August 14, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth) vs. Ricky Steamboat – (Maple Leaf Gardens, 7/27/86)
YESSSSSSSS! Steamboat works the arm early with his deep signature armdrags. Savage lays in some knees on Steamboat to slow him down, but he chops Savage out to the floor where he hides behind Liz. Long stall job REALLY starts to piss Steamboat off. Once he does lock up with Steamboat again, Savage manages to reverse a corner whip and tosses Steamboat to the floor for a ride into the guardrail. Back in, Savage hits a Flying Double Ax Handle for two. He tries another one and gets nailed. They head to the floor where Savage eats the ringpost and gets busted WIDE open. Quite the nasty blade job here. Steamboat brings Savage in and hits the Flying Judo Chop for 1-2-NO! Double Chop gets two, then Savage runs Steamboat and the ref’s heads together. While the ref is down, Steamboat catches Savage with an inside cradle for 1-2-NO! Steamboat wins a backslide battle, but goes and argues with the ref while Savage reaches for something in his tights. When he heads back over to Savage, he has his eyes raked with something. Even with Steamboat blinded, Savage takes a CRAZY backdrop from the ring to the floor ala WrestleMania III! Steamboat starts feeling around and finds himself being tripped up and taken to the floor by Savage. He runs Steamboat into the apron, but Steamboat falls back on a slam and makes his way into the ring right before the ten-count. (18:44) Kind of a weak ending, but an incredible match. ****

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