Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Federation House Show
From: Dortmund, Germany
NOTE: There is one match that was not recorded. WWF World Tag Team Champions Money Inc. defeating the Natural Disasters was on the show, but not recorded by the fan in attendance for whatever reason.
Opening Contest: The Bushwhackers vs. Skinner & Kato: As per usual with Bushwhackers matches, I’m going to give this the old fashion long story short. To their credit, they are very over with the Germany crowd, I just can’t stand the team and their awful wrestling. Butch and Luke win the bout following a battering ram on Kato.
Second Contest: Rick Martel vs. Tito Santana: The rivalry that will never end! These two wrestled each other endlessly on the house show scene, but never had a singles match to blowoff their 1989 angle that saw Martel turn on Santana. Martel is kicked into the ropes but does a cartwheel and taunts the fans in the process. Santana counters a monkey flip attempt but stomping on Martel’s face. Tito avoids a leapfrog and punches Martel causing the Model to bail to the floor and cover his face. Martel cheap shots Santana in the corner and works over Tito with strikes to maintain the advantage. Martel misses a spear in the corner hitting the ring post shoulder first. Martel scoop slams Tito but misses an elbow drop.
Santana ducks a clothesline to dropkick Martel but Martel sends Santana chest first into the corner to get the advantage. Martel continues to work over Santana on the canvas with basic strikes to the lower back. Martel hits a gut wrench suplex but Tito kicks out at two. Santana nearly wins with a rollup but Martel quickly recovers to hit a clothesline. Martel drives Santana down to the mat with a back breaker and attempts the Boston Crab, which is locked in but Tito reaches the bottom rope. Santana nearly wins with a rollup from behind but is cutoff by Martel again. Martel misses an axe handle off the middle rope and Tito goes on the comeback with strikes. Tito signals for the leaping forearm and hits it but Martel gets his boot on the bottom rope. Santana hits a middle rope cross body but Martel rolls through and wins the match. (*1/2. It’s a basic match, but the fans are eating everything and anything up.)
Third Contest: The Beverly Brothers vs. Crush & Animal: Blake and Animal start the match with Animal tossing Blake down but Beau distracts Animal to allow Blake to hit a power slam. Animal doesn’t waste much time hitting a power slam of his own. Crush is tagged in to try his luck with Beau. Crush is actually wearing some LOD colored gear. Crush hits a back breaker on Beau and Blake is met with a press slam. Crush puts a full nelson on Beau treating him like a rag doll. Animal tags back in and continues to work over Blake with strikes. Animal charges but Blake drops down and Animal flies over the top to the floor. Beau comes off the apron to deliver a double axe handle. Crush is distracting the referee while Animal is double teamed in the corner. Animal continues to be worked over as the Beverly Brothers taunt the fans and Crush distracts the referee. Animal hits Blake with a clothesline and soon plants both men with a double DDT. Crush is ready for the tag on the apron and enters the match. Crush cleans house with scoop slams and an atomic drop. Crush clotheslines both men but only gets a two count. Animal and Blake go to the floor while Crush hits a tilt a whirl back breaker on Beau for the win. (*1/2. I thought the Beverly’s did a good job of keeping their stuff entertaining while Animal and Crush did was anticipated. There isn’t anything of great excitement here.)
Fourth Contest: WWF World Champion Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage: A slow start to the title match as neither man does anything significance for the first several minutes of the contest. Savage takes Flair down several times with a headlock but the slow nature of the contest continues. Flair stops Savage with a couple of knee lifts to the midsection but Savage quickly comes back with a press slam sending Flair to the floor to regroup. Flair backs Savage into a corner but Savage fights out with strikes and an elbow strike followed by a backdrop. Flair begins to beg off in the corner. Flair sends Savage over the top to the floor. Savage fights out of the corner with jabs but Flair sends Randy shoulder first into the corner. Flair attempts a suplex but Savage counters nearly winning with a rollup. Flair stops Savage with a chop as the challenger ran the ropes. The referee sees Flair using the ropes for leverage on an arm bar and forces Flair to break the hold before the count of five.
Flair has Savage on the apron hitting a vertical suplex back into the ring for a two count. Savage fights back with a clothesline which staggers Flair and he drops to the floor through the middle rope. Flair returns to the ring and hits Savage in the midsection. Savage clotheslines Flair but only gets a near fall. Flair drives Savage down to the mat with a back suplex for a two count. Flair drops his trademark knee on Savage causing Randy to roll to the floor. Savage jabs Flair several times dropping the champ. Flair heads to the top but is stopped by Randy who slams Flair to the canvas. Flair gets to his feet but Savage connects with a couple of clotheslines. Savage drops Flair throat first across the top rope and gets a two count. Flair is sent flipping into the corner and falls to the floor. Savage comes off the top and hits Flair with a double axe handle on the floor.
Back in the ring, Savage attempts another double axe handle but Flair stops him with a strike to the gut. Savage nearly wins with an inside cradle. Savage has a backslide but Flair kicks out at two. Flair counters a scoop slam attempt and pins Savage with an inside cradle to retain the title. (*1/2. That was easily the worst Flair/Savage match I’ve ever watched. They didn’t have any kind of rhythm with each other and it dragged along. I know they had struggled with a match for PrimeTime Wrestling, but this was nowhere near what they are capable of doing.)
Fifth Contest: Virgil vs. The Genius: You’ve got to be kidding me. Virgil wins the match with a crucifix pin, which looked like it was in slow motion.
Main Event: Papa Shango vs. Bret Hart: Shango attacks Hart as he was giving his sunglasses way to a young fan at ringside. Shango jumped off the apron to hit a double axe handle but returned to the ring to allow Hart to enter by himself. Shango works over Hart in the corner with stomps and strikes. Shango sends Hart back first into the corner and Hart is laid out on the canvas. Shango lifts Hart up by his neck and drops Hitman to the canvas. Hart fights back but runs into a bear hug and Shango controls Hart in the middle of the ring. Shango delivers a head butt to the lower midsection area of Hart. Shango chokes Hart over the top rope and stops Hart’s comeback attempt with a right hand. Shango runs over Hart with a clothesline and taunts the fans since he has dominated the contest to this point. Hart nearly wins with a cross body but Shango kicks out and Hart is sent to the floor due to the power of the kick out.
Hart enters with a sunset flip and avoids a punch from Shango. Hart big boots a charging Shango and puts a sleeper hold on only for Shango to drop Hart face first across the top turnbuckle. Shango misses a middle rope elbow drop and Hart hammers away on the voodoo master. Hart hits a side Russian leg sweep but only manages a two count. Hart backdrops Shango for another near fall. Hart goes to the middle rope and knocks Shango off his feet with a clothesline for a two count. Shango catches Hart on a cross body attempt hitting a back breaker. Shango misses a splash in the corner and Hart is able to roll Shango up for the victory. (*1/4. Well, that was good as it was it going to get. Shango was never a good in-ring worker, but Hart seemingly got the best he could get out of him every time they wrestled.)
Honestly, this is an awful show. I was hoping for a classic Flair/Savage match but it was major disappointment. The crowd is hot for everything despite the quality, though. Strong recommendation to avoid.
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