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1. Hart Foundatione Vs. The Brainbusters Good match, but bad ending.
2. Honky Tonk Man Vs. Dusty Rhodes w. his most idiotic gimmick - Good thing for NWA that Dusty is here this time. Poor Honky Tonk must laid down to this stiff. 3/10
3. Mr. Perfect Vs. COCK red rooster - Nooo, give that man some decent gimmick. 7.5/10
4. The Rockers/Tito Santana Vs. The Rougeau Brothers/Rick Martel - Guys, that was an action! 7.5/10
5. IC Title Match: Champ-Ravishing Rick Rude Vs. "I'm taunting like hell but my wrestling skills are poor" Warrior - Oh no, title change :-/ that touch my rating! But must give credit, match was pretty exciting. Btw: funny, how Warrior screwed that last German Suplex and hurt himself instead Rude :D 5/10
Piper's Appearance -5/10
6. 3 Really Bad Wretlers (Andre, Big Stiff Man, OMG) vs. Jim "LOL at him" Duggan/Warpaint Brothers - So, that match must sucks, but I'll give a chance... that Faces, seriously? Don't like Punch-Kick matches 4/10
7. Hercules Vs. Greg Valentine - Bad, yeah bad... 4/10
8. Ted Dibiase Vs. Jimmy Snuka - 4/10
9. Macho Man/Zeus Vs. Mentally Ill Beefcake/Hulk Hogan -I never know, what's so entertaining on these main events, wrestling is the weakest part of it. Invincible HULK... 4/10
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They were the most powerful force in the history of wrestling. WWE
Champion Randy Savage and former champion Hulk Hogan. But, just before
Wrestlemania V that had all changed. Savage turned on Hogan, overcome
by feelings of jealousy and inadequacy. Hogan then defeated Savage at
Wrestlemania to win the WWE Championship in a thrilling contest. Savage
was hurt by that loss and at Summerslam 1989, looked to end Hogan's
career. Enlisting the help of the massive 7 foot monster Zeus to try
and end Hulkamania forever.
But first there were other matters to be resolved.
FIrst up we get a good tag match as the Brainbusters Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson defeated the Hart Foundation. The Brainbusters had previously had great success in the NWA as part of the Four Horsemen along with Ric Flair and Barry Windham. They have a nice match here to open the show.
Next is NWA legend Dusty Rhodes defeating the Honky Tonk Man with the Bionic Elbow. HTM was fareing quite well until his manager Jimmy Hart came into the ring and accidentally hit him with a megaphone. Mean Gene has a quick word to Hacksaw Jim Duggan and then Mr Perfect defeats the Red Rooster to remain undefeated. We then have Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude assuring all of us that Rude's victory over The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania V was no fluke and that Rude would walk out of Summerslam as STILL the WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Next up was the Rockers Shawn Micheals and Marty Janetty teaming up with Tito Santana and losing to the Rougeau brothers Jacques and Raymond, teaming up with Santana's former tag team partner Rick Martel. Martel pinned Janetty following shenanigans on the outside. All of these guys could go and this was an entertaining match.
Next up Mean Gene talks to the Ultimate Warrior who says some indecipherable gibberish. The general gist is that he was going to beat Rick Rude in the next match and become a two time Inercontinental Champion. And that's exactly what happened. This is actually a very good match.
Next we have another six man match, this time the good guys got up though with Jim Duggan and Demolition Ax and Smash defeating Andre the Giant with the Twin Towers Akeem and the Big Boss Man. Hacksaw hits Akeem with his 2 by 4 and Smash gets the pin.
Next up the Million Dollar Man reminds us all that everyone has a price and also that he was going to beat Superfly Jimmy Snuka later on tonight.
The most entertaining part of the next match was ring announcer Ronnie Garvin. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine pinned Hercules with his feet on the ropes. The ref noticed this and reversed his decision, meaning Hercules had won by disqualification.
