Look Back at SummerSlam: WWF SummerSlam 1990

Thanks for taking another look at my blog, as we look forward to SummerSlam this year. But first, we have a look at SummerSlam from some 25 years ago! It was good to see Vince McMahon on commentary!

Date – August 27th 1990

Venue – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Attendance – 19,304

Special Mentions

The Texas Tornado vs Mr. Perfect (with Bobby Heenan) for the Intercontinental Championship

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One of the best in-ring workers, Mr Perfect, was the champion coming into this one. He was playing the heel though, with Heenan in his corner. This was a very short match, with The Texas Tornado winning the Intercontinental Championship with a Tornado Punch.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) vs Demolition (Smash and Crush) for the WWF Tag Team Championships

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Third time lucky for Bret and Jim at SummerSlam! This was a two out of three falls match. The Hart Foundation were defeated by Demolition at SummerSlam 1988, if you want to see my view of that match, check it out here! (Had to plug myself!)

The first fall went to Demolition as they hit a tag team backbreaker move to Bret Hart. The Hart Foundation did level things up though with the second fall. Bret Hart was about to get the pin, before Demolition stop the referee from counting it. Earl Hebner then disqualified Demolition, to make it 1-1.

Ax was hiding under the ring in this match. His entrance to the match was really poor, as Earl Hebner was looking at him as he came out of the apron.. Anyway, he came in and dominated this match. To even things out, The Legion of Doom revealed that there were 3 members of Demolition at ring side. This helped distract the heels, and got The Hart Foundation the win, and the tag team championships. It was just another tag team match with a messy ending. I guess it was just a thing back then?!

Double Main Event

Hulk Hogan (with Big Boss Man) vs Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart and Dino Bravo)

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Before I start, didn’t WCW do something like this with The Task Master? Regardless, I was not looking forward to seeing a match with Earthquake in. During the match, Dino Bravo was met by a double Big Boot from Hulk Hogan and Big Boss Man. This was where Earthquake started to get some momentum though, heightened with him going to the top rope.

Earthquake had Hogan in a Bear Hug, and for some reason, Hogan ripped Earl Hebner’s shirt? The match ended via count out after Hogan hit The Big Boot and The Leg Drop. Both then battled outside the ring, but Hulk Hogan managed to get back in the ring. It was a very strange end, to a very strange match. Thankfully, we had another main event to come though.

Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) vs The Ultimate Warrior in a steel cage match for the WWF Championship

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It was cool to see the WWF Championship being defended, but it was even better to see it inside a classic blue steel cage! Thanks to Alfred Hayes, I learnt that at that time, the fastest time to make up the cage just was just over 8 minutes!

The match started with both suspended on the cage, with Ultimate Warrior getting the better over the challenger. Rude was busted open after a collision with the steel. Having the upper hand, ¬†scaled the top of the steel cage, to hit a fore arm on Ultimate warrior. That clearly wasn’t enough for him, as he attempted it again from the opposite crner, but Warrior hit him in the stomach.

Warrior looked to have won the match as he was about to escape the cage via the door, but Heenan was on hand to smash the door right in his face. Rude got a near fall from that. Ultimate Warrior then dragged Heenan into the ring for a little pay back.

Having climbed the cage, The Ultimate Warrior taunted Rude before dropping ti the floor to retain the WWF Championship.

This SummerSlam had a very poor undercard, but an awesome main event for me. Rude vs Warrior was such a compelling wrestling match! I was not a fan of Hulk Hogan vs Earthquake though, but many of you know that I’m not really a fan of big guys in the ring.

What did you guys think of SummerSlam 1990? Let me know over on Twitter! Remember to look back at the first two events from the past two days and be sure to stick around tomorrow to see my recap of SummerSlam 1991! Thanks for reading guys!


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