1
Paul Roma: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Demolition Ax: 2-2
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 2-2
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 3-3
Dino Bravo: 1-2
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 1-2
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 1-2
Andre the Giant: 2-3
British Bulldog: 2-3-1
Honky Tonk Man: 1-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Tito Santana: 3-4
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Don Muraco: 1-7
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
Judy Martin: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Ken Patera: 0-2
Boris Zhukov: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Koko B. Ware: 0-3
Hercules: 0-6
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Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper were such tremendous heels. I remember as a kid, legit hating those guys. But nothing, NOTHING tops the mega heel of all mega heels, Bobby Heenan. The perfect guy, in the perfect place, at the perfect time. Hands down, greatest of all time.

Also, holy smokes, Hercules. 0-6? For some reason, I always remembered him as a perennial contender, who never quite made it to the main event. I've heard that he was hated backstage, because of the way he treated people. I guess this just goes to show how little they thought of him.
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Also, forgot to mention. The post-WM2 feud between Savage and George The Animal Steele, which was on Saturday Night's Main Event, was what got me hooked on wrestling. My sister recorded it (because it was on so late) and was watching it the next day. I walked in and watched just as that match was starting. Hooked ever since.
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PPV: Survivor Series 1988
Date: 11/23/88
Location: Richfield Coliseum (Richfield, OH)


The 2nd edition of Survivor Series, coming to us from where they had it last year. As I said in the first Survivor Series review, I wont go into too much detail with so much going on and just get to the eliminations with few details here and there. These teams have co-captains this year.

Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Blue Blazer and Jim Brunzell vs Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, Danny Davis, Ron Bass and Bad News Brown in a Classic Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match
Warrior is still the IC champ here. Blue Blazer is the late Owen Hart. Right off the bat, Davis comes in against Beefcake and Beefcake locks in the sleeper. Davis is out and eliminated quickly. Down to Warrior, Beefcake, Houston, Blazer and Brunzell vs Honky, Valentine, Bass and Brown. Move it forward and we have Brunzell and Brown in the ring. Brown corners Brunzell after Brunzell tries to gain an advantage. Brunzell then goes for a corner charge but Brown is able to hit the Ghetto Blaster to get rid of Brunzell. Down to Warrior, Beefcake, Houston and Blazer vs Honky, Valentine, Bass and Brown. A little action and we get to Brown in the ring with Houston. Brown whips him into the corner and drills him with a clothesline on the rebound. Brown gets Valentine in and holds Houston for him. Valentine, however, hits Brown. Brown shows his displeasure and nails Valentine, before walking out, eliminating himself from the match. Down to Warrior, Beefcake, Houston and Blazer vs Honky, Valentine and Bass. Houston stays in the ring and Bass comes in. Houston goes for a monkey flip of sorts but Bass blocks it and turns it into a powerslam, getting the pin and taking out Houston. Down to Warrior, Beefcake and Blazer vs Honky, Valentine and Bass. Fast forward to Blazer and Valentine in the ring. Blazer looks to have the upperhand and heads to the top rope. Honky pushes him off the ropes and Blazer lands on his knees in a bad way. Valentine takes advantage of that and locks in the figure four to eliminate Blazer. Down to Warrior and Beefcake vs Honky, Valentine and Bass. Fast forward to Honky and Beefcake battling it out. Beefcake lands an atomic drop and then locks in a sleeper hold. Honky heads for the ropes and the two tumble to the outside. Beefcake decides he wants to lock the sleeper on the outside and both men get counted out. Down to Warrior vs Valentine and Bass. Warrior gets doubled team before ducking a double clothesline. On the return Warrior drills the two with a double clothesline. He drills Bass with a double axehandle to eliminate him. Down to Warrior vs Valentine. Another double axehandle is nailed by Warrior and Valentine is quickly disposed of right after Bass, giving Warrior and his team the win. Not a bad way to start things off here.

Powers of Pain, The Rockers, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation and Young Stallions vs Demolition, Brain Busters, Bolsheviks, Rougeau Brothers and Los Conquistadores w/Mr. Fuji, Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart in a Classic Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match
If your partner gets pinned, the whole tag team is done, just like last year. Some new tag teams here so for those that are not sure who is in the teams: The Rockers consisted of Marty Jannety and Shawn Michaels, Brain Busters consited of Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard and Los Conquistadores are just number 1 and number 2 as far as I know. Demolition are the current tag champs here at this time. Some back and forth action before we get to Hitman in the ring with Raymond Rougeau. Hitman surprises him with a roll up and gets rid of the Rougeaus right off the bat. Down to Powers of Pain, The Rockers, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation and Young Stallions vs Demolition, Brain Busters, Bolsheviks and Los Conquistadores. More exciting back and forth action and we get to our next elimination point. Jim Powers is in the ring with Boris Zhukov. Boris gets tossed into the corner. Powers goes for a crossbody from the second rope, but Boris rolls through it and grabs the pin, taking out the Stallions. Down to Powers of Pain, Rockers, Bulldogs and Hart Foundation vs Demolition, Brain Busters, Bolsheviks and Conquistadores. Not soon thereafter, we get to the next elimination. Jannety in the ring with Boris. Jannety is coming in off a blind tag and surprises Boris with a sunset flip, getting the pin. Down to Powers of Pain, Rockers, Bulldogs and Hart Foundation vs Demolition, Brain Busters, and Conquistadores. Some more nice back and forth action brings us to the next elimination. Hitman in against Blanchard and Hitman delivers a a backbreaker and inverted atomic drop. Blacnhard tosses Hitman in the corner but Hitman is able to get Blanchard into a bridging German suplex. Sadly, Blanchard gets his shoulder up and Hitman pins himself. Down to Powers of Pain, Rockers and Bulldogs vs Demolition, Brain Busters and Conquistadores. Right after, The Rockers and Brain Busters start brawling with each other and get themselves DQ'd in the process. Down to Powers of Pain and Bulldogs vs Demolition and Conquistadores. Forward to Dynamite Kid in the ring with Smash. Kid able to hit a snap suplex and goes for a head butt from the top rope. Smash moves out of the way and drills Kid with a clothesline, picking up the pin. Down to Powers of Pain vs Demolition and Conquistadores. This is where things get weird. Smash is working over Warlord and Fuji decides to get on the apron for no real reason, since his team is dominating at the moment. Smash then goes to go off the ropes, but Fuji opens the ropes and Smash crashes to the floor. He gets counted out and Demolition is gone. Fuji hits Ax with his cane after an arguement as Smash comes from behind tosses Fuji to Ax who slams him. Powers of Pain go to the aid of Fuji and quickly afterwards, wins the match after a Barbarian head butt. Demolition comes back and brawls with Powers of Pain, making the face turn. A lot going on in this match, and it was a great one! Plenty of action, double team moves and a phenomenal ending with Fuji backstabbing Demolition.

We go to Bad News Brown who is now demanding title shots, because that is all he cares about, the WWF title. Fuji is then seen and he says Demolition got swollen heads when they got the titles and stopped listening to him, so now he has the Powers of Pain to do his work. We then go to Andre's teamwho claims his team will come out with the win this year. We go to Hogan and his team, where he claims there is no weak link on the squad.

Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Ken Patera, Tito Santana and Scott Casey vs Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect, Harley Race and Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan and Frenchy Martin in a Classic Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
A long back and forth battle before the first eliminiation. Patera and Rude are battling and Patera charges at him in the corner and misses. This allows Rude to nail the Rude Awakening and getting rid of Patera. Down to Duggan, Roberts, Santana and Casey vs Andre, Bravo, Perfect, Race and Rude. Casey charges in and he is quickly disposed of by Bravo. Down to Duggan, Roberts and Santana vs Andre, Bravo, Perfect, Race and Rude. We get a bit of a longer period in between eliminations as we get to Santana and Race in the ring. Race drills Santana with a piledriver. Race hits a clothesline on Santana and tosses him into the ropes. On the return Santana hits his flying forearm out of nowhere, getting rid of Race. Down to Duggan, Roberts and Santana vs Andre, Bravo, Perfect and Rude. Andre then comes in and manhandles Santana, getting rid of him rather easily. Down to Duggan and Roberts vs Andre, Bravo, Perfect and Rude. Duggan gets into a battle with Bravo later one. Duggan sets up in the corner in the 3 point stance but Frenchy grabs him. Duggan is then slammed on the floor by Bravo. This gets Duggan pissed off and he grabs his 2x4 and drills Bravo with it, getting DQ'd and we have Roberts in a 4 on 1 situation. Rude and Roberts end up facing each other. Rude seems to have control and cockily goes for a tag, only for Roberts to pull his tights down. This allows Roberts to land the DDT and get rid of Rude, makes it a 3 on 1 match now. Andre then comes in and chokes out Roberts. Andre does not release the hold is gets himself DQ'd. Roberts is clearly not getting up from the choke by Andre, so Perfect comes in and finishes it off, getting the win for his team as he and Bravo survive. Very well planned out match here with great action between the eliminations. Very pleased here.

Go to the back where the Twin Towers are ready to dispose of Hogan.

Main Event: Mega Powers, Hillbilly Jim, Koko B. Ware and Hercules w/Elizabeth vs Twin Towers, Ted DiBiase, Red Rooster and King Haku w/Bobby Heenan, Slick and Virgil
The Twin Towers consist of Big Boss Man and Akeem, who was One Man Gang, but in a strange turn of events, went back to his African roots to become Akeem, strange, I know. Savage is still the WWF champ, and having a nice run with the title. Some back and forth action before the first elimination occurs. Red Rooster suffers the unfortunate fate of the Hogan big boot, followed by a slam. Tag to Savage who hits the elbow drop to get rid of Rooster. Down to Mega Powers, Jim, Koko, and Hercules vs Towers, DiBiase and Haku. A little later on, we see Jim and Akeem battling it out. Jim does everything to drop Akeem to no avail. Akeem eventually hits a massive clothesline that sets up Air Africa that leads to Jim getting eliminated. Down to Mega Powers, Koko and Hercules vs Towers, DiBiase and Haku. Koko is then quickly taken out with a Boss Man Slam after going for a Stinger Splash on Akeem, because that would make sense to pull off on a huge man like Akeem. Down to Mega Powers and Hercules vs Towers, DiBiase and Haku. Fast forward to DiBiase in the ring with Hercules. Hercules is gaining the edge until Virgil distracts him. This allows DiBiase to come in with a knee and an easy roll up for the pin. Mega Powers left alone against Towers, DiBiase and Haku. For wahtever reason, DiBiase is talking crap to Hercules as he is leaving, so Savage decides he'll come in and roll up DiBiase to get him out of there. Down to Mega Powers vs Towers and Haku. A lot of craziness ensues as Slick is chasing Elizabeth and Hogan gets handcuffed to the bottom rope, Boss Man gets counted out, but he isn't even legal, so I'm confused as all hell now. Boss Man is gone and before he leaves he drills Hogan with the nightstick. Down to Mega Powers vs Akeem and Haku. Quickly after, Akeem is DQ'd since he and Boss Man used the nightstick on Savage. Down to Mega Powers vs Haku. Elizabeth finds th keys on Slick after Haku drilled him with a kick meant for Savage. Hogan gets released and waits for Savage to tag him in. Haku kicks Savage, but the kick sends Savage to Hogan, IDIOT! Hogan then quickly disposes of Haku with a boot and legdrop. Mega Powers win the match for their team. Hogan celebrates with Elizabeth and Savage, by the look on his face, has not time for that. DUN DUN DUN!!!!! Pretty decent main event, had me hooked the whole way through.

