Yearly Review: 2CW 2006

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Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW) is a popular independent wrestling company that primarily runs its shows in the Upstate New York area. The company made its debut on April 8th, 2006 and has provided many memorable moments throughout the years. Many are not aware of the dream matches and hidden gems that have occurred in areas like Syracuse, Watertown, Rome, Binghamton, Rochester, Elmira and Oswego.

Lets take a look at the rise of 2CW through the years, starting at the beginning.
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Spike Dudley vs. Zaquary Springate III & Isys Ephex 

Many times independent companies rely on a veteran wrestler in the early stages of its existence to help put over the local talents. For 2CW, that guy was Spike Dudley. On July 5th, 2005, Spike was released from his WWE contract and ventured off onto the independents. Spike would be part of the first show to take place on April 8th, and his exposure would continue when he returned to television with Total Non-Stop Action on April 13th.

Spike’s impact on 2CW was immediate.

His first feud was with local wrestler Zaquary Springate III. Springate was a snob from England and put down the New York area any time he could. In what had to be a surprise, Springate was victorious over Spike in the main event of the first show, Living on the Edge.

Springate is a graduate of trainer Killer Kowalski and often holds his own in the ring, as evident by his victory over Spike.

Their feud would continue to the second show on May 8th, which saw Spike gain a victory in a Syracuse street fight.

Afterward, Isys Ephex came out and brutally attacked Spike Dudley to set up a second feud for the former ECW/WWE star. It would take Ephex roughly four times to put Spike through a table because the table wouldn’t break. Tables not breaking for the company would become a common theme.

The third show was the promotions biggest show to date as it happened at the OnCenter. Ephex and Dudley were the main event and the bout was contested with the stipulation of a tables match. Spike prevailed by managing to put Ephex through the table with a double stomp. The feud between these two would not be over.

They would meet again at the fifth show, fittingly named Unfinished Business on September 16th in Syracuse. The trend of violence between Isys and Spike continued as they competed in a dog collar match. Ephex would earn the biggest win of his 2CW career, by pinning Spike after a Burning Hammer on a chair. Afterward, Spike wanted a death match at the next show while Isys wanted a pure wrestling match.

They wouldn’t meet at the next show in Utica due to Spike obligations with TNA, who had Bound For Glory the same weekend that year.

Spike would return for the last show of the year which was again in Syracuse. This time, Isys and Spike would compete in a thirty minute ironman match. Spike would lose the match seventeen falls to two. Not because Isys was that much of a dominate force, but rather because Spike refused to follow the rules and got himself disqualified fifteen times. Regardless, Isys had two victories over Spike and his stock in the promotion was on the rise.

Killer Steves vs. All Money Is Legal
Steve Mckenzie and Steve Kruz compromised the team of the Killer Steves while K-Murda and K-Pusha were known as All Money Is Legal. Murda and Pusha had actually garnered some success prior to arriving in 2CW having appeared for Combat Zone Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Unplugged and NWA Cyberspace, which had a loose association with TNA.

Anyway, these four guys would be continually fighting for quite sometime and in 2006 they were involved in matches with each other on six of the seven shows. When it came to straight tag team matches, they had four matches with each team getting two victories. At the time, 2CW didn’t have much depth in the tag division, but more times than not, AMIL and the Steves put together entertaining bouts. They were the pioneers to what the tag division would eventually consist of.

There is much more between these two teams in future Yearly Review installments.

 
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Too Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown, Slyck rises to the top of the heap. 

Slyck Wagner Brown had been a well traveled independent wrestler by the time 2006 rolled around. Slyck had worked for ROH in 2003/2004 and held the JAPW Heavyweight Championship during the same time. His most accomplishing feat was defeating Christopher Daniels at the ECW Arena to claim the 3PW Heavyweight Championship. That was around the time I had became a fan of Slyck and his ability in the ring.

Scorpio, as many know, was quite popular in the 1990s having spectacular matches with Sabu, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko. He was one of the first American wrestlers to highlight his high risk moves and the 450 splash that had never really been used previously.

Both men made their debut at the third show for the company, which was the OnCenter debut. Scorpio would get the win after 15+ minute match, but it made it clear that not only could Scorpio still go in the ring, but Slyck was something special and the veteran the company needed on every show.

They’d meet the following month at Unfinished Business and Scorpio won yet again in a no time limit match. Sure, Slyck lost both matches but he got an immediate boost in creditability from a crowd that hadn’t been exposed to the Underground King in person.

Some may have thought that Slyck would only be capable of great matches with established names but that was proven to be false.

Instead, Slyck had a competitive match with Dizzie, the leader of AMIL and perhaps the match of the year for 2CW when he defeated Isys Ephex in a great match that showcased both men very well.

While Spike Dudley was the biggest name for the company in terms of the drawing power, people were leaving the arenas remembering Slyck Wagner Brown. After just a handful of shows, Slyck was one of the top baby faces for the startup company.

Zaquary Springate/Gordy Wallace Feud
Shortly after his feud with Spike, Springate turned to his attention to the blue collar country boy, Gordy Wallace. Their issues started at the Unfinished Business show on September 16th. Wallace teamed with WWE Legend Tony Atlas, whom Springate had defeated at the OnCenter show in July. Springate viciously attacked Wallace with a steel chair and a barbed wire bat.

Their violent feud would see Springate win a no holds barred match in October and Wallace win a “front row brings straps match” in November. Their feud would continue in 2007.

Johnny Law Tries To Prevent Steve King From Entering 2CW
If the name Steve King sounds familiar, that would be because King was a former enhancement talent that was often on WWF television in the early 1990s putting over several of the top guys in the business.

King would be involved in a feud with Johnny Law, the resident cop for 2CW. Law didn’t want King in the company, but King would fight his way through security and eventually be involved with 2CW. They had a few matches, which saw King defeat Law rather easily.

Law did manage to get one win out of a handful when he hit King with a box full of donuts that also had a brick in it. Both men wouldn’t see much more 2CW action from here on out.

