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WWF Tuesday Night Titans

Recorded live

Tuesday, January 3rd

Stamford Studios, CT

The Slammys take place! Vince McMahon hosts the show alongside Lord Alfred Hayes. First, the award for Second of the Year for best cornerman actually goes to a woman, when Miss Elizabeth is presented her Slammy for guiding “Macho Man” Randy Savage to the very top of the World Wrestling Federation and providing him with enough inspiration to defeat four men in one night to capture the WWF World Championship, an unprecedented achievement in the World Wrestling Federation. Tag Team of the Year goes to WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition, Ax and Smash, who say they’re still at the top without Master Fuji, and will remain there, and make sure the Powers of Pain aren’t standing here accepting a Slammy a year from now! Finally, the Slammy for Wrestler of the Year goes to none other than the WWF World Champion himself, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who is accompanied on stage by his second, Miss Elizabeth, who is still holding her Slammy award for Second of the Year. He says he’s had an amazing year, and it’s a good thing he isn’t afraid of heights because he stands at the top of the World Wrestling Federation, where he plans on staying.

A vignette airs showing “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin training in a gym. He pauses for some water, puts a towel around his neck, looks at the camera, and says, ‘Fighting is all I’ve ever known, all my life. So that’s how I’ve made my living. I’ve made my name and earned my money all over the world. That’s my work. My tools of my trade are my Hands of Stone. But I also use my feet, for the Garvin Stomp. Now I’ve done so well in my work, I’ve made it to the World Wrestling Federation, where I can truly make a name for myself doing what I love the most. I love my work. I take pride in my work. My name is “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin. And I love to fight!’

Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes talk about the upcoming Saturday Night’s Main Event, where the Mega-Powers themselves, Hulk Hogan and WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, with Miss Elizabeth, get to settle their differences with Slick’s Big Boss Man and One Man Gang in the confines of a Steel Cage – uniquely, all will be enclosed within walls and roof of this prison-like structure, where only pinfalls and submissions take place! They interview Big Boss Man, One Man Gang, and Slick, who says his men ‘finally get to leave the Mega-Powers locked away like the criminals they are, with Big Boss Man using his billy club and ball and chain, while One Man Gang once again walks free!’

WWF All-American Wrestling

Recorded live on various stateside channels

Saturday, January 7th

On location

The Young Stallions win their match.

On Face to Face, with “Mean” Gene Okerlund, WWF Intercontinental Champion Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake (from a studio in San Francisco, CA) and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (from a studio in Netherlands Antilles) finally argue face to face about their belts. Brutus calls the Million Dollar Championship belt ‘phony’ and says he’s just sorry he can’t get his hands on DiBiase in the Battle Royal, but he ‘forgot that DiBiase doesn’t go for legitimate titles like the King of the Ring.’ DiBiase laughs, saying everybody has a price, and he’ll make his presence felt in that Battle Royal one way or another, because every wrestler is in it to take gold and get rich quick, but he has the money, and Brutus has a price on his head!

Dino Bravo, with “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, wins his match.

On Update, Sean Mooney confirms that the Royal Rumble will follow on from the Survivor Series in holding an eight-man elimination match: The Chain – Hercules, the Young Stallions, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan – will face The Million Dollar Link – “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s Brain Busters, and a so-called “Missing Link,” yet to be revealed. In addition, the full list of participants in the unprecedented 25-man Battle Royal is announced: WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Bad News Brown, WWF Intercontinental Champion Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition, Ax and Smash, the Powers of Pain, Warlord and Barbarian, the Ultimate Warrior, Haku, Koko B. Ware, Rockers Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, the Fabulous Rougeaus Jacques and Raymond, Mr Perfect, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, the Honky Tonk Man, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, the Red Rooster, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Tito Santana and returning to the ring after injury, Tito’s best friend, Rick Martel! Participants will be drawn at random, with two starting, and the rest entering at 2-minute intervals.

Hillbilly Jim wins his match.

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event

Recorded live on NBC

Saturday, January 7th

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mr Perfect, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, defeats the debuting “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin by pinfall when he uses the ropes for leverage without the referee seeing. In the crowd, Sean Mooney notes how irate the fans are by the result.

Meanwhile backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund gets a word from Slick, Big Boss Man and One Man Gang: ‘Alright gentlemen, you’ve talked about law and order in the World Wrestling Federation, and the Big Boss Man here has influence over One Man Gang’s parole I’m sure, but tonight, you fight the Mega-Powers inside the confines of a steel cage – a prison, if you will.’ One Man Gang: ‘Prison? That’s something I’m familiar with, “Mean” Gene; and I know how to survive inside!’ Big Boss Man: ‘And I’m the one in charge of that prison; I’m the Big Boss Man there more than anywhere. It’s my house! I get to feel good in my surroundings, standing tall and making sure punishment is exacted; tonight, on the Mega-Powers!’ Okerlund: ‘But why? What have they done that’s so wrong?’ Slick: ‘”Mean” Gene, your memory must be going the way of your hair, brutha! Because first of all, Hulk Hogan stole the crown from Harley Race, and has no right to it. At the Royal Rumble, it doesn’t even matter if he wins the Battle Royal because he’s just a thief, a pretender to the throne, even though I know he sees that as a chance to get back into contention for the WWF World Championship that belongs to “Macho Man” Randy Savage. And why is he walking around with the belt? One Man Gang never forgot about the cheap win he got on him en route to taking the vacant title at last year’s WrestleMania, and has never been allowed to challenge for Savage’s belt to test his worth. Why is that? I’ll tell you why: I made Elizabeth a proposal at the Survivor Series, and the only reason she rejected me is because she’s already doing favours for WWF President Jack Tunney! Why else do you think “Macho Man” Randy Savage is still the WWF World Champion? Now if this isn’t corruption, I don’t know what is. They call themselves the Mega-Powers, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. And they have to be held accountable!’ Big Boss Man: ‘They’re gonna serve hard time!’