Grade: B (Not A material, but good enough where I wasn't bored watching. Was entertained the whole way)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Ultimate Warrior: 3-0
The Barbarian: 2-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Bobby Heenan: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
The Warlord: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Marty Jannety: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Shawn Michaels: 1-0
Mr. Perfect: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Rockin' Robin: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
Harley Race: 3-1
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 3-1-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Rick Martel: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 11-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Hulk Hogan: 7-2
Haku: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 4-3
Big Boss Man: 1-1
Bad News Brown: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Dino Bravo: 2-2
Demolition Smash: 2-2
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 2-2
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 2-2
One Man Gang/Akeem: 2-2
Jacques Rougeau: 2-2-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-2-1
Andre the Giant: 3-3
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 3-3-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 1-2
Demolition Ax: 2-3
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 2-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Honky Tonk Man: 1-4
Tito Santana: 3-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 2-6
Hercules: 1-6
Don Muraco: 1-7
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Arn Anderson: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Tully Blanchard: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
Red Rooster: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
Judy Martin: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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Very cool thread. Will you be reviewing all ppvs? I think in 1995, the www started to go with 12 a year....
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Very cool thread. Will you be reviewing all ppvs? I think in 1995, the www started to go with 12 a year....
Yes, I will be getting through all of them and hopefully at some point I will be all caught up where I can just write a review for whatever that is current the day after. I'll be going in order from where I am at now all the way to the most current, so it could be awhile haha! Glad you all like it so far.
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So the network has literally every pay per view they've ever done on there? What about raws? I may have to get it if they do. I don't watch wrestling anymore, but I still enjoy going back and watching the shows from back when I did watch.
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So the network has literally every pay per view they've ever done on there? What about raws? I may have to get it if they do. I don't watch wrestling anymore, but I still enjoy going back and watching the shows from back when I did watch.
Every Raw and Smackdown is being slowly put up there. All the Raws from 93-96 are up there. Then for the rest of the years they have a few episodes uploaded here and there.
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PPV: 1989 Royal Rumble
Date: 1/14/89
Location: The Summit (Houston)


The RUmble match itself will be quickly recapped, as I will go into more details when it is down to the final four. I believe this was the first Rumble that was put on PPV, correct me if I am wrong on that one. Here we go!

Hart Foundation and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Dino Bravo w/Jimmy Hart and Frenchy Martin in a Six Man Tag 2 out of 3 Falls Match
The show kicks off with quite a good match here. Hart Foundation and Rougeaus put on a great match, Duggan and Bravo are just there, so to speak. I was more interested in the work of the Hart Foundation and Rougeaus, less worried about Duggan and Bravo working in there. Some great action to start leading to the heels picking up the first fall as Hitman gets side suplexed by Bravo leading to the finisher for the Rougeaus, to pick up the fall and go up 1-0. Hitman then proceeds to get handled easily by the opposition, get nailed with a series of Rougeau doubles follwed with a Bravo bearhug, cause you know, Bravo is boring. Hitman still gets worked over by heel tactics (distracting the ref, using the ropes for leaverage, etc.) before managing to get a tag to Duggan. Duggan comes in on fire, leading him to slingshot both Anvil and Hitman into Ray. Duggan follows it with an elbow drop to pick up the fall, tying the match at 1-1. Duggan, being the crazy human he is, starts trying to take out the rest of the opposition, but this leads to him getting attacked by behind, eventually getting doubled (illegally) and taking his beating. Foundation comes in to try to help out, but you know how that goes, ref tells them to get back in their corner, allowing the heels to keep pummeling Duggan. Duggan eventually makes the tag to Hitman after Bravo gives him an atomic drop that sends Duggan to his corner, way to go Bravo! Hitman comes in and starts taking out everyone in his path. Huge brawl commences soon after and we got a huge mess. Duggan, gets an idea (shocker!) and decides while the ref is distracted with all the chaos that he is gonna grab his 2x4 and drill Bravo with it. That allows the faces to get the pinfall and take the match 2-1. Solid opener to a show, no doubt.

We go to the back with DiBiase picking his number. DiBiase has a talk with Slick about the numbers his guys have. You can just smell that money being dished over to Slick for that best number possible for the Million Dollar Man. We get a shot of others picking their numbers as well, you know, the usual for a Rumble.

Rockin' Robin (c) vs Judy Martin for the WWF's Women Championship
Before the match starts, Sensational Sherri is in the ring and challenges the winner of the match. Sherri then goes back to the booth with Monsoon and Ventura and I feel like she is drunk or high on something from listening to her. I have no idea what the hell is wrong with her, but something is up, just give it a listen if you get a chance. Or just skip this whole match all together because this thing is terrible. All you need to know here is Robin retains the title with a crossbody. Just don't watch this unless you want to hear a drunk/drugged up Sherri talk, which was rather interesting.

We go to Sean Mooney who is with the Twin Towers and Slick. Slick denies any wrongdoings with DiBiase, claiming he hasn't seen him in a month. Mooney is all, ok let's take a look at the footage from earlier. Slick thought Mooney was talking about a different DiBiase, of course! This leads us back to the ring where we get to see a Super Posedown between Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior. Warrior wins since it is a fan vote. Funny to listen to Ventura describe the whole thing and Heenan trying to get the fans on his and Rude's side. And of course Rude telling everyone what to look for in each pose. Other than that, just a way to waste some time. At the end, Rude beats Warrior down with his warm up bar. Before the next match we see those involved with the Rumble give there say. Elizabeth is rooting for both Hogan and Savage and can't pick between the two if they were to meet face to face in the match.

King Haku vs Harley Race in a Kinf of the WWF Match
So Heenan is on both sides here. I guess he'll be happy with the winner, regardless. Going in, I felt that this match might be pretty dull and that I would be sitting and being bored, but, surprisingly, this match was rather decent. I still am tired of seeing Race over and over in matches at PPVs, as he should have hung them up a long time ago. Any ways, both go back and forth here as Heenan just cheers for whoever is getting the advantage in the match. The match was somewhat slow, but it didn't take too much away from the match. YOu can only go so fast with these two and they made up for that lack of athleticism quite well. In the end, the two miss on their patented headbutts from the ropes. Race goes for a clothesline and misses, alowing Haku to hit one of his awesome kicks, dropping Race and taking the pin. Just a match to put over the younger Haku, at least that is what it seems like to me.

We then go to some words from various particpants in the Rumble, the usual, you all know how that goes.

Royal Rumble Match
Order of entrance:
1. Ax
2. Smash
3. Andre the Giant
4. Mr. Perfect
5. Ron Garvin
6. Greg Valentine
7. Jake Roberts
8. Ron Bass
9. Shawn Michaels
10. Butch
11. Honky Tonk Man
12. Tito Santana
13. Bad News Brown
14. Marty Jannetty
15. Randy Savage
16. Arn Anderson
17. Tully Blanchard
18. Hulk Hogan
19. Luke
20. Koko. B Ware
21. Warlord
22. Big Boss Man
23. Akeem
24. Brutus Beefcake
25. Red Rooster
26. Barbarian
27. John Studd
28. Hercules
29. Rick Martel
30. Ted DiBiase

Interesting that Demolition start things off and they do not wait around, they go right after each other until Andre comes in. We get to Perfect joining the fray before the first elimination as Andre tosses Smash out. We get up to Valentine coming in before the next elimination. Everyone gangs up on Andre, shocker there, but Andre is able to get them all off before hip tossing Garvin out of the ring. We get up to Bass coming in before the next elimination. Roberts has been going at it with Andre, Andre has had enough and gets rid of him. Michaels comes in and soon afterwards, Perfect is able to elimante Ax with a backdrop over the ropes. Butch makes his way down and Roberts follows with Damian. This freaks out Andre and he eliminates himself to get away from Roberts and Damian. We get to Bad News Brown coming in before the next elimination. Santana and Butch team together to get rid of Honky Tonk. Jannetty comes in next and he and his partner n crime, Michaels, double dropkick Bass out of the ring. Anderson comes in before the next elimination, which is Valentine by Savage. Anderson and Savage also double up on Michaels, eliminating him. Blanchard comes in and he and Anderson eliminate Jannetty. Hogan then comes in and we get two eliminations, the first being Perfect as Hogan prevents him from taking out Savage. Santana gets eliminated, and I am not sure by who as I missed it, or it happened and camera was on the action. I wasn't expecting an elimination so I turned away real quick to get a beer and don't really want to go back to see, I know, I'm lazy. Luke comes in and gets tossed right off the bat by Bad News. Ware comes in and just like that is gone by Hogan. How dare Hogan take out a fellow face! Warlord comes in and as he makes his way down Hogan clotheslines both the Brain Busters out of the ring. Warlord steps into the ring and Hogan eliminates him as soon as Warlord stepped foot in the ring. Hogan then sees Bad News and Savage going at each other and decides, you know, let's eliminate those two, and he does! Savage is not too happy with this. We get to where Akeem comes in and the Twin Towers help each other out to get rid of Hogan. Beefcake then comes in, and we have a butt hurt Hogan still out there and getting after the Boss Man. He eventually gets Boss Man to topple over the top rope and the two of them work over each other while they go to the back. We get to the final entrant, DiBiase, and he eliminates Red Rooster. Beefcake has a sleeper on Hercules and DiBiase and Barbarian come from behind and toss those two out. Martel then dropkicks Barbarian out after Barbarian put a beating on him.

Final four are DiBiase, Akeem, Martel and Studd. Martel goes after DiBiase. Akeem tries to squash Martel in the corner and misses as Martel then comes back with a few dropkicks. Goes for a crossbody, smart one, on Akeem only to be caught and tossed out. DiBiase now orders Akeem to help him work over Studd. Everyone has a price, right? DiBiase gets Akeem to nail an Avalanche on Studd. He drills him with it and DiBiase wants Akeem to hit another. This time Studd drags DiBiase in between him and Akeem nails DiBiase. Studd then hits a forearm on Akeem that sends him out. So now, in no surprising fashion, DiBiase wants to pay Studd off. Studd does not oblige and nails a buterfly suplex and soon thereafter, gets rid of him to win the match. Virgil comes in to attack from behind but gets thrwon out. Fun to watch and nobody would have thought Studd would win, I know I had my money on Hogan as I was watching, just by the way the match was progressing.

Grade: B (That women's match hurts the grade, since it was hot garbage. However, everything else was pretty good. A Rumble where you think Hogan or maybe Savage or DiBiase come out on top, only for the darkhorse to prevail and some great undercard matches to make us forget about the women's debacle.

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Ultimate Warrior: 3-0
The Barbarian: 2-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Bobby Heenan: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
The Warlord: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Marty Jannety: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Shawn Michaels: 1-0
Mr. Perfect: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 3-1-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Rick Martel: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 11-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Hulk Hogan: 7-2
Haku: 4-2
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 4-3
Big Boss Man: 1-1
Bad News Brown: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Demolition Smash: 2-2
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 2-2
One Man Gang/Akeem: 2-2
Andre the Giant: 3-3
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 3-3-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
Dino Bravo: 2-3
Demolition Ax: 2-3
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 2-3
Jacques Rougeau: 2-3-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-3-1
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Honky Tonk Man: 1-4
Tito Santana: 3-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 2-6
Hercules: 1-6
Don Muraco: 1-7
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Arn Anderson: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Tully Blanchard: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
Red Rooster: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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PPV: Wrestlemania V
Date: 4/2/89
Location: Trump Plaza (Atlantic City)


We get the Mega Powers colliding here in what was a pretty hyped up deal.

Skip Rockin' Robin singing "America the Beautiful". Awful, and Ventura agrees.

King Haku w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs Hercules
You have all read my displeasure towards Hercules, and it does not change with him being a face at this point. However, by some act of God, he actually performed pretty decently here against Haku. The two go at each other after Haku attacks from behind. Hercules then chases Heenan around only for Haku to take him out. Hercules goes to the top rope but gets nailed by a patented Haku kick. Haku goes for the diving headbutt but misses. This allows Hercules to hit a back suplex into a bridging pinning combo to pick up the win. I was expecting a lot less, so I was happy with this. I still am no fan of Hercules.

Go to Mean Gene with The Rockers before their match with Twin Towers. Looking to gain a win against the bigger opponents.

