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- Scott Keith
is the followup to the awesome Great American Bash 89 PPV, as Sting
& Ric Flair were going to team up to face Terry Funk and Great
Muta. However, Flair went nuts on TBS a week or so prior to this and
broke Funk’s arm with a branding iron, so he’s probably not gonna
Live from Columbia, South Carolina.
Your hosts are Jim Ross & James E. Cornette.
Opening match: The Road Warriors v. The Samoan Swat Team. Once
again for the 13 people left who didn’t catch this the first million
times I said it: The SST is Samu and Fatu, with Fatu being better known
today as Rikishi. The crowd heat here is INCREDIBLE, as the
Road Warriors are just crazy over, even in their last days with the NWA.
Animal blitzes Fatu to start, hitting a powerslam and knocking Samu off
the apron. SST stalls, so the Warriors simply toss them back in and kick
their ass. Good plan. Hawk fistdrop gets two on Fatu. Warrior work a
headlock on Fatu and overpower him. Hawk hits the floor and some
shenanigans from the heels takes him out, thus impeding his ability to
no-sell. And we HIT THE BEARHUG! Ah, nothing like samoan restholds.
tag to Animal, which allows more punishment for Hawk. Fatu goes airborne
and does a devastating chindrop on Hawk’s foot. Again, I question WHAT
THE HELL that these guys are ever hoping to accomplish by coming off the
top rope and landing on their feet in the general vicinity of the
babyface’s leg. Even if the babyface doesn’t lift their leg, that
move can’t possibly hit anything to begin with. And yet heels have
been doing that move for YEARS now with no sign of stopping. Hot tag to
Animal, and it’s BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA!
Heel miscommunication (ironically, involving Paul E’s
telephone) puts Fatu in a dazed state, and from there the Doomsday
Device finishes at 6:43. Nothing match, but the heat was AMAZING. **1/4
The SST fires Dangerously after the match, leaving him in managerial
exile until the coming of Mean Mark Callous in 1990.
- The Cuban Assassin (Fidel Sierra) v. The Z-Man This match would be Zenk’s uninspiring NWA debut, as he managed to talk them out of the original gimmick idea (“The Zodiac Man” some six years before Beefcake, from which “Z-Man” was derived) and just be a guy in white tights who got a good reaction. Sierra gets some token jobber offense, but Zenk finishes with a sleeper at 3:35. Wow, a sleeperhold as a finisher…and he DIDN’T get over? Go figure. * More...