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    Pushing the Envelope

    It’s been no secret that over the course of 1991 so far, WWF has produced an edgier product. More blood, more violence, and more action. Back at the end of December of 1990, the WWF posted it’s lowest house show gate at Madison Square Garden ever. An outsider to the business would just point the low numbers to a number of different variables such as the holiday break, the market trending downward, or just the cyclical nature of the business. However, inside, everyone knows that Madison Square Garden is the unofficial home of the WWF-where the big titles change hands and the best matches are put on. The low gate was a serious red-flag to Vince McMahon that whatever he was doing at the time just wasn’t working. Instead of pointing fingers and placing the blame on one person, McMahon held a talent meeting and said they all needed to get better together, including himself and his writing team. He expressed the need for more action, more violence. McMahon said he was aware the 80’s were over and WWF needed to change with the times, bringing excitement and action into the 90’s.

    Big news media outlets such as ABC and CBS have expressed their concern that WWF has been pushing it too far. An article recently ran in the New York Times the week after the King of the Ring PPV about the violent nature of WWF and how it would hurt them in the long run. A snippet from the article stated:

    “…much was the case at the recent King of the Ring Pay-Per-View when super-villain The Undertaker hit fan-favorite Ultimate Warrior with his finishing maneuver, the Tombstone Piledriver, on the steel ring steps. Ultimate Warrior was seen clutching his head, and could have a possible concussion. Tax-man character IRS drilled Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat over the head with his steel briefcase, possibly giving him a concussion as well. Also, Hacksaw Jim Duggan broke his 2X4 over Crush’s back, lacerating his kidney in the process. The match that saw things go too far was when Macho Man and Jake Roberts brawled throughout the arena, into the street, then into a local bar. The action got too out of hand when Macho Man smashed a beer bottle over Jake Roberts’ head. Later on in the night “The Model” Rick Martel brutally assaulted Bret Hart, leaving him coughing up blood. One thing is for certain, the new, violent nature of the WWF is seen as a desperation move by owner Vince McMahon to stay ahead of the curve, but in the end, many believe it will put him out of business by this time next year.”

    This article was passed around Titan Towers where almost everyone scoffed and laughed. The writing team of Bruce Prichard and Pat Patterson laughed at it and told reporters that any time the New York Times wants to run an article on the WWF, go ahead, because it is more publicity for them. Vince McMahon took it a step further when he went on Arsenio Hall to talk about the new, violent nature of the WWF. McMahon, on the defensive, backed the recent violent nature of the product and some would say “cut a promo” for the whole world to watch.

    After being read back the New York Times snippet, Vince began to talk. “Before you go any further Arsenio, let me defend myself. You see, the wrestling business in whole is very tricky. Some say what we do is fake, while others believe every minute of it. I leave that up to you-the viewer. The WWF is intended to be an escape from the real world. A place where if you are having a bad day or things aren’t going the way you want them to in your life, you can sit back in your recliner and watch guys like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage overcome the odds. It is a place that encapsulates your imagination, and gives you a break from the troubles and stress of every day life.

    Plain and simple, what we are trying to do right now could be labeled as ‘Pushing the Envelope.’ All of us in the WWF know the 1980’s are over, and we are keeping up with the times. Yes, there will be more violent content on our shows. People can take that however they want. As long as the numbers on the monthly bottom line aren’t red, we know it’s working. So yes, my rebuttal to you, the press, and the news outlets is we are pushing the envelope, because we want to give the fans something to look forward to.”
    With that, Vince McMahon shook Arsenio Hall’s hand and headed off the stage.

    Many dirtsheets and news outlets were split over McMahon’s response, while the entire WWF locker room saw it has a huge victory for the WWF. Never before has the WWF been as rejuvenated, motivated, and ready to put out a product that the fans will love. Next on the schedule we have Saturday Night’s Main Event on July 20th, and following that- the biggest event of the summer- Summerslam, will take place August 25th from the place that started this whole movement, the world famous Madison Square Garden.

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    Perfect. Great way to address the sitiation which I think many of us noticed reading KOTR. I'm personally all in on the edgier direction and quite frankly I hope it leads to guys like The Mountie getting a bit of a reboot.

    Can't wait for Razor Ramon to debut sniffing a line of coke and firing an uzi into the crowd.

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    The summer is heating up, and so is the WWF. After a controversial appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show, Vince McMahon has catapulted the WWF into the spotlight. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about the WWF- good, bad or indifferent. Set to take place in the heart of the summer from the Boston Garden, Saturday Night’s Main Event looks to raise the bar set by the King of the Ring in terms of action, excitement and unpredictability. Lets take a look at some of the events leading up to Saturday Night’s Main Event- the last stop before we head into “The Biggest Event of the Summer” Summerslam.

    THE PERFECT SUMMER CONTINUES
    After Mr. Perfect was anointed King of the Ring for 1991, he immediately set his sights towards Hulk Hogan and the WWF Championship. On the Superstars following King of the Ring, WWF President Jack Tunney officially announced Hulk Hogan would defend his WWF Championship against Mr. Perfect at Summerslam. Now referring to himself as “The Perfect King,” Mr. Perfect has taken royalty to a whole new level. Walking around with his crown on and scepter in hand, Perfect, along with Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan have wreaked havoc on the WWF, racking up victories left and right on all the cable television shows. Mr. Perfect has deemed these summer months as “The Perfect Summer,” with it all culminating at Summerslam when he looks to do what he’s never done before, defeat Hulk Hogan and become the new WWF Champion. The pressure of keeping up “The Perfect Summer” is insurmountable, but if one man can handle all of that pressure, it is Mr. Perfect.

    On the other side of the story, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan didn’t forget that Rude tripped him up in his match against Perfect in the Semi-Finals at King of the Ring, and places the blame solely on Rude for not advancing. Rude took exception to this and on an episode of Superstars he and Perfect came to the ring during a scheduled match between Jim Duggan and a local talent. The match never officially began, as Perfect and Rude hopped into the ring and took out Duggan in a 2-on-1 beatdown. After hitting him with rights and lefts, Rick Rude was about to nail his finishing maneuver, the Rude Awakening, until Hulk Hogan ran down and made the save, chasing off Perfectly Ravishing before Rude could hit his finisher on Duggan. Later on in the episode, Tunney announced that Duggan would get his revenge and said he would fight Rick Rude at Summerslam.

    Once the news of Perfect/Hogan and Rude/Duggan was set to take place at Summerslam, Hogan and Duggan issued a challenge to both men to fight them in a Tag Team Match at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Perfect and Rude gladly accepted the challenge, stating that they’d love an opportunity to soften up both of their opponents before Summerslam. The powerful team of Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan certainly won’t be pushed around, but there is arguably not a hotter act in the WWF right now than Perfectly Ravishing. These four will do battle one last time before their respective matches at Summerslam, and this gigantic tag team match at Saturday Night’s Main Event certainly won’t disappoint.

    MEGA CONTRACT SIGNING
    To say Ted Dibiase and The Million Dollar Empire had a bad night at King of the Ring is a true understatement. Not only did Dibiase walk away empty handed in the tournament, but he also left King of the Ring with a bigger problem- The Undertaker. Seemingly ready to turn on Dibiase and break their deal, Undertaker’s double cross was halted when another man Dibiase has problems with-The Ultimate Warrior-ran down and jumped Dibiase. Undertaker then laid waste to Ultimate Warrior, hitting him with a Tombstone Piledriver on the steel ring steps. Warrior was checked out and dodged a concussion, but the damage was done and everyone in the world saw just how dangerous The Undertaker can be moving forward.

    On the heels of King of the Ring, WWF President Jack Tunney announced another blockbuster match for Summerslam with a very interesting stipulation. The Undertaker will face Ultimate Warrior at Summerslam, and Ted Dibiase will serve as the Special Guest Referee. Tunney took it one step further when he announced that at Saturday Night’s Main Event, all three men would be in the same ring at the same time for a Live Contract Signing. Tunney also stated that Dibiase must call the match down the middle, and if he uses a fast count or gets involved in any way, he will be fired on the spot! Once Dibiase heard the news, he was irate.

    Known for being a deal broker and an intelligent man, Dibiase thought quick and offered a peace deal with The Undertaker. This took place on The Brother Love Show on the following episode of Superstars. Dibiase called out The Undertaker and handed him a newly drawn up contract. It stated that Undertaker could come and go as he pleased, and he had the final say on all decisions. He no longer answers to Dibiase, but will still compete under The Empire’s banner. This contract was seen as a last chance Hail Mary at keeping The Undertaker from destroying Dibiase. “Come and go as I please?” Undertaker asked Dibiase. “Undertaker, with this new contract you can do whatever the hell you want, I just want us to be on the same side. I can guarantee you a victory at Summerslam and will use all of my resources to get you a future World title shot.” With those last words, Dibiase saved his ass for the foreseeable future. Undertaker and Dibiase both signed on the dotted line, as the fans began to boo. After Undertaker signed, he passed the contract off to new Empire member IRS, who notarized it and made it official.

    Just as Dibiase reached out his hand for Undertaker to shake, Ultimate Warrior stormed the set, destroying everything and everyone. Brother Love ran for the hills, while Warrior chucked Virgil off the stage and to the floor. Dibiase quickly ran and hid behind The Undertaker. Warrior and Undertaker stared each other down, before a team of WWF officials stepped in before anything big could happen. After escorting Warrior off the destroyed Brother Love Show set, Undertaker turned around to see Dibiase hiding behind him. Undertaker stared down Dibiase, before wrapping his massive hand around Dibiase’s throat. Dibiase dropped to one knee, pleading for his life. Undertaker then lifted him up in the air. “Dibiase, you just signed your death warrant!” Undertaker let Dibiase down, as he quickly scattered away.

    This Live Contract Signing will surely be nothing less than electric. With his new Empire contract in place, Undertaker has made it clear that he WILL come and go as he pleases, and do whatever he wants. This new Empire contract could come back to destroy The Empire within, but for now, Dibiase has Undertaker under team control and only has to worry about taking down The Ultimate Warrior once and for all, no small task in itself.

    SATURDAY NIGHT’S MADNESS
    The blood feud between Macho Man and Jake Roberts has never been hotter than it is right now. After brawling all through Milwaukee at the King of the Ring, which is now billed as “The Milwaukee Melee,” the two will seemingly never stop fighting. WWF President Jack Tunney announced the two will fight one last time at Summerslam. Stipulations for the match haven’t been announced yet, but some are wondering just what type of match will these two square off in at Summerslam. Tunney did say that this will be their final encounter, as he can’t have the madness between the two go on any longer.

    Before Savage embarks on his final encounter with Jake Roberts at Summerslam, he finds himself in a match against The Mountie at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Savage requested a “tune-up” match against a solid competitor to get him ready for his brawl with Jake Roberts at Summerslam. Some may say requesting a marquee match so close to Summerslam will hurt Savage.

    After the announcement of their final encounter at Summerslam, Jake Roberts made it known that he will be at Saturday Night’s Main Event. In a bizarre promo, Jake Roberts was seen sitting down in a dark room holding his snake Damien, with Sherri standing by his side. We can only see the outlines of Roberts, Damien and Sherri, but we know it’s them. “Savage, here we are. Former friends, now bitter enemies. Jack Tunney has done me a favor by labeling our match at Summerslam as the Final Encounter. See, that’s what I set out to do at Wrestlemania 7, end you forever. Now I get my chance. Haha. Do you know what it’s like when Damien feasts? Have you seen a snake take down a deer before? It’s a beautiful sight. Come to think of it, Damien is quite hungry. Haven’t fed him in a long time. See, Damien and I are a lot alike. We both won’t eat until we’re at the point that we can’t go another step further, then we feast. The satisfaction we get after eating is second to none Savage. My feast will be you at Summerslam, but I don’t think Damien can wait that long. Savage, I’ll be in Boston on July 20th, and no one can stop me from feasting on you. You better look over your shoulder every step of the way, and don’t worry about The Mountie because you have bigger problems. The three of us.” Sherri lets out a sadistic laugh as the promo fades to black.

    Macho Man wouldn’t comment on Roberts’ dark, sadistic words, and said his main focus right now is working out the kinks in his match against The Mountie. Savage may make quick work of The Mountie, but everyone knows Roberts will be lurking the entire match. Will these two wait until Summerslam to finish each other off once and for all? Or will Roberts start early at Saturday Night’s Main Event? These are two questions we will all have to wait and find out for ourselves.

    THE FIGHTING CHAMPION
    Ever since beating Mr. Perfect for the highly coveted Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania 7, Bret Hart has had to fend off challengers left and right. He took care of his first test in The Mountie at King of the Ring. Later on in the night, while about to speak with Sean Mooney about his win, “The Model” Rick Martel brutally attacked Bret Hart, leaving him coughing up blood. Since the King of the Ring, Martel has been racking up victories left and right, looking very impressive and a true formidable opponent for Bret Hart. Martel wasn’t done calling out Hart and WWF President Jack Tunney, as he did so in a post-match interview following one of his victories. Martel took it a step further by stating he was so confident that he would beat Bret Hart at Saturday Night’s Main Event that if he loses, he will leave the WWF for 60 days. He says the biggest fashion show was set to take place in Paris, France in the beginning of August, and he would be in it regardless if he wins or not. He made it clear he plans on winning, then taking the Intercontinental title with him to the fashion show.

    On the post-King of the Ring episode of Superstars, Bret Hart came down to the ring and formally accepted Martel’s challenge for Saturday Night’s Main Event. Once again, Hart spoke about being a “Fighting Champion” and even though he was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and a dislocated jaw from the incident at King of the Ring, he wasn’t going to let that stop him from fighting. He called out Martel and said if by some miracle he does win, he will bring the title down a few notches if he refuses to defend it and instead bring it to a fashion show. Hart called Martel a coward for his sneak attack and vowed that when he did get his hands on Martel, he would make him pay.

    The two found themselves staring each other down in the middle of the ring on the final Superstars before Saturday Night’s Main Event. After Bret Hart defended the Intercontinental title in a hard fought bout against The Barbarian, Rick Martel ran down for another sneak attack. This time, Hart was ready and stopped Martel right in his tracks before he could hit him with his bottle of arrogance. Hart then backed Martel into the corner before Martel quickly escaped through the ropes. Rick Martel got away this time, but eventually he will have to square up 1 on 1 with Bret Hart inside the ring at Saturday Night’s Main Event. When that time comes, will Martel ride his recent wave of momentum and take the Intercontinental title from the banged up Bret Hart? Or will Hart teach Martel a lesson and make him pay for his sneak attack at King of the Ring?

    Saturday Night’s Main Event from Boston is the last pit stop on the Road to Summerslam, and it will be a volatile one at that, full of surprises, twists and turns. You don’t want to miss this one!




    Live! From the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
    Saturday, July 20, 1991

    Intercontinental Championship
    ©Bret Hart vs. “The Model” Rick Martel

    Live Contract Signing
    The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior & Ted Dibiase all inside the same ring at the same time!

    Tag Team Grudge Match
    WWF Champion Hulk Hogan & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Perfectly Ravishing (“The Perfect King” Mr. Perfect & “Ravishing” Rick Rude)

    Special Attraction Match
    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. The Mountie


    Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
    Sunday, August 25, 1991


    WWF Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. “The Perfect King” Mr. Perfect

    "The Final Encounter"-Stipulation TBA
    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

    Grudge Match
    “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude

    Grudge Match- Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. Ultimate Warrior

    More matches to be announced following Saturday Night’s Main Event

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    I was following this as a guest and thought I should register to say how much I'm enjoying this. I love the summaries leading in to big events, rather than the detailed breakdown of every show. I've wanted to do a fantasy booking thing like this for ages and it's only since seeing this and some of BigPapa's old work that I realised how much this style suits my tastes. Really enjoyable stuff.

    The booking has been excellent. I'm a big fan of the Perfect King, and BIG fan of Perfectly Ravishing. The Jake promo in the build to SNME was excellent. Your Mania was, for me, far superior to the actual one we got in '91. And I really appreciate the adherence to realism. It would be so easy to say "meh, Jim Duggan wasn't all that, I'm going to push Shawn Michaels to the top". But you instead recognised the value of an under-rated performer (at the time at least, he'd get far worse with time), and someone who matches what the WWF was going for at the time. I don't doubt that you'll be phasing him out in time, but you've done it in a much more organic way than just jobbing him all the way out of the company. Great stuff.

    And finally, I really like the format. I know it sounds like that should be a minor thing, but it really helps my enjoyment.

    All in all, great stuff! Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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    WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event Results
    Saturday, July 20, 1991
    Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts


    “THE LAST STOP
    ON THE ROAD TO SUMMERSLAM

    The WWF logo rises onto our screens in front of a futuristic space background as Vince McMahon narrates “The World Wrestling Federation, where anything and everything can happen!” Next, the Saturday Night’s Main Event logo is shown as we intro into the Boston Garden as Vince McMahon runs down tonight’s card. The camera pans around the Boston Garden to show all the excited, screaming fans, ready for some unpredictable WWF action!

    Down at ringside we are met by our commentary team of Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon. They both welcome us to Saturday Night’s Main Event and begin to talk about tonight’s action-packed card. They talk about the huge Intercontinental title and tag team matches, the unpredictable Live Contract Signing, and Macho Man squaring up against The Mountie. They talk about how Jake Roberts assured Savage he will be lurking around, and wonder just what might happen if the two come to blows at some point tonight.

    McMahon and Monsoon shift focus to talk about our first match of the night, the Intercontinental Championship. Footage of Martel’s attack on Bret Hart at King of the Ring is shown. McMahon says Martel is vowing win the match and the title, and then leave the country with the Intercontinental title, bringing it with him to the world’s biggest fashion show in Paris, France in a few weeks.



    Intercontinental Championship
    ©Bret Hart vs. “The Model” Rick Martel


    They are interrupted by “The Model” Rick Martel’s music. The Model walks out through the curtain as the crowd boos, with some even throwing trash at Martel. He scoffs at the crowd before strutting down the aisle way. He hops into the ring before yelling at the ringside crew to hand him a microphone. He stands in the middle of the ring to speak but can’t get a word out above the crowd’s boos. Finally, they pipe down, and Martel begins to speak.

    “I enjoy the warm welcome. Coming from the arm pit of America, I wouldn’t expect anything less! *The crowd boos even louder* Right here, right now, you are all looking at the NEXT Intercontinental Champion. And I will stay true to my word, bringing the Intercontinental title with me on my trip to Paris, France, where I will show off my fashion sense and good looks you people could only dream of, and finally bring prestige to the Intercontinental title. Look at you people! How can you go out in public looking like that? I should….”

    Martel is interrupted by Bret Hart’s music, much to the fans’ delight. Hart pops through the curtain to a thunderous ovation. Hart holds his hands out in the air as he shows off his Intercontinental title. He walks down the aisle and climbs into the ring, chasing Martel out of it. Bret Hart stands on the top turnbuckle, posing with his Intercontinental title. McMahon and Monsoon comment on how hot the crowd is tonight, and say it will only get hotter as the show goes on.

    The referee inspects both men’s boots and wrist tape, and quickly finds a pair of brass knuckles inside of Martel’s boots! The referee and Martel scuffle as Martel runs away from the referee, before running into a clothesline from Bret Hart! The brass knuckles fly out of Martel’s hand as the referee picks them up, calling for the official bell. Looking to get revenge early in the match, Hart pounces on Martel, drilling him with rights and lefts. Hart lets Martel up before lifting him up with a hip toss. Martel reaches maximum height and crashes to the mat! Quickly thinking, The Model rolls out of the ring as the fans cheer on Bret Hart. Hart won’t let Martel get any rest, and flies through the middle rope onto Martel on the outside! The crowd eats up the risky, high flying move from Hart as he corrals Martel back inside the ring. Hart hops into the ring while holding Martel on the other side of the ropes on the apron. Hooking his arm and head while grabbing a handful of tights, Hart lifts Martel and suplexes him back into the ring. Martel has no answer in the early going as Hart applies a head lock and really wrenches it in, cutting off the oxygen supply to Martel. Martel begins to turn different shades of purple until he wrestles out of the headlock with elbows to the midsection of Hart.

    Martel sends Hart off the ropes and flies back unexpectedly with a cross body and a near fall. The Model pops right up to his feet and hits Hart with a dropkick. Martel prances around the ring, taunting the crowd before stomping on Hart’s head. The Model brings Hart over into the corner where he whips him hard into the opposite turnbuckle and follows right behind. Hart uses his agility and lifts his legs in the air as Martel runs underneath him and hits the turnbuckle with force. Hart then grabs a hold of Martel, bending him backwards before hitting an inverted DDT. Hart then climbs to the second turnbuckle, and leaps off with a double axe handle that sends The Model flying to the mat. Hart goes for the pinfall but only gets a 2 count.

    Looking to end it, Hart waits for Martel to get to his feet before hitting him with a Russian Leg Sweep. Hart quickly zeroes in on Martel’s legs and attempts to lock him in the Sharpshooter. Martel holds onto the bottom rope for dear life and won’t let go until the referee forces Hart to ease up on him. Both men have their back to the referee, who is out of position, which allows Martel to poke Hart right in the eye! Hart falls back, holding his face as Martel scrambles to his feet. Martel lunges at Hart and takes out his knee with a chop block. Martel quickly grabs a hold of Hart’s legs, looking for his finisher-The Boston Crab, but Hart won’t let Martel roll him over and powers out of it with repeated kicks to Martel. Hart is quick to his feet, but begins favoring his sprained ankle that Martel just took out. Hart gingerly moves over to Martel in the corner before smashing him in the head with rights and lefts. Hart keeps the momentum going and hits a running bulldog out of the corner.

    Hart is slow to get to his feet, as his ankle is starting to hurt bad. He keeps Martel down on the mat with a body slam followed by an elbow drop. Hart goes for the cover but only gets 2. Hart goes to grab Martel, but Martel quickly locks him in a schoolboy rollup for a near fall! Hart springs out of the rollup and goes for a dropkick but Martel catches his legs in mid-air and rolls him over into the Boston Crab! Hart screams in pain as the crowd yells at Hart not to tap! Hart finally makes it to the ropes. Instead of breaking the hold, Martel just jumps up and lands with all of his weight on Hart’s back! Martel gets to his feet and taunts the crowd, signaling for the Intercontinental title around his waist.

    While the referee is checking on the condition of Bret Hart, Martel goes into the corner and grabs his bottle of Arrogance. He places it down strategically in the other corner and runs over to Bret, hitting him with rights and lefts. Martel goes to whip Hart but blatantly throws him straight into the referee who hits the ground with a thud! Martel smirks at the irate crowd before picking up his bottle of Arrogance. He waits for Bret to get to his feet before he decks him over the head with it! Martel quickly throws the bottle outside of the ring and makes pretend he is favoring his head as the referee comes to. Martel waits for Bret Hart to wobble to his feet, and McMahon and Monsoon mention that Bret Hart is completely out on his feet, he is beyond dazed. Martel connects with an enzeguri kick and Hart falls flat to the mat. Martel quickly falls on top of Bret Hart. 1…2….3! NO! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN! RICK MARTEL HAS STOLEN THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE FROM BRET HART!

    Winner at 15:21 and NEW Intercontinental Champion- “The Model” Rick Martel

    Martel drops to his knees with excitement as the referee, oblivious to Martel drilling Hart with his bottle of Arrogance, hands Martel his newly won title! Martel is overcome with joy as he quickly exits the ring. Martel holds the Intercontinental title high in the air as he runs up the aisle way, as the crowd pelts him with everything from soda cups to batteries. Nonetheless, Rick Martel has won the Intercontinental title from Bret Hart! Inside the ring Hart tries to plead with the referee, but the referee was out cold while the whole thing went down and can’t help him out. Bret Hart slams the mat in frustration as he begins to limp to the back. McMahon and Monsoon wonder how much more damage Hart did to his ankle and jaw tonight, all in defeat.

    A promo for Summerslam is shown. “The Biggest Event of the Summer” coming to you LIVE from the world-famous Madison Square Garden- Sunday, August 25. Get your tickets now before they sell completely out. You don’t want to miss this one!

    Back from the Summerslam promo, Gene Okurland is standing in the backstage interview set with Perfectly Ravishing. The crowd immediately boos as Mr. Perfect and Rick Rude are sporting Chicago Bulls jerseys. Perfect has on a Michael Jordan jersey while Rick Rude is sporting a Scottie Pippen jersey. Before Okurland can speak, Perfect takes the mic from him. “Listen up Boston, I know you people have suffered a lot of defeat in the past few months, namely the Detroit Pistons. And while we’re on the subject of perfect, there is only 1 perfect team, and that is the Chicago Bulls! *The crowd is booing so loudly, we can just about hear Mr. Perfect speak* See, I consider myself the Michael Jordan of the WWF. The king. Numero Uno! My best friend Rick here, he’s the Scottie Pippen. Any other team, he would be number 1, but because he knows he wants to win and win now, he joined up with me and together us, just like those lovely Chicago Bulls, will win titles all throughout the Nineties! But we’re not here tonight to talk about winning titles and being number 1, we’re here tonight to issue a warning to Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan. Hogan, enjoy your last official month as WWF Champion, because this next month will be the last time that title is anywhere near you! And Duggan, enjoy your final days hanging on the coat tails of Hogan, because Rick here is going to take you down! Tonight will just be a preview of what’s to come for Summerslam. Tonight the Perfect King and his Perfect Best Friend continue to call the shots in the WWF, and show everyone just how it’s done!”