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Loca Vida vs. JD Love – It’s Only The Beginning 

Towards the end of the year, a feud that would become one of the longest feuds in 2CW history began. Loca Vida is a masked luchadore from Mexico… New York. JD Love was an overweight, flamboyant wrestler who’s wrestling gear would often not cover his chest and other areas.

Despite the odd pairing, the two had some kind of chemistry and their matches, while not great, were entertaining and the fans remained interested. Vida won two matches they had at the tail end of 2006, but the feud would take part for most of 2007.

Jason Axe Has An Attitude Change 
On the early shows for 2CW, Axe was a just a young kid working his way up the card. The very first show he just wanted to play his guitar for the fans and was beaten up by Johnny Law for doing so.

Axe teamed with WWE Legend King Kong Bundy in a losing effort against Zaquary Springate III and JD Love on August 18th.

The following month at Unfinished Business, Axe stated that he was the main event wrestler for the company. With the attitude change Axe traded wins with Ajax 820.

Axe refused to work the opening match at the November show. He would compete in a match where he took on two other tag teams. Axe actually won the match involving the teams of Dizzie & Ajax 820 and the Killer Steves.

2006 wasn’t much of a year for Jason Axe, but 2007 would be a breakout year for the “Main Event” Jason Axe.

Anytime a professional wrestling company starts up, the first year is always a rough time. Squared Circle Wrestling had its rough times but the pieces for the company and its future was put into place very early.

As you can see, 2CW brought in a few popular names such as Spike Dudley, King Kong Bundy, and 2 Cold Scorpio. They also brought in the New Age Outlaws for a one-time deal for the OnCenter show, which saw them defeat JD Love and Gordy Wallace.

Very few guys would be with the company after the first year, but it was evident that Slyck Wagner Brown was the top guy for the company in terms of ability.

Moving forward, 2CW would continually bring in top names, champions from other companies and dream matches never happening in any other promotion would take place in Upstate New York’s top independent company.


Notable Matches: 

2 Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown – 2CW OnCenter
2 Cold Scorpio vs. Slyck Wagner Brown – 2CW Field Of Dreams
Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Dizzie – 2CW Unfinished Business
Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Isys Ephex – 2CW Field Of Dreams

 Notable Names Brought In:
Spike Dudley, Too Cold Scorpio, Tony Atlas, King Kong Bundy, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg

To learn more about 2CW, head over to their website www.2cwwrestling.com


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Yearly Review: WWF May 1990

The mighty Earthquake makes a big statement as he looks to become a dominate force in the WWF. What does he do? Find out!

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: The Ultimate Warrior)
There wasn’t much of anything new going on throughout the month for the new champ. Warrior competed against Mr. Perfect on the house show market and would win each match. His feud with Rick Rude continued as well. Rude revealed during the May 15th taping of Superstars that he would no longer kiss a random female fan from the crowd until he wins the WWF World Championship. Aside from that, Warrior had an easy month as the champion.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Mr. Perfect)
Aside from losing to Warrior on the house show market, Perfect didn’t really compete in any other notable matches. Mr. Perfect did get a rare win for the month when he was able to pin Hercules at a house show in Toronto, Ontario.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)
Yet again, there weren’t any new developments in the title scene. Demolition worked the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would trade disqualification victories throughout the month, but nothing new happened between these two teams.

 Other Happenings:
– Earthquake became the host hated man in the WWF when during the May 15th taping of Superstars, he viciously attacked everyone’s hero, Hulk Hogan on the Brother Love show. Earthquake splashed Hogan several times after laying him out with a steel chair shot to the back as Hogan was distracted by Jimmy Hart. Hogan would do a stretcher job and leave fans worried about his future.

– During the same taping, Bad News Brown tried to seemingly murder Jake Roberts snake. Brown attacked Roberts after a match and tried to smash the snake with a steel chair. Luckily, Roberts was able to prevent that from happening.

– Boris Zhukov and Nikolai Volkoff officially broke up and began to have matches against each other. Volkoff was the babyface while Zhukov remanined true to Russia and his heel persona.

– Brother Love joined the team of Randy Savage, and Sensational Sherri in a feud with Dusty Rhodes, Sapphire and Miss Elizabeth. Love proclaimed that he would have Elizabeth kiss his feet.

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Yearly Review: WWF April 1990

It’s the beginning of a new era. The era of the WARRIORS.

I skipped March of 1990 as there wasn’t any new developments and it would be a wasted post here. We continue with April of 1990.




WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
At WrestleMania VI on April 1st, the WWF World Championship would change hands when the Ultimate Warrior was able to pin Hulk Hogan after avoiding a leg drop and hitting a big splash. This would mark the end of Hogan’s reign, which had been going on since WrestleMania V.

Hogan was one day away from holding the championship for one full calendar year.

Warrior’s first challenger looks to be Rick Rude. If you recall, Rude was able to beat Warrior at WrestleMania V for the WWF Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania V, but would lose to Warrior at SummerSlam 1989 in a rematch.

Rude was confident that Warrior’s days as champion were numbered and he also aired his training as he was punching a bag that had Warrior’s face air brushed on it.

On the house show market, Warrior would defend the championship against Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase (in Japan), and Mr. Perfect. Warrior would defend the WWF World Championship at SNME #26 and would successfully pin Haku to retain the championship.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ultimate Warrior)
Since Warrior won the WWF World Championship, he decided to vacate the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Jack Tunney decided to create a tournament to crown a new champion. Here is the tournament matches that occurred during the month. Tito Santana defeated Akeem by count-out, Mr. Perfect defeated Jimmy Snuka, Brutus Beefcake fought Dino Bravo to a double count-out and Roddy Piper fought Rick Martel to a double disqualification.

That would leave Mr. Perfect to wrestle Tito Santana in the finals of the tournament. At the April 23rd, 1990 WWF Superstars taping, Mr. Perfect won the championship after pinning Tito Santana with a roll up.


WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 
Demolition was able to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania VI. After losing the titles, Haku and Heenan tried to turn on Andre, but Andre held his own and left the ring alone. As for Demolition, they would work the house show market against the Hart Foundation. They would also attack The Hart Foundation and the Rockers during their match at the SNME #26 event. It appeared that Demolition had new challengers in the Hart Foundation.


Other Happenings: 

– At the April 3rd taping of Wrestling Challenge, a program between Jake Roberts and Bad News Brown appeared to begin. During an interview segment, Brown opened a gift which had a snake inside and he was startled by it.

– Ted DiBiase made it clear that he was out to get revenge on the Big Bossman for turning on him. He made progress in getting his payback by attacking Bossman at SNME #26. DiBiase handcuffed Bossman to the ropes and got some shots in. However, Bossman would break free and chase DiBiase away.

– The feud between Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage continued after WrestleMania. During the April 4th taping of Superstars, Randy Savage and Sherri attacked Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. Sherri ended up forcing Sapphire to kiss Savage’s feet to embarrass her.

– Since he was attacked by Earthquake at WrestleMania, Jim Duggan announced that he was going to get payback for the attack.

– Hulk Hogan rebounded from losing the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania by beating Mr. Perfect at SNME #26. On the house show market, Hogan would mainly wrestle Earthquake and defeat him by disqualification.

– Dustin Rhodes made his WWF debut during the April 24th taping of Wrestling Challenge competing in a dark match.

– The Warlord and the Barbarian appear to be getting big pushes as unstoppable forces in the WWF. This could be an attempt to give the Ultimate Warrior a few more heels to work with later on in the year.

WWF WrestleMania VI Results: (non-title matches)
– Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware
– Earthquake defeated Hercules
– Brutus Beefcake defeated Mr. Perfect
– Roddy Piper fought Bad News Brown to a double count-out
– Hart Foundation defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov
– The Barbarian defeated Tito Santana
– Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire defeated Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri
– The Orient Express defeated The Rockers by count-out
– Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo
– Ted DiBiase defeated Jake Roberts by count-out
– The Big Bossman defeated Akeem
– Rick Rude defeated Jimmy Snuka


WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #26 Results: 
– Hulk Hogan defeated Mr. Perfect
– Earthquake defeated Hillbilly Jim
– Hart Foundation wrestled the Rockers to a double disqualification
– WWF World Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Haku
– Big Bossman defeated Akeem by disqualification


Buy-rates: 
WrestleMania VI: 550,000
SNME #26: N/A

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Yearly Review: NWA-TNA June 2002

It’s the beginning of NWA-TNA. Who became the first champions for TNA? Plus, a country singer gets physical in the ring with a former wannabe country singer.
NWA-TNA World Championship Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
It didn’t take long for the NWA-TNA World Championship to have an owner as there was a twenty man battle royal on the first show to determine a champion. Some of the notable names include Jeff Jarrett, Buff Bagwell, Konnan, Scott Hall, and Steve Corino. However, none of them would be the final two. Instead, the final two men were Ken Shamrock and Malice (The Wall from WCW). They had a singles match as the main event for the show and Shamrock won the championship after a belly to belly suplex.

On the second show, Shamrock was attacked by Malice after James Mitchell distracted him. It was made obvious that Shamrock wasn’t done with the monster Malice.

NWA-TNA X-Division Championship Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
The second show was dedicated to the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship as it was contested under double elimination rules with four of the top X-Division wrestlers TNA had to offer. AJ Styles made history by beating Psicosis, Low Ki and Jerry Lynn to become the first X-Division Champion in TNA history.

NWA-TNA World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: vacant)
The tag team championships had yet to be introduced into the company.

Other Happenings:

– Jeff Jarrett started a program with Toby Keith and Scott Hall. Yes, the country singer. On the first show Jarrett and Keith would have a confrontation and Keith would actually eliminate Jarrett from the battle royal. At the second show, Jarrett would lose a singles match to Scott Hall, who had Toby Keith in his corner.

– Ron Killings had a confrontation with Hermie Sadler and Sterling Marlin on the first show but was attacked by Brian Christopher, setting up a match the following week, which Christopher won.

– Ricky Steamboat is the acting authority figure for NWA-TNA at this point as well.

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Yearly Review: WWF February 1990

Quite a few cage matches take place during the month. Hogan and Savage meet with a boxing champ as the referee.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
On the house show market, Hogan continued to do battle with Mr. Perfect. They would have several steel cage matches with Hogan prevailing over Perfect. At the February 19th MSG house show Hogan teamed with Brutus Beefcake to get a tag team victory over Mr. Perfect and The Genius.
Hogan also had to deal with the Ultimate Wariror and Dino Bravo. At the February 14th taping of WWF Superstars, Hogan competed in a match with Bravo, which he won, but was attacked afterward by Earthquake until his opponent at WrestleMania VI, the Ultimate Warrior came out for the save.
The rather productive month came to an end with Hogan squaring off against former friend and current rival, Randy Savage. They had a match on February 23rd for the Main Event III special on NBC. The special referee for the match was Buster Douglas. The referee was originally going to be Mike Tyson, but Tyson lost a fight to Douglas, thus a change was made. Hogan was able to pin Savage after a leg drop to retain the championship. Later on in the show, Hogan saved Warrior from a post-match beat down by Bravo and Earthquake.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ultimate Warrior)
Warrior primarily competed in matches against Dino Bravo in a few steel cage matches or traditional singles matches. Warrior also teamed with Jake Roberts to compete against Ted DiBiase and Akeem in tag team main events on the house show market.

WWF World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 
Just like last month, the tag team champions continued to compete against Demolition on the house show market and were successful in retaining the tag team championships. There weren’t any new developments in the feud between both teams.