The Twin Towers w/Slick vs The Rockers
Mr. Wrestlemania before being Mr. Wrestlemania, how's that for nostalgia? Rockers use their quickness at first to get things going, trying to get the upperhand on the bigger team. Marty hets tagged in and he gets crushed for a bit, no wonder Shawn got rid of him haha! Shawn gets back in and things go back The Rockers way. The two are able to knock Akeem off the apron. They then get a double dropkick on Boss Man but Akeem comes in and breaks up the count. Akeem tosses Marty out of the ring, leaving Shawn alone, again, no wonder Marty got kicked to the curb. Shawn goes to the top rope, flies and gets caught into a spinebuster from Boss Man. Akeem comes in to hit Air Africa to call it a night. Really decent match displaying the quickness of The Rockers and the strength of The Twin Towers. Not a bad match at all.

Intersting to see Tony Schiavone in WWF, he's in the back with DiBiase and Virgil. He's ready to get after it with Beefcake.

"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/Virgil vs Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Beefcake starts off right away, eventually getting DiBiase out of the ring. DiBiase comes back in and takes control over Beefcake. Virgil assists DiBiase by grabbing Beefcake's leg, allowing DiBiase to gain the edge. Both men clothesline each other and both are out cold on the mat. DiBiase is up first and goes for The Million Dollar Dream. Beefcake is able to grab onto the ropes to break the hold then gains the advantage before locking in the sleeper. This brings Virgil on the apron. Beefcake then goes after Virgil, but is tossed to the outside. This allows Virgil to get some cheap shots in on the outside. DiBiase comes outside and both he and Beefcake trade blows. The ref gets to a 10 count and we have ourselves a double countout. I've always hated the double countouts, so this kinda sucks for me. The match was pretty good, just a terrible way to end it. Beefcake takes out Virgil and DiBiase in the ring. Beefcake grabs the clippers but DiBiase and Virgil are able to get out of the ring.

Lord Alfred Hayes is with The Bushwhackers at some sort of banquet deal. Pretty comical to say the least.

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs The Bushwhackers
The Rougeaus have a new entrance theme and it is one I rather enjoy and I just laugh at when I hear it. Give it a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSBZqo-YatI

This just ends up being a filler silly match. Bushwhackers get Jimmy's coat and that gets them jumped from behind. Jimmy comes back in to grab his coat and both Rougeaus are thrown into him, sending all three outside. The heels then gain the upperhand, cutting the ring in half. Eventually, The Rougeaus celebrate as the ref is attempting to get one of them on the outside. This allows Butch to get inand deliver one of their famous battering ram headbutt things, leading into a dounle gutbuster to pick up the win. Some entertainment for the kids, and I'm all for that.

Mr. Perfect vs Blue Blazer
Blue Blazer is Owen Hart, in case people were not aware. This ended up being a great match for about 5 minutes that the two were given. The two go back and forth before Blazer is able to get Perfect on the outside. He then charges in and drills Perfect with a baseball slide and the two battle on the floor. Action back in the ring and Blazer is clearly taking control here. Perfect blocks a splash attempt by lifting the knees and then gets the upperhand. Blazer is able to get Perfect in a crucifix, but Perfect kicks out. PErfect on his feet, delivers a forearm followed by the Perfect-Plex to end things. Again, short match, but a great one to watch. Do not skip this one if you get a chance to watch the event.

Go to Hayes who was at some sort of 5K run. For whatever reason, Fuji is running the thing in a tux. Run DMC then performs a rap of sort before we go to a recap of the Powers of Pain/Demolition feud. Mean Gene with Demolition who are looking to retain the titles.

The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji vs Demolition in a Handicap Match for the WWF Tag Team Championsip
Demolition starts things off by gaining the upperhadn early on, tagging in and out to take advantage. Warlord able to get to his corner to make a tag as PoP take control. Back and forth action ensues as both teams gain an advatage, tagging in and out. Ax gets to the point where he wants to go after Fuji, but that ends up being a bad move as Barbarian intervenes. Fuji then steps on Ax's throat. Fuji gets a tag, gets a cuple quick offensive moves in then goes right back out. Ax reeling as Fuji is tagged back in. He goes to the top for an elbow drop, c'mon, really, and misses. Fuji is able to tag Warlord and Warlord knocks Smash off the ring, keeping Ax inside. Ax is able to hit a clothesline, then tags in Smash. Smash starts going to work and then everyone is in the ring. Fuji goes to throw salt into Smash's face as the ref is not looking, but Smash ducks it and Warlord gets the salt in the eyes. Fuji is left by himself in the ring and Demolition hits their finisher to retain the gold. Pretty good match and everyone gets what they wanted with Fuji getting taken out by Demolition.

Go to the back with Schiavone, who is wanting to get a word with Savage. Savage is going crazy and we get nothing from him.

Dino Bravo w/Frenchy Martin vs "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin
For some reason, they took this time to introduce Jimmy Snuka. Bravo gains the upperhand with an attack from behind as Garvin is disposing of his towel. Bravo all over Garvin to start things off, looking like he is going to dominate the match. Garvin is able to get things under control, with a big splash. Goes for a sleeper, but Bravo able to get to the ropes. BRavo then blocks a piledriver attempt. Garvin eventually is nailed with an atomic drop followed by a side suplex, allowing Bravo to pick up the win. Not a fan of either two, but it wasn't terrible. Nothing great though.

The Brain Busters w/Bobby Heenan vs Strike Force
Pretty decent match to start. All four get involved right away with the Brain Busters getting knocked out of the ring. Anderson comes back in and Martel goes for a quick pin. Nice back and forth action from there with nearfalls gained by each team. Tito and Martel seem to be in control as Tito and Martel are in with Blanchard in the ring. Tito goes for his flying forearm, but Blachard moves and Tito hits Martel. Martel goes out of the ring after being drilled. The Brain Busters then do a number on Tito. Anderson goes to the top at one point, but Tito is able to slam him. Tito then crawls to his corner to make the tag to Martel, however, Martel refuses to tag and leaves for the locker room. Blanchard comes in and nails a stun gun on Tito. That is followed by an Anderson spinebuster. Tito tries to fight back but Anderson makes a tag and drills him with a spike piledriver to pick up the win. Pretty good match that set up the Martel heel turn and becoming The Model, who I despised as a child.

Martel then tells Mean Gene Tito got what he deserved. Then we get Piper's Pit with Morton Downey Jr. We all know how that goes, if you don't give it a watch.Afterwards, we see a promo for "No Holds Barred" starring Hogan, get a little background about the Mega Powers falling apart and ends with a Hogan interview with Mean Gene.

Andre the Giant w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Special Ref: Big John Studd
Andre is able to utilize the exposed turnbuckle to his advantage right away. Andre must have taken it off during Roberts' entrance. Andre using his power to take control early on. Roberts is able to tie Andre in the ropes with a clothesline. He then chokes Andre out as he is tied up. Andre is able to get untied and headbutts Roberts and locks in a nerve hold. Andre gets rammed into the exposed turnbuckle but he is able to come back with a chop that sends Roberts to the floor. Andre then gives Roberts a headbutt as he gets to the apron. Studd and Andre then start to get into it, with Andre attacking Studd from behind. Roberts then goes to let Damian out of the bag, but DiBiase comes running down and drills Roberts, taking the bag with Damian and heading back to the locker room. Andre is choking out Studd and Roberts then chases DiBiase and gets the snake back. He brings the snake in the ring and Andre books it. Studd calls for the DQ, giving the match to Roberts. Pretty awful match since Andre could barely do anything. Just sad to watch to be honest.

We go to Schiavonne who is with Sherri. She has some words for Rockin' Robin and Elizabeth.

The Honky Tonk Man and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart vs The Hart Foundation
Match starts of with the Foundation gaining the edge. Hitman is eventually tossed into the heel corner and gets worked over. Anvil comes in to try to help, but that just allows for the heels to get some more work in on Hitman. Hitman gets worked over by Honky and Valentine. He gets hit with the Shake, Rattle and Roll but Honky makes the tag. Valentine goes for the figure four and Hitman is able to get out. Valentine still in control though and gets Honky in. Hitman able to nail a crossbody for a nearfall. Hitman able to get Neidhart inand hits a dropkick on both Honky and Valentine. Hitman gets time to recover before getting tagged back in. Neidhart then chases Jimmy away as Hitman gets the upperhand. Honky grabs the megaphone but Anvil intervenes and Hitman ends up with it. Hitman drills Honky with it to pick up the win. Not too bad of a match but I feel it could have been a bit better.

Get a recap of the Posedown with Warrior and Rude before the next match.

"Ravishing" Rick Rude vs Ultimate Warrior (c) for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Warrior in control early with a bear hug. Rude able to get out with a thumb to the eye followed by a dropkick. Warrior able to come back with some body slams and another bear hug. Rude tries for a thumb to the eye again, ref does not allow it this time around. Rude breaks out but Warrior is able to nail a backdrop. Rude is able to get his knees up on a big splash attempt and drills a piledriver. Rude then whips off a series of moves for nearfalls. Warrior then gains control ending up nailing a backbreaker. Rude is able to try for a Rude Awakening, but to no avail. He gets hit with a clothesline and Rude heads to the floor. Rude gets set up for a suplex inside, but Heenan grabs Warrior's leg, allowing Rude to come on top of Warrior to pick up the win as Heenan holds on to the leg. We have a new IC champ. Warrior is pissed and press slams Heenan before chasing after Rude. Pretty decent match here as Warrior isn't the best ring performer, but Rude made it work well.

Bad News Brown vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
This match was just for filler it seemed. Was not all that great. The two go back and forth for awhile, not really doing too much. Duggan hits his three point stance move but Bad News heads to the floor and grabs a chair. So, Duggan grabs his 2x4 and we get a double DQ. We get a post match brawl that Duggan "wins". Bleh.....

Go to Mean Gene in the back with Red Rooster, who is coming up next.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan w/Brooklyn Brawler vs Red Rooster
Heenan is still feeling the effect of being taking out by Warrior. Rooster gets the win in a matter of seconds after Heenan misses a shoulderblock. Just filler before the big match.

Mean Gene in the back with Elizabeth who says she is in a neutral corner.

Main Event: Macho Man Randy Savage (c) vs Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship
Savage rips up a Hogan sign that a kid had, awesome! Very heelish Savage to start off the match. Thesetwo put on a pretty awesome match to be honest. Nice back and forth action and Savage clearly carried Hogan, IMO. Savage hits the flying elbow and gets a 2 cout. Then Hogan hulks up, and from there we know what happens. We the get punches, the big boot and the legdrop. Hogan picks up the win and becomes the new champ. Would type more but this is a match worth checking out, for historical purposes. Probably Hogan's best match in WWF.

Grade: B (not too shabby, however there were some awful matches that could have been shown on like a SNME or something like that. But the bigger matches delivered here.)


Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. Perfect: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Bushwhacker Butch: 1-0
Bushwhacker Luke: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
"Ravishing" Rick Rude" 4-1-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
Ultimate Warrior: 3-1
The Barbarian: 2-1
Big Boss Man: 2-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Bobby Heenan: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
The Warlord: 2-1
Hulk Hogan: 8-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 4-2
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 4-2
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-2
Demolition Smash: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 11-3
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Haku: 4-3
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 4-3-1
Arn Anderson: 1-1
Tully Blanchard: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Marty Jannety: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Shawn Michaels: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Red Rooster: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Rick Martel: 2-2
Dino Bravo: 3-3
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Demolition Ax: 3-3
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 4-4
Bad News Brown: 1-2
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 2-3
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
Andre the Giant: 3-4
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 2-4
Jacques Rougeau: 2-4-1
Ray Rougeau: 2-4-1
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Honky Tonk Man: 1-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Tito Santana: 3-6
Hercules: 2-6
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 2-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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PPV: Summerslam 1989
Date: 8/27/89
Location: Meadowlands Arena (East Rutherford, NJ)


FEEL THE HEAT!!!