Demolition defeat The Fabulous Rougeaus, with “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, by pinfall to retain the WWF Tag Team Championship when Ax pins Raymond after Smash knocked Jacques from the top turnbuckle as he went for the Coup de Grâce, and Ax reversed Raymond’s bearhug by turning it into a backbreaker, allowing Smash to come off the turnbuckles himself to hit the Wrecking Ball!

Backstage, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin: ‘Ron, this couldn’t have been the WWF debut you’d hoped for.’ Garvin: ‘Gene, I came to the World Wrestling Federation to fight. And I don’t mind losing a good fight, though that’s pretty rare. But what you just saw tonight was an individual who claims he’s perfect, who has an undefeated streak, and yet I came close to pinning him several times, and so he resorted to using the ropes with help from that weasel at ringside, and lucky for him the ref didn’t see it. You know why that is, Gene? It’s because he can’t actually beat me in a fair fight! So he cheated. But cheating will only get him so far. I’m gonna beat him up, and I’m gonna beat him fair and square right in the middle of the ring! And then he, and his record, will be imperfect to say the least, just like his face will be!’

In a Steel Cage match, the Mega-Powers, with Miss Elizabeth, defeat Big Boss Man and One Man Gang, with Slick, by pinfall when “Macho Man” Randy Savage pins the Big Boss Man after he helped Hulk Hogan avoid the handcuffs, instead cuffing One Man Gang to the bars, and delivering Running Wild and the Jumping Spider onto Big Boss Man.

WWF Worldwide

Recorded live on various worldwide channels

Sunday, January 8th

On location

Haku, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, wins his match.

The Ultimate Warrior wins his match.

WWF Tuesday Night Titans

Recorded live on USA

January 10th

Titan Towers, CT

Brother Love: ‘I love you! But there is a man here in the World Wrestling Federation who loves no one. He is a man who has no love lost for anybody else in the WWF. Nonetheless, he is my guest at this time: Bad News Brown!’ Brown walks on to the set. Brother Love: ‘Brother Brown, there is no doubt that you are bad news for every single competitor who has to step in the ring with you here in the World Wrestling Federation. But that is very good news for you as you head to the Royal Rumble and its unprecedented 25-man Battle Royal!’ Brown: ‘Brother Love, I know you’re not a betting man, but many of the bookies have me as their favourite – and not just the ones in New York, either. Andre may be a giant, but he still has allies. That confuses a man. You were right: I don’t give a damn about anybody, much less any of the other twenty-four men in that Battle Royal who want to be a king! Well I’m the king of the streets, and in the World Wrestling Federation, it’s beating people up that gets you to the top. And the more people I can beat up at one time, the happier I am. You won’t see me smiling, but I’ll be happy. You won’t see me teaming up with anyone, either. You won’t see me showing any sympathy. WWF President Jack Tunney doesn’t really want me to win, does he? He doesn’t think I’d make a good King of the Ring. He thinks I’m not corporate enough; that I don’t kiss stinking babies and all that garbage. But the fact is, whether he likes it or not, I’m badder than anybody else in that Battle Royal, and that means in fact all bets are off, everyone’s fair game, anything goes, and that is bad news for every single one of those twenty-four beer-bellied sharecroppers in there!’

Mr Perfect tells Vince McMahon and Alfred Hayes that ‘no one’ can beat him – prompting Nemo to walk on to the set to confront him! Alfred Hayes reminds them that “Nemo” is Latin for “no one” so Nemo may well indeed take Perfect’s statement as an admission that Nemo can beat him! Perfect grabs Alfred, only for Nemo to smack Perfect to the floor, stare at him, and walk off. Perfect is fuming!

WWF All-American Wrestling

Recorded live on various stateside channels

Saturday, January 14th

On location

The Ultimate Warrior wins his match.

On Face to Face, with “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Big Boss Man (from a studio in Cobb County, GA) and One Man Gang (from a studio in Chicago, IL) argue about who will win the Battle Royal at the Royal Rumble. One Man Gang says he’s not imprisoned any more, and can run riot as a One Man Gang against twenty-four other wrestlers, whereas Big Boss Man says he’ll make everyone serve hard time, including him, because he’s dealt with riots before and he knows how to mete out punishment. In the end, Slick actually enters the studio and orders that Okerlund shuts down the segment because he’s ‘stirring’ trouble while he’s busy doing business with another wrestler. “Mean” Gene suggests he’s more likely here to face punishment from WWF President Jack Tunney, from what he’s heard! Slick scuttles off, embarrassed.

The Red Rooster, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, wins his match.

