NWA Chi-Town Rumble '89

Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: February 20, 1989

Attendance: 7,500 (5,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Magnum T.A.

Can the NWA keep up with the WWF and give us a great show?

After Ross and Magnum preview tonight’s card, highlights of recent NWA action is shown.

Backstage, Bob Caudle interviews a fired-up Hayes.

Match 1: Michael P.S. Hayes versus Russian Assassin #1 (w/ Paul Jones)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Hayes did his job by firing up the Chicago faithful, yet the outcome of this match was never in doubt.

Backstage, Caudle interviews Steamboat with his then-wife Bonnie and son Richie. Steamboat believes that his time has come.

Match 2: Sting versus “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (w/ Hiro Matsuda)


Rating: ***

Summary: Those lessons while wrestling Flair have paid off for Sting as his matches have good flow. In addition, his comebacks are timely, and he earned a good win over a veteran heel.

After the match, Reed and Sting brawl until Sting knocks Reed through the ropes to the floor.

Backstage, Caudle interviews Dangerously with Randy Rose and…Jack Victory? Where’s Dennis Condrey? According to Dangerously, he’s still in Aspen, CO. In actuality, Condrey took the money and ran off to Continental.

After the heels make their entrance, Caudle interviews Cornette with Lane and Eaton. Cornette’s not happy about the curveball, but he’ll hit it better than Cerrano.

Match 3 (loser leaves town six-man): The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus the Original Midnight Express (w/ Paul E. Dangerously)


Rating: ****

Summary: Putting Victory into Condrey’s spot did not take away from the story of this match. It was exciting and action-packed. Kudos to those involved.

Backstage, Caudle interviews Flair with Matsuda. As you would expect, he runs down Steamboat and claims he’ll retain his title later. Is that so?

Match 4 for the NWA World TV title: Rick Steiner (champion w/ Scott Steiner) versus Mike Rotunda


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Very slow match that used Rick’s intellectual level as an angle.

Backstage, Caudle interviews the Road Warriors with Ellering. I wonder if the NWA will screw over the Chicago crowd by jobbing the Warriors again. I wouldn’t double-cross these guys.

Match 5 for the NWA US title: Barry Windham (champion w/ Hiro Matsuda) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Good chemistry between the former CWF stars. The psychology of Windham’s “broken” hand played well into the match as well.

After the match, Windham takes exception to Luger’s triumph and gives him a piledriver on the US title belt. What a sore loser! He then nails Luger with the belt before leaving.

Backstage, Caudle interviews the NEW World TV champion Rotunda. About as interesting as you’d expect.

Match 6 for the NWA World tag team titles: The Road Warriors (champions w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus US tag team champions the Varsity Club


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Though not technically crisp, this was an exciting big man tag match. The NWA certainly tried to screw over the Road Warriors again but to no avail.

In the locker room, Caudle interviews the NEW US champion Luger whose head is bandaged and his neck is “jammed.” No, not like that.

We then see highlights of the Flair/Windham-Steamboat/Gilbert match from 1/21. Next, we revisit Clash V and the brawl between Flair and Steamboat.

Match 7 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ Hiro Matsuda) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Rating: *****

Summary: Wow! Wow! And wow! What an amazing ride Flair and Steamboat took us on as they left everything they had out there on the mat.

Back in the locker room, Caudle interviews the NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. While Steamboat tries to talk, the babyfaces shower him in champagne. Goggles would have been good for Steamboat to keep the bubbly out of his eyes.

Conclusion: On paper, this looked to be a one-match show, but with three title changes and four extremely good matches, this show is a must-see. To top it off, the historical significance of this show is off the charts with the Flair-Steamboat match included. Get…all…this!

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XX!

Rating: 1.50

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