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December 31, 1969

Ultimate Warrior vs. "Ravishing" Rick Rude w/ Bobby "The Brain" Heenan -- Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship

After defeating Hulk Hogan in the Ultimate Challenge at WrestleMania VI for the WWE Championship, Ultimate Warrior renewed his classic rivalry with "Ravishing" Rick Rude. The two Superstars had already had several classic matches over the last year over the Intercontinental Championship, and this match was no different. In fact, this rivalry became so bitter that they had to settle the score inside the confines of a steel cage.

It was just a matter of minutes before both men began trying to use the cage as a weapon and Rude was quickly busted wide open. Ultimate Warrior went for the big splash early on, but Rude was able to get his knees up and take the advantage. Rude managed to hit the Rude Awakening followed by a top-rope fist. His manager, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, encouraged him to try and exit the cage through the door, but Rude went back up for another top-rope fist. It proved to be a bad decision for Rude. Moments later, Warrior was able to hit the Gorilla Press Slam and climb out of the cage to retain the WWE Championship.

Hulk Hogan w/ Big Bossman vs. Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart and Dino Bravo

In the weeks leading up to SummerSlam, the mighty Earthquake brutally attacked Hulk Hogan during an edition of the Brother Love Show. Earthquake's savage beating resulted in Hogan suffering severely damaged ribs and a stay in the hospital. Hulkamaniacs everywhere sent in thousands upon thousands of get-well wishes to the Hulkster, and he responded like only he could. He promised to get revenge on the mighty Earthquake, but everyone wondered if his injured ribs would hold up.

Hogan tried to start out strong, going for a bodyslam, but Earthquake's weight was too much for the already-injured Hogan. Earthquake went on the offensive with a series of power moves before locking Hogan in an excruciating Boston Crab. Earthquake then missed an elbow drop, but Hogan unsuccessfully went for another bodyslam. Earthquake wisely followed up the miscue with a draining Bear Hug. Hogan escaped and tired a Bodypress, but Earthquake just caught him and nailed him with a thunderous powerslam. Earthquake also landed two of his signature Earthquake splashes, seemingly ending Hulkamania forever.

But Hulk Hogan found it within himself once again to make an amazing comeback. He kicked out with authority and came back with a big boot and then, on his third attempt, he finally got the big man up for a bodyslam. The action spilled to the outside, however, and Hogan slammed Earthquake onto a table. The Immortal one was able to get back into the ring before the referee counted to 10 and earned himself an impressive victory via countout

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