On Update, Sean Mooney mentions that Slick was actually fined for his remarks about Miss Elizabeth and WWF President Jack Tunney at Saturday Night’s Main Event. In a pre-taped interview, Slick, however, suggests that Elizabeth herself ought to have been fined, since – he claims – he was just quoting what she said to him at Survivor Series! Sean Mooney then gives one last preview of the Royal Rumble, with The Chain – Hercules, the Young Stallions, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan – facing The Million Dollar Link – “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s Brain Busters, and a so-called “Missing Link.” In addition, the full list of participants in the unprecedented 25-man Battle Royal remains WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Bad News Brown, WWF Intercontinental Champion Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition, Ax and Smash, the Powers of Pain, Warlord and Barbarian, the Ultimate Warrior, Haku, Koko B. Ware, Rockers Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, the Fabulous Rougeaus Jacques and Raymond, Mr Perfect, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, the Honky Tonk Man, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, the Red Rooster, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Tito Santana and returning to the ring after injury, Tito’s best friend, Rick Martel! Participants will be drawn at random, with two starting, and the rest entering at 2-minute intervals.

The Rockers win their match.

WWF Worldwide

Recorded live on various worldwide channels

Sunday, January 15th

On location

“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin wins his match.

“Ravishing” Rick Rude, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, wins his match.

Nemo wins his match.

WWF Royal Rumble 1989 “Get Ready to Rumble!”

Live on Pay-Per-View!

Sunday night, January 15th

Miami Arena, FL

The Chain (Hercules, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Young Stallions) face The Million Dollar Link (“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase with Virgil, The Brain Busters with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and Dino Bravo with “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) in elimination rules. Dino Bravo is revealed as the “Missing Link”! After several minutes, Jim Powers is pinned by a Tully Blanchard piledriver. Then, despite working well with Hercules in the absence of Jim Powers, Paul Roma is eventually pinned by an Arn Anderson spinebuster. Jesse “The Body” Ventura (on colour commentary): ‘What an achievement for Bobby Heenan’s Brain Busters! Great tag teaming! They just took out the Young Stallions by making quick work of them!’ Gorilla Monsoon (on play-by-play): ‘Not exactly quick work, Jess, but they wore them down well with technical holds and kept them grounded!’ Jesse: ‘That’s why he’s the Brain, Monsoon! He knew how to have his Busters ground the youngsters and stop any of that fancy show jumping!’ However, Hercules comes in and beats down on Arn Anderson before getting the pin on him after a short-arm clothesline, and then hitting Tully Blanchard with the same after he tags in. Gorilla Monsoon: ‘Wow! Hercules just took out both Brain Busters, Jess! Talk about making quick work of your opponents!’ Jesse: ‘Ah, they were worn down after eliminating the Young Stallions, Monsoon!’ After Hercules mocks a furious Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Dino Bravo then steps in to the ring, staring down with Hercules. Jess: ‘Here it is, Monsoon! This is the reason for the Missing Link! Money well spent by DiBiase, I’d say, because Hercules has met his match now! He’s the Canadian Strongman!’ The two trade blows, and exchange moves, until Dino Bravo challenges Hercules to a ‘test of strength.’ They lock up, and go back and forth for several moments, until Hercules looks like he’s starting to get the upper hand. Then, “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart climbs onto the apron, admonished by the referee, allowing “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase to run in and attack Hercules – until “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan clotheslines DiBiase right out of the ring, then gets dragged out himself by Virgil, who fights with Duggan until he uses his two-by-four on him at ringside! Jesse: ‘Duggan should be disqualified for that, Monsoon! He just used a foreign object!’ Gorilla: ‘Oh, I’m pretty certain that’s an American two-by-four, Jess.’ Jesse: ‘This is no joke, Monsoon!’ Gorilla: ‘Well, Virgil had no business being involved, so was fair game!’ Jesse: ‘He used a weapon on DiBiase’s second here, doesn’t that still warrant a disqualification?’ Gorilla: ‘Well then DiBiase should be disqualified for running in, in the first place – and having Virgil get involved!’ Bravo takes advantage, beating down on Hercules, before tagging in DiBiase to bring him back into the match legally. DiBiase taunts Hercules as he assaults him, before tagging Bravo back in. Dino continues his team’s advantage, clobbering Hercules, who eventually makes the desperate tag to Duggan, coming in and blasting Bravo with punches, backing him off into the corner and pummeling him, until Dino makes the tag to DiBiase, who takes pleasure in attacking working man Duggan. DiBiase wears him down and despite Duggan’s attempt to fight back, Bravo is tagged back in, delivering the Powerlift for the pin. Hercules is on his own against two! He comes in and trades blows with Bravo, before eventually overpowering him again and applying a Full Nelson that Bravo almost breaks, but eventually submits to. DiBiase is enraged that his Missing Link didn’t work, attacking Hercules, with only Virgil watching on – a defeated Dino Bravo having led “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart to the back. After fighting back and even escaping the Million Dollar Dream, a spent Hercules succumbs to a DiBiase scoop powerslam and is pinned. The triumphant Multi-Millionaire celebrates as Virgil attaches his Million Dollar Championship belt around his waist.

In footage from before the show, Mr Perfect is shown smiling when he draws his number for the Battle Royal, exclaiming ‘Perfect!’ Meanwhile, in the arena, a platform is shown with a waiting throne and crown for the wrestler who wins the Battle Royal to be crowned “King of the Ring”!