Hart Foundation vs Brain Busters w/Bobby Heenan
The Brain Busters are the current tag team champs at this point, however, this match is not for the gold, c'mon!!! This was a great match to start off the show. Great action back and forth with both teams working quite well together. Hart Foundation always put on a great display and they did not disappoint, Brain Busters were no slouches either. Great display of wrestling in this match. It is mentioned that the titles are not on the line because at the time of the signing of the match, the Brain Busters were not champions, boooo! The finish has all four in the ring, chaos breaking out all over the place. Blanchard hit with an inverted drop by Hitman and Anvil hits the slingshot shoulderblock move he does. Hitman is powerslammed on Blanchard, but the ref is trying to get Heenan off the apron and Anvil out of the ring now. This allows Anderson to nail Hitman with a double axehandle from the rope on the back of Hitman's dome, allowing Anderson (illegal man) to pick up the pin. Very great match to open things up.

Mean Gene in the back with Dusty Rhodes, who looks ridiculous with a police hat and his polka dot get up. He seems ready to go against Honky Tonk Man.

Dusty Rhodes vs Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart
This is the PPV debut of Rhodes, in the WWF that is. This match was a huge dud! Starts off with the two having some sort of dance off thing. Guess this was just a match to have for Rhodes to get over because nothing else made this interesting. Hart gets involved and grabs Rhodes' leg, this allows Honky to nail Rhodes with the megaphone. Honky distracts the ref and lets Hart choke Rhodes, you know, typical heel Honky actions. Rhodes tries to gain some offense and charges at Honky, Honky moves and Rhodes crashes into the ref. Honky calls for the guitar and Hart obliges. Hart swings the guitar and hits Honky as Rhodes gets out of the way. Rhodes then drops his elbow and picks up the win. Skip this one. Afterwards, Honky is interviewed and he is in some delusional Elvis world of sorts.

In the back with Demolition and the now King Duggan. They say something about taking care of business later against their larger opponents.

Red Rooster vs Mr. Perfect
This match had potential, but I think there was a legit injury in ring that prevented that from happening. The two run the ropes after a little shoving and Rooster lands akward after a leap frog, which I feel may have cut this match short. He does a leap frog over Perfect three times, and on the first one his left knee buckles pretty badily and he is limping around the rest of the match. Perfect dropkicks him outside. The two brawl outside and inside before Perfect nails the Perfect Plex for the win.

In the back with Rick Rude and Heenan. They claim they will break the rules to keep the IC title against Ultimate Warrior later on.

Tito Santana and The Rockers vs Rick Martel and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart and Slick in a Six Man Tag Match
This ends up being a fantastic match. We see Santana just get pummeled for the majority of the match, always wanting to get a tag but failing to do so as the heels keep him away from his corner. Rockers try to jump in to stop the assault, but the ref, as always, needs to get them back in their corner, and that allows for double and triple teams in the other corner. Tito just getting beat down and looks helpless. A double team goes wrong as Jacques drills Ray with a high knee meant for Santana. Lo and behold, this allows Santana to get the tag to Shawn. Shawn starts to clear house and the crowd loves it! Shawn takes everyone out and backdrops Marty on Martel. Jacques comes in to break a pin with an elbow drop, Marty moves and Martel gets nailed with it instead. Chaos ensues, because, you know, its a six man tag, and everyone is getting after it at once. The Rockers take out the Rougeaus and Santana sends Martel to the floor. The ref is on the floor trying to get things under control out there and that is when Hart gets involved. Marty and Ray are victory rolling each other and out of nowhere, Martel drills Marty in the face allowing Martel to get the pin. I think Shawn was the legal man, but I lost track after all hell broke loose in this match. Awesome six man tag action here, with the helpless Santana looking desperate for a majority of the match. Great work here.

We get a little background regarding the feud with Rude and Warrior. Warrior then cuts a typical Warrior promo. Take a look (sorry for the not so great footage): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r65TI4hSJNY

"Ravishing" Rick Rude (c) vs Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Warrior no sells all of Rude's stuff to start the match, which was something that irritated me. Warrior is able to clothesline Rude to the floor. Rude tries to nail a sunset flip and fails, leading to Warrior press slamming Rude to the floor. Warrior then drills Rude with the title.........and there is no call for the bell! WHAT!!! Ventura is irate, even moreso when Schiavonne says he hit him with the belt on the outside of the ring so its ok. What are you talking about Tony!!!! Back in the ring and Warrior is still dominating Rude and it looks as if Rude is gonna take a beating the whole match. But, Rude is ableto crutch Warrior on the top rope. Rude gains the advantage and after failing with a Rude Awakening, goes for a sleeper. Warrior is able to get out of it and they both collide and take out the ref in the same process. With the ref down, Warrior dominates again, trying to revive the ref in the same process. Ref is alive, Warrior goes for a pin but Rude gets the foot on the rope. Warrior with the powerslam and goes for the splash only to be met with Rude's knees. Rude hits a reverse tombestone but only gets two. He then goes to the top rope and lands a fist drop. For whatever reason, Roddy Piper comes down to the ring. Piper distracts Rude and moons him! Rude is none too happy and Warrior uses that to nail him with a back suplex, leading to the press slam and splash to pick up the win and become the new champ. Not all that bad of a match here, pretty entertaining the whole way. Surprised Heenan was not more involved here.

Mean Gene is in the back. Perfect is there and he says he is headed to the top with that perfect record of his. Piper then comes in and makes some fun at Rude. Garvin comes in and is dressed up nicely for something. Finally Rude and Heenan barge through and they are pissed. Rude is coming after Piper and Heenan is heated! The we get a video package with Zeus, Savage, Hogan and Beefcake, leading to the match later on.

King Duggan and Demolition vs Twin Towers and Andre the Giant w/Slick and Bobby Heenan in a Six Man Tag Match
This was not that great of a match. Andre is looking terrible in the ring and probably shouldn't be in there. Duggan comes out in some Demoltion face paint, with the American flag on his face. Faces start with the advatage, beating down on Akeem and then Boss Man. Ax is then caught in the wrong corner and Andre comes in. Andre works over Ax and Boss Man and Akeem tag in and out to get their shots in. Smash is able to get tagged and he slams Boss Man and Akeem, didn't see that coming. However, Andre comes in and lays waste of Smash. Duggan comes in and chaos ensues, might as well, since its a six man tag, right? Andre is arguing with the ref, who knows why. As this is happening, Akeem nails Air Africa on Smash. However, Duggan drills Akeem with a 2x4 and puts Smash on top of Akeem for the win. Not anything exciting going on here. Skip it if you so desire.

We go to the back where DiBiase talks about his match with Snuka later on.

Hercules vs Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart
Garvin is the ring announcer, so that is whay he was dressed nice. He insults Valentine as he introduces him. Hercules goes on the attack as Garvin and Valentine are face to face. Valentine is so focused on Garvin that it allows Hercules to take care of business throughout the match. Valentine does very little here, but ends up getting the win as he bated Hercules into the corner, scoops his legs and uses the ropes to get leverage and the win. Garving and Valentine go at it after the match. Skip this one too.

Go to the back where Savage, Sherri and Zeus are talking amongst some sort or cauldron. The cauldron of madness according to Sherri, who sees Hogan flat on his back. Savage sees Hogan and Beefcake in pieces. They seem ready to roll later on.

"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka vs "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase w/Virgil
Snuka dominates early as DiBiase tries to cheap shot him at the start. Snuka looks to go over easy here but DiBiase is able to gain the edge, nailing a suplex for a near fall. A backbreaker leads to a back elbow attempt that Snuka dodges. Snuka then comes back with some headbutts. Snuka goes for a splash from the top, but Virgil distracts him, being the good bodyguard he is. Snuka decides to chase Virgil and that allows DiBiase to nail a double axehandle on Snuka. He then tosses Snuka into the post, getting Snuka counted out and earning DiBiase the win. Afterwards, Snuka gets Virgil and splashes him. Nothing great here, another one you can skip if you so desire.

To the back with Hogan and Beefcake. Hogan parted the Hudson River like Moses to get to the event. Beefcake gets some words in about the clippers.

Main Event: Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake w/Elizabeth vs "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Zeus w/Sensational Sherri
The Genius gives us a poem before starting things off. How nice of him to bless us with that. Starts off with everyone brawling and Zeus is not selling anything at all. Hogan goes to slam Zeus to no avail and Zeus starts to choke him out. Beefcake flies from the top and Zeus catches him in a bear hug. A double team does not work on Zeus and now Hogan is in a bearhug. Hogan gets doubled and Savage goes to work. Savage tags Zeus back in after having Hogan in a sleeper. Another bear hug on Hogan, that is getting old. Savage back in gets in some offense before Hogan tags Beefcake. Beefcake goes wild and eventually locks a sleeper on Savage. Savage is able ot get out of thatand tags Zeus. Beefcake rakes the eyes and hops on Zeus' back and locks in the sleeper. Sherri then gives Savage a purse and he drills Beefcake with it, knocking him out. Savage decides to go after Elizabeth and Hogan helps her out. Zeus is destroying Beefcake, choking him out. Savage gets the tag but Beefcake double clothesline the two. Hogan gets the tag and he starts cleaning house. He goes to suplex Savage back in the ring after big booting him to the floor, but Sherri grabs the leg and gets a near fall for Savage. Zeus is tagged and Savage nails a top rope elbow drop on Hogan. Lo and behold, Hogan hulks up and knocks Savage out of the ring. Zeus comes in and Hogan gets him to a knee. Sherri, sensing trouble tries to get involved bu Elizabeth puts a stop to that. Savage grabs the purse to use again, but Beefcake stops him. Hogan has the purse and drills Zeus with it, then slams him and follows with the leg drop for the win. Hogan then atomi drops Sherri into Elizabeth, who drills Sherri with the purse. Beefcake then proceeds to cut off Sherri's ponytail. Not all that great, got the crowd going, but wrestling wise, this was not good.

Grade: I'll give it a C- (some not so great matches, but the few that were good (opener, IC title match and the six man with Rockers and Tito, saved it from being a total fail)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Mr. Perfect: 3-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Bushwhacker Butch: 1-0
Bushwhacker Luke: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Dusty Rhodes: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 4-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
Arn Anderson: 2-1
The Barbarian: 2-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Tully Blanchard: 2-1
Bobby Heenan: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
The Warlord: 2-1
Hulk Hogan: 9-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Demolition Smash: 4-2
"Ravishing" Rick Rude: 4-2-1
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Rick Martel: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Demolition Ax: 4-3
Haku: 4-3
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 4-3
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 4-3
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 4-3-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 11-4
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 5-4
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Big Boss Man: 2-2
Dino Bravo: 3-3
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 3-3
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-3
Bad News Brown: 1-2
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
Marty Jannety: 1-2
Shawn Michaels: 1-2
Red Rooster: 1-2
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 3-4
Jacques Rougeau: 3-4-1
Ray Rougeau: 3-4-1
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Andre the Giant: 3-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Honky Tonk Man: 1-6
Tito Santana: 3-7
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 3-7
Hercules: 2-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
Zeus: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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PPV: Survivor Series 1989
Date: 11/22/89
Location: Rosemont Horizon (Chicago)


This is the first Survivor Series where we get team names and they have dropped the teams to be 4 on 4. Like with other Survivor Series revies, just going to quickly rundown the matches, focusing on eliminations since so much is going on in these things.