    With that, Perfectly Ravishing walk off the set, as Okurland has still not gotten a word in yet. He sends it back down to McMahon and Monsoon who begin to shift focus and hype up the Live Contract Signing! They talk about how Dibiase signed Undertaker under his control with the contact clause that Undertaker can come and go as he pleases. The Ultimate Warrior is just looking for revenge on both Dibiase and Undertaker, and will look to get it at Summerslam. But first, it’s time for the Live Contract Signing here on Saturday Night’s Main Event!



    We cut to the ring where a green carpet has been rolled out over the mat. A table with three contracts- one for each of Dibiase, Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker, is set in the middle of the ring. WWF President Jack Tunney makes his way down to the ring as he slaps hands with the fans before entering the ring. Monsoon notes that Tunney will be overseeing this contract signing.

    Dibiase’s famous music hits as he appears through the curtain. He is flanked by The Million Dollar Empire’s finest-his bodyguard Virgil, his President of Media Relations Brother Love, IRS, and Crush. McMahon is quick to point out this is the first time we’ve seen Crush since last month at King of the Ring when he suffered a lacerated kidney by Jim Duggan’s 2X4. All 5 men walk to the ring with a purpose, as Dibiase makes sure to stay in the middle of them.

    Next out is The Undertaker, to an overwhelmingly positive ovation from the Boston crowd. The graveyard symphony blasts through the PA system as Paul Bearer leads Undertaker down to the ring. Undertaker enters the ring as The Empire members guard Dibiase in the corner. The smoke clears, and the lights come back on as Undertaker lifts his hat from his head and rolls his eyes at all of The Empire members. Dibiase points at The Undertaker before shouting “You’re under contract with me! Just remember that!” Undertaker continues to stand completely still, staring a hole through Dibiase.

    The Ultimate Warrior’s music hits as the Boston Garden erupts! Warrior sprints out from behind the curtain and makes a bee line for the ring. Warrior sprints around the outside of the ring as Dibiase follows his every move. Undertaker just stands still, never taking his eyes off of Dibiase. Finally, Warrior enters the ring as Tunney attempts to mediate the contract signing the best that he can. Tunney gathers all three men around the table before speaking. “Guys, I want this to go as smooth as possible. Save all your ill-will for Summerslam. Let’s just sign the contracts and be done with it.” Tunney first hands a pen and a contract to Ted Dibiase. Dibiase makes Virgil and Crush stand side-by-side with him. Dibiase quickly signs the contract and retreats back to the corner with the other Empire members.

    Next to sign the contract is The Undertaker. Tunney motions for Undertaker to walk towards the table. Undertaker obliges, still not letting Dibiase out of his sight. Undertaker quickly scribbles on his contract, as Monsoon notes that he doesn’t know the last level of education Undertaker completed, or if he ever even went to school. Undertaker stands right in front of the side of the table and now won’t leave.

    Ultimate Warrior stands on the opposite side of the table and stares down Undertaker. Warrior signs his contract as Tunney says the match at Summerslam is now official! Warrior begins shouting at both Undertaker and Dibiase, still with his clipboard in hand. He begins to shake as his eyes bug out of his head as he yells at The Undertaker. Warrior lifts the clipboard up high in the air and smashes it over Undertaker’s head! Undertaker doesn’t budge, and quickly flips the table over on top of Warrior. Dibiase makes a run for it but Undertaker lunges at him and grabs him by the collar. The other Empire members gang up on Undertaker but he makes quick work of them by throwing each of them out of the ring. Dibiase quickly tries to make a run for it but Ultimate Warrior stops him dead in his tracks and picks him up over his head before Gorilla pressing him hard to the mat! Dibiase lies on the mat unconscious. Undertaker turns back around and he and Warrior begin throwing haymakers at each other! The crowd becomes unglued as they cheer this whole thing on!

    Dibiase gets back to his feet and tackles Warrior to the ground, as a sign that he and Undertaker are on the same side through this all. Undertaker and Dibiase begin pounding away on Warrior, who can’t shake off the massive cement block fists Undertaker is throwing at him. Undertaker lifts Warrior up over his shoulder and delivers a devastating Tombstone Piledriver! Warrior is motionless on the mat as Dibiase applauds Undertaker. Crush, Virgil and IRS attempt to escort Dibiase out of the ring but he calls them off, saying Undertaker and he have an understanding. As Dibiase has his back turned to Undertaker, the crowd begins to cheer for The Undertaker to beat up Dibiase. Dibiase turns back around and runs right into The Undertaker. Dibiase stares up into the eyes of The Undertaker and doesn’t like what he sees, and attempts to run away. Undertaker stops him right where he is, wrapping his massive hand around Dibiase’s throat. The other Empire members look on as The Undertaker lifts Dibiase high in the air and drops him to the mat with a huge chokeslam! Crush, Virgil and IRS quickly rush the ring and tend to Dibiase as The Undertaker looks on. The crowd cheers on The Undertaker as he leaves the ring, still staring into the ring at the fallen Dibiase and the other Empire members.

    McMahon and Monsoon attempt to explain what we’ve just witnessed. The Undertaker vs. Ultimate Warrior with Ted Dibiase serving as the Special Guest Referee is officially signed for Summerslam. The Undertaker used the power of his Empire contract that basically gives him carte-blanche and took out months of frustration with one chokeslam on Dibiase. All Monsoon and McMahon can tell us is this powder keg is set to explode at any minute, but WWF officials will do the best they can to keep these three separated until Summerslam!

    Sean Mooney is standing by with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, just moments away from their big Tag Team Match against Perfectly Ravishing. Mooney asks Jim Duggan about tonight’s match, and what he plans to do to keep Rick Rude at bay. “Sean Mooney, me and my buddy Hulk Hogan here are sick and tired of hearing about this ‘Perfect Summer.’ Those two can talk all they want, but at the end of the day they have to step into the ring with us. Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, you two may be a couple of bad dudes, but you’re looking at the two baddest dudes in the WWF and in a few short minutes, you’re gonna’ get your own Rude Awakening! HOOOOO!”

    Mooney asks Hogan how he feels about Mr. Perfect and “The Perfect Summer.” “Well you know something Sean Mooney, Mr. Perfect can run his mouth all he wants but until he steps into the ring with me at the world-famous Madison Square Garden next month, he is just full of hot air brother. I can guarantee to all of my Hulkamaniacs out there that this title isn’t going anywhere dude. I’ve worked way too hard to climb back to the top of the mountain, and I’m not ready to let it all slip away. Tonight, Hacksaw and I show these two clowns what it feels like when you step into the ring with the Real Americans!” Hogan lets out a grunt and flexes as the camera zooms into his 24-inch pythons and the WWF title around his waist. Mooney sends it back down to ringside.



    Tag Team Grudge Match
    “The Real Americans” WWF Champion Hulk Hogan & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. “Perfectly Ravishing”- “The Perfect King” Mr. Perfect & “Ravishing” Rick Rude


    Mr. Perfect’s music hits as the fans immediately boo. Perfect, Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan all emerge from behind the curtain. Perfect and Rude still have on their Chicago Bulls jerseys, as they begin getting pelted with garbage from the raucous crowd. On top of the Michael Jordan jersey, Perfect has on his King of the Ring crown and Bobby Heenan is carrying his scepter as he points it at the fans and tells them to back off. Perfect and Rude enter the ring as the crowd boos loudly.

    Perfect hops to the top turnbuckle, spits his gum up in the air then smacks it into the crowd. He then tosses his white towel behind his back and Bobby Heenan catches it without looking. Simply perfect! Rude jeers with a few male fans at ringside while the female fans gasp at Rude. The three men stand in the ring and Rick Rude grabs a mic. He attempts to talk but can’t over the roaring crowd here at the Boston Garden. “I want all of you fat, disgusting, out of shape….”

    Rick Rude is cut off by Hulk Hogan’s theme “Real American” as the crowd becomes unglued. Hogan and Duggan walk out as the Boston Garden gives them their approval. Duggan and Hogan are decked out in all red-white and blue matching t-shirts and warmup pants. The two slap hands with the fans before entering the ring. Duggan holds his 2X4 high in the air as Hogan waves an American flag around. Perfect and Rude hang out in the corner, uninterested in Hogan and Duggan.

    The referee rings the starting bell and we are under way here at the Boston Garden. Duggan and Rude begin the match. Before the two lock up, Rude tags in Perfect, shouting to Duggan that he has to wait until Summerslam to touch him! Perfect circles around Duggan and the two lock up. Duggan puts Perfect in a side headlock and won’t let go. Perfect wiggles his way out of it and tosses Duggan off the ropes. “The Perfect King” drills a dropkick that hits Duggan right between the eyes! Duggan rolls into the corner as Perfect taunts the crowd, before posing and flexing like Hogan. Perfect begs for Duggan to tag Hogan in. Duggan reaches out and tags in Hogan. Perfect responds by tagging in Rick Rude. Rude hops into the ring, making this his first appearance inside a WWF ring as a wrestler in nearly a year. Rude goes on the offensive, with a barrage of rights and lefts to Hogan. The WWF Champ responds with a big headbutt that knocks Rude back into the corner. Hogan then runs full speed ahead and crashes into Rude in the corner!

    Hogan lifts up Rude and delivers a body slam. He then goes for a quick cover but Rude kicks out. Hogan lifts Rude up and goes for a suplex but Rude blocks it and delivers one of his own as Hogan comes down crashing to the mat. Rude kicks up to his feet and does his signature dance with his hands behind his head as the crowd boos him on. Rude then looks over at Duggan and taunts him. Duggan swings at Rude but he lunges out of the way. Rude turns around and runs right into a clothesline from Hogan! Hogan looks out to the crowd as he puts his hand out to tag in Duggan. Hogan tags in Duggan and he immediately pounces on top of Rude. Perfect won’t let this go on for long as he enters the ring and stomps on Duggan. Hogan then enters the ring and drops Perfect with a right hand! The referee can’t control the chaos inside the ring as McMahon hypes it up on commentary by saying “This is what the WWF is all about!”

    The referee finally restores order and Rude manages to make it over to his corner and tags in Perfect. Duggan then looks out to the crowd as they cheer him on to tag in Hogan. Duggan goes over to tag in Hogan but on the outside Bobby Heenan runs over and swipes Hogan’s legs out from under him and Hogan falls off the apron to the floor. Hogan catches his balance and corners Heenan. He grabs him by his jacket but before he can do any damage Rude sneaks around the corner and drills Hogan over the back with his WWF title! The referee immediately calls for the bell!

    Winners at 10:51 via Disqualification- WWF Champion Hulk Hogan & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

    Rude and Perfect begin to pummel on Hogan with Heenan getting a few kicks in, until Duggan hops out of the ring and fights them off. Eventually, the sight of Jim Duggan swinging his 2X4 like a madman is enough for Perfect, Rude and Heenan to retreat up the aisle way. Duggan helps Hogan to his feet and the two share a handshake and embrace. Duggan and Hogan hop back into the ring and pose for the crowd as Hogan stands on the top turnbuckle with his WWF title high in the air, pointing down the aisle way at Mr. Perfect who shouts, “I’ll see you at Summerslam!” as he and Rick Rude walk through the curtain.

    We see a promo announcing that the next Saturday Night’s Main Event will take place on October 12 in the heartland of America at The Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours while they last!

    McMahon and Monsoon begin to hype up the Summerslam card and tell us that they will be announcing 3 new matches taking place. The newly crowned Intercontinental Champion “The Model” Rick Martel will square off against the man he cheated out of the title tonight, Bret Hart. We can all be assured Bret Hart will want to exact revenge in the worst way possible.

    Also, WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion of Doom will put their titles on the line and take on foes The Nasty Boys in a Falls Count Anywhere Match! That should be an all-out brawl!

    And the third match they announce is Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will go 1 on 1 with the Evil Tax Collector and Million Dollar Empire member IRS! Summerslam is shaping up to be a can’t miss show! They then transition to our Main Event- Macho Man Randy Savage up against The Mountie. But first, we have a special guest commentator- “Rowdy” Roddy Piper!

    The bagpipes play as The Boston Garden gets to their feet and give Piper a standing ovation! Piper thanks the crowd and heads over to the commentator table with McMahon and Monsoon. “Hey everyone. It’s great to be back. I just got done shooting a movie in Hollywood and let me tell ya, those guys are nothin’ compared to the WWF! I’m glad to be here. I’ve been following this Savage/Roberts situation and I am excited to see what happens here tonight!”



    Special Attraction Match
    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. The Mountie w/Jimmy Hart


    The Mountie is out first, along with his manager Jimmy Hart. The crowd boos The Mountie who soaks it all in, threatening to shock some fans with his cattle prod. Mountie struts down the aisle way and into the ring where he raises his hands high in the air. McMahon and Monsoon say The Mountie does look impressive tonight and should be a bit angry after losing to Bret Hart last month at King of the Ring. Piper says The Mountie can try as hard as he wants tonight, but it’s the Macho Man’s night and no one is going to stop him here!

    The famous opening sounds of Macho Man’s theme song hit as the crowd gets to their feet. Macho Man hits the aisle way alongside the lovely Miss Elizabeth. Savage gives a thumb up to the crowd before making his way into the ring. He stands on the top turnbuckle and poses for the crowd. The Mountie charges at Macho Man and knocks him right off the top turnbuckle and to the floor, and our match is under way.

    The Mountie mocks Savage by posing like him as the crowd jeers him. Mountie goes in for the kill and continues stomping on Savage in the corner, before he can even take his hat off. Mountie rips Savage’s hat from his head and tosses it to the outside, where Jimmy Hart steps on it for good measure. Inside the ring Mountie slams Savage down on the mat and goes for a quick cover but Savage kicks out. Mountie slams Savage’s head into the mat repeatedly. Mountie stands up and stomps on Savage once more. Mountie lifts Savage up and goes for a suplex but Savage blocks it and hits one of his own. Savage bounces off the ropes and hits a shoulder block. He then takes Mountie by the head and throws him over the top rope and to the floor! The Macho Man is on fire here early on! Savage then climbs to the top turnbuckle and launches off with a double axe handle on The Mountie on the outside!

    Savage gets up and looks over to the other side of the ring, and gets an angry look on his face. The camera cuts over to see Jake Roberts and Sherri walking through the crowd. Roberts is lugging his big snake bag over his shoulder, while Sherri has a chair in hand. Roberts is wearing his blue tights with red fire stripes, and an Allman Brothers t-shirt. They hop over the guard rail, and set up the chair for Jake to sit in, right on the ringside floor. Piper quickly hops off the commentary booth and calms Miss Elizabeth down before she can attack Sherri.

    The action continues but with Savage distracted by the presence of Roberts, Mountie takes advantage and tosses him back first into the steel guard rail. Mountie slides Savage back into the ring and elbows him right in the throat as he lies underneath the ropes. Looking to end it, Mountie attempts a rollup but Savage kicks out at 2. Mountie goes for a clothesline but Macho Man ducks and drills Mountie with a dropkick. Looking to take control, Savage lifts Mountie up and hits a perfectly executed vertical suplex. Savage hones in on finishing off The Mountie, as he keeps an eye on Roberts who’s sitting with his feet crossed at ringside. Each move Savage connects with is with more force, more anger. McMahon says it’s almost like he is picturing The Mountie as Jake Roberts. After a big sidewalk slam, Savage hops to the top turnbuckle, signaling for the end. He stares and points at Roberts before leaping off, connecting with the Flying Elbow Drop! Savage hooks the leg and gets the 3 count, winning the match!

    Winner at 9:39- Macho Man

    Savage may have won the match, but there seems to be another battle with Roberts on the horizon, more like right now! Roberts rips off his t-shirt and goes to enter the ring. Piper attempts to stop Roberts from entering the ring and Roberts turns around, drilling Piper in the mouth with a wicked right-hand punch. Savage doesn’t let Roberts make it through the ring before he pounces on him, and we have an all-out brawl on our hands here on Saturday Night’s Main Event!

    Roberts with a right. Savage with a right. Savage goes for another haymaker but Sherri grabs a hold of his leg, and Roberts decks him to the mat. Roberts gets on top of Savage and pounces on him. Sherri grabs the snake bag and lets the gigantic king cobra loose inside the ring! This scares off everyone on the outside, including Miss Elizabeth and Roddy Piper, who helplessly look on. Roberts has Savage right where he wants him and connects with the DDT! Roberts laughs in Savage’s face as the king cobra slides around the ring, looking to strike. Roberts places Savage in between the ropes, and Savage has absolutely nowhere to go! With Savage tied up, Roberts grabs a hold of the king cobra and brings him over to Savage. “OH GOD NO! DON’T DO IT JAKE FOR GOD SAKES DON’T DO IT! NO!” McMahon screams from commentary. Roberts lets out another smile before sticking the snake on Savage! The king cobra locks on to Savage’s arm as the crowd is absolutely stunned. The snake digs his fangs deep into Savage’s arm as he screams in pain! Roberts is down on one knee next to Savage, laughing at the whole thing.


    Shrieks from ringside are heard as Piper is holding Miss Elizabeth in his arms as she tries not to watch. Sherri screams at Elizabeth to watch what’s happening. Roberts finally lets the snake off of Savage as blood drips from his arm. The snake slithers around the ring. Roberts picks it up and holds it in the direction of the host of WWF officials looking to help Savage. The camera pans to the crowd as we see young children and women crying, while the men stand there with an astonished look on their face! In an image nobody in the WWF will ever forget, Roberts sits down in the corner as the snake stands in front of him in the striking position.

    Finally, Savage is untangled from the ropes as the medic team and WWF officials struggle to get him on a stretcher. Roberts and Sherri both look on, laughing at the entire situation. Savage is stretchered off as medics scream for anti-venom! What have we just witnessed?!?!?

    “THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! SOMEONE HELP SAVAGE! THIS WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPENED! DAMNIT!” McMahon is irate at commentary. He takes his headset off and rushes to help Savage. The camera cuts to Gorilla Monsoon, who is trying to keep himself as composed as possible. His tone is certainly not the one we are all accustomed to hearing. “Well folks, Jake Roberts has just taken it too far. I am at a loss for words. I have never seen such a heinous act in all of my life! For Vince McMahon…and Roddy Piper….I’m Gorilla Monsoon. Good Night.” Saturday Night’s Main Event ends with Roberts and Sherri in the ring, with the snake slithering up Roberts’ arm before the credits rolls and we fade to black.

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    Great show bud. I liked how you nailed that SNME feel, compared to how the PPVs feel. It was important, but in service of something bigger down the road. Great stuff.

    I was shocked to see Bret lose the title as I'd presumed he was on for a lengthy run, but can't fault your decision to put it on Martel. I'd say he's one of the all-time most underrated guys in the business. He makes the perfect IC Champ to me. Interested to see if Bret now goes on the hunt, especially as he was screwed. ARROGANCE~!

    Perfectly Ravishing are still the highlight of this whole thing. The Perfect King and his Perfect Best Friend is too funny. Surely Rude can't be happy being in this subordinate role for long, can he?

    Loved the ending angle with the snake. It might be that I hate snakes, but that stuff always works so well on me. Just classic early 90s WWF there.

    If I have one critique, it's that I haven't fully bought in to the whole DiBiase/Undertaker thing yet. I don't know if they just seem to be such an odd pairing, or that we didn't really get the chance to properly invest in their relationship, but I don't find myself getting the same kick out of that angle as I do everything else you write.

    But that's a small note. Really enjoying this still!

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    Keefmoon- thanks for the comments. Much appreciated. To everyone else who has read and commented so far, thank you. It's great to know that I am putting something out there that people enjoy reading.


    Saturday Night’s Main Event certainly lived up to the hype, and definitely “Pushed the Envelope.” The show was full of twists and turns, shocking upsets, and even a snake attack! If anything is for sure, it’s that The Road to Summerslam has been nothing short of exciting. With 1 month to go until “The Biggest Event of the Summer,” superstars will look to pave their way to success with a chance to showcase their talents at the world-famous Madison Square Garden- the home of Summerslam.

    The biggest takeaway from the show was Jake Roberts’ willingness to do whatever it takes to end Macho Man forever. A brawl was to be expected, but Roberts abused the line of right and wrong when he stuck his king cobra snake on Macho Man, viciously biting down on Savage’s arm. Immediately after Saturday Night’s Main Event went off the air, WWF President Jack Tunney suspended both Jake Roberts and Sherri indefinitely. This suspension puts the marquee matchup of Roberts vs. Macho Man at Summerslam on hold, for now. The fans have been clamoring for “The Final Encounter” ever since Tunney announced it would take place. Tunney has stated he will have an official announcement regarding the Summerslam match in the coming weeks, but first wants to speak to Macho Man to get his opinion as to whether he wants the match to still take place, if Savage is even able to compete.

    WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and his “Real American” partner Jim Duggan have some unfinished business to settle at Summerslam with their opponents, Mr. Perfect and Rick Rude, respectively. Neither Perfect or Rude squared off with their Summerslam opponent during their tag team match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, and some would even say Perfectly Ravishing conducted a flawless game plan during the match. Now the push to Summerslam begins, with Hogan defending the WWF title against “The Perfect King” Mr. Perfect, while Duggan looks to finally get his hands on Rick Rude and make him pay for the last two months.

    Also on the show, in a form of travesty, “The Model” Rick Martel stole the Intercontinental title from Bret Hart. After strategically planning to knock the referee down, Martel took his bottle of Arrogance and clocked Bret Hart over the head with it, leading him to a victory. Martel has now vowed to take the Intercontinental title with him as he supposedly “performs” in the world’s biggest fashion show-scheduled to take place in early August from Paris, France.

    Originally, “The Model” was scheduled to face Bret Hart in a re-match at Summerslam, but after undergoing tests and an X-ray on his badly injured ankle, Bret Hart has been ruled out for Summerslam. The severity of the ankle injury is unknown at this time but word around the locker room is Bret Hart may need surgery to repair damaged ligaments which could cost him anywhere from 4 to 6 months of action. Bret Hart, under the language of his re-match contract, is able to pick someone to fight in his place. Hart has stated that he will decide who will be his replacement in the coming weeks.

    The Live Contract Signing was everything it was billed up to be, and then some. The Undertaker used his “Carte-blanche” contract with Ted Dibiase and The Empire to his advantage when he chokeslammed Dibiase, signaling that he really will come and go as he pleases. Technically, The Undertaker is a member of The Empire, but it is very apparent that he isn’t happy with the direction of The Empire. This will be a very intriguing story to follow when The Undertaker squares off against Empire enemy #1- The Ultimate Warrior at Summerslam. Adding a twist to the match, Ted Dibiase will also have a stake in the match, as he will be serving as the Special Guest Referee. This powder keg is ready to explode at Summerslam!

    Also in the coming weeks, we will watch the story between WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion of Doom and their Summerslam opponents, The Nasty Boys unfold. It was announced at Saturday Night’s Main Event that these two teams will fight in a “Falls Count Anywhere Match.” The LOD, known for their brawling tactics, will surely feel right at home in this environment, but The Nasty Boys are also considered a “brawling” tag team, so this one should be fun to follow.

    The Road to Summerslam heats up following the highly entertaining Saturday Night’s Main Event. With 4 weeks to go until the big event, stay tuned for all of the twists and turns as the WWF puts together one of the biggest cards since Wrestlemania 7!



    Current Champions



    Hulk Hogan
    Since: 3/24/1991

    Past Champions:
    Ultimate Warrior- 4/1/1990-3/24/1991




    "The Model" Rick Martel
    Since: 7/20/1991

    Past Champions:
    Bret Hart- 3/24/1991-7/20/1991
    Mr. Perfect- 11/19/1990-3/24/1991




    The Legion of Doom
    Since: 3/24/1991

    Past Champions:
    Demolition- 1/19/1991-3/24/1991
    The Hart Foundation- 8/27/1990-1/19/1991




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    Summerslam comes to us live from the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night, August 25, 1991. The summer months inside the WWF have been nothing short of thrilling and exciting, with many twists and turns taking place. The buildup will all culminate at Summerslam- “The Biggest Event of the Summer!” We are entering a new era inside the WWF, as owner Vince McMahon stated on the Arsenio Hall Show that the WWF was beginning to “Push the Envelope.” With this new era comes more action, violence and a new side to some WWF superstars. Let’s take a look at the final buildup the massive card scheduled to take place at Summerslam.

    THE PERFECT SUMMER
    It can be argued that no WWF superstar has had a hotter summer than Mr. Perfect. It all started when he re-united with his long-time manager Bobby Heenan and best friend Rick Rude in May. Since then, all he’s done is go undefeated in singles action, highlighted by winning the King of the Ring in June, to set up this huge WWF Championship match against Hulk Hogan. In an opportunity of a lifetime, a culmination of all the hard work and years spent in the business, Mr. Perfect will look to seize the biggest opportunity of his career by dethroning the reigning WWF Champion Hulk Hogan.

    In the weeks since their Tag Team match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, Perfect and Hogan have traded barbs back and forth, making for an entertaining month. Mr. Perfect, along with Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude have devised a plan to get into the head of Hulk Hogan, without attacking him before Summerslam. On the episode of Superstars following Saturday Night’s Main Event, Perfectly Ravishing came out mocking Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan. Perfect wore an American bandana around his head, while wearing Hogan’s classic “Hulk Rules” yellow and red tank top. Rick Rude wore blue trunks, carried a small block of wood, and gave the crowd a thumbs up, mocking his Summerslam opponent “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. The mockery continued when Perfect attempted to rip his tank top off but couldn’t manage to rip it. Rude attempted to help Perfect get the shirt off by hitting him over the back with the small block of wood.