Announcer Howard Finkel explains the rules: order of entry is drawn at random, with one and two starting the match, and the rest of the entrants coming into the ring at two minute intervals, with elimination taking place when a competitor is thrown over the top rope, and hits the floor. The first entrant is Tito Santana! Gorilla Monsoon: ‘Well, he has the unenviable task of outlasting twenty-four other men, Jesse!’ ‘So does the Warlord!’ responds Jesse “The Body” Ventura, when he emerges as the second entrant, accompanied by Master Fuji. Santana tries his best to ignore Fuji as he locks up with the Warlord, and the Battle Royal commences! Incredibly, entrant number three is Tito’s best friend Rick Martel, who runs into the ring ready to save Santana as Warlord has him on the ropes! However, instead, he helps Warlord knock him over down to the floor, shocking a rattled Tito! Jesse: ‘It’s every man for himself in the Battle Royal, Monsoon!’ Gorilla: ‘But he had the option to help Tito and eliminate the Warlord instead, Jess! I don’t get it! They’re supposed to be allies; best of friends!’ However, Martel sneers at Santana, mocking him as Tito is forced to retreat to the locker rooms for an early shower. Warlord catches his breath, as Bret “Hit Man” Hart enters! Rick Martel and the Warlord quickly join together to attack Hart, who fights back, dodging Warlord, sending him through the turnbuckles and shoulder-first into the ring post, and then pummeling Rick Martel! However, he arrogantly turns the tables on Bret, raking his eyes and assaulting him in the corner. Entrant number five is one half of the WWF Tag Team Champions, Demolition: Smash! Smash can’t wait to run in and stop Warlord dead in his tracks as he tries to shake off the shoulder into the post and cut off Smash, but fails! Smash clobbers Warlord, as Martel has Bret on the turnbuckles, trying to force him out to the arena floor. Bret eventually kicks him away, decking him, before delivering an elbow to the neck. However, sixth to enter is Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s Red Rooster, who struts to the ring, claiming when he’s crowned, it’ll prove he’s ‘cock of the walk!’ He runs in and attacks Bret, stopping his assault on Martel. As Rick recovers, Rooster applies a succession of holds on Bret to neutralise him. Meanwhile, Warlord and Smash continue to trade blows. Bret fights back against the Rooster, decking him, but unable to grab him for an elimination. Accompanied by “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, Raymond from the Fabulous Rougeaus enters seventh. He joins Rick Martel in assaulting Bret, before irresistibly turning his attention to WWF Tag Team Champion Smash! Bret then fights back against Martel, blasts the Rooster, then stops Martel from blindsiding him, and sending him over the top rope to the floor for the second elimination of the night, right behind Tito Santana! Number eight is Rocker Shawn Michaels, who goes right for Raymond, stopping his assault on Smash, who is then able to stop the threat of the Warlord. Gorilla Monsoon: ‘Six men in the ring at once, Jess, and the bodies are starting to pile up!’ The Red Rooster attacks Bret “Hit Man” Hart some more, and successfully eliminates him as Barbarian enters at number nine! Jesse “The Body” Ventura: ‘Help came just in time for the Warlord, Monsoon, since he’s been in this thing from the start!’ Gorilla: ‘That’s right, Jess, and that’s not good at all for Smash as he has to deal with both members of Fuji’s Powers of Pain!’ Barbarian joins Warlord in fighting Smash, double-teaming him in the corner, wearing him down, to Fuji’s glee. Red Rooster helps Raymond Rougeau in trying to eliminate Shawn Michaels, even sending him right over the top rope – but he manages to stop himself falling to the arena floor with his agility, holding on to the ropes. Instead, he pulls the rope down while on the apron, sending an advancing Raymond straight over and down to the floor. However, Red Rooster then blasts him, finally eliminating him, too! The Powers of Pain then eliminate Smash, sending the WWF Tag Team Champion to the floor, as Fuji flashes an evil grin. Haku, welcomed at ringside by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, enters at number ten, and he and the Red Rooster take on the Powers of Pain! Fuji is furious with Heenan! Rooster successfully eliminates Warlord, as Barbarian contends with fellow Polynesian Haku! Barbarian floors Haku, then blasts Red Rooster over the top rope for an elimination to avenge his tag team partner! Rocker Marty Jannetty enters at number eleven, and Fuji and Heenan make a pact so that Barbarian and Haku work together against him! However, Marty’s quick, dodging and diving, and hitting the pair with dropkicks, until the numbers game makes the difference and the two islanders overpower him! Entering at number twelve is WWF Tag Team Champion Ax, from Demolition! He goes right after the Barbarian, clobbering him relentlessly, until Haku attacks him from behind, only for Jannetty to stop him, helping Ax! Nonetheless, Haku throws Marty over the top for an elimination! Haku and the Barbarian – with Heenan and Fuji still working together – beat down Ax in the corner. However, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart enters at lucky thirteen, running into the ring, decking Haku, then Barbarian too! He encourages Ax to help him, and the two fight with Haku and Barbarian! Nonetheless, the impromptu pact works well, and Ax is eventually thrown out and eliminated! Barbarian and Haku gloat, before then continuing their double-team assault – now focused on Neidhart. Number fourteen is the undefeated Ultimate Warrior, who as usual runs to the ring – and repeatedly clotheslines Barbarian and Haku! With his rivalry with Haku still fresh in mind, he concentrates on him, kicking and punching him and pummeling him into the corner, until Barbarian tries to make the save. However, Warrior unleashes his rage on him, and throws Barbarian out for an elimination, then Haku as well – as Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Jimmy Hart’s next hope of the evening, enters at fifteen while Fuji and Heenan return backstage to regroup. Valentine’s experience enables him to slow down the Warrior, and then eliminate Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. By then, Ultimate Warrior has regenerated, and he clobbers Greg, before trying to lift him over the top rope. Jake “The Snake” Roberts enters at number sixteen, ready to help Warrior with Valentine, who pulls a small hammer from his trunks and strikes Warrior in the head with it! The referees at ringside are outraged, admonishing Greg for it, but alas unable to disqualify him, as neither disqualifications nor count-outs count in a Battle Royal! Warrior is on the mat barely moving, clutching his skull, as Jake strikes at Valentine, who drops the hammer, allowing officials to remove the weapon, despite Jimmy Hart’s attempts to scoop it away to hide the evidence. Jake hits Greg with several punches and a short-arm clothesline, before going for his patented DDT, only for Greg to lift Jake backwards and back-bodydrop him over the ropes, which Jake instead grabs and lands on, before rolling back in the ring, met by a Valentine stomping. The crowd goes wild for WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who enters at number seventeen accompanied by Miss Elizabeth! He