Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series 1989


Live from Rosemont, IL

Airdate: November 23, 1989

Attendance:  15,294

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will survive? The Dream Team or the Enforcers? The King’s Court or the 4x4s? The Hulkamaniacs or the Million Dollar Team? Rude’s Brood or Roddy’s Rowdies? The Ultimate Warriors or the Heenan Family? Let’s find out!

Speaking in pure hyperbole, Hogan opens the show being thankful that Hulkamania “is still the strongest force in the universe.”

Snidely, DiBiase is thankful that he’s rich and we’re not.

Wisely, Roberts is thankful for having Damian and the DDT although that explains most of his offense.

Fraternally, Demolition is thankful that they don’t have to fight one another.

Megalomaniacally, Savage is thankful that he is the “only man worthy of being the Macho King.”

Patriotically, Duggan is thankful that he lives in the United States.

Bolted down to the foundation, Bravo is thankful that he has Earthquake on his side.

Deliriously, Rhodes is thankful for his polka dots. Oh, brother.

Carrying a ball and chain, Big Bossman is thankful for the “justice (he) serve(s).”

Simplistically, Beefcake is thankful for “wrestling, cutting, and strutting.”

Narcissistically, Martel is thankful for his good looks.

Boastfully, Rude is thankful for “having the most ravishing body in the WWF.”

Jealously, Piper is thankful because he’s not “Ricky Rude.”

Not so intelligently, the Genius is thankful for “being the world’s most smartest man.” Great grammar, Genius.

Impeccably, Mr. Perfect is thankful for “being absolutely perfect.”

Ineptly, the Bushwhackers are thankful for stuffing with the turkey. Well, their brains are made of stuffing.

Brilliantly, Heenan is thankful for spending Thanksgiving with “all the members of the Heenan family.”

Incomprehensibly, Ultimate Warrior is thankful for being incoherent.

Match 1: Dusty Rhodes, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Tito Santana, & the Red Rooster versus the Big Boss Man, Bad News Brown, the “Model” Rick Martel, & the Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart & Slick)

Highlights:

  • Despite being a curtain-jerker, Rhodes entered last to his own music.
  • After a leap frog, Santana slammed Honkytonk Man.
  • Martel tagged in, leap-frogged Santana, and delivered a dropkick.
  • Santana then blocked an atomic drop and delivered one of his own.
  • Although Martel didn’t fall into the babyface corner, Santana rolled him up for 2.
  • Bossman tagged in so Santana tagged in Rhodes.
  • Immediately, Rhodes unloaded with the Flip, Flop, and Fly on Bossman.
  • He then reversed a cross-corner whip and delivered a bionic elbow.
  • As Beefcake tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Bossman.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in but missed a fist drop.
  • When Martel tagged in, he worked on Beefcake’s back and got 2.
  • Rooster tagged in and gave Martel a back drop for 2.
  • Upon whipping Martel into the corner, Rooster ate knees on his follow-through.
  • Martel tagged in, delivered a pair of knee drops, and got 2.
  • Rooster came back with an inside cradle for 2.
  • As Honkytonk Man tagged in, he succumbed to a sunset flip by Rooster for 2.
  • After a mid-ring collision occurred, Martel and Santana tagged in.
  • Upon leap-frogging Martel, Santana delivered a pair of dropkicks followed by a slam.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle and gave Martel an elbow smash.
  • Upon giving Martel a cross-corner whip, Santana delivered a back drop.
  • However, when he attempted the figure-four leg lock, Martel tossed him aside.
  • After a slam, Martel missed an elbow drop.
  • He then reversed a rollup and pinned Santana with a handful of tights.
  • Santana was eliminated as the heels held a 4-3 advantage.
  • Sapphire, who was not yet Rhodes’ valet, was shown in the crowd.
  • Rhodes came in, blocked a right from Martel, and gave him a bionic elbow.
  • He then delivered a dropkick. Wow! Is that full moon still in effect?
  • After an elbow drop, Rhodes got 2.
  • Beefcake tagged in and countered a monkey flip with a stomp to the face. Well, that’s effective.
  • When Rooster tagged in, he received a backbreaker from Martel.
  • Bossman tagged in and gave Rooster a back elbow.
  • He then applied a bear hug, but Rooster used a pair of head butts and some teeth to escape. Perhaps he didn’t get enough turkey this year.
  • Rooster then brought Brown in the hard way and gave him a knee lift.
  • As Rhodes distracted the anonymous referee, Bossman came in to double-team Rooster but nailed Brown instead.
  • Brown then shoved Bossman and hightailed it backstage just like last year.
  • Brown was eliminated as the sides were even 3-3.
  • As Beefcake gave Bossman a cross-corner whip, he ate an elbow on his follow-through.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in and gave Beefcake a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • He then gave Beefcake the ten-punch count-along despite being a heel.
  • Upon reversing an Irish whip, Beefcake delivered a high knee.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Honkytonk Man was eliminated.
  • The babyfaces had a 3-2 advantage.
  • Shortly after, Martel gave Beefcake a knee to the midsection.
  • He then delivered a backbreaker which sent Beefcake to the apron.
  • After Beefcake re-entered the ring via a sunset flip, he ate a knuckle sandwich.
  • When Martel tried to pin Beefcake while holding the second rope, the anonymous referee caught him.
  • Ultimately, that allowed Beefcake to complete the sunset flip.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Martel was eliminated.
  • The babyfaces held a 3-1 advantage.
  • When Rooster tagged in, he received a cross-corner whip and evaded a charging Bossman.
  • After receiving a five-arm from Rooster, Bossman delivered the Bossman slam.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Rooster was eliminated as the babyfaces maintained a 2-1 lead.
  • As Shane McMahon was shown as the referee outside the ring, Beefcake kicked Bossman in the midsection.
  • Rhodes tagged in, hit a cross body block, and pinned Bossman.
  • Beefcake and Rhodes survived.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Good opener that excited the Rosemont faithful.

After the match, Slick tosses the nightstick to Bossman who nails both Beefcake and Rhodes with it. Slick then handcuffs Rhodes to the top rope while Bossman tosses down the anonymous referee. When Beefcake returns with the hedge clippers to chase the heels away, Rhodes is BUSTED OPEN. It seems that the feud between Bossman and Rhodes isn’t over.

Backstage, Sean Mooney interviews Bossman who states that Rhodes is his “prisoner.”

Also backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the 4x4s. Bret claims it’s the 4x4s’ “finest hour while Garvin wants to shove his 4×4 down Valentine’s throat. Subtlety works wonders sometimes, Garvin. Regardless, Hercules doesn’t forsee any problems tonight. Lastly, Duggan states that the King’s Court is “in for a long night.” They then fire their 2x4s like rifles to end the segment. Corny but effective promo.

Match 2: “Macho King” Randy Savage, Earthquake, Dino Bravo, & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/ Queen Sherri & Jimmy Hart) versus “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Bret “Hitman” Hart, “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin, & Hercules              

Highlights:

  • As the 4x4s made their entrance, they circled the ring before chasing the heels from the ring.
  • When Savage exited the ring, Duggan followed and nailed him.
  • Hercules then gave Savage a clothesline and a military press slam.
  • As Valentine tagged in, he missed a clothesline but received an atomic drop.
  • Duggan tagged in and rammed Valentine shoulder-first into opposite top turnbuckles.
  • When Garvin tagged in, he applied a sleeper to Valentine.
  • Valentine then fell into his corner and tagged in Bravo.
  • After Bravo gave Garvin an inverted atomic drop, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Hercules tagged in, gave Bravo a shot to the midsection, and followed with a knee lift.
  • After a pair of clotheslines by Hercules, Bravo reversed a cross-corner whip and tagged in Earthquake.
  • With Hercules down, Earthquake delivered the Earthquake splash and pinned him.
  • The heels held a 4-3 advantage.
  • Only due to a schoolboy assist by Bret was Duggan able to take Earthquake off his feet. Clever!
  • Garvin tagged in and gave Earthquake the ten-punch count-along on the mat.
  • When Valentine tagged in, he delivered an elbow drop followed by a fist drop for 2.
  • He then repositioned the shin guard, attempted the figure-four leg lock, but Garvin sent him face-first into the top turnbuckle and rolled him up for 2.
  • As Savage tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Garvin.
  • Upon giving Garvin a knee drop, Savage got 2.
  • Bravo tagged in but succumbed to a backslide for 2.
  • Valentine tagged in, ducked a clothesline from Garvin, but ate one from Duggan.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Valentine was eliminated as the sides were even at 3.
  • Shortly after, Savage tagged in and guillotined Duggan using the top rope.
  • Earthquake tagged in, slammed Duggan, but missed an elbow drop.
  • Afterward, Garvin and Bravo tagged in.
  • Garvin then gave Bravo the Garvin Stomp, attempted a Sharpshooter, but Bravo raked his eyes to escape.
  • Savage and Bret tagged in.
  • Upon ramming Savage’s head into the top turnbuckle, Bret delivered an inverted atomic drop.
  • Bravo tagged in as Bret mounted the second turnbuckle and gave him an elbow smash for 2.
  • Garvin tagged In but fell prey to a sidewalk slam by Bravo.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Garvin was eliminated as the heels led 3-2.
  • Duggan came in as Earthquake tagged in and gave Earthquake a ten-punch count-along in the corner.
  • As Bret tagged in, he and Duggan gave Earthquake a double clothesline.
  • Savage tagged in but got tied up in the ropes.
  • While Bret distracted referee Danny Davis, Duggan gave Savage the business.
  • Savage came back but missed a knee drop.
  • After Bret gave him a backbreaker for 2, he hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • Savage then reversed a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • As Bret mounted the second turnbuckle, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Bravo tagged in, slammed Bret, and delivered an elbow drop.
  • When he applied a bear hug, Bret raked his eyes to escape.
  • Earthquake tagged in and gave Bret a standing choke.
  • Upon giving Bret an elbow drop, Earthquake only got 2.
  • Savage tagged in as Bravo held Bret. Savage nailed Bravo when Bret escaped.
  • Hot tag Duggan.
  • After giving Savage a pair of clotheslines, Duggan slammed him but missed an elbow drop.
  • Bret and Bravo tagged in.
  • After Bret reversed a cross-corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Bravo then gave Bret a shoulder breaker.
  • Savage tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit the big elbow.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bret was eliminated giving the heels a 3-1 advantage.
  • When Earthquake tagged in, he worked Duggan over in the corner but missed an avalanche. Hey! That could be a new gimmick down the road for him.
  • Nonetheless, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle but ate a shot to the midsection on the way down.
  • Bravo came in but received a back drop from Duggan.
  • After Duggan whipped both Bravo and Savage into Earthquake, the heels exited the ring.
  • When Duggan ducked under a double clothesline from Savage and Bravo, he gave them one of his own.
  • Upon ambushing Duggan from behind, Earthquake slammed him.
  • He then delivered an elbow drop but only got 2.
  • As the Rosemont faithful chanted “U-S-A,” Bravo tagged in.
  • When Savage tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Duggan.
  • Upon missing a running guillotine, Savage received an atomic drop.
  • As Bravo distracted Davis, Queen Sherri got up on the apron to give Duggan a low bridge.
  • Earthquake then leaped from the apron and gave Duggan a double axe handle.
  • Unable to return to the ring, Duggan was counted out.
  • Savage, Bravo, and Earthquake survived.

Rating: ***

Summary: Good chemistry between the wrestlers in this one. Additionally, Savage made the heel team look good.

