Look Back at SummerSlam: WWF SummerSlam 1989

Welcome back to my build up to SummerSlam 2015! Today we look back at just the second ever SummerSlam PPV event. Make sure you check out my recap of SummerSlam 88 from yesterday too!

Date – August 28th 1989

Venue – Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Attendance – 20,000

Special Mentions

The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tony Blanchard) with Bobby Heenan vs The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)


This was quite an entertaining oppening bout. The Brain Busters were holders of the Tag Team Championships at the time, though this one wasn’t for the titles. Tony Blanchard and Arn Aderson work very well with each other, with Anderson the big guy, and Blanchard the more athletic one. It was clear to see why they were the champions. The Hart Foundation were very over at the time though!  Jim and Bret had a great dynamic together too.

After a double team move on Blanchard, The Hart Foundation seemed to have the win, however Bobby Heenan was distracting the referee. In the mean time, Anderson attacked Bret, and got the pin on The Hitman.

The Honky Tonk Man vs Dusty Rhodes


It was great to see a Dusty Rhodes match again! What a shame it is to see him gone. The American Dream came to the ring in his black and yellow polka dot attire, he was loved! The crowd went crazy to see him! The Honky Tonk Man did manage to survive a little longer than he did at last year’s event!

Dusty Rhodes had so much charisma in and out of the ring! He could also do so much given his size! He turned his attention to Jimmy Hart though midway through, which allowed The Honky Tonk Man to hit The American Dream with the mega phone as the referee had his back turned. I did enjoy hearing Hart on his megaphone! He’s one of my favourite managers!

The Honky Tonk Man pushed Dusty Rhodes into the referee to knock him down. Jimmy Hart got Honky Tonk Man’s guitar, but accidentally hit his own superstar with it! This allowed Dusty Rhodes to hit the Elbow to pick up the win. Dusty Rhodes was brilliant.

Rick Martel and The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond Rougeau) with Jimmy Hart vs Tito Santana and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)


I wanted to highlight this match because of the young Shawn Michaels. He looked ridiculous with his puffy hair! Him, Jannetty and Santana were explosive in the early stages of this, with some great teamwork!

This one wasn’t the best match at all. At the end, there was a massive mix up, and Martel got the pin on Jannetty. Michaels was barely used.

Rick Rude vs The Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Championship


Rick Rude had his customised tights on, this time with The Ulitmate Warrior’s face paint design on. I got confused here though, as The Ultimate Warrior hit Rick Rude with the title belt, as it seems the referee was watching? Regardless, Ultimate Warrior was dominating Rude. This resulted in a near fall, which the Champion did kick out of.

As Rude had control of the match, Roddy Piper showed up. After him and The Ravishing one faced off, Piper pifted up his kilt to show the champion his ass! From this, Warrior hit a superplex and then the Ultimate Splash to win the Intercontinental Championship again, just like he did 12 months ago!

Main Event

Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake with Miss Elizabeth vs Randy Savage and Zeus with Sensational Sherri


Coming into this one, I had no clue who Zeus was! He was shown to be an absolute beast in the ring though, having the ability to not get phased by Hulk Hogan. The main rivalry in this one was between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.

The best way to describe this match would be a typical 80s tag match. I was pretty bored of tag team matches though at this point! Hogan powerslammed Zeus, and the hit the leg drop for the victory. Beefcake and Miss Elizabeth then cut off the long hair of Sherri.

I definitely did prefer this year to last, but there were too many tag team matches for my liking. 4 out of the 9 matches were tag matches! The main event was pretty poor for me! If you guys enjoyed this blog, check out my look back at SummerSlam 88 yesterday, and be sure to stick around tomorrow for SummerSlam 90! Let me know your thoughts on SummerSlam 89, and this blog post over on twitter! Thank you guys!

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