• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (August 28, 1989) – WWF SummerSlam 1989
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on August 28, 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ LIVE on PPV from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The main event featured actor Tiny Lister as ‘Zeus’ in the first out of his 3 WWF PPV matches (in addition to a WCW PPV match he had 7 years later).
The pay-per-view had the tagline “Feel the Heat”.
Here are the PPV results:
– The Brain Busters defeated The Hart Foundation
– Dusty Rhodes defeated The Honky Tonk Man
– Mr. Perfect defeated The Red Rooster
– The Fabulous Rougeaus & Rick Martel defeated The Rockers & Tito Santana
– WWF Intercontinental Championship: The Ultimate Warrior defeated Rick Rude (c)
– Demolition & King Duggan defeated André the Giant & The Twin Towers
– Greg Valentine defeated Hercules
– Ted DiBiase defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout
– Brutus Beefcake & Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Savage & Zeus
• Reason Behind WWE Bringing Back Stone Cold Steve Austin
As we noted before, WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will be making his return to WWE programming on the September 9th edition of RAW from Madison Square Garden.
Below is what Austin tweeted about his return:
I cannot believe it has been so long. Time flies by. The Garden is home to many of my favorite moments in my career. @BretHart in #survivorseries @undertaker in #summerslam #highwaytohell and stunning @VinceMcMahon for the very first time. Along with many others.
Hell Yeah! https://t.co/L0LKzDRiYK
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) August 26, 2019
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, WWE is bringing back Austin because they’re struggling to sell out MSG:
“A lot of people asked me why is Steve Austin added to RAW in The Garden. It’s quite simple. They have not sold out The Garden. They’re half sold out for RAW and a little bit less than half sold out for SmackDown based on the seating maps I’ve seen so they’re gonna add some additional attractions to try and bring people in.
This will be Steve Austin’s first time back in Madison Square Garden which is the place where he first hit Vince McMahon with a Stunner all those years ago and of course, headlined pay-per-views there including SummerSlam ’98 against The Undertaker there and so on and so on and so on.
So he is going to be there as a special attraction. I’m sure he’s not taking any bumps. He’s not going to be getting involved. He’s probably just there to do something.”
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