The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana and Red Rooster) vs The Enforcers (Boss Man, Bad News Brown, Honky Tonk Man and Rick "The Model" Martel w/Slick and Jimmy Hart) in a Classic Survivor Series Match
Everyone gets their fair share of action to start things off before getting the first elimination. Martel and Santana are in with Santana hitting a couple of dropkicks leading to a forearm from the second rope. Santana goes for a figure four but Martel is able to break it up. Martel is able to roll up Santana and grabs the trunks for the pinfall. Down to Rhodes, Beefcake and Rooster vs Boss Man, Brown, Honky and Martel. Rooster is eventually in the ring with Brown and is taking a beating. Boss Man comes in and goes for a double team but hits Brown. Brown then walks off, just like last year, and gets counted out. Down to Rhodes, Beefcake and Rooster vs Boss Man, Honky and Martel. Beefcake then battles with Honky. Honky gets the upperhand but Beefcake reverses a whip into the ropes and drills Honky with a high knee, getting the fall. Down to Rhodes, Beefcake and Rooster vs Boss Man and Martel. Martel comes in and goes to work on Beefcake. Beefcake goes for a sunset flip but Martel crouches out of the way and goes for the pin, using the ropes. Ref sees this and breaks it up, allowing Beefcake to get a cradle and eliminating Martel. Down to Rhodes, Beefcake and Rooster vs Boss Man. Rooster gets the tag and is quickly eliminated with a Boss Man slam. Down to Rhodes and Beefcake vs Boss Man. Boss Man is doubled team after trying to get after Rhodes and Beefcake. Rhodes eventually nails a crossbody that gets the pinfall, making Rhodes and Beefcake the survivors. Afterwards, Slick tosses the nightstick to Boss Man who destroys Beefcake with it. Boss Man then handcuffs Rhodes and beats the crap out of him with the nightstick before Beefcake comes to and chases Boss Man away. Not great, but not terrible. An ok match to start.

Mooney talks with Boss Man in the back and he says that Rhodes got what he deserved. Mean Gene is in the back with the 4x4's and they are ready to go against the King's Court.

The 4x4's (Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ronnie Garvin and Hercules) vs The King's Court (Randy Savage, Greg Valentine, Dino Bravo and Canadian Earthquake w/Sherri and Jimmy Hart) in a Classic Survivor Series Match
Ring is cleared by the 4x4's as they are swinging their 2x4s around. Anyways, we get to Hercules in the ring with Bravo. Hercules nails multiple clotheslines to get Bravo reeling. Bravo does reverse a whip and tosses Hercules into the heel corner and tags in Earthquake. Earthquake follows that up with an Earthquake Splash to get rid of Hercules. Down to Duggan, Hitman and Garvin vs the full King's Court. Some back and forth action leads us to Garvin and Valentine in the ring, trading chops with each other. Duggan makes a blind tag and drills Valentine with the three point stance clothesline, eliminating him. Down to Duggan, Hitman and Garvin vs Savage, Bravo and Earthquake. We get a little action between Hitman and Savage before Garvin and Bravo are in. Bravo is able to land his side suplex rather quickly, eliminating Garvin. Down to Duggan and Hitman vs Savage, Bravo and Earthquake. A little back and forth action as we get to Bravo and Hitman in the ring. Hitman goes to charge Bravo in the corner, but Bravo moves and Hitman drills his shoulder into the post. Bravo delivers a shoulder breaker, tags in Savage who hits the flying elbow to get rid of Hitman. Down to Duggan vs Savage, Bravo and Earthquake. Duggan is unable to overcome the 3 on 1 here. He tries his best, but he goes to come off the ropes, only for Sherri to pull them down, and he hits the floor, getting counted out. Savage, Bravo and Earthquake win it for their team. Duggan comes back in with a 2x4 and drills Bravo and Savage afterwards. Ref could have counted out Earthquake or DQ'd Bravo but did not do so, for whatever reason. Not a great one here. Wish Savage and Hitman would have worked more together in this one, probably would have saved it in doing so.

We get a poem from The Genius before the next match.

The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts and Demolition) vs The Million Dollar Team (Ted DiBiase, Zeus and Powers of Pain w/Mr. Fuji) in a Classic Survivor Series Match
Things start off with Hogan and Zeus, after Zeus refuses to go at it with Roberts. Quick to the point as Zeus chokes out Hogan. Ref tries to break it up but is pushed away by Zeus, resulting in getting DQ'd. Down to all of The Hulkamaniacs vs DiBiase and PoP. Some back and forth action leading to Warlord in the ring with Ax. Ax is reeling but comes back with some clotheslines. Fuji then hooks Ax' leg with his cane, leading to Warlord dropping an elbow to get the pin. Down to Hogan, Roberts and Smash vs DiBiase and PoP. Get to a point where Smash is in with DiBiase. Smash tosses DiBiase in the ropes and meets him with a clothesline. Barbarian made a blind tag in the process. Smash goes for the pin on DiBiase and the ref is telling him that DiBiase is no longer legal. Smash gets up and is met with a flying clothesline from Barbarian that leads to getting pinned. Down to Hogan and Roberts vs DiBiase and PoP. Roberts then takes a beating by all three before being able to tag Hogan who cleans house. DiBiase and Roberts are fighting outside and Hogan is getting doubled by PoP. Ref calls for the bell and DQs PoP. Down to Hogan and Roberts vs DiBiase. Roberts and Hogan get after DiBiase and then Virgil comes down. Roberts drags Virgil in the ring and gives him a DDT. DiBiase quickly comes in and drops an elbow on Roberts and uses the ropes to aid in a pin. Down to Hogan vs DiBiase. Both guys clothesline each other. Atomic drop attempt by Hogan is reversed into a back suplex by DiBiase. This cues up Hogan hulking up and it is all over from there, big boot followed by leg drop and DiBiase is gone. Hogan survives for his team. Not all that great of a match here either. Could have been good, but nothing came of it. I also don't like that the ref eliminated three of the heels, kind of made it a downer.

Savage and Zeus are in the back talking about their No Holds Barred match coming up with Hogan and Beefcake. Mean Gene is then with Hogan and Beefcake who offer their words until Sherri comes in and tosses powder in their faces. Savage and Zeus come and put a beating on Hogan and Beefcake before other wrestlers break it up. Particpants for the next match talk about the upcoming match. Piper's team is cuckoo.

Roddy's Rowdies (Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Bushwhackers) vs The Rude Brood (Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Fabulous Rougeaus w/Jimmy Hart and The Genius) in a Classic Survivor Series Match
So Perfect starts things off and gets bit by all four members of the opposition. Snuka and Jacques get in and go at it. Jacques has no chance and gets squashed quickly by Snuka, getting eliminated. Down to all of Roddy's Rowdies vs Rude, Perfect and Ray. Piper in the ring with Ray and that didn't last long as Ray went to go for a backdrop only for Piper to nail a falling piledriver to get rid of him. Down to all of the Rowdies vs Rude and Perfect. Perfect gets worked over a bit, leading to Butch coming in. He bites Perfect on the rear again, then goes to celebrate in the corner. Perfect then rolls him up to get rid of him. Down to Piper, Snuka and Luke vs Rude and Perfect. Fast forward to Luke and Rude in the ring. Rude gets bit in the face. Luke goes for a backdrop but Rude has none of that and hits the Rude Awakening, getting rid of Luke. Down to Piper and Snuka vs Rude and Perfect. Some back and forth action leads to Piper and Rude being legal. Piper spears Rude throught the ropes and follows him on the outside. The two battle it out and the ref counts both of them out. Down to Snuka vs Perfect. Piper and Rude fight to the back and Snuka and Perfect go at it. They go back and forth for awhile before Perfect nails Snuka with a Perfect Plex to end it. Perfect survives for his team. Afterwards, Snuka takes out Perfect and Genius. He goes for a splash on Genius but Perfect drags him out of the way. Not all that great of a match here either. And I am starting to be a little disappointed in the event as a whole now.

Go to the back where Perfect is met with his team to celebrate the win. Rude is asked about where Heenan is and that gets ignored. Mean Gene is with Warrior's team and they are ready to roll. Warrior mentions something about organ donor cards, you know, things that do not make any sense at all.

Main Event: The Ultimate Warriors (Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart and The Rockers) vs The Heenan Family (Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan) in a Classic Survivor Series Match
Things start off with Warrior clotheslining Andre out of the ring and he gets counted out right off the bat. Down to all the Warriors vs Haku, Anderson and Heenan. Later one, Neidhart gets tripled team by the heels because Warrior is running around the apron like a maniac, wanting to get after somebody and the ref is occupied with that nonesense. Haku hits Neidhart with one of his patented kicks to the back of the head and Neidhart is gone. Down to Warrior and The Rockers vs Haku, Anderson and Heenan. Rockers get some double team moves off. Warrior is anxiously wanting in at this moment. Marty in the ring now with Haku, who kicks Marty's lights out. Heenan comes in and gets the pin. Down to Warrior and Shawn vs Haku, Anderson and Heenan. Warrior and Shawn get after if, leading to Shawn nailing a crossbody on Haku to pick up the three. Down to Warrior and Shawn vs Anderson and Heenan. Poor, poor Arn. Anderson forces Heenan to get in since you know, Anderson is doing all the work. Heenan gets a couple shots on Shawn but tags right out after Shawn gets a shot of his own. Anderson eventually hits Shawn with his patented spinebuster to get rid of him. Down to Warrior vs Anderson and Heenan. Anderson, exhausted at this point, now has Warrior coming in after him. It is only academic from here as a tired out Anderson gets press slammed and splashed. We are down to Warrior vs Heenan. Apparantly Heenan has no clue that Anderson was eliminated and thinks he is bailing on him. Heenan gets the hint and realizes nothing is about to be good with anything that is about to happen. Heenan tries to leave but Warrior brings him in and gives him a shoulderblock followed by a splash to win. Warrior survives for his team. Afterwards, Warrior runs to the back, and clotheslines Heenan from behind in what I thought was hilarious! Not a great match here to end it. I was curious as to why Blanchard was not in this match since Anderson was his partner. Did some research and I guess Blanchard failed a drug test on site and was fired right after, thus forcing Heenan in the match. I imagine this would have been a bit better if we got The Rockers and Brain Busters putting on a show, but thanks to Blanchard, we got crap.

Grade: F (the worst PPV thus far, not much to say else for it)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Mr. Perfect: 4-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Dusty Rhodes: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Earthquake: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 5-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Tully Blanchard: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
Hulk Hogan: 10-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Demolition Smash: 5-2
"Ravishing" Rick Rude: 5-2-1
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Demolition Ax: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 5-3
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 5-3-1
Dino Bravo: 4-3
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 12-4
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 6-4
Bushwhacker Butch: 1-1
Bushwhacker Luke: 1-1
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Arn Anderson: 2-2
The Barbarian: 2-2
Bobby Heenan: 2-2
Marty Jannety: 2-2
Shawn Michaels: 2-2
Red Rooster: 2-2
The Warlord: 2-2
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Rick Martel: 3-3
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-3
Haku: 4-4
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 4-4
Jacques Rougeau: 4-4-1
Ray Rougeau: 4-4-1
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
Big Boss Man: 2-3
Bad News Brown: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 3-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-4
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 3-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Andre the Giant: 3-6
Tito Santana: 4-7
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 4-7
Honky Tonk Man: 1-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Hercules: 2-8
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka: 0-2
Zeus: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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PPV: 1990 Royal Rumble
Date: 1/20/90
Location: Orlando Arena (Orlando)


Fabulous Rougeau Brothers w/Jimmy Hart vs Bushwhackers
Sadly, the Rougeaus had to work with a clearly inferior team here. But this ends up being a decent match. For the majority of the match the Bushwhackers get no offense in and the Rougeaus just dominate. Bushwhackers do bite every now and again, but other than that, we just see awesome double teaming by the Rougeaus, displaying their vast talents to go along with that awesome entrance song. Luke finally gets a tag to Butch and Butch cleans house. Hart gets involved as the Bushwhackers go for the battering ram by grabbing the legs. They turn their attention to Hart, which allows the Rougeaus to get the advantage back with double dropkicks. Rougeaus go for another double team but that is broken up as Jacques is taken out. Ray checks on his buddy only to both get nailed by the battering ram, thus giving the win to the Bushwhackers. Again, a good match because the Rougeaus displayed their talent. Its too bad they were not put over this night. For anyone to lose to the Bushwhackers is a joke, but its for the kids!

Mean Gene is in the back with DiBiase, he drew number one this year instead of buying number 30. Of course!!

