August 18, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF World Tag Team Champions Demolition vs. The Hart Foundation – (WWF SummerSlam 1990)
From my SummerSlam review. This is during that Demolition period when you didn’t know which two members of the group you’d be facing. Crush/Smash? Ax/Crush? Smash/Ax? But no matter what, you’re essentially facing the same two because their styles are basically the same. They’re three guys that pound you down and give you the Demolition Decapitation. Tonight though, it’s Smash and Crush because Ax is having health problems and the team is being phased out by this point anyway because now they have the actual Legion of Doom they’ve been trying to cop y all this time. Onto the match. Smash tries to pull Bret into his corner, but Neidhart runs in and puts a stop to it. The Harts work on Smash’s arm with armbars and overhead wristlocks. Smash finally escapes Bret with a slam and tags in Crush. He slams Bret and catches him off a crossbody for another slam. Crush runs into a boot in the corner though and gets rolled up for two. Hot tag to Neidhart, but he gets kicked in the back as he comes off the ropes by Crush. He gets smashed a bit by the Demos, but then runs Crush down with a clothesline and tags Bret. He stays one step ahead of everything the Demos do and gets a near-fall off a Russian legsweep on Smash. Backbreaker/vertical elbow drop gets 1-2-NO! Crush breaks it up with a legdrop. Bret gets dragged over to the Demos corner for the DEMOLITION DECAPITATION and that gets 1-2-3. (6:09 Demos – 1 Harts – 0) The Demos maintain control and keep Bret in their corner. Smash hits a back suplex and then tags in Crush for a neck wrench. He tries to elbow out, so Crush tags Smash who smashes Bret’s face into the turnbuckle. Bret hits a desperation clothesline as he comes off the ropes. He starts to crawl for the tag, but the Demos try and drag him to their corner. Ref Earl Hebner says no way and stops that from happening, which allows Bret to reach Neidhart for the tag. He slams the Demos and rams himself shoulder-first in the corner. Crush gets dumped, and a HART ATTACK on Smash connects! Bret covers for 1-2-NO! Crush grabs the ref and Hebner doesn’t like that at all and calls for the bell. (10:06 Demos – 1 Harts – 1) Crush sends Bret to the floor to distract everybody. Meanwhile, Ax runs down and hides underneath the ring apron. Bret sunset flips back in on Smash for 1-2-NO! Neidhart shoulderblocks Smash and slams Bret on top of him for 1-2-NO! Smash rolls out and switches with Ax. There’s NO reason the ref and Bret would not have seen that happen. Ax is FRESH and starts pounding on Bret. Why Earl Hebner can’t tell the difference in Ax and Smash, I’ll never know and that kind of ruins the match for me. Crush tags in for the Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker for 1-2-NO! Neidhart comes in to brawl with Crush while Ax and Smash beat on Bret down on the floor. Smash switches with Ax and heads back into the ring to give Bret a hotshot. Just as I say that, the crowd stands up and goes crazy because the LEGION OF DOOM is coming down to ringside. They pull Ax out from under the ring and screw up another DEMOLITION DECAPITATION from happening, as Hawk knocks Smash off the top rope. Smash runs after them, leaving Crush all alone for a slingshot shoulderblock by Neidhart into a Bret Hart schoolboy for 1-2-3. (14:24 Harts – 2 Demos – 1) Now we’ve got new tag champs! Not as great as everyone seems to think with the ridiculous switching. I’m sure it was cool when you were a kid, but it’s just not as easy to suspend disbelief to that extreme anymore. Good match, but not one of their best. ***¼

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