Other Happenings: 
Jake Roberts and Ted DiBiase continued their series of matches on the house show market with the Big Bossman serving as the special referee for the match. Roberts didn’t have any problem walking out victorious as Bossman would sometimes get involved in helping Roberts win the match.
– The Orient Express made their debut during the February 13th taping of WWF Superstars.
– Earthquake showed his dominance as he beat up jobbers to the point that they would need to be stretchered out of the arena. He also destroyed Ron Garvin at the February 19th MSG house show causing him to be stretchered out.
– Randy Savage and Dusty Rhodes would have several matches on the house show market with Rhodes winning them all by count-out or disqualification.
– For most of the month, Rick Rude was losing steel cage matches to Roddy Piper as they finished up their feud that had been taking place for the last several months.
Ratings:
The Main Event III: 12.8
Bob’s Opinion: 
For the most part, the month was just continuing feuds on the undercard. The rather interesting and exciting feud between Rick Rude and Roddy Piper came to an end while Ted DiBiase and Jake Roberts continued to produce quality house show matches. Bossman’s babyface turn had really rallied the fans behind him, which would be the case until early ’93. 
Earthquake’s rise of the card was also refreshing. I was always able to buy into Quake due to his size. Come the summer time he’ll be involved in his biggest angle of his career. 
Hogan’s month of action was action packed and featured a match with old rival Macho Man. Sure, Savage was down on the card, but those two were always seemingly able to put on an entertaining match. It was also good to see Mr. Perfect work the main event scene for a brief period of time. 
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Yearly Review: 3PW 2002

A look at the first year of the Philadelphia based independent wrestling company ran by the Blue Meanie and Jasmine St. Claire.
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling was created by the Blue Meanie and his then girlfriend, porn star Jasmine St. Claire. They ran their first show on February 15th 2002. Every show in 2002 would run at the ECW Arena. Next year there would be an issue regarding the venue, but we’ll get to that when the time comes.

For the most part, there first show was not one to be remembered. The show featured a lot of unknown talent that I’m sure if I were to name most people would have no idea who they are today. Blue Meanie does take credit for being the first guy to bring over CM Punk and Colt Cabana to the East Coast. The main event for the first show saw Steve Corino make his only appearance for the company winning a three way dance against the Sandman and Steve Corino.

It would take the company three months before holding a second show on May 18th. Notably, the show featured a young Colt Cabana winning a match against Chris Hero, the Public Enemy returned to the ECW Arena defeating the young team of Christian York and Joey Matthews. The main event for the show ended in a no contest. The match was a three way body bag involving New Jack, Sabu and the Sandman.

They returned to action the following month on June 29th. The company continued to use younger talents new to the independent scene. Those men included Josh Daniels, who wrestled very similarly to Chris Benoit and a man named Rob Eckos (currently Robbie E in TNA). Public Enemy and the team of Axel Rotten and Ian Rotten had a tag match on the show, which was your typical hardcore fun and is probably the best the match had up to this point. The main event saw Sabu and Tod Gordon defeat the team of Sandman and Bill Alfonso. Alfonso ended up turning on Sandman at the event.

The biggest show for 3PW in its early existence came on August 24th when they held an eight man single elimination tournament to crown the first 3PW Heavyweight Champion. The tournament involved Joey Matthews, Christian York, Danny Doring, Blue Meanie, Gary Wolfe, Rocco Rock, Devon Storm and Chris Chetti. In the end, Gary Wolfe would become the first ever 3PW Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Christian York in the finals of the tournament. The main event of the show saw three legends collide when Kevin Sullivan defeated Dusty Rhode and Bam-Bam Bigelow. Oh, by the way, porn star Ron Jeremy made an appearance. It took the company five shows to get a commentary team, which as much needed for the DVD releases.

Sadly, Rocco Rock passed away prior to the next show on September 21st. 3PW named the show This Ones For You in honor of Rocco. The show saw the return of CM Punk and Colt Cabana to 3PW. Cabana won a match between the two. 3PW Heavyweight Champion Gary Wolfe won a quick match against Dead Man Walking. Abdullah the Butcher and Kevin Sullivan wrestled to a no contest. The main event saw Sabu lose to Syxx-Pac in what was the best match 3PW held up to this point without question.

3PW continued to honor Rocco on October 19th with a show named A Night For Flyboy. All the top names on the show were in the ring to pay tribute to Rock as Johnny Grunge gave a heartfelt speech regarding his bestfriend and tag team partner. The event was highlighted with NWA-TNA World Champion Ron Killings competing in singles action where he lost to Syxx-Pac. Curt Hennig made his only appearance for the company wrestling a losing effort against Jerry Lawler. The main event saw 3PW Heavyweight Champion Gary Wolfe lose the championship to Sabu. From top to bottom, this was 3PW’s best show.


November 23rd saw the debut of Matt Striker, who would have several memorable moments in the company later on. Joey Matthews has been on a winning streak as of the late few shows and is being presented as a major player for the company sooner rather than later. Ron Killings and Kid Kash had a good match which Killings was able to win. Abdullah the Butcher lost to Dusty Rhodes in a bull rope match. The main event saw 3PW Heavyweight Champion Sabu retain against Syxx-Pac, who noted that he had a spinal injury and apologized for his performance.

The final show for 2002 took place on December 28th. Dusty Rhodes, Ron Killings and Too Cold Scorpio no showed the event. Joey Matthews, Rob Eckos and Matt Striker formed an alliance with Matthews being the leader of the group. Syxx-Pac lost to Kid Kash on the event and revealed that he was once again not 100% and would not return to 3PW until he was 100%. Abdullah the Butcher beat Bam-Bam Bigelow in a falls count anywhere match. The main event saw Gary Wolfe regain the 3PW Heavyweight Championship defeating Sabu.


Bob’s Opinion: 

There is no mistake that from an in-ring perspective 2002 was not a great year for the company. Like most companies, you have to try things out and see what works and what doesn’t work. They started off using a lot of former ECW guys, but towards the end of the year, it was apparent that 3PW was focusing more on the young guys they had, such as Joey Matthews.

I like how 3PW would bring in legends like Curt Hennig, Jerry Lawler, Dusty Rhodes and Bam-Bam Bigelow. Yeah, the matches are not good but having notable names help the shows.

Gary Wolfe as the 3PW Heavyweight Champion is something I can’t understand. He is best known for being part of the Pitbulls and was never presented well in a singles role. Honestly, every time I saw a main event involving Wolfe it lost a lot of creditability and interest from me.

