5 Wrestling Ring Rope Wreckages

4. The Rockers Vs. The Hart Foundation (WWF House Show, 30 October 1990)

Remember when The Rockers finally captured WWF Tag Team gold? No?

That's because their victory was such a disaster that it didn't air on television. Because it "only" occurred at a taped show, to be aired later in retrospect, Vince McMahon reasoned that it didn't have to "count". Remember that the next time you feel compelled to spend an extortionate amount of money to watch a whole lot of cheap house show stalling.

At a taping for Saturday Night's Main Event, The Rockers bested the Hart Foundation in a two-out-of-three falls match, during which Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart charged at Shawn Michaels in the corner. He didn't do so with a great deal of force; that he dislodged the top rope rendered it a freak accident. Or maybe not: Bret in the aftermath has since accused Neidhart of sabotage, fearing for his career in the wake of Bret's imminent singles push. His post-Screwjob paranoia might have something to do with his suspicion.

The match completely fell apart, along with the ring. McMahon was so aghast that he felt it was un-editable. The Rockers never did get their promised addendum.


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