    The mockery then came to a screeching halt when WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan ran down, spoiling the party. Hogan and Duggan didn’t get a chance to get their hands on Perfect and Rude, who fled the scene up the aisle. Bobby Heenan wasn’t as lucky, as Hogan was able to latch onto his jacket. Hogan then tossed Heenan to Duggan who lifted him high in the air with a bodyslam. Hogan then ran off the ropes and hit his signature Leg Drop on Heenan. Perfect and Rude watched helplessly from the ringside area as their manager was beaten down inside the ring. Eventually, Heenan managed to roll himself out of the ring while Perfect and Rude carried him to the back while Hogan and Duggan posed inside the ring, much to the delight of the fans.

    The following week on Superstars, Perfectly Ravishing were not present at the arena, instead opting to train for their Summerslam matches. We saw video packages of them training out on a dairy farm in their home state of Minnesota. Perfect was seen lifting barrels of hay high over his head and tossing them quite some distance. Rude also lifted barrels of hay and began to run while Perfect and Bobby Heenan hit him over the back with 2X4’s. Bobby Heenan served as the motivational speaker while continually shouting out phrases such as “Laser focus!” and “Carpe Diem!” while driving in a car alongside Perfect and Rude as they sprinted up a massive hill.

    The two were also seen hitting a punching bag. On Perfect’s punching bag was a photo of Hulk Hogan while on Rude’s punching bag was a photo of Jim Duggan. In the background, on a small television was a tape from their match against Hogan and Duggan at Saturday Night’s Main Event. The camera then panned to Bobby Heenan who had a pad and pen, taking notes while rewinding each move Hogan and Duggan executed. Heenan then looked into the camera before shouting “The perfect game plan!” From there, the two were seen doing push-ups while Heenan sat on each one’s back. With each push up Perfect shouted “Hulk Hogan!” We then cut to another scene showing Bobby Heenan cracking a dozen raw eggs into 2 glasses while telling Perfect and Rude to drink up. Perfect drank down the raw eggs before letting out an “Ahhh” followed by saying “Perfectly” while Rude drank his and finished the sentence by saying “Ravishing!” The scene then ended with Perfect being so tired he couldn’t lift his King of the Ring crown, opting for Bobby Heenan to place it on his head.

    All the antics aside, the training regimen that Perfect and Rude have been on leading up to Summerslam can be described as grueling and very tough. Both men know what it’s going to take to win their respective matches at Summerslam, and training with barrels of hay and getting whacked over the back by a 2X4 while carrying said barrels of hay is an impressive feat.

    The week before Summerslam on Superstars, Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan were squaring off with The Barbarian and Haku in a big tag team match. Hogan and Duggan were cruising along in the match until Perfectly Ravishing showed up in the aisle way. This distracted both men, and Haku ended up hitting Duggan with a spinning heel kick for the pinfall. Following the match, Perfect and Rude hopped into the ring and stared down Hogan and Duggan. The place came unglued as all four men were standing in the ring, face to face as Gorilla Monsoon told us we were out of time and to tune in on Sunday for Summerslam.

    WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, newly dubbed as “The Real Americans” haven’t taken too kindly to Perfectly Ravishing’s antics these past few weeks. While not big on mockery or publicizing their training regimens, these two have been working just as hard in the gym, while also watching film on their respective opponents. The duo made that clear at the Summerslam Press Conference when they were all business while speaking of Mr. Perfect and Rick Rude. In what must be Hulk Hogan’s toughest title defense since winning the title at Wrestlemania 7, he knows that Perfect is peaking right now and Hogan needs to do whatever he can to keep the title. Nevertheless, the mega main event of Hulk Hogan defending his WWF Championship against Mr. Perfect at Summerslam will be one of the biggest main event’s in quite some time. You certainly don’t want to miss this one!

    THE FINAL ENCOUNTER
    On the other side of the spectrum, the blood feud between Macho Man and Jake Roberts reached its climax at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Roberts had told Savage he would be lurking, but no one expected what happened next- Jake Roberts sticking his king cobra to bite the arm of Savage. It was the last thing we all saw that night in Boston before we went off the air, and probably a lasting image branded into the memories of all WWF personnel and fans. WWF President Jack Tunney took quick action by suspending Jake Roberts and Sherri indefinitely. Following the suspension, the gigantic match dubbed as “The Final Encounter” was put on hold until WWF officials could come up with a plan.

    While the WWF office decided what to do with the Summerslam match, Macho Man sat in his hospital bed, hooked up to an IV for two weeks. He finally made his way back to WWF television after a two week absence, with his arm heavily wrapped in a white dressing and gauze pad. Waiting in the ring was Jack Tunney as Savage made his way down the aisle alongside Miss Elizabeth, who looked seriously concerned with Savage stepping foot back inside a WWF ring. Savage started out by begging Jack Tunney to re-instate Jake Roberts so they could have their match at Summerslam. Tunney told him it was a bit more complicated than that. Macho Man then gave Tunney an ultimatum, either he keeps the match on at Summerslam or Savage would walk away from the WWF, that’s how bad he wants Roberts. After further discussion, Tunney told Savage he would have his answer on the next episode of Superstars.

    On the following week of Superstars, Macho Man once again came out to the ring, this time with a steel chair in hand. He told everyone he would sit down in the middle of the ring until Tunney announced his match with Roberts was still on at Summerslam. Eventually, this led to Tunney coming out, telling everyone he and the rest of the WWF officials came to a final decision- “The Final Encounter” was back on and WILL take place at Summerslam! Tunney said the match stipulation would be an “Unsanctioned No Holds Barred Match!” Due to Roberts still being suspended, Tunney nor the other WWF officials would sanction the match, meaning anything and everything is legal!

    This was music to Savage’s ears, as he finally saw a clear path to take Jake Roberts out once and for all. Rejoiced, Savage thanked Roberts. Tunney left the ring as Savage celebrated on the top turnbuckle, until Jake Roberts ran through the crowd with his king cobra inside the big brown sack and drilled Savage in the back with the steel chair Savage was sitting on earlier. Roberts then let out his king cobra to seal the ring from any outside interference. Roberts then hit another DDT on Savage. Unconscious, Savage had nowhere to run or turn. Roberts then placed Savage’s badly hurt and heavily wrapped arm inside the steel chair. Roberts smiled at the host of WWF officials on the outside as he hopped off the top turnbuckle, smashing his foot down on the chair that was holding Savage’s arm!

    Roberts then picked up the king cobra, stuffed it back into the brown sack and made a mad dash through the crowd as he eluded the WWF officials. Inside the ring, Savage writhed around in pain, holding his injured arm. On commentary, Gorilla Monsoon stated that he heard a pop while Roberts came crashing down onto the chair, and worried that Savage may have broken his arm. A team of medics raced down to the ring to help Savage, who was still shaking the cobwebs from the Roberts’ DDT. Savage refused medical treatment as he pushed the medics out of the way, making a run for it through the crowd after Jake Roberts. Security stopped him about half way through the crowd, pushing him back towards the ringside area. Savage then began tearing apart everything in sight, smashing the television monitors on the ground as he held his badly injured arm. Eventually, the pair of Miss Elizabeth and Jack Tunney calmed him down enough so that he would let the medics look at his arm. Savage voluntarily got on the stretcher as the medics rushed him to the back, while the camera picked him up shouting “ROBERTS…I’M GONNA END YOU AT SUMMERSLAM!”

    One thing is clear, these two hate each other. They have been at each other’s throats since back in January and for a while it seemed that they would feud with one another forever. “The Final Encounter” as their newly stipulated Unsanctioned No Holds Barred Match at Summerslam is titled, will truly be the final encounter between both men. Both Roberts and Savage have one thing in common they are fighting for-pride. The winner of this bout, and this blood feud will arguably be looked at for a WWF Championship shot. There is a lot riding on this match, and these two men are out for blood. “The Final Encounter” is more than just a match, it’s a match that embodies the direction and future of the WWF.

    PAYING UP
    When Ted Dibiase created The Million Dollar Empire back in January, he clearly had one thing in mind-total domination over the WWF. At first, his plan seemed to be working. Things were running smoothly over the first few months, as he and The Undertaker picked up huge Wrestlemania 7 victories. Since then, his plan has come crashing down, blowing up right in his face. Dibiase can place the blame solely on himself for creating a monster, but instead blames WWF President Jack Tunney for the way the King of the Ring bracket was made. Instead of being on different sides of the bracket, Dibiase and Undertaker were destined to meet in the Quarterfinals at the show. The Undertaker, fresh off his first Wrestlemania win and taking the WWF by storm, got a taste of what it could be like if he were set free from The Empire. Since then, all hell has broken loose inside The Empire’s camp. To make matters worse for Dibiase, he ignited on a feud with an angry Ultimate Warrior, who is looking to both Dibiase and The Undertaker down in one shot. So far, Warrior’s plan has worked to perfection.

    The Undertaker lobbied his new attitude into a brand-new contract with The Empire, which seemingly lets him come and go as he pleases. He has used this to his advantage, getting revenge on Dibiase for holding him back at King of the Ring by chokeslamming him at Saturday Night’s Main Event. In the midst of The Undertaker taking liberties on his boss-Dibiase, he also has embarked into a heated feud with Ultimate Warrior, even hitting him with his devastating finisher- The Tombstone Piledriver-on Warrior onto the steel ring steps. Since then, there has been no stopping Warrior as he looks for revenge.

    Dibiase, priding himself as a savvy businessman, devised a new plan after getting chokeslammed by The Undertaker. He revealed his new plan on an episode of Superstars before Summerslam. Dibiase was all smiles as he strutted down to the ring, alongside Crush, IRS, Virgil and Brother Love. Dibiase told everyone he finally found a way to corral The Undertaker back into The Empire’s fold. Dibiase reached into IRS’ steel briefcase and pulled out a contract. Dibiase held the contract up for the camera to see, and we all saw the Saturday Night’s Main Event logo. Dibiase said in his hands he has a World title opportunity for The Undertaker at the next Saturday Night’s Main Event on October 12.

    Before he could speak any further, The Undertaker and Paul Bearer made their way down to the ring. Dibiase said he is a man of his word, and always gets his way, and lobbied for The Undertaker to finally get his WWF Championship shot-the one thing that started this whole mess in the first place. Dibiase said he already set the match up-The Undertaker would face either Hulk Hogan or Mr. Perfect, 1 on 1, for the WWF title, at the next Saturday Night’s Main Event! The Undertaker then nodded in approval, before exiting the ring. Dibiase jumped for joy as he now had The Undertaker back on his side leading into the big Summerslam match.

    On the other side, The Ultimate Warrior was still out for blood and revenge against The Empire. Warrior still had it out for both Dibiase and The Undertaker, and looked to exact revenge at every turn leading into Summerslam. On the following Superstars, The Undertaker was in a match against Tito Santana. Undertaker was dominating the match at every turn, and just lifted up Santana for a chokeslam. Suddenly, Ultimate Warrior rushed the ring and began beating down on the unexpecting Undertaker. Warrior lifted Undertaker high in the air and tossed him out of the ring, to the floor! Warrior then went to the outside and tossed Undertaker hard into the guard rail. The beatdown stopped there, when The Empire ran down and jumped Warrior. Virgil and Dibiase held up Warrior as IRS decked him over the head with his steel briefcase. From there, The Undertaker took over, drilling Warrior with rights and lefts. Eventually, security and WWF officials rushed down and broke up the melee, but the damage was done and the writing was on the wall-The Empire had The Undertaker’s back once again.

    The final two weeks leading up to Summerslam, The Ultimate Warrior was seen in pre-taped segments, talking about what he was going to do to both Undertaker and Dibiase at Summerslam. Since losing his WWF title at Wrestlemania 7 to Hulk Hogan, Warrior hasn’t found his groove as he attempts to get back into the title picture. That could all change at Summerslam with a win over The Undertaker. Also playing into this feud is The Undertaker’s guaranteed title shot following Summerslam at Saturday Night’s Main Event. It will be his first shot at the title, but first he has to make it there. A loss to Ultimate Warrior at Summerslam would break any momentum Undertaker has going into the big title match.

    On top of all that, the added dimension of Ted Dibiase being the Special Guest Referee at Summerslam brings a ton of intrigue. Jack Tunney has already warned Dibiase that if he doesn’t call the match right down the middle, he will be immediately fired following the match. With The Undertaker and The Empire seeing eye-to-eye at the moment, they are virtually unstoppable. But so is The Ultimate Warrior, who is looking to avenge these past few months and the beatings he has endured from The Undertaker. This whole story has been catching fire as of late, and everything leading up to this will finally explode at Summerslam.

    COLLECTING FROM THE DRAGON
    On the topic of The Million Dollar Empire, their newly appointed tax collector/attorney Irwin R. Schyster, better known as IRS, has made quite some noise since debuting following Wrestlemania 7. He started out his WWF career undefeated until he ran into Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat during the King of the Ring Quarterfinals. In a hard-fought match, Steamboat ended up picking up the victory and advancing. Angry over the loss, IRS delivered some retaliation in the form of his steel briefcase to the back of the head of Steamboat. Later on in the night IRS was seen walking out of The Million Dollar Empire’s locker room, counting $100 bills. Since then, IRS has been the man responsible for drawing up The Undertaker’s new contract, and was also instrumental in getting him his WWF Championship at Saturday Night’s Main Event in October.

    It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the tax man though, as ever since he lost to Steamboat he has found himself on the wrong end of a few matches. IRS started blaming Steamboat for setting him off into a losing streak following King of the Ring. On the other hand, Steamboat began feeling the effects of the steel briefcase to the back of his head, suffering from post-concussion syndrome. During a match on Superstars against fellow Empire member Crush, Steamboat was drilled with a clothesline. While he staggered to his feet, something seemed off with him. A short time later in the match Steamboat began to take control and went to climb to the top turnbuckle when he collapsed on the mat. Crush quickly pinned him getting the win, and a team of medics quickly rushed to his aide to make sure everything was fine.

    Steamboat began to grow frustrated after WWF officials told him he needed to take a few weeks off the recover from the blow to the back of the head. He finally made his way back into the ring on the Superstars right before Saturday Night’s Main Event in July. Looking better than ever, Steamboat easily disposed of Dino Bravo. Since then, Steamboat has been on fire inside the ring, racking up victories left and right. It all came to a head in the middle of August when Steamboat was set to team up with fan favorite Texas Tornado to take on IRS and Crush. Steamboat couldn’t wait to get his hands on IRS during the match, but it never happened. Tornado and Crush were battling it out in the center of the ring, while Steamboat cheered on his partner. During this time, IRS had managed to sneak around the bottom of the ring and tripped Steamboat off the apron, and he fell crashing to the floor. IRS then winded back and drilled Steamboat over the head once more with his steel briefcase.

    The match was ultimately thrown out, but on the following week of Superstars, Ricky Steamboat got the revenge he was finally looking for. Pulling a page out of IRS’ playbook, Steamboat snuck up behind IRS during a segment on the Brother Love show. While IRS was calling the crowd a bunch of tax cheats and losers, Steamboat stole IRS’ briefcase and drilled him over the head with it. He then made a run for it with Virgil and Crush hot on his trail, but got away. These two have been looking to end each other since King of the Ring, and will finally get a chance to settle it inside the ring once and for all. Steamboat is looking to exact revenge on IRS and looks to climb up the WWF ladder, while IRS looks for a much needed win after a cold streak throughout the summer. The steel briefcase will most certainly come into play at Summerslam, and could possibly put this match in jeopardy of a disqualification ending. Either way, both men want revenge on one another and there isn’t a better place to settle this score than at “The Biggest Event of the Summer!”

    TAKING THE TITLE…INTERCONTINENTAL?
    “The Model” Rick Martel shocked the world when he beat reigning Intercontinental champion Bret Hart at Saturday Night’s Main Event in July. It all started at King of the Ring when Martel brutally attacked Bret Hart on the interview set following Hart’s title defense over The Mountie. Martel, mad he was overlooked for the show, took matters into his own hands and after jumping Bret Hart from behind, challenged him to a title match. Bret Hart, being the fighting champion, accepted Martel’s challenge. Hart, known for his toughness, came into the match with a sprained ankle and a dislocated jaw from the beatdown by Martel.

    After the shocking defeat, Bret Hart was ruled out for Summerslam due to torn ligaments in his ankle suffered in the match against Martel and was scheduled to undergo surgery. Although Bret Hart couldn’t compete, get revenge and look to take back his title at Summerslam, he did have a clause in his contract that allowed Hart to pick a replacement for Summerslam. A teary eyed Bret Hart made his way down to the ring to announce who he would choose to fight Rick Martel at Summerslam…

    Leading up to his match against Bret Hart, Martel told everyone he would win the and take the title with him to Paris, France, for the biggest fashion show of the summer…And that’s just what he did. The WWF sent a camera crew over to Paris with Martel for the event. They showed him preparing for the show, getting fitted for a nice suit to wear, all while holding the Intercontinental title around his shoulder. Martel was then thrown a curveball while he was simulcasted onto Superstars. The camera cut to Bret Hart inside the ring as he called Rick Martel every name in the book. Martel just laughed and told Hart to talk to the Intercontinental title as he held it up into the camera.

    Bret Hart then announced his replacement for Summerslam would be none other than the BRITISH BULLDOG! The crowd went crazy for Hart’s announcement as Bulldog’s music hit and he came down to the ring to thank Bret Hart. Rick Martel was irate as he slammed his title belt down and told the cameraman to cut his feed. Bulldog then told Martel he would be waiting for him with open arms when he returned from his little show, before Martel’s feed turned black. Bulldog then thanked Bret Hart, and Hart vowed to be in Bulldog’s corner at Summerslam to make sure Martel didn’t pull any antics during their match.

    Throughout early August we were shown photo stills from Rick Martel’s fashion show each week on Superstars. Martel paraded the Intercontinental title around Europe, literally going Intercontinental with the belt. Martel was seen posing in front of the Eiffel Tower with the belt, and fans at the Superstars taping 2 weeks before Summerslam were all given postcards of the picture of Martel with the title “Greetings from France” as they entered the arena. Most of them ripped up the postcard or threw it in the trash. During that same Superstars, Martel made his first appearance stateside since beating Bret Hart. British Bulldog had just finished beating Greg Valentine in a singles match. Bulldog was posing on the top turnbuckle when Martel snuck into the ring and knocked him off, and Bulldog came crashing down to the mat. Martel then drilled Bulldog in the head with his Intercontinental title. Martel then took to the mic, telling Bulldog he would suffer the same fate as his buddy Bret Hart. Martel then wrapped Bulldog’s legs around the ring post and attempted to clamp down with his own legs, but Bulldog quickly muscled his way out of the impending doom, kicking Martel hard into the guard rail. Bulldog then attempted to chase Martel down, who cowardly ran through the crowd.

    The Superstars before Summerslam, both men were seen in pre-taped promos, both talking about what they’re going to do to each other at Summerslam. “The Model” has entrenched himself as a very tough and formidable Intercontinental champion, while British Bulldog is seen as a budding superstar in the WWF. After hanging around Hulk Hogan and Macho Man for much of May and June ahead of their big Six-Man Tag match at King of the Ring, British Bulldog has stated that he gained invaluable experience. Adding Bret Hart as his new mentor and corner coach at Summerslam only makes Bulldog that much better. Bulldog has dedicated his match with Martel at Summerslam to Bret Hart, vowing to gain back the title he lost, and defend it with honor. This match will rock Madison Square Garden, but just what type of tricks will Martel have up his sleeve for the big match?

    OHHH WHAT A…BRAWL!
    Since debuting in the WWF back late in 1990, The Legion of Doom have run roughshod over the tag team division, beating every team in their path. The duo made it clear back in January that they wanted the tag team champions at Wrestlemania 7. Their opponents ended up being Demolition, and LOD made short work of them, beating them from one end to the arena to the other before securing a victory, winning the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time. Since then, they have embarked on a feud with The Nasty Boys, managed by Jimmy Hart.

    The Nasty Boys are a formidable, tough team that make it no secret that they like to brawl. Following a crushing defeat to The Rockers at Wrestlemania 7, The Nasty Boys vowed to regroup and climb their way back up the tag team division. They began calling out The Legion of Doom, saying their days were numbered as the champions. This led to a Six-Man Tag Match at King of the Ring that saw The Nasty Boys team up with fellow Jimmy Hart stablemate Earthquake to take on The Legion of Doom and Marty Jannetty. During the match The LOD took complete control and even delivered the Doomsday Device to Brian Knobbs, before Jimmy Hart pulled him out of the ring, giving LOD and Jannetty a Countout victory.

    The Legion of Doom told the world that they weren’t finished with The Nasty Boys, and on an episode of Superstars following King of the Ring challenged The Nasty Boys to a match at Summerslam, vowing to finish them off once and for all. LOD even took it a step further when they announced they wanted The Nasty Boys in a Falls Count Anywhere match! The Nasty Boys responded the following week by accepting the challenge after disposing of the team of Tito Santana and Texas Tornado. During the match, Knobbs and Saggs were on fire, looking better than ever. They added a new no-nonsense attitude to their repertoire and even won the match hitting LOD’s famous finishing move, the Doomsday Device on Tito Santana. The Nasty Boys made it clear that the match was on for Summerslam, but the brawl was just beginning…

    The following weeks leading up to Summerslam the two have been at each other’s throats, getting into numerous brawls on Superstars, fighting all through the arenas. The first one came when The Legion of Doom came down to the ring as Gene Okurland conducted an interview with the champions. Hawk and Animal got the crowd all riled up as they talked about what they were going to do to The Nasty Boys at Summerslam. Suddenly, Knobbs and Saggs appear on the aisle way and told LOD they didn’t want to wait until Summerslam. Hawk and Animal, known for having no problem throwing down at anytime, anywhere, gladly accepted the challenge and stormed out of the ring. The two teams met in the aisle way and began throwing haymakers at each other. The scuffle was eventually broken up by WWF officials and security, but The Nasty Boys made it known they weren’t going to let LOD push them around.

    The next time the two teams got into it was on the Superstars three weeks away from Summerslam. In a tune-up match, LOD was taking on Power & Glory. LOD quickly finished off the duo after hitting Paul Roma with the Doomsday Device for the win. While they were celebrating with their tag team titles on the top turnbuckle, Knobbs and Saggs jumped them from behind, throwing them off the top and to the floor. From there, The Nasty Boys beat Hawk and Animal down like we have never seen before. Saggs hit a Russian leg sweep on Hawk right into the guard rail, while Knobbs suplexed Animal in the aisle way. They then dragged both Hawk and Animal and piled them on top of each other, before draping the tag team titles on top of them. It was now clear that the fight was on.

    The final encounter leading up the Summerslam came at the Summerslam Press Conference, held the Friday before Summerslam. The Nasty Boys were at the podium alongside Jimmy Hart, and fielded questions from reporters. Suddenly, out of nowhere Hawk and Animal showed up on the set, screaming that they had a few questions and answers for The Nasty Boys. From there, Hawk and Animal rushed the stage and began to beat down Knobbs and Saggs. Hawk then picked up the podium and smashed it on top of Saggs. The crowd dispersed except for the few fans that stuck around to witness the carnage.

    One thing is for certain, these two teams don’t like each other very much and will look to end one another at Summerslam. The added stipulation of Falls Count Anywhere will make this even more violent than it was already going to be. With basically all rules out the window, Hawk and Animal will look to defend their Tag Team Championship at Summerslam and take care of their Nasty Boy problem once and for all. Ohh…what a brawl it is going to be!

    LOOKING FOR REVENGE
    The Rockers were on a roll and looked to take 1991 by storm. The first few months, they looked better than ever racking up a win at the Royal Rumble over Power & Glory, and followed that up with an impressive victory at Wrestlemania 7 over The Nasty Boys. The Rockers looked to be in the driver’s seat of the tag team division, until Jimmy Hart’s master plan unfolded. Angry over beating his team The Nasty Boys, Jimmy Hart stuck his 350 pound client Earthquake on The Rockers. The result- Earthquake hit 3 monster splashes on Michaels, and Michaels was left with internal injuries that saw him miss over three months of action. While Michaels was on the shelf recovering, his partner and best friend Marty Jannetty looked to avenge him by taking out Earthquake. Jannetty even dedicated his Six-Man Tag match at King of the Ring to Michaels, and went on to win the match. Jimmy Hart wasn’t through getting revenge on The Rockers, and had another plan in mind.

    Shawn Michaels made his awaited return from injury just 4 weeks before Summerslam on Superstars when The Rockers teamed up and faced the team of The Mountie and Dino Bravo, 2 other men under the Jimmy Hart umbrella. The Rockers and in particular Michaels never skipped a beat, and disposed of the duo easily following a double superkick to Dino Bravo. Following the match, Jannetty and Michaels embraced and took to the mic, saying they were back and looking for an opponent for Summerslam. Instead, Earthquake came down the aisle way, looking for blood. Earthquake hopped into the ring as Jannetty and Michaels pounded away on him with kicks and punches. The Rockers put up a valiant effort but between the massive size of Earthquake plus Jimmy Hart, Dino Bravo and The Mountie all getting involved, both Michaels and Jannetty were left lying on the mat.

    Suddenly fan favorite Tugboat raced down to the ring, seemingly looking to save The Rockers. He hopped into the ring and stood in front of the duo down on the mat, raising his fist while telling Earthquake and co. to back up. Tugboat held them off until he turned around and began to stomp on both Michaels and Jannetty. The crowd was booed as it was very clear, Tugboat had joined forces with Jimmy Hart! Eventually, after two big splashes from both Tugboat and Earthquake, Jimmy Hart called off the dogs, leaving The Rockers lying motionless inside the ring.