goes right after Valentine, unleashing blows on him and trying to eliminate him, pushing him over the top rope but not realising Greg stayed on the apron, avoiding elimination. With Warrior and Jake still in the ring, Randy decides to go for Jake, hitting him first, before seeing Greg back in the ring, and nailing him with a clothesline. Jake seems to have rolled his ankle when Randy hit him, so tries to get it working again. At number eighteen is Jacques from the Fabulous Rougeaus, who Jimmy Hart immediately instructs to save Valentine. Sure enough, Jacques attacks Savage, stopping him from finally eliminating Greg! He and Jacques double-team the WWF World Champion, until the Ultimate Warrior, incredibly recovered from the hammer blow, helps him! He then focuses on Valentine, as Savage battles with Jacques. As Valentine battles with Warrior, Jake also recovers – enough to assault Valentine and enable Warrior to take a clear upper hand. However, entrant number nineteen is none other than Andre the Giant! The favourite himself goes to the ring with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and climbs over the top rope itself to enter. Andre clobbers Jake, decking him, then helps Jacques with Savage, who Andre takes pleasure in pummeling. With Jacques then able to deal with Randy, Heenan – conferring with Hart – calls for Andre to go over and help Valentine in dealing with Jake and Warrior. Andre smashes Warrior in the head, decking him, before choking Jake on the top rope. As Jake gasps for air, Heenan laughs and applauds; Andre can’t be disqualified. Across the ring, Jacques has Savage on the ropes, threatened with elimination. Gorilla Monsoon: ‘Andre has completely changed the complexion of this match, Jess.’ Greg “The Hammer” Valentine goes back to attack Ultimate Warrior. Having practically choked Jake into unconsciousness, Andre throws him over the top rope and to the floor; eliminated. However, Warrior fights back on Valentine, and eliminates him, avenging the blow of the hammer he suffered earlier! Warrior then goes over to – at the last moment – stop Jacques from eliminating Savage, but is stopped by Andre, who promptly eliminates Warrior for his troubles. Jacques and Andre laugh with relief and speak to each other in French, as Heenan and Hart continue to collaborate – only for WWF Intercontinental Champion Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake to enter at number twenty! He blasts Jacques to the mat, before beating away at Andre, rocking the Giant with repeated clotheslines, only to eventually meet a big boot to the face. However, WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage pounces on Andre, and pummels away on him! Jacques beats down on Brutus, who fights back, and gets Jacques on the ropes! Andre meanwhile throws Savage to the mat, ending his moment of momentum, before stopping Brutus from eliminating Jacques, and throwing out Brutus himself! ‘You’re no champion compared to the Giant!’ shouts Bobby Heenan at the fallen Brutus. Andre and Jacques toy with Randy, beating up on him, as Heenan and Hart mock Miss Elizabeth at ringside. However, number twenty-one is none other than Hulk Hogan himself! He goes to the ring to cheers from the Hulkamaniacs in attendance, and blasts Jacques, before fighting with Andre! They go back and forth, until Savage helps Hogan, and they double-team Andre, eventually getting him to the corner, with one tree trunk-like leg lifted on to the ropes, while keeping Jacques at bay. Twenty-two is second favourite Bad News Brown. He enters, attacks Jacques – proving he has no allies – and goes and beats up on Hogan, and Savage, only to then try to eliminate Andre for himself! However, a vengeful Jake “The Snake” Roberts, having been choked out so sadistically by Andre the Giant, suddenly returns to the ring with his snake sack, and unleashes Damien, his pet python, who slithers across the ring canvas! Andre, absolutely terrified, climbs over the top rope himself and drops to the arena floor to escape, fearful of Damien! Jake grabs Damien and tries to pursue a scared Andre, and Heenan, down the aisle. The fight continues, with no giant to deal with. Bad News Brown beats down on Hulk Hogan; meanwhile, Jacques is still determined to deal with “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Koko B. Ware enters at twenty-three, and goes right for his rival, Bad News. This affords Hogan a respite, allowing him to go and help Randy, who is under threat from elimination, again courtesy of Jacques Rougeau. Hogan pummels Jacques, and when Honky Tonk Man enters number twenty-four, Jimmy Hart encourages him to help Jacques! Jesse “The Body” Ventura: ‘Well I guess Mr Perfect was right, Monsoon: he did get the perfect number! This means he will be the last entrant, giving him the best chance besides perhaps Bad News Brown now Andre’s gone! This thing is wide open!’ Honky goes right for Hogan, who fights back, and pounds Honky into the corner, before trying to eliminate him – only for Jacques to return. However, Savage pursues Jacques, finally eliminating him, much to Hart’s chagrin. After coming in to the Battle Royal at number eighteen, though, Jacques entered an impressive performance. Bad News Brown eliminates Koko B. Ware, before turning his attention to Randy Savage. Of course, Mr Perfect – with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan – enters at number twenty-five. Perfect goes right for Hulk Hogan, helping the Honky Tonk Man, much to Hart’s relief, his pact with Heenan back in place. However, Savage decks Brown and goes right for Perfect himself. Hogan eliminates Honky! Hart’s hopes are gone, and it’s down to four: Hogan, Savage, Brown and Perfect. Brown goes right for Hogan as he celebrates, and almost eliminates him, but Hogan manages to avoid the drop. Savage pushes Perfect over the top rope, but he lands on the apron and rolls back in. Brown stays on Hogan, hitting him with the infamous Ghetto Blaster finisher that eliminated Bret “Hit Man” Hart from the battle royal at WrestleMania IV! However, Hogan stops himself from going over the top rope and shakes his fists before several Brown blows bounce off his head, prompting Hogan to point his finger right at Bad News! Meanwhile, Perfect beats up on the exhausted Randy, and tries to force him over the ropes. As Hogan gives Brown a boot to the face that sends Brown over the top rope to the floor for an elimination, Perfect is just about ready for eliminating Savage, who’s hanging by a thread! Hogan sees this, and rushes over to grab Perfect, throwing him over – but with Savage, who doesn’t have enough left to stop from going over and to the floor, as well. Hulk Hogan has won the Battle Royal to become the first-ever King of the Ring! Savage, at ringside, looks back up, and Hogan expresses regret that Randy got eliminated. As Brown, furious, glares at Elizabeth at ringside, Hogan goes outside the ring to pummel Brown some more, pursuing him to the back before taking to the platform for the crowning ceremony, as Randy goes after Brown! Elizabeth stops Randy and checks on him, but he insists he’s not injured. At WWF President Jack Tunney’s request, Hogan sits on the throne, himself exhausted. Elizabeth then seizes the opportunity to take the crown and place it on Hogan’s head herself to declare him King of the Ring! However, the WWF World Champion glares at them both, as the show ends!