It’s was at best an average year for 3PW, but they had a few bright spots involving Kid Kash, Syxx-Pac, Sabu and Ron Killings.

The best is yet to come for 3PW.

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Yearly Review: WWF January 1990

Hulkamania running wild as we enter the ’90s!
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan continued his feud with Mr. Perfect and the Genius. At SNME #25, which was taped on 1/3/90, Hogan teamed with WWF Intercontinental Champion the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect and Genius nearly won the bout but ended up losing due to Genius missing a moonsault and was soon pinned by Hogan. After the match, Hogan and Warrior had a miscommunication. Warrior accidentally clotheslined Hogan during the brawl.

At the Royal Rumble, Hogan participated in the Royal Rumble match. Hogan was #25 to enter the ring and managed to fight off Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect to win the Rumble for the second year in a row. Hogan last eliminated Perfect.

It was also announced at SNME that Hogan would defend the WWF World Championship against Randy Savage on February 23rd. The match would have Mike Tyson as the special referee.

On the house show market, Hogan continued to wrestle against Mr. Perfect. Hogan would retain the championship either by pin fall or by losing to Perfect by disqualification.


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
Throughout the month, Warrior continued to fight off Dino Bravo and the Canadian Earthquake. There weren’t any new developments for their feud. As you can read above, Warrior was also busy with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Andre the Giant & Haku) 

Andre and Haku continued to feud with former WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition. There weren’t any new developments to the feud as they mainly wrestled on the house show market which saw Andre and Haku retain the titles by count-out.

It was also announced that Andre and Haku would defend the WWF World Tag Team Championships against Demolition at WrestleMania VI.

Other Happenings: 

– Jake Roberts continued his feud with Ted DiBiase during the January 2nd taping of WWF Superstars. Roberts attacked DiBiase and Virgil after DiBiase competed in a squash match. As a result of the attack, Roberts was able to steal the Million Dollar Championship and put it in his snake bag with Damien. During the same taping, DiBiase and Roberts had a match which Roberts won by disqualification because the Big Bossman attacked him. However, it was revealed that DiBiase had paid Slick for Bossman’s services. That didn’t sit well with Bossman, who went back and helped Roberts recover saying he couldn’t be bought.
– Tugboat made his televised debut during the January 2nd taping of Superstars.

– Roddy Piper began a feud with Bad News Brown during the January 23rd taping of Wrestling Challenge. Brown was on the podium being interviewed which eventually led to a brawl between himself and Piper.

– The Rockers feuded with the Powers of Pain due to Warlord and Barbarian causing Marty Jannetty to be stretchered out of the arena following a match between the teams. This lead to the Rockers recruiting Jim Duggan to join them in their fight against the Powers of Pain.

– Randy Savage and Jim Duggan continued to feud over the king’s crown. They would wrestle at SNME which saw Savage prevail after Sherri Martel tripped Duggan on a suplex attempt. Duggan got some level of revenge by hitting Savage with his 2×4. Savage began to feud with Dusty Rhodes at the Royal Rumble. During a Brother Love segment, Savage and Sherri insulted Sapphire until Rhodes came out. Savage ended up attacking Rhodes before being forced to leave the ringside area by officials. Later in the night, Rhodes eliminated Savage from the Rumble match.

SNME #25 Results:
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior defeated Mr. Perfect & The Genius
– Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan
– Jake Roberts defeated Greg Valentine by disqualification
– Dusty Rhodes fought Rick Rude to a double count-out
– Dino Bravo defeated Ron Garvin

Royal Rumble 1990 Results: 

– The Bushwhackers defeated The Rougeau Brothers
– Brutus Beefcake fought The Genius to a double disqualification
– Ron Garvin defeated Greg Valentine
– Jim Duggan defeated Big Bossman by disqualification
– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan won the 1990 Royal Rumble last eliminating Mr. Perfect

Ratings: 
SNME #25: 11.1
Royal Rumble 1990: 2.0


Bob’s Opinion: 

So, we kick off the 90’s that would see the WWF have a low point and also the highest period in the companies existence. I’ll start off with my opinions on the Rumble, which is really based only on the Rumble match itself.

Hogan didn’t need to win the match, nor should he really be in it. Since the winner of the Rumble didn’t get the automatic title shot, yet, having Perfect win the Rumble would elevate him right up the card. Heck, even having Rick Rude possibly win it would have been fine with me. Hogan demolishing any heel close to being a threat to his title is tiring.

I enjoyed the Bossman heel run and greatly enjoyed his series of matches with Hogan in ’89. Bossman is a grossly underrated wrestler, in my opinion. His face turn here was fine and it wouldn’t take him long to get really over with the crowd. He was so good at his role that it stuck with him no matter where he went.

What was worse, the Tugboat character or the Shockmaster in ’93? Regardless, you gotta feel bad for Fred Ottman getting these gimmicks.

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Yearly Review: WWF December 1989

New champions are crowned. Hogan and Zeus settle things inside a steel cage.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
During the December 12th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Hulk Hogan teamed up with Brutus Beefcake to take on Randy Savage and Zeus inside a steel cage. The match would be aired on December 27th, 1989. Hogan was able to overcome one of his biggest challengers to date when he pinned Zeus following three leg drops.

For the rest of the month, Hogan would defend the WWF World Championship on the house show market but would lose to Mr. Perfect by count-out. Despite losing the matches, Hogan retained the championship.


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
The Ultimate Warrior continued to have issues with Dino Bravo and the Canadian Earthquake. After Bravo had a match during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars, the Ultimate Warrior made an appearance but was distracted by Earthquake which allowed Bravo to use a chair on Warrior.

While Warrior had to deal with Bravo, Jimmy Hart and Earthquake he also had his mind focused on winning the 1990 Royal Rumble so he could challenge the WWF World Champion at WrestleMania VI.

Back to his issues with Bravo, they would have matches on the house show market with Warrior managing to pick up pin fall wins over Bravo on a regular basis.



WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

The Heenan Family was able to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars. Andre the Giant and Haku won the titles after Andre dropped an elbow on Smash. Ax wasn’t able to get involved in the match due to constant double teaming and thus was unable to make the save.

On the house show market, Demolition would lose to Andre and Haku by count-out more often than not.

Other Happenings: 

– With the Royal Rumble next month, a lot of focus was put on the wrestlers giving their reasons as to why they will win the bout and main event WrestleMania VI. However, there were a few minor storylines taking place outside of the championship scenes.

– Brutus Beefcake got under Rick Martel’s skin as he was modeling clothes during the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars. Beefcake ended up getting on the podium after his match and shredding Martel’s clothing.

– During the December 13th taping of WWF Superstars, the Bolsheviks came out while the Bushwhackers competed and waved their Soviet Union flag. There wasn’t any confrontation but it could be hinted at as a future angle between the two teams.

– After a few months of feuding, Roddy Piper defeated Rick Rude on December 28th inside a steel cage at a Madison Square Garden show.

Bob’s Opinion:
It’s rather surprising to me that Andre the Giant was holding a championship this late in his career. I’d imagine it was more of a thank you for everything throughout his career. Demolition back in the chase is always a good thing too, I suppose.

I’ve never been a fan of Dino Bravo. He isn’t entertaining to me whatsoever. A feud between Warrior and Earthquake would have been better, but Earthquake was being saved for bigger and better things down the road. Warrior hasn’t been able to find a suitable opponent since winning the championship.

Finally the end to Hogan/Zeus. Personally, I didn’t find it all that interesting. Zeus was never any good in the ring and was simply used as a way to promote No Holds Barred.

The cage match between Rude and Piper is really good and worth a watch, by the way. A really good feud towards the end of the year.

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Yearly Review: WWF November 1989

Hulk Hogan has plenty of challengers to deal with. Will he survive with the gold?
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Hogan was the captain of a Survivor Series team which would compete against Ted DiBiase’s team at the Survivor Series later in the month. Hogan led Jake Roberts, and the WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition. DiBiase led Zeus, and the Powers of Pain. At the Survivor Series event, Hogan’s team prevailed over DiBiase’s after Hogan was able to pin DiBiase following a leg drop.

Hogan still had issues with Mr. Perfect who destroyed the WWF World Championship during last month’s taping of SNME.

He was also defending the championship against Bad News Brown on the house show market on a regular basis. Perfect continued to assure everyone that he would win the WWF World Championship.

As you may also recall, Hogan was having problems with Zeus and Randy Savage centered on the No Holds Barred movie. During the November 20th taping of WWF Superstars, it was announced that Hogan and his longtime friend Brutus Beefcake would compete against Randy Savage and Zeus inside a steel cage match.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
At the November 19th Maple Leaf Gardens house show, Warrior was able to successfully defend the championship by beating Andre the Giant. The previous month Bobby Heenan had tricked Warrior into accepting a cage match against Andre to set up the match.

Warrior was the captain for another Survivor Series team as he led Jim Neidhart and the Rockers into battle against the Heenan Family, which consisted of Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan. Warrior gained the win for his team after pinning Heenan following a splash.

On the house show market, Warrior primarily continued to defend the championship against Andre but also defended the championship against Mr. Perfect and the Genius.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by Demolition)
There weren’t any major new developments for the champions this month as they were partners for Hulk Hogan for the Survivor Series match at the pay per view. They continued to defend the championships on the house show market primarily against the Powers of Pain and the team of Arn Anderson and Haku.

Other Happenings: 
– During the November 18th Superstars episode, Rick Martel began modeling clothing to continue his new model attitude.

– Tully Blanchard was fired from the WWF after the November 1st taping of Wrestling Challenge due to a failed drug test. Haku took his place teaming with Arn Anderson on the house show market as a result and Bobby Heenan took his spot at the Survivor Series event.

– Dusty Rhodes continued his feud with Big Bossman by costing Bossman a match against Tito Santana at the Survivor Series Showdown by using his nightstick. During the November 20th taping of Superstars, Bossman taunted Sapphire at ringside but Rhodes made the save again.

– Ron Garvin and Greg Valentine continued their feud that will seemingly not end. During the November 20th taping of Superstars, Garvin prevented Valentine from using his illegal shin guard on Jimmy Snuka.

– Rick Rude and Roddy Piper had their feud continued as Rude stuck up for Brother Love who was embarrassed by Piper.

– Mr. Fuji issued a challenge to the Rockers on behalf of the Powers of Pain to a match during the November 20th taping of Superstars. The Rockers responded by attacking Fuji which would essentially be a yes.

Survivor Series 1989 Results:
– Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana and Red Rooster defeated Big Bossman, Rick Martel, Bad News Brown and the Honky Tonk Man in an elimination match. After the match, Bossman attacked Rhodes and Beefcake but Beefcake recovered to scare Bossman away from the ring with his hair clippers.

– Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, Greg Valentine and the Canadian Earthquake defeated Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ron Garvin and Hercules in an elimination match.

– WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition and Jake Roberts defeated Ted DiBiase, the Powers of Pain and Zeus in an elimination match.

– Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, and the Rougeau Brothers defeated Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and the Bushwhackers in an elimination match.

– WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart and the Rockers defeated Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan in an elimination match.



Buy-rates: 

Survivor Series 1989: 3.3

Bob’s Opinion: 

It’s good to see Hulk Hogan involved in more than one feud. He had his issues with DiBiase, Perfect and the combo of Zeus and Savage still going on. Heck, Bad News Brown was in on the action as well. I recently had a co-worker talk about Brown believing that he should have won the WWF World Championship. I don’t see that being a good idea.

Anyway, Hogan has a lot going on and there is a lot of interest in the WWF World Championship scene.

I always enjoyed the Model gimmick. It was a shame that Martel wasn’t able to gain singles success with a Intercontinental Championship run.

Not much of an opinion of what was going on at the time. What were your thoughts on what was going on in the WWF at this time?