    On the following Superstars, Jimmy Hart brought back out Tugboat, only this time he traded in his sailor hat and red striped outfit for a new, meaner look. Dubbed “Typhoon,” he made his way down to the ring alongside Earthquake wearing a red singlet with a picture of a typhoon in the middle, similar to Earthquake’s outfit. Jimmy Hart paraded his new super team around the ring, officially naming them “The Natural Disasters!” The newly formed team of The Natural Disasters then worked a quick match against enhancement talent, disposing of them in under a minute. Jimmy Hart took to the mic and said The Natural Disasters were officially accepting The Rockers’ challenge for a match at Summerslam!

    The following week The Rockers were seen in a pre-taped promo, talking about how no team can break their bond, and they looked forward to the challenge of facing The Natural Disasters at Summerslam. After a white-hot start to 1991, The Rockers have seemed to lose some luster since Shawn Michaels got injured by the hands of Earthquake. The new super team of Earthquake and Typhoon, making their PPV debut at Summerslam, will look to embarrass The Rockers as they move up the tag team division. The Rockers desperately need a win at Summerslam if they want their shot at the tag team titles, which will be no small task.

    NEW DEBUTS
    It is a very exciting time for the WWF, and alongside the mainstays and household names, a few new superstars have debuted over the summer, and will look to pick up victories at Summerslam as the WWF ushers in a new wave of talent for the future. Which guys will stick? Which guys will fall? Lets take a look at the newly debuted superstars that will be at Summerslam:

    HAILING FROM SHAKER HEIGHTS, OHIO
    One’s name is Beau. The other is Blake. Their manager is The Genius. They hail from Shaker Heights, Ohio and want everyone to know that they’ve been entitled to anything they’ve wanted for their entire lives. The two men, with bleach blonde hair and impressive physiques, are known as The Beverly Brothers. After weeks of pre-taped vignettes hyping their debut in the WWF, they didn’t disappoint. Their first match was shown on Superstars 3 weeks before Summerslam. The duo, who came out donning purple coats laced with white stars, made quick work of a local enhancement team. They finished the locals off with their finishing maneuver, a devastating move called The Shaker Heights Spike.

    Lead by The Genius, The Beverly Brothers will be on the big stage at Summerslam when they make their PPV debut against the formidable team of Tito Santana and the Texas Tornado. These two men are certainly no push-overs, and will also look to climb up the crowded tag team rankings. The Beverly Brothers will have to pull out all stops at Summerslam, but a win would catapult them right into the Tag Team title conversation.

    WRESTLING WITH THE LAW
    Another new superstar made his debut on Superstars, but this is not your ordinary superstar. This man hails from the Everglades in Florida, and is known for wrestling alligators in his spare time. “Skinner” showed up on Superstars, looking for a fight. He found one right away in the form of the Big Bossman. Big Bossman had just finished beating Hercules in a singles match, when Skinner made his way down to the ring. Looking like he just came from the swamps, walked down the aisle with an alligator claw in hand, chewing a big wad of tobacco. Skinner attacked Big Bossman before hitting him with his alligator claw.

    It wasn’t long after the attack that a match was made at Summerslam, pitting Skinner against the Big Bossman. Big Bossman is a crafty veteran who will look to dispose of Skinner, while the gator hunter has something to prove in his first match on the big stage at Summerslam!

    HUSK! HUSK! HUSK!
    The last of the new WWF superstars to debut over the summer was a crazed individual who goes by the name of “The Berzerker.” The Berzerker showed up on Superstars, interrupting The Mountie’s rendition of the Canadian national anthem wearing a Viking hat, with brown fur around his boots. He also carried a shield and sword down to the ring. Outfit aside, this man stands nearly 7 feet tall and is built like a brick house. The Berzerker took the mic right out of The Mountie’s hands and began shouting “HUSK! HUSK! HUSK,” much to the delight of the fans, who applauded The Berzerker’s performance. The Mountie on the other hand, was not impressed and duffed The Berzerker over the head with the mic.

    This became a growing theme throughout the summer, every time The Mountie would begin to sing the Canadian national anthem, The Berzerker would interrupt. Eventually, The Berzerker finally showed his brute strength off, when The Mountie went to hit him over the head with the microphone and Berzerker grabbed Mountie by his arm and tossed him over the top rope and to the floor. This all lead WWF President Jack Tunney to making an official match at Summerslam, with The Mountie squaring off against The Berzerker. The Berzerker is an intriguing superstar to say the least, but we are all excited to see what he can really do once the bell rings. The Mountie is no slouch, and will look to get a victory and move back up the rankings in the WWF.

    The Road to Summerslam has finally hit the Madison Square Garden, and “The Biggest Event of the Summer” is ready to rock. The WWF has never been hotter before than it is right now, and will look to capitalize on their momentum to put on an extraordinary show. You really don’t want to miss this one!



    Summerslam Card
    LIVE! From the world-famous Madison Square Garden- Sunday, August 25, 1991

    World Heavyweight Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect

    No Holds Barred- Unsanctioned Match
    Macho Man vs. Jake Roberts

    Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. The Ultimate Warrior

    Grudge Match
    Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Rick Rude

    Grudge Match
    IRS vs. Ricky Steamboat

    Intercontinental Championship
    ©The Model Rick Martel vs. British Bulldog w/Bret Hart

    Tag Team Championship-Falls Count Anywhere Match
    ©Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys

    The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters

    Big Bossman vs. Skinner

    The Berzerker vs. The Mountie

    The Beverly Brothers vs. Tito Santana & Texas Tornado



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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    First off big congrats on becoming BTB Of The Month. Richly deserved. Now for some thoughts and predictions on Summerslam.

    World Heavyweight Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect


    As Perfect as the Summer has been a part of me just thinks that Hogan will retain as he has the better future fights lined up with Taker / debuting Flair / Savage all possible. I would love for Perfect to move into a feud with Rude as that could be a match that would steal the show. Especially if it happens at Wrestlemania.

    No Holds Barred- Unsanctioned Match
    Macho Man vs. Jake Roberts


    I just think that all the pre-match destruction that Roberts has caused will lead to Savage getting the big win on the big occasion. This should be brutal and I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

    Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. The Ultimate Warrior


    Taker has a guaranteed title shot. He needs to stay strong. Also not sure whether Warrior will leave the WWF much like he did in reality.

    Grudge Match
    Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Rick Rude


    With Perfect losing in my opinion it would plant seeds if Rude was to win his match. Think there is more scope in the future to Rude than there is Duggan.

    Grudge Match
    IRS vs. Ricky Steamboat


    Changed my mind last minute on this one. Could also be a thrown out match when I come to think about it. But Steamboat probably the better choice overall.

    Intercontinental Championship
    ©The Model Rick Martel vs. British Bulldog w/Bret Hart


    I'm going for Martel to retain. As much as I was nearly going to push for Bulldog to get his big win a year earlier I think Bret needs that revenge win and Bret taking the title at Mania before he faces Bulldog at Wembley in next year's Summerslam is a better story arc for all involved.

    Tag Team Championship-Falls Count Anywhere Match
    ©Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys


    Hawk and Animal to win. Not much else to say about this.

    The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters

    Shawn been injured. Disasters just formed. Logical that Earthquake and Typhoon win to set up a match with Legion Of Doom whilst the seeds start to blossom on Michaels turning on Jannetty.

    Big Bossman vs. Skinner

    With three debutants I had to go against one and Bossman getting the win was the best choice really.

    The Berzerker vs. The Mountie

    Probably by countout with a throw over the top rope. Huss! Huss!

    The Beverly Brothers vs. Tito Santana & Texas Tornado

    Going for The Genius to use his brains to get his charges the win.


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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    Firstly, huge congrats on the BTBDOTM win. Very much deserved. There's such a concentration of great BTBs here and yours comfortably stands amongst the top tier, so well done!

    Loved the build up. I bet you really enjoyed writing the Perfect & Rude training sessions, didn't you? You can tell in the writing. Enormous amount of fun, and possibly my favourite thing you've done so far. So faithful to the era, element of realism, plenty of appropriate silliness... top marks.

    Anyway, here are my prediction, with deeper thoughts on each of the feuds:

    Summerslam Card
    LIVE! From the world-famous Madison Square Garden- Sunday, August 25, 1991

    World Heavyweight Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect
    All the way through this, I presumed Hogan was retaining. I love Perfect, and you book him really well, but this is Hulk Hogan we're talking about. He's the man. The man, I might add, in an era of minimal title changes, and with an overwhelming focus on babyfaces. I saw Perfect as a very entertaining challenger of the month, with Hogan staying champion for the indefinite future until Flair arrives for their Mania match (I presume that's the direction you'd want to go).

    But that whole training thing was so entertaining! You clearly love writing for Perfect, you've put a lot of time in to turning him in to (in my eyes) a true main eventer, and after reading this, I think you might have Perfect steal the belt, becoming the Perfect Champion, and having Hogan chase from there.

    No Holds Barred- Unsanctioned Match
    Macho Man vs. Jake Roberts
    I've really loved this build up, because it's a complete counter-point to the previous one. Hogan/Perfect is cartoonish and silly (in a good way). This is dark and dirty. You need those different shades, or it all becomes a bit blurgh. Jake has been an amazing villain throughout, but this is the WWF, and in the WWF, the babyface always comes out on top in the end.

    Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. The Ultimate Warrior
    I'm still not connecting with this feud like I am the rest of your top stories, I'm afraid. I appreciate what is happening, but haven't been able to invest it in the same way I have some of the others. Maybe it's because it's a comically rich guy, an undead zombie and whatever the hell Warrior is. Almost too cartoon-ish, perhaps? Either way, like I say, there's not been anything wrong with the build, and I expect Taker goes over with DiBiase's help, leading to a proper blow off between them in time, with Taker running through DiBiase's goons. That'll be glorious. Zombies vs. capitalism!

    Grudge Match
    Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Rick Rude
    As well as you've booked Duggan (compared to what might be your natural instinct), I think Rude has more to offer going forward and therefore has to go over.

    Grudge Match
    IRS vs. Ricky Steamboat
    This could go either way, but I think Steamboat has more to offer, and I have so many other heels winning up and down the card that I think Steamboat will win one for the good guys.

    Intercontinental Championship
    ©The Model Rick Martel vs. British Bulldog w/Bret Hart
    Really enjoyed Bulldog coming to Bret's side, but the real money is in the Bret rematch, and Bulldog's just a placeholder until we get there, I bet

    Tag Team Championship-Falls Count Anywhere Match
    ©Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys
    This prediction is mostly based on the below one...

    The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters
    The Rockers are amazing, and I wish they'd reached higher heights. But in the WWF, size matters. I expect the Disasters win here and go no to feud with LoD

    Big Bossman vs. Skinner

    The Berzerker vs. The Mountie

    The Beverly Brothers vs. Tito Santana & Texas Tornado

    I've grouped the above three as they are all pretty much introductions to new characters. Beverly Bros win because their opponents aren't even a team, and Bezerker beats the Mountie, so I'm going for Boss Man to win his match just so all the debutants don't go over. By the way - push Boss Man!

    Looking forward to the show!

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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    I've been quietly following the thread up to this point, but been really enjoying it all the same. You've earned the BTBOTM award with the work you've done here. Anyway, I'll drop in some predictions for Summerslam...
    Summerslam Card
    LIVE! From the world-famous Madison Square Garden- Sunday, August 25, 1991

    World Heavyweight Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect
    Hard to call. It IS the WWF in the Hogan Era, so it should suggest Hogan wins, right? Not for me. The only way you can cap the 'Perfect Summer' is to crown a Perfect Champion. You've said it yourself in your posts, about a change in direction in the WWF, and more violence etc. Let's go against the tried and tested formula of Hogan running off all comers. Lot's of interference here for sure; but Perfect leaves MSG as WWF Champion.

    No Holds Barred- Unsanctioned Match
    Macho Man vs. Jake Roberts
    Despite what I said with my prediction for Hogan/Perfect, I feel like the face HAS to get the last word in this blood feud. Savage lost to Roberts at WrestleMania, so it seems only right that he finally defeats the evil Snake. It also sets Macho up as a potential challenger for Perfect in the Autumn months if need be. I expect a pre-Attitude blood fest here too.

    Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. The Ultimate Warrior
    Found it hard to really invest in this angle tbh. It would appear as if DiBiase could cost Taker here to try and teach him a lesson, but I suspect we get some kind of no contest in this one, with Taker and Warrior joining forces to beat the shit out of DiBiase.


    Grudge Match
    Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Rick Rude
    Another cheap win for 'Perfectly Ravishing'. Even if I'm wrong on the Perfect prediction, they cant BOTH lose on this show, surely? A Rude win here sets him up for some singles matches with Hogan, be it either with Hogan as Champ, or as a feud to keep Hogan away from Perfect.


    Grudge Match
    IRS vs. Ricky Steamboat
    I feel like IRS needs the win after a few big losses throughout the summer. Shenanigans no doubt, but IRS beats Steamboat.

    Intercontinental Championship
    ©The Model Rick Martel vs. British Bulldog w/Bret Hart
    I've really enjoyed the booking of this. Martel makes for a great I.C Champion - him taking the title to fashion shows in Paris is tremendous, and I can picture the vignettes now, lol. It hopefully will make for a stronger run for Bret when he wins the belt back later in the year with a big chase on Martel. He's only won the title, and he'll hold onto the gold here - though I do worry about him surviving by losing by DQ or countout, as opposed to actually winning.

    Tag Team Championship-Falls Count Anywhere Match
    ©Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys
    Should be a fun brawl. The build up was notably chaotic, and I really dug the use of the press conference to give everyone a taste of what to expect for their Falls Count Anywhere match. Given the stipulation, despite it seemingly favouring the all conquering Road Warriors, I think it could allow for some kind of interference to give the Nastys the titles. Would be a very big splash for the Beverlys to make on the WWF by costing the LOD and jumping straight into a feud with them...

    The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters
    Just too big for Michaels and Jannetty. Plus, they've only just formed their team. See them dispatching the Rockers pretty quickly - and they could even be a candidate to cost LOD later.

    Big Bossman vs. Skinner
    Skinner is a nothing act imo. Even though he's just arrived, he's not winning this.

    The Berzerker vs. The Mountie
    I'd nearly say the same for Berzerker, but as he's debuted as a face, best to give him a win or two before jobbing him out.

    The Beverly Brothers vs. Tito Santana & Texas Tornado
    New team versus a makeshift team. Should be a no-brainer.

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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    I want to again thank everyone who voted this for BTBOTM. Definitely most fun I've had writing. Hope you all enjoy!


    WWF Summerslam Results
    Sunday, August 25, 1991
    Madison Square Garden Arena, New York City, New York

    “THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER!”

    The WWF logo rises onto our screen in front of a futuristic space background equipped with some classic early 1990’s Jim Johnston music. We then cut to aerial view of the world-famous Madison Square Garden slapped with the Summerslam logo on the top of the screen as we hear Vince McMahon narrating in the background “Summerslam 1991! ALL ROADSSS ENDD HEEERREEE!” We see a video package with some of the top WWF superstars, such as Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Jake Roberts and Macho Man.

    The camera then cuts to the inside of the arena where 20,000 screaming fans are on their feet for the arrival of Summerslam. We are met by our commentary team of Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon, as they welcome us to “The Biggest Event of the Summer!” McMahon and Monsoon run down tonight’s STACKED card as they talk about the two big marquee matchups- The WWF Championship match between Hulk Hogan and Mr. Perfect, and “The Final Encounter” between Jake Roberts and Macho Man. They tell us to hold on to our seats because tonight is going to be one hell of a ride!

    The crowd is hot and on their feet as we get ready for our first matchup of the evening. Howard Finkel is standing in the ring as he begins to announce our first contest. “The following contest is a Falls Count Anywhere Match and is scheduled for one fall!” The crowd pops loud for the announcement of the match.


    Tag Team Championship- Falls Count Anywhere Match
    ©The Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys

    The Nasty Boys music hits as the crowd erupts into boos. The Nasty Boys appear from the curtain alongside their manager Jimmy Hart. Brian Knobbs is pushing a shopping cart full of weapons, while Jerry Saggs is carrying a garbage can. The two don’t even enter the ring, instead they stay waiting in the middle of the aisle way. McMahon and Monsoon remind us all that in a Falls Count Anywhere Match the pinfall can happen literally anywhere in the building, and of course, there are no disqualifications and no countouts-something that sounds right up both teams’ alley!

    “OHHHH WHAT A RUSHHHH!” Blasts over the PA system and the Garden literally shakes as the crowd hears the familiar tune of the WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion of Doom! Hawk and Animal quickly rush through the curtain and charge The Nasty Boys, like four Mack trucks colliding. Knobbs pushes the shopping cart at full speed while Saggs charges with the garbage can high over his head. Jimmy Hart doesn’t want any part of this, and sprints off to the side and hides underneath the bleachers in the aisle way. Hawk and Animal smile at each other before the brawl begins! Hawk leaps over the full speed shopping cart and clotheslines Knobbs while Animal comes charging with a big boot that drills Saggs in the face, while he throws the garbage can up into the air! Hawk and Animal, still in their full outfit, spiked shoulder pads and all, climb up on the guard rail and raise their arms as the fans go crazy. McMahon and Monsoon tell us they can’t keep up with all of the carnage and action, but say this is what the WWF is all about!

    Knobbs and Saggs regroup and run at Hawk and Animal, knocking them off the guard rail and to the floor. They rip the shoulder pads off each man and begin hitting them over the back with them. Saggs then picks up the garbage can and duffs Animal over the back with it. Knobbs takes Hawk and throws him hard back first into the steel guard rail. Knobbs and Saggs then mock the LOD by posing with their shoulder pads on as the crowd pelts them with garbage. Their mockery is short-lived as Hawk drills Knobbs in the back of the legs with the shopping cart. Animal takes down Saggs from behind before tossing him straight into the steel ring steps! In the aisle way Hawk and Knobbs begin to trade blows before Hawk clotheslines Knobbs over the guard rail and into the crowd! The two continue to throw haymakers at each other as the crowd forms a circle around them. Back by the ringside area Animal has full control of Saggs, beating him down with cinder block fists.

    The camera cuts back into the crowd where Hawk is using anything he can find as a weapon on Knobbs. One fan hands Hawk his chair, and Hawk cracks Knobbs over the back with it. The crowd is eating up every minute of this as Hawk plays into them. Back at ringside Saggs looks to gain control of Animal by poking him right in the eye. Saggs picks up the dented trash can and drills Animal over the head with it. Saggs attempts a pinfall right there in the aisle way but only gets a near fall. Back up in the crowd Hawk and Knobbs are both dangling on the steps, still throwing haymakers at each other. With one fell swoop, Hawk launches himself at Knobbs, and Knobbs goes flying down the stairs of the Madison Square Garden! Hawk holds his hands in the air as the fans cheer him on.

    Back down at ringside Animal has regained control of Saggs after slamming him face first into the ring post. Animal picks up the dented trash can and evens it back out before placing it on top of Saggs’ head. Animal then picks up a steel chair and begins drilling the trash can, with Saggs in it, with the chair. Eventually Saggs falls to the ground, and Animal takes the trash can off before hitting him over the back with it for good measure. Animal then looks up into the crowd, trying to pinpoint where his partner Hawk is at. He finally finds Hawk who was making his way back towards the aisle way. Animal points at Hawk and Hawk responds by giving him a thumbs up. Hawk makes his way over to the balcony right above the entrance curtain, and the crowd knows something crazy is about to happen. Animal punches Saggs a few more times before hoisting him up over his shoulders. The crowd now knows what’s coming, and are about to become unglued. Animal positions himself underneath the balcony and points up to Hawk. Hawk pounds his chest before HE JUMPS OFF THE BALCONY, CONNECTING WITH THE DOOMSDAY DEVICE! The building shakes with cheers once more as Hawk hops up to his feet, soaking in the cheers. Animal quickly covers Saggs in the aisle way as the referee counts to three!

    Winners at 10:35 and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions- The Legion of Doom

    The referee hands Hawk and Animal their tag team titles as they pause to catch their breath. Hawk and Animal embrace before holding the tag titles high in the air as the crowd cheers them on. Down at ringside Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon try to explain the carnage we all just witnessed, and say that there plenty more of that to come here tonight.

    We cut to the backstage interview set where Sean Mooney is standing by with the Big Bossman. The camera pans to a closeup of Bossman’s face, which shows a nice black and blue shiner on his eye, courtesy of Skinner. Mooney asks Bossman about his match with Skinner, just minutes away. “Skinner! You see my eye? You think your tough huh? Well, I wear this shiner as a badge of honor, and every time I look in the mirror it reminds me of what I’m gonna do to you. You may wrestle alligators, but you’ve never tried to take down a Georgia bulldog!” Bossman flips his baton as he walks off the set, and Mooney sends it back down to the McMahon and Monsoon.


    Big Bossman vs. Skinner

    Skinner is out to the ring first as the crowd begins to boo. Skinner is carrying his lucky alligator claw, and he has a mouth full of chewing tobacco. Skinner spits on the floor before holding up his alligator claw as if he were going to hit a few fans with it. McMahon and Monsoon say they have never seen anything like Skinner, but have heard from sources that he is the best alligator hunter in the Everglades. McMahon says he has never wrestled an alligator the size of Big Bossman before, and will have his hands full here at Summerslam.

    Big Bossman’s music hits as the crowd gets to their feet. The Big Bossman appears through the curtain twirling his baton as he slaps the fans hands. Bossman points to Skinner before sliding into the ring while Skinner retreats to the outside. Bossman poses on the top turnbuckle as he continues to shout at Skinner. Skinner eventually climbs into the ring, and after the referee inspects both men, this match is on!

    Bossman charges at Skinner who impressively hits a drop toe hold and Bossman falls flat on his face hard on the mat. The gator man then puts Bossman in a side headlock, while he spits out tobacco juice on the mat. Skinner lifts up Bossman for a side suplex and goes for the first pinfall attempt of the match and gets a 2 count. He then throws Bossman off the ropes and goes for a clothesline but Bossman doesn’t move. Skinner tries again after running off the ropes but still can’t knock down the big man. Skinner runs once more off the ropes and Bossman counters with a flying clothesline that knocks Skinner out of the ring. Skinner regroups on the outside until Bossman reaches over the ropes and grabs Skinner by the hair. Bossman pulls Skinner up onto the apron by his hair and begins pounding down on his chest with hard fists. With each hard fist tobacco juice goes flying out of Skinner’s mouth in a true sight for sore eyes.

    Bossman then turns Skinner around and lifts him high in the air before connecting with a suplex. Bossman with the pin attempt but Skinner kicks out at 2. Bossman is now in complete control of the match, throwing all of his offense at Skinner. Bossman lifts Skinner up once more and connects with a big body slam. He then runs off the ropes and splashes down with a big elbow. Bossman then goes to pick Skinner back up but Skinner answers with a few shots to the face. Skinner then reaches back and hits a hard knee to Bossman’s sternum, and Bossman goes down to one knee. Skinner looks to capitalize on the opening by hitting a swinging neckbreaker. He then lifts Bossman and whips him hard into the corner, and follows right behind him for a big splash. Skinner then takes Bossman down to the mat before locking in a sleeper hold, and Bossman begins to doze in and out.

    The referee continually checks on Bossman, asking if he can continue. Skinner really has the sleeper hold locked in, and begins to crank back, locking his legs around Bossman, as if this is the position he locks his alligators in. Bossman squirms around and begins elbowing Skinner in the face. Bossman uses his power and wrestles his way over to the ropes, breaking the hold. Bossman is still down, sucking wind from the sleeper hold. Skinner pounds on Bossman’s back before setting him up in the corner. Skinner goes on the turnbuckles and begins to punch Bossman in the head until Bossman locks his arms underneath Skinner’s legs and hits a massive powerbomb! Both men are down. The crowd is getting behind Bossman. Both men stagger to their feet. Bossman ducks a punch from Skinner and hits a few of his own. Bossman’s last punch sends Skinner down to the mat. The crowd knows what’s next, as they begin to cheer for Bossman. Bossman waits for Skinner to get to his feet before lifting him up for the Boss Man Slam! Bossman hooks the leg as the referee counts…1…2…3! Bossman wins!

    Winner at 8:15- Big Bossman

    The referee raises Bossman’s hand as he holds his head. Skinner lies on the mat, spitting up tobacco juice as Bossman kicks him once more for good measure. Bossman heads to the top turnbuckle where he raises his hands high in the air. McMahon and Monsoon say Skinner put up a great fight, but in the end, he didn’t have enough to take down the Big Bossman.

    In the back, Lord Alfred Hayes is attempting to get a word with the leader of The Million Dollar Empire, Ted Dibiase, outside of their dressing room. The door is locked tight, but Hayes tells us he heard some commotion earlier on in the evening and will be camped outside the dressing room until someone comes out.

    We cut to a vignette profiling the newly debuted team of The Beverly Brothers. Hailing from Shaker Heights, Ohio, this team of Beau and Blake are looking to make their mark on the WWF. After the vignette, Gene Okurland is with The Beverly Brothers and their manager, The Genius. Okurland asks the duo what their plans are here in the WWF. The Genius does the talking for the two towering men with bleach blonde hair, as they stand there with a smirk on their faces. “That question is quite simple, Eugene Okurland. See in my hand *holds up a clipboard decked out in purple with white stars* is all the answers we will need to get our hands on those tag team titles. Starting tonight we will begin our ascent up the rungs of the tag team division and in no short time we will have those belts around our waists!” The trio walks off as Okurland sends it back down to McMahon and Monsoon.


