August 21, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Ricky Steamboat – Lumberjack Match (8/22/87)
The lumberjacks are the Islanders, Tito Santana, George “The Animal” Steele, Junkyard Dog, Scott Casey, Lanny Poffo, “Cowboy” Ron Bass, and Jose Estrada. HTM attacks early and dumps Steamboat out to fellow heels, but Steamboat skins-the-cat to get away from them and dropkicks Honky Tonk out to his fellow babyfaces. In a rare occasion, Steamboat turns this into a brawl down on the floor and he doesn’t care who is standing around him. Back in, Honky Tonk begs off and tries to take a powder, but JYD and Steele send him right back inside the ring. Turnbuckle smashes abound, and I mean Steamboat takes him to two different turnbuckles for 1-2-NO! HTM goes low and hits an elbow drop, but that’s no good. The Islanders trip up Steamboat, but then George Steele trips up HTM. O’Connor roll from Steamboat gets two. He delivers a stalling back suplex for another nearfall, but HTM shoves off a monkey flip. Flying fist drop from HTM gets two. Commercial break? Editing, perhaps? We come back and Steamboat stops a ten-count corner punch with an atomic drop. Steamboat takes a nasty spill to the floor out among friends. Back in, Steamboat escapes a neck vice and connects with a crossbody block for two. Back up, Honky Tonk runs Steamboat down, but gets caught coming off the second rope. HERE COMES STEAMBOAT! He catapults Honky Tonk and slams him to set up the Flying Judo Chop. Jimmy Hart has the ref’s attention, so George Steele crawls in and counts the three for Steamboat. Uhh, you’re not a ref. Jimmy comes in to attack Steamboat, but HTM gets the megaphone and catches Steamboat in the face. Cover, 1-2-3. (10:00 shown) All the lumberjacks brawl it out in the ring as the faces clean house. Leave it to Steamboat to walk Honky Tonk through a half decent match. **½

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