Oh my goodness, he's back. Million Dollar Man and Virgil talk to Mean Gene again. Wow, I'd forgotten he had a match later, it must have been 10 minutes since he said that. Why complain? DiBiase was gold. But Randy Savage, Sherri Martel and Zeus wanted a word as well. They just wanted to say Hogan and Beefcake were going to get rolled later on tonight. Good stuff again.
Guess what? DiBiase really did beat Superfly Jimmy Snuka in the next match. A dodgy win thanks to a count out, but a win all the same.
Next up we have our main event heroes Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake. Hulkamania's the strongest force in the world. Even bigger than Zeus.
All the talking's over. Time for the main event and Zeus and Savage do themselves proud, dominating the match, but Hulkamania is stronger than both of them as Hogan hulks up and pins the mighty Zeus. Hogan and Beefcake get the win in a fun main event.
Well if the Mighty Zeus couldn't stop Hulk Hogan, then who in the WWE had a chance? And who would challenge the Warrior next for the Intercontinental Championship?
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Here are the matches . . .
Hart Foundation v Brainbusters: Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard actually have the tag titles here but the match was signed before they had them so this contest is a no title match. The Foundation look impressive here and The Brainbusters sell every move, even the basic ones, as if their lives depended on it and the psychology is flawless. A couple of nice moves involve Bret flipping and reversing to make double armdrags, Niedhart slingshot to the outside and Anvil reverse slamming Bret onto Tully for an attempted pin which is interrupted by an Arn Anderson double axe handle off the top rope. Arn then makes the switch and the pin. A very intelligent match from both sides and a great way to kick things off. 8/10
Dusty Rhodes v Honky Tonk Man: The effeminate Dusty takes control to start with and gains a psychological hold on Honky by roughing up his hair. Jimmy Hart's megaphone comes into play when it gets whacked in Rhodes's stomach (probably the only time the megaphone hasn't been decisive in a Hart match). The guitar becomes the decider when Jimmy Hart accidentally smacks Honky over the head with it aiming for Rhodes who gets the pin. Honky's delirious interview after the match is hilarious. 3/10
Red Rooster v Mr Perfect: Terry Taylor pretty much kills his wrestling career by posing as a rooster in this match with the impeccable Curt Hennig. Perfect performs a lovely hip-toss and standing dropkick. Rooster attempts to slam Perfect but falls backwards for Perfect to receive a 2 count. I reckon Taylor injured himself because seconds later Perfect scores the Perfect Plex for the pin. 4/10
The Rockers and Tito Santana v Rougeau's and Rick Martel: Santana from here becomes a jobber to the stars and Martel has some relatively successful feuds - even their feud gets ignited once every year thereafter if they meet at The Royal Rumble. This energetic match is fast-paced throughout and shows some nice double team moves on both sides, Martel settling into his heel role very well. The match ends when Martel makes the save on a Marty Jannetty rollover pin attempt on Jacques (even though Michaels was the legal man) and pins him making this the first and last PPV win for The Rougeaus. 6/10
Ultimate Warrior v 'Ravashing' Rick Rude for the Intercontinental title: Warrior no sells Rude to start with and gorilla presses Rude to the outside where Warrior follows him and whacks him over the back with the Intercontinental belt which sparks off the famous 'he can do what he likes he is outside the ring' exchange between Jesse Ventura and Tony Schiavonne. Rude attempts the 'Rude Awakening' neck breaker but Warrior powers out of it. The action escalates when both wrestlers collide with the referee which causes Warrior to power-slam and pile-drive Rude for a near 3 count. The only bad point to the match is Rude messes up a reverse pile-driver but it doesn't look too obvious. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper comes along and moons at Rude which distracts him enough for Warrior to belly to back suplex him off the turnbuckle, gorilla press and splash for the pin and the Intercontinental title. A great moment in the WWF and a brilliant promo by Bobby Heenan afterwards. 9/10