WWF Tuesday Night Titans

Recorded live on USA

January 17th

Titan Towers, CT

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is interviewed by Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes. With his snake sack firmly in hand, he claims he exposed Andre’s fear – his fear of snakes. ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re a giant when you’re afraid, and I saw the fear in his eyes, the whole world saw fear in his eyes when he was faced with Damien; so much so he took himself out of the Battle Royal and sacrificed his only chance to become King of the Ring.’

A vignette airs, introducing the Bushwhackers, Luke and Butch, from the backwoods of New Zealand!

Mr Perfect tells Vince McMahon and Alfred Hayes that he’s going to deal with Nemo for attempting to humiliate him last week.

Brother Love interviews WWF Women’s Champion, the Fabulous Moolah, accompanied by the Fabulous Rougeaus, and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. ‘All across the world, the WWF Women’s Championship belt is as synonymous with one woman, and one woman only: The Fabulous Moolah! And you’ve made fabulous moolah all over the world defending that belt, not to mention using your business savvy!’ Moolah: ‘That’s right, Brother Love. My dispute with “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase at SummerSlam was nothing personal, just business. I took his money, got into the main event, and stole the show by causing a stir with nothing more than a can of hair spray! And with my profile so high, it helped my friend Jimmy here lobby for me to get one more shot at the WWF Women’s Championship, which I successfully challenged “Sensational” Sherri for, I might add! These are my fabulous friends, and they came to America for the moolah! Right, boys?’ Jacques: ‘That’s right! We’re all-American boys!’ Raymond: ‘We came all the way from Montreal to Memphis, courtesy of the “colonel” himself, Jimmy Hart!’ Hart: ‘The Fabulous Rougeaus are on a roll, Brother Love. The World Wrestling Federation has never seen anything like it. They’re the greatest tag team in the WWF today! And that means that the gold will be around their waists sooner than later!’ Moolah: ‘Gold always gravitates to the fabulous!’

In an exclusive, the Brain Busters, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, defeat The Young Stallions by pinfall when Arn Anderson pins Jim Powers.

WWF All-American Wrestling

Recorded live on various stateside channels

Saturday, January 21st

On location

Bad News Brown wins his match.

On Face to Face with “Mean” Gene Okerlund, newly-crowned King of the Ring Hulk Hogan (from a studio in Venice Beach, California) and WWF World Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage (from a studio in Sarasota, Florida) clear the air about the Battle Royal – Hulk Hogan confirms he won’t be using his status as King of the Ring to go after the WWF World Championship, while “Macho Man” Randy Savage denies the rampant rumours that he blames his Mega-Powers partner for his elimination and is ‘jealous’ of Hogan’s closeness with Elizabeth. When Gene asks if they’ll actually team up ever again, they confirm they ‘absolutely’ will.