    The Beverly Brothers w/The Genius vs. Tito Santana & Texas Tornado

    Back down at ringside, Tito Santana and Texas Tornado are already standing in the ring, awaiting their opponents. A chorus of boos rain down inside the Madison Square Garden as The Beverly Brothers and their manager The Genius make their way down the entrance aisle. Both men snark at the crowd as they strut with their big purple jackets flailing in the distance. Beau and Blake enter the ring and raise their arms high in the air as the fans continue to boo. They both look over at Santana and Tornado and have some words while they take their jackets off and hand them to The Genius.

    After all the pre-match commotion, Beau and Santana begin the match as the referee calls for the official bell. The two lock up in the center of the ring, and Santana wrestles Beau over to the corner while he throws his hands up in the air, yelling at the ref to make him break the hold. Once the referee turns around to stop Santana, Beau steps on Santana’s foot while pushing him to the ground. Beau then goes on the offensive with a snap mere takedown followed by a chin lock. Santana quickly reverses it into a hammerlock. Beau reverses into a hammerlock of his own, before muscling Santana over to his corner where he tags in Blake. Blake enters the ring and hammers away on Santana’s shoulder. Blake sends Santana off the ropes and hits a dropkick. Another quick tag back into Beau, and it is clear The Beverly Brothers are cutting the ring in half.

    On the outside, The Genius is sitting down in a chair, taking notes on his clipboard. Inside the ring Beau delivers a blatant eye rake on Santana followed by a powerslam. For good measure, Beau runs over and knocks Texas Tornado off the apron with a right hand. Beau turns around and runs into a clothesline from Santana. Santana is quick to his feet and makes the hot tag to a fired up Texas Tornado. Tornado cleans house, firing right hands at Beau before returning the favor by knocking Blake off the apron. Tornado lifts Beau high in the air for a vertical suplex. Tornado goes for a quick cover but only gets 2.

    Tornado lifts Beau again for a side suplex but Beau is close to his corner and stretches his arm out and makes a blind tag to Blake. Beau then reverses the side suplex into a DDT. Blake then runs at Tornado and nearly takes his head off with a clothesline. Blake is aggressive as he quickly picks up Tornado and hits him with a German Suplex. Blake then tells Beau it’s time for the end. McMahon and Monsoon say they are referring to the devastating finishing maneuver, the Shaker Heights Spike. Beau stands behind Blake, who sends Tornado off the ropes. Tornado bounces back off the ropes, and Blake lifts him high in the air while Beau catches his head and slams him face first into the mat! SHAKER HEIGHTS SPIKE! Blake quickly covers Tornado while Beau defends the ring from Santana as the referee counts to 3.

    Winners at 6:24- The Beverly Brothers

    The referee raises both Beau and Blake’s hands as they quickly shrug him away. The two men pose in the center of the ring as The Genius applauds them. We then see a slow-motion replay of the devastating Shake Heights Spike on Texas Tornado. McMahon and Monsoon talk about how impressive The Beverly Brothers looked here at Summerslam and wonder if they are a real threat to The Legion of Doom and the tag team division.

    We then head back to Gene Okurland who is standing by with British Bulldog and Bret Hart. Okurland first asks Bret Hart about his injury and how he is recovering. “I’m getting better every day Gene. Every day I think about getting back in that ring, but while I’m on the sidelines, I’m here strictly tonight for moral support for my best friend and training partner, British Bulldog. *Puts arm around Bulldog* This man has been pushing himself harder and harder every day, and I know he is ready for tonight.” Okurland then asks Bulldog about getting his hands on the Intercontinental title tonight. “First off, I want to thank my best friend and mentor, Bret Hart. He’s gonna be by my side tonight every step of the way, and will make sure Martel doesn’t try anything. As far as Martel goes, he’s never been in the ring with a bulldog, and in a few short minutes he will feel the bite!” Hart and Bulldog walk off the set as Okurland sends it over to Sean Mooney.

    Sean Mooney is with the reigning Intercontinental champion, “The Model” Rick Martel. Mooney talks about Martel’s eventful summer that was highlighted by winning the Intercontinental title, then taking it to Paris for a big fashion show. “You see Sean Mooney, in just one short month I have brought this title to unforeseen heights. Who was the last champion to not only perform in the ring, but look so good doing it? The answer is nobody…except The Model. I’m not worried about the crippled best friend at ringside, I’ll bust his other ankle. And for the British Bulldog, first off, that hair? Come on. After I teach you a lesson inside the ring tonight, I’ll show you how to properly dress. This title looks too good on me, I’m not planning on losing it tonight.” With that, The Model struts off spraying his bottle of Arrogance high in the air.


    Intercontinental Championship
    ©“The Model” Rick Martel vs. British Bulldog w/Bret Hart


    We send it back down to ringside where McMahon and Monsoon make their predictions for the Intercontinental title match. Both men say Bulldog has all of the momentum, but Martel is sneaky enough to pull something out of the air and win.

    Bret Hart’s music hits first as the fans get to their feet. Bret Hart appears through the curtain with a big boot on his ankle, walking on crutches. He holds one crutch high in the air as he acknowledges the crowd while waiting right outside the curtain. British Bulldog’s music hits and the fans come unglued for the fan favorite. Bulldog marches out with his bulldog, Winston. Bulldog shakes Bret Hart’s hand as the two head down to the ring, slapping the fans hands. Bulldog poses on the top turnbuckle as McMahon and Monsoon comment on his physique and say this may be the best he has ever looked.

    Rick Martel’s music hits to a chorus of instant boos. Martel pops through the curtain, spraying his bottle of Arrogance high in the air. The rowdy Madison Square Garden crowd welcome Martel by pelting him with garbage and beer bottles. Martel swats through the garbage as he struts down to the ring. He takes off his Intercontinental title and holds it high in the air, while talking trash to Bret Hart on the outside. Martel enters the ring and sprays some more Arrogance around it, while Bulldog doesn’t move from the corner, locked in on Martel’s every move. Martel has a hard time parting with his title, and kisses it before handing it to referee Earl Hebner.

    The two men stand face to face as the bell rings. Bulldog starts off with a barrage of fists that knock Martel into the corner. The referee backs Bulldog out of the corner, as Martel begs for his life. Bulldog doesn’t listen to the ref and comes full speed with a knee strike to the body of Martel. The angry Bulldog then takes Martel by the head and tosses him halfway across the ring, much to the delight of the crowd and Bret Hart at ringside. British Bulldog then begins to crank on Martel’s neck, digging deep as Martel’s chin is where his ear should be, while Martel screams in pain. Martel reaches out for the ropes and grabs them as Bulldog is forced to break the hold. Martel begins to fight back with an elbow to the gut followed by an eye rake. He attempts to lift the massive Bulldog for a suplex but Bulldog blocks it, and hits a snap suplex of his own.

    Following the snap suplex, Martel rolls out of the ring and to the floor, calling for a timeout. Bulldog reaches over the ropes and grabs Martel by the head, lifting him back up onto the apron. Bulldog then turns Martel around and begins beating down on his chest! The crowd counts along as Bulldog gets to 10 punches as Martel screams in pain. Bulldog then drags Martel by the head and slams him face first into the turnbuckle! Martel is out on his feet and completely falls off the apron and to the floor. Bulldog climbs out of the ring and stalks his prey, waiting for Martel to get to his feet. Martel staggers to his feet and Bulldog runs full speed with a clothesline that nearly takes Martel’s head off! Bulldog raises his arms as the crowd cheers him on, but the referee’s count is already up to 7. Bulldog lifts Martel and quickly throws him back underneath the ropes. Bulldog slingshots himself over the ropes with a beautiful sunset flip but Martel kicks out at the last second! Bulldog quick to his feet goes for a clothesline but Martel ducks and chop blocks Bulldog’s lower knee and ankle-the same leg that Martel worked on leading up to this match.

    Bulldog holds his knee in pain as Martel catches his breath. Martel waits for Bulldog to get to his feet before he delivers another chop block to Bulldog’s hurt leg. Martel stands up and taunts both Bulldog and Bret Hart at ringside. Bulldog limps over to the corner as Martel pounds on his back with punches. Martel whips Bulldog into the opposite corner and follows up with a big splash. Martel holds onto Bulldog’s head and runs out of the corner with a *ironically enough* running bulldog! Martel quickly hooks the leg but Bulldog kicks out. Martel quickly begins stomping on the hurt leg of Bulldog before attempting to roll him over into the Boston Crab but Bulldog uses his immense leg strength and spins Martel out of the ring through the middle rope, right in front of Bret Hart. Hart takes one of his crutches and holds it over his head while the referee yells at Hart that Bulldog will be disqualified if he uses his crutch. It takes everything in Hart’s power to hold back from hitting Martel and while Hart is looking up at the referee Martel thinks quick and hits Bret Hart with a low blow!


    Martel rolls back into the ring, where Bulldog is just getting to his feet, nursing his badly hurt leg. Martel targets the leg and hits a dropkick that takes out Bulldog’s leg. Martel then climbs to the top turnbuckle, but before he can jump off Bulldog jumps onto the ropes and Martel lands on the top turnbuckle crotch first! Bulldog limps over to the corner and lifts Martel high in the air and Martel goes flying to the mat with a tremendous thud! Bulldog staggers to his feet and delivers a running clothesline. Bulldog then signals for the end as he lifts Martel up for the running powerslam. Bulldog begins to run but Martel slithers out of it and stops Bulldog’s momentum by bear hugging him. Martel quickly flips Bulldog into a rollup and grabs a big handful of Bulldog’s tights, but the referee can’t see because he is to the back of Martel looking to see if Bulldog’s shoulders are down. 1…2…3! The Model has stolen another victory!

    Winner at 14:08 and STILL Intercontinental Champion- “The Model” Rick Martel

    Martel quickly exits the ring, running over to the timekeeper’s table to grab his title. Martel attempts to make a run for it, but Bret Hart is waiting in the aisle way. Martel has nowhere to run. He looks back to see a very angry British Bulldog beginning to trail him. Martel thinks quick and decks Bret Hart over the head with his Intercontinental title before sprinting up the aisle way, as he gets pelted with garbage. Bulldog hops out of the ring and helps Bret Hart to his feet, as McMahon and Monsoon say now both men have unfinished business with The Model, and will be hot on his trail until they get revenge!

    A promo for the next Saturday Night’s Main Event is shown- LIVE! from Indianapolis, Indiana-October 12, 1991- Get your tickets now before we are completely sold out!

    Lord Alfred Hayes is still in front of The Million Dollar Empire’s dressing room, and he tells us that he has definitely heard Dibiase in there, and will try once more to get a word. Hayes knocks, and the door opens. Hayes is greeted by Crush. Hayes, very intimidated by the presence of the near 7 footer, attempts to ask Crush if he can have a word with Dibiase, but before he can say anything else IRS pushes through the door, briefcase in hand, telling Hayes to “Move out of the way, squirt!” Hayes stumbles back a few steps before Crush slams the door right in his face. Hayes, disheveled, tells us he will stay close by, for a chance to talk to Dibiase.

    We see a video package of the events leading up to the match scheduled to take place next between Ricky Steamboat and IRS. We see IRS drilling Steamboat over the head with his steel briefcase following their match at King of the Ring, followed by all the events that have happened since.


    Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. IRS

    Back at ringside IRS is already standing inside the ring, with a microphone in hand. The crowd is unmercifully booing him as he attempts to speak. “What I want all you dirty, scummy, obnoxious New York fans to do right now is shut your mouths! *This draws an even louder reaction from the fans* I know, this hell hole, is the epicenter of tax cheats! We have all of these businesses and companies and I know not one of them has paid their taxes on time. Not to mention you people, the scum of the city- I KNOW you haven’t paid your taxes! So, what I’m gonna do tonight, after I wipe the floor with that piece of trash Ricky Steamboat…”

    Suddenly Ricky Steamboat’s music hits, stopping IRS right in his tracks. The Dragon makes his way out as the crowd cheers him on. Steamboat has on his big dragon outfit, and climbs to the top turnbuckle before breathing fire high above the air! Steamboat leaps off the top turnbuckle and takes off his outfit, never taking his eyes off of IRS. IRS is hesitant to put down his steel briefcase, but after the referee begins to argue with him, he places it down in the corner of the ring. The camera stays on the steel briefcase as McMahon and Monsoon wonder if it will come into play here in this match.

    The two men lock up in the center of the ring. Steamboat quickly locks the head of IRS and flips him down onto the mat. IRS quickly escapes and takes Steamboat’s legs out from underneath him before putting him in a headlock. Steamboat tosses IRS off the ropes and delivers a beautifully executed dropkick. IRS bounces up quickly, but Steamboat is waiting with a deep arm drag. IRS rushes towards Steamboat once more and is met with another deep arm drag. Steamboat kicks up to his feet as the crowd cheers him on. Steamboat flies off the ropes while IRS ducks, but Steamboat notices in mid air and hits a sunset flip for a near fall. Steamboat quickly gets to his feet and hits a scoop slam followed by an elbow drop.

    Steamboat is on fire here in the early going, and IRS has no answer for the barrage of offense. IRS blocks a dropkick attempt before stomping on the back of Steamboat. IRS then hops on top of Steamboat with a leg drop. IRS with the pinfall attempt gets 2. IRS quickly puts Steamboat in a side chin lock, attempting to slow down the pace. Steamboat attempts to elbow out of it, but IRS has it locked in too tight. Steamboat tries to bounce IRS off the ropes, but IRS still won’t let go. IRS jeers the fans as he holds Steamboat’s head tight. Finally, after a few elbows to the gut, Steamboat breaks free. Steamboat bounces off the ropes and goes for a clothesline, but IRS ducks and connects with a swinging neckbreaker! IRS races for the cover but Steamboat quickly locks him into an armbar! IRS withes in pain as Steamboat wrenches the hold in there. Eventually IRS makes it to the ropes and Steamboat is forced to break the hold.

    Both men are slow to their feet, as IRS shakes his arm to gain feeling back into it. Steamboat fires with rights and lefts that knock IRS into the corner. Steamboat climbs on top of IRS and begins punching him in the head as the crowd counts along to 10. IRS falls flat on his face as Steamboat calls for the end. Steamboat hops onto the top turnbuckle but IRS gets to his feet and pushes Steamboat off the top onto the ringside floor! IRS catches his breath before climbing out of the ring. IRS stands on the apron and flies off with a clothesline on Steamboat on the outside! IRS soaks in the boos as he kicks Steamboat a few times. IRS goes to throw Steamboat into the ringside post, but Steamboat blocks it and elbows his way out of IRS’ grip. Steamboat then kicks IRS in the gut and lifts him high in the air for a suplex! IRS holds his back in pain as Steamboat grabs him by the head, sliding him into the ring.

    Steamboat slingshots himself over the ropes for a leg drop. IRS is dazed and in pain, and Steamboat looks to capitalize on his momentum. Steamboat hoists IRS up onto the top turnbuckle and follows him up to the top. Steamboat hooks IRS’ arm and leg, looking for a Superplex, but IRS blocks it. IRS, thinking quickly, slides underneath Steamboat and powerbombs him right to the mat! IRS drapes an arm over Steamboat but at the last possible second Steamboat kicks out. IRS waits for Steamboat to get to his feet before he drills him with a right hand. Steamboat is down on one knee as IRS hooks both arms and delivers a double underhook slam! IRS quickly goes for another pinfall attempt, but Steamboat kicks out again! IRS is beyond himself and doesn’t know what else to do.

    IRS pounds the mat in frustration and while he does, he looks over at his steel briefcase and begins to smile. IRS goes over to the corner and picks up his steel briefcase. The referee catches him and warns him to put it down. The two argue over the briefcase and while the argument goes on, Steamboat climbs to the top turnbuckle. IRS pulls the briefcase from the referee and when he turns around, Steamboat flies off the top turnbuckle with the Flying Cross Body right onto IRS who was holding onto the steel briefcase! Both men hold their bodies in pain, but Steamboat is able to fight through and drape an arm over IRS. 1…2…3! Steamboat wins!

    Winner at 13:47- Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

    The referee raises Steamboat’s hand in the air, as we are shown a slow-motion replay of Steamboat’s cross body on IRS with the briefcase sandwiched in between. Steamboat celebrates on the top turnbuckle as IRS rolls around on the mat. McMahon and Monsoon say IRS certainly brought his “A” game tonight, but Steamboat fought through and found a way to win. They say this win will catapult Steamboat into a potential title match down the road.

    A promo for Survivor Series is shown. LIVE! Wednesday Night, November 27th from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW so make sure you line up first at your local ticket provider!

    Gene Okurland is standing by on the interview set with The Rockers. Just minutes away from a big challenge against the newly formed team of Earthquake and Typhoon, The Natural Disasters. Okurland asks them what the plan is for tonight’s match. Shawn Michaels speaks first. “The plan is very simple Okurland. These two guys may outweigh us, but they definitely aren’t as fast as us. We’re gonna run around that ring so fast their heads will spin. And if that rat Jimmy Hart thinks about getting involved, we will both superkick that little head right off his shoulders!” Marty Jannetty takes it from there. “The old saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well, tonight me and Shawn and gonna see just how hard Earthquake and Typhoon fall as we beat them in front of this awesome crowd!”

    Okurland says he has to ask the question that nobody wants to- what will happen next with The Rockers if they are unable to win tonight? This has been billed as their biggest match to date, and with a title shot looming, they need this win more than ever. Shawn and Marty look at each other and smile, before Shawn speaks. “I knew we would get asked that, and we already had our answer prepared. We aren’t losing tonight. And after we win, we will set our sights towards that tag team gold. We have a bond stronger than most teams, and nothing will be able to break it!” Shawn and Marty share a handshake before they hop off for the next match.


    The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters

    Earthquake’s famous bumping music hits as McMahon and Monsoon say they can feel the ground shaking. The camera cuts to the aisle way where we see 2 sets of legs, one with red boots and one with blue boots. The camera slowly pans up to really show the massive size of Earthquake and Typhoon. Jimmy Hart is shouting into his megaphone and jumping around as the crowd boos the team. Both massive men enter the ring and stomp up and down as the ring shakes.

    The Rockers’ theme song hits as the crowd gets to their feet. We can hear all of the girls shouting for the dynamic duo of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. They come running down the aisle way, slapping the fans hands. The duo hops up on the top turnbuckles, pointing at Earthquake and Typhoon. McMahon and Monsoon reiterate that this just might be the biggest match for The Rockers’ future, as they need a win in the worst way to climb up the tag team division.

    Earthquake starts off for his team, as does Jannetty. Jannetty looks over at Michaels who wants revenge on the massive man who put him out of action for nearly the entire summer. Jannetty gladly tags in Michaels, who begins throwing a barrage of fists and kicks at Earthquake, taking out months of frustration. Michaels then runs over and dropkicks Typhoon on the apron. Michaels turns around and dropkicks Earthquake, who staggers on his feet. Michaels bounces off the ropes and nails a flying clothesline that knocks down the 300 plus pounder. Michaels goes for a quick cover, but Earthquake easily tosses Michaels off of him. Earthquake gets to his feet and tags in Typhoon, while Michaels tags in Jannetty.

    Jannetty and Typhoon charge at each other, and Typhoon wins the battle by simply sticking out his fist. Typhoon begins stomping down on Jannetty. Typhoon lifts Jannetty over his head and drops him down face first on the mat! Typhoon goes for a big splash but at the last second Jannetty moves out of the way. Jannetty fires back with punches and kicks before bouncing off the ropes. He flies back with a cross body, but Typhoon catches him in mid-air. Typhoon parades Jannetty around the ring before hitting a fall away slam. The Natural Disasters begin to cut the ring in half as Typhoon tosses Jannetty into the corner before tagging in Earthquake.

    Earthquake gets into the ring and fires away with stiff shots to Jannetty’s head and neck region. Jannetty attempts to make his way over to tag Michaels but Earthquake stomps on his hand before Michaels can reach out towards it. Earthquake then picks up Jannetty and tosses him back towards the corner where Typhoon is standing. Typhoon then begins to wrap the tag rope around Jannetty’s throat while Jimmy Hart distracts the referee. Eventually Typhoon lets go and Jannetty falls to the mat, holding his throat. Earthquake tags in Typhoon who stomps on Jannetty in the corner. Typhoon then lifts Jannetty high in the air to drop once again on the mat but Jannetty changes directions high in the air and wraps his legs around Typhoon before jumping back, hitting him with a head scissors take down! Jannetty crawls and scraps his way over to the corner quickly enough to make the hot tag to Shawn Michaels!

    Michaels hops over the ropes and delivers a dropkick on Typhoon. He hops to the top turnbuckle, launches off and delivers a very impressive tornado DDT on Earthquake off the apron and to the floor! The crowd eats up the move as Michaels is all fired up. Michaels climbs back to the top turnbuckle and flies off with a moonsault on the fallen Typhoon in the middle of the ring! Michaels hooks the leg, but Typhoon kicks out. Michaels signals to Jannetty it’s time for the end. Both men stand in opposite corners as Typhoon staggers to his feet. Both men are getting ready for the double superkick! Jannetty and Michaels both launch at the same time but Typhoon quickly hits the mat and Michaels and Jannetty end up super kicking each other! It is apparent that Jannetty got Michaels square in his jaw, while Michaels was able to pull back at the last second and only grazed Jannetty’s shoulder. Michaels is out cold on the mat as Typhoon takes Jannetty and tosses him over the top rope and to the floor. Typhoon then bounces off the ropes and hits the big splash on Michaels. Typhoon covers the motionless Michaels for the 1...2….3!

    Winners at 7:39- The Natural Disasters

    Jimmy Hart jumps into the ring and hops up and down, celebrating with his new tag team as they’ve picked up an impressive win in their debut. Earthquake and Typhoon lift Jimmy Hart on their shoulders and parade him down the aisle way. The camera cuts back inside the ring where Jannetty is helping Michaels to his feet. Michaels slowly gets to his feet and shrugs Jannetty off, and it is clear that the two are arguing. Michaels pushes Jannetty off of him as he exits the ring. Jannetty is persistent, and continues to apologize to Michaels before sticking out his hand. Michaels looks around before shaking Jannetty’s hand, and then raises it in the air to show the team is still on good terms. The two walk to the back as McMahon and Monsoon wonder if The Natural Disasters were able to shake The Rockers’ foundation to it’s core. For now, The Rockers are still on the same page, but suffered a huge loss to the hands of The Natural Disasters.

    We cut to the back, where Lord Alfred Hayes is still standing by The Million Dollar Empire’s locker room. He tells us he knows Dibiase will be coming out shortly. Finally, the dressing room door opens, and the entire gang is seen leaving the locker room. Brother Love, IRS, Virgil and Crush all walk by, blatantly ignoring Hayes. In the distance, Dibiase is seen looking over some documents as he heads for the door. Hayes stops him and demands he tells the world what is going on right now. Dibiase looks at Hayes and lets out a big trademark laugh, before answering. “All you had to do was knock, Hayes! You want to know the master plan tonight? I’m sure everyone wants to know the master plan. Well let me put it in plain and simple terms. The plan I have devised for tonight will be one of, if not the best, plan I have ever came up with. And everyone is just gonna have to wait and find out. Just know this, the saying is tried and true-EVERYBDOY’S GOT A PRICE! AHAHAHAHA!”

    Dibiase lets out another one of his trademark laughs before walking away from Lord Alfred Hayes. Hayes sends it back down to ringside. McMahon and Monsoon say Dibiase was being very vague and didn’t really specify what his plan for tonight was. Nevertheless, that match will be coming up shortly, but first, they send us to Sean Mooney who is inside Perfectly Ravishing’s dressing room.

    Sean Mooney is seen inside Perfectly Ravishing’s dressing room. Off in the distance, we see Mr. Perfect sitting down in a chair watching film on a small television on Hulk Hogan while drinking a protein shake. Naturally, he is wearing his King of the Ring crown. One would wonder if he ever takes that thing off. We see a poster of Hulk Hogan crossed out with a red x on the wall behind the television. You can feel the big night ahead inside the locker room. Bobby Heenan and Rick Rude welcome Mooney to the dressing room. Mooney asks Rude how he plans to take down the red-hot Jim Duggan tonight. “I don’t know if you’ve been watching WWF television these past few weeks Mooney, but it’s quite simple my gameplan for Duggan tonight. All those hours of demanding work and training with my best friend over there *points to Mr. Perfect* have gotten me into the best shape of my career. Jim Duggan doesn’t know the first thing about training, and I plan on running circles around him tonight. Anybody can hold up a chunk of wood and say they love America, but not many people can look this good *flexes* and perform top notch inside that ring. Duggan’s luck will change tonight, because he is in for a serious Rude Awakening!” Heenan shakes Rude’s hand and pats him on the back as the two men walk off. The camera stays to watch Mr. Perfect intensely looking at film of Hulk Hogan. Perfect turns around as he takes the last sip of his protein shake while adjusting his King of the Ring crown, before looking back at Sean Mooney. “The perfect shake Sean Mooney!” Mooney shakes his head and sends it back down to ringside.

    McMahon and Monsoon then begin talking about our next match, Rick Rude against Jim Duggan. They say Duggan has evaded Rick Rude’s devastating finisher-The Rude Awakening up to this point. If he doesn’t get hit with it, he has a great chance of succeeding here tonight at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”- Summerslam!


