THE SPECIALISTS Nostalgia Review: SNME #28; Legion of Doom, Ultimate Warrior, Demolition, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage
Sep 24, 2008 - 10:25:05 AM
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This week’s flashback to wrestling nostalgia takes us back to September 18, 1990 with Saturday Night’s Main Event. This was the 28th installment of SNME and this SNME had an “Oktoberfest” theme. This event was held in Toledo, Ohio.
Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper welcomed everyone to the show.
Demolition opened with a promo and the Legion of Doom and the Ultimate Warrior also did a promo for their match.
1. Legion of Doom and The Ultimate Warrior defeated Demolition in 5:38 in a six man tag team match. LOD and Ultimate Warrior cleared the ring at the opening bell, but Smash attacked Animal from behind to gain the early advantage. Animal hit a powerslam and then tagged in the Warrior. Warrior used kicks, punches and a shoulder tackle as his offense, but missed a splash, which allowed Demolition to work over the Warrior. Warrior made the hot tag to the Hawk to get him into the match. Hawk was only in 30 seconds before tagging in the Warrior again so he could get the pin. Warrior used a shoulder tackle and a splash to pin Crush. * ¼
In this edition’s stupid segments, Gene Okerlund hosted a segment where all the wrestlers were dressed like Scandinavians and were dancing to polka music.
2. Randy Savage defeated Dusty Rhodes by count out in 8:12. Savage was doing the Macho King gimmick with Queen Sheri as his valet. Rhodes wore pink polka dots instead of the customary yellow dots. Their feud had run its course and this match was an angle to transition Rhodes into a feud with Ted DiBiase and Virgil and to introduce his son Dustin as a wrestler. Dustin was at ringside and was shown on camera several times. Rhodes had the early advantage over Savage, as they had to put Dusty in peril later in the match to build crowd sympathy. Halfway through the match, DiBiase and Virgil came down to ringside, buying all the fans seats in the front row, before sitting down next to Dustin. DiBiase and Virgil started beating on Dustin at ringside and Dusty went out to make the save and was attacked by Savage, leading to a count out victory. * ½
Sean Mooney interviewed Hulk Hogan and Tugboat.
3. Hulk Hogan and Tugboat defeated Rhythm and Blues in 7:21 by dq. Rhythm and Blues, Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine were accompanied by Jimmy Hart. Hogan worked early to show his impressive offense, then tagged in Typhoon. Hart and Valentine worked over Typhoon, building to the hot tag to Hogan. Hart ran to the back. Hogan hit Valentine with the big boot to the face, but Hart returned with Earthquake and Dino Bravo. HTM used the guitar on Typhoon for the dq and then all the heels ran in and attacked Hogan. They were holding him down and Earthquake was going to do his splash on Hogan, but Typhoon grabbed the guitar and broke it up. Standard match. ½ *
4. Kerry Von Erich defeated Haku in 4:11 to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title. Von Erich was wrestling with a partially amputated right foot, but never told anyone. Watching it at the time, you couldn’t tell. Looking back at the tape, if you knew what you were looking for, there were noticeable signs. Match was nothing special, Von Erich locked in the claw and pinned Haku to retain.
Another Hulk Hogan and Typhoon interview that went no where.
5. Sgt. Slaughter defeated Koko B. Ware in 5:21. Slaughter was in the middle of his heel run as the anti-American, foreign sympathizer. His run would peak with a WWF Title run and end at the 1991 Wrestlemania. Koko got a very brief flurry of offense, but basically this was a squash to get over Sgt. Slaughter.
Sean Mooney interviewed the Ultimate Warrior and Roddy Piper interviewed Randy Savage and Queen Sheri.
Summary: This wasn’t a bad show, as there was some decent wrestling action. The segments in between matches was bad and the major angle was the DiBiase and Rhodes angle involving Dustin Rhodes. I would recommend this show for your viewing pleasure.
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