After the match, Duggan retrieves his 2×4, enters the ring, and nails Bravo and Savage with it.

Backstage, Okerlund stands outside Rhodes’ locker room. While he updates Rhodes’ condition, he vouches for him. Methinks Rhodes has picked up Okerlund’s bar tab recently.

Prior to the next match, the Genius enlightens the Rosemont faithful with an original poem.

Match 3: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, WWF tag team champions Demolition, & Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, the Powers of Pain, & Zeus (w/ Virgil & Mr. Fuji)

Highlights:

  • Wait a minute! How did Demolition become champions again? Ah.
  • When the heels prevented the babyfaces from entering the ring, Roberts unleashed Damian to scatter them. Is it me or is Damian asleep?
  • Zeus requested Hogan, so Roberts tagged him in.
  • As the Rosemont faithful chanted “Ho-gan,” Zeus no-sold all of Hogan’s offense including a high knee.
  • Hogan then raked Zeus’ eyes and slammed him.
  • When Hogan came off the ropes, Barbarian nailed him.
  • Zeus then twisted Hogan’s neck again like he did at SNME XXIII.
  • As Zeus choked Hogan, he tossed referee Earl Hebner away twice.
  • Hebner then disqualified Zeus giving the babyfaces a 4-3 advantage.
  • Interestingly, Ventura then mentioned the No Holds Barred Movie/Match PPV on 12/27. I might have to reflect upon that one.
  • Next, DiBiase came in, gave Hogan a cross-corner whip, but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Roberts tagged in, gave DiBiase a cross-corner whip, and clotheslined him over the top rope to the floor.
  • He then joined and made DiBiase HIT THE POLE!
  • Back in the ring, Smash tagged in as Demolition double-teamed DiBiase.
  • Hogan tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on DiBiase.
  • Hogan and Demolition then triple-teamed DiBiase.
  • After Hogan gave DiBiase a cross-corner whip, he followed with a back elbow.
  • Ax tagged in and clotheslined DiBiase for 2.
  • Upon ducking another shot by Ax, an elbow by DiBiase put both men down on the mat.
  • Barbarian tagged in and gave Ax a shoulder breaker.
  • Upon mounting the second turnbuckle, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Warlord tagged in, gave Ax a cross-corner whip, but ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • As Ax came off the ropes, Fuji tripped him, and Warlord delivered an elbow drop.
  • 1-2-3. Ax was eliminated evening the match at 3.
  • Hogan tagged in and clotheslined Warlord.
  • Shortly after, Barbarian tagged in and gave Smash a Mafia kick.
  • DiBiase tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Smash.
  • After a pair of fist drops, DiBiase got 2.
  • He then slammed Smash, mounted the second turnbuckle, but missed an elbow drop.
  • As Smash gave DiBiase a stungun, Barbarian tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a flying clothesline.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Smash was eliminated as the heels led 3-2.