Brutus "The Barder" Beefcake vs The Genius
Genius opens with his usual poem before the match. Genius starts things off by running around on the floor and doing cartwheels. In the ring Beefcake gets an advantage and then Genius stalls, like a good heel does. Genius looks to gain an advantage before missing a dropkick in the corner. Beefcake then wins a test of strength. A bit later Genius goes to the outside to stall some more. They go back and forth before Beefcake shoves Genius into the ref, on accident. Ref goes to the outside and Beefcake locks in a sleeper. Genius is out cold and Beefcake starts cutting Genius' hair. Perfect comes in to save his dude as the ref DQs both guys. Perfect then grabs a chair and uses it to beat down Beefcake. Not a great match here, nothing at all that I was excited about.

In the back, Mooney is with the Heenan Family and there seem to be problems from within.

"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin vs Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart in a Submission Match
This ended up being pretty awesome. And I was rather surprised that it was as good as it ended up being. Match was pretty stiff as swell, at least it looked like it to me. These two eally get after it against each, with nice back and forth action. At one point Hart takes off the leg guard that Garvin has on when he lands near him. The leg guard was there to prevent Valentine from doing damage with the figure four. Hart makes sure Valentine knows the guard is off and Valentine is able to lock in the figure four. Garvin reverses it but Valentine rolls through and then grabs the ropes for extra leverage. Valentine does more work on the leg and goes to the top rope only for Garvin to stop anything he was about to do up there. In the process he takes the leg guard off of Valentine. Hart tries to distract again as Valentine goes to ambush Garvin, but Garvin turns around and drills Valentine with his own leg guard. Garvin locks in a reverse figure four and picks up the win. A pretty good match to watch here and I was very into the whole thing.

Go to the back where Perfect talks some trash to Beefcake then says he has the perfect number 30 in the Rumble.

We then get The Brother Love Show in the ring. Sherri and Sapphire are guests. Sherri and Love just talk trash about Sapphire, not letting her answer any questions. Sapphire eventually has enough and slaps Sherri. Rhodes and Savage come down to stop the brawl. Rhodes then slams Love and Sapphire then slaps him. Boring filler here.

Go to the back with Duggan who is ready to beat Big Boss Man

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs Bog Boss Man w/Slick
The two battle on the outside at the start with Boss Man throwing him in the post. He charges after Duggan but ends up missing and hitting the steps. They go back in the ring with some back and forth action. Boss Man hits an enziguri at one point, the big man can get up! Slick gets involved and chokes Duggan with his tie as Boss Man distracts the ref. Boss Man is rather frustrated that he is unable to keep Duggan at bay as Duggan keeps coming back for more. Slick grabs Duggan for Boss Man but Boss Man drills Slick as Duggan moves out of the way. Boss Man seems to have had enough and grabs his nightstick, drilling Duggan with it. Duggan wins by DQ and then gets his 2x4 and takes out both Boss Man and Slick with it. Duggan pretty much got a beating the whole match, getting only a little offense in. Not a great match here, but not awful.

We get tons of promos from those in the Rumble before getting to the actual match.

Main Event: Royal Rumble Match

Order of entrance:
1. Ted DiBiase
2. Koko B. Ware
3. Marty Jannety
4. Jake Roberts
5. Randy Savage
6. Roddy Piper
7. Warlord
8. Bret Hart
9. Bad News Brown
10. Dusty Rhodes
11. Andre the Giant
12. Red Rooster
13. Ax
14. Haku
15. Smash
16. Akeem
17. Jimmy Snuka
18. Dino Bravo
19. Earthquake
20. Jim Neidhart
21. Ultimate Warrior
22. Rick Martel
23. Tito Santana
24. Honky Tonk Man
25. Hulk Hogan
26. Shawn Michaels
27. Barbarian
28. Rick Rude
29. Hercules
30. Mr. Perfect

As with other Rumbles, I go through eliminations quick until the final four. DiBiase and Ware start it off and DiBiase lays waste to him before Marty comes in. Marty gets some offense in but DiBiase is able to eliminate him as well. Roberts comes out and DiBiase meets him on the outside before going in the ring. We get to Brown coming in before the next eliminiation. Roberts goes to DDT DiBiase but Savage saves him and tosses Roberts out. Rhodes comes in before the next elimination. Brown has Rhodes reeling and Savage charges at him but Rhodes backdrops Savage out of the ring, see ya Macho King. Andre is next in and he gets rid of Warlord right away as Warlord tried to get after Andre. Rooster in before the next elimination. Brown and Piper are going at it. Brown goes for a clothesline on Piper, but Piper is able to duck it and and toss Brown over the top. Brown then grabs Piper and pulls him over the top, thus eliminating him right after. Rooster is eliminated by Andre as Ax comes down. We get to Akeem before the next elimination. Demolition double clothesline Andre out of the ring and Hitman is also tossed by Rhodes. Snuka is in next and he quickly eliminates Akeem with a flying head butt. We get to Earthquake and he comes in and eliminates Rhodes. He then eliminates Ax right after when Demolition tries to double team him. Neidhart comes in before the next elimination. Everyone gangs up on Earthquake and eliminate him (well Bravo didn't help, since that is his running mate). We get to Warrior running in and he quickly eliminates Bravo. Martel comes in before the next elimination. Haku puts Smash on the apron and superkicks him out of the ring. Honky comes in before the next elimination, which is Neidhart as a whole host of people were fighting off the ropes. Soon after, Warrior eliminates DiBiase. Hogan is in next and immediatly eliminates Snuka and Haku, guess he hates islanders. Warrior then eliminates Santana. Michaels comes down and Hogan gets rid of Honky while Warrior gets rid of Michaels. Warrior then eliminates Martel right after. That leaves Hogan and Warrior in the ring by themselves, which the crowd pops for. Next elimination comes after Rude comes in. Rude and Barbarian are trying to toss Warrior over and Hogan comes and helps them get the job done. Warrior goes crazy and lays out Rude and Barbarian before leaving. Perfect enters before Hercules eliminates Barbarian. We are down to Hogan, Perfect, Hercules and Rude. Rude quickly gets rid of Hercules, gaining a 2 on 1 advantage against Hogan. The two double Hogan and some mishap has Perfect on the apron. As he attempts to come back in, he accidently sends Rude out of the ring and we are down to two. Hogan slings Perfect back in the ring. Perfect tries a Perfect Plex, but that only hulks up Hogan. Hogan then proceeds to eliminate Perfect to win. Would have loved to see Perfect win it, but you just knew watching that Hogan would come out on top after seeing the final four. I dislike the match because Perfect should have won but it is what it is.

Grade: B (not too bad, great opener and submission match that helps the show. Gets an A with a Perfect win in the Rumble, haha. I know, I'm biased)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Mr. Perfect: 4-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Dusty Rhodes: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Earthquake: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 5-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Tully Blanchard: 2-1
Bushwhacker Butch: 2-1
Bushwhacker Luke: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
Hulk Hogan: 10-2
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Demolition Smash: 5-2
"Ravishing" Rick Rude: 5-2-1
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Demolition Ax: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 5-3
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 5-3-1
Dino Bravo: 4-3
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 12-4
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 6-5
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Arn Anderson: 2-2
The Barbarian: 2-2
Bobby Heenan: 2-2
Marty Jannety: 2-2
Shawn Michaels: 2-2
Red Rooster: 2-2
The Warlord: 2-2
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Rick Martel: 3-3
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 4-4
Haku: 4-4
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 4-4
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 1-2
Bad News Brown: 1-3
Koko B. Ware: 1-3
Big Boss Man: 2-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-4
Jacques Rougeau: 4-5-1
Ray Rougeau: 4-5-1
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 3-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
Andre the Giant: 3-6
Tito Santana: 4-7
Honky Tonk Man: 1-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 4-8
Hercules: 2-8
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
The Genius: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
Sensational Sherri: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka: 0-2
Zeus: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-3
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PPV: Wrestlemania VI
Date: 4/1/90
Location: Skydome (Toronto)


Witness The Ultimate Challenge!!

Not sure who Rob Goulet (sp?) is, but he sings "Oh, Canada".

Koko B. Ware vs Rick "The Model" Martel
Martel gets the early advantage as he jumps Ware when the ref is checking him for illegal objects. Ware is able to jump back, getting in a series of moves before clotheslining Martel out of the ring. Martel gets slingshotted back in but drops Ware to the outside as he gets charged by the birdman. A series of moves leads to Martel going for the Boston Crab, but Ware is able to get out. Ware then nails Martel with a couple head butts, before going for a crossbody. Crossbody fails, allowing Martel to lock in the Boston Crab to finish it off. Ware just there to push Martel here, nothing too great here.

We go to the back where the Colossal Connection (Mean Gene calls them the Colostomy Connection, hahahaha) and Demolition (they about to ax and smash) get in a few words before the next match.

The Colossal Connection w/Bobby Heenan (c) vs Demolition for the WWF Tag Team Championship
Andre the Giant and Haku make up the Connection. Andre does very little here, and based off of other things I have seen, he is at a point here where he is in pretty bad shape. So Haku does pretty much everything in this match. Demolition doubles on Haku and Andre goes in to stop it but the ref tells him to go back in his corner. Andre delivers a headbutt on the outside and chokes out his opponent with the tag rope and that was pretty much his action here. Haku would gain control at one point, but couldn't maintain anything. Double on Haku and Andre comes in to get double clotheslined by Demolition. Andre is able to grab Smash for Haku to give a kick to, but Smash gets out of the hold and Haku drills Andre, tying him up in the ropes. This allows Demolition to hit Haku with their finisher to claim the titles. Not bad, considering that Haku pretty much worked by himself against Demolition, a bit too long for me though. After the match, Heenan gets in Andre's face and yells at him, slapping him right in the face in his frustration. Andre tosses Heenan and Haku around before leaving to cheers.

In the back, Gene is with Earthquake. A lot of Earthquake comparisons.

Hercules vs Earthquake w/Jimmy Hart
Hercules gets an advatage early with some rights before Earthquake takes a breather on the outside. He comes back and goes for a test of strength in which Earthquake just ends up giving Hercules a forearm. Hercules is able to get Earthquake to a knee at one point, then has the bright idea of attempting a torture rack. That obviously fails and Earthquake finishes him off with an Earthquake Splash. Boring match here.

Some sort of reporter is talking with Elizabeth and she says she is going to be active at ringside soon. Hooray!

Back to the arena where Beefcake tells us he is going to end the perfect streak that Mr. Perfect has going. Really, Beefcake to go over Perfect, c'mon now......

Mr. Perfect w/The Genius vs Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
Beefcake starts by sending Perfect out of the ring after Perfect tried to jump him before the bell. Beefcake with the upperhand early and looks to be on a roll here. Beefcake wants a sleeper, but Genius prevents that, allowing Perfect to get control. From here forward, Perfect just dominates. Perfect looks to have everything under control after crushing Beefcake up to this point before Beefcake slingshots Perfect into the post, getting the win and ending the perfect streak. What the hell?? So Beefcake gets a little offense in for a minute, then Perfect dominates him for the rest of the match only to lose like that? Terrible. Genius then comes in to help Perfect out after, only to get his hair cut by Beefcake.

We get a recap of the Bad News Brown/Piper feud that has been going on. Gene is then in the back with Piper, and he has half his face painted black.

Bad News Brown vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Oh, you just thought half of Piper's face was painted black? No, half his body is painted black. Nothing comes of this match. The two brawl with each other back and forth. Just a typical brawlers deal happening here. Piper eventually pulls a white glove out, puts it on and wails away at Brown, sending him to the outside. Piper follows and the two continue to brawl, both getting counted out. Both fight each other all the way to the back as people try to break it up. Thumbs down here.

We are in the showers as The Bolsheviks are rehearsing the Russian National Anthem. Yes, you read that right, in the showers.

The Bolsheviks vs The Hart Foundation
Volkoff begins the Russian Anthem, Neidhart says to himself that is not gonna happen, and knocks him out of the ring. Zhukov is left alone to get hit with the finisher to end it. Maybe last 20 seconds.

Mean Gene talks with Tito Santana before the match with Barbarian.

