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 Posted: Thu Jul 18th, 2019 05:16 pm
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bpickering wrote: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7dkjqq
That was a shitty way to give them the title.  I don't understand the logic of a title changing hands when there's a disqualification.  What difference does it make if it's the second or third fall? 
 
Vince regressed so much as an announcer during this era, when compared to his more realistic work a decade prior. 



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This was, arguably, WWF's match of the year for 1989.

I don't think anybody saw this title change coming. I rank it right up there with Honky Tonk Man's IC win, in terms of shock value. The Busters had a DQ win over Demolition on the last (May '89) SNME, so it seemed like the 2/3 stipulation was the WWF's way of blowing off this unofficial mini-feud between the two teams. Instead, it kick-started a whole new thing.

The WWF would re-write rules as they saw fit. Two years earlier, on SNME no less, the British Bulldogs won a 2/3 title bout against the Hart Foundation, but because one of the earlier falls was a DQ, the titles didn't change hands. We can obsess about the inconsistency and lack of continuity, but it really doesn't matter because the end result was kinda' cool.

You could also surmise that it was poetic justice, in some ways, for all the times (heel) Demolition would save their titles with dastardly tactics (Fuji's cane, DQ win, cheap shots, etc).



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 Posted: Tue Jul 30th, 2019 06:14 pm
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Probably a year too late to really make an impact, but I forgot that Andre gave them the rub in that match as well. Man, it's easy to forget how badly Andre fell off after Wrestlemania 4. He could barely walk at this point.



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I like to score this title win as a big part of Bobby Heenan's banner year of 1989 in the WWF. After all those years of coming so close, he now has TWO championships in his stable...errr, Family. The post-match locker room celebration of the Heenan Family with the tag belts is a pretty fun moment.

He was also in top form for his hosting duties. I don't think I would've become a big Heenan mark were it not for 1989.



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Erick Von Erich wrote: This was, arguably, WWF's match of the year for 1989.

I don't think anybody saw this title change coming. I rank it right up there with Honky Tonk Man's IC win, in terms of shock value. The Busters had a DQ win over Demolition on the last (May '89) SNME, so it seemed like the 2/3 stipulation was the WWF's way of blowing off this unofficial mini-feud between the two teams. Instead, it kick-started a whole new thing.

The WWF would re-write rules as they saw fit. Two years earlier, on SNME no less, the British Bulldogs won a 2/3 title bout against the Hart Foundation, but because one of the earlier falls was a DQ, the titles didn't change hands. We can obsess about the inconsistency and lack of continuity, but it really doesn't matter because the end result was kinda' cool.

You could also surmise that it was poetic justice, in some ways, for all the times (heel) Demolition would save their titles with dastardly tactics (Fuji's cane, DQ win, cheap shots, etc).

I considered myself semi-smart at the time. I wasn't yet an Observer subscriber or anything, but I'd learned enough about how promotions booked themselves and about the patterns to see this one happening. Demolition had held the titles since WMIV, a nearly 14 month reign. Based on how often the WWF switched the tag team straps, a change was actually overdue.
 
Demolition had no challengers left on the heel side of the aisle. They'd already dispatched the Powers of Pain and the Twin Towers. The Rougeau Brothers' push was over. The New Dream Team was already long done and Rhythm & Blues would not become a team for months and once formed were strictly a comedy act. The WWF wasn't doing babyface vs. babyface feuds which ruled out the Rockers and Hart Foundation. I also didn't see a heel turn coming for the Rockers, Harts or Demos. There was no indication the LOD was leaving WCW.
 
The Brainbusters were the only logical contenders to take the title and once it was pushed as a title match for SNME, I tuned in expecting to see Tully and Arn win the belts and was pretty excited to see them win. The plan was for them to drop the titles back to Ax and Smash at WMVI, but when they decided to quit and go back to WCW, they hurriedly dropped the belts to Demolition who then just as hurriedly dropped them to Andre The Giant and Haku to once again set up a title switch at Mania.

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I'll say I was only mildly smart, at the time. I was (usually) able to see pushes and booking strategies, but I was probably blinded by some Demolition Marking.

I also kinda' considered Demolition's first reign to actually be two separate reigns. Heels from WMIV- WMV, then post-WMV as faces. I didn't feel that they were fully fledged faces until after WMV, so I didn't expect the swap with the Busters. To me, the Busters hadn't done much, of note, aside from the non-stop brawls with the Rockers. I was very anti-WCW at the time, and figured they would just make the Busters look like buffoons.

Demolition had just kinda' been getting started with the Twin Towers and their six-man SummerSlam match was still over a month away. They didn't have any real face-to-face confrontations or angles between the Towers and Demolition on TV, so I figured that feud would be stretched out through SummerSlam and beyond. Maybe we'd see the Towers run in and cause a disqualification?

In short, it looked like Demolition still had some mileage in their first reign.

Also, it seemed like a random match on SNME and I expected it to be a clean Demolition win, with the Busters maybe getting one fall to give them some credibility. After all, there was no hype or build on TV for the match. So in that regard, it seemed to come from out of left field.

I'm not sure, but I don't think any titles had changed hands on SNME, before.

Yet shortly after it happened, I realized what they did, and loved it. I was totally sucked in, and shocked. Made me an even bigger fan.



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Twin Towers and Demolition didn't get pushed hard on TV with any matches or angles, but it was the main tag team title feud at the arenas coming out of WM5. By the time Tully and Arn won the belts, the Demos vs. Big Bossman and Akeem feud was played out at the house shows. A big reason for the six man tag happening at Summerslam was because the feud was over and the WWF was content to let the two teams face one another with Andre and Dugan thrown in. Unless a feud was ending at the PPV or there was a way to run an angle of sorts in a PPV match to move a feud forward, the WWF tended to not put any ongoing house show feuds on Summerslam.

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