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Yearly Review: WWF October 1989

Mr. Perfect makes his way up to the main event scene. Do we get a perfect champion?
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
While Hogan had to deal with Ted DiBiase and his Survivor Series team, he also had new challengers for the WWF World Championship, the Genius and Mr. Perfect. At SNME #24, which was taped on October 31st and aired on November 25th, Hogan lost to the Genius by count-out. The bigger story was Mr. Perfect coming out and putting gum on the championship claiming that Hogan wasn’t a perfect champion. Perfect caused Hogan to lose after hitting him with the championship and escaped to the backstage area with the championship. This market the occurrence of Mr. Perfect destroying the championship with a hammer and demanding a title shot against Hulk Hogan!


WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)
During the October 2nd taping of WWF Superstars, the Ultimate Warrior competed against Dino Bravo in a test of strength competition. Bravo did a few push-ups with Jimmy Hart sitting on his back. Bravo proceeded to do more push-ups with a larger man that was randomly picked out from the crowd named John. Bravo managed to do several push-ups with John on his back. When the Ultimate Warrior attempted to do the same thing, John hit Warrior with a sit down splash and along with Bravo attacked Warrior. At the October 31st taping of WWF Superstars, John would be revealed as being the Canadian Earthquake.

At SNME #24, Warrior defeated Andre the Giant by disqualification to retain the championship. Heenan tried to get involved by Warrior took care of him by tossing him into Andre.

On the house show market, Warrior continued to beat Andre the Giant in just a matter of seconds to retain the title at least that was the case at MSG. In Toronto, Andre and Warrior would have a steel cage match next month for the championship after Bobby Heenan tricked Warrior into accepting a rematch.


WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
Demolition managed to regain the WWF World Tag Team Championships at the October 2nd taping of WWF Superstars where they defeated Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Ax pinned Blanchard, who was illegal, to win the titles. Andre the Giant and Haku stated during the taping that they would beat Demolition and bring the titles back to the Heenan Family.


Other Happenings: 

– During the October 22nd edition of Wrestling Challenge, vignettes of Mr. Perfect and the Genius playing golf, darts and bowling and proclaims that Hulk Hogan couldn’t do it better than Perfect. They would continue to air vignettes taunting Hogan believing that Hogan wouldn’t be able to compete at a high skill level like Perfect can compete at.

– Dusty Rhodes continued to prevent Big Bossman from beating down opponents with his nightstick. Rhodes saved Tito Santana from a beating during the October 3rd taping of Wrestling Challenge after Santana wrestled Honky Tonk Man.

– Greg Valentine and Ron Garvin continued to feud as well. Garvin prevented Valentine from using his shin guard numerous times. They would wrestle on October 8th in Toronto, Ontario where Valentine picked up the win.

– Dusty Rhodes danced with a mystery woman during the October 31st taping of WWF Superstars, who ended up being Sapphire. Rhodes successfully defeated Big Bossman at SNME #24 after Bossman was distracted by Slick arguing with a fan at ringside. Rhodes would dance with Sapphire afterwards.

– The Rockers defeated Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard at SNME #24 in a best two out of three falls match. After the match, Bobby Heenan insulted Anderson and Blanchard saying that they were the worst team he had ever managed and promptly fired them.

Ratings:
WWF SNME #24:
8.7

Bob’s Opinion:
It’s quite refreshing to have a young heel in the main event scene working with Hogan. It’s especially different with Perfect not being bigger than Hogan. So, Hogan working with not only a good worker but a smaller one at that, was interesting. Plus, the scene when Perfect destroys the championship was really memorable and a great way to insert Perfect into the championship scene.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Earthquake, and his debut by attacking Warrior was pretty cool as well. Maybe it’s odd, but a feud between Warrior and Earthquake is rather interesting. I’ve been liking the fresh heels being brought in.

A quick reign by the Brainbusters, and quick tenure with the Heenan Family. Their run lasted just about a year and they could’ve done so much more had they stuck around. Anderson would head back to WCW while Tully tried as well but failed a drug test and didn’t get a contract.

The undercard feuds aren’t exactly interesting to me. Bossman/Dusty seems like a waste of Bossman to me, but Dusty had always been popular so I suppose a few wins over Dusty would help Bossman moving forward.

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Yearly Review: WWF September 1989

The Million Dollar Man and the mighty Zeus are still coming after Hulkamania.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
At SNME #23, which was taped on September 21st but aired on October 14th, WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated long time rival Ted DiBiase with a small package. DiBiase accidentally hit Zeus with a clothesline during the bout leading to the finish. Jake Roberts came out to ringside during the bout and chased Virgil to the backstage area after Virgil stole his snake bag. Zeus ended up attacking Hogan after the match by twisting Hogan’s neck before DiBiase put the Million Dollar Dream on Hogan. Roberts returned to the ring and scared Zeus and DiBiase away with his snake.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: the Ultimate Warrior)

Warrior continued to feud with Andre the Giant over the championship. On most of the house shows Warrior was able to beat Andre in under a minute. They competed in competitive bout at a MSG show on September 30th where Warrior retained the championship by disqualification. After the match, Warrior beat Andre down with championship until Andre was knocked off his feet.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) 
The Brain Busters continued to defend the tag team championships against former champions Demolition on the house show market. They would retain the championships each time despite losing to Demolition by disqualification. There weren’t any other developments in this feud.