Tito Santana vs The Barbarian w/Bobby Heenan
First PPV where we see Barbarian in singles action here. Not sure where the WWF was going with Tito here, but it just seemed after they were done with him holding titles, he was nothing more than filler and someone they could put in there to get beatdown by someone. Some back and forth action here. Tito hits the flying forearm and goes for the pin, but Heenan puts Barbarian's foot on the ropes. Tito then clotheslines himself on the ropes as Barbarian gets away from a roll up pin. Barbarian heads to the top rope, hits the flying clothesline and that ends the match. Pretty boring to watch. Guess the WWF was trying to push Barbarian here and decided to use Tito to do that.

We get a recap of the Dusty Rhodes/Savage feud before going to Mooney who is with Rhodes and Sapphire. Rhodes is going to unveil the crown jewel tonight. I can't wait!

"Macho King" Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire w/Elizabeth in a Mixed Tag Team Match
Oh, the crown jewel is Elizabeth........this does not sit well with Savage. Any time Sapphire and Sherri are in the ring together, it looks like a complete mess. Nothing is perfomed well at all and it just needs to stop happening, at least that is what I am thinking when I was watching this. Things look a bit better when Savage and Rhodes are going at it, with some spots on the outside to add a little bit more to the match. At one point, Sherri gives Rhodes a splash from the top rope for a two count, for some reason I found this comical. We get to the end where, sadly, Sherri and Sapphire are legal. We get some hair pulls with Sherri being forced outside the ring. Elizabeth, with much pleasure, sends Sherri back in the ring. Hell breaks loose as all four are in the ring. Sherri, with her hatred for Elizabeth, decides she's gonna go out and chase Elizabeth around. Elizabeth gets Sherri back in the ring and Sherri trips over Sapphire, which in turn, leads to a roll up, ending this God awful display of a match.

We go to Mean Gene who is with Heenan, discussing the whole deal with Andre. Claims it takes 2 and a hlaf hours to get the blood flowing to Andre's head. He is sweating way too much for just yelling into a mic, haha. Ventura and Gorilla with some famous lady of sorts, I think the name is Rona. Any ways she claims she has X-rated footage of Ventura, but Ventura sends it too Mooney and Savage. There, Savage is going nuts, as is Sherri. They are none too happy with the lose, especially with Elizabeth out there. Shoot it back to Mean Gene, he is with Demolition. They are pretty hyped about winning the titles earlier and are ready for the Hart Foundation. Then we see Hogan with Mean Gene after a little intermission and goes off about how if Warrior wants to live forever, then go ahead and breathe his last breath into Hogan and Hogan will save him. What the hell??? Then Mooney is seen with Warrior. Warrior puts on one of his wacky promos, typical of what he does.

The Orient Express w/Mr. Fuji vs The Rockers
Sato and Tanaka make up the Express. This ends up being the most exciting match, at least for me when I was watching. We start with Rockers coming out hot, taking both members of the Express to the outside. Tides turn as Fuji pulls the ropes down as Marty goes to run off them, sending Marty to the floor. Ref is distrated and Fuji nails Marty with his cane before Sato tosses him into the post. Two teams go back and forth before Rockers can the upperhand with some nice double moves that have the Express reeling. YEt again, Fuji gets involved, hitting Marty's leg with his cane. Marty has had enough of that, so he goes after Fuji. Ref is distracted, again, and that allows Sato to come from behind and throw salt into Marty's eyes. This prevents Marty from being able to get into the ring, getting counted out and giving the win to the Express. Albeit it ended in a countout, this was still a fun match to take in.

We go to Rhythm and Blues in the back, getting ready for their performance later. R&B is Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine.

Dino Bravo w/Jimmy Hart and Earthquake vs "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
I haven't seen one BRavo match up to this point and said to mysself, "You know, that was pretty good." That streak continues with this crap that came up next. You can't say much for Duggan here either as this was more a brawl than anything else. Duggan goes to the corner in the three point stance and this is where Earthquake decides to involve himself, grabbing Duggan. Of course these two begin to tussle and Hart uses this to grab the 2X4 in order to slide it into Bravo. Duggan gets away from Earthquake and as the ref is distracted, Duggan is able to get the 2X4 before Bravo, drilling him with it to pick up the win. I found it funny that Duggan was trying to get a USA chant going in Canada. Like, c'mon now. Afterwards, Earthquake comes in and gives Duggan a couple of his patented splashes.

We get a recap of the DiBiase/Roberts feud before we go to Mean Gene who is with Roberts. Roberts proceeds to grace us with one of the best promos ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzE9UgLGjWs

"Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase w/Virgil vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts for the Million Dollar Championship.
This ends up being a pretty decent match here. DiBiase had previously taken Roberts out of action for awhile and this match is building off that. The two go back and forth, eventually leading to the floor. This is where DiBiase rams Roberts shoulder-first into the post. DiBiase looks to have the match with the Million Dollar Dream, but Roberts has his foot on the ropes. Roberts gains control, drills DiBiase with the short arm clothesline. We all know the DDT is next, but DiBiase grabs the ref and Virgil pulls Roberts to the outside. Roberts proceeds to slam Virgil on the outside. DiBiase then comes after Roberts, locking in the Million Dollar Dream. Shenanigans ensure, and Virgil rolls DiBiase into the ring before the count of ten, giving him the win and the title. Afterwards, Roberts nails the DDT on DiBiase and shoves a hundo downs his mouth. Virgil comes in to grab DiBiase to prevent Damian from getting after him. Roberts then starts handing out cash to people at ringside. Not a bad match, wish it did not end in the way it did with the countout, but it is what it is.

Go to the back to Mooney with Akeem followed by Mean Gene with Big Boss Man, who are going at it next.

Akeem w/Slick vs Big Boss Man
Well, we no longer have these two guys teaming up anymore. What better way to make the break up set in stone with a meeting against each other at WM, right? DiBiase, after taking a DDT at the end of his match, hid under the ring and comes out and attacks Boss Man as he comes to the ring before the match starts. DiBiase tosses Boss Man to Akeem in the ring and you think things are over. But no! Boss Man comes back and hits the Boss Man Slam soon thereafter, picking up the win. Thing last for two minutes, at most and Akeem gets crushed after the DiBiase help, haha!! Boss Man then gets his shots in on Slick after the match. Match was nothing great, obviously.

Mooney interviews Mary Tyler Moore, who happens to be ringside. She seems to be lost with all the questions she is being asked. We go to the ring with Rhythm and Blues set to perform. They sing their song and after they finish, The Bushwackers attack them.

"Ravishing" Rick Rude w/Bobby Heena vs "Superfly' Jimmy Snuka
Nothing more than a squash match for Rude. I guess Snuka is just being used to put people over at this point in his career now. Rude Awakening seals the deal for Rude in a quick one.

We get a recap of what has happened that has led to the main event

Main Event: Ultimate Warrior (Intercontinental Champ) vs Hulk Hogan (WWF Champ) in a Title vs Title Match
One man would leave holding both titles after this tilt. Half the arena wants Hogan to win, the other half wants Warrior to win, would have been a great atmosphere to be around. Now this match was not all that great, but, in a historical context, it was something of significance. Warrior is able to clothesline Hogan to the outside and Hogan lands akwardly. He claims that his knee is gone and Warrior does not have time for that, so he tosses Hogan back in. Not a minute later, Hogan and his knee seem to be fine, way to sell that!!! Deeper into the match Warrior goes for a flying shoulder, but Hogan gets out of the way and Warrior hits the ref. Hogan tries to revive the ref as he gets control, Hebner begins to slowly come to. The two then brawl on the floor. Back in the ring, Warrior hits the press slam and splash. But we al know where that is going to lead, Hogan hulking up! Hogan does the usual but fails to land the leg drop. Warrior then hits the splash from there, to pick up the win. Quite the long match here. Nothing was too amazing, but the crowd was really into it, which added to the match. Hogan presents the title to Warrior before exiting and letting Warrior have his moment. This match was fun to watch, which couldn't be said for a lot of this event.

Grade: F (I mean, I can't fathom giving it a higher grade. Just a bunch of garbage put together just to get to the main event. I would say 4 matches were worth giving time to and that is about it. Nothing was going to out due the ME, so maybe that is why it was such a lackluster show, I dunno)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Dusty Rhodes: 3-0
Earthquake: 2-0
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Sapphire: 1-0
Sato: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
Tanaka: 1-0
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 6-1
Mr. Perfect: 4-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Tully Blanchard: 2-1
Bushwhacker Butch: 2-1
Bushwhacker Luke: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Paul Roma: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Demolition Smash: 6-2
"Ravishing" Rick Rude: 6-2-1
The Barbarian: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
Hulk Hogan: 10-3
Demolition Ax: 6-3
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 6-3
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Rick Martel: 4-3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 5-4
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 5-4
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 5-4-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 12-5
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 7-5
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Arn Anderson: 2-2
Bobby Heenan: 2-2
Red Rooster: 2-2
The Warlord: 2-2
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Dino Bravo: 4-4
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 1-2
Marty Jannety: 2-3
Shawn Michaels: 2-3
Big Boss Man: 3-4
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Bad News Brown: 1-4
Koko B. Ware: 1-4
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 4-5
Haku: 4-5
Jacques Rougeau: 4-5-1
Ray Rougeau: 4-5-1
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 2-6
Andre the Giant: 3-7
Honky Tonk Man: 1-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Tito Santana: 4-8
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 4-8
Hercules: 2-9
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
The Genius: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Sensational Sherri: 0-2
Zeus: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-4
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PPV: Summerslam 1990
Date: 8/26/90
Location: The Spectrum (Philly)


Double main event billed here! SHUT UP!!!

Power & Glory w/Slick vs The Rockers
We have a new team here in P&G, as Hercules and Paul Roma team up to form a heel team to face The Rockers. Before the match even starts, Michaels gets taken out by Hercules as he uses his chain on Michaels' knee, sorry about it, Marty. As Marty fends for himself, Michaels keeps trying to get on the apron to help out, but P&G just keep knocking him off the apron, over and over again. Slick does not help the cause as Marty goes for a pin, only to have Slick get on the apron to distract the ref. P&G continue to beat the hell out of Marty, with Michaels not providing anything to the cause, finishing Marty off with superplex/money shot type of combo deal to win the match. It wasn't too bad, but if Michaels were involved, this could have been much better.

We go to the back, where Mooney is with Heenan and Perfect. They talk about the challenger to the IC title, Kerry Von Erich. I guess Perfect took this challenge on short notice, but he is perfect, so he doesn't give a damn how short of time he has or about someone he knows very little about. Mean Gene is then with Kerry. There are tornado warnings at Summerslam.

Mr. Perfect (c) vs "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich for the Intercontinental Championship
New kid on the block gets a title shot against perfection. Nothing at all happens well here for Perfect. He just takes a beating for the most part, Kerry locks in the Claw, let's go, then hits Perfect with a spinning punch, I guess a Tornado Punch, I dunno, about as dumb as the Superman Punch. Any ways, this moves seals Perfect's fate and we have a new IC champ. Terrible......

Go to Mean Gene who is waiting for Sapphire, she is MIA. Perfect and Heenan barge in, clearly upset.

Queen Sherri vs Sapphire
Well, thank God this match did not happen, because I can only imagine it being awful. Sherri comes out, Sapphire doesn't. Time is wasted, Sherri demands she get a forfeit. I'm just glad this never happened. Sherri with a countout win all while looking quite creepy.

Dusty Rhodes has no clue where Sapphire is, as we get a shot of him being confused. Duggan is also on the look for her.

The Warlord vs Tito Santana
Tito has seemed to be getting buried in PPVs as of late, just check out the reviews. Does this change here against Warlord, who looks overly larger than that first time we saw him on PPV? I'm already saying no once the match begins, but, I watched hoping for a surprise. Tito goes to his quickness to gain the advantage here. Tito is eventually dumped to the outside and tossed into the post. Back in the ring, Tito is able to nail the flying forearm, but Warlord has his foot on the ropes. Warlord eventually powerslams Tito to end the match and get the win. Nothing great here.