  • When Roberts came in, he gave Barbarian a knee lift.
  • Warlord tagged in and gave Roberts a pair of cross-corner whips.
  • Never too late to the party, Barbarian tagged in and gave Roberts a third cross-corner whip.
  • He then gave Roberts a backbreaker and tagged in Warlord.
  • After yet another cross-corner whip, Warlord tagged in DiBiase.
  • Thanks, Oprah.
  • While Hogan distracted Hebner, the heels double-teamed Roberts.
  • DiBiase then gave Roberts a piledriver but only got 2 as Roberts put his foot on the bottom rope.
  • When Barbarian tagged in, he gave Roberts a diving head butt, mounted the top turnbuckle, but missed a diving head butt.
  • Hot tag Hogan.
  • After a clothesline, Hogan gave Barbarian a pair of elbow drops for 2.
  • He then delivered a vertical suplex for another 2.
  • While Roberts distracted Hebner, the Powers of Pain double-teamed Hogan.
  • After Hogan ducked a double clothesline, he gave the Powers of Pain some of their own medicine.
  • As the Powers of Pain gave Hogan a spike piledriver, Hebner disqualified both of them. That’s a shock!
  • The babyfaces led 2-1.
  • While Ventura rightfully complained about bias from Hebner, DiBiase hooked the Million Dollar Dream on Hogan.
  • Before Hogan’s hand fell a third time, Roberts made the save.
  • DiBiase then reapplied the Million Dollar Dream, but Hogan backed him into the corner twice to break the hold.
  • After DiBiase mounted the second turnbuckle, he ate a shot to the midsection on the way down.
  • Roberts tagged in, gave DiBiase a cross-corner whip, followed with a back drop, and guillotined DiBiase using the top rope. You can’t say Roberts doesn’t have a mean streak.
  • After a series of knee drops from Roberts, he gave DiBiase a short-arm clothesline.
  • Suddenly, Virgil, wearing a cast on his right arm, got up on the apron, but Roberts brought him in the ring and gave him a DDT.
  • After DiBiase gave Roberts with a fist drop, he pinned Roberts with his feet on the ropes. SNEAKY!
  • The sides were even at one apiece.
  • As DiBiase disposed of Virgil, he gave Hogan a clothesline for 2.
  • After Hogan ducked a clothesline, a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat.
  • When DiBiase blocked an atomic drop, he gave Hogan a belly-to-back suplex.
  • Unfortunately, Hogan no-sold it.
  • Hogan then gave DiBiase the big boot followed by the leg drop.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hogan remained as the sole survivor.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary: With the heel team getting three out of four disqualified, it ruins some of the suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, the match had great flow, allowed each wrestler to showcase himself well, and kept the crowd on the edge of its seat.

