August 15, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

The Iron Sheik vs. Sgt. Slaughter – Boot Camp Match – (Madison Square Garden – 6/16/84)
These two had been feuding ever since Slaughter turned babyface, which was a result of Sheik’s anti-American gimmick anyway, and now we have come to this finale. Blassie doesn’t hang out around after the bell and goes to the back because this is going to get crazy! Under ‘Boot Camp Match’ rules, only pinfalls can earn you a victory. Other than that, it’s anything goes. Slaughter beats Sheik with his riding crop to send the crowd into a frenzy. Slaughter puts his helmet back on and headbutts Sheik! Next thing you know, Sheik reverses a cross corner whip and Slaughter takes his best bump into the ringpost and down to the floor. Sheik follows him out and smashes a chair over his back. That gets a two-count down on the floor. Back in, Sheik whips Slaughter with I believe his own belt. I think he wore a leather belt around his wrestling tights just so he could have a weapon. Once Sheik starts choking him with it, Slaughter throws Sheik off him to send him through the ropes. Slaughter gets in a few shots to the ribs and tosses Sheik over the top rope to the floor. Slaughter delivers a backbreaker for two. In the ring, Sheik goes to the eyes and loads up his boot. Sheik begins to spit on Slaughter as he puts the boots to him. Slaughter’s busted open now. Slaughter flies into the ringpost again, but blocks a Gutwrench Suplex with a jab to the ribs to buy himself some time. Now Slaughter kicks the mat to load up HIS boot and proceeds to stomp Sheik in the head from the middle rope to bust him open! Nice. Slaughter fires away and puts Sheik down with the windmill punch. He telegraphs a possible Slaughter Cannon says Okerlund and pays for it with a boot to the ribs. Sheik gets that Gutwrench Suplex after all for 1-2-NO! Vertical suplex gets two. Now Sheik takes off his boot to crack Slaughter’s skull with, but Slaughter ducks the swing and levels Sheik with the Slaughter Cannon (standing lariat). To finish him off for good, Slaughter gets the loaded boot and WHACKS Sheik in the face for the 1-2-3. (16:00) It’s the perfect combination of the USA vs. Iran conflict. Excellent brawl, but at a methodical pace to what the kids are used to these days. ***½

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