Other Happenings: 

– During the September 21st taping of WWF Superstars the Genius revealed that Mr. Perfect was his new protégé. This taping also featured Perfect’s first appearance with theme music.
– The new king of the WWF Randy Savage pinned Jimmy Snuka at SNME #23 after hitting Snuka with Sherri’s loaded purse. Snuka got some level of revenge by scaring Sherri Martel from the ring after knocking Savage to the floor.
– Rick Martel and Tito Santana wrestled to a double disqualification at SNME #23 when their partners for Survivor Series got involved in the match.
– Roddy Piper continued to get under the Heenan Family’s skin when he pinned Haku at SNME #23. Piper and Rick Rude would have several matches on the house show market including a double count-out match at MSG which was Piper’s first MSG match in nearly three years.
– The Bushwhackers embarrassed the Rougeau Brothers and Jimmy Hart at SNME #23 when they defeated the Rougeaus and stripped Jimmy Hart to his boxers.
– Jimmy Snuka and Honky Tonk Man continued their feud from a couple months ago with a match at the September 30th MSG show which saw Snuka beat Honk Tonk Man after a four and half year absence from MSG.
Ratings:
SNME #23:
 9.5

Bob’s Opinion: 
The feud between Hogan and DiBiase continued though it’s pretty clear that DiBiase is never going to get the championship. At least DiBiase is given a few strong moments even if it included the help of Zeus. Also am a fan of Jake Roberts helping Hogan and getting a spotlight in a main event caliber feud.

I know that Andre was on his last legs in terms of health and in-ring ability, but to have him lose to Warrior in under a minute had to have pissed off some people. I would’ve loved to have seen Andre live even if he could hardly move. Getting a minute or less of a match with Andre jobbing couldn’t have been all that satisfying.

Savage continuing to be involved in lower level feuds is rather depressing. I guess the main event guys can’t always have top level feuds even when they are out of the main event scene. Though, that doesn’t exactly apply to Hogan, ever.

The feud between Piper/Rude is a great feud to have on the undercard. I’ve watched a few of their matches on the house show circuit at the time and they put on some good matches. Their cage match a few months later is an enjoyable one as well. I never really considered to be all that great in the ring, but considering I have mostly watched his stuff from ’94 onward I’m clearly missing his more memorable stuff.

It’s a shame to see the Rougeau Brothers, a promising heel tag team, lose to the Bushwhackers and made out to be fools.

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Yearly Review: WWF August 1989

The WWF gets ready for the fall and winter months with several new feuds developing.

WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage and Zeus at SummerSlam when Hogan pinned Zeus following a leg drop. Prior to the match, Miss Elizabeth came out to be in Hogan’s corner. After the bout, Beefcake cut some of Sherri’s hair.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude)

The Ultimate Warrior regained the WWF Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam after Roddy Piper distracted Rick Rude by mooning him at ringside. This marks Warrior’s second title reign and the second consecutive SummerSlam where he won the championship. Rude and Heenan tried to get the match restarted after seeing the video replay of the finish but were unsuccessful.
During the August 29th taping of Wrestling Challenge, Andre the Giant made it clear that he would bring the championship back to the Heenan Family.
WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) 
Anderson and Blanchard defended the championships against the Bushwhackers and Demolition throughout the month. They would usually lose by disqualification but as a result retained their championships.
They competed at SummerSlam but in a non-title contest against the Hart Foundation. They prevailed after Anderson, who was illegal, pinned Bret Hart following a top rope axe handle shot. Hart had Blanchard pinned prior to the axe handle shot by Anderson.

Other Happenings: 

– The Rockers and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers competed in a series of sixty minute iron man matches on the house show market. The Rockers were victorious in each instance that the stipulation was used. At SummersSlam, the Rockers teamed with Tito Santana to take on the Rougeau Brothers and Rick Martel in a six man tag match. Martel pinned Jannetty following a clothesline while Jannetty had one of the Rougeau’s rolled up.
– Barry Windham had returned to the WWF recently and was given the nickname the Widowmaker. Windham’s first feud began during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars after he delivered a neck breaker to the Red Rooster on the ring apron.
– Rick Rude and Roddy Piper’s issues really became to escalate during the August 8th taping of WWF Superstars. Piper bullied Brother Love during a talk show segment shoving toothpaste among other things down his throat. Bobby Heenan ended up distracting Piper long enough for Rick Rude to come out and spit mouth wash into Piper’s eyes and delivered a Rude Awakening.
– Dusty Rhodes continued to aggravate the Big Bossman when he prevented Bossman from attacking a jobber after a match. Rhodes stole yet another nightstick during the August 8th taping. Rhodes competed at SummerSlam where he pinned Honky Tonk Man after Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with a guitar.
– Mr. Perfect continued his winning ways and at SummerSlam defeated the Red Rooster.
– Demolition and Jim Duggan defeated Andre the Giant, Akeem and Big Bossman when Smash pinned Akeem after Duggan hit Akeem with his 2×4.
– Ted DiBiase overcame Jimmy Snuka at SummerSlam after he bragged about ending Jake Roberts’s career. At the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Jake Roberts revealed that if he had one more chance to DDT someone he would DDT Ted DiBiase.
– Greg Valentine defeated Hercules and after the match was got in an altercation with Ronnie Garvin who served as the special ring announcer for the bout.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan to win the kings crown after hitting Duggan with Sherri Martel’s loaded purse. Afterwards, Savage hit Duggan with three top rope elbow drops. At the same taping, a coronation for Savage and Sherri took place. During the ceremony, Ted DiBiase gave Savage a golden scepter.
– During the August 30th taping of WWF Superstars, Rick Martel revealed that because of his good looks he would become a model.

Buy-rate:
SummerSlam 1989: 
4.8

Bob’s Opinion: 
Quite a bit of new developments taking place as the WWF prepares for the fall and winter months. I’m actually interested in most of the feuds. Rude and Piper are two great characters and from what I’ve watched from ’89, their feud was quite heated. They are two big names and should help the undercard for the WWF.

I’m not interested in a Andre/Warrior feud over the Intercontinental Championship.

Barry Windham’s return to the WWF isn’t all that exciting for me personally. He had a good run in the NWA with a few entertaining matches against Flair. I;d have to look into how his performance was. I will be able to do that since I recently got Superstars ’89 DVD set.

Considering Rick Martel is an underrated wrestler, in my opinion, it’s good to see Martel develop a heel persona with the Model gimmick. It’s a gimmick I enjoyed and thought more could have been done with it.

I kind of want to find the Rockers/Rougeau sixty minute iron man matches. I wonder if any of them were recorded. Did anyone ever attend a show with that match happening?

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