Posted By James Walsh on 10/30/16
TODAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY:
26 years ago today, October 30, 1990, The Rockers defeated the Hart Foundation to win the WWF Tag Team Titles in a match taped to air for the Main Event. In the end, the match never actually aired. Why? Well, the tope rope broke.... This took on a life of its own among wrestling fans over the years but was somewhat settled with the release of the multitude of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels DVD's over the years. However, the story is still somewhat unclear.
Basically, the story goes that Bret Hart was going to get a singles push and that left Jim Neidhart in the dark as his tag partner, possibly facing getting released which eventually did happen after a fairly forgettable run as announcer. The rumor has been, and was advanced by Bret Hart in various interviews since, that Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart broke the rope to save his career. In the end, the footage was never aired as part of the Main Event broadcast as Vince felt the match was unfit to air. This left Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty in the lurch. Ultimately, the Rockers never won the Tag Team Titles as a duo. The Hart Foundation would hold on to the Tag Team Titles until losing them to Brian Knobbs and Jerry Saggs, the Nasty Boys, at WrestleMania VII much to the heartbreak of famed actor of the time McCaulay Coulkin, the star of Home Alone. Alls well that ends well, though.