    “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude

    Rick Rude’s music hits as the crowd begins to boo. Rude and Bobby Heenan strut out from behind the curtain, looking as confident as ever. Rude jeers the fans as he steps into the ring and takes the microphone from Howard Finkel. “What I’d like to have right now is for all of you fat, out of shape, loud, annoying New York sweathogs to keep the noise down while I take off my robe and show all the ladies what a real man is supposed to look like!” The Garden crowd boos as Rick Rude begins taking off his black sequin robe.

    Until Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s music interrupts the revelation! Hacksaw comes out wearing his red, white and blue jump suit, carrying his trusted 2X4 and an American flag. The crowd loves Duggan as he gives them all a thumbs up, before pointing inside the ring at Rick Rude. Duggan hops into the ring and climbs to the top turnbuckle as he waves the American flag high in the air. Rick Rude just looks on with a smug look as he stands in the corner while Bobby Heenan gives him a pep talk.

    The two men stare each other down as the referee rings the bell. Rude goes for a lock up but Duggan ducks out of the way and quickly hits a drop toe hold on Rude. Duggan lets Rude to his feet as the two circle around each other. They eventually lock up in a collar and elbow tie up. Rude places Duggan in a head lock but Duggan uses his strength and lifts Rude in the air before dropping him to the mat. Rude gets up fast and runs at Duggan for a clothesline but Duggan ducks once again and hits Rude with a scoop slam. Duggan then points to the crowd before doing his trademark “HOO!” chant. McMahon and Monsoon say Rude certainly overestimated Duggan in the ring in the early going and it is clear that Duggan has been doing his homework on Rude.

    Rude heads over to the corner where Heenan hops up on the apron to give him some pointers, but before he can Duggan charges at Rude and hits a big splash in the corner. Duggan then climbs to the middle turnbuckle and flies off with a double axe handle to the back of Rude. Duggan is in complete control here early on and Rude is starting to show signs of frustration. Duggan latches on to Rude’s head with a side headlock. Rude uses his impressive strength to lift up the massive Duggan but Duggan gets his feet back down on the mat, locking it in. Rude tosses Duggan off the ropes and hits a shoulder block but Duggan doesn’t budge. Rude then goes for a hip toss but Duggan reverses it and delivers a hip toss of his own! Duggan gets aggressive and goes for a clothesline but Rude ducks and drills Duggan in the face with a discus elbow. Rude then begins to stomp on Duggan before driving his knee right into his face.

    Rude stops and poses for the crowd as they begin to boo. Rude turns around and sees Duggan out of the corner of his eye and rolls him up for a near fall. Both men are on their feet quick and Rude drills Duggan with a high running knee. Duggan hits the mat and Rude delivers an elbow drop for another near fall. Rude begins to argue with the referee that he got the 3 count but to no avail. Rude lifts Duggan to his feet and delivers a vicious uppercut. Rude with another uppercut and Duggan flies into the corner. Rude then exposes Duggan’s chest and drills him with hard knife-edge chops that echo throughout The Garden. Rude stops to soak in the boos and as he does Duggan drills him with a right hand and reverses Rude into the corner. Duggan holds his hand up in the air and open palm slaps Rude across the chest. Rude falls to the mat in pain as the crowd gets behind Duggan.

    Duggan with another few kicks and punches to Rude and follows that up with a piledriver! Rude folds over on the mat as Duggan hooks the leg but only gets 2. Duggan with another scoop slam. Duggan then holds his hand up before getting down in a three-point stance. The end is near! Duggan rushes towards Rude for the clothesline but Rude moves out of the way and throws Duggan shoulder first in between the turnbuckles and Duggan crashes into the steel ring post. Rude staggers to his feet and waits for Duggan to get up. Rude sprints towards Duggan and crushes him with a clothesline! Rude quickly hops to the top turnbuckle. He stands at the top and holds his head while thrusting his hips in only a way Rick Rude can. Rude then jumps off for a Diving Kneedrop but Duggan moves out of the way at the last second! Rude is on the mat holding his knee in pain as Duggan sets up for another shot at the Three Point Stance Clothesline! Duggan rushes as Rude but Rude ducks and at the last second grabs a hold of Duggan’s neck and HITS THE RUDE AWAKENING! Rude hooks the leg. 1…2…3!

    Winner at 14:31- “Ravishing” Rick Rude

    The referee raises Rick Rude’s hand as the crowd boos. Bobby Heenan rushes into the ring to congratulate Rude. Heenan raises Rude’s hand high in the air. Our announcers say Duggan pulled out all stops, but maybe all of that training and film watching with Mr. Perfect over the past month just might have paid off. Rude shrugs off the fans as him and an excited Bobby Heenan walk back up the aisle way. Heenan looks into the camera before shouting “1 down, 1 to go!” Back inside the ring the referee helps Jim Duggan to his feet. Duggan is visibly upset he has lost here at Summerslam, but still slaps the fans hands as he walks up the aisle.

    Back at the commentator’s table Vince McMahon tells us that there has been some commotion backstage. He says someone who wasn’t supposed to be here just walked in through the back door of the arena. Vince McMahon says WWF officials are tending to this man right now and everything will be handled properly. Gorilla Monsoon then switches gears and begins talking about the roller-coaster ride that is The Undertaker’s tenure with The Million Dollar Empire. We then see a video package highlighting everything up until this point between The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior and Ted Dibiase. McMahon then informs us that a spare referee will be at ringside, just in case something goes wrong. We also see WWF President Jack Tunney sitting next to the spare referee, as all hands are on deck for this massive war we are about to witness.


    Ted Dibiase Special Guest Referee
    The Undertaker vs. Ultimate Warrior


    Ted Dibiase’s famous music blasts throughout The Garden. Dibiase is out from behind the curtain along with Crush, Virgil and Brother Love. Dibiase is sporting a referee’s shirt underneath his trademark black and gold jacket. The three men blanket Dibiase as they walk so he doesn’t get pelted with garbage. Dibiase enters the ring as the fans continue to boo him.

    The lights inside Madison Square Garden dim until it is pitch black inside the arena. A loud gong is heard followed by the graveyard symphony. A light filled with smoke follows Paul Bearer through the curtain holding his urn high in the air. The crowd rises to their feet and are in awe of The Undertaker as he slowly walks down the aisle. His presence fills the air with mystique. Undertaker makes his way through the ropes and stands in the corner as the lights turn back on. Undertaker takes off his black hat and rolls his eyes before staring a hole through Dibiase. Dibiase looks at Undertaker with a nervous smile while shouting “Everything is gonna be fine, Taker. We’re on the same page!”

    Ultimate Warrior’s music hits as the crowd stays on their feet, cheering for the fan favorite. Warrior comes sprinting through the curtain and around the ringside area. Warrior slides into the ring and shakes the ropes as he points to the heavens while running around the ring. Dibiase keeps an eye on both men as he talks over a few things with Brother Love. The Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior stand face to face in the center of the ring as Dibiase calls for the bell to ring.

    Warrior and Undertaker trade blows, with neither man gaining the upper hand. Warrior attempts to whip Undertaker off the ropes, but Undertaker reverses it and whips Warrior off them, and comes back with a big boot. Warrior falls to the mat and Undertaker pounces on top of him, wrapping his massive hand around the throat of Warrior. Warrior kicks his feet as Undertaker attempts to choke him out. Dibiase just stands there laughing, telling Warrior “I’d give up if I were you!” but Warrior makes it to the ropes and Dibiase has no choice but to break the hold as he looks over at Tunney, knowing his job is on the line here tonight. Undertaker then begins pushing his foot onto Warrior’s throat, until Warrior falls out of the ring and to the floor. Undertaker follows Warrior to the outside and drills him with a clothesline. Dibiase is letting them go, and doesn’t start the count until both men have been out there for more than 10 seconds. Undertaker goes to slam Warrior’s head on the ring apron, but Warrior blocks it and smashes Undertaker’s head right on it! Warrior slides Undertaker back into the ring before he points at Dibiase, telling him that he’s lucky he’s the referee tonight.

    Warrior lifts up Undertaker and scoop slams him to the mat. Warrior runs off the ropes and jumps up, driving his knee right into Undertaker’s mid-section. Warrior goes for the first pinfall of the match and Dibiase, without much noise, makes a fair and even count but Undertaker kicks out after 2. Warrior lifts Undertaker to his feet but Undertaker responds with an uppercut that sends Warrior into the corner. Undertaker follows suit and grabs the arm of Warrior. Undertaker climbs to the top rope and walks across, showing just what a specimen he is at nearly 7 feet balancing on the ropes, and jumps off drilling Warrior in the head with a nasty shot. Undertaker gets up slow as Dibiase quietly cheers him on. The other members of The Empire cheer on Undertaker from the outside of the ring as well. Undertaker blocks a punch attempt from Warrior and lifts him up sideways and delivers a sidewalk slam. Undertaker off the ropes with a leg drop. Undertaker stares at Dibiase as he makes the count, but Warrior kicks out at 2.

    Undertaker lifts Warrior to his feet and tosses him off the ropes. Warrior bounces off and when he comes back Undertaker is waiting with a flying clothesline that knocks Warrior out of the ring. Warrior is down on the outside as Crush and IRS get a few kicks in on him. Dibiase makes pretend he doesn’t see by turning his back and speaking with The Undertaker inside the ring. Crush tosses Warrior back inside the ring as The Undertaker waits for him. The Undertaker goes for another clothesline but Warrior ducks. Both men bounce off opposite sides of the ring and meet in the middle with a double clothesline! Both men are down on the mat as Dibiase stands over both men, beginning to count. Warrior makes it to his feet first and runs full speed at Undertaker with a shoulder block. Warrior then lifts Undertaker high in the air but Undertaker punches Warrior in the face and Warrior drops him on the mat. Warrior shakes off the punch and goes to pick Undertaker up again, but Undertaker is waiting for him and delivers a vicious headbutt. Warrior falls down to the mat, holding his head in pain.

    Undertaker staggers to his feet, as he starts to feel the effects of a hard-fought match against Warrior so far. Undertaker climbs to the top turnbuckle as the crowd is on their feet. Undertaker waits for Warrior to get to his feet and jumps off, connecting with a perfectly executed top-rope missile dropkick! The crowd applauds as McMahon and Monsoon are amazed at what we just saw! Undertaker signals for the end, and kicks Warrior once more for good measure. Undertaker then lifts Warrior up and connects with the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Undertaker crosses Warrior’s arms as Dibiase grins, and begins counting. 1….2………WHAT? Dibiase’s hand never touches down for the third and final count, as he is dragged out of the ring by…

    BAM BAM BIGELOW!!!!!!

    Bigelow came through the crowd and pulled Dibiase out of the ring at the last possible second. Bigelow then hops into the ring and drills Undertaker with a clothesline. He then picks up Undertaker and delivers a vicious suplex! Bigelow then climbs to the top turnbuckle and hops off, hitting a Flying Headbutt! WWF President Jack Tunney has seen enough and calls for the bell, ruling this one a NO CONTEST!

    Winner at 15:25- NO CONTEST

    The crowd is stunned as Bigelow struts around the ring, stomping on both Warrior and Undertaker once more for good measure. The other members of The Empire hop up into the ring, not knowing if Bigelow is going to strike Dibiase. Bigelow stares down Dibiase before picking him up and hugging him. The crowd immediately boos as McMahon and Monsoon say this must have been Dibiase’s master plan all along. Bigelow then shakes hands with all of the other members of The Empire as they toss both Warrior and Undertaker out of the ring and to the floor. The entire Empire then exits the ring, celebrating up the aisle way with their new member, Bam Bam Bigelow!

    McMahon and Monsoon are in disbelief that Dibiase would double-cross The Undertaker after everything that has happened over the past few months. One thing is for certain now, Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior have some unfinished business with The Million Dollar Empire and their newly acquired talent, Bam Bam Bigelow. They wonder if Undertaker and Warrior will team up in the future to take out The Empire once and for all. They then shift focus to begin talking about our next match, “The Final Encounter!” They warn all women and children watching that what they are about to see may be graphic and too violent for their liking. For anyone that’s into a blood feud blowoff match, this one is for you!

    Sean Mooney is on the interview set with his guest at this time, Macho Man Randy Savage. The camera cuts to Macho Man pacing back and forth, more jittery than ever before. Mooney asks Savage what type of condition he is in here tonight, and how he plans to take down Jake Roberts. “JAKE ROBERTS! I don’t have much to say, na-uh. I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, so I DON’T GET ALL WORKED UP YEAHH! Roberts, you have tried to end my career more than once. BUT IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET! I’m still here, I’m still kicking! I’ve been bit by a king cobra and I’ve kept on kicking. YOU BROKE MY ARM! But I’ve kept on kicking. YOU CAN’T KILL THE MACHO MAN, JAKE ROBERTS! I thought you would have figured that out by now, but you haven’t. Tonight, it all ends here in the most famous arena of all. JAKE ROBERTS! Each time you knock me down, I JUST GET RIGHT UP OHH YEAH! And tonight won’t be any different. Everything is on the line for me tonight, and I’m not one to peak into the future, BUT THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT WITHOUT YOU IN IT! And tonight, right here, I’m not walking out of this arena with my head down, nah-uh IT AIN’T HAPPENING! Tonight isn’t about a future title shot. It isn’t about the money. IT’S ABOUT ENDING YOU JAKE ROBERTS! AND THAT’S JUST WHAT I’M GONNA DO! OHHH YEAHHH!” Macho Man storms off the set as Mooney shakes his head before sending it over to Gene Okurland.

    Gene Okurland is with a very subdued Jake Roberts. Roberts is as cool and calm as ever as he stands with his arms crossed. Okurland says Roberts won’t be collecting a pay check for this match because he is suspended, so how much does ending Macho Man really mean to him? Roberts answers in a low, monotone voice that he has mastered throughout the years. “Tonight isn’t about the fame and glory. Tonight isn’t about the big check in the mail. I don’t plan on putting in a new pool in my backyard. I’m here tonight to do what I set out to do eight months ago. Savage, you just don’t know when to quit, do ya? I’ve beaten you at Wrestlemania, fought you all over the city of Milwaukee, stuck my king cobra on you, sent you to the hospital more times than I can count, and yet here you still are, asking for more. I gotta give it to ya, you have quite the set of balls on you. Well, none of that matters tonight. See, I’m technically not a member of the WWF tonight. Do you know what that means Savage? It means I can, and, haha, will do whatever I damn well please. Vince McMahon talked about pushing the envelope, well in a few short minutes I’m not just gonna push the damn thing, I’m gonna throw it as far as I possibly can. Savage, I hope your ready to tell all of your fans that you can’t wrestle anymore because you were stupid enough to get in the ring with me one last time. I have nothing left to fight for. I lost my family, my fame, my fortune. All I have left is these two hands right here, and I’m gonna make sure I make the most of my opportunity to use them tonight, to end your career!”

    Roberts then walks off the set, leaving Okurland stunned at what we all just heard. Jake Roberts hasn’t just blurred the lines right now, he crossed the line. McMahon and Monsoon say neither Miss Elizabeth nor Sherri will be allowed at ringside for the match, for their safety. They say this match may alter the course of the WWF for decades to come. It all boils down to this… “THE FINAL ENCOUNTER!”


    "The Final Encounter"
    “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Jake Roberts


    Pomp and Circumstance hits inside The Garden as every single person is out of their seat, cheering for the Macho Man. The arena has an aura about it right now that all 20,000 strong know they are about to witness history, good, bad or indifferent. Macho Man appears out from the curtain sporting a cut off green t-shirt with his logo on it. He is wearing jeans and brown cowboy boots, and truly looks ready for a fight! He is sporting a big white cast on his arm, courtesy of Jake Roberts. He doesn’t walk down the aisle with the gusto he normally does. Instead, he slaps a few hands and continually nods his head as he slides into the ring. He poses on the top turnbuckle as he waits for his opponent.

    Jake Roberts appears from behind the curtain, without any entrance music. He doesn’t need any, because even if he did we wouldn’t be able to hear it over the thunderous chorus of boos. Roberts doesn’t have his snake tonight, and looks like he lost his soul somewhere in the back as well. Roberts has on a cut-off black Allman Brothers Band t-shirt, black jeans and black cowboy boots. Roberts slowly walks to the ring, keeping his eyes locked in on Savage the entire time. He slithers into the ring and sits down in the corner. The referee keeps Savage back, but McMahon and Monsoon point out that the only thing the referee will be doing tonight is looking for a submission or counting a pinfall attempt.

    Roberts stands up from the corner as the referee is holding Savage back like a wild, rabid dog. The referee signals for the bell then gets the hell out of the way. Savage sprints across the ring and pounces on top of Roberts, pounding him with rights and lefts. He uses the cast on his right arm to his advantage and wallops Roberts across the face with it! Blood instantly pours out of Roberts’ head as the crowd is at fever pitch for this one! Roberts attempts to knock Savage off of him but just can’t. Savage continues to throw haymakers with his cast right at Roberts’ face. Soon, the once white cast is now almost completely red from Roberts’ blood. Roberts throws a thumb to the eyes of Savage, giving him enough wiggle room to throw Savage off of him. Roberts wipes the blood from his face and charges at Savage. Savage blocks a punch from Roberts, so Roberts does the next best thing and kicks Savage right between the legs! Savage doubles over in pain as Roberts smiles.

    Roberts lifts Savage up and slams him to the mat. McMahon and Monsoon note that not many traditional wrestling holds or moves will be used during this match. Roberts gets on top of Savage and begins drilling him with rights and lefts. Savage kicks Roberts off of him, but Roberts digs his cowboy boot right into Savage’s broken arm. Roberts then kicks Savage repeatedly in the ribs until Savage falls out of the ring. Roberts crouches down on the ring apron and waits for Savage to get to his feet. Savage wobbles to his feet and Roberts leaps off the apron with a flying clothesline. Roberts is quick to his feet and grabs a hold of Savage’s hair, before tossing him straight into the steel guard rail. Savage falls to the floor and begins grabbing at anything he can to get to his feet. Roberts runs at him and knees him right in the side of the head. Roberts stands tall on the outside with his arms in the air as the fans boo him with great disdain.

    Roberts then begins taking a part the blue ringside mats, exposing the hard, solid concrete underneath. Roberts lifts Savage up and tosses him face first into the steel ring post. Roberts and Savage make their way over to the timekeeper’s desk and toss him and ring announcer Howard Finkel out of the way. Roberts picks up one of the chairs and throws it at Savage, knocking him square in the face with it. Blood begins to pour out of Savage’s head, and both men are wearing the proverbial “crimson mask!” Jake Roberts is clearly enjoying this madness, as he hasn’t stopped smiling since the bell rang. Roberts takes time to sit in the corner of both guardrails on the outside as he soaks in the boos. Roberts picks back up the chair he threw at Savage earlier and goes to hit him over the head but in a last-ditch effort, Savage full-on punches the chair with his cast back into the face of Roberts. Savage then picks up the microphone chord and begins choking Roberts around the throat with it. Savage screams like an animal as he clinches the chord tightly around Robert’s neck as the fans scream in support! Roberts attempts to fight the chord off of him by elbowing Savage repeatedly in the side of the head. Eventually, one connects and Savage flies back, holding his ear. Roberts slowly gets to his feet, but Savage is waiting for him and drills him in the head once more with his cast. Roberts falls to the ground as Savage slowly climbs the ring apron.

    Savage makes it to the top turnbuckle, but wasted too much time getting there as Roberts, still wrapped in the microphone chord climbs up on the apron and holds onto Savage’s leg. Savage attempts to kick Roberts off of him but Roberts just eats the kicks as he continues to fight Savage. Roberts pulls on Savage’s hair and begins to gouge at his eye sockets. Savage bears out a scream in pain as Roberts uses his free hand to wrap the chord around Savage’s torso. The crowd is on their feet right now, as Roberts continues to punch and gouge the eye sockets of Savage. Roberts, standing on the apron while Savage is dazed on the top turnbuckle, begins to smile. Roberts tugs on the chord wrapped around Savage and then heaves back, TOSSING SAVAGE OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE, AND SAVAGE LANDS BACK FIRST ON THE EXPOSED CONCRETE! Oh my god! McMahon and Monsoon are at a loss of words, as they describe that Roberts just used the chord as a lasso and sprung Savage off the top and straight onto the exposed concrete!

    Savage rolls around and writhes in pain, holding his back. Roberts hops down off the apron and grabs the steel chair. He places it right in front of Savage and sits down on it. He begins to slap Savage across the head, shouting out “HAVEN’T YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?!?!?” All Savage can do is grab for Roberts’ boots as he continues to hold his back. Roberts stomps on Savage’s head. Roberts then places his cowboy boot on Savage’s broken arm and uses it for leverage to stand up. Roberts stands on the broken arm as Savage screams in pain. Roberts with another stomp to Savage before he pulls up the ring skirt. Roberts looks underneath the ring and finds a table. McMahon screams out, “DON’T USE THE TABLE ROBERTS! DON’T USE THE TABLE!” Roberts looks over in McMahon’s direction and simply smiles. Roberts sets up the table as Savage uses the ring skirt to get to his feet. Savage holds the steel chair in his hand as he punches Roberts with the other hand. Roberts finishes setting up the table, turns around and Savage DRILLS him across the head with the chair! Both men are down on the ringside floor. Savage gets to his feet first but Roberts is waiting for him with another hard right hand. Roberts kicks Savage in the mid-section before putting him in the DDT position, standing right in the middle of the exposed concrete.

    Roberts smiles at the crowd once more as he goes for the DDT on the solid concrete, but Savage reverses it at the last second and back body drops Roberts onto the concrete! Roberts is out cold, lying motionless on the concrete. Savage lifts him up before punching him a few times in the head. Savage looks over at the table and then at the top turnbuckle, before looking out to the sea of 20,000 as they cheer in approval. McMahon and Monsoon speculate what Savage is about to do, but Monsoon says he doesn’t want to think the worst right now. Savage slides Roberts on top of the table before punching him in the head a few more times. Savage then climbs up the apron and begins climbing to the top turnbuckle. Savage stretches his arms and points high in the sky as he balances himself. The crowd has never been louder than they are right now! Savage takes one more look down before steadying his feet. SAVAGE THEN JUMPS OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE AND HITS THE FLYING ELBOW DROP ON TOP OF ROBERTS THROUGH THE TABLE! Just about 20,000 camera flashes go off as Savage comes crashing down on Roberts through the table. Both men are out cold as the crowd can’t control themselves with cheers. Savage, with absolutely nothing left in the tank, begins to drag the motionless Roberts under the ropes and back into the ring, as he follows behind him. Savage falls on top of Roberts, draping one arm over his chest as the referee counts, 1…2…3! Macho Man has won The Final Encounter!

    Winner at 22:37- “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    Savage continues to lay with one arm covered over Roberts, motionless. McMahon and Monsoon say what we all have just witnessed has changed the WWF forever, and will go down as one of the most influential matches in the history of the WWF! A team of medics rushes into the ring and check on both competitors. Savage manages to get to his feet and points out to the fans as they cheer with all their heart. Savage climbs to the top turnbuckle and poses, shaking his fist in celebration. Savage then exits the ring and limps up the aisle way, where Miss Elizabeth is waiting for him with open arms. The two hug as she checks on Savage, but he gives her the ok sign as they walk through the curtain. Roberts eventually comes to and pushes the medics off of him. Roberts manages to get to his feet, and slowly limps up the aisle way by himself, looking down at the ground the entire time. McMahon and Monsoon continue to talk about what we all just witnessed here at Summerslam, and say the “The Biggest Event of the Summer” has certainly lived up to its name thus far.

    Lord Alfred Hayes is standing by in the back, attempting to catch up with The Million Dollar Empire. He catches the entire crew on their way back to their dressing room. Dibiase, Bigelow, Crush, IRS, Virgil and Brother Love all stand tall as Dibiase hands Hayes a camera before he can ask them any questions. “Here I found a janitor. Here, Mr. janitor, take a picture of the best team money can buy!” Hayes argues with Dibiase that he isn’t a janitor, he is Lord Alfred Hayes, backstage interviewer for the WWF, but Dibiase doesn’t care and soon Crush and Bigelow begin getting impatient. Hayes has no choice but to put his microphone down and take the picture. Once he takes it, he quickly gives the camera back to Dibiase and picks up his mic, hoping to get a word. Finally, Dibiase gives in.

    “Oh man Hayes, you’re more annoying than those fans out there! Okay, you want a few words? Come here Bigelow! Let’s give this man a few words. *Dibiase brings Bigelow over and stands with his arm around Bigelow’s massive shoulders* You see, what happened tonight only happened because Undertaker wanted to try his hand in hardball. All of these rules, these demands, did anyone possibly think for one split second that I was gonna let that all slide? The minute Undertaker double crossed me at King of the Ring, I had a plan in place. Right after my match with Undertaker at King of the Ring I ran to the back and placed a call to this man right here. It took some negotiating but we finally got it done, just in time for “The Biggest Event of the Summer!” HAHA! Undertaker, you really are just a dead man walking right now! That title shot at Saturday Night’s Main Event? Void! Your position in The Million Dollar Empire? Void! I hope you hear this loud and clear. Your days are numbered! I am going to put the full court press on you like you’ve never seen before! Tonight was only the beginning of what’s in store for you Undertaker!” Dibiase lets out his trademark laugh as The Empire walks past Hayes, into their dressing room.