Demolition and 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan v Twin Towers and Andre the Giant: Duggan enters the ring with his face painted in the stars and stripes while wearing a crown and robe. Andre the Giant can barely stand up without falling over so needs to be in a tag team to carry him throughout the rest of his wrestling career. Smash creates the highlight by slamming both Twin Towers to a crowd pop. The match ends when 'Hacksaw' smacks Akeem over the back with his 2 by 4 and places Smash on top of him. Mercifully short. 4/10
Hercules v Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine: 'Rugged' Ronny Garvin starts the proceedings as ring announcer stammering through his weak insults against The Hammer. This match is absolutely hopeless as Greg gets the illegal pin with feet on the ropes over poor ol' Herc. Ronny puts a spanner in the works again as he informs the referee of the injustice and reverses the decision to disqualification in Hercules's favour. 2/10
'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka v 'Million dollar man' Ted Dibiase: The only eventful thing that happens in this match was Snuka botching a reverse leapfrog and landing on top of Dibiase. The rest is rather boring as Snuka predictably gets distracted by Virgil as he attempts the Superfly splash on Dibiase. Snuka gets counted out chasing after Virgil but manages to get revenge by performing the move on Virgil after the match. 2/10
Hulk Hogan and Brutus 'Barber' Beefcake v 'Machoking' Randy Savage and Zeus: It's Savage's second Summerslam in the main event and the second time he was overshadowed - this time by a talentless actor called Tom 'Tiny' Lister. The match is mostly a brawl with 'Machoking' settling into Ted Dibiase's role the year previously carrying his partner through the match, noticeably giving him instructions throughout as Brutus looks convincing in his role of support as Hogan does his thing. Elizabeth plays her part as cheerleader. The match ends illogically because Zeus is portrayed as indestructible that even chair shots don't affect him yet it only takes a couple of Hogan clotheslines at the end to rock Zeus. Hogan takes the loaded purse and wallops Zeus in the face with it. Hogan completes the slam and running leg drop for the pin. 6/10
Overall, a great event that goes downhill featuring the lacklustre undercard matches at the end, especially after the excellent Intercontinental title match. With a bit of match reshuffling Summerslam 1989 would feel more balanced.
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This one had only one good singles match, The Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude. Warrior was not a wrestler by any stretch of the imagination, but he always had excellent matches against Rude.
The opening tag team match was about as good as they get. The Hart Foundation got cheated out of yet another SummerSlam win against the Brain Busters, but they probably could have gotten away with letting Tully and Arn win cleanly. But why weren't the titles on the line? I can't figure out any reason for this.
I liked both of the six-man matches. Duggan, Demolition, Akeem, Andre, and Bossman in the same match is just fun to think about. And Duggan had the time of his life teaming with Ax and Smash. The other six-man match was incredibly good, but it would have worked better had the Rockers fought the Rougeaus and Martel faced Tito one on one. Although the Rockers would eventually dominate their feud with the Rougeaus, Jacques and Ray got the high-profile win at SummerSlam.
Tiny Lister sure was a good sport with his Zeus gimmick. He's a serious actor, and this would be embarrassing to most actors. And I'm glad Brutus Beefcake got to be in the main event. This almost made up for the fact that he was cheated out of a title shot at the previous and next SummerSlam.
Good show, worth a look. Honestly, you might want to fast-forward through the singles matches.
