Post by tafkaga on Jul 7, 2020 11:29:11 GMT -5
SHOWDOWN 9: Six Men Scramble
Road Warriors beat Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff when Hawk pinned Volkoff after the DOOMSDAY DEVICE in a match that further solidified Hawk and Animal as the most dominant duo to step into the ring on Showdown. The match began with Sheik and Volkoff doing their usual nationalist routine, when Hawk and Animal stormed the ring, not even waiting for their intros and beat the foreign antagonists right out of the ring. Like the veterans they are, Sheik and Volkoff took their time outside the ring to slow down the Road Warrior’s momentum, but it made no difference in the long run.
Gene Okerlund talked to Ted DiBiase backstage about his recent misfortunes in losing the services of Bruiser Brody, getting short-changed by the Road Warriors, and his multiple beatings at the hands of his former associate. DiBiase crowed that fortune was about to swing in his favor, first with his introduction of a monster that is more than a match for Brody and anyone else who gets in his way, and second with his tournament victory at Showdown for the Gold that will make him the first World Heavyweight champion. Will fortune favor DiBiase or is he reaching for straws?
Jimmy Snuka pinned Greg Valentine in his debut following a SUPERFLY LEAP. Valentine bragged about his credentials in a pre-recorded interview that aired during the match, and that there was no platform like Showdown: Legends of Wrestling better suited to demonstrate why he is a legend in the sport of professional wrestling. Yet, Valentine found himself staring across the ring at another legend of equal calibre and came up short in his debut efforts. Snuka celebrated a tremendous win as Valentine kicked the bottom rope in frustration.
“Mean” Gene Okerlund gave a Showdown for the Gold special report, lining out the first round tournament matches. Harley Race and arch-rival Gorgeous George would face off once more, both men with a single victory over the other and this one to be the deciding fall. Newcomers Jimmy Snuka and Curt Hennig would face off with tremendous credentials making them both uniquely eligible. Fan favorite Bobo Brazil would try to foil Ted DiBiase’s latest grab for power, but would DiBiase come with his new monster? Finally, the Wrestling Classics would lock up in a rematch from the first Showdown that ended in a no contest, as Lou Thesz would meet old rival and new ally, “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers.
Hacksaw Duggan, Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers beat Curt Hennig and the Valiant Brothers in a 6-Man Scramble tag team match when Thesz pulled out a surprising pinfall on Hennig with a GRECO-ROMAN BACKDROP. The Hennig team seemed to have the Duggan team right where they wanted them, and were comfortable enough for Jimmy Valiant to tag out to Hennig to put the finishing touches on Thesz, but Thesz quickly turned the tables and ended up getting a shocking pin on a fresh Hennig with his partners frozen on the ring apron.