Koko B. Ware wins his match.

On Update, Sean Mooney confirms that the Ultimate Warrior suffered a head injury during the Battle Royal due to being struck with a hammer by Greg “The Hammer” Valentine – being a true warrior, he kept fighting. The Ultimate Warrior claims he will never forget about Andre the Giant eliminating him, but first he wants to deal with that ‘cheating’ Greg “The Hammer” Valentine! Meanwhile, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan wants everyone to know that Andre the Giant is not afraid of Jake “The Snake” Roberts: ‘I want to make something very clear here, right now: Jake “The Snake” Roberts might not have liked gasping for air in that Battle Royal, being choked out by the largest hands in professional wrestling courtesy of my Andre the Giant, but I didn’t hear a bell ring. You want to talk about a lack of fairness? Andre used his bare hands to destroy Jake, and all he could do was throw his pet python into the ring. Sure, Andre doesn’t exactly like snakes. But what’s Jake going to do when it’s just him and the giant hands of Andre again, in that ring? No snake. Just Jake. And he’ll pay the price for what he pulled at the Royal Rumble!’ Sean Mooney: ‘We’ll find out when Andre the Giant faces his fear going against Jake “The Snake” Roberts – and Damien – at the Ultimate Showdown live on NBC from  Tuczon, Arizona, on Friday night, February 3rd! WWF President Jack Tunney’s ink must still be drying on that one. In addition, Hercules takes on Greg “The Hammer” Valentine! With more action still to be announced, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!’

One Man Gang, with the Big Boss Man and Slick, wins his match.

WWF Worldwide

Recorded live on various worldwide channels

Sunday, January 22nd

On location

Tito Santana wins his match.

“Ravishing” Rick Rude, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, wins his match.

The Bushwhackers win their debut match.

WWF Tuesday Night Titans

Recorded live on USA

January 24th

Titan Towers, CT

As Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes host the show, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and the Brain Busters walk onto the set and point out the success they had in dealing with the Young Stallions, and the Brain claims that if the Mega-Powers truly believe they can still be a dominant force as a tag team, they ought to face his Busters! He adds that WWF Jack Tunney gave him his word he’d sign the match, if Hogan and Savage are serious about teaming again!

Brother Love interviews The Rockers, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. ‘Well last week, I had as my guests not just the WWF Women’s Champion, the Fabulous Moolah, but also future WWF Tag Team Champions, the Fabulous Rougeaus, who said they were on a roll. Now we have here the Rockers, but are WWF Tag Team Championship belts in your future?’ Marty Jannetty: ‘The Rougeaus might think they’re on a roll, but we know how to rock, Brother Love. We’ll rock right up to the top! We’ll beat them into contention for those WWF Tag Team Championship belts. And as for the Fabulous Moolah, well, they can forget about her being any factor into things.’ Shawn Michaels: ‘That’s right, because we’ve got some backup of our own, Brother Love. She ain’t no groupie, either – but she too knows how to rock. She can sing, she can dance. She is Rockin’ Robin!’ Rockin’ Robin joins them on Brother Love’s set. Brother Love: ‘What are you doing here? This is an interview with the Rockers!’ Robin: ‘I am Rockin’ Robin, Brother Love! And I have as much right to be here with the Rockers as the Rougeaus did to accompany Moolah here last week! And you heard these guys – I can sing, I can dance, but you’d better believe I can wrestle! And I’ll happily deal with Moolah if she tries to get herself involved in a match between the Rockers and the Rougeaus!’

Master Fuji tells Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes that his Powers of Pain remain number one contenders to the WWF Tag Team Championship belts that rightfully belong to him, and not Demolition. He adds that Demolition were destroyed in the Battle Royal, and he will have his men ‘cut them up and isolate them’ to beat them for those belts!

In an exclusive, the Ultimate Warrior defeats Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, with “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart, by pinfall after the Ultimate Slam.

WWF All-American Wrestling

Recorded live on various stateside channels

Saturday, January 28th

On location

“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin wins his match.

On Face to Face with “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Rick Martel (from a studio in Cocoa Beach, Florida) finally faces up to his former friend Tito Santana (from a studio in Tocula, Mexico): ‘It’s obvious what my issue is. Tito, you carried on wrestling without me, when we were supposed to be tag team partners!’ Tito: ‘Come on, Rick, what was I supposed to do? I was doing no good bugging you at the hospital up in Montreal all the time, you said it yourself; there was nothing I could do. Even when you started hanging out on Florida beaches while rehabbing. You told me I could carry on on my own if I wanted to!’ Martel: ‘But I didn’t expect you to actually do it, you selfish idiot! I was just miles away from Mexico and you still didn’t care! You betrayed me, Tito!’ Tito: ‘You actually believe that? And that’s why you came in and eliminated me from the Battle Royal at the Royal Rumble?’ Martel: ‘It was every man for himself! Those are the rules! I don’t understand why the stupid fans are blaming me when I didn’t do anything wrong! There are no teams in the Battle Royal!’ Tito: ‘It was supposed to be our big night back together; team up at the first chance we got, and then go as far as we could in that match! One of us could have been King of the Ring! But you? It’s almost like you’d rather neither of us be a King if it meant holding a grudge.’ Martel: ‘You bet! Because you got what you had coming to you, anyway. I treated you just like any other wrestler, just like you treated me while I was injured! But I had other people to talk to instead! People who actually cared!’ Tito: ‘Rick, I don’t know who’s gotten in your head, amigo, but it’s no good. You’ve changed. You’re acting all arrogant. You’re hanging out in Florida all the time. What’s going on?’ Martel: ‘I don’t owe you any explanation, Santana, you’re the one that owes one. But you’ll know soon enough. Everyone will know soon enough!’

