Hulk Hogan and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake defeat “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Zeus at SummerSlam: August 29, 1989

SummerSlam ‘88 was won with the help of a bikini. SummerSlam ‘89 was won with the help of a purse — a loaded one.

Zeus was an unstoppable force heading into SummerSlam ‘89. Not that he actually wrestled (and that’s a good thing). I witnessed the wrecking machine beat down Hulk Hogan at a Saturday Night’s Main Event taping in Des Moines, Iowa, (the Hulkster rallied to defeat the Big Boss Man in a steel cage).

The Hulkster finally got Zeus in the ring for real (none of this phony movie making stuff) at SummerSlam. Hogan slayed Zeus with the help of Sensational Sherri’s loaded purse and, of course, the atomic leg drop. 

The other big news of the night: The Ultimate Warrior reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship from “Ravishing” Rick Rude. The Warrior had lost the title to Rude at WrestleMania V, thanks to Bobby “the Brain” Heenan’s shenanigans.

In a tag team dream match, former Horsemen Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (known here as the Brain Busters and managed by Bobby “the Brain”) successfully defended the WWF Tag Team Championships against the Hart Foundation. Highlights after the jump.

In other matches:

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes beat the Honky Tonk Man.

Mr. Perfect defeated the “Red Rooster” Terry Taylor, who was almost given the Mr. Perfect gimmick.

The Fabulous Rougeaus and “the Model” Rick Martel won a six-man tag against the Rockers and Tito Santana with Marty Jannetty doing the job.

Demolition and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (who also painted his face) defeated Andre the Giant, Akeem and the Big Boss Man when Hacksaw knocked out Akeem with his 2x4 behind the referees back, giving Smash the pin.

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine lost via disqualification to Hercules.

"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase won by countout against "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka.

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