He was the most powerful force in the universe, and the key to Randy `Macho
Man' Savage's plan to destroy his bitter enemy, Hulk Hogan. His name was
Zeus, a mountain of a man standing at nearly 7 feet and weighing around 300
pounds of solid muscle. Savage recruited Zeus in an effort to take down
Hogan, who with his ally, Brutus `The Barber' Beefcake, battled Savage and
Zeus in a tag team match to headline SummerSlam 1989. In the end, Hulkamania
triumphed again when Hogan bodyslammed Zeus and hit the legdrop for the
For the second year in a row, the Ultimate Warrior made history at
SummerSlam by capturing his second Intercontinental Championship. Warrior
defeated `Ravishing' Rick Rude, who five months earlier defeated Warrior for
the title at WrestleMania V. The win would eventually lead to Warrior's epic
title-for-title confrontation with Hogan at WrestleMania
SummerSlam 1989 The Brain Busters defeated the Hart Foundation Dusty Rhodes pinned the Honky Tonk Man Mr. Perfect pinned the Red Rooster The Rougeaus & Rick Martel defeated the Rockers & Tito Santana The Ultimate Warrior pinned Rick Rude to win the Intercontinental Title Demolition & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated Andre the Giant & the Twin Towers Hercules defeated Greg "the Hammer" Valentine by DQ Ted DiBiase defeated "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka by countout Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage & Zeus
Overall Mark: C+
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The original SummerSlam was superb. The second annual SummerSlam was also
Back in 1989 all the WWF stars put on good matches even though some of them had limited abilities. The WWF of 1989 had many varieties of wrestler-high flying wrestlers,technical wrestlers,brawlers etc.
There are great matches throughout this card. There are two that really stand out. The Ultimate Warrior has an awesome match with the late Ravishing Rick Rude. This bout even topped their fantastic match from WrestleMania V.
(SPOILER AHEAD)The main event pitted Hulk Hogan and his best buddy Brutus Beefcake against dastardly heels Randy Savage and the seemingly unstoppable Zeus. It was great to see Hogan and the power of Hulkamania overcome the 'invincible' Zeus.
This was a great wresteling event from 1989. It was held at the Medowlands Arena in New Jersey. I like the main event which was Hulk Hogan and Brutis "The Barber" Beefcake vs. The "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Zeus. That was a classic WWF Event. One other of the matches I thought was also great was Dusty Rhodes vs "The Honky Tonk Man." I will remember "The Blue Blazer" aka the late Owen Hart for his great wresteling matches including this one with "Mr. Perfect" Curt Henning. Also, This was Andre The Giant's Last summerslam as he teamed up with The Big Boss Man and Akeem to take on "Hacksaw" Jim Duggin and The Rockers Shawn Micheals and Marty Jenatty. In anther great Match, This is a rematch from wrestlemaina 5, The Ultimate Warrior Tooked on "Ravishing" Rick Rude for the I.C. Belt and I loved it when the Warrior won his second I.C. belt. Rowdy Rowdy Piper was there, too. This was a great Pay-Per-Veiw.
This Summerslam from the Meadowlands arena, failed to product a worthy
PPV. Summerslam in 1988 was way better than this and some of the
matches were a colossal bore. Tom 'Zeus' Lister was an actor not a
wrestler and it showed. All he could do was shout and smile, he had no
wrestling qualities, but then again McMahon liked the guy because of
his size. The result? A p*ss poor main event.
Results from the show:
- The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Heidhart) in a fair but long match.
- Dusty Rhodes defeated The Honky Tonk Man in a boring match. The only interesting thing in this match was at the end. Jimmy Hart accidentally hit Honky with his own guitar and Dusty got the win.
- Mr Perfect downed The Red Rooster in a short match.
- The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Tito Santana lost to The Fabulous Rougeou Brothers and Rick Martel.
- The Ultimate Warrior beat Rick Rude to win the Intercontinental Championship in a passable match.
- King Duggan and Demolition defeated Akeem, Big Bossman and Andre the Giant in a fair match.
- Greg 'the hammer' Valentine defeated Hercules. However special ring announcer Ronnie Garven declared that Hercules won by DQ after Valentine cheated by putting his feet on the ropes. No one actually knows who the winner was, even to this day!!!
- 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase defeated 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka in a good match.
- Hulk Hogan and Brutus 'the barber' Beefcake defeated 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and Zeus in a crap match.
Not good! Overall Grade - C
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