After the match, Hogan posed for the Rosemont faithful.

Backstage, Mooney interviews Savage with Zeus and Queen Sherri. Savage then shills the cage match at next month’s PPV.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Beefcake and Hogan. Suddenly, Queen Sherri interrupts and tosses powder at them. Savage and Zeus then attack them until the locker room has to separate them.

After Monsoon and Ventura discuss dissension in the Heenan family, Mooney interviews Rude, Hennig, the Rougeaus, Hart, and the Genius backstage. I think I smell what they’re cooking, but let’s continue.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Piper, Snuka, and the Bushwhackers. Both Luke and Butch carry turkey carcasses as insanity permeates the segment.

Match 4: “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, & the Rougeaus (w/ The Genius & Jimmy Hart) versus “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, & the Bushwhackers

Highlights:

  • After he slammed Luke, Perfect missed an elbow drop.
  • As the babyface team took turns biting Perfect, Jacques tagged in.
  • When Jacques countered a back drop with a back flip, Snuka delivered a flying head butt.
  • After a pair of leap frogs, Snuka chopped Jacques down like a California sequoia.
  • He then gave Jacques a backbreaker followed by another head butt.
  • Upon slamming Jacques, Snuka mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the flying splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Jacques was eliminated as the babyfaces led 4-3.
  • When Rude came in, he leap-frogged over Snuka, swiveled, but ate a head butt.
  • Perfect tagged in and got low-bridged accidentally by Rude.
  • With Perfect on the apron, Snuka gave Rude and him a double noggin knocker.
  • Piper tagged in and gave Perfect a knee lift.
  • As Luke tagged in, he gave Perfect a knee drop.
  • Shortly after, Piper tagged in and gave Perfect an atomic drop.
  • Raymond tagged in and countered a piledriver by Piper with a back drop.
  • On the other hand, Piper hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • Upon giving Piper a cross-corner whip, Raymond delivered a savate kick to his midsection for 2.
  • Piper then gave him a piledriver.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Raymond was eliminated as the babyfaces led 4-2.
  • Perfect came in but fell prey to an inside cradle by Piper for 2.
  • After a somersault neck snap, Perfect got 2.
  • As the Rosemont faithful chanted “Rod-dy,” Piper gave Perfect a catapult into the top turnbuckle.
  • Butch tagged in and delivered a fist drop for 2.
  • As Luke tagged in, Perfect gave him a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Piper tagged in and nailed Perfect resulting in a 360° sell by Perfect. Woohoo!
  • While a concerned Rude watched from the apron, Butch tagged in and gave Perfect a cross-corner whip.
  • When Butch celebrated with the Rosemont faithful, Perfect rolled him up.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The babyfaces led 3-2.
  • Immediately, Piper came in, rolled up Perfect, and almost got 3.
  • Snuka tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Perfect.
  • As Luke tagged in, he gave Perfect a ram to the midsection with his head and got 2.
  • Rude tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, but ate a shot to the midsection on the way down.
  • After receiving a face plant, Rude leapfrogged over Luke and gave him the Rude Awakening.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The sides were even at 2.
  • When Perfect tagged in, he gave Snuka a knee lift.
  • Shortly after, while Piper distracted the anonymous referee, Rude choked Snuka in the heel corner.
  • After a dropkick, Perfect got 2.
  • While Perfect attempted a slam, Snuka countered with an inside cradle for 2.
  • When a mid-ring collision put both wrestlers down on the mat, Rude and Piper tagged in.
  • After Piper gave Rude a back drop, both wrestlers spilled between the ropes to the floor.
  • They then brawled in the aisle as both wrestlers were counted out.
  • The sides were now even at one apiece.
  • Upon giving Snuka a hip toss, Perfect dropkicked him between the ropes to the floor.
  • With Snuka on the apron, Perfect used a vertical suplex to return him to the ring for 2.
  • Perfect then rolled up Snuka off the ropes and almost got 3.
  • Immediately, Snuka used momentum to roll up Perfect for 2.
  • He then gave Perfect a cross-corner whip followed by a chop.
  • After Perfect reversed a second cross-corner whip, Snuka leaped to the second turnbuckle and hit a cross body block.
  • On the other hand, Perfect used momentum to land on top for 2.
  • He then hooked the Perfectplex for 3.
  • Perfect survived.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  All hail Curt Hennig! Once all of the comedy spots were finished, he took the match, put it on his back, and carried it to a fun match.

After the match, Snuka grabs both Perfect and Genius and gives them a double noggin knocker. He then chops Genius and mounts the top turnbuckle. Before he can hit Genius with a splash, Perfect pulls Genius to safety.

Backstage, Mooney interviews Rude with Perfect, Genius, the Rougeaus, and Hart. When Mooney  brings up the subject of Heenan, Rude shuts him down.

Also backstage, Okerlund interviews Ultimate Warrior, Neidhart, and the Rockers.

Match 5: WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, & the Rockers versus Arn Anderson, Andre the Giant, Haku, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Highlights:

  • According to Tully Blanchard, he was suspended for failing a drug test on 11/1. Other sources state that he was fired. His last WWF match was against the Ultimate Warrior and taped that evening.
  • Before Warrior made his entrance, the Rockers dropkicked Arn and Haku out of the ring while Neidhart manhandled Heenan in the corner.
  • Andre then rammed the back of the Rockers’ heads together.
  • He then manhandled Neidhart as Warrior hit the ring.
  • Still wearing the IC belt, Warrior clotheslined André over the top rope to the floor.
  • Suddenly, André was counted out.
  • The babyfaces held a 4-3 advantage.
  • After Warrior then brought Haku and Arn back in the hard way, Neidhart tagged in and gave Arn a back elbow.
  • Next, he gave Arn a cross-corner whip followed by a shoulder block.
  • Haku tagged in as André refused to leave.
  • As Arn tagged in and distracted referee Earl Hebner, Heenan choked Neidhart in the heel corner. How dastardly!
  • Upon receiving an Irish whip, Neidhart nailed an incoming Arn.
  • Haku then kicked him in the back of the head.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The match was tied 3-3.
  • Michaels came in, leap-frogged Haku, and evaded a diving head butt.
  • Quickly, Jannetty tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Haku.
  • Not to be outdone, Michaels tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Haku. What a ham!
  • The Rockers then tried to double-team Haku, but he clotheslined Michaels. As Jannetty tried a cross body block, Haku caught him. Fortunately for Jannetty, Michaels dropkicked him atop Haku for 2.
  • When Arn attempted a vertical suplex, he tagged in Haku to help him.
  • As they delivered it, Michaels caught Jannetty.
  • Turning the tables, the Rockers gave Haku and Arn double superkicks.
  • Jannetty then gave Haku a flying back elbow for 2.
  • While Warrior tagged in, he reversed an Irish whip and gave Haku a back drop.
  • As the Rosemont faithful chanted “Weas-el,” Jannetty reversed a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Heenan tagged in, got nailed, and quickly tagged out. SMART!
  • When Jannetty came off the ropes, Arn put a knee in his back.
  • Haku then delivered a thrust kick for 2.
  • After Heenan tagged in, he delivered a knee drop.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Jannetty was eliminated as the heels led 3-2.
  • Arn tagged in, but Warrior applied a bear hug to him.
  • After Arn escaped by raking Warrior’s eyes, Haku tagged in but received a bear hug as well.
  • Warrior then gave him an inverted atomic drop.
  • Upon tagging in, Michaels delivered a dropkick, but Haku tossed him outside the ring.
  • When Warrior tossed Michaels back in, Arn tagged in and gave Michaels a cross-corner whip.
  • In turn, Michaels climbed the turnbuckles and flipped over Arn.
  • He then gave Arn a drop toehold and rubbed his face in the mat. OUCH!
  • As Warrior tagged in, he and Michaels gave Arn a double fist to the head.
  • After tagging in Michaels, Warrior slammed Arn and vaulted Michaels so he could splash Arn for 2. Nifty!
  • Haku tagged in, got reversed on a cross-corner whip, leaped to the second turnbuckle, but missed a cross body block.
  • Michaels then mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and pinned Haku.
  • The sides evened at two apiece.
  • As Heenan tagged in, Warrior distracted Hebner. In the meantime, Arn tossed Michaels over the top rope to the floor. Clever!
  • Heenan then threatened a high-flying move from the top turnbuckle but thought better of it.
  • From the apron, Michaels gave Arn a sunset flip and got 2.
  • After a very brief Heenan segment, Arn tagged in, and a mid-ring collision with Michaels occurred.
  • When Arn gave Michaels a cross-corner whip, Michaels floated over.
  • He then gave Arn a cross-corner whip, attempted a monkey flip, but got caught.
  • He then escaped a possible inverted atomic drop but ate a SPINEBUSTER.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Michaels was eliminated as the heels led 2-1.
  • As Warrior ran the ropes, Arn tossed him between them to the floor.
  • Again, Heenan mounted the top turnbuckle but thought better of it.
  • He then tagged in, but Warrior no-sold Heenan’s offense.
  • When Arn tagged in, Warrior sent him into Heenan who fell to the floor.
  • After a gorilla press, Warrior dropped, splashed, and pinned him.
  • The sides were even at one.
  • Warrior then gave Heenan a cross-corner whip which resulted in a Heenan flip.
  • After another cross-corner whip, Heenan flew over the top turnbuckle to the floor.
  • When he tried to escape down the aisle, Warrior returned him to the ring and gave him a shoulder block.
  • After a splash, Warrior pinned him.
  • Warrior survived.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary: While Arn and Michaels were excellent workhorses in this match, Heenan’s mannerisms and Warrior’s charisma made this a very entertaining match.

After the match, Warrior runs down the aisle with his belt and knocks down Heenan just for kicks.

Conclusion:  This was a very entertaining show although nothing historical truly occurred. If you love 1989 WWF, you’ll enjoy this show.

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV!

Rating: 3.30

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