Go to the back with Demolition and they have themselves a 3rd member, goes by Crush. We'll be seeing more of Crush as we move along the years. They let us know that they can choose any two of the three to defend the titles later. Kick it to the Hart Foundation where Hitman seems confused about who is gonna be in the match.

Demolition (c) vs The Hart Foundation in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship
So it is Smash and Crush that will defend the titles. This ends up being a pretty good tag match here. First fall seems to be owned by Demolition. The Foundation take their beating here, but are able to gain small advantages here and there. After some back and forth, Hitman comes in and starts to clean house, only to have Crush end the run with a leg drop. Demolition sets Hitman up for their finisher and nail it, getting the first fall. 1-0 Demolition and that much closer to retaining the gold. Hitman takes a pretty good beating by the more powerful team to start the next fall before making the take to Anvil. Anvil comes in and starts destroying Demolition. Hitman is in and they hit their finisher, getting a two count before Crush breaks up the pin. This gets Demolition DQ'd and we are now tied up at 1. Not sure I've ever seen a ref call for a DQ after a teammate makes the save. Not a great way to finish the second fall. We start the 3rd fall with Hitman getting tossed. He seems to be in bad shape, so the ref checks on him. While doing so, Ax comes running down and goes under the ring, had to have seen that one coming at one point, right? The Foundation gain the edge and while this is going on, Ax switches in for Smash. Now the ref should know there was a switch, since, you know, they all wear a different design in their face paint, but nope, ref has no clue. Of course, Ax comes in and starts putting a beat down on Hitman. Crush comes in and does the same. Demolition with a double team on the outside of the ring, and then Smash switches back in as Ax goes under the ring. This brings the Legion of Doom out and they pull Ax from under the ring. Now Smash and Ax are in LOD's face for exposing them and Crush is left alone in the ring. Anvil drills Crush with a shoulderblock and Hitman rolls Crush up for the win, gaining the titles. Pretty exciting match to watch here.

Hart Foundation and LOD celebrate in the back while Demolition are irate. We also get a whole bunch of interviews from other stars that I really do not want to get into here. Nothing important to note.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Bad News Brown, Special Ref: Big Boss Man
Brown gets the early advantage, pummeling Roberts. Boss Man and Brown get into a little arguement for a bit, letting Roberts recover. The two then brawl with each other on the outside of the ring. Boss Man gives the two a warning after a chair shot is landed, if this was Hebner, this match is over. Brown then proceeds to put another beating on Roberts. Roberts comes back with a short clothesline, goes for the DDT, but Brown gets out of it. Brown then drills Roberts with another chair shot, resulting in the DQ. Brown then tries to leg drop Damian, but Boss Man stops him. Match was not all that bad, but not a good ending. Maybe should have had this a no DQ match.

Go back to Demolition, and they are none too happy with losing the titles. Called LOD imposters, haha. Back in the ring and we are blessed with The Brother Love Show. His purpose on this night? To bring Sgt. Slaughter out, who is some sort of Iraqi sympathizer. Yea, that went over well during this time, with the whole Iraq ordeal going on during the early 90's. Slaughter is declaring war on Volkoff, since America is too chicken to do so itself. He evan claims that Saddam would kick America's butt if they were to go to war. Get this guy outta here!!! We go to the back with the Orient Express, who are ready to take out Duggan and Volkoff. And then, in some late breaking news, Mean Gene has located Sapphire, who just walks by him and slams the door right in his face. Thank God, we have found her..........

The Orient Express w/Mr. Fuji vs Nikolai Volkoff and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Volkoff is now all aboard loving America at this point now. So, of course, he is loved by all now. He and Duggan sing God Bless America and right after, the Express go on the attack. Volkoff takes the most of the beating here by the Express. The Express are much capable of better matches, but look who they are working against. Duggan makes the tag after Volkoff takes a beating and takes everyone out. Gets in the three point stance and ends the match soon thereafter to pick up the win. Not a great match, but you can't let the Japanese team beat up on the Americans during the crisis in the Middle East, right?

In the back, Rhodes is trying to get Sapphire out of her locker room, but that isn't working. Who knows what her deal is. Savage is with Mooney, claims the rumors about Sapphire must be true.

Dusty Rhodes vs "Macho King" Randy Savage w/Sherri
A rematch from WM, without the ladies involved. Before the match, we have DiBiase and Virgil out and DiBiase has bought Sapphire!! NOOOOOOOO!!! Rhodes, not liking the news, goes after DiBiase, however, Savage attacks him from behind, and the match is underway. Savage goes to work on Rhodes, Rhodes does get in some elbows and a random dropkick. He has that move in his arsenal??? Rhodes then goes after Sherri, who gives Savage a purse, obvioulsy something is in the purse. Rhodes is drilled with the purse and Savage picks up the win in about 3 minutes. Garbage...

DiBiase, Virgil and Sapphire leave in a limo as Rhodes is just too late in trying to stop them from driving off.

Hulk Hogan w/Big Boss Man vs Earthquake w/Jimmy Hart and Dino Bravo
Going in, I was expecting very little, just to not be disappointed. Earthquake seems to be immovable to start, until Hogan does this windmill punch, which for some reason, knocks the big man down. Then, right in front of the ref, Hogan and Boss Man dounle team Earthquake. Where's the DQ? So, if Hogan is gonna double team, Earthquake is gonna do the same and he and Bravo do just that, while the ref is not looking, of course. Earthquake is able to lock in a Boston Crab on Hogan, but Hogan gets to the ropes and takes a breather on the outside, only for Bravo to beat on him. Back in the rin and Hogan goes for a slam, but that fails as Earthquake falls on him, you know, even though Hogan has slammed Andre before. And then we get a bearhug, the worst thing anyone would want to see. Hogan is able to get out of the hold, ripping Hebner's shirt in the process. Hogan nails a couple shoulderblocks, then goes for a bodypress, something I've never seen Hogan do, ever. That ends up failing and Earthquake slams him. Earthquake then hits his splash and we can call it a night for Hogan.......but wait!!! Earthquake wants to give Hogan another splash, he does, then goes for the pin. But we all know where that is going to lead. Hogan kicks out and hulks up. He hits his moves and then the two are on the outside of the ring. Hogan slams Earthquake on the nearby table, table does not break. Ref is counting and Hogan gets back into the ring before the count of ten to win. Typical boring Hogan. Hey, but the fans ate it up back then! Afterwards, Earthquake comes in to choke Hogan out. Boss Man hits Earthquake a couple times with a chair but that does nothing. Earthquake drops Hogan as Boss Man whips out the nightstick.

Bunch of interviews in the back, gives time for prepping the next match. I won't go into all the interviews, so you'll just have to watch it for yourself if you so choose.

Main Event: Ultimate Warrior (c) vs "Ravishing" Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan in a Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship
You can win by either pinfall or escaping the cage here. Both start fighting on the top of the cage as we get underway here. Rude is tossed into the cage but is able to get out of the way of a charge, Warrior hitting face first on the cage. Rude is bleeding and we have barely even started. Warrior is tossed into the cage a few times before Rude goes for a Rude Awakening. That fails as Warrior powers out and goes for a big splash, only to hit nothing but Rude's knees. Rude is able to hit the Rude Awakening and hits a fistdrop from the cage. Heenan opens the door so Rude can get out, but Rude goes back to the cage for another move. As he comes down, Warrior drills him and goes to the door. But, since Heenan is there, he slams the door on Warrior's face. Rude goes for a pin and only gets two. Rude goes to exit the cage, but Warrior grabs him by the tights to prevent that from happening. Warrior then puts a beating on Heenan and Rude attacks Warrior from behind. This does nothing but piss Warrior off. Warrior hits a couple clotheslines, hits his press slam and climbs out of the cage to retain the title. Not a great match, but what are you gonna do with Warrior? Too bad Rude didn't go over him.

Grade: D (I mean, I wanted to give an F, but I felt I was a bit more entertained here than this year's WM. Had a good tag title match at least. The double ME were bleh, but that's what you get with Hogan and Warrior.)

Running Tally of Wrestler W/L Record (I know, silly, but, whatever, just for fun, excluding battle royals and royal rumbles):
Fabulous Moolah: 2-0
Hillbilly Jim: 2-0
Mr. T: 2-0
Rockin' Robin: 2-0
Noriyo Tateno: 2-0
Itsuki Yamazaki: 2-0
Ted Arcidi: 1-0
Haiti Kid: 1-0
Sam Houston: 1-0
Little Beaver: 1-0
Wendi Richter: 1-0
Dick Slater: 1-0
"Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich: 0-1
Tom Zenk: 1-0
Ultimate Warrior: 7-1
"Jumpin" Jim Brunzell: 3-1
Dusty Rhodes: 3-1
Paul Roma: 3-1
B. Brian Blair: 2-1
Tully Blanchard: 2-1
Bushwhacker Butch: 2-1
Bushwhacker Luke: 2-1
Earthquake: 2-1
The Iron Sheik: 2-1
Jim Powers: 2-1
"The Natural" Butch Reed: 2-1
Tama: 2-1
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat: 7-2
Mr. Perfect: 4-2
The Barbarian: 3-2
King Kong Bundy: 3-2
Harley Race: 3-2
The Warlord: 3-2
Hulk Hogan: 11-3
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: 7-3
Demolition Ax: 6-3
Demolition Smash: 6-3
"Ravishing" Rick Rude: 6-3-1
Junkyard Dog: 5-3
Dynamite Kid: 5-3-1
Rick Martel: 4-3
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: 6-4
Bret "Hitman" Hart: 6-4
Jake "The Snake" Roberts: 6-4-1
"Macho Man" Randy Savage: 13-5
Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake: 7-5
Corporal Kirchner: 1-1
Dory Funk Jr: 1-1
Terry Funk: 1-1
Blue Blazer/Owen Hart: 1-1
Billy Jack Haynes: 1-1
Velvet McIntyre: 1-1
Moondog Spot: 1-1
Sapphire: 1-1
Sato: 1-1
Big John Studd: 1-1
Tanaka: 1-1
Arn Anderson: 2-2
Bobby Heenan: 2-2
Red Rooster: 2-2
British Bulldog: 3-3-1
Dino Bravo: 4-4
"Dangerous" Danny Davis: 1-2
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin: 1-2
Sensational Sherri: 1-2
Big Boss Man: 3-4
One Man Gang/Akeem: 3-4
Marty Jannety: 2-4
Shawn Michaels: 2-4
Adrian Adonis: 1-4
Koko B. Ware: 1-4
"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: 4-5
Haku: 4-5
Jacques Rougeau: 4-5-1
Ray Rougeau: 4-5-1
Bad News Brown: 1-5
Paul Orndorff: 1-5
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: 1-5
Nikolai Volkoff: 3-6
Andre the Giant: 3-7
Honky Tonk Man: 1-7
Don Muraco: 1-7
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine: 4-8
Tito Santana: 4-9
Hercules: 3-9
Captain Lou Albano: 0-1
Blackjack Mulligan: 0-1
Scott Casey: 0-1
Donna Christianello: 0-1
Conquistador Dos: 0-1
Conquistador Uno: 0-1
Crush: 0-1
Matt Borne/Doink: 0-1
Jimmy Jack Funk: 0-1
Mr. Fuji: 0-1
Tony Garea: 0-1
The Genius: 0-1
SD Jones: 0-1
Little Tokyo: 0-1
Lord Littlebrooke: 0-1
Dawn Marie (non ECW): 0-1
Pedro Morales: 0-1
Ivan Putski: 0-1
The Executioner/Buddy Rose: 0-1
Mike Rotunda/I.R.S: 0-1
David Sammartino: 0-1
"Iron" Mike Sharpe: 0-1
George "The Animal" Steele: 0-1
Uncle Elmer: 0-1
George Wells: 0-1
Barry Windham: 0-1
"Outlaw" Ron Bass: 0-2
Bam Bam Bigelow: 0-2
"Cowboy" Bob Orton: 0-2
Zeus: 0-2
Leilani Kai: 0-3
Judy Martin: 0-3
Ken Patera: 0-3
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka: 0-3
Boris Zhukov: 0-4
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