Coliseum Corner: Tag Teams Unite & Fight! Demolition of The Rockers

June 21, 2012 by Dan Duffy

It’s that time of the week again, where we delve into the realms of the huge vault of Coliseum Video releases.

Coliseum Home Video captured some of the great battles between future and former tag team partners. The WWF’s thriving tag team division in those days meant that major excitement was created when a team would form or disband. It didn’t matter if it was a pay-per-view event or Coliseum Video exclusive, tag team turmoil made for essential viewing.

In our first feature we go to Wrestlemania VI where the former Twin Towers clashed. The Big Bossman and Akeem were a fearsome team, until their manager Slick used the Bossman to make money from the ‘Million Dollar Man’ who needed help in another feud. The Bossman decided he couldn’t be bought and the Twin Towers, were no more.

From the Coliseum Video Release Supertape III came a battle of the behemoths when Tugboat squared off against the monstrous Earthquake.

Tugboat was an ally of Hulk Hogan at this time and defender of the immortal one when Earthquake had put him out of action by crushing him on The Brother Love Show in May of 1990. Hogan returned in August to defeat the Earthquake at Summerslam.

Weeks later this match was recorded exclusively for Coliseum Home Video which saw these future partners clash. In June 1991, Tugboat betrayed his partners, The Bushwhackers in a Six Man Tag Team Match to join forces with Earthquake to form ‘The Natural Disasters’. Tugboat became Typhoon.

In 1987 Demolition made their debut in the World Wrestling Federation. Sporting a bad attitude and covered in black ring attire with studs and face paint, Ax and Smash dominated the Tag Team scene. Shortly after Wrestlemania VI, two members became three when Crush was added to the group. That year saw Ax slowly fade out of the group leaving only Smash and Crush. On September 18th, 1991 the group wrestled their final match together.

Smash returned shortly after as Repo Man. If you read last week’s column you’ll know what a bad man he was. In May 1992 Crush returned. He didn’t dress in black like before; he was a good guy with a big smile.

Although the partnership was never mentioned on television, Coliseum Video released Summerslam 1992 from London, England where these former team mates went to war.

The 1994 release Inside the WWF provided us with matches from the squared circle as well as a tour inside Titan Towers with Johnny Polo. This video release featured a match shot exclusively for Coliseum Home video in July 1993 of Marty Jannetty and Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels and his bodyguard, Diesel.

Marty and Shawn had been a very popular and successful team in the WWF from June 1988 until Shawn Michaels turned against his partner on the barber shop, by smashing Jannetty’s head through a plate glass window in January of 1992. Michael’s new found arrogance and bad guy image would take him to heights nobody could have predicted.

In other offerings Diesel and Razor’s rivalries are well documented with their fantastic encounter at Summerslam 1994, and participation on opposing sides at the 1993 and 1994 Survivor Series.

So, there you have some history between notorious tag teams in the World Wrestling Federation. Coliseum Video was and still is the A-Z of the best action you will ever see. Why not tell us some of your favourite tag team collisions found on the original CHV tapes…

See you next week for more Coliseum Corner!

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  6. Mark D says:

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  7. SRB says:

    I remember an old Supertape (Volume 2 maybe???) where everytime Sean Mooney said, “Supertape” a voice came behind him very dark like the Wizard of Oz and yelled, “Supertape.” By the end of the video he got tired of saying it. It was like Pee-Wee Herman saying that day’s magic word. classic.

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