The Big Boss Man, with Slick, wins his match.

On Update with Sean Mooney, the Mega-Powers are shown responding to the challenge from Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and his Brain Busters: Hulk Hogan: ‘Well you know something, brother, all the dirt sheets and gossip columns keep talking about the Mega-Powers and spreading rumours, man, but it’s a compliment. Because we are the most dominant force that the tag team ranks of the World Wrestling Federation have ever known. And that’s why we also take it as a compliment when a weasel like Bobby Heenan has the nerve to fire a challenge our way! And here we are, together, unified, and still Mega-Powers!’ “Macho Man” Randy Savage: ‘It’s tough at the top, yeah it is, and we have busy lives, and hectic lives, and pressure, but that’s okay, because the Mega-Powers are all about the pressure. But you can keep applying the pressure, you can put the heat on us, and we’re still here, making it work, and enjoying nothing more than dealing with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and his Brain Busters, because I just can’t deal with their claims of being the best, no I can’t. So WWF President Jack Tunney, get your pen ready, because if all it needs is the word from us, I’ll let Elizabeth say it for us when it comes to whether we accept the challenge of the Brain Busters…’ Elizabeth: ‘Oh yeah!’ Sean Mooney: ‘I have been informed that the match is now confirmed from the office of WWF President Jack Tunney and it will take place at the Ultimate Showdown in Tucson, Arizona, this Friday, February the 3rd on NBC! Also signed is Jake “The Snake” Roberts taking on Andre the Giant, the undefeated Ultimate Warrior against “Ravishing” Rick Rude, and Hercules taking on Greg “The Hammer” Valentine!’

WWF Intercontinental Champion Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake wins his match.

WWF Worldwide

Recorded live on various worldwide channels

Sunday, January 29th

On location

Hillbilly Jim wins his match.

The Red Rooster, with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, wins his match.

WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition win their match.

WWF Tuesday Night Titans

Recorded live on USA

January 31st

Titan Towers, CT

Brother Love interviews Rick Martel: ‘You spoke face to face with your former friend Tito Santana recently. I saw what you had to say. And I saw what little he had to say for himself. You were a tag team; best friends. And yet when you were injured, he continued to wrestle, making a name for himself in the singles division. Even when you were recovering from your injury in Florida, right on his doorstep. He forgot about you. But you didn’t forget about him, did you? No, you didn’t. You went into that Battle Royal at the Royal Rumble, and you helped him get eliminated! Because it’s every man for himself in the Battle Royal, everyone knows that. And you treated him with the same indifference he treated you. But some did care about you while you were injured, isn’t that right?’ Rick Martel: ‘That’s right, Brother Love. Tito Santana may have been busy selfishly focusing on his singles career, but I had time to go through the offers I’d been receiving for so long – catalogue deals, fashion shoots; all of it. And one man who visited me made me realise that the injury, and Tito Santana abandoning me, was the best thing that could ever happen to me. He told me how he’d known Tito for years and knew what a liar and a cheat he is. He told me he could help me with my modeling career. And he did. And that’s why you’ve been seeing me in all these magazines lately. While I was injured, I still made plenty of money, because one man helped me realise that not all was lost; I just needed to see the whole situation as an opportunity of a lifetime! He is of course none other than Slick!’ Slick walks onto the set, and embraces Rick Martel, before shaking Brother Love’s hand. Brother Love: ‘My, my, my, it’s my friend, Slick! Who else could it be? So much style, and so many contacts! No wonder Rick Martel had to relocate to Cocoa Beach!’ Slick: ‘That’s right, Brother Love! I visited this man, Rick Martel, one of the best wrestlers of all time, and found him injured and miserable, but helped turn his life around by sifting through the offers he never had time to – and I got him some good deals and made him a lot of money with a little cut for myself, by making him realise there was more to his life than sitting around waiting for a call from a so-called friend who never cared about anyone but himself. People call Rick Martel arrogant? He has a right to be arrogant! You see, this man now realises, none of it was his fault. Tito Santana was jealous of him! He knew that Rick Martel was better looking than him, and he knew that Rick Martel was a better wrestler than him. He may have had his fun wrestling singles matches, Brother Love, but sooner or later he’s going to have to face Rick “The Model” Martel!’

In an exclusive, the Rockers, with Rockin’ Robin, defeat The Fabulous Rougeaus, with “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and WWF Women’s Champion Fabulous Moolah, by pinfall when Marty Jannetty pins Raymond after Jimmy Hart climbed onto the apron to distract the referee, allowing Moolah to climb into the ring with a can of hairspray, only to be smashed out of the ring by Rockin’ Robin! The Rockers have moved closer to contention!

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