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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 02:52 pm
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To be honest I am really enjoying our discussion about the Killer Bees and thought it might be worthwhile to talk about another team from the same era - Demolition.


Things did not start off on a positive note for 'Demolition' as the team was formed at a time when the Road Warriors were at their peak in the NWA.  The feelings of most fans was that the WWF couldn't get the Road Warriors so they rolled out a Road Warriors copy.

The original team was comprised of 'Ax' [Bill Eadie] and 'Smash' [Randy Colley] managed by Luscious Johnny Valiant. Colley only lasted a few weeks in his role as his facial features were such that  he was easily identified as a 'Moondog wearing face paint'. Colley was replaced by the new 'Smash' [Barry Darsow]

For the most part, early on, Demolition (heel team) traded wins and losses with the Killer Bees, The Rogeaus, The Islanders and The British Bulldogs and were managed by Mr Fuji
[once Johhny Valiant's contract ran out]


Demolition was able to break out from the undercard by virtue of a championship win over Rick Martel and Tom Zenk at Wrestlemania and then were able to
keep the belts away from The Hart Foundation.

In a confusing schmoz , Mr Fuji turned on Demolition and joined forces with the Powers Of Pain at the Survivor Series (1988) in a match where the midcard Conquistadors got a memorable one-night push.


Demolition prevailed in this feud as the Warlord and Barbarian were unable to take the belts away from Demolition, and this paved the way for Demolition to have the run with the tag belts as 'good guys'.


In perhaps the best opening to a Royal Rumble, the 1989 Rumble opened with 'Ax vs Smash'. 1989 also saw Demolition lose the tag titles to Tully Blanchard
& Arn Anderson and then regain them later on.

Over the next year, Demolition also traded title a title loss/win with 'The Colossal Connection' [Haku & Andre]

At one point, Ax [Eadie] was hospitalized and the WWF wanted to keep the 'Demolition' gimmick alive, so a new member 'Crush' [Bryan Adams] was added.


The team more or less became 'Crush & Smash' and reunited with heel manager Mr Fuji.

The Road Warriors were brought in by the WWF and feuded with Demolition with  Demolition being more or less phased out at this point.


Post WWF the members tried to keep the gimmick alive and enjoyed some success on the independent circuit.

The team is definitely 'Hall of Fame' worthy and at one point held the record for the tag team with the most amount of days as world champions.

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As you inferred, a weak version of the Road Warriors before the Road Warriors became a weak version of the Road Warriors.

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The Eadie and Darsow version of Demolition is easily my favorite WWF tag team of all time.

They had a basic style but had entertaining matches with a variety of opponents. They had good to excellent matches with the Harts, Rockers, Arn and Tully, Strike force and the Twin Towers.

I loved the Fuji turn angle

The Powers of Pain matches weren't good but that wasn't really Demos fault.

They also had argueably the greatest theme song of all time.

I'll agree that the face paint wasn't original but I never saw them as roadie rip offs.



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The theme music was more over than they were.



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Badass team that had very good matches with most of the top teams from a very strong tag team era. During their run from 1988-1990 they were one of the most over acts in the company and worked with virtually every star at one point or another. One of my favorite tag teams ever.



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If the Road Warriors had known how to work, they would have been Demolition.

I thought Crush actually infused much-needed youth into the team and could've been a long-term solution had they kept with the team (with Darsow) for a year or so more.



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As WCW/NWA was not on mainstream British telly before WWF, it looked over here that the Road Warriors were ripping off Demolition. So when Demolition left and the Legion of Doom came in, it seemed it was a re-heated gimmick.

The odd thing about Demolition is that they looked so gimpish in a PG world. Rough trade. They both looked as if they could handle themselves in a fight better than LOD, who looked like they spent their time in a gym rather than fight training.

I never worked out why they had facepaint rather than rely on their masks. But they looked so devastating in the ring. No idea if they were stiff workers but they made it look real.



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I wasn't a fan of Demolition since I viewed them as a much weaker version of the Road Warriors. While the Road Warriors had bulging muscles and shoulder pads with large spikes, the Demolition had beer guts and studded face masks. To me, the Road Warriors looked like bona fide ass kickers while the Demolition looked like they were dressed for a night out at the gay S&M bondage club. When the Legion of Doom finally came to the WWF, I was happy to see them beat Demolition and for Demolition to leave the WWF. Even the Road Warriors were saddled with a kiddie gimmick in the WWF when they had to accept Rocco the puppet as a manager.

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The Demos beat Martel and Santana (not Zenk) at Mania IV.



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I just didnt care for Demolition. Thought they were overrated. Admittedly Darsow was a much needed improvement over Colley.



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Blazer wrote: The Demos beat Martel and Santana (not Zenk) at Mania IV.
Strike Force, Can Am, whatever, same difference ;)

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I prefer Tito over Zenk as a singles wrestler, but the Can-Ams were a much better team than Strike Force IMO.



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They obviously became a lot more than LOD rip-offs. You'd think people would get over that after 30 years. Eadie was a shell of his former self and too old to be much, but the gimmick change helped and he could focus on psychology without worrying about doing anything all that physical. Darsow was actually the workhorse of the team and very underrated. He deserved so much better than Repo-Man after Eadie left. I hated Crush as the third member. He didn't seem to fit at all. I wanted to see him come in as a singles without the paint. He was a pretty innovative worker for the time and the first guy I ever saw do a tilt-a-whirl-anything.

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I'll echo what a lot of people said here, I saw them as Road Warrior ripoffs..I remember first seeing them and laughing because it was such a bad attempt at building at WWF version of the Roadies.
BTW, that said, their theme song was cool. I listened to it last night and I never noticed as a kid but Rick Derringer must have been listening to Kiss' "War Machine" right before he penned and wrote that them because I hear a LOT of War Machine in that song..

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Went from being incredibly over at WM6 to being a complete afterthought at WM7.



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