Rick “The Model” Martel added to WWE.com’s alumni section: October 4, 2012
Looking through the photo gallery, and I was surprised at how much Martel’s physique changed from his AWA days to his time in WWE. I shouldn’t be, I know.
Tom Zenk and Rick Martel — the Can-Am Connection — break up: July 9, 1987
The Can-Am Connection looked like a team on the rise in the WWF. They earned a shot at the Hart Foundation’s WWF Tag Team Titles. But Zenk’s contract negotiations got in the way, and not long after, he was out of the company and on to the AWA and WCW, where he never broke out of the mid-card.
Martel found a new partner, Tito Santana, and a new team name, Strike Force. Martel and Santana also went on to capture the straps from the Hart Foundation on the October 27, 1987, edition of WWF Superstars.
“British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith wins the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Bret “Hitman” Hart at SummerSlam: August 31, 1992
The greatest match in SummerSlam history took place in front of 80,355 people at Wembley Stadium. The contest pitted WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart against his brother-in-law, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. One of my all-time favorite matches, and another great ending sequence with the Bulldog reversing a sunset flip for the pin.
Also on the list of greatest matches: The Ultimate Warrior challenging his old rival, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, for the WWF World Championship. The match ranked 16th on WWE.com’s list. The encounter wasn’t nearly as classic or dramatic as their career vs. career match at WrestleMania VII. The title match ended with the champion getting counted out thanks to interference by “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect.
Strike Force win the WWF Tag Team Championships from the Hart Foundation: October 27, 1987
I remember watching Strike Force’s title defense against Demolition at WrestleMania IV, and it seemed like the entire crowd at the Des Moines Civic Center watching on closed circuit TV was cheering for Ax and Smash.
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June 1991: “WrestleMania VII: Official results & exclusive photos.”