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Yearly Review: WWF May 1989

Hogan has a monster he has to deal with.
WWF World Championship Scene: (currently held by: Hulk Hogan)
Zeus stepped up his attempts to get under Hogan’s skin while at a Meadowlands house show on May 8th. Zeus called Hogan a woman and believed that he was the star of the movie, No Holds Barred. Zeus also believed he was bigger and badder than Hogan. He also said that he would beat Hogan should he ever wrestle Hogan in the WWF.

Hogan competed against Randy Savage on the house show market. Hogan lost several matches by count-out but at bigger events such as a Philadelphia Spectrum house show, Hogan defeated Savage by pin fall to retain the title.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Scene: (currently held by: Rick Rude) 

There weren’t any new developments for Rick Rude. He continued to wrestle the Ultimate Warrior on the house show market, losing by count-out each time but retaining the championship as a result.

WWF World Tag Team Championships Scene: (currently held by: Demolition)

Big Bossman and Akeem are the primary challengers for the WWF World Tag Team Championships. They would lose to Demolition by disqualification or a few times lose cleanly to the champions on the house show market.

Other Happenings: 

- Rick Martel dominated his feud with former tag team partner Tito Santana as he won every match they had against each other on the house show market.
- Roddy Piper competed in his first WWF match in two years on May 12th in Los Angeles, CA where he pinned Ted DiBiase in the main event.
- During the May 16th taping for WWF Wrestling Challenge, the Honky Tonk Man began a feud with Jimmy Snuka. Honky was trying to sing a song following his match, but was cut off in favor for a Jimmy Snuka interview. After insulting Snuka, Honky was attacked by Snuka with a cross body block off the podium onto the floor. At the May 17th taping of WWF Superstars, the Honky Tonk Man got some payback by hitting Snuka with a guitar.
- During the May 17th taping of WWF Superstars, Slick refused to answer the question of whether or not he was looking to sign Zeus to a contract.

Bob's Opinion: 
A slow month for the World Wrestling Federation as most of the feuds are just carrying over from WrestleMania. The return of Roddy Piper is nice addition to the babyface side of the roster. The whole feud with Hogan and Zeus is uninteresting and I wonder if people bought into Zeus at the time as being a threat to Hogan. I could see it, but looking back at it today, there is no way.

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  1. Back then nobody bought Zeus. Even PWI didn't bother to sell him as credible.

  2. Honkytonk had better watch his back the next time he drops by Raw...if you know what I'm saying.

  3. Zeus had one move...a double sledge blow to the shoulders. Two moves, if you count the drool. That's what happens when Vince attempts to get a C-list actor to wrestle.

  4. Didn't he twist necks, too? I mean he could have killed someone with that one.

  5. He had the golden wristenband spikes to the throat too.

  6. I actually booked the Zeus/Savage vs. Beekcake/Hogan match at 12 years old and it was actually better than what they showed. Of course, Elizabeth got more involved in my version and Zeus was allowed to use his metal handbands.


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