Archive for the ‘1989’ Category

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1. 2 out of 3 FallsDino Bravo & The Rougeau Bros. (Jacques & Raymond Rougeau) w/Jimmy Hart & Frenchy Martin vs. Jim Duggan & The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)

Sweet encounter with the Canadians proving their worthiness in the world of professional wrestling.  The Rougeaus were an amazing pair of heels that should’ve been on top of the food chain at least once.
Grade: B-

 

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

Not bad of a match but nothing worth of replay value.  This division was almost dead at this point and it was only a matter of time that the belt would hit the shelves for a few years.
Grade: C-

 

3. Super Posedown
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude w/Bobby Heenan

This was not a match. This was definitely a segment with a impromptu fitness contest.
Grade: DUD

 

4. King of The Ring Match
King Haku (c) vs. Harley Race

Harley Race won the second King of the Ring tournament and has since been referred himself as King Harley. Eventually he was injured and manager Bobby Heenan declared stablemate Haku as the King. Therefore Race returned to get it back. This was special in a way as this was one of Harley Race’s last matches in his career and he wanted to help out one of his former students to get momentum. Average match at best.
Grade: C

 

5. Royal Rumble Match

Participants: Ax, Smash, Andre The Giant, Mr. Perfect, Ronnie Garvin, Greg Valentine, Jake Roberts, Outlaw Ron Bass, Shawn Michaels, Bushwhacker Butch, Bad News Brown, Marty Janetty, Randy Savage, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Hulk Hogan, Bushwhacker Luke, Koko B. Ware, Warlord, The Big Bossman, Akeem, Brutus Beefcake, Red Rooster, The Barbarian, Big John Studd, Hercules, Rick Martel & Ted Dibiase.

This would mark the first time a 30 man Rumble takes place and this would be a permanent change. Good highlights from this one as tag partners are forced to face each other as they drew #1 & #2 respectively. Also more tension between the inevitable clash of the Mega Powers was featured in the match. Dibiase having bribed Slick to get a higher draw was also highlighted here. Fun and entertaining match like always.
Grade: B=

 

Final Thoughts:

Just like the first Rumble, it has a mediocre card but it’s no one to blame because at the time this was a special attraction show and it’s not till years later this became an iconic spectacle. Nice highlights for history purposes but nothing here is replay valuable. I recommend this for the sole purpose of knowledge.

Verdict: 5/10

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1. The Brainbusters w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Hart Foundation

This match helps me create an image of how NWA vs. WWF could have been. The team of Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard jumped ship to WWE early in the year and dominated the tag team scene. The Harts, who were the workhorses of the tag team division were complemented greatly with this match. Scientific Wrestling at it’s best.
Grade: B

 

2. Dusty Rhodes vs. The Honky Tonk Man w/ Jimmy Hart

Dusty has had a legendary career that spanned for over three decades. Perhaps his most unwelcome run was in the WWF who many believed him to be humiliated for becoming the best of the opposition but that’s not true. There was really nothing special about this match that makes me want to watch it again.
Grade: D-

 

3. Mr. Perfect vs. The Red Rooster

Two great performers: one appreciated, the other under-appreciated. I was disappointed to see the outcome of the match but that is all understandable due to the circumstances. Injuries happen even in the most unexpected moment. The match is interesting to watch because of the improvisation to work around the injury.
Grade: DUD

 

4. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers & Rick Martel w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Rockers & Tito Santana

Martel in his new heel persona gets his break working with the Rougeaus to work the role fantastically. Not the best match these six men could have but it was sufficient for the crowd that roared bell in and bell out. Another interesting note is looking at a young Shawn Michaels who was years away to become the Showstopper.
Grade: C+

 

5. Intercontinental Championship
Ravishing Rick Rude (c) w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Ultimate Warrior

Warrior has been known to never work a good match that is clearly overshadowed by his charisma. While Rude’s charisma overshadows his fantastic ability. This has to be on the top three best matches the Warrior has ever had in his wrestling career and all thanks to Rick Rude’s selling. This match exemplifies the art of professional wrestling,
Grade: B+

 

6. Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Demolition vs. The Twin Towers & Andre the Giant w/ Slick

Duggan, who at the time was King of the Ring, became King Demolition with face paint and everything for this match. Demolition as faces were keen to get a hold of the team comprising of Akeem & the Big Bossman. Mediocre match that brought nothing at all and it’s visibly that Andre’s days as a wrestler are numbered.
Grade: F+

 

7. Hercules vs. Greg The Hammer Valentine w/ Jimmy Hart

Waste of a time. Not even Ronnie Garvin as ring announcer helped.
Grade: DUD

 

8. Ted Dibiase vs. Jimmy Snuka

I would have loved to see Snuka return as a heel at this time because he was too generic as a babyface. Dibiase doing the usual shenanigans but that didn’t make this match any more good.
Grade: D-

 

9. Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. Randy Savage & Zeus w/ Sensational Sherri

The force in this match is strong. The one that is most affected by this is Savage, for being the only worker out of the four. He did everything he could to make this match good. Surprisingly, Beefcake did some good offense that I haven’t seen from him since he was a part of the Dream Team.  The match was good but not great.
Grade: C

In conclusion, this card was way superior than the first SummerSlam by far. It opened fantastic and it ended in good fashion that left the crowd happy. The were a few stinkers but there were also masterpieces.

Verdict: 5.5/10