Archive for the ‘1991’ Category

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1. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Janetty) vs. The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) w/Mr. Fuji

Despite the obviously opposite images, these two teams know each other very well from their days at the AWA. With that being said the chemistry and performance here was top notch. I would go as far to say that this is one of the top tag matches in the WWF’s history. If you have been paying attention to HBK’s video releases he has mentioned this match as one of his favorites so there’s a confirmation of it’s legitimacy. Tag team heaven.Grade: B+

 

Segment – Queen Sherri pleads for the Ultimate Warrior to give the Macho King Randy Savage a shot at the WWF Championship. And in typical Warrior fashion his reply was pure savagery.

 

2. The Barbarian w/Bobby Heenan vs. The Big Bossman

Average match that didn’t stood out wrestling wise but entertainment wise was a whole different ballpark.
Grade: C

 

3. WWF Championship
The Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Sgt. Slaughter w/General Adnan

Slaughter was in his prime in the WWF ranks as the once American Hero who turned his back on his country and sympathized Iraq. This huge at the time since the US was in the midst of the Gulf War with Iraq. Despite the cosmetic attractions in this match, this was appalling and one of the worst PPV matches of all time.
Grade: F

 

4. Ted Dibiase & Virgil vs. Dusty Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes
For the major part of 1990, Dusty has been tormented by the Million Dollar Man in every way possible. Dibiase bought Sapphire from Dusty and broke his heart. Also his son Dustin (the future Goldust) was making a name for himself in the WWF and Dibiase was more than happy to add more salt to the American Dream’s wounds. This match or should I say it’s aftermatch will always be remembered in history as Virgil finally let his frustrations out on the Million Dollar Man after years of torture and humiliation. As for the match, you could live without.
Grade: D

 

5. Royal Rumble Match
Participants: Bret Hart, Dino Bravo, Greg Valentine, Paul Roma, Kerry Von Erich, Rick Martel, Saba Simba, Bushwhacker Butch, Jake Roberts, Hercules, Tito Santana, The Undertaker, Jimmy Snuka, The British Bulldog, Smash, Road Warrior Hawk, Shane Douglas, Road Warrior Animal, Crush, Randy Savage,  Jim Duggan, Earthquake, Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan, Haku, Jim Neidhart, Bushwhacker Luke, Warlord, Brian Knobbs & Tugboat

This felt just like an exact replica of the previous year’s Rumble match with different character sprites. Still a fun rumble nonetheless.
Grade: B-

 

Final Thoughts:

This show perhaps had it’s best opener it’s entire history of Royal Rumble’s. 20 years ago this was a great show but looking at it now it’s really not that special but at the time it served it’s purpose. I sincerely recommend it for the opening match and it’s legendary moments.

Verdict: 6.25/10

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1. British Bulldog, Texas Tornado & The Dragon vs. Power & Glory & The Warlord w/Slick

Bulldog is back after a 2 year absence, Steamboat is also back from a 2 year absence but isn’t acknowledged as being there before. The purpose of this match is that Bulldog and Warlord have beef and the rest are their to defend their respective friend. Pretty fun opener that didn’t overkill.
Grade: C-

 

2. Intercontinental Championship
Mr. Perfect (c) w/ Coach John Tolos  vs. Bret Hart

Bret is solo after the Hart Foundation disbanded and he set his eyes on the IC title. Perfect had a back injury that was so severe that there was the possibility of being paralyzed if he did this match. Whatever the case is, if Perfect didn’t get any respect in the past, he earned it this time. Bret worked the match with Perfect in a very scientific wrestling match where Perfect played the back injury into the match. This is the match that sky-rocketed Bret Hart to run the ball.
Grade: A-

 

3. The Natural Disasters w/ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers w/ Andre The Giant

This story revolved around Andre the Giant refusing Hart as a manager so Earthquake broke his leg in the process. The combination of having two heavy guys named after disasters was a genius moves and made their image much more interesting. Obvious Squash.
Grade: D-

 

4. Million Dollar Championship
Ted Dibiase (c) w/ Sensation Sherri vs. Virgil

For years, the Million Dollar Man had his manservant Virgil do his bidding. But lately Virgil was being humiliated by his master for failing to do the job or for his master’s pleasure. At the Royal Rumble, Virgil had enough of it and stood up which led to this match for Dibiase’s prop title belt. The wrestling was pretty good and told a good story as the once servant took a stand and overcame his adversary to freedom.
Grade: C

 

5. Jailhouse Match
Big Boss Man vs. The Mountie w/Jimmy Hart

USA vs. Canada for the bragging rights of having the best correctional officer. The loser of this match will spend the night in jail so imagine how fun this match already is. Wrestling wise this match wasn’t that spectacular but the positives overshadowed the negatives to create an entertaining and nostalgic moment in history.
Grade: C

 

6. Tag Team Championship
Nasty Boys (c) w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Legion of Doom

I’m never was a big fan of the Nasty Boys but this match has to be one of my favorites from them as they cleaned house wit LOD. They did hardcore stuff before hardcore was acknowledged. LOD are really good tag wrestlers but they’re machines on the brawling.
Grade: C+

 

7. I.R.S. vs. Greg The Hammer Valentine

Happened to fast to remember
Grade: DUD

 

8. Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa and Gen. Adnan
(Special Guest Referee: Sid Justice)

Slaughter at this point was the Iraqi sympathizer and joined with the Iron Sheik and Adnan to become the most hated man in the WWF. Sid was there as being a top prospect checking out the competition directly. Hogan and Warrior on the same team means…..go figure.
Grade: C

 

Match Made In Heaven
Macho Man Randy Savage exchange vows with Miss Elizabeth in the ring. Pretty cool moment that will be highlighted for years to come (even though it’s fake). The climatic scene was opening the presents where Liz opens a box to find the phoniest Cobra I’ve ever seen and Jake Roberts along with Undertaker crash the party.

 

In conclusion, this was a very good event where many moments are highlighted in history. One of the best matches in SummerSlam history took place here with Hart vs. Perfect. Overall it was an enjoyable easy to sit through show that has pretty good replay value.

Verdict: 7.5/10