    The Mountie vs. The Berzerker

    We head back down to ringside, where The Mountie and Jimmy Hart are already inside the ring, awaiting The Mountie’s opponent, The Berzerker. The Berzerker appears from behind the curtain, as the crowd cheers on the newly debuted superstar. Berzerker has on his Viking hat, and is carrying a shield and sword. He shouts out “HUSK!” as the crowd shouts along with him. Berzerker enters the ring, placing his hat, shield and sword in the corner. The referee rings the bell and we are under way!

    The Mountie and Berzerker meet in the middle of the ring, throwing punches at each other. Each punch Mountie throws, Berzerker just gets stronger and stronger. Mountie runs off the ropes and attempts a shoulder block but Berzerker doesn’t budge. Mountie bounces off for another shoulder block but Berzerker catches him and hits a huge belly-to-belly slam. Berzerker waits for Mountie to get to his feet and drills him with a clothesline. The crowd shouts “HUSK!” as Berzerker punches away at Mountie in the corner. Berzerker then grabs Mountie by the head and tosses him over the top rope! Mountie goes flying to the floor where he lands right on top of Jimmy Hart! Both men lay on the outside, shaken up from the toss over the top rope! The referee begins the count, and with each number he yells out Berzerker and the crowd shout “HUSK!” Finally, the referee gets to 10 and rings the bell, awarding the match to The Berzerker!

    Winner at 2:45 via Countout- The Berzerker

    McMahon and Monsoon talk about the impressive Berzerker, and say Mountie had no chance in this one. They then begin to talk about our Main Event of the evening, which is up next! McMahon says no one has been hotter than Mr. Perfect over the past few months, but points out that up until right now, Perfect has never beaten Hogan in a 1 on 1 match.

    We then see footage of the events leading up to the mega main event. It all started with Mr. Perfect’s run through to the finals of the King of the Ring Tournament. We then see Hogan’s path to this point-winning the Royal Rumble, then beating Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 7. We then see footage from Perfect and Rick Rude training for Summerslam.

    The footage ends and we fade right into the Perfectly Ravishing dressing room where Sean Mooney is hanging out once again. This time, Rick Rude is laying back on a couch, drinking a protein shake. Mr. Perfect, wearing his King of the Ring crown, and Bobby Heenan stand with Sean Mooney, as Mooney asks Perfect what he is feeling just moments away from the biggest match in his career. “Some would say tonight marks the biggest match of my career, but I say that’s false Sean Mooney. See, every time I step into that ring, I am the biggest match on the card, and it is the biggest match of my career. You wanna know why? Because when you’re perfect, you set the bar so high that it’s impossible for anyone to reach it. Each match I’ve wrestled since I came to the WWF has been the biggest match of my career. And after I beat Hogan tonight and win the WWF title, my next match will be the biggest of my career. It’s something you’ve never been through Sean Mooney, it’s called perfection. The Miami Dolphins did it once, and haven’t been the same since. It takes a different type of person to do what I do…it takes a….PERFECT person. So Hogan, I’ve been saying it all throughout this illustrious “Perfect Summer” and I’ll continue to say it- Enjoy the last time you will ever walk to that ring as WWF champion, because after I beat you tonight, you will never hold that title belt again!” Perfect tosses his white towel behind his back as Bobby Heenan catches it, before both men walk off for our main event.

    Before we go back down to ringside, Mooney sends it over to Gene Okurland who is with the WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan. Okurland asks Hogan how he feels about his challenger tonight, Mr. Perfect. “Well let me tell ya something Mean Gene, I’ve got a tough task staring me right in the face right now brother. I give Mr. Perfect all the credit in the world for the run he has been on, but Perfect, tonight that run ends. I clawed my way back into the title picture for an entire year, and I’m not about to give it all away right now dude! You can throw barrels of hay and drink raw eggs, but until you get in the ring and have to deal with these *flexes* 24 inch pythons, you haven’t dealt with anything yet. All the hard work I have put in, between saying my prayers and taking my vitamins, it all boils down to this. WHATCHYA GONNA DO MR. PERFECT, WHEN HULKAMANIA RUNS WILD ON YOUUUUU!” Hogan holds a flex for the camera as we head back down to ringside for this epic main event!


    WWF Championship
    ©Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect


    Mr. Perfect’s music blasts through The Garden as he comes out to a mixed reaction. Fans love to hate Mr. Perfect, but some also wish they were him, as Gorilla Monsoon simply puts it. Perfect has on his King of the Ring crown as he smirks, strutting down to the ring. Bobby Heenan has a bottle of water in his hand, while Rick Rude carries a small chair to sit on while spectating the match at ringside. The trio enter the ring as Perfect struts around it. Perfect then hops to the top turnbuckle, spits his gum high in the air before smacking it into the crowd. Simply perfect! Perfect then tosses his towel behind his back and Bobby Heenan catches it without looking. Perfect then hands the crown to Heenan as Rude sets up the small chair in the corner of the ring. Perfect sits down as Rude and Heenan give him a pep talk.

    “Real American” begins to play as the Garden comes unglued. Hulk Hogan makes his way down the aisle with the WWF Championship around his waist. He points down the aisle into the ring at Mr. Perfect as he walks with a purpose through the ropes. Hogan enters the ring and rips off his shirt before posing for the crowd. Hogan looks over at Mr. Perfect, as Bobby Heenan blocks Perfect’s view of Hogan before telling him not to watch all of this nonsense. Rude and Heenan exit the ring as the referee goes to take the title from Hogan, but before he can Hogan takes one last look at the title and kisses it before handing it over to the referee.

    The bell rings as the crowd has yet to sit, instead they stand for this epic contest. Hogan and Perfect share words for each other before Perfect slaps Hogan across the face. Hogan, enraged, rushes Perfect and drills him with rights and lefts as Perfect bounces around the ring. Hogan runs at Perfect and drills him with a clothesline. Hogan goes to pick Perfect up for a bodyslam but Perfect flips out of it and arm drags Hogan. Perfect quick to his feet executes a dropkick that knocks Hogan down. Perfect then taunts Hogan by posing over him, until Hogan slaps Perfect across the face, knocking him back. Hogan gets to his feet and runs at Perfect but Perfect reverses it and hits another arm drag and holds onto the arm, placing Hogan in an arm bar.

    Hogan uses his strength to muscle out of the arm bar, and both men get to their feet, ready to fight. Hogan takes Perfect and bounces him off the ropes and drills him with a clothesline. Hogan quickly drops to the mat for a cover but Perfect kicks out. Hogan back on his feet puts Perfect in a side head lock. Perfect tosses Hogan off the ropes then leapfrogs over him. Perfect then runs right behind Hogan but Hogan is ready for it and holds onto the ropes. Perfect hooks his arm over the head of Hogan and goes for a Russian Leg Sweep but Hogan doesn’t let go of the ropes and Perfect flies back to the mat. Hogan turns back around and runs at Perfect, knocking him back down to the mat with a shoulder block. Hogan goes for another cover but Perfect kicks out at 2. Hogan then lifts Perfect high in the air over his head and slams him down hard to the mat. Perfect holds his back in pain as he crawls over to the corner, calling for a timeout!

    Hogan disregards Perfect’s plea for a timeout and drills him with a big splash in the corner. Hogan then takes Perfect’s head and begins bouncing it off the top turnbuckle 3 times. Perfect drops to one knee as Hogan bounces his head off the middle turnbuckle. Perfect then falls to both knees as Hogan bounces his head off the bottom turnbuckle. Hogan lets go and Perfect is so dazed he continues to smash his own head into the bottom turnbuckle until he falls flat on the mat! Hogan points into the crowd for encouragement as they cheer their reigning WWF Champion on! Hogan then lifts Perfect back to his feet and drills him with an uppercut. Hogan bounces Perfect back off the ropes and goes for another clothesline but Perfect ducks and climbs onto the back of Hogan, putting him in a sleeper hold!

    Perfect has the sleeper hold cranked in good, and Hogan attempts to wrestle his way out of it but can’t. Hogan drops to one knee as he begins to nod out. The referee raises his hand once, then twice, and on the third and final time Hogan holds his arm up, wagging his finger no. Hogan runs with Perfect on his back over to the corner but at the last second Perfect hops off and lands on the top turnbuckle. Hogan falls back down to one knee, shaking the cobwebs loose from the sleeper hold. Perfect leaps off the top turnbuckle and delivers a perfectly executed missile dropkick! Heenan and Rude cheer on their man from ringside as Perfect gets to his feet first. Perfect runs off the ropes and hits a sunset flip, but Hogan kicks out at the last second! Both men get to their feet and Perfect goes for the PerfectPlex, but Hogan pushes him off to the mat. Perfect gets up quickly and runs square into a punch from Hogan that knocks him over the ropes and to the floor!

    Rude and Heenan rush over to Perfect and place him down in the small chair. Rude gives him the water bottle as Heenan puts the white towel over his back, all while the referee begins his count. Perfect gets up out of the chair at 8 and slides back into the ring, where Hogan is waiting for him with a kick to the mid-section. Perfect fires back with a hard right of his own, stumbling the unsuspecting Hogan. Perfect then flies off the ropes and hits Hogan with a cross body block. Perfect hooks the leg but Hogan pushes Perfect off of him at 2. Hogan begins to look at the crowd, as it is evident that he is beginning to “hulk up!” Perfect hits Hogan with a right, then a left, then another right, but all three punches don’t phase the champ. Hogan begins pumping up, shaking his head after each blow. Perfect goes for another punch but Hogan blocks it and drills him with one of his own that knocks Perfect back into the ropes. Hogan the sends Perfect off the ropes and attempts to drill him with the big boot but before he can Perfect grabs a hold of the ropes for dear life before rolling out of the ring and to the floor, not letting Hogan hit him with the big boot!

    Hogan exits the ring and grabs a hold of Perfect before tossing him back first into the ring apron. Hogan then lifts Perfect up and body slams him right into the ring post! Hogan rolls Perfect back into the ring as he follows behind him. Hogan has the crowd standing up and cheering as he nods his head and points to Perfect. Hogan drills Perfect with another right hand before sending him off the ropes. Perfect flies off the ropes and Hogan drills him with the big boot!

    SUDDENLY…

    There is commotion in the aisle way. The crowd shifts their attention to it where we see none other than….

    RIC FLAIR AND SID JUSTICE!?!?!?

    McMahon says they aren’t supposed to be here, and he thought security had taken care of them earlier on in the night! Flair is sporting a black and white robe, and his shown “wooing” towards Hogan. SID Justice just stands there, as it is clear he is the muscle of the two. Hogan takes his attention off of Perfect and stands still, staring out at Flair and Justice. Hogan turns around AND PERFECT IS WAITING FOR HIM! After a kick to the gut, Perfect hooks onto Hogan’s leg and arm….PERFECTPLEX! PERFECTPLEX! THE BRIDGE….1….2…..3! HE’S DONE IT! MR. PERFECT IS THE WWF CHAMPION!

    Winner at 17:23 and NEW WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION- Mr. Perfect

    Surprisingly, the crowd gives Perfect an ovation that he has never heard before! Heenan grabs the title from the timekeeper and rushes into the ring along with Rick Rude! Heenan hands the title to Mr. Perfect as the trio celebrate by hopping up and down! Perfect can’t believe it as he drops to one knee, astonished and shocked as he stares down at the title! Ric Flair and Sid Justice then walk back up the aisle way, not showing any emotion! McMahon and Monsoon are at a loss for words at what we just witnessed!

    Hogan slides out of the ring, not sure what to think. All he knows right now is that Ric Flair and Sid Justice are here in the WWF and by distracting Hogan, just cost him his WWF Championship! Mr. Perfect’s theme song blasts over the PA system as back inside the ring, Perfect is all smiles as he parades around holding his newly won WWF title high in the air!

    McMahon and Monsoon say they have never called a more action-packed, awesome event as Summerslam here tonight. The final shot of Summerslam sees Perfect holding the WWF title high in the air as McMahon and Monsoon wonder if Perfect is the guy who will usher the WWF into a whole new era. The “Perfect Summer” is complete, capped off with a “Perfect” win! Credits begin to roll as Monsoon signs us off- “The Biggest Event of the Summer certainly didn’t disappoint tonight folks. For Vince McMahon, I’m Gorilla Monsoon. Good night, God bless you all and God Bless America!”


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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    Great show!

    Obviously, the big news coming out of here is the debut of Flair. Him screwing Hogan out of the belt is really the only decision you could have made, but it's absolutely the right one. And by happening at Summerslam, you can hold off on the match between them until Mania quite easily (multi-man at Survivor Series, entering the Rumble, then bam). It feels like that match needs to have the title, though, as anything aside from Hogan/Flair will be feel like the secondary match on the card (Hogan/Rock being the most obvious example I can think of).

    I was surprised he debuted with Sid. Sid seems like too big a deal to just be a bodyguard at this stage, but the idea of Flair surviving the land of the giants by having the biggest giant by his side totally figures. Will we see Hogan have to run through Sid to get his hands on Hogan? I hope so, because that would be sweet.

    Oh yeah, Mr Perfect won the title! I think it's right that he only won the belt thanks to nefarious means. As well as you booked him, he's coming up against Hogan in '91. There has to be a bloody good reason for him to lose at that stage, and Flair debuting and screwing him very much is that reason. But where does Perfect go from here? I'm presuming a Flair/Sid/Perfect/Rude team at Survivor Series, but I hope he doesn't become the Number 2 heel in the company by competing with Flair. He's been too great in this series to be given that treatment once he wins the belt.

    Savage winning the Final Encounter again was the only choice to make, but absolutely the right one. It's basic storytelling for the heel to be despicable right up until the ending when they get their comeuppance, so thumbs up from me on that one. Interesting to see where these guys go from here, as this kind of feels like the full stop on this rivalry. Savage/Perfect maybe???

    I've said before that the DiBiase/Taker/Warrior thing was the one part of this series I hadn't connected with, but I get the sense this is going to change. I didn't see the no contest/Bam Bam debut coming at all, but it totally makes sense. Now you have Warrior and Taker gunning for the Corp, which fits perfectly well. And based on the DiBiase promo, I'm all in on this one. Another build to Mania on the cards? Bigelow was never quite utilised as he could have been, and I'm excited to see where you take it.

    One question mark over this for me - having Bam Bam have this big debut in a major match, only to follow it up with Sid and Flair later on. It kind of puts Bigelow in the background straight away, which I'm not sure about. It won't take long to heat him up, but I'd have loved for this to be HIS debut over everyone else's. But in this era, you have limited big shows, and you want Flair and Sid at a big event, interfering in a big match, so I do understand it.

    Aside from this, it went somewhat as expected, which is no criticism. Davey Boy putting up a good fight and Martel winning through dodgy means is the right call, as we're building towards the Bret rematch. Otherwise the right guys went over and the seeds are built for interesting future things (eg Rockers split). All good.

    All in all, this felt like the end of this chapter for you. You had the Rumble-Mania, then it felt like your next arc was Mania-Summerslam. I get the sense from all the booking here that you were either paying off something that had been built for months, or setting up the next several months. Feels like we're already gearing up for Mania in all probability, which is something I LOVE about this era. Something happens, then you have to wait to truly get the payoff. When you get there, you earn it. Case in point - the ascension of Perfect. You build him up for several months, and then you paid it off, well, perfectly.

    Great job!

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    Hey Battletank! Congrats on the award once more, very deserved. I'm in the process of catching up and I'm excited to do so.

    Firstly, glad you addressed the more aggressive and violent nature that took place at the King of the Ring and it's going to lead to a more earlier edgy product. That should be very interesting and should really play into the hands of characters like Razor Ramon and even someone like Mankind going forward for examples.

    Really cool to see "The Perfect King" flourishing since becoming King of the Ring. I think him winning the match at Hogan would be pretty awesome but I'm wondering if it's a little soon and have doubts that he will but we will see.

    Interesting developments between the Undertaker and the Empire. I can't see this new contract agreement lasting too long Haha!

    I've really enjoyed the Savage/Roberts feud and it's been the highlight of this booker for me so far I'd say. Really good. Building up their Summerslam match as the last encounter is pretty cool but I think some kind of stipulation would have been good to see. Maybe a cage match or even a street fight rules would have been cool to mark the occasion.

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    Saturday Night Main Event Review:

    So cool enough introduction to SNME and we are starting off pretty big with the Intercontinental Match! Fully expecting Bret Hart to continue his reign and defeat the Mountie here who was a pretty good first feud and choice to face Mountie. I really liked the detail of the opening match with the Referee inspection and finding Brass Knucks' in the boots of Rick Martel. Wow! Pretty shocked to see Bret lose the Championship and I'm not sure I like it either Haha! I felt like he won it rather quickly following the split from the Hart Foundation but you could make him a star and have him really shine but now he's already lost it and it's kind of what now? I mean he could obviously win it back and be fine but very surprising. Rick Martel picking up the win in true heel fashion and be interesting to see what develops next for both of these men.

    Haha! enjoyed the Perfectly Ravishing promo. Good job!

    Enjoyed the contract signing segment and off course all hell breaks loose as expected. The segment was done pretty well and I assume that's Takers relationship with the Empire truly severed. Be interesting to see how the match goes down at Summerslam. I'm wondering if we could get a double cross with maybe DiBiase helping Warrior and Warrior maybe turning heel and becoming the muscle of the Empire? Not sure.

    The tag grudge match was good enough man. Booking wise it made sense and kept everyone pretty strong with no one losing or any momentum really shifting either way. Heel's end the match with getting DQ'd and again it makes booking sense.

    Interesting match announcements from Vince McMahon and my first thought is Bret winning back the IC Championship at Summerslam. Tag Match is a good one and the match stip is perfect for both teams! Steamboat vs IRS is a decent enough match up as well. Nice to see Rowdy Roddy Piper back too!

    Savage winning was the correct call and the match was fairly good but ultimately it's all about the ending and the segment with Jake and the Snake latching on and biting Savage. Really awesome visual and intensifies the situation so much. Loving this feud and I'm excited to see it go down at Summerslam!

    Enjoyed the show buddy and I shall review and read the round up and Summerslam later on today, hopefully!


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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    Been anticipating this one for awhile…

    I think in one of my previous bits of feedback I may have mentioned that I really didn’t want The Nasty Boys in the title picture. Whilst I still don’t, I think you did a fantastic job of playing to their strengths here. An in ring match between these four was never going to be pretty, so having the whole thing be an all out brawl is awesome, and it especially makes sense considering the new attitude that the WWF is currently building. Weapons galore, crowd brawling is exactly what this needed to be entertaining. Highlights were beginning on the ramp, The Nasty Boys wearing the spikes, and the modified Doomsday Device off of the balcony. Awesome way to open the show, and with my personal bias in full swing, I think you’ve chosen the right team to go over. Very good way to open the show.

    I always say it’s the small things that count so I like the added detail of the Bossman having a shiner. Terrific stuff. His promo was pretty short and to the point, but that’s to be expected. Solid stuff.

    I’ve always enjoyed the Bossman’s work despite his limited in ring work, however Skinner is a character that doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Happy this is a lower card feud with not too much focus on it. The match was solid enough and again enjoyed the description of the tobacco juice going everywhere. Disgusting but awesome. My only criticism is that maybe this ended a little to quickly. Bossman got out of the Sleeper then landed the Bossman Slam straight away, seemed a little too out of nowhere. I’m not sure it makes Skinner look that great. Outside of that, happy with the result and the match was solid for what it was.

    Commotion in The Million Dollar Empire is intriguing…

    Makes sense for The Beverly Brothers to get a vignette and a promo as they are the new team on the scene. Against a makeshift team, completely expect them to get the victory as well.

    Well, I didn’t necessarily think this was going to be a 6 minute squash match but that’s definitely what it felt like. Tito and TT is a makeshift tandem anyway so it doesn’t really matter, this was simply a Beverley showcase. I don’t usually like having this sort of match on a big show such as Summerslam though. Outside of that, a really good start for The Beverley’s in the WWF, booked well.

    Both pre match interviews were fine with Bulldog and Martel. Obviously Bret has to get in his words as well, but I’ve enjoyed this feud tremendously so far. Martel is amazing…

    Bulldog/Martel is match of the night so far in terms of pure wrestling and rightfully so. I like that you gave the match a fair bit of time without Bret being a factor, but he was always going to get involved somewhat during the home stretch. Bret wanting to hit Martel but then choosing not to only to cop it twice is awesome. Really clever booking because now we want Hart to get at Martel more than anything, and with the dodgy ending, Bulldog probably wants another crack as well. Only other thing I wanted to comment on is Bret has a hurt ankle and is on crutches, and Martel targeted Bulldog’s leg as well. Not sure if that was intention but thought it was awesome psychology to force Bret watch his friend almost get the same treatment that he did. Fantastic stuff.

    Considering your track record, I expect SNME to be a great show as well.

    Further intrigue built for The Million Dollar Empire. I love these little angles that play throughout the night. Fully expecting this to have something to do with Taker/Warrior.

    Another match that has been built quite well since the KOTR. I still can’t help but feel that Steamboat has unfinished business with DiBiase, but that seems very unlikely considering DiBiase’s current predicament. Some patented Steamboat offense in the beginning brought back memories and from there the match was typical Steamboat. He took a hell of a lot of a beating and found a way in the end. I’d argue Steamboat is one of the greatest faces in peril of all time. A nice ending with the briefcase backfiring on IRS as well. Steamboat potentially getting a title shot comes as a bit of a shock to me, however if Mr. Perfect wins the belt, I’d be all for it. Another solid match here.

    I LOVE Survivor Series. Looking forward to some of those awesome traditional style matches which actually meant something throughout this time period.

    One thing that has bothered me throughout but I kept forgetting to mention is the spelling of Mean Gene’s last name. I double checked to make sure but it’s Okerlund not Okurland. Just something that has been annoying me as a reader for a little while now but I forgot to mention. Promo with The Rockers was fine and I think that question basically guarantees that they will lose tonight. Fun stuff either way.

    Rockers/Natural Disasters was your standard big team versus little team match, with the contrast in the two teams move sets being shown right from the get go. I enjoyed the fire from Michaels early as well, almost ignoring the usual high risk stuff just to punch the shit out of Earthquake after having him injured. Still, I thought you booked this very well. The Rockers ‘issues’ seem to have come a little out of nowhere, however the pre match interview, and the Superkick here… And even the after the match argument are all leading to a break up. Well booked for them and just a smart decision to give the new, deadly team a strong victory against an already established tandem. Nothing but positives out of this one as well.

    DiBiase’s promo was interesting as everything seemed, well, relatively normal and calm. Based off of the ‘commotion’ earlier, I expected a frazzled Ted. Still intrigued to see what the plan is, but I thought earlier you put it across like something was wrong, so I was a little disappointed when everything was fine.

    A solid promo from Rick Rude, hyping up his match against Duggan. I enjoyed Perfect in the background watching tapes of Hogan as well… And LOL at the perfect shake. God I loved this gimmick.

    Rude/Duggan was never going to be a barnburner because Duggan, but yet again, this was perfect for what it was, and what it needed to be. The early stages of Rude underestimating Duggan and losing because of it was great, and then once he got his head screwed on, the match changed. The story as well was one Rude hit the Rude Awakening it was ALL over. Very good stuff here and yet again, it feels as if you’ve put the right man over. Booking has been sensational for Summerslam so far.

    Hmm, somebody who isn’t supposed to be here is here? I have no idea what this means but it interests the hell out of me. Assuming this has plenty to do with DiBiase.

    Undertaker/Warrior is a match I was really looking forward to. Surprisingly, outside of stalling a few counts, DiBiase didn’t get involved a hell of a lot. The Million Dollar Corp helping The Undertaker a little was to be expected, and I was shocked that Taker delivered a Dropkick from the top rope. Has he ever done that before? Anyway, match was solid enough as again, a Warrior match is never really going to tear the house down technically. The ending was the big surprise though with Bam Bam stopping Taker from winning. I thought maybe this should be a contingency and if Warrior was going to win, he interfered. Either way, Bam Bam being in such a prominent role is awesome. I look forward to seeing Bam Bam/Taker feud and whatever is next for Warrior. Awesome Summerslam moment created here, great job.

    Enjoyed the polar opposite nature of Savage and Roberts throughout this promo. You’ve got Savage who is all worked up, whilst Roberts is calculated with everything he does. Both men said what needed to be said, with Roberts promo being especially great. If I wanted to be real picky, if Roberts isn’t an employee of the WWF, why are they interviewing him? Looking forward to the match.

    Love the fact that Roberts isn’t coming out to any actual music, further playing up the fact that he’s not employed by the WWF tonight. Savage being a little more subdued than normal was a nice touch as well. This has easily become my favourite match of the night so far. Again, the more hardcore style of wrestling suits the company’s new attitude which is a great thing. Outside of Roberts getting busted open a little too early in the match, I thought this was sensational. The hatred between the two was conveyed with all of the brawling, and some nasty spots as well, with the lasso and the finale table spot. I think I enjoyed Roberts eye gouging and what not as well. No real feedback to offer thought this was a tremendous culmination of the best thing going in this thread.

    DiBiase’s words were great here to, explaining what happened. I maybe would have preferred for this to happen another night, as to let everything sink in a little better but hey, it’s still fun stuff. Taker/Warrior as a potential frenemy team is going to be all kinds of awesome.

    I can’t deal with The Mountie and The Berzerker. Two over the top characters that I’d assume the new attitude of the company would be trying to get away from. I’m happy it was short and sweet and a little bit of lightening the mood between the two big main events. Good match placement really but couldn’t care much for what actually happened here.

    I love the old school feel of both wrestlers always cutting promos before their matches begin. That was obviously done well again here, with Perfect and Hogan getting in some stock standard final words. Praying for a Hennig win tonight.

    I’m a little torn on the booking of the main event If I’m honest. Firstly, I’m happy that you pulled the trigger on Hennig as champion; he has been built way to well over the past few months for that not to happen. Outside of that, I would have preferred if he won without the Justice and Flair stuff. Whilst it’s interesting and sets up Hogan moving forward, it makes Bigelow earlier, and now Hennig’s title win seem a little secondary… And on this night, Mr. Perfect should be the final thought. Still, this sets the scene perfectly for Perfect to have a ravishing title run.

    Summerslam was a sensational show. I nitpicked here and there but in general, this was fantastic. Love the time period, booking throughout the project has been strong, and it feels like you really hit it out of the park with the biggest show of the summer. So much good can happen from here, keep it up.








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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    Found it surprising that the Falls Count Anywhere match kicked the show off. I like the new direction you’re taking the product, and giving these four the opportunity to use plunder makes this combination much more appealing than a regular match would. Thought you might be better served to open the show with another match and build up to this one a little later, as for me, this turned out to be one of the more memorable matches on the show. Had visions of the famous Hardys/Dudleys Tables match in MSG with the finish, of the Doomsday Device off the balcony. A very memorable moment - one that you’d envisage would be replayed for years to come on video packages. Great use of the stipulation too, with merely a few seconds only occurring in the ring.

    Enjoyable pre-match promo from Bossman. Especially liked the line of Skinner being able to wrestle alligators, but not a Georgia Bulldog. The black eye is a cool touch too, serving as a constant reminder of what brought the match together. Liked the big man spot Bossman got here when not budging to the clothesline attempts, and also, the way in which Skinners sleeper was described, playing into his gimmick of being the alligator hunter, and treating Bossman like a alligator. Skinner is very much going to be a low-level heel, so I’m glad Bossman got the win, as he’s still a big name, and it’d be better served to keep him strong in order to eventually put over someone that’ll be a bigger deal than Skinner. Skinner still came across as a threat despite losing, and Bossman got the win. Mission accomplished imo.

    That Lord Alfred Hayes, up to no good as usual, loitering outside of locker rooms!! Lol.

    Personally, I don’t really feel like the Beverlys match warranted being on this show. Their debut could’ve easily been saved for SNME. Compared to other teams in the mix at this point too, they don’t grab my interest - but that’s mainly based on their underwhelming run in real life. I’m interested to see what you do with this team in the long run and if they’ll be a major threat in the division. Despite Tito and Tornado being a makeshift team, they’ve still quite a bit of name value, so the win means something for the Beverlys at least.

    Nice use of the pre-match interviews prior to the big I.C Title match, and Bret being by Daveys side is a good idea too. Would’ve liked Martel to get a line in on New York though, just to rile the fans a little more. Loved the image of Martel swanning through garbage being thrown at him during his entrance. As stojy touched on, the story of the match worked a treat for me. The Model focusing on the same leg on Davey that he destroyed on Bret was a simplistic, but excellent idea.

    I did think Bret looked a little silly by getting low blowed after electing not to attack Martel. I get why he stopped himself from attacking the Model, but he just looks like a real idiot by not only sparing Martel, but getting put down by him too. Finish was okay too, as I don’t think anyone would’ve expected a clean win for Martel. Cheap win sets up further rematches with Davey, and obviously, Bret will be back in the hunt once he’s ready to compete again. Enjoying this run for Martel with the belt though.

    Had to laugh at Hayes here again. Came across as the lovable buffoon he was.

    I’d be booing Steamboat for cutting off that I.R.S promo, lol. I.R.S was such a fun gimmick, especially the fact he wore his suit as his ring gear. That said, I hate that Dragon outfit for Steamboat. I’d much prefer just plain old Steamboat and to focus on his wrestling, rather than the fire breathing gimmick. The body of the match was okay, though I think 13 minutes might’ve been a little excessive for an IRS match. Really enjoyed the finishing sequence though, getting over that Irwin had thrown everything at Steamboat to no avail, leading to him going for the Halliburton, and his obsession with using it eventually backfiring. I see this rivalry continuing on, with IRS no doubt finding some way of spinning this finish to say that Steamboat cheated - though the hint toward a potential title match for Steamboat did not go unnoticed.

    Wasn’t a fan of Michaels getting the better of Earthquake as he did at the beginning of the match. I get that he’s fired up, but given the size disparity, it’s not a wise decision to come out like a train at a 400 pound monster like that imo, especially when you‘re pushing the Disasters as an intimidating team, building up for title shots. Thankfully, natural order was restored with Typhoon dominating Marty. Given how Michaels was booked throughout this match - starting out hot, getting the hot tag and taking zero offence from Earthquake or Typhoon - I’d have to assume there’s big plans in store for Shawn as a singles competitor.

    With the finish only coming thanks to a mix up between The Rockers, it doesn’t do much for the Natural Disasters credibility imo. I’d expected a dominating performance to set Earthquake and Typhoon up as major threats for the tag titles, but I’m left a little cold on them coming out of this match if I’m honest. If anything, the person to come out of this looking like a star was Shawn Michaels, and I’m very intrigued to see how you go about the seemingly soon to be break up of The Rockers. Interesting that Michaels was the one to pull away before the super kick mix up, and perhaps it’s an indication that Jannetty might turn heel on Shawn? Could be the twist to change up the history books.

    Enjoyed this ongoing little segment with Hayes trying to get a word with DiBiase throughout the night, only to get a non-answer, lol. Good fun.

    I love the fact Perfect is even wearing his crown whilst watching tapes on Hogan, and the poster with the red X is another lovely touch. Much like the IRS/Steamboat match, nearly fifteen minutes for a Jim Duggan match feels a little on the long side. I’d always thought the best thing about the likes of Duggan was that they never really had to be exposed for long matches in the WWF (full disclosure; I‘ve not seen anything of Duggan pre-WWF, so maybe he is a great worker, and just didn’t get to show it).

    Extra marks for the classic Rude in-ring promo though. Duggan interrupting the de-robing feels a little too similar to The Dragon interrupting IRS earlier, but it still works for a way to rile the smug heel. I appreciated the early going, with Duggan shocking Rude with his skills (though I think you meant to say he underestimated Duggan) , but it felt to me that Duggan had about 75% of the offence during the match, and there was little in the way of Rude getting a period of sustained offence to build heat for a big comeback late on from Duggan. Finish was clever though, and the Rude Awakening got a bit of an RKO type push here, with Rude essentially hitting it out of nowhere after avoiding the clothesline. That would be a cool way to further get Rudes finish over.

    Commotion backstage?? Intriguing.

    I’d love to hear the commentators reaction to DiBiase ‘quietly’ cheering on Taker during the match, lol. Nice little touch during the match I felt. Bit surprised with the ‘No Contest’ ruling, seeing as Bigelow had only attacked Taker to that point. Big return for Bigelow, instantly making a huge impact by coming after Taker and Warrior to join the Empire. That would suggest what the commotion was all about backstage, and sets up a potentially awesome team of Taker & Warrior to take on the Empire going forward.

    Warning the women and children that the Roberts/Savage match may be too graphic for them is an awesome move to make. I really like that pre-match warning. Roberts essentially stripping away ALL of the ‘Snake’ gimmick; the music, the tights and Damien is a terrific touch to add to this situation, making it all seem that much more real. Blood right away?? No waiting here, lol. The description of the cast turning from white to blood red was great and would make for a stunning visual imo.

    What I liked most about this was that you treated this as a fight. Not a wrestling match with holds etc, but just an out and out fist-fight, filled with down-and-dirty moves like low blows and eye gouging; something you’d see in a literal street fight, weapons (especially like the microphone cord being used to choke). Roberts introducing a table (for what must be a first, right?) would’ve had the place in raptures, I’m sure. Glad Jake never got to hit the DDT, as I was a little worried we would get a spot where Savage kicked out of it. The DDT is such a special move at this point, it’d be great if you manage to keep it over as a deadly finish. The tease of the DDT on the concrete alone was enough to satisfy me.

    HUGE finish, and whilst the Elbow through a table might be considered ‘tame’ now, for 1991, this would be the biggest thing ever - massive, massive spot - and you saved it for the right time and the right match. I really loved this match. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and then some. Extra marks that there was only ONE pin in the entire match - that’s pretty much the way it should be in a grudge match like this. It just doesn’t make sense for two people that hate each other to be looking for early wins like they would in a regular match. A fitting end to the rivalry. You gave it the perfect wrap up too, putting the match over as one that will change the WWF and influence a change in the company - and it will. It could be this era’s Austin/Hart match essentially. And this match will be certainly going on my awards log list the next time I get around to updating it.

    Hayes continuing to harass DiBiase and co, lol. Found it funny that they called him a janitor too. The fact he actually gave in and took the picture too made me chuckle. DiBiase’s explanation was perfectly fine, but I do hope he’s wrong that Takers title shot is now void, lol.

    Perfect match to follow the unfollowable Unsanctioned Match. Quick win for Berzerker, and with Mountie counted out, I’m guessing this will rumble on for a little while yet until we get an actual finish between them.

    Honestly, I think you could’ve used another buffer match before the main event - that’s how good that Unsanctioned Match was. That said, this is the Hogan Era, and the fans are going to be back up for him regardless of what came before. Perfect being … perfect in the early going was an interesting and different way to start things - not the Hogan formula for sure, as he’d normally dominate initially before selling. Shows that all the preparation Perfect has been doing has paid off. Really clever storytelling imo. Thought you got both men spot on, with Perfect being a bumping machine for the invincible Hogan, whilst still staying true to your story of Perfects perfect preparation, even managing to counter when Hogan was starting to Hulk up out of the sleeper.

    Howled at Rude and Heenan sitting Perfect down on a chair and trying to quickly bring him around. That was so funny. Glad you did eventually give the fans the Hogan hulk-up on Perfect, but again had Perfect prepared for what was coming by avoiding the initial big boot attempt. Would’ve liked at that point for Hogan to do something to take out Rude and Heenan (my one big criticism of the match is that they did little to help Perfect aside from the comedy spot on the outside) before putting the finishing touches on Perfect. Didn’t see the finish coming in the way it did in the end. Flair AND Justice arriving to screw Hogan? Didn’t expect it. And now, I guess THAT is perhaps what the commotion was about, and NOT Bam Bam. Very clever if so, throwing everyone off the scent. Very clever indeed.

    And now, we have the PERFECT champion. Only concern is the same that stojy and keefmoon had voiced, and that’s the possibility of Flairs arrival usurping Perfects heat at lead heel. After all the build up throughout the Summer, his title win feels like the second biggest thing to come from this match, behind the arrival of Flair and Sid. I’d also question if you needed to bring both Flair and Sid together as a unit, as both on their own could’ve been bigger deals. Sid debuting as a face and instantly matching up with Perfect even?

    Anyway, I’ll reserve judgment until seeing how all of this situation plays out. Glad you pulled the trigger on putting the belt on Perfect though. After his run over the summer, it would’ve been a real shame if he had just been vanquished like all other Hogan foes. His booking during the match of countering pretty much everything Hogan was going for was splendid too. A huge show, obviously, and a great one. The WWF is clearly changing now, and that Unsanctioned Match was just incredible. A real shifting of direction with that one. Feels like we’re at a point where a number of slates have now been wiped clean, so I’m excited to see what new feuds and pairings we get going forward.

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    Summerslam Review

    So I have started off reading from your latest PPV- Summerslam! I wasn't even born during this era of WWF, so this booker definitely intrigues me. Let's begin!

    So we kick things off with Legion of Doom vs. The Nasty Boys! I guess Nasty Boys were very established back in those days, right? I remember them when they arrived in TNA, and what a failure that was lol. However, I'm definitely familar with LOD- and I'm pulling for them to gain the victory. Great way to kick off this show, and LOD pick up the win to retain the titles in what was a chaotic match!

    Another good match between Big Bossman & Skinner. I just want to say, erghhhhhh. Did Skinner REALLY used to chew tobacco? Lol. All this spitting out tobacco juice is crazy but it worked very well during the match. Big Bossman wins with Skinner putting up a good fight- both men look strong.


    I have no idea who The Beverly Brothers are, but I was definitely curious. Obviously, them winning was the best way as I could definitely see them challening LOD for the Tag Team titles. I also liked Genius analysing the match with his clipboard. Good stuff.


    Man like British Bulldog! Definitely pulling for him to win this match. I love Rick Martel's character, the whole Bottle of Arrogance stuff is wicked. Really adds to Martel's arrogance as well lol. So the match itself goes very well, only for Martel to grab a handful of tights to get the win! Damn him!! However, it keeps British Bulldog looking strong- and I also noticed
    that Martel has unfinished business with Bret Hart too. Martel is a great heel here, and I sense a Triple Threat Match for the future. Now that would definitely be sick!


    Another good match between Steamboat & IRS. I liked the way it ended, with IRS attempted to use the briefcase as a weapon- but it ended up being his downfall instead. You built up the idea of the briefcase possibly being involved very well here.


    Great backstage segment from The Rockers! Interesting to see Shawn Michaels booked in his tag team with Marty Jannety, for sure! I liked how you brought up the size, it may seem standard- but it works very perfectly for this feud seeing as The Natural Disasters are bigger. At the end of it- it's TND that end up picking the much needed win, in their debut bout. However, there's tension teased between Jannety & Michaels. They ended up on good terms, but is that really the case? Guess we'll find out!


    Another awesome match between Rick Rude & Jim Duggan. I also enjoyed the pre-match promo from Rude, it was ravishing indeed!


    Ooooohhhhhh, The Undertaker vs. Ultimate Warrior?! This seems like a HUGE match on paper, and with TedDiBiase as the referee- it seems to be a very important match in my eyes. I really enjoyed this match, it lived up to the expectations I think... BUT BAM BAM BIGELOW?!?! So HE was the one who wasn't meant to be here?! So he's joined forces with TedDiBiase and co, but 'Taker & Ultimate Warrior are gonna be PISSED off!!


    FANTASTIC pre match promos from Jake 'The Snake' Roberts & Macho Man himself! I love how this match is being built up as the final encounter, and those promos certainly made it seem a lot bigger. Seems like a very personal feud as well. Holy shit. This match was DEFINITELY my favourite match of the night so far. Great to see Macho Man win, both men were booked to be relentless and doing whatever it takes to win the match. I loved it.


    TedDiBiase is talking a very big game here, now that he has a giant in Bam Bam Bigelow by his side. The Empire seem very strong, but as I said earlier- Undertaker is gonna be pissed off! Good reasoning for TedDiBiase screwing 'Taker, but there's one person he forgot about and that's Ultimate Warrior. Can't ever underestimate UW!

    Yeah, Berzerker absolutely dominated this match- and like McMahon & Monsoon said, Mountie had no chance!

    And finally, the main event. Such a HUGE moment for Mr. Perfect to FINALLY win the title, as I know that he didn't win it in real life. However, at the same time- I wish it could've been a clean win, as that would've put Perfect over even more with a clean win over Hogan. However, the arrival of Ric Flair & Sid Justice is intriguing as well but it overshadowed the title run for me. On the other hand, with Perfect being a heel- I can see why you went along with it. Either way though, The Perfect Summer is complete indeed!

    Overall, it was a good show mate. I enjoyed it, and I'll definitely be keeping up. Great stuff bro!

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    Re: March BTBOTM - WWF - 1991 and Beyond

    I really appreciate all of the feedback for Summerslam. A big thank you to everyone who took time to read and review. These reviews are more helpful than I could ever imagine, so I'm very grateful to you guys-keefmoon, stojy, Wolf Beast, Sykotic, Deco & Skeng, especially, for continuing to read and help me along my way.

    Just a few thoughts here, as I believe I owe it to you all to jump into my head for a few paragraphs to see my thought process and reasoning behind the booking behind the Summerslam Main Event, as most of you that left feedback were mixed on it. I too was mixed on it, but not as much now as I was when I was writing it. I wrestled around with different ideas for more than two weeks, which is why it took so long to post Summerslam. The plan all along was to have Sid debut with Flair as his bodyguard, someone to help fend off all WWF loyalists looking to kick Flair's ass for coming to the WWF. The only problem was I didn't have a set time where they would debut, just some ideas. Then, when Summerslam finally rolled around, I needed to get them on the show because having them debut at SNME wouldn't have as much meaning as having them debut on the biggest show of the summer, and in reality, my biggest show to date.

    I thought about just having them walk out in front of The Garden and cut a promo. Then I realized they were going to be a crucial part moving forward, and I needed to make them have a memorable debut. Which is why I finally settled on them coming out during the main event. While writing, I knew the dangers that came with tainting Mr. Perfect's title win, but at the end of the day- he beat Hulk Hogan in New York City at Summerslam- I couldn't just kill all of Hogan's heat with a clean victory. Perfect is the heel's heel, so any added distractions he will take and fully use to his advantage. I decided to drop Flair/Sid in to add to the drama of the match. So far, we have no idea why Flair/Sid came out, and technically it was never talked about that they actually wanted to distract Hogan. They just came out to watch, which made Hogan take his eye off of Mr. Perfect once he saw two of the biggest stars in WCW at the time standing in the aisle. The only other possible idea I played around with was to have them come out AFTER Perfect won the title, but it wouldn't make too much sense in my opinion to have a heel/heel stare down to end the show. Perfect was going to win all along, hell, this Summerslam main event was the first idea that I ever had for this entire project.

    Hopefully that makes sense to you guys. I think coming out of this everything will make perfect sense. Thanks again everyone for reading, and new content will be posted shortly.

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    After a thrilling Summerslam that saw many twists, turns, bloodshed and all out action, the WWF is ready to usher in a new era. The biggest takeaways from Summerslam were undoubtedly Mr. Perfect beating Hulk Hogan to capture the WWF championship, Randy Savage ending his blood feud with Jake Roberts in a match that may have altered the course of WWF history, plus shocking debuts from Ric Flair, Sid Justice and Bam Bam Bigelow. All in all, Summerslam delivered and lived up to its name as “The Biggest Event of the Summer.” Let’s take a look at some of the key players in the WWF post-Summerslam and where they will go moving forward towards Saturday Night’s Main Event in October and Survivor Series in November.

    Mr. Perfect- Mr. Perfect has undoubtedly had the best 1991 out of anyone else in the WWF thus far, and he capped off his “Perfect Summer” in perfect fashion, defeating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. One of the best wrestlers in the world, now WWF Champion, Mr. Perfect has nowhere to go but up following his victory. Waiting to challenge for his title are superstars such as a vengeful Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Ricky Steamboat and The Undertaker. If there is one detraction to Mr. Perfect, it is that he has never held the WWF title and has never experienced the pressures that come with being the best. However, if there is one person who can take it all in stride and get better while being WWF Champion, it’s Mr. Perfect.

    Ric Flair & Sid Justice- One of the biggest surprises of Summerslam was the unexpected debut of Ric Flair and Sid Justice. Looking to make a splash right out of the gate, the duo stood in the aisle way, distracting Hulk Hogan enough for Mr. Perfect to catch Hogan off guard and beat him for the title. Now, it is not known exactly why Ric Flair and Sid Justice showed up at Summerslam, and they were both out of the building before any of the backstage interviewers could get to them following Summerslam. All we know is they are here in the WWF, and made a ton of noise by just standing in the aisle way. This is one you want to follow, as we attempt to get some words or actions from the two over the course of the next few weeks.

    Hulk Hogan- Hulk Hogan saw his title vanish right before his eyes when he was unable to kick out of the PerfectPlex. Hogan is out for blood following his title loss, and is especially looking in the direction of Ric Flair and Sid Justice, who advertent or not, ultimately distracted Hogan enough for Mr. Perfect to beat him. Hogan was unavailable for an interview following Summerslam, and some are beginning to wonder of Hogan is fed up, looking to take some time away from the WWF. One thing is for sure, Hogan won’t stay silent for long, and we will be hearing from him soon.

    "Macho Man" Randy Savage- Macho Man had himself a banner night at Summerslam, winning one of the most iconic and influential matches in WWF history. In a match that embodies everything Vince McMahon said back in July about “Pushing the Envelope,” Macho Man came away victorious, winning his blood feud with Jake Roberts. So what’s next from here for Savage? Following Summerslam, Sean Mooney caught up with a bloody and beaten Savage. In a subdued tone, Savage simply stated that there’s only one way to go from here, and that is to chase after the WWF title. The thought of a WWF title match between Mr. Perfect and Macho Man in the future has tons of intrigue, but Savage will have to wait in line just like everyone else who is gunning for Mr. Perfect.

    Jake Roberts- One of the biggest losers of the night, Roberts has virtually lost everything he worked so hard to attain in the WWF. Still under indefinite suspension, it is unclear as to when Roberts will be re-instated. WWF President Jack Tunney holds all of the cards in this one, and hasn’t really spoken about lifting Roberts’ suspension just yet. We may have seen the last of Jake Roberts inside a WWF ring, but that won’t be the case if Roberts has anything to say about the situation. This is one situation that is worth following moving forward.

    The Million Dollar Empire-Ted Dibiase’s master plan paid off at Summerslam, and The Empire overall had a good night at “The Biggest Event of the Summer.” Dibiase revealed his master plan in the form of Bam Bam Bigelow, who came down and destroyed both The Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior. So what’s next for the super-villain club? Dibiase knew he had an Undertaker problem before Summerslam, and did his best to put that problem to rest by bringing in one of the few men that match Undertaker’s size and strength in Bigelow. From here, we can only imagine The Undertaker as well as the Ultimate Warrior will be looking for revenge, while Dibiase continues to scheme his way through the WWF, looking for that all elusive WWF title.

    The Undertaker- Finally breaking away from The Million Dollar Empire just may be the blessing in disguise The Undertaker needed in the WWF. Now a free man, Undertaker can come and go as he pleases, looking to lay waste to anyone and everyone who crosses his path. For now, Undertaker has his sights on Bam Bam Bigelow, but he is still looking to get his hands on Dibiase. Dibiase’s original plan to bring Undertaker back in the fold seemed the work-guaranteeing him a WWF Championship match at Saturday Night’s Main Event in October. Following Summerslam, that title match is off the table after Dibiase ripped up the contract. Nevertheless, Undertaker will be roaming around the WWF freely, which is a horrible thought for whoever he decides to get his hands on next.

    “The Model” Rick Martel- Martel squeaked by against British Bulldog at Summerslam, retaining his Intercontinental title. Martel has embarked on a feud with both Bulldog and former Intercontinental champion Bret Hart over the summer months, beating both men in back-to-back months. Martel may be the reigning Intercontinental champion for now, but the cheap victory over Bulldog certainly didn’t sit well with the fan favorite. Martel left Summerslam as the Intercontinental title, but his feud with British Bulldog is far from over. Bulldog may have lost the match, but this war is far from over.

    The Legion of Doom- Few tag teams have had the dominant run that Hawk and Animal have had since dismantling Demolition at Wrestlemania 7. The Nasty Boys proved to be a tough test at Summerslam, but LOD made the most out of the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation and beat down Knobbs and Saggs all over Madison Square Garden, and delivered a legendary Doomsday Device that will be engrained in our memories forever. The tag team division under LOD is as tough as ever, with at least three formidable teams in The Natural Disasters, The Rockers and the newly debuted Beverly Brothers all gunning for their titles. LOD will sit back and let the division play itself out, looking to take down their next competitors.

    One could say that Summerslam brought the end to an era in the WWF, with a new era ushered in upon us moving forward. At Summerslam, many slates were wiped clean, feuds ended, bones were broken, and blood was spilled. We are entering a new era where new superstars will debut over the course of the next few months, and new feuds will begin to lay the foundation as we make our way out of the summer months and into the winter, with Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 8 luring right around the corner.

    Next up for the WWF crew will be an overseas tour of the United Kingdom in September. After that we will see another blockbuster Saturday Night’s Main Event in October, followed by the huge Thanksgiving Eve PPV tradition-Survivor Series. 1991 Is far from over, but the thought of what is to come in 1992 makes the future look very bright. With a new WWF Champion leading the way, the heights as to which the WWF can rise are limitless. All we can do is sit back and watch it all unfold…

    Current Champions



    Mr. Perfect
    Since: 8/25/1991

    Past Champions:
    Hulk Hogan- 3/24/1991-8/25/1991
    Ultimate Warrior- 4/1/1990-3/24/1991



    "The Model" Rick Martel
    Since: 7/20/1991

    Past Champions:
    Bret Hart- 3/24/1991-7/20/1991
    Mr. Perfect- 11/19/1990-3/24/1991



    The Legion of Doom
    Since: 3/24/1991

    Past Champions:
    Demolition- 1/19/1991-3/24/1991
    The Hart Foundation- 8/27/1990-1/19/1991


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    I really dug this recap because it just reminded me of the amount of good things that have happened so far in this thread, and what is still to come. I mean, Hogan/Flair and Justice stuff will be good because of who is involved, however Mr. Perfect's championship reign is set to be amazing. Challenges from the likes of Steamboat and Savage to begin has me excited as all hell.

    Jake Roberts character is still probably the highlight of this thread to me. Intrigued to see how you transition from his suspension to whatever is next after the Savage feud, and Taker/Warrior/MDC stuff should continue to be solid.

    I'm also predicting an eventual triple threat between Martel, Hart and Bulldog.

    This post shows how well things are poised for the coming months. Can't wait to see what is next, keep up the fantastic work.








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